Headed to The Emerald City…with lots of recommendations!

We are on the flight to Seattle, The Gateway to Alaska.  I have gotten lots for recommendations for our 48 hours in Seattle from friends and Seattleites. Our stops are to include lots of fun things for kids and adults alike. Here is our current itinerary.  I am a planner, if you cannot tell.

I always do internet research too.  My favorites for this trip are from Design Sponge with the Seattle design guide and Sunset magazine's insiders guide. Cassandra Lavalle, of Coco and Kelley,  helped with both so you know they are good! Here is her Summer Shopping Guide.

From the plane we are headed to American Girl Seattle.  Gigi NEEDS the Kaya doll for our Alaskan adventure.  Alaska would not be complete without a Native American doll, her dog and the dogsled. Doing this first will cut out lots of headache for all.

Next stop is the Glassybaby hotshop in Madrona.  We can see the glass being blown. I am so excited to catch up with Lee or Valerie and add to my Glassybaby collection. We hope to try a few restaurants they recommended Cafe Lago and Hi Spot Cafe.

Beecher's Cheese shop has been recommended by many.  That will be a Pike Market stop for sure. The Mac and Cheese is world famous I hear.

We are excited to go to the new Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center.

Pike Place Market is the place to catch a fish I hear.  It is also home to the original Starbuck's. Le Panier is apparently the place for great pastries for breakfast.


Ted Kennedy Watson, blogger and shop owner extraordinary, was kind enough to give me lots of dinner suggestions including Dahlia Lounge, The Pink Door and Cafe Campange and Matt's in the Market.

I cannot wait to see his fabulous shop Watson Kennedy.

EPM or Experience Project Music is a rock and roll museum also in Seattle center.  The kids are really looking forward to this.

We are staying at The Edgewater Hotel.  They family suites which eases my nerves of gavin the children off in another room when we travel, especially with the hotel being on the water.  I have only been to Seattle once at age 15 on Grand Western Tour(one of the best summers ever.)  We stayed in a hotel where you could fish out of the window.  I hope we can do the same.

We are going to Dahlia Lounge tonight.  The chef, Tom Douglas,  is a local celebrity. 

The Space Needle is another stop not to be missed. I remember eating there too with ice cream that was on dry ice. I cool experience to say the least.

I will update you on any other wonderful Seattle finds as we head to Alaska Sunday.