The Space Needle, one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, is undergoing a 360-degree “spacelift” and the majority of renovations are now open to the public. Privately funded, the 56-year-old tower’s $100 million renovation, Century Project, has elevated the visitor experience by dramatically enhancing the view with more than 176 tons of glass. The Space Needle’s safety caging has been removed and replaced with eleven-foot-tall, open-air glass panels and titled glass benches called Skyrisers. With nothing but seamless glass between visitor’s panoramic views of the Pacific Northwest, guests can now sit back on the Skyrisers, and experience the intense feeling of floating above the Seattle skyline. The Space Needle’s renovation also includes the world’s first and only revolving glass floor, known as The Loupe, showcasing a never-before-seen downward view of Seattle’s iconic tower from 500 feet in the air. The Loupe opened to the public August 3, 2018 with overall renovations scheduled to be completed by winter 2019. For more information and updates, visit www.seewhatsup.space.
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Amazon’s long-awaited new structure in downtown Seattle, The Spheres, officially opened January 29, 2018. The Spheres serve as collaborative workspace, featuring 40,000 different plants from around the world, multiple water features, paludariums, and more. Another exciting feature of The Spheres is a new restaurant by Renee Erickson, Seattle native and James Beard award winning chef, called Willmott’s Ghost. In addition, Erickson’s company, Sea Creatures, has also opened a café and a General Porpoise doughnut shop inside the structure. To provide a preview of The Spheres, the structure also includes a visitor center on the bottom level called The Understory where visitors can experience a fully immersive look at what The Spheres have to offer. The general public can also now schedule weekend visits to The Spheres, but availability is limited. Learn more at seattlespheres.com.
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Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats has constructed the Dick and Colleen Wagner Education Center, which officially opened November 2018. This 9,200-square-foot building consists of a large boat shop, classroom and gallery space, a visitor center, and offices, adjacent to the Center’s existing South Lake Union site. The Center for Wooden Boats, founded in 1976, promotes the Northwest’s small-craft heritage through the preservation of historic craft used in boating lessons, outings and education.
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Pike Place Market’s new MarketFront, a .75-acre, 30,000-square-foot public terrace and plaza that expands to the western flank of Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, marked its official grand opening June 29, 2017. MarketFront offers panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, space for 47 new day stall tables for farmers, crafters and artists, as well as 12,000-square-feet of commercial and retail space for artisan purveyors and 40 low-income housing units for seniors. The site’s location on the western edge of the market allows future access to the central waterfront development from the market and downtown Seattle. The site is within the Market Historic District and was part of the Friends of the Market’s original plan for Pike Place Market. The MarketFront completes the district, created in 1971, and connects to the main arcade via the Desimone Bridge.
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New this summer at Pike Place Market is Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, a membership-supported library that preserves collections of books, including first edition and signed books. Located in spacious, light-filled rooms with a stellar view of Elliott Bay, the library provides members a quiet space in which to peruse the collections, read in comfortable vintage chairs, study, work, or have private meetings. In addition to its mission in preserving book collections, Folio offers programming for literary types of all stripes. Book discussion groups, literary salons with author readings and discussions, and invited speakers on pressing civic topics join chamber music on the library’s monthly calendar.
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Visitors are invited to experience the grand re-opening of the Sky View Observatory at Columbia Center. Visitors will be invited into an exciting new experience from the moment they walk through the doors, with a redesigned entrance and atrium with a grand staircase, first-floor ticketing, and direct-access elevator to the observatory at the 73rd floor. Once upstairs, they will be invited to take in the stunning 360-degree panoramic view, with updated technology to act as a virtual tour guide of what they are seeing – Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, Seattle, the Space Needle, and more. Also updated is the food and beverage experience, with craft cocktails, beer, wine, and light bites. More information is available at skyviewobservatory.com.
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The US vs USSR Space Race of the 1960s was a time of superlatives as the space agencies of each country used their best and their brightest to get one step closer to putting footprints on the Moon. APOLLO, the exhibit, reflects those times with artifacts both towering and diminutive, each with powerful stories of the people behind them. The exhibit is the first public display of the long-lost rocket engines that launched the Apollo astronauts to the Moon. The historic Apollo 12 and 16 F-1 engines that boosted the mighty Saturn V Moon rockets were lost at the bottom of the sea for 43 years until discovered and raised by Seattle-based Bezos Expeditions in 2013. The sunken remains were our last missing links to the first adventures to another world. The aged and sculptural artifacts still show the scars of their service and of resting in the depths. For comparison, a full-scale F-1 rocket engine, on loan from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, will also be displayed. The exhibit features many other unique artifacts from the Space Race, including Moon rocks, a lunar roving “moon buggy,” the only Viking Mars lander on Earth, space suits and the first Apollo command module.
The Museum of Flight will host key space artifacts from The Smithsonian Institution featuring Apollo 11’s spaceship during the 50th anniversary of the historic mission. Seattle is the last stop on the four-city, two-year tour for “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” from April 13, 2019 through September 2, 2019. Seattle will be the host on the actual 50th anniversary date: July 20, 2019. The National Air and Space Museum has been preparing for “Destination Moon” since mid-2014. The project is possible due to a renovation and preparation for a permanent “Destination Moon” exhibit in DC. That exhibit is scheduled to open at the Air and Space Museum in 2020. Touring the Apollo artifacts will ensure that they are on display during a prime period for celebrating space history. Learn more at museumofflight.org.
