Our chefs are legendary and our ingredients awe-inspiring. Oregon truffles. Puget Sound oysters. Forrest foraged mushrooms. Culinary magic in the hand of chefs like Jason Wilson of Miller’s Guild at Hotel Max (Conde Nast Traveler’s #5 Top Hotel) and Vitaly Paley at Imperial at Hotel Lucia (Conde Nast Traveler’s #3 Top Hotel) in Portland. And don’t get us started on what Tyler Malek of Salt & Straw can do with ice cream…
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Meet Mother Nature
From Mount Hood and Mount Rainier to Cannon Beach and Orcas Island, the Pacific Northwest is best not just seen but experienced. Ski our volcanoes. Hike our Painted Hills. Surf the Oregon coast. Sail through Puget Sound. Mountain bike in Bend. Kite board the Columbia River Gorge. Gaze in wonder at Snoqualmie Falls. Spend the night out under the stars or come back and relax with us in the most comfortable beds around.
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Always rooting for iconoclasts, from the blistering guitar of Jimi Hendrix to the defiantly DIY ethos of the punk, grunge and riot grrl scenes of the 90’s, the Pacific Northwest rocks. Explore our sonic heritage at EMP and spend the night on the Sub Pop Records floor at Hotel Max in Seattle. Or, dive into what our bands are creating today and catch a live show at the Crocodile in Seattle or Mississippi Studios in Portland.
We’re crazy for coffee and tea. Visit Starbucks Roastery in Capitol Hill in Seattle. It’s Willy Wonka’s staffed by baristas. Or hit up the boutique roasters – Water Avenue Coffee here in Portland is a favorite. But, don’t forget the tea – our hometown is home base for Smith Teamaker, the best in nation. Visit Afternoon Tea at Hotel deLuxe (CNT #15 Top Hotel) to sample teas custom-blended by Smith (and tea-infused cocktails.)
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Follow the Fire
We are art-obsessed up here in the Pacific Northwest – especially when it comes to glass. This is where the American art glass movement took hold and the epicenter is Tacoma, birthplace of Dale Chihuly. Here, you can visit the Museum of Glass to watch masters at work, check out the Tacoma Art Museum and stay at Hotel Murano (CNT #7 Top Hotel) which itself is home to a world-class collection. Then, wake up inspired.
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World-class wineries from Walla Walla to the Willamette Valley. Craft breweries that are unrivaled in the nation. Award-winning spirits distilled locally and expertly mixed into craft cocktails by some of the country’s top bartenders. There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate and savor all you explore here. So kick back, after a long day exploring and raise a glass to the Pacific Northwest – our number one!
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