Master the art of Pacific Northwest cuisine with a class at James Beard Award–winning chef Tom Douglas’s cooking school, Hot Stove Society (2000 Fourth Ave). Here, you can perfect dishes ranging from pot stickers to macarons, all under the guidance of renowned chefs. If you’re looking to experiment with local ingredients, Eat Seattle (107 Pike St) offers cooking classes with a uniquely Seattle flavor. Each class begins with a tour of Pike Place Market (99 Pike St), where a local chef talks you through buying seasonal ingredients before demonstrating cooking techniques and providing a hands-on culinary experience. Stir, sizzle, and sauté alongside the pros to create a four-course meal—one you get to enjoy at the end of class (bon appétit!).
Prefer to learn new cooking skills in the comfort of your own kitchen? Pick up one of the hundreds of carefully selected new, imported, and collectible cookbooks from Book Larder (4252 Fremont Ave N), a community cookbook store nestled in the Fremont neighborhood. With cookbooks spanning cuisines from around the globe, you’ll be whipping up a French soufflé or adding the finishing touches to Japanese beef curry in no time.
Let yourself unwind with a trip to Banya 5 (217 Ninth Ave N), where specially trained practitioners combine deep-tissue, myofascial, and classic Swedish massage techniques to relieve you of stress and put you at ease. Take a dip in one of the baths—ranging from a brisk 45-degree cold pool to the steamy 104-degree hot pool—or slow things down over a mug of herbal tea. Ready to pamper yourself? Look no further than High Maintenance Skincare (1706 Bellevue Ave), a Capitol Hill skin care and waxing studio that aims to “coax you toward your own inner superstar radiance” through purifying facials and exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments.
Skin care on the go is made easy by Seattle Sundries (8316 Eighth Ave NW), a local company that makes soaps, solid lotions, lip balms, and more. Snag these luxury bath products from local retailers such as Made in Washington (multiple locations).
What better place to pick up glassblowing than Seattle? Between the Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center (305 Harrison St) and the Museum of Glass (1801 Dock St) in Tacoma, there’s no shortage of inspiration for your next masterpiece. Try your hand at Seattle Glassblowing Studio (2227 Fifth Ave), where you can blow your own bowl, sea float, vase, or ornament at sessions ranging from 30-minute classes to three-hour private lessons.
For the less artistically inclined, challenge yourself mentally and physically at Seattle Bouldering Project (900 Poplar Pl S). The 50,000-square-foot facility just east of the International District offers bouldering, yoga, and fitness classes (first-time visitors can rent bouldering shoes for free), as well as a restaurant and bar.
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