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March 4, 2013

Justin Does…Seattle, WA

Since I was born and raised in Seattle, anytime I visit, I feel like I’m going home. One thing I love about visiting, is that I get to do some of the ‘touristy’ things. Seattle has so many things to offer and there is so much to do in this city that I struggled to come up with just a few things to see, eat, and do.

SEE  If you find yourself in Seattle on a clear day {they are not as uncommon as legend has it}, you MUST go to the top of the Space Needle. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, this iconic tower is a symbol of Seattle. Once at the top, you will have 360-degree view of Seattle, including the Olympic mountains, Mt. Rainier, and Puget Sound. HINT: Make lunch reservations at SkyCity {the restaurant at the top} and you’ll receive free access to the Observation Deck {and don’t have to wait in line for the elevator!}

EAT  Any type of fresh fish! One of my favorite restaurants is Tom Douglas’ Etta’s. Etta’s menu features seasonal, market driven seafood. The house specialty, Etta’s “Rub with Love” Salmon, is probably the best in the city.

SIP  Purple Cafe and Wine Bar is a wine oasis in the heart of downtown. Duck into Purple for a global wine selection, including some wines from the Pacific Northwest. INSIDERS TIP: Be careful when moving the chairs – they are heavier than they look!

DO  One of the most famous sites of Seattle is Pike Place Market and is sometimes called the Soul of Seattle. Spend time wandering through the market and sampling the fresh produce, fresh-cut flowers, and the world-famous flying fish at Pike Place Fish Market. The original Starbucks store is also found here.

STAY  The W Seattle was one of the first hotels in the W brand. This hip and contemporary hotel is right in the heart of downtown Seattle. The W is within blocks of Pike Place Market, the Seattle Center, and some of Seattle’s best shopping and dining spots. When you’re done sightseeing, grab a glass of wine or cocktail in the W Living Room {a.k.a., the hotel lobby}.

GET THERE  Fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport {airport code SEA}. The Link Light Rail will take you from the airport to downtown in under an hour for around two bucks.

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