First time in Seattle? Cut to the chase and make a beeline for its proverbial pantry: Pike Place Market. It was founded in 1907 to fortify locals with fresh Northwest produce, and its long-held mantra of ‘meet the producer’ still echoes enthusiastically around a city where every restaurateur worth their salt knows the name of their fishmonger and the biography of the cow that became yesterday’s burgers. It doesn’t take long to realize that you’ve arrived in a city of well-educated palates and wildly experimental chefs who are willing to fuse American cuisine with just about anything – as long as it’s local.
Being located on the Pacific west coast of the USA, finding very cheap flights to Seattle from the UK can be difficult. However, because the weather tends to be nicest in July and August, these are when flight prices are at their highest. In late spring and early autumn, the weather remains fine but, with fewer tourists, these are good times to try and find a good deal. Usually with foreign travel, it’s important to avoid major festivals, but Seattle is so jam-packed with them – including everything from jazz festivals to world music and film – this is unlikely to have too much impact on costs.