Winter Wanderlust: Destination, Pike Place Market

Photo by Mark B. Bauschke

As we continue our rotation of regional staycations, we can happily report that staying *in* Pike Place Market proves one of the loveliest Seattle treats yet. It’s no secret that downtown businesses are struggling at present, and we were thrilled to see a bit more foot traffic circling around the vendors’ and artisans’ colorful stalls.

As the only hotel located in the historic site, Inn at the Market — our welcoming home-for-a-night — features 79 rooms with views that quickly remind exactly why you’ve come to cherish this city. (Here are the ways they’ve adapted to these COVID times to ensure a safe stay.)

Photo by Mark B. Bauschke

From your minimalist-yet-warm guest room, spend hours watching the ferries glide back and forth across Elliott Bay, or the Great Wheel offering a dazzling nighttime light show. One of the hotel’s hidden highlights? Head to the 5th-floor rooftop deck (with evening fire pits) to soak in panoramic views spanning from the bustle below to the mountains towering in the backdrop.

Take advantage of a variety of enticing Inn at the Market packages, like a staycation bundle that includes complimentary valet parking and $35 credit toward dining or takeout from neighboring Bacco Cafe (don’t miss their fresh juices and delicious breakfast sandwiches!) or Cafe Campagne.

Aside from Market vendors, nearby takeout options include Alibi Room pizzas, Ben Paris (for elevated comfort food and whimsical take-home cocktails) and Belltown’s Bangrak Market (for tasty Thai). Find seafood restaurants lining the waterfront, like Crab Pot Seattle with covered outdoor seating located directly beneath the spinning Ferris wheel.

For all restaurants, be sure to check the most current info before showing up, with hours and menus constantly in flux. Also remember that not all online menus have been updated in real-time.

Photo by Mark B. Bauschke

While wandering around downtown and along the water (masked, of course) is entertaining enough on its own, more cultural venues are reopening by the day. The Seattle Aquarium is back in business (with timed ticketing), and the Seattle Art Museum opens its doors March 5 (with new protocols in place). Be sure to check out the public art found at Pier 62 as well!

After some wandering, noshing and no doubt hill climbing, head back to your cozy Market home, where a plush bed awaits — as does panorama magic you won’t soon forget.

To help support one of Seattle’s most cherished sites and the community within, consider contributing to the recovery efforts of Pike Place Market Foundation. Since 1982, The Foundation has granted more than $36 million to provide housing, healthcare, healthy food, childcare and more to downtown and Market neighbors.