Visit the Seattle Food & Wine Experience!

Visitors often come to our amazing city with a long list of places they hope to see and experience. From the Space Needle to Lake Union, the many museums, art galleries and events Seattle is a place undeniably brimming over with opportunity. In addition to the iconic landmarks and options for exploration, Seattle is a city with a reputation for fantastic flavor. If you find yourself in the Emerald City in February and have a passion for pleasing the palate, don’t miss your chance to participate in the annual Seattle Wine and Food Experience.

A History of Flavor

Since it first began in 2009, the Seattle Wine and Food Experience has been one of the city’s premier culinary showcases that draw in crowds by the thousands looking to enjoy the best Seattle has to offer. In 2020, the event will be held February 20-22nd centered around Sodo Park located at 3200 1st Avenue S. The Seattle Wine and Food Experience is hosted by Seattle Magazine, who make it a mission to not only display but elevate the many regional products that make Seattle such a sensational city for fine dining and drinking. In addition to the many tasting options, this event includes, guests who participate will also enjoy educational programming, options to speak with food producers and sensory experiences that are sure to thrill!

Three Events in One

While all of the exciting and savory moments that make up this celebration of flavor fall under the umbrella title of the Seattle Wine and Food Experience, this event is truly three in one. The first day of the event is dedicated to comfort food and invites participants to come and enjoy those options that originate in the Pacific Northwest that come with the inviting feeling of home. On this day, guests will enjoy everything from fried chicken and burgers to ciders and sweet beers that come with a side of a warm welcome. The second day of the event features all that is fancy and invites guests to dress their best and enjoy bubbling beverages and a selection of seafood that’s hard to top. The final day of the event is called the Grand Tasting and is definitely one not to miss. Participants will indulge in the ultimate showcase of fantastic fare from the Pacific Northwest and those with a passion for wine will be pleased with the impressive selection that finds its way to the front of the crowd.

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Celebrate Lunar New Year in Seattle!

Pulsating drumbeats. The smell of dumplings, marinated meat, and wok-seared spicy noodles and veggies. A dancing lion…..are you in Beijing, Taipei, or Hong Kong? Nope! You are in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (The ID for us locals) experiencing Lunar New Year. And while globally it will be celebrated from January 25 – February 8th, here in the Emerald City we added a few extra days of fun. Our friends at The Stranger have put together a great list of ways to celebrate beginning on January 19th. But the biggest party of them all will be in the ID on February 8th.

Where the World Meets Seattle

The Lunar New Year Celebration will be hosted on February 8th this year between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. The festivities are hosted throughout the ID, making it a high-energy and exciting place to be. There’s no cost to attend this event, just a requirement that you bring a spirit of fun with you. (Pro Tip: take the bus or an Uber/Lyft as the parking can be nonexistent). Thousands of visitors make their way this direction in the name of the Lunar New Year Celebration to observe the cultural traditions, enjoy the food and have a fantastic afternoon in the company of plenty of others. 2020 is deemed the Year of the Rat and guests can expect to enjoy a variety of performances, costumes and events that celebrate this fact. The Lunar New Year Celebration will feature both lion and dragon dances as well as drumming, cultural performances and martial arts throughout the day. If you’re traveling to Seattle with little ones, feel free to bring them along as this is a notoriously family-friendly event that’s sure to inspire participants of all ages! Keep your eyes open for the many arts and crafts stands that are designed to be fun, educational and engaging.

Festival Flavor

In addition to the performances and music, the Luna New Year Celebration offers up the opportunity for guests to take part in the annual $3 Food Walk. Local businesses will be on hand throughout the day and with a $3 ticket, guests can sample the delicious goods that are displayed. As you sample the many booths dedicated to Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai fare just to name a few, you’ll collect stamps that can be turned in for potential raffle prizes. Plan on spending the day and enjoy every moment of your Lunar New Year Celebration in Seattle in 2020.

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Free State Parks Day!

Free State & National Parks Day on January 20th

January in Seattle. Not exactly the time most people think of for exploring the great outdoors. But January can actually be less wet than the spring months, and as long as you have a good raincoat and shoes it really doesn’t matter. Drizzly days are some of the best for hiking, especially if there is a cozy fire and a warm beverage at the end….

