On November 5, 2012Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:Let self-proclaimed “gastoguide and raconteur” Bryce Lathrop lead you on Musical Plates, a food and music tour of Seattle with his company, White Moustache Urban Adventure Co. For four hours, you’ll explore Seattle’s tastiest neighborhoods, stopping for substantial bites along the way. While being chauffeured, you’ll listen to live performances from some of Seattle’s finest bands and enjoy live acoustic performances along the way. This experience is like seeing the city with your best in-the-know friend who directs you to eat at only the best restaurants and see the best bands. After the tour, take in some sites on your own — head to Pike Place Market to see what local craft vendors and farmers are producing, and then hit the Seattle Great Wheel to get a view of the city and beyond. Finish the day off with a dinner and drinks at Mistral Kitchen.
On November 5, 2012Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:Seattle may not be known as a shopper’s paradise, but Forbes Travel Guide editors like it for its unique mix of high-end luxury brands in the city’s downtown designer district (Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Barneys New York) and independent shops spread throughout nearby neighborhoods such as Ballard, Fremont, Capitol Hill and Madison Park. Here, you’ll find locally owned boutiques and shops selling everything from chic shoes and clothing to home goods, wine and books. Top retail charmers include Velouria for jewelry (Ballard), Burnt Sugar for handbags (Fremont), Le Frock for consignment designer finds (Capitol Hill), and Vian Hunter for vintage frocks (Madison Valley).
On November 5, 2012Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:Seattle is the urban playground of the Northwest, and kids are bound to stay entertained with all this city and its surroundings have to offer. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend these five outings for those with children in tow:
1. Ride the Seattle Great Wheel. Introduced in summer 2012, this new landmark changed the face of Seattle’s waterfront as one of the largest Ferris wheels in the U.S. The attraction features 42 fully enclosed gondolas (so the predictable rain won’t interfere with your ride) and extends some 40 feet beyond the pier over Elliott Bay.
2. Visit the Space Needle. Standing more than 500 feet tall, views from the observation deck at the Needle will take your wee ones’ breath away. Stop for lunch at SkyCity Restaurant, a revolving venue with views to match.
3. Play at Seattle Children’s Museum. This adventurous center features more than 22,000 square feet of fun meant for kids 10 and under. Interactive exhibits change every six to nine months and there are programs held throughout the day that are free with the price of admission.
4. Roam through Discovery Park. The 534-acre park overlooks Puget Sound and offers long stretches of coastline to explore, seven miles of hiking trails and a variety of nature programs.
5. Take a photo with Rachel the Pig. This large bronze piggy bank is located at the entrance of Pike Place Market and collects funds for human services that go to the market community. Since 1986, it’s estimated that she’s collected more than $100,000 in currency from around the world.
On November 5, 2012Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question: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.