“World’s Greatest” a Great Way to See the City of Seattle

The World’s Greatest Seattle Walking Tour is the humble name for a two and a half hour tour around downtown Seattle, Belltown, and Pioneer Square. The tour takes you up close to the many sights of the City as your tour guide gives you insights about the characters and events that grew Seattle from fledgling backwater outpost to burgeoning 21st century city. Pike Place Market (watch out for flying fish), WTO riot, grunge, Nordstroms' headquarters, Pioneer Square, Belltown, Seattle Art Museum, the original Starbucks store, Klondike Gold Rush, Great Fire of 1889, Post Alley, the monorail, Smith Tower, the city's rich sports history, and more all help this walking tour earn its name. The tour starts at Westlake Park across Pine Street from a... (wait for it) a... Starbucks! How perfect is that? The World's Greatest Seattle Walking Tour is also now a part of the World's … [Read more...]

Should I Get a City Pass for Seattle?

“City Passes” — sometimes known as “Sightseeing Passes” or “Attraction Passes” — are becoming more and more a part of the travel landscape. While long a feature of the European travel scene, they are a more recent arrival in the U.S. and can be a great way to take in the many great things to do in and around Seattle. In many ways they are overdue. Nobody walks into a hotel to request a room or walks up to the airline ticket counter and expects to get the best price, and yet that is still largely the case when it comes to people purchasing things to do while on a trip. City Passes let people buy their admissions in advance to get the best deal and to do so in a more convenient way that trying to by individual tickets separately. The basic idea behind any city pass is that it bundles together the entry tickets for multiple museums, sights, and tours and puts them on … [Read more...]

New Partners join the Go Seattle Card Program

Starting in mid-February 2010 holders of the Go Seattle Card get free admission to even more area attractions. Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville are joining the program. "We’ve been impressed with how Smart Destinations has grown both in Washington and in their other destinations,” said Whitney DalBalcon, Marketing and Public Relations Manager of Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. “Their focus on the visitor mirrors our own commitment to providing a world class experience. We’re looking forward to working together.” Point Defiance is not only a wonderful zoo and aquarium, with its innovative Animal Avenue and Asian Forest Sanctuary exhibits, but also boasts breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and Puget Sound. Northwest Trek is home to more than 200 animals that are native to the Pacific Northwest. … [Read more...]

Woodinville is for Wine Lovers

Woodinville has become a haven for fine winemakers.  Their commitment to quality is quickly becoming legendary among serious wine enthusiasts, and their wineries have more than doubled in number. Many tasting rooms are open to the public and provide the opportunity to sample and purchase wines straight from the wineries.  Three tasting rooms are open year round and 4 or 5 additional tasting rooms are open to the public on weekends. Visit and taste why Seattle is becoming one of the premier wine regions of the world. The Go Seattle Card includes a wonderful Woodinville Wine tour as one of 35 Seattle area attractions and tours included in the price of the card. Tours are run on Saturdays and include such wineries as Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, Matthews Estate, and Efeste. The tour will pick you up right from your hotel in the morning and have you back in town in … [Read more...]

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World Comes to Seattle

From May 23rd through August 16th, 2009, the Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) will be hosting an amazing exhibit and a number of accompanying events on the magical work of the late Jim Henson.  Jim Henson's Fantastic World is a deep dive into the work of the man behind the Muppets of “The Muppet Show,” “Sesame Street,” and “Fraggle Rock.” The exhibit features artifacts ranging from puppets to cartoons and storyboards to movie props as well as photographs of Henson at work. There is even a hands-on puppet theatre. In addition to his iconic Muppets, Henson's creativity encompassed music, multimedia, and all the components of story-telling that have made his creations into such a compelling and beloved legacy. While best known for characters like Kermit the Frog, Henson also branched out in a variety of other directions, … [Read more...]

Edward Hopper at the SAM

The Seattle Art Museum is hosting a focused exhibition of Edward Hopper's iconic paintings entitled "Edward Hopper's Women." The exhibit is set to run through March 1, 2009. One of the highlights of the exhibit is Hopper's famous 1929 composition Chop Suey which represents one of Hopper's first forays into urban settings with his paintings. Use your Go Seattle Card to get into the Seattle Art Museum and see their impressive collection of art from around the Pacific Rim, Europe, the Middle East and local works from the Pacific Northwest. … [Read more...]

Seattle Welcomes Avenue Q

Avenue Q cast photo courtesy of The Paramount Puppets singing about politics, racism, and life in the city. It's an improbable combination, but somehow it works. I've seen Avenue Q twice and listened to the cast album countless more times, but I still can't get enough of this infectious musical comedy. It's the type of show that charms even people say they don't like musicals. Seattle's Paramount Theatre will present Avenue Q June 10-22, and I highly recommend checking it out. The story centers on Princeton, an eager graduate with a "BA in English" and no career prospects, Kate Monster, the adorable monster next door, and their neighbors (a lovable cast of monsters, people, and puppets). Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster. … [Read more...]

Pike Place Market in the Rain

Pike Place Market photo uploaded by Matt McGee Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. ~John Ruskin … [Read more...]

Sneak Peek at Bumbershoot 2008

Bumbershoot 2007 in Seattle Photo uploaded by i am gina's photos If you're planning a trip to Seattle, WA during Labor Day weekend, then you'll definitely want to check out Bumbershoot, which is an annual music and arts festival that attracts over 125,000 visitors to Seattle Center each year. Running August 30 to September 1, 2008, this year's Bumbershoot will feature performances by Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, Lucinda Williams, Neko Case, Ingrid Michaelson, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, and other bands and solo artists to be announced. The festival will also feature literary programs, visual art, dance performances, and a film festival curated by the Seattle International Film Festival. While at Bumbershoot, you might check out other popular Seattle attractions like the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, and the Experience Music Project (EMP). All are within the Seattle Center … [Read more...]

Urban Craft Fair

Indie Craft Show Wares Photo uploaded by hownowdesign Looking for something special to spruce up your wardrobe or home? Look no further than the IHR (I Heart Rummage) urban craft show and sale on Sunday, April 6th! Featuring over 40 of "the Northwest's most innovative indie designers," it's held on the first Sunday of every month at Chop Suey. In addition to the multitudes of eclectic handmade wares, there's a live DJ and admission is always free. For more information, visit their website at www.iheartindie.com and be sure to check out the photo gallery of the fair! … [Read more...]