The picture-perfect backdrop, the incredible local food scene, the innovative people who live here and create one-of-a-kind experiences—all of these reasons and more make Seattle the ideal place to celebrate life’s big moments. Whether you’re in town to toast an anniversary, a birthday, a job promotion or just because, the Emerald City makes it easy for you to get in the celebratory spirit. Consider this your guide to doing just that. (Oh, and congratulations!)
Dinner With a View
Keep it traditional with a nice meal that comes with a side of jaw-dropping views. The classic entry in this category is Canlis, the crown jewel of Seattle’s fine-dining scene since the 1950s and one of the only places in the area with a dress code. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the mid century-modern building is perched above Lake Union, offering an ambiance that matches both the impeccable service and time-honored Pacific Northwest fare.
Over in Pike Place Market, there are several options for a special meal overlooking the water, including Matt’s in the Market (where you can gaze out on Elliott Bay from behind lovely arched windows), Maximilien (with a romantic, white-tablecloth charm) and Place Pigalle (an appealing meld of French fare with a Northwest sensibility).
For a view looking back at the city’s skyline, Salty’s on Alki Beach is legendary for its location and its brunch buffet—with crab legs, eggs Benedict, freshly shucked oysters, carved-to-order prime rib, house made mac and cheese, butterscotch pudding and a chocolate fountain. You’ll leave with full bellies and happy hearts.
Sitting in a plush booth, surrounded by twinkling lights, gazing upon a stage framed by gold accents—this is the experience you'll enjoy at The Triple Door. Throw in the act that’s onstage and the acclaimed Asian cuisine from next-door neighbor Wild Ginger—both always high-quality—and you’ve got the makings of a great night out.
Across the street at Benaroya Hall, the award-winning Seattle Symphony never fails to put on a good show. It’s also worth checking the schedules at The 5th Avenue Theatre and the Paramount Theatre to see if there’s something special playing while you’re here.
For a sure bet, The Pink Door in Pike Place Market always has nightly entertainment in the dining room; while you savor the lasagna or pappardelle al ragù Bolognese, enjoy performances from the likes of a trapeze artist, an Eastern European jazz trio or a singer-songwriter with a guitar and a gift for lyrics.
Take a Trip
The area just outside the city limits holds plenty of treasures, too. A day trip to Woodinville, where there are a whopping 90-plus wineries, is a fun way to taste the flavors of Washington wine country. To make it even easier, go on a tour—Bon Vivant Wine Tours, Big Woody Limos and Seattle Wine Tours all have options that will keep your focus solely on sipping and not the logistics.
Also on the Eastside, Snoqualmie Falls is a breathtaking waterfall that’s impressive no matter the weather. Bring your camera and prepare to be awed by nature. Even if you can’t stay the night at the adjacent Salish Lodge & Spa (but you should if you can squeeze it in!), stop by one of the restaurants and order something with honey in it—the bees are kept on-site, so it’s as local as can be.
If you can’t get enough of the water, step aboard a Washington State Ferry bound for Bainbridge Island and walk around the quaint downtown area there known as Winslow. Be sure to dine at Hitchcock, beloved for its sustainably sourced dishes.