Brett B., bellman

The factory tour of Theo Chocolate in Fremont is great for kids over five years old and adults.

Port Townsend is only a ferry ride away and a cute town near the water that’s fun to explore. Go to Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend.


Mili G., Goldfinch Tavern server

In Belltown, The List has a great daily and late night happy hour with an upscale, yet casual atmosphere.

Radici is a small, intimate space in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle. It’s family owned and everyone is so friendly. The pasta is handmade and they feature locally sourced produce, seafood and meats.

Flying Apron is located in Fremont and Redmond; it is a gluten-free, vegan coffee shop/bakery and café. They make fresh pastries daily that don’t taste gluten-free or vegan. They also have a pizza of the day, along with salads and other small bites. 

Charles Smith Wines Jet City is off the beaten path but well worth the drive. Visitors can taste wine while watching the Boeing airplanes land and take off.


Andrea I., Goldfinch Tavern private dining manager

Check out Let's Sail Seattle for awesome and inexpensive sails on the Sound, plus it's BYO F&B on the boat. Great for groups.  

Local breweries in Ballard and Fremont are within walking distance of each other and easy to tour (Ruebens, Populuxe, Fremont Brewing, Stoup).


Brandon J., housekeeping supervisor

Olympic Peninsula is my favorite day trip is to drive out to the ocean. However, it is more about exploring the Olympic peninsula than it is for the destination. I am always amazed by the Olympic national park’s beauty.

Ruby and La Push Beaches


John N., Goldfinch Tavern cook

San Juan Islands – made up of more than 172 islands and reefs in San Juan County, the four main ones are San Juan Island (where Friday Harbor is located), Orcas Island, Lopez Island and Shaw Island. There is something different to do on each island, and I’d recommend a few days to explore the area, from whale watching in the spring to kayaking and dining in some great restaurants.


Babucar F., In-Room Bistro server

The Frye Art Museum is always free and it has great exhibits.


Ella H., housekeeping room attendant

Scratch Distillery is locally owned and their gin has won some awards.


Roxanne G., engineering

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park is forty minutes from the Hotel – this lakeside park has boat launches, walking trails, tennis courts and picnic areas. If you’re visiting during the summer and have a car, grab a picnic from the Hotel or goodies from various stalls at Pike Place Market to enjoy a day at a local lake park outside the city.


Notable Mentions:

Hoh Rainforest (Rachel T., front desk agent)

Leavenworth (Korina C., Spa supervisor)

Ruby and La Push Beaches (Brandon J., housekeeping supervisor)

Ocean Shores (John N., Goldfinch Tavern cook)

Ballard Seafood Festival (Jason M., banquet chef)

Olympic Peninsula (Hideki A., Goldfinch Tavern bartender)

Port Townsend (Ella H., housekeeping room attendant)

Westland Distillery (Jason M., banquet chef)

Andrea I.

Babucar F