Adventurous in the Northwest
As a local, I’d love to share “My Seattle” with you in hopes that you experience the city and grow to love it as much as we all do.
I have summited many peaks in Washington, from the Olympic National Forest to the Cascade Mountains. Mount Rainer National Park is only a two-hour drive from downtown Seattle and is a great place to discover the Pacific Northwest from new heights. During autumn, view the colour display as the leaves turn. In winter, there are plenty of snowshoeing trails to explore.
Shop & Learn
Before hitting the trails, I head over to the downtown Seattle REI store to pick up supplies such as dehydrated snacks, waterproof gear and headlamps. The friendly staff always provide helpful advice based on the adventure at hand. Here’s an insider tip: If you’re a rock-climbing enthusiast, ask about the workshops at their in-store climbing wall.
After a morning outdoors, I stop by Melrose Market in the heart of Capitol Hill to refuel. Local restaurants such as Homegrown and Sitka & Spruce offer organic Pacific Northwest cuisine with an earthy-meets-urban vibe.
Keeping in shape is paramount for someone like me, who enjoys plenty of outdoor activities. Seattle has a phenomenal waterfront just two blocks from the Hotel, making it easy for me to run along Elliott Bay before or after work. A great scenic route begins at the Seattle Great Wheel, heads past the Seattle Aquarium and ends at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Pick up a running guide at the bell desk.
For a midday pick-me-up, I grab a freshly made juice from Healeo, an organic and superfood nutrition bar in Seattle that provides cutting-edge, whole-food ingredients to keep me healthy while I enjoy my active lifestyle.