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sunshiny getaway in seattle.

Minnesota will always be home, but the Pacific Northwest…! ♥ There’s something so magical about it – the mountains, the water, the fresh pine tree air – and every time I’m there, it’s all I can do to not just stay. West coast is the best coast (who’s with me?!)! Needless to say, since we’ve been home I’ve been trying to talk Nick into relocating, even if it’s only for a couple years ;) 

With that, our sunshiny Seattle getaway highlights in photos…

Any trip to Seattle must start with coffee, obviously. First up: Fuel Coffee in Wallingford (almond milk latte deliciousness), which was within walking distance of our Airbnb. After a run (obviously) down Dunsmore and on the Burke-Gilman trail, we crammed in a few more touristy things before 2p, including brunch at Portage Bay Café, a visit to the Fremont troll and a quick walk along the water. 



Nearly every house is my dream house.



View from the run along the Burke-Gilman trail.


No trip to Seattle is a complete without brunch at Portage Bay Café (Swedish pancakes + Dungeness crab Benedict FTW!).


Being tourists at the Fremont troll.


Rainier in all its glory!

We spent most of the weekend at Flying Horseshoe Ranch, where Nick’s childhood family friend, Kelsey married Joe (the wedding was absolutely lovely and so them!). The weekend was filled with laughter, time with family + friends, amazing food and tons of time outside. We seriously had the BEST time!


Our cabin, Outlaw, complete with eight bunkbeds and no a/c!


Morning mountain bike ride trying to find Nick who had a 16-mile run.



How magical is this place?!


Dancing up a storm at the wedding dance.


Can this pizza food truck come to Minnesota, please?


Home brewed cab + a local IPA cheers to Kelsey + Joe!


The whole family at the wedding… Mary, Mason, James and Amanda!


Gold Creek Pond… is it real?! Absolutely stunning – and, a great landing spot for paragliders (there were at least 15 circling overhead, with one landing right where we were standing).




Late afternoon run around Green Lake after catching up with friend, Cathleen, over kombucha and green juice at Chaco Canyon.



Sunset Ferris wheel ride after dinner with friends Rosanne and Allen!


This view ♥


Stop it, Seattle.


Morning run in Discovery Park with the newlyweds!


How every single Monday morning should start.



Returning to running is better when this is the view.



Squeezing in a quick kayak on Lake Union before our flight.




Helping a capsized kayaker.


You have our hearts, Seattle! Can’t wait for the next visit!

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  • Reply
    The Running Princess
    06/20/2016 at 3:50 pm

    Wow that all looks amazing! What stunning scenery!

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      06/22/2016 at 5:48 am

      The views around every corner are gorgeous!

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    Lindsay B Dunton
    06/20/2016 at 4:01 pm

    Oh girl – you know how to travel!! I feel like you are my traveling twin – the food – the runs – SEATTLE!!! Looks like an amazing trip! I want to move there too! That place has my <3.

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      06/22/2016 at 5:49 am

      Let’s go! Gotta soak up every last second + explore as much as you can while on vacation, right?!

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    06/20/2016 at 4:02 pm

    Oh how I need a holiday! Running gets so much easier when you have an amazing view like the ones you shared! I’ve never actually made it to Seattle. Or I can’t remember it at least but it was always on the list of places that I wanted to still tick off my list! I am really glad that you had such a blast!

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      06/22/2016 at 5:51 am

      Yes – and, running’s the best way to explore a new place! I hope you have a chance to visit Seattle… it’s lovely! Thank you, Anna!

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    Leslie @ TriathleteTreats
    06/20/2016 at 11:31 pm

    Seattle is awesome!!! Looks like you guys had a blast!!!

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      06/22/2016 at 5:52 am

      It sure is, Leslie… a quick drive for you, right?! We did! Thank you!

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    Kelsey @ Happy Triathlete
    06/21/2016 at 8:52 am

    My favourite place!! Looks like you had an amazing time :)

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      06/22/2016 at 5:53 am

      Another Seattle fan! It’s the best, isn’t it?! Thank you, Kelsey… we sure did!

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    06/21/2016 at 10:38 am

    Oh my, so beautiful! Next time, visit Portland Oregon and Mt. Hood and the Oregon Coast! You will fall even more in love with the Pacific Northwest!

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      06/22/2016 at 5:54 am

      Yes! Portland’s on the list… I’ve heard so many amazing things and have friends I need to visit :) Any must-sees?!

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    06/24/2016 at 12:55 pm

    I love Seattle..we ran a marathon there back in 2010 (pre-blog) and really enjoyed the visit. I need to go back! Thanks for sharing the details of your visit. Looks like a fun wedding too!

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      07/05/2016 at 7:25 am

      What a fun city to explore via a marathon!

      Thanks, Jessie! We had a blast and can’t wait for our next visit :)

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    Eri@ Aloha Mama Runner
    06/25/2016 at 6:20 pm

    Hello! I came across your blog and had to comment- I totally agree with you on how fresh the air is out in WA! The moment you step off the plane you just want to breathe it all in. We had our first daughter in WA and it was July so I totally enjoyed the walk with a new baby in a stroller.
    I miss the views!

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      07/05/2016 at 7:27 am

      Hi, Eri! Thanks for stopping by! You’re in Hawaii… LOVE your state! :)

      Right?! The freshest air… and, that pine tree smell! The BEST.

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    06/30/2016 at 11:40 am

    Ah!!! This post makes me so homesick! I think you would love living in the PNW!!

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      07/05/2016 at 7:28 am

      I know we’d love it there, Michaela… now to just talk Nick into it… ;)

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    06/30/2016 at 1:33 pm

    OMG Portage Bay is the best. Your trip looks awesome!

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      07/05/2016 at 7:29 am

      The berry bar, right?! SO GOOD. Thanks, Lauren… we had a blast!

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    Danielle @ Eat Primal, Run Hard
    07/06/2016 at 2:37 am

    I so want to go to Seattle and the PNW! I’ve always dreamed of a road trip starting in Vancouver then making our way south all the way to California to eventually visit my good friend that lives there. Looks like a fantastic, jam-packed weekend!

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      07/13/2016 at 12:05 pm

      Sounds like you need to plan a trip across the pond :)

      That’s my dream, too! In an Airstream! Or by bike!

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    01/16/2017 at 9:06 pm

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