Exploring the Pacific Northwest

written by | Posted on August 3rd, 2011

Seattle Center is home to some of the city's biggest attractions, including the Space Needle and the Pacific Science Center.

 

From Seattle’s architecturally innovative Space Needle, to Portland’s lush state parks, the Pacific Northwest is an ideal vacation destination for those looking for the perfect blend of remote outdoor adventure and big city entertainment. We’ve found a handful of charming properties that we think nature lovers, culture buffs and museum hoppers alike will love.

Cedarbrook Lodge, for instance, is a 104-room retreat in northwest Seattle, just 20 minutes from downtown. Situated on 18 acres of restored wetlands, Cedarbrook feels worlds away from the busy city, yet its proximity to downtown and the airport makes it a convenient choice for travelers. Cedarbrook offers complimentary amenities for guests, including 24-hour snacks like Haagen Dazs ice cream and malted milk balls, gourmet continental breakfast, WiFi Internet access, guest parking and more.

Additionally, at the award-winning and farm-table cuisine of Copperleaf Restaurant guests can  experience some of the freshest Northwest cuisine around. With the hotel’s To Dine For package, guests receive a $100 dining credit to enjoy the restaurant. Rates start at $249 per night.

For more information about Cedarbrook Lodge, visit cedarbrooklodge.com.

For travelers looking for more of a city experience, Alexis Hotel Seattle is a luxury 121-room Seattle boutique hotel  near popular Seattle attractions like Pike Place Market, the Waterfront, Pioneer Square and the Space Needle. This eco-friendly, Green Seal-certified hotel offers a complimentary onsite fitness center with private steam room, hosted evening wine receptions and complimentary WiFi for guests. The property also features pet-friendly accommodations with no fees or size restrictions.

Currently, the hotel is offering an Art of the Perfect Weekend, ideal for those who want to check out the city’s art and cultural scene. Priced from $449 per night, this package includes breakfast for two at the Library Bistro, two tickets to the Seattle Art Museum, a 10 percent off voucher for use in the Seattle Art Museum store, a watercolor paint set and hotel valet parking. For more information, visit alexishotel.com.

For more information on travel to Seattle, go to visitseattle.org.

In Portland, meanwhile, Hotel Fifty is a boutique hotel located along the Willamette River in downtown Portland. The 140-room boutique property boasts riverfront views and offers easy access to popular downtown shopping, dining and entertainment venues.

Families may enjoy the property’s Urban Family Fun package, which includes four tickets to the Oregon Zoo, plus a picnic basket lunch for two adults and two children. Rates start at $219 per night. Or consider the Wineries, Waterfalls and Wildflowers package, ideal for wine aficionados and nature lovers. Priced from $359 per night, this package includes a 4-hour tour of Columbia Gorge wineries, a picnic lunch and  plenty of time to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Gorge, including cascading waterfalls and aromatic wildflowers. For more information, visit hotelfifty.com.

Over at the Jupiter Hotel, a mid-century, renovated motor inn-turned-boutique hotel in the heart of Portland, guests can get to know the city’s famous Distillery Row—an area that consists of six independent distilleries within walking distance of one another in the Central Eastside Industrial District, which produce a variety of liquors and coffee alcohols—with the property’s new Distillery Row Perks package.

Starting from $169 per night, this package includes a $40 credit  to spend in Distillery Row, all tasting fees at each distillery, an area map of the distilleries, complimentary parking and a gift certificate to locally owned Water Avenue Coffee for guests to experience micro-roasting craft coffees from countries around the world.

Jupiter Hotel is located minutes away from Downtown Portland, the Oregon Convention Center, the Pearl District and the Rose Garden Arena. For more information, visit jupiterhotel.com.

For more information on travel to Portland, visit travelportland.com.