It’s crazy to believe that we’ve been living in Seattle for over two months now. Since our move we’ve been busy exploring the city and surrounding areas. Our family visited us a few times and we explored new areas together. During our two months here we got a pretty good feel of what Seattle is all about and there are many things that we love about this city. One of our favorite parts about Seattle is the location. The Pacific Northwest is so beautiful, with just a short drive out of the city you can be in the mountains, by the ocean, at the desert and even in another country. We can go out exploring every weekend and feel like we’re on a mini vacation. So far we visited Mt. Rainier and hike the beautiful Skyline Trail, we drove to Leavenworth, a gorgeous German village in the Cascade Mountains, Snoqualmie Falls, and even drove up to Canada to see Vancouver. We completely fell in love with the area and really look forward to explore more of the PNW in the new year.
Seattle itself is a beautiful city that is worth visiting, but I do miss the rush of Chicago. Downtown Seattle is much quieter but surprisingly the traffic here is very bad. I think it’s worse than any Chicago traffic I’ve ever been in. Trying to get out and around the city during rush hour is almost impossible and construction all over the downtown doesn’t help. You can easily spend 30-45 minutes driving 2 miles around the city during a rush hour. For that reason we hardly ever leave the city during the week.
I love that Seattle is a very dog friendly. When we were looking for a place to live we didn’t run into any apartments that weren’t pet friendly. Dogs in Seattle wear rain jackets when it rains and they are allowed on buses, ferries, and in many stores and businesses. Hubby can even bring our doggy to work with him if he wants too. We see dogs everywhere and I absolutely love that about this city. Pike Place Market is one of my favorite places in Seattle. Being able to walk to a market that’s open all year round is pretty cool. I also love getting around on ferries, the views from the water are always amazing.
On the business side, Seattle doesn’t have as many wedding networking events which makes me very sad because I’m used to going to lots of events in Chicago. I’ve been doing lots of online networking and meeting with local vendors but it’s not easy being new in the market. We definitely have lots of work ahead of us. Luckily I found an amazing photo shoot and networking group that I’ve been attending every month and have been making many connections though the group. I look forward to many shoots coming in the new year.
Below are just a few photos from our first few months in Seattle.
View of Seattle and Mt. Rainier from Kerry Park.
A peek into our new home.
Around Seattle and our neighborhood.
Day hike to Snoqualmie Falls.
Discovery Park. One of my favorite parks in Seattle.
Hiking Little Si trail with the in-laws.
Snow hike to Lodge Lake.
Blog posts from our trips to Mr. Rainier, Leavenworth, Vancouver and future adventures coming soon.