While much of Seattle is very hilly, the Burke-Gilman trail offers more than fourteen miles of relatively flat terrain. This popular Seattle biking trail winds through the artsy Fremont neighborhood, past Gasworks Park, between the University of Washington campus and Husky Stadium, behind beautiful lake-front homes and out to Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville. The trail is a favorite with local bicyclists, walkers, runners and skaters, and is a very enjoyable way to see the city. Your concierge would be delighted to assist you in renting bicycles and safety equipment for this activity.
Surrounded by Puget Sound, Lake Washington and Lake Union, water is a large part of our lifestyle. One of the best ways to explore the water and the city is by kayak. Kayaks can be rented at a number of locations and allow you to discover Seattle's houseboat community at eye level, enjoy a Northwest-style safari spotting turtles, red wing blackbirds and eagles in the Washington Park Arboretum, or paddle from Lake Union through the Hiram Chittenden Locks into the salt water of Puget Sound. The concierge is happy to assist you in choosing a location and rental company.
Seattle is known for amazing seafood. Why not catch it yourself? Fishing charters offer a variety of options, including Salmon Trolling, Saltwater Fly Fishing, and for the tenderhearted, Catch-and-Release. Fishing is also a great way to see Northwest wildlife, which may include porpoise, orca whales, bald eagles, and harbor seals.
Located just 20 minutes from The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, The Golf Club at Newcastle offers a challenging and scenic course that will delight all golfers. Opened in May of 1999, the course was designed by Robert E. Cupp with Fred Couples. There is a pro shop on site along with a driving range and putting green. Club rental is available and golf instruction offered if requested.Number of holes: 36Par: 72Yardage: 7,024Rating: 73.7Slope: 133
You take the high road, I'll take the low road. From large in-city parks and hushed rain forests to seaside beach combing and Seattle day trips to conquer majestic Mount Rainier, there is a scenic stroll, walk, hike or climb for everyone. For the climbing enthusiast, Seattle has two indoor rock climbing gyms. Fans of the outdoors will also love exploring flagship stores for R.E.I. and Eddie Bauer.
Even if you are not an avid sports fan, Seattle's sports venues make watching a game enjoyable.The Seattle Mariners play baseball at beautiful Safeco Field. An open-air ballpark with a traditional grass surface, retractable roof and gorgeous views of Puget Sound, Safeco is one of the most popular ballparks in America. The park is about a mile from The Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Baseball season starts in April and runs through early October. Safeco Field tours are also available.Seattle Seahawks play American football August through January at Century Link Field which was completed in July 2002. Boasting outstanding views of the playing field and surrounding area, the stadium offers wide seats and exceptional ballpark concessions. During the off-season, Century Link is home to the Seattle Sounders Major League Soccer team and also hosts concerts and other special events. Tours of the stadium are available on non-event days.
Sailing & Boating
Seattle has the largest percentage of boat owners in the nation. Join the locals in one of their favorite pastimes. Your concierge can match you up with a casual sunset sail and picnic, a scenic ferryboat ride, elegant dinner cruise, or a private yacht. Life is always better on the water!
With close proximity to two mountains, Seattle is a Mecca for winter sports enthusiasts. Enjoy downhill, cross-country and telemark skiing, snowboarding, sledding and snowshoeing at Crystal Mountain, Snoqualmie Pass or Stevens Pass. The winter sports seasons runs from the end of November through the beginning of April.
Seattle Day Trips
Ideally located for one or two-day trips, Seattle offers convenient access to an array of exciting areas. The Olympic Peninsula is a chance to see the Northwest as it existed centuries ago with rare rain forests, old growth forests, ferry boats, rugged ocean beaches and logging towns. The Peninsula also offers glimpses into Washington's historic past as a leader in the timber industry. Port Townsend makes a wonderful base during your visit to the Peninsula. Explore Victorian era homes, smart galleries, shops, scenic beaches and parks, and enjoy a bevy of seasonal festivals.For a Seattle day trip you won't forget, pack your passport and fly by seaplane to the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island. With strong Native American history, 150 years of British colonial heritage and a thriving Chinatown, Victoria offers a diverse selection of cultural exploration. Gardens, parks, shops and fine dining round out a wonderfully varied visit.The San Juan Islands, a group of 174 islands, range from small rocky outcrops to the four large, lush islands of San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, & Shaw. Arrive by passenger boat, seaplane, or for a longer stay, car ferry. The primary draws are the natural beauty and relaxed pace. Island activities include beach walks, kayaking, whale watching, hiking, and biking. San Juan Safaris offers Orca whale watching tours from April through September.
Seattle offers a variety of outstanding museums. The Seattle Art Museum is located two blocks from The Fairmont Olympic Hotel. TheSeattle Asian Art Museum, Frye Art Museum and the Henry Art Gallery are just a short drive away.
The Museum of History and Industry focuses on Seattle's history and the Burke Museum documents Washington state's natural and cultural history. The freeform Frank O. Gehry designed museum is the perfect home for Experience Music Project. EMP is a rock and roll museum covering the history of rock music with special exhibits on Jimmy Hendrix and other local and international artists. The Museum of Flight, just ten minutes from downtown, allows you to explore a wide range of aviation history from Apollo and Air Force One to the restored Red Barn®. Birthplace of The Boeing Company, the Museum of Flight has something for every flight enthusiast.
Theater & The Arts
After a day of business meetings or hiking in the mountains, take in some of Seattle's acclaimed arts and culture. Enjoy a Broadway style show at one of our two historic theaters, the Fifth (5th) Avenue Theatre and the Paramount Theatre. If a more intimate setting suits your style, A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), the Seattle Repertory Theater and the Intiman Theatre all offer comedies, musicals, and dramatic productions. The Seattle Symphony performs at the exquisite Benaroya Hall, just two blocks from The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, and Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet share the brand new Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. The concierge is delighted to help you sort through the options and arrange tickets.
Festivals and Seasonal Events
Lake Union Boats Afloat Show
Seattle International Boat Show
Northwest Flower and Garden Show
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Northwest Folklife Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Seafair Community Festival
Seafair Community Festival
Bumbershoot Arts Festival
To Contact Fairmont Olympic Hotel Concierge Staff
Telephone: 1(206) 621-1700 extension 3100
Fax: (206) 682-3875