Call it poetic justice: Seattles historic
Arctic Club Building, once a private club for gentleman adventurers and
Gold Rush tycoons, re-opened this summer as a chic 120-room boutique
hoteland one of Seattles best bets for a girlfriends getaway. We
loved the absinthe fountain at the fireside Polar Bar and the glorious
gilt and stained glass ceiling in the Northern Lights Dome Room. Suites
are deliciously masculine, with steamer trunk bed tables, soaring
ceilings, massive king beds and haunting sepia photos. Free Wi-Fi, free
HBO and big flat screen TVs remind us which century were really in. From
$275 per night.
700 Third Ave. (at Cherry St.), Seattle, WA,
At Arctic Club Hotels JUNO,
Chef Thomas Kollasch dishes up eco-friendly takes on American classics.
Grab a seat at the long backlit bar for such updated options as French
toast made with cappuccino pound cake, a Kobe beef cheeseburger with
jarlsberg, prosciutto-wrapped rabbit loin, or white chocolate avocado
mousse. Virtually everything is free range, organic, or sustainably
harvested, and the prices are wallet-friendly too.
700 Third Ave. (at
Cherry St.), Seattle, WA, 206-631-8080, www.junorestaurant.com
Juarez Salon and Spa, melt away the week with an Ayurvedic Balance
massage. Tailoring the treatment to your personal dosha, (Vatas are the
stressed multi-taskers, Pittas are the go-getters), the therapists here
will have you balanced and ready to hit Nordstrom in no time.
Pine St., Seattle, WA, 206-326-6000, www.genejuarez.com
Eat chocolate. Help kids. Its a win-win
proposal from Chocolate
Box. If, like us, youre overwhelmed by the sheer volume of
chocolatey choice in this 1,800 square foot confectionary, ask for the
new Kellys View Collection featuring childrens artwork and benefiting
Childrens Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. So its true:
chocolate really can make you feel good.
108 Pine St., Seattle, WA,