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*AHIMSA*, coming to a town near you!

*AHIMSA*'s Avatar *AHIMSA*
11:05 AM 12-28-2010
I'm visiting Washington January 12-17, and will be going to Seattle at least once.

I'll be staying in Orting Wa., zip code 98360. I have NO clue where that is and what great things there may be to do around there. Any suggestions?
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wilwheatonfan's Avatar wilwheatonfan
05:49 PM 12-30-2010
Orting is an exurb of Tacoma... Probably not much to do around there, but I'm not an expert.

Tacoma has a vegan soul food restaurant that is pretty popular, but I've never been.
*AHIMSA*'s Avatar *AHIMSA*
05:50 PM 12-30-2010
Thanks, it's good to know and I will look it up!
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Capstan's Avatar Capstan
06:26 PM 12-30-2010
There's a Love's Truck Stop in Tacoma that has a Subway sandwich shop.
*AHIMSA*'s Avatar *AHIMSA*
06:28 PM 12-30-2010
Wow. Thanks, I'll avoid it!
Almeria's Avatar Almeria
10:19 PM 12-30-2010
I live in Tacoma!

We've got Caffe Dei on 6th Ave that is 100% vegetarian and it's actually got a ton of vegan stuff, like I think all their bakery stuff and bagels and whatnot are vegan. They get them from various places like Mighty-O's and Flying Apron in Seattle. They also have sandwiches, sometimes soups, and lots and lots of coffee. They also have loose leaf teas. Oh and they do a raw wrap. Things change often though so I have no idea what they might have going right now since I haven't been in in a while.

Then we've got Quickies Too on Martin Luther King which is the soul food place that Wilwheatonfan mentioned. Nice people but the food is pretty salty and lots of fat. If it wasn't so salty I'd love it since my body can at least handle the fat sort of, but I can't handle the saltyness so I rarely go there. I love the old man that is usually there, pretty sure he's been stoned every day of his life since birth. He's so awesome.

Tacoma has the Washington State Musuem which is pretty cool. I went there once for three hours and didn't get through the whole thing. There's also some glass place but I heard the admitance fee was pretty high and so I've never been. I think it's the musuem of glass or something.

6th Ave is cute for walking down and checking out the shops and of course Caffe Dei is right there. Next to Caffe Dei is Gateway to India. They are really vegan friendly and have everything marked on their menu that is vegan and what they can veganize.

The Proctor District up in the northend is also cute. It's North Proctor and North 27th for the intersection of that area. There are shops and cafes and stuff like that.

If you need any kind of specialty stuff there's Marlene's on south 38th that has a ton of vegan stuff if you are vegan. They carry daiya, we can't say it's cheese, follow your heart, so delicious coconut stuff, vegan ice creams, seitan, tempeh, locally made tofu (tacoma tofu, which is next to Quickies actually), organic produce, etc.

There is also a thai place in Lakewood (just south of Tacoma) that has a seperate vegan menu. It's called Long Beach Cafe.

I can't think of anything that I've heard of right in or around Orting. I had a friend that lived there when I was in my very early teen's and we mainly just hung around her house or went horseback riding because her parents had horses.

Too bad you are not coming here in the summer months. We've got several farmers markets and of course tons of hiking and other outdoor things to do. Oh, there is Point Defiance Park which is in the northend of Tacoma also. It's really pretty, it's this secluded area right in the city and it's like stepping into another world. There are tons of trails in the 5 mile drive area and it's just so gorgeous.
*AHIMSA*'s Avatar *AHIMSA*
10:30 PM 12-30-2010
Thanks so much! Can you fill me in on the climate too? I've been looking online but hearing it from a local makes more sense to me. Thanks again, I'm excited to be visiting. My friend actually is taking us to The Museum of Glass!
Almeria's Avatar Almeria
02:24 PM 12-31-2010
Expect a lot of rain and cold. It's generally in the 30's and 40's and raining. The rain is more on the drizzling misty side than like hard rain that we'd get in NJ when I lived there (no idea where you are at to try and compare it). But right now it's really cold and icy, this morning when I got up it was 18 degrees and everything was frozen. Not really typical for this time of the year. I think last year when we had a cold spell like this it was in Jan or Feb. So I would also be prepared for having it be really cold just incase. But definitely expect rain lol.
wilwheatonfan's Avatar wilwheatonfan
02:44 AM 01-02-2011
Long range weather forecasts suggest that mid-January will be pretty cold (and possibly snowy). Hopefully you aren't stuck in Orting the whole time. I can't imagine it's the most interesting place.
havocjohn's Avatar havocjohn
12:05 AM 01-09-2011
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Originally Posted by *AHIMSA* View Post

I'm visiting Washington January 12-17, and will be going to Seattle at least once.

I'll be staying in Orting Wa., zip code 98360. I have NO clue where that is and what great things there may be to do around there. Any suggestions?

Tacoma is pretty boring, and Orting is even more so in regards to being a tourist.

Seattle has far more to do in regards to being a tourist depending on what you are interested in; though winter time would not be the best time to come here unless you ski, and then I would recomend Crystal Mtn.

There are numerous vegan resturants in the Sea/Tac areas, not to mention a wide varitey of ethnic foods.

If the weather holds true for an el nina yr then it will be cold and wet, whether it is snowy will depend on how cold it gets. Right now it is aprox 37 degress, and though it sprinkled earlier today, it has been cloudy all day long.

This may help a little with the weather forecast:

http://www.nwcn.com/weather/

If you like scenery I would recommend your friend take you up to Snoqualima Falls off of I90, especially if there is a storm going on, the falls during a storm are very impressive.

If you like to gamble there is a big casino down in Tacoma, how's name is currently escaping me.

Bring warm clothes, and rain gear, even if it doesn't snow in the low lands it will be cold and probably wet.
Almeria's Avatar Almeria
05:23 PM 01-14-2011
You are probably thinking of the Emerald Queen Casino, Havoc? I went there once and have gone back. I found it really boring but I'm also not into gambling so maybe my experience isn't going to give the best idea.

You are right though, Tacoma is pretty boring. I racked my brain trying to think of things to do around Tacoma in my post above. The only things I enjoy here are definitely not things you can do in the winter unless you love being in the cold and rain. Indoor stuff, there just isn't much besides the two musuems. Unless you are into eating at places like applebees, going to the mall and to movie theaters.
havocjohn's Avatar havocjohn
06:42 PM 04-27-2011
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Originally Posted by Almeria View Post

You are probably thinking of the Emerald Queen Casino, Havoc? I went there once and have gone back. I found it really boring but I'm also not into gambling so maybe my experience isn't going to give the best idea.

You are right though, Tacoma is pretty boring. I racked my brain trying to think of things to do around Tacoma in my post above. The only things I enjoy here are definitely not things you can do in the winter unless you love being in the cold and rain. Indoor stuff, there just isn't much besides the two musuems. Unless you are into eating at places like applebees, going to the mall and to movie theaters.

Wow it has been awhile since I have been on this forum.

Yes the Emerald Queen, a buddy of mine was the project manager of the construction of it, there used to be a V on the wall back by what became the sports bar, it was his little stamp.

Don't get me wrong I love the PNW, but one thing I discovered when my old man came to visit in 96 during the winter is there is not a lot of tourist stuff to do that time of yr. Most people can't handle the constant rain so hiking is out, and it gets cold, come July 5th when the rain takes a vacation for a couple of months all kinds of things to do.
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