Seattle and Portland trip

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Seattle and Portland trip

Post by midtown » Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:09 pm

I am taking a trip to Seattle and Portland this fall.  Tell me some awesome stuff to do (in particular, local food/music/art/culture institutions.  I'm not as interested in the typical tourist stuff like the space needle).

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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by cdm2p » Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:54 pm

In Portland, go check out Paley's Place.  Somebody I know used to work there and I actually ate there a few times.  Great place.

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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by ComandanteCero » Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:25 pm

not a big deal, but this topic would be more appropriate for the Out of Town Talk.

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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by dangerboy » Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:28 pm

1. Take Amtrake between the two cities.
2. Go visit every brewery in each city.

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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by midtown » Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:32 pm

ComandanteCero wrote: not a big deal, but this topic would be more appropriate for the Out of Town Talk.

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My bad.  Mods, feel free to move it wherever it belongs.

I'm planning on Amtrakking between the two cities for sure.  PAX and Bumbershoot are the weekend I'll be in Seattle, so I will probably end up going to at least one of those.

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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by Midtownkid » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:14 pm

Checkout Fremont in Seattle, it is a cool/interesting neighborhood.  It's artsy and 'cute' and very very liberal...there's a statue of Lenin.  I'd say it's a little like the crossroads...but not really.  http://www.fremontseattle.com/

Queen Anne is also a great place to get 'postcard' shots of downtown and to also check out some really pretty houses.

(A pic form Queen Anne I took a year ago.)

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Downtown is fun to explore, of course.  They have the awesome new Koolhaas Library:

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Also some good shopping, the original Starbucks, and some cool old buildings etc.
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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by Midtownkid » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:17 pm

Oh, and the new Olympic Sculpture Park was one of the top architectural achievements in 2007 (after our Bloch Building!).  It's pretty cool...try to go on a clear day if you have one...you can see the mountains really well from there!

http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/osp/

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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by loftguy » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:27 pm

Midtownkid wrote: Oh, and the new Olympic Sculpture Park was one of the top architectural achievements in 2007 (after our Bloch Building!).  It's pretty cool...try to go on a clear day if you have one...you can see the mountains really well from there!

http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/osp/

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What an awesome perspective.
I hope the folks looking at capping the south loop of downtown have seen this! 

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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by Midtownkid » Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:17 pm

Yeah, it's a really cool project!  Can't take credit for the photo though :(
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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by DaveKCMO » Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:09 pm

do not drive. amtrak serves both cities quite well and we all know about portland's transit success and... seattle first light rail line opens in july! the space needle is actually pretty cool, and not the day-long affair such things can be in other cities. the tram in portland provides a stunning views of that city.

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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by midtown » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:23 pm

I certainly plan to not drive at all during this trip.  Flying into Seattle, relying on transit and friends there, Amtrakking to Portland, and relying on transit and walking there. 

Anyone have experience with Ace Hotel?  I have someone to crash with in Seattle, but I'm looking at staying in the Portland one.  It looks pretty rad, is in the heart of downtown, and the prices aren't too bad.  http://www.acehotel.com/portland/

Thanks for the suggestions so far.  Keep 'em coming!  :D

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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by GRID » Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:15 am

I have had the worst luck with priceline in Seattle, no luck at all.

Drive up (or take a ferry) to Vancouver :).

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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by Midtownkid » Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:50 am

Don't miss the pot cafes in Vancouver, if you are interested in that type of thing!  I was there four years ago (maybe it has changed?) but you could unofficially buy pot from people at bars (with giant duffel bags full of it) and semi-officially smoke it in certain cafes.  It was fun!
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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

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midtown wrote: I certainly plan to not drive at all during this trip.  Flying into Seattle, relying on transit and friends there, Amtrakking to Portland, and relying on transit and walking there. 

Anyone have experience with Ace Hotel?  I have someone to crash with in Seattle, but I'm looking at staying in the Portland one.  It looks pretty rad, is in the heart of downtown, and the prices aren't too bad.  http://www.acehotel.com/portland/

Thanks for the suggestions so far.  Keep 'em coming!  :D
I had reservations there at ACE, but ditched them for McMenamins White Eagle Hotel/Saloon. It was around 50 bucks...I would have paid much more. Its not downtown, but is across the river just off the Yellow Line (i think) in a small industrial district. It was once a lumberjack/sailor brothel, and is reportedly haunted. You get an old school room with a sink, the bathrooms are shared, but private. Great ambiance all around, i'll definitely be staying there again.

http://www.mcmenamins.com/index.php?loc ... 20Homepage

I also stayed at the Mark Spencer...nothing to write home about other than being downtown.
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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by bahua » Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:53 am

In Seattle, find an afternoon to go to West Seattle and visit Beveridge Place Pub on California St. It's an absolutely outstanding neighborhood beer bar.

In Portland, visit the Tugboat Brewery, at like 6th and Ankeny, in the shadow of the one tall building in town.

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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by warwickland » Tue May 24, 2011 9:06 pm

dangerboy wrote: 1. Take Amtrake between the two cities.
2. Go visit every brewery in each city.

Soo, I am doing this in 2 weeks (except for visiting every brewery).  Anyone have anything else to say about these two cities, specifically Seattle? I have a slight handle on Portland since I've been once before. I'm primarily interested in shit hole inner city dive bars in Seattle.

The White Eagle is still 50 bucks, I could not believe it! I'm staying there 2 nights this time.

I'm planning on renting a car (maybe) and hiking a low mountain...or just going back to Mt Tabor Park....pretty awesome geography and views for a midwesterner.
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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by mlind » Wed May 25, 2011 11:39 am

You probably don't have time, but I love visiting the San Juan Islands.

Take an umbrella!

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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by zonk » Wed May 25, 2011 1:50 pm

Warwick, try to stop by Kells Irish bar near Pikes Place http://www.kellsirish.com/seattle/index.php

Its a little "touristy", but located off an alley and has great atmosphere.

Have a great trip!  Take lots of pics.

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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by mlind » Thu May 26, 2011 12:28 pm

I've always wanted to take the underground Seattle tour.  It's supposed to be very interesting.

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Re: Seattle and Portland trip

Post by mean » Thu May 26, 2011 12:39 pm

It is a lot cooler than you might think for something so obviously touristy.
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