Chihuly Walk of Glass

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Hard to believe the weekend is already coming to an end and I am heading back home tonight!  I had to get some work out of the way in the morning and then headed down to Tacoma to check out the Chihuly glass exhibits and grab some lunch before we head back into Seattle. Unfortunately, the weather was slated to be rainy today (what a surprise lol) but it was more windy than anything else....at least at first!

We got to Tacoma and we were both STARVING.  We had a map which showed the various spots around the University of Washington, Tacoma with Chihuly pieces on display.  The first stop that caught my eye....The Swiss Pub! Hmmmm....fooooooooood.  :-)  We walked in and I absolutely fell in love with this place - it had a warehouse, funky vibe feel! There were some Chihuly pieces above the bar and some very interesting art work throughout.

The Swiss Pub
  The place was huge and was almost divided into three rooms - a few pool tables, a stage for live music - this place was awesome! 

We checked out the glass pieces it a bit and then went straight to order food, figuring we could take photos after lunch!  I had an Italian Sub and I believe Shane had a Swiss Dip - not entirely sure since I only saw it on the plate for about two seconds before he inhaled the whole thing! :-)  I was pretty hungry too and about 3/4 of the way done with my sandwich when I realized we forgot to take photos of lunch! HA HA HA.  Good thing our resident foodie is headed off to the Galapagos right now and may not see this entry for awhile! :-)  The sandwiches were good and this is another place that has Smithwick's on tap.

Close up of art on "ceiling" of bridge
  LOVE IT! :-)

Now we were off to brave the wind gusts and check out the free Chihuly exhibits.  There is an awesome bridge that has a number of his pieces in cases as well as the "ceiling" of the bridge itself.  With the glare, it was somewhat hard to get decent photos of those but it's definitely something you need to see in person - photos cannot do it justice.   The bridge is the walkway from the University area to the Tacoma Art Museum (which we learned is closed on Mondays! LOL) and the marina area there.  We wandered around the marina district a little and then ventured into the old Union Station which is now the US Courthouse to see the remaining pieces.  OMG!  The chandelier piece is unbelievable and more spectacular than the piece he did at the Atlantis in the Bahamas.

Chandelier in Courthouse
  (Make sure if you plan to see this - have to show your ID upon entry into the courthouse). 

We were headed back to the vehicle to try and defrost a little when I spotted this sign that said "Artisan coffee - locally brewed".  One of my missions on this trip was to find local coffee that is not available elsewhere - lord knows I can find most Seattle coffee on every corner outside of Seattle!  I wanted something different and this was definitely it!  Super reasonable prices for my java fix - $6.95 for 1/2lb and $11.95 for 1lb.  After having a previous blonde moment, I bought 5 bags and then came to the realization I had to fit those plus my new Coach purse in my already overpacked carry on luggage!! Uuuugh. 

mr_shanet says:
ya he is right, next time the zoo, haha if you tell me your here next time ;) or maybe if you come when the have the bite of tacoma? need to show you the tacoma waterfront...
Posted on: Apr 27, 2008
vulindlela says:
Did you get to Point Defiance Park in Tacoma?
It is worth a visit next time if you didn't.
Posted on: Apr 22, 2008
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Bridge in Tacoma
Bridge in Tacoma
The Swiss Pub
The Swiss Pub
Close up of art on ceiling of br…
Close up of art on "ceiling" of b…
Chandelier in Courthouse
Chandelier in Courthouse
Chihuly walkway
Chihuly walkway
Union Station / US Courthouse
Union Station / US Courthouse
Frozen and windblown....
Frozen and windblown....
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma Art Museum
Upper level outside of the museum
Upper level outside of the museum
View from outside the Tacoma Art M…
View from outside the Tacoma Art …
Inside Courthouse
Inside Courthouse
Also inside Courthouse
Also inside Courthouse
Close up with other exhibit behind
Close up with other exhibit behind
View of the marina from outside th…
View of the marina from outside t…
View other direction back to Union…
View other direction back to Unio…
View of the bridge of Chihuly piec…
View of the bridge of Chihuly pie…
Fountain/pool outside museum
Fountain/pool outside museum
Shane, dont steal that!
Shane, don't steal that!
View from other side of Chandelier…
View from other side of Chandelie…
Cutters Point Coffee
Cutters Point Coffee
Reminds me of Pirates of the Carib…
Reminds me of Pirates of the Cari…
Display of local artists work in …
Display of local artist's work in…
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The Swiss Pub is one of the stops on the Chihuly Walk of Glass exhibits in Tacoma. From the outside, it looks like your average pub. Inside, what a … read entire review
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