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1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5884)
Fri, 16th Jun '06 2:52 PM

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

I am leaving on Sunday to go to Seattle. I have never been before. What MUST I see and do? I know nothing about it. Just tagging along with my husband, who is going on business. Any input anyone? Thanks, Marsha

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Fri, 16th Jun '06 3:30 PM

Gorgeous city! Aside from all the things in the tour books you must go to Pike St. market and watch them throw fish around for awhile. Vastly entertaining. Also, right across the street somewhere (it's been a lot of years and I don't remember just where) there is an underground tour of Seattle which is coupled with the history of the flush toilet. No, I'm not kidding. It's a lot of fun. Also, visit the fish ladder, and take some ferry rides. If you have time, get to some of the San Juan Islands. If you have more time, I have lots of suggestions.

Alice

missgeorge
Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Fri, 16th Jun '06 4:54 PM

I agree with Bigbird about the market.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5884)
Fri, 16th Jun '06 5:00 PM

I'll let you know when I get back on the 27th how things were. Thanks for the tips. Marsha

  (Level: . - Posts: 56)
Fri, 16th Jun '06 5:58 PM   [ edit ]

Go down on the pier and eat. Go to the space needle, the science center, and the Experience Music Project. My daughter was in there and they have a station where you go in and you can feel what its like to be on stage in front of thousands of people, like you are a rock star. The Seattle Woodland Park Zoo is fun, as is their Aquarium.

They have a bazillion concerts going on, all in a very personal setting so you should do a ticket master search and see who is playing while you are there.

Kell's Irish Pub is fun. You can monorail from downtown to the Science Center & back. You can also check out the Mariners! You can take the Ferry over to Whidby Island or the San Juans. Go whale watching. There is also the Museum of Flight.

And if you want to travel 5 extra hours, you can come see me.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 16th Jun '06 5:58 PM   [ edit ]

That was me above.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5884)
Fri, 16th Jun '06 6:12 PM   [ edit ]

Thanks for the tips Lodi. I will let you know what all I did. Marsha

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Fri, 16th Jun '06 8:13 PM   [ edit ]

I will be in Seattle in a week and half! I plan to see 'Richard III' at the Tony Award winning regional Intiman Theatre. Also plan to see a Mariner's game. Hope to get to the Music Experience this year, and have a plan to get up to Whistler Village, Canada for a weekend.

I always try to spend some time on the water (as I live in Arizona, where there is very little!) Actually I always hope it will be raining when I visit Seattle!!

Lodi - where are you??
Any Seattle Sploofers wanna meet for a drink? I'll be there June 25-July 8th.

suzer

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 16th Jun '06 11:27 PM   [ edit ]

And if the weather's half clear, keep looking south and admire the studliness of Mt. Rainier.

Other things worth considering for your checklist: Pacific Science Center, UW campus, the one unstarbucked street corner in the city, eating some salmon ...

And as much as it might sound like a joke, Seattle has an outstanding bus system, including downtown tunnels during workdays. Have fun riding them around to wherever.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 2:09 AM   [ edit ]

Suzer: Work on the opposite side of the state, Pullman, Washington. (Right on the Washington/Idaho border).

Lodi

mindmonkey
Mindmonkey  (Level: 270.6 - Posts: 295)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 2:53 AM   [ edit ]

I live just a two hour drive over the mountains from Seattle and I love to go over there--in fact I think I will next week since I haven't been over since last winter. It really is a great place, especially since the center of the city is so alive--in contrast to many big cities.

Here are a couple of places for a first-timer. Like everybody else, I agree you should take in the Pike Street Market. Great place with great food--and most importantly--it's real, not something that was faked for tourists. The whole area is a great place to walk around. Also, just down First Ave. is Pioneer Square, the original old town area. It has some of the best bookstores in the country and is also a center for nightlife. The Elliot Bay Book Store is awesome. Also, it has all sorts of art galleries including one run by some friends of mine (Punch).

Other places I like to go include 1) The University of Washington and the university district. The campus is one of the most beautiful in the country. The view along Rainier Vista is, in itself, worth a trip. The District is quite funky and has seen better days, but has all sorts of interesting shops, cafes, used bookstores, etc.

2) The Ferry (downtown). If you have the time, walk onto the ferry and go over to Bainbridge Island and back. I think it is about a 20 minute trip one way and it is pretty spectacular (except for the bored commuters who've done it daily for 20 years).

3) Volunteer Park up on Capitol Hill is a beautiful small park way above the central city and with views of the city and sound. It also has the Seattle Asian Art Museum which is a world class place. The regular downtown Seattle Art Museum is closed right now since they are attaching a 30 or so storey skyscraper onto it (a bit of an expansion).

4) If you have time for a ball game and don't mind watching the Seattle Mariners, Safeco Field is quite a place, too. It's just south (walking distance) of Pioneer Square and there should be good tickets available since the team is so lousy lately.

Good luck and have fun!

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.5 - Posts: 686)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 7:09 AM   [ edit ]

Now I want to go too!!! LOL
Jo

mskillian
Mskillian  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 226)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 8:55 AM   [ edit ]

Have a great trip! No advice - we're headed for Seattle in 2010 to begin our 10th anniversary cruise.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3778)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 10:36 AM   [ edit ]

No doubt. If I am that close, I am definitely going to visit Olympic National Park. Truly amazing.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5884)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 12:30 PM   [ edit ]

I have been to Olympic.....it is fabulous. Thanks for all the posts. I appreciate it. My only other problem I think will be having Sploofus withdrawal for a WHOLE week. Jeez. Are we crazy or what? lol Marsha

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 1:12 PM   [ edit ]

I'm already beginning to shake when thinking about my August vacation. I am very excited to be going - we are finally going to the Galapagos!!!!! But that is going to be 12 days away from Sploofus. We need to have withdrawal counseling sessions - at least I do!

