Eye on the World: Seattle

written by | Posted on August 21st, 2013

Recommend’s Asia/South Pacific Editor, Sergio Ortiz, spent the weekend at The Edgewater, the only waterfront hotel in Seattle, capturing the spirit of this classic property—home to everyone from The Beatles to Blondie—and the city’s landmarks.

The Edgewater, Seattle's only waterfront hotel, was built in 1962 to house workers during the World's Fair. It is a time-tested icon and one of its most desirable and colorful accommodations near all the major city attractions. It has undergone a recent major restoration placing it among the city's top hotels.

The Edgewater, Seattle's only waterfront hotel, was built in 1962 to house workers during the World's Fair. It is a time-tested icon and one of its most desirable and colorful accommodations near all the major city attractions. It has undergone a recent major restoration placing it among the city's top hotels.

The lobby of The Edgewater is a warm place with a rustic aura paying homage to the city's early days as a stopover for miners heading to the Alaska gold fields in the 1800's.

The lobby of The Edgewater is a warm place with a rustic aura paying homage to the city's early days as a stopover for miners heading to the Alaska gold fields in the 1800's.

Six Seven at The Edgewater is an award-winning, cutting-edge restaurant offering casual dining in the city's only waterfront hotel.

Six Seven at The Edgewater is an award-winning, cutting-edge restaurant offering casual dining in the city's only waterfront hotel.

Wine glasses and decanters add a surreal touch to Six Seven, The Edgewater's signature restaurant.

Wine glasses and decanters add a surreal touch to Six Seven, The Edgewater's signature restaurant.

A gigantic mobile sculpture at the entrance to Seattle's Art Museum.

A gigantic mobile sculpture at the entrance to Seattle's Art Museum.

A bust of Chief Seattle, the Native American leader for whom the city was named, seems to frown at the modern world from his pedestal at Seattle's Pioneer Square, the city's birthplace.

A bust of Chief Seattle, the Native American leader for whom the city was named, seems to frown at the modern world from his pedestal at Seattle's Pioneer Square, the city's birthplace.

Peeling posters adorn a wall near Seattle's waterfront.

Peeling posters adorn a wall near Seattle's waterfront.

The sculpture of a pig stands as symbol of Seattle's Pike Market. It was completed some years ago by Northwest sculptor Georgia Gerber who lives in nearby Whidbey island.

The sculpture of a pig stands as symbol of Seattle's Pike Market. It was completed some years ago by Northwest sculptor Georgia Gerber who lives in nearby Whidbey island.

Some of the freshest seafood in the Northwest is found at Seattle's Pike Market.

Some of the freshest seafood in the Northwest is found at Seattle's Pike Market.

Flower stalls at Pike Market.

Flower stalls at Pike Market.

Seafood stalls in Seattle's Pike Market are famous throughout the Northwest for the quality and freshness of its catch. The market is a city institution.

Seafood stalls in Seattle's Pike Market are famous throughout the Northwest for the quality and freshness of its catch. The market is a city institution.

Interior of the original Starbucks across the street from Pike Market.

Interior of the original Starbucks across the street from Pike Market.

A busker entertains customers outside the original Starbucks, a Seattle coffee stall that grew from two employees to a multi-national conglomerate in less than two decades.

A busker entertains customers outside the original Starbucks, a Seattle coffee stall that grew from two employees to a multi-national conglomerate in less than two decades.

Seattle, one the great maritime cities in the U.S., has one of the most efficient ferry systems linking the city to a multitude of Pacific Northwest destinations.

Seattle, one the great maritime cities in the U.S., has one of the most efficient ferry systems linking the city to a multitude of Pacific Northwest destinations.

A ferry leaving Seattle under a full moon over Elliott Bay.

A ferry leaving Seattle under a full moon over Elliott Bay.

Ferries and sailboats are as natural to Seattle as its highly regarded avant-garde ambiance.

Ferries and sailboats are as natural to Seattle as its highly regarded avant-garde ambiance.

Seattle's Space Needle, the most distinctive city landmark and a relic of the 1962 World's Fair, is found within Seattle Center, a park full of quirky art works such as the

Seattle's Space Needle, the most distinctive city landmark and a relic of the 1962 World's Fair, is found within Seattle Center, a park full of quirky art works such as the "Sonic Blooms," by local artist Don Corson. The "flowers" are custom-designed solar panels generating their own power.

Modern sculptures, a huge Ferris wheel and a carnival-like atmosphere are all on the Seattle waterfront.

Modern sculptures, a huge Ferris wheel and a carnival-like atmosphere are all on the Seattle waterfront.

The Seattle Great Wheel is a gigantic Ferris wheel on Miner's Landing, a waterfront arcade.

The Seattle Great Wheel is a gigantic Ferris wheel on Miner's Landing, a waterfront arcade.

Seattle's skyline as seen from the Great Wheel.

Seattle's skyline as seen from the Great Wheel.

A marina on Elliot Bay, Seattle's waterfront, is bathed in evening colors.

