Seattle is a vibrant city, busting at the seams with good restaurants, amazing art and eclectic people, energized by a touch of rebellion.
Take for instance self-taught winemaker, Charles Smith, who cut his teeth managing rock bands in Europe, then moved to the Pacific Northwest and eventually opened Charles Smith Wines. With wines named Kung Fu Girl (rated 90 points and Top 100 wines of 2016 by Wine Spectator) , The Velvet Devil and Boom Boom! and adorned with bold black and white labels, designed by Rikke Korff, Charles has been awarded Winemaker of the Year by both Food & Wine Magazine and Wine Enthusiast. Located in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, a visit to this winery is a must. Did I mention that the wines are great?
Fairmont Olympic Hotel – was built in 1924 and recently renovated. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Italian renaissance architecture is beautiful.
Our room was on one of the newly renovated floors with a view of downtown. The room, though renovated, still fit in with the decor of the hotel, and was tastefully decorated. The bathroom was spacious. There was a pull out drawer with a coffee maker in it and the bed was perfectly firm.
The hotel is within walking distance of the Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and the absolutely fabulous Chihuly Garden and Glass.
Location: Perfectly located near attractions
Rooms – Immaculate
Service – Very good
Pike Public Market – overlooking Elliott Bay opened in August 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. Be sure to catch the famous tossing of the fish.
Ride the Ducks of Seattle – is a 20 mile tour by land and water on a WWII amphibious landing craft. It is very touristy – but fun. They have boarding locations at Seattle Center (across the street from the Space Needle) and Westlake Center. Once on board you travel along the waterfront, past Pioneer Square and Pike Market on to Fremont. Next thing you know, you are driving right into Lake Union where the bus becomes a boat.
Ethan Stowell’s How to Cook a Wolf – is my favorite type of restaurant – unpretentious, rustic Italian. Snag a counter seat and watch the magic begin. You may not learn how to cook a wolf, but you will eat some damn good food.
Stop in at The Crumpet Shop for a delicious lemon crumpet.
How should you start your morning in Seattle? With a cappuccino at Fonte Coffee, of course.
Need a chocolate fix – stop at Fran’s Chocolates for an award winning Almond Gold Bar.