Back from our last trip of the season (we were in Sarasota celebrating Brian’s cousin Emma’s bat mitzvah. I have no words for how amazing it was.), and I’m finally ready to share that Seattle-Victoria-Vancouver vacation home video that I’d been promising.
We had the time of our lives and hope our home movie inspires you to check out each of the three cities yourself. Here’s a quick run-through of what we did, what we ate, and how we went from city to city.
– Columbia Center Sky View Observatory
We were told to skip the Space Needle and spend our time at the slightly less expensive, less crowded, but taller Columbia Center.
– Seattle Public Library
Really neat, modern building worth stopping in after visiting the Columbia Tower just a couple of blocks away. Definitely the coolest library I’ve ever seen.
– Pacific Place
A lovely outdoor shopping center in the heart of downtown. Step inside the original Nordstrom department store while there.
– Pike Place Market
Our favorite place in the entire city. I could have spent several hours there each and every day, but had to settle on one a day. Flowers, gifts, drinks, food! The best.
– Pike Place Market
Again, the best. If you’re a fan of cinnamon rolls, grab one from Cinnamon Works. For a more thorough list of recommendations, look over this separate Seattle post that I wrote featuring mostly Pike Place eats.
– Pike Place Chowder
Totally worth the hype. We got their famous New England Clam Chowder and the Seafood Bisque. The crab roll was good, but not great like the rest. The spinach side salad and lemonades were great too.
From Seattle, we boarded the 8am Victoria Clipper from Seattle’s Pier 69 to Victoria’s Inner Bay Harbour. The journey was lovely and scenic, but getting up that early, the morning after a wedding, was a bit rough. Still, I’m really glad we went the way we did, because the seaplane was a little much for our budget.
– Butchart Gardens
The gardens are beautiful and Victoria Island’s main attraction, so if you make it that far, you have to make the extra 30-40 minute trip to Butchart. It’s accessible by car and public transportation, but we paid for the convenience of the Victoria Clipper Butchart Gardens and City Highlights Tour.
– British Columbia Parliament Building
Along the Inner Harbour, the Parliament Building is a beautiful sight and worth stopping by for pictures. I’m a sucker for fountains, and it has a great one of those too.
– Head up Government Street and take in all quaint Downtown Victoria has to offer.
Only in Victoria for a day, we had time for one meal at Earls in the downtown area. It’s a Vancouver-based casual dining chain that serves up solid staples like pizza, pasta and burgers.
No, ketchup chips isn’t the name of a restaurant, but the Canadian delicacy is so important that you MUST pick up a bag and try it for yourself. Ketchup Lays are what I miss most about living in Canada. You’ll see what I mean.
More to come.
Music: “Cool Kids” by Echosmith