Sensational Seattle

From the cool coast to the majestic mountains, Washington’s Seattle has an abundance to offer

The 605-feet-tall Space Needle has an observation deck for viewing Seattle's cityscape. Photo: Space Needle

The 605-feet-tall Space Needle has an observation deck for viewing Seattle’s cityscape. Photo: Space Needle

On my bucket list of sorts has always been my wish to visit Seattle. Living in Massachusetts, I had the ocean and in Colorado I have the mountains, so Seattle seems to have the best of both worlds. Contrary to the stereotype of a constant dreary state, I was graced with warm sunshine during my entire trip. There are a plethora of Seattle hotels ready to suit your needs, but look no further than the Destination Hotels & Resorts Pacific Northwest Collection. Near an ocean, lakes and rivers, these resorts have something for everyone, with plush beds, delicious restaurants and endless activities.

Downtown Moves & Ocean Views
My first stop was at the newly branded Motif Seattle. After a multi-million dollar renovation, Motif Seattle by Destination Hotels & Resorts not only has a new name, but has updated and upgraded everything from the rooms, lobby and entry way to the conference spaces and their popular restaurant, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails. Whether you are here on a personal trip or business, all your bases are covered.

In the guest rooms and suites you will find a chic room with a contemporary touch. Bright pops of color pull in accents from the surrounding downtown Seattle views. Take the elevator to Frolik on the fifth floor, grab a bite to eat and take in the views of downtown. Open since fall 2013, Frolik is almost always buzzing with locals as well as hotel visitors, so a reservation is recommended. One of only three rooftop bars and restaurants in Seattle, this unique eatery has ping pong tables and shuffle board. Here you will find a design and concept drawn from the fashion and design of Seattle.
Seattle has a thriving culinary scene. Check out some top spots including Le Pichet. Their French-inspired cuisine was called “one of the best bistros in the country” by Anthony Bourdain on his Travel Channel show “The Layover”. For a sampling of the finest artisan cheeses, visit The Calf & Kid in Melrose Market.

Grab a French-inspired bite to eat at award-winning Le Pichet. Photography: Bob Peterson

Grab a French-inspired bite to eat at award-winning Le Pichet. Photography: Bob Peterson

The “City of Goodwill” offers plenty to do and explore. Take a quick walk down Fifth Ave. to the Pike Place Market, famous for its plentiful local produce and flowers as well as the fish vendors who toss the slippery fish when purchased. Right next door you will find the Seattle Aquarium giving visitors a glimpse into the ocean outside of Puget Sound. Locals recommend taking at least one day for a ferry ride out of town to view the sound and local islands. For spectacular 360-degree views of the city, visit the Seattle Space Needle. Open until 12 a.m., it’s an amorous vantage point to look out over the city’s twinkling lights. For an equally worthy view sans soaring heights, hop on The Great Wheel, Seattle’s giant Ferris wheel on the waterfront.

Lake Washington Way of Life
Just 15 minutes east of Seattle is Kirkland, Washington, home to the Woodmark Hotel by Destination Hotels & Resorts nestled on shore of Lake Washington. From the moment you enter the property, you will be surrounded by a lobby designed with aquatic inspiration. Touches of blues and whites create a nautical atmosphere that is continued throughout the hotel. I stayed in a room with waterfront views of Lake Washington, the second largest natural lake in Washington State, measuring about 22 miles in length.

While staying at the Woodmark, playing in the water is a main highlight. Near the marina, guests can rent stand-up paddle boards, jet skis, kayaks and more. After fun on the lake, take some time for yourself at Woodmark’s Still Spa. Get a massage or enjoy one of the many other treatments with top-of-the-line service like the Handmade Organic Body Ritual body wrap, complete with sugars, butters and essential oils.

I fell in love with the location even more after dining at their restaurant Bin on the Lake, perfect for watching the sun set while dining on tantalizing food. I enjoyed clams with sausage in a saffron broth that was divinely prepared by Chef Dylan Giordan and finished off the meal with Ricotta Doughnut Holes, a sweet-lover’s dream and a spectacular way to end a great day at the Woodmark.

Mysterious Mountains
A scenic 80 miles from Seattle, Suncadia Mountain Resort by Destination Hotels & Resorts will greet you with blue skies and toasty weather. On the Suncadia property, there are many lodging options. Houses are available to rent for larger groups. The Inn is a more intimate location with a smaller number of rooms, and The Lodge has chic, mountain-style suites and picturesque views of the Cle Elum River and surrounding Cascade mountain range, giving guests many opportunities for mountain play and comfortable living.

Suncadia is home to the onsite Prospector, Rope Rider and Tumble Creek golf courses. If golf in not your thing, take a cast at fly fishing with guides from Troutwater Fly Shop. They gave me a wonderful experience and helped me catch a cutthroat trout. With boat rentals, motorized scooters, hiking and more, you will find something to take your stay at Suncadia to the next level. Their award-winning Glade Spring Spa has outdoor glades, a relaxation sanctuary and rooms complete with the sounds of the stream outside.

Soak in bliss while surrounded by wilderness at Suncadia Mountain Resort. Photography: Destination Hotels and Resorts

Soak in bliss while surrounded by wilderness at Suncadia Mountain Resort. Photography: Destination Hotels and Resorts

The Seattle area is place unlike any other, so pack your bags and get ready for Seattle to sweep you off your feet.

Getting There
Seattle is a relatively quick two-hour flight from Denver International Airport on many popular airlines. Once in Seattle, rent a car via the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s easily accessible rental car service and let the adventure begin.

The Motif Seattle
206.971.8000 | motifseattle.com

The Woodmark Hotel
425.822.3700 | thewoodmark.com

Suncadia Resort
509.649.6400 | suncadiaresort.com

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