So generally I choose to reside in houses and apartments built for just that purpose. But some times I find myself in environments built for reasons other than habitation that strike my fancy enough that I'd love to grab a suitcase full of clothes and a hot plate and move in. Here are the spaces in Seattle that make my "I'd love to move in" list.
Scallops, halibut, lamb, pork belly banh mi, nothing seems to be outside this lovely room's specialty. Monday - Friday happy hour 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. offers a peekabo view.
Once the tallest building west of the Mississippi this looker still provides sweeping views of Elliott Bay from 35 stories.
Go all in with multiple courses in the dining room that boasts gorgeous lake and mountain views (the duck and sweetbreads are legendary) or save your c-notes and grab a cocktail and nosh in the equally elegant piano lounge.
She is a beauty and while views of her from around the city have started to be blocked I'm always happy to catch a glimpse of her.Grab a ticket and enjoy the view!
One of only two outdoor pools open to the public in Seattle. This gem has lounge chairs, a dining area, and kiddie pool. Don't miss a wild ride down the twisty slide.
A great room, solid food and a wonderful atrium and deck make this Cap Hill room buzz.
Luxe digs in the heart of the city harbor some of the best bites and cocktails in the crunch of Belltown.Don't miss the main courses which favor comfort food of the PacNW or the divine cocktails which are the perfect start to an evening out .
Tacos (cod, catfish and yam) are the tip of the iceberg at the casual Mexican bungalow. Just right posole, chicken mole, orange & almond salad, house made sangria and more attract throngs of fans to this waterfront joint. Perfect spot to satiate your hunger after a row or sail on one of the water toys they rent just below the dining room. Outdoor seating and a Monday - Thursday happy hour 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. seal the deal.
The English ales, fine whiskey and comfortable seats in this cozy tavern make me turn down Post Alley when I want a little respite at the market.
Lovely food and environs are even more inviting during Happy Hour when a housemade sangria and a tortilla espanola will set you back just $9. Also check out the Sunday Suppers and Summer Sandwich Bars.
The works of Calder, Serra, Oldenberg and more call this multi-acre park home. Great outdoor seating whether you prefer tables & chairs or the grass between your toes. Stunning water views, a cafe and beautiful dogs parading by are a plus.
This large convention hotel manages to feel like a cozy boutique outfit in a big city. Stylish, comfortable & quiet guest rooms, plenty of swanky public spaces, a hip restaurant with solid fare and killer happy hours, a gym, a tremendous glass collection, a salon and a day spa make this a stellar place to lay your head!
I loved the first Joule and I love this sleek new Tiffany blue & navy room even more. Outstanding food & cocktails, attentive service, lots of seating options including a communal table and an outdoor fire pit paired with the warm hospitality of chef/owners Seif and Rachel will keep you coming back for more.
This bright and lively room serves a modern take on the thali and is an exceptional value at happy hour when mini thalis, naanwiches and signature cocktails are just $6.
Don't miss checking out the lovely herb garden in the courtyard.
Keep your eyes peeled or you'll pass right by this cozy den which pays homage to the cocktail. It's a good idea to peruse the seasonal cocktail list which currently pimps beauties such as the gin based Cup Of Awesome.
Show up before 6:30 p.m. for the daily happy hour. Order a corn dog, the Narwhal Balls (fried potato, swiss cheese and caraway with harissa mayonnaise), a PBR tallboy and use your change from the tenner for a game of pinball.
A gorgeous room that serves food to match. Fish, shellfish & salads standout. Happy hour 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday - Thursday is a particularly wise time to visit.
This beautifully designed cafe is great for conversation and people watching. Check out the soldier eggs, live jazz and special dinners.
Call it a grocery, call it a restaurant, I don't care what you call it . Just don 't call me late for dinner or lunch at this southeast treasure.
Corned lamb mizuna salad, pork belly kimchi pancakes, short rib rice bowl, dan dan noodles, monkey bread, toasted barley iced tea, Wakatake Onikoroshi Nigori sake, order it all and thank me later. No reservations but worth the wait for lunch, brunch or dinner.
Always wanted to get a peek at Dale Chihuly's often spoken of collections? This is your chance as the cafe is loaded with pieces from collections previously displayed in his famed boat house.
Roz and Kamala's beautiful bites now have a view to match at their latest outpost in West Seattle. Outdoor dining, shaved iced, cocktails and arrival by water taxi make this the jewel in their crown.
Whole trout, pork cheeks, octopus crudo and deviled eggs are just a few of my favorite things to enjoy in this lovely Madison Park Room.
Killer happy hour with a view 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tue - Sat.
Love. This. Room. Come for happy hour, live jazz, magic, silent reading or any of the other delightful things that happen in this this velvet cocoon. Consider yourself lucky if you score the wingbacks at the fireplace!
A knowledgeable and personable shopkeeper offers all things orchid in this beautifully designed shop. An adorable shop dog (phad thai) is a nice bonus!
The Georgian dining room in this luxurious hotel has live jazz each Friday and Saturday night and a decadent tea service daily starting at noon.
Love. This. Place. Beautiful things for babies to broads including books, baubles, shoes and frocks. Most pieces are previously owned but show only light wear.
Looking for just the perfect handcrafted card, a beautiful piece of epherma or an outstanding piece of vintage jewelry? Stop by Curtis's jewel box of a shop and he'll hook you up.
Renee Erickson has done it again. Simple but beautiful food served up thoughtfully in a room to match. Don't miss the bone marrow, trout or sardines on toast. The daily happy hour 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. is a great value with bites just $3 - $7.
Formerly clothing & accessories only this shop has larger and sleeker new digs and has added wonderfully designed furniture and home accoutrements to their staples.