Seattle? Things to do? Neighborhoods? Hotels?

  • swimroarkswim

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    Oct 30, 2009 6:59 AM GMT
    Hey,

    I'm taking an impromptu trip up north to Seattle in a few weeks - I've never been there, don't know anyone there and know nothing of the city. I needed to go on a trip to get some frequent flier miles and figured why not go explore a new city.

    Any recommendations on things to do? I'll be there in mid-November, so I'm not expecting the best weather, but I'm sure that won't remove all of my options. What are some good neighborhoods to check out? Bars or restaurants? I also need to pick out a hotel, so if anyone knows of a good one, or an area I should look in, lemme know.

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    Oct 30, 2009 7:06 AM GMT


    Pike Place Market
    Seattle Underground Tour


    ...and we're sure someone like Auryn could help out here. Will email him.
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    Oct 30, 2009 1:02 PM GMT
    You can also email me if you like. What kinda stuff are you into?
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    Oct 30, 2009 1:05 PM GMT
    I go there for work a lot.... go for a jog through the Sculpture Park
  • bchbum

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    Oct 30, 2009 3:29 PM GMT
    Cap hill is where all the gay bars are at. Check out Pioneer Square, Seattle Center usually has something going on. Pike's place, take the Ferry over to Bremerton, or head up to Whidbey Island.

    It is going to be pretty cold, and it will be dark pretty early. Also, check out Snoqualmie Falls. I took some friends there in December, so it is bearable. There is a really good Nortwestern style breakfast at the Salish lodge with a great view of the falls. Oh, and if you were a fan of the early 90's TV show "Twin Peaks" you can get some of the famous cherry pie at the restaurant there.

    ITs going to be cold man. I live in FL now, and froze my toosh off when I went back in January.
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    Oct 30, 2009 3:39 PM GMT
    I've only been to Seattle twice, but one of those times we got a great deal at the Renaissance hotel downtown (on Madison Street, I think). It's very centrally located and within walking distance of many attractions. Buses stopped right near the hotel and if I remember correctly the monorail wasn't too far away either, although we didn't bother taking it since it doesn't run very far and walking that stretch of 5th Avenue was a lot of fun. The hotel was very clean and well kept and our room had a fantastic view. The staff were also extremely friendly and accommodating, especially the cute concierge who kept hitting on me...
  • Fusion98102

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    Oct 30, 2009 4:29 PM GMT
    Well... I just so happen to live here in the rainy city of Seattle so let me fill you in on a few things.

    Neighborhoods:

    Cap Hill: The "gay/alternative" area. Most of the gay bars are here (though not all as previously mentioned). There is also a Silver Cloud Hotel on the hill which is pretty decent and close to everything the hill and downtown has to offer.

    Downtown: All your usual attractions: restaurants, movie theaters, acting theaters, the opera, the symphony, art museum and lots of shopping! Check out the area around Westlake Center if you want to shop. You can also catch the Monorail from Westlake center to the Space Needle, EMP (Music Museum) and the Pacific Science Center)

    Belltown: Mostly residential, but close to the space needle.

    Pioneer Square: Lots of the "straight" bars are in this area. It is close to both stadiums and usually attracts the sports crowds on game days.

    Waterfront: Stretches almost the whole length of the western end of downtown from the North end of Belltown to the South end of Pioneer Square. Lots of "tourist" things to do but mostly small shops and restaurants. The Seattle Aquarium is here on pier 59. This is where all the cruise ships dock and you can also take the "Clipper" to Victoria BC. Oh yea, this is where the Pike's Market is too!

    Eastlake/University District: As the name implies, this is where UW is. Lots of college kids and, again, shopping and dining. University Village is home to Seattle's Apple store, if you wanna check it out.

    Queen Anne: A cool neighborhood on the hill across from Cap Hill. Lots of shops, restaurants and big homes. This is a pricey area, but fun to visit. Check out Kerry Park for a killer view of the space needle and downtown.

    Ballard/Northgate/Etc: Residential neighborhoods of seattle but each with its own cool stuff. Check out Golden Gardens Park if you can, its a beachfront park and very cool. The locks in Ballard are also cool to see if you havent seen them before. Northgate is home to Americas first indoor shopping mall. It's not the best mall, but it is the first in the country to be called a mall.

    Bars/Nightlife:

    Wallingford: Changes: Kind of a neighborhood bar just to the west of the University District.

    Cap Hill:

    R-Place: 3 floors of music/videos, dancing, etc. Decent place with a younger crowd.

    CCAttles: Oldest gay bar in the city, serves the strongest drinks for the cheapest price. Nice people and a good vibe. No dancing, but the do have a pool table. Gets packed early but clears out early too.

    Cuff Complex: Huge with an outdoor area. Probably the biggest melting pot of gays in the city. Dancefloors, several bars, lots of things to see. All in all a good place if you dont know where else to go!

    Pony: Newest edition to the hill. Small, but popular.

    Purr: Lounge style bar with sofas and comfortable areas to lounge in.

    Garage: Not totally a gay bar, but a fun place. Has a bowling alley inside, pool tables, etc. Very fun.

    Madison Pub: Your typical gay sports bar. Jukebox music, pool tables and darts.

    Eagle: Your typical Eagle. Every city has one, right?

    Hotels:

    We have lots of hotels in Seattle. You can stay at the W or the Holiday Inn. We have it all. Look for a boutique hotel if you have money to burn. The Silver Cloud on Cap Hill is close to most stuff so is the Crowne Plaza. Just look up hotels in Seattle online and you will see plenty to choose from.

