Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Our trip to Seattle, Washington

We were up at 4:45am to catch our 7:50am flight to Vancouver, Canada and woke Andie up to get her loaded in the car.  TL dropped me off at the airport check in area while he and Andie drove to long term parking to leave the car and catch the shuttle back.  I stood in a long line at the airline counter and waited.  They arrived and we made it to the front, when we were asked for our passports.  TL handed over our passports and Andie's birth certificate (she's 13 months old).  The lady said, well, she needs a passport, too!  This was news to us.  I had researched it and it said that as long as children are under two, they can travel to Canada with just a birth certificate.  Well, that is true, however, when you are using an airplane as your form of transportation, even a tiny infant needs a passport.  Car, bus, train, or walking - a birth certificate works just fine.  Whoops.  So we were denied getting on our flight.

So, we made our way back on to the shuttle and back to our car while I called our hotel in Vancouver and was luckily able to cancel with out any penalties (thank goodness!).  I also called an started trying to figure out what to do with our airfare.  We made it home and TL and I talked and figured why not go to Seattle (the next stop on our adventure) early and just extend our time there.  I called the airline, spoke with a supervisor and explained our dilemma, and was able to change our flight (with out having to pay the $139 per person change fee, yikes) to Seattle that evening.

We finally made it to Seattle at about 7pm.  After the adventure of getting to our hotel via their light rail system, we were so relieved to see our bed and take showers.  TL and I laughed when we saw a pretty major leak in our bathtub - moldy and wet sheetrock.  Andie had already gone to sleep, but he called down just to let them know.  The service was amazing - they sent someone up immediately and they were so nice and felt terrible.  It wasn't a huge deal to us, we were just happy to have a comfy place to sleep.  The next day, they moved rooms and the hotel manager said she was going to make it up to us.  We weren't a single bit upset about it, and we were just happy they could move us rooms.  Well, did they ever - the next day we were moved to The Governor's Suite on the top floor of the hotel for no charge for the rest of our stay.  We had gorgeous views of Seattle, Lake Union, even the Space Needle.  It made coming up to the room for nap time VERY easy.  I could look out the window for hours!!  What a huge room, and the views were spectacular!  SO, thank you Westin Seattle for being so sweet.  Completely made up for our blender of getting there.

We really enjoyed Seattle.  I got to meet up with my long time blog friend, Carol, from Everyday Delights.  We've "known" each other for several years and it was so fun to see her in person and get to catch up.  She was so sweet and was full of good recommendations for us.  My parents ended up joining us after a couple days and they were even upgraded to be in a room close to us.

While we were there, we went to Pike's Place Market, The 1st Starbucks, The Museum of Flight, Boeing Tour (TL & my dad went, they weren't super impressed), The Space Needle, The Lake Union District, and spent time exploring and walking all over downtown.  We also did The Duck Tour of Seattle, which was fun.  Worth it if you'd like information about the city and a ride on Lake Union.

If you make it to Seattle, I definitely recommend the Museum of Flight, especially if you or anyone in your group like airplanes.  We thought it was really cool.  My dad and TL wouldn't recommend the Boeing Tour (this one is in Everett, outside the city and hard to get to).  They said it was disappointing because you couldn't really see anything from the observation deck.  The Space Needle and the Area underneath it is really nice, we spent a lot of time walking around.  They have a children's museum, and a few other museums, plus a great cafeteria full of different unique restaurants.  Our favorite area was the Lake Union area.  They have restaurants along the waterfront that you can sit at and watch the Seaplanes take off and land.
One of the views from our Suite - we were in heaven!

 My mom and TL riding on the monorail from the Needle to Downtown
Andie loved looking out from the Duck!
Watched a World Cup game before heading out to explore!
On top of the Space Needle
 I wasn't ready for the picture, but this is a 747 up close at The Museum of Flight.  Andie is showing how big the engine is!
Exhausted at the Museum of Flight sleeping on pops.
 These Doughnuts are delicious - worth a visit if you're in Seattle!
With sweet Carol, so glad we were able to meet!

We had amazing weather in Seattle.  We didn't get any rain, just a small drop on the day we were leaving.  It's a beautiful city with so much to explore.  The one thing we didn't get to do is ride the ferry to Bainbridge Island, which we will have to go back to do!

7 comments:

Jenn @ West Sac Honey said...

This looks like a great little trip minus the snafu with Canada.. I have been debating on going but it looks gorgeous.. Think I might need to book it! :)

Kristin said...

Sounds like a fantastic trip besides the hiccup! I love Westin hotels, they really are the best!

Meghan said...

Yeah we got Noah a passport before we flew to miami. I knew we didn't need it but I preferred travelling with that than his birth certificate. And this November we are flying to toronto for my brother's wedding so I knew we'd need it then. Air travel has definitely become more strict. I was born in England to Canadian parents and had a passport at just a few days old. My parents always said a passport is the best ID.

At least your trip turned out amazing regardless. My husband has been to Seattle for work but I've never been. I definitely want to go!

Leslee said...

Seattle is truly beautiful!!! I hope you get back and are able to enjoy the ferry ride to Bainbridge Island!!!

Lisa C said...

At least y'all were able to salvage the trip! We loved the Seattle ducky tour. The aquarium is also a lot of fun.

simone antoniazzi said...

This sounds great, I have a couple of friends in Seattle & I've always wanted to visit.

Thank goodness your trip ended up okay!

Love the photo of TL lifting up Andie in front of that huge engine, she is so cute!! Xx

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I'm glad you guys were able to make it there. We are headed to Seattle the first week in November and we can't wait!