Giveaway: Win a Seattle family getaway

If you’re planning to visit Seattle, one hotel I recommend is the MarQueen Hotel.

The hotel is a converted apartment building, so families enjoy plenty of space in each suite-style room. Most rooms offer suite-style accommodations and kitchenettes, and a few provide ranges as well. There’s a complimentary “grab and go”  breakfast – croissants, juice, coffee, fruit.

Lobby at the MarQueen Hotel

This isn’t a corporate hotel. But the turn-of-the-century feel is just right for a Seattle stay, and it can be difficult to find larger rooms in Seattle hotels.

Bedroom at the MarQueen Hotel

The MarQueen Hotel also offers the perfect location for families – just a few blocks from Seattle Center, where kid-friendly attractions like the Pacific Science Center, The Seattle Children’s Theater and the Seattle Children’s Museum welcome visitors.

Several family-friendly restaurants are near the MarQueen (I like McMenamins Queen Anne ‘s burgers and Phuket’s pad Thai, personally). And a fantastic, full-service grocery store – Uptown Metropolitan Market — is right around the corner.

A quick 5-minute monorail ride delivers you downtown for Pike Place Market, movie theaters, shopping and ferry service.

Right up the steeeeep hill to Upper Queen Anne, you’ll find families pushing strollers down the street, coffee shops and an awesome little game store – Blue Highway Games. It’s a fantastic place to pick up some travel games before you head home.

Would you like to try the MarQueen? They’re offering a free night’s stay and valet parking service to a drawing winner.

Just leave a comment below about what you’ll do in Seattle; you can use my article on 35 free things to do with kids as a guide, or suggest your own activity..

REQUIRED ENTRY: Leave an comment below about what you want to do with your kids in Seattle. Your entry must show up on this page. Don’t forget to leave your valid, correct e-mail address. Entrants may be disqualified for violating any rule laid out here or for any other reason at the discretion of sweepstakes organizers. Please be patient for your comment to show up – I have to approve each one individually, to block spam.

BONUS ENTRY METHOD: Twitter this contest or tell friends about it on your FB page, then come back and leave a comment that you did so. One extra entry for a FB post or Tweet (for a total of TWO extra entries).

Contest Rules:

This contest begins today, May 12, 2010, and ends at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on Tuesday, May 18, 2010. On May 19, 2010, the winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries received, using The winner will be notified by e-mail. Please ensure that you have entered the correct e-mail address in your entry. Your e-mail will not be sold or displayed.
If no response is received within one week (7 days), the first winner will forfeit the prize and another entrant will be selected at random using The MarQueen Hotel will provide the prize to the winner. The value of the hotel stay is $200.
The prize is valid for a one-bedroom suite room for a family of four (two adults, two children). The room must be redeemed by 12/30/2010; July, August, Labor Day weekend, Memorial Day weekend and other high-occupancy dates will be excluded. Other restrictions may apply.
Please reserve your room as soon as possible. The prize information must be presented when making reservations. There is no cash value. There are no substitutions. The prizes are not transferable. The winner is solely responsible for any national, state, provincial or city taxes incurred.
Sweepstakes void where prohibited by law. Entrants must be age 18 and over and residing in the U.S or Canada.
If a resident of Canada is selected as a winner, they will be required to correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a timed, mathematical skill-testing question (3*6)+(12/2)-8 to be administered by Lora Shinn by e-mail before the awarding of the prize.
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  1. Elizabeth says

    I would LOVE to take my daughter to the zoo & aquarium as well as the children’s museum!! There is SO much to do in Seattle!!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Take a Cruise with Jillian Michaels =-.

  2. We live down in Vancouver and LOVE coming to Seattle. We’d love to visit the Seattle Aquarium.

  3. I shared the contest on FB as well.

  4. Elizabeth says

    I tweeted!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Take a Cruise with Jillian Michaels =-.

  5. Would love to take the kids down to the Sculpture Garden and try and explain to them what a typewriter eraser is. Oh-and get some warm cashews from Pike Place Market.

  6. Woo! A contest! I’ve never been to the West Coast; I’d love to check out Discovery Park!

  7. Jennifer says

    We would go to Pike’s Market and the Zoo!

  8. The Aquarium and dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Haven’t been there in forever!

  9. Shannon M says

    I’d love my son to experience being a tourist in his own town!

  10. Shannon M says

    Oh, and we’d also go to the Bug Safari.

  11. I love this!

  12. Lucy Page says

    When my husband and I were first married, we lived in Seattle. So there is plenty we would love to do with our children there. Firstly, visit many friends and eat in some of their amazing Italian restaurants. Like La Vita e Bella and La Fontana. We also would take them to the Pikes Place Market and perhaps catch a performance by the Children’s Theater.

