Creative Coordinates: Seattle, Washington

Travel inspires us. It takes us to new places and new spaces; it transports our minds, animates our spirits, and enlivens our senses. Our Creative Coordinates travel guide series charts the world’s creative hotspots—places beaming with musical, artistic, cultural, and culinary inspiration.

Seattle, Washington: Aside from being the go-to destination for those seeking outdoor respite, Seattle is often seen as the cultural hub of the Pacific Northwest—and for good reason. Home to the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Jimmy Hendrix, the Emerald City boasts unique dining, exceptional boutique shopping, and a music and cultural scene that just keeps on growing.

Stay – The W Seattle A contemporary high-rise retreat located in downtown Seattle, the best part about this home away from home is its location. It’s just a short walk from Pike Place Market, all the retail you could ask for, and countless restaurant and music venues.

Early Morning Coffee – Ghost Alley Espresso Begin your day with a stroll down to Pike Place Market where you’ll find Ghost Alley Espresso: a literal hole in the wall coffee shop with (arguably) better brew than that other famous Seattle-founded coffee chain. Go early to avoid the lines—and watch the market come to life.

Shop – Pike Place Market Get another cup of joe to go, and start wandering through the endless corridors and floors of Pike Place. There’s something new and exciting in each stall. Pay close attention to those with specialty foods and local goods and stay long enough at the Pike Place Fish Co. stall to see the lively flying fish show.

Get Outside – Lincoln Park Take in the best of Seattle’s scenery at Lincoln Park, which boasts nearly eight miles of walking and biking trails, plus idyllic grassy meadows that are perfect for picnicking. Rent a bike, take a stroll, or hop on a ferry and breathe in as much fresh air as possible.

Arts & Culture – Seattle Center Visit this district to cross some of Seattle’s most popular cultural destinations off your list. Make your way to the observation deck of the Space Needle for stellar views of Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound. Wander over to the Chihuly Garden & Glass to see the exquisite glass sculptures made by world-famous sculptor Dale Chihuly. And finally, go to Experience Music Project Museum, dedicated to the history and exploration of contemporary popular culture.

Happy Hour – Rachel’s Ginger Beer After all that culture and fresh air, you deserve a drink. RGB takes happy hour to a whole new level with freshly made ginger beer in flavors like Blood Orange, Pink Guava, and White Peach. Have a refreshing drink (or three), and as a bonus, you can take home a growler of your favorite flavor.

Dinner – Staple & Fancy Located in Ballard, one of Seattle’s most popular neighborhoods, Staple & Fancy provides one of the most authentic dining experiences Seattle has to offer. Choose between ordering à la carte from the “staple” menu or ordering from the chef’s choice “fancy” menu. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for the latter and know that the multi-course feast won’t disappoint.

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