Seattle downtown is huge, but here is a hotel themed on Washington wines, a short walk to the Pike Place Market, near the 5th Avenue Theater, and other attractions. Other attractions include the short ferry ride to Bainbridge Island (see Mancation – A Man’s Vacation in Washington Wine Grunge ). […]
There’s a hilly piece of heaven that sits among a chain of islands at the most northeasterly section of the San Juan archipelago, an unspoiled spot just a short ferry ride from the mainland and a brief distance’s drive from Bellingham, Washington. It’s the bucolic portrait of the Northwest, dotted […]
It’s become quite fashionable for trendy restaurants to tout “farm-to-table” in describing their menu selections. It’s the “think global, act local” mantra writ large across discerning menus worldwide and the feeding frenzy has seemingly just begun. Consumers today are more discriminating and willing to pay more for fresh, organic food, […]
The Pacific Northwest is full of interesting and beautiful travel destinations. From thick forests full of awe-inspiring lush green trees to Crater Lake’s remarkably pristine water, and each gorgeous valley in between, there is no lack of adventure. Of particular enjoyment is the bicycle-friendly nature of Oregon and Washington. Bicycle […]
I had been to Seattle. I had been to Portland. I had been to Vancouver. But somehow, in all my travels to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, I’d missed Spokane, Washington. Yet once I heard that it was home to a top-rated hotel with a to-die-for spa and adjoining casino — […]
The economy in free fall. The international situation precarious. Faith in elected representatives seemingly at an all-time low. As we pulled up before the Jefferson Hotel , we mused on the eponymous figure for whom it is named. What would he and the other Founders make of the current political situation?
One of the highlights was a June visit to the Seattle area. As is often the case, I was in the company of a group of fellow writers from the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association. In advance of a week-long cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage, we met in Seattle and checked into the beautiful Hotel 1000. Easy walking distance from Pike Place Market, the hotel was ideally located.
We were entering the iron-gated drive into Chateau Sainte Michelle’s scenic acreage in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of downtown Seattle. No budding vineyards stretched off toward the horizon, but the estate’s historic reception center echoes the elegance of Old World wineries. As Washington state’s founding winery, now marketing more than two million cases a year of white wine alone, how could it not merit reckoning as a peer of Europe’s leading chateaus?
A visit to Seattle, Washington, can be a great short vacation. A beautiful urban mere, Lake Washington and surrounding waterways are a unique experience for travelers. I have previously written on how to take a car up to Anacortes for the day trip by ferry to Friday Harbor, transiting en route through the scenic San Juan Islands. I lived in Seattle and attended University of Washington, but now only visit from the desert of California.