It has been a few years since my last trip to Seattle but I was finally able to get back for a long weekend this past month. Next to Los Angeles, Seattle is one of my favorite cities to visit on the west coast. The easy-going atmosphere coupled with the beautiful scenery and amazing food scene make this the perfect place to plan your next vacation. Here are all of the recommendations that I have to help make Seattle the ultimate travel destination.

Where to Stay

I have been to Seattle a number of times and typically stay in the middle of the city. There are some great hotels available that can be quite affordable, however, Seattle is a hot-spot in the middle of the summer so things can get expensive. Not to mention I was there in the middle of that crazy solar eclipse that just occurred so it was busier and more expensive than usual. I decided to look outside of the city and am glad that I did because I ended up at the all new Hyatt Regency Lake Washington. If you’re already planning to rent a car for your visit then the location of this won’t be a problem because it’s just a quick drive into the downtown area of Seattle, Mercer Island and Bellevue.

This Hyatt Regency is located in an area that is currently being developed for mix use including residential and shopping. Things are a little sparse currently but it was so peaceful that I have no complaints. You can even watch planes being built at the Boeing plant right next door! I also loved that this hotel featured a dock on Lake Washington where you could sit with your morning coffee or watch the sun go down at night. Feel free to grab a bottle of wine from a Washington wine tour and bring it back for an evening on the dock with your love. The rooms are luxurious with plush bedding and modern bathrooms. You can enjoy a coffee and a pastry from their coffee bar in the morning or a meal at their restaurant for lunch and dinner.

Where to Eat

Seattle features and amazing food scene with neighborhoods booming with delicious restaurants. I suggest heading to the Ballard neighborhood for fun bars and restaurants with a bit of a hipster feel. If you’re in the mood for Mexican then my recommendation is Asadero for their delicious Waygu steak tacos. If oysters are more of your thing then swing into The Walrus and the Carpenter for a cocktail and seafood. For dessert you can head to Hot Cakes for a molten chocolate cake or grab gelato at D’Ambrosio Gelato.

Asadero Seattle

If you’re in the mood for some of the best Korean Chicken and Biscuits then I would suggest heading over to the Bok a Bok in the White Center neighborhood. I stumbled upon this gem while researching unique restaurant concepts for my visit and was not disappointed. They offer a choice of chicken breasts, wings and thighs paired with a variety of delicious sauces and house made biscuits. You can choose one of their unique sandwich creations or go with just the chicken for dipping. I tried the Korean BBQ Chicken Sandwich with a side of crispy tater tots and a biscuit. (Seriously, I didn’t finish it all, but had to try everything!) Any restaurant that serves tots gets my stamp of approval! I love that their offered two sizes for all of their chicken helpings allowing you to create a meal based on your level of hunger.

Bok a Bok Korean Fried Chicken

Bok a Bok Korean Fried Chicken

Bok a Bok Korean Fried Chicken

For an amazing Italian meal then I suggest a trip to the Madrona neighborhood for dinner at Vendemmia. Their menu highlights locally sourced ingredients in a rather simple setting. If the weather is comfortable then take a seat on their patio for an intimate dining experience. They offer oysters on the half shell for starters, a flavorful corn soup with smoked salmon and one of the best heirloom tomato salads that I have had in a long time! We tried two pasta dishes including their spaghetti bolognese and the paccheri which features gulf prawn and a tomato lemon sauce. We were too full for dessert but I can only imagine that it was just as delicious as our meal. If you’re early for your dinner reservation then I recommend stopping in at Bottlehouse for a quaint atmosphere and a wide selection of wines.

Vendemmia Seattle

Vendemmia Seattle

Vendemmia Seattle

Vendemmia Seattle

Vendemmia Seattle

If you’re in the mood to head downtown for brunch on the weekend then swing into the Thompson hotel for a rustic brunch at Scout PNW. Here you can find a wide array of Pacific Northwestern cuisine and by far the best avocado toast I’ve ever tasted. And I know you’re thinking that avocado toast is a pretty standard item but Scout manages to take it up a notch by topping it off with cucumber, togarashi and pine nuts. You can also order a cinnamon roll that is about the size of your head and a flavorful kale salad with Caesar dressing. I suggest adding grilled chicken to complete the meal.

Scout PNW Seattle

Scout PNW Seattle

Other Things to do in Seattle

If it’s your first visit to Seattle and you want to check out things like the Space Needle or the Aquarium then I suggest picking up a CityPASS. I’ve used these on my visits to Chicago and San Francisco and they really come in handy for skipping lines and getting a great discount on the main attractions. I also love that they typically pay for themselves after just 2-3 attractions so you don’t have to feel obligated about spending a lot of time at any one place just to get your money’s worth. Included with the CityPASS is a harbor tour cruise that takes you up and down the coastline for an optimal view of the city. You can also get into the Chihuhly Garden and Glass museum, one of my favorite attractions in Seattle.

The Ultimate Seattle Travel Guide

The Ultimate Seattle Travel Guide

The Ultimate Seattle Travel Guide

The Ultimate Seattle Travel Guide

Pike Place Market – This is the home of the very first Starbucks store and where you can see fresh fish being tossed from one hand to another.

The Ultimate Seattle Travel Guide

Museum of Flight – This is the home of the largest independent air and space museum in the world!

Hike, bike or paddle through one of the many national parks or public lakes or the Puget Sound.

Seattle offers a world of excitement for everyone and a delectable food-scene where you can find any cuisine that you’d every want to enjoy. Book your flight and head out for a fall trip this year!

The Ultimate Seattle Travel Guide

Special thanks to the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, Vendemmia, Bok a Bok, Scout PNW and the city of Seattle for hosting me on this trip! As always, all opinions expressed are my own.