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Seattle Travel Guide

Visitors can try some of Washington's best Syrahs in a starkly modern, 33,000-square-foot facility that includes a full-time kitchen staff, wine-tasting classes, and even a bocce court. The property shares its space (and winemaker) with Novelty Hill.

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, may seem like an odd place to spend a few hours, but this high-traffic dual-lock system is surprisingly fascinating, even for those who’ve never given a thought to nautical engineering.

Since 1951, this brick-faced Port Townsend museum in this historic district has welcomed visitors to what was once a City Hall court room.

Artist and Seattle native Dehanna Jones built this buzzing glassworks studio/gallery in the heart of up-and-coming Georgetown. Jones hand-blows her colorful vases, cups, votive holders, and bowls, from opaque and/or transparent glass.

A must-see for every first-time Seattle visitor, this indoor farmers’ market of more than 200 stalls is also a crucial hub for most of the city’s restaurateurs and foodies.

Day-trippers head 25 miles north of Seattle to Whidbey Island, where beaches, nature, and wildlife abound. For panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains and Strait of Juan de Fuca, visit Fort Ebey State Park.

Designated by Congress in 1938, mammoth and mountainous park stretches across rugged Pacific coast and lush interior old-growth forests.

Martinis are big at Tini Bigs—served in 10-oz. glasses, to be precise. Belltown is home to this unpretentious lounge specializing in cocktails classic and original.

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Given that Seattle is filled with hikers, kayakers, and cyclists, it only makes sense that the city is home to the mother of all outdoor stores.

Coffee, basil, wasabi, and cantaloupe are among the house-infused vodka flavors served at this stylish cocktail lounge, the next-door offspring of the Banya 5 spa. The lounge is small and intimate, with blue-glass pendant lights, contemporary artwork, and a custom-made mahogany bar.

Located on the neighborhood's main drag, Hitchcock Madrona demands repeat visits since owners Erica Nelson-Sheehan and Dustin Nelson (who are cousins) change their shop's design theme quarterly, ensuring it always has a new vibe.

Located upstairs from Ballard’s Thaiku, Fu Kun Wu is both secretive and sensual. Originally a Chinese apothecary upstairs with an opium den below, Fu Kun Wu's bar employs expert mixologists who create strong herb-infused cocktails such as the oolong tea martini and yohimbe mojito.

Hip Belltown watering hole

A combination gallery/shop/"culture incubator," Pulp Lab's retail outlet is an offshoot of proprietress Kate Pawlicki's NY-Seattle creative agency.