queen anne

September 16, 2011 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

The temperatures dropped about 15 degrees in New York during the day today. Everybody was all aflutter about hot apple cider, Fall boots, scarves and hearty cold weather meals, but we saw the first signs of Fall already in Seattle. It wasn’t just that the leaves were starting to collect on sidewalks into piles, but we saw leaves turning yellow scattered on trees too.

I think one of our favorite things to do in NY and also when we travel is to pick a neighborhood and just go exploring. We did just that in Queen Anne one afternoon, browsing through book stores, having lunch and picking up a few thing from the grocery. We even found a playground for the girls to play in. It was one of my favorites days in Seattle.

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  • Jessica kraus September 16, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Loving the fact that you guys roam random neighborhoods during travels – we do this too! The best way to uncover little city gems that might otherwise get overlooked by big tourist maps and such.

    Also, thanks for making my “feel” fall for the first time in blogland. Reminds me that I need to get my farewell summer video up before the season officially shifts.


  • Jocy September 16, 2011 at 1:44 am

    I am loving these vacation posts. Seattle and Portland are such lovely places. Your pictures bring me back to the small details of life that I enjoyed so much.

  • kate hart September 16, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Oh this makes me so happy! I lived in Queen Anne for four years and absolutely loved it. It’s fun to recognize all the places you guys hung out. Ohhh goodness– Seattle (and Queen Anne specifically) are gorgeous in the fall!!

  • Amy September 16, 2011 at 9:44 am

    your photo of the stones and changing leaves breaks my heart it is so beautiful. I got to go to Seattle for a weekend last Fall and couldn’t agree with you more on how special it is there.

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag September 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Don’t fret, the weather temp dropped about 15 degrees here in Seattle as well! 🙂

  • sherry September 16, 2011 at 10:53 am

    You walked right past MY house! How shocking that would have been to have seen you guys! The weather has turned to Fall here too. All those trees along the Ave. are starting to put on their best show. It will be so beautiful for the next couple of months. Glad you got to visit!

  • Emily September 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Sounds like the perfect way to see a city. We do that here at home and love it!

  • Atsuko September 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I also love to step in different neighborhoods and explore there. It is so fun because you never know what you will discover. Seems you found an interesting neighborhood:)

  • Cecilia Madden September 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Aw, we do this too! My husband spent a year in the Pacific Northwest before we were married. We were both living on tiny stipends from service agencies, so when I would visit this is exactly what we would do- wander and see what we and our pennies would find.

    So glad you and your family had what looks like a lovely time.

  • Nuree September 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I also love exploring neighborhoods – at home and when I’m traveling. Queen Anne is a fantastic area to do so. My great-aunt and her bf live in the area and took me to a great little restaurant called How to Cook a Wolf. Definitely recommend if you’re back in the area again – cozy and rustic and delicious food!

    Always love your photos of your girls. You capture them in their element so well!

  • gia September 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Loving these pics too. They make me want to take a vacation in a city. I’m used to hawaii in the winter bcs. my parents stay there (though I (and they part time) live in alaska). This really makes my heart flutter for a city like Seattle or San Fran. thanks for the inspiration—-

  • jessie may September 16, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I’ve visited the US twice and loved every minute of my holidays. Your photos make me want to come back. I love reading your blog, it’s thoughtful and I love your photos : )

  • finley :: mommy chic September 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    What great photos! The last time we visited Seattle, we rented a place in Queen Anne. It was a great way to experience a new city like a local, rather than a tourist, and get lost in one of their wonderful neighborhoods. I liked it so much, we started pulling “For Sale” fliers out of homes during our walks! Unfortunately, have not moved yet…but we’ll see…

  • stephanie September 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I love Queen Anne! I spent a good portion of my undergrad up there, in a coffee shop, studying like mad. Thanks for the great pics…and nostalgia.

  • Yeji (rhymes with veggie) September 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Noshed on all sorts of yummy goodies at the Brooklyn Local today and bought a massaman curry pb cookie from your husband, Mark! Gushed about your blog and, well, your beautiful daughters, of course. Best!

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  • Justine September 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Queen Anne was my first home out of college. A lovely area.

  • Lia September 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Love the flower pics! There is something so romantic about flowers wrapped in brown paper!

  • Stephanie September 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    What beautiful pictures. Your photos have such presence! My daughter and I didn’t get to vacate New York this year, but viewing your photos makes me feel like we were right there. Thanks for sharing!

  • Aimee September 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I loved seeing these photos! I used to live at the top of Queen Anne and remember many of the places in those photos. I remember when the building with the multicolor bricks was just being built! And seeing snow fall in front of Queen Anne books. And those look like flowers in front of the Metropolitan Market. Glad you guys had such a great time in my old neighborhood!

  • molly September 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    i’ve walked those streets, sat in those chairs, played games at those tables, hundreds of times. (my mom lives on QA Ave, works at Nancy’s). So strange to see your faces in this space! And so fun — such is a big open city. Glad you enjoyed. And welcome back to NYC.

  • Mrs D September 21, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Love these photos. You are getting such an amazing catalogue of pics of the two girls together, which is great. They will be so grateful when they’re older!

    PS I know I say this every other post, but I just can’t believe how much Mia is growing up into such a young lady. Her hair looks lovely growing out. So pretty!

  • Nome October 25, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Those flowers are stunning and I love your blog, especially these last few posts in Seattle.

  • Sa November 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

    i dont get to read your blog often, but stopped in and was surprised to see this post.
    we have lived in queen anne for 8 years now and lived in laguna, ca, and then brooklyn before that. just thought i would mention that we LOVED our time in ny, but seattle is a much easier place to live, and qa has most of the aspects we loved about brooklyn….. just in case you harbor thoughts of relocating 🙂