90 MINUTES AT: Pioneer Square
Visit one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods, Pioneer Square. There is plenty of shopping and dining, as well as a few attractions. Start your 90 minutes at the Smith Tower (www.smithtower.com. 506 Second Ave., 206.624.0414), once the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The recently renovated observation deck boasts views of the surrounding neighborhood as well as food and drinks at the new Temperance speakeasy-inspired café and bar. The bottom floor now has Provisions, a general store with a deli counter, soda fountain and gift items. From there, stroll down First Ave., where you’ll find shopping and dining. Stop at E. Smith Mercantile for a variety of American-made goods that make great gifts or, in the back, a bar with good cocktails and small plates. When you cross S. King St., head east—there’s a great sports bar on this street (Quality Athletics) plus next-door Velouria (www. shopbelouria.com. 145 S. King
St., 206.788.0330), a women’s clothing boutique that also stocks handmade gift items. A final fun street to wander is Occidental Ave. S, which runs parallel to First Ave. With restaurants, shopping, art galleries and a wine bar, it’s a beautiful, tree-lined street with cobblestone walkways.
Gems include Taylor Oyster Bar (www.tayloroysterbars.com. 410 Occidental Ave. S, 206.501.4060) for fresh oysters, Stonington Gallery (www. stoningtongallery.com. 125 S. Jackson St., 866.405.4485) for art from Pacific Northwest Coast masters and the Estates Wine Room (www.estateswineroom.com. 307 Occidental Ave. S, 206.623.5835) for small plates and flights of vino.
Get to Pioneer Square via Link Light Rail (head south from downtown) or the Seattle Streetcar from Capitol Hill.