On Sunday morning, we had a few hours to kill before our winery tour started, so we decided to wander around downtown Seattle & see a few historical places. Everything was very close to our hotel & we stopped by this neat little hidden waterfall garden.
Today, there are many fancy skyscrapers that give Seattle it’s beautiful skyline.
We wandered down to one of the oldest parts of Seattle, near Pioneer Square and the underground area. I really wish we’d thought to book a tour learn a little more about this colorful & historic area.
We stayed at the Doubletree Arctic Club, which was a nearly 100 year old building that used to be a gentleman’s club. They did a great job updating it, but still keeping so many of the turn of the century charms & decor.
This is the back part of Pioneer Square & it was super quiet on this Sunday morning.
Just on the other side of Pike Place Market is a little park with great views down towards the water.
Just a few blocks the other direction from our hotel was Chinatown / International District. It was really neat walking through these neighborhoods even though it was very quiet so early in the morning.
The city hall was just around the corner & I’d have never recognized this as a city hall if I hadn’t been staring at the map- so modern & sleek.
The really nice thing about downtown Seattle is how close all the major landmarks are to each other. We did lots of walking and rarely took a cab or light rail.
There was a neat old train station that’s now a light rail stop.
Poor husband had to listen to me the entire trip tell him about “running here” or “running there” when I was in Seattle for the marathon last year. This is the front of Pioneer Square with some very cool old covered walkways.
The tall white tower near the top of this post is Smith Tower & it was just around the corner from us- it’s got quite an interesting history and was one of the tallest in the US when it was built.
GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: Really looking forward to this weekend at home & getting caught up on all sorts of good stuff.