Summer Fun | Seattle, Washington

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In a city as vibrant as Seattle, something exciting is always happening. Visit the Emerald City during the Bite of Seattle food festival and taste your way through the city’s best cuisine. For a peaceful day trip, take a ferry to one of Seattle’s neighboring islands. Then return to the stunning Hotel 1000 for rest and relaxation in the heart of downtown Seattle.

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Downtown Seattle’s Hotel 1000 is sleekly designed in rich jewel tones with spacious rooms overlooking the Elliot Bay. The Spaahh offers relaxing treatments, and on-site restaurant BOKA serves up contemporary West Coast cuisine. Hotel 1000 offers their guests convenience and the latest technology. Car service is free within two miles of the hotel, all day long. They even have a virtual Golf Club, where you can play more than 50 famous courses from all over the world without leaving the hotel.

Enjoy a romantic culinary getaway with the Eat, Stay, Love package. You’ll receive upgraded luxury accommodations, a bottle of local red wine, 30% off a couple’s massage, and a personalized chocolate tasting at Intrigue Chocolate. Taste 5 chocolates with beverage pairings, and receive a collection to take home with you.

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Bite of Seattle

Check out Bite of Seattle while you’re in town! From July 15-17, 2016, the Seattle Center will host over 60 restaurants and vendors, food trucks, a wine bar, craft beer and cider tasting, beer gardens, five entertainment stages, and more. Admission is free, food items are all $10 or under, and restaurants will be offering “Just A Bite” tastes for $3.75 or under. It’s an affordable way to sample the best food in Seattle. Try a Swedish shrimp sandwich on potato baguette from Tumble Swede Scandinavian, or beef dumplings from Dumpling Tzar. There will be chef demonstrations throughout the weekend and a free movie night under the stars on Friday, July 15th. 

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Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight is the biggest independent, non-profit museum of its kind in the world. It has more than 175 aircraft and spacecraft, as well as countless artifacts and pictures. Permanent exhibitions provide the history of both aviation and space exploration, so visitors can learn about everything from the fighter planes of World War I and II to the launch of Sputnik. Walk through seven galleries of aircraft and spacecraft. Our favorite is the Aviation Pavilion, a 3-acre outdoor area with 19 commercial and military airplanes from the 1930s to the present. Don’t miss Above and Beyond, a special exhibition running through September 10th. It explores the history and future of flight and features interactive simulations where visitors can fly jets and drones.

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Terra Plata

Literally meaning “earth to plate,” Terra Plata creates seasonal dishes with ingredients from local, sustainable growers. Enjoy a sunny weekend brunch out on their rooftop patio. The brunch menu includes mouth-watering items like bread pudding French toast made with cherries, tarragon, citrus crème fraiche, and mint. Choose a drink from their extensive list of wines, craft cocktails, and local beer, cider, and spirits. We like the Seattle Raindrop, a refreshing mixture of vodka, ginger, grapefruit, cardamom, and cava.

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Vashon Island Day Trip

Vashon Island, called the “Heart of the Sound,” is known for its friendly people and slower pace. Hop on a ferry and spend the day exploring the Island. The ferry ride lasts about 20 minutes, giving you a chance to take in the gorgeous scenery of Puget Sound. Once you’re there, stroll through art galleries and have lunch at Café Luna, a popular local café. Vashon is home to many independent wineries, distilleries, and breweries. Be sure to stop by Dragon’s Head Cider, where you can taste five ciders and bring home a souvenir glass for only $5. You can also check out the 107th Vashon Island Strawberry Festival, happening July 15-17, 2016. The event will feature parades, live music, local art, and of course strawberries.

Find Adventure in Seattle | Seattle, Washington

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With a lively city center surrounded by breathtaking Pacific Northwest scenery, Seattle is the ideal place to enjoy an urban vacation and spend some time outdoors in nature. Stay at a historic and stylish hotel in downtown Seattle, take a few hikes through Green Lake Park and an ancient coal mining district, and experience the best coffee, spirits, and dining that the city has to offer.

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Hotel Sorrento

The Italian-inspired Hotel Sorrento was built in the early 1900s. The first guests were prospectors and entrepreneurs, when Seattle was still a small city. Now, Hotel Sorrento blends its history with modern style to give guests the perfect Pacific Northwest experience. The hotel has been a gathering place for writers, dancers, singers, and musicians, and hosts lectures and performances by the city’s most talented artists. No two rooms are alike. Each one features vintage furniture, unique artwork, and retro-modern design. Best of all, Hotel Sorrento is only a few steps away from museums, boutiques, cafes, and nightclubs in downtown Seattle.

Experience the local sights and tastes with the Urban Distillery Tour package. You’ll be chauffeured in a Mercedes-Benz on a 2.5 hour tour of Seattle’s distilleries, with stops for vodka, gin, and whiskey tastings. Back at the hotel, you’ll enjoy a welcome amenity, deluxe accommodations, and breakfast for two in one of the Hotel Sorrento’s historic on-site restaurants.

