Spent a whirlwind weekend sightseeing in Seattle with my 2 teenage daughters, jam-packed with many activities and excursions, showing them exhibits that made our minds soar! As the site of the World’s Fair, President John F. Kennedy officially opened the Fair on April 21st, 1962. He spoke by telephone from the Michael Paul residence in Palm Beach, FL where he and Mrs. Kennedy were spending the Easter holidays. His voice was heard by 12,000 people seated in the stadium on the fairgrounds in Seattle for the opening ceremonies…
“I AM HONORED to open the Seattle World’s fair today. What we show is achieved with great effort in the fields of science, technology and industry. These accomplishments are a bridge which carry us confidently towards the 21st century. Many nations have sent exhibits and will send their people. We welcome them.”
This exemplifies the spirit of peace and cooperation with which we approach the decades ahead.
“What is Seattle like?” I get asked frequently when I tell people about my recent visit there. Seattle is a stunning cosmopolitan city, clean, cultural, easy to get around with beautiful views. www.visitseattle.org
The girls and I started out at The Seattle Center, home of the 1962 World’s Fair, located at the 74 acre urban park and landmark Space Needle, Pacific Science Center’s “King Tut” Exhibit and EMP Museum.
Staying in Seattle
Having stayed at the SORRENTO HOTEL over 10 years ago, during my first visit to Seattle, I have been eagerly awaiting my return to this historic & famous landmark, located in Seattle’s historic First Hill neighborhood, a short distance from downtown Seattle and the Washington State Convention Center, as well as local hospitals.
Our suite had stunning views of downtown Seattle and impeccable room service. My Dream Come True was watching my daughter Rachael eating her breakfast in bed…a gift from God. The girls and I also experienced fine dining at The Hunt Club that evening, one of the most amazing food preparation & presentation that I have ever experienced. After dinner, I sat in the Fireside Room…a “local favorite on First Hill for restaurant and bar outings near downtown Seattle. People love the convenient location, inviting atmosphere and attentive service (and of course, good food).” The hotel provides “complimentary car service” which was much appreciated to take the girls and I downtown. A great venue for weddings, meetings, fine dining and entertaining. www.hotelsorrento.com
We were lucky to stay at the “futuristic” Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle which opened in June 2006 and features 120 luxury guest rooms, BOKA RESTAURANT + BAR, Spaahh and The Golf Club. The hotel’s “leading-edge technology and intimate yet spectacular accommodations redefine the luxury experience.” In our LUXE guestroom, a glass wall joined the bath and bedroom, while an electronic shade allows for privacy between the two. My teenagers, Natalie & Rachael loved this bathroom, especially the bathtub faucet on the ceiling!
Our dinner and breakfast at BOKA was a “Sci-Fi” experience with the illuminated walls changing color throughout the evening, peach-infused sparkling water prepared especially for the girls, and the outstanding, impeccable service.
That evening, the girls enjoyed playing “golf” on 50 of the world’s best courses at Hotel 1000′s Golf Club – a virtual golf setting comprised of an infrared tracking system with two planes, each with over 680 sensors calculating the velocity, spin and trajectory of the ball. It also provides real-time ball flight, interactive practice sessions and multiple hitting surfaces.
My ultimate experience at Hotel 1000 was at The Spaahh…”a serene, comfortable refuge in the heart of the city. Nestled in the lower foyer, the relaxation sanctuary offerings include seasonal infused water, aromatic teas, warm neck pillows and the glow of candlelight… all to enhance the ahhh in spaahh.” Nathan, my masseur, was truly inspiring, informative and comforting during my 90 minute massage.
Hotel 1000 is located at 1000 First Avenue at the corner of Madison Street,and is steps from the waterfront along Elliott Bay, and conveniently centered between Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, the business district and lively and historic Pioneer Square. www.hotel1000seattle.com
The Average temperature in Sept.-Oct.is 69 high & 49 degrees low. Our weather was superb with clear blue skies & sunshine.
The weather was warm, mild and sunny skies. The average temperatur in Sept. & Oct. is b The Exhibits the girls and I enjoyed most are:
KING TUT www.kingtut.org, at the Pacific Science Center www.pacificsciencecenter.org Seeing the Mummy’s from 3,000 years ago was an “awe-inspiring” experience.
