Charyn Pfeuffer

Correspondent

  • Seattle, Washington, USA

Charyn Pfeuffer is a correspondent who lives in Seattle and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. She wouldn’t trade its gray, cloudy days for all the vitamin D in the world. Her 16-plus-year career in media and publishing has involved her in all aspects of engaging audiences and telling the perfect story. Her work has appeared in more than 100 publications, including Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, FoodandWine.com, Health, Marie Claire, National Geographic Traveler, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunset and TravelandLeisure.com.

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  • On September 30, 2013
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    What is the design style of Hotel 1000?

    The understated, yet contemporary simplicity of Hotel 1000 sums up its décor. It’s cosmopolitan without being overly complicated; modern, yet perfectly functional in its tech-savvy details. Muted colors throughout mimic the sometimes-moody skies of Seattle, while refurbished wood pieces lend warmth. In social spaces, like Studio 1000 and BOKA Kitchen & Bar, it’s hard not to feel like you’re part of a chic urban scene (celebrities are frequently spotted, but hotel staff stays mum). As soon as you step into the elevator, a serene calm envelops you. This luxury hotel embodies the best of all worlds — stylish design with calm, comfortable digs. 
  • On September 30, 2013
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    What’s the best time to visit Hotel 1000?

    Hotel 1000’s proximity to the city’s sporting arenas is attractive for out-of-town guests throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. But the hotel really does it up Saint Nick-style for the winter holiday season with its open fire pit, faux snow falling over the front entrance and warm nuts for passersby. In the past, the property has hosted a comprehensive line-up of events, activities and festivities, including fashion shows, choral performances and complimentary gift-wrapping. Another excuse for a stylish weekend stay is SeaFair Fleet Week, which takes place in July and features a “Parade of Ships” through Elliott Bay and an air show by the Blue Angels.
  • On September 30, 2013
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    Where is Hotel 1000 located?

    Hotel 1000 is located smack-dab in the heart of downtown Seattle. Whether you’re in town for a Seahawks, Sounders or Mariners game, the sports stadiums are a scenic 10-block walk south through historic Pioneer Square. Walk two blocks down an easy slope to the waterfront and run or walk along the three-mile trail to Olympic Sculpture Park. A stay in Seattle is not complete without a visit to Pike Place Market and the property is a mere four blocks away. Cultural venues like Benaroya Hall, Showbox at the Market, The Paramount and Seattle Art Museum are also nearby. Business travelers will like the hotel’s proximity to the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, as well as easy I-5 access to Microsoft’s campus in Redmond.
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  • On April 1, 2013
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    What are the best yoga studios in Seattle?

    Did you know that more than 16.5 million in the United States practice yoga? There is no shortage of yoga studios in Seattle. From hot Bikram yoga to the strenuous poses on Vinyasa, there are classes available for whatever style you prefer to practice. Here are two of my favorite places to breathe, stretch and say om.

    Shakti Vinyasa Yoga in Ballard specializes in Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga and Shakti Vinyasa Yoga classes, both powerful styles linking breath with flowing movement. They host many internationally renowned master yoga teachers including Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Bryan Kest, and Seane Corn.

    Breathe offers three Seattle locations, a variety of styles and more than 100 classes each week. For beginners and students of all abilities, their classes and instructors are very friendly. I like the flexibility of classes ranging from 45 minutes to 90 minutes.


  • On April 1, 2013
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    What are the best bookstores in Seattle?

    Seattle abounds with independent bookstores. From our Seattle Mystery Bookstore to The Elliot Bay Book Company, Seattle bookworms support a lively bookstore community replete with frequent readings and author signings. Perhaps it’s the rainy days and avid coffee shop culture, but we like to spend time poring over books, magazines and fancy letterpress stationary at our local bookshops.
    Here’s a go to list of the top shops to find your inner word nerd in Emerald City.
  • On March 31, 2013
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    What are the best hiking trails in Seattle?

    There are few hiking options within Seattle proper (Discovery Park, Carkeek Park and Schmitz Preserve Park come to mind for an easy hike). But once you get out of the city, Washington State abounds with outdoor options.
    One of my favorite hikes within an hour of Seattle is the Licorice Fern Trail at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. What makes this hike so fantastic is that it’s within a heavily visited Puget Sound park, yet it’s rarely ever busy. If you can successfully find the trailhead, you’ll be rewarded with a tranquil hike, a peaceful waterfall and a modest viewpoint.
    For up-to-the-minute updates on local trail conditions, check out Washington Trails Association’s interactive website.
  • On March 30, 2013
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    What restaurants have the best views in Seattle?

