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Hotel Vintage Park Seattle

The Hotel Vintage Park in downtown Seattle is on the list of Best 500 Hotels Around the World, and I can see why. This boutique hotel is a good location for a romantic getaway, or for a serious wine lover. As usual, this Kimpton owned property had charming, knowledgeable staff,  ready to give you recommendations and help with your bags.

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Each hotel room is named after a Washington winery. (Mine was named after the McCrea Cellars!)

 

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When we checked in, we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted with a flight of red wine. Yum! Perfect for unwinding after packing.

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The room was very warm and plush, done up in dark reds and oranges. I liked the wall hanging at the head of the bed! Of course, the bed was incredibly comfortable and the room was spotless.

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The bathroom featured Gilchrist & Soames toiletries in handy pumps in the shower. I love how they had a small glass jar filled with things that I usually forget. (Q-tips & cotton balls)

Amazing Kimpton Perks!

– Free bicycle rentals for guests (and the bikes have been specially designed for Kimpton)

Free coffee and tea in the lobby in the morning. Free iced tea and water in the evening!

Free WiFi and snacks if you join their free rewards program Kimpton InTouch

Raid the Mini Bar: Kimpton InTouch members get to sneak  treats for up to $10! It’s such a great idea, and something that I haven’t seen any other hotel do before. The mini bar is particularly awesome– filled with local, gourmet and handy items (like a razor or a mini first aid kit)

And my favourite perk at this hotel….

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Hosted Wine Hour! Almost all Kimpton Hotels have hosted wine hour between 5pm – 6pm. We enjoyed refreshing Mimosas and white wine at the in the beautiful wood paneled Vintage Park lobby. The drinks were served with smoked salmon appetizers, yum!

The hotel is near many shops, restaurants and you can walk to Pike Place Market. If you are looking for an upscale, romantic hotel to stay at during your visit to Seattle (especially if you are a wine lover), then be sure to stay at the Vintage Park Hotel!

The Vintage Park is located on 1100 Fifth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 .

Ivar’s Fish Bar at Pier 54 (and giant Seagulls)

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Walking along the beautiful Seattle waterfront, you might see some curious signs.

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After taking in the sign, you’ll look around, and see some of the biggest seagulls that you’ve ever seen. Seriously. These guys are huge. And incredibly healthy.

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After taking a stroll and checking out all of the restaurant, we decided to eat at Ivar’s Fish Bar (the home of this sign). It had a huge line, and the food looked good. Although Ivar’s had a sit down restaurant, we decided to grab our food and eat it outside on the patio. This way we got to watch the seagull show! More on that later.

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Ivar’s is pretty famous for their clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl ($7.49). The portion sizes were huge! I didn’t eat this, but my friends did. Because we also ordered fish and chips, they both couldn’t finish their bowls! They both said that it was the best clam chowder they’ve had.

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Salmon and Chips

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Jumbo Prawns and Chips

I devoured Jumbo Prawns ($9.49)  and breaded Salmon ($8.59) Everything was delicious and super fresh. A particular favourite was the Cajun halibut. Yum! Check out the menu to see what else they offer.

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As a bonus, while we were eating, we saw many people feeding the (terrifying) seagulls and having a pretty good time with it. One man put french fries in his mouth and the seagull ate it from his mouth. Ahh! A small two year old girl fed the seagulls, but it was scary to watch because it was half her body size.

All in all, it was a pretty enjoyable way to take in the waterfront and have some fresh seafood!

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Ivar’s Fish Bar is at Pier 54 Fish Bar on Seattle’s Waterfront. Seattle, WA 98104-1028

EMP Museum in Seattle

I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the EMP Museum – Music + Sci-fi + Pop Culture in Seattle. When I saw that they had a Fantasy exhibit, I knew that I had to go.

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The Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic exhibit: Revel in hands-on installations that include world building and mapmaking, and legendary pop culture artifacts. See iconic costumes from TV and the silver screen including The Wizard of Oz, Xena: Warrior Princess, Labyrinth, and The Princess Bride; pet a dragon designed by Seattle Opera; sit atop the Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones; and view original hand-edited manuscript pages from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

I loved seeing the manuscript pages from Lord of the Rings (you aren’t allowed to take pictures!) and the Game of Thrones chair. (I missed it when it came to Toronto.) Ironically, I ended up enjoying the museum itself more than that exhibit.

The EMP is designed by Frank Gehry and is 140,000 square feet! They have a giant sculpture of guitars that stretches way up to the ceiling. It’s called IF VI WAS IX, and it’s made up of more than 500 musical instruments and 30 computers.

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I also immensely enjoyed the beautiful Sky Church, which was inspired by Jimmi Hendrix. This space is used for showing films and performances. When we were there, it was showing the 9th annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival. I watched a cool short film called Doll Factory.

Trailer FÁBRICA DE MUÑECAS (DOLLS FACTORY) from Ainhoa Menéndez on Vimeo.

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On the second floor, they have a huge  Sound Lab. At the Sound Lab, you can play the drums, mix tracks, experiment with sound or even record your own demo CD in a soundproof room.

