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the arctic club

Mr. D decided to whisk me away to Seattle for our “babymoon”, an occasion we thought was a widespread practice among parents-to-be. Apparently it isn’t, so for those of you wondering what a babymoon is, it’s basically like a honeymoon where you and your partner take some time away before the baby is born.

We stayed at the Arctic Club Hotel, which is in a historical building near Pioneer Square. You can spot it by the walrus faces staring out from the front facade. The building was constructed in 1916, and designed by the Architect A. Warren Gould to house—what else—the Arctic Club, which only dissolved in 1971. The Club was made up of successful veterans of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Lobby and Polar Bar

Lobby and antique men’s collar display on the reception desk

I loved the period feel of the hotel, from the rich leathers and velvets of the lobby to the brightly painted room doors. Little nods to the hotel’s mascot, the walrus, abound in your embroidered blanket, the cocktail napkins at the Polar Bar (haha), and the plush fellow in the snack box just waiting to be taken home.

Mr. D said the bathroom door reminded him of the doors to a Sam Spade’s office in “The Maltese Falcon”.

The best part of our entire stay had to be the friendly and attentive staff. When Mr. D mentioned that he wanted to take me to Salty’s restaurant out on Alki Beach, the concierge jumped up and offered to make reservations for us and said that Salty’s would send us a limo to drive us there and back. Talk about deluxe service!



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