Red Star Tavern, Portland

Another example of Portland's brill dining scene, the Red Star Tavern was an easy venue for our last evening and a top recommendation from fellow instablogger @melbfoodstagram. For all our walking, talking and touring we went straight for the steak and chips. I paired it with some local craft brews on tap, a Double Mountain 'Vaporiser' and a Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen; and my friend with a nice drop of Soter Pinot Noir.

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Ground Kontrol, Portland

A retro arcade with alcohol, um how fast can I get there? A brilliant concept, Ground Kontrol features all the games you knew and loved as an 80s child at a quarter a game, serving a simple bar menu and some whacky nibbles your mother would never let you eat. Not a great place for conversation but with original Space Invaders, Pac-man and Tetris you only need to be able to say "in your face, I win!"

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Bainbridge Island, Seattle

After three days of wandering Seattle, my feet were itching to see more so I hopped on a Ferry to Bainbridge Island. The island was brimming with character, charm and friendly faces. My day was spent wandering the town centre, marvelling at vintage wares, locally made jewellery, and wondering exactly how I could choose just one of the fab eateries on Winslow for lunch. Food soon fled my mind when I stepped into the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art which houses a striking collection of local art, heavily influenced by the rich heritage of the First Peoples of the Salish Sea region.

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Seattle Antiques Market

A curio stop on the waterfront, I wasn't looking for the Seattle Antiques Market, I could swear it found me! The market was full of brill vintage items, with an intriguing range of items that were somewhat different to what I would see in a similar market in Australia. A great snapshot of time and place! 

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The Space Needle, Seattle

You can easily spend the better part of a day at the Seattle Centre, accessed via the Westlake Center Monorail, it holds several of Seattle's attractions and is the gateway to a few more. Built for the 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle is a marvel of the city skyline. Legend has it that the famous shape was first conceived by architect John Graham on a napkin. To get the full effect of the view, it's a great idea to get the City Pass and use the day/night ticket - although this does have to be used on the same day.

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