Hotel Sheraton Seattle Hotel 1400 Sixth Ave Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 447-5547 Wedding Ceremony & Reception The wedding ceremony and reception will be held at the Seattle Tennis Club on Sunday, August 14th, 2011 starting at 4:30pm. Seattle Tennis Club 922 McGilvra Blvd Seattle, WA 98112 The wedding ceremony will be outside with the reception to follow indoors. Temperatures in the summer can be cool in the evenings. Things to Do in Seattle (Click here for a Google map link to each location listed below) Downtown Area - Historic Pike Place Market (Located at First Avenue and Pike Street) Pike Place Market is internationally recognized as America's premier farmers' market and is home to more than 200 year-round commercial businesses; 190 craftspeople and approximately 100 farmers who rent table space by the day; 240 street performers and musicians. Pioneer Square (Located at 1st Avenue & Yesler Way) Pioneer Square marks Seattle's original downtown, dating back to 1852. The district is characterized by late nineteenth century brick and stone buildings, and one of the nation's best surviving collections of Romanesque Revival style urban architecture. Pioneer Square is home to art galleries, internet companies, cafes, sports bars, nightclubs, bookstores, the Seattle Underground Tour, and a museum and info center for the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour (Located in Pioneer Square, Telephone 206-682-4646) A leisurely, guided walking tour beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets. As you roam the subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle, our guides regale you with the stories our pioneers didn’t want you to hear. It’s history with a twist. Seattle Art Museum (Located at 1300 First Avenue, Telephone 206-344-5275) Come and celebrate the new downtown Seattle Art Museum which seamlessly integrates old and new buildings, creating timeless, light-filled spaces for art and for people. Bainbridge Island (Board ferry at 801 Alaskan Way Pier 52, Telephone 206-464-6400) A scenic 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle, Bainbridge Island has rustic charm with quiet country roads and lovely gardens making this a favorite destination. Known for its arts community, Bainbridge has its own Performing Arts Center and Arts & Crafts Gallery featuring regional artists. Enjoy shopping in historic Winslow with its trendy cafes and one of a kind island shops where you can find unusual gifts from the Northwest and beyond. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy a walk through the Bloedel Reserve Experience Music Project & Science Fiction Museum (Located at 325 5th Ave N, Telephone 206-770-2700) Experience Music Project (EMP) is dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music. By blending interpretative, interactive exhibitions with cutting-edge technology, EMP captures and reflects the essence of rock 'n' roll, its roots in jazz, soul, gospel, country and the blues, as well as rock's influence on hip-hop, punk and other recent genres. Visitors can view rare artifacts and memorabilia and experience the creative process by listening to musicians tell their own stories. The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame is the world's first museum devoted to the thought-provoking ideas and experiences of science fiction. Argosy Sightseeing Cruise (Telephone 206-622-8687) Come on board one of our four public cruise tours. Cruises depart daily year-round from downtown Seattle. All have live narration, wonderful views and feature Seattle's famous places. Space Needle (Located at 400 Broad Street, Telephone 206-905-2100) Built in 1962, the Space Needle served as the symbol of that year's World's Fair. It has since become the symbol of Seattle, and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Seattle Aquarium (Located at 1483 Alaskan Way, Telephone 206-386-4300) The heartbeat of hands-on marine experience and preservation education in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Aquarium offers fun, exciting ways to discover more about the amazing Puget Sound that surrounds you! Join us in our mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. Downtown Library (Located at 1000 Fourth Ave, Telephone 206-386-4636) Explore award-winning architecture up close and see why the Central Library attracts worldwide visitors. "Ride the Duck" Tour (Tour departs from Pine & 4th Ave, Telephone 206-441-DUCK) Tour Seattle by land and water on a WWII amphibious landing craft. Coast Guard-certified maritime captains will take you on an adventure tour of Seattle while they narrate historical information and local folklore, dance to funky music and QUACK you up with jokes and comedy. Then, SPLASH into the water to cruise on Lake Union and view a breath-taking view of the Seattle skyline. REI Flagship Store (Located at 222 Yale Ave N, Telephone 206-223-1944) Try any Tom Douglas restaurant such as Serious Pie (Located at 316 Virginia Street, Telephone 206-838-7388) Good sushi at Japonessa (Located at 1400 1st Avenue, Telephone 206-971-7979) A delish brunch at Portage Bay Cafe (Located at 391 Terry Ave N, Telephone 206-462-6400) Waffles at Sweet Iron (Located at 1200 3rd Ave, Suite 110, Telephone 206-682-3336) Top Pot Doughnuts (Located at 2124 5th Ave, Telephone 206-728-1966) Baseball - Mariners