O.K.,  so I essentially only had 36 hours in Seattle and spent most of that time in meetings, but a girl’s gotta eat (and sleep), so I managed to stir up a few stellar recommendations.

STAY

I don’t usually go for bamboo sticks in a pot décor, but the minute I opened the door to my room I’m pretty sure I said yeah!  Out loud. . . I loved the Hotel 1000.  My room was a huge corner space with floor to ceiling windows, a giant living area with a Sony Bravia 50,” a great desk with a view where I could imagine writing these blogs, and a terrific bathroom complete with a soaking tub and rubber ducky.  When I would return to my room at night the TV was turned on – but not to some annoying hotel channel – instead, it was dialed into some crazy zen meditation channel with photos of gorgeous golf courses, Hawaiian coasts with waves, birds tweeting, you get the idea.  I was totally obsessed.

EAT

Dinner at RN74, Michael Mina’s Seattle outpost, was a fun night out with the girls.  A sort of modern French bistro, the food was superb and I especially loved the cauliflower veloute.  Très bien.  An old style train board (the kind that ‘claps’ loudly when it changes) hangs on the wall as ‘the last bottle served’ wine board.  It startled me and I loved it.

I had a quiet dinner alone the following night at Sitka & Spruce.  I had the most perfect evening (wood burning fire, open kitchen, communal table) dining on a truly inspired menu.  I was lucky enough to meet the chef, Matt Dillon, who had just returned from Lebanon and brought back with him a true love of Middle Eastern food that clearly influenced some of the dishes (olives, falafel, tahini, yogurt. . .).  I enjoyed brussels sprouts with mint, lime and chilis, an amazing cod dish, and the most beyondo huckleberry tart.  Then I walked back to Hotel 1000 in the rain!  Twas a perfect night in Seattle.

SHOP

I was so excited when mutual friends introduced me to Shelley and Susanne, the creative minds behind Seattle-based brand Antica Farmacista.  My long lost sisters, these women are soulful, bright and beautiful, and it comes through in their brand and fragrances.  I got to take home a room fragrance spray in their newest scent, coriander, lotus & cucumber, and it’s my new favorite hostess gift to give.

What visit to the Emerald City would be complete without a trip to Nordstrom’s flagship store?  Boasting 383,000 square feet of shopping (!), it features 2 eateries, an espresso bar (or eBar), a florist, a spa, and even a wedding suite in a prime downtown location.  Simply gorgeous.

You should know that I collect tree ornaments from all my travels.  I have ornaments from my grandmother that date back to the 40’s, and my newest addition is the Seattle Space Needle.  Of course.