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Swilling in Seattle or No, Dorothy, We’re Not in OZ, We’re in Seattle

Vineyard outside of Seattle Washington
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There’s an excellent reason why they call Seattle the Emerald City. It’s green; it’s very, very green. And, not just your basic green, but all shades of green. Seattle also boasts of amazing restaurants, spectacular bars, and a great cup of joe. In early December 2019 (doesn’t that seem like four decades ago instead of just 6 ½ months), Wine By Appointment got the opportunity to visit Seattle to sip and swill the marvelous wines and cuisine.

Outside entrance to Elliot's Oyster House in Seattle
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Inside view of ordering bar at Elliot's Seafood House
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Craving seafood, we made sure to make a stop at the famed Elliot’s Oyster House on the waterfront. (Elliot’s Oyster House 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56 Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 623-4340 Operating and delighting locals for over 40 years, it’s a must-do for anyone who loves oysters, fish, or just great food in general. With a genuinely awe-inspiring oyster bar/seafood counter, we had a memorable evening sampling Seattle’s fruit of the sea. Their clam chowder was delectable, and the lobster mac & cheese will have you begging for seconds.

Outside entrance to Pike's Market on the waterfront in Seattle Washington
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No visit to Seattle is complete without a stroll through Pike Place Market (85 Pike Street Seattle, WA 98101 In the early 1900s, outraged by wholesalers gouging the public (and underpaying the farmers) for produce led local officials to form a public market place where farmers could sell directly to consumers and hence Pike Place Market came into being. Today, it’s one of the oldest continuously operated public market in the United States. It’s also a warren of interesting shops and restaurants. Pay a visit to Marketspice (85A Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101) for unique, can’t-find-anywhere else teas and gifts.

Outside entrance to a gem of a restaurant called Cafe Champagne inside the Pike's Market complex.
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View of bottle of Beaujolais wine from Morgon are of France.
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Meal being served at the table by a waiter at Cafe Champagne.
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And you must visit Café Campagne (1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 728-2233, at least for a snack. We had the best lunch at this charming, cozy brasserie! I can’t think of a better way to spend a blustery afternoon munching a tartine, and mouth-watering cassolet served with the perfect wine, a Beaujolais! (Beaujolais is Gamay wine – a light, red wine – think of it as Pinot Noir’s brother).

Lobby of Kimpton Monaco Hotel in Seattle Washington.
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View ofa king bed in a room at Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Seattle Washington.
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I can’t end this travelogue without mentioning our sumptuous hotel, the Kimpton Monaco Seattle (1101 Fourth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 (888) 238-4218), where we stayed for most of our visit. Located close to restaurants and shops, it just made our visit to Seattle that much more delightful. Kimpton hotels are always a visual delight with their carefully crafted funky interiors, and this hotel did not disappoint.

Till next time and stay tuned for “Wine By Appointment Wets Our Whistle In Woodinville,” our blog about our adventures in Seattle’s premium wine tasting destination!


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