(Just a small warning, this post will be fairly picture heavy!)
In a previous entry I mentioned that I had been on one hell of a winning streak. The biggest prize I’ve won was a night stay at The Inn at the Market in Seattle, two tickets to Pacific Science Center for the Pompeii exhibit and two tickets for Amtrak. I was blown away by the fact that I won, and I was so happy to invite my friend and co-worker (and now roommate) Rachel (love this girl!). We spent Cinco de Mayo in Seattle, just wandering the city and having a ton of fun. First, we checked into the hotel and were taken up to our beautiful room.
The Inn at the Market is not only beautiful, but super generous. They gave us a water-view suite that according to their website normally goes for over $450 a night. And it was stunning. The shower was amazing. Completely amazing. All glass walls and no door and as long as some closets. And constant hot water. Perfection. And to top it all off, the hotel was remodeling (which they had told me in advance) and because our room hadn’t received all the new furniture yet, they gave us a $30 credit for food from one of the restaurants that could be found below the hotel! I was so surprised at that, but they were insistent.
After dropping off our bags, we were off! We ate macarons from Le Panier (highly recommend, go whenever you can!), I introduced Rachel to Sur La Table, we wandered around Pike Place Market for awhile and appreciated the cute guys hawking fruit from the different produce vendors, admired (and got grossed out by) the infamous Gum Wall and enjoyed a delicious dinner at Alibi Room.
The Alibi Room is this fantastic restaurant that looks like a hole in the wall and is located right across from the Gum Wall. It’s dark, sometimes loud (it gets busy and there’s music), has a great happy hour and has absolutely amazing pizza. Go for the happy hour menu. Even if you don’t drink, their food deals are literally the best you’ll find near Pike Place. I got one of their happy hour pizzas had like half and had leftovers. And so far, I’ve never had to wait in order to get a seat. After our delicious meal, we headed down to Gameworks and had some fun with an old game card that I had. We had a blast playing skee-ball and air hockey along with several other old time video games. When we got tired we headed to the City Target, picked up some provisions (read: junkfood) and retired to our room. After hot showers, we headed up to the rooftop terrace and looked out over the Puget Sound, marveling in the beauty that is Seattle. When we got tired, we went back in and watched Jurassic Park and talked until we crashed.
The next morning, we headed down To Bacco cafe to use the awesome gift certificate we were given and indulged in an expensive breakfast. I had the most delicious lox one a perfectly toasted bagel with fresh valencia orange juice. I’ve seriously never had such a delicious piece of lox before. Stuffed, we decided to walk to the Monorail and head for Pacific Science Center and go see the Pompeii exhibit which was completely heartbreaking. I’ve always been interested in Pompeii, as morbid as that sounds. But it’s scary how one day, a thriving city was completely buried under tons of ash. What’s even scarier is the fact that it could happen again pretty much anywhere. Heck. Seattle has several active volcanoes located nearby. The body casts were particularly heartbreaking. Since we were so close to the EMP museum, we decided to take a stroll and use the passes that Rachel had to check out an exhibit I was dying to see: The Star Wars Costumes!
I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan. In fact, I joke around and call myself Mrs. Vader. I love everything about Star Wars. The original movies, the prequels, the Clone Wars series, the expanded universe, all of it. I collect Star wars (particularly Vader) merchandise, I call myself an Imperial princess and I am actually planning a Star Wars half-sleeve tattoo (someday in the future when I have the money). So to see this exhibit? With so many of the iconic costumes? I was as giddy as a child. Especially when I got see the one, the only, my glorious husband in all his metallic glory, Mr. Darth Vader <3
It was quite a trip and one that I will never forget. the one thing we haven’t done yet is use the tickets from Amtrak. I’m still deciding what to do with them. What do you think? Day trip to Portland? (Still have never been) Or a trip to San Francisco? I have family nearby so I could stay with them. Or is there another idea that I haven’t thought of? Something semi-nearby that wouldn’t require many nights in a hotel. Let me know your thoughts in a comment!