Seattle Staycation: What To Do + Eat + See
the 96 hour challenge
Have you ever spent a full weekend exploring your own city?! I am talking, 96 hours of taking your own city by storm?! This Summer, Matt and I are making it a goal of ours to spend more time exploring the area around us; where we call home! It is pretty funny to think that we spend so much money, time and stress (to be honest sometimes it can be mostly stress haha) on traveling & exploring other cities, but we rarely think to explore our own. The more I thought about it, the more sense it made to write a blog post and share some of our favorite places and things to do in our city! I challenge you to try to explore your city for a whole weekend this Summer! Try a new restaurant, go for a walk, hike or bike, check out the new place in town, or check out that old classic spot everyone talks about. Whatever it is you are doing, do it in your home town and make any weekend into a fun staycation you will remember forever!
So here is what I would do with 96 hours in my city!
EXPLORE THE CITY
There is so much to do in Seattle, especially in the Summertime! It is our favorite time of year to spend a lot of time exploring the city; there is literally nothing more beautiful than a sunset in Seattle haha. We make it a point every time we go out to eat to try and make reservations right before the sun sets, so we can walk to the pier or Pike Place to catch it after dinner. When the Great Wheel first came to Seattle years ago we went on a ride and loved it, and although it isn’t something you probably need to do every time you come to the city haha I would recommend doing it at least once or twice! We also love walking around Pike Place, picking up fresh food, and colorful flowers that are sold by flower farmers fresh daily. Even if you have been to Pike Place a hundred time, my favorite thing about it is that is always changing. Every weekend there are new booths to explore, foods to try, flowers to buy, and people to watch. It is an ever changing city that is so fun to even just grab a coffee and people watch in!
a casual cool city VIBES
One of the best parts of living in Seattle is the cool, casual streetwear style that I see so much of. Oftentimes denim is about as dressed up as well get haha and as someone who loves to be comfortable + casual, I love the vibe here! One of my favorite retailers to shop from because of that is Abercrombie. I love that they are on top of trends and styles that are popular each season, while maintaining an affordable selection. I recently got these jeans and fell in love with how unique they are! I have seen the paperbag denim look before, but I love the slightly loose and cropped fit of this pair. They also have a huge selection of graphic tees, which I am sure if you have followed me for any amount of time you know just how much I love a good denim + tee combo haha! This Summer especially they have really stocked up on a lot of basic and simple sandals and shoes. I love these metallic flat slides for an easy option to wear and slip on quickly!
shop my outfit from abercrombie / runs tts
meet me on the eastside
If you live on the East side of Seattle (Bellevue or Kirkland) there are tons of amazing places to eat & explore there too! We personally are big brunch goers, and love The Commons in Woodinville for a Sunday breakfast/lunch spot. They serve Olympia Coffee Roasters coffee which is delish, and have cinnamon rolls the size of your face haha! If you are in the mood for something a little more healthy & light, Little Brother in Kirkland serves up amazing fresh meals all day long. They have incredible fresh baked goods; anything from cookies and cakes to pies and pizza. They also have massive coffee cups that look more like bowls to be honest! As someone who loves a good smoothie bowl, I personally love going to Healthy Bones (aka HB Bev Co.) in Kirkland for a massive and fresh acai bowl. My favorite thing to order there has to be the Dragon Bowl because not only is it PINK (you heard that right!) but it has kiwi, blackberry, and honey drizzle on top! It is the perfect treat for a sunny Summer afternoon.
MACAROONS: LADY YUM
ACAI BOWLS: HB BEV CO
BRUNCH: LITTLE BROTHER
LUNCH: DERU MARKET
BRUNCH: THE COMMONS
HAPPY HOUR: PURPLE CAFE
SEA BY SEA OR SKY
Whether you want to see Seattle by sea or sky, there are some really cool and unique ways to experience the city that make it very unique to us! Even as a local who is born and raised in this area, I really don’t think to do either the Great Wheel or the Space Needle that often; maybe every couple years, and that is what makes them super special. They can often be overlooked, but exploring your own city means doing like the tourists do!
BY SEA: THE GREAT WHEEL - $17 PER ADULT
BY SKY: SPACE NEEDLE - $37.50 PER ADULT
GRAB A BITE
FRENCH CUISINE: CAFE CAMPAGNE
FANCY: SIX SEVEN @ THE EDGEWATER (SEAFOOD)
MEXICAN: PABLO Y PABLO
HAPPY HOUR: FROLIK!
After dinner catch an Uber to check out one of these delicious & tasty treat shops. If you love ice cream, our city has you covered. If you are vegan and love ice cream (or just love delicious desserts in general), they really have you covered! Frankie & Jo’s has become one of my favorite places for a quick treat in the city. They have more traditional flavors, but are most known for their unique mix of seasonal and creative options. Both locations have funky and colorful desert vibes with bright orange & stucco and colorful wallpaper too. They make the best backdrops to get a little selfie of ice cream with your sweetie too haha!
ORGANIC DESSERT RESTAURANT: HOT CAKES
VEGAN ICE CREAM: FRANKIE & JO’S
Thank you Abercrombie for sponsoring this post!
As always, all opinions + styling is my own. Xx