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First Trip to Seattle

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An October 2001 trip to Seattle by jrheimbach

Boeing Company Factory Tours Photo, Seattle, Washington More Photos
Quote: My wife and I decided to elongate my business trip to Seattle by flying out the Saturday before and being tourists for the entire weekend. Neither of us had ever been to Seattle before, so this was a great opportunity to visit the city and see the sites.

First Trip to Seattle

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Dog Bakery Photo, Seattle, Washington
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This was my first view of the Pacific Ocean and I could not get enough time around the water. I realize that Puget Sound and Possession Sound are "arms" of the Pacific Ocean, but far better proximity than anything we have here in Kansas! While in downtown, we were surprised at all the dogs and dog-related businesses. Getting off I-5, there was a doggy daycare facility and more than a few shops had "Dogs Welcome" signs. We shopped in numerous "dog" stores where shirts, coffee cups, holiday ornaments, everything you could imagine was available with dogs. We noticed dogs tied up to trees while their owners shopped inside, but our favorite was the doggy bakery (see the picture!).Quick Tips...Read More

TownePlace Suites Seattle Everett Mukilteo

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Hotel | "Townplace Suites"

TownePlace Suites Seattle Everett Mukilteo Photo, Seattle, Washington
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At first my wife was disappointed that we were not staying downtown for this business trip to Seattle. However, I needed to be up north, so we stayed at Townplace Suites in Mukilteo (25 miles north on I-5 from downtown Seattle). After checking into the hotel, we were both happy with the accommodations. The facility was practically new. There were 10 buildings, each with their own set of suites. We were located at the far end, in a studio suite. Our room had a king size bed, a 27" screen tv, a couch, coffee table, end tables, kitchen table that served as a desk, and a small kitchenette. The bathroom was larger than most with plenty of room for both my wife and I to get ready in the morning. My...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2001

TownePlace Suites Seattle Everett Mukilteo
8521 Mukilteo Speedway
Seattle, Washington
(425) 551-5900

Jack's Fish Spot

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Restaurant

Jack's Fish Spot Photo, Seattle, Washington
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We found Jack's Fish Spot just about the time we were really hungry on Saturday. At first we did not recognize it as a place to eat with all the fish iced down across the front. There were live sea creatures in a tank on the left side and a long counter on the right. Actually, the corner stand with smoked salmon initially caught our attention. We then noticed the hanging billboard announcing all the food items for sale. On the back was an aisleway with two chrome countertops and stools for the customers. Jack's Fish Spot is in the public market and is outside. The sitting area is under a roof, but still close enough to the outdoors to have a cool breeze. The first time we ate ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2001

Jack's Fish Spot
1514 Pike Pl
Seattle, Washington 98101
(800) 468 0514

Three Girls Bakery

Restaurant

Three Girls Bakery Photo, Seattle, Washington
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While we were eating lunch at Jack's Fish Bar, I noticed this long line of people queued up for some sort of purchase. My wife and I headed over that direction and saw all the yummy cookies and desserts at the Three Girls Bakery. There is a small window on the corner and the line was outside. People were shoulder-to-shoulder backed up up from the window, lined up against the dessert display case and back around past the eating area for Jack's Fish Bar. The line moved quickly; I believe we only stood there for about 15 minutes. Of course, we had ample viewing and decision time while waiting for our turn to order. Even though we were full from lunch, neither of us could resist some of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2001

Three Girls Bakery
1514 Pike Place
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 622-1045

Flying Fish

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Restaurant

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While in Seattle, I decided to have seafood as much as possible. So, when my wife's cousin suggested our meeting them at the Flying Fish for dinner, I was very happy to accept the offer. Parking around the restaurant was challenging. There was a lot just across the street with a cost of $9 for the entire evening. Flat rate, no exceptions. This was still our first afternoon in Seattle and I was not familiar enough with the area to have been searching much further for other parking. We were seated at exactly 5:45 with prompt service inquiring about drinks. The restaurant offered a lengthy wine list and the waiter was very helpful in making some suggestions. As we were all making simila...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2001

Flying Fish
2234 First Ave
Seattle, Washington 98121
+1 206 728 8595

Ivar's Mukilteo Landing

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Restaurant

Ivar's Mukilteo Landing Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The hotel recommended Ivar's as one of the restaurants to try while in Seattle. And, as I was still in my "seafood only" mode, this appeared to be a logical choice. This restaurant is located just at the ferry landing in Mukilteo where the ferry crosses to Whidbey Island. On a Sunday evening, the traffic was not bad and we quickly found the restaurant. Parking, as we've learned, can be a bit challenging, but this time, it was free. Outside the restaurant is the Ivar's fast food, offering all the fried fish and french fries for a lesser price. I was a bit disappointed at first because I thought the hotel personnel had directed me to an informal fish fry rather than a seafood restaurant....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2001

