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Seattle In A Day | Travel Guide

A few weeks ago I took a 3 day work trip to Seattle and Portland. My mom joined me which was super fun, because we've both never been. The weather was cold in the morning and quickly heated up throughout the day. I learned layering is key!

We spent all day Sunday exploring Seattle before we left the next afternoon for Portland. Check out what we did, where we stayed and most importantly what we ate!

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 WHERE TO EAT

First I want to say if I could go back and do it again, I would have gone on a food tasting tour (specifically the Pike Place Tour with Savor Seattle). While trying these amazing restaurants below, I saw small groups bypassing the lines and enjoying samples at each stop. Not only did they get a good size sample of each food, they also had a tour guide giving them the history behind each shop. It's a great way to hit the popular tourist spots without having to spend an arm and a leg and wait in line all day. The tours are 2 hours and less than $45. If you have a sweet tooth check out the Chocolate Indulgence Tour!

SWEET IRON WAFFLES:
I will never pass up a good waffle or crepe. Sweet Iron Waffles didn't disappoint with their nutella & strawberry Belgium Liege waffle.

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A Russian bakery known for their piroshkies which are hand-held pies filled with sweet and savory ingredients. I had the potato and cheese piroshky and my mom had the apple cinnamon roll. I was a bit taken back by the price (over $5 for mine), but it does fill you up. I wanted to try so many other types, but my budget wouldn't allow. The line was out the door, but they move quick so don't let that scare you away. 

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BEECHER'S HANDMADE CHEESE:
My mouth is watering writing this. As a LOVER of cheese, Beecher's was hands down my favorite stop of the entire trip. I ordered the classic "World's Best Mac & Cheese" made with their Flagship (white cheddar) and Just Jack cheeses and a hint of spice. Absolutely the best macaroni and cheese I've ever had.

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STARBUCKS:
When in Rome right? You can't visit Seattle without enjoying a coffee from Starbucks, which was founded in Seattle in 1971. There is a location at what feels like EVERY corner. If you're really in to coffee check out the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room.

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We stood in line for over 30 minutes to try the best chowder in Seattle. SO WORTH IT! I had the classic New England Clam Chowder (meaty clams, bacon, cream, herbs and spices), and my mom had the Seared Scallop Chowder (sweet, tender scallops seared in the kettle, creamy broth, dill and lime juice). Every order comes with a side of fresh sourdough bread. 

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LOCAL 360 CAFE & BAR:
Local 360 was recommended by our hotel when I asked where I could find a good salad, and thankfully it was only a couple of blocks away. The name, Local 360, comes from their focus on sourcing all ingredients within a 360 mile radius of Seattle. My Mom and I shared a salad, garlic cheese grits and their local cheese plate. Everything was delicious!

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WHERE TO STAY

BELLTOWN INN:
Belltown Inn is a super cute hotel located in the heart of downtown Seattle. The price was affordable compared to most of the hotels in the area. It was very clean, staff was super friendly, and they let you use their bikes for FREE! A great location in between the Space Needle/Chihuly Garden and Glass area and Pike Place Market. Restaurants, work out studios and shops are all around you! Biscuit Bitch, which is one of Seattle's most famous breakfast spots, is literally a step to the left when you walk out the hotel doors.

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WHAT TO DO

PIKE PLACE MARKET:
Pike Place Market is the number one tourist attraction of Seattle, rightly so because it's so unique and fun! It spans across 9 acres with hundreds of shops and vendors making it a destination you could spend your entire day. Live music, flying fish, affordable flowers ($15 for a HUGE bouquet), and free samples everywhere you go!

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BIKE TOUR:
After exploring Pike's Place and checking in to our hotel we were tired, but we wanted to take full advantage of our only full day in Seattle. Que bikes. My Mom and I were a bit nervous to bike the city because 1.) We don't ride bikes very often 2.) We weren't familiar with the city. Thankfully, I was able to talk my Mom in to it, and it was the BEST decision we made. We were able to cover so much more ground than if we had walked. About 5 minutes in, we both said to each other there was no way we could have walked this much (especially since we walked all morning). Check out Seattle Cycling Tours and Seattle Biking Tours for other options!

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GUM WALL:
We accidentally stumbled upon the famous gum wall, but it was super fun to see. My Mom wasn't impressed, and was more grossed out than anything, haha. Great place for fun Instagram pics! Think bubble gum boomerangs ; )

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The Seattle Waterfront is where all the cruise ships dock so there's an influx of tourist shops and restaurants. It's full of people but was fun to see.

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GAS WORKS PARK:
Gas Works Park is 19.1 acre public park (free parking) located on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company. It's a great place to have a picnic, run around with your kids, and see a great view of the city.  It's also very close to the Ballard and Fremont neighborhoods which are FULL of great restaurants, breweries and local shops. These neighborhoods are unique, funky and have a lot of character that many people recommend to visit.

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Seattle was a beautiful city with so much to see. I would love to go back and combine a visit to Olympic National Park as it's only a few hours away! For more Seattle recommendations check out Visit Seattle, and find more photos from my travel adventures at #CoulterTravels!

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