Before I get into the details of our time in downtown Seattle last week I just wanted to take a moment and thank you all so much for the support during Josh’s deployment. The boys and I are so happy to have him home! Distance between a couple for any amount of time can be so hard on a marriage so we he returned we both thought it would be beneficial to spend some time alone, to remember what it’s like to pursue each other again.
He had been state side for just over a week and I surprised him with a stay-cation in Seattle, just the two of us!
We dropped the boys off and headed towards the city. Seattle is only forty five minutes from us but it’s far enough that we don’t make it that way very often and we begin to miss it. It is located between the Puget sound and Cascade Mountain Range. It is a place my husband and I have many memories as kids and young adults taking the ferry, walking the piers, Seahawk, Mariner games and our own sporting events. The list can go on and on. But this was even more exciting because we were going to experience Seattle’s atmosphere in a way we never had before. No events to run to, just enjoy each other’s company.
Kimpton Alexis Seattle Hotel is conveniently placed hotel and close enough to smell the fresh sea air from the waterfront. It has a unique feel, historic and modern touches inside and out. Amazing artwork of local artists showcased through the entire hotel. Such a “boutique” feel.
Our suite was so beautiful with a fantastic view of the Puget Sound and the waterfront Carousel. They were so incredibly sweet and surprised us with a bottle of champagne with a note welcoming Josh home and congratulating us on our five year anniversay! It was quite the spectactular start to our stay. We settled in to our room and slowly started to get ready for our evening.
When we made our way into the lobby we were suprised with complimentary wine and water color during happy hour? We said yes! Enjoyed the company of other guest and chatted with some of the Alexis staff about some of the history of the area. So fascinating!
Later in the evening we made our way to El Guacho for dinner. We walked through the doors and were instantly taken to a completely different environment then Seattle’s Belltown. A dimly lit restaurant with beautiful candles and live jazz. A very romantic feel, which was the perfect setting for our first night in Seattle. There service was spectacular. They definitely made us feel special that evening. They also offer private rooms which would make for a perfect venue for a special dinner with your partner, a family celebration or large gatherings. My expectations were blown out of the water. Just a wonderful upscale and delightful time at El Guacho Seattle .
The next morning we slept in and it felt marvelous! We love our boys so very much and began to miss them but a break from diaper changing and refilling sippies was refreshing. We made our way down 1st Ave in search for breakfast.
And just a few minutes later we walked right into Pike Place Market. I can not deny it, Pike Place has a special place in my heart. I love the people, the diversity of company, food and goods available. And don’t get me started on the flowers, I can’t ever leave without a bouquet.
On our way back we stopped at this view point and talked about how much we love our boys and how they would love to chase the seagulls and ride the Carousel. We will definitely be making a trip with them soon.
The Bookstore Bar & Cafe is attached to the front Kimpton Alexis’s entrance and lobby. On our first night before dinner we enjoyed a drink while watching the Hawks game here and enjoyed our time so much that we ended up order lunch and a few drinks numerous times during our stay at the Alexis. It was so convenient and that good that we had no reason to venture very far. Which was really nice for us because at home with three kids daily life is fast pace and a little chaotic so we were looking for accommodating and delicious.
On our last evening we enjoyed an incredible multi course dinner by Executive Chef Eric and his team. Our evening was quite an experience, the chefs prepare and served each course table side. Making such an interactive experience. Each contemporary dish had a story and included flavors of the Pacific Northwest in a way I have never had before.
I even went back for another cup of soup after we checked out. I am craving several of the dishes as I write this right now, can’t wait to go back.
All and all we might not have seen every major attraction this awesome city has to offer but we slept in, enjoyed warm coffee, at fabulous food and enjoyed some alone time just wandering around Seattle. And a huge thank you to our families to watched our boys for three days so we could get away for a while and reconnect after six months separated while Josh was deployed.