Our time in Seattle proved to be just the respite we needed. Though work was our main reason for going, we were able to tack on two extra days to explore the city and shoot a few remaining items for our upcoming Sea Issue of STUDY. We rented an Airbnb pad near Discovery Park, just on the other side of the water from Ballard -- where we spent a lot of our time -- and an easy 25-minute drive to downtown. The small cottage was tucked away with a private back porch and sauna allowing us to take the chilly mornings as slow as we wanted.
Thanks to this social media age, we had a stocklist of yummy restaurants and scenic field trips that we compiled before our trip and so wasted little time wondering what we could once we arrived. A quick scroll through our Seattle Pinterest board and we were off.
As usual, much of our time was spent enjoying the fabulous food scene. We jumped right in to the local fare and sampled oysters (raw and fried), the best smoked salmon we've ever had, cured meats and endless fresh veggies. Surprisingly, we didn't have much coffee but did find that there's somewhat of a 'biscuit boom' in Seattle which tickled my Southern bones.
The city was easy to navigate and a visual treat with hills peppered with pines and mountains in every direction. We took the ferry to Bainbridge Island with no agenda, just a picnic, and stumbled upon a lovely driftwood beach ripe with fancy rocks and people watching. And ventured into Discovery Park on our last day for one final toe-dip in the water. (Note : they require a paid parking permit to visit the lighthouse but the visitor center is closed on Monday, thus free parking!)