Winter Activities in Seattle, WA
What could be better on a dreary Seattle day than cozying up with a fireplace roaring and a good glass of wine? Just a short drive from downtown, through the gorgeous Cascade Mountain foothills, you'll find Woodinville Wine Country -- a small community of local wineries with friendly tasting rooms and of course, delicious wines! There are 70 wineries in all that make up the community and you can easily hop from tasting room to tasting room trying everything from tiny family owned wineries to well-known names such as Columbia and Chateau Ste. Michelle. While you're in Woodinville, stop at The Purple Cafe for a between wineries meal -- the baked brie is amazing!
Nothing will warm you up on a chilly Seattle night like dinner and a show at Jazz Alley. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Jazz Alley is known for hosting some of the best jazz musicians along the West Coast. But, you don't have to be an aficionato to come enjoy an evening at Jazz Alley -- ears of all skill levels are welcome in this friendly club. If you're planning on enjoying dinner at Jazz Alley -- which we highly recommend -- plan to arrive 90-minutes before the show begins. Dinner guests get first priority for tables closest to the stage.
When you think of coffee in Seattle, Starbucks in generally the name that comes to mind. But locals know that this caffeinated city is bursting with small innovative coffee companies, including Victrola Coffee Roasters. Victrola has a few cafe locations in Seattle, but their location on Capitol Hill is our pick to spend a winter day. In fact, it feels more like a friend's living room than a coffee shop -- if your friend served amazing coffee and espresso drinks, an impressive spread of local desserts and pastries and featured local artists on a regular basis. Plan on bringing that book you've been meaning to finish, find a cozy chair and make yourself at home!
We've found the perfect place to shake that inevitable winter chill -- Banya 5. They consider themselves an 'urban spa,' but Banya 5 is most popular for its modern take on the public bath concept. Let the friendly and knowledgeable staff walk you through the pools and saunas -- starting in the hot tub or sauna and then plunging into the cool pool, then moving to the salt water tepid pool -- it's quite the experience! Clients love coming here to relax after a stressful day at work or to soothe their post-ski trip muscles and rave about how clean the facilities are.
Winter and ice skating go hand in hand -- or better yet -- mitten in mitten. Although Highland Ice Arena is open year round, there's something magical about ice skating during the winter. Highland offers skaters of all skill levels the best of ice rink technology including shadow free lighting, comfortable skates to fit every foot and an incredible sound system. There are open skate times every single day and Highland even offers 'free skate day' on occasion. If you're bringing the kids, check out the family session -- every Sunday from 1:30 - 8:00 pm and $14 covers admission for the entire family (two parents plus their children). Don't forget to bundle up!