Project 2012: Day 269
Of all of the cities in the USA, why would you visit Seattle? After all it’s known as the “London of the US” with an estimated 300 days of rain, right in the corner of the Pacific North Wet!! It doesn’t have Broadway, Disneyland, NASA, the Rockies, or Casinos. Neither is it known for beaches.
But I love this little city. It really is one of my favourites. Much of this love comes from my time at Microsoft, and the slightly more than annual visits. Of course, I’ve only once visited in the winter 🙂 but all the times I’ve visited in the summer, this place is spectacular.
From the Experience Music Project (& Sci Fi) Museum, to Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Pugent Sound, there’s a lot to enjoy. There’s the idiosyncratic, like my aforementioned Golden Aged Collectibles, and the downright crazy, like Utilitikilts. And I didn’t get to go to the Boeing Museum. Something about the girls’ (lack of) interest – it’s ok, I’ve been before.
Mostly though, like all of the places we love visiting in the world, it’s about sharing experiences with friends.
We stayed with our good friends Sean and Renee & their kids, Hannah, Liam, Caleb & Tyler out of town in Fall City. And as much as visiting Seattle was great, heading out of town to the surrounding countryside was awesome. I definitely recommend staying with friends, rather than in a hotel, to really experience the authentic culture.
We also had a great afternoon, with new friends, Greg & Lorraine who live in Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsular. And their daughter Genna (I think that’s how you spell it) who is Amanzi’s US doppelganger in interests. They were my first hosts on the Top Down Tour, and amongst the friendliest, most hospitable people I know.
Convinced to visit Seattle yet?
Then there’s Seafood.
Clams, Mussels, Crab, Prawns, Halibut, and especially, Wild Alaskan Salmon are all delicacies of this place. If you like seafood you can get Clam chowder pretty much everywhere (don’t get this from Lowells in Pike Place Market – terrible experience, and overpriced)
We were treated to the World Famous Sea Feast at the Crab Pot by Greg & Lorraine. Literally a smorgasbord of seafood upended onto the table, which you smash your way through using a mallet & board, then dip in melted butter…
…Not for the weight conscious.
To add to that, on our last evening, we went with Sean & Renee to “Salty’s on Alki” which is a fine dining restaurant in West Seattle that has views of the city. The (sea)food, views, and especially the company, were simply fantastic. Priceless in fact.
So if you’re planning a US holiday, I wholeheartedly recommend Seattle. Pick your time for sure, and expect a little rain even, but don’t bypass this great little jewel of a city.