Space Needle from inside the glasshouse at Chihuly Garden and Glass

Birthday in Seattle

For the first time, I celebrated my birthday with a vacation. I don’t think there could have been any better way to ring in my 37th year than with my first ever visit to Seattle!

We had a full agenda for December 11, 2015. We kicked off the day with a trip up the iconic Space Needle.

Space Needle in downtown Seattle

As we stood at the base of the landmark, I couldn’t help but remember my dad talking about his one and only visit to Seattle and the Space Needle when he was in the Reserves. My dad never got to travel much, so it was an important memory of his … and an important thing for me to remember on my first trip to the top.

I will say that, in person, the Space Needle is smaller than I pictured it. But showing growth since my trip up the Eiffel Tower in high school, staring down at my feet to avoid looking out the elevator windows, I enjoyed this scenic elevator ride to the top. From the top, we were able to see the Cascades for the first and only time of the trip — otherwise, it was too cloudy to see anything, including Mount Rainier.

Seattle skyline from the top of the Space Needle

Mount Rainier is out there somewhere …

Cascade Mountains from the top of the Space Needle

Jason and I out on the Space Needle observation deck

After taking in the views from the top of the Space Needle, we headed next door to Chihuly Garden and Glass. I have been familiar with the work of Dale Chihuly since my freshman year at the University of Wisconsin. He’s a UW alumnus, and his work, “The Mendota Wall,” was installed my freshman year in the then new Kohl Center. I’ve seen his work at the Bellagio in Vegas as well, and I was SO excited to visit his Seattle museum.

It did not disappoint.

Chihuly Garden and Glass  Mille Fiori

Chihuly Garden and Glass Chandelier

Chihuly Garden and Glass Glasshouse

Chihuly Garden and Glass garden

Every installation was incredibly beautiful! If I had to pick a favorite, I loved the Ikebana and Float Boats.

Chihuly Garden and Glass Ikebana and Float Boats

This short visit confirmed one thing — I really love the West Coast and the Pacific Northwest!

Space Needle from inside the glasshouse at Chihuly Garden and Glass

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  • Reply ellenhatfield December 22, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    So jazzed (yes, jazzed!) to see you back in action on your blog. I, too, love the PNW and cannot wait to make the trek back out there.

    • Reply Laura December 24, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks Ellen! It feels good to be writing again. I’ve been writing for too many other people, and I’ve missed telling my own stories.

  • Reply Julie Jacobs February 13, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I enjoyed reading about your “Birthday in Seattle”.

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