During your stay at Shafer Baillie Mansion, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the wide variety of activities, attractions and restaurants in downtown Seattle and surrounding areas. Here’s just a sample:
- Fine Dining
- Tours & Family Fun
- Performing Arts
- Professional Sports
- Seasonal Events
The quintessential special-occasion spot—reservations recommended well in advance.
Salty’s on Alki
Sweeping view in West Seattle—especially renowned for weekend brunches.
Great for steaks!
One of a number of fine Japanese restaurants in Seattle; some of the best sushi in town.
Tom’s not a restaurant, just a force majeure on the Seattle dining scene. You’ll be in for a treat at any of his establishments.
Better known as the Space Needle Restaurant. Maybe it’s overpriced; maybe the quality of food is surpassed by the quality of the view—but what a view! As long as you’re not prone to motion sickness (spinning around at one r.p.h.), give it a whirl!
Several activities at one discounted price.
Take flight in a seaplane from Lake Union in the heart of the city and see the major landmarks from above!
Choose between a 1-hour harbor tour or a 2.5-hour dinner cruise.
Boeing factory tour
Not in Seattle strictly speaking, but a very popular tour worth the trip north to Everett. Reservations recommended.
Microsoft Visitors’ Center/Museum
They say Bill spends most of his time here these days, shaking hands with visitors and passing out free money. Just kidding.
Gates Foundation Visitor Center
Wonder where all the money goes? Come and learn about the foundation’s work to help the world.
A dash of Seattle history and a splash of humor, shaken not stirred.
Beneath the Streets
A more personal look at what is underneath Seattle’s Pioneer Square (birthplace of Seattle).
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Dale Chihuly, internationally renowned glass artist and local celebrity, has brought the best to this space. Located in the grounds of the Seattle Center.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room
We could have put this under coffee shops, but there are better choices for that.
Pike Place Market
One of the city’s most popular destinations for natives and tourists alike. See the original Starbucks, but watch out for flying salmon!
Seattle Great Wheel
A new addition to the waterfront, the great wheel is built over the water and is the tallest wheel on the West Coast.
Officially the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, this engineering marvel allows boat traffic to pass from Lake Washington into Puget Sound but prevents the lake, at higher elevation, from draining into the Sound. See the pesky sea lions devouring the spawning salmon!
Seattle Art Museum
In addition to extensive permanent collections, SAM hosts major exhibitions on a regular basis. Admission is free the first Thursday of every month, and although there is a suggested admission rate at other times, it is offered as pay-what-you-can.
Seattle Asian Art Museum
Former home of SAM itself prior to the main museum moving to its current downtown location, this historic art deco building opened in 1933 and now houses SAM’s Asian art collection. A short walk from the mansion in Volunteer Park.
Olympic Sculpture Park
SAM’s acclaimed venue on the waterfront, open and free year round.
Experience Music Project
Paul Allen goes a little nuts and enlists Frank Gehry to design a shack for his guitar collection and Hendrix memorabilia. Located at the Seattle Center and also home to:
Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
Museum of Flight
What else do you expect to find in Boeing’s home town, right?
Northwest African American Museum
This museum is located in the Urban League Village at Colman School and next to the Jimmy Hendrix park.
Wing Luke Asian Museum
A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, this is the premier pan-Asian Pacific American museum in the country.
Museum of History and Industry
MOHAI is the best and most fun place to learn about Seattle’s past. It’s also the final resting place of Bobo, a much-loved iconic gorilla from the Woodland Park Zoo, and the original “R” from the Rainier Brewing Company.
Magnificent 1928 Beaux Arts-style movie palace, exquisitely restored and now host mainly to live music and theater. Still sometimes shows silent movies on Monday nights, accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Free tours first Saturday of the month, highly recommended!
Fifth Avenue Theatre
Originally a 1926 vaudeville house, then a movie theater, now the beautifully-restored home to musical theater productions.
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Respected regional company founded in 1972. PBN will be premiering a new Nutcracker in the 2015 season with sets designed by Ian Falconer author of “Olivia the Pig” books.
Seattle Repertory Theatre
“The Rep” emphasizes plays of true dramatic and literary worth; 1990 Tony winner for Regional Theatre.
Intiman Theatre Festival
An annual summertime event curated by some of Seattle’s finest artists.
Dedicated to new and contemporary plays—which doesn’t stop them from mounting a very popular and traditional production of A Christmas Carol every holiday season!
Another popular concert venue operated by the nonprofit Seattle Theatre Group.
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center
Between the work created by Cornish students and professional productions from a wide range of community partners, the Playhouse offers rich experiences not only in theater but also in dance, music and the visual arts.
Storied downtown room, host to an astonishing variety of acts since 1939—touring icons like Duke Ellington, and homegrown Seattle legends from Gypsy Rose Lee to Pearl Jam. A second location opened in the SoDo neighborhood.
Successor to the legendary Moe’s Mo’ Rockin’ Café, this venue is about a mile from the mansion and a great place to catch local and national acts.
Still haven’t found the live music you’re looking for? Pollstar will tell you everything that’s coming up!
Seattle’s downtown is vibrant and vital with plenty to see, do and buy.
The first shopping mall in the US, dating back to 1950. Located in north Seattle.
Very large mall in south Seattle, near SeaTac Airport.
Pleasant open-air mall just three miles from the mansion.
Large full-spectrum bookstore located on the Ave; lots of readings and other public events.
Third Place Books
Another pair of venerable independent bookstores and much more besides. The flagship is just north of Seattle while the Ravenna store is only four miles from the mansion.
Major League Baseball, Safeco Field
WNBA basketball, Key Arena
Dine Around Seattle
Get to eat at new restaurants or old favorites with a prix fix price, takes place in March and November.
Seattle Restaurant Week
Really 2 weeks (10 days Sunday through Thursday), April and October.
Excellent weekly summertime concert series at the Zoo; very family-friendly.
Seattle area’s month-long summertime party.
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