Moderated Discussion Areas
  ContinuousWave: Trips and Rendezvous
  Visiting Seattle

Post New Topic  Post Reply
search | FAQ | profile | register | author help

Author Topic:   Visiting Seattle
carl lazar posted 09-03-2006 12:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for carl lazar   Send Email to carl lazar  
My wife and I are going to spend three days in Seattle next month. What should we be seeing and not miss. Also, should I rent a boat and see the skyline and the San Juan Islands by water?

Carl Lazar

Dick posted 09-03-2006 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

I would suggest that you take a look at the web sites below. There are a lot of options there. I think the chances of chartering a boat to see the SanJuans on is pretty slim as they all want longer charters. There is a place on Lake Washington that rents powerboats in the 20' range by the day.

jgkmmoore posted 09-03-2006 03:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for jgkmmoore  Send Email to jgkmmoore     
Karl- Use the Washington State Ferries for sightseeing.Seattle-Bremerton is an hour ride each way.Get a r/t walk-on ride.Pretty hard to jam the San Juans into a 3 dayer.It's an 1:15 hour drive to Anacortes (ferry) and a 2+ hr ferry ride to Friday Harbor.R/T takes most of the day, but it is a gorgeous ride with stops at Lopez/Orcas/Shaw, and Friday Hbr.Do it on a weekday, if you do it.Fridays and Sundays are nuts.
A neat drive to really get the Seattle spirit, is Seattle-Snoqualmie Pass and return.The Pass is about 3000ft elevation, and less than an hour from the city on I-90.Stunning drive on a good weather day.Don't eat at the Summit tho.Great food at Snoqualmie Falls Lodge on the way(in the town of Snoqualmie).The lodge is right next to the falls.A bit spendy, but worth it in every way.Take the Fall City/Preston exit to get there the pretty way.Fall City is 3 blocks long/one street/next to the Snoqualmie River.Cute town.
Best Regards- Jeff Moore
20dauntless posted 09-03-2006 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for 20dauntless  Send Email to 20dauntless     
Kenmore air is a great way to get to the San Juans if you don't have much time. You can avoid the traffic and they fly low enough to see the islands. You could fly up to Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor in the morning, rent a moped to drive around San Juan Island on, and fly back in the afternoon. There are whale watch tours and small boat (like 10-12 feet) rentals available at a lot of the resorts too. You could also spend a day in Seattle, drive to Anacortes, take the ferry around the islands, and then drive some of the North Cascades highway. The whole area is beautiful and I'm sure you will have a great time. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Sal DiMercurio posted 09-03-2006 07:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
Be sure to go to the locks in Ballard, [ North-East of Seattle at the mouth of lake Washington ] & go down in the tunnel that has the glass walls at the entrance to the locks & watch the wild salmon swim through on their way to the spawning grounds.
Last time I was there Hershel the sealion was killing almost every salmon going up.
They trapped Hershel & moved him about 800 miles down the coast, ....last I heard he was back at the locks in 1 week.
That animal needs to be shot.
carl lazar posted 09-03-2006 10:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for carl lazar  Send Email to carl lazar     
maybe we should stay a few days longer the place sounds unreal


robbdrell posted 09-03-2006 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for robbdrell  Send Email to robbdrell     
be sure to see pikes fish market down town. most say it's a must. bring your camera.


gtxhal posted 09-04-2006 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for gtxhal  Send Email to gtxhal     

i belong to another online forum (international, car-specific) and when a known member is visiting an area, it's not unusual at all to have members from their destination group volunteer host them in some way... usually showing them the sights, etc.

i take it this isn't standard practice here?


23walkaround posted 09-04-2006 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for 23walkaround  Send Email to 23walkaround     
As a Seattle lifetimer I would heartily aggree that the State ferry system will the best bang for your buck sightseeing on the water. Either in metro Seattle or the San Juans.
My wife and I just spent 8 days in the Islands on our 23 walkaround cuddy, it is the most beautiful place in the eastern Pacific. A must see if you have the opportunity. Make reservations if you plan to overnight, the big town is friday Harbor but Lopez village is much more peaceful and has some nice accomodations, The Islander Resort or a couple of B&B's are all a good time. There is also a place called Islands Marine Center that has a couple of 1 bedroom appartments for rent. (

The highlight of our trip was while we were fishing for Chinook south west of San Juan Island and were surrounded by a pod of Orcas and saw the new baby, it couldn't have been more than a few days old. We pulled in our lines and shut the motor down and drifted in the current with the orcas breaching all around us. One of them swam along side about 8 to 12 feet off the starboard side, It was noticeably bigger than my boat. A humbling expirience.

