Seattle was a destination on both my mom’s and my lists, so when we started to plan our summer Alaskan adventure, we decided a stop in Seattle was a must!
A big fan of the Ace Hotel brand, I booked us into Ace Hotel Seattle, the first of Ace’s eight hotels. A small hotel, Ace Seattle boasts 28 rooms. I knew my mom would appreciate the hotel’s awesome, laid-back vide and its ideal location in Belltown, just blocks from Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and bustling neighborhoods like Queen Anne Hill and Capitol Hill.
After spending a few minutes getting settled, we set out to explore the city. First up was a stroll to the city’s piers and Pike Place Market. We got a bite to eat at a restaurant on Pier 57, where we were able to watch the sun set into Mount Olympus. (What a start to our trip!) After dinner, and on our way back to Ace Seattle, we walked through Pike Place Market. That was a good take, and we got the gist of it even though many of the shops were closed.
The next day we rose early (thanks, time difference!) and after enjoying a delicious, complimentary breakfast at our hotel, we headed out for a strenuous walk to the top of Queen Anne Hill, a beautiful, residential neighborhood that offered excellent views of the city. The trek was challenging but the vistas were amazing – we passed gorgeous homes and witnessed many beautiful sights.
In addition to expansive city views and glimpses (from many angles) of the Space Needle, sights on our walk included the Frank Gehry-designed EMP Museum, Chihuly Garden & Glass museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park – plus many other unique sights!
Although a short trip, my mom and I feel like we got a great sense of the city’s culture and energy. Of course there are still things we’d love to do, like take the ferry to Bainbridge Island and go on the Seattle Underground Tour, but our itinerary worked perfectly for a quick trip!
Have you been to Seattle? If so, I’d love to hear of some of your favorite sights or experiences!