  13. We haven’t been to Seattle in years but stayed at the Marqueen in 2004 and loved it! So close to Seattle Center, a nice walk to the Aquarium, great restaurants and more! On our next trip, we’d like to make it to the Woodland Park Zoo, take a ride on the water taxi and bicycle the Burke-Gilman Trail. The Marqueen is our favorite Seattle hotel!

  14. Kimberly says

    We love the Seattle Public Library! Would love to head to Pike Place Market and pick up more elephant garlic and have a sandwich @ Beecher’s

  15. We love to go down to the locks in Ballard and have a picnic. So Fun!

  16. I would LOVE to take my girls to Seattle for a family day out! They have NEVER been, so if we get this chance to go I would love to take them to the Zoo, and Pikes Place Market. I would also love to take them to the troll under the bridge. 🙂

  17. I’d love to make a whole weekend of Seattle Center, since it’s just steps away from the MarQueen: Children’s Museum, EMP and Science Center — complete with Laserium show! Plus a ride to the top of the Space Needle and some rides in the Fun Forest if it hasn’t been dismantled yet. Maybe a show at Seattle Children’s Theatre or a performance at PNB as well? I love the idea of focusing all our energy in one area.

  18. we would love to go to the seattle center to visit the children’s museum!

  19. Pacific Science Center, SPL’s Main Library, Zoo, Pike Place Market, Monorail, Sculpture Garden, ride a ferry. And invite Seattle friends to got all those places with us!

  20. Kathy Rodrick says

    I want to take my kids to the Sci Fi and Music Museum, the big fountain and the Science Center again! They loved it so much last time!

  21. Okay, I posted a chance-lowering message on FB 🙂

  22. Jasmine Waters says

    We would take our kiddos to the Aquarium, Pike’s Place and the Children’s Museum. I’ve been wanting to go to Buca Di Beppo… so we’d nosh on dinner there!

  23. SusankmvpC says

    We would celebrate DH’s new job (been unemployed) with dinner and probably check out the EMP/SciFi museum since we’ve never been!

  24. I’ll be shopping for houses because we’re moving there this summer! I’m excited to explore Seattle with my kids.

  25. We would ride the monorail and finally go up in the space needle. Monkey’s been clamoring for that for a while.

  26. I tweeted, I tweeted!
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..Food Revolution =-.

  27. Michelle says

    We love the zoo! Want to see the new penguin exhibit…

  28. My 10 yr old has been wanting to do Seattle’s Underground Tour! She’s a history buff so I think she would have a great time.

  29. The aquarium sounds very fun. We also want to take the kids to see the troll under the bridge, and our 6 year old wants to go to the top of the space needle!!

  30. I’d like to take the kids on the Ride the Ducks. And over to the waterfront and Pike Place Market. So much to see and do!

  31. Brandie Booth says

    First I would like to check out the Locks or go on a Ride the Ducks cruise, and then have brunch at Ivar’s Salmon shack on Lake Union. The center for Wooden boats has a really nice FREE boat ride on Lake Union on Sundays. And of course a visit to the Pacific Science Center is a must!

  32. Brandie Booth says

    I just tweeted!

  33. Brandie Booth says

    Just posted on FB!

  34. Walk, play, and pic-nic in the Olympic Sculpture Garden. Ride the waterfront trolley and take a ferry ride!! Fun.

  35. I would take my kids to Seattle Center and Pikes Place Market.
    .-= Sharlene´s last blog ..Fiesta Days at Heritage Hill =-.

  36. I tweeted. My twitter ID is @doubleadventure
    .-= Sharlene´s last blog ..Fiesta Days at Heritage Hill =-.

  37. Kathy Rodrick says

    I put it on facebook…I didn’t pick from the list officially in my ‘regular’ entry…so I guess the International Fountain! Sorry, I don’t tweet.

  38. Kristina says

    We love to go to the aquarium, Pike Place Market, and ride the ferries.


  39. Kristina says

    I just posted to FB and tweeted the contest.

    @Debby–my fil used to give the tours at the Underground tours. We have yet to get him to go with us– my kids are a little too young, but hubbie and I haven’t gone yet. The other place your daughter would love is MOHAI.

  40. Kris Sather says

    I would love to take my kids to be a tourist in their own town. I would get up early–go to the market to see the vendors getting ready, get something fresh from 3 sisters’ bakery–or maybe a few things. 🙂 Take a ride on a ferry, explore, go to Underground Seattle–the ideas are endless. 🙂

  41. Kris Sather says

    I just left a message on FB.

