The cheapest flight left Calgary at 7:45 am on Saturday morning so our vacation started with an early morning wake up. We let E sleep until the last moment before bundling him up and out of the house. Our flight ended up being 45 minutes behind schedule but we still made it into Seattle only 15 minutes late. My sister and A picked us up from the airport and we headed to their house for a much needed coffee before heading out for the day.
Our first stop was Discovery Park where we took advantage of the sunny (but cool) weather and went for a walk. E managed to sleep his way through the whole park but we enjoyed it. Then it was time for lunch at Ray’s Cafe where I had some chowder and we got lovely views out over the water.
After lunch we went to see the Chittenden Locks and while we didn’t see any salmon we did watch a large ship pass through.
Then we joined what felt like every other person in Seattle at the University of Washington campus to view the cherry blossoms. They were beautiful but it was a little too crowded for our tastes and we didn’t linger long.
Instead we headed back towards my sister’s neighbourhood and stopped at a local park so E could have a little play. We cooked dinner at home and called it an early night.
On Sunday, after breakfast at home, we all headed out to visit the Ballard Farmers Market. I love a good farmers market and this one did not disappoint. It had the right mix of vendors and people out wandering to feel like a local farmers market. I bought some yogurt and Jon bought some cider and we celebrated our successful outing with giant donuts.
After the market we drove over to Golden Gardens Park to see the water and have a little walk. It was pretty cool and windy so we didn’t stay too long but did get to spot some seals out playing in the waves.
We headed back to the house for lunch and then out again to tour the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in nearby Woodinville. The winery was very busy on a lovely Sunday afternoon but the tour was free (and allows children). E was pretty grumpy so we didn’t linger long after the tour but instead headed back into the city for ice-cream at Salt and Straw (I had the raspberry ginger beer and it was delicious)
Our plan for Monday had been to head downtown and take in the market and some other sites but E woke up with a nasty cold so instead we had another nap and then headed to the zoo. It was pretty quiet so we got almost every exhibit to ourselves.
After the zoo we grabbed a coffee and walked around Green Lake while E had a much needed second nap.
Tuesday was our last day so we headed downtown to see the market and walk around. We borrowed my sister’s car and got early bird parking at the parking lot right under the market ($13). We had a coffee and wandered through the market before walking over to the Space Needle.
We thought we might visit the Chihuly Museum but neither of us really felt like spending time inside so instead we played at the Seattle Centre playground right behind the Museum of Pop Culture. It has some massive play structures and looked like a blast for older kids too.
From there we hopped on the Monorail to the Westlake Centre and then walked to the pubic library. Turned out it was baby story time so E joined in on that. He needed a nap after all the playing so we walked down to the waterfront and then west along the piers to Olympic Sculpture Park. Then it was a short walk back to the market and a quick drive back home.
Our flight left at 10 am on Wednesday so we were dropped off at the airport by 8 am and then it was just a few short hours before we were back in Calgary – trip complete!