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Trip Report-Mark & Linda's completed Lengthy NW Road Trip, Sept-Oct, 2017
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Posted: 19 days ago; 08:34 am   Permalink

Trip Report- Mark and Linda’s “Wet Coast” Desperately Seeking Tiki Tour Sept. 16-Oct. 4, 2017

This was episode 4 of our tiki road trips. Part one in 2016 was driving to Florida and back through Atlanta with another trip flying to Las Vegas and driving to Palm Springs. Early 2017 we drove to Florida, New Orleans and home. This trip we flew to Vancouver BC, took Amtrak to Portland, Tacoma, Bothell (car rental), Seattle, and back to Vancouver. We rented a car for Vancouver Island (Ucluelet) and back to Vancouver and then flew home.

When I started the report I had no idea it would be this long, so here is a summary by location:

Vancouver beginning - Shameful Tiki
Portland - Alibi, Hale Pele, Creepy Clown Bar, Rum Club, Multnomah Whiskey Library
Tacoma - Tacoma Cabana, Glass Museum
Bothell - North Bend, McMenamins Anderson School, North Shore Lagoon
Seattle - Rumba Bar, Museum of Pop Culture, Ohana, Diller Room, Lava Lounge
Vancouver Island - Walking trails, Black Rock Hotel
Vancouver end - Granville Island, Sylvia Hotel, The Waldorf



Stop 1: Vancouver Sept. 16-17

Day 1: While we did have 2 nights in Vancouver the second night had to be a very early night as we had a 5:30 am train on Monday. As a rule, we try to stay within walking distance to the target bar, so after arriving at our AirBnB a few blocks from the Shameful Tiki Room we had about 4 hours to kill so we used our public transit day passes we purchased to get from the airport and headed downtown to see some sights. Then back to the area near Shameful we checked out music and antique stores close to the bar.

A few tikiphiles were lined up when we got there at 4:45, but only a few of them headed to the bar where we made our way to and then started working our way through the menu. We have been to the Toronto Shameful a few times now and the Vancouver edition is a little smaller, but just as wonderfully decorated. Jason was behind the bar and took great care of us. Every drink was excellent. Food was great. Met some regulars who gave us great tips on places to go for the trip and told us how great Tiki-Con is and how we should go.



Shameful Tiki Room, 4362 Main St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Rum Barrel



Shameful Tiki Room



Shameful Tiki Room - Black Velvet Cocktail & Bonny Tama



Shameful Tiki Room - Tropical Itch & Hart of Gold



Shameful Tiki Room



Shameful Tiki Room - inc. Wall of Fame for members of the rum club



Shameful Tiki Room


Vancouver Day 2: Lazy day. Rainy and windy so we headed to the waterfront and then checked out other areas downtown and then slowly made our way back to Shameful for a farewell cocktail and then bed.




Shameful Tiki Room - No line up today



Shameful Tiki Room wall of vinyl




















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Stop 2: Portland Sept. 18-21

Day 1 Travel day. 7-hour train ride watching the ocean. Not a bad way to travel. We couldn’t find accommodation close to the Hale Pele for the whole 3 nights, so we stayed at a reasonably clean motel with kitchenette very close to the Alibi Tiki Lounge (not The Palms, The Monticello) and right on the yellow Max transit line and since the Alibi opens early we headed straight there. The Alibi certainly looks its age, but not in a bad way. The cocktails were way better than I had feared. Devin, the daytime bartender, told us there had been a recent move to elevate the drinks and the food. The bar was not very busy the whole time we were there, so we could explore at will. There are video gambling machines there, but the volume is turned way down and they are off to one side. They are also the reason the bar is open early. The karaoke starts at 9:00 pm and it is very popular, so we left before that. It takes place at the far end of the bar (see pics below), so it can be avoided if need be. Devin also gave us tips where else to go in town for cocktails, food, shopping etc. After an early rise, a 7-hour train ride and a couple of hours at the Alibi it was time for the short walk back to motel.




Alibi Tiki Lounge, 4024 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR



Alibi Tiki Lounge



Alibi Tiki Lounge



Alibi Tiki Lounge - Alibi signature mug



Alibi Tiki Lounge



Alibi Tiki Lounge



Alibi Tiki Lounge



Alibi Tiki Lounge



Alibi Tiki Lounge



Alibi Tiki Lounge










 
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Posted: 19 days ago; 09:40 am   Permalink

Portland Day 2

Day 2 was tourist time. We had planned to rent a car and travel to Mount Hood or perhaps Eugene, however the wild fires and then the rain, while required for the fires, not so good for viewing or driving, kept us in the city. We walked around the downtown area checking out the food trucks/carts, Voodoo Donuts (maple and bacon!!) and Powell books. Found a copy of The Book of Tiki at Powell's Books. Just asked at the counter and they replied, “Why yes we do.” Yay. We then checked out the Pearl District and the Northwest District before heading to the Hale Pele.

