One of the latest trends in weddings it to hold off on taking the big honeymoon so you can save up (and recover after wedding day madness!) and instead, take a short break somewhere nearby right after the wedding.
My husband and I did this for our wedding and thought it was one of the best decisions we made. Firstly, a wedding is SOOO exhausting that taking a relaxing short break gave us time to relax and refresh without the stress of airport travel (because let’s be honest, getting through an airport these days is almost as stressful as a wedding!). It also gave us time to save up for our big honeymoon, which we took about 6 months later. Lastly, we didn’t have to worry about being tourists and fitting in a bunch of activities when we were so tired.
The good news for Inland Northwest brides is that there is no shortage of fabulous places to visit within easy driving distance. From Coeur d’Alene, Walla Walla to Seattle, the options are endless.
Seattle is a great option for a mini-moon because it’s close, but is far enough away and different enough, to offer INW couples something out of their everyday routine. I recently took a trip over with my husband to research how couples should plan their mini-moon to this lovely city.
Where to Stay:
If you’re anything like us, staying close to all the action is key when choosing accommodation. The Edgewater is not only located right in the heart of downtown Seattle on Pier 67, but it is also the ONLY waterfront hotel in the area, which means the hotel has incredible views in every direction. The front of the hotel faces the Puget Sound and gives visitors the calm and serene feeling they are far away from the city…even though they are right in the thick of it (which is convenient for walking to restaurants and sites).
No matter what room you book at The Edgewater, you will have a built in fireplace and great views of either the water or downtown (although my recommendation would definitely be to upgrade to a water view room!). The rooms have a tasteful Northwest lodge feel with pine furnishings and upscale conveniences.
Our room also featured a spa bathroom with a huge soaking tub. I was 7 months pregnant during our visit and let me tell you…that tub was HEAVEN! And I think it will be just as relaxing for your tired newlywed bodies.
What to eat:
I’ve already noted that the central location of The Edgewater gives visitors endless choices when it comes to what and where to eat, but if you’re staying at the hotel, I definitely recommend fitting in a meal or two at Six Seven Restaurant. The restaurant serves high quality fresh seafood with a focus on local ingredients. The restaurant has a whole wall of views of the water and a massive fireplace for a cozy dinner. My husband and I enjoyed every part of our dinner, but I have to give a special shout out to the mussels with the thyme cream sauce, bacon and cherry tomatoes. Even though I’m pretty sure this dish was supposed to be shared between two people, I devoured the ENTIRE bowl. So delicious!
Since breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, I also have to tell you about the Dungeness Crab Florentine Benedict I had the next morning at Six Seven….it was LIFE CHANGING, this was so rich, creamy and decadent, I really considered ordering another one…but even in my pregnant state I thought it would be a little much so I practiced (reluctant) self control.
Book your stay at The Edgewater by visiting their website!
Other Food Mentions:
Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge (Queen Anne) – Incredibly well done Big-Easy inspired food. A bit pricey for dinner, but reasonable for lunch and brunch.
Red Mill Burgers– Cheap and delicious!
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar– Incredible wine selection and Northwest inspired food. There are a couple locations throughout the Seattle area.
What to do:
Most of us have been to Seattle several times so we’ve done the Seattle hot spots like Pike Place and Pioneer Square, but even so, it’s always nice to revisit and maybe find something new to do (or eat). Here are some other ideas (the key being not to exhaust you!):
Take a Ferry to Bainbridge Island: The ferries run all day and only take 35 minutes one way. Some of the most incredible views of Seattle city can be seen from the ferry and the island has lovely restaurants, walks and coffee shops you can enjoy.
Seattle Aquarium: We’re landlocked over here in the Inland NW, so visiting the 9th largest aquarium in the US will be a real treat!
Food Tour: There are a ton of options when it comes to walking food tours of Seattle. You can do one of Pike Place, downtown or Capital Hill. The tours offer you a chance to taste bites from some of the best food establishments in the area. Several companies offer tours, so just do some research about which one will work best for you.