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Cafe Allegro

Though Starbucks may be Seattle’s most famous coffee shop, you can find a more authentic experience at Cafe Allegro. First opened in 1975, Cafe Allegro is Seattle’s oldest Espresso bar. Brick and dark wood give the cafe a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, and their roastery is located right upstairs. Café Allegro imports quality coffee from family farms all over the world. Start your day off with a cup of the best Seattle-style coffee.

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REI Seattle Flagship Store

The REI Seattle Flagship Store is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts. Browse clothing and gear for virtually any outdoor activity. Visitors can rent equipment, a perfect option for adventurers who want to camp, backpack, or ski while they’re in town. Be sure to take advantage of their free classes, including Pacific Northwest Camping Basics, Bike Maintenance Basics, and Kayaking Basics. Check their calendar to see what you can catch while you’re in town. Rock climbers can take on the 65-foot Pinnacle. It’s a Seattle landmark that offers views of the city’s skyline and surrounding mountains at the top.

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Spend Some Time Outdoors

Seattle has a number of excellent hikes with beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery. Get some exercise while seeing the city at Green Lake Park. It’s a 2.8 mile path around Green Lake in one of Seattle’s most popular neighborhoods. Locals and newcomers alike enjoy the native plants, trees, and birds around the lake. Green Lake Park offers two paths – a paved path for bikers and a crushed granite trail for runners and walkers. For something more outside the city, try the Coal Creek Trail in neighboring Bellevue. It’s a round-trip hike of 5.6 miles that will take you through a historic coal mining area. You’ll be able to see coal mine shafts and occasionally catch the scent of coal and cinders.

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The Pink Door

End your day with a delicious Italian meal at The Pink Door, located right next to the famous Pike Place Market. Aptly named for the pink entrance that identifies it, The Pink Door manages to be both quaint and elegant. Indoors, they have entertainment that includes cabaret, trapeze artists, burlesque, music, and even tarot card readings. Outdoors, you’ll find a picturesque patio perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine. The menu is full of simple Italian classics and fresh fish. We recommend the spaghetti – theirs is enhanced with fresh artichokes, garlic, bread crumbs, and olive oil.

America’s Top Free Attractions | Pike’s Market | Seattle, Washington

2013blogs_feb2Called “The Emerald City” because of its lush forests and parks, Seattle is truly a gem. The city is a great spot for a variety of outdoor activities and boasts a great culinary and music scene. Bring a coat and umbrella – Seattle only sees the sun 71 days a year!

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Pike Place Market

Since opening in 1907, Pike Place Market has been a Seattle institution. You can spend a whole day wandering between many different markets and stalls, where you’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, cheese, flowers, handmade crafts, and much more. The market focuses on independent farmers and vendors with sustainable ingredients and materials, which gives it a distinct local flavor. Don’t forget to say hi to Rachel, the huge bronze piggy bank right under the iconic Public Market sign!

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Best Places to Stay in the Pacific Northwest | Seattle, Washington and Newburg, Oregon

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The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful areas in the country. You’ll find friendly people, more outdoor activities than you can possibly do, and picturesque trees surrounding you. For your next vacation, take a trip to Washington or Oregon. Here are the best places to stay while you’re there.

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Four Seasons Hotel | Seattle, Washington

A Five-Star hotel with views of Elliott Bay and Puget Sound, the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is the perfect place to relax while you’re in the city. The hotel has a distinct style of wood and stone to help immerse you in a complete Northwest experience. You’ll enjoy amenities that include a fitness center, rooftop terrace and pool, outdoor fireplace, and even babysitting services. The hotel is minutes away from Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, the Financial District, and more. Check out their current packages to make your stay even more special.

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Allison Inn & Spa | Newburg, Oregon

Explore Oregon wine country in the Willamette Valley. Stay at the Allison Inn & Spa, a luxury hotel with deluxe rooms, spa, indoor pool, salon, and award-winning restaurant. Relax in the fresh air and enjoy the view of sloping hills from your balcony. Take advantage of the inn’s proximity to the wineries of the Willamette Valley and go on some tasting tours. Make sure to try the Pinot Noir – it’s the area’s most famous type of wine. View their current packages for a great Oregon vacation!

All Aboard! Light Rail Packages | Seattle, Washington

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Leave the cab fare in your room and don’t bother with that walking map. Travel like a local and jump on the best transportation a big city can offer – the local light rail system. Welcome aboard!

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Silver Cloud Seattle – Stadium | Seattle, Washington

The hottest ticket in Seattle gives you a seamless and scenic arrival. The Link Light Rail takes you from the SEA-TAC Airport to Stadium Station in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square District in a mere 20 minutes. Less than one block away from the station, you’ll find the Silver Cloud Seattle – Stadium in a premier spot across the street from the home fields of the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks. This great hotel is the perfect play to stay while you explore the city. They’ve got a rooftop outdoor pool and spa tub, complimentary 24-hour business center, wireless Internet access, and fantastic dining.