A Seattle Gift Guide - Experience the Emerald City
When it comes to holiday gift-giving, few gifts can beat the promise of quality time spent together with friends, family, and loved ones. Just as few cities can beat the widespread experiences of Seattle, brimming with world-class art and entertainment, inspired cuisine, and all the spectacular natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
So in the spirit of the season, we have combined the two into an experiential gift guide perfectly compatible with your holiday getaway to The Woodmark. Here are our top gifts of the season:
A Culinary Tour of Pike Place Market
Photo: Savor Seattle
Discover the rich flavors and incredible culture of one of Seattle’s greatest attractions. On the Signature Food Tour of Pike Place Market, Savor Seattle leads guests to seven market vendors to taste sweet and savory pastries, famous cheddar cheese, crab cakes, and other delicacies. On the 2-hour tour—including 16 tastings—you will meet the market’s characters, learn about throwing fish, see cheese being made, and hear the secrets behind the first Starbucks store.
A Day at the Spa
At Still Spa, our luxurious face and body rituals and targeted therapeutic treatments are the perfect gift for anyone on your holiday list. Our signature massage, the Bliss Massage, uses aromatherapy and intentional vibrational oils to soothe the body, while the Aroma Design Bar Customized Journey allows guests to create a unique blend of organic, wild-crafted essential oils for the massage. As a bonus, guests can even take the product home after the massage. For facials, look to our Intraceutical and Circadia treatments.
Photo: The Summit at Snoqualmie
Between the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, there are incredible opportunities for skiing and snowboarding within an hour and a half of Seattle. At The Summit at Snoqualmie, the closest ski mountain at 52 miles east of the city, there are nearly 2,000 acres of skiable terrain, more than 500 acres of backcountry trails, and a terrain park with a superpipe. Other nearby ski mountains are Stevens Pass, 82 miles northeast of Seattle, and Crystal Mountain, 82 miles southeast in Mount Rainier National Park.
Adult full-day tickets starting at $66
A Chocolate Tasting
Photo: Savor Seattle
Seattle is famous for coffee, but many visitors may not know of the rich chocolate history that is reflected today in the 50 plus chocolatiers across the city. From decadent cheesecake to truffles to lemon pepper white chocolate, the delicacy can be enjoyed best on the Chocolate Indulgence Tour with Savor Seattle. The 2-hour experience takes visitors to talented chocolatiers like Cupcake Royale, Chocolate Box, Dahlia Bakery, and indi chocolate for 15 plus tastings and some expert insight into Seattle’s chocolate culture.
Snowshoeing the Pacific Northwest
One of the most inspiring ways to see Washington in the winter is on a snowshoe trek, and with the US Forest Service, there is the added bonus of learning about the ecology of the environment. From January to March, rangers lead Guided Snowshoe Walks through the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, visiting stunning locations such as Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass. Snowshoes and poles are provided.
$15 – 25
A Seattle Cooking Class
Photo: Aran Goyoaga
Located on the corner of 70th St. and Alonzo Ave., The Pantry was born from a family of friends with a true love of food. A self-dubbed community kitchen, the Seattle favorite is known for bringing people together with five-course family-style dinners, food swaps, and culinary camps for children. Perhaps best of all are their cooking classes, which cover everything from Contemporary Comfort Food to The Persian Kitchen. The classes tend to book up quickly (often months in advance), so make sure to plan ahead.