Seattle In-Flight Catering and Travel TipsSeptember 02, 2014 by Stacey Farooqui
Located in the United States’ Pacific Northwest region, Seattle is a booming city full unique local flair. Music, coffee, technology and a high history make Seattle a terrific place to explore if you are lucky to have extra time on the ground. If you are traveling to “Jet City” in late spring through summer, you will be greeted with mild temperatures and the best chance of avoiding the rain.
Since Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks are all headquartered in the greater Seattle area, along with Boeing and other large businesses having a presence, there are plenty of airports available for supporting private jets. Boeing Field (KBFI), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (KSEA), Renton Municipal (KRNT), Tacoma Narrows (KTIW) and Snohomish County Airport (KPAE) all serve Seattle and the surrounding areas. Peak season for business aviation traffic falls between the end of June and mid-October, so be sure to place in-flight catering orders in advance during that time.
Seattle has a wonderful mix of city life and natural beauty. The city is lucky to have several parks nearby, including Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and North Cascades National Park, If you are looking for a relaxing time on the water, take a ferry to one of the nearby islands and spend the day exploring nature. If you’d rather stick to the city, Seattle’s Space Needle offers gorgeous panoramic views. The Skycity Restaurant is located within the Space Needle, but be sure to make a reservation. Pike Place Market is quite possible the most iconic market in the United States. Here you will find a famers market, fish market (with fresh salmon and other catches), crafts market, dining and specialty foods.
With Seattle’s strong musical influence (think Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana), it is fitting that Bumbershoot is a popular annual event. Bumbershoot takes place over Labor Day weekend and features a huge lineup of musical acts, comedians, films and more. If you are in Seattle in July, be sure the visit Bite of Seattle to experience dozens of the area’s restaurants in one festive location. Although the name “Seafair Weekend” would make you think the event features only watercraft, it also boasts an airshow that is not to be missed.
Not only is Seattle home to Starbucks headquarters, it also has the first Starbucks location. Even though this coffee chain can be found across the globe, people will still wait in long lines for a cup of history. There are other great coffee shops around town to try out, like Caffe Fiore, an organic coffee house only found in Seattle. If you are by KBFI, All City Coffee on Vale Street is another great spot.
Paseo is a highly-rated Caribbean restaurant that also provides vegetarian options. However, they accept cash only, so make sure to have some in your wallet so as not to be disappointed. Marination Station started as a food truck and grew so popular that they now have a brick-and-mortar store. Their Kimchi Rice Bowl is a must! Six Seven Restaurant located in The Edgewater features local, organic cuisine and gorgeous views. Sushi lovers will want to try the Octopus Carpaccio at Umi Sake House. If you are in the mood to make your own culinary creations, Uwajimaya (affectionately called “the Weej”) is a spectacular Asian grocery store that is a local favorite.
If you are staying overnight, The W Hotel and Hotel Max are a couple of great choices. Both hotels offer sleek accommodations, and the Hotel Max adds in an artsy theme. Chroma Salon and Spa is the perfect place to update your look or spend time relaxing. Three locations are available in Seattle. If you visit the Alexis Hotel location, save time by using the hotel’s valet service.
Seattle, Washington truly has something for everyone. Have an umbrella ready, and dress in layers depending upon the time of year you will be there. If you have extra time on the ground in Seattle between flights, be sure to get out and explore why “The Emerald City” is one of the city’s nicknames.
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