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A Holiday Visit To Seattle's Pike Place Market
Kirsten Dixon, an award-winning chef, lodge owner and author who lives in the Alaskan backcountry, told this story of her holiday shopping trip, along with her daughter, to Seattle's Pike Place Market on The Huffington Post. It made us want to be there too, browsing fresh, colorful produce, taking in a cabaret performance, and sampling a Japanese hot dog with teriyaki onions and nori... so we thought we'd share it here, too.
I live in the backcountry of Alaska, about 200 miles from the nearest road. This time of year, we are well into winter, and the entire landscape is blanketed in deep snow and solitude.
Life is wonderful in the wilds. Shopping for the holidays is severely limited.
So, this past weekend my daughter Mandy and I decided to take a local trip -- meaning we only had to fly 3 hours and 1,500 miles -- to explore the holiday festivities of Seattle's colorful Pike Place Market.
Our first stop was the Inn at the Market. We checked into the bright boutique hotel tucked in off of Post Street, just steps away from the entrance. A good sign at the inn: The lobby smelled like gingerbread and there were warm cookies on the counter.
We dropped our bags and headed out to dinner. We didn't have to go far. Directly across the courtyard from our hotel was the bistro and wine bar Marché offering a small-plate menu perfect for our late-night dining. In fact, we often prefer bar menus rather than dedicated white-tablecloth meals when we're on the road. We can barhop (without drinking) and sample a wider variety of local cuisine through little plates. Read more.