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Seattle City Pass

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Seattle City Pass

Explore Seattle’s top attractions with one multi-ticket booklet. Your Seattle City Pass is perfect if you want to see the best places in the city on your own schedule or make your own itinerary. With this booklet, you can visit Seattle’s most iconic sites and attractions. The City Pass gives you general admission to the following:You can also choose two other attractions to visit.

With this Seattle City Pass, you don’t need to stand in the ticket line. You can head straight for the entrance and explore the venue right away! The City Pass comes with one-time admission tickets, coupons, a map and detailed booklet information about the venue. You can also visit the attractions whenever it is convenient for you. The City Pass is valid for 9 consecutive days from the first day of use.

What to Expect

Enjoy the view from the observation deck of the iconic Space Needle. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle is 605' tall and 138' wide. It weighs 9,550 tons and can endure winds of up to 200 miles per hour. The Needle has 25 lightning rods and the gyrating SkyCity restaurant. The nearby islands, downtown Seattle skyline, Mount Baker, Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Elliott Bay and Mount Rainier can be viewed from the top of the structure. You can visit in the morning and in the night to witness picturesque views of Seattle from 520' in the air.

From moon jellies to giant Pacific octopuses and sea otters, there are a lot of things to look forward to at the Seattle Aquarium. Why don’t you visit the Window on Washington Waters? The 120,000-gallon exhibit showcases diver shows every day. You can see and touch live sea creatures in the tide pools. Don’t forget to drop by at the Pacific Coral Reef exhibit and experience the 360⁰ view of the Underwater Dome, an undersea dome that houses hundreds of Puget Sound fish.

The Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour will let you learn more about Seattle. It’s a one-hour, live-narrated tour of the Seattle Harbor and Elliott Bay. You will enjoy the scenic views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains and Seattle’s busy shipyards, historic waterfront, stunning Alki Beach, dazzling skyline and spectacular natural beauty.

You can then choose from two other attractions according to your interests. Pick from the Woodland Park Zoo, an award-winning zoological garden around the city’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood or the Museum of Pop Culture, an interactive non-profit museum that showcases art pieces depicting contemporary popular culture.

You can also choose from the Chihuly Garden and Glass, the studio glass of American entrepreneur and glass sculptor Dale Chihuly or the Pacific Science Center, a science museum built for the 1962 World’s Fair. It was designed by Minoru Yamasaki. Aside from giving entrance to every attraction, the Seattle City Pass also contains transportation information, insider tips and hours of operation to help you navigate the city with ease and maximize your visit.

Inaugural Upstream Music Fest and Summit

Inaugural Upstream Music Fest and Summit

Check out the Upstream Music Fest May 11-13, 2017
in Pioneer Square

May 2017 marks the first year of Paul Allen’s Northwest answer to Austin’s SXSW. It features a line-up of over 200 emerging Northwest acts performing across 25 stages. Headliners include Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces and AlunaGeorge. The list also includes local favorites like the Maldives, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Shelby Earl, Chris Staples, DoNormaal, Tangerine, and a variety of others.

The Summit is a gathering for the music industry with talks from industry icon Quincy Jones, rapper Macklemore, and others.

Tickets Available Now
UpstreamPasses for the event are on sale now at Festival passes run from $110 to $135, ones that include the summit range from $225 to $325. VIP options are available at $425.

VIP tickets offer a fast pass so you can jump the line. Some of the venues are small so will fill up fast. It also offers meet-up opportunities and exclusive access to VIP lounges through the Fest (21 and older).

Historic Pioneer Square Neighborhood
The locale for this epic outdoor music event includes a main stage at CenturyLink Field’s North Lot, a free public stage in Occidental Park, and more than 25 smaller stages throughout the neighborhood. Passes give access to all stages.

The festival’s Pioneer Square location makes your stay at a downtown Seattle vacation rental home a smart one.

Pioneer Square is the second most walkable neighborhood in Seattle, according to Walk Score. Stations, tunnels, terminals and stops are embedded throughout the neighborhood. This downtown Seattle neighborhood also offers car sharing, bike sharing, and ride sharing options from private companies like Car2Go, Lyft, ReachNow, Uber, and ZipCar.

