Celebrate Winter along the Seattle Waterfront

There are few places that are more memorable than the Seattle waterfront during the holidays. The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle – just one block from the iconic Pike Place Market overlooking the Elliott Bay. A magical spot to be year-round, the Market lights up this season and is activated with festive events. Shop small, buy local and discover all the reasons to celebrate this season as the Seattle waterfront turns into a Winter Wonderland.

 

 

Can Can presents Wonderland, showing December 2- January 9. This carnival of merriment will mesmerize audiences as soon as they enter Can Can’s intimate theatre turned whimsical winter chalet, making this a holiday entertainment spectacular to remember. In the kitchen and behind the bar you’ll find a variety of food, wine, and spirit menus carefully crafted with local market-fresh winter ingredients, prepared to tantalize even the most refined palates.

 

On December 1st and 9th, Truffle Queen is hosting a Holiday Open House where they will have special pricing on Italian holiday cakes and more, plus preview tastings for wines arriving in the new year.

 

Snap a picture with Santa and Crafty on December 4th and 11th. Santa will be visiting the Market two times in December with special guest, Crafty for free holiday photos. Get all your holiday shopping done + receive a free gift when you spend $50 or more at Market businesses. The gift includes 1 eco-friendly Market wrapping paper kit. Bring your receipts to the “Special Offer Tent” to receive your free gift.

 

Order your Holiday Pike Box. This NEW Pike Box is an exciting mix of spices, honey, and nuts from the Market farmers. Registration ends December 8th.

 

Cross off everyone on your holiday list when you shop at the Holiday Night Market on December 16th as the MarketFront Pavilion is transformed into a winter wonderland of stocking stuffers, ornaments, and one-of-a-kind gifts. Shoppers can raise a glass at the Polar Bar with seasonal cocktails and live music with drink proceeds supporting the Pike Place Market Foundation.

 

Lend a helping hand and care for the needs of our neighbors at Pike Place Market this holiday season by contributing to the Giving Tree by December 20th. Send a gift using their Amazon Wish List, purchase a gift card or make a donation directly to the Market Foundation, and leave the shopping to them. Their goal is to collect and distribute over 1,000 warm winter items and holiday gifts.

 

Add in some laughs this holiday season with A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol, a holiday tradition for countless locals since 1985. Experience a new version of this old favorite each night through December 23rd, so head to the Market Theatre in Pike Place Market and have a blast creating your own Christmas classic.

 

Imagine the lights you’ll see if you dine in a gondola 200 feet above the Salish Sea. Assemble 4 people, friends or family and make reservations for the dinner experience of a lifetime at Seattle’s Great Wheel. Enjoy a spectacular 4-course dinner including prawn cocktail and grilled salmon paired with views of the Puget Sound.

 

Depart from nearby Pier 55 during December and travel on the Christmas Ship Festival, decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights and sailing to different Puget Sound waterfront communities. Choirs on board the Christmas Ship perform to guests aboard, to follow boats, and to communities gathered on shore.

 

Deck your Halls

 

Visit these 12 Market Shops to Make Your Home Holiday Ready, from dried flower wreaths to leaf-imprinted spoon rests to Market themed posters and more!

 

‘Tis the Season to Indulge

 

Whether you’re looking for the best quick stops to hit while knocking out your holiday shopping, seeking a memorable sit-down experience with a great ambiance, or satisfying your sweet tooth, Pike Place Market has you covered! Explore the Pike Place Holiday Food Tour, including some of these gems:

 

Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream. This classically styled ice cream parlor is serving up hot cocoa with freshly whipped vanilla cream (add Irish cream for those 21+) and a seasonal “Elf Float” combining candy cane ice cream and peppermint soda.

 

Chocolate & Ice Cream Delight. Their hot chocolate bombs are back! Drop in for a selection of delightful fudge and seasonal truffle flavors. Be sure to indulge in their snickerdoodle or peppermint truffles for an extra festive kick.

