Seattle rescued me this October from a neverending, scorching hot summer in L.A. I got leaves! I got to wear sweaters and boots! The food is outstanding and charm oozes from every nook and cranny – from the boutiques to the bookstores to the bars. It is absolutely stunning in the fall and the perfect place to go for a weekend getaway. Here are a few of my favorite places…
Fairmont Seattle – The hotel itself is in need of a revamp, but I was told that the rooms are getting a full makeover very soon. The bed, however, was worth writing home about and also worth buying once I got home (I got the down pillow). Click here for the best night sleep ever>.
EAT + DRINK
Rockcreek – As a Southern girl, I was in absolute heaven. The menu is full of comfort food like the caramelized apple & ricotta beignets w/vanilla bean caramel anglaise followed by the buttermilk biscuits with low country sausage gravy w/scrambled eggs.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room – As a pretty big coffee snob, I’m not one to frequent Starbucks, but this tasting room is unlike anything I’ve seen in the world of coffee.
The Upstairs – This is a speakeasy style bar with fabulous cocktails. I happened to run into my childhood friend and we met up with her here. It proved to be a great place for a catch up before dinner at Shiro’s Sushi just down the street.
Shiro’s Sushi – This is a VERY popular place and we waited about an hour and a half. I was about to lose my mind right before we were seated at the bar. It was opened by Master sushi chef Shiro Kashiba, who apprenticed for Jiro Ono of “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” fame. He recently handed over the reins to start anther project, but it is still extremely popular. It was great, but I would have eaten most anything put in front of me by the time we were seated. Highly recommend a reservation!
Book Larder – This place is heaven. It’s a bookstore of only cookbooks! Both new and vintage. They even have cooking classes and speakers. It’s located in Fremont, where most of the below shops are as well. It was one of my favorite neighborhoods to walk around.
Theo Chocolate Factory – I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I bought a LOT of chocolate to give as gifts and when I came home, I found the exact same chocolate at my local Whole Foods. Is nothing sacred?? Nevertheless, it’s still delicious.
Essenza – I could have spent hours in this little shop. They have the most beautiful little gifts and delicious smelling perfumes and bath goodies. I came away with a bracelet for a friend and some turkish hand towels for myself.
Liten – next door is the sister store to Essenza and has beautiful handmade pottery. I came away with a Christmas gift…who’s the lucky person??
Watson Kennedy – This was on my last Seattle guide and it now has two locations and is even better than before. It has home goods that range from antiques to candles to cookbooks to dishware. It’s one of my favorite gift shops anywhere.