Hey there, my name is Skylar. I was born and raised in the pacific northwest of the United States. I’ve lived all over the country but currently back in Seattle, WA. After a few years of working in tech, I now write and run a travel/drinks blog (The Daily Grog, @thedailygrog), along with a few other side projects to keep me busy.
Seattle is a fantastic city, and even after living in the Pacific Northwest for years, I’m always amazed by this area’s beauty. Along with all the outdoor activities, we have great food, coffee, drinks, live music, you name it. So whatever you’re into, Seattle has you covered. Just be prepared for some rain….
What is a typical breakfast, and where would you go?
I’m pretty low key for breakfast. I would definitely check out Capitol Coffee Works in Seattle; they roast some of the best beans in the city and have a few locations around. For a quick bite and amazing pastries, try Bakery Nouveau or Sea Wolf (there will be lines, be warned!)
Where is your favorite place to grab lunch?
In the Ballard neighborhood, Mean Sandwiches is one of the best in the city. It’s got some awesome veggie-friendly options; their falafel sandwich is delicious. They also have these loaded potato skin things, which are fantastic after a beer or three… conveniently, Mean Sandwiches is next to a brewery.
What is the ideal afternoon activity in a city like Seattle?
My number one suggestion would be to wake up early and get a good hike in. Not only will it be stunningly beautiful, but you’ll be experiencing the area like a true northwesterner. And once you’re done, promptly find some wineries/distilleries/breweries to reward yourself (because you deserve it after that long hike, ya know?).
Where are the best places for dinner?
If you’re coming to Seattle, you’ll probably want to try some seafood. Momiji has some fantastic sushi that I would highly recommend. If you want a chill, dive bar vibe with one of the best burgers you’ll ever have, check out Loretta’s Northwesterner. For some German fare and a great beer selection, try Rhein Haus. If you want more of an upscale, date-night vibe, Lark is an excellent option for “northwest cuisine.”
In the evening, what is the city like and where do you find yourself?
The city can vary wildly depending on the time of year. In the summer, the sun will set pretty damn late (we’re surprisingly far north!), so people will be out and about for a while. It’s dark around 4pm in the winter, so the city is a bit less bustling. That said, a cozy night with great food and great company is hard to beat any time of year.
Another good option is doing a nice brewery hop in Georgetown and Ballard. There are so many to choose from, and the beer is top-notch. Georgetown also does an art walk once a month, featuring local artists and vendors along with beer and wine at each stop. Finding cool and fun events like these really make this city special.
In a busy city like Seattle, is there anywhere to chill?
Seattle is a good-sized city, but we are also a notoriously laid-back city, so I’d be surprised if you ever got stressed visiting Seattle (unless you get stuck in traffic). There is plenty of green space around the city to hide in; Volunteer Park is a lovely place to catch a sunset. There are also a TON of breweries, so if you like beer and want to have a casual night with some friends, you can easily find a pretty quiet one and chill.
What is there to do for something fun and different?
Home to grunge music, Seattle has maintained a great live music scene for the past few years. If you’re into that, finding a show at a venue like Neumos would be awesome.
Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travelers?
Capitol Hill for sure. It’s by far the liveliest area of Seattle with so many bars/restaurants to you might even be overwhelmed. Not to mention easy access to the highway and public transit if you plan on doing any day trips outside the city.
What season would you recommend visiting?
Well, the obvious answer is summer. The PNW, notably Seattle, is known for being gray and rainy about 9 months out of the year, mid-September – mid-June. That said, it’s equally as enjoyable with a little rain. Maybe it’s the masochist in me, but the rain is oddly comforting.
Is Seattle best for a family holiday/friends holiday or couple holiday?
I’d say it’s best for friends/couples holiday, depending on what you like to do as a couple. The hiking and outdoor activities in Seattle are second to none, so if that’s what you do as a couple, then it’ll be perfect. There’s also a great restaurant/bar scene in Seattle with some really great options that’ll make for a hell of a time. If you’re coming with friends, I wouldn’t expect it to be a “get lit in a city” kind of experience. Definitely more chill, relaxed vibes all around.