Long flight essentials & 72 hours in Seattle

Recently, I had the honor of being a bridesmaid in a dear friend from grade school’s wedding in Seattle. I had never been to Seattle (or anywhere near the west coast) before, so I was unsure of what to expect. I am used to long flights, so packing my carry-on for the five hour flight was a breeze! It’s important to have the right essentials when stuck on a plane for a long period of time. Below are my must have travel accesories; you can check out Ellison’s previous list here.
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Since I was in Seattle for a wedding, we only had about 10 hours total of tourist time. It was a jam packed weekend! Our first tourist stop was to Pike Place Market. I am a huge coffee addict fan so stopping by the original Starbucks was a must! I may or may not have taken several an embarrassing amount of coffee mugs back home with me.
Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

Gorgeous tulips (12 for $10!) at Pike Place Market

Gorgeous tulips (12 for $10!) at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market is full of delicious bakeries and local vendors. We devoured pain au chocolat and croissant à l’abricot here, sampled delicious handmade cheese here and watched the famous fish throwing tradition here. Since we only had a few hours to spare, we were unable to go into all the shops and down to the waterfront. I will definitely be visiting again though!

Original Starbucks cafe

Original Starbucks cafe

Original Starbucks cafe

Original Starbucks cafe

Next stop on our quick trip was the famous Space Needle. Built for the World’s Fair in 1962, the Space Needle is Seattle’s landmark. From the observation deck, you can view downtown Seattle, the waterfront, Mt. Rainier and much more! We were lucky to have wonderful weather and no rain the morning we visited the Space Needle. Tickets are fairly reasonably priced, and the view is worth the money.
On the observation deck at the Space Needle

On the observation deck at the Space Needle

The last stop of our “tourist hours” was a Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field. My boyfriend is a huge baseball fan, and we were lucky the Mariners were playing at home that weekend. After having attended a Chicago Cubs game two weekends before, I figured I could stand the cold weather… I was wrong. #waytoocoldforussoutherngirls One neat thing about the stadium was instead of the tradition hotdogs and beer, we snacked on fish & chips and Starbucks coffee!

Seattle Mariners game

Seattle Mariners game

One thing I love to experience in new cities are their restaurants. Since this was a wedding weekend, we only ventured to two restaurants. For dinner Saturday night, we had some of the best sushi I’ve ever had at Japonessa. On Sunday, we had brunch at a little cafe near our hotel called Portage Bay Cafe.

Bananas Foster French Toast at Portage Bay Cafe

Bananas Foster French Toast at Portage Bay Cafe

I can’t wait to go back to Seattle! It was a whirlwind 72 hours trying to squeeze in tourist time and bridesmaid/wedding duties. The wedding was held on an old retired ferry boat, and it could not have been better. I am so happy for my friend and her new hubby! Next time I visit Seattle, I will be back to my foodie ways and exploring what the city has to offer.

Wedding View

Wedding View

– Mallory Anne

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