11.11.2013

Big Four Ice Caves


Surprise! I am in Seattle. I've been keeping this one a secret for a while now. I came up to surprise my best friend, Jourdan, who was getting engaged AND her birthday happens to be this week as well. I've known Jourdan since the 7th grade (about nine years now) and we just parted ways a few months ago as she ventured out to Washington to continue with school. Needless to say, I have been having best friend withdrawals and had to make something happen.

Washington is nothing short of beautiful. Coming from Alabama, I have never seen anything like this place before. I told all my friends that I am going to be the ultimate tourist this week and I don't care.

The smells, the sounds, the evergreens...everything was incredible. Here are some iPhone & DSLR shots from our day. I'm in Seattle for the week so hit me up with your favorite places, I'll check them out!

Thanks Beth for the photos I'm in.

14 comments:

  1. wow. these are incredible. i really want to visit Seattle. ;) SO gorgeous. hope you're having a lovely time there, Courtney! xx

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  2. Absolutely stunning! Now I wanna visit Seattle and surroundings even more! Those mountains are like from a movie scene! Lucky you :)

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  3. Wow, these photos are so so beautiful! I would love to go there some day :)

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  4. I just pinned this post like crazy! Aren't the rockies just magical?

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  5. beautiful! I've been dying to visit there! :)

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  6. Isn't Seattle great? I came here 13 years ago and totally fell in love.Here are some recommendations from a local for playing the tourist!

    First, restaurants: Sitka & Spruce (Capitol Hill - amazing. do it. Small plates, NW ingredients, great. The hash with the chantrelles and bell peppers that is on the menu right now is DELICIOUS); The Walrus and the Carpenter (Ballard - if you like oysters. Note: there's almost always a wait. Plan to put in your order, then wander up the street to have a drink and a small bite somewhere - I suggest Marseilles, a French place where you can sit around a small firepit at the bar and warm your hands - and W&C will call you when your table's ready); Tavolata (downtown - get the lemon-scented doughnuts with chocolate dipping sauce for dessert, they're amazing); Pair (Bryant/View Ridge/Ravenna neighbourhood - more small plates/local ingredients, French/bistro cuisine); Toulouse Petit Kitchen (lower Queen Anne - a very French version of Creole); How to Cook a Wolf (Queen Anne - Italian, very chic; you'll need a reservation); Volunteer Park Café (Capitol Hill - go for breakfast; that mascarpone French toast is insane, I've never seen anyone finish it); Jai Thai (Fremont - their phad se ew is the best in town, and their pumpkin curry is amazing) OR May Thai (Wallingford - I *love* their phad thai, but they have a light hand with spice, so if you like it hot, be sure and insist); Le Pichet (downtown, near the Market; classic French bistro cuisine. Go for lunch, as I hear the dinner menu's really expensive; I love their chicken liver terrine); and if you want a taste of Seattle before the dot-com-boom, make a reservation for Place Pigalle, tucked into the Public Market behind the fish throwers (it's lovely; ask if you can get one of the small tables by the back window and you can watch the ferries coming in over the Sound).

    Things to Do: Also on the subject of food and eating, if you go to the Public Market for a day, hit up Beecher's Cheese for a steaming cup of their amazing mac n cheese, and stop by the mini-doughnut stand (as you face the fish throwers, make a U-turn to the left; doughnuts will be on your left, get the cinnamon) and share a bag. We can never finish them, but they're really good. There's a really good spice and tea shop across the street (and down the stairs) from the Market, called World Spice. Best turmeric I've ever encountered, and if you like lapsang tea, try their "Northwest Afternoon" blend. There's also the Spanish and French import shops on that same street, if you have some shopping to do (I prefer the Spanish shop).

    If you're into art, definitely don't miss the Frye Museum (First Hill/south end of Capitol Hill), which *just* opened an exhibit of works by German Symbolist painter Franz von Stuck, whose "Lucifer" has never been exhibited in the US before. The Frye may be small, but they get wonderful artists in. This show is excellent. I've already been once and I'm going again this week (oh yeah, it's free, with free parking). The Seattle Art Museum (downtown) also just opened an exhibit of Peruvian art (or is it artifacts?) that looks good. I haven't been to this one yet, but it's their big special exhibit for the holiday season, so I have high hopes.

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  7. ...cont'd...

    If you're outdoorsy, take a stroll through the University Arboretum; there's the Japanese garden tucked away in there, too. The orchid cactus may already be blooming in the Volunteer Park Conservatory (a historic glasshouse in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill - very near the Volunteer Park Café, btw). If you want to get in the water, I suggest renting a canoe from the Waterfront Activities Center (WAC) at the University of Washington. You don't have to be a student, and you can take the canoe through the Arboretum, which is nice. Or you can rent a kayak from the Agua Verde Paddle Club and take it out on Lake Union (and if you do, you should DEFINITELY eat at Agua Verde afterward - get the tacos bacalao; it's the best thing on the menu). Also, Golden Gardens (Ballard) and Alki Beach (Alki/West Seattle) will give you access to beaches for strolling. =)

    A ferry ride to Bainbridge is always fun - it's a short trip and you get the best views of Downtown Seattle on the way back.

    If you're into Architecture ...gosh, this is a whole separate subject, but DO go to the Chapel of St. Ignatius on Capitol Hill. You could make a whole day of Cap Hill, and one of Downtown and one of Ballard and one in West Seattle/Alki.

    I hope you have fun in our city!

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    1. Thanks so much for the tips! The first day I was here I had the delicious mac n cheese from Beecher's and I got some tea from MarketSpice.

      This list is so detailed, thanks so much for taking the time to write out your favorite things! I will definitely be visiting a lot of these places:)

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  8. Love your photos, and so glad you're enjoying the PNW. I've lived here a few years now, and it is by far one of my most favorite places on earth.

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  9. These photos are stunning. Love your blog btw. Where is your jacket/sweater from?

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    1. Thank you Michele,

      The brand is BLU PEPPER, I got it at Nordstrom :)

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  10. What kind of boots are you and your friend wearing? I have been looking for something similar for the longest time!

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    1. They are duck boots.. we both thrifted them for just a few dollars!

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