I love these summer weekends. They really are so much fun! Labor Day weekend was no different. Seattle was another random, sort of last minute trip that was planned at the tail end of California. Myself and Korey decided to head to Seattle for a couple days to catch the beginning of Bumbershoot. So I booked my Bolt bus ($25) and took the 3.5 hour journey up north to Washington on Thursday after work. I loved the city immediately, there’s a lot going on up there as soon as you arrive. I got a Lyft to the Renaissance hotel where I dropped off my bags (in the Presidential Suite – Thank you Korey!) and went to meet some old friends from my Billabong days.
It was great catching up with Wes and his wife Carla who I’d met when I lived in New York back in 2011. It had been so long so it was great to catch up! We went to the Sarajevo Lounge for some drinks and food – which was DELICIOUS!! The service was amazing and I would 100% go back for the food! I’m very much looking forward to returning for round 2 with these guys. Korey picked me up after a little while and we took a spin around Capital Hill stopping before heading back to the hotel.
Tourist for 3 hours
The next day I got up early and went to meet a friend that I had met in Dubai. This was an absolute trip! It was great to meet up with someone who I’d met on my travels! Steven has been staying in Seattle a couple of weeks so he was able to give me a crash course on the city. He brought me to the Pike Place Market where I saw fish flying across stalls, the 1st Starbucks and this weird alleyway with chewing gum all over the walls! We finished off for some beer in the Old Stove Brewing Co with plans for a trip some time in the near future.
Bumbershoot was next on the list. Myself and Korey headed over to Seattle Center, right by the Seattle Space Needle. It was a great evening spent with music, food and wandering around all of the different stalls. The bands we got to see were brilliant (Halsey, Kygo, Zeds Dead) and we had a chilled time wandering around. The atmosphere at Bumbershoot is great and I would not have minded going for the rest of the weekend. This festival has been running since 1971 every year (pretty impressive!) and has a couple of different indoor theaters and outdoor stages. There are queues to go in to the more popular concerts so just keep in mind if ever visiting! Tickets also go up closer to the time so if you plan ahead, you can get a day pass for $70 but closer to the time it goes up to $150.
We finished off the weekend with a lot of moving of furniture and a sweet trip to Estacada. Korey brought me to this beautiful spot on the Clackamas River where we had a bite to eat. Himself, the lunatic, got in for a swim in the freezing water… I hadn’t a notion of jumping in! Over the last couple of days I was able to see why people like to live out in the suburbs here. The scenery is incredible, especially now that we’re heading in to the Autumn season. Sunnyside especially has such beautiful mountains and hiking trails to take. I haven’t quite gotten over my ‘I’ll only live in the North East’ phase but it was good to warm up to another area.
This weekend was a great way to end the summer here in Portland. Another state visited, a random trip taken, catching up with old friends and new, ordering room service at 2am just for a peanut butter sandwich and camping in houses – it was definitely one to remember! Again, another shout out to Korey for bringing me along to all of these great places and to Carla, Wes and Steven for showing me the quirks of Seattle!
I’ve update the Gallery with more pictures from the weekend!
Laters for now!