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Boating in Seattle, Washington
Gateway to the Pacific Northwest
Seattle is a vibrant port city with a laidback, west coast feel. The gateway to the Pacific Northwest is surrounded by natural beauty and filled with exciting things to see and do. Whether you want to catch a thrilling game at Qwest Field or a traditional show at TillicumVillage, you will never have a dull moment in the Emerald City.
The renowned department store originated in Seattle in 1901 and has a wide selection of merchandise. The flagship store now has a spa and is worth the trip.
Every January, people come from all around to experience this boat show. The boat show is spread across two venues, inside Qwest Stadium and on the waters of Lake Union, and visitors can see some of the world’s finest boats. (206-634-0911, www.seattleboatshow.com)
Seattle is the starting point for at least six different Inside Passage cruises, so be sure to stay a few extra days and explore Seattle.
Seattle Seahawks & Seattle Mariners
No matter what time of year you are traveling, you can always catch a game in the EmeraldCity. The Seattle Seahawks play at Qwest Field and the Seattle Mariners play at Safeco Field, which are both conveniently located about a mile away from downtown.(Qwest Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., www.seahawks.com; Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave. S., www.seattle.mariners.mlb.com)
Located in the BlakeIslandState Park, TillicumVillage is home to the area’s premier native cultural experience and the famous salmon bake. You can either overnight at their docks or take the Argosy Cruise Company’s boat which takes you to and from the village. (206-622-8687, www.tillicumvillage.com)
Built in 1962 for the World’s Fair, the Space Needle is one of Seattle’s major attractions. Take your kids up to the top and experience Seattle in a unique and exciting way. (203 Sixth Avenue North, 206-905-2200, http://www.spaceneedle.com/aboutus/)
Restaurants and Provisions
Seattle has an extraordinary bounty of fresh Pacific Northwest seafood on offer, including Dungeness crab, king crab, salmon, halibut, oysters, clams, and mussels. Below are some of our favorite places for feasting on these catches.
One of the city’s leading steak and seafood houses for twenty years, conveniently located downtown. The extensive oyster selection changes daily, the steaks are dry-aged, and local ingredients are featured throughout the menu, from the Dungeness-crab salad to the Penn Cove mussels. (1212 2nd Avenue, 206-224-7000, www.thebrooklyn.com/)
A Seattle classic, in the heart of Pioneer Square. Slow-roasted box beef (prime rib), Northwest salmon, fresh fish and chips, and a standout selection of drinks that includes Washington-state wines, 30 draft beers, and one of the country’s biggest bourbon collections. (419 Occidental Ave. S., 206-623-4800, www.fxmcrorys.com)
A personal favorite on the water near downtown, at Elliott Bay Marina. House specialties include made-to-order clam chowder and Dungeness-crab cakes. (2601 W. Marina Pl., 206-285-1000, www.palisaderestaurant.com/page/home)
The quintessential Northwest seafood experience, located near the Shilshole Bay Marina. The menu changes weekly depending upon the fresh catch, and the dining room has stunning views of the Olympics over the SalishSea. (6049 Seaview Ave. NW, 206-789-3770, www.rays.com)
Inventive food made with local ingredients and served in a stylish but low-key Pike Place Market space. (95 Pine St., 206-625-0129, www.steelheaddiner.com/)
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