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This all-new guide offers honest, down-to-earth coverage of the urban pleasures and splendid natural assets of Seattle and Portland. We'll give you the lowdown on the best of the cities, from Seattle's Bumbershoot arts festival to Portland's rose gardens. Our authors have scoured the city for the best restaurants, and they'll steer you to the top quintessential Northwestern treats, from salmon to cappuccino to Northwest wines. The guide also boasts tours designed for different needs and interests, such as Seattle in Three Days, Seattle for Nature Lovers, Seattle for Coffee and Snack Lovers, Seattle for the Tragically Hip, and Exploring Beyond Seattle: Three Dandy Day Trips. With tips on how to plan your trip, descriptions of accommodations for a range of budgets and tastes, and even a guide to Northwest lingo, Seattle & Portland for Dummies is the only guide you'll need for a fabulous trip to these cities!
About the Author
About the Author When not swilling frequent cups of coffee or mowing his way through the Pike Place Market's food stalls, Seattle-based writer Jim Gullo travels the world on assignment for magazines that include Islands, Diversion, and the Alaska Airlines Magazine. He is also the author of Just Let Me Play, the autobiography of golfer Charlie Sifford, and a three-act comedy entitled Held Over in Pottstown. You can find him on various playgrounds hoisting jump shots or challenging all comers to games of two-on-two with his 12-year-old son, Mike.
Read an Excerpt
What do you know about Seattle and Portland, the two urban anchors of that mountainous, forested region tucked away in the farthest corner of the United States, an area collectively known as the Pacific Northwest? Maybe you've visited here once or twice, maybe you passed through on your way to Canada or Alaska, or maybe you're simply intrigued by what you've heard and read. For a long time, both cities made all of those "Best Places to Live" lists, and media stories extolled the beautiful views, the clean air, and the forward-thinking urban planning. That caused about a million Californians to move hereonly to leave a year or two later because it rained too much in the winter. Then for some reason the winter rains detoured south, and for several years the Pacific Northwest enjoyed near-perfect weather while L.A. flooded. Seattle went on to make more news: downtown demonstrations, riots in the streets, and boom!, a major earthquake, the biggest in these parts in more than 50 years. The high-tech and Internet industries created another kind of boom here, and then almost as quickly began to shake out. The picture, it appeared, was not nearly as rosy as it had been only 10 years ago. So what, you might ask, is really going on in the Pacific Northwest? The short answer is that everything is just fine. The streets are safe, the earthquake damage has been swept away, and the weather continues to be just lovely, as far as we're concerned. Those of us who have chosen to make it our home are very, very fond of the place and eager to show it off at a moment's (or a relative's) notice. Hence this guidebook, which will attempt to steer you toward the places I know and love about Seattleand Portland. You're coming at a good time, whether it's your first visit or you're returning for another slice of the Northwest pie. If you haven't been to Seattle since the early-'90s, you won't recognize the placethe city has undergone major renovations and renewal in the last five years. The high-tech boom was very generously shared by all of those Microsoft millionaires, who invested in the community and helped fund, among other things, a new symphony hall, a sparkling new ballpark, and new museums, and helped transform whole neighborhoods like Belltown. Portland, too, has enjoyed a prosperity that has the city bustling and building. With the exception of traffic, which continues to be lousy, both places have managed to hang on to a quality of life that is cherished by its proud residents. This book is the first step toward helping you discover the best of the Pacific Northwest in general, and Seattle and Portland in particular.
Table of Contents
PART I: Getting Started.
Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Seattle and Portland.
Chapter 2: Deciding When to Go.
Chapter 3: Planning Your Budget.
Chapter 4: Planning Ahead for Special Travel Needs.
PART II: Ironing Out the Details.
Chapter 5: Getting to Seattle and Portland.
Chapter 6: Deciding Where to Stay.
Chapter 7: Booking Your Room.
Chapter 8: Taking Care of the Remaining Details.
PART III: Settling in to Seattle.
Chapter 9: Location, Location, Location: Seattle.
Chapter 10: The Best Hotels in Seattle.
Chapter 11: Orienting Yourself in Seattle and Getting Around.
Chapter 12: Money Matters.
Chapter 13: The Lowdown on the Seattle Dining Scene.
Chapter 14: Seattle's Best Restaurants.
PART IV: Exploring Seattle.
Chapter 15: Seattle's Top Sights and Cool Things to Do.
Chapter 16: A Shopper's Guide to Seattle.
Chapter 17: Four Great Seattle Itineraries and Three Dandy Day Trips.
Chapter 18: Living It Up after the Sun Goes Down: Seattle Nightlife.
PART V: Settling in to Portland.
Chapter 19: Location, Location, Location: Portland.
Chapter 20: Portland's Best Hotels.
Chapter 21: Orienting Yourself in Portland and Getting Around.
Chapter 22: Money Matters.
Chapter 23: The Lowdown on the Portland Dining Scene.
Chapter 24: Portland's Best: Dining and Snacking.
PART VI: Exploring Portland.
Chapter 25: Portland's Top Sights and Cool Things to Do.
Chapter 26: A Shopper's Guide to Portland.
Chapter 27: Five Great Portland Itineraries and Three Dandy Day Trips.
Chapter 28: Living It Up after the Sun Goes Down: Portland Nightlife.
PART VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 29: Ten Northwest Taste Treats You Simply Can't Miss.
Chapter 30: Ten Words to Make You Sound Like a Northwesterner.
Chapter 31: Ten Ways to Look Like a Northwesterner.
Appendix A: Quick Concierge: Seattle.
Appendix B: Quick Concierge: Portland.
Appendix C: Toll-Free Numbers and Web Sites.
Book Registration Information.