My wife and I have something of a near-Christmas tradition where we'll head downtown (Vancouver, BC) and spend a night at a nice hotel, do some window-shopping, take in some good food, and just enjoy the city's Christmas ambiance.
This year, we'd like to do the same in Seattle. So, we're heading to Seattle for the night of December 19th (a Thursday), staying at Hotel Andra, which is about four blocks away from Pike Place Market. We have a car, though with our limited time in the city we'd rather not venture too far away.
We've only recently begun spending any time in Seattle (we've made a couple of trips down your way in the last two years), and we very much enjoy it. We're looking forward to hopefully enjoying some Seattle Christmas ambiance this year!
To that end, we're wondering where we might best be able to accomplish that. Our itinerary at this point is pretty open -- we intend to arrive in time for lunch on Thursday, and we'll leave well after lunch on Friday. So, we've got two lunches, a breakfast, and a dinner. Our only certainty is that we'd like to spend a couple of hours at Pike Place.
Is the market generally done up nicely for Christmas? What about Pioneer Square (which we only very briefly passed through once on a previous trip). Anywhere else that's particularly "Christmas-y"? How's the waterfront area (and Ferris wheel), which we've never visited?
Of course, among all this, we'll be looking for some good eats, too. While nothing's planned yet, we've thought about going to Le Pichet for their small but delicious breakfast then hopping over for our so-far-favourite-Seattle-snack, a lemon-ricotta crumpet at the Crumpet Shop. Other than that -- not sure yet. Previous trips have involved good experiences at Cuoco, The Book Bindery, Sitka and Spruce, Spinasse, and Serious Pie, so we'll probably want to go someplace new, at least for dinner (a lunch at Serious Pie might be nice though -- it's so close to our hotel, too).
We're adventurous eaters, and enjoy pretty much all sorts of cuisines (though oysters aren't really our favourite, so we'd probably not bother with Walrus and Carpenter). Thierry Rautureau's new restaurant Loulay is supposed to open this week, so that might be nice (we enjoyed watching him on Top Chef Masters). We're up for a splurge dinner, and I enjoy a good tasting menu... so maybe Canlis? (Though I'm not totally keen on bringing a separate set of clothes to accommodate their dress code.)
I'll leave it at that for now, and look forward to some suggestions. I'll also continue to do some of my research and will respond later with further ideas.