Seattle Destination Guide
Articles and Photos by Andrea Cannistraci
journeyPod.com recently visited Seattle, Washington. Even over a few cold, rainy March days, Seattle had so much to offer and we cannot wait to go back! (Although we may wait for October when it’s “prime” weather)
There are many sites to see in Seattle and among the top attractions, there is certainly the Space Needle. You can easily stroll by the Original Starbucks–it’s right by the Public Market and quite non descript. Do yourself a favor and snap a pic in front, but stroll around the corner to Le Panier for an amazing cup of caffe mocha and delicious macarons! Drive over to Freemont and see the infamous Freemont Troll. Nestled under a bridge, he’s one ugly dude! Highland Park on the edge of Queen Anne offers a wonderful view of all Seattle. And don’t worry if it’s a cloudy day. It probably will be and some of the best photos are captured on those days when harsh sunlight isn’t blinding you.
One attraction that may not be on your list of things to see is the Ballard Locks. The Locks are actually the third most visited site in Seattle! The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks provide a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of Lake Washington. It’s very cool to see a boat come into the canal and watch the water rise or fall as it passes from one body of water to the next. And while you’ll probably see the fish mongers throwing fish at Pike’s Place Market, you can see the fish really fly here as they jump up the 21-step fish ladder that was created to allow a variety of salmon to swim upstream to spawn.
Be sure to see the Floating Houses on Lake Union too. Landless in Seattle, many people live on the docks. Think of a marina, but instead of boats, there are houses.
Post Alley is where you’ll find the Gum Wall. Yep, it’s a wall, on a narrow brick walkway, covered in gum. It’s colorful. It’s germy. Get close enough for a photo, but don’t touch the gum! Located not far away in Post Alley is The Pink Door. While the door IS pink—it’s a pale pink—and easily missed. The food is Italian, the atmosphere is Cirque du Soleli. And somehow, it works. Order the pasta with rabbit, and stay for the Burlesque show.
Café Campagne is not to be missed. We were disappointed that Matt’s at the Market was closed on Sundays, but the Cassoulet and spicy Bloody Marys changed our minds.
journeyPod.com found a hidden treasure of a hotel at Inn At The Market. The entrance is truly hidden and located a few steps from Pike’s Place Market. Every room has an amazing view—whether it’s of the city or the water. And don’t let a “partial water view” discourage you. Some of those are the best. This 70-room gem started out as a B&B and is now a customer service focused haven for the well-travelled. Paul Newman stayed here regularly with his wife! Ask for Room #310—it has cool window box seats. Be sure to follow Inn At The Market on FaceBook, Twitter and Four Square. They have social marketing contests going on all the time.