Late last Wednesday, I returned from an incredible Pacific Northwest fall vacation. In 5 days we hit up Seattle, Vancouver, Astoria, Cannon Beach, and Bend. And I’ve got ALL the pictures to prove it. #youreohsowelcome
Early Friday morning, I boarded a plane and headed to Seattle to meet Allison. I was stuck with a window seat (where all the pregnant people want to be) but was #blessed enough to sit next to the sweetest couple who let me out to pee as many times as I needed. Which ended up being three over a 4 hour span. BLESS YOU SWEET COUPLE FROM MCKINNEY.
Anyway, I arrived in Seattle around 9:30, where this girl picked me up and whisked me away to squeeze all the touristy things into our available 4 hour window.
First up was Pike Place Market.
We wandered aimlessly and happily among slabs of *very* fresh meat and even fresher bouquets of flowers.
And then decided to pick one up for tourism’s sake.
Then we wandered down to the water, where we grabbed lunch and a quick photoshoot.
After a few hours in Seattle, we loaded up the car and were off to Canada!
Thanks to some bitchin’ traffic, we arrived in Vancouver a little later than anticipated, and were met with the coolest, creepiest, foggy skyline I’ve ever seen.
We arrived as the sun was starting to set, but we planned to squeeze in a quick hike to Lighthouse Park. Unfortunately, on the drive to Lighthouse Park, we were greeted by a BLACK BEAR that killed any desire to ever roam the great outdoors again, so we nixed the hike in favor of Canadian Burritos and an early bedtime.
The next morning, we woke up to chilly rain, but two women in desperate need of coffee and pastries have braved much worse than a little rain for their morning fix. There was a cute coffee shop just two blocks from the house where we were staying, so we threw on our raincoats and headed out, and it was oh-so-worth it.
My bosses (who just had the SWEETEST baby boy) actually live in Vancouver, so our big event of the day was meeting them for brunch at this great little restaurant called Farmer’s Apprentice.
We feasted for hours and enjoyed such sweet conversation that once brunch was over we opted for walking around together all afternoon. We walked around a great neighborhood called Kitsilano and then headed to the beach in the rain because when in Vancouver.
After a few hours of exploring the rainy city, we headed our separate ways, and Allison and I made our way to Granville Island to do some more typical tourist things.
We ventured back to our Airbnb for a quick outfit change before heading back out for our fancy dinner.
Cardero’s, a great seafood restaurant right on the water in Coal Harbor, had come highly recommended to us. And with a view like that, you can see why.
We enjoyed an INCREDIBLE seafood dinner where I splurged on buttery scallops.
And then we opted for just one more quick photoshoot with that killer city view.
That afternoon, my boss had been talking to us about this place in Vancouver called Float House. Basically it’s a spa-like experience where you sit for 90 minutes in a tank of warm water filled with 800 pounds of dissolved epsom salt. Well, you don’t actually sit – you float. After a full day of walking and no exciting evening plans (hi I’m pregnant) we decided to try it out. And it was CRAZY.
The sessions are 90 minutes, which felt a little bit long for a first timer, but I fell asleep for the entire first hour, and we both left our appointments feeling superrrrr relaxed.
The next morning, we headed back to our favorite local coffee shop for a quick pick-me-up and then packed up our bags and got ready to head out of town.
Sunday was the first day of our trip that the rain decided to let up, so we grabbed lunch at a cafe and then decided to make a quick stop in Stanley Park before heading back to the states.
It was still pretty dark and gloomy, and we had no clue whether the rain would hold off or make a comeback, but it wound up being a gorgeous couple of hours exploring the beach.
After a little too much time in Stanley park, we finally made our way out of Vancouver and were headed back to the states. Specifically, to Astoria, Oregon.
The rain followed us from Vancouver all the way to Astoria, so when we arrived late Sunday it was pitch black and pouring rain. But the next morning was sunny and gorgeous at our little Airbnb.
Astoria has some SanFran like hills, but after 6 hours in the car on Sunday, it felt good to hike to our breakfast. Plus, that view.
We grabbed delicious coffee and breakfast sandwiches at Street 14 Coffee before doing a little more sightseeing.
Astoria felt like the small town in every Nicholas Sparks novel ever written. It was perfectly quaint with some of my favorite views of the entire trip.
After spending the morning in Astoria, we headed off to our next destination – Cannon Beach.
Allison had an engagement shoot scheduled that evening with an old friend of ours. And can I just say how jealous I am that THIS was their engagement backdrop??
During the shoot I alternated between reading and relaxing on the beach…
And taking selfies featuring lovebird photobombs. #maturity
The shoot finished up just in time for the most dreamy beach sunset.
And then we were off again! This time, we were headed to Bend and Allison’s little home.
After a four hour drive, we arrived a little before midnight on Monday evening, where I passed out COLD. We slept in a bit on Tuesday morning before heading to breakfast at Jackson’s Corner. I had the most incredible biscuit breakfast sandwich with a MAPLE LATTE (pause for reaction).
Afterwards, Allison had some work to get done, so we headed to the CUTEST local bookstore to browse and relax.
I picked up a great YAF book called Jackaby, which I highly recommend! It was a great ready that got me through the long trip home.
Apparently all these Oregonians do is eat, so after our little bookstore rendezvous, we made a pitstop at Mother’s for smoothies.
Followed by a full plate of french fries at the food truck park.
Needless to say, we had a few calories to burn, so we headed out to explore some of the gorgeous but #typical PNW sights.
Afterwards we were both exhausted and borderline cranky, so we headed back to Allison’s house for a pre-dinner nap.
After resting up, it was time for dinner. We splurged on some delicious Thai food at one of Allison’s favorite restaurants, Wild Rose.
We finished up dinner just in time to head up to Pilot Butte to catch a killer sunset.
And just like that, our trip was over. And after a long, LONG travel day, I arrived home to a fresh bouquet of flowers and some sappy basset hound snuggles.
There really is no place like home.