02 Oct Explore Seattle with Lincoln
Just last weekend we had a chance to take some time off and have a weekend getaway in Seattle with Lincoln. We have been invited to test drive the 2019 Nautilus for a week and I thought the best way to test is to go on a road trip. Seattle is roughly 3 hours away from home and normally I would have car sick for any ride more than 2 hours. The adaptive suspension is so stable and the whole journey was so smooth that I didn’t have any discomfort at all. Along with other safety features such as parking assistance and lane-keeping system, I felt very safe and comfortable as a passenger. One note to mention that we came across bad weather and low visibility with heavy rain on our way home, the vehicle remained absolutely stable and we experienced zero hydroplanes on highways.
First of all, I have to say Nautilus is a handsome car inside and out! The cabin is classy yet comfy. The seat space is so spacious like a first-class cabin. The buttery leather is so soft to touch and position is easy to be adjusted! Both driver and passenger have massage settings available which made our wait time at the border much more tolerable.
Upon arrived Bellevue it’s already lunchtime, neither of us felt 3 hours just went by. We normally would have to stop somewhere along the way to stretch our legs. We didn’t find we had to take multiple stops this time, isn’t that awesome to better use the time in shopping and sightseeing instead of wasting time at the rest areas. The ample trunk space is more than enough to store our luggage, camera gear, and all the shopping I have done in Bellevue and Trader Joes.
We have stayed in W Bellevue and it’s our very first W experience. Location is excellent and it’s right next to Bellevue Square and only 20mins to Seattle downtown. The WOW suite we checked in not only was huge, but my jaws also dropped as soon as I opened the room doors as it had all kinds of WOW factors like swings, multiple entertaining areas, mood lights with customization, and even foosball table, not to mention there’s a gorgeous view overlooking Bellevue downtown!
The University of Washington and Gasworks Park are around half an hour away and we decided to check this area out after a mediocre lunch at Ding Tai Fung. Despite the famous Suzzallo Library was closed that day, we still enjoyed strolling around this part of Seattle we have never explored before. The highlight of the day would be the visit to Amazon Spheres – the new landmark in Seattle. I have read so much online about this architecture, it’s supposed to be an open and interactive space for staff to have conference meetings and get work done while enjoying the greeneries to be offered. It’s free admission but only open to the public on every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, make sure you pre-book the appointments online in advance. Highly recommended if you are around downtown Seattle.
Speaking of landmark, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the Space Needle! We all know how busy and difficult to find parking around the area. Instead, we drove a little further away from downtown and found that the residential neighbourhood with a spectacular view of the Space Needle and Seattle skyline tucked on the side streets – Nob Hill! The streets are all uphill, especially where the viewpoint is. The Auto Hold feature from Nautilus comes in handy to make sure the vehicle keeps stationary without holding onto the brake pedal and it would only release if the driver presses on the gas pedal. I find this is a brilliant safety feature and appreciate how Lincoln put safety as a priority.
While we were waiting for the sun to come down, I could charge all my mobile devices with a built-in wire charger and catch up with my social media. The Sync-3 interface also allows the vehicle to turn into a 4G LTE hotspot and integrate with car-play to connect with our devices. There’s also an option to connect to The Lincoln Way™ app to locate and start the vehicle remotely from the mobile devices.
The night view in Nob Hill overlooking the skyline just looked incredible and the ambient light with different colour options on the dashboard also added some personal touch that we could take that perfect Instragam picture to compliment the view.
Overall we have to thank Lincoln for providing us an opportunity to test drive this vehicle and made any road trip much more manageable especially for people like me who tend to get motion sickness very easily. It also delivered more than just a comfy ride with the great security features and technology compatible with our devices.
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This post is part of the Lincoln sponsored program. I was invited to test drive the Nautilus for a week and received compensation to plan this trip as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by Lincoln.