Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Our really great trip to Tacoma!

On Saturday evening, I wrote on Facebook that we were home from a really nice getaway trip to Tacoma. On Sunday evening, we were at our church's small group meeting and kept getting asked over and over- "wait, you had a great time in Tacoma?"  For those of you who aren't local, there's a bit of a sibling relationship between Seattle and Tacoma. Geographically we aren't far apart, and there's always been a rivalry to attract people and businesses and such.  But Tacoma is looking great these days!

We were invited to Tacoma by the nice people at Hotel Murano, to check out the hotel and the Warhol exhibition now on at the Tacoma Art Museum.  We also planned to check out other museums, like the  Children's Museum of Tacoma and the LeMay Auto Museum. When my husband mentioned the trip to his friend who lives down in Portland, he took a look at the hotel website and booked his own museum/hotel room package and joined us on our adventure!

We arrived at Hotel Murano in the pouring rain on an early Friday afternoon. But as soon as we walked into the hotel lobby, we forgot all about the rain.  What an amazing hotel! It's decorated with glass art from all sorts of artists and has something special in every corner of the hotel.  Each floor of the hotel features a different artist, and my kids and I had a blast riding up and down the elevator and checking it all out. Vivian told me before going to bed Friday night that her favorite thing about the hotel was all the "cute and sparkly art".  High praise from a 3-year-old!
Lobby chandelier, as seen from an upper floor

Checking out pictures in the hallway

A glass horse!
In addition to being beautifully decorated and centrally located, our hotel was very comfortable and we had a lovely stay.

While we were in Tacoma, we had the chance to visit three different museums.  The guys decided that they wanted to visit the LeMay Auto Museum.  They didn't even have to drive there, as there's a free streetcar that runs through downtown Tacoma and drops you off near the museum. Perfect! They spent several hours looking at all of the cars and taking lots of pictures. They're already planning a return visit for February when my dad is visiting.

While the guys looked at cars, Vivian and I played at the Children's Museum of Tacoma.  We go to a lot of children's museums, and this one ranks up in my top two.  Everything was clean and working well and even though it's not a huge space, there is tons to do.  We spent several hours playing and creating and didn't even make it all the way around the museum. 

On Saturday morning, after a lovely breakfast at Bite, the in-house restaurant at Hotel Murano, we headed over to the Tacoma Art Museum to check out the Warhol exhibition and everything else. This isn't a huge art museum, so it kept our kids' attention fairly well. The adults definitely liked it and the kids had fun as well. One of my favorite things was the Open Art Studio. After looking at lots of art, you can head up there and create your own masterpiece!
Drawing in the Open Art Studio

The kids and Leroy

We didn't even get to the other museums located right nearby, like the Washington State History Museum and the Museum of Glass, which are both favorites of our family. More reason to head down to Tacoma again soon! 

All in all, we had a lovely trip to Tacoma. The hotel was lovely, downtown is clean and modern and everything is very accessible.  Consider Tacoma for your next getaway trip! Hotel Murano has some really great hotel/museum packages that include food credit, free wi-fi and free parking. 

Disclosure: I received a stay at the Hotel Murano as well as food credit for Bite and tickets to the Tacoma Art Museum so that  I could write reviews for Trekaroo. Everything else was paid for by us and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone!