The Emerald City. An urban experience with fresh-from-the-water seafood, award-winning local wines, a thriving though somewhat unconventional art & music scene, as well as an interesting culture heritage.
Visiting Seattle in the winter can be just as much fun as visiting in the Summer.
What to wear
SEATTLE-ITES DON’T USE UMBRELLAS. We wear a water-proof hooded jacket instead. We’re hands-free and ready for whatever the weather brings. Leave the bumbershoot at home. (Otherwise we’ll know you’re a tourist!)
Where to stay
For our weekend away, we stayed at the Four Seasons Seattle. I typically don’t indulge in such luxury, but because my office holiday party was booked there for Saturday night, they offered us a surprisingly affordable rate for the two nights’ stay.
As you would imagine, everything was impeccable. The rooms – especially the bed was soooo comfortable, and you can’t beat the view.
TIP: Check to see if you qualify for any special rates like AAA.
We arrived just in time to drop our bags and grab an adult beverage at The Pike Pub & Brewing Company in The Market before our first event. Pike Place Market is beautiful any time of year, but it seemed particularly magical in the holiday season.
What to do
Music & Arts
Of course Seattle is famous for the Grunge Scene in the 90’s, but that is just the tip of the musical iceberg! If you like Jazz, stop at Tula’s for a great meal and jazz in this well-loved Seattle jewel. If classical is your thing, the Seattle Symphony is unparalleled!
Theater? Dance? Museums? Check out The Nutcracker at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, or catch a show at the 5th Avenue Theater. The Seattle Art Museum is located right downtown near The Market, and of course, Chihuly’s Garden and Glass has a stunning display of glass art located near the Space Needle.
Our event took us to Hale’s Brewery Palladium Theater, where our friend was playing in a Bon Jovi cover band. Fun! This quirky venue behind a restaurant/brewery is a great place to see rotating bands and other musical performances, plus they brew great beer!
We had fun with costumes for both the band and the audience! I remember the 80’s well, so it wasn’t a far stretch for me!
About 11 pm, we realized we were starving! We grabbed an Uber back to the hotel and took a short walk halfway down the Pike Street Hill Climb to Lecosho for their late-night menu. Their hamburger is one of the best I have ever eaten! I typically go for fries late at night, but their vinaigrette is incredible.
Even though we had eaten late, we woke up very ready for a breakfast! A few blocks down, near The Market, is Bacco Cafe. They use all fresh and local ingredients. I loved the fresh squeezed juice menu, and of course the Seattle-quality coffee. We had the Corned Beef Hash & Eggs and the Crab Benedict. Fantastic. We liked it so much we went back for Sunday breakfast, too!
See the City
Saturday’s order of business was to be tourists in our own town! We walked around Pike Place Market. The seafood, seasonal produce, sausages and sweets are so fresh and beautiful.We sampled the smoked salmon, and admired the photographs, jewelry and other arts and handicrafts available for purchase.
Of course, we had to stop at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for candied apples! It’s so hard to choose, but I went with the cashew caramel chocolate apple. Heaven!
TIP: The shop will slice your apple making it much easier to share.
Heart of the City
Another adventure took us to Seattle Center where you’ll find the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center and the MoPOP. On the way back we stopped at the flagship Nordstrom store. Their holiday windows are so creative and swoon the handbags….Don’t event get me started!!
Saturday evening was my office holiday party in the Four Seasons Ballroom. It was very convenient to stay at the event location. We had no traffic or parking to manage, and didn’t have to worry about driving after a glass of wine (or two!) A good time was had by all.
Sunday we slept in and took advantage of that big cozy bed. When the call for coffee outweighed the fluffiness, we headed back to Bocco’s for breakfast. Then, continued our tourism walking along first avenue to Pioneer Square and to the antique shops in old town Seattle.
We attempted to go to Salumi to experience the cured meats, but they were closed on Sundays! This is the famous-ish meat shop owned by Mario Batali’s dad, Armandino. Anthony Bourdain even went there on his show The Layover. Bummer we missed it. Next time!
I hope you get a chance to see Seattle, or your own city like a tourist very soon!
Question of the day:
What’s your favorite Seattle tourist activity?