Enjoy your trip!


Sal DiMercurio posted 09-04-2006 06:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
Eastern Pacific ???????
It's the west coast & east is land??
Northwestern Pacific......
23walkaround posted 09-04-2006 06:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for 23walkaround  Send Email to 23walkaround     
Sal, the west coast is the Eastern edge of the PacificLook at a world map and imagine looking east accross the pacific and you will see the west coast of north and south america.
Regards, Steve
Tom W Clark posted 09-04-2006 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

I'm going to buy you a compass you have a clue which way is which.

The Government Locks on the Lake Washington Ship Canal is in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle (where I live). It is Northwest of downtown Seattle (emptying into Puget Sound), not in Northeast Seattle. Puget Sound forms the Western boundary of Seattle, Lake Washington forms the Eastern boundary.

Seattle is in the Pacific Northwest on the West Coast of the United States adjoining the Eastern part of the Pacific Ocean.

Come to think of it, I should buy you a map too! ;-)


If you want some pointers (beyond the good suggestions above), email me.

Sal DiMercurio posted 09-04-2006 11:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
In all my years of commercial fishing the Bering Sea [ Alaska ] & Pacific Northwest [ Bellingham, Blaine ] I never ever heard it refered to as the Eastern Pacific.
Looking at it from the land it's the Pacific Northwest, looking at it from the sea, it's the Eastern Pacific, still never heard it refered to as that.
Those Ballard locs are really something to see especially the Salmon from in the glass wall tunnel.
PeteB88 posted 09-04-2006 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
I lived there, worked downtown here's my .02
- Pike Place Market - besides all the famous stuff and movies Pike is the model used to revitalize ~25 old farmer's/historic markets across the country and one of the top tourist attractions on W Coast - or Eastern Pacific(?)
• Boeing Surplus - oh ya, secret cool spot, if you tinker, wrench or like cool stuff, must see.
• REI HDQTRs if you don't know what REI is forget it
• Ray's - seafood, start w/ bucket of butter clams and Guiness outside by the water - watching sun go down over Olympics
• Boeing tour - up in Everett - why not unless you don't like planes - OR Boeing Museum at Boeing Field.
• Filson if it is still there - S of downtown
• Seattle Center and the GM Monorail -
• U of W campus, outside rock wall by stadium and UW Yacht Club, rowing stuff
• Ranier - take loop
• FOR SURE - rent car, take ferry - maybe Bermerton, check out Navy yard while heading N toward Olympic Penn - go to Hurricane Ridge and figure Port Townsend or P Angeles - see what is going on - if wooden boat show, it is or was very cool.
• Freeway Park
• Kenmore Air is just cool.
• Kirtland
• Chateau Ste Michelle - if you like the vino

There's tons of stuff to do - walk alot.

st posted 09-05-2006 12:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for st  Send Email to st     
Our family really enjoy our 2 visits to the Pacific Northwest, the last time was 3 years ago to Seattle and Victoria on the Vancouver Island; as some has suggested, Pike's market and the Salmon fish ladder you can see through glass windows were memorable ones; and we also visited the beautiful Butchard garden in Victoria; not to be outdone, the place we found was a modestly prized B and B right at the edge of the San Juan strait.

Tom, if you wrote the pointers to Carl; would you please send a copy for me too? We might be going back for a 3rd visit someday...


jgkmmoore posted 09-05-2006 04:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for jgkmmoore  Send Email to jgkmmoore     
Hal- I'm a Seattle native(65 years), and I have offered that before, and won't do it again, EVER!
It's a crap shoot (your guests personalities), and can go seriously wrong.You can't bet that because someone owns or operates a Boston Whaler, they are a Good Ole Boy.Dangerous practice, even though it's a nice thought.
Do you pick up hitchhikers? Same thing.
Regards-Jeff Moore
pglein posted 09-05-2006 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
I've written recommendations for many people on things to do or see when they're here in our area, but I've learned to ask one question before doing so:

Are you here to see Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington State, or the Pacific Northwest? Those are truly four different trips. If you're here to see Seattle, you will focus on what there is to do in the city, and believe me there is plenty. If you're here to see Puget Sound, you will tend to want to experience the water oriented things in the area, maybe charter a boat, or maybe spend the week driving around to all the waterfront towns. If you're here to see the state, you almost have to divide it into two sections. Eastern Washington and Western Washington are as different as night and day, and with the mountain range running down the middle, you won't be able to cross over on a regular basis. You'll only want to do it twice (once over, and once back). If you're here to see the Pacific Northwest, you'll have to only take a sampling of different types of places.

I honestly believe that a person could spend a decade making weekend trips each week and never go the same place twice, never leave the state of Washington, and have an amazing experience each and every time. There is just simply SO much to do here. Much of it is stuff that even people who live here their whole lives never get a chance to experience.

If a person had a trailerable boat, a camp stove, a tent and a cooler, they could literally spend years exploring our lakes, rivers, sounds, bays, and inlets. In Washington, you can do deep water ocean fishing out of Ilwaco, gunkholing in the San Juan Islands, Salmon fishing on the Columbia River, waterski amongst snow-capped peaks on Lake Chelan, dive 19th century wrecks in Puget Sound, check out the megayachts in Elliot Bay Marina, or watch topless co-eds shake their thing for plastic beads on the sand bar at Vantage.

We literally have it all.

pglein posted 09-05-2006 07:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
I agree with the recommendation on Ray's Boathouse, but if you can't get in there, Anthony's is right next door and offers pretty much the same experience.
gtxhal posted 09-05-2006 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for gtxhal  Send Email to gtxhal     

thx for the response, i understand exactly what you're saying.

perhaps when i said, "known member", perhaps i should have been more explicit: a member who has posted over time and you've gained a sense of their personality. when i did a quick review of carl's postings, i saw that he:

* posted 33 times
* been posting since the beginning of the year
* spent 40 years in the shoe business
* owns a montauk
* re-powered the montauk with a 4 stroke yammie
* uses stabil in his fuel
* was looking for a center console teak door for his montauk
* has a favorite place to buy his marine parts from
* unlike me, occasionally uses the caps key when he types
* in general comes off as a pretty even tempered guy.

to be clear, i understand being cautious. likewise, i also understand that different groups of people / forums have different behaviors and was asking for clarification on this group.

thx again for the feedback, jeff.


SeattleDauntless posted 09-05-2006 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for SeattleDauntless  Send Email to SeattleDauntless     
1) Pike Place Market. Eat at Cutters at the North end and
across the street. get a window table. Or, if you like
crepe's, there is a great "repeprie" in the market. Try the
chocolate/banana ones -- my fav!

2) WALK on to the Bainbridge Ferry, walk off and into
downtown (2 blocks up and left). do the shops, walk 2
blocks and turn left to the harbor. Eat at the joint
at the bottom. Decent food, great views.

3) Drive north to La Conner for a few hours shopping, and
a bite to eat. BE SURE to see the old fishing tackle place
that sells to collectors. From there go north towards
Fidalgo Island, and have someone show you how to drive to
the top. The views are stunning in all directions!

4) Walk on the San Juan Ferry and get off at Lopez or San
Juan island and rent bikes to ride around the islands.

5) Do Pioneer Square at night (be careful of the crazies)
and hit the bars there -- some good bands sometimes.

6) check out who is playing at Jazz Alley(
, a local club that brings in some phenomenal national acts.

7) Boeing tour in Everett -- see how they make the pups!

8) Rent sea Kayaks at NWOC (Northwest Outdoor Center) on
Lake Union. You can paddle around and get a neat feel for
Seattle by (slow) water. You can also rent canoes at the
UW Hec Ed pavillion.

9) If you are into hiking, email me for info on hiking
Mt. Pichuk. Of all the local hikes, this one by far has
the best views from the top.

10) You can rent (at least you used to be able to) power
boats at Shilshole Marina. If you are up for renting, a
run to Poulsbo is lots of fun, not too far, and a nice
place for lunch.

