Sometimes you need a vacation, but don’t want to pay for the expense of airfare or a long drive. Perhaps you just don’t have the time to go far. No worries. The Seattle area is close to all kinds of amazing places, making staycations—vacations where you stay close to home—an appealing way to get away from it all. Get away for a single night or a weekend or a week and enjoy some much-needed relaxation right in the city or just a short drive away.
Stay at a Really Cool Hotel
Nothing makes you feel a million miles from home more than an amazing hotel. In fact, the right hotel can be a staycation all on its own. For that special staycation feeling, look for hotels with pizzazz—pizzazz that suits you, whether that means a luxurious environment, a low-key vacation rental, or lodging with a unique edge.
Some local suggestions:
- Edgewater Hotel – Seattle’s only waterfront hotel and it’s a ritzy one at that!
- Thornewood Castle – South of Seattle in Lakewood, Wash., is this 500-year-old Tudor Gothic manor house.
- Treehouse Pointe Hotel – A hotel consisting of individual tree houses!
- Boutique Hotels have special charm and often artistic touches. Seattle has several – Hotel Andra, Alexis Hotel and Hotel Monaco to start.
- You can never go wrong with luxury hotels like the Four Seasons or Grand Hyatt. Both are located in prime downtown locations so you can mix in shopping or being a tourist in your own town.
Go to the Beach
Within a two- or three-hour drive of Seattle is the beach! Washington’s coast has several beach towns worth checking out. Ocean Shores is perhaps the most popular with its quaint shops, beaches that you can drive on, jetty and nearby Quinault Casino. Just across the bay from there is West Port, which is known for its fishing scene. A beach town not to miss is the up-and-coming Seabrook, which is being developed to feel more like a New England beach-cottage town.
Go Wine Tasting
Just a half hour from Seattle is Woodinville—a wine taster’s paradise! Tour wineries and a few breweries, such as the popular Red Hook Brewery. Bike amazing bike trails that wind through rolling hills (or bike between the wineries). Willows Lodge is situated right in the middle of the action and within walking distance of several of the wineries and the delicious, upscale restaurant Barking Frog is right on the hotel’s grounds.
Enjoy National and State Parks
National and state parks are ideal staycation spots for nature lovers. Washington State’s national parks include several within a short drive of the city, including Mt. Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park. You can camp, hike, fish and climb in both. State parks include some other options—including staying in a yurt.
Pretend You’re in NYC
Seattle and Tacoma both have great theaters—namely the Paramount Theatre, 5th Avenue and Pantages. All are historical buildings. All get amazing musicals and plays throughout the theater season. All are located in the hearts of their city, close to hotels and fine dining establishments. So you won’t exactly feel like you’re standing in the middle of New York City’s Broadway in either Seattle or Tacoma, but with the right musical, dinner out and maybe even an overnight at a luxurious hotel with a view of the city lights—it may be a close call!
Have a Museum Fest or Explore the Arts
Once you locate your hotel or lodging of choice, the next step is selecting some appropriate staycation activities. With a hotel in downtown Seattle or Tacoma, you’ll be ideally located to explore either city’s museums or art galleries. In Seattle, don’t miss the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and EMP Museum. In Tacoma, if you stay downtown, you can walk or ride the light rail to Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State History Museum, Museum of Glass, and LeMay – America’s Car Museum.
Kickback to Some Sports
If a staycation is not complete without a game, never fear! Stay at the Silver Cloud Hotel – Seattle Stadium that’s right smack between Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field. No matter which stadium you see a game at, you’ll be able to beat the traffic and walk to and from the game. The hotel is also kiddie corner from the Pyramid Alehouse Restaurant. How can you go wrong? You can’t.