 

Looking for a few unique holiday host gift inspirations? Pike Place rounded up a few:

 

Chocolate Gift Set. indi chocolate has a variety of gift sets available or you can customize your own. This shop doesn’t just sell chocolate, explore the “unexpected side of chocolate” with cacao butter body care, cacao spice rubs, cocoa nib liquor infusion kits, s’mores kits, and more!

 

Reusable Glass Straws. DrinkingStraws.Glass has seasonal designs available including an elf hat, Santa hat, evergreen tree, or a Christmas tree. Or choose from their classic straw sets for a gift that’s used through every season!

 

Handmade Cards. The Paper Feather has a perfect gift for the person who loves sending special notes with handmade cards! This package includes 13 cards designed and handmade by The Paper Feather, postage stamps, and packaged in a pink bakery box with ribbon.

 

Gift Baskets and Wine. Chukar Cherries has new Columbia Valley wine gift boxes and a charcuterie kit that features the very best delicacies of the Pacific Northwest. All of their assortments and tins of Northwest cherries, berries, and nuts now come in festive holiday sleeves.

 

If you’re still looking for gift ideas, visit 12 Pike Place Market Gifts for Kids and Teens, 5 Thoughtful Market Gifts for the Person Who Needs to Relax and 11 Pike Place Market Gifts for the Stylish Friend.

 

Be sure to book your tour of The Emerald this season before you catch the festivities. Now over 50% sold and priced from the $400,000’s, we cannot wait to show you our 8 new model residences, beautiful building amenities and a unique bird’s eye perspective looking down on Pike Place market all aglow.  Schedule your private in-person or virtual tour by contacting our team at 206-453-6800 or info@theemeraldseattle.com.

 

 

Pike Place Public Market Photo by Matt McDonald @equalmotion

THE Spot to Spend Seattle Weekends

Thrillist recommends spending Seattle weekends at the foot of The Emerald! The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle – just one block from the iconic Pike Place Market, steps from the waterfront and surrounded by the city’s best culinary and cultural destinations. The recent feature highlights several walkable spots within close proximity to our community which make it the perfect launching spot to explore Seattle whether a visitor or native that loves the city.

 

 

Rising steeply from Elliott Bay, Seattle’s Downtown greets visitors to the city with a sample platter of its best features. From the culinary diversity and fresh ingredients of the iconic Pike Place Market, to the rooftop gardens, to the first Starbucks location  — the city takes pride in its open spaces and open attitudes. Seattle’s personality comes from its wide array of neighborhoods, but Downtown’s ease and convenience makes it an essential starting point for a weekend tour.”

 

Start with the below round up of ideas by Thrillist on how to spend your Seattle weekends. “Downtown’s ease and convenience makes it an essential starting point.” – Thrillist

 

Discover a Rooftop Garden at Fourth and Madison. Spend a sunny day in the garden. This rooftop garden is located on the 7th floor of the tower and wraps around three sides of the building. The patio is a lush, green retreat from the city below. Tables and chairs are situated throughout the garden area, perfect for lunch on a beautiful day. Enjoy up-close vistas of the Smith Tower and the Central Library and peekaboo views of Elliott Bay. The rooftop garden is open from Monday to Friday from 7 am to 5:30 pm and also features free Wi-Fi.

 

Visit the First Starbucks. This small shop in Pike Place Market offers visitors a peek at the history of Seattle’s hometown coffee chain, as nearly all of the original features are still intact. Admire the 50-year old original Starbucks sign on the front façade, spy the original Starbucks logo and fixtures inside this 1,000 square foot store. Purchase something from the modern menu at the original Starbucks and strike a pose, it’s an Insta-worthy location.

 

Lunch at Pasta Casalinga. One of Pike Place Market’s newer lunch spots, this tiny pasta shop offers an equally tiny menu. It always includes a lasagna and plain tomato sauce option, plus one each “from the garden, “from the ocean,” and “from the farm.” All of the offerings utilize seasonal ingredients — often from fellow Pike Place vendors — in a vegetarian, pescatarian, or meat option. The pasta shapes are specially chosen to highlight the flavors of local foods.

