Skipped the Space Needle and the ballpark this time. After all, this was my third trip to Seattle within the past 12 years. Twice with my long-time partner, Heidi, and once with my with baseball buddy Joe. He and I flew in to take in two games against the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park/Safeco Field.
Most recently (July 10, 2019), Heidi and I flew to Seattle to spend time with her son Josh, a Seattle resident. Our flight time to Seattle from San Diego was about 3.5 hours.
On this latest visit, we stayed at the Paramount Hotel downtown. Primary reason we chose this hotel was its close proximity to Josh’s place on Capitol Hill, an area located in the north end of downtown Seattle.
For the most part, our Paramount experience was enjoyable. The hotel’s restaurant food was great.
Our days were full of activities. We visited two nearby islands just a short ferry ride from Seattle’s harbor.
We also took a two-hour cruise along the coast of Seattle and were treated to great views of the city. https://www.portseattle.org/cruise-ships
Seattle is definitely a walking city. If you drive a car downtown, you will discover that free parking is sparse, but there are plenty of pricey parking lots. Did not stop us from renting a car. Driving from the Seattle-Tacoma Airport south of Seattle took a half-hour or so.
Above: Paramount Hotel entrance.
Seattle is known for Starbucks and its rainy days! And Seattle remains home to grunge. https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/washington/articles/a-brief-history-of-grunge-the-seattle-sound/
In addition to the fact that Starbucks started in Seattle, there are also a number of coffee houses spread throughout the city. Coffee is so special to this city that it has a Starbucks Reserve Roastery, located at 1124 Pike St. Quite the tourist attraction.
You’ll hear people say both that Seattle is a safe city, and that it’s got its dangerous side. While Seattle gets a bum rap from Neighborhood Scout.com(which reports that Seattle is only safer than 2% of the cities surveyed). We felt safe walking around most parts of the city.
In addition to Major League Baseball’s Mariners, the city is home to the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks, women’s professional basketball (Seattle Storm), and Fc Soccer League’s Seattle Sounders.