My home away from home whenever I find myself in Tacoma, Washington, on business seems to be the Hotel Murano; my June 2017 stay is the fifth or sixth time I've been there. It's a really nice place and right in the heart of Tacoma's great little downtown. Being in Tacoma, a town that loves glass art, the hotel has dedicated each floor to a particular piece of world-class glass art. Each piece is found beside the elevator, and then photos, sketches, notes, drafts, are displayed in the hallways and rooms. Fun!
Tacoma: Day One of the "Instafam" Tour
For Travel Tacoma and Visit Rainier, five of us bloggers/instagrammers took part in an "instafam" tour of the greater Tacoma and Mt. Rainier areas in July 2016. Here is a look at the first day, which includes flying there, checking into the hotel, walking around Tacoma (including a stop at the lovely little Tacoma Art Museum), and having a nice group dinner together at the Hub.
Tacoma, Day 2: Gig Harbor Gondolier
The second day of the July 2016 Travel Tacoma and Visit Rainier "instafam" tour was packed. The first thing (after breakfast at the Hotel Murano and checking out) in the morning we went to Gig Harbor, Washington, and met John "Cinque" Synco and his authentic Venetian gondola, Nelly. He runs Gig Harbor Gondola. John rowed us around the tranquil harbor, singing us Venetian songs and giving us a detailed history of gondoliers in America. Pretty great stuff! And the weather was truly perfect, as I think you can see from my photos below.
Tacoma Day 2: Stadium High School
One of the coolest building exteriors in the Pacific Northwest is Tacoma's Stadium High School. Built as a "French chateau"-style hotel in the 1890s, it never opened; instead, it was sold to the Tacoma school board who converted it to the facility we see today. Students get to enjoy not only the beautiful, funky Victorian building, but also spectacular views of the Pugent Sound. Famous alumni include Dale Chihuly, whose photo hangs in the main entrance. And movies like 10 Things I Hate About You have been filmed here.
LeMay: America's Car Museum, Tacoma
Two of the most recognizable roofs in the entire Tacoma, Washington, area sit side by side right off the I-5 freeway: the massive concrete hemisphere of the Tacoma Dome (the world's largest wooden dome) and the shining silver semicylinder of the LeMay: America's Car Museum or ACM. I toured the ACM in June 2017 with Travel Tacoma. The beautiful space holds about 300 cars and trucks in 165,000 square feet...
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
I visited the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, in June 2017. It not only has exhibits of gorgeous glass art, but it also has a very large glassblowing studio where you can watch world-class artists in residence...