Showing posts from August, 2011

Seattle - 2nd Day - Part 1

Wake up to realize -- It is my birthday -- now I am one who likes birthdays, heck I am alive another year!  Bernie is always the first to wish me a happy birthday and there is no one else I would rather spend the day with.

The hotel offers a buffet breakfast, and for Priority Club Members you get $4 off so for $11.95 it is a no brainer and we are not disappointed.  Then we are off to get our coffees at a local Starbucks, now which one should we choose there are SOOOOO many.  We walk down towards Pike Place Market and take a few pics.

Today we booked an excursion with Immersus Tours which is a walking tour of the neighbourhoods of Seattle. We are meeting Antonio (the guide) at 10:30 at the Hard Rock Cafe right near Pike Place Market. Here is a link to his website

Antonio met up with us at the designated time and introduced himself, he is originally from Peru and when he travels he really likes to get to know the locals by visiting the neighbourhoods, so he…

Seattle August 2011 Weekend Away

Bernie asked me a bit ago what I wanted to do for my birthday, and since it falls in the summer we rarely if ever go away for it.  This time I said I wanted to go to Seattle for our weekend.  Bernie booked the Crown Plaza Seattle Downtown which is located at 6th and Senaca.  We booked the hotel thru Priceline and got it for a rate of $115 a night.  We finally arrived after a longer than normal drive because of the long waits at the border and the busy traffic in Seattle. 
The hotel does have parking, valet parking at a rate of $32 a night plus taxes comes in at just under $40, pricey but not uncommon for downtown parking. 
We checked in and Dylan at the front desk helped us, I always ask for a room that does not have an adjoining door and asked for a king bed.  While he check we talked about why we were visiting and when I told him my birthday he upgraded us to a higher room that was bigger, he did call it a suite, and it was bigger and had a great view but not really what I would cal…