Tacoma, Washington, is a fun city: glorious scenery, easy access to natural wonders, nice bars and eateries, a preserved downtown, and lovely little museums. So it was easy to select it as the destination in which to spend my birthday. In addition to visiting the Museum of Glass, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Seymour Botanical Garden, all already blogged about here, Elaine and I had drinks at places like the Devil's Reef Tiki Bar, Cockrell Ciders, and 7 Seas Brewery, snacked at Ice Cream Social, feasted at Red Hot sandwiches and Indochine, and enjoyed a relaxing stay at the Hotel Murano. Plus we got some quality time in with my buddy Matt Wakefield from Travel Tacoma. (A further blog post about visiting the LeMay Marymount Museum is forthcoming. Stay tuned!)
Rainier Day 2: Sunrise, Washington
After our stop at Eunice Lake, we traveled onward to Sunrise, Washington, which is the highest spot in the park you can drive to. From its lodge, hiking trails spider off in all directions for easy hikes that all offer truly breathtaking views of Mount Rainier and its surrounding foothills. Cascade beauty! As we drove up to the site, a thick layer of clouds sat around the mountain, but as we started hiking the cloud cover quickly burned off.
Hotel Murano, Tacoma, June 2017
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...
W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, May 2018
Anytime I find myself in Tacoma, Washington, I make a point of visiting the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park. The building is filled with beautiful, interesting plants (many with dazzlingly flowers)…