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Wings Over Washington, one of the most technologically advanced, multi-sensory flying rides, opened to the public in August 2016 at Pier 57 on the Seattle Waterfront. This state-of-the-art “flying theater” transports guests through an aerial adventure high over Washington State. The 20-minute film features views of Elliott Bay, the Olympic National Forest and San Juan Islands, the Cascade Mountains and Snoqualmie Falls, the Tieton River, and the wonders of the Walla Walla Valley Balloon Stampede. Wings Over Washington is the newest attraction at Seattle’s Pier 57, joining the Seattle Great Wheel, and popular eateries including The Crab Pot and the Fisherman’s Restaurant.
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The fifth annual iteration of this popular program will take place throughout February 2019. All guests staying in one of dozens of participating downtown Seattle hotels from February 1-28 will receive a Seattle Museum Month pass, entitling the holder (up to 4 people staying in the hotel) to 50% admission at participating museums. With 40 participating museums in Seattle and the region, the savings – and fun — are practically endless. Enjoy Seattle Art Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Museum of Pop Culture, The Museum of Flight, The Wing Luke Museum, Museum of Glass, Seattle Pinball Museum and more! Learn more at seattlemuseummonth.com.
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Chihuly Garden and Glass, Visit Seattle and members of the glass art community announced Refract – The Seattle Glass Experience, taking place October 17-20, 2019. Held at various locations throughout the region, the lineup will include a mix of exhibitions, art parties, talks, tours and demonstrations, along with open studios and collector events. Participating organizations include Chihuly Garden and Glass, Tacoma Art Museum’s Rebecca & Jack Benaroya Wing, Museum of Glass, Traver Gallery, Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Stonington Gallery, Glass Art Society, Pilchuck Glass School, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Chihuly Studio, Seattle Glassblowing Studio and Western Neon. Additional details on programming and events will be released. Visit refractseattle.org to find out more about this new celebration. Additional information on the study of the state of glass art in America can be found at Landscapeofglass.com.
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A recent study conducted by the Glass Art Society of America and Chihuly Garden and Glass aspired to answer the question, “What is the current state of glass art in America?” The two organizations, in collaboration with GMA Research, partnered to conduct a comprehensive study to gauge public interest in glass art, explore the activity taking place in different regions renowned for glass art, and provide a benchmark by which to measure future growth and trends in the industry. The Pacific Northwest is both perceived to be, and is the actual leading regional hub for glass in the US. Stay tuned for plans for a new Glass Art Festival to support this important creative economy of the PNW. Learn more at glassart.org/landscapeofglass.
MOHAI presents exhibit Seattle Style: Fashion/Function. This unique display features garments and accessories from the museum’s collection, showcasing Seattle fashion, past and present. Presented by Nordstrom, the exhibit highlights how elegance and practicality co-existed and converged in Seattle wardrobes, providing new insights into local history, and exploring the range of personal and collective identities in this diverse region. Open May 4 through October 14, 2019. To learn more visit mohai.org/exhibit/seattle-style-fashion-function.
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Celebrating 20 years in the Pacific Northwest, Teatro ZinZanni announced in July 2018 the opening of a new ‘world headquarters.’ This permanent home is located in the former Redhook Brewery in Woodinville, just thirty minutes northeast of Seattle. Tickets are on sale now for their newest production, Hollywood & Vine, featuring cirque, comedy and cabaret, world-class performers and a partnership with local James Beard Award-winning Chef Jason Wilson. Audiences are invited to experience ZinZanni’s unique combination of “love, chaos and dinner with a vintage twist.” Learn more at zinzanni.com/seattle.
Seattle has the distinction of having the only museum in the United States devoted to the culture and history of the five Nordic countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. The new 60,000 square foot museum and cultural center is located in the heart of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and offers expanded exhibition and program spaces as a landmark destination for Nordic culture in the United States. Previously housed in a 1907 building rented from the Seattle School District, the new building designed by Mithun architects allows the museum to showcase a broader range of the Nordic experience. Learn more at nordicmuseum.org.
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Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer (February 28–May 12, 2019) is the first major museum exhibition of this rising contemporary artist. The exhibition presents a significant selection of the prolific artist’s evocative and meticulous works created since 2011 that draw on his Native heritage. Blending traditional elements of Native American art with contemporary art and popular culture references, the 65 works on view include geometric paintings on rawhide and canvas, a significant number of works from Gibson’s beaded punching-bag series, large and mid-sized sculpture, wall hangings, video, and multi-media installations.
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MOHAI’s exhibit, WW1 America, explores the many local issues related to Seattle’s role in WW1 with programming, conversations and more. The exhibit features original artifacts and multi-media presentations that explore the extraordinary stories of Americans—both the legendary and the unsung—who made history in a turbulent era. From the effects of WWI on American social movements to the struggle for women’s suffrage, civil rights, public health, and improved conditions for American workers, WW1 America illustrates how the past can help us understand ourselves and our nation today. On view through February 10, 2019. Visit mohai.org/ww1america for more information.
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Following a hugely successful 6+ month run in Brazil, one of MoPOP’s most popular exhibitions of all time reopened in March 2018 in Seattle, with new enhancements. Explore the world’s most extensive exhibition of memorabilia celebrating the music and history of Seattle rock luminaries Nirvana through more than 200 rare artifacts, photographs, and oral histories.
