A few weeks ago, I was able to remove three places on my TripAdvisor list of “Places I Want to Go”.
I’d heard so many great things about Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria (Canada), and was so excited to be able to squeeze in a family trip before my kids went back to their respective schools. If you ever happen to visit these beautiful cities, or are fortunate enough to live nearby, I’d like to give you some highlights of places I absolutely adored, and a couple of places where I’d suggest you just keep walking.
EDITED 2/11/2016 I want to make sure to tell you about some of the best food you’ll have in Seattle: Premier Meat Pies in the Seattle Center Armory (near the Space Needle) and at Seattle’s Century Link Field! Be sure to try my absolute favorite, the Scottish Pie (I call them Scotch Pies)! They are the absolute best that I’ve ever had in the US, hands down, and they look like this~ don’t miss them!
Time permitting, we would have driven to Seattle, but as we only had six days, we flew and rented a car, instead. Our flight was delayed, so by the time we arrived in the city, many restaurants were already closed, but the Kimpton hotel staff recommended purple Cafe and Wine Bar just down the street. It wasn’t hard to convince me to try this restaurant, because I am just crazy about the color purple, so I thought it was a good sign.
First of all, it’s worth going to this place just to see their bar with a winding staircase up to the top! Then it’s totally worth staying for the food–it’s obvious that the chef knows his way around kitchen, which you may think is a given, but it is absolutely not.
It was so dark in the restaurant, that I couldn’t take any photos of the food without using a flash, so unfortunately, I don’t have any pics to share with you.
The next day we took a leisurely drive up to Vancouver, stopping in for lunch at The Chuckanut Manor Seafood and Grill. Although it was a nice setting on scenic Chuckanut Drive, the food was rather “meh”, and not really worthy of a review, so I’d say take the drive, but skip the Manor.
It was mid-afternoon when we arrived in Vancouver and settled into our hotel which had a fabulous view of Vancouver Harbour and North Vancouver.
We took in the sights around the harbour and although it was a bank holiday weekend in August, Vancouver felt very relaxed, uncrowded and peaceful.
Vancouver is just stunning at night, also, and after dinner, we wandered back to our hotel from Gas Town via the harbour front.
Breakfast drinks the next morning.
We made the ferry to go to Victoria on Vancouver Island, which was a lovely crossing through numerous small islands. (On the map, from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay.)
One of the main reasons I wanted to go to Victoria was to visit the renowned Butchart Gardens*. I’ve been to some gorgeous gardens in the US and Europe, but this one truly is awe-inspiring. It was a spectacular feast for the eyes. Whilst there, I treated my daughter to afternoon tea, and I won’t just tell you not to miss the phenomenal gardens, but do not miss the afternoon tea either. Everything from the view, to the scones was so enjoyable–we both really had a lovely time lingering over the savories and sweets.
We then walked through breathtaking gardens, each one with a more stunning array of flowers or a more impressive view, than the last!
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