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Seattle and Surrounding Attractions

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An August 2005 trip to Seattle by MCJ graduate

Elliots Oyster House Photo, Seattle, Washington More Photos
Quote: Dining at various restaurants (including a waterfront one), enjoying nightlife in Seattle, touring Pike Place Market, going to the Space Needle, viewing the Snoqualmie Falls, and visiting Mount Rainier National Park are the things we did in Seattle and the surrounding area.

Seattle and Surrounding Attractions

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Elliot's Oyster House Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Seattle is a gorgeous city. It offers a visitor numerous eateries to dine at and various attractions. As a result of this, I had to decide which ones my travel companions and I would enjoy the most. After a lot of prior trip planning, I selected the following intinary: dine at various restaurants, enjoy some nightlife in Seattle, tour Pike Place Market, go to the Space Needle, view Snoqualmie Falls, and sightsee Mount Rainier National Park. Our dining selections varied. It was café/deli-type to elegant waterfront and everything in between. Of these, it was Elliot’s Oyster House that I liked the most. In 2004, out of the top ten best seafood restaurants in America, this place was ranked fifth .A...Read More

Eighth Avenue Inn

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Hotel | "Travelodge"

Eighth Avenue Inn Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The Travelodge we stayed at in Seattle is located at 2213 8th Avenue. It is an older hotel but yet fairly nice looking on the inside and okay looking on the outside. It is about 9-10 blocks from the Space Needle attraction. I selected this place because of its location (close to downtown Seattle and the Space Needle attraction) and the price we paid for it. We paid under $80 a night. I had read both good and bad reviews about this hotel. But I decided to book our reservation on-line anyway. Actually I was quite surprised with our accommodation. It was very clean and there was a fairly new carpet and furniture in the room. The carpet was a dark green. And the furniture looked like oak wood (but ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 6, 2005

Eighth Avenue Inn
2213 8TH AVE
Seattle, Washington 98121
206 624-6300

Lowell's Restaurant and Bar

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Restaurant

Lowell's Restaurant and Bar Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Lowell’s is located in Pike Place Market. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lowell’s has been in business since 1957. It offers three floors of spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Where we were sitting, we had a view that overlooked the Port of Seattle, the Olympic Mountains and the waterfront. We ate breakfast, since we arrived early at Pike Place. Where we dined, it was casual. We had to order our food from a chalkboard but a worker there will bring it to you. On the day we ate, we ordered what Lowell’s call its market breakfast. The range of prices for this is $7.95 to $8.95. My breakfast consisted of a thick piece of ham, two pieces of toast, hash browns and two...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 6, 2005

Lowell's Restaurant and Bar
1529 Pike PLace
Seattle, Washington
(206) 622-2036

Pike Place Fish

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Attraction | "Pike PLace Fish Market"

Pike Place Fish Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Flying fish, fishmongers that sing, take pictures with the tourists, and scare some squeamish people (with their comical antics) and a place that sells seafood, books, clothes, and souvenirs is the best way I can describe the Pike Place Fish Market. If you have a time restriction or don’t want to venture through all of Pike Place Market, stop here for not only your seafood purchase but also your entertaining needs. You will not be disappointed. For the duller commentary, this place sells seafood and other merchandise. It sells fresh salmon, white fish, Dungeness crab, and cooked shellfish, smoked salmon, their own spices and sauces, specialty fish, books, T-shirts, sweatshirts (hooded...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 6, 2005

Pike Place Fish
86 Pike Place
Seattle, Washington 98101
+1 206 682 7181; +1

Paradise Inn Restaurant

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Paradise Inn Restaurant Photo, Seattle, Washington
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When our bus driver let us off at Mount Rainer National Park in the Paradise region, he said we had two places to choose from to dine at. One was called Paradise Inn Restaurant and the other was available at the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center. We decided to eat at the Paradise Inn because the other eatery served the traditional grilled food like hotdogs and hamburgers. In addition, I heard there was only outside seating. Paradise Inn is located in the Paradise lodge where you can have an accommodation at. It is one of the National Historic Landmark Inns located here. As a result, it is on the prestigious Historic Hotels of America register. This lodge was built in 1917. Alaskan Cedar ...Read More

Elliot's Oyster House

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Elliot's Oyster House Photo, Seattle, Washington
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We ate a late dinner at Elliot’s. We didn’t have reservations but were seated within 15 minutes. The seating here was packed both inside and outside. This place is on the waterfront. If you are fortunate enough, you will be seated by a window overlooking the waterfront or seating on the boardwalk/dock under a patio umbrella with a plastic table and chairs. Although we didn’t make a reservation, we were lucky enough to have an inside booth overlooking the water. This restaurant has three dining areas, plus a private dining room. One is the outside seating on the waterfront and the other three are inside the restaurant. As soon as you walk in, you check in with a receptionist and then your waiter ...Read More

