A Tourist In My Own Town

I seem to be about a week late with my recaps lately. At least I get to link up with Leeann today, who came up to visit me two weekends ago. I was so happy to have her here and it was the perfect time to do all the touristy things I never think about doing in Seattle. We kicked off the adventure with the Underground Tour, learning all about the city's beginning and how it was rebuilt 22 feet above the original street level after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. I hadn't taken the tour since 9th grade, so it was a nice refresher course. Seattle has some really cool history.

1. Pioneer Square iron pergola built in 1909
2. The former meat market
3. Store fronts and original sidewalk
4. The motor from a Nikola Tesla elevator

After the tour, we drove through the University of Washington campus and Washington Park Arboretum, and took a short stroll through Volunteer Park so Leeann could really see fall foliage. We worked up quite an appetite and since Leeann likes seafood, I had to take her to Ivar's, a classic Seattle seafood restaurant. She ordered their famous clam chowder and oysters. I hate seafood, but I'm always down to try new things so I actually took a teeny, tiny bite. I couldn't eat anymore than that though. Too fishy tasting for me. I was happy enough with my side salad and sweet grape tomato roasted garlic bruschetta. Yum!

After dinner, we made our way up to Pike Place Market and explored the Market Theater Gum Wall. The tradition started in 1993 when patrons would leave coins stuck with gum on the wall outside the theater. The workers scraped it off a few times, but decided to stop and call it a tourist attraction in 1999. It was named the second most germ infested attraction in the world, after the Blarney Stone. It's equally disgusting and fascinating and of course we had to leave a piece!

We ended our night taking the Market Ghost Tour. It was eerie to walk around the public market after hours and even scarier to hear the stories of people who used to live and work here that possibly haunt it to this day. I'm excited to start the book (Market Ghost Stories) I just bought, written by the tour owner. Even if you don't believe in ghosts, there is a lot of history to learn about the market.

We spent Sunday in football mode. We pregamed at Swannies in Pioneer Square to watch the Saints game and drink our breakfast, then walked over to CenturyLink Field around one, just in time for kickoff. The Seahawks are pretty awesome this season, though a few of their games, like this one, have been close calls. They played the Buccaneers and suuuucked the first half of the game. They came back from a 21 point deficit and won the game in overtime. It was pretty stressful to watch, but I had so much fun! Unfortunately, with my laryngitis and bronchitis, I wasn't able to contribute to the 12th man noise we're so famous for, but man, it's loud in person! The Seahawks are currently 9-1, which is a record for us. Pretty exciting! We thawed out after the game at Gordon Bierch with burgers and fries.

1. Vodka and OJ at 10:00 AM
2. Leeann and I all bundled up at the game
3. Honoring the 1983 playoff team, the first in franchise history 
4. It's a win! 27-24

Monday was our last day together, so we made the most of it starting with the Duck Tour. We drove around the waterfront, downtown, and Fremont areas of the city, taking in all the sights like the Space Needle, Pioneer Square, and Pike Place Market. The water portion of the tour was in Lake Union. Thankfully the weather cooperated and the city looked beautiful!

1. The Duck
2. Quack
3. Seattle skyline
4. The floating home from Sleepless in Seattle

We had lunch in the Space Needle's revolving restaurant, SkyCity, where we got a 360 view of the entire city twice during our meal. I'm so thankful for the weather we had that weekend. It was cold, but it didn't rain, and it wasn't super cloudy, so we got great views. 

1. Downtown
2. Queen Anne and Magnolia neighborhoods
3. Queen Anne Hill
4. Lake Union

After Leeann spotted some red trees from the observation deck, we decided to walk through Seattle Center to find them. Be sure to check out her recap to see a few more fun fall photos. Seattle is so pretty this time of year, so I'm glad she got to experience it. 

I had a blast all weekend showing her some of the sights and doing tours I've never done before. I love that our blogs brought us together and we were able to form a true friendship. I look forward to more adventures with her!

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SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I really love being a tourist in my own town. Love love love it.

And I have that plaid coat!

Kristine said...

Love this post! I already told her that next time (assuming I have a free weekend) I'm inviting myself :)

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

This is by far the most perfect vacation idea in my head for me and my hubby EVER. We both have been dying to make it to Seattle. Sure the idea is spurred by wanting to see where all that Seattle Sound was started but it's so much more!!! Thank you for all the photos !!!!

Your Beauty Fix said...

You know what? A tour of my own town sounds like an greatidea! Its amazing how you can live somewhere for so long and miss out on so much history!

Kristen @ Your Beauty Fix

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Thank you SO much for the perfect vacation. It was probably the most fun I've ever had on a getaway. Thank you again for having me!!

Let's pick our next adventure - NY, Savannah? :)

Jen said...

Love this! I really need to visit. There are so many cool things to do there!

Mrs Independent said...

I love your pictures! There is still a LOT we have left to do here!!

Jo said...

It was so much fun to hear about your weekend from the both of you ...

Seattle is on my list of places to visit.

Misty said...

I really need to plan a trip to WA!

Karen M. Peterson said...

I loved Seattle when I was there a couple of years ago. I really want to go back during the fall. It looks stunning!

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...


I need to get up there, badly. I REALLY DO!

Kimberlee VDW said...

Looks like you ladies had a great weekend! So happy to see bloggers getting together offline :)

Thanks for linking up!