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Summer 2019


Seattle Waterfront Revitalization Begins

Starting in early 2019, the City of Seattle began a years-long waterfront revitalization program, beginning with the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the replacement of the Elliott Bay Seawall. This project will connect Seattle’s downtown world-class hotels, restaurants and Pike Place Market to a new waterfront with twenty acres of improved parks, public spaces, pedestrian walkways and bike lanes. Additional project plans include critical utility infrastructure, new Alaskan Way and Elliott Way surface streets, and improved connections between center city neighborhoods and Elliott Bay. The full project is expected to be completed by 2024. Learn more at

Space Needle’s “Spacelift” Reveal Continues

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

Media Contact: Dave Mandapat, (206) 905-2164,

The Seattle CityPASS Introduces Mobile Ticket Option

Seeing Seattle’s top attractions has never been easier than with the recent introduction of the Seattle CityPASS mobile ticket option. Mobile tickets can now be delivered to customers’ phones via email and saved in Apple Wallet, allowing visitors the flexibility to purchase tickets to Seattle’s top attractions while on-the-go. Available in seven language options, mobile tickets provide visitors with the ease of a fully translated experience (language options include Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish). Seattle’s CityPASS provides a collective 45% discounted admission to a bundle of the city’s biggest attractions including the Space Needle, the Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, the choice between the Museum of Pop Culture or the Woodland Park Zoo, and the choice between Chihuly Garden and Glass or the Pacific Science Center. The mobile Seattle CityPASS allows customers to take full advantage of these sites with the added ease and flexibility of an online ticket. The Seattle CityPASS booklets are $99 U.S. for adults, $79 U.S. for children 5-12 and are valid for 9 days. Learn more at

Eat Seattle’s New Chocolate and Coffee Tour Showcases Local Sites and Flavors

Eat Seattle offers a unique way to explore the city and food scene of Seattle with their new Chocolate and Coffee Tour. This tour features 16 small bites and sips at 7 different locations around Seattle such as a bean-to-bar factory, Fran’s chocolate and more. This chef-guided tour highlights the Seattle food scene and educates participants on the history of chocolate and coffee in the city, going in-depth about roasters who have shaped the industry. Founded by Cordon Bleu Paris graduate chef Liz McCune, Eat Seattle also offers a Beer & Wine Tour, a Chef Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market, cooking classes, and private dinners to showcase local ingredients and flavors while engaging both visitors and locals.

Media Contact: Amanda Bedell,

Amazon’s The Spheres and The Understory Open Downtown

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

Media Contact: Media Hotline,

Center for Wooden Boats to Open New Education Center

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.

Media Contact: Brandt Faatz, (206) 382-2628,

Happenings at Pike Place Market

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.

Media Contact: Amy Wallsmith, (206) 774-5259,

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum Opens at Pike Place Market

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.

Media Contact: David Brewster,

Sky View Observatory Grand Re-Opening

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

Media Contact: Elise Jones, (425) 308-6920,

Museum of Flight Introduces Apollo, The Exhibit

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.

Destination Moon: Museum of Flight

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

Media Contact: Ted Huetter, (206) 455-5360,

Wings Over Washington Joins the Seattle Great Wheel at Pier 57

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.

Media Contact: Andria Smith,



Refract – The Seattle Glass Experience, Set to Debut October 2019

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 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

Media Contact: Kauilani Robinson, (206) 461-5839,

Pacific Northwest is the US Epicenter of Glass Art

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

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) Announces Upcoming Exhibit Seattle Style: Fashion/Function

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

Media Contact: Wendy Malloy, (206) 324-1126 ext. 150,

Teatro ZinZanni Announces New ‘World Headquarters’

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

The National Nordic Museum Opened May 5, 2018

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. In March 2019, the United States Senate voted to designate the museum, The National Nordic Museum. Final approval is pending presidential endorsement. Learn more at

Media Contact: (206) 789-5707,

New and Upcoming Exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum and Olympic Sculpture Park

See how a passionate artistic and social vision revolutionized the visual arts in Britain. Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement (June 13–September 8, 2019) explores how three generations of rebellious British artists, designers, and makers responded to a time of social upheaval and an increasingly industrial world. On view are 150 works—many never before shown outside of the United Kingdom—including paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, textiles, stained glass, and other decorative arts.

