A couple weeks ago I had the honor of hosting a baby shower for one of my closest high school friends in Seattle. Brett tagged along and we decided if we’re going to be in Seattle we should drive to Vancouver after the shower. Then we decided if we’re going to be in Vancouver, we should drive to Whistler for the day. Before we knew it we had planned a full Pacific Northwest road trip!
Brett had a business trip to Seattle earlier this summer, but this was my first time in the Pacific Northwest. So many of our vacations are to beaches so this was a fun departure from our typical vacation.
Most of our time in Seattle was dedicated to the baby shower, but we did make time to go to Pike Place Market. We arrived just when it opened, which meant we also got to stop into the original Starbucks before the lines got crazy long. We also picked up cheeses from Beecher’s and flowers at the market. The flowers at the market are unlike any I’ve ever seen and pretty much ruined all other flowers for me I think. The market was lined with tons of different flower vendors, all with the most beautiful arrangements. We were able to get an incredible bouquet for just $15!
The drive up to Vancouver is a little over 2 hours. The views are stunning, so the trip feels much shorter. We also got really lucky and had no wait at the border. Our first day in Vancouver we went to Granville Island Public Market, which is a large food hall with local produce stands and gourmet food vendors. We weren’t too hungry, but Brett and I shared some sushi and pastries outside by the water. The weather was really nice, so after lunch we walked around Stanley Park, which is a large public park in downtown Vancouver that reminded me a lot of Central Park. In 2014 it was named Top Park in the World by TripAdvisor.
The following morning we got up early and made the 1.5 hour drive up to Whistler. If we thought the views on the drive from Seattle to Vancouver where nice, but they had nothing on what we saw on our way to Whistler. The Sea to Sky Highway starts in Vancouver following the Howe Sound and winds it’s way up through the mountains. On our drive back, we pulled over at a few different stops to get out and take pictures of the mountains.
Even though Whistler is mostly a ski resort, there is still a lot to do in the offseason. Brett and I are not skiers, and we both agreed that fall was the perfect time for us to visit. The colors were amazing! It had actually snowed a few days prior to us getting there, and though it was still cold the sun was shining. We went zip lining mountains in the morning. I’m terrified of heights, but zip lining was always something I’ve wanted to try so I’m glad we did it. I’ll be ok if I don’t ever go zip lining again though!