Downtown, Seattle, WA, USA
See Seattle In Boutique StyleDowntown Seattle is inoffensively bustling, hilly enough for healthy walks or cycling, perfectly safe, and trending with high end shopping and boutique hotels. The backdrop is picturesque, and the local cuisine varied. Among the properties are the Hotel Vintage, a Kimpton establishment. Tastefully appointed suites offer mountain views. Speaking of taste, Vintage's Italian Ristorante Tulio more than fits the bill. Open with butternut squash soup, or Penn Cove mussels Siciliano. Or sweet potato gnocchi. Savor the Orecchietti with sausage or the pumpkin risotto as a prime course. Pork shank, lamb sirloin, and duck breast are second offerings. The wise will pace themselves to allow for the tiramisu or the gelato del giorno.
Get a CityPASS and experience the Space Needle, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Chihuly Garden and Glass, and The Pacific Science Center. Cruise the scenic harbor via Argosy Cruises. Attend a Mariners baseball game at Safeco Field.
The Vintage is convenient to famed Pike's Place, and the high end shopping on Pike and Pine Streets, theaters, other fine dining, the stadiums and ballparks, and Capitol Hill. For wine and dinner, walk to Le Messe on Eastlake. Lamb meatballs are a starter here, Tagliatelli with crab an entree. Big on breakfast? Check out Scout (PNW), at Thompson Hotel. Handsomely furnished in Douglas Fir, the gourmet preparations of pancakes and sausage will get you going. For a healthy lunch, try Mamnoon on Melrose Ave., also a short jaunt from The Vintage. The theme is Middle Eastern, with minced lamb, harra frites (fries) with house harra ketchup, and baba ganoush as the fare. There is Turkish coffee, Lebanese beer, or mint lemonade.
Planning a morning shopping on Pine Street? Begin with breakfast at Rider at Hotel Theodore. Opt for their yogurt pancakes, and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. There are hardwood round tables, as well as bar style seating for those wishing a front row to the open kitchen.
Of course, Seattle is a tech hub. Nowhere is this clearer than the Loews Hotel 1000. Next to your suite's door, an indicator button informs housekeeping or hotel staff whether you are present, or wish not to be disturbed, and disengages the doorbell if the latter is the case. The waterfront views are breathtaking. Many suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows from which you may take in the bay, the stadiums and downtown. You may even enjoy the vistas from your tub, which has a rain faucet overhead. If this isn't relaxing enough, visit the hotel spa- ask for therapist Regina. Active vacationers or business travelers will enjoy the golf simulator, where one can vary surfaces and such- another reminder of the city's tech focus. The Loews' fitness center is top of the line.
There is so much to do and see in this charm of The Pacific Northwest. Discover your own music spots, galleries and shops in Seattle, and plan your return visit to experience anything you missed.