If you’d rather have your car, check out for parking locations throughout the neighborhood.

The Summit
UpstreamIndustry experts, emerging artists and creative collaborators from the Northwest and beyond talk about how to succeed in the changing music economy. The Upstream Summit gathers at WaMu Theater.

Maclamore is part of Maclamore & Ryan Lewis, a Seattle-based hip-hop duo with two number one hits, four Grammy Awards, and a variety of other accolades.

Seattle native Quincy Jones is a music industry icon. His titles include composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producers, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian. He is the most nominated Grammy artist of all time, has the most Grammy Awards of any living person, and is one of 17 people to complete an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony).

Dr. Portia Sabin is a cultural anthropologist who will lead a discussion with music industry leaders at the Summit. She is the host of a radio show and podcast about the music business. It’s called The Future of What.

Whose Idea Was This Anyway?
The Upstream Music Fest and Summit is the brainchild of Paul Allen. He co-founded Microsoft and is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, author, Seahawks and Blazers team owner, neuroscience supporter, space pioneer and guitarist. He’s also the 40th richest men in the world.

The festival is a collaboration between Paul Allen, radio station KEXP and the Alliance for Pioneer Square.

Seattle’s Award-Winning Restaurants

Seattle’s Award-Winning Restaurants

James Beard Foundation 2017 Restaurant and Chef Semi-Finalists

The James Beard Foundation awards have been called the Oscars of the North American food world. In February, the prestigious James Beard Foundation released their list of semi-finalists for the 2017 Restaurant and Chef Awards.

With nineteen 2017 James Beard Foundation semi-finalists, your downtown Seattle vacation rental home is perfectly located near a variety of stellar dining experiences. Here’s the official list of Seattle’s 2017 James Beard Award semi-finalists by category.

Best Chef, Northwest
These chefs have set new or consistent standards of excellent in their respective regions. Nominees may be from any kind of dining establishing and must have five years’ experience, with the three most recent years spent in their region.

Eric Donnelly is the executive chef at RockCreek Seafood & Spirits. This Freemont neighborhood restaurant and bar centers around globally-sourced seafood from well-managed fisheries.

Mike Easton is chef/owner of Il Corvo. Handmade pasta and daily specials make this downtown Seattle Italian restaurant perfect for lunch or dinner.

Edouardo Jordan is chef/owner of Salare, a chef-driven, Ravenna neighborhood restaurant blending exotic influences with classic American fare.

Kotaro Kumita is chef/general manager at Wataru, which focuses on Edomae-style sushi.

Nathan Lockwood is the chef/owner of Altura, an Italian fine dining restaurant in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Shaun McCrain is chef/owner of Copine, a contemporary American restaurant utilizing classic French techniques.

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi are chef/owners of Joule. Here they blend Korean flavors and classic techniques.

Outstanding Chef
Nominees are North American chefs, with five years’ experience, whose careers have set national industry standards and who inspire other food professionals.

Matt Dillon is the busy chef of Sitka & Spruce in Capitol Hill, Corson Building in Georgetown, and Bar Sajor in Pioneer Square.

Blaine Wetzel is head chef of Willows Inn and Lummi Island which prides itself on a prix fixe menu that is seasonal and local.

Outstanding Baker
Nominees have at least five years’ baking or pastry chef experience and serve as a national standard-bearer of excellence.

Evan Andres bakes at Columbia City Bakery, which also supplies area farmer’s markets with their tasty baked goods.

Rising Star Chef of the Year
These chefs are 30 years old or younger, display impressive talent, and are likely to make a significant impact on the industry.

Jay Blackinton is chef, farmer, and co-owner of Hogstones Wood Oven on Orcas Island. They craft wood fired vegetable dishes and pizzas from locally-sourced ingredients. Menu changes weekly and often daily.

Best New Restaurant
Restaurants opened in 2016 that display excellence in food, beverage, and service and are likely to make a significant impact on the dining scene.

No Anchor in the Belltown neighborhood is a beer bar and Pacific Northwest restaurant focusing on fresh, local, sustainable ingredients.

Upper Bar Ferdinand in Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row focuses on pairing small production wines and spirits with a simple food menu including dry aged and cured meats, local seafood, bread, and vegetables.

