The fun elements of the Wine Trolley tour are obvious: stretching out in a chauffeured, open-air vehicle, seeing gorgeous scenery, strolling through vineyards and wineries, sipping wines and sharpening one’s wine knowledge.
SEATTLE-Lee Lauckhart carries all the printed news that'll fit into his little stand, First & Pike News, at Pike Place Market. One of his big sellers? The raw components of the Seattle's nearby Gum Wall.
Picking out the visitors who have labored their way to the top of one of the two volcanoes on this tiny island in Lake Nicaragua is not difficult. Just look for the people relaxing as aggressively as possible.
SEATTLE-The dark, rain-sodden days of November and the rest of the gloomy winter months are coming up fast. If you can't escape to somewhere sunny, you may as well embrace the foul weather and take a storm-watching vacation.
The Seattle waterfront wants you. Especially the Seattle Aquarium (Pier 59) and the Seattle Great Wheel (Pier 57), whose bright lights can be seen for miles. But if you're there when the weather is mild, you might want to consider Pier 52, the ferry terminal.
The Pike Place Market Historic District (85 Pike Place; (206) 682-7453, www.pikeplacemarket.org covers 9 acres and includes more than 200 vendors. The heart of the place for most tourists is just beneath the big orange Public Market Center sign and clock. Do pose for a photo with Rachel, the bronze charity piggy bank. Keep an eye out for flying fish (Pike Place Fish Market is a short toss away) and listen for music; buskers love this spot.
SEATTLE - Somehow, on four visits to Pike Place Market over three decades, I failed to learn where the brothel was. Nor did I hear how the first Starbucks did business for years in this neighborhood before selling its first cup of coffee. Clearly, I was missing a lot.
When the ropes across the entrance to World Showcase dropped one recent morning, Joseph and Teresa Dey headed to Belgium for breakfast - one Belgian waffle topped with warm chocolate ganache, one with berry compote - then to Morocco for mimosas.
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