Zweig Group welcomes you to Jet City.
We promise you a good time at Hot Firm. That goes without saying! It stands to reason that while we are here to celebrate the successes of the AEC Industry, we must also allow some time to enjoy what the Emerald City has to offer! Just minutes from The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, legendary Seattle recreation opportunities abound! To fully appreciate all that this one-of-a-kind city has to offer, we compiled a “Hot” list for you explore Seattle’s most popular attractions.
Here are Seattle’s Top 10 Favorite Attractions:
Pike Place Market – Open year-round, this is Seattle’s most iconic attraction. Aisles of gleaming fruits and vegetables, tables overflowing with fresh floral bouquets, and booth after booth selling all manner of locally made jewelry, clothing and gifts.
Space Needle – Reaching a height of 520′ from their Observation Deck, the Space Needle is certainly Seattle’s most recognizable structure. Journey skyward for amazing views, an experience you’ll never forget. Their restaurant, Sky City, offers views from all tables and your elevator ride and Observation Deck visit are complimentary when dining.
MoPop Museum – This stunning building, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, is located at Seattle Center. The MoPop (formerly the EMP) is dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, MoPop serves as a gateway museum, reaching all ages through its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.
Pacific Science Center – With five buildings of hands-on science exhibits, a delightful and informative tropical Butterfly House, two IMAX® theaters, Pacific Science Center is one of the city’s gems that is perfect for all ages.
The Family of Seattle Art Museums – Located in downtown Seattle on the corner of First and University, the Seattle Art Museum presents items from its collection as well as traveling exhibits. Highlights include contemporary works by Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol; European masterpieces of portraiture and sculpture; and Asian pieces dating back to the second century. One of the best free attractions in Seattle, Olympic Sculpture Park is open year-round and features sculptures from artists such as Richard Serra and Alexander Calder.
International District – Head south of the downtown core and you’ll discover Seattle’s International District, rich with authentic eats, captivating cultural experiences and intriguing shopping. Shaped by the many Asian cultures that have settled in this part of town over the past 100 years, the ID has grown to be one of Seattle’s most diverse and vibrant communities.
Seattle Great Wheel – The Seattle Great Wheel sits 175 feet above Pier 57 and extending nearly 40 feet over Elliott Bay. A view from the top offers sweeping panoramas of the city skyline as well as Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains beyond. Each of the gondolas is fully enclosed and climate controlled to allow for year-round riding, regardless of the weather.
Woodland Park Zoo – The Woodland Park Zoo is the place to go when you want a glimpse of exotic wildlife. It also features award-winning exhibits such as the Northern Trails, which focuses on animals of the Northwest, Western Canada and Alaska, and the Trail of Vines, a stellar primate showcase.
The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour – You’ll be wowed by the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour. The Aviation center features a gallery with interactive exhibits, a theater and a roof-top observation deck to view the airport’s take-offs and landings. Tours of the nearby Boeing plant feature a 90-minute guided exploration of the largest building in the world by volume where Boeing’s 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner are built.
Chihuly Garden and Glass – Located just beneath the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass traces the art and career of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The centerpiece of Chihuly Garden and Glass is the Glasshouse.
EATS DRINKS and TOUR! Nibble, sip and see your way through Seattle while taking in the sites.
For a true taste of the city, there’s no better place to start your trip than at Pike Place Market (listed above), a staple since 1907. Grab quick bites at spots like Piroshk (Russian pastries) and Pike Place Chowder, or sit down for a meal at one of the most beloved restaurants along the Post Alley, The Pink Door.
Savor Seattle – Pick your palette and experience all that makes Seattle a unique place to eat and play. From upscale to low key. Each tour provides a unique food and alcohol pairings that will have you coming back for more.
Show Me Seattle – We’ve curated the quintessential Seattle experience into a 3 hour intimate tour that’ll explore the many forces that have shaped the city from past to present. Your friendly guide will keep you entertained and informed with stories, facts, favorite places and so much more.
- Seattle’s Downtown Area – The tour will begin in Seattle’s bustling downtown core highlighting the Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, Shopping District, & World’s First Starbucks.
- Pioneer Square and Stadium District – 35 square block historic district with turn of the century Romanesque architecture, art galleries & trendy restaurants all of which border the sports stadiums for the Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners.
- International District and Waterfront – Home to the Asian communities that play a vital role in Seattle’s multicultural identity. The waterfront is exactly that! It is where the aquarium, classic seafood restaurants, historic piers, ferry and taxi terminals are located. See it all as you enjoy a ride on the ferris wheel.
- Seattle Center & Queen Anne View Point – The home of the Space Needle Chihuly’s Glass Garden and Pacific Science Center. At Kerry Park on Queen Ann Hill, you will enjoy the spectacular architecture and Seattle skyline.
