Seattle Wedding Trip

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Thursday morning we were on the road at 7am bound for Seattle! The wedding trip had started.

Seattle Wedding Trip

Travis’s friend was getting married Friday, so we went over a day early to stay in downtown Seattle and take Tyrion exploring. Little man did great on the car ride and we got into Seattle about noon. check-in wasn’t until 4pm, so we had some time to kill and decided to head to Alki beach and stretch our legs after the long car ride.

Seattle Wedding Trip

We hit absolutely perfect weather on our trip. Score!

Seattle Wedding Trip

The beach was as picturesque as ever. Tyrion loved all the seagulls he saw on our trip and would run after them like he does the cats at home. Sadly, none of the gulls ever decided to let him pet them like the cats do.

Seattle Wedding Trip

I would love to own a place along Alki beach. The running path there? I mean, could it get any better than running along Puget Sound each day?
Seattle Wedding Trip

Seattle Wedding Trip

Tyrion tried very hard to sneak past us and jump in the Sound several times.

Seattle Wedding Trip

Seattle Wedding Trip

After we finished up at Alki we headed downtown to check out the boardwalk and shops while we whittled away the last two house until check-in.

Seattle Wedding Trip

We were surprised by construction everywhere when we pulled up to the Seattle waterfront. The city had just started a three year project to rebuild the 100 year old seawall, as well as several other improvements for safety and environmental reasons. You can read more about the construction here if you’re interested.

It was harder to meander through all the extra congestion down there, but still very worth it! If you are headed to Seattle in the next nine months though, heads up, most of the shops along the boardwalk will be closed for the largest phase of construction.

I’m honestly a little disappointed they are changing the waterfront. It has been the same for so long and literally millions of people have created lasting memories there. However, I do understand the reasoning behind it, even if I’m not thrilled. I hope when It’s completely finished in 2019 that it will be a sight to behold!

When 3:30 came around we hopped back in the car and headed to the hotel.

The Crowne Plaza

We stayed at the Crowne Plaza, and I would stay there again in a heartbeat. It was central and very clean and comfortable.

Seattle Wedding Trip

I would completely recommend them! Great service, beautiful place, and clean. Plus once we parked (they actually valet all cars) we didn’t drive again until checked-out since everything was so close. We walked to Pikes Place that evening and the next morning easily. Seattle Center, where the Space Needle is located, would have been a bit of a trek though and probably better to drive or take a taxi too. Where we stayed last time, the Mediterranean Inn, was within walking distance to the Space Needle.

Our room was on the 21st floor of the Plaza and I loved the view!

Seattle Wedding Trip

Seattle Wedding Trip

Seattle Wedding Trip

The room itself was great, though I forgot to snap pictures before all our bags trashed it up a bit.

Seattle Wedding Trip

Seattle Wedding Trip

Seattle Wedding Trip

Seattle Wedding Trip

All the small touches were nice. In the morning there was a local paper under our door, which we enjoyed with our in-room coffee. Some places don’t have that anymore! They were also super nice when we called down with questions.

Once unpacked and settled in, we changed out of our grubby travel clothes and headed to the Hard Rock Café for dinner with Travis’s parents. The Café is located right next to Pikes Place.

Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe

At this point Tyrion was beyond exhausted so I was leery of how dinner would go. He sat with me and was mostly good, playing with a toy car grandpa brought him. But, once dinner came out and I placed him in his highchair he unraveled. He was not going to sit anymore, so I excused us from dinner and took him for a walk through Pikes Place while Travis and his parents caught up. I ate dinner later in the hotel after Tyrion had gone to bed.

Once we were outside he settled down quickly and enjoyed walking around pointing at things saying, “What’s that?” which is his favorite new thing to do.

Pikes was closing up since it was late but we still walked through and checked everything out.

Seattle Wedding Trip

Ever time I come down here I’m surprised to find another area I haven’t been before. There is so many hidden gems throughout the market.

After a bit Travis texted and said they were waiting for us at the Pikes Place Pig, so we headed back since we had migrated down to the Harbor Steps.