The exhibition features instruments like Kurt Cobain’s Fender Stratocaster, Krist Novoselić’s Hiwatt DR103 bass amplifier head, and Dave Grohl’s Tama Rockstar-Pro drum kit. Steve Fisk’s ambient soundtrack can be heard as fans move through the exhibition. Learn more at mopop.org/exhibits/current-exhibits/nirvana-taking-punk-to-the-masses.
Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture welcomes the largest exhibit ever staged at MoPOP April 21, 2018-March 3, 2019. Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes features more than 300 original artifacts, including some of Marvel’s most iconic and sought-after pages, costumes and props, many of which have never-before been seen by the public. The exhibition tells the Marvel story through comics, film and other media, taking place as it celebrates 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and ahead of the 80th anniversary in 2019. The exhibition traces the story of the company and its influence on visual culture – including how it has responded to historical events and addressed wider issues such as gender, race and mental illness – as well as uncovering the narratives of individual characters such as Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Panther and Doctor Strange. Immersive set pieces bring the comic book world to life, and the exhibition is accompanied by an immersive soundscape created by acclaimed composers Lorne Balfe and Hans Zimmer. Learn more at mopop.org/exhibits/current-exhibits/marvel.
Seattle is proud to be among 64 newly designated Creative Cities from 44 countries in seven disciplines, and to be only the second US City (along with Iowa City) to be designated a UNESCO Creative City in Literature. Seattle’s award recognizes the depth and breadth of the city’s literary community. The UNESCO World Cities program aims to build peaceful relationships between people through culture and education. While differing geographically, demographically or economically, all Creative Cities commit to develop and exchange innovative best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies. Learn more at seattlecityoflit.org.
This new, free publication from Visit Seattle tells the story of a city noted for its creativity from the point of view of 21 artists who live and work here. From beloved KEXP DJ John Richards to award-winning filmmaker Megan Griffiths, a group of poets, actors, dancers, musicians and more share their favorite places in the city they call home. Learn more at visitseattle.org/things-to-do/arts-culture/creative-city.
Seattle Opera has built a new civic home, adjacent to Marion Oliver McCaw Hall on the Seattle Center campus, where opera is unlocked for all. This building is much more than an administrative facility – it houses dedicated space for rehearsals, artistic production, education, and community engagement, welcoming more people than ever before to experience the joy of opera. The Center’s Grand Opening event was held December 15, 2018. Learn more at seattleopera.org.
Seattle Art Fair has quickly become known as a one-of-a-kind destination for the best in modern and contemporary art and a showcase for the vibrant arts community of the Pacific Northwest. Based in Seattle, a city as renowned for its natural beauty as its cultural landscape, the fair brings together the region’s strong collector base; local, national, and international galleries; area museums and institutions; and an array of innovative public programming. The annual fair takes place August 1-4, 2019. The Seattle Art Fair was founded by Paul G. Allen and is co-produced by Allen’s Vulcan Arts + Entertainment and Art Market Productions. Learn more at seattleartfair.com.
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Over the course of three years, two miles along the Link Light Rail and busway that runs between the City of Seattle and Seattle Tacoma International Airport has been transformed into an artistic portal to the city for the more than 50,000 riders who travel this route every day. More than 50 artists, from local to international, have changed 32 large scale walls into huge mural works of art. This incredible art project was officially completed in August 2018. Learn more at sodotrack.com.
Seattle’s Town Hall civic and performance center is currently closed for a massive remodel and slated to open in March 2019. A new Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture is being built and will open in 2019, and Seattle Asian Art Museum is also currently closed for renovation and expansion, to open in 2019. More information to follow as it becomes available.
LMN Architects is planning a $100 million design for a 50,000-square-foot expansion to the aquarium. There will be an additional wing, enabling the aquarium to boost capacity. The new pavilion will be able to host new exhibits that include a 350,000-gallon warm water tank, and a gathering space that will hold up to 200 people. The space will also offer a more hands-on, interactive experience. Expansion construction is to be finished by 2023.
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Seattle eagerly awaits the start of its first National Hockey League team, which will begin play in the 2020-21 season. The addition of this local team will have an enormous impact to the region, bringing in more guests and visitors. An additional training facility is currently being constructed in Northgate to support the team when it officially makes its home in Seattle. The initial season ticket drive exceeded expectations with more than 25,000 tickets sold in an hour. During a press conference at Seattle Center April 11, 2018, Tod Leiweke was introduced as the CEO and president of the franchise, partnering with David Bonderman, billionaire, and Jerry Bruckheimer, Hollywood producer. Leiweke is a Seattle native and previously served as chief operating officer of the NFL. The new team’s home will be Key Arena at Seattle Center which is currently undergoing a $660 million renovation. Learn more at nhlseattle.com.
Seattle has been announced as one of eight cities in a new professional football league, XFL, to begin play in February 2020. The XFL commissioner and CEO was quoted in The Seattle Times, expressing his excitement for the league to come to Seattle:
“Seattle, I think is one of the all-time great sports markets in this country,” XFL commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck said. “And quite honestly, it doesn’t get enough respect for it. We’ve got an opportunity in my mind to launch in one of the great sports cities in the U.S. It’s a city that’s very passionate about its sports, and its football, and it made it a really simple decision to go to Seattle.” Learn more at www.xfl.com/teams/seattle.
