A Toast to Wintertime in Seattle

Baby, it’s cold outside! Fortunately, Seattle’s the kind of place to warm you up quickly. Whether you prefer skating on indoor ice with a mug full of hot chocolate, or relaxing with a hot toddy in a cozy pub, you’re bound to stay toasty as you journey through the city. If you’re staying in by the fire, well, we’ve got plenty of suggestions to keep you covered there, too.

The Emerald City is a Winter Wonderland
With temperatures in Seattle topping out in the mid-40s to mid-50s, you may spend much of your time indoors. Yet, it’s not too chilly to enjoy outdoor adventures. Winter is the best time of the year to welcome your inner kid for a little visit. Make the most of the snow by sledding or tubing all afternoon at Snoqualmie or Suncadia (or, of course, at any free hill you can find). If a lack of snow leaves something to be desired in this winter wonderland, you’ll no doubt feel the magic at the outdoor ice skating rinks. Eventually, when the kid in you wears out and the grown-up version of you seeks a respite, relax in the intimate setting of local haunts like the Bathtub Gin & Co., where seasonal beers and lagers abound.

Winter Events in Seattle
Worried you’ll miss out on the joys of Seattle during a late winter visit? Not so. In fact, February is chock full of fun and adventure, from fabulous festivals (think: culture and books) to food and wine tastings (sign us up!) to theater and improv…to running in your underwear (yep, you read that right). Did we mention statewide beer events and tastings? Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, you’ll find amazing activities for both the sophisticated and kid-friendly crowds. Check out the complete list here.

Wintertime in Seattle is Made for Lovers
Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, but that’s no reason not to love the goings-on. Beginning on February 10 and lasting through V-Day, Seattle hosts a smorgasbord of sweet fare and frivolity for lovers. Let’s be real, though – most of these events are just as much fun for friends or singles. Soak in wine and jazz, bask in the glory of Beethoven at the symphony, wander through a beautiful conservatory, or taste chocolates and libations in Yakima Valley or Pike Place Market (we may be seeing a theme here). Seattle eateries also offer special menus for Valentine’s Day, so take advantage of the novel nosh in this city fit for foodies.

Snuggling In
Sometimes winter just calls for a night in, where you can cook a romantic dinner in your knitted socks. And yet, when you’re staying in a vacation rental home, you get to relish in the perks of Seattle while cherishing the comforts of home. Better yet? You don’t have to get out of your pajamas for anything, even groceries or wine. While a multitude of restaurants deliver, so do markets and liquor stores. Services like GrubHub and Seattle Grocery Delivery exist solely to make deliveries to your doorstep. Amazon even offers one-hour alcohol delivery in Seattle!

So, let the cold weather linger as you snuggle in and feast on the stunning view of downtown Seattle. Winter gets a bad rap, but Seattle’s here to put that to rest. Indeed, springtime can wait a little longer.

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