Folks come to Seattle for a variety of reasons, and one of them is an opportunity to get into nature. Where downtown Seattle is a bustling hub of creativity, flavor, art, and culture, the nearby national and state parks are fantastic places to spend a day or two when you’re looking to immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of the great outdoors. While an entrance fee is expected most days of the year to access these incredible parks, the National Park Service regularly sets up a calendar of annual entrance fee-free days that are designed to encourage visitors to enjoy time spent in these protected areas. The first of these entrance fee-free days will be January 20th in 2020, and if you happen to be in the Seattle area around this time, there’s going to be a long list of parks to see, experience and explore!

National Parks Worth the Drive

From a distance, Mt. Rainier is an impressive sight, but that’s nothing compared to the opportunity to get up close to this phenomenal landmark. Mt. Rainier stands over 14,000 feet high in the heart of Mount Rainier National Park and visiting comes with the option of climbing this iconic mountain on an entrance fee-free day. In addition to mountain climbing, Mount Rainier National Park is known and loved for its maze of lower-elevation hiking trails as well as opportunities to bike, fish, and boat. (These trails are my favorite. Not too challenging, and great views!) Wildflowers and wildlife are also abundant in Mount Rainier National Park, making it a great place for photographers and admirers alike. The visitor’s center at Paradise has both a café to warm up after your hike, and a gift shop to pick up a souvenir. Their website has information on current conditions and the status of the different hikes, climbs, and campsites.

North Cascades National Park is a truly one-of-a-kind visit, as guests are welcomed by a collection of mountains and over 300 glaciers. Biking, fishing, and climbing are popular activities within the boundaries of the park, but many guests also opt to participate in a guided tour to get a more in-depth look at the dynamic terrain. Visiting this park requires an overnight stay if you’re staying downtown, but I promise you, it’s worth it!

State Parks to Enjoy

Just as enjoyable on January 20th would be time spent in a nearby state park. Saint Edward State Park is located at 1445 Juanita Drive NE in the Seattle suburb of Kenmore and covers over 319 acres of land. Visitors adore this area for the trees, trails, playgrounds and overall tranquility but those with a passion for the past also love the story this park provides. The 19th century saw this area of land heavily logged before it was purchased and transformed into a Catholic seminary. The land was eventually transitioned into protected state land and today, this versatile destination is a good reminder of Seattle’s ever-changing landscape and ability to adapt.

Saltwater State Park is another great park about 20 minutes South of the airport, and offers day hikes, picnic areas, and camping. If diving is your thing and you prefer to view sea life from under the water, this is the only state park with an underwater artificial reef for diving. The park is 137 acres and offers a long stretch of shoreline for beach activities. Fun Fact: in 1926 Seattle and Tacoma used the park to symbolize the end of their competition to be the best city.

To see the rest of the free park days, visit the Discover Pass website. You can also purchase a pass to visit our wonderful parks any time!

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Belgian Fest Seattle!

Belgian Fest

Seattle is a city known for its art, culture, many restaurants, iconic landmarks, and of course, beautiful natural scenery. With its combination of mountains, waterways, vibrant city living and opportunities to make the most of stunning views, it’s not surprising that Seattle is a place that visitors choose to return to time and again. It’s also a highly innovative destination on the map and rising to the top of the list of new and exciting scenes in Seattle is brewing. As the popularity of craft beer continues to grow, Seattle has taken a seat at the leader’s table and in January, beer lovers will reunite once again to celebrate the flavor, technique, and art of brewing in the state of Washington at Belgian Fest.

Festival Highlights

Over 100 Belgian-style beers created at the hands of Washington-based brewers will be available at the 11th annual Belgian Fest in Seattle this year. The festival will be hosted at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center on January 25th which is situated at 305 Harrison Street. Belgian Fest is divided into two sessions to allow for even more tastings with the first being between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm and the second running from 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance of the event for $37 per person or for $45 at the door. This is a 21 and up event that proves to be fun-filled each and every year and highlights beverage styles that range from Saisons and Wits to Tripels and Dubbles, just to name a few.

