Seattle

Our last stop for this trip was Seattle.  Seattle is a city on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest and is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests.  It is Washington State’s largest city, and is home to a large tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon headquartered in its metropolitan area. The futuristic Space Needle, a 1962 World’s Fair legacy, is its most iconic landmark.

The space needle is an observation tower that has a restaurant located in it.  We made reservations to eat at this restaurant and the food was delicious.  The views from the observation deck are awesome!

Next to the Space Needle is the Chihuly Garden and Glass.  Dale Chihuly is an American glass sculptor. His works are considered unique to the field of blown glass.  If you go to the Space Needle, I would highly recommend seeing this exhibit as well as it is very interesting and beautiful.

Another iconic place to visit while in Seattle is the Pike Place Market.  Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States.  It is a must to walk through and enjoy the many smells and sights that it has to offer.

We decided to tour Seattle by taking the duck tour boat.  It is a fun ride that will take you by land and by water to see various sights in Seattle.  Out on the water we saw the houseboats that you see in the movie Sleepless in Seattle.

The homebrewers again wanted to check out all the local breweries in the area and there are several in the Seattle area.  We visited almost all of them, but the one we kept going back to was The Pike Brewing Company.  It might have been because it was located closest to where we stayed.  We stayed at another Bed and Breakfast that was called the Inn at Harbor Steps which was another Four Sisters Inn.  However, it is no longer in operation.

We all enjoyed our visit to Seattle.  Join me next week on another travel adventure.

Mt. Ranier, Whitbey Island and Seattle

We flew into Seattle for this trip and on the way to our first stop which was Mt. Ranier, we stopped at Elliott Bay Brewery for a little lunch and a drink.  It was a great place to stop at.

After we had lunch, we continued on to Mt. Ranier.  Mount Rainier National Park, a 369-sq.-mile Washington state reserve southeast of Seattle, surrounds glacier-capped, 14,410-ft. Mount Rainier. Atop 6,400-ft.-high Sunrise, the highest point in the park reachable by car, visitors can admire Rainier and other nearby volcanoes, including Mount Adams. The park’s 5,400-ft.-high Paradise overlook offers mountain views, summertime wildflower meadows and hiking trailheads.  This place was absolutely spectacular to see!  As you can tell from my pictures below, I was obsessed with taking pictures of Mt. Ranier.

We stayed at Paradise Inn which is inside the park.  Here are a few pictures of the Inn as well as some of the animals we saw around the Inn.

This cute little deer was looking at us from our room.

The view that you see each morning when you come out of the Inn was the main reason we stayed there.  This picture below is what we saw every morning we were there.  The rooms at the Inn are very tiny, but since we were seldom in them, it didn’t bother us at all.  They have a big lobby area that we hung out in every night.

Mt. Ranier is a must see if you are in the Seattle area.  We enjoyed this stop and really wished we had booked more time here.  Next week join me as we go to our next stop; Whitbey Island.