SEATTLE – Looking to escape holiday stress or a gift that defies the ordinary? Look no further than Seattle where bright lights against dark winter skies turn up the holiday magic for couples. Couples that travel together “report higher level of satisfaction with their relationships,” according to a recent US Travel Association survey.
So whether you’re looking for a quiet vacation focused on relaxation or you’re looking to catch some serious altitude on the mountain slopes, find something for every type of memory-making at visitseattle.org/holidays.
Looking to let the stress melt away? Then book yourself into one of the city’s famous spas like Ummelina International Day Spa, Penelope and the Beauty Bar at the Fairmont Olympic Seattle, Elaia Spa at Hyatt at Olive 8 or Seattle Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Escape the now and head to one of Seattle’s storied book stores, like Elliott Bay Book Company, Ada’s Technical Books and Café, or Peter Miller Books in Pioneer Square, and curl up with a good read. Spend the day getting lost in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, which boasts nearly 250 artisan vendors and food purveyors or give yourself permission to sleep in and listen to the rain on your window as ferries come and go below you in Puget Sound.
For the first time, Seattle’s Safeco Field will host Enchant Christmas, the world’s largest Christmas Light Maze. Fun for anyone and all ages, this special event features light sculptures up to 80-feet high, a snowy, lazy river ice skating trail, a winter wonderland artisan market and seasonal food, beverage and entertainment. Don’t forget to take in any number of the city’s one-of-a-kind museums, too. Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) will let you beam up to the Starship Enterprise with Scotty, take in the radical past of the grunge era or check out one of Jimi Hendrix’s legendary guitars while the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) will dazzle you with artifacts of Seattle’s past which built the city. If niche is truly what you crave, then try out the Wing Luke Asian Museum featuring the Bruce Lee Exhibit, try to score at Seattle’s Pinball Museum, or journey across the sea with the Vikings at the newly opened Nordic Museum. Seattle also has an amazing Museum Month in February, so now is the perfect time to book a getaway and enjoy half-off admission at 40 museums when you stay at a participating hotel in Seattle.
For sunset, there’s no better place to watch the sun sink into the Olympic Mountains than atop Seattle’s world-famous Space Needle, which recently unveiled its $100 million renovation including an all glass floor and observation deck for uninhibited views of the city all around. Hit the town afterward with no shortage of popping music venues, The Showbox at the Market or The Crocodile or join the Seattle Symphony for a classic performance of Handel’s Messiah. Enjoy a traditional holiday productions like Annie and a sing-a-long production of The Sound of Music at The 5th Avenue Theatre, or enjoy an evening with the world-renowned Pacific Northwest Ballet which dances to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker from November to December. Turn up the heat on your holiday adventure by trying any one of Seattle’s famed cabaret and burlesque theatres. Join The Can Can for a whimsical carnival adventure at a winter chalet in Wonderland or visit The Triple Door for the 13th anniversary of Verlain & McCann’s Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker.
Whatever adventure you’re looking for one thing you can’t possibly get away from is Seattle’s incredible food culture. From the land or sea, farm to table, local and sustainable Seattle is a food-lover’s paradise any time of year. So wake up late and enjoy a leisurely brunch while sipping on a perfect single-origin pour over and the famous Dungeness Crab Eggs Benedict from Etta’s. Roam around until you find yourself sliding into one of our dozens of speakeasies and hidden bars, like Needle & Thread, Foreign National or Knee High Stocking Company, to slurp down fresh oysters from Taylor Shellfish or Hama Hama while you sip on craft cocktails. Follow your well-honed gustatory intuition and delve into our phenomenal craft breweries and gastropubs, take in the aromatics of hand-made spirits, classically crafted wines and effervescent ciders or get buzzing on a coffee adventure like only the country’s most caffeinated city can offer – from the Starbucks Roastery to the smallest of hand roasters like Slate Coffee Roasters, Anchorhead Coffee or Lighthouse Roasters.
With three regional mountain resorts all within 45-90 minutes of Seattle there is no shortage of snowy opportunities to enjoy whether you want to catch air downhill at Crystal Mountain, enjoy nature on a cross country trail at Steven’s Pass Nordic Center or looking for less speed on snowshoeing or tubing the hills at The Summit at Snoqualmie. If chilly snow isn’t your thing – we get it – try hopping a 30-minute ferry to Bainbridge Island and enjoy a day exploring Bloedel Reserve before sipping and tasting your way through the wineries and tap rooms of Winslow. Alternatively, head out for a morning hike of Rattlesnake Ledge, enjoy brunch at Salish Lodge and take in majestic Snoqualmie Falls or stay in the city and explore the nature trails of Discovery Park, situated on Magnolia Bluff above Puget Sound.
So why not shake up the holiday this year? With holiday and winter rates, now is the time to take that special someone and wake up in sky-high luxury for a trip to Seattle neither of you will forget.
Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501(c)(6) organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. Nearly 40 million annual visitors spend $7.4 billion in the city and county each year. The economic power of travel and tourism generates more than 76,000 Seattle area jobs and contributes $762 million in annual state and local tax revenue. Go to www.visitseattle.org.
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