  42. Kris Sather says

    I also just tweeted–@chattykris

  43. @ Kristina, Yes my husband & I have done the tour years ago. It was good. And yes, she LOVES MOHAI!~~FYI to all who read this: Most area museums are FREE on the first Thursday of the month. MOHAI, Burke, EMP, SAM, Museum of Flight etc…

  44. And more than that, too! Check out this piece I wrote on free museums in Seattle

  45. Lindsay Litchfield says

    We would go to the zoo or aquarium, pike place market, visit the Freemont Troll, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop and to Ivars for dinner and to feed the seaguls. Oh how fun this would be. Thanks

  46. Cory Litchfield says

    I would love to take my wife and daughter to Seattle. I would take them to the fountain at Seattle Center so my daughter could play in the water. Maybe Ride the Ducks or the Underground Tour and then to Gorditos for Dinner.

  47. I think taking the kids to Pike Place Market, the aquarium and then a ferry boat ride would be a really fun day for my kids…

  48. Just mentioned on Facebook as well…

  49. Darcy Dawson says

    I’ve also wanted to do one of those cruises through the Locks – my kids would love it too!

  50. I was born in Seattle and would go back and visit often as a child after we moved. I would love to take my children there to see the space needle, I have such wonderful childhood memories of Seattle, I would love to share that with my kids.

  51. I posted on facebook as well.

  52. I have two little ones! I would love to take them to the Fremont Troll to climb and take photos. Id also take them to the Ballard Locks for a picnic and to watch the ships. And of course, Daddy would be required to stay with my son, while my 4year old daughter and I attend a ballet!!

  53. Posted on my Face book too!
    .-= Theresa´s last blog ..Celebrations and Natural Disasters =-.

  54. We would love to take our children on Ride the Ducks and to the Science Center. I’ve heard nothing but great things about both places.

  55. We wanna go on a ferry ride!

  56. shared on facebook;)

  57. I would love to take my two kiddos to Seattle for a day at the Science Center, maybe a ferry ride, the aquarium… So much to choose from and we haven’t really “done” Seattle since the kids have been old enough to really enjoy it! My little girl would be simply amazed at the view from atop the Space Needle!

  58. Oh my! There is so much to do but I’ve never been up in the space needle…that would be my first thing…then coffee & then fun with my kids!
    .-= Mandy´s last blog ..142nd =-.

  59. Just shared on Facebook as well as Tweeted it via my @whitepassbyway username! 🙂

  60. Tweeted!

  61. Facebooked!!!
    .-= Mandy´s last blog ..142nd =-.

  62. – Watch the trapeze artist while eating at the pink door
    – Go to the main branch of the seattle public library
    – Pike place market for gelatto & flying fish
    – Underground tour
    – The fountain at the center, but of course!
    – Seattle Children’s Theatre

  63. We love Pike Place market!

  64. I’m going to go share the news now. It sounds like so much fun!
    .-= Andrea´s last blog ..My Beautiful Bella =-.

  65. I would take my kids to Experience Music Project, Pike’s Market, and a Mariner Game. We would also probably hit some music stores.

  66. My kids just love to hang out at the Pike Place Market. It’s baseball season and a Mariners game is always fun too. Nothing like Safeco field in the summer.

  67. I would love to take my kids to the Seattle aquarium for the day!.

  68. would love to take our kids to the Locks to see the boats and Seattle Center festivities.

  69. The Environmental Learning Centers sound like something my kids would absolutely love!

  70. We love to go to the market. There’s a french bakery my son likes to go to; they have macarons…
    Art Museum. I also LOVE the food at the new restaurant, I think it’s called Tatse.
    Lots of great bakeries to go to…
    .-= Nurit – 1 family. friendly. food.´s last blog ..Inspiration: Mireille Guiliano, “French Women Don’t Get Fat” author =-.

  71. We would visit the Maritime Museum, east sourdough cinnamon rolls at the market, ride the monorail, and enjoy the urban vibe that my farm boys don’t often experience!

  72. Travelers Barista says

    Would love a night out with my mom in Seattle! I was going to say with my husband, but remembered my mom really wants to do a Girls night out in Seattle someday. Looks like a wonderful hotel!

    AND…the captcha code is mine and my husbands initials, so this has to be a good sign! LOL
    .-= Travelers Barista´s last blog ..Credit Card Stolen…Lesson learned! =-.

  73. Travelers Barista says

    Forgot to mention, I re-tweeted your giveaway entry today!
    .-= Travelers Barista´s last blog ..Credit Card Stolen…Lesson learned! =-.

  74. What would we do? So much to choose from!

    We love to dine in the international district (love getting bubble tea at Gossip – and red bean cakes at Mon Hei Chinese Bakery)

    Catching a game a Safeco is always a treat.

    Fremont Sunday Market would also rock….

