Four Seasons Hotel Seattle: Within Walking Distance
These days the Emerald City is brewing up more than great coffee. You’ll find the real buzz just steps from your door.
If you can tear yourself away from the infinity pool at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, which overlooks Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, you’ll find yourself right in the heart of downtown Seattle, an easy stroll from the shops, restaurants and attractions of this prettier-than-a-postcard city.
1300 1st Avenue
You may be visiting Seattle, but for a trip around the world, go no farther than across the street to the Seattle Art Museum. Exhibits cover everything from 2nd-century Syrian flasks to 16th-century African masks to early 20th-century British Columbian house posts. Don’t miss the Porcelain Room, an awe-inspiring collection of more than 1,000 porcelain pieces from Europe and Asia, arranged by colour and theme. Also memorable is the wood-pannelled Italian Room, which takes you back to 16th-century Chiavenna, a town in northern Italy.
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
If you’re travelling with kids, the Seattle Aquarium is a must-see—and it’s fun for people of all ages. The Life on the Edge tide pools are main attractions where you can get up close and personal with a sharpnose crab, tube worm, coonstripe shrimp or any of the myriad other creatures hanging out in their underwater haven. Outside, the harbour seals and sea otters won’t disappoint on the cuteness scale.
1222 A 1st Avenue
For those who miss the lost art of letter writing, de Medici Ming Fine Paper is something like a wondrous time capsule, just waiting to be unearthed and explored. Although the shop is tiny, the selection is vast—here, you can get a card for any occasion, wrapping paper in exquisite designs and glass pens to sign your messages. Many of the products are made locally, and all are sourced with care.
1st Avenue and Pike Street
Fresh flowers, flying fish and fruit samples, oh my—there’s no place like Pike Place Market. A bustling collection of farmers, craftspeople, street performers, tourists and locals, the market is the perfect place to stroll the day away, so leave plenty of time to explore its nooks and crannies. One of the most popular stops is Pike Place Fish Market, where fishmongers send fresh seafood flying through the air. You can also grab a morning latte at the original Starbucks café.
1428 Post Alley
It may not be the oldest or most popular attraction in Seattle, but the Gum Wall is one of the most colourful. In Post Alley, located beneath Pike Place Market, you’ll find an amazing assortment of chewing gum that has been accumulating on a brick wall since the 1990s. It’s worth a stop for a photo op and the chance to add your own well-chewed piece to this living art project.
Tours and discoveries
You could rely on intuition or guidebooks, but sometimes a living, breathing tour guide is the best way to discover a new place. During the Market Ghost Tour, get the scoop on Seattle’s supernatural stories, with a good primer on the history of the city. If wandering through the stalls of Pike Place Market leaves you pondering which foods to try, a Savor Seattle tour will give you more than a dozen tastes of some of the city’s best offerings (get ready for cherries, chowder and cheese), plus an insider’s view on how the market operates.
216 Union Street
Dinner and a movie has been done, but what about dinner and live music at one of Seattle’s top performance venues? Right next door to the Hotel, The Triple Door serves up some of the best Asian-fusion fare in the city to tunes performed by noteworthy musicians. Housed in the historic Embassy Theatre, The Triple Door preserves the original theatre’s 1920s vaudeville atmosphere, but offers a contemporary (and award-winning) dining and music experience. The venue is intimate, the booths are comfy, and there’s not a bad seat in the house.
1301 Alaskan Way
Your best bet for unforgettable views of the city skyline is just a short walk from Four Seasons Seattle. At 175 feet (53 metres) tall, the Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the West Coast, positioned between the waterfront and the city’s bustling downtown. From inside one of the wheel’s fully enclosed gondolas, you’ll see across Elliot Bay on one side and bird’s-eye city views on the other.