Seattle Ideas: Day Two

How do you get “in the zone?” For me, it involves a strong cup of coffee and hiding away in our home office with a shut door.

But here in Seattle, getting in the “zone” has been a little difficult. Maybe it’s because I’m having a hard time accepting the fact that we’re really in Washington State. We stepped on a plane and traveled 2,390 miles… and my little brain can barely process that much distance. Or maybe it’s because I had three deadlines looming, but a crazy desire to forget it all and just got explore.

Whatever the reason, after Sunday, our first day in Seattle when we explored Ballard and Fremont, Monday was a little bit tough. Patrick headed off to his class which is being held down by the airport, and I holed up at the Greenlake Guest House to try and do some work. With three stories to write and a large project (which I’m going to announce on Friday!) in the works… I felt sick to my stomach and homesick. For some reason, in someone else’s home—I just couldn’t get in “the zone.”

So, when Patrick returned from his class and we tried to head out to go explore, I felt a little bit in a funk.  Still, we tried to make the most of it, and hit up a few touristy spots with our Monday afternoon.

Here’s what we discovered:

Day Two: Pike Place Market and Bainbridge Island

I spent the morning hanging out with this shady character.

Then we headed out to Pike Place Market, and had lunch at Matt’s at the Market. Although it came highly recommended, were weren’t super impressed. My salad was overly-dressed, and though the view was spectacular, we were less than pumped about the hefty price-tag for a salad/sandwich lunch. If we were going to do it all over again, we might just put together a picnic from goodies found at the Market.

Next, we headed to the ferry station, and grabbed two tickets ($15-ish) to Bainbridge Island via ferry. We weren’t sure what to expect when we got over there, but what we found was a slower-paced little town, full of little antique stores and shops, and a great book store!

We found this little treasure too. No price-tag. Not for sale.

Finally, we headed home on the ferry, and went back to Green Lake. Even though we were in a little bit of a funk… we tried to make the most of it!

To summarize, here are a few things we did (or wish we had time to do!) on day two:

Pike Place

  • Start by walking around Myrtle Edwards Park on the water
  • Ride/walk to Pike Place Market for shopping/food (pack a picnic for the ferry!)
  • Restaurants to Consider
    • Matt’s in the Market 94 Pike St, Ste 32, Pike Place Market 206-567-7909
      • expensive at night, cheaper for lunch – (still, not our favorite)
    • Zig Zag Cafe 1501 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA
      • wish we’d made it here for cocktails.

Bainbridge Island

  • Costs $7.70 per person, or $10.55 to take a car (which you don’t need!)
  • Shopping on Winslow Way… walk from the ferry by following the “salmon” which are painted on the sidewalk.
  • Renting Bikes is Possible on Winslow Way, too