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Seattle Sounds

A February 2001 trip to Seattle by Kerry

EMP Museum at Seattle Center Photo, Seattle, Washington More Photos
Quote: To my 13 year old son, rock and roll didn't start until he discovered it. This is the story of my journey with him to seek perspective and expand his musical pantheon.

Seattle Sounds

Overview

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Our destination: The Experience Music Project

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The key to Seattle is to surrender to the miserable freeway system and give up your auto. We've often taken the train, but more frequently parked in the hotel lot and relied on the monorail or Shank's Pony for transport. A car is needed for anything in the orbit of downtown, but the main sightseeing events are close in and can be reached on foot.
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An excellent traditional hotel. Pleasant, well attended rooms, and a friendly, personal staff. The main restaurant is excellent, while the bar is cozy and slightly dark.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Mayflower Park Hotel
405 Olive Way
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 623-8700

Von's Grand City Cafe & Martini

Restaurant | "Von's Grand City Cafe"

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Von's is known for being a meaty sort of place, but its real virtue comes out at breakfast. Weekend mornings there's not much going for early risers except Mickey D's and this is the best you can get. A nice buffet and pleasant staff.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2001

Von's Grand City Cafe & Martini
619 Pine Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 621-8667

Andaluca

Restaurant

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Adjacent to the Mayflower Park Hotel, this is a fantastic eatery. The interior design is dark and perfect for a quiet one on one meal. Since the arrival of a new chef a few years ago this place has really taken off and the food is outstanding, especially if you like tapas.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2001

Andaluca
407 Olive Way
Seattle, Washington 98101
+1 206 382 6999

Athenian Inn

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The kind of diner you wish was in every town. It's a Seattle institution and a scene from Sleepless in Seattle was filmed there. A large and varied menu makes it a great tasting place and if you can get a booth by a window, the view of the sound is nice. My vote for a lunch spot while exploring Pike Place Market.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2001

Athenian Inn
1517 Pike Place Market
Seattle, Washington 98101
+1 206 624 7166

EMP Museum at Seattle Center

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Attraction | "The Experience Music Project"

EMP Museum at Seattle Center Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Simply put, EMP is a rock and roll museum and exploration space. Starting with the Imax motion simulator and going through the many exhibits and media presentations, it's designed to entertain almost anyone with an interest in popular music. The building design by Frank O. Gehry and Associates defies description! A steep trip at $19.95 for adults, it's worth it for the variety of enticements. Our favorite was the soundlab where wannabe musicians can go into a sound booth and bash away to their heart's content.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2001

EMP Museum at Seattle Center
325 Fifth Ave North
Seattle, Washington 98109
(206) 770-2700

Seattle Center

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Carousel Photo, Seattle, Washington
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I will always dig Seattle Center. It's not really the center of anything, and its fortunes have waxed and waned since it first welcomed visitors to the city, but I hold a soft spot for it. It's always been a place where you can wander and enjoy open space in a very crowded city. The attractions are nice of course, but how rare is it to have acres of parkland within the urban boundary? It's a perfect day out, especially with a picnic on a summer day. Don't forget your umbrella.