We had such a fun weekend! We hadn't had a visitor since my sister came in November, so it was long overdue! Thank you, L.Rae, for spending your weekend with us!
L.Rae got in around 8:00 on Friday night and we took her over to West Seattle to enjoy the view and Phoenecia. If you have never been to West Seattle ... GO! The view of the Seattle skyline is amazing. And, Phoeneica is awesome as well. They are known for their pizzas, but everything we've tried has been delicious.
Me and L.Rae
J. and I
After our dinner, we met up with some friends in Belltown. We had to take L.Rae to our favorite bar, Bathtub Gin & Co. and we stopped by Rob Roy as well. L.Rae was very impressed with the atmosphere at Bathtub, as well as their "aggressive" drinks.
Saturday, we planned to see the tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. We also wanted to stop by our new house (more on that later!) to show L.Rae. We did not plan for the fact that every other person in the state of Washington was going to the tulip festival as well. The traffic was INSANE. We decided to head to the house first, then stop in downtown Mount Vernon for some coffee and paninis and then head back down 5 to get to the tulip fields through Conway. Luckily, that route was much less traveled. Saturday was the most beautiful day of 2011 (by far) and we soaked up every ounce of sun that we could:
The red was so bright it was almost blinding ... it was amazing.
The tulips with Mt. Baker in the background.
Red and yellow tulips with Mt. Baker.
J. and I
Field #2 ... there were red tulips scattered in with the red ones, I loved it!
L.Rae and I
J. and I
Love this little hut ...
A field of daffodils with Mt. Baker in the background.
After we saw the daffodils, we headed to La Conner to meet up with R. and her roommate. We stumbled upon a great little find, Hellam's Vineyard. It was a pretty big wine shop with a tasting bar and a great little patio right on the channel. We got a few glasses of wine and sat outside until the sun went down. It was such a gorgeous night!
A cool bridge over the Swinomish Channel in La Conner
Sunday morning, we woke up and had Easter baskets! Yay! And then headed into Seattle to show L.Rae around. During her last visit to Seattle, we went up to the San Juan Islands, went on a lame kayaking trip and didn't make it to Pike Place Market, so we had a few things to check off our list.
We started by checking out the first Starbucks ...
And then we wandered into the market ...
Where we saw more beautiful tulips!
And then onto the gum wall ...
L.Rae and J. deciding where to put his gum ...
That spot looks good.
Umm ... gross.
L.Rae and I
Gross ... germs!
Then we headed over to Fremont and saw the troll ...
These are our best troll faces ...
We also strolled through the Fremont Market, sampled chocolates at Theo's and then met some friends at Brouwer's for happy hour. I LOVE that Seattle does happy hour seven days a week. We also stopped by Molly Moon's on the way home. Yum.
Monday, we lounged around the house all morning and then headed to the U-District. J. wants a record player so we stopped by Hawthorne and saw some very cool old record players and some even cooler looking new ones. And then we headed to Cedar's for some Indian food. It was delicious. We had bottomless chai, two types of naan, Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala and Madras Chile Masala. I'm getting hungry just writing about it!
Thanks so much for visiting, L.Rae! We loved having you!