At the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, Brazilian artist Regina Silveira creates a new site-specific installation for the PACCAR Pavilion. Inspired by the park’s location at the intersection of several busy thoroughfares, Octopus Wrap envelops the building’s walls in a mind-bending tire track pattern that questions our perception of reality. This is the first time the internationally celebrated artist has shown work in Seattle.

Prince from Minneapolis Now at Museum of Pop Culture

On view April 6, 2019 through January 4, 2020, Prince from Minneapolis examines an icon’s image and his influence on other artists and fans. At the start of his career, Prince worked to create a unique and dynamic professional image. He collaborated with photographers in his local community, and several Minneapolis artists participated in the construction and dissemination of what is now his legendary image and identity. Four Minneapolis photographers – Allen Beaulieu, Nancy Bundt, Terry Gydesen, and Robert Whitman – are showcased in the exhibition, along with Troy Gua, a Seattle based artist, who uses art doll recreations of the megastar in different settings, and the Mexican American de la Torre brothers, who created memorial spirit figures in glass at Minneapolis’ FOCI glass studio days after Prince’s death. With nearly 50 artifacts, including 25 photos of Prince, 15 Prince-inspired artworks, a Prince guitar, and 2 outfits from the film Purple Rain, this comprehensive gallery allows guests to experience Prince’s unrivaled artistry at key moments in his career.

Media Contact: Michelle S. Leyva, (206) 595-1151,

Seattle Art Fair, July 23-26

In 2020, the Seattle Art Fair will be celebrating six years as the Pacific Northwest’s premier destination to see and purchase modern and contemporary art from the world’s leading galleries. Founded in 2015 by Paul G. Allen, 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. Learn more at

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Outdoor Concerts at Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass is hosting their annual concert series, Seattle Sounds, which celebrates the range of creativity that makes up our city’s vibrant arts community. Performances are included in the price of admission and are held in the Exhibition’s outdoor Art Plaza. Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase, so guests can sip and snack while enjoying the sounds of the city and a spectacular view of Chihuly’s artwork. This year’s line-up of local artists includes many of crowd favorites from previous summers, including:

  • Stephanie Anne Johnson – August 7
  • Whitney Monge – August 15
  • Tekla Waterfield –  August 21
  • Tomo Nakayama – August 29

Seattle Awarded UNESCO Creative City Designation as a City of Literature

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

New Creative City Guides Show the City from an Artist’s Perspective

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

Seattle Opera at the Center Now Open

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

SODO Track Completes Longest Mural Corridor in the World

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

Beep Beep – Construction Zone

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.

Seattle Aquarium Plans 50,000 Square Foot Addition

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.

Media Contact: Tim Kuniholm, (206) 386-4345,

Seattle Museum Month Will Return February 2020

The sixth annual iteration of this popular program will take place throughout February 2020.  All guests staying in one of dozens of participating downtown Seattle hotels from February 1-29 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

Media Contact: Addie Davis, (206) 461-5862,

Taste Washington Celebrates Record Attendance in 2019, Dates Set for 2020 Festival

A record-breaking 8,479 local, national and international visitors attended the 22nd annual Taste Washington festival March 28-31 to sample delicious food from Seattle’s hottest chefs and sip some of the state’s most incredible wines. Festival organizers also announced dates for the 23rd Taste Washington, which will occur March 19-22, 2020. Tickets will go on sale later this year. Voted one of USA Today’s 10-Best Wine Festivals, Taste Washington spans four days and is the nation’s largest single-region wine and food festival. The 2019 festival featured more than 240 Washington wineries and more than 70 of the state’s most celebrated restaurants, inspiring Seattle chefs and culinary luminaries from around the nation. Learn more at

Media Contact: Chantelle Lusebrink, (206) 461-5862,



Clipper Round the World Returns to Seattle

Seattle will once again have a team entry in the 2019-20 edition Clipper Race. This will be the third consecutive edition Seattle has been a Team Partner in Clipper, sending competitors on a year-long journey circumnavigating the globe. It will also once again see a collaboration between race organizers, the Seattle Sports Commission and Visit Seattle. Leading Team Seattle will be experienced British sailor, Ben Keitch, whose crew will include ten Seattle residents all sailing under the banner of “Ocean Health.” Learn more at

Seattle Seawolves Win Inaugural Major League Rugby (MLR) Championship

The Seattle Seawolves upset the number one seed, Glendale Raptors, to take the inaugural MLR Championship shield on July 7, 2018. Coming in with an 8-2 record, the Seawolves’ only regular season losses were the match-ups against the Raptors. Beating the odds, Seattle rallied in the second half to win the title 23-19 at Torero Stadium on the campus of University of San Diego. The Seawolves are poised for another playoff run as the 2019 regular season comes to a close. Learn more at