The Seattle Storm won its 3rd WNBA Championship in September, 2018, scoring 98-82 to defeat the Washington Mystics. The Storm also won the Championship in 2004 and 2010, and has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in twelve out of its seventeen years in Seattle. See the story at storm.wnba.com/news/storm-wins-wnba-championship-with-98-82-win-over-mystics.
This year’s 84th Annual Sports Star of the Year will take place February 7, 2019 at the Sheraton Grand Seattle. Created by Royal Brougham and the Seattle P-I in 1936, this event has celebrated the achievements of Washington sports for nine decades. The event features a pre-show reception and silent auction where guests are invited to mingle and bid with the Seattle sports community. The reception will be followed by the awards show that showcases the athletes, coaches, executives, philanthropists and stories of 2018. For more information and tickets, please visit: www.visitseattle.org/seattle-sports-commission/ssc-annual-events/sports-star-of-the-year/.
For the first time since 1994, the United Bid (comprised of United States, Canada and Mexico), has been selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Out of 23 potential destinations, Seattle is a top contender among the 17 major U.S cities bidding to host World Cup games. Since the Seattle Sounders’ Major League Soccer (MLS) debut in 2009, Seattle now has one of the most prominent soccer fan bases in the country, frequently leading the league in ticket sales and viewership. Situated between Vancouver and Portland, the homes of two other major MLS teams, Seattle is in a prime geographical location for consideration. Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is known as mecca of noise and excitement in the sporting realm, providing a recipe for the perfect venue of a FIFA World Cup game. Seattleites have not hesitated to show their enthusiasm surrounding the games, hosting a press conference immediately after the bid announcement to discuss a plan of action to assure Seattle’s place in the 2026 games. Learn more at www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news.
The 22nd annual Taste Washington festival headlines with Seattle’s hottest chefs and Washington State’s highly acclaimed winemakers. Taste Washington is a food and wine lovers’ wonderland with the most wine and food from one single place, in one single place. The nation’s largest single-region wine and food festival is better than ever this year, brimming with the best chefs and their friends from across the nation. More than 235 wineries and 65 of Seattle’s most incredible restaurants take center stage to serve up delicious bites and sips at every turn. Its signature events are returning with hot and fresh new features to spice up the 4-day event: Red & White Party, On the Farm, The New Vintage presented by Lexus, Sunday Brunch, Taste Washington Seminars and Grand Tasting. For more information, check out tastewashington.org.
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The 2018 James Beard award winners were announced May 7 at the James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago. Seattle Chef Eduoardo Jordan won Best New Restaurant for JuneBaby and Best Chef: Northwest for Salare. Jordan is the first African American chef to receive the Best New Restaurant award. Numerous Seattle and Washington State restaurants and chefs also featured prominently among the 2018 James Beard nominees and semifinalists. The nominations included: Evan Andres for Outstanding Baker at Columbia City Bakery; Canon Seattle for Outstanding Bar Program; Renee Erickson, Holly Dinning Smith, and Blaine Wetzel for Outstanding Chef; Canlis for Outstanding Restaurant; Ethan Stowell and Angela Dunleavy Stowell for Outstanding Restaurateur; Wild Ginger Seattle for Outstanding Wine Program; Shota Nakajima, Jared Blackinton and Maximillian Petty for Rising Star Chef of the Year; and for Best Chef Northwest: Eric Donnelly, Taichi Kitamura, Opus Co. Restaurant’s Mark Schroder, Mutsuko Soma and Rachel Yang and Seif.
James Beard award-winning chef Renee Erickson opened two exciting projects within the Amazon Spheres in 2018, adding to the collection of her restaurant group, Sea Creatures. Deep Dive, a cocktail lounge in the base of the Spheres, features a Curtis Steiner art installation, and is inspired by marquee hotel bars. Their menu offers small plates, unique cocktails and creative desserts. Also opened in 2018 is Willmott’s Ghost, featuring a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner, in addition to a full bar. Some of their specialties include hand pulled mozzarella, fried rice balls, roasted vegetables, brick chicken, rustic T-bone steaks and pizza. While entry to The Spheres is by limited reservation only, both Deep Dive and Willmott’s Ghost are open to the public. Learn more at eatseacreatures.com.
Continuing their highly successful streak in Seattle, Ethan Stowell Restaurants opens two new spaces in Seattle – Cortina and Super Bueno. Cortina, an urban, contemporary and comfortable Italian restaurant, is located at the base of the Two Union Tower in Two Union Square in downtown Seattle. Their sprawling bar, dining room and event space was designed by Heliotrope Architects. Super Bueno is a family-friendly Mexican concept in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, with 4,000 square feet of space designed by Atelier Drome. Their open kitchen, high ceilings, and colorful murals set the scene for a lively, dynamic dining experience.
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Made In Washington is now even more food-centric, by adding dozens of Washington-made, artisan food and beverage lines and giving the iconic store its first significant remodel since opening in 1984. The flagship Made In Washington store will also be the first to carry fresh-case smoked salmon direct from the SeaBear Smokehouse and offer the beloved seafood company’s signature Smokehouse Tasting Flight, a bountiful smoked salmon tasting experience that aims to educate Seattle visitors, recent transplants and locals about Pacific Northwest seafood.
