(Closed) Sept Honeymoon in Portland, Seattle, and Victoria BC, Tell me where to go!

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Awwww I’m so excited for you that you’re going to the PNW! That’ swhere I’m from and I always tell people to go there!!

Do you like coffee? You mentioned that you wanted to buy coffee for your parents… I would buy them Starbucks coffee at the original (!!) Starbucks in Pike Place Market, since you’ll already be there, or coffee at any one of the cute coffee shops in downtown… My fave are Stumptown Roasters and Cafe Diablo.

I would tell you DON’T try to make it to Walla Walla, it is a reallllllllllllly long boring drive from Seattle. You could spend all that driving time somewhere closer to the Pacific, along the I-5 corridor. Definitely don’t miss the San Juan Islands!! I recommend staying on Orcas Island… You can even rent mopeds to ride around the island, and there is a super cute little down in the middle of the island. The ferry ride is very scenic, and every once in awhile you can see an orca whale! (You can also pay to go on a whalewatching tour if you want πŸ™‚

Other cool things to do in Seattle:

-Ballard locks

-Kerry Park (you can’t miss this!!!! Do a Google image search!!!)

-Gasworks Park (Again, don’t miss this!! Google Image it – prettiest place in Seattle!)

-Go to the top of the Columbia Tower for an amazing view (plus no lines, unlike the Space Needle)

-if you like college campuses, University of Washington is absolutely beautiful.

-Don’t eat at the Space Needle restaurant, I’ve heard it’s not very good πŸ™ What kind of food would ya’ll want for a fancy meal? We can give you some recs…

-If you like clam chowder, the clam chowder from Ivar’s is famous. It’s right next to Pike Place Market, you can get it to go and eat it on one of the piers looking out over the water πŸ™‚

-If you like ice cream, go to Molly Moon’s in Ballard. Best. ice cream. ever.

-You’ve got to see the troll under the Fremont Bridge. Fun little detour haha.

-If you want to do a fun tour of Seattle, do Ride the Duck. Even though I was a local my friends and I d id that once a year for fun. It’s a bus that turns into a boat and drives out onto a lake for the second half of the tour!

-Farmers markets are really big in the northwest, so if you’re looking for a picnic on a Saturday morning that is by far the best way to go.

-Two of my fave neighborhoods in Seattle which are pretty eclectic (think Greenwich Village in NYC…) are Fremont and Capitol Hill. They are the best places to get drinks, find a cool restaurant, etc.

-If the weather is ok (ya’ll are going in December right?) you should rent bikes and ride along the Inter-Urban trail – that is seriously one of the best ways to see Seattle. The whole trail is pretty flat so you don’t have to be in good shape – I’ve done it with my mom before, and she hardly ever bike rides!

-On your drive up to Victoria, stop in Bellingham for a bagel at the Bagelry or get ice cream at Mallard’s. I’m from Bellingham and I will tell you it is a realllly cute city. If you decide to make a quick stop there, PM me and I’ll give you more info! There’s places in B’ham to rent a kayak or canoe, go on some great hikes, go for a run through the woods, get a good local microbrew, etc. And if you do go to Bellingham, you have to drive along Chuckanut Drive – it’s incredibly scenic.

-Another really cool place to stop is Deception Pass. It’s a little out of your way but very beautiful.

Are you going to stop in Vancouver?

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland!!  Amazing…..and so fun!

I live near Seattle.  I’ve eaten at the top of the Space Needle, and it was a fun view…but pricey.  I had the Dungeness Mac N’ Cheese, which was really yummy.  We went for brunch, though, so it was a bit less expensive than dinner.  If you can, hit up the EMP and the Pacific Science Center…both are pretty neat!  And if you’re up for a nice walk, go to Discovery Park around evening time and hike down to the West Point Lighthouse.  It is beautiful!!

In Victoria, I’d recommend the Craigdarroch Castle.  πŸ™‚

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Since you mentioned biking, in Seattle there is the Burke-Gilman trail which takes you from the Ballard Locks, through Fremont (neighborhood), past Gas Works park (recommended above and here), and the University of Washington.  If you are still feeling good on the ride it can take you around the north end of Lake Washington out to a city called Woodinville, which has Redhook Brewery and tons of wineries.

