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 1, 2013
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    What are the best attractions in Seattle?

    Looking for free things to do in Seattle? Here’s five of my most favorite free activities in Seattle.

    Places like the Olympic Sculpture Park make me grateful for art in public spaces. A gathering place for both dog-walking locals and art-loving visitors, the nine-acre public space affords pieces from the likes of Alexander Calder and Ellsworth Kelly.
     
    Pike Place Market makes a great outing for kids and grown-ups. Walk the main concourse to see fishmongers tossing fish, feed coins to Rachel, the market’s 550 pound piggy bank (monies support social services at the market) or watch cheese being made at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese.
     
    Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Discovery Park is the largest park in Seattle. During summer months, I love to bring a basket and pick blackberries. Or walk the 12 miles of walking trails and keep your eyes toward the skies for the 250 species of birds in the area.
     
    Otherwise known as Ballard Locks, the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks are a unique tourist attraction. Go to the fish ladder and see the salmon run and watch the boats move through the locks. Parking can be a challenge during peak visiting hours.
     
    Free each first Thursday, the Seattle Art Museum’s downtown digs displays an impressive collection of contemporary and modernist works and Native American, African, Asian, and Australian indigenous art. Shop SAM’s gift shop for locally-made items.
  • On February 1, 2013
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    Where can you get the best view in Seattle?

    The Space Needle is the obvious answer, but there are plenty of lesser-known gems throughout the city where one can take in a truly awesome view.
    On a sunny day, there’s no place I’d rather be than on the deck at Ray’s Café with a glass of bubbles and a plate of bivalves.
    The view of Seattle from the nearly 20 acre Gas Works Park is spectacular. Take a walk, pack a picnic or fly a  kite - it’s one of my favorite places to relax.
    Drive across Lake Washington on the SR-520 floating bridge and witness the replacement project. V
    isitors can see the gargantuan floating pontoons being towed into place, and massive towers being built up from the lake floor to towering 100 feet above the surface where the new freeway will be suspended on one end.

    For a truly unique perspective, rent a canoe or kayak and take to the lakes for an on-the-water view.
  • On January 31, 2013
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    What are the best coffee shops in Seattle?

    Sure, Starbucks may steal the Emerald City’s thunder, but there are plenty of small(er), locally-owned coffee shops to explore throughout the city. My go-to spot for beans and the hands down best mocha in the city is unassuming Lighthouse Roasters in Fremont. Their cappuccinos and espressos are to-die-for, but it’s their mochas that steal my foam-lovin’ heart.

    Caffè Fiorè in Ballard is a four shop coffee chain with locations in Ballard, Queen Anne and West Seattle. Order the Sevilla, which is a mocha made with organic chocolate and grated orange zest.

    Near Pike Place Market, Le Panier serves authentic French pastries, including sinfully rich pain au chocolate, espresso éclairs and macarons, that pair perfectly with their beans from Caffe Umbria.

    Victrola Coffee is one of the city's finest, boasting serious espresso and an eclectic jazz soundtrack. Friendly baristas and spacious seating areas make it a place worth lingering.
  • On January 31, 2013
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    What are the best restaurants in Seattle?

    Right now, I cannot get enough of Sushi Kappo Tamura. Bon Appétit named the Eastlake sushi spot one of the 'Best 10 New Japanese Restaurants in America.'

    Recently, I revisited Osteria La Spiga on Capitol Hill and was wowed by the outstanding quality of Northeast Italian food and level of service. Don’t miss the crostini with sliced grilled beef tenderloin and truffle oil.

    One of my go-to dining spots is Staple & Fancy Mercantile. Whether you opt for oysters, antipasti and cocktails at the bar or the $45 “Fancy” menu, chef Ethan Stowell’s Ballard spot if one of the best dining deals in Seattle.


    When I want a meal that makes me head-to-toe happy, I head to Volunteer Park Cafe & Marketplace. This lovely neighborhood spot may not be the fanciest of dining destinations, but the vibe is always lively, the comfort food spot on, and they have a killer wine list to boot.

    Next up on my “to visit” list: Shanik, an offshoot of Vij’s, the wildly popular Indian restaurant  in Vancouver, B.C.
  • On January 31, 2013
    Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question: Charyn Pfeuffer

    What are the best restaurants in Seattle?

    Right now, I cannot get enough of Sushi Kappo Tamura. Bon Appétit named the Eastlake sushi spot one of the 'Best 10 New Japanese Restaurants in America.'
    Recently, I revisited Osteria La Spiga on Capitol Hill and was wowed by the outstanding quality of Northeast Italian food and level of service. Don’t miss the crostini with sliced grilled beef tenderloin and truffle oil.
    One of my go-to dining spots is Staple & Fancy Mercantile. Whether you opt for oysters, antipasti and cocktails at the bar or the $45 “Fancy” menu, chef Ethan Stowell’s Ballard spot if one of the best dining deals in Seattle.


    When I want a meal that makes me head-to-toe happy, I head to Volunteer Park Cafe & Marketplace. This lovely neighborhood spot may not be the fanciest of dining destinations, but the vibe is always lively, the comfort food spot on, and they have a killer wine list to boot.

    Next up on my “to visit” list: Shanik, an offshoot of Vij’s, the wildly popular Indian restaurant  in Vancouver, B.C.
  • On January 31, 2013
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    What is public transportation like in Seattle?

