Seattle Journals

A Wet and Wonderful Winter Week

A January 2004 trip to Seattle by dwsmith78

Ferry Across Puget Sound Photo, Seattle, Washington More Photos
Quote: A business trip for my wife turned into a wild winter getaway for the family.

Doubletree Guest Suites Seattle Airport/Southcenter

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Hotel | "Doubletree Suites Southcenter"

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Things did not go well for us here. We were supposed to have a queen bed with a pull-out couch and ended up in a double with a pull-out; then we were moved to a queen without a pull-out. The hotel staff eventually sent up a roll-away. However, the room was extremly hot and humid (it's January, remember?), and the excuse was that someone in the morning must have taken a hot shower. They told us to just turn on the A/C. Well, we turned on the A/C and tried to figure out how to open the windows, but we couldn't. The next day, I put in a request for maintenance to look at the A/C unit to see what was wrong, since the room was still just as hot. When we returned that afternoon, no one had checked on our un...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 14, 2005

Doubletree Guest Suites Seattle Airport/Southcenter
16500 SOUTHCENTER PKWY
Seattle, Washington 98188
206 575-8220

Ferry Across Puget Sound Photo, Seattle, Washington
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This is a fun way for the family to get around. We left from the ferry on Keystone on Whidby Island and went to the quaint seaside town of Port Townsend, and we then took a larger ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle. My children had a blast. It was windy and cloudy, but the rain held off, so we were able to see the Olympics, Cascades, and Canada. You can't beat the view of the Seattle skyline coming in from the west, with the Cascades to the east.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 14, 2005

Ferry Across Puget Sound
Pier 52
Seattle, Washington 98121

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This park is on an island northwest of Seattle but still easily accessible. We took a short trail through the dense forest, which led to a woodland pond and then down the cliffs to a beach. Because it was January, we had the place to ourselves, and I was able to let my young kids roam and explore.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 14, 2005

Fort Ebey State Park
Whidbey Island
Seattle, Washington
(888) CAMPOUT

Deception Pass State Park Photo, Seattle, Washington
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We discovered two parts to this park on our trip, though there seem to be more. The first was like a land bridge to an island. Coming from the north, we took the first right at a sign to the park and followed the road to a closed gate and parked. When we got out of the car, the smell almost knocked me over. It was not a bad smell but the overwhelming smell of a moist forest. There were gigantic trees paralleling steep cliffs. We found a sandy beach, and I let the kids explore. We then took a trail to the top of a rocky bluff. From there, we could see across to Canada and, closer in, seals playing around the rocks. From there, we continued our walk down and came to a large totem pole and read about the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 14, 2005

Deception Pass State Park
Ten miles north of Oak Harbor
Seattle, Washington

Museum Of Glass

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Museum Of Glass Photo, Seattle, Washington
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This museum towers over the Tacoma waterfront with its spiraling top. Inside, you will find several permanent galleries and a changing gallery (which was closed when we went). The highlight for us was the studio theater where we got to see the artists work while one provided narration. They made my daughter's day when one of the artists came up and gave her a glass heart with a paper heart inside! Outside are oversized installations and Chihuley's astounding Bridge of Glass.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 15, 2005

Museum Of Glass
934 Broadway
Seattle, Washington 98402
(253) 396-1768

Snoqualmie Falls

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Snoqualmie Falls Photo, Seattle, Washington
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After winding past suburban sprawl east of Seattle, you cross the river and find yourself at Salish Lodge (for directions: http://www.snoqualmiefalls.com/). Park in the parking lot on the right side of the road, take the pedestrian bridge over the road, and you will see it. There is Snoqualmie Falls, a must-see site because of its beauty. The Snoqualmie River tumbles down the deep tree-filled canyon, creating a spectacular site. We couldn't walk all the way down because of the muddy trail, but there is a pleasant covered observation deck on the edge of the cliffs behind the gift shop. From here you can take in the majesty of the 270-foot waterfall.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 15, 2005

Snoqualmie Falls
6501 Railroad Ave Southeast
Seattle, Washington 98065
(425) 888-2556