Seattle, Washington

Au Courant loves Seattle. While it's such a great city to visit anytime of the year, Seattle has the best weather in August and September. From attending a sporting event to visiting the Seattle Art Museum, there is so much to do in the city. Not to mention, there are some great restaurants and amazing shopping. 

If you have a sports-loving family, Seattle has three very popular sports teams. Between the Seattle Seahawks NFL team, the Seattle Sounders soccer team, and the Seattle Mariners MLB team, you'll have a blast! 

For art-lovers, visit the EMP and the Seattle Art Museum (the Andrew Wyeth retrospective is going on through January 2018) and, weather permitting, the outdoor Japanese Sculpture Garden or Chihuly Glass and Garden. 

In the summer months, enjoy the outdoors and take a boat ride on Lake Washington. You can charter a float plane and take an aerial tour of the Northwest as well.

Taking the monorail from downtown to Seattle Center will allow you to enjoy the Space Needle and the Frank Gehry-designed EMP (experience Music Project), now called the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP).

Where to Stay

Fairmont Olympic Hotel Downtown Seattle

 
 Fairmont Olympic Hotel Downtown Seattle

Fairmont Olympic Hotel Downtown Seattle

 
 
 Four Seasons Seattle

Four Seasons Seattle

 

Where to Eat

Canlis

This Seattle institution is our favorite upscale restaurant. They have the most beautiful views and the ambiance is great. The Canlis Salad is a must. 

 
 Canlis Restaurant

Canlis Restaurant

 
 
 Barrio Restaurant, Seattle

Barrio Restaurant, Seattle

 
 
 Stateside Restaurant, Seattle

Stateside Restaurant, Seattle

 
 
 Terra Plata Restaurant, Seattle

Terra Plata Restaurant, Seattle

 

Lark  

 Lark Restaurant, Seattle

Lark Restaurant, Seattle

The Walrus and The Carpenter

This hole-in-the-wall oyster bar and restaurant in Ballard (a few miles outside Seattle) is so fun!

 
 The Walrus and the Carpenter Credit: Seattle Magazine

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Credit: Seattle Magazine

 

Where to Drink

Bathtub Gin & Co.

 
 Bathtub Gin & Co.

Bathtub Gin & Co.

 
 Radiator Whiskey, Seattle Photo credit: Seattle Met

Radiator Whiskey, Seattle
Photo credit: Seattle Met

Where to Shop / what to do 

Nordstrom Flagship

Newly renovated, you have to go see it in the heart of downtown Seattle for some power shopping. Plan to spend several hours here because there is something for everybody from Chanel to Vans. They have an espresso bar, two restaurants and even a floral department.

 
 Nordstrom Flagship, Seattle

Nordstrom Flagship, Seattle

 

Ballard’s Main Street: Ballard Avenue

Ballard is a cool, hip place for fun shops and eateries. 

 
 Ballard Street, Seattle Photo credit: Visit Seattle

Ballard Street, Seattle
Photo credit: Visit Seattle

 
 
 Porcelain Room, Seattle Art Museum

Porcelain Room, Seattle Art Museum

 
 
 Frank Gehry designed EMP (Experience Music Project)

Frank Gehry designed EMP (Experience Music Project)

 
 
 Space Needle Photo credit: the Seattle Times

Space Needle
Photo credit: the Seattle Times

 
 
 Photo credit: Chihuly Glass Glass & Garden Museum

Photo credit: Chihuly Glass Glass & Garden Museum

 
 
 Pike Place Market Photo credit: Thrillist

Pike Place Market
Photo credit: Thrillist