Seattle, Washington

March 2005

The trip to Seattle was a quick, last minute, weekend getaway for 4 days/3 nights. AAA of Southern CA has a section of their website devoted to "Last Minute Getaways." Most are great deals. I thought this one was, at a grand total of $602.80 (including all taxes and fees), this covered two people's roundtrip airfare on United from LAX to Seattle, AND 3 nights at a suites hotel by Wyndam that included breakfast every morning. Alamo was used for the rental car, getting a Pontiac Sunfire for 4 days at a total of $70. Unfortunately, I didn't really take many pictures (only 5) and Adam and I aren't in any of them! LOL.

This is a picture of the bedroom. The suite was basically a 1 bedroom apartment with full kitchen that had utensils and dishes. The bag on the bed is my duffel bag that I used as my "personal bag" on the airplane, in addition to my carry-on, so we didn't have to check luggage. This was great. After we got off the airplane, we were out of the airport, in our rental car within 20 minutes.

This is the living room in the suite. The bedroom is to the right (I'm standing next to that door as I take this picture), and the kitchen is on the left. The bathroom is behind me here, before the bedroom. The bathroom is enormous. The size of this suite is well beyond the size of my current apartment in California! The couch above, and the chair both make out into beds. The laundry/ice/ and soda machine were right outside the suite door, and the fitness center, pool, and hot tub were one floor below (on 5th floor). We were just a couple blocks from the convention center, and could walk all over downtown from here. The hotel provided free shuttle service to/from anywhere downtown too.

Here's a glimpse from the famous Pike Place Market. This was an incredible place. I would love to spend more time here. It's so big, it's just boggeling. There is an underground part too, that I didn't even get to!

More from the Pike Place Market. They sold more than just food too, arts, crafts, souveniers, homwares.

Across the street from the Pike Place Market is the original Starbucks coffee house. Notice the crowd out front. We went inside, but didn't want to wait in the hellatious line.

So that's all the pictures I took! We did a lot of shopping, walking, and driving. We visited several towns in the surrounding area. We spent an afternoon at the Seattle Art Musuem. We spent a sunny morning at the Seattle Japanese Garden. We tried to visit a military musuem at a nearby base, but the timing of our visit and the tour were just off. We also tried to visit the Boeing plant, but the tour only had room for one of us, and the next tour would be too late, as we'd miss our flight home. So, overall, it was nice to see the area finally, but I'd like to go back in the future.