A hardly any other famous “S” words probably come to mind when you consider Seattle: Seahawks. (The OG) Starbucks. Space Needle. While those are exciting reasons alone to place up with the drizzly weather (it rains about 150 days out of the year), the Emerald City, which earns its moniker for the year-round greenery, has even more to offer. For starters, Seattle loves to throw a party – there are more than 100 annual festivals that range from the Washington State Fair, Bite of Seattle, Seattle International Film Festival, and Emerald City Comicon. Seattle has a big city feel, but you're still immersed in nature with accessibility ocean, rainforests, deserts, mountains (Mount Rainier are visible in the distance on clear days), islands, as well as volcanoes in a several hours drive.
Seattle is also noted for its music scene, being mostly of the cities with bragging rights to produce its very own musical genre – grunge. Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Foo Fighters are just some major musical players that hail in the city. And probably the greatest perk of is the incredibly diverse food scene, from locally caught fish to Seattle-style hot dogs towards the best mac and cheese you will have in your lifetime (more and that one below). There exists a feeling you're already booking the next trip to the Pacific Northwest, but just in case you need some specifics, here's places to stay, things to eat, and what to do throughout a long weekend in Seattle.
Where to Stay
Hotel Max ($)
If you need to maintain the middle of it all, this trendy boutique hotel that's within easy reach to Pike Place Market is full of personality. Each of its budget-friendly, colorful rooms are decorated with edgy artwork from local artists – even though most of the rooms take presctiption the small-ish side, you'll love the bohemian vibe (there are vintage turntables and Tivoli Bluetooth clock radios to stream your music), free craft beer during happy hour in the lobby, and the James Beard award-winning restaurant nearby at Miller's Guild that gives 24-hour room service. They also offer a “spiritual menu” having a diverse variety of books that you could deliver directly to your room, Peloton bikes and MIRROR within the health club, free Shinola bikes to gain access to, and a virtual concierge that will help you whenever of day.
Thompson Seattle ($$$)
This contemporary waterfront hotel may be the chain brand's first Pacific Northwest property. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows make you feel like you're transported over the Puget Sound and the furnishings are comfy and cozy having a mid-century inspired style. Thompson Seattle is about those little touches that make a difference: A minibar featuring crackers from Beecher's, chocolates sea salt caramels, and Thompson-branded candles to help make the room feel more homey. The truly amazing views don't stop there – head to the rooftop bar, The Nest, for fancy cocktails (you may also get a punch served from a copper flamingo) along with a rare birds-eye view of Pike Place Market.
Palihotel Seattle ($$)
Another wonderfully located hotel, Palihotel Seattle, was recently named among the best new hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure. Your building around the National Register of Historic Places was reincarnated with moss-colored walls and eclectic decor (think: mixed-matched fabrics, vintage suitcases, fresh greenery, and walls of books). The on-site retro-looking diner, The Hart & The Hunter, features a Southern-inspired menu, plus a bar that serves up local wines and brews.
Where to consume and Drink
Pike Place Market
This 108-year-old farmer's market (among the country's oldest) attracts over 10 million visitors every year. It's legendary for the fishmongers who fling use the displays up to 200 times each day. After you avoid getting hit by a few flying salmon, Pike Place is the perfect destination to spend a few hours on a self-guided food tour. We recommend such as the highly addictive beef and cheese Piroshkies at Piroshky Piroshky, a mug of the hot mac and cheese from Beecher's Handmade Cheese (one of Oprah's favorite things!), along with a decadent mini cheesecake in the Confectional in your itinerary. There's also great places to shop local, find groceries, and more. Open daily at 9 a.m., and most individual businesses inside the market near by 5 p.m.
What started like a pop-up bar in the summer of 2013 is now a go-to speakeasy for couples looking for the best intimate drink. Featuring an extensive cocktail menu, the ambiance will take you back to 1960's Palm Springs – a mixture of vintage and funky. It's located in the heart of Pioneer Square underneath Temple Billiards (look for a neon sign that says “basement stairs”). Open Thursday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to two a.m.
If you want a dining experience this is a little extra, look no further than this sprawling, family-owned restaurant in which the floor-to-ceiling windows give you a sparkling view of the city and also the canal below. Chef Aisha Ibrahim, previously of three-Michelin-star restaurant Manresa, is the first female executive chef of the iconic restaurant's 71-year history. Your four-course meal has an Asian-inspired flair. Highlights include shaved wagyu, Dungeness crab salad, and saké baba for dessert. Open every single day except Sundays from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
This new Capitol Hill creperie is similar to the ones you will find in Paris. Stop by the crepe window for whether sweet or savory version (ham and cheese is really a classic; brie with candied walnuts and pears is decadent) folded neatly right into a paper cone so you can continue on your Seattle adventures. Open Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as on weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
General Porpoise Doughnuts
Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of these light and fluffy donuts that are full of seasonal jams, custards, jellies, and creams. James Beard award-winning chef, Renee Erickson, creates mouth-watering flavors like chocolate marshmallow, peaches and cream, and vanilla custard. Wash it down with quality espressos, drips, and draft cold brew. There are three locations (Capitol Hill, Pioneer Square and Laurelhurst) open as soon as 7 a.m. to three p.m.
With cereal French toast on the menu (your choice between your colorful “Fruity Pebs” or “Frosty Flecks”), you will naturally perform a happy dance when it's here we are at brunch. Seattle locals James Lim and chef Scott Lukehard add a Korean inspiration to the majority of the menu with Fried Chicken Sandwiches that feature pickled daikon kimchi, a KBBQ Pork Plate (marinated pork belly with ssamjang), and banchan sides which include patates frites and house kimchi. They likewise have wonderful coffee, matcha, and kombucha on tap. Open weekdays from 8 a.m. to two p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by reservation.
What to Do
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Your Instagram feed is going to explode. You will find nearly 200 art galleries throughout the streets of Seattle, but no trip to this city is finished without visiting this museum that showcases the glass-blown art by North american artist Dale Chihuly. The long-term indoor/outdoor exhibit opened this year and integrates his glass-blown pieces with lush shrubbery and gardens to create a colorful contrast. The museum’s highlight may be the 100-foot long sculpture within the Glasshouse that captures the sunshine in indifferent ways throughout the day. Plus, it's just a hop and skip away from the famous Space Needle. Open every single day from 9 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m.
Don't allow the gloomy skies fool you: There's lots of things to do in Seattle for individuals who prefer to stay active and become within the outdoors. Start with this 534-acre park (the city's biggest) with pretty views of the Puget Sound and it is twelve miles of walking trails. If you need something a little shorter, the Loop Trail is simply shy of three miles. When the skies are evident, you may also get views of Mt. Rainier across the water. Make sure to not miss out on free airline Point Lighthouse, that was built in 1855 and it is still active.
Seattle Great Wheel
Located on Pier 57, this 175-foot high Ferris wheel is one of the biggest in the U.S. Additionally, it illuminates at night with more than 500,000 Leds, therefore it is hard to miss. You'll enjoy one of the best views from the city in the surface of your ride, so if you feel a party of 4, now you can even have a lovely four-course dinner (the pods don't swing) courtesy of The Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar. It's fully enclosed so that you can appreciate it even on rainy days.
Ch^ateau Ste. Michelle
Less than 30 minutes from Seattle is the state's oldest winery, once named Wine Enthusiast magazine's American Winery of the Year. This French-style mansion includes a tasting room where you can purchase wine by glass or bottle. During the summertime, likely to on-site amphitheater where concerts are held. Open daily from 11 a.m. to five p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.