Hurricane Cafe and Bar

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The Hurricane Cafe Photo, Seattle, Washington
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This restaurant/bar is located across the street from our Travelodge hotel on 8th Avenue in Seattle. Therefore, we wanted a beer here. The outside looked okay so we thought it would an average establishment to have one. The front of it had some areas that had multi-colored small stones on it and the side of it had was painted in hunter green and tan. However, we soon discover this joint was a dive. When you first enter this place, you notice it has three parts to it. As you enter, you will see dining booths and a small bar/eating area. There are stools to sit on here. This area has coil looking lamps hanging from the ceiling, different shades of green on the walls and burgundy colored booths. T...Read More

Lancer's Deli and Cafe

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Lancer's Cafe and Deli Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Lancer's is another establishment close to our hotel. Therefore, we ate here. It is located at 6th Avenue, Ste 102, Seattle, WA, 98121-1817 and the phone number is 206/728-4240. It is housed in the Denny Building. As a result, its main patrons are the people that work in it. This place is a casual dining experience. It has wood tables with four chairs at each. There are ten tables in the dining area. One of which can seat six people at (two tables pushed together). Its slate green carpet has stains on it. Brick is one side of the four walls. And the color of it is beige/off white color. The other walls are the same color but it is painted drywall. One wall has a couple of pictures that have wat...Read More

Wildrose Tavern and Restaurant

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SJB at the Wildrose Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The Wildrose has some booth seating inside and outside seating during the spring and summer months. Therefore, you can eat your food or drink your beverage at either place. However, on the nights we went, we decided to dine inside. As soon as you walk in here, you will see the bar and the booths. But then, there is another room where there are tables and chairs and booth-type seating available. But in all the rooms, the walls are burgundy. Our table was very unique-looking. It had a bicycle tire under a round piece of glass, and the bottom of the stools consisted of a steel rim of a tire. The seating area was vinyl material, and the color was burgundy. Although we went here twice, ou...Read More

Gray Line Mount Rainier Tour

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Mount Rainier Tour Photo, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington
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I booked this fantastic tour online. It is one of the best tours I have ever been on. For a small amount money ($49 plus $4.31 tax), I have gorgeous memories of a lifetime. If you have a time restriction in Seattle, I recommend this tour to go. Although I like Space Needle, Pike Place Market and other Seattle attractions, none of them can hold a candle to going on this tour. Although this tour takes several hours, it is worth it! In addition, we had a wonderful tour guide/bus driver named Ron. He looked like Jack Nicholson and had the attitude of the characters played by Walter Matthaw and Jack Lemmon in the movie "Grumpy Old Men". He was a little rude, little obnoxious but a heck of a tour guid...Read More

Snoqualmie Falls

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Snoqualmie Falls Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Snoqualmie Falls is midway between the communities of Snoqualmie and Fall City. It is 25 miles due east of Seattle. The Snoqualmie River cascades 270 feet through a spectacular rock gorge. This falls is supposed to be 100 feet higher than the famous Niagara Falls. And during winter months, the falls can increase in flow to over 36,000 cubic feet per second. Therefore, it is one of Washington State’s most popular scenic attractions. One and a half million visitors tour this attraction. Snoqualmie Falls is part of an attractive two-acre park. There is an observation platform that is 300 feet above the Snoqualmie River. This offers a gorgeous view of the falls and surrounding area. The water falls...Read More

Space Needle

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Space Needle Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The Space Needle is one of the landmarks in Seattle, Washington. My understanding is that the concept of this architectural design was conceived from George Jetson’s home in the Jetson carton. When it was built in 1962, it was the tallest building (605-foot tall) west of the Mississippi River. The original name of this architectural wonder was "The Space Cage" and the original name of the restaurant here was called "Eye of the Needle" (now it is called SkyCity). When we went here we had decided we only wanted to go to the observation deck and the gift shop even though there is the revolving restaurant called SkyCity here. Therefore, we purchased tickets for the observation deck and lat...Read More

Pike Place Market

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Pike Place Market Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Pike Place Market has a very rich history. It is a very large public market. This place is nine acres long. Within these nine acres are buildings, streets, walkways and alleys. It has been open since 1907, when a city councilman named Thomas Revelle came to the aid of the people of Seattle (who had been charged ten fold on the price of onions by middlemen) by coming up with the idea of a public street market. In this way, the farmers could deal with the consumers directly. As a result, customers would meet the producer directly and this philosophy is still instilled with all the Pike Place Market businesses. A flashback is that on August 17, 1907, farmers brought their produce to First Avenue a...Read More