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Seattle w/ Friends

Seattle to see old friends!

by charlotte_sunshineAbout Me:I'm a frequent business traveler who likes to sneak away when I can for luxury solo or small group travel. Traveling solo as a transgender woman presents some unique challenges and I seek out LGBTQ+ destinations and accommodations whenever... read more

North AmericaUnited States6 days / December 2021

Highs & Lows

Longbeach Pacific Views

Can’t think of one!

Itinerary Overview

six days in the Pacific Northwest pretending I still lived there. Showing the boyfriend the Pacific Ocean for the first time and several days at a pineapple themed hotel in the shadow of the space needle. 

  • 1 Night: Long Beach
    Needed to see the ocean
  • 5 Nights: Seattle
    Centrally located and fun

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Can we please redesign the entire town of Long Beach to put the lodging and restaurants right on the beach instead of in the little town just a quarter mile inland?

  • How was the food?

    Toulouse Petit on Queen Anne is always great for a date and is walking distance to the Maxwell. El Camino in Fremont has amazing food. The Crab Pot on the Seattle Waterfront was a good super tourist experience. Citizen on Taylor near the Maxwell was great for outdoor brunch.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Drive your car right onto the beach in Long Beach, but be careful you don’t go into too soft sand and get stuck.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Twisty roads to the beach are a joy. Would have been fun in a convertible in the summer, but our SUV and laughing with old friends on the drive went fine.


  • Airbnb condo with a great view of the ocean. Several good ones to choose from. Couldn’t find one right on the beach though.

  • The Maxwell Hotel - a fun hotel with a stylish and whimsical pineapple theme. The boyfriend joked that the entire hotel was an expression of my personality. Not sure what to make of that! The bed was super comfortable and the room included 10 dollars of snacks each day from the front desk. The staff were super friendly and nice and the entire place felt more fancy and expensive than the pricetag. Location was excellent for us in walking distance to great restaurants and the space needle for maximum touristing.