MONDAY 9 APRIL 2012
Seattle screams coffee, Bill Gates and the birth of grunge rock, but there’s more than meets the eye in Emerald City.
Seattle sits on the Pacific Rim with sweeping panorama views of Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, the Olympic mountain range and majestic Mount Rainier. Seattle is a magnificent place to explore…..
On a recent 24 hour layover I decided to soak in all the city has to offer. We rose early to watch the vendors set up at Pikes Place Market, an open-air shopping haven and Seattle institution. Experiencing the sights, sounds, and flavors of this historic 104-year old landmark was exhilarating. Be the first to grab a cappuccino at the “First” Starbucks that started it all.
A great way to get on the water in Seattle is to take a 35 minute ferry trip across Elliott Bay to Bainbridge Island. We caught the ferry at Pier 52, on Alaskan Way. As always once on the island the best idea is to explore. We found Pegasus Coffee House & Art Gallery. Pegasus is housed in a brick building, covered with ivy, said to be one of the oldest building on Winslow’s waterfront. A “delicious” find! Great coffee, croissants & atmosphere. Take in the views of the city as you take the 35 minute ferry ride back.
We strolled the Waterfront and found ourselves back at Pikes Place to watch fishmongers throw fish. I adored the aisles of gleaming fruits and vegetables and tables overflowing with my favorite, fresh floral bouquets. We got a great local tip from the Starbucks barista on a yummy place for lunch and stopped in “Seatown” for Bloody’s, oysters on the half shell and oyster stew warmed us up to walk the city. We finally got a glimpse of the sun as it was setting over the Puget sound! PERFECT!