Holiday Adventures in Seattle, Part 1

For many, traveling to see friends and family for the holidays is all about spending time together. My family spent several Christmases in California with our huge family – sharing meals, playing games, trips to the beach – as long as we were catching up and sharing our stories from the time we spent apart, it didn’t really matter what we did.

If you’re looking to make some new traditions with your loved ones this year, Seattle is a great place to do it! We have so many activities during the holidays, both secular and religious, that offer memories for years to come!

Take a Trip Down Candy Cane Lane – Dec. 7th – Jan. 1st

Candy Cane Lane in Ravenna

Christmas just isn’t the same without those evening journeys through sparkling neighborhoods that are decked out in lights. There’s no reason to leave this tradition behind when you head to Seattle for Christmas this year. Instead, elevate the experience by taking a trip down the city’s infamous Candy Cane Lane. Located at NE Park Road and the cross-section of 21st Avenue, this street has been dazzling holiday viewers for decades. The collection of 23 Tudor-style homes takes Christmas décor to the next level and delights visitors with sparkling rooftops, mechanical decorations and inflatable holiday accessories that bring the neighborhood to life.

While most people drive through, especially on the wet and windy nights, I recommend bundling up and walking. Many of the home owners and their families are out greeting people and spreading Christmas cheer. This event is free and there are donation bins at either end of the drive for donations of food and warm clothing for local families in need.

Visit the Woodland Park Zoo – Nov. 29th – Jan. 5th

You might say that you’re not really a zoo kind of person, which is ok. But I would challenge that label until after you’ve been to Wildlights at the Woodland Park Zoo. This annual event at our amazing zoo is an enchanting way to spend time with your loved ones as you encounter animals, sip hot chocolate and wander the grounds which are decked out in their holiday best. More than 700,000 LED lights adorn the zoo this time of year, creating one of a kind light display that’s sure to inspire. You can buy tickets on their website, $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids.

Skate at Winterfest Rink – Nov. 29th to Dec. 31st

While the Emerald City can get cold for the holidays, it doesn’t usually get ice-skating-on-your-local-pond cold. And there’s just something about ice skating that puts you in the holiday spirit. Lucky for you, we have the Winterfest Rink at Seattle Center. This area is part of the greater Winterfest event, which covers the entire Seattle Center, and transforms Fisher Pavilion into an oasis of wintery fun for the entire family. While much of Winterfest is free, the cost to ice skate is $8 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and $2 for kids 5 and under.  

Savor the Best of Seattle

Whether you’re in town for the holidays or traveling this direction at any other time of the year, be sure you’re booked into a customized and accommodating home away from home with the help of the professionals at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals. Contact us today for more information and to begin planning your trip.

Let the Holidays Begin!

Thanksgiving is over. The leftovers have been divvied up, the dining room put back together, and you’ve slept off all that wonderful food. In my family we put on our layers and comfy shoes and headed downtown for a day of Christmas shopping and taking in the sights and sounds of Christmas in Seattle! Here in the Emerald City, the day after Thanksgiving is when we officially kick-off the holidays, and this year November 29th will be no exception. The Macy’s Holiday parade, the Westlake and Pike Place tree lighting ceremonies, holiday décor at its finest….the list goes on. Want to see the city’s largest gingerbread house or professionally decorated trees, all while supporting the kids at Seattle Children’s? We have that. Looking for a super cute photo op for the kids with ginormous teddy bears? Check. Ice skating through a light maze? We have that too. With so many choices, I thought I’d put together a handy guide to help you get in the holiday spirit!

The Westlake Center tree lighting ceremony

First things first – the parade! Macy’s has long been putting on the holiday parade here, and it’s one of the best in my humble opinion. The route starts on 7th and Pine and winds through downtown ending up at Macy’s on 4th. It includes Santa on his sleigh and at the end the big guy heads up to open Santaland on the 2nd floor of the store at 11 am. The parade starts at 9 am and lasts about an hour. Get your seats along the parade route early, pretty much the entire city shows up for this. Pro Tip: wear layers. All of the events on the 29th happen rain or shine, but unless you’re an actual gingerbread person a rain jacket will let you enjoy the festivities regardless of how mother nature is feeling that day!