Outstanding Restauranteur
Working restauranteur with ten years’ in the restaurant business who sets high national standards in operations and entrepreneurship. Cannot have won a James Beard Foundation chef award in five years.

Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants has a stable of over a dozen restaurants, including Staple & Fancy, Tavolata, and Anchovies & Olives.

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirts Professional
Professional making significant national impact on the industry.

Wayne Carpenter with Skagit Valley Malting is a custom malt house ushering in a new, modernized era of malt.

Outstanding Wine Program
Restaurant at least five years old serving as national standard bearer for excellence in wine service with a well-presented wine list, knowledgeable staff, and customer education focus.

Canlis was established in 1950 and has defined contemporary Northwest cuisine. They have one of the finest cellars in the world and feature 5 sommeliers, 2,5000 selections, and 18,000 bottles.

Wild Ginger has a temperature-controlled cellar with over 30,000 bottles. Their knowledgeable wine team oversees a wine program that consistently wins awards from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Washington Wine Commission, and more.

Outstanding Bar Program
Restaurant or bar demonstrating excellence in cocktail, spirits, and or beer service.

With over 3,500 labels and counting, Canon has the western hemisphere’s largest spirit collection. This Capitol Hill cocktail bar is also a restaurant serving upscale American cuisine.

Get to Know Denny Triangle

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Get to Know Denny Triangle

A Vibrant Downtown Seattle Neighborhood

One of the best things about staying in a vacation rental home in downtown Seattle is getting to experience all the highlights of a robust, urban downtown and feel like a local. Downtown Seattle is a mix of neighborhoods that all have something special that begs to be explored.

So, take a short jaunt from your vacation rental home and get to know Denny Triangle.

Meet Denny Triangle
One of downtown’s fastest growing neighborhoods, Denny Triangle is a triangular shaped area that connects the Retail Core to Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Professional and residential communities stand shoulder to shoulder with restaurants, public parks, and unique shops, all connected by the Seattle Streetcar Line.

Fun facts! Denny Hill is also called the Gateway District. It started as the Denny Hill Regrade project, which was the removal of Denny Hill, one of the proverbial seven hills of Seattle. The regrade occurred at the turn of the last century and made developing the neighborhood possible.

Amazon’s Biospheres
Amazon is one of Washington State’s top 10 employers and is expanding into Denny Hill. Amazon is building three crystal biospheres that will each stand 100 feet tall and will be part of their new 3.3 million square foot complex, which is also under construction. The domes are due to be filled with plants and opened in 2018.

All-Day and Kid-Friendly
PlayDate SEA is an 8,000-square foot indoor playground that has an attached café for parents. This Denny Hill spot offers an interactive dance floors, laser tag, plus a variety of climbing and crawling activities for kids up to 12. A separate toddler area keeps everyone safe and happy. Weekend prices for kids 3 and under is $12, for kids 4 and older, it’s $18. Parent’s aren’t charged for admission.

Restaurant Recommendations
Denny Hill neighborhood is filled with restaurants from mobile food trucks to fine dining and everything in between.

FareStart – Get your dining experience with a side of heart at this restaurant. Part of the proceeds from the restaurants’ lunches, dinners, and catering services go to help disadvantaged people. More than that, though, it’s also a culinary job training and placement program for disadvantaged and homeless individuals.

Palace Kitchen – Cozy booths and an open kitchen ensure your experience at this chef Tom Douglas’ restaurant will be just what you want. Whole trout and chickens grilled over an Applewood grill or a lush plate of local vegetables are all perfectly prepared to please.

Mistral Kitchen is a fine dining urban bistro offering lunch Monday to Friday, happy hour service Monday to Saturday, and dinner Monday through Saturday. Reserve a spot in the Jewel Box Bar and sip from their signature handblown glassware created by Pennsylvania-based artist Michael Schunke.

Gopoke – poke bowls are the perfect customized lunch or dinner. Layer any number of vegetables and meats over a base of your choice for a fresh take on eating.

Top Pot Doughnuts – Hand-forged doughnuts and coffee make this a This Seattle-based chain has locations within Seattle and their doughnuts are offered in cafes in western Washington and Dallas Texas.

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