Touring the Madness: Seattle, Washington
So you made it to Seattle and your game is early. That leaves you the rest of the weekend to chill and hang out. What to do? Here are a few things that can make your trip even if your team doesn’t make it through the weekend.
Dale Chiluly, who spends a lot of time at the Pilchuk Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, it the local art hero of Seattle. His glass sculptures can be seen around the world but his hometown display is at the Chihuly Gardens and Glass. Adult admission is $18 and worth so much more. Check out the glasshouse, the garden, the bookstore or grab a bite to eat at the Collections Café. No matter what you choose off the menu, leave room for their root beer float sourced with local root beer from Henry Weinhard’s Brewery and vanilla ice cream from Snoqualmie Creamery.
Pike Place Market – Seattle, Washington
Originally opening in 1907, Pike Place Market is a Seattle Visitor Tradition. Here you'll find antique dealers, comic books, collectibles, restaurants, and more. Visit the famous fishmongers of The Pike Place Fish Market for their “Flying Fish.” While you are at the market, stop by Pike Place Chowder and try one of their many award winning chowders. They also make a Dungeness crab roll that is to die for.
Space Needle – Seattle, Washington
Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the 605 foot tower can withstand winds up to 200 miles per hour and earthquakes up to a 9.1 magnitude. There is an observation deck as well at the Sky City Restaurant. This restaurant is the oldest revolving restaurant still in existence today. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and brunch. All of the meals include a trip to the observation deck with views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands.
Seattle has a thriving craft beer scene and one of the highest rated is Freemont Brewing. Started in 2008 by former hospitality lawyer, Matt Lincecum, they use all local ingredients and organic when possible in their brews. They are serious about their sustainability and reduce their carbon footprint as much as they can through “energy conservation and zero waste production processes.” They are even trying to find a way to recapture the CO2 that the fermenting process produces. Now that is sustainability that you don’t see every day. Oh and by the way, they make a bunch of great beer, too.
Photo courtesy the Washington City Paper.
Seattle has a bustling Asian scene and has for a long time. One of the institutions in that scene is Maneki Restaurant and Nancy Leson from the Seattle Times sums up pretty good by saying, “[Maneki has withstood] two World Wars, Japanese internment, a move, the distinction of having a former dishwasher go on to become the 66th prime minister of Japan and — amazingly enough — only a handful of ownership changes in a century.”
They are over 100 years old and have been doing it the same way the whole time. This is a place that you could have gone to and so could have your great, great, great grandfather. The nice thing is, the food hasn’t lost any quality or authenticity since. If you have Japanese food on the brain, stop here for sure.
Give it a go in Seattle, friends. There is so much to see, eat, drink and do here you could spend a while week. And if your team wins on Sunday, you have some time before you have to be at your next game.
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