Seattle: Tuesday and Wednesday

Hey guys! I wanted to share a little bit about our trip to Seattle since we’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to put together the project-related posts that I want to do.

Matt’s group at work does a lot of business with an incredible tech company (Golden Guru) based out of Seattle; when he found out that he’d be going to Seattle for two days of meetings, we looked into making it a trip for the both of us. I had a companion ticket because of my Delta credit card, so we ended up getting a very cheap ticket for me – the only hiccup was that we had to go out of Greensboro (an hour and a half from us). [As a side note, we were both blown away by how helpful the Delta customer service representative was; when we couldn’t initially set up the flight through Raleigh, she suggested Greensboro and helped us get the best flight times too.]

Matt’s meetings were scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, so we left for Greensboro bright and early on Tuesday morning. Our flight left at 8:15am and we had a short layover in Atlanta before our 5.5 hour flight to Seattle. Because of the 3 hour time difference, it was only 1:15 when we got to Seattle, which was great because we got to explore for most of the afternoon!

We took a taxi from the airport to our hotel (the Renaissance) where we checked in and then headed out to do some exploring. Just a couple of blocks down from our hotel was the Seattle Public library. The architecture was amazing! You can’t really tell from the pictures, but it’s constructed from steel and glass so you can actually see in as you walk by.

Seattle Central Library

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We made our way through downtown and to Pike Place Market. As we walked through the market we passed booths of fresh fish, tons of beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables, and souvenirs.

Pike Place market

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Looking back, I could have spent hours exploring and taking pictures, but by this point we were really hungry and tired so we were very focused on our next stop – food! We (OK, mostly Matt) researched before our trip and heard that Pike Place Chowder was one of the best places to eat and it did not disappoint! We each got a bread bowl full of chowder – Matt got the New England Clam Chowder and I got the Southwestern Chicken and Corn Chowder. The restaurant is in Pike Place Market, so we sat outside in the gorgeous weather and enjoyed the street musicians and people watching.

With our now-full tummies, we kept walking and found the first Starbucks! It was crowded so we hesitated about actually going in to order but we caved to our my inner tourist and headed inside for Frappuccinos. Everyone who worked there was incredibly friendly – like they were part of a case study in customer service!

Yummy coffee drinks in hand, we walked back through Pike Place Market and back to the hotel. The long day had caught up to us and we decided to take a nap before dinner. We enjoyed seeing more of downtown on the way back to the hotel – the weather was absolutely perfect!

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Downtown building

After relaxing/napping at the hotel for a while, we headed back out to find some dinner. We decided on pizza and narrowed it down to two places. We headed to our first choice but when we got there we found out that the address we had found online was their corporate office – not one of their restaurants. Undeterred, we headed to our second choice – Serious Pie. I can’t even remember the name of our first choice…that’s how good Serious Pie was. We split an appetizer and a pizza and both were delicious.

We went to bed early Tuesday night and were up bright and early on Wednesday – Matt headed to his meetings at a nearby club while I walked to a nearby Starbucks to work remotely for the morning. It was fun to work from Starbucks – I got to have the hustle and bustle of people around me without actually getting interrupted so I got a lot done! I stopped around lunchtime long enough to pick up lunch on the way back to the hotel, where I worked for the rest of the afternoon. Matt came back from his meetings a little after 5 and I went with him back to the club for dinner. The Rainier Club was truly amazing. It was built in the early 1900s and it’s full of rich history and beautiful architecture. Our meal was fantastic and I enjoyed spending time with the guys that Matt interacts with so much for work.