Seattle

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Pike Place Market, Seattle (Photo: Tim Thompson, Seattle Convention & Visitors Bureau)
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on February 15, 2007. To see the most recent SmarterTravel articles on related topics, please click on any of the following links: Costa Rica, Jessica Labrencis, Malaysia, Munich, San Diego, seasonality, Seattle, vacation package.

Known for its cold, rainy winters, the Pacific Northwest begins to brighten in spring, with average temperatures in April, May, and June ranging between the high 50s and 60s with significantly less precipitation. Spring is the perfect time for heading outdoors, whether sightseeing or going to a Mariners game (April 2 is the first home game).

Pike Place Market celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and celebratory events begin the first day of spring, March 21, with Daffodil Day. 2007 also brings the 35th annual Pike Place Market Street Festival, with live music, food, and crafts, on June 2 and 3.

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Washington State's biggest wine event, Taste Washington, takes place on April 14 and 15 this year, with wines from more than 200 wineries. Some of Seattle's neighborhoods will also host other events this spring, including the Seattle Cheese Festival (May 18, 19, and 20), the University District StreetFair (May 19 and 20), and the Northwest Folklife Festival (May 25 to 28).

March brings Dine Around Seattle, a "restaurant month" when select restaurants offer special three-course menus for $25.

Just opened in January, the Olympic Sculpture Park offers a sculpture collection, as well as views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Free docent-lead tours are available on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Also, the nationally popular Bodies...the Exhibition visits 800 Pike Street through April 29, while the Tacoma Art Museum is hosting a Frida Kahlo exhibit through June 10.

The Seattle CVB offers the Seattle Super Saver program with discounted hotel rates. Through March 31, its Seattle Super Value Season guide provides discounts on restaurants, shopping, and attractions. You can also find coupons for dining, tours, activities, and shopping on the CVB's website.

I compared spring and summer rates at four Seattle hotels and found off-peak savings of up to $91 per night.

Hotel Room type Off-peak rate Peak rate
Eighth Avenue Inn King bed room $80 (April 11 to 14) $116 (August 8 to 11)
Hotel Ändra Andra studio queen $146 (April 11 to 14) $229 (August 8 to 11)
Inn at El Gaucho Belltown junior suite $182 (April 18 to 21) $205 (August 8 to 11)
Hotel Sorrento Deluxe room queen $209 (April 11 to 14) $300 (August 8 to 11)

Prices are per night based on double occupancy and were found on each provider's website.

For more information about Seattle, visit the Seattle CVB's website.

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