When I think of Seattle, I think land and sea, and lots of it! Seattle has no shortage of accommodations. Whatever your budget, Seattle has it! Like living on the edge? Literally? The Edgewater Hotel might be just what you're looking for...It sits on Elliot Bay and the floor to ceiling windows will make you feel like you are on a cruise ship. Pick from skyline views or water's edge, this version of a Northwest lodge is fun and desirable place to stay while visiting Seattle. The Edgewater is conveniently located on pier 67, close to Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market and the Space Needle.
Located inside the Edgewater Hotel, is the Six Seven Restaurant, which serves up Pacific Northwest cuisine taking pride in local catch, local produce and ingredients. Sit indoors or out, the panoramic views are as breathtaking as the cuisine. Reservations are suggested. Arrangements can be made by Calling 206-269-4575 or 1800-624-0670. It's located at:
The Edgewater Hotel 2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 Seattle, Washington (WA) 98121 http://www.edgewaterhotel.com
A trip to Seattle would not be complete without some island hopping. The San Juans are the treasure of the Pacific Northwest and an easy ferry ride from Seattle. The Islands and Seattle are close in proximity but you will feel a million miles away. These islands are astonishingly beautiful and unspoiled. A nature lover's paradise. No hustle and bustle here, just rugged out-door fun and a visual buffet.
One of my most magical experiences I had on my travels was staying at a small bed and breakfast called, The Orcas Hotel on Orcas Island. This little Red and White Bed and breakfast has been serving guests since 1904 and is literally steps away from the Ferry Landing. Its convenient locations allow you to connect with nature by taking one of the many whale watching tours offered by the islands.
The Orcas Hotel 18 Orcas Hill Road Orcas, WA 98280 (360) 376-4300 http://www.orcashotel.com
The San Juans receive about 250 days of sunny beautiful weather and about half the annual rainfall as Seattle. Check the ferry schedules and be on time. While this is a laid back place to visit, the ferries wait for no one. Miss a boat and you are out of luck. For a truly inspiring experience, get off at Friday Harbor and travel to Lime Kiln State Park. It's a 36-acre day-use park on the west side of San Juan Island. It's the one best place to view the majestic orcas in their natural environment. Whales migrate between May thru October so plan you trip accordingly. Although it's a short ferry ride, you'll need at least 2 days to explore. Puget Sound is a simple escape but an extraordinary experience. If you are one of the lucky ones to visit, congratulations!