    SoundTransit.org Public transportation in Seattle is never going to steal New York City or Washington D.C.’s thunder, but it’s pretty decent for both locals and tourists to get around. Most of Seattle’s gems lie in the neighborhoods just outside the downtown corridor and it’s simple to visit without renting a car and still get a taste of local culture. For those of us who live here, we rely on King County Metro Transit for bus service. The app One Bus Away makes it easier to use public transit by providing route schedules and real-time arrival information. A few years ago, Central Link Light Rail made its debut, shuttling people from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to downtown (for just a few dollars) and avoiding traffic on the often-stacked up I-5. Within the city, I frequently rely on Uber to get me around in style. Download the app and within minutes, you can hail your own private, on-demand driver and avoid the need to ever carry cash.
  • On January 31, 2013
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    What are the best places for brunch in Seattle?

    Ken Makan via Foodspotting.com When it comes to brunch, I swear greasy spoon allegiance to The Dish Cafe in Ballard. People line up on the sidewalk on weekend mornings waiting for dishes like the Slacker Special—a rich, inventive scramble of cheese, enchilada sauce, more cheese, onions, tortilla chips, and eggs or tofu, topped by a dollop of sour cream and salsa. Arrive early, and yes, if there’s a wait, you’ll be handed a steaming cup of coffee until your table is ready. Proper caffeination is key to all pre-noon activities in Seattle. If you find yourself near Pike Place Market, swing by Le Pichet for a mimosa and oeufs plat - a  thin slice of ham, Gruyère cheese and two eggs served broiled and bubbly in a casserole with crusty baguette. In Ravenna, I’ve recently become a rise and shine evangelist of Frank’s Oyster Bar & Champagne Parlor. Try one of their cocktail and savory scone pairings. Nearby in the heart of the University District, Nook can do no wrong with their seriously good biscuits. Again, arrive early, because they frequently sell out.
  • On January 31, 2013
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    What is Seattle’s dining scene like?

    Tavolàta Facebook page Seattle’s dining scene is a lot like a Little Black Dress (LBD) - one size fits all and it’s truly what you want it to be. Aside from Canlis, where formality reigns supreme, you can pretty much walk into any restaurant in Seattle wearing anything from a nice pair of jeans to your favorite party dress. The city offers a lot of chef-owned restaurants, many with just a handful of seats, so you see a lot of culinary chances taking place in Seattle. Diners benefit from the local bounty - from Skagit Valley apples and sweet Pacific oysters to wild Alaska salmon and Rainier cherries. There is such an abundance of talent and tasty foodstuffs here that truly kicks you-know-what. Seattle’s dining scene is very underrated and affordable compared to some other west coast cities. It just keeps getting better and better and I’m in a constant of giddiness anticipating what deliciousness is next.
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  • On November 5, 2012
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    What is the best day trip from Seattle?

    Just about 30 miles north of Seattle sits Whidbey Island, part of the group of islands that form the northern boundary of Puget Sound. It’s a quick ferry trip from Mukilteo and the island is an ideal daytrip getaway with plenty to take in—wine tasting (at Whidbey Island Winery), eating local Penn Cove mussels (in Coupeville), and hiking Deception Pass State Park (there are 35 miles of trails). Remarkable bridges dot country roads and make for postcard pretty photo opps; the arched version at Deception Pass is a suspended, two-lane stunner.
  • On November 5, 2012
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    What is the best thing to bring home from Seattle?

    If you like salmon, the fish coming out of Alaska and Pacific Northwest waters is incomparable. Smoked, it works equally well with a slice of cucumber or scrambled eggs and chives. Mutual Fish is a preferred purveyor and will ship more than half-a dozen varieties of salmon overnight (when in season), as well as other local specialty fish and seafood like halibut cheeks and Dungeness crabmeat. Want to carry something home in your suitcase? Stop by Pike Place Market for crafts made by local artists or food items that will keep, such as coffee, tea and even chocolates.
  • On November 5, 2012
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    What are the best Seattle food experiences?

    Food lovers from all over come to Seattle expecting fresh, innovative food — and not just at the fine dining restaurants. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors rounded up the five best food experiences to be had in Seattle:
     
    1. White Moustache Urban Adventure Co. This touring company hits up some off-the-beaten-tourist-path spots in Settle for an authentic taste of the city. Pick a theme or fly blind for Bryce’s Eating Tour On Wheels.
     
    2. Theo Chocolate. This chocolate manufacturer offers hour-long factory tours, seven days a week. For $6, learn about the company’s sustainable “bean-to-bar” mission and savor many samples.
     
    3. Pike Place Market. A trip to Seattle isn’t complete without meandering the stalls at Pike Place Market. Vendors are friendly and happy to share the story of where specific fish and farmed items came from. Don’t miss the free samples at Chukar Cherries.
     
    4. Food trucks. Traveling food trucks have taken Seattle by storm, serving everything from Korean tacos (Marination Mobile) and Filipino favorites (Lumpia World), to Cajun cuisine (Where Ya At Matt) and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches (Monte Cristo).
     
    5. The Tasting Room. Want to learn more about Washington wines? Swing by The Tasting Room on Post Alley, where the super friendly staff will school you on wines from some of the state’s most celebrated vineyards — one sip, flight, or glass at a time. Taste something you like? They’ll ship.
  • On November 5, 2012
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    Where is the best nightlife in Seattle?

    For a night of dancing, go to Century Ballroom in Capitol Hill. Evening classes and sessions rotate between salsa, tango and swing. Or, for live music, check out The Tractor in Ballard. This intimate neighborhood venue serves tallboys of PBR while acts like Jonathan Richman and Dave McGraw take the stage. Capitol Hill newcomer Q multitasks as a sexy mid-week lounge and a huge weekend nightclub where drag queens have their own designated bathroom. The 1930’s art-deco gem, Showbox at the Market hosts more than 200 shows per year, attracting acts like Dave Matthews, Kanye West and Death Cab for Cutie.