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Less than a week ago, we arrived back home from a Seattle trip we've been talking a long while about planning. Because of my hectic schedule -- (Hi, it's Nick!) -- we finally found a little gap we could take advantage of to visit family, specifically my brother-in-law, Patrick (aka: Dr. Brother), his girlfriend, and the new addition to their family: a westie named Buxton. Jenna & I were also eager to sightsee a bit and just be tourists, because if you didn't know by now, that's what we love to do.
Jenna is the queen of research when it comes to finding new & fun interesting places to stay when we're planning our trips out. She came across this awesome, unique boutique spot called The Maxwell Hotel - A Staypineapple Hotel -- which also happens to have 8 other beautiful locations throughout the US. What I personally love is how "current" it feels as soon as you walk in, but also how accommodating they are in every aspect of the word; from check-in to check-out, we felt taken care of to the Nth degree and comfortable our whole stay. Also, I'd like to point out that they had complimentary pineapple cupcakes in the lobby everyday at 3:00pm and their coffee at the Pineapple Espresso (also located in the lobby) was definitely on-point. You know how much your boy loves coffee.
So, the start of our trip was embarking on a flight out of Los Angeles at 6am (I love early morning flights. Conclusion: I'm crazy) with coffees in hand to Seattle. We wanted to maximize our time on this trip, so we could hit the ground running as soon as we landed. Dr. Brother swooped us up in the freezing cold and we got breakfast at a spot called LOLA. One word review: UNREAL! Also, realized as soon as we walked in that I had visited here in the past while I was on tour, but could not remember when, or with who. That's what tour has done to me, folks.
Let me rewind a bit and emphasize how truly cold it was. I had just finished a tour through Canada and the coldest spots in the US -- Seattle goes up on that continued list of being bitterly cold, and when you throw snow in the mix, our eyes roll real hard. Fortunately, I learned my lesson on tour with how to pack accordingly, so we did just that. We don't do well in the cold, but nothing stops us from having good times, especially when there is family involved.
Continuing on our first day adventures, we decided to walk from LOLA to Pike's Place Public Market where we enjoyed flavored honey sticks, temporary tattoos, street performers, and dudes throwing fish like football quarterbacks across visitors checking out their daily selection of ocean dwellers. Following this excursion, we hung out with family all day, enjoying conveyor belt sushi, playtime with Buxton, and learning how to play a little board game called, "Catan". We made plenty of time to settle into our room at The Maxwell Hotel and even caught some Olympic figure skating in our room, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Fun fact: The last time I tried ice skating was in my early teens, and it lasted about 60 seconds because I couldn't stand on the ice without falling on my butt.
Alright, my turn! It's Jenna. :) After a fantastic night of sleep (also called The Naked Experience) we set out early for a very busy, but fun-filled day! First stop on the itinerary was the Pineapple Espresso coffee bar downstairs. Then off to pick-up Dr. Brother and family to go visit the MoPOP. It was my very first time here, but Nick had been before when it was strictly a music museum. Now the museum offers special exhibits that feature major parts of current pop culture, with plenty of interactive opportunities along the way.
We spent hours wandering through the entire building. My favorite exhibits were Jim Henson's Imagination and Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds. I have a new found love for Star Trek, and truthfully, I'll probably binge watch all of it in the very near future. Nerd alert!
Nick especially loved the horror exhibit. Within moments of us entering the dark gallery, he had already snuck up from behind and scared the daylights out of me. Typical. Let's face it... I'm an easy target. My older brother, Patrick aka Dr. Brother, enjoyed it too. (See above. LOL) One of my primary reasons for wanting to visit MoPOP is because I had heard so many great things about their Jim Henson collection on display, featuring a real Kermit, characters from The Dark Crystal and even costumes from Labyrinth! One thing you should know about me: I often say I missed my calling as a muppeteer. The Muppets are so very near and dear to my heart, and being able to visit MoPOP while they had this exhibit on display was a major moment for me. You can see me singing and dancing to my favorite song from The Muppet Movie, "Movin' Right Along" below. I have zero shame when it comes to anything Henson. Many thanks to MoPOP for hosting us! I can't wait to go back!
The Henson exhibit also had this AMAZING booth where you could muppeteer your own creation, set to music and filmed to rewatch yourself in action! MY. HEAVEN. My brother and I had an absolutely ball in this booth. We probably did the full video exercise 4 or 5 times through. Can you tell how focused I was on doing a good job?! I truly crack myself up.
After our amazing morning inside the MoPOP, we grabbed some delicious Thai Food for lunch, had a quick coffee and cookie, and then went back to Staypineapple for some downtime (including more Olympics and a cup of tea) before meeting up again for another round of Catan + family hangs. Day two in Seattle was beyond amazing, and once again we were able to enjoy a well-deserved night of rest (and obviously more pineapple cupcakes) in our cozy room with a view at The Maxwell Hotel.
Traveling can be so uncomfortable for people because you leave your comfort zone. What I loved the most about The Maxwell Hotel is that the vibe and energy is very much that of "home away from home". It feels comfortable - it feels warm and friendly - it feels clean and cozy just like home! After our stay with Staypineapple in Seattle, I can't wait to venture out to visit their other locations across the United States, including our hometown of San Diego!
Our third and final day in Seattle was tremendously bittersweet! We really were sad to leave, not just Seattle but also The Maxwell Hotel. We purposely chose the last flight out to Los Angeles in order to have a lengthy last day in Seattle. After checking out of the hotel, we went over to my brother's house to have a family breakfast and then set out to Tacoma for another awesome museum, LeMay - America's Car Museum.
This museum peaked our interested for a few reasons! First and foremost, my brother and I grew up with a car enthusiast, my dad, and knew how much he'd love visiting this phenomenal car collection. Secondly, Nick and Dr. Brother's girlfriend also have a deep love for cars! So what a perfect place for all of us to go. The LeMay Museum did not disappoint!! If you find yourself in Tacoma, WA, we highly recommend you stop by. I've never see so many gorgeous vintage and classic cars in one place!
The car museum was the last stop of our adventure before we set out for the airport. It was an incredible few days and we're glad we finally could make it happen, given everyone's busy schedule! I love Seattle so much. The list of things I'd like to see and do there has gotten even longer after visiting, so I'm sure we'll be back again very soon. :)
A huge thank you to Staypineapple for the most wonderful experience and outstanding hospitality all throughout our stay at The Maxwell Hotel in Seattle. Companies like theirs are what we're most enthusiastic and passionate about!
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