The Charter Hotel
A chic new Curio Collection by Hilton hotel opened in downtown Seattle last month. The Charter Hotel is steps away from Pike Place Market and within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, the Washington State Convention Center, and more. The luxury rooms boast elegant décor, 50-inch televisions, plush robes and slippers, and marble bathrooms. One of our favorite features, though, is the hotel’s Fog Room rooftop lounge. Think skyline views, retractable windows, flavorful cocktails, and tasty appetizers. curiocollection3.hilton.com
Seattle recently welcomed Homer to its Beacon Hill neighborhood — a charming new Mediterranean- and Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant. Homer’s menu features freshly baked pita bread, grilled vegetables, shellfish, and mouthwatering meats — all cooked over a wood-fire grill while guests sip specialty cocktails, wine, or beer from the bar. Possibly even more endearing than the 50-seat restaurant’s fetching interior? Homer shares a name with the owners’ (Logan Cox and Sara Knowles) extremely adorable dog. restauranthomer.com
“Much more than a pub crawl,” Seattle SantaCon is a spectacular display of holiday spirit. The Dec. 15 event will feature more than 2,000 Santa Clauses, reindeer, elves, and more, parading through the streets of downtown Seattle. No boring Santa-hat-and-regular-clothes-outfits. Don your best holiday gear, and get in the mood for some goodwill and cheer. 21+. santacon.info/Seattle-WA.
100 Things to Do in Seattle Before you Die
Reedy Press is releasing the second edition of this popular guidebook, written by Jake Uitti. 100 Things to Do in Seattle Before You Die features all the classics — Starbucks, Nirvana, and the Space Needle — but includes many lesser-known, quirky things to do, too. The book covers sports, food, music, entertainment, hiking, museums, shopping, fashion, and more. Pick up a copy, and never be bored in the Emerald City again. $16; amazon.com
Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
No, it’s not too good to be true. The recently opened Cinnaholic really does serve up decadent cinnamon rolls that are free of dairy, lactose, eggs, and cholesterol. Customers can design their own treats by choosing a frosting flavor — which include cake batter, chocolate, peanut butter, cream cheese, and chai — and toppings — which include bananas, brownie bites, blueberries, chocolate chips, pretzels, and sprinkles. The only problem with Cinnaholic’s cinnamon rolls might be our inability to choose just one. The bakery is located at 816 E. Pike St. in Capitol Hill. cinnaholic.com.