The National Hockey League Approves Seattle to Begin Play

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

Seattle Selected in Professional Football League, XFL

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

Seattle Storm Wins 3rd WNBA Championship

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

The 2026 FIFA World Cup is Coming to North America

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


Ballard Brewery Passport Program

Visit Ballard is encouraging locals and visitors alike to explore the Ballard Brewery District with their new Passport Program. The program connects the craft breweries of the district, featuring 11 breweries within a one-mile radius. The program can be started by picking up a passport at any participating brewery or Hattie’s Hat restaurant in downtown Ballard. Each location is a unique brewery experience and provides a stamp for visitors’ passports. With the final stamp, participants can redeem their passport to receive a grand prize of Ballard Brewery Passport commemorative drinkware. The Ballard Brewery Passport program highlights the walkability and quality of Ballard’s food, drink, and entertainment options. To learn more about Ballard breweries and the program, visit

Canlis Receives Two James Beard Awards in 2019

Bringing home two James Beard Awards in 2019 – Design Icon and Best Chef: Northwest for Chef Brady Williams – Canlis has once again been nationally recognized after bringing home its first James Beard Award in 2017 for Outstanding Wine Program. The James Beard Design Icon Award recognizes exceptional design and design innovation. Chef Brady Williams has been with Canlis as Executive Chef since 2015, and received a James Beard nomination in 2017 for Rising Star Chef of the Year. One of Seattle’s most iconic restaurants, Canlis serves a unique blend of traditional and modern cuisine in a sophisticated setting of what was once a mid-century modern family home with sweeping views of Seattle. Canlis has received 10 James Beard Nominations over the course of its nearly 70-year history. The restaurant was also nominated in 2018 for Outstanding Restaurant. Learn more at

2019 James Beard Award Nominations Celebrate Seattle

In addition to two James Beard Awards presented to Canlis, Seattle chefs and restaurants also featured prominently among the 2019 nominations. The following restaurants and chefs were nominated: Best New Restaurant – Sawyer; Outstanding Baker – Kit Schumann and Jesse Schumann, Sea Wolf Bakers; Outstanding Bar Program – No Anchor; Outstanding Chef – Renee Erickson, Bateau; Outstanding Chef – Shiro Kashiba, Sushi Kashiba; Outstanding Restaurateur – Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants; Outstanding Service – Canlis; Outstanding Wine Program – L’Oursin; Rising Star Chef of the Year – Shota Nakajima, Adana; and Best Chef Northwest – Logan Cox, Homer, Eric Donnelly, RockCreek, Eric Johnson, Stateside, Taichi Kitamura, Sushi Kappo Tamura, Mutsuko Soma, Kamonegi, Brady Williams, Canlis, Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule.

Chef Motsuka Soma’s Soba Noodles Attract National Attention

Chef Mutsuko Soma’s incredible techniques and flavors have once again drawn national attention through her restaurant, Kamonegi. After two consecutive showings on the James Beard Award’s list of semifinalists in 2018 and 2019, as well Kamonegi’s recognition as SeattleMet’s Restaurant of the Year, Soma has recently been named as one of 10 Best New Chefs by Food and Wine Magazine. At Kamonegi, Soma showcases her years of experience in the art of soba—a uniquely crafted buckwheat noodle stemming from Japan’s Edo Period. Soma was taught the intricacies of Edo-cuisine from her grandmother, who passed down a process of making soba by hand and from scratch as Soma described in the new Family Style video series, produced by Visit Seattle and PB&. Kamonegi, since its opening in 2017, has been drawing visitors with Soma’s personal twist on traditional soba styles. Learn more at View the Family Style video series at

Thompson Seattle Opens New Restaurant Concept, Conversation

Following a complete redesign and rebranding its previous restaurant, Thompson Seattle opened Conversation to the public on May 8, 2019. Inspired by international flavors and Pacific Northwest ingredients, Conversation features breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, offering “experiential culinary offerings that spark conversation.” Executive Chef Derek Simcik and Executive Pastry Chef Kate Sigel have teamed up to create a menu rich with unique flavors and creativity, with dishes such as Lamb en Croute, Stuffed Quail, and Ice Cream Sandwiches. Learn more at

