Things to do

Things to do in Seattle

While Seattle has a reputation for rainy days and gloomy skies, the locals know that the weather is pretty pleasant outside of the rainy season (November through March), especially during the summer months. This is why all of our innkeepers advise spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Three Tree Point Bed and Breakfast suggests riding bicycles around Alki Beach Park, renting boats at Lake Union Park, or hiking up to Twin Falls at Olallie State Park. Korby Kencayd and Randal Potter, avid hikers and innkeepers at the Sleeping Bulldog Bed and Breakfast, recommend hitting the trails at the Mountains to Sound Greenway, an area measuring 1.5-million acres in size and defined by watershed boundaries.

During the summer months, you can catch performances of Shakespeare in the Park in various locations around the city put on by the Seattle Shakespeare Company. Visitors wanting to treat their palates can explore Woodinville Wine Country, a favorite activity of the Sleeping Bulldog Bed and Breakfast.

Where to eat

Where to eat in Seattle

One of the best ways to get to know a city is through its restaurant scene.

This restaurant has been suggested by multiple innkeepers:

  • Poppy: At this Capitol Hill restaurant, you’ll experience the innovative fusion between the cuisines of southern regions of Asia and the finest seasonal ingredients and fresh spices available in the Pacific Northwest. Meals are served in a style similar to traditional Indian and Nepalese meals made up of a variety of dishes. Enjoy tasting portions of seven different dishes presented all at once in individual bowls set on a wide platter. And, after you’ve filled yourself with plates of Pickled Figs and Nigella-Poppy Naan, order up the Nutter-Butter Squares that all the locals are buzzing about.

Other restaurants suggested:

  • Canlis: If you’ll be celebrating a special occasion during your visit, then aim to make a reservation at Canlis, widely considered one of the Seattle’s finest restaurants. Not only will you dine on food prepared with modern techniques and presented in contemporary ways, but you will also be treated to sweeping 180-degree views of the city, Lake Union, and the Cascade Mountains.
  • Dahlia Lounge: The first restaurant of James Beard Award-winning chef Tom Douglas, Dahlia Lounge has been at the epicenter of Seattle’s local, sustainable, and organic food movement for over 20 years. Among the items listed on the Asian-inspired dinner menu, the Dungeness Crab Cakes stand out as a diner favorite. For dessert, go for the Triple Coconut Cream Pie or the addictive Made-to-Order Doughnuts.
  • Ray’s Boathouse: Originally opened in 1939, this sleek and sophisticated waterside restaurant in the Ballard neighborhood has earned a special place in the hearts of Seattleites. The restaurant features a weekly rotating Chef’s Tasting menu that highlights the region’s fresh fish and seafood. If you’re looking for small plates rather than a full dinner, then take a seat at the 30-foot waterfront bar and sip on a hand-crafted cocktail while taking in the view of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

-Recommended by Three Tree Point Bed and Breakfast

  • Cheeky Café: Focusing on classic American comfort food with some Asian twists, this restaurant in the Central District serves up a side of nostalgia with each plate. Owners (and sisters) May and Wendy Wong regularly rotate the items on the menu based on customer suggestions, so repeat visits may reveal new dishes among long-time favorites such as the Spicy Mac kicked up with kimchi, the Cheeky Burger seasoned with katsu sauce, and the Meatloaf Sandwich topped with house-made barbecue sauce.
  • Salty's: This restaurant on Alki Beach has been consistently voted “Best Waterfront Restaurant” and “Best Sunday Brunch” in the city. Take in the sweeping views of Elliott Bay and Seattle’s breathtaking skyline while you dine on a wide assortment of the region’s freshest seafood. In nice weather, request a table on the seaside patio or on the wrap-around deck to take full advantage of coastal landscape.
  • That's Amore: Locals consider this Italian bistro a “hidden gem” in the city. If you’re looking for an authentic meal based on the traditional dishes of Tuscany, then this is the restaurant for you. Enjoy the Wild Boar Ragu based on a 1,000-year-old recipe while sipping on a glass of wine and watching the sun set out beyond Elliott Bay. On a clear night, you might even be able to spot the Olympic Mountains off in the distance.

