Flanked by the gorgeous backdrop of the Olympic Mountains, Cascades and Mount Rainier, the Emerald City is always sprouting new gems for meetings, events and incentive travel. It’s time to seize your Seattle moment. Here’s what’s new and novel for your guests to experience in our incredible city:
Float Above Seattle on the World’s First and Only Revolving Glass Floor
Just one of the statement redesigns of the Space Needle’s $100-million “spacelift,” the see-through floors rise 50 stories above street level and will give your guests thrilling 360-degree views stretching from the Cascades, to the Puget Sound, to the Olympic Mountains and beyond. Another reason to re-visit Seattle’s iconic landmark: A shiny new observation deck featuring thick floor-to-ceiling glass windows, giving stunning unobstructed views from every angle.
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Bao Down to the Best Dumplings Outside of Asia
See that lingering crowd of hungry locals? They’re waiting for a coveted table at one of Seattle’s Din Tai Fung locations – just four of the handful located in the U.S., outside of its stronghold all throughout Asia. Choose from their collection of steamed dumplings, along with a full menu of Huaiyang Chinese cuisine. One bite and you’ll understand what all the fuss is about.
Explore an Urban Rainforest in the Amazon Spheres
It’s a sight to see: Three massive glass domes sitting majestically in the middle of downtown Seattle. What’s inside? A sky-high vertical garden made up of flora and fauna from all across the globe, all to give Amazon employees a lush space to work, collaborate, relax and meet. Visitors can access the Spheres two Saturdays a month. Reservations can be made online.
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Indulge in Delicious during a Chocolate & Coffee Tour
Sweetly sip and savor your way through downtown Seattle on this new walking food tour. Here you’ll visit seven local roasters and chocolatiers, taste ganache confections, learn more about Fran’s famed salted caramel, and visit a bean-to-bar factory. Plus, you’ll learn how to perfect your morning joe and make your own sweets at home.
Go Sweet and ‘Hole’some at General Porpoise Donuts
Known for its luscious sugar-coated donuts, locally owned General Porpoise started a few years ago with just a single location and has now expanded to three spots bustling with sugar-obsessed Seattlelites. Get your fix of these decadent donuts, oozing with chocolate marshmallow, rose cream, strawberry rhubarb jam and vanilla custard and other seasonal fillings. We’re hungry just writing about it!
See What’s New in Seattle’s Social Scene: Rooftop Bars
Nothing pairs better with that local brew or cider than a panoramic view. Seattle is rapidly catching up to the rooftop bar scene with elevated food and drink menus, as well as epic views of snow-capped mountains, the Puget Sound and Seattle’s evolving downtown skyline. Looking to mingle with the tech set from nearby Amazon offices? Head to the mBar and its speakeasy entrance. Want to make your guests’ jaws drop with stunning scenery? The Nest on the 13th floor of Thompson Seattle gives you front-row seats to spectacular vistas. Want to visit the newest kids on the rooftop block? Head to the new 16th-floor Fog Room at the Charter Hotel Seattle and Mountaineering Club on the 16th floor of the Graduate Seattle.
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Intrigued by what awaits you and your group in Seattle? Want to explore more in the largest city in the Pacific Northwest? Reach out to any of our Hosts Global liaisons and let’s chat!