Seattle Wedding Trip

Once we met up we all went back to the hotel room to chat a little more before Travis’s parents called it a night and headed out.

Tyrion had fallen asleep on the walk back to our room and had stayed asleep while I changed him and placed him in bed. A couple hours later however he woke up and I couldn’t get him back to sleep in his crib. I’m pretty sure he was scared since it was pitch black in the room, and he is use to two nightlights at home. I placed him in bed with us and he promptly passed out. Like most children, he did sleeping somersaults all night, but overall we slept pretty well.

Day two

Tyrion was up at 5:30 for some lovely reason, so both Travis and I were up as well. At about 6:30 I dressed for my run and kissed my boys before heading out the door. I was so excited. (running in Seattle, my favorite!) I’d been looking forward to it since I booked our trip.

I left the elevator and walked out the front door only to be greeted by –

Seattle Wedding Trip

Rain.

You can’t see much from the picture, but it was a downpour. I stood there for a minute and seriously contemplated running anyhow. But, it wasn’t just sprinkling, it was pouring. I decided it wasn’t worth the risk of slipping and possibly injuring myself the day before my half marathon, so sadly I turned around and sulked back into the hotel. I looked at the bellhop, who I’m sure had just been starting at me wondering if this crazy lady was going to take off in the rain, and asked him where the gym was. “5th floor,” he said, and with that I was off to run Seattle on a treadmill.

Seattle Wedding Trip

Ya, it wasn’t the same. I got a short three miles in and with that I headed upstairs to get ready to head down to Pikes for breakfast after Tyrion’s nap. Of course about an hour after my workout the clouds parted and it was beautiful out. Go figure.

With such an early morning it didn’t take long until Tyrion was passed out next to Travis on the bed.

Seattle Wedding Trip

I got ready while he napped, and after Travis’s quick shower we headed out exploring.

Seattle Wedding Trip

Visiting Pikes Place

I’m 100% positive that if I lived anywhere near Pikes I would do the majority of my shopping there. Your senses just explode every time you walk through.

Seattle Wedding Trip

Seattle Wedding Trip

We also visited the gum wall and did some more exploring.

Seattle Wedding Trip

Seattle Wedding Trip

After a couple hours we called it good and headed back to the hotel to pack up, check out, and head to the wedding.

Wedding at Camp Long

Seattle Wedding Trip

Yes, I did wear the same outfit as the night before. I brought a dress, but just wasn’t feeling it that morning so decided to go with my dinner outfit instead.

Seattle Wedding Trip

The wedding was at Camp Long which is a boy’s camp that was, surprisingly, only about 15 minutes from our hotel. Crazy how you can be in the heart of the city one minute, and in a beautiful treed camp the next.  Tyrion loved walking all the nature paths before and after the wedding, and sat like a champ through the ceremony. Big sigh of relief for this mama!

After about two hours we decided it would be best to head out and get a start homeward bound, since it was already 3pm.

We said our goodbye’s and took off on the road again.

Travis wanted to make one more stop before heading home though. . .

Seattle Wedding Trip

He had been eyeing a Seahawks jacked at the Pro Shop downtown but they didn’t have his size, so we made a quick pit stop at the Century Link Field store where he snagged the right one.

When we got to Ellensburg we grabbed dinner and changed into our comfy clothes for the rest of the ride home. I tried to down as much water as my little bladder would allow on the car ride back so I wouldn’t be dehydrated for my half the next day.

We got in about 9pm and Tyrion transferred seamlessly from the car to the crib and was out until 6:30 the next morning. I unpacked until about 10pm when I called it a night and Travis and I headed to bed.

It was a great trip, even if it was a quick one. Glad we got to explore Seattle as a little family and see one of Travis’s good friends tie the knot!

I was going to do a write up on the Happy Girl Half Marathon in this post, but it has grown way too long so I’ll recap that tomorrow!

Happy Monday!

Have you been on any great trips recently? Would you recommend where you stayed?

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