vs. Red Sox (Friday and Saturday games) Shopping (Pacific Place, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Avenues) Within a 10 minute cab ride - Museum of Flight (Telephone 206-764-5720) The Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world. The Museum’s collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the Red Barn—the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Co. Seaplane Ride (Telephone 800-543-9595) Kenmore Air is among the best-known and most respected float plane operations in the world, flying an eclectic mix of piston Beavers and turbine Otters and Caravans, landing passengers on glaciers, lakes and harbors among the mist- shrouded fjords and islands of the U.S. and Canadian northwest. Every seat's a window seat on this exciting, narrated tour of the Seattle metropolitan area. You'll see Lake Union's famous houseboat communities, the beautiful University of Washington campus, magnificent lakeside and seaside estates, Seattle's professional sports stadiums and downtown skyline, the bustling Elliott Bay waterfront and much more. Theo Chocolate factory tour (Located at 3400 Phinney Avenue North, Telephone 206-632-5100) Visit Theo Chocolate, the only organic, fair trade, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the U.S. We will entertain you with the story of cacao, including the extraordinary transformation of the cacao fruit into what we know and love as chocolate and the social and environmental issues relating to cocoa and cocoa farmers. Best of all, you will try our amazing products during your tour experience! Ballard Locks (Located at 3015 54th St NW, Telephone 206-783-7059) The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, built in 1911, provide a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects eastward to Lake Union and Lake Washington. Enjoy watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts passing through, as the locks' water levels are adjusted to allow their safe passage. Another popular spot is the fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and salt water, and to navigate the locks. Glass panels below the water line make it possible to watch the fish as they swim through the ladder. Eat great Caribbean food at Paseo (Located at 4225 Fremont Ave N, Telephone 206-545-7440) Enjoy a delicious pizza from Kylies (Located at 3601 Fremont Ave N, #101, Telephone 206-632-2266) Paddle around Lake Union in a kayak (Telephone 206-545-8570) Experience the joys of sea kayaking through the surrounding marshes and waterways of Union Bay or Lake Washington. Float past eclectic houseboats on Portage Bay, paddle through a nature-filled arboretum or take in the panorama of the Seattle skyline and Space Needle from Lake Union. Within a 30 minute drive - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery (Telephone 425-488-1133) Tradition, innovation, and the highest winemaking standards form the essence of Chateau Ste. Michelle. Washington state’s oldest and most acclaimed winery features award-winning wines and an unparalleled tasting experience at our historic chateau and grounds near Seattle. Boeing Future of Flight Tour (Telephone 360-756-0086) Take a tour of Boeing's Everett factory which is home to the 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner production lines. During the tour of the world's largest building by volume, visitors will see airplanes being built for our worldwide base of airline customers. Trips Outside of Seattle - Vancouver, BC by way of the Amtrak Cascades train (4 hours one-way, Telephone 800-872-7245) Victoria, BC by way of the Clipper high-speed ferry (3 hours one-way, Telephone 206-448-5000) Mount Rainier National Park (3 to 4 hours one-way depending on destination) Mount Rainier Steam Train ride (Telephone 888-783-2611) Olympic National Park (4 to 7 hours one-way depending on destination) Whale Watching in the San Juan Islands (Telephone 800-450-6858) Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (Telephone (360) 449-7800) Travel Information Transportation will be provided to and from the wedding site leaving from the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle. Before the wedding, guests can utilize public transportation for sightseeing within the downtown area. Guests interested in other excursions should plan on renting a car. The closest airport to the wedding is Seatac International Airport (SEA). There are four suggested options for travel from the airport to downtown Seattle: (1) 'Downtown Airporter' shuttle service (Telephone 800-426-7532). Cost is $11 one-way. Tickets can be purchased at the airport near baggage claim. Shuttle drops off guests directly at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. (2) Take the Light Rail from the airport to Westlake Center. Cost is $2.50 per person one-way. Look for Light Rail signs at the airport gate / ticketing level. Light Rail tickets are purchased before boarding the train. The Sheraton Seattle Hotel is about 1 block walking distance from the last Light Rail stop which is Westlake Station. (3) Cab, one-way approximately $45 (4) Rental car - note that the Sheraton Seattle hotel charges $40 a night for parking. If you would like to rent a car for a day trip, Enterprise Rent-A-Car has an office a few blocks from the Sheraton Hotel. Office address is 2116 Westlake Avenue, Telephone 206-382-1051.