Thursday, August 14, 2014

Have you Been To the Pacific Northwest? // Trip Planning

Hello everyone! KC and I are planning a fall trip to the Pacific Northwest! This trip has been a long time coming, and we are REALLY excited. We are looking to spend time in Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver. 

Have you ever been to any of these places? We would love recommendations on accommodations, restaurants, transportation, shopping, attractions, activities etc. from anyone and everyone!

Our travel style:

-keep it eclectic (variety is the spice of our travel life)
-we are foodies, but budget foodies
-coffee is essential
-thrift & local shopping, bookstores, and art for me
-anything nerdy, impressive desserts, and outdoorsy spots for him

We are planning on spending about a week between these three destinations (it is never long enough, I know!) in the early part of October!

Thank you in advance, we are excited to read about your favorites and experiences in the region! 

Thank you for reading,



  1. SO many tips! Vancouver is my favourite place in the world and I have spent a about 6 months there in total. I would recommend Commercial Drive, Yaletown, Granville Island, Main Street and Kitsilano for great food (and cheap) and eclectic shopping. Make sure you go to Lucky donuts for my favourite donuts in the whole world and get pie at Aphrodite's in Kitsilano. Sushi and pizza are everywhere in Van and really good quality at super cheap prices. Go to Naam in Kits for great Vegetarian food and True Confections Dessert Restaurant on Denman. Best place for coffee is Commercial Drive or Main Street. For outdoors check out Stanley Park, Lynn Canyon, Deep Cove and Kitsilano beaches.

    In Victoria, West Coast Waffles and Pig BBQ Joint for great food. Beacon Hill Park (catch the Goat run if possible), Moss Street Market in Fairfield and houseboats at Fishermen's Wharf.

    Seattle's Fremont Sunday Market is amazing for food and great shopping and I had my favourite Seattle coffee at Espresso Vivace in Capitol Hill. GasWorks Park and Olympic Sculpture Park for best of Seattle's outdoors.

    Check out my blog for more info on Seattle and Vancouver

  2. Thank you SO much Katie! This is a fantastic list! I love how awesome this travel blogger group has been for recommendations! Some of your recommendations were right on par with what I've got on my list to research already, and others are things I haven't heard of and am so excited to look into!! I know this trip will be shorter than we'd like and really just an introduction to the area, but I can keep the lists for later trips and we can see a whole new slew of things! I will check out your blog for details soon! XO-Alexandra

  3. I haven't been to any of these places, but I just wanted to say that I am so jealous! I bet you'l have an amazing time and I'm looking forward to reading about your adventures on the blog. My boyfriend and I dream about doing a roadtrip down the West Coast of America one day xx

  4. I'm sure you will make it there, and then maybe I can tell you our favorite places from this trip. :) We definitely dream about exploring Europe... :) Here's to making travel dreams come true! XO

  5. Love love love Seattle! I have a few posts on the city: go to the International fountain, the EMP Museum, visit Jimi Hendrix's grave if you are into rock and roll, go on the Duck Tour, eat at the Crab Pot, go up the needle, see the aquarium, go to Fremont and hang with the troll - so much to do! Here's a post to get you started and check out the related posts:

    In Vancouver there's Stanley Park (you could spend a whole day there), the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and Granville Island... there are whale watching tours and deep sea fishing excursions if you want to get out on the water. Have fun!

  6. Thank you Marti those are awesome suggestions! Looking forward to checking out your link. :) I would love to go whale watching, but I think that it might be better to wait, I think October is at the very end of the season there... and i would hate not to see any. :) -Alexandra

  7. I definitely recommend the gardens on Victoria- I think it's called the Buchart Gardens? Or something like that. Both times I've been to Victoria I went and it doesnt disappoint! Have SO much fun! I don't have any other recommendations except for the Gum Wall at the market in Seattle. It's entirely gross but fun to see haha! Have fun! Great blog!

  8. Thanks for the recommendations Kaite! I have heard good things about the gardens, but I wasn't sure what range of people actually liked them.. good to know that you did! :) And the gum wall is totally on my list, it's so ridiculous. Thanks! -Alexandra


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