What an amazing place. From the sunken bar to the décor, the drinks and the vibe of the place is just great. Tara was our wizard behind the bar. A lot of regulars here and if I lived near here I would probably move closer so I too could be a regular. All the regulars we met were very friendly, always eager to talk tiki, rum, cocktails or all three. They also told us how great Tiki-Con is and how we should go...




Hale Pele, 2733 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR



Hale Pele



Hale Pele



Hale Pele - Jet Pilot and Passion Fruit Batida



Hale Pele



Hale Pele



Hale Pele - A’a’Po’e with A’a’Po’e mug and Rangoon Gimlet



Hale Pele



Hale Pele


 
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Portland Day 3

At the Alibi Devin told us to check out Mississippi Ave, an area close to The Alibi which has many stores, art and restaurants and to check out a new bar called Creepy’s which has an ex-Alibi bartender as the owner. We checked them both out and fortunately Creepy’s was very close to Rum Club and on the way, sort of, to the Hale Pele. After long walk down Mississippi Ave and a late lunch at Widmer Breweries we headed on the transit to the Antique Alley (NE 42nd Ave) where they had many mugs and shirts, but limited myself to 2 older Trader Vic swizzles. From Antique Alley we took public transit back toward Creepy’s, then on to Rum Club and then back to Hale Pele. Note: If you are using public transit the bus stops running early near the Hale Pele.



Beer flight at Widmer Brothers, 929 N Russell St, Portland, OR



Creepy Clown Bar, 627 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR



Creepy Clown Bar



Rum Club, 720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR



Rum Club Happy Hour Hemmingways



Rum Club - Almost Paradise



Hale Pele - Tico Tico & Pole Star



Hale Pele - Mai Tai & Jungle Bird



Hale Pele, 2733 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR



Hale Pele - Navy Grog & Krakatoa



Hale Pele



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Posted: 19 days ago; 2:42 pm   Permalink

Portland Day 4

Packing day. Walked to Alibi for pulled pork lunch at Alibi and to thank Devin for all the info. We then headed downtown just after opening time for the Multnomah Whiskey Library. Ack, so many choices, but our bartender walked me through and had a couple of bourbons never to be seen in Ottawa. Then walked to Powell’s, picked up Book of Tiki (it was on hold), shopped for music at Everyday Music (right beside Powell’s) and home early.



Alibi, 4024 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR



Alibi



The Palms Motor Hotel Portland across the street from Alibi



Multnomah Whiskey Library, 1124 SW Alder St, Portland, OR
900 different Whiskies and 1263 total bottles of spirits – eek!



Multnomah Whiskey Library




 
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Stop 3: Tacoma Sept. 22-23

Travel Day: Train from Portland to Tacoma. Checked in to hotel and then headed out to check the downtown area for a few hours. Ok, I thought there were hills in Portland.
Headed to Tacoma Cabana and arrived just after opening. Amy and Jason were behind the bar. Both rock big time. Place is a lot bigger than it looks with bottles of rum crammed everywhere. Amy was amazing behind the bar and then Jason found out I had liking to rhum agricole. After that I was in deep trouble. Jason would disappear for a few minutes then plunk a new drink in front of me. Jason is opening a new bar in November called the Devil’s Reef, at 706 Court C, Tacoma, very close (5-minute walk) from the Cabana’s location and a few of these drinks included previews off the new drink menu. Damn! Those drinks were fabulous. The food there is also killer btw.




Portland Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR



Portland Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR



Tacoma, One Pacific Building on Pacific Ave



Tacoma Cabana, 728 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA



Tacoma Cabana - Rum Barrel and Rum Pot



Tacoma Cabana - ‘Ti-Punch and “J” Punch



Tacoma Cabana - I was then sacrificed to the “Stone-Faced God“



 
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Tacoma Day 2: After being devoured by the Stone-Faced God the next day was a wee bit slower. We checked out the Glass Museum Bridge & Shop and Antique Alley, which is just blocks uphill from the Cabana, plus a bit more of the town.




Tacoma Glass Museum Exterior



Tacoma Glass Museum Exterior



Tacoma Cabana, 728 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA



Tacoma Cabana



Tacoma Cabana



Tacoma Cabana



Tacoma Cabana



Tacoma Cabana - Jet Pilot



Tacoma Cabana – Pahoehoe



Tacoma Cabana - Chi Chi and Stiggins Fancy Daquiri






 
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Posted: 17 days ago; 11:13 pm   Permalink


Rum on the riedau, thanks for all the pictures and information.


 
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On 2017-11-25 23:13, hiltiki wrote:

Rum on the riedau, thanks for all the pictures and information.



