As one of the nation’s greenest cities – as well as one of the most scenic destinations in the northwest – Seattle is an excellent choice for your next eco vacation. From pampering day spas and exceptional shopping venues to beautiful parks and intriguing museums, Seattle promises a fun, eco-friendly experience whether you’re interested in relaxing, exploring, or painting the town.
Where to Stay
Hotel Vintage Park boasts a convenient central Seattle location and an assortment of luxurious rooms, including a top floor suite with magnificent views, fireplace, and jetted tub. Organic snacks and beverages are available in each room, as well as recycling bins. Chemical-free cleaning supplies and energy-efficient lighting are also in use.
Seattle’s first LEED certified hotel, the Hyatt at Olive 8 features an eco-friendly spa, onsite restaurants serving local, farm-fresh foods, and an array of sustainable amenities. All rooms offer queen or king size Hyatt Grand beds and Portico Spa bath products.
What to Do
After a day exploring Seattle’s rich history and culture in downtown Pioneer Square, indulge with a deep tissue massage or rejuvenating facial at one of the area’s eco-friendly day spas. Soul Ease Holistic Yoga Spa offers everything from Reiki healing and acupuncture to yoga and pilates instruction, and features natural signature products by June Jacobs, Aroma Naturals, and True.
Stop by Thrive for an Enlighten salad - full of fresh, local spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, and walnuts - with a mocha latte coconutty smoothie for lunch. Then head to Washington’s wine country and pay a visit to Badger Mountain, Seattle’s premier certified organic vineyard.
Other points of interest that shouldn’t be missed include the Seattle art museum, the fascinating Olympic Sculpture Park, and of course, the Seattle space needle. Nature and water lovers have plenty to enjoy – abundant beaches, bike trails, hiking, kayaking, and exceptional skiing in the winter.
Driving in Seattle, especially the downtown area, can be quite a hassle. There are plenty of greener alternatives, thanks to the variety of public transit options. The Seattle Metro bus system travels throughout the city. Between 6AM and 7PM, you can ride free anywhere within a specified downtown area.
The monorail is available to travel from the downtown area to the Seattle Center, and leaves from the Westlake Center Shopping Mall every 10 minutes. The Seattle Streetcar is the best way to get to the Lake Union area from downtown and offers a scenic ride with stops at 11 different area attractions.
Walking or biking around downtown Seattle is an excellent option too. A number of bicycle shops offer rentals if you’re not bringing your own – try the Dutch Bike Company on the corner of 14th Ave. and Shilshole Ave.