Seattle Chef Eduardo Jordan Opens Boutique Grain Bar

JuneBaby and Salare Chef Edouardo Jordan continues to bring renown to the Seattle culinary scene with the opening of a boutique Ravenna restaurant, Lucinda Grain Bar. With a menu offering craft cocktails, distilled beverages, and food made from grains found both locally and around the world, Lucinda’s explores the possibilities of rare and heirloom grains.  A café by day and a bar by night, this boutique bar’s 24 seats are filled on a walk-in basis. Jordan’s menu offers pastas, grain bowls, meats, and more–not neglecting to include gluten-free grains. Jordan’s innovate culinary presence has been recognized with two James Beard Awards in 2018, naming him Best New Chef Northwest and JuneBaby as Best New Restaurant. Learn more at

New Restaurant Aerlume Highlights Local Ingredients and Flavors

Dedicated to the use of local farms and seasonal ingredients, Aerlume has been serving the flavors of the Northwest since its recent opening in late December 2018. Aerlume joins El Gaucho and AQUA as part of Fire & Vine Hospitality, a restaurant group born from a partnership between El Gaucho Hospitality and Chef Jason Wilson. Fire & Vine has also opened several other restaurants in Bellevue and Walla Walla in recent years. A short walk from Pike Place Market, Aerlume provides a complete “Seattle experience” with views of Elliott Bay and a menu informed by local produce. Aerlume relies on seasonality for its menu, sourcing ingredients from local Northwest farms such as Tonnemaker Farms, Frog Hollow Farms, and Fall City Farms—Fire & Vine’s custom farming operation. With a full bar, large dining room, several private dining spaces, and patio seating, Aerlume provides plenty of space to enjoy the sights and flavors of Seattle. Learn more at and

Media Contact: Beth Silverberg,

Salt & Straw Celebrates the Great Outdoors, Local Summer Produce, and Farmer’s Markets in Ice Cream

Salt & Straw, a local Pacific Northwest ice cream company, commemorates the iconic outdoor experience of camping with their June Camping Series with such unique flavors as Buttermilk Pancakes, Bacon & Eggs and Skillet Cornbread with Candied Nettles and Pine Nuts offered in limited edition Pendleton pints supporting the National Parks Foundation. Their July Berries, Berries, Berries Series celebrates the prolific, yet fleeting arrival of berry season with their unique and delicious ice creams and sherbet. August pays homage to the produce of area farmer’s markets for their Eat Your Veggies Series. Salt & Straw has two Seattle locations in Capitol Hill and Ballard. They offer classic flavors with a Seattle twist including Rachel’s Raspberry Ginger Beer (v), Ellenos Yogurt & Matcha, Beecher’s Cheese with Peppercorn Toffee, Elm Coffee & Westland Whiskey. Learn more at

Ascend Prime Steak and Sushi is one of two U.S. Restaurants to Serve Olive Wagyu Beef

Part of Chef Kevin Hee’s job as the culinary director for Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi in Bellevue is to find the best beef in the world. The restaurant opened last June and since has gained a reputation for their highly executed seafood, sushi, and prime steak from around the world. After extensive research, Hee settled on dry and wet-aged domestic beef, domestic Wagyu from Mishima Ranch (owned by Beecher’s Kurt Dammier), and imported Wagyu from Australia and Japan. Based upon availability and verbally shared with guests at the table is Olive Wagyu Beef from Shodoshima, Japan – the rarest beef in the world. Olive Wagyu is sourced directly from three small farms in Kagawa Prefecture that upcycle wasted olive pulp from olive oil production. In 2018, Seattle-based company, Crowd Cow became the first company to import and make Olive Beef directly available to American consumers. Ascend is one of only two restaurants in the U.S. that offer the Shodoshima Olive Beef. Learn more at

Media Contact: Lissa Gruman,

Stoup Provides Grab-and-Go Crowlers for Summer Season

Stoup Brewing is welcoming the Seattle summer with a new program for customers to enjoy pre-filled cans of fresh Stoup beer out in the world. Starting May 23, 32-ounce crowlers of Citra IPA and German Stule Pilsner will be chilled and ready to enjoy for $12 each. Since opening in 2013, Stoup Brewing has been recognized with multiple awards and has attracted a devoted following. Located in Ballard’s Brewery District, Stoup Brewing has 21 beers on tap, a year-round beer garden, private event space, and a rotating selection of food trucks. To learn more, visit

