First off, I have to praise the many wonders of the site Airbnb. After hours of searching for a hotel with a decent location and price last minute for the first week of summer vacation I came up empty-handed but one of my travel buddies suggested Airbnb and we found a beautiful apartment in the young, hipster area of Capitol Hill. Walking distance to everything we could possibly want and a doable walk from the light rail station downtown. The best part is that we had a whole apartment to ourselves, complete with fridge, dishes, and a washer/dryer and it was cheaper than a hotel. If you haven’t checked out Airbnb then do it now. Don’t even finish this post. Just go check it out.
Like all great journeys getting to Seattle was a bit of a hassle. I won’t bore you with details but we finally got on a flight to Seattle and we hit the ground running.
While wondering around in search of food we happened across Von Trapp’s, a German chateau styled bar. Inside it was dimly-lit and completely wood interior with everything you could want to entertain yourself: shuffleboard, arcade games, bocce and various bar-style games. The real prizes of the place were their beer brats, pretzels (oh and that mustard!) and extensive list of German and Belgian beers.
For the life of me I can’t remember which German-style beer I ordered but the second I tasted it I was transported to a cabin in the springtime with a fire roasting nuts in a little hearth. It was magical and love at first taste.
The next morning was tourist time! We walked around downtown and hit the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. These are musts if you’re going to be in Seattle and Pike’s offers a lovely array of trinkets and souvenirs to bring home.
We grabbed lunch at Piroshky Piroshky which is the best piroshky I’ve had outside of Russia (that adventure coming soon).
We topped our lunches off with a few wonderful glasses of wine at The Tasting Room hidden in one of Seattle’s alleyways. If you’re like me and can’t ever pick just one thing you’re in luck because they have themed sample arrangements for whatever kinds of wines you’re in to.
This is my favorite little speakeasy in the world thus far. The atmosphere is cozy and classy with a wide selection of liquors I’ve never heard of. Our experience was so magical that, by the end of our trip, we were all convinced our spectacular bartended, Matt James, was a figment of our imaginations and the Bathtub Gin Co. was simply a beautiful dream.
Weekly Vlog #3 with Fernet!
If you decide to go to the Bathtub Gin Co you will have to look very hard as it’s in a back alley with only a tiny placard on the back door to signify it’s existence (I still don’t believe it exists). Don’t give up, whatever you do, don’t give up in your quest to find it. You will be greatly rewarded when you do.
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