 

Mee Sum Pastry. Also located in Pike Place Market, this Chinese bakery stall makes more than 1,000 of their buns, also known as Hom Bow, each day. They offer versions baked or steamed, and stuffed with their unique curry beef, traditional barbecue pork, chicken, or vegetables. The buns share the deli case with almond tarts, sesame balls, wife cakes, and all kinds of other Chinese sweets and savories.

 

Ventures Marketplace. Located right below the famous fish throwers, at first glance this shop could be just another eclectic gift shop — something of which the Pike Place Market hosts a delightful variety. But here, your purchase of hot sauces, jewelry, lip balm, wallets, or incense goes even further: this is actually a consignment store for graduates from a non-profit business incubator called Ventures. The organization focuses on providing training and resources for people for whom those things are often difficult to access — especially women, people of color, and immigrants — and for many who go through the program, this shop is one of the first places they sell.

 

Olympic Sculpture Park. Covered in monumental artworks, this award-winning nine-acre sculpture park on the waterfront is Seattle’s largest downtown green space and is just one mile north of the Seattle Art Museum. The sculpture park offers monumental contemporary sculptures and breathtaking views of t​he Space Needle, Olympic Mountains, and Puget Sound. Stroll along a 2,200-foot path that zigzags from the pavilion to the water’s edge to tour the park and its surroundings.​

 

Take a Walk down the Red Hall at Central Library. Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas designed the city’s flagship library, opened in 2004, and it boasts floor after floor of public art, impressive open space, and 1.5 million books. But the fourth floor stands out, even among the many unique areas, because the hallway that loops around the floors, meeting rooms, and computer labs features more than a dozen different shades of red on the floor, ceiling, and walls. It’s the library’s most photographed section and shows off the intersection of art, function, and architecture that make this building such a beloved and significant part of Seattle.

 

Observatory Bar in Smith Tower. If you prefer your views with a craft cocktail, the iconic, world-famous Smith Tower satisfies. Whisking visitors up 35 stories, the Otis elevator introduces you to a Prohibition-themed bar that harkens back to the 1914 building’s early years. Stop by for happy hour and the stunning 360-degree views of Seattle from what stood as the tallest building west of the Mississippi until 1931. Take in the views from the elegant Observatory Bar as you sip local microbrews, barrel-aged cocktails, and bourbon flights.

 

 

Your Seattle adventures begin here. The Emerald is now over 50% sold. Onsite tours of our eight models homes and breathtaking amenities are available for tour by appointment. With homes starting in the $400,000’s, it’s the perfect opportunity to invest in a dream location or find your full-time home.

 

Image credit:  Photo by Tiffany Von Arnim/FLICKR

Autumn Agenda: Fall in Love with Seattle

Fall in love with Seattle, steps from home. Autumn is in the air, the leaves are changing and Seattle is wide open. The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle – just one block from the iconic Pike Place Market, Seattle’s new waterfront, and close to all the action. Start exploring the best of the season with these local to-do’s.

 

 

Catch a concert at Pier 62. Friends of Waterfront Seattle invites you to Pier Sounds, a concert series featuring regional bands and artists including The Black TonesD’Vonne Lewis and Friendz, Lady A, and Tiffany Wilson. Enjoy live music, local food trucks, a beer garden, and all the sights and sounds of Seattle’s waterfront on October 2, 9 + 16.

 

Meet a friend in the Underwater Dome at the Seattle Aquarium. Step through a short tunnel and into this one-of-a-kind undersea dome with a 360-degree view into a 400,000-gallon habitat, filled with hundreds of fascinating Puget Sound fish. You’ll experience a beautiful, ever-changing snapshot of life in Puget Sound. See schools of silvery, open-water salmon flash in the filtered light from above. The aquarium is open with timed ticketing and limited attendance to enhance the visitor experience. Want to venture out? Join the Seattle Aquarium at five locations along the Cedar River this October. Trained naturalists will be on-site to help you spot spawning salmon and learn about the things we can all do to help them. Dates include October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 from 11am to 4pm.

