Last month, I spent a few days in Seattle, Washington. I lived in Seattle for a few years back in the late 70s, moving to Connecticut in 1981. I wasn’t there long enough for it to feel like a home town, but I’ve always had a fondness for the city. I’ve been back numerous times for meetings and conferences. I took my wife there on our honeymoon and I took our daughter there on vacation when she was in high school. Actually, on both of those trips, and for that matter, even when I lived there, Seattle was a base camp for a driving tour of the Pacific Northwest. Accordingly, there are many downtown Seattle attractions that I am not familiar with.
One of the areas of the city that I never spent much time in is Pioneer Square. It’s the oldest section of the city, and it’s not the safest area to be in at night. It had that reputation when I lived there, and I’m told it carries that reputation today. Still, when I realized that The Courtyard Hotel in Pioneer Square was within walking distance of the IBM Building (where my meetings were being held) I decided it was time to visit.
I arrived Monday evening, and my first meeting didn’t start until early Tuesday afternoon, so I ventured out for a walk through Pioneer Square up to the familiar ground of Pike Street Market. Along the way, I took pictures of interesting doors – who doesn’t do that? As I approached the market, I walked through Post Alley and found the other doors featured today. Yeah, that’s gum. The Market Theater Gum Wall was named one of the top 5 germiest tourist attractions in 2009 – now that’s an honor you might encourage your city leaders to avoid chasing.
The featured door at the top is at Merchants Café, which claims the title of Seattle’s Oldest Restaurant. It wasn’t open when I walked by, and my meetings included dinner, so I didn’t have time to venture inside. The description on their website makes it sound like a very interesting place. Among other things, it features an underground bar and it may be haunted.
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