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The Ultimate Seattle Vacation

Recession?Seattle never got the memo. The aerospace and tech industries keep this town firmly fixed in the 21st centruy. And flush: a vast network of urban neighborhoods--rife with all things new, from hangouts to highrises--is poised for action when the city's light-rail system revs up. But Seattle hasn't forgotten where it came from: alt music, farm-to-table dining, and genuinely great coffee are still what it's all about.

Destinations: Seattle · Woodinville · Downtown · Belltown · Pioneer Square

Hotels (4)

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    Pan Pacific Seattle

    Set farther north than the city’s other downtown hotels, this glittering high-rise is separate from the madding crowd (although that’s temporary—a

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    Hotel 1000

    It’s easy to get distracted by all the high-tech amenities at the 1000—along with iPod docking stations, Wi-Fi, and personally programmed sensors t

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    Ace Hotel

    Chic and cheap, this 28-room hotel draws visiting designers and musicians, along with bargain-hunting hipsters. Rooms are spare, but have appealing

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    Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle

    If your preferred aesthetic is grande dame rather than high design, this historic property—which has hosted black-tie galas since 1924—is your only

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Restaurants (7)

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    Tilth

    Housed in a celery-green remodeled craftsman home, this bistro in Phinney Freemont has earned locavore accolades since opening in 2006. Chef-owner

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    Txori

    Sample octopus imported from Valencia and kalmotxo, a drink made from red wine and Coke at this Basque-themed tapas bar.

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    Licorous

    Chef John Sundstrom (who made his name with sister institution - and next-door neighbor - Lark) serves smoked white-been tartine and tuna crudo wit

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    Ray's Boathouse

    What It’s Like: In Seattle’s hip Ballard neighborhood, this longtime leader in locavore cuisine dishes up only the freshest Northwest fare before u

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    Tavolàta

    Pasta is the star at chef-restauranteur Ethan Stowell's Tavolàta. House-crafted rigatoni, casarecce, conchiglie, linguini, and more, are made on-si

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    Quinn’s

    This Capitol Hill gastropub attracts an afterwork-drinks crowd, as well as dinner-seeking locals. Inside, Quinn's floor-to-ceiling windows and chan

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    The Herbfarm

    Dinner at The Herbfarm is a four or five hour experience. Guests are greeted with a pre-dinner beverage and taken on an herb garden tour before sit

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Activities (4)

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    REI

    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. RE

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    Elliott Bay Book Company

    With an inventory that’s Barnes & Noble-esque in scope, this venerable independent bookstore is a point of pride for Seattleites. Occupying a histo

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    Pike Place Market

    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 r

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    Olympic Sculpture Park

    This nine-acre waterfront spread is arguably the most gorgeous addition to the Seattle Art Museum (it even outshines the recently renovated main mu

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