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Jul 10th 2011 12:21PM Forgot to mention in my comment above - the name of the network is Casa Casa. You can find it at http://www.casacasa.org
Jul 10th 2011 12:19PM I've been a member of Counchsurfing for years, and now my profile says I am willing to be a local tour guide for Seattle. I've never been contacted for this purpose, though. I just read on another travel blog that people are now listing themselves as companions-for-hire over on AirBandB. Like, charging to spend the afternoon with someone!
If your wife prefers hotels over couches, I might have a compromise for you. When I turned 30, I decided I was done with couches, too, and so I started a bed-and-breakfast style hospitality exchange club. Members both travel and host, and to host you must have a separate guestroom. The homestay experience is more like a B&B. Some of the members are travelers who always dreamed of owning a B&B someday - this is an easy and temporary way to have that experience. As a traveling couple, you would pay your hosts just $20 a night, which covers breakfast and change of sheets. Cheap, comfortable, and friendly!
Jun 30th 2010 10:59AM Heather - just started reading your posts here after seeing you speak at TBEX. Hello!
I write about fabulous budget accommodations in the Pacific Northwest at Northwest Cheapsleeps - http://www.nwcheapsleeps.org - and I've got an opinion or two about great places to stay in Seattle! For a cool downtown hotel, your friend's suggestions above are spot-on. Personally. I'd skip the Sheraton and go for one of the boutique hotels mentioned. Also check out the Alexis, Hotel and the Hotel Vintage Park.
On a budget? Downtown's coolest budget option is right at Pike Place Market - the Pensione Nichols. There are also half a dozen really great B&Bs just east of downtown in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. For more suggestions, check out my blog (link above) where I have a searchable "Cheapsleeps Finder" -- some places list discounts there, exclusively for my readers.
Feb 27th 2010 11:44AM Someday, the anti-protectionists in Utah will wake up and realize that there is far more money to be made by embracing their state's status as the premiere outdoor recreation mecca that it is than from the pocket change that trickles back to the state from drilling and mining on public lands. Resource extraction on public lands costs a fortune to taxpayers, who do not reap the benefits. This will unfortunately be a repeat of the wars over Escalante National Monument in the Clinton era.
Feb 27th 2010 11:29AM Laurel, welcome to Seattle! There's a bit of a vortex of travel bloggers here and we're having a meetup next week organized by @nerdeyeview. Follow me on twitter if you want details (@cheapsleeps) and I'll send them your way. It would be great to meet you! -Lauren (www.nwcheapsleeps.org)
Feb 5th 2010 12:47PM Looks like their viral marketing campaign worked!