When it comes to travel, crossing borders, no matter how close, is always an adventure. And the easiest of travel is the long weekend. Seattle might only be a three hour, 225 km drive from Vancouver, but for me it is often an exotic adventure. I hope the same can be said of Vancouver from out Seattle neighbours.
I recommend staying at a hotel near Pike’s Market. It is central and close to shops and public transport. There are a number of great hotels to choose from including Pan Pacific Seattle, Westin Seattle, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, Hotel Andra and the Inn at the Market.
Here’s my itinerary for enjoying 72 hours in Seattle:
Day 1 – Exploring Pike’s Market
Pike Place Market is one of the great markets and a perennial crowd pleaser. Rows of fresh flowers, Beecher’s hand-made macaroni cheese, Fresh King Crab Cocktails from City Fish, an excellent variety of produce, preserves, pastries, shops, coffee, local made fresh juices at nearby Bacco Cafe Seattle. Go hungry, and be satisfied.
Lunch at Athenian (sit in the chair Tom Hanks sat in for Sleepless in Seattle and enjoy seasonal seafood) or Pikes’s Brewery (Award winning brews and good pub food).
Shop your way back to the hotel. Downtown is home to Nordstroms, (Nordstrom Rack), Anthropology, Macy’s and a number of specialty shops like Pendleton, Zanadu Comics and the Chocolate Box.
Dinner Downtown: (I’m talking sit down at a table with a proper knife and fork) There is right in Pike Place Market Matt’s in the Market, or if you’re over seafood and ready for beef Metropolitan Grill, or if you’re hankering for some local Lola. Enjoy!
Day 2 – Venturing further afoot
Big Breakfast – you’ll need it -
Dahlia Bakery (M-F 7:30am, Sat/Sun 9am) or Lounge (Brunch from 9am Sat/Sun), 2001 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
Whether its the Bakery, the Lounge or Lola’s, Award winning Chef Tom Douglas produces some delicious locally sourced fresh food. Dahlia Bakery serves up amazing morning baked goods, and their very popular coconut cream pie (a mini will fill)!
Best seen by foot, this is great way to spend the day. Starting from the north end of Pike’s Market start your walk to Olympic Sculpture Park, then on to Myrtle Edwards Park down the Elliott Bay Trail, past the NewsWire Building, past the tall grain silo, over the train tracks via the raised bike path on to Elliott Ave, then a walk up the hill to W Mercer, on to the Expo site at Seattle Center and an up close view of the Space Needle.
Bask in a Monorail ride home, you’ve earned it! (4.2 miles, 1 hr 25 min. minimum)
Return to Hotel 3 or 4 pm – Enjoy the hotel spa, pool, and sauna, and recharge.
Dinner out – Taxi to Neighbourhood: Fremont
Revel, 403 N 36th St (between N Phinney Ave & N Francis Ave) Seattle, WA 98103
Revel is an imaginative and very tasty Korean/fusion style restaurant well worth the trip to Fremont. Next door at Quoin, they will provide you with a nice cocktails or beer on drafts.
Day 3 – Like a Local, Island Living
Spend the day on Bainbridge Island via Ferry, pack the car, and take the ferry. Sailings are frequent, just drive to the terminal and queue up, and for $15-$25.00 each way, it’s a great way to get out on the water and experiencing some real Pacific Northwest style. The island is 5 miles wide by 10 miles long, and makes the prefect day-trip destination. In the summer there is the Downtown Saturday Farmer’s Market with some amazing local produce, cheeses, jams, pastries and crafts. If you have a car, there are a number of shoreline parks with some spectacular views of Seattle, or lighthouse trails, or drive to an interesting observatory.
If you’re hungry, there’s the BlackBird Bakery for coffee and breakfast baked goods, Cafe Nola (northwest) and Hitchcock (intimate) make for memorable lunch or dinner, Dock’s Marina Grill (view), Harbour Public House and Marina (micro brews), and Four Swallow’s or Restaurant Marché (fine dining).
Images from 72 Hours in Seattle
Of course there are a multitude of other great adventures in Seattle. That’s what keeps us traveling….
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union Street, Seattle, WA
Inn at the Market
86 Pine St., Seattle, WA 98101
2000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
Fairmont Olympic Seattle
411 University St., Seattle, WA 98101
1900 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101 (Belltown/Downtown)