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.

  • On February 28, 2013
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    What are the best hotels in Seattle?

    Deserved of its name – Bellevue is French for “beautiful view” – this former farming town sits pretty on several hills overlooking Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline. Known for its trendy boutiques, distinctive dining and sprawling green spaces, this stretch of eastern Lake Washington shoreline is a destination unto its own.

    Well-heeled travelers steal away to Hotel Bellevue where the resort’s attentive (and oh-so young and attractive) staff tends to guests at this Small Luxury Hotels of the World.  Location is ideal with easy access to I-405 and a six block walk to the center of town, but Hotel Bellevue’s intimate, garden environment makes it feel much more remote. 

    Modern, spacious rooms are residential in style and décor with king-size or double beds, spa-like bathrooms with marble, limestone, and granite accents and sunken tubs, robes, and Himalayan bath salts. Recently updated beds and linens boast 500-thread count sheets and lux down comforters.  Some rooms and suites include balconies, double wide showers, fireplaces and larger floor plans; all offer tennis courts, gardens or courtyard fountain views.

    Extensive athletic facilities include two indoor pools, indoor running track, basketball courts, tennis courts, gym and complimentary classes, like Zumba, Pilates, Kick Boxing or Hot Yoga. A three treatment room spa and four restaurants and lounges round out the luxury resort experience.
  • On February 28, 2013
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    What are the best bars in Seattle?


    Winter months in Seattle are cause to hole up with belly warming brews. Right now, my go-to bar is The Burgundian, located in the Tangletown neighborhood just a few blocks from Greenlake.

    It’s not that the pub has 21 properly stored and served beers on tap that I love it so. Or that they offer happy hour from 3p.m. to 7p.m. seven days a week. The staff is so friendly and beer-savvy that I often feel like a trip to The Burgundian is like a field trip in higher (liquid) education.

    Dark wood and deep sunken booths add to the cozy vibe, although I prefer to belly up to the bar for a more interactive tasting and learning experience.

    Try the signature chicken and waffles with sausage gravy or the poutine – both excellent beer food pairings. And be sure to sample their rotating selections of beers; many from the Pacific Northwest. The Burgundian frequently hosts brewmaster and spirits themed events.
  • On February 28, 2013
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    What are the best restaurants in Seattle?

    Don’t let Blind Pig Bistro’s strip mall address deceive you. The 20-seat, postage stamp-sized restaurant has housed some of my favorite Seattle restaurants – first Sitka & Spruce (now found in Melrose Market in Capitol Hill), then Nettletown.

    Now, Ethan Stowell Restaurants alum, Chef Charles Walpole turns out a daily-changing menu of small plates that won’t hurt your pocketbook. Past highlights have included Chioggia beets with anchovy, persimmon and pork and chicken liver pate with Asian pear, celery and mustard.

    Don’t fall in love with any particular item, the menu changes frequently. Also, arrive early. Blind Pig Bistro does not take reservations, although they do offer happy hour Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $5 chef's choice small plates and $5 glasses of wine.
  • On February 28, 2013
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    What are the best attractions in Seattle?

    Seattle is still abuzz over the late 2012 relocation of the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) to its new digs at the old Naval Armory at South Lake Union.

    Dubbed Washington State’s very own “Smithsonian” the museum boasts more than 50,000 square feet of interior space and more than 100,000 artifacts.

    "We have some of the great icons of Seattle's history, including Boeing's first-ever commercial airplane," MOHAI's executive director, Leonard Garfield told KOMOnews.com. "We've got the first sign of Starbucks. We've got that famous Rainier 'R' we used to see on I-5."

    The new high-tech exhibit and public engagement space is open daily; the first Thursday of every month is free.
  • On February 28, 2013
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    What are the best attractions in Seattle?

    Seattle is still abuzz over the late 2012 relocation of the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) to its new digs at the old Naval Armory at South Lake Union.

    Dubbed Washington State’s very own “Smithsonian” the museum boasts more than 50,000 square feet of interior space and more than 100,000 artifacts.

