The Good City to the North

Chihuly Garden & Glass How lucky are we that within a few hours drive we can be in the great City of Seattle?

Here are a few of my favorite things…

Have you been up the Space Needle in a while?  For an extra hoot, take the monorail there from downtown. The SN venue is completely updated, and after enjoying the awesome views, your ticket gets you into the Chihuly Glass Museum- one has to experience it to believe the scale, color, and spectacular display of these incredible works of art.

Chihuly Gardens.

For dining, try Walrus and Carpenter in Ballard for the best of the best seafood and hip vibe. For a more formal dinner, Spinasse is my favorite. The tajarin with sage is one of the most sublime pasta dishes I’ve ever had.  Sitka and Spruce has a bright and charming atmosphere that is perfect for brunch with top- flight ingredients (but won’t leave you needing to go back to bed!). But just in case you wish to, the Hotel Andra is a lovely boutique hotel, with wonderful beds and linens, and very walkable.

And there are many free attractions as well. The outdoor sculpture park has massive pieces, with a view of the Puget Sound behind you.  At The Seattle Public Library, a neon lit escalator takes you by views of the stacks behind glass, and then opens up to a multi-level space. Don’t miss the large flat-screen display that shows which books are being checked out in real time.

Driving back into Portland after a weekend away still gives me a great sense of pride in our fair city- but one doesn't have to choose, we can enjoy both.

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