I’ve become obsessed with the idea of wellness. I think because promoting wellness requires and allows you to pursue things that make you feel, act, and operate with a deeper understanding of yourself. After all who doesn’t want to feel inspired to live your best life on the daily, at least that’s my inspiration anyways.
Seattle was on my list of cities to explore because I knew it was ranked as one of the fittest cities in America. Plus with it’s natural access to so many great national parks, forests, and green areas it makes for the perfect spot to enjoy the great outdoors and seek ultimate wellness.
When traveling I always choose to stay central to the city, or at least central to where I’ll be spending the most time. And Downtown Seattle is such an epicenter for food, culture, and wellness that it was the perfect neighborhood to call home for our 5 day trip. I also prefer to stay Westin when I travel because of their Wellness orientation. And so we chose to stay at The Westin Seattle downtown which ended up being a real treat because it is the flagship Westin! I didn’t know The Westin started in this city, and now that I know that, it means even more that we stayed in the city that inspired that aspect about The Westin! If you didn’t know, The Westin incorporates Wellness at every level from their fitness studio decked out with Peloton and TRX, to a partnership with New Balance so you can rent fitness gear like clothing and shoes as low as $5/day. To their room service menu which features superfoods, healthy alternatives, and ways to find wellness no matter the time of day!
So here’s the fun stuff. My Seattle map which has all of my favorite stops, restaurants, sights, dispensaries, and fitness studios.
And here’s a breakdown of my top picks!
Where to stay:
— Downtown Seattle Westin, located at 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Where to sweat:
— The Westin, duh, with their amazing Peloton room, and TRX station it’s the perfect way to stay motivated on the road.
— Soul Cycle, with one location in the city at South Lake Union, it’s just a quick drive from downtown and always guarantees a good sweat. Take a class with Earl, and tell him I sent you!
— Ritual House, is a beautifully relaxing yoga studio in Capitol Hill. I didn’t personally make it here, but it’s got great reviews and I want to take a class here.
Where to explore the great outdoors:
— Gasworks Park, a park in the city on the other side of Lake Union from Downtown Seattle. There’s plenty of trails for walking, biking, and viewing the gorgeous city skyline.
— Kerry Park, Go here whenever you want to see a killer view of the skyline. Seattle luckily has lots of great angles, but this is an iconic one nestled with a ledge that you can sit on for hours and watch the sunset. Which I highly recommend you do!
— Olympic National Park, Go here if you want to disconnect and explore the far west of the great pacific north west. This park takes you through rainforests, beaches, mountains and ridges. It took us about 6 hours to drive the loop route from Seattle and around the park, but we broke it up over a few days so we could go on hikes and recommend you do the same.
— Mount Rainier National Park, an hour and a half way from the city. The active volcano is a majestic icon that’s hard to miss when you’re visiting Seattle. You can explore a scenic byway, hiking paths, rivers, and forest oaks amongst the sloping landscape.
Where to eat:
— FOB Poke, tied for best poké in the city with 45th Stop N Shop & Poke Bar. Get fresh seafood on a bed of rice, or greens if you want a healthier option and lots of yummy toppings.
— Frankie and Jo’s, THE BEST VEGAN ice cream shop. Making the most delicious flavors in house and they serve pints to go. So you gotta go! Two locations, both excellent!
— Eve Fremont, Clean and wholesome made food at this delicious Fremont restaurant. Eve has an organic focus serving handcrafted, farm-to-fork dishes. Think veggie noodle dishes, ancient grain bowls, and a house made green goddess dressing.
— Portage bay, A breakfast/brunch/lunch place to end all other spots. Local, organic, and sustainable. Go with the Farmers Hash if you’re feeling healthy made with a heaping pile of veggies, fingerling potatoes, and three organic eggs. Or snag one of their breakfast bar dishes that comes with a trip to the… breakfast bar full of seasonal fruits, nuts, and whipped cream!
— Sweetgrass, Smoothies, oats to go, quick breakfasts, and salads! This fast casual restaurant is located Downtown Seattle and a perfect spot to grab post workout!
— Bounty Kitchen, I didn’t get to eat here but I heard their Spicy Lemongrass Basil + Peanut salad is TO DIE FOR. They also offer brunch served all day, yummy salads, grains bowls, and sandwiches!
— Verve Bowls, Smoothie bowls, and smoothies.. say no more! Offering Acai and Pitaya bowls, there’s lots of option and you can add protein to make it a more filling dish!
Where to relax: Please enjoy cannabis responsibly! But some of my favorite shops in Seattle to pick up some bud to put you in a good mood are.
— Diego Pellicer
— Hashtag Cannabis
— Dockside Cannabis