Perfect Seattle Weekend: Support Local Shops, Art & More

Is your next big getaway here in Seattle? More than likely. There’s no need to board a jet when the fall weather still offers cool, sunny days, and it’s easy to come and go from our local, independent and diverse businesses. Seattle offers plenty of handmade products, artisan foods, and carefully prepared menus. In all of Seattle’s popular neighborhoods, the PayByPhone app provides easy on-street parking and is also available at city parking garages. You can even use the app’s handy map feature to plan available parking spots before you set off or to view and reserve a parking spot at select garages.

Day one

Depart mid-morning to visit the bustling Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. Fall brings more manageable crowds to the popular destination and seasonally harvested produce, either in raw form or reused in fantastic new foods and meals. It’s fall, so try a grilled cheese for breakfast from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese or a smoked salmon chowder with capers at Pike Place Chowder.

Another warming option: a liquid poured from the flagship store for Rachel’s Ginger Beer. Inspired by the vibrant ginger beers found on tap in Europe, Rachel’s uses fresh, local ingredients sourced from farmers and producers in the Seattle area. Striking ginger beers include flavored options like blood orange, blueberry, and caramelized pineapple.

In the market’s charming Post Alley, the Made in Washington Store features foods and products made in Washington, such as Thea Candle Company’s aromatherapy-infused coconut and soy pillars. You’ll also find toys, cookware, jewelry, and plant-based body products at the Pike Place Craft Market, which features over 200 artisans, who make all of their quality items by hand.

Walk a few blocks to the Pacific Place Mall in downtown Seattle, where The Handmade Showroom showcases modern and contemporary independent artists, designers, and creative companies. The shop features clothing, greeting cards, housewares, hats, t-shirts and more, but has also increasingly worked with artists from further afield.

For more exploration of texture, color, and creativity, visit the Seattle Art Museum, which hosts exhibitions on Claude Monet’s paintings (until October 17), sculptures by Dawn Cerny (until September 26) and Seattle artist Barbara Earl Thomas (January 22) hand-printed paper cut and color works. But if the sun is still out, drive down to the nine-acre open-air art museum at Olympic Sculpture Park for a walk and views of Elliott Bay. End the evening with dinner and a nightcap at Belltown or Queen Anne, at your restaurant of choice.


Day two

At noon, head to Capitol Hill to continue your exploration of the city. Stop by The Shop Agora to shop for imported Mediterranean epicurean ingredients (think: Italian beans without soaking, rosemary honey, squid ink pasta) to shop for next weekend’s feast. If you’re up for a bite of the moment, ask for a seat on the patio of the full-service dining room to enjoy gyros, salad, and a glass from the fully-stocked wine bar.

Then, head to the nearby Volunteer Park for an affordable ($ 4) ride through the park’s historic 1912 conservatory. The warm, Instagram-worthy glass interior is packed with select displays of ferns, cacti, palms, and other subtropical and tropical plants.

If the veranda inspires you to start your mini veranda, the Capitol Hill Glasswing boutique brings together art, clothing, accessories, housewares and houseplants. After browsing the store’s verdant collection, sign up for one of Glasswing’s (for now) virtual workshops, such as building a terrarium, caring for houseplants, or assembling a plant for wall decoration.

This is just the start, of course – other Capitol Hill destinations might bring out your inner writer via the Elliott Bay Book Company craft books or classes at Hugo House, an artist among Blick’s supplies. Art Materials or an amateur swing dancer at Century Ballroom, through vaccination and masks. (If you’re willing to drive a little further, SaltStone Ceramics in the Wallingford district offers ‘Clay Curious’ a ceramic art and pottery workshop with classes, workshops and private lessons)

For dinner, there are plenty of options. Restaurant Marjorie is named after Chef Donna Moodie’s mother, whom she dragged to their home kitchen in Jamaica. Today, Moodie is bringing in local merchants and farmers to create beloved standards (and new favorites) such as jalapeño hush puppies, roasted yam tacos, and Jamaican chicken or tofu, served with mashed sweet potato and coconut and collard greens.

A little further east is the Communion Restaurant & Bar in the central district, run by a mother-son team. Seattle Soul cuisine is on the menu, including black-eyed pea hummus, catfish and Parmesan polenta grits (with a tomato and okra stew), or a rich mushroom-based soup. shiitake with sautéed seasonal greens, served with chicken or Tofu. End the weekend with one of Communion’s cocktails with homemade syrup or brandy.

PayByPhone is available at approximately 13,000 locations in the city of Seattle in addition to parking lots across the city. In October, discover PayByPhone Virtual Block Party for a chance to win a locally sourced prize package valued at $ 500.

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