 

Experience the Grand Opening of the most sustainable arena in the world – a short bike ride from The Emerald. On October 22, the Climate Pledge Arena will host the seven-time Grammy award-winning band, Coldplay. Plan to catch a Kraken game this season and cheer on our local hockey team. Just over a mile from The Emerald, getting there is easy! For most major events they’ll have a bike valet for convenient and safe bike storage, 3 parking garages located on Seattle Center Campus, and you can also hop on the Metro and be there in 20 minutes.

 

Taste the best of Seattle during Seattle Restaurant Week. SRA runs from October 24 – November 6 and will be offering special menus to include $20 lunches, $35 and/or $50 dinners. Indulge in nearby specials like beer and burger pairings from Pike Brewing Company, the 3 course surf-n-turf special at Wasabi Sushi & Izakaya, and a 3 course menu featuring fall flavors from Chef Potvin at the Le Igloo @ Maximilien – all within a few minutes from The Emerald.

 

Toast to autumn atop it all at Smith Tower Observatory. Less than a mile from The Emerald, you can experience the iconic, world-famous observatory with its historic exhibits, Otis elevators, stunning 360-degree views of Seattle, and open-air viewing deck. Order the new fall special Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) Martini at the thirty-fifth-floor bar as you explore the intriguing menu and amazing views. Tip: Grab a ‘Straight Up By Night’ ticket available at the door Wednesday – Sunday at 3:00 pm. The Emerald has partnered with award-winning Columbia Hospitality to provide highly personalized concierge services and premier hospitality. One of the unique perks of this program is an exclusive discount admission to the iconic Smith Tower Observatory, which includes a ride in the historic Otis elevator to the thirty-fifth floor, where you can enjoy an exciting menu of local cuisine, craft cocktails, a pinch of Prohibition and some truly amazing views..

 

Enjoy a fall bike ride from The Emerald. Layer up and pop over to Olympic Sculpture Park. Start your journey by spying the Seattle fall foliage unfolding, then follow the Elliott Bay Trail through Myrtle Edwards Park as you try to spot eagles, gulls, and crows. Continue through Centennial Park as you take in views of Elliott Bay, Mount Rainier, and Olympic Mountains. Pedal all the way to Elliott Bay Marina at Smith Cove Park, which is a great spot to take in fall colors where crimson trees are brilliant against the turquoise waters and Seattle’s skyline shines.

 

Dine in a gondola 200 feet above the Salish Sea. Assemble 4 people, friends or family and make reservations for the dinner experience of a lifetime at Seattle’s Great Wheel. Enjoy a spectacular 4-course dinner including prawn cocktail and grilled salmon paired with views of the Puget Sound. While it’s a nice walk from our doorstep, if you opt to drive or Envoy There, you’ll receive 3-hour parking vouchers for the Pike Place Parking Garage upon arrival. Make your reservations here and pre-order a bottle of wine here.

 

Make it a Market Day. There’s no better time than autumn to head to Pike Place Public Market and grab a Pike Place chowder bowl. Spend a day shopping for fall flavored treats and picking your favorite fall stems. From sunflowers and dahlias to new dried floral arrangements, Pike Place is the perfect spot to find bouquets to warm your home. Plus, for the very first time, visitors can grab food or drinks from 30+ eateries and restaurants at the market to enjoy in two new public seating areas on Pike Street and Pike Place. The MarketFront sundeck is a great spot to take in the waterfront views.

 

Keep your eyes open for the 2021 Elliott Bay Oyster New Year announcement and tickets. Every year, Elliott’s, a seafood mainstay in Seattle for over 40 years, has donated proceeds from its Oyster New Year bash to the Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF) and we’re looking forward to ringing it all in with our waterfront neighbor.

 

There’s no better spot to enjoy the best of Seattle. Take advantage of The Emerald’s incredible location by finding your move-in-ready home today and start exploring what each season offers, just steps from your front door. Visit theemeraldseattle.com to schedule your tour.

