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Skimming Seattle

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A September 2004 trip to Seattle by barbara

Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport Photo, Seattle, Washington More Photos
Quote: Seattle is as rich and full as a cup of dark-brewed coffee, but I only had a chance to skim the surface.

Skimming Seattle

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Overview

The Space Needle Photo, Seattle, Washington
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We flew into Seattle more as a stop-over place on our way to an event in Canada, but we weren't about to miss the opportunity to at least look around. My impressions of this northwestern city before this visit had consisted of a strange mixture of images seen on the popular TV show Frazier and the sounds of grunge rock that were so popular when I was in college. Of course, I've also had more than one cup o' coffee at a Starbucks. I think I expected the whole place to smell of Java!Sooo, what do I think now? Well, in truth, we didn't have time to give Seattle a very fair shake, but the real thing up close and personal was much different from the snapshot I had created in my imaginat...Read More

Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport

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Hotel

Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The Doubletree is a large hotel perfectly suited to host conventions. In fact I noticed when we checked-in, and again when we checked out, that various reception tables were set up for convention attendees near a hall leading to meeting rooms. A sprawlingly large property, the hotel offers ammenities like a heated outdoor pool, restaurant, coffee cafe, and gift shop that would be appealing to a large group - not to mention the location. From our room's balcony, my son and I watched several planes take-off from the Seatac airport, yet I wasn't ever disturbed by plane noise. As we rode one of the glass elevators between floors, my husband who travels all the time commented that this was a "...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2004

Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport
18740 PACIFIC HWY S
Seattle, Washington 98188
206 246-8600

Salty's

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Restaurant

Salty's Photo, Seattle, Washington
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A 15-minute drive from either the airport or Seattle, Salty's is a fine dining restaurant without any stuffy pretension. The restaurant itself is decorated in casual white wood paneling. Simple water-colors of various fish are on the walls. Over-sized fishing rods hang from the ceiling. Yet, the view onto the wrap-around deck that allows you to watch as the sun dips into the Puget Sound adds a bit of romance to the ambiance.While in Seattle, I wanted to see an old college friend who was driving from Olympia. We were driving from Seattle. Salty's was a perfect place to meet where we could talk about years gone by over a nice glass of wine and excellent seafood, while our children also enjoyed c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 21, 2004

Salty's
28201 Redondo Beach Dr So
Seattle, Washington 98003
(253) 272-0607

Trattoria Mitchelli

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Restaurant

Trattoria Mitchelli Photo, Seattle, Washington
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It was a drizzly gray afternoon, so I looked with regret at the small outside tables as we decided to duck out of the rain and into Trattoria Mitchelli for lunch. What was the decor like? Old movie posters cover the walls here. Think The Godfather and James Dean's Giant written in Italian. Vinyl tablecloths, the wooden booths, the waitstaff's neckerchiefs that made me think of airline stewardesses, the dark green and cream color scheme, the ancient pinball machine in the corner of the room with the bar, all gave the atmosphere a casual ambiance I enjoyed. So how was the food? Our waitress suggested a bowl of cream-based spinach soup to get the chill out ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

Trattoria Mitchelli
84 Yesler Way
Seattle, Washington 98104
+1 206 623 3885

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour

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Attraction | "Bill Speidel's Underground Tour"

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The tour begins with a rousing introduction to Seattle in an old nightclub in Pioneer Square. Apparently some of the founding fathers were a bit...uh... corrupt. Whatever their faults, they were also colorful. While delving into some of the early politics, our inital guide talked about the main reason Seattle has an underground - if you guessed that the citizens desired an indoor mall to avoid getting wet, you'd be close to the right motive. Some of the underground has been (and is still) used for commerce. However, the real reason was a simple matter of wanting indoor plumbing that worked efficiently. My fifth grader son was doubled over in practical hysterics as we were told st...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 21, 2004

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
608 First Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98104
206 682 4646

Seattle Mystery Bookshop Photo, Seattle, Washington
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I am a sucker for a small bookstore. I love to run my fingers along the paperback spines on the shelves. I love the smell of books in general. No, I'm not a librarian, but if I could, I would bottle that paper scent and sell it as a perfume! In addition, I am a perpetual browser, a "title sleuth" of sorts, patiently sorting through novels until I find just the right one to buy and read. At the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, the name of the store immediately clues you into the genre you'll uncover. Cloak-and-dagger adventures are a-plenty, both new and used. All the big authors are on the shelves---Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Sarah Paretsky, James Lee Burke.... Most exci...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

Seattle Mystery Bookshop
117 Cherry St
Seattle, Washington 98104
+1 206 587 5737