Farm-to-table cuisine and an eclectic downtown drive visitors to the homeland of Starbucks -- Seattle. This Pacific Northwestern gem is a perfect long weekend getaway, with a convenient air train so there’s no need to rent a car if you’re just staying in the city.
The best time of year (for almost guaranteed sunshine) is summer. Locals say that summer officially starts on July 5 and ends around Labor Day, boasting average temperatures in the mid-70s. While summer might be the most sun-filled, part of the charm of Seattle are the rainy days. Plus, the winter and spring months are extremely attractive for the deal-hunter, as hotel prices tend to be at their lowest.
It’s easy to meander around Pike’s Place for an entire afternoon. Watch the fishmongers tosh fish in the market, stop by Beecher’s for handmade cheese and schedule a tour of the Pike Brewing Company. If you’re in for a day trip, venture out to see the Fremont Troll, Camden Locks and Pyramid brewery.