 

Image credit: Paul Emery

The Beach, The Islands, You Can Ferry There

Above the City. Beside the Water. The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle with Elliott Bay just steps away from your front door – all highlighted by the new waterfront redevelopment and its reimagined plazas, parks and paths that will connect the city and the Sound like never before. Venturing out along the water is easy from our iconic downtown address. Hop on a ferry today and start exploring these nearby destinations:

 


Alki Beach.
Throw on your sunglasses, grab a towel, some roller skates and go. Enjoy a ride across Elliott Bay on the West Seattle Water Taxi from nearby Pier 50 to spend a day at the beach. Reserve your spot at Salty’s Seafood to catch a sunset with sweeping views of Elliott Bay and the Seattle city skyline. Start your meal with the Seafood Chowder and make sure to round it out with the White Chocolate Mousse Cake. The Water Taxi docks in Seacrest Park in West Seattle with easy access to waterfront trails, Alki beach with fire rings and spots to play volleyball, plus fishing piers, restaurants, and shops along California Avenue. You’ll be Alki Beach dreaming after your visit.

 

“I love Salty’s. Excellent food, excellent service, fun decor, giant pepper grinders and great location with views of the sound with the city in the distance! The prawn cocktail is amazing with more prawns than most shrimp cocktails. The fresh steamed clams in wine broth. Mmmmm. You can’t go wrong at Salty’s.” – Tony B., Yelp

 

Wine Night Monday. Enjoy Pacific Northwest wines at a 50% discount.

Family Night. Every Monday and Tuesday you can enjoy Salty’s 3 courses for $35.

Shuck 2021. 1 Buck Shucked Oysters, 3 Buck Bubbles, and 4 Buck Beers every Thursday.

 

 

Bainbridge Island. The Pacific Northwest beauty of a Bainbridge Island ferry ride from the middle of downtown Seattle is stunning, but the destination this ferry ride grants you is even better. This easy escape from the city offers up opportunity to unplug with scenic vistas, beautiful trails, ultra-local wine tasting, and outdoor adventures. From fine food to the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Walk the waterfront. Bainbridge Island has many trails and narrow neighborhood roads, which are good for walking. Two of the best universal access paths are Battle Point Park with 90.3 acres of open space and Fort Ward State Park.

 

Wine tasting. Bainbridge Vineyards specializes in delicate award-winning white wines, grown in the Puget Sound AVA, producing 1,200 cases of wine annually exclusively from their certified organic estate vineyards. Open for tasting and sales Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5pm. There are several other wineries on the island that are also excellent.

 

Shop around. Packed with small town charm and a short walk from the ferry you’ll enjoy a diverse selection of locally owned shops and restaurants offering something for everyone in the charming Downtown district.

 

Visiting the island you’re sure to find vibrant culture that’s alive with art, festivals, culinary events and island-wide celebrations including First Fridays Art Walk, Farmer’s Market, Concerts in the Park, Movies in the Parks, and more.

 

Want a little expert help exploring the island? Peruse a variety of tours offered from food and wine, to beer and spirits, to history and hiking the great outdoors. There’s so much to see and taste on Bainbridge!

 

Vacation vibes are never far from The Emerald. With easy access to Seattle’s waterfront and Washington State Ferries, the adventure begins right outside your doorstep. Show us your favorite Seattle spots on social, join us on Instagram @theemeraldseattle. Share tips with neighbors by tagging us in your favorite photos.

Catch the Sunset Supper at the Market

The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle – just one block from the iconic Pike Place Market. We’re excited to share the news that the much-loved and highly anticipated Sunset Supper returns to Pike Place Market on Friday, August 20, 2021. The outdoor event along Seattle’s waterfront is presented by the Pike Place Market Foundation and will celebrate not only the 25th anniversary, but also the Market’s first in-person event of its kind to return to Seattle this summer. A limited number of tickets are now available, get yours here.