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@mrs_pugetsound:  OH! yeah we did Craigdarroch too and it was pretty cool! We Walked all the way up there from downtown victoria. OY! LOL

Post # 22
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Be sure and check out TripAdvisor… the internet’s on-line authority for Travel Planning.  They have a lot of great info… Travel Guides – Reviews (Hotels – Restaurants – Things To Do) and even some Discussion Boards (they call them Forums) where you can post Questions and get one-on-one help from Locals or those who know the area best.  I am familiar with both the Seattle and Victoria Forums, and they have a great bunch of folks on them.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I live in St Helens, which is outside of Portland. Make SURE you go to the St Helens national park, it’s incredible. Head out to the coast. Cannon Beach is absolutely gorgeous and where countless films are made, the scenery is out of this world stunning. Make sure to take a trip up to Timberline on Mt Hood. Multnomah Falls is cool, but there’s prettier falls and that place is ALWAYS packed. honestly, you won’t run out of things to do! Have a blast!

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

what about whale watching in Victoria???

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You can go whale watching at the San Juan Islands, I loved it!

I live 20 minutes away from downtown Seattle and here is what I would recommend:

At Victoria I would suggest going to see the Wax Museum. I love that place so much! Everyone else has pretty much said everything I wanted to suggest!

The Gorge is a great place to go, FI’s family goes every year to Marryhill at the Gorge to camp for a few weeks. 

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@MsJ2theZ:  “Oy” is right!!  That is one heck of a hike!  We wimped out and got a taxi.  But Victoria is definitely on my list of “places to go again SOON!!!!”  It is such a cool city!

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

How long are you in Victoria? Are you interested in seeing more of the island, or just the city? I’m born and raised in Victoria and would be happy to give you suggestions. It also depends on touristy you want to be because Victoria can be VERY touristy, or you can take the local route. 

Things to do:

– Walk along Dallas Road and the breakwater in James Bay.

– Picnic in Beacon Hill Park. Make sure to stop in the Beacon Drive-in to get some icecream. 

– Dinner at Il Terrazo. Mine and DH’s absolute favourite restaurant in all of Victoria. No offense PP, but Local Kitchen has NOTHING on Il Terrazo (albeit, it’s still a decent restaurant). 

– Walk along Willows Beach in Oak Bay

– Take a ferry taxi (we like to call em’ pickle boats)

– Get a drink by world renowned bartender, Shawn Soole, at Clive’s Classic Lounge in the Chateau Victoria. He makes the most amazing cocktails. 

– Sip hot chocolate at night time and walk along the inner harbour. It gets chilly at night in September so bring a sweater. 

– Whale watching is also really cool!

– Buchart Gardens has already been mentioned but it’s a very beautiful place. 

Post # 29
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Blushing bee

In Victoria, there is an awesome brewery called Spinnakers. Super good food too!

 

Also go to Butchart Gardens. So beautiful! That was the best day of our trip around Victoria and Vancouver.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I used to live in Seattle! Here are some places I know I would go: The 5 Spot (for breakfast) on Queen Anne is awesome! Look them up, this was our fav breakfast place when SO and I lived there, Cafe Vita was my fav coffee place (great beans!), Piroshki Piroshki down by the market is not to be missed, and do have some good pho while you are there. Molly Moons on Capitol Hill for ice cream (ammmmazing ice cream), and Salumi in Pioneer Square for the best housemade salami you’ve ever had (owned by Mario Batali’s parents), just thinking of that place makes me drooool. Gas works park is awesome, as well. The Olympic Sculpture park is neat (and free!), there is a nice trail that runs by the bay that you can get to from there.

Can you tell I miss the food? πŸ™‚

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The food in Portland is amazing…try Paleys Place if you have the extra cash.  It is amazing.  Also the Chinese Gardens are awesome especially if it is raining. 

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