The Edgewater Inn
2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67
Seattle, WA 98121
The Edgewater Inn sits on the north end of the Seattle waterfront, built for the 1962 World Fair, and is the only waterfront hotel in the city. Many famous people have stayed in its rooms, including the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam and Willy Nelson. The Inn offers uninterrupted views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Guests can watch the ferry, cruise ships, sea birds or pods of Orca (depending on the season). It is home to the 4-star restaurant Six Seven, an eco gift shop with coffee bar and a fitness center. The Inn is rated “green” with a focus on local ingredients for the restaurant, organic cotton clothing in the gift shop, energy-saving lighting without compromising the ambiance and fair-trade coffee. The Inn offers valet parking.
1007 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
The Alexis Hotel is a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle. It is located in an historic building near Pioneer Square and the Seattle ferry docks. The hotel offers several different types of suites, including the spa suite with a two-person soaking tub. The hotel spa menu includes facial treatments, massage treatments, hand and foot treatments and body treatments. Guests are pampered with organic and environmentally conscious skin care products, which are available for purchase. Spa treatments can be received in-room, after-hours or in the spa room. The Library Bistro is located at the hotel, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is known for its great Northwest food and is very popular with visitors and locals.
The Salish Lodge
6501 Railroad Ave. S.E.
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Thirty minutes east of Seattle in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, The Salish Lodge sits at the top of Snoqualmie Falls. The rooms have jet-tubs, and many have views of the river or waterfall. The hotel offers a full-feature spa facility to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. The Dining Room is a world-class formal restaurant that serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The Attic is more causal, and serves items like wood-fire pizza and sandwiches. At the adjacent park, there is a hiking trail leading to the base of the falls. The view is beautiful and gives the visitor perspective on the height of the waterfall. The lodge gift shop is filled with local art and other gifts, or there is shopping at the outlet mall in North Bend. Parking is available.
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14580 N.E. 145th St.
Woodinville, WA 98072
The Willows Lodge sits in the heart of Woodinville wine country, about 25 minutes northwest of Seattle. This Northwest-inspired lodge is a tribute to a Coastal Native American artist, whose work is seen throughout the garden and property. Its peaceful atmosphere permeates throughout the facilities. On site are two restaurants. The Barking Frog specializes in regional American food with a Pacific Northwest flair, and The Herbfarm Restaurant, which is a AAA 5-Diamond award-winning dining experience with fresh, local, multiple-course cuisine. The spa offers opportunities for massage and other body treatments. The area wineries include Chateau Ste Michelle, Columbia Winery and Silver Lake Winery.
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University St.
Seattle, WA 98101
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is located in downtown Seattle. Its formal decor radiates elegance, from the chandeliers to oak-paneled walls. The hotel offers an in-house health club and spa. The rooms are luxurious and comfortable. It is home to The Georgian, a formal AAA 4-Diamond award-winning restaurant, and Shuckers, a popular pub-style local seafood and oyster bar. The hotel is a block from the historic 5th Avenue Theater, three blocks from the Seattle Art Museum and five blocks from the historic Pike Place Market. Parking is available.
Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.