Seattle has a way of creeping its way into your heart. It’s beautiful. Inspiring. Engaging. There is truly something for everyone; ferry rides and whale watching in the Puget Sound, the University of Washington’s famous cherry blossom trees, music and food festivals at Seattle Center, numerous world-class museums, a variety of sporting events in standout stadiums, and fabulous wine tasting just to name a few. Not sure where to start? Worry not! We’ve created three itineraries to choose from to ensure a fun-filled visit to Seattle.
Do you enjoy long walks on the beach, rollerblading, beach volleyball, skyline views, and beachcombing? Then your first stop should be Alki Beach. It is the ideal spot for any sunny day in Seattle. Alki Beach was the original landing point for the settlers who established Seattle and has one of the most spectacular views of the city around. Not only are there eight volleyball courts to play on, you can rent kayaks and paddle boards if that’s more your style. There’s a number of restaurants and cafes to choose from – burgers, fish & chips, chowder, tacos – whatever your preference, Alki has it. When you’ve had your fill of sunshine and people watching head to the next stop: Nine Hats Wines tasting room because by now it’s definitely time for happy hour. Pro tip: if you’re visiting on a Thursday from 5-7 p.m. we offer board games and $1 off pours, and if it’s not a Thursday, well, happy hour is whenever you want it to be! After tasting some of our delicious Washington wine, why not end the day with a Mariner’s game at T-Mobile Park or a Sounders game at CenturyLink Field? Our tasting room is only five minutes away from both, making us the perfect pre-game stop!
This next itinerary will have you feeling like a local in no time. If an ideal day for you includes delicious, local food, checking out the incredibly gorgeous PNW scenery, picnicking in the park and sipping on great wine, then this day in Seattle is for you. First stop: the infamous Pike Place Public Market. This is Seattle’s one-stop-shop for everything you could ever need. Hundreds of farmers, craftspeople, small businesses, and residents come together every morning at the crack of dawn to reserve a stall for the day to sell their goods. Pike Place Market is like a piece of Seattle’s soul. We recommend you snag your morning coffee and stroll through the market for picnic inspiration. There are cured meats, smoked local salmon, Beechers Handmade cheeses, fresh bread, homemade jellies, delicious desserts, and more fresh fruit and vegetables than you can imagine. Grab your food for the day, and then make your way to the Seattle Art Museum’s Sculpture Park. This incredible nine-acre park is filled with monumental art pieces and is the largest downtown green space in Seattle. You’re probably working up an appetite, so continue north along the water to Myrtle Edwards Park. With 1.25 miles of winding bike and pedestrian paths along Elliott Bay, there’s plenty of green grass or sandy beach to claim your space for lunch. While you enjoy Seattle’s delicious bites, peer out to the water and you’ll catch incredible views of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier, and Puget Sound while you watch the ferries heading to Bremerton or Bainbridge Island. Your last stop of the day is Nine Hats Wines tasting room. If you time it just right, the last Tuesday of every month we host a movie night! Two weeks prior to the C U Last Tuesday (CULT) movie night, our fans get to vote on which movie they want to see while they enjoy their favorite Nine Hats wines and Nine Pies pizza. VIPs get comfy front row seats, a bottle of wine, and a whole pie for only $45. Intrigued yet?
For those of you who like to think outside of the box when it comes to exploring a new city— this one’s for you. It’s time to have your mind blown at Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. University of Washington alum and longtime friend of our founder, Allen Shoup, Dale Chihuly is a world-renowned glassblower whose art speaks for itself. Chihuly has numerous, well-known series of work all over the world. Pro tip: you can purchase a joint ticket to see both the Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. Nearby, and your next stop, is SoDo Urbanworks. Home of several urban tasting rooms, including Nine Hats Wines, and Nine Pies Pizzeria. Just like Seattle has something for everyone, Nine Hats has a wine for everyone. Enjoy a tasting at the bar, cozy up on a couch on the patio or grab a bottle and a pie for lunch next door! No reservations required. After filling up on delicious food and wine, it’s time for the last stop. If you’ve never heard of Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, it’s one of the most unique places just minutes from downtown Seattle. There’s exotic shopping, diverse dining, and some of the most eccentric artwork you’ll ever see. On the second Saturday of each month from 6-9 p.m., local artists showcase the colorful diversity of the neighborhood at the Georgetown Art Attack.
Fun Fact: Our friends over at our parent winery, Long Shadows Vintners, have an entire room featuring Dale Chihuly’s art in their Walla Walla winery called the Chihuly Tasting Room. They even have a few one-of-a-kind pieces made specifically for Long Shadows on display.
Bonus: the 45th Annual Seattle International Film Festival is happening now! If you find the time we recommend you try and squeeze this in — even if it’s just for one film. The SIFF ends June 6 and tickets are only $15. It’s the country’s largest film festival and something you don’t want to miss if you’re visiting this time of year.
With some new insight into what a great Seattle day looks like, this is where we (sadly) part ways (for now). We hope Seattle has found a place in your heart like it has for us locals. Although these stops only make up a small portion of what this incredible city has to offer, they’re a great starting point for your first day trip to Seattle. Next time you come to visit, we hope you can stay awhile. There’s so much to explore in the Emerald City! Cheers!