    In Ballard, go to newly renovated Ray’s Boathouse for a front seat of Puget Sound. Fresh seafood, like local albacore poke and Alaskan king salmon take center stage. On a warm sunny day, there’s no patio I’d rather be than at the more casual upstairs café with a crisp glass of rosé.

    For a quintessential Seattle dining experience, head to Matt’s in the Market in Pike Place Market. This was the first restaurant I ate at when I moved to Seattle and it still tops my list most-loved dining destinations. Why? Because it’s in the thick of tourist hustle and bustle, yet removed enough to be a local’s favorite. Plus, many of its ingredients are plucked straight from Pike Place Market.

    During warm summer months, I gravitate toward the deck at Little Water Cantina. Food doesn’t always shine, but for a made-with-love margarita with a view (often with live music on weekend afternoons), I’ll make some concessions.
  • On March 30, 2013
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    What would be the perfect date night in Seattle?

    For the romantic at heart, there are countless date night possibilities in Seattle. I’d start with sunset on the beach at Golden Gardens, followed by a cocktail and Spanish tapas at Ocho in Ballard. From there, I’d head into the historic part of the neighborhood and cozy up to the bar at Staple & Fancy Mercantile for some small plates and Champagne. Nothing gets me in the mood quite like a plate of fresh and briny oysters, Chef Ethan Stowell’s delicate crudo and a glass of bubbles. Next, I’d go to The Tractor for some live music. The venue is intimate, but the acts tend to be fairly well-known – the best of all live performance scenarios. For the perfect nightcap, I’d indulge at Hot Cakes for a boozy milkshake before taking a walk off the sugar high and heading home.
  • On March 30, 2013
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    What are the best rooftop bars in Seattle?

    Right now, I’m counting the days until temperatures warm up enough to spend time on the rooftop patio at Terra Plata. This Capitol Hill restaurant (courtesy of Chef Tamara Murphy and housed in the foodie centric Melrose Building) opened up this top floor stunner late last season and is undoubtedly one of the best pieces of rooftop real estate in the city. The deck seats 70 people and offers heat lamps for fickle Seattle nights. Terra Plata’s full menu is available for guests, but if last season was any indicator, I expect to see Murphy making more use of her fancy commercial outdoor grill for specialty nights this spring and summer. Fitted with salvaged wood and a perimeter of vegetable gardens, this is where I want to spend warm Seattle days … and nights.
  • On March 30, 2013
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    What are the best spas in Seattle?

    Full confession: I’m a bit of a spa junkie. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown to appreciate the power of therapeutic all-about-me time and make regular spa treatments a priority.
    Here are my top three spa picks in Seattle:
    Vida Spa at Seattle Pan Pacific Hotel is pure Zen in the city. The space is understated and the emphasis is on soothing, results-oriented services. I adore their Ayurvedic treatments, especially a massage combined with time in their Swedana, a cedar steam box that purifies all the toxins released during massage. They also have the ability to combine treatment rooms for group treatments.
    For indulgent pedicures, I love Spaahh at Hotel 1000. The full-service spa offers a full gamut of services, including Carita facials, but the perk I adore is that they offer their happy hour menu I the spa. Basically, this means mojitos and pedicures – the best way to spend quality pampering time with your gal pals.
    Massage at Gene Juarez is a bi-weekly habit. Their aromatherapy massage calms all my bodily aches and pains and I always feel at home when I walk into their salon and spa. From the moment the spa hostess takes me to the changing room, then serves tea in the lounge area, all of my stress and worries melt away.
  • On March 29, 2013
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    What should I pack for a trip to Seattle?

    Seattle visitors should be ready for anything when visiting Seattle. Trust me, it doesn’t rain as much as its stereotype would have you believe. But it does sprinkle (not umbrella worthy in most cases), and depending upon where you are in the city, temperatures can fluctuate a bit. We are situated on and surrounded by several bodies of water after all. I advise visitors to pack a waterproof layer and umbrella if you’re so inclined (though if you use it, you will be immediately pegged as a tourist). Seattle also has some hilly neighborhoods and if you’re someone who likes to walk, be sure to pack some comfy sneakers or walking shoes. It really is a great city to explore on foot. If you want to take public transportation, bring some small bills and change for our busses – they do not take credit cards. Lastly, pack layers and take an extra layer with you when you’re out exploring. If there’s one thing that Seattleites like to do is take advantage of its outdoor spaces and patios when weather allows – even when temperatures lean toward the chilly side.