Welcome to LocWorld in sunny Seattle. Leave your umbrella at the hotel and confidently follow us where most Seattleites go on days like these: outside!
Places to Go and Hang Out
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Dale Chihuly is a Washington native internationally known for his unique glass works. Visit this museum entirely dedicated to his creations, including large-scale, room-sized pieces and an outdoor glass garden.
The MoPOP (Museum of Popular Culture) is dedicated to music (especially the Seattle grunge scene) and popular culture. Learn about Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Marvel superheroes, the thrill of horror films, see a Dalek from Dr. Who, and pet a dragon.
Elliott Bay Book Company
This thriving, independent book store in Capitol Hill has a carefully curated selection of books which can browse to your heart's content in a turn-of-the-century warehouse style setting. The cafe has great goodies, but hard to find a seat. Might just as well go around the corner and round out the afternoon with a scoop of Molly Moon's eccentric icecream flavors. Books and icecream make a great combo - rain or shine!
Olympic Sculpture Park
Free and open to the public, the Olympic Sculpture Park is operated by the Seattle Art Museum, and is a 10-minute walk from Bell Harbor Convention Center. It is a great location to take a leisurely walk and enjoy world-class art. Great to get some fresh air during the lunch break.
West Seattle Water Taxi
If you have time for a longer adventure, take the West Seattle Water Taxi from Colman Dock over to West Seattle (crossing time is 10-15 minutes). You'll get amazing views of the downtown skyline plus Vashon and Bainbridge Islands. Once in West Seattle, you can take the free DART shuttle to Alki Beach and enjoy a cocktail at Duke's Chowder House, a burger and beer at Blue Moon Burgers, or a giant ice cream cone at Pepperdocks's. In the afternoons/evening's, you may even catch some beach volleyball.
Bainbridge Island Ferry
Head south from the Bell Harbor Conference Center to Pier 52 for a ride on the Bainbridge Island ferry which is the island right across Puget Sound. Enjoy the stunnng view of Mt. Rainier as it appears behind Seattle's city scape and watch for orcas (which are rarely seen this far south, but make an occasional visit in these waters). Get off on Bainbridage Island and explore the small town of Winslow which is a vacationer's dream: yarn and tea stores, diners, art galleries and cafes all beckon you to stay. Then head back across which takes about 30 minutes; vessels leave about every 50 minutes. For those pressed for time, this is a commuter ferry with the first west-bound trip starting at 5:30am. Just ignore the sleeping passengers on board and enjoy a sunrise on the Sound if you happen to be an early riser. May the orcas be with you!
A short car ride from downtown Seattle and you can be in a 534-acre Discovery Park overlooking Puget Sound. Walk the Park Loop trail (3 miles) for an adventure through wooded paths and on bluffs with stunning views of the sound and the Olympic Mountains. Or go down to visit the lighthouse and sit on the beach.
Seattle Manhole Covers
While you're out and about, watch for some of Seattle's iconic manhole covers. Many are adorned with designs that are based on the art of Pacifc Northwest tribes. If you find one, remember to give thanks to the native people who inhabited this beautiful land before us.
Frankie & Jo's
Don't be scared by their tagline "Ice cream made from plants" this vegan ice cream (I swear you cannot tell) is some of the best in the city. With unique flavors like Salty Caramel Ash, Jamocha Chaga Fudge, Tahini Chocolate, and Smoked Fig and Chocolate, it's a unique Seattle experience not to be missed.
Hot lava cakes and a scoop of house made ice cream are pure decadence at this famous dessert cafe. Get a hot cake, a boozy shake, or an item from the bakery display to satiate your sweet tooth (vegan items too!).
Authentic Italian gelato in the heart of Seattle. Ask Sabina what her favorite flavors are - she has tried them all!
This Belltown gastro-tavern serves small bites (tapas-style) that are wonderful for sharing with a distinct Seattle vibe.
Local gastropub and cider tavern on 818 E Pike St, serves delicious, seasonal food.
A Seattle locals favorite right in Belltown. This gastropub serves food using seasonal ingredients farmed within 360 miles of Seattle.
Needle & Thread
A local speakeasy with a secret entrance behind a bank vault inside of a separate restaurant (Tavern Law). The craft bartenders create a custom cocktail based on your likes and preferences. Reservations required; small groups only.