Another delightful staycation has opened our eyes to yet more facets of this multilayered city—and this one felt especially merry and bright. Although there are enough festive wintertime happenings to fill every December day, here’s an itinerary you may choose to follow if you find yourself downtown for a short-and-sweet 24 hours.

Marée Bistro & Bar opened in February this year with a gorgeous waterfront view of Alki beach. Marée means ‘the tide’ in French, named after its location and inspired by the seasonality of the Northwest. Chef Andy Dekle sources sustainably raised and harvested meat, game, shellfish, fish and produce from nearby purveyors. Aspects of the menu change often, because truly seasonal is fleeting at certain times of the year and with certain products; other menu items change with the time of the year. 

Still miss the Sopranos?  Drop into this West Seattle joint and get your fix for Italian-style eats, drinks, and attitude.

For those who grew up in West Seattle, or at least know of it a bit, the borough’s ability to set itself apart from the rest of the city is undeniable.  Sure, the peninsula that hosts Alki and other great sunny weather spots is only minutes away from downtown, but

A chance for Seattleites to lend a helping hand to a local foodie favorite.

“Come to the Table” is an auction and dinner to raise funds for the Volunteer Park Cafe, a “happy neighborhood restaurant.” For more than a year, the establishment underwent a rezoning process with the City of Seattle to make the change from grocery to restaurant. Legal fees have piled up, so the cafe decided to look to its neighbors for support.