My roommate Molly and I have been wanting to go to Seattle for almost 2 years and finally the timing worked out to go together! In late April, we had the opportunity to visit this rainy but fun Pacific Northwest city that we had heard so much about. If you’re interested in visiting or are currently planning a trip to the Emerald City, I hope that this will provide you with an ideal itinerary for a long weekend in Seattle (or at least some fun ideas). Enjoy!
Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Seattle
Getting There: We departed CLE at 3:25 PM and arrived in Seattle at 5:33 PM. I would definitely recommend trying to get a non-stop flight if you’re coming from Cleveland or the Eastern Time Zone. It’s almost a 5-hour flight, so with a long flight and a 3-hour time change, it’s beneficial to opt for the non-stop flight! We found a deal on Frontier Airlines for less than $200/per person round-trip. Go budget airlines!
Where To Stay: Molly and I stayed at the Belltown Inn. While this definitely wasn’t the fanciest of places to stay, it was clean, had friendly and helpful staff and was in our price range (a little over a $100/night in the off season). The Belltown neighborhood is just outside of downtown Seattle and has a ton a cute bars and restaurants. We were able to walk to many of the big attractions (Pike Place Market, Space Needle, etc.).
- Negatives: One thing to note is that there is a dog park across the street from the Belltown Inn where a lot of homeless people congregate throughout the day. We never had any issues, but this was a bit disheartening to see for two young female travelers. This hotel also only has one elevator which was pretty slow. Again, this wasn’t a huge deal but was a bit annoying.
- Other positives: They offer free salty snacks and sodas in your hotel room’s fridge! They also have complimentary bikes you can rent. (Warning: Seattle is very hilly!) Lastly, via Belltown Inn’s website we found out about an amazing site called Utrip. You enter in a few details about what you are looking to do/see during your trip and then they create a personalized itinerary for you…such an awesome resource!
What To Do/See/Eat:
- By the time we got out of the airport and to our hotel (it was about a $30 Uber ride from the airport), we were famished! We heard from multiple friends that Serious Pie was a good choice so we landed there. We split a salad and pizza…and of course had wine. Vacation meals are the best!
- After dinner, we decided to explore our neighborhood for the weekend and grabbed drinks and dessert at another Italian restaurant in Belltown called Tavolata. While I wouldn’t call Seattleites friendly (Sorry! You lack Midwestern charm that I love…but you are your own sort of “cool”), we did meet some nice people at the bar here. While it was only 11 PM in Seattle, it was really 2 AM in Cleveland so we ended the night early in hopes of an adventure-filled Saturday.
What To Do/See/Eat:
- While we were planning on renting the complimentary bikes from our hotel and riding to breakfast, we quickly realized that Seattle was a bit too hilly for bikes (at least for us)! We opted for walking to Top Pot Donuts where we indulged on gourmet donuts and hand-roasted coffee. Yum!
- From there, we made our way to Pike Place Market which was definitely a highlight of our trip. We (of course) saw the famous fish-flinging stand, took pictures in front of the gum wall, gazed at hundreds upon hundreds of tulips (and tourists) and got lost in the crowds. I would advise you to try to avoid Saturday mornings because it was so packed! The original Starbucks is right across the street from the market, but we decided to come back to get our pics and coffee when the line was shorter.
Ellenos Frozen Greek Yogurt was our snack/lunch…so delicious but a little goes a long way! I tried the Raspberry Ginger flavor…yum!
The infamous gum wall! Kind of disgusting, kind of pretty.
An adorable book store near Pike Place called Left Bank Books
- After a short rest at our hotel, we made our way to Pioneer Square for Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour at 5:00 PM. Seattle has an interesting history that has to do with toilets and plumbing…I’ll leave it at that! While this was super touristy, it was interesting to learn more about the city’s history.
- While we were planning to have dinner at The Pink Door after we’d heard so many great things about it, unfortunately it was closed for renovations…SAD day (for us). We decided to get seafood at the waterfront restaurant, Anthony’s Pier 66, instead. My mussels were HUGE and very delicious, plus our waiter was super friendly. I would definitely recommend this place for a fancy meal with a nice view!
What To Do/See/Eat:
- Per a few Yelp and local reviews, we heard that Local 360 in Belltown was a good place for a healthy meal, so we decided to check it out. (I made the wrong choice and didn’t get the bottomless mimosas. :/) While it’s cool that this restaurant gets a majority of their ingredients locally (within 360 miles of Seattle), I was not too impressed by their service or my meal. It could’ve been because we were sitting at the bar right by the entrance to the kitchen, so if you choose to check this place out, I would definitely make a reservation and get a good table!
- After breakfast, we headed to the Space Needle and took in the views of a gloomy yet beautiful city. We bought a duo ticket that also had admission to the Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum. This was a mesmerizing place with beautiful blown glass sculptures. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!
- After our one and only museum experience (oops!), we took an Uber up to the Fremont neighborhood to check out Theo Chocolate, walk around Gas Works Park (that’s where the houseboats are…hello “Sleepless in Seattle” fans!), take a picture with the Fremont Troll (which is shown in “10 Things I Hate About You”) and grab a brew at the Fremont Brewery. Unfortunately, the rain got the best of us and after too many hours of soggy shoes and flipped out umbrellas, we decided to skip a lot of these sights. Rain: 1; Tourists: 0.
- After drying off and relaxing a bit at the hotel, Molly and I headed to the Capitol Hill neighborhood to check out the Elliott Bay Book Company (swooooon!) and had dinner at a DELICIOUS but pricey Ristorante Machiavelli. We ended the night at Molly Moon’s Ice Cream (again, vacation is the best).
Molly in front of Molly Moon’s Ice Cream 🙂
What To Do/See/Eat:
- We honestly didn’t have a ton of plans for Monday (besides getting our Sbux from the original shop) and opted for taking a short ferry (less than 30 minutes) to Bainbridge Island…and I’m so glad we did! You can feel it in the air and hear it in the friendly shop owner’s voices that island life is the way to go in Seattle. Downtown Bainbridge is filled with adorable boutiques and tiny restaurants that were a welcomed respite from the fast-spaced and crowded downtown area. We visited a few tasting rooms of local wineries and chatted with a few “Islanders” which made for a lovely and relaxing last day in the Pacific Northwest.
View from the ferry boat
- We ended up taking the red eye back back to Cleveland arriving at 6:11 AM…ugh. That was not fun but it was worth the cheap flight price!
I hope that this post helps you plan an awesome itinerary for a long weekend in Seattle! Let me know what I’m missing in the comments section below.
Things To Note:
- Weed is legal in Seattle! We didn’t realize this and boy oh boy were we surprised!
- Me: “Molly, it smells like weed every five steps.”
- Molly: “I know…it’s so weird.” A few minutes later we walked pass a store named “Herban Legends” and soon realized our oversight…oops!
- There are a ton of outdoorsy things that we didn’t get to do because we didn’t have a rental car. If I were to ever go back to Seattle, I’d try to incorporate this into my trip. I’ve also known a few friends that have visited Portland and Seattle in the same trip. They are about 3 hours apart and I would’ve loved to do this if I had more time.
- Bring an umbrella and rain boots!