Around Seattle

__________________________________
Introduction
Fairmont Olympic Seattle
Around Seattle
___________________________________

Around Seattle

We enjoyed our time in Seattle. One afternoon we visited Kerry Park.  Kerry Park has some amazing views of Seattle!  I wanted to get a few landscape shots of it and just soak it all in.

We only stayed here 15-30 minutes before we summoned an Uber to give us a ride back to our hotel.

I would say for the first time visitor to Seattle that this is a must do on a nice day!

We also had the opportunity to to check out Seattles famous Public Market and Pikes Peak. I went one morning early with my son as all the vendors were setting up and it was very peaceful and neat.

However we went again with my wife later in the day and it was quite busy and hectic.  The line for the original Starbucks store was down the block and the Public Market in general was quite chaotic.


Long line for the first ever Starbucks store (you have to REALLY want a coffee)

They do have tons of seafood options at the market.

I was also impressed how many vendors were selling some very nice floral displays and at very good prices in my opinion.

Near the end of the market there is an area with nice views out to the water.  There were a lot of homeless people in this area!

On an early morning walk with my kid we walked toward the Space Needle but we didn’t end up going inside of it.


Seattle’s Space Needle

One of the oddest “attractions” I have ever seen is Seattle’s “gum wall” in which there is small back alley of sorts that is completely covered in peoples chewing gum. Its quite colorful and unique.  I suppose its a form of art huh?  Anyways be careful and don’t get to close and get gum on your shoe like I did!

We also got to meet up with an old college buddy of mine and his wife while in Seattle which was nice.  We did have a chance to dine at a few decent restaurants while in town which we enjoyed.

Lastly we took a boat ride over to Alki Beach.  We just kinda walked around for a while down near the beach.  Stopped for a drink and enjoyed views of Seattle from across the water.  There were lots of runners, people playing volleyball and some people swimming.

I left Seattle with positive feelings about the city. A very nice, livable city.  It helps that we only had rain the morning we were leaving so we had 2-3 days of really nice weather.  If the chance to visit ever comes up again I will be happy to jump on it!

 

-PointsPinnacle


 

Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle Review

___________________________________
Introduction
Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle
Around Seattle
___________________________________

Fairmont Olympic Seattle

We arrived to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel to a busy scene.  Quite a few people arriving for checkins or waiting for rides to leave the property.  We were properly greeted by the bellman after pulling up in our Chevy Tahoe. Our driver and bellman grabbed our bags.


Fairmont Olympic Hotel entrance sign


Fairmont Olympic Hotel entrance

Once inside there is a ground level seating area but the actually lobby and checkin desk are upstairs one level. We took the escalator up (there are elevators too of course) and the lobby was teaming with activity of people meeting up or checking or talking with the concierge’s.  After a about a five minute wait we were welcomed to the checkin desk.


Fairmont Olympic Hotel entrance placard


Ground level lobby seating


Second floor checkin desk and floral arrangement in lobby


Farimont Olympic Seattle Grand lobby

The young woman checking us in was courteous and professional. After only a few moments we were on our way to our room, only the front desk agent forgot to put our room number on the key and we forgot what room she told us we were in verbally.  I stoped back to the desk where she apologized and wrote down the room number, 356 which is a Signature Executive Suite. Continue reading

Seattle 2016: Our Trip to the Emerald City

__________________________________
Introduction
Fairmont Olympic Seattle
Around Seattle
___________________________________

Introduction

My wife had one of her annual trips in which she can bring a guest.  Thus our baby and I were lucky to accompany my wife to Seattle.  Baby and I have never been to Seattle so we were all excited. This would be our little guy’s 6th state visited already!

We flew MKE to SEATAC on a Alaska Air Embraer 175 on the outbound.  We earned 1694 miles for that flight.


Weather forecast for our few days in Seattle via Alaska Airlines gogoinflight.com

We also got to witness some pretty scenery on the way out to the Pacific Northwest. Our baby was full of energy on the flight out but well behaved.


Lovely mountain views from our Alaska Air Embraer175 aircraft

We arrived in Seattle and were chauffeur driven to our hotel for the next few nights-The Fairmont Olympic Seattle. We had an overall nice stay at the property.  Very nicely located to explore the city.


Fairmont Olympic Seattle

We had time to explore the city as a family in between and after my wife’s work obligations. There were also scheduled excursions which we could have signed up for (like visiting Boeing headquarters and some wine tastings, etc) but we had our baby so decided to pass on those events.


Gum wall


The Public Market

After a few days in Seattle we headed back to Milwaukee on Southwest Airlines where we earned 3751 Rapid Rewards points.

Please stay tuned for my review of the Fairmont Olympic Seattle and what we did while in Seattle!

-PointsPinnacle