Post # 1
Has anybody honeymooned in Seattle? I’d like to know about it! Neither my fiance nor I have ever been, but it’s on both of our “places to visit” lists.
That said, can anyone who lives there tell me what the weather is like in early November, and also what the best parts of town to look at are in terms of accomodations?
If it helps, I’d describe our vacation style as semi-touristy, but we’re also really into finding local holes-in-the-wall (restaurants, book stores, music stores, coffee shops, improv clubs, etc.). We love parks and scenic places where we can spend time reading and enjoying the view. Full disclosure, I’m not a fan of buses as a means of public transit and don’t have much experience with subways; but we both like to walk. The fiance likes to get out and do things; I like a more laid-back vacation where I can spend the day relaxing. (I realize honeymooning in a big city might not be grounds for a very relaxing trip, but as long as I get a little downtime at the hotel I should be okay!)
Post # 3
Seattle is a gorgeous city – it’s seriously green and there’s so much water. However… November is not the most beautiful month here, honestly. Beginning in October through appx. April or May, it’s usually around 45 degrees, and either overcast or rainy. That doesn’t really change. If you came in the late summer or even September, the weather would be much nicer.
But if you are okay with it being cool and possibly rainy in November, it is a unique and interesting city. Seattle is extremely hilly – think San Francisco or Pittsburgh – so know that you’ll definitely get your workouts in if you choose to walk! There are many different neighborhoods in Seattle proper. Do you have an idea of what kind of feel you want? I’m happy to tell you about different parts of the city that you could look for accommodations if you give me a little more info. 🙂 Also, lots of great food here! A foodie’s dream come true, esp. if you like seafood or different ethnic cuisines.
Post # 4
I used to go there every summer to visit family!! I definitely suggest going either in June or July if you can.. otherwise you’ll have cold, overcast and rainy weather.
Post # 5
@kitakitten: <— exactly what she said 🙂
I’d worry that you would have too much downtime at the hotel, because if the weather is nasty (and in november it’s likely to be about 45-50, overcast, nighttime-dark at 4pm, raining most days – this is why most seattleites are poorly dressed and wear north face 99% of the time) it might be hard to get going – the individual neighborhoods in the city are easy to walk within themselves, but it can be a long way between neighborhoods.
If you stay downtown (which is likely, there aren’t many “nice” hotels in other parts of the city, but more boutique hotel type places if you’re open to that), you’ll need to cab it to Ballard or Fremont to find the quirkiness you’re looking for (Capitol Hill is totally walkable from DT, as is the waterfront). It’s harder to hail a cab on the streets as well as other cities, so you probably need to call for a cab ahead of time. I, too, dislike public transportation, but since they discontinued the free ride zones downtown I don’t think the buses are a great choice anyway.
Seattle is a great place to visit, but I think that November is a hard time to do that. I’d definitely recommend chilling out at Kerry Park to read and enjoy the view after breakfast at the 5 Spot, but I can tell you right away that I myself would not be hanging out in a park in for any extended amount of time in November 🙂
Post # 6
Wow, thanks for all the advice! Sounds like Seattle may not be the best honeymoon choice unless we waited a year and went in the summer. I don’t know, we went to Chicago in March once — it was snowy and rainy and we still had a TON of fun…but I also remember almost running out of clothes because every time we went out we had to slog through puddles, and our hotel didn’t have laundry service. I’m torn because on the one hand it sounds sort of cozy and unique, but on the other hand, I don’t want to get stir crazy. It’s a long way to travel just to spend the week cooped up in a hotel! I can do that in Cleveland.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@stevefraye: Well, by November there’s usually a good amount of snow in the mountains – the lifts at the ski resorts open around Thanksgiving – so if you and your FI like outdoorsy stuff, you could stay in Seattle but make day trips to the mountains (really not too long a drive!!) to go snow shoeing, skiing, cross-country skiing, etc.
Post # 8
@Mrs. Wallaby: Hmm! Thanks for thinking of us, but we’re not really the sporty outdoorsy type 🙂 We’re more the “look at that awesome lake view” type. But sounds like a fun day-trip if we ever plan a vacation there!
Post # 9
Seattle will be wet cold and rainy in November but a great tourist attraction is pike place, definitely visit in spring or summer and its stunning
Post # 10
The last two weeks in November are usually the wettest of the year. If you go you will definitely get rained on. That being said, Seattle is such a cool city at any time of the year! But the best time to visit is in August or September. We usually go two full months then with little or no rain, and it’s usually warm and gorgeous.
If you do decide to go, there’s still tone to do in the winter. Pike Place Market obviously. Some great Museums- Seattle Art Museum, Asian Art Museum, Burke Museum (natural history). The Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera are top notch if something is playing while you’re there.
Consider taking a ferry to one of the many Islands. I live on Bainbridge Island, and its a 35 ferry ride from downtown Seattle, and has an adorable downtown. Don’t take your car its expensive and you dont need it.
Lots of great breweries, wineries, awesome restaurants, i love my city!