A marina on Elliot Bay, Seattle's waterfront, is bathed in evening colors.

A full moon floats over Seattle, evidence that this hyper caffeinated city is one of the most astounding urban centers in the U.S.

A full moon floats over Seattle, evidence that this hyper caffeinated city is one of the most astounding urban centers in the U.S.

Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal on Pier 66 is an 11-acre complex on Seattle’s downtown waterfront. This vibrant, multi-use property is a port-of-call to Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises, which offer cruises to Alaska. Pier 66 is an easy walk to the famous Pike Place Market and Seattle Aquarium. The iconic Space Needle is also nearby.

Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal on Pier 66 is an 11-acre complex on Seattle’s downtown waterfront. This vibrant, multi-use property is a port-of-call to Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises, which offer cruises to Alaska. Pier 66 is an easy walk to the famous Pike Place Market and Seattle Aquarium. The iconic Space Needle is also nearby.

The Seattle skyline presents an imposing sight from the city's lively waterfront.

The Seattle skyline presents an imposing sight from the city's lively waterfront.

Seattle's Great Wheel ticket booth is an anachronistic structure that would have delighted Edward Hopper, the great American painter.

Seattle's Great Wheel ticket booth is an anachronistic structure that would have delighted Edward Hopper, the great American painter.

Seagulls romp along the waterfront, a strip of Seattle consisting of ferry landings, wharfs, restaurants, buskers and an amusement park atmosphere.

Seagulls romp along the waterfront, a strip of Seattle consisting of ferry landings, wharfs, restaurants, buskers and an amusement park atmosphere.

Couples, strollers and a late summer afternoon glow make the Seattle waterfront one of the Northwest's more appealing destinations.

Couples, strollers and a late summer afternoon glow make the Seattle waterfront one of the Northwest's more appealing destinations.

The Edgewater, Seattle's only waterfront hotel, was built in 1962 to house workers during the World's Fair. It is a time-tested icon and one of its most desirable and colorful accommodations near all the major city attractions. It has undergone a recent major restoration placing it among the city's top hotels.The lobby of The Edgewater is a warm place with a rustic aura paying homage to the city's early days as a stopover for miners heading to the Alaska gold fields in the 1800's.Six Seven at The Edgewater is an award-winning, cutting-edge restaurant offering casual dining in the city's only waterfront hotel.Wine glasses and decanters add a surreal touch to Six Seven, The Edgewater's signature restaurant.A gigantic mobile sculpture at the entrance to Seattle's Art Museum.A bust of Chief Seattle, the Native American leader for whom the city was named, seems to frown at the modern world from his pedestal at Seattle's Pioneer Square, the city's birthplace.Peeling posters adorn a wall near Seattle's waterfront.The sculpture of a pig stands as symbol of Seattle's Pike Market. It was completed some years ago by Northwest sculptor Georgia Gerber who lives in nearby Whidbey island.Some of the freshest seafood in the Northwest is found at Seattle's Pike Market.Flower stalls at Pike Market.Seafood stalls in Seattle's Pike Market are famous throughout the Northwest for the quality and freshness of its catch. The market is a city institution.Interior of the original Starbucks across the street from Pike Market.A busker entertains customers outside the original Starbucks, a Seattle coffee stall that grew from two employees to a multi-national conglomerate in less than two decades.Seattle, one the great maritime cities in the U.S., has one of the most efficient ferry systems linking the city to a multitude of Pacific Northwest destinations.A ferry leaving Seattle under a full moon over Elliott Bay.Ferries and sailboats are as natural to Seattle as its highly regarded avant-garde ambiance.Seattle's Space Needle, the most distinctive city landmark and a relic of the 1962 World's Fair, is found within Seattle Center, a park full of quirky art works such as the "Sonic Blooms," by local artist Don Corson. The "flowers" are custom-designed solar panels generating their own power.Modern sculptures, a huge Ferris wheel and a carnival-like atmosphere are all on the Seattle waterfront.The Seattle Great Wheel is a gigantic Ferris wheel on Miner's Landing, a waterfront arcade.Seattle's skyline as seen from the Great Wheel.A marina on Elliot Bay, Seattle's waterfront, is bathed in evening colors.A full moon floats over Seattle, evidence that this hyper caffeinated city is one of the most astounding urban centers in the U.S.Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal on Pier 66 is an 11-acre complex on Seattle’s downtown waterfront. This vibrant, multi-use property is a port-of-call to Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises, which offer cruises to Alaska. Pier 66 is an easy walk to the famous Pike Place Market and Seattle Aquarium. The iconic Space Needle is also nearby.The Seattle skyline presents an imposing sight from the city's lively waterfront.Seattle's Great Wheel ticket booth is an anachronistic structure that would have delighted Edward Hopper, the great American painter.Seagulls romp along the waterfront, a strip of Seattle consisting of ferry landings, wharfs, restaurants, buskers and an amusement park atmosphere.Couples, strollers and a late summer afternoon glow make the Seattle waterfront one of the Northwest's more appealing destinations.