Thursday, January 29, 2015

Labor Day Runaway: Seattle

Warm weather, and even sunshine, in the Emerald City


Seattle's best kept secret might be its comfortably warm and (comparatively) sunny summertime. Here's how to explore the other city by the bay this Labor Day weekend.

The 16-room Ballard Inn sits in the heart of the vibrant Ballard neighborhood (Seattle's equivalent of The Mission). Built in 1902, the former home of the American-Scandinavian bank recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, so its eclectic interior still feels brand spankin' new.
From $79 here. 5300 Ballard Ave. (206-789-5011)

The Pan Pacific Hotel is ideal for travelers who judge their hotel experience based on luxury amenities. Your room fee includes complimentary towncar service within the downtown area, 24-hour business and fitness centers, and room service provided by the Zagat Award-winning Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar.
From $425 here. 2125 Terry Ave. (877-324-4856)

The freshly opened Ballard Pizza Company is the place to be if you want to grab a slice of New York-style pie. Run by one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of 2008, they serve up a range of slices from old school Brooklyn (pepperoni, sausage, mushroom and olive) to the gourmet Whole Hog (salami, spicy coppa, guanciale and prosciutto).
5107 Ballard Ave. N.W. (206-659-6033)

Supplement a trip to Pike's Place Market with a stop at Piroshky Piroshky, a family-run Russian bakeshop serving 16 different savory piroshkys (we recommend the Bavarian sausage), plus mouthwatering Russian sweets (including the soft and flaky Moscow Roll).
1908 Pike Place (206-441-6068)

Explore the Puget Sound's picturesque San Juan Islands via kayak with help from Sea Quest Kayak Expeditions. We recommend the six-hour whale watching trip, designed to get you up close and personal with orcas in their natural habitat.
$89 here Friday Harbor, WA. Travel info here.

Come as you are to pay your respects to the late great Kurt Cobain at his guitar-shaped memorial near the Young Street Bridge in Aberdeen. Why here? The bridge was a favorite haunt of the Aberdeen native who mentioned it in Something In The Way.
Young Street Bridge, Aberdeen

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