After the parade head up to the Fairmont Hotel on 4th and University. There you can warm up, grab a hot beverage, and check out three very cool attractions. The first is their annual Festival of Trees in the main lobby. Each tree has a unique theme and is decorated to honor the brave kids at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Next, head up to the 2nd floor to the Teddy Bear Suite – yes, one of the amazing suites at the hotel is transformed into a teddy bear wonderland that is too cute for words. Get a photo with the little ones (ok, or yourself) for picture-perfect holiday cards. Finally, head to the lower lobby to see the huge gingerbread house made with over 4,000 real gingerbread bricks. It looks good enough to eat, but please don’t.

The Teddy Bear Suite at the Fairmont Hotel

Our fine city offers not one, but two great tree lighting ceremonies and it’s hard to recommend one over the other. The first is Magic in the Market, and it’s personally my favorite. It starts around 11am and offers Santa pictures (for free!) under the Market Clock, cookie decorating in the Market Atrium Kitchen, and holiday music. I’m a huge fan of supporting local artisans, and the Market offers unique gifts, along with yummy food and beverages. At 5 pm Santa will lead the countdown to light the 20-foot holiday tree and lights that extend throughout the entire market!  Your other option is the head to Westlake Park for their tree lighting ceremony that starts around 4:30. There you can hop on the Holiday Carousel, grab a bite to eat from one of the many great food trucks, or head into Westlake Center for some holiday shopping. Santa is a busy guy, and will be making an appearance at this event as well! There’s so much more to see and do, but I’ll tell you about those next week.

Holiday lights at Pike Place Market

After a day of holiday merriment in the city, why not come home to a cozy, relaxing place with super comfy furniture where you can put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine? You can cook up the local fare you got at the market in the well-appointed kitchen, or just order in and savor some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. The team at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals is here to make sure each of our guests enjoys a customized and luxurious stay right in the heart of it all. Contact us today for more information on our property options.

Where to eat Thanksgiving dinner in Seattle

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for us to gather for a meal and reflect upon all the things for which we can be grateful. Perhaps you spend it with your family, traveling to other cities or states to celebrate. Maybe you spend it with your chosen people, your village, your adopted family, or a group of close friends. It can be a religious experience or not. It can involve the usual turkey, potatoes, green beans, and pumpkin pie or can be filled with the foods of your native country. Tofurkey, Turducken….there are so many ways to eat great food! Maybe you don’t cook but go to one of the many restaurants here in Seattle for your meal. If you find yourself traveling this Thanksgiving to our wonderful city and are looking for a place to dine, here are a few suggestions.

The Capital Grille – 1301 4th Ave
Known for their world-class service and amazing steaks, The Capital Grille also offers a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving chosen and prepared by their Executive Chef­. Reservations can be made on their website or by calling 206-382-0900.

Daniel’s Broiler Downtown

Daniel’s Broiler – Downtown (808 Howell), Lake Union (809 Fairview Pl N), Leschi, Bellevue
Daniel’s is an institution here in Seattle, known for USDA Prime Steaks, local seafood, and an award-winning wine list. For Thanksgiving they have two options: a four-course dinner at Lake Union, Leschi, and Bellevue, or a dinner buffet at the downtown location – both choices are $60 per person. Reservations can be made on their website.

Wild Ginger – 1401 3rd Ave

If you’re looking for a bit of Asian flair with your turkey this year, Wild Ginger’s downtown location has a great menu with things like Malay Stuffed Turkey, Garlic Ginger Brussel Sprout, Cranberry Sauce with a Chinese wine reduction, and much more! Reservations can be made on their website or by calling 206-623-4450.

This is obviously not an exhaustive list, but a few great places that I can personally recommend! Check out the Eater, OpenTable, and TripSavvy sites for more ideas of where to go for your perfect Turkey Day meal.

