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    Nov 20, 2012 12:38 AM GMT
    My partner and I are going on a cruise to Alaska, sailing out of Seattle next August. We'd like to come up a few days early. Where are some "hidden gems" to stay at, eat at and visit? If there aren't any hidden gems, some really good places will do. Thanks in advance.
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    Nov 20, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    Evwerything is hidden in Seattle, depending on how low the clouds are.
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    Nov 20, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    been there a few times....check out the farmers market at fishermans wharf...it's huge...and a day and night cruise of the old money part of the city has some amazing old mansions. it's a neat city, but ya, hit it on a nice sunny day...august should be fine....have fun. you'll love alaska
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    Nov 20, 2012 9:52 PM GMT
    Always wanted to visit Seattle. I have a lot of relatives around that city. I have heard so many awesome things about Seattle. Oh well, some day.
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    Nov 20, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    There are a lot of things within walking distance of the docks. Pike Place Market, Outdoor Sculpture Garden, Seattle Art Museum. Although a lot has changed since I've been up there. There used to be a gyro shop near the end of the open-air part of the market - excellent lunch that's too sloppy to eat inside. You can carry it out into the sculpture garden. You can also hail a pedicab with a hunky young thing to take you around town from the dock area.

    You can walk to Seattle Center and Lake Union area, but might want to take a cab. And if you liked 90's music at all, a pilgrimage to the Sub Pop record store is a must. You might consider staying a few days after and going to Bumbershoot.
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    Dec 28, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
    Thanks to you guys for the advice. Are there any suggested hotels or B&B's we might consider?
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    Dec 28, 2012 11:54 PM GMT
    Here is a BnB at the pike place market, cheaper than most, but really has a style that is quaint and fun. http://www.pensionenichols.com/
    Also, check out Dinette on Capital Hill, great food and kind of a romantic space.
    Oh and do a coffee walk, just stop and have a cup in some of the independent shops, because there are some amazing coffee shops, not the boring bullshit places like Starbucks, but some real good small places that serve great coffee and will make you never go to another monster Starbucks crap coffee shop.
    That said, Seattle sucks.
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    Jan 02, 2013 1:35 AM GMT
    Try Hotel Five near Pike's Market. I'm currently researching Seattle b/c I'll be doing an Alaskan cruise myself in June.
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    Jan 05, 2013 3:14 PM GMT
    One of the funnest things I did in Seattle was to go on the "Underground Tour". And you have to take the night time tour, which is known as the "Whore Tour". The ticket office and tour location starts at Pioneer Square.

    Seattle's had an interesting past and that section of the city was raised about 10 feet. The tour takes you down into today's basement, which was street level 100 years ago. It's not that expense and worth every penny.
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    Jan 10, 2013 4:52 AM GMT
    For hotels or B&B's it all depends on how much you want to spend. Plus how much time are you going to be spending in your actual hotel. There are many things to see and do in the city, but how much time will you have before or after the cruise. Pike Place Market, Sculpture Park, Waterfront, Gas Works Park, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop all great and free things. If you want tours there are all sorts of informative tours. Argosy, The Ducks, Underground tour. Plus other unique tours....ghost tours and such. Even segway tours. Of course make it up to Capitol Hill and check it out. You of course have your normal touristy stuff like the Space Needle, Seattle Great Wheel Ferris Wheel, Seattle Art Museum, EMP (rock and roll and sci-fi museum), Monorail (fastest in US), etc. If you want a great view of the city take a ride on a ferry. Less than $8 can take a 35 minute ride out and the ride back is free and great views of the skyline. Also there is Kerry Park on Queen Anne. If you have time and a car can venture to the wineries for tours and sampling or up to Snoqualmie Falls which is only about 20-30 minutes from downtown. If you want any more info hit me up. I'll see how I can help.
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:02 AM GMT
    Why is it so damn expensive to fly to Seattle? I've always wanted to visit and signed up for the rock and roll marathon in June, but I don't know if I can justify spending $600 on a plane ticket.
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:13 AM GMT
    It's tourist time. Higher rates cause more demand. People will pay it to come. If really want to come look into flying into Portland then take the train up only a few hours and cheap.
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:15 AM GMT
    Book now drunner only about 300.
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:30 PM GMT
    We just came back from our Seattle/Alaska cruise trip. We thoroughly enjoyed it...and thanks to all of you who made suggestions for us to do. Accommodations were tough to find, as the Penny Arcade convention. Was there at the same time. (60,000 gamers at the convention center).

    We had a nice, but expensive hotel downtown. They recommended a nice breakfast place a couple of blocks away,which we liked enough to go back to each morning. We found some really great places for dinner...Terra Plata and Sitka & Spruce, both in the Capitol Hill area. We enjoyed drinks at a couple of local watering holes. We didn't do any of the late bars... we go to bed pretty early.

    The weather , including the wether on the cruise was superb. ..low to mid 70's during the day and high 50's/ low 60's at night. And sun!!! We had only one overcast rainy day during the entire two weeks and that was one day at sea.

    We did Pike's Market, the aquarium, the space needle, Chihully museum and garden, did a ferry boat ride, wandered around Bainbridge Island, the monorail to City Center and generally were lazy tourists.

    The cruise was great too and I would recommend it to you. From Seattle. We went to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria. We were disappointed not to see any wildlife. ..maybe next time.

    Thanks again for your suggestions.