Courtyard By Marriott Tacoma Downtown
1515 Commerce Street, Tacoma, Washington, 98402, United States
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Chambers Bay Golf Course: an interesting challenge
Travel Tips for Tacoma
for great info on Tacoma go to...
www.in-tacoma.net / It's a good website for different events going on in town and what shops, groups, and people fuel the flames in the art scene here. There is listings of events according to categories and links to some of the establishments that make a lot happen around here. Enjoy.
Seafoam Pavilion (art: part of Bridge of Glass)
As with the Venetian Wall section of the Bridge of Glass, the Seafoam Pavilion section provides an attractive alternative to the ugly fences and walls that are usually put on pedestrian walkways over highways and railroad lines.
However, unlike the Venetian Wall, the Seafoam Pavilion section puts the display case on the ceiling of the bridge, directly above the visitors. Also, unlike the Venetian Wall section of the bridge, the glass artwork here is all tumbled together, as though it has been afloat on the ocean for quite some time.
The artwork is wonderful, but it is much harder to view from underneath like this.
The back lighting provides great views of the colors of the art, and the intermixing of the pieces creates an unusual collage of colors, depending on the angle at which they are viewed.
As the Seafoam Pavilian is part of the Bridge of Glass, you can find out a little bit more on my Bridge of Glass tip. The web site listed below is from the artist that created the artwork for the bridge, and there is considerably more interesting information there, as well as some great photographs.
Jack Hyde Park
Except for the Chinese Garden (which is still being built), this park marks the southern end of the Ruston Way walkway.
The park includes a number of picnic tables along the waterfront. There is also a raised area that provides a bit of a view, and below that on the water side is a courtyard of sourts that is protected somewhat from city noise by the raised area.
The summit of the raised area includes a modern sculpture that appears to be a mounting point for a globe, without the globe installed on it.
Slightly north of the raised area there is a gravel beach that can be accessed through the park.
How to Get Here: The closest bus route is #13 at 30th and McCarver, about two blocks away. There is parking available along Ruston Way. The park extends east of McCarver between Ruston Way and Commencement Bay. The official address is 1743 N Schuster Pkwy. Tacoma, WA 98407
This park is one of the several along the waterfront that are connected by the Ruston Way walkway. Please see that tip for more information on the connecting parks nearby.
Chambers Bay: Golf Course
This is part of the series of tips about Pierce County's Chambers Bay Facility, which contains a huge number of different features. My main tourist tip about this facility is located at
and there are links from there to the various tips that discuss the sub-pieces of this wonderful park, golf course, trail, beach, and educational facility.
I don't know too much about golf and what makes a good golf course, but what a course this is!
The Chambers Bay Golf Course was one of several area attractions built in the old gravel mining pit when Pierce County took over the land for use as public recreation facilities. Currently, there is only one tree anywhere near the golf course, but don't let that fool you: there are a lot of scrub grass clumps along the course, and the various hills here and there create a fairly significant sand-trap obstacle should you get too far off course.
The web site has a host of information, including various information from the course designer, a hole by hole summary of the course, and quite a lot of other information.
Each hole is named. For example, hole 16 along the water is named "Beached" and hole 13 is called "Eagle Eye".
There are spectacular views here on a clear day, and off in the distance it is possible to see the Olympic Mountains.
Restrooms are scattered through the course, but it isn't obvious: in many cases they are obscured by the scattered piles of gravel that separate the various holes.
How to Get Here: Please see my general Chambers Bay tip, which is located at
as it is somewhat complicated.
Downtown Tacoma Brewpub is Popular
[I am still working on a complete description for this restaurant. Please try back again later.]
For a rainy Thursday night, the Harmon Brewery seemed astoundingly crowded, and so I asked our waitress if in fact this was unusual for a Thursday night. She said that the crowds are very irregular, and they have not yet figured out the pattern to what nights make the restaurant popular and crowded, and other nights make it much less so.
Some of it has to do with downtown events, certainly, such as the Third Thursday museum evenings, theatre events, and events at the Tacoma Dome or the Tacoma University of Washington campus nearby.
The restaurant is fairly typical pub / brewery for the Pacific Northwest: preserved older brick walls and support columns with touches of modernity, and historic photos on the walls. There are a number of televisions in the place, all of which were tuned to a San Francisco 49rs football game. There are an assortment of beers here, including seasonal selections. I'm no beer expert, but there is a description of most of them on the web site, which you may want to explore before getting a menu placed in your hands.
The pear cider ($4 a pint) is quite good.
The personal pizzas range between $9.99 and $11.99 each, and the two we ordered (Alo-Ha-Rmom - their equivalent of the "Hawaiian", and a Pizza Mediterranean) were wonderful.
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Courtyard By Marriott Tacoma Downtown
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Address: 1515 Commerce Street, Tacoma, Washington, 98402, United States