Blogger's Note: During my travels the past few years, I had the opportunity to visit various booked-related hot spots. Originally posted on my now-defunct blog, Lit Adventures, this is one of my Literary Adventures. Enjoy.
Before visiting Seattle, thoughts of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel made me weak in the knees remembering the sexy interludes between Christian Grey and Ana Steele during E L James Fifty Shades Darker.
Fans will recall, Christian and Ana flee Escala,
his luxury apartment in the middle of the night after a close call with
a stalking suicidal ex-sub to stay at the swanky hotel in downtown
Seattle. There, the two proceed to do what they do best: get sexy. It's
also the first of many times they "make love" in the books, but because
that phrase makes me seriously uncomfortable, I try to push that part
out of my thoughts.
While in Seattle, I decided to
check out a few of the Fifty sites, and after seeing the Fairmont
Olympic, my thoughts went in a different direction. Namely: Why the hell
did Taylor put Christian and Ana in a hotel a few blocks away from
where they lived?
know Christian makes a bunch of dough, but he also hates waste, and
that seems wasteful. But I suppose he values Ana's safety more, so who
am I to judge. And frankly, what's wrong with me that I have spent so
much of my time, and this blog post, analyzing this?
all of the other hotels in Seattle were booked. Ana didn't bring this
up with Taylor or Christian, so I guess we'll never know. Taylor is
nothing if not a pro, so who am I to judge him?
that aside, staying at the Fairmont Olympic was definitely out of my
price range at more than $300 a night for a room, but making a quick
walk by was worth the time. Like Escala, it is mere blocks away from
Pike Place Market, a must visit if you are in Seattle. It, along with
the other buildings in the downtown area, isn't hard on the eyes.
my walk, I passed through a nice little park and even saw what must be
the offices for AllRecipes.com. On another trip, maybe they'll let me
stop by so I can thank the staff for their hard work keeping me fed (and
blogging for Reading in the Kitchen).
out the Fairmont Olympic website, it's clearly a nice place to stay and
might be worth the dough if you have it to spend, like Mr. Grey. But,
if you're an aspiring author like me, I'd suggest staying across Lake
Washington in one of the suburbs and driving into town early and walking
And, after looking at the website and drooling in
envy, I can understand why Mr. Taylor booked his boss a room there. I'm
sure he would get no complaints from the super picky Mr. Grey. I know I
wouldn't be whining about having to take sanctuary there for a night.
Who knows? Maybe I'll become the next E L James, and I'll be able to take out a Cascade-suite like room for myself?
Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Freed
Reading in the Kitchen Recipes
Pan-Seared Pacific Cod with Asparagus Dipped in Hollandaise Sauce and Sauteed Potatoes from Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker
Ana's Spanish Omelet from Fifty Shades Darker
Poached Salmon and Sour Cream Dip Salad from Fifty Shades Darker
Christian's Birthday Cake from Fifty Shades Darker
Carrick Grey's Lemondrop Martini from Fifty Shades Darker
City of Seattle
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Pike Place Market
Port of Seattle
Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau
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