-Recommended by Sleeping Bulldog Bed and Breakfast

Where to shop

Where to shop in Seattle

While developing your strategy for exploring what Seattle has to offer, don’t forget to add some of the local shops and markets to your list. Since Seattle is such a diverse city, you will undoubtedly stumble across stores to meet your every possible shopping need.
 

The following is recommended by multiple innkeepers:

  • Pike Place Market: This Seattle institution overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront is one of the oldest continuously-operated public farmer’s markets in the United States and a must-see destination for artisanal and specialty food products, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, regional seafood, and locally-produced meat and poultry.

Where to go for nightlife

Seattle nightlife

To fully understand the intricacies of a city, you need to balance your daytime activities with some nightlife. Our innkeepers have come up with a list of must-hit spots to visit once the sun has set for the evening.

These venues are recommended by multiple innkeepers:

  • Dimitriou's Jazz Alley: Jazz Alley has been a fixture of the live music and dining scene in Seattle since 1979. The small club atmosphere allows patrons to sit within arm’s reach of the greatest names in jazz as they perform each set.
  • The New Orleans in Pioneer Square: For more jazz from local, regional, and national musicians, head to the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in the historic Lombardy Building in Pioneer Square. As you dine on your meal of Creole and Cajun food, you can soak in the sounds that make up America’s musical heritage.
Other venue suggestions:
  • Fremont Outdoor Cinema: On Saturday evenings during the summer, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy movies projected on the big-screen. Audience members are highly encouraged to join in and interact with the show.

-Recommended by Three Tree Point Bed and Breakfast

Events

Seattle art festival

While planning your trip to Seattle, check the dates on the following popular events to make sure you don’t miss them while you’re in town.
 

These events come highly recommended by multiple innkeepers:

  • Northwest Folklife Festival: This festival is an annual festival hosted at Seattle Center that celebrates ethnic, folk, and traditional art, crafts, and music. Admission to the festival is free, but greeters at the entrance encourage visitors to make suggested donations of $5 per day. (Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Seafair: This summer festival encompasses a wide variety of small neighborhood events leading up to several city-wide celebrations. The most popular events are the Torchlight Parade and accompany Torchlight Run, the Seafair Cup hydroplane races, and the Blue Angels show. (Summer)
  • Bumbershoot : Bumbershoot is the largest urban arts festival in North America drawing artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, and performance and visual arts. (Labor Day Weekend)
 

Other event suggestions:

  • Seattle PrideFest: PrideFest is the largest free pride festival in the United States, featuring four stages, silent disco, world-class entertainment, and measurable action and advocacy for the LGBT community. (Summer)

-Recommended by Three Tree Point Bed and Breakfast

  • Issaquah Salmon Days Featival: This two-day festival in Issaquah, Washington, located approximately 20 miles southeast of Seattle, celebrates the return of the salmon to their birth-waters, and highlights the city’s history, culture, and ethnic diversity. You’ll find four stages of entertainment as well as an arts convention showcasing the crafts of artists based in the Pacific Northwest. (October)

-Recommended by Sleeping Bulldog Bed and Breakfast

Where to go for day trips

Seattle Ferry

These day trips come highly recommended by multiple innkeepers:

  • Bainbridge Island Ferry Trip: Our innkeepers overwhelmingly recommend scheduling time to take the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. The trip takes 35 minutes (one way) and offers a scenic tour of the Puget Sound. Once on Bainbridge Island, spend the day exploring the sights and the shops and then take the return ferry back to the city for dinner.
  • Mount Rainier: Mount Rainier is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States as well as the Cascade Volcanic Arc and is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. While climbing the mountain is reserved for highly skilled climbers, Mount Rainier National Park offers visitor a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, and backcountry skiing.


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Other day trip suggestions:

If you want to really pack your day full of activities, the Sleeping Bulldog Bed and Breakfast recommends continuing on from Snoqualmie Falls across the valley to explore the rich culture of the city Duvall, the historic home of the Snoqualmie and other ancestral Tulalip Native American tribes. After that, head to Woodinville Wine Country located just 30 minutes outside of Downtown Seattle. You can choose from over 90 wineries and tasting rooms to explore before ending the evening in Kirkland for dinner on the waterfront.