So, we went to Seattle! Over a week ago. Better late than never though, right?
Sam and I decided to take the train up to Seattle for our 5 year anniversary to spend the weekend. We took Friday off and left in the morning. I love the train station. They still have payphones!
The weather was gorgeous and the scenery was beautiful the entire train ride.
I didn’t take any pictures the first night… fail. We checked into our hotel and then walked to lunch at Elysian Pub so we could have some tasty pumpkin beer. The food was okay, but obviously it’s all about the beer. We stopped at a bookstore and wandered around for a while before deciding it was too cold to stay outside. We had a small hotel room at the Panama hotel (historic building) so we didn’t spend much time there. Instead we found a bar that had a fire and got some wine and settled in for a while. After we had been there a while we decided we should move on and while walking saw a bowling alley and had to go in a play a few games. It was so much fun to just be spontaneous in the city. He helped me out with some tips and I even got a strike! Afterwards I was starving and we walked to Oddfellows for some dinner. I asked what was vegan and they were very accommodating – I had a butternut soup and a salad with avocado and other goodies. Sam had a mushroom risotto that looked pretty tasty. Our phones both died, but we managed to make it back to our hotel alive and we passed out.
The next morning we slept in a bit before walking just over 2 miles to brunch. We (I) decided on Cafe Flora, a delicious little cafe that is all vegetarian and very vegan friendly. Again, I didn’t photograph the food, but I photographed the important things: coffee and Sam 🙂
We started out with a vegan biscuit and gravy (to split) and I got their cornmeal waffle with apple compote and granola crumbles and it was so good! Sam had the “rustic” french toast with pears which he also said was good. I would go back in a heartbeat – there was a little fountain, great coffee, and good service. We then continued our walk around the city. Luckily the weather was insanely beautiful (although cold) the entire time making our mode of transportation ideal.
We had lunch at Roy’s Street coffee shop where we stopped and read for a while. It was a great coffee shop to hang out in and we really enjoyed the big windows and comfy seating even though it was pretty crowded. Continuing our walk we saw a random tree in the middle of downtown: love it.
Then we decided to hike out to the Olympic Sculpture Park. I had never been, but it was such a cool spot to go wander around. Again, the gorgeous weather helped.
It was our anniversary, so we decided to go to Plum Bistro – one of the most well-known vegan restaurants in Seattle. Sam (very not vegan) must really love me since he agreed to go. We split a bottle of wine and started with their “mac ‘n’ yease” which was good, but rich. For dinner I had an herb rubbed seitan steak with pumpkin and beans and flash fried spinach. It was good, but again, really rich. I’m not used to such heavy foods. Of course, that didn’t stop me from having a brownie with ice cream for dessert. Plum Bistro was good, but I’m not sure it’s worth all the hype. It was also a tiny restaurant so we felt like we were basically sitting with our neighbors.
After dinner we walked home streamed an episode of the Office on Sam’s tablet. There was no TV in the hotel room. But we had walked about 10 miles that day so we really just fell asleep.
The final morning we had plenty of time to hang out and get brunch because our train didn’t leave until 2pm. We went to Cafe Pettirosso, which was another really good brunch spot. I had a vegan breakfast hash with fall vegetables and I forget what Sam had. Although this was a great spot, the coffee (we got drip) was seriously lacking. We had to stop at another coffee shop afterwards just so I could get my fix of good coffee (we went to a Cafe Vita). We continued to walk around, got lunch to-go for the train from Homegrown, and made one more stop at a coffee shop (Zeitgeist Kunst & Kaffee) before getting back on the train.
Homegrown sandwich with kale, butternut, apple butter and maple on rustic bread. Yummy.
And then the train ride home! Overall a really fun weekend. It was nice to get away and spend some quality time with each other doing whatever the hell we wanted to! I’m behind on my blogging goal of 1 post a week so hopefully I’ll post again this week to try and make up for it… I’ve made up a couple recipes/meals that I should probably share. Plus Thursday is Thanksgiving and that’s my favorite holiday!!
Have you ever taken the train on a vacation? Where to?