    "We have some of the great icons of Seattle's history, including Boeing's first-ever commercial airplane," MOHAI's executive director, Leonard Garfield told KOMOnews.com. "We've got the first sign of Starbucks. We've got that famous Rainier 'R' we used to see on I-5."

    The new high-tech exhibit and public engagement space is open daily; the first Thursday of every month is free.
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  • On February 1, 2013
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    What are the best things to do in Seattle?

    Seattle sits on Elliott Bay, situated between Puget Sound — an inland-probing arm of the Pacific Ocean — and Lake Washington, a long stretch of fresh water. The city sprawls across hills and ridges, some of them 500 feet high, but all are dwarfed by the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascades to the east. To have a truly Seattle experience, visit the Experience Music Project, walk through the Fremont neighborhood, shop at Pike Place Market, ride to the top of the famous Space Needle and gawk at the animals at Woodland Park Zoo.

    1. Visit the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum. Rock ’n’ roll and sci-fi cross paths in the Experience Music Project, a remarkable Frank Gehry-designed structure that’s said to look like a smashed guitar from above. Music fans can check out exhibits on native son Jimi Hendrix, while science-fiction fiends can ogle at the costumes and props from Avatar.

    2. Stroll around Fremont. The funky Fremont neighborhood has its own distinct flavor with eclectic coffee shops, secondhand stores and galleries. Don’t miss the Fremont Troll sculpture, a massive monster gripping a Volkswagen Beetle under the Aurora Bridge.

    3. Explore the farmers markets. The bustling Pike Place Market is known for its fishmongers, but there are also food stalls — brave the line at the beloved Daily Dozen Doughnut Co. — fresh produce vendors, flower stands and artisans of every kind in the indoor/outdoor market. While that’s the market Seattle is famous for, Ballard Farmers Market, held Sundays from 10a.m. to 3p.m., is also well attended and features many local artists, craftpersons and purveyors.

    4. Head to Pioneer Square. As the city’s oldest neighborhood, Pioneer Square gives a glimpse of Seattle’s past. Take the Underground Tour and go beneath the streets to learn about what the city was like before the Great Seattle Fire of 1889.

    5. Travel up the Space Needle. There’s no structure more synonymous with Seattle than the flying saucer-inspired Space Needle. You’ll get amazing views of the city from the 605-foot tower.

    6. Go to Woodland Park Zoo. One of the biggest zoos in the country, Woodland Park Zoo is home to animals from Kodiak bears to elephants to a Komodo dragon.
     
    7. Try boating. Hit the great outdoors by renting a canoe or rowboat from the Waterfront Activities Center at University of Washington and paddling around Lake Washington (rentals start at $9 an hour). If you don’t feel like getting in the water, check out the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Almost always referred to by its more informal name — Ballard Locks — this complex water shifting system links salty Puget Sound with the fresh waters of Salmon Bay, Lake Union, Portage Bay and Lake Washington. It’s a nice spot to watch the boats glide by.
     
    8. Grab coffee. Seattle is synonymous with killer coffee, and in-the-know locals skip Starbucks and head to artisanal roasters like Lighthouse Roasters instead. This tiny neighborhood coffee shop has been roasting beans in vintage machines since 1995 and is known or its perfect foam and unpretentious baristas.
  • On February 1, 2013
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    What’s happening this weekend in Seattle?

    This weekend – February 8-10, 2013 – here are my top picks for things to do in Seattle:
     
    Soundgarden

    Seattle-based grunge band heads to the Paramount Theater with its hits “Black Hole Sun” and “Blow Up The Outside World.”

    Ballard Art Walk
    One part social scene, one part an earnest community effort to support local independent artisans, this leisurely event is favorite among both couples and families.

    Romeo and Juliet
    Shakespeare’s story of two star-crossed lovers takes to the McCaw Hall stage.

    Rat City Rollergirls
    Check out a bout of Seattle’s all-female, flat-track roller derby league and watch women kick major competitive butt.

    Seattle Golf & Travel Show at CenturyLink Event Center
    The largest consumer golf and travel show on the west coast with over 200 exhibitors, travel destinations, manufacturer’s representatives and demonstrators.