There is more than enough to see, do, eat, and drink when you stay at our boutique hotel in Seattle, but if you’re itching to get out and discover what else Washington has to offer, take your pick from our favorite Seattle day trips below.
1. Bainbridge Island. The sweeping view of the Seattle skyline from the ferry to Bainbridge Island is worth the trip alone. Head to this picturesque little island for unparalleled Northwest charm in the form of art galleries, boutiques, coffeehouses, diners, waterfront parks, and some of the best ice cream in the area at MORA Ice Cream. To get there: drive, walk, or bike aboard the Washington State Ferry from Pier 52 on Seattle’s waterfront for a short and scenic ride west.
2. Leavenworth. Raise a glass and shout “Prost!” in Washington’s quaint and quirky Bavarian-themed village filled with unique shops and the smell of bratwurst. Spring and summer are the perfect time to visit for white water rafting or hiking and camping in the surrounding Cascade Mountains, while fall and winter bring delightful activities such as Oktoberfest, sleigh rides and their epic Christmas Lighting Festival. To get there: Take State Highway 520 east, exit onto I-405 north, take exit 23 toward U.X. 2 east/Wenatchee, exit Leavenworth.
3. Mount Rainier. No matter the season, the beautifully iconic Mount Rainier has something to offer. In the winter, the 14,411-foot snow-covered peak is perfect for cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sledding, and snowshoeing. In the summer, adrenaline junkies can climb technical glacier routes to summit the massive mountain, while hiking aficionados have access to trails throughout the national park at the base of the volcano. To get there: drive south on I-5, south on State Route 512 (exit 127), east on State Route 512, south on State Route 7, east on State Route 706 through Ashford to the park’s Nisqually entrance.
4. Olympic Peninsula. Designated as both a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, the Olympic Peninsula is an incredible natural playground that’s as stunning as it is diverse. Explore Washington’s coastline, the Hoh Rain Forest, the Olympic Mountains, and even Forks, the town Twilight made famous. To get there: board a Washington State Ferry terminal in Edmonds heading toward Kingston. From there, take WA-104 north, turn right at Beaver Valley Rd./WA-19 to Port Townsend.
5. San Juan Islands. Step foot onto any of the San Juan Islands and you’re instantly transported to an undisturbed oasis that feels hidden away from the rest of the world. World-class sea kayaking, whale watching, moped driving, hiking, naturalist-guided touring, and more adventures await you on these idyllic islands. But we also get it if you just want to stay warm and cozy at one of the many bed and breakfasts on the islands instead. To get there: Board a Washington State Ferry in Anacortes and set sail toward any of the San Juan Islands: Lopez, Orcas, Shaw, or San Juan.
Overlooking Elliott Bay and located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant Pike Place Market, our boutique Seattle hotel adjacent to Beecher’s loft offers a signature Pacific Northwest experience treasured by visitors and locals alike. Whether you seek an on-the-go adventure or tranquil urban hideaway, Inn at the Market’s luxury suites in Seattle provide comfort and style surrounded by our city’s most acclaimed restaurants and iconic landmarks.