Thanks.. only a few more days worth. Didn't think trip report would be so lengthy or take this long. Hopefully there's some useful info for people


 
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Stop 4: Bothell / North Bend WA Sept. 24

Travel Day: Very short train ride to Seattle and then car rental to explore inland a bit. After successfully escaping Seattle we headed east toward North Bend WA and Twede’s Café to have pie and coffee in the diner from Twin Peaks. Continued the Peaks mission with the short drive to Snoqualmie Falls and see the Salish Lodge aka “The Great Northern Lodge”. From there it’s just a 30-minute drive cross-country to Bothell and the McMenamins Anderson School and the North Shore Lagoon. The Anderson School was built during the depression (not the recent one) and has been remodeled by the McMenamins into a complex of hotel, restaurants, bars, open area with covered fire pits, movie theatre, live music venue, a whiskey shed and a public swimming pool. The North Shore Lagoon is located on the second floor of the pool building. The Lagoon has amazing décor with pieces brought in from Bali, Viet Nam, tapas from Hawaii, Fiji and beams from a Jim Beam distillery. The salt water pool is vented each night from skylights so it can sometimes have a slightly salty mist in the pool, so the bar can have the feel of being close to ocean. The bartender told us they are new to the whole tiki concept and are a bit over-whelmed at the history and are trying to get a handle on it. They do have a large selection of rums and whiskies, but the drink menu tiki-wise is limited. Overall however, the complex is a really nice place to stay and relax.




On the road again from Seattle



Twede’s Café, aka Twin Peaks: The Double R Diner, 137 W North Bend Way, North Bend, WA



“The place where pies go when they die.” – Agent Cooper



Salish Lodge & Spa, 6501 Railroad Ave, Snoqualmie, WA,
“The Great Northern Hotel”



McMenamins Anderson School, North Shore Lagoon Bar, 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell, WA




McMenamins Anderson School, North Shore Lagoon – hey didn’t I see you three guys at the Hale Pele?



McMenamins Anderson School, North Shore Lagoon



McMenamins Anderson School, North Shore Lagoon



North Shore Lagoon - Mai Tai & Jungle Bird




McMenamins Anderson School, North Shore Lagoon



McMenamins Anderson School, North Shore Lagoon



North Shore Lagoon, Painkiller & Zombie in signature Zombie mug.
Mug is Dagon “Bringer of Enlightenment” and enlightenment is what this zombie needed.



McMenamins Anderson School, one of several outdoor fire pits











 
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Stop 5: Seattle Sept. 25-27

Day 1: Rumba Bar - From the Anderson School we headed for the Hawaiian General Store which was only about 15 minutes on the way into downtown Seattle. Then we dropped off luggage and returned the rental car. We wandered around downtown and headed downhill towards Pike’s Market to start checking things off our to do list. Checked in & headed down towards Pike St and started walking uphill to Rumba.

It was the 5th anniversary of Rumba so there were a few celebrations going on. Checked out their impressive rum bible, had a few beverages and food (jerk chicken cooked outside on bbq) and headed back to hotel.




Rumba Bar Seattle, 1112 Pike St, Seattle, WA



Rumba Bar - Mai Tai and The Wood of Life


Seattle Day 2: Olympic Sculpture Park / Museum of Pop Culture / Ohana / Diller Room

More walking as today was the Museum of Pop Culture and getting our bearings. After breakfast down at Pike’s Market we walked towards Olympic Sculpture Park and then to the museum.
Museum is of course very cool if you are a sci-fi movie and TV geek. One of the exhibits was closed for “filming”, so we were told to come back tomorrow and they would let us in to see the last section.

After the museum and since it was Tuesday we headed down to the Diller Room, but we learned the Justin doesn’t start until around 6:00. So we walked back down the street to Ohana. We had a light snack and a couple of beverages. Ohana does have that feel like you are at a beach bar in Hawaii or somewhere similar. Nice bar especially if you like sushi or sashimi. It has a very relaxed feel, in the late afternoon at any rate.

So now back to The Diller Room and a spot at the bar. Justin is a beast behind the bar with every drink spot on. After a classic each we then focused on some of his creations, all of which were great.




Olympic Sculpture Park



Seattle Museum of Pop Culture



Seattle Museum of Pop Culture - Took tons of pics here so I’ll only bore you with one. “Captain..sssss”



Ohana, 2207 1st Ave, Seattle, WA



Ohana



Ohana



Diller Hotel, Diller Room Bar, 1216 1st Avenue; Seattle, WA



The Diller Room – Painkiller & Three Dots and Dash



The Diller Room – Black Orchid <-- favourite



The Diller Room – Tropical Thunder



The Diller Room – Cherry Blossom



The Diller Room – Red Dragon



The Diller Room – Red Dragon











 
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Seattle Day 3: Museum of Pop Culture / Lava Lounge / Pike Place Market

Packing Day. Heading back to the Pop Museum we learned that they weren’t done “filming” the Sci-Fi exhibit. We were then told that they were to be done by 1:30 and that we could come back.
We used the monorail return option and went back and hung around downtown and Pike Market. There are so many shops underneath the food market. The timing did mess up a few things we wanted to squeeze in, but oh well. Back to the museum.

