Travel Calling: Seattle Diary

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A few weeks ago, we spent a wonderful long weekend in Seattle. We had such an enjoyable time exploring the city that we’re planning another weekend trip later this Spring. Here are some of my favourite places I can’t wait to visit again.

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STAY – Westin Seattle
The location of the Westin Seattle is ideal for a weekend visit. Since the city is so walkable, staying at the Westin allowed us to park our car for the duration of our stay and explore the city on foot. My favourite part about the Westin? Their ‘Heavenly Beds’ are exactly that, Heavenly!

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BRUNCH – Etta’s
Located in the bustling Pike Place Market, Etta’s menu features a delicious selection of seasonal and seafood items. Said to be one of Tom Douglas’ best restaurants, Etta’s is a great place to soak up the ocean view before checking out Pike Place Market. Tom and his wife have their own farm, Prosser Farm located 2½ hours east of Seattle that deliveries fresh, organic produce to Tom’s various restaurants daily.

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LUNCH – Terra Plata
Terra Plata is an “earth to plate” concept restaurant. The menu is created by Chef Tamara Murphy’s love for creative and delicious plates inspired by the seasons and made possible by the fantastic selection of fresh produce from local farmers.
Terra Plata’s beautiful rooftop dining area also features their edible garden and is an ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine, weather permitting. Terra Plata is located at the south end of the melrose market between pike and pine in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighbourhood.
10958710_948191441860417_8521793168342947401_n 10917890_943957865617108_2790385992932811441_nDINNER – Local 360
Local 360 is a sustainable restaurant in the heart of Belltown. Their emphasis is on local sourcing, with the majority of their ingredients falling within a 360 mile radius of Seattle. We had an incredible meal at Local 360, and a wonderful server who made impeccable menu suggestions. The Tagliatelle with foraged mushrooms, duck egg and green garbanzos was my favourite.
304585_10152005876020704_869261145_nSHOP – Nordstrom
No trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to Nordstrom (In my mind at least!) Seattle is the hometown for the department store with their flagship location in the heart of downtown, steps away from The Westin. Since Nordstrom opened in  1901, they have been committed to providing their customers with the best possible service, and it shows. As a customer, shopping at Nordstrom is an absolute pleasure. Their staff is friendly, knowledgeable and genuinely seem to enjoy their job. As they say: ‘Fashion changes. Shopping changes. Our commitment to happy customers doesn’t.’ 
10986437_10153085469096462_7092735254459729596_n 11204892_10153240600841462_5916731778510750412_nSEE – Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is a Seattle landmark and was created more than a century ago to connect the city’s citizens and farmers.  The nine-acre Market District overlooks Elliott Bay, and remains the bustling center of farm fresh, locally sourced, artisanal and specialty foods.  It’s a place where you can “Meet the Producer”—the farmers, butchers, fishmongers, cheesemongers, bakers, winemakers and purveyors.
The Market boasts one of the largest craft markets in the country, featuring all locally made handcrafted goods. I couldn’t believe the amount of flower vendors at Pike Place Market. Rows and rows and rows of spectacular season blooms, that smelt incredible.
EMPPano11empbuilding_mobile_960x552SEE – EMP Museum
EMP is a leading nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through their collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.
EMP Museum is housed in a spectacular, futuristic Frank O. Gehry designed building. Situated at the base of the world-renowned Space Needle, the EMP Museum wraps around the historic Monorail. The exhibits were incredible. The current exhibits are Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses and Jimi Hedrix London.

A few snaps shots from my instagram from our long weekend in Seattle
1. Packing for Seattle! (Love my Anine Bing Sunnies) 2. Our hotel, The Westin Seattle 3. The gorgeous selection of Celine purses at Nordstrom 4. Morning coffee at the hotel 5. Flowers at Pike Place market 6. The Diptyque section at Barney’s 7. The incredible EMP Museum 8. Moscow Muel – one of my current favourite drinks 9. The Rebecca Minkoff purse I purchased at Nordstrom

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