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As one of Washington’s finest dining establishments, Canlis won its first James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program. In the award for “Best Wine Program,” James Beard’s criteria are “a well-presented wine list, knowledgeable staff, and efforts to educate customers about wine.” Canlis boasts an 88-page wine list and has trained four Master Sommeliers and nine advanced sommeliers. This was Canlis’ tenth nomination, and first time winning. Canlis also received a James Beard nomination for the 2018 Outstanding Restaurant award.
Washington is the nation’s second-largest producer of premium wines and boasts more than 900 wineries across 14 American Vitacultural Areas (AVAs). Some 350 wine grape growers produce more than 70 wine grape varieties – a ratio of about 49 percent white and 51 percent red. In 2017, Washington State’s wine grape harvest totaled 229,000 tons. Washington State is in a period of tremendous growth, as the compound annual growth rate of all grapes grown and wine sold in the state shows steady growth at 5.8-percent over a 10-year period. The number of winery licenses in the state recently surpassed 940, and wine grape acreage has grown 18-percent in five years. Seattle’s urban wine scene is also taking off with numerous tasting rooms just south of downtown Seattle. And just 30 minutes from Seattle in Woodinville, there are more than 130 wineries and tasting rooms to experience and enjoy. Visit washingtonwine.org to learn more.
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The new 1,260-room Hyatt Regency hotel is now Seattle’s largest hotel and one of the biggest on the West Coast. Opened in December 2018 and located in the heart of downtown Seattle between Stewart and Howell streets and Eighth and Ninth Avenues, the premium, full-service hotel is just two blocks north of the existing Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) and adjacent to an additional facility of the convention center currently under construction. The 45-story Hyatt Regency Seattle includes more than 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting and ballroom space and has already enlivened the surrounding pedestrian streetscape and growing convention neighborhood.
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The Sound Hotel and Currant Bistro are now open as of February 12 in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. This hotel is part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton and has been designed as a vibrant property that celebrates the sights, sounds and tastes unique to Seattle. The hotel features 142 guest rooms located on the first 10 floors of a 42-story mixed-use building with rental apartments. It also features a new restaurant, Currant Bistro, with Chef Jon Langley at the helm, and a bar and lounge with 770 square feet of meeting space on the 7th floor with unobstructed views of the Space Needle. The Hotel Group, based in Edmonds, Washington, manages the property. This is the first Tapestry by Hilton in the state of Washington. Learn more at thesoundhotelseattle.com.
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Palisociety, an independent boutique hotel portfolio, opened its first property outside of Los Angeles in November 2018. Palihotel offers 96 rooms with a restaurant, bar and coffee shop just steps away from Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. Their design is eclectic, yet approachable, with contemporary features and amenities. Their restaurant, The Hart and the Hunter, is a southern-inspired eatery with Pacific Northwest ingredients and flavors.
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Now open as of August 2018, The Charter Hotel is located at Stewart St. and Second Ave. near Pike Place Market. The 229-room hotel features a 2,500 square-foot fitness center, Patagon, an Argentinian restaurant, and Fog Room, an exclusive rooftop lounge.
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Hilton will open a new Garden Inn located in Bellevue, just a few blocks from the central shopping district. The 254-room hotel will feature complimentary WiFi, flexible meeting space for up to 100 guests, an on-site restaurant and bar, an indoor heated pool and a 24-hour fitness center. The hotel officially opened May 2018.
EVEN Hotel and Staybridge Suites opened April 2018 in South Lake Union, in side-by-side properties. The EVEN Hotel features 123 guest rooms, and Staybridge Suites offers 112 suites. They share Cork & Kale, a bar and lounge area, a grab-and-go breakfast bar, and an outdoor patio and seating area.
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The newest all-suite hotel in the Hilton family offers 282 rooms, a flexible 7,433 square foot ballroom, outdoor event terrace, indoor pool, and more. The hotel is located in Pioneer Square, and is near the stadiums, Pike Place Market, and other major Seattle attractions.
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Marriott International rolled out a new hotel and hotel concept near the new Amazon headquarters in Seattle. Moxy opened February 2018 at 1016 Republican St. and is among the first properties in the new brand to open in several U.S. markets, including Seattle and San Francisco. The boutique hotel has 146 smaller-than-normal rooms and is described as “spirited and fun.”
The 15-story, 302-room Residence Inn by Marriott in downtown’s Denny Triangle neighborhood opened December 1, 2017. The new hotel is located at Howell Street and 9th Avenue, across the street from the Washington State Convention Center Additional Facility.
Portland-based Provenance Hotels opened the 151-room Hotel Theodore at Seventh and Pine Street in downtown Seattle in November 2017. Occupying the landmark 1929 building, currently known and operating as the Roosevelt Hotel, the new hotel name is inspired by President Theodore Roosevelt and showcases a collection of works that honor Seattle’s pioneering spirit. Meeting space of 2,415 square feet is offered.
Also new with Provenance Hotels is their new Stay Well+Fit program at both Hotel Theodore and Hotel Max. Provenance Hotels wants to care for the wellness of Seattle visitors – mind, body and soul – with this new program that brings top-of-the-line Peloton bikes into both hotel gyms and makes available a complimentary Well+Fit kit which is, essentially, room service for the mind and body. The kit includes workout gear, fitness videos, and an iPad preloaded with fitness videos and the Calm App. This program also offers complimentary Shinola bikes guests can borrow if they want to combine a little exercise and exploration. In addition, as part of Well+Fit, Hotel Max and Hotel Theodore has partnered with CorePower Yoga and barre3 BurnCycle’s spin studio for limited complimentary class passes.