Walking back to Pike Market we stopped in at the Lava Lounge. The Lava Lounge is described as a dive bar. I suppose it is, but growing up in taverns in Canada it looks just like a regular bar to me. While it doesn’t have the cocktails to speak of it does have great décor including some older carvings scattered about and the back bar is held up by some very large carvings. Again, to me another relaxed bar in the afternoon with a great bartender. There were reggae bands later apparently and the music being played was pretty urban, but not overly loud. Certainly, worth going in for a beer and checking out the décor.

From there it was off to Pike Place Market and supper and watch the sunset before going to hotel and packing.



Seattle Museum of Pop Culture - Okay one more really cool piece



Lava Lounge, 2226 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA



Lava Lounge Seattle




Lava Lounge Seattle



Lava Lounge Seattle



Lava Lounge Seattle



Lava Lounge Seattle



Lava Lounge Seattle



Pike Place Market Seattle



Seattle









 
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Posted: 15 days ago; 10:25 am   Permalink

Thanks for sharing your writeup. We saw many of these same places on our trip to the Pacific Northwest back in July. Your experience with Hale Pele was very similiar--wish all bars could be as awesome!

 
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Posted: 14 days ago; 09:42 am   Permalink

Travel Day - Stop 6: Vancouver Island Sept. 28-Oct 2 (the decompressing non-tiki portion of our journey)

Train to car rental to ferry and overnight in Nanaimo and through the mountains to Ucluelet B.C.
We spent 3 days on the Island walking several the trails through the cedar forests, ocean trails and checking out Tofino. Like the museum I’ll spare you from photo after photo of cedar forest and nature trails and just give a Reader’s Digest version of the 3 days.

Day 2 – Travel day through the mountains to Ucluelet, hotel check-in and walk into town to get breakfast / sandwich supplies for room and trails.

Day 3 - Checked out Tofino, local art stores, Long Beach and Rainforest Trail

Day 4 - Lighthouse Loop and Ancient Cedars Loop




Amtrak Train from Seattle to Vancouver Observation car



Ferry from Horseshoe Bay Vancouver to Nanaimo Vancouver Island. Overnight in Nanaimo.



Oooh … beer … The Blue Room, 1627 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, BC



Sunset from our room at The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, 596 Marine Dr, Ucluelet, BC



Rainforest Trail, Vancouver Island BC




Rainforest Trail, Vancouver Island BC



Surfers - Long Beach Vancouver Island BC



Sunset from dining room at The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort



Happy Anniversary.. Happy Anniversary.. Black Rock Resort



Lighthouse Loop Vancouver Island BC



Lighthouse Loop Vancouver Island BC



Ancient Cedars Trail Vancouver Island BC - 800-year-old cedar
















 
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Day 4 – Travel Day: Car to Ferry to Vancouver
Back through the windy mountains at 7:00 am, ferry back to Vancouver.

Final Stop: Vancouver Oct 2-4

Day 1 – Checked into the Sylvia Hotel. Constructed in 1912. In 1954 it opened the first cocktail bar in Vancouver. It sits right on English Bay near Stanley Park. The Sylvia now has heritage designation, so it should be around for a while.

Off to the Shameful for a short evening and say goodbye. “Anything happen while we were gone?”
Well they got new mai tai glasses, ok and socks..Socks!! and oh Los Straightjackets were here unannounced.. sigh

Day 2 – Granville Island
A Granville Island ferry is just a nice walk from hotel so we spent the day at the shops on Granville and then ferried back to catch, why yes another sunset, this time over English Bay




Highway to ferry, Vancouver Island BC, 7:00 am



Highway to ferry, Vancouver Island BC, 7:30 am



Highway to ferry, Vancouver Island BC, 8:00 am



Compulsory photo of the Rockies from ferry Nanaimo to Vancouver BC



Sylvia Hotel, 1154 Gilford St, Vancouver, BC



Sylvia Hotel – The Vancouver Cocktail – Yes, Errol Flynn frequented the Sylvia, so much so he died here apparently from “myocardial infarction, coronary thrombosis, coronary atherosclerosis, fatty degeneration of liver, and portal cirrhosis of the liver.” – Wiki.



Shameful Tiki Room, 4362 Main Street, Vancouver, BC- Blurry pic of Jason mixing the syrup



Granville Island, Food and market



View of Vancouver from Granville Island



English Bay from English Bay Beach



Sylvia Hotel






 
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