by Lorna Yee - 28 Reviews - 8 List
Whether you're in the mood for a romantic overnighter with a special lady friend, or want to get the gang together for a day trip on Bainbridge Island, there are a plethora of options for weekend getaways from Seattle. From a leisurely meal at the fine-dining destinations like the Herbfarm, to gourmet ice-cream at Mora's, you'll be sure to put together a weekend's worth of fun with these tips, on any budget.
Updated: June 16, 2010
Mora's on Bainbridge scoops up some of the creamiest, dreamiest ice cream around. Our picks? For gourmet ice-cream lovers, the eggy sabayon and the marron glace flavors are top-notch. Kids and adults alike will love their more traditional offerings too, like the peanut butter, raspberry, or French vanilla?all available year-round.
Nell Thorn in La Connor is a folksy, casual little restaurant serving great Northwest food. With items like winter squash pot stickers, crispy oysters with aioli and hearty grilled steak salad, this is the perfect spot for a laid-back afternoon after snapping pics in the tulip fields (another fun idea for weekend getaways from Seattle).
Chances are, if you're a frequent farmer's market shopper here in the city, you're familiar with Sea Breeze farm's excellent eggs, charcuterie and meats. Now you can have all this bounty cooked up for you at La Boucherie, the farm's on-site restaurant.
Love a good brew? Grab your friends and learn the science behind beer-making with a 40-minute guided tour (complete with beer tastings!) at Red Hook Brewery. End the weekend getaway daytrip with some pub grub at the Forecaster's Pub with another round of frosty pints.
Trellis in Kirkland embodies the ?farm-to-table? philosophy by utilizing fruit, vegetables and herbs grown on the chef's 10-acre garden. Dishes of note include the curried prawns, and the Liberty Farms duck breast with braised endive, watercress, pears and brandied cherries.
The Herbfarm is a restaurant that'll pamper you every step of the way?from an ultra-luxe meal that spans several hours, to plush rooms overlooking the restaurant's herb garden, should you choose to spend the night at The Orchard.
Inn at Langley is the ideal weekend getaway for couples celebrating a milestone. Each luxurious guest room features a 180-degree waterfront view, spacious jet tubs, and a cozy fireplace for chasing the chill. Be sure to stop in at the award-winning restaurant for Chef Matt Costello's food, which features produce and meats from Whidby Island farms.
Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen in Walla Walla is our pick for the best restaurant in town (and Walla Walla is a great weekend getaway from Seattle). House-made flatbreads, pizzas, and cured meats are just some of the tasty nibbles you'll find here, after indulging in an afternoon of wine tastings at the local wineries.
Auberge de Seattle is a little Frenchified oasis right here in Washington: opt in for their three-course dinner or prepare your dinner in your own in-suite kitchen. If you can, plan your weekend getaway during one of their twice-monthly cooking classes.
Before you hit the road for your weekend getaway from Seattle, stop in this brightly painted Cuban coffee spot on Queen Anne. Be sure to pick up one of their baked treats--like a whoopie pie, or a slice of chocolate coconut tart--for eating in the car.