Media Contact: Kirsten Graham,

Bar Hitchcock brings All Day Café and Bar to Bainbridge

Opened in March 2019, Bar Hitchock joins its sibling hot spots on Bainbridge Island – Hitchock and Hitchcock Deli. Bar Hitchcock is Chef Brendan McGill’s third venture in the cultivation of his love of cooking, fishing, and farming. The bar features an all-day café and bar with a modern feel where guests can enjoy brunch with friends, a coffee shop workspace, food and cocktails, or a game of cards. With a menu inspired by hyper-local flavors, Bar Hitchcock will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with a French comfort twist. Created by Erik Hakkikinen of Zig Zag, the bar program offers seasonal creations and a wine list featuring dozens of wine selections both local and from around the world. To learn more, visit

Media Contact: Kirsten Graham,

Made In Washington Debuts New Food Attraction

Made In Washington, the go-to source for Washington-made gifts since 1984, has launched Seattle’s newest food attraction in the historic Pike Place Market.  The Smokehouse Tasting Flight is a bountiful seafood tasting experience that aims to educate Seattle visitors about the differences between Pacific Northwest smoked salmon and what they might be used to elsewhere. The flight features mouthwatering bites of Pacific Northwest seafood by SeaBear Wild Salmon. Similar to a wine tasting, for a $5 sampling fee, patrons will receive five different tastes of SeaBear product:  Lox (what most think of as smoked salmon), Pacific Northwest smoked salmon (what it has been in the Northwest for centuries), a Smoked Scallop, Smoked Halibut Mousse and the The Smokehouse Slider (SeaBear PNW smoked salmon, AJ’s Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustard, Mama Lil’s Pickled Hungarian Goathorn Peppers on an Essential Baking bun). Visit to learn more.

Media Contact: Kirsten Andresen,

Seattle Chef Eduoardo Jordan Wins Two James Beard Awards

In 2018, 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.

Sea Creatures Introduces Deep Dive and Willmott’s Ghost at The Spheres

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

Washington’s Wine Scene

Washington is the nation’s second-largest producer of premium wines and boasts more than 940 wineries across 14 American Vitacultural Areas (AVAs). Some 350 wine grape growers produce nearly 70 wine grape varieties – a ratio of about 36 percent white and 64 percent red. In 2017, Washington State’s wine grape harvest totaled 229,000 tons (2018 numbers forthcoming). 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 to learn more.

Media Contact: Averyl Dunn, (206) 295-5763,


Now Open

The State Hotel Now Open at Second & Pike

In March 2019, The State Hotel opened in the historic Eitel Building adjacent to Pike Place Market. The 90-room hotel features an 8th floor rooftop terrace overlooking the Market, as well as a new American restaurant, Ben Paris. The design of the hotel maintains features of its landmark building while incorporating contemporary and unique design elements, such as custom wallpaper designed by local artists. The hotel is owned by Lake Union Partners and is run by Columbia Hospitality, both Seattle-based companies.

New Hyatt Regency Now Seattle’s Largest Hotel

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 Convention Center 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.

Media Contact: Tracy Rabsky,

The Sound Hotel & Currant Bistro in Seattle’s Belltown Now Open

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

Contact: Kirsten Andresen, KAPR,

Palihotel Opened November 2018

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.

Media Contact: Raluca State,

The Charter Hotel – Curio Collection by Hilton

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.

Media Contact: Sean Forde, (206) 838-5039,

Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Bellevue Downtown

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 & Staybridge Suites

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.

Media Contact: Katie Anderson, (770) 604-5108,

Flagship Embassy Suites Opened March 2018 in Pioneer Square

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.

Media Contact: Allie Caudle, (206) 859-4400, x4450,

New Marriott Hotel Concept Now Open

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.”

Residence Inn by Marriott Opened December 2017

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 Convention Center Additional Facility.

Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Downtown Now Open

Just steps from the Convention Center 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.

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport Opened 2017

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.

AC by Marriott Opened August 2017

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 Bellevue Opened Summer 2017

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.

Residence Inn Now Open in SeaTac

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.

Hotel Interurban Opened May 2018

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.

