We didn’t want our Canadian half of the trip to end because Seattle meant we would be flying home in 2 days. But Seattle also meant meeting a new friend, blogger Travel Gourmand. We tried to link up with a handful of other bloggers but it just didn’t work out (there’s always next time:) ). Our 2 days in Seattle were a pleasant surprise and a lot easier to fly back to NYC. Flying home from Victoria would require making a transfer but we found a new way – Seattle. We will take the ferry to Seattle, stay a couple nights, and fly non-stop home from now on.
We stayed at the Executive Pacific Hotel, the location was good but we didn’t really like the room. It was the best price for our criteria ($353 including taxes for 2 nights in a walkable central location, friendly staff clean, and private bathroom). When our cab pulled up, there was a cop arresting a guy. Front desk apologized and we said, “Not a big deal, we’re from NY.” We laughed and I said quietly to Vic as we walked away, “We can’t get away from that stuff, huh?” We were starving and ate at the hotel restaurant, The Lodge and I really enjoyed my chicken pot pie. I would like to eat there again on our next trip to Seattle. We didn’t realize Seattle is a hilly city, not like SF but still hilly in some areas. My crappy knees were not happy walking in the direction of Pioneer Square and back (hillier this way). My preferred route was walking in the direction of Pike Place Market, the ground was gradual and my knees protested less. I have crappy knees and after 4 days of hiking was thinking ‘this isn’t so bad’ until we I had to walk up the hill – hurt like hell.
When researching things to do, I found out that Seattle is the birthplace of UPS! This was a fun mail fact. James E. Casey borrowed $100 from a friend and started the American Messenger Company (AMC) in 1907. According to UPS’ site, there were other mail services in Seattle which Jim worked for but there was still a need for private carrier service. AMC messengers would run errands, deliver packages, notes, baggage, trays of food from restaurants, etc. These are amongst some of the requests that they would receive by phone in their basement office. They did well even though they had lots of competition because Jim had a strict policy of customer service, low rates, 24 hours service, and reliability.
UPS Waterfall Garden Park is a nice little enclave in the city. It was pretty and quiet. We didn’t linger that long except for taking a few pictures. It’s located at 219 2nd Ave S.
To read more about UPS, click here.
Seattle was a nice stop before we went back home. We got to check out the underground in Pioneer Square, Smith Tower, and meet blogger Allison who gave us a nice gift on our last day (you’ll find out what in a few posts). Vic kind of broke the camera in Campbell River and it acted up every once in a while so some pics are blurry.