Weekend in Seattle
Last year I published a blog how was my three months experience in Seattle. Since then I´ve moved out twice and one beautiful October day I came back here. And guess where am I going to celebrate New Year? Correct, in Seattle. Why does it worth it to come here at least for a weekend? Let´s take a look at it together…
A place, where well-known movies were filmed
I think all of you know the movie Fifty Shades of Grey. Some of you might remember this just like me – as wasted two hours of my life, others might liked it. I watched all of the possible and impossible Fifty Shades just because I wanted to see Seattle´s weather and guess what. In every scene it was either raining or after rain.
Another movie which was filmed in Seattle and it´s surrounds, was about a short record and after you watch it, you´ll die within seven days. Yes, I talk about The Ring. The Ring wasn´t filmed only in Seattle but also in Oregon and in LA´s studio. For example, not even an hour away from Seattle you can find Morgan Ranch. Unfortunately I couldn´t look up the location of Samara´s well (maybe it was in LA´s studio?) but the movie´s lighthouse is in Newport, Oregon.
Let´s move back in time for a little bit more and let me introduce you the best at the end – because a little bit of the classic is always good. Movies Sleepless in Seattle and 10 Things I Hate About You will show you Seattle even during the sunny days. Moreover, after watching them you won´t regret your time spent by “doing nothing”… And that´s enough for the movie scene.
First Starbucks and Pike Place Market
Coffee lovers probably know very well that Seattle is a birthplace of Starbucks. You will find here the very first Starbucks and once you are at this neighborhood, please come with an empty stomach since on your left side you can find a big Pike Place Market.
Pike Place Market is a place where local farmers, craft men and business men meet. Everyone will find here something that interests them – fruit, vegetables, small snacks, souvenirs or a fresh fish. And talking about fish – everyone who visits Seattle must experience these two things: Space Needle and throwing fish at Pike Place Fish Market. Every time when somebody buys a fish, before they wrap it for you a following show happens – throwing fish. Two of the sellers throw your fish between each other for several times and in the same time yell something. After this show they wrap you your fish and you are all set. Isn´t it amazing?
And talking about food – in Seattle is very popular a Happy Hours. Every day between 4pm and 7pm you can find a place where you can eat or drink (or get drunk) very cheap. Locals and even tour guides will agree on this. What I have experienced was that the meals were more like an appetizers but for the same price as you´d have paid in a restaurant for one meal, I paid for at least three. Final price is almost the same and you will leave with a gourmet experience. Or distillated. And talking about alcohol if you are a beer lover, you have to visit Tap House Grill where you can choose from 160 draught beers! By the way did you know that if you can´t decide which beer/ ice cream you want to buy, you can ask for a free sample? Or maybe even four free samples? That´s not bad at all.
Space Needle and Columbia Center
There are two viewpoints in Seattle – I think all of you have already heard about the famous Space Needle and on the other side of the Downtown there is the highest Seattle´s skyscraper – Columbia Center. The view is basically the same, the price is different… Of course Space Needle isn´t an administrative building but in Columbia Center on the 40th floor you will find a Starbucks where they let you go for free. The view you get here isn´t the same as from the Sky View Observatory but as a cheaper alternative it´s not bad.
Space Needle looks like more expensive version of Bratislava´s Most SNP. They look similar, they both are local attractions and once you find out the entrance fee, you start doubting if it really worth it. I have been only at Sky View Observatory where I didn´t wait in any lines, I saved up some money and I had an amazing view since there wasn´t that many tourists as they are at Space Needle.
The Market Theater Gum Wall
Correct, I talk about a wall covered by chewing gums. It is gross but believe me that this is the only wall of its kind in the whole world.
City tours: Bill Speidel´s Underground Tour and Seattle Free Walking Tours
What is the better option how to discover the city than with the local tour guides? Back in days there was a lot of floods in Seattle and this situation was partly solved after The Great Fire when after a small accident whole Downtown burnt down. As they built a new Downtown by bricks (if you are ever in a city with the brick architecture like in Portland, Maine it is because the original city was made of wood and completely burnt down). Because of those floods the new Downtown was built about 30 feet higher than the original one and so now we have two parts of the city – Downtown and that what is under it – the Underground. And that is still here.
So if you want to discover Downtown, I recommend Seattle Free Walking Tours. The concept of these tours is the same as Free Walking Tours in Europe – it is all for free and at the end you will decide whether and how much you want to tip your guide. More details about those tours you can find in my other blog about Seattle.
The only option how to see the “original city” is during The Underground Tour. This tour lasts over an hour and you will have a lifelong memory. Not mentioning that you´ll find out why there are pink-purple tile contractors all over the Downtown…
If you want to meet Bill Gates or Macklemore (who was by the way my neighbor) you will have this opportunity in Seattle. And did you know that famous music bands as Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Heart, Nirvana or Jimi Hendrix are from Seattle? And talking about Nirvana – did you know that it was in Seattle where they find dead Kurt Cobain? At that house there is a bench outside where people come to memorialize his death (April 4th) and birthday (February 20th).
So let´s go to Seattle. And don´t forget a waterproof jacket… people don´t use umbrellas here.