We asked Hotel Ändra team members to share their ideal “2 Days in Seattle” in concert with the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau’s helpful travel tool, 2DaysInSeattle.com. You can find all of the submissions on our 2 Days in Seattle page. Enjoy this entry by our Operations Coordinator and social media manager Sarah:
Hi, I’m Sarah, Hotel Ändra’s Operations Coordinator and the voice of all of our social media sites. I moved to Seattle two years ago and I have fallen in love with this city and the Pacific Northwest. There is so much to do and explore. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to it all. I grew up in Hawaii, so I like to spend a lot of time on the water. I’m also gluten-free, which definitely influences where I like to eat and drink. If I only had Two Days in Seattle I’d do my best to spend those two days like this:
I would head straight to Lake Union. I’d rent a hot tub boat and invite a few friends. We’d tour Lake Union in style, followed by a quick dry off and a trip to A Terrible Beauty for a hot toddy. I’d return downtown to Pike Place Market for lunch at Pear Delicatessen, where I would order one of their awesome sandwiches on gluten-free bread. At Pear, I would sit by the window and people-watch the always diverse activity in Pike Place Market. After lunch, I would wander to the SAM (Seattle Art Museum) to check out the latest exhibit. As evening approached, I’d return to my sweet Hotel Ändra room for a shower and a change of clothes. Then I’d wander up to Capitol Hill for a dinner of smoked meats and whiskey at The Old Sage. Capitol Hill is close to downtown Seattle and features a wide variety of bars and nightlife for a fun first night in Seattle.
I’d travel north of downtown to Ballard. I’d start at the Portage Bay Café, which has so many awesome gluten-free options! There is normally a line on the weekends, but it’s always worth it. After breakfast, I would go to Surf Ballard and rent a stand-up paddle board. I’d spend a couple hours paddling along the Washington coastline (see the picture I took last time, above), admiring its beauty, talking to the seals, and avoiding cargo ships. Once I was back on land, I’d head to the Fremont neighborhood, aka the Center of the Universe. In Fremont, I’d wander around all the funky consignment and boutique stores. When I was ready for a snack, I’d find the Theo Chocolate factory for a tour and some free samples. Finally, I’d round out Day Two in Seattle with dinner and drinks at Brouwer’s Café in Fremont. Brouwer’s features 64 beers on draft and an awesome selection of gluten-free beer.
Getting to and from downtown and Hotel Ändra:
I tend to walk or take public transportation everywhere in this city. I find that Google Maps and One Bus Away are great apps that help me do this. If you aren’t the bussing/walking type, then I recommend using Car2Go or Uber car services. Car2Go lets you take a car and drive it anywhere and then just leave it there. Drive to the bar, park, taxi home! Pretty genius. Uber is a town car service you order from your phone, rather than hailing a cab. They have a cheaper/greener Prius option that I love to use when the bars close.
Have fun. Enjoy our great city!
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