S – Seattle WA. – Mayflower Hotel

Welcome to the #AtoZ Blog Challenge and a Tour of Hotels & Inns

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Take a look at this Youtube video for a quick orientation of this fabulous hotel

Walking into the lobby of the Mayflower Hotel, Katherine was happy to hand her bag over to the bellman. Though feeling tired, the evening had been energizing. Within minutes of getting to their room, Katherine climbed into a lush and comfortable bed while Jessica turned out the light on the nightstand between them. Relishing the first moments of sheets with a high thread count, Katherine stretched out. Finding the pillows to be just right, she turned on her side with a satisfied sigh. “Honestly, Jessica, with two bathrooms and this heavenly bed, I may never go home.”  Novel – Facing East author Stepheny Houghtlin

"VFMLID=27640647"I stayed at the Mayflower Hotel on a garden tour to Seattle. The entire experience influenced my writing when I began a second novel, Facing East. The Mayflower Park Hotel is the oldest continuously run hotel in downtown Seattle. Its first incarnation was as the Bergonian, which opened with 240 rooms in 1927. It cost $750,000 and took six months of construction. Birney Dempey, and his wife Marie purchased the hotel and renamed it the Mayflower in 1974. An extensive renovation was undertaken, including the addition of the 4th Avenue entrance and in 1988 with the opening of the neighboring Westlake Center, the Mayflower accelerated into one of Seattle’s most revered hotels.

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Today such details as the original terra cotta exterior, the lobby’s five-tier crystal chandelier (salvaged from the Grand Ballroom at the Olympic Hotel) and the 200-year-old grandfather clock reflect the overarching historical significance of the hotel. It may be the only hotel in Seattle where I have stayed, but its location and comfort deserve a place in fiction. I am happy to oblique.

Downtown Seattle was clearly a thriving place for a bookstore. On the walk over from the Mayflower Hotel to McCoy’s, the streets felt safe, a great asset in a city’s downtown. There was plenty of activity as people made their way to the eclectic restaurants and other successful stores in the area. It was no wonder that the concierge at the hotel insisted they would need a reservation when going out for dinner, or stand in line a long time. The people in the bookstore exuded their healthy lifestyles. Katherine felt the same energy about them that she’d sensed out on the streets. Facing East

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About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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14 Responses to S – Seattle WA. – Mayflower Hotel

  1. johnvic8 says:

    Memories, memories. We’ve had a few.

  2. Jen says:

    I’ve got a lot of catching up to do! The hotels you highlight sound magnificent!! I enjoyed reading the excerpts from you book too! I left you a response to you Rosemary question on my blog 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting and I hope you find the response helpful! Have a wonderful weekend!

    ~Jen

    • Thank you for further info about using rosemary. Not sure we have a source where I live, but they certainly will have in Chapel Hill where I am headed soon. Maybe you will find time to read Facing East. The first novel set in the Cotswolds has a Vicarage Garden around which the story is told. Looking forward to getting Rosemary oils.

  3. bobbic1219 says:

    Love all of the hotels you have written about..Makes me want to plan a trip to visit them!!

  4. wendyj59 says:

    It’s definitely conveniently sited for all the things you need.

    • My one and only time in Seattle on a garden tour, a climate that encourages an addicted gardening community. Beautiful. The hotel room and two small bathrooms allowing my roommate and I this luxury. Obviously, unforgettable, and plays a part in a second novel.

  5. Michael says:

    Do feel free to pop over and see us at Barn & Beach, Norfolk, England..Anytime! Enjoying the AtoZ Challenge at No 193

  6. What a delight to be popping by via A-to-Z and find your lovely series. I’ll be staying to check out your earlier entries, but I must say you’ve got me wanting to visit Seattle now to stay at the Mayflower. And I’ll certainly be adding Facing East to my reading list.

    • The visit to Seattle was on a wonderful garden tour, the Mayflower where we stayed. The whole experience for a gardener is unforgettable, their climate perfect for growing magnificent gardens. It was only later that I knew I would be revisiting that experience in scenes in Facing East. I hope you will find time to read the novel. Let me know what you think. Cheers.

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