Where to Stay // Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Built with Italian Renaissance flair in 1924, this downtown gem
is a monument to Roaring Twenties opulence. The concierge can set up everything from theater tickets to whale-watching.
Morning // Bainbridge Island
Take in Seattle's skyline and, on a clear day, snow-covered Mount Rainier from this island in Puget Sound. While cars are welcome on the ferry, the island's main street is very pedestrian-friendly.
Lunch // Pike Place Market
Watch fishmongers toss the day's catch at this 103-year-old landmark
, then work your way past dozens of fresh seafood and produce stands. Java junkies take note: Pike Place also houses the original Starbucks.
Afternoon // Historic Ballard
These days, the historic heart of Seattle's Scandinavian fishing community reels in style mavens with its strip of boutiques, spas and galleries.
Dinner // SkyCity
atop Seattle's most iconic structure. No Space Needle dinner would be complete without a Lunar Orbiter, its famed dry-ice-and-ice-cream concoction.
Nightlife // The Crocodile
Once a beloved dive-bar incubator for Seattle's grunge sound, the Croc
relaunched last year as one of the city's spiffier rock clubs. The adjoining pizzeria is also a hit.