Media Contact: Joleen Zanuzoski, (206) 452-8189,

Scheduled Openings

CitizenM Seattle South Lake Union Scheduled to Open in 2020

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

Equinox Holdings to Open New Hotel

With additional details forthcoming, Equinox Holdings expects to open a hotel in the F5 tower in downtown Seattle. The space was previously in development as The Hotel at the Mark, a luxury 189-room hotel spanning floors two through sixteen of the tower. The hotel will include a current events space, The Sanctuary, the oldest Beaux-style building in the United States and the oldest former church in downtown Seattle, built in 1853.

Updates & Renovations

The Edgewater Hotel Unveils New Mural

On July 26, The Edgewater Hotel revealed a newly painted mural by international recognized artist, Wyland. This mural, located on the north side of the hotel, pays homage to Seattle’s wildlife with a depiction of Puget Sound’s resident J-Pod Orca whales. This will be Wyland’s second mural on The Edgewater Hotel – his first piece was featured in the 1980’s. To learn more, visit

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle Completes Guest Room Renovations

The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle has recently completed the redesign and refresh of its guest rooms and suites, as of June 2019. The renovation, carried out by Wimberly Interiors, included the entirety of the hotel’s 147 spacious guest rooms and 13 luxury suites. The new design focuses on modern luxury and style. Rooms feature raw wood and natural materials throughout the space, inspired by elements of beauty from the Pacific Northwest.

Media Contact: Crystal Southcote,

Hotel Max Debuts New Bunk Rooms, May 2019

Hotel Max, Seattle’s destination for the creatively inclined with playful amenities and plenty of attitude, has debuted a new class of rooms ideal for urban wanderers who travel with friends. Featuring 375 square feet of hang-out space, the Hotel Max bunk rooms accommodate up to five people in four beds: a full bed topped by a twin bunk bed and two adjacent twin bunk beds. The rooms feature a separate seating area fitted with a sectional couch, coffee table, 42-inch TV and Crosley record player and a curated collection of vinyl from Sub Pop Records. Designed for work and play, the bunk rooms include a work desk and plenty of built-in storage.

Hotel Theodore Debuts Ultra-Suite and Light In The Attic Records-Inspired Rooms , May 2019

Hotel Theodore, downtown Seattle’s upscale hotel devoted to honoring the city’s long tradition of innovators, has partnered with Light In The Attic Records, the visionary independent record label born in Seattle. The hotel’s 20th floor has been transformed in tribute to the label with each room outfitted with photos of musicians, turntables and a label-curated selection of vinyl from its diverse and respected catalog of artists. Hotel Theodore is also debuting The Residence, a full-floor suite that spans 2,000 sq. ft. on the hotel’s 19th floor complete with wraparound outdoor space and a private hot tub, 360 degrees of floor to ceiling windows, a media room and a collection of modern art including works by Roy Lichtenstein and Northwest artists Fay Jones and Danny Perkins. The Residence is available for overnight stays and private events.

Media Contact: Shannon Overholser, (503) 972-0336,

The Inn at El Gaucho Shines with a New Remodel

Located in Seattle’s Belltown district, the Inn at El Gaucho is a 17-suite, exclusive property just minutes away from landmarks such as the Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. An extensive remodel completed in May 2019 transformed each room with new spa-inspired bathrooms and all new finishes and furnishings. The Inn is located directly upstairs from El Gaucho Seattle and each room features a custom-made, in-room dining table with steakhouse dining chairs for guests who would like to enjoy dinner in their rooms. The lobby includes a fireside lounge where wine tastings are held each evening for hotel guests.

Media Contact: Beth Herrell Silverberg,

Kimpton Alexis Hotel Undergoes Renovations

In early 2019, the Kimpton Alexis Hotel began a major renovation to its guestrooms, drawing from both the rich history and current iconic style of Seattle. Guest rooms will include “moody” earth tones, luxurious amenities, and creative accents such as Bluetooth speakers and lush blanket robes. Other interior spaces will also be refreshed, including the reception area and the lobby. All design elements will remain consistent with the historic architecture of the building, while continuing to create a refined and relaxed ambience. The renovation is anticipated to be complete in summer 2019.

Media Contact: Margo Helgen, (206) 516-5049,

New Sun Liquor Olympic Honey Vodka from Fairmont Olympic’s Rooftop Honeybees

Launching this summer is the Fairmont Olympic Hotel’s newest exclusive honey offering produced from the honey from its very own rooftop apiary. Each year the eight hives perched atop the nearly 95-year-old hotel in the center of downtown Seattle produce approximately 500 pounds of honey. Partnering with local Seattle distillery Sun Liquor, the Fairmont Olympic has created a custom blend, Olympic Honey Vodka, which will be available exclusively at the hotel. The Fairmont Olympic team has worked alongside the Sun Liquor team from conception and early testing to hand-deliver the honey at the end of last year’s harvest season and in the final bottling and packaging phase this past February to create this unique finished product. The hotel is unveiling the spirit in its custom drink Nectar on the Roof and in a special summer cocktail menu. Visit for more information.