After your amazing meal, why not come home to a luxury unit with super comfy furniture and a view to die for? Enjoy a glass of wine and conversation with loved ones, or just enjoy some quiet time in the company of whomever you are spending Thanksgiving with. The team at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals is here to make sure each of our guests enjoys a customized and luxurious stay right in the heart of it all. Contact us today for more information on our property options.

November Events Guide

November Events Calendar Post

November is here, and with it the cooler weather and the last several years some snow. Which makes an amazing backdrop for all the fun holiday events going on. I personally love to bundle up on a sunny, cold day – even better if that day includes hot beverages, great food, and of course Christmas lights! Ok, I know there is another holiday between now and the best one, and our city doesn’t take a break in offering you some great places to shop, eat, take in a show, give back, and even visit a State or National park for free. Here are a few things you might like to try….

Oyster New Year at Elliott’s Oyster House, November 2nd

Food and Beverage. November starts out strong with The Whiskey Extravaganza at the Rainier Club on the 1st, offering unlimited tastings of over 100 whiskeys, delicious bites to go with, and even a master class! Oyster New Year on the 2nd not only offers 30 varieties of that delicious treat from the sea, which is reason enough for me to go, but also includes a seafood buffet, wine from 60 different wineries, microbrews, and live music at Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56. (P.S. Elliott’s is also the best place for HH if you love oysters as much as I do. Trust me.) Seattleites love our food, so we not only have Restaurant Week in the spring, but the late fall as well! Join other like-minded food-lovers the 3rd – 7th for special deals on three-course meals at 165 different restaurants all over the city. If you watch “America’s Test Kitchen” you won’t want to miss the Seattle Eats Festival which includes chef-made food, drinks, cooking demos, and even a chance to meet the cast members! November 8th and 9th, 21+ only. The 9th and 10th brings us the Northwest Chocolate Festival with tastings, workshops, and vendors offering the latest and greatest…basically all things chocolate! There are also several beer and spirits tastings, cruises, cabarets, bar crawls…seriously anything you could want to do that involves food and drink. Visit the website at Events12 for all the listings.

Dia de los Muertos at El Centro de la Raza, November 1st

Conventions, festivals, and fairs. Obviously the biggest event at the beginning of November is Dia de los Muertos, with events happening all over the city. I recommend visiting El Centro de la Raza or Court in the Square on the 1st or the Armory at Seattle Center on the 2nd and 3rd.  Next up is the Earshot Jazz Festival the 1st – 6th at multiple locations throughout the city. If jazz is your thing, you will not want to miss this. The Seattle Women’s Show on the 2nd at the Women’s University Club offers lots of great shopping, a wine and champagne bar, and gourmet food trucks for refueling. The Best of the Northwest the 8th – 10th is where I have gotten almost all of my holiday shopping done for years. This juried show has 120 artists offering everything from jewelry to wall art to clothing – even sculptures and gourmet food! Need some feel good with your gift-buying? The artists that you are supporting here donate art that is auctioned off in the spring to help support Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s! Need more? If you are active or retired military, you get in free. Speaking of military, there are a lot of local parades, dinners, and events happening in almost every neighborhood for Veteran’s Day. Take some time to thank those that keep us safe and allow us to celebrate the holidays in any fashion we wish. Thank You Veterans!

Seattle Turkey Trot in Ballard, November 28th

Turkey Day Offerings. Cranksgiving on the 16th is a fun scavenger hunt done on your bike. You look for food that is later donated to the West Seattle Food Bank, and you get prizes at the after party! The Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off on the 17th is a fun way to get some exercise in and help support the Union Gospel Mission. Held at Green Lake Park, this event offers a 10K and 5K walk/run, a free kids dash, and a mashed potato eating contest. What more could you want? On Thanksgiving Day, there are tons of restaurants offering special menus. Everything from traditional turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes to ethnic cuisine with a traditional twist. The Eater, OpenTable, and TripSavvy sites all have great recommendations of where to go for your perfect Turkey Day meal. Before all that eating, drinking, and merry-making, you’re going to need to go for a walk. Or maybe a run. How about a Trot? The Seattle Turkey Trot in Ballard is a 5K benefiting the Ballard Food Bank starting at 9am. Bring your food donation and your furry friend – oh, and don’t forget  your costume! The Turkey Trot at Magunson Park at 10am is a 5K/10K/15K benefiting Teen Feed and the University Food Bank. Cash and food donations accepted at both.

