Travelogue | Weekend in Seattle

Lunch at the London Plane

The London Plane

Earl Layman Street Clock

Pioneer Square Pioneer Square

Seattle Skyline

We were supposed to go to Seattle this weekend but it seemed the weather was going to be terrible so we cancelled. The falling Canadian dollar sort of helped that decision along, but in the end, it was wise to cancel because the weather was indeed dreadful. I stayed in bed working on this post with my memories of the last time I was in Seattle and came up with a stay/eat/shop/see/do list for the perfect weekend in Seattle.

Going by train is still my favourite way to get to Seattle from Vancouver. The relaxing scenic four-hour ride (with coastal views) beats the long border waits, plus going through customs is less painful and we save on parking fees by not driving.


Fleurt - Pionner Square

Occidental Park

Seattle by Train

Ace Hotel - Seattle

The early morning train deposits us onto the beautiful King Street Station by late-morning and the rest of Seattle is ours to explore for the weekend.

On our last trip, we walked a few minutes from the station for a late breakfast at the London Plane, and then explored Pioneer Square before checking into our hotel in Belltown. Olympic Sculpture Park is a short walk away so we spent an hour or so stretching our legs from hours of sitting, by wandering the park.

We took off to Capitol Hill for some more explorations – I love the Elliot Bay Bookstore and can lose hours in there. Totokaleo is great for discovering superbly curated clothing and accessories; I joke to friends that most of what I want to own is in this store, but I’m half serious. Oddfellows Cafe next door is a favourite for a quick lunch or coffee break.

Just be your Selfie

Beautiful Floral Arrangement

Floral Display at Anthropologie Flower shop at London Plane

Alki Beach

Soggy Seattle

Our evenings are usually quite affairs that include dinner with friends – we tried Mamnoon on our last trip and loved the food, it’s a must-try if you’re into Middle Eastern food, and then we had a fun movie night out.

The next morning after a quick breakfast of waffles and coffee on our quirky hotel room patio, we found ourselves back at the London Plane for brunch, and since we were in the area we picked up some beautiful ceramics from Laguna Pottery.

We walked through Pike Street Market afterwards, gathering up delicious picnic supplies and spent the rest of the afternoon picnicking at Alki Beach, where we strolled the beach and took in the incredible views of the Seattle skyline.

After we’d had our fill of frolicking at the beach, it was back to the station for our night train back home.

Ace Hotel Breakfast

View from Olympic Sculpture Park

The London Plane

E. Smith Mercantile

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Green Seattle

Street Planters I'm Brown Again

Olympic Sculpture Park

1st Ave S & S Washington St

Tie Dye Covers at Totokaelo

Summer at Alki Beach

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  • Reply grandbabycakes

    Wow this is really lovely. I can’t wait to visit Seattle. It is on my list of places to go!

    1 September, 2015 at 5:23 pm
    • Reply Elsa | the whinery

      Oh you should go! It’s beautiful and there’s so much to do and eat, summer is the best time to go. 🙂

      3 September, 2015 at 9:43 am
  • Reply Marina | MindfulMemoryKeeping

    Your photography is gorgeous! I visited Seattle for the first time just a couple months ago and LOVED it.

    2 September, 2015 at 9:51 am
    • Reply Elsa | the whinery

      Thank you Marina! I’m not surprised you enjoyed it, Seattle is awesome! 🙂

      3 September, 2015 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Kelsi Eldredge

    I love all of your beautiful photos! I’ve lived in Seattle for 12 years and I still haven’t been some of the places you mentioned! Also, you were wise to stay home this weekend, the wind was CRAZY. Lots of people didn’t get power back until Monday night.

    2 September, 2015 at 11:44 am
    • Reply Elsa | the whinery

      Things were crazy up here too, that wind storm was scary! Same here, I’ve lived in Vancouver for over a decade and I still have places I’ve been meaning to go.:-)

      3 September, 2015 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Natalie Uy

    OH MY GOODNESS, I love these photos. I have to come to Seattle now. Your list for the prefect weekend is super hand and well organized – like a magazine layout!

    2 September, 2015 at 11:57 am
    • Reply Elsa | the whinery

      Thanks Natalie! you used come to Seattle when you’re less busy or need a break:-) It’s so relaxing!!!!

      3 September, 2015 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Kacy Kish

    Gorgeous photos! I would love to be that close to Seattle to be able to pop in fairly often. I’ve never been but I really hope to make it within the year.

    3 September, 2015 at 12:17 pm
    • Reply Elsa | the whinery

      That’s what I love about living in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle and Portland (and other awesome towns) are all a few hours away. I really hope you make it to Seattle too, you’ll love it! 🙂

      3 September, 2015 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Elsa | the whinery

    Hi Jean! Thank you, it’s always great to visit family and Seattle is fun… plan another visit, I’m sure your family would be excited to see you. 🙂

    3 September, 2015 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    Your travel posts always make me want to pack my bags and head off their the next day. Fab pics.

    4 September, 2015 at 2:35 am
  • Reply Jessie Oleson Moore

    Aw. I lived in seattle for 8 years, you made me miss it!

    4 September, 2015 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Lynn Chen

    What a perfect post – I’m planning my first trip there for December and this is so helpful!

    22 September, 2015 at 4:34 pm
    • Reply Elsa | the whinery

      Thanks Lynn! I’m pretty certain you’ll have a wonderful trip. I look forward to reading all about it on your blog:-) Oh and don’t forget to bring your umbrella! 🙂

      23 September, 2015 at 9:18 am

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