Seattle Journals

Labor Day Weekend in Seattle

A September 2001 trip to Seattle by AndrewShih

Quote: Three busy days in the Emerald City. We saw the sights and had a grand time.

Labor Day Weekend in Seattle

Overview

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While the main "tourist" attractions (Space Needle, Pike Place Market) are very nice, we had the most fun in some non-conventional excursions. A ferry ride across the Puget Sound is relatively cheap ( for a car + .50 per passenger). It's an hour ride over to Brementon and 30 minutes to Bainbridge Island. Another destination is the Snoqualmie Falls. They are located 45 minutes east of the city and offer the beauty of nature at just a stone's throw away from the city.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: If you plan on staying downtown, walking is fine as everything is in close proximity. The downtown area is a free transportation area, so if you wish, you can take the bus. W...Read More
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Because our scheduled arrival was well past midnight, we scheduled a night here using Priceline.com. It is a decent value for the money. I would, however, not pay $75-80 for a night here. The Hilton across the street is supposed to be newly renovated, so may be a better choice. One benefit of this hotel is that it is only a half mile from the Airport with complementary 24 hour shuttle service that runs every 15 minutes.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 7, 2001

Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport
18740 PACIFIC HWY S
Seattle, Washington 98188
206 246-8600

Hotel Vintage Park - A Kimpton Hotel

Hotel | "Hotel Vintage Park"

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A beautiful hotel in downtown Seattle. There is a free nightly wine tasting. All rooms are named after a vineyard in the area. All downtown attractions are easily accessible by foot. This would be a good hotel for a romantic getaway or to just get some relaxation. The Italian restaurant in the lobby, Tulio, is supposed to be one the best in the city. We did not get a chance to dine there, but it appeared very popular.

Note: Only Valet Parking is available at $24 a day.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2001

Hotel Vintage Park - A Kimpton Hotel
1100 5th Ave
Seattle, Washington 98101
206-624-8000

Wolfgang Puck Cafe

Restaurant

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The Wolfgang Puck Cafe is located across the street from the Seattle Art Museum. It is similar to other Wolfgang Puck restaurants in that it is very "Californian" in theme. What this means to me is a very eclectic mixture of flavors and ingredients from various cultures with an emphasis on fresh and light cuisine.

My favorite dish is the Cajun Catfish. Also be sure to save room for dessert because the cheesecake is awesome.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 7, 2001

Wolfgang Puck Cafe
1225 First Ave
Seattle, Washington 98101
+1 206 621 9653

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This Chinese Vegetarian restaurant is located just to the north of the Space Needle. It specializes in Vegetarian dishes that imitate meat. Here, you'll find all of the typical dishes, except they will be served with "fake meat." While very affordable and interesting in appearance, I felt somewhat disappointed in the quality of the food. It simply does not compare to the Vegetarian restaurants found in Los Angeles.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 7, 2001

Bamboo Garden Vegetarian Cuisine
364 Roy Street
Seattle, Washington 98109
(206) 282-6616

Ray's Cafe

Restaurant

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Ray's Cafe is situated on top of it's fancier sibling, Ray's Boathouse. Up here, the prices are more reasonable and the dishes are simpler. If you are dining around sunset, be sure to ask for a table outside. When it gets chilly, the staff quickly distribute blankets. The view of the harbor at sunset is spetacular. Also, don't miss out on the raspberry white chocolate cheesecake.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2001

Ray's Cafe
6049 Seaview Ave Northwest
Seattle, Washington 98107
+1 206 789 3770