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Just steps from the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) and the upcoming Additional Facility, the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Downtown is also close to downtown restaurants, shops and attractions. The hotel has 222 well-appointed guest rooms, three meeting rooms (2,000 square feet total) and a saltwater swimming pool.
Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Washington with views of the Seattle skyline and Olympic Mountain Range, this new hotel offers 347 guest rooms and two gorgeous waterfront ballrooms as part of 60,000 square feet of total indoor and outdoor meeting space.
Designed for entrepreneurial and creative travelers, the 234-room AC Hotel Seattle Bellevue Downtown opened in August at 208 106th Place N.E. in Bellevue, WA, just five miles east of Seattle. Boasting “Spanish roots, European soul, and a global mindset”, the hotel includes a bar and lounge, open for breakfast, tapas, and cocktails.
W Hotels, a brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, opened a 245-room hotel, also in Bellevue. The new property is located in the Lincoln Square development amid a thriving retail and entertainment district. The hotel occupies the first 13 floors of the 41-story tower, with 231 apartments on the next 28 floors. Some 180,000 square feet of retail will contribute to a $1.2 billion expansion of the Bellevue Collection. The 424-room W Seattle opened in downtown Seattle in 1999 and completed a renovation in 2016.
The Residence Inn Seattle SeaTac/Airport officially opened May 2018. The property oversees Angle Lake and is located 2.4 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Residence Inn properties are specially-designed for long stays, with fully equipped kitchens, free internet and free hot breakfast.
Managed by Columbia Hospitality, Hotel Interurban opened in May 2018 as the tallest building in Tukwila at 19 stories. The hotel offers a boutique atmosphere while being in close proximity to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Along with more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces, Hotel Interurban also offers full dining service with the Waterleaf Restaurant and Bar, a grab-and-go espresso bar, and close proximity to Westfield Southcenter Mall and the Tukwila commuter rail station.
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Set to open in March 2019, The State Hotel will open in the historic Eitel Building adjacent to Pike Place Market. The 90-room building will feature an 8th floor rooftop terrace overlooking the Market, as well as gathering spaces to connect and socialize. The hotel is owned by Lake Union Partners and will be run by Columbia Hospitality, both Seattle-based companies.
CitizenM Seattle South Lake Union is a modern property for modern travelers, featuring affordable luxury, ultra-comfortable beds, 24/7 food and drinks and colorful décor. Their Seattle property will include 264 rooms, all identical in size and amenities. Learn more at citizenm.com.
The Hotel at the Mark is a luxury 189-room hotel spanning floors two through sixteen of the F5 tower in downtown Seattle. Designed by Phillipe Starck, the hotel will feature 21,000 square feet of meeting and event space, culinary amenities, private dining rooms, and a fitness center and spa. The Hotel at the Mark is projected to open in the first half of 2019. Learn more at jtm-construction.com/project/thehotelatthemark.
The Sheraton Grand Seattle Hotel recently completed a multimillion dollar renovation to its 1,236 guest rooms, 75,000 square feet of event space and public areas. The renovation also included the Sheraton Club Lounge which has doubled in size and features a panoramic view of the city and Puget Sound. The extensive transformation has allowed the hotel to receive the brand’s esteemed Grand designation, which will change the hotel’s name to Sheraton Grand Seattle. The designation ensures that guests are receiving the best that Sheraton has to offer, providing the highest benchmark on product and service while also displaying iconic signatures of the city, bridging the hotel to the community. The Sheraton Grand Seattle Hotel is located in the heart of the city, within blocks of the world-famous Pike Place Market, the Seattle Waterfront and the Washington State Convention Center.
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Loews Hotel 1000 completed a multi-million-dollar renovation in November 2017, focused on the overall guest experience by updating guest rooms, meeting space, lobby and restaurant. The design juxtaposes the nature surrounding the city, and the city itself. The renovation also included a change in restaurants from Boka to All Water Seafood and Oyster Bar.
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Following its opening in summer 2017, new M Club Lounge at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront opened in October 2017, overlooking Elliott Bay. Located on the first floor with indoor and outdoor seating, it is an elevated space for Elite Gold and Platinum Members. There is also a private outdoor patio overlooking the waterfront.
Motif Seattle underwent a $10 million redesign of their 319 guest rooms, with renovations including an investment in local art pieces. The new design is a platform for Motif’s Visiting Artist Program where they collaborate with a local artist to design a new motif, which is reflected in the hotel’s stationary, envelopes, guest amenities and more. The new interiors in guest rooms were also designed locally by Seattle design and architecture firm Degen and Degen.
The 20-year-old, New Orleans-themed Sazerac restaurant at Hotel Monaco reopened as Outlier in March 2017. Led by Executive Chef Shawn Applin, Outlier’s menu features shareable, seasonally-driven global fare, such as Dungeness crab-stuffed pasta, brick oven pizzas, and black Chile roasted chicken, designed to be paired with cocktails or local brews. The interior has been decorated to reflect fern bars of the 1970s, complete with a newly built back patio space.
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First opened on July 16, 1927, the Mayflower Park Hotel is Seattle’s longest continuously running hotel and celebrated its 91st birthday in 2018. On September 29, 2017, the Historic Hotel Awards of Excellence announced the Mayflower Park as the best Historic Hotel of 2017.
