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Tucked away in Downtown Seattle  in the city's retail and financial center, Hotel Vintage Park is a wonderful historic gem.  Washington being home to more than five hundred wineries, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions.  Kimpton turned the property into a freshly updated hotel with old world charm encompassing the wine theme.  As you enter the quaint lobby, you are greeted by a friendly staff full of smiles and eagerness to please.  I arrived earlier than expected and not only did they have a room ready, but they decided to upgrade me to a suite since I was a InTouch Kimpton loyalty member. 


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As I walked from the elevator down the corridor to my room, I noted that every single room had a name, one that was named after a Washington winery.  The William Dacon Room awaited me and upon entering, I was emerged in an elegant room similarly decorated to the lobby.  The dark burgundy color scheme mimicked the wines associated with the theme.  This is a fantastic warm place that I could envision visiting during the Christmas holidays.  They did a phenomenal job of tastefully implementing white lights to add to the festive atmosphere.

Upon sitting on the bed, I felt like I was in a little piece of relaxation bliss.  The pillows and mattress were extremely comfortable allowing me to anticipate a wonderful night’s sleep.  I lounged around for awhile planning out my sightseeing for the evening. 

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Before venturing out, I decided I needed to freshen up.  The bathrooms are fairly standard other than their shampoo/conditioner/soap products which are mounted on the wall.  I actually appreciated not having a small re-filled bottle for once and instead an ample amount of wonderful smelling bath products.  After this I headed over to see the Chihuly Glass Museum (read about this here!).



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After an inspiring night of art, I returned to the hotel just in time for their wine social hour from 5-6pm.  As usual, Kimpton did not disappoint.  The evening featured local Tsillan wines produced about 3 hours outside of Seattle in Chelan, WA.  They served a 2008 dry Riesling – of which I learned they sold a majority of recent harvests to Chateau St. Michelle for their premiere blends – and a Syrah blend.  Both wines were a wonderful start to the evening and I highly suggest you check Tsillan out if you are ever taking a Washington wine tour!   As you can see from their brochure picture to the left, it is a beautiful property to visit as well!  They recently expanded their  chateau and tasting room to accommodate more visitors and add an increase in wine production.  The owner and winemaker was present during the event to help share all of his pride and joy.

After enjoying the wine and company, it was time for dinner, so I chose to eat right there at their award winning restaurant Tulio.  My choices of the burrata and beet salad, veal chop, and pistachio semmifreddo were phenomenal.  I would rank the flavor combinations and presentations as ranking in the top 20 dishes I have ever had (read more about my experiences at Tulio here).

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With my tummy full and after a fantastic rain, I collapsed into my soft bed and fell straight to sleep.  I can only imagine if my experiences were so fabulous over one night, the experiences you could have here for a few days could be breathtaking.  Make sure that you put the Vintage Park hotel on your list of places to stay when visiting Seattle!

 





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