Kimpton Palladian in Belltown. Photo credit: Kimpton
For the artists: downtown Seattle
Few cities have an art scene as family friendly as Seattle’s, but let’s face it — you’re going to miss a lot of gallery openings and concerts in the next couple of years. So, get your fill ahead of time with an arts-focused weekend in downtown Seattle.
Start early with an afternoon at Seattle Art Museum, followed by a gallery walk around Pioneer Square (pro tip: Time your staycation for the First Thursday Art Walk for free fun) or a visit to Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center. Hear live music at one of dozens of downtown music venues catering to every taste, from the symphony at Benaroya Hall to rock at The Crocodile. Or check the Seattle Theatre calendar for just about any other kind of performance that you can think of, including plays, dance and opera.
Stay: Spend a stylish couple of nights at the Kimpton Palladian in Belltown (rooms from $150 per night). Count on clawfoot tubs and pillow-top mattresses along with comfortably chic details such as throw pillows featuring pop culture icons. When you book, add fresh flowers from Pike Place Market or contact the hotel concierge for a more elaborate special arrangement.
Relax: Book a “Mother-to-Be Harmony Massage” from the hotel’s in-room spa services; only organic oils are used for this massage. If you really want to splurge, try the half-day “Mother’s Creative Journey” or the “Pacific Rim Journey” at nearby Ummelina International Day Spa.
Eat: Mothers-to-be don’t have to pass up happy hour at Chan. This Korean gastropub in Pike Place Market has a nonalcoholic, house-made drinks menu. Brunch on high-end comfort food in Kimpton Palladian’s on-site restaurant Shaker + Spear or keep things simple with an inexpensive sammie from Biscuit Bitch, which offers vegetarian and gluten-free biscuits in addition to the old-fashioned, gut-busting kind.
Getting there: If you live near downtown Seattle, leave the car at home and take the bus, call a car or try a taxi. Downtown Seattle is so much more fun when you don’t have to worry about parking.