Last weekend, we played tourist in our own city of Seattle and had a lovely staycation downtown at The Sound Hotel courtesy of Visit Seattle! Safety protocols in the city were top notch and everyone was masked indoors, so we felt safe while still being able to have fun. Read on for where we stayed, what to do, where to eat/drink, and more!
Where to Stay
We stayed at The Sound Hotel, and its name is a play on the word “sound”: being located right by the Puget Sound, an homage to Seattle’s musical legacy seen throughout the hotel’s decor, and being located walking distance to concert venues like Jazz Alley and The Crocodile.
The modern Sound Hotel in Belltown has sweeping city views and is only blocks away from Pike Place Market, downtown shopping, Amazon Spheres, Seattle Center, and more. Yet it’s removed from the hustle and bustle just enough to feel like an urban retreat, as we’d wind down nightly with some beers from Cloudburst Brewing on the terrace overlooking the Space Needle.
What to Do
What better way to admire stunning views of Seattle than from the Space Needle? I brought my Dad, who is visiting from Hong Kong, and we got free photos included with our tickets, which made for a sweet keepsake. There are two levels: the upper level has floor-to-ceiling glass and the lower level has an all-glass floor. It was an epic and thrilling way to sightsee! Currently, masks are required indoors so everyone can stay safe.
The Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum is conveniently located next to the Space Needle, so we wandered over to explore the incredible glass exhibits created by Tacoma-native, Dale Chihuly. We took our time appreciating the galleries, strolling through the whimsical garden, and sitting in the Glasshouse, a 40-foot tall structure that is flooded with light and features a suspended 100-foot long glass sculpture.
As for my outfit details, other than tying my hair up, I’ve been using headbands to keep hair out of my face during the hot days of summer. Also, these airy linen shorts from Madewell are currently on sale!
Where to Eat/Drink
We popped downstairs from our hotel to Currant Bistro for a delicious dinner. All the food is regionally sourced, and the drink menu is full of Seattle craft beers and Washington wines. In the morning, there’s also coffee, freshly baked goods, hot breakfast sandwiches, and more offerings.
We started with a Pence Orchard peaches salad, which was perfect for summer, and also an addictively tasty queso dip. For the entrees, Husband and I shared the buttery scallops and prosciutto fig flatbread.
I changed for the evening but kept with the hair accessories, opting for a satin headband (currently on sale!) that paired with this fun polka dot blouse. The top is sold out but I’ve linked some similar options.
How to Support Seattle Businesses
- Stamp Act Coffee – in THE city of coffee this small batch roaster stands out! We’ve been enjoying coffee from their Old School Seasonal Espresso Medium Roast beans all this week.
- Lady Yum – macarons and more. My favorite flavors were Circus Animal, Toasted Coconut, and Lemon!
- Cone & Steiner General – a great neighborhood market that stocks local products like Intrigue Chocolate Co., Estrella all natural bar soap, Girl Meets Dirt rhubarb lavender preserves, and more.
- Bite Society – handmade and delicious treats like these Vanilla Polka Dot cookies.
- Chukar Cherries – the classic dark chocolate cherries were soo good! Loved them with a glass of red wine.
- Pinky Up – love their teas (Earl Grey Macaron is a fave) and accessories (like the Infuser and Travel Infuser Mug).
As we’re still in this ongoing pandemic, it’s even more important to support local businesses as much as we can in order to all get through this difficult time together. Thank you to The Sound Hotel and Visit Seattle for a wonderful time this weekend highlighting our beautiful city!