There’s no shortage of things available to do at the EMP. If you love Jimmi Hendrix or Nirvana (both Seattle natives), you can visit exhibitions featuring memorabilia, hand painted guitars and outfits that they wore.

The Women Who Rock exhibition gives you a chance to get up close and personal with outfits worn by incredible women in Rock n’ Roll. See the famous Lady GaGa Meat Dress and outfits worn by Madonna! (The Alexis Hotel also has a cool hotel package available with this)

Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power shines a spotlight on the astounding women who propelled rock ‘n’ roll into uncharted territories. Key artifacts, videos, exclusive interviews, and listening stations underscore the defining role that women have played in popular music, from the foremothers at the roots of rock, to Grace Slick, Madonna, and musicians of the new millennium.

 

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The EMP is a must-see when visiting Seattle. Tickets are $15 online for adults. Visit http://www.empmuseum.org/ The EMP Museum is at 325 5th Avenue N at Seattle Center.

To read more about my adventures in Seattle, click here.

Pike Place Market

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Pike Place Market is a mecca of fresh fish, crab, flowers, cheese and crafty goodness. This indoor and outdoor farmers market is backed by the beautiful view of the pacific ocean. Lucky Seattle!

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With an abundance of fresh fish and seafood available, some vendors put on a show for the buyer! At the Pike Place Fish Market, the fishmongers throw the fish to be wrapped as customers order. It’s really fun to see giant salmon being tossed in the air!

There are lots of cafes, shops and restaurants outside and inside of the market. One of my favourite shops was… Beecher’s Cheese!!!

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 Two words. Cheese curds. Amazing, amazing cheese curds. I hear that they also sell delicious macaroni and cheese, as well as grilled cheese sandwiches. I couldn’t tell you, I was busy devouring cheese curds. Mmmm. Of course, they also make a large variety of equally delicious cheeses.

They have big glass windows where you can see them making the cheese curds. It’s pretty cool. They also make their own crackers!

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Of course, you can find beautiful colourful flowers, fresh fruit, local produce and a variety of handmade hats, jewelry and other crafty goods. I bought a 1940s style knitted hat.

If you are visiting Seattle, you need to visit Pike Place Market!

Pike Place Market:1st and Pike St. Seattle, WA 98101

Beecher’s Cheese: 1600 Pike Place Seattle, WA 98101

To read more about my adventures in Seattle, click here.

The Alexis Hotel in Seattle

Sometimes the best part of the journey isn’t even arriving at your destination. It’s the first time you walk into your hotel and take in where you’ll be staying during your trip. For many, a hotel is a place to rest your head and quickly leave.

For me, it’s way more. It’s where you relax after wandering around a new city, and where you return to get ready for dinner. It should be comfortable, stylish and above all, no beige walls. (that’s my thing, okay? Despise plain beige walls.)

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When you walk into the Alexis Hotel in Seattle, you know that you’ll be taken good care of.  From the valet driver to the front desk- the staff is friendly and ready to help.

Everything is meticulously designed, from the large comfy chairs scattered throughout the lobby area to the Rorschach ink blots prints hanging on the wall in your room. (Spoiler alert: This kind of awesome is Kimpton wide. The Alexis Hotel kick started my Kimpton love affair.)

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The room comes with some great amenities. After you shower with the provided CO & Bigelow  shower gel, slip into a funky animal print robe and nibble on some gourmet salted caramel popcorn from the mini bar.  Forgot your yoga mat? There’s one in the closet.

The bed is incredibly comfortable, and the location can’t be beat. The Alexis is located on bustling 1st Avenue with tons of shops and restaurants. Best of all, you can walk to Pike Place Market and the Waterfront within 10 minutes.

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Amazing Kimpton Perks!

– Free bicycle rentals for guests (and the bikes have been specially designed for Kimpton)

Hosted Wine Hour- Yes, you heard correctly. At almost all Kimpton Hotels, you can enjoy free wine hand-picked by their master sommelier.

Free WiFi and snacks if you join their free rewards program Kimpton InTouch

Raid the Mini Bar: Kimpton InTouch members get to sneak  treats for up to $10! It’s such a great idea, and something that I haven’t seen any other hotel do before. The mini bar is particularly awesome– filled with local, gourmet and handy items (like a razor or a mini first aid kit)

The best perk for the heat?

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Free beverages in the lobby! Free flavoured water and lemonade/iced tea in the lobby in the afternoon, and free coffee and Mighty Leaf Tea (yes!)  in the morning. This is a lifesaver in the summer time when you return all tired from exploring!

Visiting Seattle anytime soon? Check out this package!

The Kimpton has an awesome package available from June 15-September 22 2013. It includes tickets to the fab EMP museum, where you can take in the Women Who Rock exhibit.

The Women Who Rock Package includes:

  • Discounted tickets to EMP
  • 2 Barracuda cocktails in the Bookstore Bar
  • Town car ride TO the EMP (at Seattle Center)
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Kimpton (request their EMP suite!)

Interested? Use the rate code: “PWWR” at  http://www.alexishotel.com

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The Alexis Hotel is at 1007 1st Ave  Seattle, WA 98104.

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