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Seattle Travel Guide

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For Greg Gottesman, Seattle's natural beauty is as stimulating as its thriving business community.

A journey to the University District should include a canoe rental and a paddle among the lily pads in the ponds of the Arboretum. Then, after all that exercise, Gottesman suggests that visitors sit down for a Husky football game. The University of Washington stadium, perched above Portage Bay, provides views of Seattle’s lakes and—if the sky is clear—Mount Rainier. Growing up in a family of UW graduates, Gottesman started going to Husky games as soon as he could talk. (His grandfather didn’t miss a game in 65 years.)

If football isn’t your sport, Gottesman urges checking out Safeco Field for Mariners baseball or heading to Qwest Field football stadium for Seattle Sounders soccer. The Sounders, who are playing their second season in Seattle, have been a surprise hit among locals. Games at Qwest Field (which opens only a portion of the stands for soccer) typically sell out. “Sounders games shouldn’t be as much fun as they are,” Gottesman says, “but the crowd gets so into it. I don’t know how they did it, but it’s a really fun ticket.” For all of Seattle’s attractions and venues, Gottesman adds that the city’s single most appealing factor is the people who live here. They’re genuinely nice, they don’t care much about appearances and they share his tech and outdoor interests. “It says something when someone can live with this much rain,” explains Gottesman. “In Seattle, we don’t sweat the small stuff.”

HEIDI DIETRICH is a business reporter in Seattle and blogs for the Washington News Council.

Gottesman's Address Book

When you plan a business trip to Seattle, book Greg Gottesman’s favorite hotels, restaurants and activities, so you can experience the city like a local.


Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union St.
Gottesman sends business travelers to this new, stylish, modern, downtown hotel overlooking Elliott Bay.

Inn at the Market
86 Pine St.
For visitors who prefer something smaller and more unusual than a big chain, Gottesman suggests this boutique hotel nestled right in Pike Place Market.

Woodmark Hotel
1200 Carillion Pt., Kirkland
This plush property sits right on Lake Washington in Kirkland, just across from Seattle.


Mae Phim
94 Columbia St.
For a downtown lunch spot, Gottesman singles out this hole-in-the-wall Thai place. Try the spicy panang beef curry

Wild Ginger
1401 3rd Ave.
Gottesman takes business clients to dinner here (the downtown location) for its unique take on Pan Asian cuisine. He recommends the duck and the seven-flavors beef.

938 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue
For date night with his wife, Gottesman heads to Chutney’s, in downtown Bellevue, just across the lake from Seattle. The couple indulges in mango curry chicken, naan and tikka masala.


Pike Place Market
First Ave. and Pike St.
For a taste of classic Seattle, no traveler can pass up the market, with its busy produce vendors, fishmongers, flowers and fresh food.

Safeco Field
1250 1st Ave. S.

Market Place