I love quick weekend getaways because you can get out or your routine and space, without breaking the bank. If you’re like me you have a real 9-5 job that allows you some time off, but it’s nice to save that for those epic trips abroad.
Seattle is a short two hour flight from us, and with our Alaska Airlines card we rack up miles pretty easily for such a short cheap flight in miles. Prices start at 5K points each way and can vary depending on the day and season. We scored and were able to fly both of us round trip for 20K points. If you’re flying from another area that isn’t convenient for Alaska Airlines, consider looking at Southwest or American Airlines as they often have great intercontinental flights.
Despite my loathing Hilton points (poor US redemption rates), I love the benefits my co-branded credit card gives me to stay at Hilton properties. We stayed at the Hilton Seattle Downtown and it was beautiful. While we were there they were remodeling the lounge and some of the rooms but you hardly noticed. With our gold status we had free drinks in the evening with hor d’oeuvres and free breakfast every morning. The lounge was moved to the restaurant area during the renovations but was still lovely. Our room was an executive upgrade (again thanks to the card status) and we had a lovely view of the city. It also happened to be my husband’s birthday so a little email to the concierge went a long way and while we were out to dinner they left some cheesecake and a bottle of wine in the room with a personalized card.
If you’re looking to do something similar I always recommend finding a good cash price you’re comfortable with on a lower price room and check for upgrades upon arrival or the day before to save over booking it initially. Hilton’s hotels are one of my favorites because there is always a standard you can expect; but I do not recommend using your points every time without first shopping around and seeing if it is worth it. Hilton redemptions in the US tend to be poor compared to what you could do outside the US.
Exploring Seattle was an absolute blast! Because it was so close to home we saved some of the more touristy sights for a return trip, like the Space Needle. We walked down to the waterfront and came across the most wonderful restaurant called the Crab Pot. Here they serve a seafood boil on some butcher paper at your table. It was so much fun and very tasty. After walking along the waterfront and admiring some of the local bars we headed back up to our hotel to find our surprise desert and wine.
The following day after an absolutely divine breakfast in the hotel’s lounge we ventured out towards Pike Place Market and sampled everything from lavender fudge, pears and seafood to mulled wine. Along the same stretch there are numerous wine rooms, bakeries and the Tillamook cheese factory store, which are all worth a visit. Seattle is known for outstanding seafood and it definitely didn’t disappoint. If you find yourself there I recommend going by Pike Place Chowder and ordering yourself a bowl (or two). The lines are often quite long here so I recommend ordering online and doing take-away for faster service.