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Trip Report SEATTLE Washington & Olympic Nat'l Park: Caviar Pie Isn't Yucky!

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August / September 2009

My husband and I spent 2 nights in the wet and delicious town of Seattle during our 7-day romantic getaway to the state of Washington at the end of August 2009. We also visited one of our nation's most gorgeous national parks...the impossibly green Olympic National Park in Washington state. Frenetic waterfalls, peaceful lakes, majestic mountains, temperate rainforest, and wild coast...the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state has it all in abundance! It reminds me of the magical south island of New Zealand.

Even in August, the dryest month in Washington state, we enjoyed getting sprinkled with a bit of rain. I appreciated the appeal of rain while I was sipping an extra-strong cup of steaming hot Americano in a little cafe called Local Color, in the colorful & authentic Pike Place Market in Seattle.

We enjoyed an earful, an eyeful, and a mouthful of the colorful Pike Place Market in Seattle, walking distance from our hotel! Most markets that I've explored elsewhere turn out to be disappointing. But Pike Place Market is delightful, although crowded. Colorful veggies, fresh seafood, including squid with their purple skin still on, and whole fish with their eyeballs still intact...street musicians harmonizing...the irresistible scent of fresh bakery items... Pike Place Market was my favorite site in Seattle! It was founded in 1907 as a farmer's market, was saved from demolition in the 1970's, and today is a National Historic District.


Our comfortable and friendly hotel, Mayflower Park Hotel, was walking distance to Pike Place Market, in downtown Seattle. It is connected to a modern mall, where you can conveniently ride the Seattle Monorail for $2 to the Space Needle. The monorail only goes for about a mile, but provides a fun glimpse of the city.

I recommend the Mayflower Park Hotel for its excellent location, and helpful staff. This is a historic hotel built in 1927, back in the days when travelers evidently were content with cozy but smaller rooms. We were very pleased with our small, comfortable room, especially since we booked our room for a great price on hotwire.com! They do offer some larger rooms and suites.

Mayflower Park Hotel
405 Olive Way, Seattle, WA

If you're traveling with kids, don't miss the funky water fountain that resembles a space ship from an outdated science fiction movie. The fountain is easy walking distance from the Space Needle, and it has a creative combination of water spurts and music. Watch your camera as the fountain may unexpectedly squirt you! I'm not sure if the fountain is turned on year round or not.

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