Media Contact: Valerie Topacio,

Sheraton Grand Seattle Hotel Completes Major Renovation

The Sheraton Grand Seattle Hotel recently completed a multi-million 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 Convention Center.

Media Contact: Lindsay Sandomirsky,

Loews Hotel 1000 Completes Renovations Fall 2017

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.

Media Contact: Sarah Moran,

Seattle Marriott Waterfront Opens All-New M Club Lounge

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 Completes Renovations Summer 2017

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.

Hotel Monaco Reopens Sazerac Restaurant with New Name and Concept

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.

Media Contact: Margo Helgen, (206) 516-5049,

Seattle’s Historic Mayflower Park Hotel Celebrates its 91st Anniversary

First opened on July 16, 1927, the Mayflower Park Hotel is Seattle’s longest continuously running hotel and is celebrating 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.

Media Contact: Stacia Williams, (206) 382-6991,


Convention Center Breaks Ground on Additional Facility, Summit

The Convention Center 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 Convention Center 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 Convention Center – 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

Media Contact: Megan Dimotakis,

Illuminating Public Art at the Convention Center

The Convention Center 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 Convention Center is the first 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 Convention Center. Other organizations participating with STQRY include many of Convention Center’s art partners such artists, museums, galleries, corporations, foundations, private collectors and the government.

Streetscaping Along Convention Center Evokes Northwest Woodlands

As part of the Pike/Pine corridor renovation project, the 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.


Ethan Stowell Joins Holland America Cruise Line’s Culinary Council

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.

Media Contact: Sally Andrews, (800) 637-5029,

Port of Seattle Has Biggest Cruise Season to Date

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.

Media Contact: Peter McGraw, (206) 787-3446,

Norwegian Bliss Comes to Seattle Home Port, Norwegian Joy Joins Alaskan Cruise Fleet

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.

Media Contact: Christine Da Silva, (305) 436-4713,


Clipper Vacations Introduces Brand-New Vessel

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.

Media Contact: Scott Meis, (206) 443-2560,

Seattle’s Light Rail System Expands

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.

Media Contact: Bruce Gray, Sound Transit, (206) 398-5069,


Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Prepares for Busy Summer Travel Season

With multiple renovations and new construction projects underway, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) has prepared for the increased summer air travel with various measures to alleviate congestion. Additional staff have been hired to assist travelers with wayfinding, lost and found items, and more. New technology has been implemented to speed up security lines, including automated screening lanes and automated checkpoint wait times. Two new security lanes are being added at checkpoints #1 and #4, to be opened in June and July, respectively. Plans are also being put in place to encourage alternate forms of ground transportation to and from the airport. Travelers are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of many new dining and retail options at the airport, such as Floret, Lucky Louie Fish Shack™, Evergreens Salad, Pallino Pastaria, Pei Wei Asian Kitchen, Koi Shi Sushi Bento, and more. Learn more at

Cathay Pacific Announces Nonstop Flight Service from Seattle to Hong Kong

In April 2019, Cathay Pacific, one of Asia’s top international airlines, began 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 is 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.

Media Contact: Peter McGraw, (206) 787-3446,

More Dining and Retail Options Coming to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

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.

Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Sea-Tac Airport, (206) 787-4923,

Delta Adds New Flights from Seattle to Vancouver, BC

Starting summer 2018 Delta Air Lines added a new route from Seattle to Vancouver BC, this flight is served daily by Boeing 737-800.

Thomas Cook Airlines to Launch Flights to Manchester

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.

Air France to Service Nonstop Flight from Seattle to Paris

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.

Aeromexico Now Offering Nonstop Flights to Mexico City

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.

Port of Seattle Welcomes Norwegian service to London – Gatwick

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.

Eurowings to Offer Flights from Seattle to Cologne

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.

Delta Air Lines Launches Daily Service Between Seattle and Chicago 

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 to Offer New Munich Service

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 to Launch New Nonstop Seattle Service

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.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Sees Record Growth

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).

Seattle Airport Infrastructure Growth Continues

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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