 

 

“Bringing Sunset Supper back to Pike Place Market marks a time of hope for our community while we move forward from the hardships the past year brought us.” said Patricia Gray, community relations manager of Pike Place Market Foundation. “After postponing the event last summer, we’re looking forward to safely gathering with our community once again to not only enjoy delicious food and drinks from some of Seattle’s favorite restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries, but to raise funds to continue supporting the people of Pike Place Market through the aftermath of COVID-19.”

 

The 2021 Sunset Supper will have reduced capacity with ample space and tables for all guests. Guests will dine al fresco in the heart of Pike Place Market and enjoy a curated supper made by famous chefs from Pike Place Market and across the region. The dinner menu is complimented with a wide variety of Washington state wineries, distilleries and breweries that will line the iconic cobbled streets of the Market to serve tasty sips and desserts for an al fresco dining experience to remember.

 

Below are a few vendors to get your tastebuds tempted. New vendors are signing up for the event every day, check back often.

 

Savory: Art Marble 21, Atrium Kitchen at Pike Place Market, Baker’s Seattle, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Ben Paris, Bonnie B’s, Café Campagne, COMMUNION, Conversation at Thompson SeattleGoPoke, The Hart and The Hunter, Hempler’s, Herban Farm NW, Hitchcock Restaurant GroupHonest Biscuits, Kells Irish Restaurant & Bar, Le Coin, MarketSpice, Paseo, Pasta CasalingaPike Place Chowder, Pike Place Fish Market, Pike’s Pit Bar-B-Que, Seatown Seabar, That Brown Girl Cooks!, TRACE Market, Truffle Queen Gourmet Food & Wine, Uli’s Famous Sausage

 

Sweet:

Chukar Cherries, The Confectional, Ellenos Greek Yogurt, Gelatiamo, indi Chocolate, SELEUSS Chocolates, Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream, Theo Chocolate

 

Brews & Beverage:

Can Can Culinary Cabaret, Copperworks Distilling Company, DRY, Elysian Brewing Company, Fair Isle Brewing, Fast Penny Spirits, Ghost Alley Espresso, Highside Distilling, JarrBarr, Lowercase Brewing, The Nest at Thompson Hotel, Old Stove Brewing Company, Pike Brewing Company, Republic of Cider, rōJō Juice, Schilling Cider & Street Bean Coffee, Seattle Kombucha Company, Temple Distilling, VIDO Vodka by Goose Ridge, Wild Roots Spirits

 

Wine:

Abacela, Abiqua Wind Vineyard, Armstrong Family Winery, Bodega Garzon, Dahlman Cellars, Elevation CellarsFoundry Vineyards, Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery, House of Smith, J Bell Cellars, L’Ecole No 41, Mercer Wine Estates, Montinore Estate Winery, Reininger Winery, Rocky Pond Estate Winery, Sin Banderas Wine, Tertulia Cellars, Tinte Cellars, Treveri Cellars, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery, The Woodhouse Wine Estates

 

Paired with a delicious dining experience the celebratory return includes live music from local artists throughout the evening. The event also includes a golden raffle and prize wheel for guests to try their chance at bringing home gifts.

 

Join us at Pike Place Market in support of these incredible small businesses and restaurants at Seattle’s iconic food destination just a short distance from home at The Emerald. For more information about the Pike Place Market Foundation and to review the vaccination policy, visit the website.

 

Image Credit: @pikeplacemarketfoundation

Seattle Culture Makes A Comeback

Seattle is open and culture is making a big comeback. Add a dose of the arts to your Seattle afternoon by visiting one of three distinct SAM locations. SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since 1933. Be sure to catch an upcoming First Free Thursday and plan a date night to dine out nearby! The Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle Asian Art Museum are open at limited capacity, Fridays through Sundays, 10 am–5 pm, and the outdoor spaces at nearby Olympic Sculpture Park along the Seattle waterfront are also open to the public dawn to dusk.

 

 

Seattle Art Museum. 1300 First Ave, 0.3 miles from The Emerald.

