It is one of the most beautiful, delectable and exciting U.S. cities you can visit. If you have the chance to visit Seattle, do it. It's a trip you will always recall fondly. Plus, if you're a Gen-X Pearl Jam lover like me, it will help you re-live your early 90's grunge spirit.
|View of Pike Place from Matt's in the Market|
I have been there twice for Rangers baseball coverage, twice for Cowboys games, twice on my own for vacation and once as a pit stop en route to the beautiful San Juan Islands.
|Driftwood on Orcas Island|
Here are some of my recommended spots and activities gathered over a decade of visits.
|Seattle Waterfront Marriott lobby|
- Waterfront Marriott - probably my favorite Marriott experience. Great location on the waterfront, featuring gorgeous Chihuly-inspired art work.
- Grand Hyatt - a typical chain hotel but more luxe than your average Hyatt. Wonderfully comfortable rooms. It is located next to the Phiten store where you might see a number of professional athletes picking up items.
- Alexis Hotel - this is a stylish pet friendly hotel operated by Kimpton. I took my dog, Birdie to Seattle with me and needed a hotel that would accommodate her. The staff there was wonderful. The hotel is close to Pike Place Market. Here is my review on pet friendly hotels that included Alexis Hotel.
- Four Seasons Hotel - perfect location, on the water with amazing views of Elliott Bay and Puget Sound. Close to everything.
|Yes, I keep menus|
This is a city in which you need to arrive hungry. If you eat a bad meal here, it's your fault. There is way too much good food to consume. I could write a book on Seattle restaurants. These are just a few of my faves:
|Matt's in the Market menu|
- Matt's in the Market - I always come back to this restaurant overlooking Pike Place Market after I discovered it during a Cowboys road trip in the early 2000's. It features fresh seafood and produce from the market as well as regional wines. Trust me on this: you must eat here for lunch.
- Etta's - a Tom Douglas restaurant. You really can't go wrong with any of his offerings (and there are a lot of them). This one might be my favorite. It's expensive but you get what you pay for: fresh, locally sourced food that's outstanding. He also has a great bakery/sandwich shop near Pike Place Market called Dahlia Bakery.
- Lark - claims to be one of "the Pacific Northwest’s premier, artisan-focused restaurants." I just remember it being one of the best meals I ever had despite the three bottles of wine that went along with it. *This is the only thing on the list that might be a bit too far to walk. Take a cab*
|Pike Place Market|
- Pike Place Market - this falls under the "Eat" & "Play" category. Walk to the market. Stroll the aisles. Eat seafood. Buy flowers. Kiss a fish (really). Grab a bag of apples. Repeat. You can't go wrong. Evan Grant and I did some serious damage here when I was pregnant.
- Lagniappe - Check out Beecher's Handmade Cheese shop and Piroshly Piroshky Bakery across the street from Pike Place.
Definitely visit Safeco field. It's a great place to see a game. Here are some other fun options:
|Experience Music Project|
- Experience Music Project - thank you, Paul Allen. This is a shrine to music in a gorgeous Frank Ghery-designed building.
- The Original Starbucks - yes, you must do it simply to say you did it.
- The Space Needle - touristy but fun. The views are absolutely breathtaking.
- Move your feet - seriously. Just start walking. It's a great city and downtown area to explore.
You can relive in your inner Gen-X 90's heyday with a tour of locations featured in the movie that spoke to my generation, "Singles". I won't bore you with the details but here is a tipsheet with spots you should visit from Cameron Crowe's genius film.