What to Expect

The cost of an admission ticket includes 10 tasting tokens as well as a commemorative tasting glass. A taste constitutes 4 oz, but several are sure to lead to a growing appetite. Fortunately, Belgian Fest also takes pride in providing a great selection of delicious fare during your experience. Savory bites and snacks are available for purchase on-site with vendors situated both inside and outside of the pavilion. Hot dogs, baked goods, sweets and more are sure to please the palate and be a wonderful pairing to the many beverage flavors designed to be enjoyed. The Buddha Bruddah Food Truck is always a fan favorite when you’re in the mood for something more robust while a stop at Po Papas Nuts is a great way to indulge the taste buds when you’re feeling more like a small snack.

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Seattle Holiday Dining

For most of us, the holidays mean meeting up with family or friends for a good meal in a nice restaurant reserved for such things. Growing up in West Seattle, for years that place for me was Salty’s on Alki or driving into Des Moines to go to Anthony’s. The bonus of being in a metropolis like Seattle means that you have so many choices when it comes to dining out – especially during the holidays. Many places have a special menu, unique cocktails, or an upgraded wine selection. Vegan, vegetarian, meat and potatoes…. there’s something for everyone in your party in the Emerald City and its surrounding neighborhoods. I personally use The Infatuation for reviews and alerts to new places opening up around the city. And these days, that holiday meal doesn’t always mean dinner. We have some amazing brunch and happy hour options as well. Since this is the holiday season, and many of us will be dining with family, I thought I’d poll the Seattle Oasis family to see where their favorite places to eat during the holidays are.

Goldfinch Tavern at the Four Seasons – 99 Union Street

Goldfinch is an Ethan Stowell creation, who is known for simple, locally sourced dishes. They offer breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night. Candi, our Interior Designer, recommends the weekend brunch (with bottomless mimosas!). “They have tons of seafood at brunch, and the mimosas are really good”. Reservations can be made on their website or by calling 206-749-7070.

RN74 – 1433 Pike Street

Situated within walking distance from the Market and offering ‘French cuisine infused with a healthy dose of flair and fantasy’, RN74 is a perfect place for a holiday meal. Sarah, our operations manager, recommends the Duck for dinner. “But all of their food is good!”. Reservations can be made on their website or by calling 206-456-7474.

Lost Lake Café – 1505 10th Ave

This Seattle institution has been around forever and is one of the few remaining 24-hr eateries in the city. Vinyl booths, ginormous milkshakes, and breakfast served all day – this is how a proper café should be done. Daniel, part of our reservations team, recommends Lost Lake for “..everything. Especially late-night food!”. They have special hours for Christmas Eve and Day, and a special menu. Check out their website for menus, hours, and more!

Café Campagne – 1600 Post Alley

This is a ‘classic Parisian brasserie’ located in the Market offers everything from weekend brunch to afternoon coffee and pastries to paired dinner and wine. Bernadette, another reservations team member, recommends the café “For its holiday feel”. They have a great happy hour as well!  

If you’re looking specifically for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dining options, check out the Eater Seattle guide. They also have great reviews and recommendations for restaurants around the city.

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New Year’s Eve in Seattle, Part Two

New Year’s Eve Events in Seattle

As promised last week, here are two more amazing New Year’s Eve events happening in Seattle – you truly don’t have to go far to find a fun way to celebrate the new year!

Seattle Bollywood Party

Add some music, culture, and flavor to your New Year’s Eve celebration in Seattle by purchasing a ticket to the Seattle Bollywood 2020 Party this year. Organized by Rainier Events, this party is a crowd-pleaser that’s held at 1950 1st Avenue South. Tickets range from $50 to $100 per person depending on the type of package. The fun starts at 9:00 pm with karaoke and comedy before DJ SZNaina turns up the beats and opens up the dance floor. Bollywood hits are highlighted all night long with a balloon drop at midnight. This is a 21 and up event that’s sure to be high energy.

Spectra at the Pacific Science Center

The Pacific Science Center is one of Seattle’s most popular spots to ring in the new year. Located at 200 Second Avenue North, The Pacific Science Center hosts Spectra each and every year which invites guests to come and make the most of lights, drinks, dancing, live music and much more! Attending this event guarantees great views of the downtown fireworks at midnight. In 2020, guests will want to dress their best as the theme celebrates the roaring 20s. Tickets are $125 for general admission and jump to $225 for a VIP experience package.