Chihuly Garden and Glass www.chihulygardenandglass.com At the base of the Space Needle, Seattle Center. “The gorgeous array of color, glass, artistic creation and architecture lures us into a mesmerizing display of authentic creativity.” Direct Quote: Denise Schriedel, www.DestinationsbyDenise.com During my employment at Clos Pegase Winery www.clospegase.com in Napa Valley in the Year 2000, I was in charge of the Chihuly Exhibit at all the wineries, including Mondavi, Pine Ridge Winery www.pineridgevineyards.com, among others. Dale’s work is truly remarkable and continues to inspire ME and millions today! www.chihuly.com
EMP Electronic Music Project My 1st stop in Seattle had to be the EMP, taking the girls on an excursion to experience the EMP Museum, an amazing collection of rock & roll artifacts, hands-on interactive recording studio including keyboards, drums, vocals and guitars. Natalie, Rachael & I recorded a live CD during our “jam session”. I enjoyed the Jimi Hendrix & Nirvana Exhibit. Also on display was the Science-Fiction ICON exhibit and Horror Film exhibit. Microsoft co-founder, Paul G. Allen came up with the idea for this 140,000 square ft. museum dedicated to exploring creativity & innovation in American Pop music, from rock & roll, to jazz, punk etc. The rare artifacts and memorabilia allow you to “experience” the creative process by listening to musicians tell their own stories. www.EMPMuseum.org
Within 3 blocks, walking distance from our Hotel 1000, we visisted Pioneer Square Historic District where Seattle started 150 years ago. The early settlers called the area home, through most of the original building were destroyed in Seattle’s Great Fire of 1889. Today, there is rich history including restaurants, “underground tours” shops & boutiques. Diva Dollz www.divadollz.com
Space Needle www.spaceneedle.com “If you see one thing in Seattle, see everything.”
Zipping to Seattle Center on the Monorail was a highlight for us. Other site to see are the Seattle Art Museum, Mt. Ranier Gondola, Pikes Place District and Public Market.
A short drive through the “Twilight Forest“ we found the Lighthouse and Driftwood Forts at Discovery Park. www.seattle.gov/parks/environment/discovery.htm The official web site for Discovery Park in Seattle, Washington, Discovery Park is situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound.
Washington State is well known for it’s famous wineries, including Powers www.badgermtnvineyard.com & DeStefano www.distefanowinery.com both known for their big reds and “Parker-rated” scores, and the well known Chateau St. Michelle www.ste-michelle.com located in Woodinville.
Flying out of Burbank airport at 8:15 a.m. would be a challenge so we stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites www.burbankairportsuites.hamptoninn.com The Valet Staff promptly greeted us and helped with our luggage and parking. The Front Desk staff was extremely hospitable and eagerly welcomed us at their hotel. The housekeeping staff was attentive and friendly. We enjoyed our relaxing visit the night before our flight and we felt like we were home…comfy beds and a breakfast of champions in the morning. and hotel shuttle swiftly took us to the airport where we checked in and took off to Seattle on Saturday. On the flight, we saw Mt. St. Helens, which erupted in the 80’s, Crater Lake, and Mt. Ranier in Washington. An amazing sight! Shuttle Express www.shuttleexpress.com was waiting for us and promptly drove us to our first destination – The Sorrento Hotel.
Photos of our Seattle trip may be found on my Facebook Page/Seattle Album. My main attraction to Seattle was in 1962 when I was given a “Worlds Fair” coloring book featuring the Space Needle and other famous landmarks. As a 2 year old, seeing a sky-scraper on a coloring book appeared to be science-fictional and I was destined to see Seattle one day. So when I took my daughters Natalie & Rachael to the Space Needle, we went to the Gift Shop and purchased a Coloring Book as a collector’s item. 50 years have passed since the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle…still soaring to new heights and sightseeing excursions for all generations to see.
Seattle is a named after the Chief of the Suquamish tribe, SEALTH, at the time the first white settlers arrived in 1851. As Chief Seattle stated in his Version 1 appearing in the Seattle Sunday Star on Oct. 29, 1887, in a column by Dr. Henry A. Smith. “CHIEF SEATTLE’S 1854 ORATION” – ver . 1 AUTHENTIC TEXT OF CHIEF SEATTLE’S TREATY ORATION 1854… “Let him [the White Man] be just and deal kindly with my people, for the dead are not powerless. Dead, did I say? There is no death, only a change of worlds.” http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1985/spring/chief-seattle.html
DENISE SCHRIEDEL http://quadrust.com/food-and-wine-travel-in-los-angeles/denise-schriedel