Magic in the Market, begins November 30th

…….and the Holiday Festivities Begin! The 29th is the opening ceremony for Christmas in Seattle, and it’s an event you absolutely have to see. The Macy’s Holiday Parade is at 9am and has all the things you want from a proper parade: floats, marching bands, costumes, and of course Santa! Afterwards the Man in Red will be delivered to the 2nd floor of Macys where he will be listening to the kiddos and posing for pictures through December 24th. The annual Westlake Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration happens later in the day, along with the Macy’s Downtown Seattle Starlighting. Basically, just wear your warm layers and plan on spending the day at Westlake Center! The 30th is the annual Magic in the Market starting at 11am and concluding with the famous Pike Place Market Tree Lighting! After these events, there is something Holiday almost every day. A few notables are the Nutcracker at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Winterfest at Seattle Center, Lumaze at Smith Cove, WildLights at the Woodland Park Zoo, Enchanted Christmas at T-Mobile Park (which includes a really cool maze)….it goes on and on.  

All this holiday fun can be exhausting, why not come home to a luxury unit with super comfy furniture and a view to die for? You can cook in the fully stocked gourmet kitchen or just enjoy a glass of wine and conversation with loved ones. The team at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals is here to make sure each of our guests enjoys a customized and luxurious stay right in the heart of it all. Contact us today for more information on our property options.

The Best Views in Seattle

Seattle, Washington has that certain something that travelers fall in love with upon arrival. Beyond its beautiful combination of surrounding mountains, water, and forest, Seattle is home to a downtown skyline that’s as unique as it is thrilling. Museums, galleries, restaurants and one-of-a-kind neighborhoods make up the greater Seattle area and provide guests with a seemingly endless variety of options for entertainment. While Seattle is always a sensational vacation destination, knowing how to make the most of its many spectacular views is a sure path to making a trip this direction unforgettable. The following are three of the top places to maximize the views and your overall Emerald City experience.

The Seattle Great Wheel

The majority of first-time visitors to Seattle might assume that the best view of the city comes from the top of the infamous Space Needle. While this is an inspiring vantage point, nothing compares to a trip up the Seattle Great Wheel on Pier 57 where the skyline is framed from great heights and the Space Needle is included in the view! At 175 feet, guests enjoying the Seattle Great Wheel will take a bird’s eye view on the city as they indulge in an ever-changing panoramic advantage point.

Kerry Park

When it’s time to get into nature and enjoy an amazing view too, head over to Kerry Park which sits in the neighborhood of Queen Anne. Located at 211 W. Highland Drive, Kerry Park is a favorite amongst photographers for good reason. The Seattle skyline leaps into focus from this destination as well as sweeping views of the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier when the rain decides to stay away. This popular spot is best enjoyed in the early morning hours or in the evening with the added benefit of a great sunset over a twinkling cityscape if you time your visit just right.


What could be better than a captivating Seattle view accompanied by a first-class meal? Get the best of both when you make a reservation at Mbar. This restaurant is loved for its diverse Middle Eastern cuisine and perhaps even more for its floor to ceiling windows that provide an unsurpassed view from its rooftop location. Mbar can be found at 400 Fairview Avenue North on the 14th floor.

Book a Seattle Getaway Today

With so many amazing views waiting, there’s never been a better time to book a trip to Seattle. Let the professionals at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals help you settle into a gorgeous downtown property that keeps you close to the heart of the city while providing the privacy and luxury you deserve. Contact us today for details on how to book your next Seattle home away from home.

