Birthday Weekend Part II: Woodinville & Seattle

*Sorry this post wasn’t working for a while. Not sure what happened, but I re-uploaded all the photos so hopefully it’s fixed!

Saturday morning, after our room service, we packed up and headed out for our next adventure. We were Woodinville-bound for a day of leisurely wine tasting. We had heard great things about Chateau St. Michelle, but were a little wary it would be too “touristy”. As soon as we stepped out of the car we were so happy we decided to give it a try. The grounds are ridiculously beautiful. If you’re ever in the area – I highly recommend you stop by. We also visited Columbia Winery and did some tasting by their gorgeous fireplace. And for lunch we went to the Red Hook Brewery. The beer was great, but the food left a lot to be desired. So sadly I have to say that next time we go, I would skip that.

After wine tasting we drove over to Seattle and checked in to our beautiful room at the Westin downtown. We had an incredible view of the Space Needle and were a quick walk from Pike Place Market and tons of shops and restaurants.

One of my favorite parts of this trip was meeting up with one of my best friends from college and her boyfriend for dinner. It was so thoughtful of Corey to set that up, because he knows how much I miss her! We enjoyed a lovely Italian meal at Il Fornaio, just two blocks from our hotel, then grabbed drinks at Oliver’s – a swanky martini bar.

The next morning we woke up surprisingly early to cloudless blue skies.  Nothing motivates a Pacific Northwest resident like sun and blue sky! We headed down to Pike Place Market for a stroll before meeting up with Corey’s cousin and her boyfriend for brunch at Portage Bay.  The French toast was so yummy. They have a special little pancake/French toast bar that is filled with fresh fruit, whipped cream, nuts, etc. so I piled it all on. I had to go big for one of my last meals of my birthday weekend! Let me tell you: It was totally worth it.

After an amazing weekend, we were reunited with our sweet pup and 70+ degree temps in Portland, so we soaked up the sun and further indulged! I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing birthday celebration. I truly have the best husband in the world for planning out this thoughtful, beautiful weekend!
{Photos © Liz & Corey Denfeld}

44 thoughts on “Birthday Weekend Part II: Woodinville & Seattle

  1. Okay, a couple of things about this post…

    Those wineries are so much fun, we went to both of those last month. Both gorgeous! The ice wine at Columbia is my new favorite!

    I can almost see my apartment from the picture with the Space Needle, looking north.

    Portage Bay is the b.e.s.t breakfast spot in Seattle!

    And your black & white polka dot dress is TOO cute!

    Sounds like a fantastic birthday weekend! 🙂

  2. Agh, so excited after reading this post. My husband and I had to postpone our Seattle trip back in December, so I am very excited to finally go in July. I have to know where you got that black and white polka dot dress. It is just too cute!

  3. Beautiful! Seattle is one of my favorite cities; I had hoped to make a trip this month, but unfortunately it didn't work out.. Guess I'll have to live vicariously through yours instead! 🙂

    Enjoy your thoughtful husband for all of us, too 🙂

  4. If you are ever in the Woodinville area again and need lunch or dinner, check out Purple Cafe. Excellent food and fantastic wine!

  5. The whole weekend looks amazing, but I think I love all the clothes even more. You looked adorable in every picture 🙂

  6. a) i think i need to give your hubby my fiances # so he can teach him how to plan an event like this (in my dreams otherwise!)

    b) you always look like a million bucks!

    c)the food looks amazing in that last pic and all the wine is making me jealous

    d) where is that polka dot dress from?!

  7. Oh my gosh , you are making me want to take a vacation to the pacific northwest! Looks gorgeous! And looks like you had an amazing weekend! Your hubby is definitely a keeper.

  8. oh its' been WAY too long since I've been here. Now I realize i missed it:)
    LOVE the photos, your outfits, all the colours… it looked like such a good time.

  9. What a fantastic birthday weekend with a matching fantastic husband who planned it all. All your outfits are awesome and the photos of the flowers at the Public Market are some of my fave!

  10. so….half of these photos wouldn't load on my computer :(. but the ones i saw show that you had a lovely time!

    i love the westin! we stayed there for a bit on our honeymoon and it had such amazing views! we also ate at il fiorno…delish! glad you had such a lovely time.

  11. Thanks for the sweet comments everyone! So glad you're liking the outfit photos 🙂 Corey is getting so good with the camera!!

    My polka dot dress is from H&M – got it in October.
    The dark bell bottom jeans are J Bran – I think they're called the love story?
    Anonymous- The ceviche trio is from Cha (a Portland restaurant).

  12. Not sure how come but your pictures wont load:( tear. Glad you had an amazing birthday weekend!

  13. loved your birthday dress in part one! adorable 🙂 your husband is the sweetest.. you are a lucky girl. sounds like such fun weekend he planned.
    ps. I dont think your pictures are working in part two..nothing shows up!
    – Olivia

  14. All of these photos are so beautiful!! I wanted to jump right in to them. And that dress with the peach cardi is beyond adorable!

  15. uummmm first off let me just say your photography is gorgeous!!!
    Secondly, i love all your clothes. you have amazing style.
    Thirdly, what a wonderful husband for planning such an awesome birthday weekend for you!!!
    I love it!!! 🙂

  16. So fun to see you in my neck of the woods here in Seattle. Glad you had a great birthday weekend, wonderful photos (as always!).

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