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Seattle’s Best on a Budget

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Are you ready for this? #TheTrio is back for another quick Weekend getaway. This time we are exploring Seattle and Portland. Are you sleepless? If so, let’s get started! Make sure you bring your umbrella and a few extra pair of socks because chances are it’s going to be a wet one.
Seattle is the home of Starbucks, Amazon, and the Seahawks to name a few. We’re here to explore Pike market, the infamous gum wall, the Space Needle, and Seattle’s night life. We got 24 hours to do this and let’s get started!
Seattle
Our plane arrives at noon in Portland Oregon. We head to the rental car to pick out our vehicle. Luckily, we find a crossover SUV. It’s always a plus to drive something that sits a little higher off the ground. And we’re off! This time of year, the fall foliage is in full bloom. The drive from Portland to Seattle is wonderful, although it’s not quite as beautiful as driving through New England territory, this will suffice. There are lots of yellow and orange colors. Not a lot of reds in comparison to the East coast. Although it is raining, the drive is still enjoyable as we go over quaint bridges and pass Meadows and signs to Washington’s State Parks.
Our first stop is Mount Saint Helens visitor center. There’s a museum, a gift shop, a hiking trail and a picturesque view of Mount Saint Helens. Stop here because it’s only a few miles away from I-5. You won’t lose time unless you take countless selfies and next thing you know, you’ve spent an hour here.
Moving on, The Trio decides to get iced coffee en route back to the Interstate. Sugar and caffeine are essential to this road trip.

Welcome to Seattle

Seattle Trip
Our hotel is in the city center across from the Space Needle. Luckily our room has floor to ceiling windows with a great view of the Space Needle. We quickly put our stuff away and head straight down to explore. The first stop is obviously the Space Needle. This icon was built as a centerpiece for the 1962 World’s Fair and it was designed by Edward Carlson. It is $52 to go up to the top. The view up there is amazing but then again, our hotel has a rooftop deck that overlooks the city as well. There’s a gift shop on the first floor which is free to get into. Of course, there’s a Starbucks at the top floor as well. If this is your first time in Seattle, I would suggest checking it out. Although the line may be long, I suggest coming early in the morning or late at night before closing.
Our hotel is in the city center across from the Space Needle. Luckily our room has floor to ceiling windows with a great view of the Space Needle. We quickly put our stuff away and head straight down to explore. The first stop is obviously the Space Needle. This icon was built as a centerpiece for the 1962 World’s Fair and it was designed by Edward Carlson. It is $52 to go up to the top. The view up there is amazing but then again, our hotel has a rooftop deck that overlooks the city as well. There’s a gift shop on the first floor which is free to get into. Of course, there’s a Starbucks at the top floor as well. If this is your first time in Seattle, I would suggest checking it out. Although the line may be long, I suggest coming early in the morning or late at night before closing.
Seattle Trip
Let’s take the monorail adjacent to the Space Needle and head to Pike market. It’s $2.50 each way and it will take you the main shopping center in downtown. There is only one stop. You won’t get lost, I promise. Take Pine Street and follow it down. Head to the water, that’s where the market is.
Pike Place Market at Night
You’ve probably heard or seen on TV the famous fish throwing acrobatics. It’s a staple here at the pike market. The market also has flower vendors all over. I’m surprised by how reasonable the prices are on the flower arrangements. $10 get you a huge bouquet of flowers.
Seattle Trip
Once here, I highly suggest checking out a couple of eateries: Beecher’s handmade cheese for Mac and cheese and Piroshky Piroshky for, you guessed it, Piroshky. Yummy! The Trio decides to snack at both locations knowing full well that dinner time is right around the corner. I guess we are skipping dinner tonight because we are stuffed.
Once here, I highly suggest checking out a couple of eateries: Beecher’s handmade cheese for Mac and cheese and Piroshky Piroshky for, you guessed it, Piroshky. Yummy! The Trio decides to snack at both locations knowing full well that dinner time is right around the corner. I guess we are skipping dinner tonight because we are stuffed.
If you get here at a decent time, make sure to explore inside of the market for the little knick knacks. This will give you a chance to walk off the piroshky and the mac and cheese. Along the same street, you will find the very first Starbucks in existence. There’s always a long line to get in to this one but worry not, there’s another Starbucks around the corner somewhere, this is Seattle after all.
Seattle Trip
Now, after our snack, hopefully our stomachs are strong enough because we’re heading to the infamous gum wall. Take some selfies. Don’t be shy. Chew some gum and add to the collection.
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Night life

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Rain or not we are determined to go out tonight. We are ready to explore the night life here in Seattle. Tonight, we are going to R Place, Seattle’s premier dance club. It is three stories tall. The first floor offers a bar and ample seating by the huge window overlooking the street. There is a long line of people trying to get in. The second floor offers a loungy vibe, this floor has a bar as well. The third floor has a stage, a dance floor and another bar. We navigate our way to the dance floor with our drinks in hand. Careful not to spill it. The stage and the dance floor are packed with people dressed in interesting costumes. It is Halloween after all. I can feel the base of the speakers blaring in the background. I guess it’s as good time as any to down this drink and dance the night away. Woot woot!

Side note:

On our way home, through no fault of our Lyft driver, something tragic happened. It was a traumatic experience especially for Duke who was sitting at the front passenger seat. It was raining, and it was dark. A cyclist ran a stop sign and collided with our car. He hit the passenger side and landed on the windshield before rolling down to the ground as the car stopped. He wasn’t wearing a helmet but thankfully he was fine. The cops arrived momentarily to question the witnesses. With our night ending the way it did, we decided to walk back to our hotel. It was a long walk.

The Following Day

It’s always a good idea to take a Tylenol before going to bed after drinking the night away. The day looks promising because there is no hang over from last night’s debauchery. The sun is out and looks like we’re not going to need our umbrella after all. Our hotel offers complimentary breakfast and let me say it’s quite delectable. There’s an omelet station! Enough said.

Pike Place Fish Market

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Now since we didn’t have enough time to explore the market yesterday, we are heading to the fish market and watch the famous fish throwing acrobatics. Just follow the smell and it’ll lead you to the right place. These guys are cool to watch. Every time I think they wouldn’t be able to catch the fish, I am proven wrong. The sound of the oohs and aaahs from the crowd is everything and an experience in of itself.
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You can spend a couple of hours here at the market shopping and exploring. And when you get tired of that, head down the street to Victor Steinbrueck park where you can see a full view of the Seattle Ferris wheel. Although, the view is more amazing at night when the Ferris wheel is lit up.
You can spend a couple of hours here at the market shopping and exploring. And when you get tired of that, head down the street to Victor Steinbrueck park where you can see a full view of the Seattle Ferris wheel. Although, the view is more amazing at night when the Ferris wheel is lit up.
Seattle has much more to offer than we’ve covered in 18 hours. But it is time to head down to Portland! Let’s go fellas!

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