I wrapped up my stuff at the office and then tried to figure out a plan for my last night. All week people had been asking me if I was going to the Space Needle. I didn't think I cared about going, but then on the last night when I realized I had nothing else planned, and have no idea when I'll be back in Seattle, it actually sounded like a good idea. I walked a couple blocks from the hotel and found the monorail, which takes you straight to the Space Needle.
It's $19 dollars to go up to the observation deck. Kinda steep, I know, but like I said, when will I be back to even see Seattle again?? When in Rome... Plus, this is the 50th Anniversary of the Space Needle, so I guess that makes it kind of cool.
Once up at the observation deck, I headed to the outdoor area to take some pictures. There's an indoor part with tables and kind of a concession stand with food, and then the outer rim, which is outside.
I basically walked the perimeter, taking pictures from all sides.
I did a couple laps then got my souvenir picture emailed to myself.... Awkward looking, right?
I also did a lap in the gift shop at the lower level and ended up with a t-shirt Space Needle T-shirt to commemorate my visit.
Once I'd had my fill at the Needle, I headed back to my hotel. I stayed at the Hotel Monaco in Seattle and HIGHLY recommend it. Here's a few reasons why:
-If you become a member of the Kimpton In Touch Guest Loyalty program (free), you get free WiFi for your entire stay.
-Free wine from 5pm-6pm in the hotel lobby!
-The rooms are really nice- very sleek and modern. I heard it was recently redone.
-The location was awesome, walk-able to the Pier, Pike Place, and most of downtown Seattle.
-If you opt out of room cleaning, you get a $5 card to use at the restaurant hotel or room service.
Therefore, on my last night I had two $5 cards, from two night I opted out of room cleaning, that I could use for dinner at the hotel restaurant, called Sazerac. To be honest, I didn't think the restaurant was going to be that great since it's a hotel restaurant, but this place really impressed me. It was apparent that not only do hotel guest go there to eat, but also local Seattle people know it as a great spot, as evidenced by the guy that sat next to me that told me he loves it and comes there often.
I sat myself up at the open kitchen counter, much like my date night at Roosters with Greg a couple weeks ago. I had a great view of the wood burning oven and the chef's preparing many mouth watering dishes.
Sazerac has a great happy hour menu and even better? They serve it til 8pm! I started with a glass of Oregon Pinot Gris and then opted for two small plates- a simple but delicious salad and some mini burgers and both were fantastic!
Dinner at Sazerac was a great way to end my week in Seattle. I really enjoyed the meal!
I'm really going to miss Seattle. I wish it wasn't so far away, or I'd definitely be back for a visit more often. It's not an easy place to travel to from Charlotte. I spent almost a day traveling there each way. Someday Greg and I will have to go back though. I'd also love to see more of the Pacific Northwest- Portland, Vancouver, and more of the area surrounding Seattle. If you ever get the chance to visit, do it!