Here is their list:
1. Seattle Center-home to the famous and iconic Space Needle, the Experience Music Project, and the Pacific Science Center.
EMP is one of the best music memorabilia and rock museums anywhere in the world. It is a must see. I have been to EMP
about a dozen times.
3. Seattle Waterfront-home to a great ferry system, the Seattle Aquarium, and lots of homeless.
4. Pioneer Square-home to Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour and lots of junk shops.
5. Art and Architecture-spectacular Seattle Public Library, as well as the Seattle Art Museum and Olympic Sculpture Park.
The Library is the shining star of downtown. It is a tourist attraction in and of itself!
6. Shopper’s Mecca-downtown has 1800 retailers.
7. Outdoor Paradise-home to the beautiful Olympic Mountains, and the waterways of Puget Sound.
8. Cuisine-home to fabulous northwest cooking, based of local produce and seafood.
Any number of great places: Salumi, Tilth, Mistral, Fare Start.
9. Washington State Wines-home to 45 wineries in more than 8000 acres of vineyard. (Much more now!)
10. Culture and Entertainment-home to grunge rock, famous musicians, Chihuly, and other artists.
Here is my top ten:
1. Nordstrom flagship store-fun and filled with more stuff than most Nordie’s across the country.
2. Le Panier French Bakery-the best croissants anywhere in the world, Paris included!
3. J. Gilbert Shoes-the best shoe shop in the entire northwest, maybe even west of the Mississippi River.
4. Uwajimaya-the best Asian grocery store in the United States, lots of fresh and imported goods.
5. Serious Pie-the best pizza in Seattle, and perhaps the entire West Coast, try the cherry bomb pizza! (now 3 locations)
6. BBQ Corn stand-at Westlake Plaza, fresh corn, cooked in the husk, smothered with butter, yum! (GONE!)
7. The Triple Door-great music venue with some famous and not so famous musicians.
8. Jazz Alley-great jazz venue with dinner option for hot and cool jazz from the greats of music.
9. Free public transportation downtown -free buses in the downtown corridor to ease traffic congestion and parking. (No longer FREE!)
10. Top Pot Doughnuts-purveyor of artisanal doughnuts and coffee to Seattle boomers and boppers.
Best Places to Stay:
1. Hotel Andra-4th and Virginia, near Lola, Dahlia and Serious Pie.
2. Inn at Harbor Steps-urban B&B with great breakfast, across from Seattle Art Museum. (GONE!)
3. Inn at the Market-next to Pike Market, European vibe, but noisy
4. Pensione Nichols-Belltown Eurostyle pensione, great location, but shared baths.
5. Sheraton-one mega hotel, just for location and sometimes great prices, near convention center.
6. Hotel 1000-hipster vibe for you cool types, also on First Avenue.
7. Hotel Max-eclectically interesting and friendly.
8. W-pricey but comfortably elegant and quiet.
9. Westin-tired appearance but great location between Bon and Nordie’s,
10. Pan Pacific-sits atop Whole Foods, great decor, a little out of the way.
With time to kill:
1. Try on all the hats in Pike Market stalls.
2. Visit every Starbucks in the downtown area.
3. Give a dime to every homeless person you see.
4. Shop at Nordstrom Rack for new underwear and socks.
5. Rent a car and drive around. You will regret it.
6. Visit a tea shop and try every expensive tea over $50.
7. Try to find the Today sponge in a pharmacy. Thank you Elaine Benes!
8. Catch of flying fish at Pike Market.
9. Find a wireless hot spot, in the town that is wired beyond caffeine.
10. Find Bill Gates Sr. as he lobbies everyone for his favorite election issues.
11. Walk to Uwajimaya in the International District.
12. Wait for the Mariners to get to the World Series
13. Find Paul Allen and Bill Gates having coffee.
So, the meal itinerary on Wednesday (June 10) :
Breakfast: Lola (skip the Greek doughnuts)
Lunch: Le Panier baguette sandwich
Snack: Dahlia Coconut Creme Pie bites
Dinner: Cantina Lena (a new Mexican restaurant by Tom Douglas, a James Beard winner)
See you back in the Bay Area!