Bow Down to Washington!

Husky Football

Football. I’ve found that it’s one of those things that you either love or hate. And if you love it, generally you fall into one of two camps: college or pro. Now, if you’re on team college and will be visiting the Emerald City during football season (or you’re lucky enough to live here) there is no better viewing experience than Husky Stadium. Ok, technically it’s called Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium but most of us don’t really care who the sponsor is. It’s Husky Stadium, home of the Dawgs! A major remodel a few years ago made the stadium bigger, better, and now is a stop on the Link Light Rail – so unless you’re tailgating (and if you have that opportunity, I suggest you take it) getting to and from the game is a breeze. Oh, and if you get a chance to sailgate DO IT! Our amazing stadium allows fans to arrive by boat, and that is a pre-game party not to be missed.  

A History of Athletic Excellence

The University of Washington is proud to call Husky football their own and games are highly-popular and well-attended throughout the season. When they play at home, visitors can book tickets for a seat at Husky Stadium which has long been the home stomping grounds of this top-tier team. Under the leadership of Head Coach Chris Petersen, the Husky football team competes in the NCAA Division and plays for the North in the Pac-12 Conference each year.

With team roots dating back to the late 1800s, Husky football has built a reputation over time as a team that grooms and delivers up incredible Quarterbacks. Many of these individuals go on to play in the NFL, making a Husky football game the prime location for scouting out the next professional wonder.

Enjoy Husky Stadium

The stadium is located on campus and has a long-running tradition of hosting the Husky football team since the 1920s. Game-goers today enjoy a stadium newly redone in 2013 under a renovation plan that included more than $280 million in upgrades. The stadium seats over 72,000 guests at a time, making it a spacious, comfortable and highly energetic destination to enjoy competition on the field. Really love football? Take a tour of the stadium. It includes a trip onto the field – and if you’ve never been on the field of a major stadium you are in for a treat.

Stay in Comfort and Style

The team at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals provides visitors to the Emerald City with incredible downtown properties that come complete with upscale amenities and comfortable furnishings. Take time to enjoy the heart of Seattle while indulging in the comfort and style vacation promises. Contact us today for more information on our portfolio of properties and to begin planning your trip!

Seattle’s Hidden City

Imagine this: you’re working in a basement cabinet shop. It’s hot and far enough after lunch that you’re contemplating a nap. Or thinking about that after-work beer. Or whatever.  Then your boss and a few other people come in and distract you. And you forget that you have a highly flammable substance heating on the stove on the other side of the room – which consequently bursts into flames. What do you do? You grab the bucket of water in the corner and throw it on there intending to save the day……then you wake up? Nope. This is the actual history of how the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 started and how it, and 76 years later a man named Bill Speidel, changed our city forever.

The day after the Great Seattle Fire

A Wooden City Burnt to the Ground

The fire that stared that afternoon in a basement cabinet shop on the corner of 1st and Madison ended up burning down 29 square blocks of mostly wooden buildings which made up the business district, 10 brick buildings, most of the wharves, and the railroad station. How no one was killed (well, besides an estimated million rats) is a mystery to this day. Ok, you just burnt down (literally) your city. What do you do? That guy left town. What the city decided to do was to rebuild, which wasn’t unusual for the time especially since city-destroying fires weren’t terribly unusual for the time. But Seattleites have always been the type to look to the future and decided that wooden streets and building build on mostly fill right next to the water were for cities of the past – and we were looking to become the biggest and best city around. Besides, what good is it to have a city where you have to walk around in the muck and mud all the time?

A drawing of how the ‘new’ city looked after the rebuild.

