As far as I am concerned, one of the best ways to travel is to take a road trip. You experience a new place first-hand, rather than just flying over it. From scenic views to pit stops to fill up on food or gas, there’s no shortage of encounters to be had. Which is why, when the opportunity for a weekend in Washington state came about, road trip included, I had to hop on it.
Lauren and I were heading to Washington to celebrate the marriage of friends Chris and Tawny, and we were filled with excitement, not only because of their impending vows, but also because it was our first time in the state. We didn’t have a lot of time, but we planned on experiencing everything we could.
After working Friday, I hopped on an evening flight, and arrived late that evening, meeting Lauren at the airport. With only one night to spend in the city of Seattle, we knew we had to power through and at least experience some aspect of it. As we took the bus to collect our rental car, we were filled with excitement for the weekend ahead of us, planning the night as we made our way to the rental area.
It was my first time using Sixt, and it won’t be my last. Not only were their employees some of the kindest I’ve met, especially considering how late it was, but the whole process was well organized. What I liked even more was their selection of luxury cars. For our Sassy in Seattle weekend, the car’s personality had to match our spirits, and the sleek, black 328i BMW most certainly did.
We picked up our beautiful car, checked into our hotel, then headed out to indulge in cocktails and a light dinner at Canon, a restaurant with an intimate setting and the largest spirit collection in the Western hemisphere. Clearly, this was the perfect spot for Lauren and me.
We enjoyed our cocktails and local beer, until around 2am when we were told that alcohol could no longer be consumed and the bar itself was closing. Used to later drinking hours, Lauren and I weren’t happy. That was, of course, until we realized that for us East Coasters, it was actually 5am. After a long day of traveling, and a road trip ahead of us, getting sent home was the best thing that could have happened.
The next morning, we were up early, coffee in hand, thanks to the coffee shop attached to our hotel, and on the road to Leavenworth. In Seattle, the day was overcast and it was drizzling. My heart sunk that the weather would be dreary for the wedding. Little did I know, that a drive outside the city would change the weather significantly.
The further out we drove, the nicer the weather became, and the more beautiful the scenery. One of my favorite parts of the drive were all the little coffee shop huts on the sides of the road.
But, aside from those, the drive was one of the most beautiful I have ever done. We headed through the Cascade Mountains and ended up in Leavenworth, a Bavarian town that felt miles away from the United States.
It was a little town with a whole lot of personality. We got ready, then headed straight to the main event – Chris and Tawny’s wedding! The setting was just perfect, and we enjoyed good food, great company, and lots of dancing.
After the wedding, we also got to enjoy Leavenworth itself. Starting in a beer garden with pretzels and bratwurst, sticking with the German theme. Then, Cailin, Lauren, and I headed to the local bar. It was excellent for people watching, and we enjoyed a few drinks, good conversation, and the entertainment of the locals singing karaoke.
We woke up early the next morning, and enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Blackbird Bistro before heading back on the road. Lauren and I wanted to fully enjoy the day in Seattle.
After another beautiful drive, we arrived back in the always overcast city, parked the car, and headed to the market place with no real agenda or set plans.
Instead, we wandered about the market, admiring the flowers, fruits, and vegetables, and laughing at the men in the fish market. It was lovely, but when we passed Rachel’s Ginger Beer, we figured it was time for a little cocktail break. Not only were the cocktails delicious, but it was the perfect place to rest as the rain began to pour down outside.
Eventually, we met up with Eytan, and he took us to the original Starbucks. As a Starbucks devotee, visiting the original was clearly important. However, the line was a bit too long, so instead of heading inside, I admired from afar and took a photo in remembrance of such an monumental occasion.
From there, Eytan took us to his favorite spot in Pike Place, Truffle Cafe. Not only can you sample and buy food that has been imported from Italy, but there’s also wine tasting. You can bet the three of us immediately signed up for that.
After wine tasting, we decided that food was imperative before Lauren and I headed to the airport, ending our whirlwind weekend in Washington. We decided to head to the nearby Steelhead Diner, which was more trendy restaurant than diner.
Then, we drove by the Space Needle to get one good shot before we would bid adieu to the wonderful state of Washington. I was sad to see the weekend end, but even with limited time, the state had made an impression on me.
We returned our car with ease, much to our dismay as it was difficult to say good-bye to such a beautiful ride, and checked in for our separate flights. We were heading in the same direction, but not to the same place, and as always, it’s never easy to say good-bye.
With that, my weekend was over, and I headed on the red eye, and back to work on Monday morning. The trip was quick, but proof that weekend getaways, even across the country, are easily done, and full of fun.
Our beautiful rental car was courtesy of Sixt rentals, but as always, all opinions are my own.