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Seattle - An Emerald in the Grunge

A February 2005 trip to Seattle by amelie1

Space Needle at Night Photo, Seattle, Washington More Photos
Quote: Welcome to Seattle, a city where the people thrive on good coffee, good books, good music, and a good rain! Climb down from the Space Needle and delve beneath the grunge to find a city gleaming with treasures untold.

Seattle - An Emerald in the Grunge

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Space Needle at Night Photo, Seattle, Washington
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A little bit Boston, a little bit San Francisco, and a lot of personality to give it a unique flavor – this is Seattle, the Emerald City. Though its claim to fame may be the Space Needle that defines its skyline and the grunge-rock movement that defined a generation, Seattle is a destination with so much more to offer, from its modern, bustling downtown to its historic Poineer Square to the deep-blue waters of Puget Sound. Here are a few helpful hints for discovering the well-known landmarks and uncovering some lesser-known treasures you won’t want to miss. Of course, most people will want to visit the Space Needle, which is located at the S...Read More
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Pensione Nichols is a sweet little B&B in a great location, steps from Post Alley and Pike Place Market, in the heart of Seattle's Belltown neighborhood in downtown. It is easily accessible by transit and within walking distance of City Center, the Seattle Art Museum, and waterfront attractions such as the aquarium and ferry building. Rooms are small, with a European feel. Some upstair rooms have skylights. Bathrooms are shared. The staff is friendly and accommodating. Breakfast is simple but good, and the common room/breakfast area offers a fantastic panoramic view of Puget Sound. Prices are budget to moderate, with rates similar to the nearb...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2005

Pensione Nichols
1923 1st Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 441-7125

Bizzarro Italian Cafe

Restaurant | "Bizarro Italian Cafe"

Bizzarro Italian Cafe Photo, Seattle, Washington
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This is a great little funky café in the Fremont/Wallingford area. It's very fun, very casual, and a little zany. It's a great affordable alternative when you are looking for some good Italian food and amusing surroundings. The walls and ceilings are covered in knick-knacks, toys, art, Christmas lights, sporting equipment - you name it! Consider it dinner and a show. Not to be missed is the bananas foster for dessert!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2005

Bizzarro Italian Cafe
1307 North 46th St
Seattle, Washington 98103
(206) 632-7277

Cupcake Royale

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This is a fantastic little specialty bakery with two locations, Ballard and Madrona. The specialty? Cupcakes, of course! Located inside Verite Coffee, Cupcake Royale provides just the right treat to satisfy your inner child (with easy access to coffee if you need to balance out the rich buttercream frosting)! With imaginative names and accessories to personalize your pastry, this is a great stop for a snack or the perfect spot for a birthday celebration.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2005

Cupcake Royale
1101 34th Ave
Seattle, Washington 98122
(206) 709-4497

Chinoise Cafe

Restaurant | "Chinoise"

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Fusing Asian flavors from sushi to curry to pad thai, Chinoise provides something for everyone with a love for Asian cuisine. This small local chain maintains a beautiful, serene atmosphere in their restaurants, and the price tag leaves the patrons equally serene.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2005

Chinoise Cafe
12 Boston St
Seattle, Washington 98109
+1 206 284 6671

Bumbershoot

Attraction | "Bumbershoot Festival"

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This is one of the best music festivals around, bringing both big-name and up-and-coming talent from a wide variety of musical genres to the stage for an incredible long weekend of musical mayhem that will leave you hoarse from cheering for more. Over Labor Day Weekend, the Seattle Center is packed from end to end with concert-goers, musicians, and vendors and craftspeople whose wares you actually want to look at. When Bumbershoot is in town, all roads lead to Seattle Center - special buses run at well-signed stops throughout town to bring the throngs of people to their music. Whether you are coming to see a favorite artist or to discover a new one, you will not be disappointed!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2005

Bumbershoot
305 Harrison St
Seattle, Washington 98109
+1 206 281 7788; +1

Seattle Neighborhoods

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Fremont Troll Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Seattle's outlying neighborhoods also have much to offer the adventurous traveler. The Fremont neighborhood is the dwelling of the infamous Fremont troll, a huge concrete creature that lives under the Fremont Bridge capturing passing cars. This neighborhood also boasts the Henry Art Gallery and the unique Gasworks Park, a park filled with - you guessed it - colorful old gasworks that make it quite an interesting spot for photographs or a game of hide-and-seek. Also in Fremont is a fantastic Sunday flea market that is a draw from all reaches of town. For some of the best photographic views of the Seattle Skyline, head to the Queen Anne neighborhood. High on a hill, this area has s...Read More