Forget the queues at the Space Needle – if you want to get the best vantage point over Seattle, head over to 506 Second Avenue to the top of the Smith Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. With vintage touches such as antique copper and brass elevator cars and an opulent Chinese room with its original features, the Smith Tower offers a unique environment to take in the cityscape. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the vibrancy of Seattle produce, head over to 1st Ave and Pike St to explore its sprawling markets. Located within the nine-acre historic district, these markets are full of locally-grown ingredients, artisanal and imported offerings as well as a craft market that represents over 225 local and regional craftspeople. For a truly unique sight, check under the Fremont Bridge. Commissioned by the Fremont Arts Council and designed by four local artists, you’ll find a sculpture there called The Troll - an 18-ft. tall construction that features a real Volkswagen encased in concrete.
Seattle isn’t short of fine places to dine either. Located on the eatery hotspot of Capitol Hill, Chavez is a Mexican restaurant that combines cosy familiarity - all the stone and tile that decorates the restaurant is from Chef Chavez’s hometown of Durango in Mexico - with a considered Mexican menu. Notable dishes include the chef’s award-winning Chile en Nagoda dish, while fulfilling special requests for churros and lemon flan despite not being present on the menu. If Italian food is more your thing, head to Cascina Spinasse on 617 East Broadway for a taste of its rustic interpretation. Handmade pastas have been complemented by a carefully curated wine list that changes seasonally. Watch the chef’s cook from their small bar, which allows a bird’s eye view of them making your meal.
And when it comes to settling in for the night, you need look no further than the Kimpton Alexis Hotel, located on 1007 First Avenue. An amalgam of historic features with the chicly modern, this stunningly appointed building features a range of boutique shops and a range of amenities to provide a truly unique guest experience - the lobby even hosts a nightly wine hour featuring curated art. The hotel’s rooms and suites feature distinctively vintage touches including Rococo mirrors and ornate buffets while flat-screen televisions and stainless steel accents add contemporary depth. Another good option to rest up for the night is Hotel 1000, located on 1000 1st Avenue. Priding itself on redefining the luxury hotel experience, this hotel is positioned steps away from the waterfront along Elliott Bay, near Pike Place Market. Its spa facility offers a range of rejuvenating treatments while its rooms and suites feature luxury linens, large windows that give every room a light and airy feel and modern amenities such as high speed internet.