(Closed) Honeymoon in Seattle…Where should we stay? What should we do?

posted 12 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2021 - Hotel Vitale

Love Seattle!! I’ll be up there this weekend and we are staying at Hotel Andra- supposedly awesome, but I’ll let you know. For a hotel more in the thick of things and romantic- look into Inn at the Market- right by Pike’s Place.

I don’t know if you guys are sports fans- or when you are going- but look into going to a game- Huskies, Mariners, Seahawks. Check out the Seattle Art Muesum for a good exhibit. Spend a day on the Eastside in Redmond and go wine and beer tasting- Redhook, etc. 

Spend a day wondering down downtown- space neddle, EMP if you’re music people, the new Park (I am spacing on the name), Pike’s Place. Check out the Locks- Mr. Peep loved them. And if you get a chance, UW campus is beautiful!! 

My favorite romantic restaurant is the Pink Door- but there are a ton of great places to eat.  Hopefully, that will help get the ball rolling. Oh, and if you are looking to go to Canada- think about going up to Victoria! It’s great. And I love the Rose District in Portland!

Post # 4
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Definitely do dinner (or prix fixe brunch) on the Space Needle.

Are you big hikers?  That’s a great time of year to hike up to Inspriation Point from Paradies in Mt. Rainier National Park.  

Lots of tucked away camping spots all over as well.

If you give some idea of your interests I (and many others  I’m sure) can give more specific advice.

To stay in Seatle, I really like the high level rooms (floors 30+) in the Westin.  The views are incredible!! and August is the perfect time of year. 

And as suggested, taking the clipper to Victoria for a couple days is a great, and romantic, side trip.

Post # 5
3686 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Hey, there’s lots of people from Seattle on these boards!  Ummm doctorgirl and cherrypie, I think, to name a couple.  You might want to ask on their local board as well because some girls might check that post and not this one.  Good luck!

Post # 6
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We’re going to Seattle for our honeymoon too.  We’re staying at the Inn at Market Place for two nights and the Green Lake Guest house for two nights.  The b&B i found on Orbitz and it seems to be pretty shwanky.  We’re staying in a room with a 2-person jet tub for less than our regular, city-view room downtown…

There are some islands nearby that I’ve heard are a must too.  Victoria is beautiful, but we’re only there for four days, and Victoria is an overight trip, so we’re staying state-side.

Have fun! 

Post # 7
2220 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

If you want a retreat– I suggest staying at Willows Lodge outside of Redmond (20 minutes from DT Seattle)

You’re surrounded by mountains, Mt. Rainer, walking trails… it feels like a little mountain resort. My Fiance and I have been staying there for the past 3 years whenever we fly out of Seattle. lol the tub/shower combo is the best: super romantic. My Fiance even remodeled his bathroom to a similar layout of the one at the lodge lol. Every room has a fireplace & a large flat screen. Redmond is an awesome little city as well. Tons of shopping, restaurants, etc.

It’s a great little gem! I wouldn’t consider it the best in the world, but in Seattle a lot of the hotels are cookie cutters & busy. This hotel removes you from all that & its really just very relaxing.

I live in Vancouver, BC (not sure if you were talking about that Vancouver or Vancouver, WA) Vancouver, Canada has tons to see! A must is Stanley Park… walk on the seawall, get a charicature (sp) done, see the aquarium. Tons of great dining options as well! There are loads of beaches, English Bay, see Whistler (tons to do in summer!), etc… all great choices!

Happy planning!

Post # 8
3793 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Portland is awesome.  The music scene there is off the hook, so try and make sure you catch some shows! They have a great farmers market, and some fabulous boutiques.

In Seattle, my favorite restaurants here are The Stumbling Goat, Sitka and Spruce, Serafina, and pizza at New York Pizza Place. People have already given you some good advice on local activities, such as Pikes Place Market, EMP, Space Needle, and SAM.

August is going to be beautiful here, so plan on some hikes… maybe Pinnacle Peak at Rainier National Park or Lake 22 (my favorite).

Definitely take a ferry and check out Orcas Island or have brunch on Bainbridge Island. 

There is so much to do here!  I’ve lived here 5 years and feel like I’ve only scratched the surface.

Post # 9
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2021

Hey saramarie! Great honeymoon choice. I live in Seattle and summer here is the best. I feel like I’m on a vacation all the time (aww).

I want to second a couple things Peep Toe said. Pink Door is awesome and the Inn at the Market is very cute and they both have a great location, the market! I don’t know how much you like doing typical tourist stuff, but you need to go to Pike’s Place regardless. You can find things like it in many cities but it’s one of those destinations loved by visitors and locals alike, with tons of little places to eat. Unlike the public markets I’ve seen in most cities, it doesn’t allow any chain stores/restaurants with one notable exception, the first Starbucks.

Another hotel you might enjoy is Vintage Park. It’s a Kimpton Hotel which is a chain, but all their properties are different. It’s close to most of the other downtown hotels along 5th Avenue, but in my opinion has more character. But I used to work there, so I’m biased. I would recommend not staying too far south, like close to the sports stadiums, because it’s a little rougher at night, which doesn’t bother everyone but it’s not exactly romantic for a honeymoon.

I will be a dissenting voice on a couple things. First, Husky stadium is cool for being on the water, but you have to be prepared for the fact that they won’t win 🙂 (saldy this is true of many of our teams lately) Looks like you’ll be there in early August so no worries there. Also, I don’t really recommend going to eat at the Space Needle. It’s overpriced and in no way represents the best food Seattle has to offer. The view is pretty cool, but you can get better ones from Seattle’s tallest building, the Columbia Tower, which is almost twice as tall and charges around half as much as the Space Needle to go up, and has the added benefit that the view INCLUDES the needle! Better yet, try Kerry Park on Queen Anne hill, which is just north of the Space Needle. I believe this is where Ms. Avocado had some after-wedding pictures done, and you can see why – you can see the whole skyline and it’s one of the few viewpoints from which the Space Needle actually looks tall compared to other buildings. One last observation point I will mention is in my personal favorite building, the Smith Tower. There is a room designed by a princess of China which is very ornate and beautiful and if I was having a very different sort of wedding I would have it there.

You need to do something on the water. Whether that’s the Victoria Clipper others mentioned, or an Argosy tour (I am getting married on one of these boats, so again I’m biased) of Elliot Bay or Lake Union/Washinton, or something simple like a $6 ferry ride to Bainbridge Island. If you don’t have much time, an even cheaper option is the Elliott Bay Water Taxi that goes from downtown to the West Seattle peninsula. It’s like a 10 minute ride and you get beautiful views of the skyline. When I’ve ridden it in summer I usually see a sea lion or two. When you get to the other side you can walk along a path to Alki Beach which is where the first white settlers lived when they came to the area. There is a baby statue of liberty there because they thought it would eventually grow up to be the New York of the west.

One last thing I have to mention is that like many cities Seattle has a free museum night, which is Thursday. You can go to the SAM, Seattle Asian Art Museum, EMP and many more so if you plan to do any of those it would be a good time to go. Also the SAM’s Sculpture Park along the waterfront is free all the time. Can you tell I like travelling on the cheap? Maybe that’s not what you’re going for but I usually regret not knowing more cheap/free things to do after I visit a city and get my credit card bill.

Whew, sorry that’s so long. I love my city and I’m happy to answer any other questions you might have!

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