Getaway: Tacoma

The Tacoma skyline with the museum district, the Tacoma Dome and America’s Auto Museum in the distance.

Tacoma was the choice for the terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the 1800’s because the city straddles Commencement Bay, the largest deep-water port in Washington, and a major factor in Pacific Northwest commerce and industry. Early on, as a result of connecting the railroad with the deep-water port,  the city motto was “when rails meet sails.” In later years, with the discovery of gold in Alaska, Seattle took the lead as the favorite stop for fortune-seekers headed north, and  gritty, blue-collar Tacoma had it’s ups and downs. After years of living in the shadow of Seattle, Tacoma is coming into it’s own again, in a big way.  Since the early 1990’s over a billion dollars in public and private investment has revitalized Tacoma. The Foss Waterway is a man-made body of water that separates downtown Tacoma from the enormous shipping concerns where in 2015 42 billion dollars worth of  product came and went, primarily to Pacific Rim trade partners, and Alaska. Number one export? Computers and industrial machinery. Number one import? Computers and industrial machinery.

The “Hotbox” at the Tacoma Glass Museum

The western side of the Foss Waterway is where it’s all happening for the Tacoma visitor. Boasting the state’s highest density of art and history museums, great restaurants, America’s Auto Museum, and the Tacoma Dome, there’s a ton of fun for all ages all connected by Washington’s first modern light rail system “Tacoma Link.” Park the car, take the light rail, it’s stress-free as well as free of charge. Hop on and relax!

Tacoma is a great low-hassle getaway. It’s easy to get there, and once you’re there, it’s really easy to get to a ton of attractions.

Pacific Avenue is where you want to be. It’s just a short walk from the Hotel Murano to Pacific Ave. On Pacific, you’ll find the Tacoma Art Museum, The History Museum, The Chihuly Bridge to the Glass Museum, Foss waterway, and the Dock St. Marina, Anthem Coffee, Union Station, and fantastic lunch at Indochine. Then, once you do all that… you can hope on TacomaLink (light rail) for free, and be whisked to the Tacoma Dome, or America’s Automobile Museum — both a short few minutes away.

At the History Museum…
Nancy Judd,
Faux Fur Coat, 2005, Cassette and  video tape, upcycled coat and dress.
Caution Dress, 2011, Caution tape and vintage dress.

Parking is a breeze at the Murano also, so if you have your car, you can zip to the Southern Kitchen in a few minutes, or Point Defiance Park where you’ll find the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and fabulous gardens to stroll through.

When you’ve touristed yourself out, head back to the Murano for a great meal, a cocktail, or just to relax in your (cool) room.

Entrance to the Hotel Murano, so cool.


Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

Southern Kitchen
1716 6th Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98405

The Southern Kitchen Crew

Tacoma Art Museum (TAM)
1701 pacific ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402

Tacoma Art Museum

America’s Car Museum
2702 E D St,
Tacoma, WA 98421

Auto Museum, Slug Bug.

Pacific Grill
1502 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98401

Crab & Lobster Angel Hair Pasta with Mint at Pacific Grill.

Union Station
1717 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402

Chihuly at Union Station

Museum of Glass
1801 dock st.
Tacoma, WA 98402

One of our fave’s: “Log Sheep with Squirrel Friend.” (Kid Art)

Glass Museum, works of a more serious nature.

History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA. 98402

Area 253 Glassblowing
2514 S Holgate St.
Tacoma, WA 98402

Patrick at Area 253

1924 Pacific Ave,
Tacoma, WA 98402

The Red hot
2914 6th ave.
Tacoma, WA 98406

anthem coffee
1911 pacific ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402

Dock St marina
1817 dock st.
Tacoma, WA 98402

Point Defiance park
5400 N pearl st.
Tacoma, WA 98407

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