My Spring and Winter 2018 Seattle Itineraries

I’ve been living in Metro Vancouver for more than 10 years, and I don’t think people here waited for this long to go across the border. I finally visited Seattle for the first time in 2018 and did it twice! Below are my two 2018 Seattle itineraries.

Seattle Collage
Photos from my Spring Seattle Trip. From left to right: Burke Museum; Braised Beef Noodle Soup from Din Tai Fung; Seafood from Toulouse Petit; Cherry Blossom at University of Washington; Huge number of birds near Skagit Valley; Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum

Spring 2018 Trip

My first visit to Seattle was with my mother and my sister on Easter long weekend. We drove our own car down south, and thus the only transportation expenses were gas and parking.

Accommodation

I booked two Marriott hotels for our two nights. There was a promotion for new Marriott members. I would earn a free 1-night category 1-5 e-certificate after two stays. Thus, it was a great chance to utilize this promotion by booking two different hotels.

I got the discounted rates with my BCAA membership, which saved me quite some money. Also, at Renaissance Seattle Hotel, I got upgraded to the “Corner King Room, Parlor, 1 King, Sofa bed, Corner room,” which is a one-category upgrade. I didn’t expect this to happen, and I felt honoured.

The Fairfield Inn stay came with free parking and breakfast and offered the lowest AAA rate. The Renaissance Seattle Hotel stay did not include breakfast or parking, but it was the cheapest option in downtown Seattle.

Itinerary

We only visited two paid attractions and stayed away from others. We spent a lot more on food, including two visits to Din Tai Fung.

Day 1 (Mar 30): Scenic Drives

Morning

Afternoon

Places we missed

I planned to stop at a few state parks. We thought we were going to pay a lot for parking at each park, so we skipped all of them. When I realized how Discover Passes worked, it was too late, and we weren’t going to visit more parks.

  • Larrabee State Park
  • Deception Pass State Park (we only stopped on the roadside)
  • Fort Casey Historical State Park

Day 2 (Mar 31): Downtown Seattle

Morning

Afternoon

Day 3 (Apr 1): University of Washington

Morning

Afternoon

Winter 2018 Trip

I visited Seattle again in December 2018. This time, I was with my sister and her friend. It was a quick weekend trip without much planning.

Accommodation

I went for a different Marriott property this time as they have more than 50 to choose. I picked Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Lake Union based on the location and the price. The hotel rates were not high in the winter, but I still went for the one that was about $100 USD a night with taxes in downtown Seattle.

  • Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Lake Union – Guest room, 1 King, Sofa Bed – $102.57 USD including taxes

Itinerary

Day 1 (Dec 15)

Day 2 (Dec 16)

Comments

My biggest impression is the food. I loved Din Tai Fung so much, and visiting it twice is not enough. Toulouse Petit introduced me some New Orlean style food, which was also a brand new experience. I plan to explore more destinations including Mt Baker and Mt Rainier National Park in the coming months!

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