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The Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) officially broke ground August 14, 2018 on an additional convention facility, known as the Summit. Construction has begun at the King County-owned Metro Transit station, one block from the existing WSCC facility. The project was recently approved by Seattle’s City Council and the master use permit has been approved. This site, augmented by certain adjacent properties, will yield an additional facility to the existing WSCC – one large enough to successfully attract the size of national conventions that want to come to Seattle. Seattle’s Pine Street Group has been selected as project manager; together with LMN Architects, they have designed beautiful program spaces and continue to move the project forward. The general contractor is Clark/Lewis, a joint venture of Clark Construction and Lease Crutcher Lewis. The overall development is currently envisioned with up to 255,000 square feet of heavy-load exhibition space on two levels, 120,000 square feet of meeting rooms, a full service kitchen and 60,000 square feet of ballroom, freight loading and support space. Projected opening is 2022. Learn more at www.visitseattle.org/meeting-planners/convention-center/summit-overview/.
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The Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) has partnered with a new mobile app STQRY (“pronounced “story”) to showcase its popular public art collection of over 100 works on display. STQRY provides a novel, interactive way for visitors to actively engage with arts, culture, science, and other attractions in their area, and the WSCC is the first convention center to be featured on the app. Using STQRY on a mobile device, visitors can easily locate and explore sculpture, paintings, multimedia, and other works on display at WSCC. Other organizations participating with STQRY include many of WSCC’s art partners such artists, museums, galleries, corporations, foundations, private collectors and the government.
As part of the Pike/Pine corridor renovation project, the Washington State Convention Center is beautifying the sidewalk along the Pike Street entrance to the building. The addition of high Cascade granite boulders and a vast selection of trees and plants, including Coast Redwood, Sword Fern, Azalea, Wood’s Rose, Wild Ginger, Sweet Woodruff, Trillium, Creeping Mahonia, and Fragrant Sweet Box, among others, are designed to create a stunning aesthetic as well as a safe walking path for pedestrians. A complete lighting upgrade along Pike and Eighth improves visibility for foot traffic. The large scale planters ringed with boulders coupled with giant coniferous trees and understory plants complement cascading granite pavers to evoke a walk in the woods of the Pacific Northwest.
Joining a group of six other world-renowned chefs, Ethan Stowell now contributes his culinary expertise to Holland America’s Alaska-bound cruises, adding unique flavors from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to the overall dining experience on board. Several dining venues feature Stowell’s menu items, including New York Pizza, and the Distant Lands Italian Station in Lido Market. Stowell has also designed an appetizer and main course offered on the Culinary Council menu in the main dining room. Stowell brings years of experience and passion to this new partnership as the executive chef and owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle.
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Seattle ranks as the #1 U.S. West Coast cruise port in number of passengers, with eleven different ships offering Alaska cruise itineraries. The Port of Seattle recorded 1,114,888 revenue passengers through its cruise terminals in 2018 and expects to surpass 1.2 million in 2019. Each cruise vessel is estimated to bring in $2.7 million for the local economy, bringing total revenue to the region to over $500 million. The Port saw a nine percent increase in cruise passengers in 2017. Some 4,000 regional jobs are sustained by the local cruise industry. Seattle Homeport cruise lines in 2019 include Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean.
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Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, now offers seven-day Alaskan cruises from Seattle’s Pier 66 as of June 2, 2018. The Port of Seattle and NCL celebrated the inaugural sail to Alaska with a christening ceremony May 30, 2018. The 4,000-passenger Bliss is the largest cruise vessel on the West Coast and in NCL’s tradition of decorating ship hulls with signature art, the Bliss features art from noted wildlife artist Wyland.
In April 2018, Norwegian Joy replaced Norwegian Pearl as the line’s third ship in the region, offering seasonal seven-day voyages from Seattle to Alaska. After undergoing a $50 Million renovation, Norwegian Joy will accompany her sister ship Norwegian Bliss, the newest and most record-breaking ship in the fleet’s 51-year history. The renovations will make the Joy nearly identical to the Bliss in amenities and luxury with upgrades to entertainment and dining options, including a Starbucks® store.
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Starting March 9, 2018 Clipper Vacations added a brand-new vessel to their schedule, the Victoria Clipper V, which replaced the retiring Victoria Clippers I and IV. This newest vessel can travel up to 36 knots, which will maintain a travel time of 2 hours and 45 minutes from Seattle to Victoria, and back. The vessel carries 440 passengers and offers both Economy and Comfort Class (a $20 USD upgrade per segment of travel). Comfort Class provides priority boarding, a private cabin, and complimentary coffee, tea, fruit and snacks. Also available onboard are gifts and duty-free shopping options, as well as food and beverages for purchase.
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Sound Transit’s Link light rail serves the three largest urban centers in the state of Washington – downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University District – bypassing some of the region’s most congested traffic. Future planned routes with varying completion dates from 2021-2030 include Everett–Seattle–West Seattle; Redmond–Seattle–Mariner; Ballard–Seattle–Tacoma; and Issaquah–Bellevue–South Kirkland.
The most recent route to open in March 2016 is the University Link extension to Sound Transit’s Link light rail. The 3.1-mile extension includes two new stations in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and at the University of Washington, near Husky Stadium.
Riding Sound Transit’s Link light rail to Sea-Tac Int’l Airport became easier than ever in September 2015. Sound Transit added more trains at peak travel hours to accommodate commuters and guests, with trains arriving every six minutes between 6:00-8:30 a.m. and 3:00- 6:30 p.m. Trains will arrive at stations approximately every 10 minutes most other hours.