The Underground City is Born

The city made a new law – all new buildings must be made of brick or concrete. Up above the mud that reportedly could swallow up dogs and small children. So, the city engineers decided that building tall retaining walls (8 feet or higher) on either side of the street, filling them in, and covering them with new streets and sidewalks was the way to go. What they didn’t count on was that local businessmen wouldn’t want to wait for the new city to be built to capitalize on the recent economic boom. They quickly rebuilt on the old, muddy streets not really caring that their storefronts and windows would eventually be basements. It was back to business as usual, with the exception of the walls going up all around. As the city was built, people used ladders to get from the old streets below to the stores and buildings a story above. When the sidewalks went in above, the businesses were simply abandoned, and left unforgotten until the late 1960’s when a man named Bill Speidel decided to try and save the deteriorated Pioneer Square from years of crime, poverty, and neglect. (Interesting side note: in 1907 the city condemned the underground – which was used as storage for the businesses above, and several illegal flop-houses offering prostitution, gambling, and opium dens. The official reason was that they were worried about the bubonic plague effecting the upcoming World’s Fair.)

One of the many passageways on the Underground Tour

Underground City? That’s Just a Rumor…..

Most people living in and around Seattle in the 1950’s didn’t even know about the city under their feet. Enter Bill and his wife Shirley. Bill was an ex-newspaper journalist turned publicist and both he and his wife wanted to help clean up the birthplace of their city, so he started doing some research. Those early interviews and trips to the newspaper archives lead to an unusual discovery; the rumors about a city beneath the city were actually true! A few carefully worded letters from Bill to The Seattle Times lead to a column mentioning the underground city which led to over 300 letters and tons of phone calls to the Times wanting to know when tours of this ‘new’ city were happening. That led to Speidel leading the march to designate Pioneer Square as a Historic Landmark and saving it from destruction by rich men uninterested in history yielding wrecking balls.

Today’s Underground Tours

In 1965 Speidel founded The Underground Tour, which lives on today. It’s an amazing trip back in time for both locals and tourists alike. There is lots of history, and every single tour guide, at least the dozen or so times I’ve personally taken the different tours they offer they have been, and there is a fun shopping area at the end where you can buy the usual touristy stuff but also books and movies about the history of our great city. There are three tours: the original Underground Tour, the newer Underground Paranormal Experience, which is a ghost tour with a few fun twists, and the latest offering The Underworld Tour, which is aptly titled “Sin & Flimflam in Seattle’s Old Red-light District”. I think that speaks for itself….

Now, I’m not an expert on underground cities or how the ‘facts’ are verified. Nor have I done more than casual research on the stories presented on the tour. But I can tell you this: if you enjoy history presented in a fun way, especially a way that involves adult beverages in spooky, dark areas then this is the tour for you. If you want to do your own research, there are some great places that have extensive archives that you can peruse at your leisure. The Museum of History and Industry and the Seattle Public Library Archives are great places that are open to the public. If you know a guy, the University of Washington has some pretty cool stuff too. Me? I’ll stick with the born story-teller handing me a beer. (During the day tours don’t involve adult beverages, the kiddos are more than welcome to walk the dusty areas with their adults.)

Book a Seattle Getaway Today

After a day of exploring the underworld of Seattle, come home to an amazing property with a view – and no dirt or mud!  Let the professionals at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals help you settle into a gorgeous downtown property that keeps you close to the heart of the city while providing the privacy and luxury you deserve. Contact us today for details on how to book your next Seattle home away from home.

October Events in Seattle!

Ah, October. The month that usually tells us that fall is here and it’s time to get the fireplaces ready to go and those cozy sweaters out of their summer hiding places. Personally, this is my favorite time of year – the leaves are beautiful and there’s nothing better than putting on your favorite sweater or jacket and walking through the crunchy leaves in one of the amazing parks we have. Well, with a hot coffee in hand! Even though the weather is cooler (if not wetter) there are still plenty of things to do, both indoors and out.

Let’s start with Oktoberfest. There are still plenty of parties happening the first weekend of the month. The largest party, and the one definitely worth the price of the ride there and back, is Oktoberfest Northwest. Held at the fairgrounds in Puyallup it is the largest one in our area. They have all sorts of food, beer (duh), events, music…..pretty much anything you could want when you think of Oktoberfest.

