Everyone knows the cliches about the Emerald City: rain, grunge, coffee, beer. And yeah, it’s got all that but that’s not where the story ends.

For our first family trip out of Canada since the pandemic started, my husband and I piled our two kids and labradoodle into the car and drove across the border to Washington. As expected for the Canadian long weekend, the border was a bit of a nightmare but when we finally arrived in the city and got to spend three days exploring, eating and drinking our way around the city. Here’s how it went down…


Check In / Hotel Ändra Seattle – MGallery

Located in hip Belltown, Ändra is a boutique hotel set in a 1926 building featuring 129 rooms and suites newly renovated by designer Sharilyn Olson Rigdon, plus a chic lounge where cool Scandinavian décor fuses with PNW vibes. Our super spacious, light filled room featured two double beds and a sitting area complete with a coffee table, and a credenza stocked with a mini bar and espresso machine. Ändra also takes its commitment to sustainability seriously: it participates in Clean the World to reduce soap and bottle amenity waste, they recycle and have a linen reuse program, and offer low flush toilets and water saving showers.



Breakfast / Lola

On our first morning, we didn’t have to venture far for breakfast. Indeed, Lola, located right off the hotel lounge, is a cozy little Mediterranean-style eatery where chef Tom Douglas that does delicious items to kick off the morning. The Shakshuka is a must try, as are the homemade donuts. For something a little lighter, we went with the Greek yogurt with berries and granola.


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