This is the first post of a series of blog posts called “Ask a Guide.” We will feature questions from some of our guests with local knowledge responses from our guides in both Seattle and Portland monthly. Have a travel question? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question: I’m visiting Seattle for a wedding and don’t have a lot of time to explore. What are one or two places I shouldn’t miss while I’m in town? Any great brewpubs or eclectic neighborhoods I should check out? – Evan
For good eclectic neighborhoods to visit, I suggest the following areas. And check out these great activities in each.
Home of Evegreen Escapes and one of the funkiest neighborhoods in town! Just south of Downtown, Georgetown is home to Georgetown Brewing, which offers free samples to those that visit. They just ask for a donation to one of their charities. For a great happy hour in the area, try Fonda La Catrina. For something a totally off the beaten path, stop by the Hat & Boots sculpture in Oxbow Park.
This was the neighborhood for funky bars. Not a bit yuppy, but still really cool. Nectar Lounge is one of the best places for live music. Half the bar is outside, so it is even better on a nice night! If it’s Korean food you crave, stop for a bit at Revel. For you sweet tooth, visit Theo Chocolate Factory for amazing fair trade and organic chocolate. There savor free samples and take their factory tour.
3. Pike / Pine on Capitol Hill
This is where all the hipsters and kids hang out – and for good reason. This neighborhood has zillions of amazing restaurants like Quinn’s Pub, where you can get strange meat and a flight of incredible Scotch. One of our Sommelier guides also works at a great restaurant: Terra Plata, which has a lovely rooftop dining area (get reservations now). For music, try Neumos or Chop Suey. And for beer, Elysian Brewing Co. offers both great pints and good food.
Other odds and ends:
- Take a ferry to Bainbridge Island – cheapest boat ride and includes round trip.
- Kerry Park on Queen Anne has as good view of the Space Needle
- Bar del Corso on Beacon Hill is off the beaten path, but serves incredible pizza
- Olympic Sculpture Park is a fun place for a picnic
- Discovery Park has eight miles of hiking trails right in the city
Hope this advice helps! – Dan
What is your favorite place to visit in Seattle?