AUTUMN WEEKEND GETAWAYS: SEATTLEby Hampton Rhodes

AUTUMN WEEKEND GETAWAYS: SEATTLE

seattle-1-seattle-skylineOkay — who doesn’t love a weekend in Seattle? Nobody!

Seattle is one of those places where urban excitement blends with friendly people, easy private and public access and the city takes on an almost entirely different personality on the weekends. While the weekdays may be filled with a rush of deadlines and business deals, on weekends, the city settles into a cool, laid-back groove that replenishes the soul, fills the senses, and also redefines recreation. There is plenty to do and see in the Greater Seattle area to fill a weekend, or longer if one could be so lucky!

seattle-2-argosy-harborFirst, if you like college football, AND you like a good boat party in Seattle’s beautiful waterways, now you can combine the two into a really fantastic “sailgaiting” experience in Seattle. That’s right — you can now sail your way to the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium through Seattle Sailing Charters, and moor their charter boat right at the stadium!

seattle-3-sailgaiting-in-seattleAccording to their website, “Perhaps the best college football experience available anywhere; Husky football by boat, with no traffic mess or parking woes! We’ve taken our sailboats to UW games for years but with the addition of our power yacht Splendido, we’re opening up this amazing experience to football fans quick enough to reserve the yacht ahead of time.  Regardless of the weather, Splendido will take you and your party from the ship canal near the locks through bustling Lake Union, past the SYC Yacht Club directly to the anchorage in front of mighty Husky Stadium — guaranteed comfort and fun, rain or shine!  While the owners are die-hard Husky fans, they may consider flying an opposing team’s colors alongside our 4′ x 6′ UW banner, if you’re really, really nice.”

A full-day pricing for Splendido is $1,000 for up to 6 fans; the ultimate tailgating experience. However, new for 2016, in addition to gourmet appetizers/beverages, they will provide full time access to the yacht during the game with guaranteed moorage right at the stadium in Husky Harbor — no lines for the shuttle!

seattle-4-seattle-foodsIf Sailgaiting in Seattle didn’t lift your skirt high enough for excitement, how about trying these amazing foods and beverages of the area? Head to Ivar’s, Spud’s, Anthony’s or Sunfish for their separate takes on world-famous Seattle Fish & Chips. Feel like a burger? Get over to Dick’s hamburgers. Seattle’s signature fish, salmon, can’t be beat at Portage in the Queen Anne section of the city. But also be sure to check out the Kodiak Island scallops and the Olympia oysters and Dungeness crab as well.

seattle-5-dungeness-crabOf course you have to have coffee in Seattle — choose your favorite between Seattle’s Best, B&O Espresso or the favorite stand-by, Starbucks. Maybe you would like some Top Pot doughnuts to go with that?

seattle-6-coffee-houseFinding a great place to stay in Seattle is not problem — but finding the right boutique Inn that fits your style may be a tough decision as there are so many to choose from! The Bacon Mansion Bed and Breakfast offers country-chic rooms in a 1910 mansion and starts at $219 per night. The nearby Mozart Guest House is a Victorian style B&B, also in the downtown area and starts at $169 per night. And then there is  the ultra-urban-stylish Ballard Inn located in the Ballard/Freemont area northwest of downtown housed in a former bank that starts at $148 per night.

seattle-7-mozart-guest-houseOther activities in Seattle and the surrounding area include the Olympic National Forest. With an area of 628,115 acres, it nearly surrounds Olympic National Park and the Olympic Mountain range and offers diverse recreation opportunities for everyone including the sounds of rushing rivers, lush rain forests, alpine wildflowers and views of the Puget Sound from mountain peaks.

seattle-8-olympic-national-forestThe Seattle Art Museum, along with the Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park, offers rich regional national and international exhibitions with collections of art, photography, textiles and artifacts from around the world. Current exhibitions include Mood Indigo, Big Picture, Art after 1945, Tamiko Theil: Gardens of the Anthropocene, and Light and Space among 16 other exhibitions going on right now.

seattle-9-seattle-art-museumSo there is plenty to do and see and experience and have fun with in Seattle. One of America’s favorite cities in which to play, live, work, grow and learn, Seattle is a perfect weekend getaway destination for singles, couples, families and friends to relax and reconnect with each other, the world’s diverse cultures and a bit of down-home American history.

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Seattle Events in September
Seattle Art Museum
Olympic National Forest
Seattle Bed and Breakfast Inns
Seattle Coffee Houses
Seattle Restaurants
University of Washington – Seattle
Seattle Sailing Charters


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