My Perfect Day: Seattle, WA with Chelsea Lankford

May 7, 2019


Seattle, WA travel guide with Chelsea Lankford. - M Loves M @marmar

Seattle is a spot near and dear to my heart so I am so excited that Chelsea Lankford of Truelane is sharing her best tips for what to do, see, and eat in Seattle, Washington. I’m so happy to welcome her to the My Perfect Day Series!

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My Perfect Day: Seattle, WA with Chelsea Lankford

Hello M Loves M readers! I’ve admired Mara’s work for many years and today, I’m excited to join her My Perfect Day series with a post about Seattle. After growing up here, I spent some time in Minneapolis, but three years ago I came home to the west coast and have absolutely loved and embraced life as a Seattleite. Below is a peek at what my ideal day as a Seattle native would look like!


I’m a huge homebody, so I love slow mornings in my corner apartment whether sun is shining or rain is falling. After I spend a few minutes reading over my first cup of coffee, I’d go for a stroll around my neighborhood of Wallingford. It’s right off of Lake Union and has dozens of little pocket-sized views around every corner of the water, Mount Rainier, and even the Cascade or Olympic mountain ranges! Lately, my coffee shop rotation has been around the ones I know carry oat milk—Miir in Wallingford, Sugar Bakery at Seattle Center and Anchorhead downtown all make drool-worthy lattes.

Just a few minutes walk from Miir and Lake Union is Fremont, lovingly known by locals as the Center of the Universe. It’s full of quirky shops that include bookstores, vintage malls, and record stores. I almost always come out of Ophelia’s with something new to read!


I’ve recently fallen in love with West Seattle, so on a spare afternoon I would take the West Seattle water taxi boat and explore Alki Beach. It’s a quaint little beach town that feels stuck in early Seattle in the best way—since the tech industry has exploded downtown, it can be hard to find those spots that remind you of life before iPhones and Instagram, and Alki Beach does just that. The views of downtown and Elliott Bay are spectacular, and there’s a lighthouse on the corner of the beach that makes for a perfect photo opportunity.

Either on my way out or on my way back from the beach, I would swing by Frye Art Museum, which is always free and a constant source of inspiration. The main collection is overflowing with incredible works of art, and a new one always seems to catch my eye each time I visit. They also have a soup and sandwich café, which is a perfect spot for lunch. We also boast a ton of amazing Mexican food here in Seattle—tacos are a staple from Copal, El Camion, Tacos Chukis, or Rancho Bravo!


Strolling the main street in Ballard is a perfect way to kick off any evening. There are so many shops and restaurants to pop into before dinner, so I would maybe start at Percy’s or Hazlewood for a cocktail and then head to Billy Beach for sushi—they have amazing happy hour deals!

Seattle is also known as a huge nature hub, so the more you can get outside, the better. We have dozens of parks that make for dazzling places to watch the sunset, like Discovery Park or Golden Gardens or even Kerry Park in Queen Anne, which is small but boasts one of the most iconic views of the Space Needle, downtown, the Sound, and the mountains. My perfect day would end in a pretty pink sunset falling below the horizon…and then let’s be real, heading home for a glass of wine and some Netflix. I told you, I’m a homebody!

I’d like to give a big shoutout to Chelsea Lankford of Truelane for her amazing insight into what it’s like to live in Seattle! I can’t wait to visit again!

P.S. If you missed the last four installments, you can check out other guides for Connecticut, Fort WorthChicago, Venice BeachBrooklyn, Raleigh, Houston, and Dallas!


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