Guide To Visiting Seattle For The Holidays

Guide To Visiting Seattle For The Holidays

Seattle is a great place to spend the holidays and it gets decked out for the season. The holiday season starts out with Macy’s Holiday Parade the day after Thanksgiving, the Festival of Trees at the Olympic Fairmont Hotel and many tree-lighting festivals throughout the region. The holiday cheer permeates even the most rainy day in Seattle. This is an update on the original story Guide For Thanksgiving Weekend Visitor.

Christmas Ship Cruise
Argosy Cruises
1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-1445

The Christmas Ship Cruise has been a Seattle tradition since 1949. The cruise is given by Argosy Cruises, and is also part of the Parade of Ships on Thanksgiving weekend. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit charitable organizations for the needy. The first sailing for 2014 will be Friday, November 28, the day after Thanksgiving. The cruise includes a singing choir and/or dinner, depending on which cruise is taken. The route is along Puget Sound to waterfront communities, where the Christmas Ship is greeted by bonfires and people on the beaches. It’s a great experience for holiday goodwill.

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Alki offers wonderful views of downtown Seattle (Credit, Karen Ulvestad)

Salty’s at Alki
1936 Harbor Ave. S. W.
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 937-1600

Salty’s at Alki is one of the best Seattle-area seafood restaurants. This award-winning restaurant offers incredible views of Seattle, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. Lunch and dinner are served daily, and brunch is served on the weekends. It is within walking distance of Alki Beach, which offers incredible views of Seattle, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The boardwalk runs along the shoreline of Puget Sound, and is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors after a fine meal.

Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed and Breakfast
907 14th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
(800) 985-4654

Capitol Hill is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seattle, and is known for its historical mansions. The Bacon Mansion Bed and Breakfast is located on Millionaire’s Row, one of the wealthiest areas of Seattle. This is the largest mansion on this tree-lined street, and the area is known for its fall colors that are usually their best in November. It is one block from Volunteer Park, the Volunteer Park Conservancy and Seattle Asian Museum, and it has spectacular views of the city. The Broadway neighborhood a couple blocks to the south is a great place to explore, grab a coffee or a bite to eat and shop. Its location is an easy jaunt to Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market, the Seattle Center, Westlake Mall and other Seattle attractions.

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Pioneer Square is the oldest part of Seattle built in 1852. After the great fire, it was re-built in 1889, and reflects the brick architecture of the era. Currently, it is home to various art galleries, and the nightlife is filled with musical experiences. It is a few blocks from Century Link stadium, home to the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. This area is steeped in culture, and is home to the Seattle Underground Tour. The Smith Tower sits in the district, and was once the tallest building in Seattle. It is a great area to explore, with many wonderful restaurants, great nightlife activities, art galleries and more. This is a great destination for a day of exploration of Seattle.

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The Edgewater Inn and Six-Seven Restaurant sit on the Seattle waterfront (Credit, Karen Ulvestad)

The Edgewater & Six-Seven Restaurant
2411 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 728-7000 

The Edgewater is the only hotel on the Seattle waterfront. It is built on a pier overlooking Puget Sound and is home to one of the city’s best restaurants — the Six-Seven Restaurant. The hotel was built during the 1962 World’s Fair and is part of Seattle’s history. Many famous musicians, actors and other people have stayed at this hotel, and memorabilia hangs on the walls. Famous visitors include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and KISS. The Six-Seven Restaurant serves award-winning cuisine. The hotel is a short walk away from the Seattle Aquarium, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, Pike Place Market, Ivar’s (original restaurant) and the Seattle-Bremerton ferry.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at