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Old 04-22-10, 03:29 PM   #1
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Going to Seattle this weekend with Wife. Looking for things to do

My wife is in Seattle on business and I'm going to join her for the weekend. We've both never been there before. What should we do? (We're from the mid-west currently living on the East Coast if that matters.) She's not into biking. Any ideas/suggestions would be great. Apparently, our hotel is downtown. So far Pike's Market and the Space Needle look interesting. Also the underground tours sound neat. Any other ideas? Thanks so much.
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Old 04-22-10, 03:47 PM   #2
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we'll only be walking around/taking public transit if that makes a difference.
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Old 04-22-10, 03:53 PM   #3
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Try and get a reservation for a view table here: http://www.maximilienrestaurant.com/
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The Underground Tour is pretty fun, if a little hokey. If you like music you can check out the Experience Music Project (http://www.empsfm.org/). If you get a chance, you should eat at Ivar's Salmon House - it's been a while so I can't remember if you can get there by public transit, but if you like seafood it may be worth the trip.
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"The Pike Place Market." Locals usually just call it "the market." "Pike's Market" (the term) is strictly reserved for tourist use. It is located on Pike Place @ First Ave. and Pike St. Excellent attraction. Get a curry beef hombow (hom+bow [as in bow of a boat]) at Mee Sum Pastry on Pike Place. Put some soy sauce and a little hot oil in it. To die for.

Pike is not an owner, it's a location. Pike Street is named after a man named Pike. The market is located on Pike Place. Ex cabby here (Broadway Cab Co.) I lived in Seattle and played music there for twenty years between '81 and '01.

Here's their page.

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You have to go to the Space Needle and Pike. As previously stated, the Underground Tour and EMP are cool. Lunch at Salumi is worth the wait. My friends took me to see the locks (I think in Ballard), which was cooler than it sounds. I usually take a trip out to the Redhook Brewery in Woodenville. There is a winery next to the brewery, if that is your thing.
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Go check out the SAM's Olympic Park. Seattlites hate it but it's pretty cool. Lot's of really amazing art.
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Thanks for the advice all. Now I just need to figure out how to fit it into 2 days...
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Spend a little time in the Fremont district, too. Back in the '60's it was wall-to-wall hippies. It's just across the ship canal, slightly north of downtown.
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sounds like there really isn't anything to do in Seattle.
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I usually take a trip out to the Redhook Brewery in Woodenville. There is a winery next to the brewery, if that is your thing.
With a solid beer option and several win options, that's not a bad neighborhood to spend a half to whole day in.

You can take a ferry from downtown to Bainbridge or Vashon Islands. I haven't actually done that yet in the short time I've lived in the Seattle area, so I don't know what there is to explore out there, but I gather they get a decent number of weekend riders.

If you and the wife are into technology stuff, I can definitely recommend either Boeing Museum of Flight south of downtown, or a tour of Boeing's jumbo jet factory (unfortunately, 45 minutes north of Seattle in Everett).


Don't worry about seeing everything in two days. Take it easy and enjoy yourself. If you really think you missed something then it's all the more reason to take a longer vacation sometime.
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sounds like there really isn't anything to do in Seattle.
It's a little slower with the Lusty Lady closing and all
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If I had the weekend free, I'd hit up the Ballard Jazz Fest. And a buncha other stuff, too. There's always something to do in Seattle!

One of my favorite bands, Girl Trouble is playing the Biff Bang Pow film and music festival Saturday night.

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It's a little slower with the Lusty Lady closing and all
Strip joint connoisseurs go to Portland for that kind of entertainment; the ones in Washington state are lame with a capital L!
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1. While you're visiting Pike Place Market, you MUST visit Elliot Bay Cycles -- vintage bikes, and home of Davidson Handbuilt Bicycles.
2. Take the ferry over to Bainbridge Island. Great, cheap way to see views of Seattle from the bay. Once you get to Bainbridge, walk up the hill to the main drag and you'll run into Classic Cycles. They, too, have a vintage bike museum inside. See the bikes, then stop in Blackbird Bakery (about 3 blocks away) for a bite. Then walk back to ferry for return to Seattle.
3. International District/Chinatown - have a dim sum lunch. Visit Uwajimaya Japanese grocery; get Japanese candy for the folks back home.
4. Ballard - see the Chittenden Locks.
5. While downtown, go to Westlake Center, ride the streetcar to the Wooden Boat Center on Lake Union. Nice place to poke around.
6. If you're into music, definitely visit EMP (Experience Music Project). Pricey, but fun.

Skip the Space Needle. Trust me on this.

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Don't get caught in the rain!!! Bring a umbrella!
Do NOT bring an umbrella. Only tourists use umbrellas in Seattle.

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Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. South southwest wind between 15 and 21 mph.

Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Southwest wind between 8 and 13 mph.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.
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so what do locals do? just htfu and get wet?
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so what do locals do? just htfu and get wet?
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Going to Seattle this weekend with Wife. Looking for things to do
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1. While you're visiting Pike Place Market, you MUST visit Elliot Bay Cycles -- vintage bikes, and home of Davidson Handbuilt Bicycles.
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This.

That's sort of the plan. My umbrella doesn't travel, so I raided my panniers for my cycling rain jacket and rain pants. So, if you happen to be downtown and see a lost looking big tourist in a high vis jacket and a camera around his neck, take pity on me...
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so what do locals do? just htfu and get wet?
They wait for the non-tourist season, then head for Alaskan Way and fish & chips.
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I like to hit up the library whenever I'm in Seattle. It's an amazing building.
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If you or the wife are into science fiction, Paul Allen's science fiction museum is right next to the EMP, and you can get a joint ticket that gets you into both. The flagship REI store is within walking distance of downtown.
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If the weather's nice and you like the water, kayak or sailboat rental on Lake Union is a nice way to spend the day.
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