Globetrotting in Style: Seattle, Washington

 
 
 

 

 

If you’re looking for  a new place to travel to within the U.S., Seattle may be the perfect location. I absolutely love this city, and so does our guest blogger today Lauren Hughes of Lolly Jayne Loves

 
Hi,
I’m Lauren Hughes, a graphic and web designer working at Nordstrom. I
blog over at Lolly
Jayne Loves
 and
I will be launching my art and style blog Bank
of Swans
 really,
really soon! So, I “officially” moved to Seattle from the
UK just over 2 years ago. I use “officially” because
Seattle has seemed like home for much, much longer than that. My
parents have lived in Seattle for around 12 years, so I have spent a lot of
time back and forth between there and the UK. As I said I
decided to make the move a permanent one 2 years ago, and I have
never for one second regretted that decision. Seattle really is my
home and I love it, and I’m excited to get to share a little bit of
it with all of you in this post.

 

 

1. Volunteer Park
Seattle
is all about nature and being outside, there are so many gorgeous
spots to explore in and around the city and, of course, the
surrounding mountains and islands. I feel really lucky that I live
in walking distance of a place as beautiful as Volunteer Park, it’s
the perfect bit of tranquillity in the heart of Capitol Hill.
Being a stunning open space would be enough to encourage you to stop
by here but Volunteer Park has so much more to offer than just green
lawns and tall trees. All year round there are events going on, from
Shakespeare plays in the summer, to music festivals, markets, and
Christmas Caroling in the Winter. Also, there are stunning vistas of
the city and the Space Needle.
It is also home to the Seattle
Asian Art Museum,
 which
has amazing exhibits all year round. And then last but by no means
least there is the Conservatory, which
is home to so many beautiful plants, roses, lilies, cacti,
succulents, palm trees, and ferns. The Conservatory also hosts unique
events throughout the year.
 

 

 
 
 
All
in all Volunteer Park is the perfect spot to take a break from all
the hustle and bustle of the city without having to go very far at
all.
 
2. The London Plane
The
London Plane
 is
one of my favorite Seattle spots. Housed in the historic Pioneer
Square
 neighborhood
of downtown Seattle, The London Plane is, to quote “part cafe,
part specialty foods grocery, and part floral workshop”. This is
the place to go when you’re looking for elegant brunch,
sophisticated cocktails or a unique dinner. Their brunch is
special, an in-house bakery serves up a myriad of pastries
and breads as well a variety of cereals, yogurts,
vegetables, and grains. It’s a great alternative to all the heavy,
stodgy food you often find available for brunch. 
 
 

My food choice is always their mezze of beet hummus, caramelized cauliflower-eggplant spread & cashew romesco, accompanied by either a glass of red wine or rose.  Not only can you get great food here at The London Plane, you can also pick up all kinds of produce to take home with you from their exquisitely stocked grocery section, or pick up new stationery, soap or some new art from their boutique shop. All of this AND they can even teach you how to arrange flowers in one of their many floral workshops going on throughout the year. You would also be really silly not to grab a slice of their ginger cake on the way out, trust me!

 
 
3. The Pink Door
The
Pink Door is one of the cutest dinner spots in Seattle. It’s located
right in the heart of the touristy Pike Place Markets, but it’s
tucked secretly away down Post Alley hidden behind, you guessed it, a
pink door. You could be forgiven for walking straight past as its
only identifiable by its door, but once you step inside you instantly
know you’re in the right place. It’s charming and cozy, rustic in its
decor, homely and welcoming. This place is always pretty busy so it’s
best to book in advance if you can. If your lucky enough to make it
when a show is on your in for a treat. The Pink Door plays host to
cabaret performances, trapeze artists who soar above you as you dine
and burlesque shows.
If you head here in Summer be sure to sit
outside on the deck with its amazing views overlooking Elliot Bay and
the Olympic Mountain Range. 
 
 
 
The food reflects the vibe of the
place, it’s Italian-American fair and it’s hearty and wholesome and
totally satisfying, the pasta is not to be missed. We dined on
Risotto Al Limone – shrimp, scallops and Bloomsdale spinach and one
of their constantly changing specials, squid ink spaghetti, with
mussels, clams and calamari in a spicy tomato sauce, and baskets of
bread. You also can’t go wrong with their decadent chocolate sponge
dessert. Mouthwateringly good. The Pink Door is the perfect place for
a date or a celebration, it’s a definitely night you won’t
forget in a hurry.
 
Stop by Lolly Jayne Loves blog to learn more about Lauren. To see more great “Globetrotting in Style” destinations take a look here
 
 
 
 
 

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