Ivar's Mukilteo Landing
710 Front St
Seattle, Washington 98275
(425) 742-6180

La Cascada Acapulco

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Restaurant

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As soon as I entered the front door, I was immediately greeted with the sound of soft Mexican music and the Mexican atmosphere. Lots of stucco, arches, and very bright colors. The walls were painted with scenes of Mexican markets, children playing, just life as it would be in Mexico. I was greeted by the hostess who was able to seat me immediately. The restaurant had both booths and tables. I was at a booth that did not have an ocean view. There was an upstairs area with balcony dining, but that was closed the night I was there. The restaurant was very clean. The restroom was remarkably clean, not even smelling like a restroom. The mirror was spotless and the chrome polished. This ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2001

La Cascada Acapulco
801 2nd Street
Seattle, Washington 98275
(425) 348-9569

Boeing Company Factory Tours

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Attraction | "Boeing Everett Factory Tour"

Boeing Company Factory Tours Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The Boeing factory is the largest building in the world by volume. The company offers public tours of the manufacturing of airplanes in this building on weekdays (Monday through Friday) at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour. I didn't ask how many people can be in each tour, but the theater for the opening video seats 100 people. Our group was small, maybe 20 - 25 people. Boeing has numerous signs leading from highway 526 to the tour center. We did not have any problems on the Boeing campus to the center as everything was well marked. The tour center opens at 8:30 with the option of purchasing tickets for that day's tours. The cost is $5 per person ($3 f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2001

Boeing Company Factory Tours
3003 West Casino Road
Everett, Washington 98203
+1 206 544 1264; +1

Whidbey Island Vineyard & Winery

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Attraction | "Whidbey Winery"

Whidbey Island Vineyard & Winery Photo, Seattle, Washington
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While touring Whidbey Island, we stumbled across this vineyard and winery on the road heading into Langley. We drove into the gravel parking lot, which is right next to the small store. Winemaking equipment is behind the store; just beyond that building is the vineyard. The proprietor was very friendly and accommodating. He was not in a rush at all. There was a beautiful longhaired black cat asleep in a cat bed on the far end of the counter. While admiring the cat, I heard stories about its "mousing skills" and ability to keep the vineyard free from the smaller rodents. Wine tasting cost $2 a person, and the wines selected for tasting were on the board behind the counter. I decided to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2001

Whidbey Island Vineyard & Winery
5237 S. Langley Rd
Seattle, Washington 98260
(360) 221-2040

Seattle Aquarium

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Attraction

Seattle Aquarium Photo, Seattle, Washington
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When Kansas City had discussed building an aquarium on the riverfront, references to the Seattle aquarium were frequent. People recommended that it should be modeled after the Seattle aquarium. So, while in Seattle, I wanted to visit this showcase. It is open 365 days a year with suggestions to call about operating hours on holidays. The building is easy to locate as there are numerous signs all along the waterfront in downtown Seattle. The ticket booth had a short line, but we were quickly able to purchase our tickets ($9 an adult). The different fish tanks were easily accessible and the information pertaining to the fish, water type, water temperature was easy to read. In various places ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2001

Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 386-4300

Space Needle

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Attraction

Space Needle Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The first question that my daughter asked me is "Have you gone up the needle yet?" Not, "How are you Dad?" "Did you have a safe trip, Dad?" She asked about the Space Needle. For first time visitors to Seattle, it's almost imperative to visit the Space Needle and at least take the elevator up to the Oberservation Deck (called O Deck). We stood in a short line to purchase our $11 adult tickets. Senior prices and children prices are lower. We did notice the roped off area to address longer lines of people waiting to buy tickets, so we were fortunate to only wait for a few people ahead of us in line. After entering the building, a security guard asked to examine my wife's purse and our ot...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2001

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

St John Mission - St. Mary Magdalen

Attraction | "St John Mission"

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St. John Catholic Church is a mission church from St. Mary Magdalen. Only one service is offered on the weekend - 9am on Sunday morning. With such a short drive from the hotel, we opted to attend this weekly celebration of the Catholic Mass. We arrived promptly at 9am and had to drive down to the end of the block for parking. The church was absolutely full. The ushers offered to direct us to the basement where we could watch the service on television, but we opted to sit up in the choir loft instead. This is a small building with two rows of about 20 pews. Approximately 5 adults can sit in each pew. The choir loft was full with a small singing group and the rest blocked off for people...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2001

St John Mission - St. Mary Magdalen
2nd Street
Seattle, Washington 98104