An October 2006 trip
to Seattle by elusivone
Quote: Mid-fall 2006 in Seattle - Prime Season.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2006
Sheraton Bellevue Seattle East Hotel
100 112th Ave NE
Bellevue, Washington 98004
Restaurant | "La Vita E' Bella Ristorante & Pizzeria"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 19, 2006
La Vita E' Bella Ristorante & Pizzeria
2411 Second Ave..
Seattle, Washington 98121
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2006
Dick's Drive Ins
111 NE 45th St.
Seattle, Washington 98107
Portage Bay Cafe
4140 Roosevelt Way Northeast
Seattle, Washington 98105
Attraction | "The Space Needle "
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 19, 2006
400 Broad Street (seattle Center)
Seattle, Washington 98109
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2006
Golden Gardens Park
Seaview Avenue Northwest
Seattle, Washington 98107
Seattle Parks and Re
6501 Railroad Ave Southeast
Seattle, Washington 98065
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 20, 2006
Pike Place Market
85 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
Attraction | "Interstate 90, Washington"
Visiting the University of Washington in Seattle was the main intent of my trip. I had decided I’d like to move to a city with a good state school (cheaper I’d hope!), and Seattle hit on much of what I wanted. So I spent my first day – a misty-rainy one, typical weather I had heard – meeting people on campus and enjoying the walk around the tree and ivy lined property.The school itself is like an ivy-league institution set in the middle of the urban area of Seattle. Sure, Harvard isn’t far off from a similar setting, but that’s an IVY LEAGUE school. To find a state school in this setting was unbelievable! It is truly a beautiful campus, even in the rain. Walking around I couldn’t help but take tons of photos; that said, it was also peak foliage season and the colors, again – even in the rain, were on fire.If you’re looking at this school, the admin people I met were friendly enough. I was a little put off by an unnecessarily direct question of "BUT WHAT do you want to MAJOR IN?" See, I’m in my early thirties and wanted her to help me identify the fastest path to getting my Bachelor’s, so I could teach. Anyway, beyond that she was friendly and gave me a great recommendation to a nearby café.Others I met as I walked around were just as friendly. I didn’t feel overly ‘old’ – people seemed welcoming and accepting.After I ate at the Portage Bay Café, I wandered around the University District, an easy walk outside of campus. "The Ave", aka University Way Northeast, is loaded with funky shops, coffee houses, and overall intriguing places to peek into. It too was lined in beautiful trees and the people seemed to let me keep to myself and enjoy my walk. After tiring of being out of doors, I headed to the Henry Art Gallery on campus (which was free on Thursdays!). For a college campus, I was impressed with their collection, which was arranged in a comfortable format over three floors. FYI, you must lock up your purse/bags up front before entering the galleries.There’s a small café on the lower floor, but it stops serving prepared or hot food at 3pm I believe – about five minutes after I arrived. I picked up a croissant and tea and sat while enjoying time off my feet. It was a splendid way to wrap up my day on campus, my first day in Seattle.