October = Halloween and Haunted Houses. Like any big city, Seattle offers more than our fair share of haunted houses. The one I send my visiting friends to? The Georgetown Morgue. Built in 1928 the Georgetown Morgue has an interesting, and somewhat gruesome past; but it makes for a great haunted house! October 12th is Kids Day, the tour is free for kids who bring three cans of food for the food bank and the lights are kept on. Want to skip the line on Saturday nights? Adults who donate a pint of blood, administered through Bloodworks NW, get to head to the front of the line with three of their friends. If you have a vehicle, you have great choices to the north and south: the Nile Nightmare in Mountlake Terrace and the Wild Waves Fright Fest in Federal Way. The Nile Shriners have hosted a haunted house at their golf course for a long time, but in 2013 they stepped up their game and added interactive acts, a beer garden, and a food court. I am not going to lie, a creepy guy with a real chainsaw is terrifying – even when you know he’s coming….the attractions include The Curse of the Nile, Slaughterhouse, Infernum, the Doll House, 3D Circus and the Ballinger Asylum. Oh, did I mention the 5-minute escape rooms? Wild Waves Fright Fest has been around for the last 8 years or so, and offers interactive rooms and acts for the whole family. From noon to 6pm on the weekends it’s Booville – scary (but not like nightmare-inducing scary) for the little ones. From 6pm – 7pm it transitions to Frights By Night, much more interactive and scary and not for kids under 13. Attractions include the Chamber of Souls, the Play Ground in 3D, and Camp Whispering Pines. Closer to home, Unexpected Productions offers a cool event at the Market for Halloween – Market Ghost Stories. This 75-minute tour through the market gives you the ghost stories, legends, and urban myths that make up part of the fascinating history of Pike Place Market.

There are lots of Halloween festivals and neighborhood parties the closer you get to the 31st – everything from Harvest Festivals for the whole family, to parades and trick-or-treating for kids, to costume contests at pretty much EVERY bar for us adults. We do love to dress up here in the Emerald City! And if costumes aren’t your thing, plan on bar hopping through Belltown or on Capital Hill for some epic people watching.

Let us not forget about sports! True sports fans know that even if it isn’t YOUR team playing, it’s still awesome to sit in a stadium with a beer and a hotdog (well, at our stadiums it’s more like burgers, doughnuts, sushi, and craft beer) and scream with tens of thousands of other fans. Our beloved Seahawks, Sounders, and Mariners are all doing their best to keep our post-season hopes up and blood pressure down. CenturyLink Field boasts amazing views of the field from almost any seat, even the ones in the rain, and the retractable roof at T Mobile Park keeps you (mostly) dry for your baseball game enjoyment.

After a day of sight-seeing, haunted houses, or just hanging out on the waterfront, why not come home to a luxury unit that has a full kitchen, super comfy furniture, and a view to die for? The team at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals is here to make sure each of our guests enjoys a customized and luxurious stay right in the heart of it all. Contact us today for more information on our property options.

Happy Hour Anyone?

Ah, Happy Hour. That magical time that makes your afternoon at work fly by and keeps you from sending that true but inappropriate email to the annoying Brenda in the cubicle next to you. For those of us lucky enough to live in the Emerald City, we know every spot from ‘My boss is coming but so is his corporate card’ to ‘locals only, tourists not allowed with out a note from a verified local’. For those of you visiting us with a passion for great drinks and food at a discount, you will love the fact that Seattle is a city filled with hot spots for happy hour. While there are many to choose from, here are a few of the best happy hours to add to the itinerary for your amazing trip!

Vinnie’s Raw Bar

Vinnie’s Raw Bar is a notorious Seattle destination for those that love to try bold and innovative wine labels. When you’re looking for a budget-friendly approach to trying what’s new, make sure to swing by during Happy Hour between the hours of 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. During this timeframe, guests can indulge in wine at $2 less than traditional prices and can make the most of cheese plates that are $5 discounted. Bring your friends and appetite when you come to enjoy a popular Happy Hour spent at Vinnie’s Raw Bar.

