The minute I saw that the Razorbacks were playing in a basketball tournament in Portland during Thanksgiving, I started planning the trip. As soon as I could, I made reservations at the Portland Downtown Marriott Waterfront. The rates were extremely reasonable and they had an M Lounge. I knew I wanted to use our BOGO Delta Companion ticket that comes with many restrictions for our flight. Unfortunately, I could not find any availability to Portland; however, we could get to Seattle and back home on the days we wanted to travel using the certificate. So I made reservations at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront for 3 nights. We decided to take the train from Seattle to Portland, then fly back to Seattle for our flight home. Rather than chancing a delayed flight on the morning of our flight home, we flew back a day early and spent the night at the Seattle Airport Marriott.
Our flight to Seattle was uneventful and we landed on time even getting a brief glimpse of Mt. Rainier through the clouds.
We took the train into the city from the airport at a cost of $3 each. We took a taxi from the Westlake Central Station to the Seattle Marriott Waterfront for about $10. It would have easily been walkable if it wasn't raining and we didn't have luggage because it was mostly flat or downhill. We were able to check-in early and although we were not upgraded to a suite, we had a nice room with a view of the water. We enjoyed the M Lounge which was open 24/7. On a pretty day, it would have been very nice to sit outside; however, it was too rainy during our visit to sit outside.
It wasn't quite as rainy on Monday morning, so we decided to visit the Chihuly Exhibit at the Seattle Center. We walked to the Westlake Center and caught the monorail to the Center.
As you can see, the sun came out briefly while we were in the garden which made for some great pictures. We spent a couple of hours at the exhibit, then took the monorail back to the Westlake Center. As I've mentioned in another post, we are not coffee drinkers, but we did enjoy stopping at the Top Pot Doughnuts shop we had seen from the monorail which was offering a free 12-oz. drink and a donut to Delta Skymiles American Express credit card holders during the month of November. Following those two stops, we went to Pike Place Chowder at Pacific Place. I wanted their salmon chowder, but had to settle for corn and potato chowder which was good on a chilly day.
Tuesday was really rainy, so we planned activities that would keep us out of the rain for the most part. We headed to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel for the Festival of Trees. This was the tree in their lobby.
From there, we headed to the exhibit of Gingerbread creations (can't really call them houses) that was held in the lobby of a shopping center near the Sheraton. It had previously been held in the Sheraton's lobby. As you can see in the picture below, most of the design was made with candy, not gingerbread, but they were still fun to see.
From there we returned to the Westlake Center where we caught the Link to Uwajimaya, an Asian grocery store that we had visited on a previous trip and really enjoyed. I had Kung Pao chicken from their deli for lunch. It was almost too spicy for me to eat, but it was good.
We particularly enjoyed walking around the produce section of the store where we saw many items we were not familiar with (and would have had no idea how to cook!). From there, we walked to the King Street Station where we would be catching Amtrak the next morning. It is a beautifully restored building. We caught the Link back to Westlake Center and once again walked through Pike Place Market.
To be continued.......don't want to get timed out!