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Seattle Under Sunny Skies

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A February 2010 trip to Seattle by callen60

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Quote: For the second time in just over a year, I saw Seattle: this time under sunny skies. The result: good food, good walks, and good fun.

Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers

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Hotel | "Good Hotel in Central Seattle"

Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers Photo, Seattle, Washington
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On both trips to Seattle, the Sheraton has been the central hotel for the conference that brought me here. On my first stay, I saved a little money by staying up a quarter mile up Pike Street at the Homewood Suites, but this time, my team took advantage of the conference rate ($179; $200 with tax) and stayed here. That’s a pretty typical 3-star hotel rate for central Seattle. The Hilton down the street charges the same amount, the Fairmont Olympic a little more. I always struggle when the rate hits $200, but the Sheraton did everything they could to make me feel it was worth it. Everyone in our team was impressed by the size and comfort of the rooms; plus (for the first time I can remember...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2010

Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers
1400 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 621-9000

Wild Ginger

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Restaurant | "Southeast Asia Under One Roof"

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A great server is one of the pleasures of big-city restaurants. That was certainly true at Wild Ginger, a pan-Asian restaurant in central Seattle that was recommended by the concierge at the Sheraton. Our reservation was for 7:15, but our plan to relax at the bar for 30-45 minutes was happily scrapped for an early seating. The restaurant occupies the lower level of the Mann Building, which they renovated 10 years ago after a decade at another location. The open space blends booth, four tops, and balcony level, all among stylish columns under a high ceiling. Our server’s name was unusual enough that I have trouble reproducing it. But that’s about the only thing I can’t remember: personable...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2010

Wild Ginger
1403 Third Ave
Seattle, Washington 98101
+1 206 623 4450

Walking Seattle

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Public Market, a.k.a. Pike Street Market Photo, Seattle, Washington
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With the Sun out for our entire three-day visit, producing daytime high temps near 60 and evening lows in the mid 40s, we spent as much time walking around town as possible. In fact, our only non-pedestrian transportation was to and from the airport. Otherwise, we hit the pavement.You can find a nice selection of walking tours here, provided by the Seattle city government. We paved our own path, starting from the Sheraton Seattle, at the southeast corner of Pike and Sixth. It’s a straight shot one-third of a mile down Pike Street to Pike Place Market, which sits above the waterfront on a bluff that’s well hidden by the ...Read More

Space Needle

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Attraction | "Back to the Future"

Space Needle Photo, Seattle, Washington
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In 1962, Seattle was hardly an obvious pick to host a World’s Fair, let alone one focused on the 21st century. Jet travel was just emerging, and the west coast (and particularly the northwest) was growing more prominent in the nation’s consciousness. To push that process along, local boosters sought an exposition to capitalize on the emergence of Boeing and Seattle as contributors to the aviation and aerospace industries, and players in shaping the future.Originally conceived as the ‘21st Century Exposition’, it was later certified as a World’s Fair, with a focus on science, technology and the wonderful future they would make possible (resulting in some laughable predictions about ‘houses ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2010

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

Bainbridge Island Ferry

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Greater Seattle is as much archipelago as metropolitan area. Although its waterside setting and hills that that slope to the shoreline suggest San Francisco, other landmasses dot the water in nearly 360 degrees from central Seattle. To the east is Lake Washington and Mercer Island (and beyond that, Lake Sammamish), nearly making Seattle an island itself; to the north, that thin strip of land still holds room for Lake Union. Islands and near-islands make Puget Sound look more like a bayou than an open body of water, at least on the map. Up close, there’s a lot more open water than it seems.The Washington State Ferries operate up and down the Sound, extending the region’s highways across the...Read More

Four Swallows (The)

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Restaurant | "Laid back Island Dinner"

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I’m not quite sure how we found this restaurant. I think the Sheraton concierge recommended it when asked for a suggestion on Bainbridge Island. That tip led to an enjoyable late afternoon expedition across Elliott Bay, highlighted (at least before dinner) by the view of Mt. Rainier from the water, and a chance to explore just a bit of the former town of Winslow before heading to the restaurant. The Four Swallows is located in a large, 120-year-old farmhouse on Wyatt Way, northeast of the short ‘downtown’ strip and a three-quarter mile walk from the ferry dock. The concierge had had difficulty reaching the restaurant on Saturday afternoon before we headed out at noon on a walk to Seattle C...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 4, 2010

Four Swallows (The)
481 Madison Avenue
Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110
(206) 842-3397