Having been here so many times, we always look for something new and different.
Okay, maybe you don’t consider dinner to be an “experience,” but this one definitely felt like it. Flintcreek Cattle Co uses pastured and grass-fed meat, from sustainable small-scale farms, and masterfully creates truly magnificent dishes. This is the restaurant for trying new dishes, particularly proteins like elk, venison, and others. While the restaurant certainly is an upscale experience, it’s still approachable for the average person, and the dining experience is relaxed and luxurious. Might be worth a try?
If you love crafting or taking creative classes, you definitely need to check out Mosstangle, a Snohomish wood-burning studio. “You learn a new, creative skill that seems impossible, but Crystal is a great teacher and encourages all the students to press into their inner artist,” says travel blogger Tabitha Bailar. “Burn PNW themed pictures into [the] wood and take home an ornament, wooden cutting board, or whatever else the classes offer.” Never heard of this before.
We have all been to Pike Market dozens of times. But a chef-guided food tour is a perfect way to learn about the market, the vendors, and of course, the food. You also get to skip the lines at famous foodie restaurants like Pike Place Chowder and learn about hidden gems like Indi Chocolate, a woman-owned bean-to-bar chocolate shop that makes the chocolate on-site. After the tour, stroll the market, and shop with a special 10% off coupon the chef will provide you.
For an active experience perfect for couples or groups of friends, axe throwing is both easily captivating, relatively affordable, and fairly simple to learn. Bring your snacks, closed-toed shoes, a charged phone (you definitely want to photograph this!), and a can-do attitude, because before it becomes fun, it can be a tad frustrating. Blade & Timber is the only axe-throwing establishment that is allowed to serve beer, cider, and spiked seltzer, but you are limited to two drinks. The coach will guide you through how to use and throw your axe safely, and after watching you practice, will leave you to enjoy your experience. Maybe if it is raining and there is nothing else to do?
Grab five of your friends (or your lover) and book yourself a Hot Tub Boat. Floating in Lake Union, this year-round activity combines hot tubs, boats, and parties in one memorable package. All you need is your snacks, a bathing suit, and a waterproof pouch for your phone, and you’re ready for an unforgettable float, no matter the weather. Hot Tub Boats has a shack where you can change, and then you’re just a few feet away from the boat, so you can hop right in without freezing. The boat itself has no captain, as it can easily be “driven” using the joystick, with a maximum speed of 5 miles per hour. Go ahead, after you!
Well, all of this is making me tired. I think I will head over for some of the best pizza ever at Serious Pie in Belltown.
Seattle has been dominated by high tech, with google, Amazon, and Microsoft. But they have a big drug and homeless problem, particularly downtown. It is not pretty, though not quite as bad as San Francisco, San Diego, or Washington, DC.
But we like walking the downtown areas, Belltown, downtown, and on out to the International District. Our favorite store is Uwajimaya, the huge Asian grocery store complex. And our friends’ boutique, The Finerie on 1006 Western, resides not far from the Art Museum and Library. Michael, Tanya and Theo have been friends for decades!!!
It will be very interesting to see how much of the city has come back to the new normal. San Francisco, at least in the downtown area, was practically a ghost town last summer, while the neighborhoods thrived. What might we expect here?