From My Hometown to Yours - Meghan of Shine On

Ugh is it only Thursday?? Seriously why is this week moving like molasses? So what do I have to make it better? A post about another awesome hometown!


Today we are in the Northwest in a city you might have heard of called Seattle. They have something famous that got started there again you might have heard of it, Starbucks.
So take it away Meghan!

hey y'all! my name is meghan and i blog over at 'shine on: tales of a twenty-something'. like my blog title suggests, i'm a twenty-something living in nashville, tennessee. but wait, i'm not blogging about nashville, because it's not my hometown. so where is my hometown? seattle, washington. yep, the good ol' pacific northwest.

 i came across the 'from my hometown to yours' series when a fellow blogger posted about hawaii. i lived in hawaii for two years, so when i commented, meg and i got to talking. i asked/offered to do a piece on seattle, and i was thrilled when meg said yes! so here we go, friends...welcome to my hometown:

i spent twenty-one years in the pacific northwest, specifically in a little city named silverdale. 'the dale' (as i like to refer to it) is an hour ferry ride away from the emerald city. growing up, we frequented seattle for mariners' games, pike place market, broadway productions, and some good ol' fashioned shopping. for those that don't know, seattle is home to a lot of great companies: starbucks, fran's chocolates, & nordstrom to name a few.


we also are home to the space needle, the infamous gum wall, and EMP (experience music project).


like i mentioned above, when my family would spend the day in seattle, we would get there via the ferry (or as grey's anatomy likes to put it, ferry boats). ferries are such a fun way of transportation - it's a 30min. ride from bainbridge island to seattle, and it's a great place to people watch. 

that gentleman wasn't very happy that i was snapping photos - oops!

when you visit seattle, i highly suggest you eat at elliott's. it is a great restaurant right on the water, and they are known for their yummy oysters! while it is a bit pricey, it's completely worth it and totally fits into the pacific northwest/seattle experience.


this is also the delish wedge salad they serve - looks at those chunks of bleu cheese!


here are some fun pictures of pike place market. the market is a wonderful place right downtown that houses a lot of local companies - everything from flowers, to fruits & veggies; jewelry to decor. the market really has everything. some things i suggest? fresh flowers, jellies, & the fish market.


here's a little video of the fish-throwing. they don't do it anymore, unfortunately, but they still have a ball and engage the crowd.


during the holidays, pacific place, a premiere seattle shopping area, decorates with nutcrackers. pacific place hosts stores like michael kors, tiffany & co., william-sonoma, a movie theater, delicious restaurants, and a sky-bridge to nordstrom. our personal favorite growing up was gordon biersch - best garlic fries ever.


while in seattle, make sure to catch a ball game (seahawks or mariners) or a broadway production. seattle is also hosting the previews for new york-bound shows. my family was able to see the preview for young frankenstein before it hit broadway. we've also seen many-a-show in seattle, including jersey boys, phantom of the opera, and mamma mia! (among many, many more). tickets to both games & shows are very reasonable, and totally worth it.

top-left: qwest field (go hawks!), top-right: paramount theater
bottom-left: 5th avenue theater, bottom-right: safeco field (go m's!)

last, but certainly not least, don't forget an umbrella. while it doesn't rain as much as the media likes to say it does, it's still better to be safe than wet & cold. you can find some super cute umbrellas here.


i hope you enjoyed a peek into the emerald city. this post barely scraped the surface of this wonderful city, so i hope you all get a chance to experience sea-town at least once in your life.  although, as a warning, once you go, you'll want to go back...it's an addicting & wonderful city.

so friends, if you've been to seattle, 
what's been your favorite place/thing to do?

don't forget to come on over to my blog and say hey! i love 'meeting' new bloggy friends, and checking out fun, new blogs!

25 comments:

Simply LKJ said...

I love this series! Seattle is a place I would love to visit. Love the markets!! Hadn't hear about the infamous gum wall...ewww!

Michelle P said...

I've never been there, but I want to really bad!

Jamie Leigh said...

I have never been to Seattle before, but it looks amazing!! I would love to visit! I love this idea, I may have to join in!

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

I've flown in and out from Seattle but haven't had much time to explore the city! Sounds like a great city!

Johanna said...

Seeing this post bring back great memories of my trip there! Such a great city!

Ashley said...

I'm glad she took part in this series. I wanna visit Seattle so bad and she made it look so much better than what I've already heard. I think I'll start planning now :)

Ashley said...

How gorgeous! I hope to be able to go to Seattle some day - it looks so fun and pretty. :]

xoxo,
ashley {afterninetofive.net}

marie said...

I haven't been to Seattle but it looks wonderful. I haven't eaten Fran's chocolates but they look delicious. Luckily we have See's candies here, perfection!

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Meghan said...

I might have mentioned this before, but this is one of my favourite series! The bucket list just keeps on growing! Pike Place Market looks like my kind of place! :)

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

I am so glad this series is back Meg! I just love reading it. Seattle looks like a lovely place. I would love to go to the market mentioned! And those oysters, yum!!

We are so close to friday!

{The Perfect Palette} said...

looks like a lot of fun - thanks for sharing.

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

this post just made me super nostalgic. i just moved away from seattle, and i miss it every day!!
xo TJ

Meggan of Lila Grace said...

i LOVE seattle! one of my favorite cities. those oysters look amazing! xoxo meggan//Lila Grace

Alexa said...

Oh I love Seattle! Great post!

Laura said...

I've been to Seattle a few times for work...and love it there, fun place to visit!

Erin Elizabeth said...

this week seriously is moving soo slow, i agree! I loved thi post because i am en east coaster and definitely wanting to visit th eWest coast in the near future...the furthest west i have been is Texas!

Brooke Shemwell said...

Great information! I haven't been to Seattle yet, but would love to make the trip. This would be a good guide.

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amy b.s. said...

this so makes me miss seattle!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

ha! Sitting in a Starbucks as we speak. Thank you Seattle.

Erin said...

I am also sitting at a Starbucks! :) I would love to go to the original in Seattle! :)

BeckyJo606 said...

Seattle is one of my top travel destinations! I had no idea it was the HQ of Nordstrom. Even more reason to go visit!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

So beautiful! I want to visit badly. It's at the top of my list of places to see.

Off to check out Shine On :)

Jess said...

I would love to visit the market place there! So jealous!

REBrown said...

That wedge salad looks soooo good!