allyboy on Oct 21, 11 at 9:51am
We have returned from a wonderful 6 day trip to Seattle and the Olympic Natiional Park!
This vacation was filled with magnificent sights, invigorating walks, delicous meals, friendly people, cooperating weather and tons of photos! I want to express my thanks to all Fodorites who had previously written about their trips and posted them on this site and in particular want to send some special shout outs to Candace Kaleberg, happytrailstoyou and hawksbill for their helpful suggestions.
Rather than posting a day by day itinerary I have chosen to break down our trip by categories.
We used the Link Rail Line from Seattle Airport into the center of town: Westlake to be exact. How easy and inexpensive it was especially for Seniors. We were not more than a few blocks from our hotel and the ride was approximately 40 minutes. No reservations needed--just need to purchase tickets before boarding at either end.
Our car rental was through Enterprise. We chose to walk a mile to this location (leaving our luggage back at the hotel), picked up the car and then picked our luggage up at the hotel. This gave us an opportunity to get some exercise before leaving for Port Angeles and a chance to walk through some neighborhoods in the early morning. The staff at Enterprise were friendly and very accomodating and drove us back to our hotel when we returned the car.
The Bainbridge Ferry that takes you from Seattle to Bainbridge Island was a beautiful ride allowing us to see Mt. Rainier (the only time during our visit). This ferry has lots of room, food, adequate toilet facilities and with the weather cooperating a very smooth ride which lasted about 35 minutes.
The Monorail that we rode from The Music Experience to the downtown area was a quick and fun ride (especially sitting in the front car). It was inexpensive and interesting to see the streets and buildings from up above after walking through these same streets only hours before boarding. It is definitely a fun thing to do with the kids!
Our Feet! We walked everywhere using street maps in the city and guide maps in the Park. Seattle is a very walkable city and should be experienced by wallking through neighborhoods. Don't allow a little rain to get in your way. Bring a small umbrella with you and just explore.
We ended up using two hotels: The Mayflower (1 night) and The Warwick (2 nights). and loved them both! Great location, staffs friendly and helpful. The room at the Warwick had us on the 14th floor with a magnificent view of the Space Needle. Our Entertainment Card was used at The Mayflower which gave us quite a good rate and we would have stayed there for the other 2 nights , however, we couldn't secure the same rate. We arrived in Seattle and were settled into our room at The Mayflower by noon and stayed just the night as the next morning we left for Olympic National Park.
Olympic Lodge. I chose this instead of the Red Lion simply because the room I wanted at the Red Lion was not available. There was a Crab Festival in town and all the rooms were taken, however, I wasn't disappointed in the least as the Olympic Lodge room was spacious and had a lovely view of the Golf course. It had a nice lobby, fireplace and an outdoor pool/hot tub. There isn't a restaurant here so you will have to travel to one if necessary.
Lake Crescent Lodge inside Olympic National Park. Absolutely loved this place!!! Great room overlooking the lake (Marymere Room), two Queen size beds (only needed one), wonderful welcoming staff that always greeted us with a smile and allowed us to use their utensils when we brought our own wine and cheese. A highlight for us was sitting in their front room overlooking the lake sipping a glass of wine and sitting by the fireplace in the main room.
***Restaurants, Sights, Suggestions to follow!
Trip report to Seattle and the Olympic National Park
allyboy on Oct 21, 11 at 9:51am
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