    Other Things to See:

    Space Needle: You have to see it, and go up inside. Its a Seattle staple.

    EMP: Experience Music Project museum, right next to the space needle.

    Asian Art Museum: In Volunteer Park on Cap Hill it is cool to check out.

    Pikes Market: One of the must sees.

    Aquarium: It's ok, but if you have seen one you have seen them all.

    Monorail: Fun to ride.

    Snoqualmie Falls: Beautiful

    Woodland Park Zoo: A fun place for a lazy afternoon

    I hope you have a great trip man! Let me know if you need anything else.


  • MadeinMich

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    Nov 02, 2014 1:23 PM GMT
    Fusion98102 saidWell... I just so happen to live here in the rainy city of Seattle so let me fill you in on a few things.

    Neighborhoods:

    Cap Hill: The "gay/alternative" area. Most of the gay bars are here (though not all as previously mentioned). There is also a Silver Cloud Hotel on the hill which is pretty decent and close to everything the hill and downtown has to offer.

    Downtown: All your usual attractions: restaurants, movie theaters, acting theaters, the opera, the symphony, art museum and lots of shopping! Check out the area around Westlake Center if you want to shop. You can also catch the Monorail from Westlake center to the Space Needle, EMP (Music Museum) and the Pacific Science Center)

    Belltown: Mostly residential, but close to the space needle.

    Pioneer Square: Lots of the "straight" bars are in this area. It is close to both stadiums and usually attracts the sports crowds on game days.

    Waterfront: Stretches almost the whole length of the western end of downtown from the North end of Belltown to the South end of Pioneer Square. Lots of "tourist" things to do but mostly small shops and restaurants. The Seattle Aquarium is here on pier 59. This is where all the cruise ships dock and you can also take the "Clipper" to Victoria BC. Oh yea, this is where the Pike's Market is too!

    Eastlake/University District: As the name implies, this is where UW is. Lots of college kids and, again, shopping and dining. University Village is home to Seattle's Apple store, if you wanna check it out.

    Queen Anne: A cool neighborhood on the hill across from Cap Hill. Lots of shops, restaurants and big homes. This is a pricey area, but fun to visit. Check out Kerry Park for a killer view of the space needle and downtown.

    Ballard/Northgate/Etc: Residential neighborhoods of seattle but each with its own cool stuff. Check out Golden Gardens Park if you can, its a beachfront park and very cool. The locks in Ballard are also cool to see if you havent seen them before. Northgate is home to Americas first indoor shopping mall. It's not the best mall, but it is the first in the country to be called a mall.

    Bars/Nightlife:

    Wallingford: Changes: Kind of a neighborhood bar just to the west of the University District.

    Cap Hill:

    R-Place: 3 floors of music/videos, dancing, etc. Decent place with a younger crowd.

    CCAttles: Oldest gay bar in the city, serves the strongest drinks for the cheapest price. Nice people and a good vibe. No dancing, but the do have a pool table. Gets packed early but clears out early too.

    Cuff Complex: Huge with an outdoor area. Probably the biggest melting pot of gays in the city. Dancefloors, several bars, lots of things to see. All in all a good place if you dont know where else to go!

    Pony: Newest edition to the hill. Small, but popular.

    Purr: Lounge style bar with sofas and comfortable areas to lounge in.

    Garage: Not totally a gay bar, but a fun place. Has a bowling alley inside, pool tables, etc. Very fun.

    Madison Pub: Your typical gay sports bar. Jukebox music, pool tables and darts.

    Eagle: Your typical Eagle. Every city has one, right?

    Hotels:

    We have lots of hotels in Seattle. You can stay at the W or the Holiday Inn. We have it all. Look for a boutique hotel if you have money to burn. The Silver Cloud on Cap Hill is close to most stuff so is the Crowne Plaza. Just look up hotels in Seattle online and you will see plenty to choose from.

    Other Things to See:

    Space Needle: You have to see it, and go up inside. Its a Seattle staple.

    EMP: Experience Music Project museum, right next to the space needle.

    Asian Art Museum: In Volunteer Park on Cap Hill it is cool to check out.

    Pikes Market: One of the must sees.

    Aquarium: It's ok, but if you have seen one you have seen them all.

    Monorail: Fun to ride.

    Snoqualmie Falls: Beautiful

    Woodland Park Zoo: A fun place for a lazy afternoon

    I hope you have a great trip man! Let me know if you need anything else.




    Wow. You seem to kno a lot about Seattle.
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    Nov 02, 2014 6:34 PM GMT
    D'Oh! Suckered in by a necro-thread again.

    As it happens, I splurged a bit last week and stayed at the Edgewater. Windows overhang the water, fireplace and claw foot bathtub, wood-paneled ceilings.. it was pretty nice.
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    I kept the windows open and the fireplace on most of the time when I was in my room. No convenient place to park the wine glass in the claw-foot tub though. (Oh the hardships.) These pics were snapped out my hotel room window.

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    For some reason, I hadn't been up there at all for a few years. I can't believe how much of the town has been torn-down and rebuilt - especially around Lake Union.
  • Apparition

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    Nov 02, 2014 7:29 PM GMT
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    top right pic is from the tallest building in seattle, a big black bank overlooking both the stadiums. nice view for a few bucks 1000 feet or something.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_Center