A foodie's guide to Washington state
If you haven't ventured to the stunning Washington state, you (and your taste buds) are missing out. This state has unrivaled beauty, constant temperatures, and the laid-back vibe you crave when visiting the Pacific Northwest. But most importantly, they have some of the best food, restaurants, coffee and wine in the entire country.
What makes a trip to Washington a must this year is all it has to offer. Washington is home to a vast collection of boutique wineries, hipster coffee shops, top-rated restaurants and breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains, icy blue water and thick forests filled with big-leaf maples and Douglas firs. No matter where you venture here, you'll be welcomed with open arms, a plate of amazing food and views you only see on postcards.
Did you say coffee?
You can't go to Washington without making a pit stop in Seattle, the birthplace of Starbucks. Although there are Stabucks shops on every corner in most of America, there's something so inspiring about grabbing a cup at the first Starbucks in the country at 1912 Pike Place. If you'd like some donuts with your joe, head to Top Pot, another Seattle institution with 12 cafes in the greater Washington area.
For something a little less mainstream, stop at Bauhaus in Pike Place. This cozy little shop is decorated like a library with towering shelves of books. On the other side are floor to ceiling windows so you can watch passers-by while you enjoy one of their homemade espressos. For another Seattle favorite, stop by Cupcake Royale in West Seattle. After a few visits the baristas will know your name and you can pair your joe with locally made cupcakes.
Best breakfasts in the state
For an authentic country breakfast, get out of Seattle and head to Snoqualmie Falls and stop at the Salish Lodge. This luxury resort's restaurant not only has breathtaking views of the falls from almost every seat, their country breakfast is top-notch with four courses. You begin with fresh Seattle coffee, a baker's basket complete with their homemade honey and juice. Then they bring you a big, fluffy stack of buttermilk pancakes with Devonshire cream and maple syrup. Next you get a bowl of their fresh-made steel cut oats and for the finale, you get a giant plate of scrambled eggs made with Tillamook cheese, bacon, sausage and a biscuit the size of your coffee cup. Even though it's a lot, you'll want to try everything.
Another popular breakfast place is the Oak Table Cafe in Sequim, Washington. Not only is all the food made from scratch and to order, you'll get sweeping views of the peninsula and Olympic National Park. According to reviewers on Urban Spoon, the porridge is a must-have and their quiche changes daily with seasonal, fresh ingredients. You also can't go wrong with a big stack of their buckwheat or fresh potato pancakes.