- Ballard Locks & Fremont Neighborhood – Ballard locks where the lock system and ship canal connect the fresh water lakes of Union and Washington to the salt water of the Pacific in Puget Sound. Take a moment to watch the boats navigate between the two waterways an observe the seasonal migration of salmon. Fremont neighborhood, famous for its outdoor art and other eccentricities. This area is a microcosm of quirky bohemian artist colony grappling to remain true to its artsy roots as it becomes intertwined with high tech powerhouses like Google, Tableau and Adobe.
Start times – 9 am & 1:30 pm
Duration – 3 hours
Pick-Up – Fairmont entrance
Price – $65.00/person
Transport – 14 passenger touring van
Options – Private Tours
Shops! Downtown is home to Seattle’s retail core.
Top 5 Coffee Shops
- Elm Coffee Roaster – Espresso is their strong suit.
- Cherry Street Public House – Custom brewed cups of Counter Culture (meaning: no condiment bar here.)
- La Marzocco – Immersive coffee museum cafe. Come get your coffee knowledge.
- Milstead & Co. – Once name snobbiest coffee shop in the country. Also listed as one of the BEST coffee shops in America. Coincidence? Come see for yourself.
- Slate Coffee – The perfect cup of coffee comes with patience. With so many choices, perhaps the tasting flight is the best choice.
Top 5 Retail Shops.
- Nordstrom – The famed flagship store.
- Byrnie Utz Hats – The oldest hat shop in the city.
- Paper Hammer – Flush with letterpress cards.
- Melrose Market – The modern incarnation of Pike Place Market
- Chrome – It is everything an urban cyclist could want. And speaking of cycling:
HIKE BIKE EXPLORE!
Whether you prefer air, land or water, Seattle offers something for everyone from hiking, biking, boating and flying. Just pick what you fancy and we will find your folly! Here are some of our favorites to explore:
Bike – See the Emerald City on Two Wheels: These companies below will pick up guests from the hotel.
- REI – Enjoy the bike trail, waterfall and more.
- Green Lake Park – Ride to park and park to ride.
- Peddler Brewing Company – Bike + Beer. Brilliant.
- Miir Flagship – Bike for coffee.
- Olympic Sculpture Park – Soak up some great art as you cycle the 2 mile loop.
Yoga: Top 5 Asana Awesomeness near Fairmont Olympia Hotel.
- Seattle Athletic Club has numerous yoga classes and offers a day pass for $20.
- 8 Limbs Yoga Centers
- The Grinning Yogi
- Tribe Fitness
- Breathe Hot Yoga
Run: Urban pathways and waterfront trails. Let’s hit the ground running!
- Myrtle Edwards Park – this 1.8-mile trail (one-way) takes you out along the shores of Elliott Bay with views of the Olympic Range and Peninsula. If you want to extend the run, take the trail past the cruise ship port to the marina, making this a 3.8-mile route (one-way).
- Burke-Gilman Trail – Ballard to Bothell – 27 scenic miles for the ultra runner ready to take it all in.
- Washington Park Arboretum – miles and miles of trails that twist and wind among the rare, protected trees, and you could probably train here year-round without getting tired of the scenery.
- Lake Union Trail – the trail loops around the lake is exactly 6.1-miles.
- Alki Beach – this 2-mile, flat-as-a-pancake route wraps around the northeast corner of Alki. Easy, breezy.
- Argosy Cruises Offers a 1 hour Harbor Cruise, a 1 ½ hour Lake Union Cruise, and a 2½ hour cruise through the Chittenden Locks to Lake Union
- Ride the Ducks Excursions on historic World War II landing craft. You will see Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Seattle Waterfront, splash into Lake Union and see Seattle‘s famous house boats. Reservations strongly encouraged.
- Emerald City Charters – As a guest aboard one of their high performance sailing yachts, you can take the helm, trim the sails, or just sit back and relax.
- Washington State Ferries – One of Seattle’s treasures is an enormous, beautiful lake smack-dab in the middle of the city – and there’s no better way to discover the sights and sounds of Lake Union than by kayak (or maybe a stand-up paddle board). Rent from Moss Bay (located along Lake Union’s south end) or the Northwest Outdoor Center (found along the lake’s west edge) and find yourself immersed what it means to be in Seattle.
- San Juan Safaris – A “passenger only” ferry service that offers a day trip to the San Juan Islands with an optional whale watching and sea life search cruise.
Atomic Helicopters – Another fun option is a helicopter experience for parties of 1 – 3 (perfect for VIP/Executive guests) which ranges anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple hours.
The Whale Plane Experience – a seaplane flight and whale watching adventure, all in the same day!