Seattle, or what's often referred to as "the Emerald City", is the magnetic metropolitan city in Washington State that's taking the world of arts and culture by storm. Just moments after arriving, you can nearly physically feel the buzz of the artsy atmosphere. Hosting a mild climate similar to that of neighboring Vancouver, Seattle experiences the best balance of seasons with sun-filled summers and mild winters. A city with a cosmopolitan aurora, this is go-to destination, even if only for a day.
The best place to start your day is at one of the three central Macrina Bakeries . Offering tasty breakfast options and weekend brunch, you're sure to find a delicious homemade option to suit your morning mood. Grab a freshly brewed coffee and bite to eat for less than $20 -- impressive for such a happening city. The Macrina Bakeries have been providing Seattle residents and visitors alike with wholesome, freshly made meals for over twenty years, so you can count on it to be pretty amazing. A visit to the 1st Avenue location will set you up for the next part of your day nicely, too.
A less than 15 minute walk from Macrina on 1st is the EMP ; A contemporary, futuristic museum in downtown Seattle. The non-profit organization is dedicated to modern pop culture and offers explorations of exciting one-of a kind exhibits, transcending genres of music, movies and science fiction. Admission is $25 per adult and warrants you as long as you like, be it to create your own beats in the sound lab or journey through the history of music legend, Jimi Hendrix.
For your midday coffee injection, head downtown and pop by specialty coffee company Slate Coffee Roasters for personalized service and high-quality beverages. Ideal for a busy day on the go, these talented baristas get it right every time, performing taste tests on their brews each morning to ensure each cup is perfection.
Situated in the heart of Belltown, Local 360 is one of the finest Seattle restaurants to visit for lunch, offering an array of tasty menu options to suit all dietary preferences. The restaurant's owners support local suppliers and pride sourcing most of their ingredients from within a 360 mile radius of Seattle (hence the name). Friday's special of rockfish with vodka beer batter is simply delectable.
What better way to take a stylish two-hour boat cruise around Lake Union and Lake Washington than with your own personal captain and cocktail mixologist? Onboard the Candere , you can absorb the epic natural vistas of Mount Rainer and skylines of Bellevue and Seattle, all whilst cruising along with a cocktail in hand. Two-hours of cruising on the Candere starts at $60 per adult.
Japanese tapa and shochu bar, Wann Izakaya , offers happy hour deals all day Monday and Tuesday and from 4pm to 7pm Wednesday to Sunday. Located in the heart of the city, it's the perfect place to quench your thirst and have a mid-exploration nibble on the happy hour menu for $10 or less.
After all that eating and drinking, a good place to work up an appetite for dinner is at Kerry Park . Walking up the 1.26 acre park's steep gradient is evermore worthwhile once you reach the top. The park lies at Queen Anne Hill and offers a epic view of Elliot Bay, Seattle's skyline (including downtown) and the Space Needle. A sunset viewed from the peak is certainly one to be remembered.
Delightfully, no reservations are required for Manolin - one of the best Seafood and more dining venues in Seattle. Known for it's simple, delicious and affordable food, you can enjoy dinner on the patio or inside the spacious, minimally-decorated restaurant. After all, the focus should really be on the incredible menu.
Open until midnight, Seattle's Mollusk bar adopts a classy yet casual atmosphere where you can find finely-brewed craft beers, well-made cocktails and even alcoholic snow cones. At this uptown Southeast Asian bar, you can unwind in sophisticated surroundings and reflect on your day in style.
When in Seattle, it would be a sin not to stop by the lux chocolatier that is Fran's Chocolates and sample some of the most elite handmade truffles and caramels. Home to the sweet treat of choice for President Obama, the regal tastes will undoubtedly be enough to make you do more than just window shop.
Rest your head in the luxuriously chic Hotel Ballard , the only boutique hotel situated in the historic Ballard region. From your plush room, you can take in the scenic views spanning the surrounding neighborhoods and majestic Olympic Mountains. Standard room rates during peak season start at $259 USD per night.