February in Seattle

(Last Updated On: November 17, 2020)

My job took me to Seattle for meetings a few weeks ago and I extended the trip for a couple of days so Lane and I could visit some of our favorite indoor spots (Seattle isn’t know for its balmy winter weather) and spend some time with friends.


Day 1: Arrival in Seattle (February 22)

There’s Almost a Light Rail Stop at the Airport

I’ve never come to Seattle without either renting a car at the airport or having friends pick me up. Of course, until very recently, there really weren’t any other good options for getting from the airport to the city itself. Now there is. . . or, at least that is what I’ve been told.I start wonder though when the signs for the light rail station lead me into a very large, open parking ramp.This can’t be right.

Getting Settled

Because I have friends here, in all my visits I’ve never stayed in a hotel here. I’ve been looking forward to staying downtown and, while I would have preferred a hotel nearer the waterfront, my room at the Hilton is well-enough located and provides a view that, on a clear day, just might include a glimpse of Mount Rainer.

I’m sure it’s back there somewhere. . .

Day 2:  Meetings in the field (February 23)



Day 3: Meetings


Day 4: Time to explore (February 25)

Lane’s Morning

The mountains of the Olympic Peninsula are gleaming purple-pink in the early morning light. It is unbelievably beautiful.

First Street to Pioneer Square


Day 5: Downtown (February 26)

Library Redux

More Wandering

Back at the Market


Day 6: Native Culture and more (February 27)

Native Cultures at the Burke Museum

The Burke Museum is the museum of natural history and culture for the state of Washington.

While we are here mostly to check out the native art, we are pleased to discover a wonderful textile show and a tiny, but lovely show of Arctic photography by Subhankar Banerjee. There is a lot packed into this little place!

Day 7: Searching for Spring (February 28)


Travel Notes

Usually we stay with friends when we are in Seattle, but this time I spent part of the trip downtown at the Seattle Hilton. It’s not right down by the market, which would have been my preference, but the location is good and it is a pretty easy walk to most of downtown and waterfront area – at least when it isn’t snowing or pouring rain. The top-floor breakfast room has giant windows with sweeping views off to the Olympics, but there are decent views to be found throughout the hotel.

Besides Japonessa, we also had a really lovely meal at the West Seattle location of Cactus – which is a favorite spot of mine anyway and was perfect on a cold, rainy day. (If the pear margarita is available, order it. A more perfect drink may not exist.)

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