A Week in Seattle + The Last Goodbye

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Ken and I hadn’t seen each other since March. We celebrated our four-year anniversary together during my spring break, and then thanks to my summer job and final semester of college, we did eight straight months of long distance. When it turned out he had a conference in Seattle this weekend, we decided to splurge and fly me out to see him. We’ve spent the last week in Seattle together, happy and in love!

A Week in Seattle: Our Experience

I woke up early last Saturday morning to take a cab to the airport. After putting on my makeup and doing my hair in the plane, I took an Uber to the hotel where Ken and I would be staying. It was so wonderful to be together again, and we wasted no time in going out to explore the city!


Ken and I keep an Espresso Log where we sketch, rate, and review every coffee that we have when we’re on a trip together. I always order a latte or cappuccino, and espressos are his drink of choice. The first drink we had was in Seattle Coffee Works, close to Pike Place Market. Afterwards, we explored the market and walked to the little park overlooking the water.


That night, we had dinner in a cute Mexican place, and went to bed early from jet lag!

The next day, Ken and I went to the Space Needle to have lunch in their Sky City restaurant. The food was delicious, the views were so beautiful, and because the restaurant slowly spins (one rotation every 47 minutes, the elevator operator told me), we were able to see all of Seattle!


That afternoon, we went to the Chihuly Glass and Gardens to look at Dale Chihuly’s glass art. The museum was set up really nicely, so that we could walk through, around, and under the displays to really get the whole effect. The art itself was beautiful and strange. I’ve made glass beads and vases before, so I have some minute understanding of how hard it is to make things out of glass; I can’t imagine the skill he needed to make entire glass forests. My favorite display, by far, was the glass flowers on the ceiling in the green house room.

The next few days are a bit of a blur. Ken and I spent a lot of time walking through the city, checking out shops and cafés, and browsing bookstores. We went to the Living Computers Museum on the grand opening of its newest floor, and I bought Ken a poster for in our apartment. We also found what I believe is the best cup of coffee I’ve had in a long time: the almond milk latte at Drip City Coffee. It was so good that Ken gave up his usual espresso to order one himself!

Seattle Favorites:

Favorite Café: Drip City Coffee, thanks to their amazing lattes

Almond milk latte at Drip City Coffee. This is my favorite coffee in Seattle so far! What’s your favorite café?

A photo posted by Sara Laughed • Creative Living (@saralaughed) on

Favorite Museum: The Living Computers Museum, where Ken spent hours testing out early computers as well as learning about modern advancements


Favorite Site: Pike Place Market. All the cute little shops and cafés, as well as the quirky, eclectic feel, made it so fun!

Favorite Restaurant: The Pink Door. This restaurant has trapeze and burlesque shows in the evenings, and some of the best food I’ve had since Rome!

Favorite Tourist Attraction: Lunch in the spinning restaurant at the top of the Space Needle. So fun and unique!

Saying goodbye one week after my arrival in Seattle was really hard, but I’m happy and hopeful for one reason: this is our last goodbye. After four and a half years of long-distance, Ken and I will be together again, “for real” in his words, this January. It’s a matter of weeks until we are sharing an apartment and a life together. So while the goodbye was hard, this week is just a preview of what’s to come.

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  • Reply Live The Prep Life November 22, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Sounds like it was a great trip! I’m so glad you got to see your boyfriend!

    XO, Brooke

  • Reply paige // ew & pt November 22, 2016 at 11:22 am

    This trip looked so fun! I love trying out different coffee shops, I don’t think I could ever hit up Starbucks or Dunkin’ while in another state or in NYC. There are so many fun indie coffee shops out there 🙂 It’s awesome you got to see your boyfriend, too!!

    paige // eyeliner wings & pretty things

    • Reply Sara November 26, 2016 at 8:50 am

      So true. Whenever I’m somewhere new, I always try to branch out and try new things. Sometimes the siren call of familiarity is too much, though (; I’ll admit we went to Starbucks at least once! But because it was founded in Seattle, I think I can live with myself. (:

  • Reply Casey Russo November 22, 2016 at 11:43 am

    This trip looks so fun! I’ve been dying to go to Seattle.

    Casey //

  • Reply Caitlyn Stone November 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I’m so happy for you guys! I bet you are counting down the days until you live together! Looks like you had a great time in Seattle! Pike Place market is a total staple for a visit there!

    Caitlyn |

  • Reply Kirsten Ortez November 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I went to Seattle once and loved it! It looks like you got great weather too!

  • Reply mckenna bleu November 22, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Those glass flowers are beautiful!!!

    • Reply Sara November 26, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Thank you, I loved them too!

  • Reply Kim Tran November 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Glad you enjoyed my city! I still haven’t visit the Chihuly Glass and Gardens yet! I’m hoping to cross it off my bucket list in 2017! Your pictures make me want to go even more now.

    -Kim 🙂

  • Reply Greta Hollar November 23, 2016 at 1:08 am

    I want to visit Seattle next year! It sounds like you had a great time!

    Greta |

  • Reply Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew November 23, 2016 at 1:40 am

    The pink door sounds good! I’d love to visit Seattle someday!

  • Reply Miss ALK November 23, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Props to y’all for doing 8 months long distance!! Sounds like such a fun week exploring the city together! Loved the pictures 🙂

    xoxo A

    • Reply Sara November 26, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Thank you so much! We had a great time. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Elana November 23, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Yay! That looks like such a fun week! I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle.

  • Reply A Mix of Min November 23, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    This is on m bucket list. I have a friend that recently moved to Seattle and I want to visit so badly!


    • Reply Sara November 26, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Oh, you should totally go visit her if you can! It’s a great city.

  • Reply Laura November 24, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    That is a long time to be apart! I’m glad you could see each other again! I’ve never been to Seattle but I’ve heard great things. The Pike Place market sounds awesome!

    • Reply Sara November 26, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Yeah, it was such a fun little place to shop and look around! Thanks for commenting.

  • Reply Shane Prather November 25, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Aw that would be tough! Seattle would be an amazing place to visit one day!

    • Reply Sara November 26, 2016 at 8:48 am

      You should definitely go if you can – we had a great time!

  • Reply Tiffani Grosser November 28, 2016 at 10:26 am

    How fun! Seattle is on my list for the next few years!! My BF and I did long distance while he was playing college baseball for two year, its hard, but it was so amazing when it was all over!

  • Reply Adriana November 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    These pictures are so pretty! I’m dying to visit Seattle!

  • Reply Kristin December 6, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    This sounds like a great trip! I want to visit Seattle so badly!

    The Blush Blonde

  • Reply Grace December 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I haven’t been to Seattle in a while. Love that place and all it’s things to explore!

  • Reply Casey December 7, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I’ve been dying to go to Seattle! Looks like you had so much fun!

    Casey //

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