While the term “staycation” kind of makes us cringe, the idea of a staycation certainly doesn’t – especially during the holidays when Seattle is bursting at the seams with activities and events that make even the scroogiest scrooge’s eyes shine. But, why should you bother staying in a hotel room to enjoy Seattle’s holiday activities when you can just drive the 10-minutes back to the comfort of your own home?
First of all, consider the surprise factor, which will make up for all of the horrible parenting moments you’ve racked up over the year – send them an invite to your holiday staycation in the mail or pick them up from school and head straight to the hotel – the screams of excitement will be your reward. Also, staycations are great because there is hardly any travel time and that’s a win no matter how you look at it, because we all know what traveling with kids is like. Yes, it would be far more dramatic to go somewhere outside of the city you live in, but it would also be more painful, considering you have three kids who start asking the “are we there yets” as soon as you reach the end of your driveway. Lastly, even though we live in this fantastic city, which is home to one mind-blowing holiday activity after the next, sometimes it’s hard to take the time out of our schedules to truly relax and enjoy them, rather than just squeeze them in between basketball practice and holiday recitals. A staycation forces you to be in the moment with your kids, enjoying the best of what Seattle has to offer during the holidays, and really, it can’t get much better than that!
Four Seasons Seattle
After having a holiday staycation at the Four Seasons Seattle, you might want to simply call some movers to pack up your belongings so that you can move in… permanently. Staying at the Four Seasons is such a treat any time of year and during the holidays, they really turn up the volume for their guests, making it feel like the home away from home you wish you could afford every night!
Perks: If you’ve never stayed at the Four Seasons before, you probably don’t realize how extremely accommodating to kids they are. For younger guests, they will provide childproofing supplies to make sure your curious 18-month old stays safe during your staycation and your Facebook friends are going to be rolling their eyes at the pictures you post of your kids in their own mini-Four Seasons robes and slippers. Be sure to ask the concierge about other special perks that you can book during your stay, such as pajama-clad trips to the dessert kitchen for after-hours snacking and more.
Nearby: Literally a Christmas tree’s throw from Pike Place Market, be sure to wander through and pick up some stocking stuffers or last minute gifts – the market is magical during the holidays! Also, you can pop right down the stairs to the waterfront and take an after-dark ride on the Seattle Great Wheel or head a couple blocks into the heart of downtown for all of the usual holiday suspects, like Santa visits, rides on the carousel and more. We don’t just suggest, but insist that you have dinner in the restaurant downstairs, ART, where they feature a Larry’s Lost in Seattle-themed kids menu and treat kids of all ages like they are holiday royalty.
Find them: The Four Seasons Seattle is located at 99 Union Street, Seattle, which is just off First Avenue downtown. Find them online at fourseasons.com/seattle.
For families who are planning on making a trip to the Nutcracker part of their holiday staycation or who want to enjoy some of the festivities happening at the Seattle Center for Winterfest, take a close look at the Maxwell Hotel, one of Seattle’s newest kid-friendly hotel options. Your kids will love it here from the moment you step foot into the lobby – it’s funky and colorful and obviously a fun place to stay, and, the guest rooms follow suit!
Perks: Sometimes a staycation can be as simple as hanging out around the hotel itself and the Maxwell is a great fit for a staycation of that kind. The indoor pool is first on that list, with afternoon cupcakes in the lobby as a close second. When you make your reservation or check-in, be sure to ask about their kid-packages that you can add on – some are complimentary and some are an additional fee, ranging from LEGOs delivered to your room to all of the necessities for a movie night.
Nearby: Located in Lower Queen Anne, the Maxwell is as close as you can get to the Seattle Center, where you can enjoy all of the fun of Winterfest, including the very popular ice skating rink. You can also easily hop downtown from the Maxwell via the Monorail, which also leaves from the Seattle Center and will drop you off at Westlake Center, the hub of holiday happenings downtown. Staying a little closer to your staycation home for the night, check out dinner at Seattle kid-faves like Dick’s Drive-In (500 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle) or Pagliacci Pizza (550 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle), or glam it up with a trip to the Melting Pot (14 Mercer Street, Seattle) for a fancy-schmancy dinner, all within walking distance of the Maxwell.
Find them: The Maxwell Hotel is located at 300 Roy Street, Seattle. You can find them online at themaxwellhotel.com.
Now, if heading to downtown Seattle or Queen Anne is just too close for you, maybe a trip to the Eastside would tempt your exotic travel yearnings for this holiday staycation? Nearly ten whole miles outside of Seattle, there’s this little city called Bellevue that also puts on quite a show during the holiday season and, they cater to families like only a Westin Hotel can. Be sure to tell them when you make the reservation that you’ll be staying with your children, who will receive a Westin Kids Club bag at check-in, filled with age-appropriate goodies to keep them busy while you take a moment or two to lie down on one of those delicious Westin Heavenly Beds.
Perks: The Westin Bellevue also has an indoor pool, so don’t tuck those bathing suits away quite yet, and you can order room service (and drinks!) at the pool, for a little pre-bedtime, dinner swim – even if it’s snow-worthy weather outside.
Nearby: When you stay at the Westin in Bellevue, you are going to be right in the middle of all of the holiday fuss. The hotel is located just across the street from the east side of Bellevue Square and next door to Lincoln Square Center, so holiday fun such as Snowflake Lane, is going to be, literally, right outside of your hotel window. Also, make sure a visit to Santa at Bellevue Square is on your staycation to-do list.
Find them: The Westin Bellevue is located at 600 Bellevue Way Northeast, Bellevue. You can find them online at westinbellevuehotel.com.
Has your family ever been on a holiday staycation in Seattle? Tell us about it in the comments section below! And, be sure to check back here in the coming weeks for details on all of those cool holiday activities and events happening in Seattle this season!
— Katie Kavulla
Bed jumping photo via cwillsbounds on Flickr. Other photos via Katie Kavulla.