Where we (w)hoop it up in Seattle
The Ace is either a very chic hostel (some rooms have shared baths) or a pared-down boutique property. However you label it, it makes for a simple yet stylish stay in Seattle. www.acehotel.com
The Edgewater Hotel (very expensive). A big part of Seattle's appeal is the waterfront, but unbelievably, there's only one hotel in town where you can take advantage of it. In addition to its million-dollar view, the Edgewater offers plenty of other amenities; the well-stocked bathrooms even come with a rubber ducky. (206) 728-7000, www.edgewaterhotel.com
Beth's serves burgers, salads, and more, but for more than 50 years, it's really been all about the breakfasts here, particularly the plate-lapping omelets (made from either six or 12 eggs), which come with all-you-can-eat hash browns. We feel full just thinking about it. www.bethscafe.com.
Tavolàta (moderate). This Belltown bright spot landed on Bon Appétit's list of 10 summer hot spots, but we find its rustic Italian fare (think marinated beets with shaved provolone and rich ricotta ravioli) appetizing year-round. (206) 838-8008, www.tavolata.com
Olympic Sculpture Park: Not quite a year old, this nine-acre outdoor arena of art, with large-scale works by sculptors like Alexander Calder and Richard Serra, has the breathtaking Puget Sound as its backdrop. Best of all, it's free. (206) 654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org
Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, tucked inside Paul Allen and Jody Patton's Experience Music Project. This one-of-a-kind museum doesn't quite get the buzz it deserves. Its collection includes rare books, film posters, and other memorabilia showcasing androids, aliens, and all other things sci-fi. (206) 724-3428, www.empsfm.org