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Jewel of the Northwest

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A May 2007 trip to Seattle by moatway

Downtown Night Scene Photo, Seattle, Washington More Photos
Quote: Few places have impressed me as much as this vibrant, interesting city.

Jewel of the Northwest

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Overview

Downtown Night Scene Photo, Seattle, Washington
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"THUMP, THUMP, THUMP…" That’s the beating heart of vibrant Seattle and nowhere does it beat stronger than the Pike Place Public Market. The Market area encompasses several blocks and, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is what makes Seattle a world-class destination. The main building has several floors of vendors and small shops selling everything from Chinese tea to fish to antiques and oddities. Across Pike Avenue from the main market are little warrens in which the shopping continues. It seems to go on and on. At the southern end of the market at Union Street, try The Pike Pub and Brewery which features an array of ales brewed on the premises and good pub food. It was a dai...Read More

Mayflower Park Hotel

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Hotel

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The Mayflower Park is listed as a Historic Hotel of America. Currently 80 years old, it is the oldest hotel in continuous operation (and under a variety of names) in downtown Seattle. In the heart of the city, it’s a short walk to the Pike Place Market and there is hallway access to the Westlake Center for shops and the monorail to Seattle Centre. It is also fairly easy to walk to the Seattle Art Museum and the Pioneer Square District. I can’t think of a better location. Our room may be typical…on the small side, it had a queen bed, and was nicely decorated, clean and comfortable. The bath had redone with Victorian-look fixtures and featured a deep soaking tub. Other features included robes, hair...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2007

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

Morton's

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Restaurant

Morton's Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Morton’s is a national chain and a beef legend, and it’s a pricey beef legend at that. The restaurants are known for their subdued elegance and understated presence. The exterior of the location on 6th Ave is remarkable only for a small, burgundy canopy and a valet parking stand; the restaurant is actually downstairs, windowless and unobserved from the street. But this is not a restaurant trying to attract the tourist trade, walk-ins from the mid-West in shorts and ball caps; this is a restaurant catering to the expense account and the special occasion. It wasn’t my first choice; I had tried for a newer Italian operation and was assured that I could probably get a table in three hours…maybe ten o’cloc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2007

Morton's
1511 6th Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 223-0550

Space Needle

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Attraction | "The Space Needle"

Space Needle Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The Space Needle was meant to be the focal point of the 1962 International Exhibition. Inspired by the radio tower in Stuttgart, Germany, visionary Eddy Carlson decided that the Seattle tower should feature a restaurant in the sky, but there would even be difficulties securing land on the Exhibition site. Finally, as time flew by, site permission was granted and the fair would have its restaurant and an observation deck. The process sounds simple now, but the architecture and the construction methods were untried and this would be the tallest structure west of the Mississippi. Once completed, however, it became one of the exhibition’s main attraction as well as its trademark; 2.3 million people would ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2007

Space Needle
400 Broad Street (seattle Center)
Seattle, Washington 98109
(206) 905-2111

EMP Museum at Seattle Center

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Attraction | "Experience Music Project (EMP)"

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Focussing on the Seattle music scene, EMP pays tribute to music everywhere and provides a great experience for most of the family. Housed in a building by Frank O. Gehrey, the design of which can only be described as audacious, a collection of 80,000 artefacts has been gathered for display. Not everything will appeal to any individual, but every visitor will come away with memories of favorite galleries or experiences. It’s a smorgasbord. Your visit will probably begin in Sound and Vision in which the EMP has recorded the stories of a number of artists and producers…you can hear the voices of Noel Redding, Jackie deShannon, Ice-T, and many more as they tell their stories. Included is a scr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2007

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

Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame

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Attraction | "Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame"

Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The Science Fiction Museum is in the same building as the Experience Music Project and they are available on a single ticket at $15 adult (2007). The AAA rate was only $11 making the two museums the best buy anywhere. The Science Fiction Museum celebrates the writers who have moved the genre since its inception. There is even a Wall of Fame and then there are the novels, the movies, and the props that made science fiction what it is today. Even if you are not a devotee of science fiction (and I’m not), you’ll find things that you recognize and the object that one fan considers the Holy Grail another may find interesting or even amusing. There is quite a display of cheesy-looking weaponry: phasers...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2007

Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame
325 5th Ave, N
Seattle, Washington 98109
(206) 724-3428

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks/Ballard Locks

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Attraction | "Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks)"

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks/Ballard Locks Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The locks that control access between saltwater Puget Sound and freshwater Salmon Bay (and ultimately, Lake Washington), are found to the north of downtown Seattle. Any set of locks, designed to move ships vertical distances, is an engineering feat whether we are talking about the big Panama or the little Rideau. In fact, they are not particularly rare and most of us have seen them in operation. Regardless, if you’re in Seattle, visit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks because they are locks and much more. The locks themselves are part of an 8-mile long canal, 100 feet wide and 30 feet deep. The fact that it was important to minimize the intrusion of saltwater into the Lake Washington system was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2007

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks/Ballard Locks
3015 Northwest 54th Street
Seattle, Washington 98107
(206) 783 7059

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour

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Attraction

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Back in the ‘70s, I didn’t do the Paris sewer tour so I’ve kicked myself ever since. The description of the Seattle underground tour had the same quirkiness about it, and for that reason, we decided to do it. The destruction of the Seattle Hotel in the middle of the Pioneer Square District encouraged the late Bill Speidel to attempt to stop future development by showing the people of Seattle that the buildings of the area were more than buildings; they were treasure houses of stories. After all, a heritage building had been torn down to build a parking garage referred to contemptuously today as the "sinking ship garage" due to its shape. Seattle was first settled in 1851 on a mud flat. As t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2007

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
608 First Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98104
206 682 4646

Seattle Art Museum

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Attraction

Seattle Art Museum Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The museum, known simply as SAM, operates in three locations. Apart from the main building on First Avenue, there are also a sculpture park at 2901 Western Avenue and the Seattle Asian Art Museum at 1400 E. Prospect Street. SAM has just reopened its galleries in celebration of its 75th anniversary and frankly, the space is a little overwhelming. There are two floors of galleries (third and fourth floors) but the exhibit with the most impact is Cai Guo-Qiang’s Inopportune: Stage One and Illusion (2004). Using ten identical Ford Taurus’s in sequence, he stages an interesting explosion with light and space. The sheer ambition of it is breathtaking and it uses up all the space in the Brotman...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2007

Seattle Art Museum
100 University St
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 654-3255