Enjoy upscale accommodations, foodie adventures and more in this Pacific Northwest city
Despite its hipster leanings, Seattle offers plenty for upscale travelers to see and do. Stay at a luxury hotel, enjoy innovative cuisine, and take in the arts and culture this West Coast city has to offer.
Stay at the Edgewater Hotel
This rustic-chic waterfront hotel — it actually sits on a pier — boasts five suites from which to choose. Go with the Penthouse, a split-level 1,000-square-foot space that resembles a Pacific Northwest lodge thanks to its river-rock wall and panoramic views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. It has one bedroom, a living/dining room with gas fireplace and a private deck. The wilderness-retreat décor extends to the cavernous lobby, which makes a great place to hang out after sightseeing or shopping excursion. Also, the hotel's Six Seven restaurant and lounge regularly hosts live musicians. Visit the website www.edgewaterhotel.com for more information and reservations.
Eat at the Herbfarm Restaurant
Seattle proper has plenty of award-winning restaurants, but a quick trip across Lake Washington takes you on this culinary adventure. Dinner at the Herbfarm runs nine courses, complete with five or six paired wines, and draws on the current season as inspiration. Themes change weekly, with regulars such as the 100-Mile Dinner featuring Pacific Northwest cuisine created exclusively with products grown or gathered within a 100-mile radius of the restaurant. Visit www.theherbfarm.com for more information and reservations.
Shop at Beecher's Handmade Cheese
First-time visitors to Seattle must walk the 200-plus stalls that make up Pike's Place. The sheer number makes it easy to miss gems, though, like this cheese shop where you can watch artisans make cheese using 5,000-year-old recipes and techniques. Be sure to head next door to Beecher's café to taste the shop's wares in its legendary mac and cheese or grilled cheese sandwich. Visit www.beechershandmadecheese.com for more information.
Visit the Seattle Art Museum
See "Fifty Works for Fifty States" before it closes toward the end of October. The exhibit features pieces from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection. The Vogels amassed a legendary collection of contemporary art during their lives, donating most of it to the National Gallery with the exception of 50 works for one museum in each of the 50 states. Visit www.seattleartmuseum.org for more information.
Relax at Ummelina International Day Spa
Book an appointment at this spa toward the end of your time in Seattle. That way, you can rejuvenate after days spent seeing and doing. The spa offers full-day packages, including the Ultimate Day Trip, complete with an underwater massage, warm-algae body wrap, healing facial and two spa cuisine meals during your stay. The natural salts, muds, oils and herbs used in treatments come from around the world. Visit www.ummelina.com for more information and reservations.
You might think Seattle's rainy season lasts the entire year, but most of the rain actually falls between October and April. Not to worry, though: The rain won't lessen your enjoyment of the Emerald City.