The PNW Foodie Road Trip was sponsored in part by Myrtol, Mazda, Visit Union Gap Washington, Visit Enumclaw Washington, White Pass Scenic Byway Washington, NW Cherry Growers, and various hotels along the way which I’ll be highlighting in each of my PNW Foodie Road Trip posts. This post is my recap of the PNW Foodie Road Trip Day One from Sea-Tac to Enumclaw, where to stay, what we did, where we ate.
PNW Foodie Road Trip Day One
This road trip was so much fun we’re already planning the next one! I want to share each day as we took it and go right on through the whole road trip, so we don’t miss anything. Remember this whole trip started with knowing the director of Tourism for Union Gap Washington, Eric Patrick. And a desire to go on a PNW Foodie Road Trip with my good friend Heather from Real: The Kitchen and Beyond. Heather and I tossed the idea back and forth for a year at least and when push came to shove we just jumped right in and made it happen.
Heather, Eric and I all met several years ago attending Fresh Summit in Anaheim. We were all gathered around to meet and greet with Gary Vee. If you’re looking for entrepreneurial inspiration look him up he’s SO inspiring, you’ll want to follow him on social media. As we stood there, we chatted with Eric and exchanged cards. Heather kept in touch with him over the years, worked with him last year, and we knew we wanted to work with him for this trip. So we asked for his help with our trip too. Eric was just so knowledgeable about all kinds of things to see and do, he even put us in touch with other tourism directors, hotel, restaurants around Mt. Rainier.
On to the PNW Foodie Road Trip Day One
We fortuitously landed at SeaTac within in an hour of each other. I’d planned to pick up our car and meet Heather with it, but my flight was delayed, and hers miraculously came in early, so we met up, collected bags and headed to pick up our car for the trip, the Mazda CX-9. Our sincerest thanks to Mazda for trusting us with such an exceptional vehicle. It shepherded us safely through mountain passes, national forests, farms, freeways, cities and one near miss with an Elk.
Doesn’t it look good?
On to Enumclaw
Our first destination was Enumclaw, roughly 50 miles south-east of SeaTac. We stopped for snacks and giant iced coffees. Seriously, guys, it was like a million degrees out there. Thankfully the Mazda CX-9 was fully set up with air conditioning, and once we figured out how to use it, we were chilling and sipping ice coffee and trying not to panic as we merged onto the freeway. I come from a small town in Alaska, five lanes going the same way can be intimidating. I’d like to think I handled it well but I’m sure Heather would laugh at me for that assumption.
Once we got off the freeway and on to a smaller road, we stopped for the first of MANY road trip picnics. The beautiful thing about the CX-9 is that there’s enough room in the back with the third row folded down to set up a picnic and take a seat in the same space. We didn’t know it, but we’d already pretty much rolled into Enumclaw by the time we stopped for our picnic.
Where to stay in Enumclaw
It was too early to check in to our room at Guest House Inn, so we did a wee bit of touring and drove around. Enumclaw is beautiful with a lively downtown; it’s surrounded by farmland and has views for days of Mt. Rainier.
Our room at the Guest House Inn Enumclaw was comfortable and exceedingly quiet, something we both needed for our first night on the road. The bed was comfortable, and the showers ran hot, which is one of the things I NEED in a hotel room.
They have an interesting way of providing coffee though; you have to go downstairs to get a cup of coffee in the morning. I’m still not convinced this was a solid practice for me; I like coffee first thing in the morning.
After strolling the main street of Enumclaw where we found lots of unique stores and restaurants we cooled off in our room and then headed for dinner.
We dined at Kelly’s Restaraunt and Lounge where we had possibly the best bite of goat cheese I’ve ever tasted in their Warm Goat Cheese Crostini.
We each enjoyed a full dinner as well, Heather got Shrimp and Grits, and I tried the Rueben, both were stellar. Dessert was lemon ricotta cheesecake or ice cream. Again both were delicious.
At this point, we were both exhausted and needed sleep. So we headed back to the International Inn and quickly fell sound asleep. Like I said the beds were comfy and when paired with an absolutely quiet hotel how can you not sleep all night? That’s a wrap on the PNW Foodie Road Trip Day One, I’ll be sharing a post a week or so as I get them written.
Next up we’re headed for Union GAp via the Chinook Pass or as they used to call it, the Peaches and Cream Highway. Our bags are packed, join us next time?