Alice

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 1:13 PM   [ edit ]

There's a little seafood restaurant down on the docks. One time my husband and I went there and we had garlic bread, beer, and oyster shooters. The oysters were seasoned with beer & tobasco. There's another restaurant down there that has a bazillion kinds of martinis. I do not recommend the spice martini. Ick. Its like someone sprinkled allspice in it. I think it was called the Jamaican martini or something. (I always get screwed when trying something new).

There's always a lot of vendors and street musicians down on the pier.

When you come back, make sure and tell us all that you saw and did! If I wasn't coaching ball, I would run over for a couple of days and meet you. We could go to the Music Experience place and pretend to be rock stars.

Lodi

mindmonkey
Mindmonkey  (Level: 270.6 - Posts: 295)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 9:59 PM   [ edit ]

Oh! One thing I forgot. I was just looking at the Seattle news on tv and they were talking about the Fremont District Solstice Parade. The announcer said, "We'll show you all that we can of it." Well that's because of the odd things in and around the parade--enough said for a g-rated forum. For a really different experience head for the Fremont District north of downtown. It's also the home of Lenin's statue (in a parking lot) and Richard Beyer's "Waiting for the Interuban" statue.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 11:18 PM   [ edit ]

Sorry, my solstice is spent dancing naked under the full moon. Have to pass on the parade....

mindmonkey
Mindmonkey  (Level: 270.6 - Posts: 295)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 11:29 PM   [ edit ]

Actually, you would fit in the parade just fine. Your dance might be considered rather tame, though.


suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 18th Jun '06 12:53 AM   [ edit ]

I take my laptop everywhere - most hotels have free wi-fi, and I can always do dial-up at my relatives' houses!! Or head down to Starbucks and pay for my Sploofus habit! No way could I survive three weeks without my internet!!!

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 18th Jun '06 1:17 AM   [ edit ]

Read all about it before you get there:!~

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/



http://seattle.com/

Hope you have a fantastic time!
~Bev

terrbear424
Terrbear424  (Level: 98.3 - Posts: 35)
Sun, 18th Jun '06 2:55 AM   [ edit ]

The space needle and the museums-take the monorail; and definitely the fish market and underground!

beckyjs
Beckyjs  (Level: 80.3 - Posts: 36)
Sun, 18th Jun '06 11:06 PM   [ edit ]

I was in Seattle some years ago - good city. We climbed a small portion of Mount Ranier. Seemed strange to be walking in snow in July in shorts and a sleeveless blouse. We also took a fwrry to Vancouver while there. The u of Wahington campus is pretty, too. You will enjoy it there.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5884)
Mon, 26th Jun '06 4:42 PM   [ edit ]

I totally fell in love with Seattle. It did somewhat (at least down by the piers) remind me of San Francisco. I thought Seattle was cleaner. I went to Pike's market every day...that is how much I loved that place. We took a cruise through the locks and out into Puget Sound. That was gorgeous. We also did a ferry..and on that particular day were able to see Mt. Ranier. Since my husband was there on business, I was on my own a lot and just walked through the different parts of Seattle. Found a fun totem pole in Pioneer Square, I checked out art galleries that had art by Dale Chihully. I love his glass blown art. I had taken a cooking class several years ago from Tom Douglas so I made it a point to go to all of 4 of his restaurants while we were there. They were all fabulous and I really couldn't recommend one over the other. We drove to Ranier one day. That was worth the trip also. All in all , I loved Seattle. The high while we were there was 65 and that was great. It turned 95 on Sunday though and believe it or not it is only 90 in Dallas today! We checked out lots of bars, had lots of oyster shooters and some of the nicest "strange" cocktails that I have ever had. A Lemon Basil Drop that was really good and a muddled grape drink made with Hendricks gin and topped off with champagne. It I get it duplicated correctly, I'll post the recipe. I have done the WR's a time or two since I got back. Boy, have I ever slowed down. Can't even crack 30! I am happy to be back at Sploofus.......but I loved my time in Seattle and would recommend it to anyone. OH! And I did get to check out the goings on at Freemont for the solstice party. Reminded me a lot of 6th St. in Austin. My favorite was the gentleman dressed in a fig leaf. Nothing else....just the leaf. I am still not sure how the leaf was attached...I thought it would have been rude to ask. lol. Thanks for all the tips from all of you. Didn't get to make it to the San Juan islands but then that gives me an excuse to go back. Marsha

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Mon, 26th Jun '06 5:22 PM   [ edit ]

Hooray! I'm glad you had a good time. Another thing that is fun is they hold concerts at Woodland Park Zoo. They have a beer & wine garden and it opens up into the butterfly garden so you get to go in their & hang out & drink. Its lovely.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Mon, 26th Jun '06 6:22 PM   [ edit ]

Thanks for telling us all about it, and delighted that you had a great time!!

~Bev

mindmonkey
Mindmonkey  (Level: 270.6 - Posts: 295)
Mon, 26th Jun '06 11:05 PM   [ edit ]

Glad you enjoyed it! You sure packed a lot of stuff into the trip. Looks like the Fremont Nude Bicyclists outdid themselves this year at the Solstice. The parade must have been great fun.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 27th Jun '06 1:09 AM   [ edit ]

It was fun. Next year I needed a padded bicycle seat though.


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