    Playing on the beach at Golden Gardens…exploring tidepools in West Seattle…

    Hiking the trails of Carkeek Park

    Kayaking on Lake Union.

    Visiting the Experience Music Project…

    Oh we could go on and on! Seattle is lovely, especially in the summer time.

  75. Diana Cross says

    Our kids love the market and people watching, also the fountain at Seattle Center is great for those warmer days!

  76. If I could stay a night in Seattle with my kids I would go to the Seattle Center Children’s Museum and Theater. Then dinner at Rice & Spice for our favorite Zion Chicken. Find a local shop to buy some yummy bath products and have a bubble bath. Of course I would also order room service for hot chocolate while we watch a movie in bed.

  77. we have lots of friends from college in seattle! we’d definitely visit them and the parks!
    .-= kendra´s last blog ..ta-dah! tie dye pants! =-.

  78. My son is a Mariner’s fan so we would try to catch a game…and a visit to Seattle would not be complete without seeing the fish being thrown at Pike Place.

  79. We’d love to spend time downtown with the kids! Space Needle/Pike/Safeco Field!

  80. We’re a military family so making the most out of where we’re stationed is very important to us. If we won, we’d love to visit the Space Needle, Ride the Ducks, spend time at the Pacific Science Center, walk around Pikes Place Market & for some strange reason, my kids want to see the wall that is full of chewed gum 😀

    I also RT’d the contest link on Twitter, can be verified by checking @armywife98
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..ArmyWife98: RT @CascadiaKids: Last day! =-.

  81. @lacouvee says

    just finished retweeting the contest too @lacouvee!!

    I’d go to the Pike Street Market just to see them slapping fish around (am sure kids love that) as well as up to the top of the Space Needle.

    There has to be time too for the Seattle institution “Ivars” as well as the water taxi.

  82. We’d explore Pike Place Market and then wander down toward the International District to visit Uwajimaya and have a Chinese food lunch–dim sum, yum.

  83. If I were to head up to Seattle I’d definitely stop in at Archie McPhee’s. Our whole family loves it there!

  84. If we were to visit Seattle through this lovely contest, we’d visit Pike Place Market (as we always do), Nordstrom Rack (for me!), and definitely book the Future of Flight tour at the Boeing plant. Our family loves planes so that would be amazing!
    (p.s. Also shared this contest on FB)

  85. Courtney Holcomb says

    I’d like to take my kids to the aquarium and Gasworks park, also to see the troll 🙂 Maybe to the arboritum.

  86. Courtney Holcomb says

    I posted on FB

  87. I would love to take Amanda to Pikes Place to see the fish throwing:) I also think she and Micah would enjoy the Experience Music Project.
    .-= Kelley´s last blog ..Amanda Follows in the Footsteps of her Parents: Soccer! =-.

  88. Isabel Kolic says

    Thanks for having this neat contest! If my family were selected (we have a little boy), we would take him to Fremont to walk on the draw bridge and watch the boats pass by, and also to visit the Troll. If we’re lucky it would be on a Farmer’s Market day. We’d take him to the Children’s Museum for sure. And to Pike Place Market to watch the fish fly. He loves trains so riding the Monorail would be fun. And going up the Space Needle. Oh, there’s too much to choose from!

  89. Isabel Kolic says

    I just posted your link on my Facebook account, for my friends to see.

  90. Courtney W says

    I would like to take my kids to Pike Place Market!
    .-= Courtney W´s last blog ..Get Ready for Summer with Grilling Coupons! =-.

  91. We would visit Pike Place Market, do the Underground City Tour and visit the Experience Music Museum!

  92. I’d take my daugther to the Children’s Museum and since we are in the area I’d take my husband to the Music Project Experience. I’d go shopping to redeem my Macy’s gift card (finally, I’ve had it forever). Then I’d take my daughter to the Pike Market to see those guys throwing fish to each other, and of course for a stroll to the Aquarium.. I love Seattle!

  93. I am a Canadian who lived and worked in Seattle before I had kids and would LOVE to take my two little girls there for a visit. We have never been and they have fresh passports just waiting to be used!! I would take them to the Woodland Park Zoo then to the Fremont Sunday market and a visit to climb on the troll!

  94. posted on FB!

  95. We would love to take a trip to Seattle from Victoria with our 3 kids & try to pack in as much as we could… Science Center, the Space Needle, Woodland Park Zoo, the Aquarium, Children’s museum and of course, the fun & flying fish at Pike Place Market!
    thx 🙂

  96. This contest is now closed (sorry!)

  97. Patrick won the giveaway. Patrick, please check your in-box. Everyone else — don’t worry, there will be more giveaways to come.

  98. Meriaten Long says

    i would go to a different music venue every night!

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