What $500 Buys in Seattle
Seattle has become a cultural hub of the Pacific Northwest, no longer known only for Starbucks and grunge. Summer months are the best time to visit, when the notorious rain disappears, the outdoor cafés are bustling and picturesque Lake Union is dotted with boats.
Compiled by Candice Chan and John Wogan
A four-course dinner for five at Book Bindery, a modern American restaurant located by the Ship Canal in a former bookbinding factory. Standouts include Oregon rack of lamb with ricotta gnocchi and clams with white beans and chorizo. bookbinderyrestaurant.com.
Four tickets to the final performance of renowned Seattle Symphony music director Gerard Schwarz on June 18. Schwarz has dazzled concertgoers at Benaroya Hall for the past 26 years and will do so one last time with Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. seattlesymphony.org.
Three Himalaya Magnolia body scrubs, one Jasmine gift set and seven cult-favorite black rice soaps (for which there’s often a waiting list) from Harnn, which opened in Bellevue in October. This is the first U.S. store for the popular Thai bath and beauty line. harnnusa.com.
A wine-tasting class and brunch for five at Urban Enoteca, a 20,000-square-foot warehouse dedicated to boutique Washington wines. Kiona Vineyard’s Chenin Blanc and McCrea Cellar’s Syrah perfectly complement citrus-cured salmon and wild mushroom ragout. urbanenoteca.com.
A Joie silk blouse and a safari jacket by T Los Angeles from Ketch, an eight-month-old boutique for women in Ballard. Seattle native Stephanie Kaldestad studied at Parsons and worked for Gucci and Michael Kors, and it shows in her thoughtful contemporary selection. ketchshop.com.