Hi friends! I’m back in DC after a wonderful weekend in Seattle with the Brooks Run Happy blogger crew. What an amazing opportunity to spend the weekend exploring that gorgeous city – a big thank you to Brooks for hosting us!
I’ll recap the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in a separate post, but for now I wanted to share some other highlights from the trip, specifically recommendations for what to do and where to eat! (If you missed my first recap about touring Brooks headquarters and the cool PR Invitational track meet, see that first.)
We had an absolutely gorgeous weekend weather-wise to explore Seattle. I’m convinced that Seattle is always sunny and gorgeous and you Seattle-ites just tell the rest of us that it’s always rainy/gray/cold so we don’t all move there immediately. Cause I mean, seriously. Doesn’t this picture look fake or something?
These views are from the top of Gas Works Park, which we did a little shakeout run to on Friday night from Brooks headquarters with the Brooks crew. Gorgeous!! If you ever visit Seattle and the weather is nice, go here.
Another touristy highlight was taking a spin on the Seattle Great Wheel! It was about $15 and so worth it. Amazing panoramic views of the city and the mountains.
Look, it’s Mount Rainier in the distance! Wish I could have stuck around and done some hiking!
In terms of food, if you’re planning a visit to Seattle, here are some spots to consider adding to your list.
For lunch, try Eat Homegrown. This place rocked!
I had half a turkey bacon avocado sandwich and a beet salad on Friday afternoon. Delish! Plus an Honest Tea.
For dinner, we hit up Cuoco on Friday night for some pre-race carb loading. I didn’t get many photos but we went family-style and got a ton of pasta/salad dishes to share. Yum!
On Saturday night, we refueled at Matt’s in the Market, which was amazing. Beautiful views of the water, cool vibe, great food!
I had the beet salad (sensing a trend here?) and the salmon. Both were great!
Brunch was another huge highlight – I highly recommend Portage Bay Café.
Love their slogan: “Eat Like You Give a Damn.” Hear, hear!
This place was so good that we went there twice! First on Saturday after the half marathon with the whole crew, when we proceeded to order ALL the food. I had a whole milk latte, the crab cake eggs benedict, and a side of berries and a salad. #rungry My eyes were a little bigger than my stomach.
On Sunday morning, Meghann, Derek, and I headed back to meet our friend Emily, her husband Casey, and their adorable kids, who live in Seattle.
This time I went with the Farmer’s Hash, which was basically a massive amount of veggies + scrambled eggs. I got some house smoked wild local salmon in it, too. Delicious! Plus another unpictured whole milk latte and more berries.
So fun seeing Emily and all her boys! (And no, Meghann and I did not plan to wear the same outfit. Lol.)
I love the baseball hat. Too cute!
One more food highlight: Top Pot Doughnuts. 13.1 miles on Saturday = this needed to happen. So good! I went with cinnamon sugar.
Stay tuned for my Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon race recap! Spoiler: it was one of my favorite races to date – so scenic!
Have you ever been to Seattle? Did you hit up any of the same spots we did?