Trip Report

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Trip Report

48 hours in my hometown of Seattle

While visiting family in Seattle, I decided to hit up my old neighborhood for some food, coffee, shopping, and 90s nostalgia.

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United States2 days / October 2021

Highs & Lows

I was able to explore Seattle by myself in the first time in 20 years. Plus, instead of city rats, I saw tons of bunnies!

Seattle's homelessness is real.

Itinerary Overview

The last time I was home in Seattle was back in 2018. This was my first trip in a long time where I had time to explore and discover so much I hadn't seen over the years but more importantly, see what flourished post-Covid. The pandemic really affected tourism in Seattle and a lot of the small businesses in the area were also affected. 

Many individual neighborhoods create the unique fabric of the city of Seattle. I lived and went to school on Capitol Hill in the early 1990s when the grunge movement thrived and coffee shop culture began. 

On my recent trip, I only had 36 hours to backtrack my old stomping grounds on Cap Hill, discover the best place for Pho, a hybrid retail store, and find the best vegan ice cream spot in the country! 

  • 2 Nights: Seattle
    Visiting my old neighborhood and visiting family.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I wish I had more time to visit the other neighborhoods like Fremont, and Ballard. So many great restaurants around the city and not enough time.

  • How was the food?

    The Olympic Bar at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Ba Bar for Vietnamese, and Frankie and Joes for incredible vegan ice cream. Hands down one wouldn't know the difference between regular ice cream and theirs.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Bring a good pair of comfortable walking shoes. I forgot how many hills are around the city so be prepared to get a great leg workout in!

  • Packing tips?

    The nights do get cooler so pack a warmer jacket for evening walks.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Ride sharing was affordable everywhere but the best way to experience Seattle is on the ground walking.

  • Any surprises?

    The city is having a challenge with bunnies roaming around the streets, gardens and parks! It was actually really fun to see!

Lodging

  • The Fairmont Olympic Hotel - The hotel is beautifully updated and in the heart of the city.