I just returned from a long weekend in Seattle. While my exhaustive research (listed at the bottom of this post) was helpful, the list I make today is quite different…
1. Transportation & Lodging: After flying into SeaTac we took the new Light Rail into Westlake Center – clean, scenic, easy ride. Once there, we purchased Orca cards (and pre-loaded with $20 for the long weekend) in order to take public transportation without scrounging for ones and quarters. (note: with Orca cards on the rail, you must swipe when getting on AND off. Also – many buses are free during the daytime in the middle of the city)
From Westlake, we took the Monorail, a remnant of the 1962 World’s Fair. This went directly to Seattle center (home of museums, cultural centers, and the Space Needle). This was a great way to begin our trip.
If you’re on a budget, the Quality Inn in Belltown is surprisingly nice. For a nicer place, I recommend the Doubletree near Pioneer Square, which is housed in the historic former Arctic Club (and is themed as such).
While many of the things I originally listed below look great, and here is what I would recommend today:
– at Pike’s Market: Beecher’s Cheese (get the anaheim chile mac n cheese, small size, to share); get a seafood ‘cocktail’ at the fish market; visit DeLaurenti’s market for some gourmet groceries and enjoy a picnic by the water if the weather allows
– restaurants: I think the list below is actually quite good, but I would also add TASTE (if you’re at the Seattle Art Museum), and Tilth (a long bus ride, but worth it to travel to this Organic restaurant with an up-and-coming female chef, on the edge of Fremont). We also ate at Mistral, but the portions (while tasty), were too tiny and overpriced (but you should still go for the desserts). Finally, our best find was Petra, a mediteranean Bistro in Belltown that had incredible hummus and dinner plates (in fact, this was so tasty and generously portioned, we had cold leftovers as a picnic in Fremont the next day). While near Pike’s Market, be sure to stop by the historic Read the rest of this entry »