I really hate that word. Is there a better one for vacationing in your hometown? Because, for me, staycations conjure up weeks spent at your actual home. I’m not at all opposed to such a break, and yet, what I’ve been imagining lately is a weekend in a downtown Seattle hotel. One where we can wake up and wander over to Pike Place Market – a place we never venture to because of all the sighs. Sigh…parking will suck. Sigh…so many tourists. Sigh…it’s raining, will it really be a very nice?
Downtown Seattle is so iconic – especially the waterfront. But, if you’ve lived in an iconic city, you are probably much like us and rarely play tourist in your own city. Such a shame, really. People travel here from all over the world to see the things we often take for granted.
So yes, I would love to wander over to Pike Place Market.
See a concert at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
Take the Monorail to Seattle Center.
Have a drink at the top of the Space Needle.
It’s not that we haven’t done these things. We have – or, at least, between us we have. We don’t even live very far outside of the city core. Just over the ship canal, in fact. But there’s an appeal to living at the heart of the action for a couple of days. Becoming part of the city’s pulse. So, I have my eye on a couple of classic Seattle hotels…
A true classic. The Edgewater is Seattle’s only over-water hotel, it sits on the former Galbraith-Bacon Pier site along Elliott Bay. Many famous visitors have stayed at The Edgewater over the years – Led Zeppelin (they’ve actually been banned!), the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, The Village People, KISS, Black Sabbath, Kurt Cobain (of course!), and, most notably, The Beatles who stayed at the hotel in 1964 during the height of Beatlemania. It’s said that you can fish off the balconies, but I think that’s been discouraged since the Zeppelin incident.
Inn at the Market
This elegant boutique hotel is practically hidden in Pike Place Market. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling bay windows with downtown, market, and Sound views. Cafe Campagne, one of four adjacent restaurants among a sea of other downtown greats, serves classic French fare – a terrific brunch spot. Their real claim to fame, though, is the rooftop deck where visitors can enjoy a pre-dinner glass of wine or post-sunset nightcap. The Inn’s history is not quite as storied at The Edgewater’s, though perhaps that’s just because their style is generally a bit more hush hush.
I’ve heard a rumor that the Inn is a lovely place to wake up Christmas morning. But I can imagine an incredible New Year’s Eve at The Edgewater. I don’t think you can go wrong with either. In fact, perhaps we need to plan ahead for both!