Post # 1
My Fiance doesn’t like to travel and has completely rejected my idea of going to a beach for a week, but that’s fine. We decided that Seattle was close enough (driving from Spokane area). What should we hit and what’s a miss? We’re both culinary minded and are planning on Pike’s Place Market, but probably going to skip the needle as we’ve both been up there already. Looking for any suggestions as we’ll probably have between $2k-3k to spend on it.
Post # 3
Well. if you can take a ferry out to Anacortes, it’s absoltely gorgeous!
Post # 4
That sounds like fun, but I’m not sure I want to go on another ferry, I’ve been on enough of those in my lifetime already.
Post # 5
Well, if you are in the mood for a short ferry (45 minutes), I would suggest hitting up Bainbridge Island for the day (cute cute town, winery, beautiful scenery).
Things to do in Seattle: Duck Tour, Pike Place Market, EMP/Sci Fi Museum (if it’s a rainy day), Woodinville (wineries and the Red Hook Brewery tour-only $1!). It looks like you’re going to be here in wintertime? Head up to Snoqualmie Pass and go sledding for the day at the ski resort (or ski/snowboard if you know how), and then hit up Snoqualmie Falls. The Salish Lodge up there is a great place to go for brunch or dinner. If you like to gamble, you can drive up north of Seattle and go to the Tulalip Casino, there’s also the Tulalip Outlets up there if you like to shop. Can Can at Pike Place Market is a live dinner/burlesque show that’s pretty good. Teatro Zinzani is another dinner theater show that is fantastic- definitely worth the money since you get dinner as well as great entertainment.
I would skip the Underground Tour (it’s really not that impressive). Also, the Argosy Cruises are skip-able.
Hope this helps!
Post # 6
Two things that is awesome, especially for the culinary minded people. Is the Food tours of Seattle. (Pike Place or Belltown)
Also try to hit up Tillicum Village. They do a fabulous authentic native american feast as part of the day you spend there. (It is a ferry ride though)
Taking a drive up the coast to the Olympic Peninsula is a good place for honeymoon. It has the Rainforest. (That’s a trip on it’s own though)
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe
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Post # 8
What about heading up to Rainier? January will be kind of cold and icky though =
One neat place is Port Townsend. We spent a weekend there, stayed at a quaint little bed and breakfast, walked around, had dinner, and just enjoyed ourselves. They had no tv, but they had these amazing bathrooms. No lie, old fashioned ginormous claw foot bath tubs. Big enough for two =-]. We filled ’em with bubbles, drank a bottle of wine, and sat in there together looking out the windows over to the sea. We walked around in the evenings and went to the wine shops. It’s really small so 3 days is probably plenty. The place we stayed had this great porch. We sat out there, drank a bottle (i know we sound like alcoholics by now, haha) and talked about our future. It was just a great trip, very serene and peaceful. The couple who owned it made us fancy breakfasts in the morning. Only downside is they were SO liberal they were anti-military which was awkward for us….since Darling Husband is, ahem, a Captain and was getting ready to deploy. Getting “away” from the city itself may be ideal for a few days!
Post # 9
@ejs Glad to hear you enjoyed Port Townsend, I half-planned a Valentine’s weekend trip for Fiance and I to a lovely historic little hotel out there, but we ended up staying in town. It’s on our list for our next weekend getaway for sure.
I think Seattle would be a great honeymoon destination, and you have an ample budget to do the city quite nicely. The Sorrento is my pick for a gorgeous and historic hotel in the city. See a performance at the opera, the symphony, the Seattle Repertory Theater, the ballet, whatever your preference. A show at the Triple Door would be fun, as is the Can Can Cabaret at Pike’s Place. Tour Theo’s Chocolate factory and eat delicious chocolates. Perhaps rent an electric boat and float out on Lake Union for a few hours with a picnic. Teatro Zinzanni is fabulous, Fiance and I went there for our 3-year anniversary. Stroll the Arboretum or Golden Gardens or enjoy the skyline view at Kerry Park. Eat somewhere with a fantastic view, perhaps the Waterfront Seafood Grill which looks out on the bay and has amazing sunsets. We could talk all day about restaurants, the great culinary options here are endless. Have fun!
