December 10th, 2011
Festive fun for families in Seattle.
With free milk and cookies from room service, a Teddy Bear suite, gingerbread displays and glitter galore, your kids will be wide-eyed with wonder at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Snuggle them up in their miniature bathrobes while you slurp oysters sent up from Shuckers. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle, WA, 206-621-1700, www.fairmont.com
Escape for some adult time at the new RN74, named for the Route Nationale that runs through Burgundy. Choose a pinot noir off the wine list displayed on a French-style train board, and watch the selections flip and refresh throughout your meal. The service is extraordinary (as are the house-made doughnuts to cap off your night). Reserve. RN74, 1433 Fourth Ave. (at Pike St.), Seattle, WA, 206-456-7474, www.michaelmina.net
Take the monorail (half the fun) to the Space Needle whose observation deck currently features free photos with Santa in a spaceship and cosmic cookie decorating, plus priceless souvenir family photos like this one! www.spaceneedle.com
The Holiday Carousel at Westlake Park in the middle of downtown is a classic, while giant toy sculptures lit up along Waterfront Park will bring out the kid in everyone. www.downtownholidays.com —Sarah Bancroft
September 1st, 2011
Less than two hours by air will get you to the Emerald City where an entrepreneurial spirit has created a petri dish of Pacific Northwest-only business for us to enjoy.
Art gallery meets luxury lodging at Hotel Max where more than 350 paintings and photographs from local artists accent the old hotel that has been retrofitted with modern amenities and a rock star attitude.
Ballard Avenue boutique, Ketch carries Pacific Northwest themed tees from Poppy and Moe alongside James Jeans and House of Harlow jewels.
Hop the Bon Vivant wine tour 25 minutes out of town in Woodinville where more than 50 Washington wineries operate out of country estates, hillside homes and garage bays.
Start with crab cakes and end with coconut cream pie at Etta’s. The Pike Place restaurant is one of chef Tom Douglas’ 12 Seattle eateries, all of which are worthy of mealtime.
Caffeinate at Caffé Vita where farm direct beans, hand roasting and a grind-to-order system lead to a cup of Joe comes that comes with tasting notes. —Jaelyn Molyneaux