Located downtown, one block from Pike Place Market, global art collections, temporary installations, and special exhibitions from around the world bridge cultures and centuries. First Thursdays of every month are free to all and First Fridays for seniors.

 

SAM has a wide range of art from ancient to modern with everything in between. Their current Impressionist exhibit was very well done and showcased some of the lesser known works and artists. I always appreciate the section devoted to native art in the Pacific Northwest.” – William M.

 

Upgrade your experience and add the Special Exhibition option to view the Monet at Étretat. Monet at Étretat will be on display from July 1 – October 17, 2021. Meet Monet at a pivotal moment in his pursuit of impressions in Monet at Étretat. This focused exhibition places SAM’s Monet painting, Fishing Boats at Étretat, within the larger landscape of this important painter’s artistic development.

 

Tickets will be released on a rolling basis every Thursday. Everyone must get tickets online in advance of their visit. General Admission tickets get you into the museum and include access to the collection galleries and Barbara Earl Thomas: The Geography of Innocence. The SAM Shop & Gallery will require a museum ticket for entry. Online orders and curbside pickup will continue to be available to the public. Start your adventure by entering at First and Union.

 

Olympic Sculpture Park. 2901 Western Avenue, 0.8 miles from The Emerald.

Covered in monumental artworks, this award-winning nine-acre sculpture park on the waterfront is Seattle’s largest downtown green space and is just one mile north of the Seattle Art Museum. Olympic Sculpture Park, open daily 30 minutes prior to sunrise and closing 30 minutes after sunset, offers monumental contemporary sculptures and breathtaking views of t​he Space Needle, Olympic Mountains, and Puget Sound. Stroll along a 2,200-foot path that zigzags from the pavilion to the water’s edge to tour the park and its surroundings.​

 

This beautifully constructed park is worth visiting just for the grounds, let alone the artwork. Perhaps the most prominent sculpture is Alexander Calder’s “The Eagle,” not just because it’s a super-sized form with distinctively Calderian sail and wing shapes, but also for its international orange color which matches other prominent Calder works like “Flamingo” in Chicago. Another notable work is Jaume Plensa’s “Echo,” which alternately feels like a three-dimensional or two-dimensional work, depending on which angle you use to look at the face. It evokes, or foreshadows, “Paula,” “Rui Rui,” and “Laura Asia,” three smaller head-shaped works outside the Encore Boston Harbor casino.” – Vincent L.

 

Follow an audio tour of the Olympic Sculpture Park the next time you find yourself strolling along Seattle’s waterfront. The Changing Sky: Tour Seattle Cloud Cover or Tangible Space: Tour of Wake are ready and waiting.

 

Asian Art Museum. 1400 East Prospect Street, 2.1 miles from The Emerald.

The newly renovated and expanded museum is welcoming visitors once more, breaking boundaries to offer a thematic exploration of art from the world’s largest continent (rather than a geographic or chronological one). The restoration of the historic Art Deco building, expanded gallery and education spaces, and a new park lobby that connects the museum to the surrounding Volunteer Park are just some of the ways the museum has been transformed and preserved as a cultural and community resource for future generations.

 

You will no longer find galleries labeled China, Japan, or India. Instead, vibrant artworks from Vietnam to Iran, and everywhere in between, come together to tell stories of human experiences across time and place. From themes of worship and celebration to clothing and identity, nature and power to birth and death, the new collection installation reveals the complexity and diversity of Asia—a place of distinct cultures, histories, and belief systems that help shape our world today.

 

The Seattle Asian Art Museum is housed in a art-deco building that’s almost worth coming to visit simply on its exterior merits; if you actually enter the museum then you’ve completely amortized the time investment.” Clarice O.

 

To enter, follow marked entrance and exit signs at front doors to maintain one-way visitor traffic and physical distancing. Reserve your timed tickets today and revisit the original home in Volunteer Park. The last Friday of every month the Asian Art Museum is free for all and Free First Fridays are reserved for seniors.