Some of you may or may not know but my sister B was in town for 2 weeks. I always love it when she comes to town because we always have so much fun and it is a time where I get to go out and do some kid free stuff. Most of the first week she was in town she working from my couch and when she wasn’t we were taking the kids out to the park to get their wiggles out. I was lucky enough to get my husband to take a day off work to watch them so she and I could get out and have some sister time.
With only 1 day to do most of what we wanted I crammed as much stuff into it as I could. Here is part 1 of that day which consists of what we did in the morning. Part 2 will be posted shortly after this one. If we missed something or you have any suggestions on what we should do next time, feel free to leave it in the comments below. Both of us are always trying to find fun things to do.
Our morning started out at 9:15 at Pike Place Market for some breakfast. We wondered the market for about 15 minutes so we could see all our options before we decided on a place to actually eat. While we were wondering we stopped at the original Starbucks to grab a coffee. My sister got her usual peppermint mocha while I got my usual iced white mocha and needless to say it tasted like Starbucks. The service was faster and more efficient but other than that it was more of a check off the list kind of thing. After getting coffee we deliberated on where to eat. We couldn’t pick just one place so we went Le Panier, a french bakery, for a shared savory treat and then Prioshky Prioshky for a sweet Russian treat. After that and a few failed selfies in front of the Pike Market sign we headed off to our next destination, the Space Needle.
The walk from Pike to the Space Needle was only about 15 minutes. We had to climb one giant hill in the beginning but once that feat was accomplished it was flat sailing from there. We decided to skip waiting in line to buy tickets and went to one of the many ticket kiosks and payed for both the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass for $39. Once the tickets were paid for we just headed indoors and to the elevator. The ride was up was a short 41 seconds up and we got to stay as long as we liked. The views were amazing. You got the view of Elliott Bay that slowly mortified into downtown Seattle, then into South Lake Union which turned into Queen Anne and then you were back at Elliott Bay. Surprisingly it was nice and warm up there that day and we hung out for awhile. Once we absorbed as much of the view as we could we decided to head back down. Waiting in line was a little bit of time but that was okay because our next destination was only a few feet away.
Now, if you live in Seattle or plan to come you must go to Chihuly Garden and Glass. I have lived in Seattle for almost 2 years and I hadn’t gone until that day and I am kicking myself for it. If you buy tickets the way I did then you get to just walk in with no waiting at a ticket counter. For us, it was very fast and easy. Once you actually get inside the exhibit you start at the beginning of Dale Chihuly’s career and slowly work through the years as he progressed. I can’t even explain the amazing things I saw there. It had to be the most exquisite, vibrant, beautiful, intricate glasswork I’ve seen in my life and I’ve seen German glass blowers in the black forest before. They were all amazing and every room you walked through had a different theme. While we were there we were lucky enough to stumble upon a high school choir that was singing in the Glasshouse. They were amazing as well. It really made the whole thing an extra special experience for myself and my sister. After watching the choir sing a few songs we had to rush a little through the garden because we had to be at our harbor tour early so we didn’t miss the boat.
After pulling ourselves away from Chihuly we decided to walk down to Pier 56 to catch our Argosy Harbor Tour instead of taking the monorail. The walk was a little further than Pike was but all downhill so not bad. Once we got down to the pier all we had to do was find the Argosy kiosk which I would have missed if not for my sister. We gave them our names and they directed us to a staff member that would show us to our boat. Once on the boat we immediately decided it was 5 o’clock somewhere and grabbed a drink at the bar. My sister got a Dark & Stormy while I got the Mariner’s Margarita. Both were very good strong but very good. With drinks in hand we headed to a window seat while our bartender turned himself into a tour guide of sorts. He told us all about Seattle and Elliott Bay while we sailed through the water. He had a plethora of corny jokes, that I personally liked, and a lot of really interesting facts from wildlife to water depth and more. I really hated getting off the boat, mostly because I was walking weird from having sea legs. HEY! It was sea legs not the margarita… fine it may have been the very strong margarita I had. Anyways, I had to sober up so we headed off to lunch.
Catch part 2 in a few days! We did a lot more fun stuff so stay tuned.