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In April 2019, Cathay Pacific, one of Asia’s top international airlines, will begin offering nonstop services from Seattle to Hong Kong out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. International flight offerings from Seattle are in high demand due to the city’s ever-growing economy and its position as the closest gateway from the West Coast to European and Asian countries. Sea-Tac has worked to support this growth by adding ten new international airlines since 2016 and a new 450,00 square foot International Arrivals Facility, with expected completion in 2020. The service will be facilitated by the Airbus A350-900 aircraft, a 325-passenger jetliner with three class configurations. Services are expected to see flourishing traffic, forming stronger business and cultural connections than ever between these two major cities.
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In February 2018, the Port of Seattle announced that several new dining options will be added to their current offerings at Sea-Tac, including Floret by Café Flora and Qdoba. At least eight more options will be added throughout the year, including Starbucks Evenings, Rel’Lish Burger Lounge, Papa Woody’s, Stone House Café, Camdenfoodco., Le Grand Comptoir, Capitol Hill Food Hall, and Ballard Brew Hall. In 2019 and 2020, additional local brands will open their doors as well, with Skillet, Sunset Fried Chicken and Caffé D’arte joining the dining choices, and Filson and The Elliott Bay Book Company contributing to additional retail selections. This growth is to support the North Satellite Modernization development project underway, and the new International Arrivals Facility.
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Starting summer 2018 Delta Air Lines will add a new route from Seattle to Vancouver BC, this flight will be served daily by Boeing 737-800.
On May 27, 2018, Thomas Cook Airlines launched direct seasonal flights to Manchester from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The service operates twice a week, adding to the expanded Seattle flight offerings by sister airline, Condor, and a mileage plan deal with Alaska Air Group.
Starting March 25, 2018, Air France launched up to five weekly nonstop service flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new flight is in addition to the daily Paris flight as a joint venture with Delta Air Lines.
Beginning November 1, 2017, AeroMexico, an affiliate of Delta Air Lines, began operating daily nonstop flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Mexico City. These new flights are part of an evolving partnership between AeroMexico and Delta, introduced during a series of new services and expansion.
In September 2017, Norwegian airline began service from London’s Gatwick International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new flight reflects the expansion of Norwegian to the United States as well as Sea-Tac’s continual international growth.
In July 2017, Eurowings launched seasonal flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Cologne, Germany. Eurowings will fly three times a week from July until the end of October 2017, Seattle being one of Eurowings’ four U.S. destinations.
As of June 2017, Delta Air Lines now operates three daily flights from Sea-Tac International Airport to Chicago-O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The new service reflects the growth of Delta’s Pacific Northwest hub, which serves Seattle customers with more than 160 daily flight options to 50 global destinations this summer.
Condor Airlines inaugurated new service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Munich, Germany in July 2017. This adds to Condor’s service expansion from Sea-Tac, which recently extended existing Frankfurt service to year-round flights. Sea-Tac has become Condor’s largest U.S. gateway along with Las Vegas. The Seattle to Munich flights will be Sea-Tac’s only nonstop connection to Munich.
Virgin Atlantic Airways began nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and London-Heathrow March 26, 2017, replacing the existing service offered by its joint venture partner Delta Air Lines. The new service uses a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
For the seventh straight year, passenger traffic at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport increased in 2017. With a record-setting 46.9 million overall travelers, Sea-Tac passenger levels increased 41 percent in the last five years, up from 33.2 million passengers in 2012, according to the Port of Seattle. Sea-Tac is considered the ninth busiest airport in the U.S. (Note: 2018 data forthcoming.)
Seattle and Washington State continues to be a popular destination for overseas travelers, with consistent growth over the past decade. In 2018, Seattle welcomed an estimated 2.5 million international visitors, including nearly 700,000 from overseas markets. This sustained growth is largely fueled by overseas air service development efforts at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), which currently has 24 intercontinental nonstop services to six cities in Asia (Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taipei and Tokyo), seven cities in Europe (Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Paris and Reykjavik) and Dubai. International traffic continues to grow at Sea-Tac, up 5.4 percent in 2017, which included a 17.1 percent increase in traffic to Europe. Four new intercontinental nonstop services will be added in 2019, including flights to Osaka (Delta; April 1), Tokyo (Japan Airlines; March 31), Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific; March 31) and Singapore (Singapore Airlines; September).
Airport projects over the next five years total $1.9 billion, including renovation and expansion of the north satellite, a new International Arrivals Facility, a new centralized, high-efficiency baggage system, and the reconstruction of the center runway (completed in December 2015). Airport officials are considering up to $10 billion on future facility upgrades as part of a Sustainable Airport Master Plan, including an estimated 35 additional gates.
A $636 million modernization of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s North Satellite will include eight new gates with a 240-foot extension of the building to the west, add an upper level mezzanine, more than double the existing dining and retail square footage and offer a rooftop Alaska Airlines lounge with views of the Olympic Mountains. Groundbreaking took place in the first quarter of 2017 with phase one to be completed in 2019 and the full facility upgrade opening in 2021. The project represents an unprecedented working arrangement between the Port of Seattle, which operates the airport, and Alaska Airlines, Sea-Tac’s largest airline and the sole tenant of the North Satellite.
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