Seattle Journals

Seattle Weekend

A July 2001 trip to Seattle by Laura

Quote: Spent a couple days in Seattle after a week-long stay on the Olympic Penninsula

Seattle Weekend

Overview

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The Underground Tour is a MUST DO. The tour of Pioneer Square by the National Park Service is excellent and I really enjoyed the Gold Rush Museum - the only National Park in an urban area. Pike's Market is wonderful and known for the flying fish. Go to top of Smith Tower too.Quick Tips: Seattle is coffee drinker mecca. So do as the locals and enjoy some java. Best Way To Get Around: You can walk or drive most places. We rolled into town with a rental car, then quickly realized we would not need it. We took it back to the airport that night and took one of those airport-hotel charter buses back to downton for like one way. We walked alot, but that is the best wasy to see ever...Read More

Westin Seattle

Hotel | "The Westin Seattle"

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The room was great. Small but very comfortable. The "Heavenly bed" was fabulous and comfortable just like home. We had a coffeeemaker too. The location was pretty good, near shopping. It was a little bit of a hike to Pioneer Square and Pike''s Market, but doable. The hotel has a Roy''s Restaurant.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 15, 2001

Westin Seattle
1900 Fifth Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 728-1000

Palace Kitchen

Restaurant

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Palace Kitchen uses the ingredients of the region to create great choices of fusion cuisine. We had lavendar infused goat cheese fondue as an appetizer. The service was good, not overbearing. The pork loin was great and my friend had roasted chicken. While the food presentation was lovely, there was also plenty to eat.

The lighting is low and a large u-shared bar takes up the middle of the large space. It looked like a great bar to take in a martini and watch the crowd.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2001

Palace Kitchen
2030 Fifth Ave
Seattle, Washington 98101
+1 206 448 2001

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour

Attraction | "The Underground Tour"

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The 90 minute tour, guided by stand up comics is one of those absolutely MUST DO things in Seattle. It is hysterical and very informative about the Pioneer era. Located in the Historic Pioneer Square District at 608 First Avenue, Bill Speidel's Underground Tour started as a one time deal for a newspaper story. People loved it so much it is in its 25th year or something like that. The Underground Tour actually goes beneath street level and introduces you to Seattle's frontier town history. It grew as an outpost to gather supplies as prospectors headed out to the Klondike Gold Rush. The governmet was so concerned about these folks they specified all the things the prospector must have before hea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 25, 2001

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

Smith Tower

Attraction | "Smith Tower - Chinese Room & Observatory"

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Smith Tower is 42-stories and was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River when it was built in 1914. Fisr you pay for $5 per adult, then you begin your journey up in a person-manned elevator - These are the original beautifully ornate copper and brass elevators. The ride is remarkably smooth, but kind of scary. You go by floors of offices and my stop to pick someone up. For the observation area, the elevator stops at the Chinese Room on the 41st floor. There are carved Chinese characters decorating the floor the sparse furniture is made of Chinese blackwood apparently carved by hand. It is available for private parties which would be cool, but I think the red carpeting ne...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 25, 2001

Smith Tower
Pioneer Square, 506 Second Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 622-4004

Pioneer Square

Attraction | "Walking Tour of Pioneer Square"

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This is a walking tour of the Pioneer Square neighborhood guided by a Park Ranger. You learn the history of the area and the affect of the Alaska Gold Rush on the Seattle economy. Learn where the term "skid row" came from. The Ranger tells the history of many old buildings and the story of how many were recently saved before the wrecking ball arrived to make way for more parking structures.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2001

Pioneer Square
202 Yesler Way
Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 667-0687