You never have to ask a local if there is a Starbucks nearby. There always is.
Seattle has an amazing urban forest everywhere - from their City Centre to the University of Washington campus.
If the number of clocks on downtown streets is any indication, Seattlelites have been obsessed with time for a long time.
What’s with the biscuit culture? You’d think you were in the South given the number places with biscuits on the menu. But they are REALLY good!
Seattlelites love their dogs! Never seen so many dogs on urban streets. Even found a private downtown Dog Club or should I say doggy day spa.
What’s with the “Seattle Freeze?” Debbie, our local, incidental bus buddy to the Sunday Freemont Flea Market shared with the insider story about “The Seattle Freeze” as referring to the fact that while Seattleites are friendly it is hard for new comers to get to know people. We found everyone very friendly; it must be one of those urban myths. Even the sea gulls were friendly, especially the one that landed on the window ledge at the Mayflower Park Hotel while I sat enjoying my morning coffee.
Amazon is taking over downtown Seattle, one block at a time. Every young male we talked to had just moved to Seattle to work for Amazon.
What’s with all the fire trucks? Never saw a fire (except in the wood-burning ovens in many restaurants) but sure saw and heard lots of fire trucks.
Seattle is the “City Of Happy Hours.” Every hotel, bar and restaurant seems to have one. We especially loved the free beer at Hotel Max and free wine at Hotel Monaco. That’s what we call a “HAPPY HOUR.”
Seattlelites have balls. Not baseballs and footballs, but the balls to use the acronym S.L.U.T for their “South Lake Union Trolley.”
We loved all of the free art. The Frye Art Museum is free every day. Their outdoor Olympic Sculpture Park is also free anytime. We were lucky enough to be in town on the second Thursday of the month when SAM (Seattle Art Museums) is free. Tour their Convention Centre for free and enjoy 100s of artworks for free. We were also treated to a free photography show at Hotel Max (every floor features a different photographer’s work on the room doors) and our Hotel Monaco room was like living in a pop art painting right out of the ‘60s. Too much fun!