In September, we had the great joy of visiting our good friends, Austin and Kaytee, in their new hometown, Seattle.
We arrived on a Thursday night and spent Friday wandering downtown. After a quick stop at the Public Market for some Beecher’s Mac & Cheese, and browsing some of the shops in the area, we drove to the Starbuck Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, which is a really fancy Starbucks where they roast beans and have a bunch of unique drinks.
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I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the Reserve Roastery. All the whimsical copper pipes and mid-century furniture created a really fun and light-hearted vibe. And the smoked butterscotch latte was pretty dang tasty.
After our time at the Starbucks Roastery, we grabbed some to-go lunches and laid out at Gas Works Park, a wonderful little park on the property of an old gas company with amazing views of Lake Union and downtown.
We spent a few hours lounging in the sun, watching the float planes land, and admiring the perfectly beautiful day before making the drive back to Austin and Kaytee’s home in Kirkland, which is a little ways outside of the downtown area.
That evening in Kirkland we all walked down to the edge of Lake Washington at sunset.
Kaytee recently began teaching yoga at CorePower, so on Saturday we got to visit her studio and take one of her classes. Afterwards, we all enjoyed fruit bowls from a great little food truck in Kirkland.
Later that afternoon we drove out to Chateau Ste. Michelle winery with a cooler full of charcuterie and snacks, bought a bottle of wine, and lounged on the grassy grounds of the winery for a picnic.
On Sunday, Austin, Sarah, and I visited Snoqualmie Falls and enjoyed walking through the adjacent park and seeing the views from the top and bottom of the falls.
On Monday we said goodbye to our friends and made the quick trip back to San Diego.
Thank you to the Hoglands for opening your home to us graciously and being the wonderful people you both are. We are already looking forward to our next visit.
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