Post # 10
I love Seattle! The bees have already made great suggestions, but definitely just take some time to explore…we walked around everywhere, went to the touristy places, including the underground tour, and a ride on the monorail!!
Post # 11
So many things.
You could go to The Melting Pot on lower Queen Anne for a fun & fancy fondue dinner.
Also, you could take an Argosy dinner cruise
Also the dinner train. It used to be up by seattle but not you go from Tacoma I think….but it you drive here and have a car…a 30min drive there isn’t a big deal
I’m trying to think of other cold weather stuff. Ummmm…..
The Canlis is one of our most fancy resturants here…amazing view and pricey. I have never been but perfect I suspect for a honeymoon
Also EMP is you like music
Oh…and a seaplane tour on Kenmore Air
Post # 12
I second the Kenmore air float plane tour. We did one a while back and it was AMAZING! ALTHOUGH, it might be a bit cheaper to take a flight lesson from http://www.wingsaloft.com/ for $148 one of you gets to fly the pane (cesna) with an instructor and the other is a passenger. You get to fly over the falls, downtown and Bellevue too! It’s an hour long lesson.
Post # 13
Wow, thanks gals. You’ve been a ton of help. It’s going to take me awhile to get through all of this now, but totally worth it I’m sure.
Post # 14
@Spraguebride – I’m native to the area and my fiance’s Grandpa has been Chris Canlis’ barber for YEARS. We ended up celebrating my Future Mother-In-Law 50th birthday there a few years ago. I want to give a little plug and say that Canlis is – hands down – the best high-end restaurant in Seattle. It’s not a chain, not a two-location – it’s ONE place where that family has put their heart and soul into making the place a success. The food, view and service are all WELL worth the price and for a honeymoon it would be fantastic.
I noticed you are getting married next January so I’m assuming you will come to Seattle afterward – It IS a very rainy time of year here and not the best, but there are many things you can do with a car rental and some money. If you want some other advice I’d be happy to pass it along.
One other tip – try signing up for http://www.groupon.com – They offer AMAZING deals on tourist attractions, spas, salons, fun stuff, bars and clubs, places to eat – usually for about 50% off. You can buy them and book in advance in most cases.
Post # 15
@christalynn We definitely don’t mind the rain. Fiance went to school in Portland for a year and we lived together for most of that, so I got used to it pretty quickly. Since it’s going to be a slow time at his work, we want to go during then. I’ll have to check out groupon for sure cause I know Fiance won’t plan anything (he’s already told me haha).
Post # 16
Lots of great suggestions but I’ll add some offbeat ones. You could take flying trapeze lessons at Emerald City Trapeze- it is SO. MUCH. FUN. (unless you are afraid of heights, of course). They do have you harnessed up, so it is very safe. http://emeraldcitytrapeze.com/ . There are also shows happening periodically there- if one happens to be playing while you’re in town, you should go see it!
As far as culinary tastes go, if I were on vacation in Seattle, here’s a list of restaurants I’d go to:
– The Corson Building in Georgetown. http://www.thecorsonbuilding.com/about/index.php . Amazing food from what I hear. I’m dying to try brunch there.
– Le Gourmand in Ballard
– Ray’s Boathouse in Ballard (on Shilshole Bay)
– Lark on Cap Hill
– Tilth in Wallingford
– La Medusa in Columbia City
– Elemental in Wallingford (note- arrive early for this one, I think they only do two seatings per night and the restuarant only holds 19 people).
Other fun but not as fancy places: Green Leaf Vietnamese food in the International District, Tamarind Tree Vietnamese (also in the I.D.), Musashi’s sushi in Wallingford.
Other attractions- the aquarium just got redone and it is really nice. Also, the museum of Flight in South Seattle is apparently pretty amazing (although I haven’t been there so I can’t say for sure). Finally if you get a chance to go down to Tacoma, the Museum of Glass is neat. I’d also check out the Seattle Art Museum depending on what is in town.
Have a great time!