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New Year’s Eve in Seattle Part One

How to Spend New Year’s in Seattle

New Year’s Eve in Seattle – the choices are endless when deciding how and who you’ll be spending the evening with. Casual at a local bar? Community event in a public space with thousands of other Seattleites? Dress up and fancy? I enjoy all kinds of celebrations, but any excuse to dress up and get my hair done….. So,  if you feel like getting fancy and ringing in the new year in style, Seattle is a particularly exciting city to find yourself when New Year’s Eve rolls around. There are plenty of options for nice-dress-or-suit entertainment when you head into the city as December comes to an end. Here are just a few ideas on places to spend your New Year’s in Seattle this year.

New Year’s Eve in the Needle

New Year’s Eve will never be the same when you spend it high above the city with fireworks exploding above your head! The party at the Space Needle is a fun way to ring in the new year in style. The event starts at 9:00 PM and your $275 ticket gets you appetizers, dessert, live music and an amazing DJ for dancing, and champagne for a toast at midnight. Oh, did I mention the fireworks?

Indulgence at the Museum of Pop Culture

The Museum of Pop Culture is known for its annual Indulgence celebration on New Year’s Eve that draws in over 2,000 guests at a time. This fun and exciting event turns the museum into a dance floor complete with a live DJ and plenty of delicious bites and drinks. Comedy shows and cocktails pair perfectly with time spent browsing the many museum exhibits. Toast to the new year in a venue that provides more than 35,000 square feet of space designed to be enjoyed. 21 and over, the party starts at 8:30 PM and Tickets start at $109 for GA.

Fog Room Seattle

When you’re feeling a little bit fancy and are hoping to celebrate the New Year with a touch of elegance, make your way to the Fog Room located at 1610 2nd Avenue. Tickets to this event range from $30 to $200 depending on the grade of experience package purchased. Guests to the Fog Room on New Year’s Eve will enjoy endless Champagne, a live DJ and aerial acrobats putting on amazing shows all night long. The fun starts at 9:00 pm and includes a toast at midnight.

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Holiday Adventures in Seattle, Part 2

Thanksgiving is here: you know where you’re eating, you know what you’re bringing, and you know who’s in charge of the turkey – which hopefully is in the fridge for thawing! But what are you doing next week? And the week after that?

Here in Seattle, those are not tough questions to answer, other than choosing from the huge list of events, fairs, craft shows, concerts…….you get the idea. And you need to carve out time to spend with family and friends that are traveling to our amazing city to visit you. Why not save some time and do both? While a lot of the events go for the entire month, there are also many that are one or two days only, and you don’t want to miss them!

Nerdy Holiday Market, Nov 29th – Dec 1st

Nowadays, nerd is a term of endearment and we all have one or two on our shopping list. Why not find that special something handmade by other nerds? Head to Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park for the GeekCraft Expo Seattle Holiday Market and shop from over 70 vendors who promise ‘something for every geek on your Christmas list’.

Caroling at Westlake, Dec 6th

Join dozens of caroling teams, and about 10,000 of their friends and family, for the 33rd Annual Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition at Westlake Center from 6pm – 8pm. There will be carolers on every street corner, and the top teams advance to the sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage! The event raises funds for the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank.

Jule Fest in Poulsbo, Dec 7th

With vikings at her side, Lucia Bride Carly Tizzano, 15, (right) prepares to light the bonfire during Poulsbo’s Julefest on Saturday, December 6, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

If you’re feeling up to an adventure, hop on the ferry and head to Poulsbo for Jule Fest. Start the day at the Poulsbo Sons of Norway for their annual holiday bazar, which includes homemade Lefse and other yummy treats. Then head to Muriel Ivereson Waterfront Park at dusk and watch the Poulsbo Sons of Norway Vikings (yes, Vikings!) escort the Lucia Bride to the bonfire, which will be lit while the Viking King reads the Winter Solstice proclamation. Dancing and merriment to follow.

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Days spent adventuring deserve nights spent in a luxurious home away from home. Cook in the gourmet kitchen, relax on the comfy couch, or head to the hot tub or pool to unwind.  The professionals at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals are here to help you find the perfect place to call home. Contact us today for more information and to begin planning your trip.

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.  

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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.

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