11) A trip to Port Townsend will take you to where they
filmed "An Officer and A Gentlemen". You can rent one of
the officers quarters for a night or two (reserve ahead).
The town itself is quaint and a neat throwback in time.
There is camping by the beach as well, and a nice little
museum about the fort.

12) If the wife is into shopping, the best local mall is
probably Bellevue Square in Bellevue, just across the lake
from Seattle. Downtown Seattle is also a lot of fun to
roam around.

13) Plan a loooong day and you can see Mt. Rainier from
the Paradise side, than drop down to see Mt. St. Helens
near the crater rim. This is a start at 7:30AM and get
home by 8PM kinda day...

14) Boeing Flight Museum (we have an SR-71 Blackbird).

15) Underground Tour in Pioneer Square.

16) If you want to run off to Vancouver (about 3 hours)
check out Stanley Park & Granville Island (their version
of our Pike Market only much larger). You can do it all
in a long day as well.

17) Seaplane ride (pricey).

18) Ride the Ducks, or any of the harbor tours that leave
from the waterfront.

19) Indian dinner at Blake Island. It is well done! Leaves
from the waterfront.

20) Up and over the pass on a driving trip to Leavenworth.
You should get some colors changing, and the town is a
quaint re-creation of a Bavarian Village, complete with
lots of similar food.

21) this is an overnighter, but a trip to Cannon Beach in
Oregon is quite fun. The town is the equivalent of Carmel
in California. Very cute. Oregon Caost is great. If you
do this take I-5 to Longview, and cut across so you get to
the Astoria Bridge near the mouth of the Columbia. When you
get to Astoria, be sure to see the Coast Guard Museum -- it
is very well done! Then on to Seaside and Cannon Beach. A
straight drive to Cannon Beach is 4.5 hours.

22) If you like books, come back thru Portland and hit Powell's. I doubt you ever have, nor ever will, see another
bookstore this big again in your lifetime.

23) If you have more time, go to the Timberline Lodge at
Mt. Hood. Go along the Columbia and stop at a few of the
waterfallws (my favorite is a short hike in and called
Bridal Veil falls). You will pass next to Multnomah Falls,
the 3rd highest in the US. If you stay at the lodge, you
will be treated to some of the fine craftsmanship from the
CCC/WPA era. The outside of the lodge served as the lodge
in the moving "The Shining" but don't worry, Jack's never

24) The Spirit of Washington Dinner Train that runs from
Renton to the wineries. Get a winery tour, ahve dinner on
the train, and come back.

25) If you are up for camping, drop me a line for some ideas.

Enjoy, we have a great region here!

23) If you spend more time in the region

carl lazar posted 09-12-2006 05:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for carl lazar  Send Email to carl lazar     
After reading all of the great responses my wife and I have decided to stay an extra week. All the thoughts that have been posted are great and they are really appreciated. I will keep you all posted and when and if you come to the Mid Atlantic please feel free to call me. We do not have high mountains but we have the Chesepeake Bay and Washington D.C. and since I grew up in New York City I can help out there also.

Carl Lazar

PeteB88 posted 09-12-2006 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Carl - sounds like you need a day trip, maybe two w/ overnight up Skagit Valley HWY 20 over to Methow Valley, Winthrop and Twisp and down through Eastern WA towards Goldendale, Yakima River, Lake Chelan Ellensburg and back towards Mt Ranier (Tahoma) up to Paradise on the mountain, back to SEA - Then do the San Juans - lots of choices, tough to make exact best choice but if you want to see some scenery you won't believe is there - Skagit V, Mt Baker all those places.

YOu could even go up Columbia River Gorge to Portland and see all that + Mt St Helens.

have a great time

jgkmmoore posted 11-09-2006 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jgkmmoore  Send Email to jgkmmoore     
I checked the sandspits around Vantage on a weekend, and nuthin' was shakin'!
You must speak of the "Sandbar" upriver by Trinidad/Quincy that is 'hot' by college standards?
Need to know where to set up my tent.
Best Regards-Jeff

Post New Topic  Post Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | RETURN to ContinuousWave Top Page

Powered by: Ultimate Bulletin Board, Freeware Version 2000
Purchase our Licensed Version- which adds many more features!
© Infopop Corporation (formerly Madrona Park, Inc.), 1998 - 2000.