Virginia Inn

If you find yourself roaming Pike Place Market any given day of the week, Virginia Inn is a must when it comes to memorable and delicious Happy Hours. Small plates of calamari, smoked salmon and crab cakes are available in a price range falling between $3 and $11 while beer can be enjoyed for the low price of $5 and wine rings in at just $6.50. Stop in between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to make the most of this savory time in a restaurant that’s called Pike Place Market home since 1903. 

Radiator Whiskey

While you’re at the Market, why not try something a little different? Radiator Whiskey opened in 2013 and is known not only for its whiskey, but for its inventive way to pair common food with uncommon. Their happy hour is from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday – Saturday and offers drink deals like $10 beer and a shot, $7 apple infused Effen mules, and $8 wine. Pair it with a snack like tots with gravy and a fried egg or their house made cracker jacks (cayenne-bourbon-caramel coated mixed nuts) and you’ve got yourself something to Facebook about.

Book a Seattle Stay

There’s no need to worry about finding incredible accommodations in the Emerald City during your travels. The team at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals is here to make sure each of our guests enjoys a customized and luxurious stay right in the heart of it all. Contact us today for more information on our property options.

The 2019 NW Chocolate Fest!

The Northwest Chocolate Festival

As a child, Boehms Chocolates was a much-anticipated yearly field trip. The drive to Gilman Village, the tour of the factory, the tiny tastes of delicious perfection….I still remember the first time I had gourmet chocolate as a 7 or 8-year-old. Everything since then has been judged by that memory. As an adult, I’ve traveled all over the world and has some amazing chocolate – but nothing quite like that first time. 

People don’t always think of chocolate when they think of Seattle, but we have quite a few amazing local producers: Theo, Dilettante, Seattle Chocolate, and Fran’s just to name a few. There are many places to have a taste and wash it down with your favorite coffee, wine, or whiskey. And for a few days in October, chocolate companies from over 20 countries will be in town and sampling their various creations. White, dark, milk, various mixtures of the three. Infused with sea salt, caramel, fruit, hot and spicy things. ALL THE CHOCOLATE GOODNESS!!! 

A Legendary Chocolate Celebration

This year, The Northwest Chocolate Festivalwill once again be hosted at the Smith Cove Cruise Ship Terminal November 9thand 10thmuch to the delight of locals and visitors alike. The delicious doors open to guests beginning at 10 am each day of the festival which continues until 5 pm each evening. Those who purchase VIP tickets will enjoy early entrance starting at 9 am for a more intimate look at the exhibits, demonstrations and of course, amazing samples. The Northwest Chocolate Festival debuted in 2008 led by Brian Cisneros who is still committed to putting together a festival that ignites the senses, educates the public on chocolate making and creates a time set aside for sweet things to be enjoyed. In 2019, The Northwest Chocolate Festival is considered the ultimate chocolate showcase in North America and is often the highlight of the year for artisan chocolatiers. 

Indulge in the Chocolate Experience

Whether you stop by the festival for a day or make the most of both decadent time slots, The Northwest Chocolate Festival has a variety of options for guests to enjoy. Chocolate artisans from all over the world are represented at this festival meaning visitors can taste their way across the globe, enjoy chocolate-making demonstrations, speak with Cacao farmers and learn what it takes to truly succeed in this delicious industry. Seminars, classes, and workshops that are hosted during the festival come included with the cost of a day pass or weekend pass. Whether you consider yourself a chocolate expert or just can’t wait to enjoy the many flavors and learn something new, this sensational Seattle festival has something for you!

Book a Beautiful Stay

When you’re in the Emerald City to enjoy the chocolate or have plans to make the most of the entire city let the team at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals handle your every accommodation detail. Our downtown properties are as luxurious as they are comfortable and keep you in the heart of the fun. Contact ustoday for more information!

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