A mini vacation in downtown Seattle

On a whim, we decided we needed a break from Alaska, so we hopped over to Seattle to celebrate my birthday. It’s funny how you can leave your neighborhood, walk into someone else’s, and it feels like a vacation.

Personally, I blame Groupon. They sent me one of those Getaway emails that had a beautiful hotel in downtown Seattle as a special. I was hooked and it was booked!

The Roosevelt Hotel didn’t disappoint, it was welcoming, clean, and our room was incredible! Fully updated with extra credits allotted to the room, a fun view, and such a comfortable bed. This trip was two months ago and I’m still thinking about those crisp white sheets. With the Groupon deal, we also had a complimentary breakfast delivered swiftly to our room comprised of a banana, greek yogurt, a very large muffin, and juice. It was the perfect early-bird start to our day downtown.

We didn’t want to rent a car and fuss with parking, so we committed to walking everywhere to really soak up what Seattle had to offer. Luckily, Seattle was hovering between 40-50 degrees (a heatwave for us coming from Alaska) and sunny! We spent the morning window shopping and browsing through Pike Place Market, and the gum wall! We hit Local Color Coffee for mid-morning (and late afternoon) pick-me-ups as well as the Pike and Western Wine Shop for birthday wine to share that evening back at the hotel.

When lunchtime rolled around, we were half starved. Mama’s Cantina was the perfect spot to sip margaritas, crunch on chips and salsa, and enjoy hot enchiladas. It was a laid back and quirky place, it’s definitely on the list next time we hit Seattle.

After a lot more exploring and shopping, we committed to the whispered about Underground Tour. I had done this same tour 10 years prior, and let me tell you this was an entirely revamped version. Where you purchase your tickets is conveniently located in a bar, so we hopped over to grab something to sip for the tour. The introduction was hilarious, the tour itself entertaining and engaging, and we left feeling pretty stoked that we had chosen to do it. Next time? We’re thinking about the haunted pub tour.

We found so many little treasures over this corner of the city, fun bookstores, map stores, and lots of shopping centers that we just don’t have in Alaska. It was a day well spent.

On our last day we experienced typical drizzly PNW weather and were thrilled by it. D and I spent the early morning trekking to a new part of town to have breakfast at Biscuit Bitch. I wish I had a picture of our bitchin’ selections but it just didn’t stay plated long enough. Might I suggest the Nutty Bitch, for my Nutella lovers out there? We spent the rest of the day hitting the market one more time and it was even more vibrant than the day before. One of our favorite shops is called All Things Lavender and we will definitely be repeat customers online. Their beard balms and oils are to DIE for.

We cruised along the Alaskan Way and ended back up near our hotel for a quick lunch to warm us up at the Cheesecake Factory. Then it was back to the airport and home we went! It was the perfect way to spend my 27th and I’m grateful to have had such a fun time with D. Our touristy Seattle weekend was a great get-away and we’re excited to go back in August!

Let me know your fav spots for our next trip!
H

A mini vacation in downtown Seattle

Visiting Alaska: Plan Your Trip!

Planning to visit the great northern state of Alaska? Here are some tips to navigating Anchorage, the place that I call home. The first thing you’ll want to do is think about how you’re getting here, how long you want to stay, what season to visit is important to you, and what you want to do while you’re here!

For Your Planning Needs
Check out Visit Anchorage and Trip Advisor
Plan recreational activities in the Kenai Peninsula area here!
 
Where Should You Stay?
Best Hotels in Anchorage – USA News
AirBNB
Springhill Suites
Dimond Center Hotel
The Hotel Captain Cook
The Lakefront Anchorage 

Car Rentals
Alamo
AVIS
Budget
Dollar Rent a Car
Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Dining Experiences
Glacier Brewhouse
Snow City Cafe – Breakfast/Brunch
Bear Tooth Pub and Pizzeria
Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria
Simon and Seaforts Saloon and Grill
Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse
Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant
Midnight Sun Brewing Company
Fat Ptarmigan
Crush Wine Bistro and Cellar
Spenard Roadhouse
Midnight Sun Brewing Company
Middle Way Cafe
South Restaurant and Coffee House
Fire Island Rustic Bakery
Tequila 61
Whale’s Tail Wine Bar
Rustic Goat
Blues Central, A Proper Establishment 
Hearth Artisan Pizza
Wild Scoops – Ice Cream Truck
M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs (Food cart!)

Neat Places to Shop
The Wildberry Place
Ozark’s Antiques
Farmer’s Market
Polar Bear Gifts
5th Avenue Mall
The Ulu Factory
Octopus Ink
Sweet Chalet, Artisan Chocolate & Confectionery
AK Starfish / AK Mermaid
The Spice & Tea Exchange 

Get Out and Play
Potters Marsh Bird Sanctuary
Ghost  Tours of Anchorage
Beluga Point
McHugh Creek
Girdwood
Winner Creek Trail
Alyeska
Portage Glacier
Alaska Zoo
Flattop Mountain
Museum
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Alaska Botanical Garden
Top 10 Places in Alaska
Kenai Fjord National Tours
Soldotna, Alaska (2 hours, 40 minute drive from Anchorage, 147 miles)
Nikiski, Alaska (3 hours, 20 minute drive from Anchorage, 171 miles)
Seward, Alaska  (2 hours, 20 minute drive from Anchorage, 127 miles)
Homer, Alaska  (4 hours from Anchorage, 222 miles)
Nikolaevsk, Alaska  (4 hours from Anchorage, 216 miles before Homer)

Fishing in Alaska 
Check out what’s happening on the Kenai River and refer to a fishing guide or two to get ready! June is a great month for fishing!

I Spy … 
Moose
Bear
Bald Eagle
Whales
and so much more!

Visiting Alaska: Plan Your Trip!

ThredUp Experience in 2016

I recently hit a rut with my wardrobe. Maybe our move had something to do with it, but I was feeling uninspired, monotonous, and bored with everything I put on in the morning. With buying a house and Christmas around the corner it wasn’t feasible for me to spend a lot of money on clothing, at the very least my conscience wouldn’t let me with the other purchases we were making. So I took to Pinterest and found ThredUp, I decided to give it a try and wasn’t surprised with how easy it was to fill up my cart.

There is so much variety to sort through. It wasn’t overwhelming, though, I liked being able to categorize what I was looking for by size, color, then pricing low-high just to give myself a starting point. It felt like a personalized shopping experience where I only saw items that would fit me, and more specifically they were in the colors I wanted and in the price range I needed.

What did surprise me was the total. I ordered 13 new blouses, tanks, and sweaters – all name brand and all in wonderful condition for less than $30 from the comfort of my living room, sipping a cup of coffee. Not only were my items of choice already marked at more-than-reasonable prices, but there was a coupon available as well. The cherry on top was free shipping to Alaska which always makes me a little giddy, as well as my confirmation email letting me know I had saved over $520 from retail. I couldn’t have done this anywhere else and received the quality that I did.

My cute polka-dot box arrived less than 5 days later and it was an experience just opening it up, there was no waiting for Christmas day here folks. Every item was nicely folded in tissue paper with ThredUp tags attached. It was a nice touch and I was thrilled when everything fit just as I needed it to. Sigh, now this is what shopping is supposed to be like. I have absolutely fallen in love with ThredUp and cannot recommend the experience enough.

I’m committed to this company and as a customer, I am able to offer $10 to all who use the links above (valid for 30 days). In full disclosure, I am also given $10 to continue shopping so we all get to wear the pretty things. Also, use MERRY40 to receive 40% off of your total until January 5th. Have fun and pay it forward!

xoxo,
H

ThredUp Experience in 2016