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Quick Cup of Coffee in Seattle

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A January 2009 trip to Seattle by callen60

Mount Rainier from Paradise Photo, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington More Photos
Quote: Business brought me to Seattle, but not for long. Now I know what to do when I come back: eat, shop, haggle, and head to the mountains.

Quick Cup of Coffee in Seattle

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Mount Rainier from Paradise Photo, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington
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In June 2005 we disembarked from an Alaskan cruise, with another week to spend in the Pacific Northwest before flying home. We were already in Vancouver, so it made some sense to stay a few days. But we decided to bypass Seattle for some of the wonderful natural landscapes, figuring that we’d already had an urban experience. My wife and I also figured that if business ever brought us to this general part of the world, it would likely be to Seattle.It took nearly four years, but I guessed right on that one. Unfortunately, it was an ultra-short conference trip, arriving mid-afternoon, commuting from Seattle to Tacoma twice, spending two nights in Seattle, and heading back to the Midwest on a...Read More

Homewood Suites Seattle-Convention Center-Pike Street

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Hotel | "Many Hyphens, Good Stay"

Homewood Suites Seattle-Convention Center-Pike Street Photo, Seattle, Washington
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As the many phrases in its name imply, this hotel is on Pike Street, just north of the Convention Center. It's four blocks away from Sixth Street, where many of large hotels (Sheraton, Hilton, Crowne Plaza) are located. For my conference, the rates here were significantly lower ($135 with discount, vs. $180-$190 on Sixth Street). Fold in the complimentary breakfast, and an evening reception and meal (except weekends, I believe), and it was an excellent deal. My room was not a suite; but was a perfectly adequate, standard king-bed room. A large LCD-screen TV faced the bed, and a small balcony overlooked a courtyard-like space behind Pike Street, flanked by several condominiums. The overall ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2009

Homewood Suites Seattle-Convention Center-Pike Street
1011 Pike Street
Seattle
(206) 682-8282

Tap House Grill

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Restaurant | "Beer Heaven"

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160 beers… on tap. I don’t know what more I need to say about this place.But if you’re still reading, there is more to this place. It’s on the east side of Sixth Avenue, just north of Pike Street, an easy walk from any of the downtown hotels. The entrance is at street level, but the restaurant is subterranean, accessed by a wide set of stairs that descends down two or three normal stories, into one large, very high ceilinged room. It feels a little like arriving in one of the spaces in the newer London Underground stations. Off to your right is the large arc of bar, and behind it, the restaurant’s main feature: 160 pulls, arranged in staggered rows of three. It’s an impressive collection o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 23, 2009

Tap House Grill
1506 Sixth Avenue
Seattle
(206) 816-3314

Pike Place Market

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Attraction | "Heart of Seattle"

Pike Place Market Photo, Seattle, Washington
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I’ve heard about Pike Place Market from friends and family members for years, all raving about their visits to this market at the foot of Pike Street. I like markets, but I admit to fair amount of suspicion, thinking that everyone was professing to enjoy what they were supposed to enjoy. I sincerely apologize for my skepticism. I’d forgotten what fun it is to be in a big city market, and I don’t think I’ve ever been in one as big as this. Pike Place Market celebrated its centennial two years ago, and now covers nine acres here in central Seattle, attracting over 9 million visitors a year. It has wonderful populist roots, beginning when a city councilman moved to establish a place where far...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 23, 2009

Pike Place Market
85 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 682-7453

Beecher's Handmade Cheese

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Restaurant | "Artisan Cheesmaker at Pike Street"

Beecher's Handmade Cheese Photo, Seattle, Washington
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On the east side of Pike Place, below First Avenue and across from the end of the Arcade is Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. Although the space itself and the choices made in outfitting it suggest that it’s a long-time denizen of Pike Place Market, this artisan cheesemaker only opened in 2002.As their promotional material claims, ‘two days ago this cheese was grass’. All their milk supplies come from local herds free of recombinant bovine growth hormones (mysteriously abbreviated in most usages as rBST), and their milk arrives in 1,000 gallon installments that immediately enter the cheesemaking process.‘Handmade’ doesn’t describe the entire process, as the two large vats that occupy ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 23, 2009

Beecher's Handmade Cheese
1600 Pike Place
Seattle 98101
(206) 956-1964

Palomino's Euro Bistro

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Restaurant | "Unusual Location, Good Meal"

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We headed here based on both a recommendation and its proximity. It’s located directly across the street from the Sheraton, on the third floor of City Centre, which occupies the block bounded by Fifth and Sixth Avenue and Pike and Union Streets.We headed over at 6:30pm, without a reservation. The restaurant is in the west half of the floor, open to the central space around the escalators. The bar is to your left as you’re facing the entrance, and we were parked there for a beer during the short wait for our table. The list of beverages was impressive, and although I was tempted to select one of the six mojitos (including mango, passion fruit and spiced ginger, as well as the ‘c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2009

Palomino's Euro Bistro
1420 Fifth Ave
Seattle, Washington 98101
+1 206 623 1300