Since Jimi Hendrix wowed ’em in the 1960s, Seattle has been a center for arts and culture. When grunge rock hit the stage in the 1990s, the city again rose in the public imagination. Since then, Seattle has remained a focal point for culture, commerce and technological innovation.
When you visit Seattle, it may be hard to figure out where to go first, especially if you seek something off the beaten path. The first thing you want to do is find an independent, eclectic hotel like Motif Seattle. You definitely want to check into your Seattle hotel ready to hit the ground running, so keep reading to discover a few hidden gems in the Emerald City.
If it’s a live performance you crave, but you’re tired of the mainstream, national acts, check out the Columbia City Theater. This venue has been standing since 1917, and at various times has been a center of the punk rock scene, jazz scene and an early stage for Hendrix. After its punk rock days, the theater deserved a rest, but it reopened in 2010 to great acclaim. Here, you can find eclectic performers such as Burlesque from Planet X and Father John Misty.
Plug Into Seattle
If you’re a music lover, dial your media player to stream KEXP.org. ITunes includes the station in its list, or you can use the player embedded on the website. This independent station has been breaking the best local Seattle acts since its beginnings as a 10-watt station in 1972. Tune in; perhaps you can win free tickets to a show for your visit.
See a Film
If you are a cinephile, but your hometown doesn’t support an arts-oriented theater, then Seattle is the place for you. Check out the Seattle International Film Festival, which is a year-round festival of cinematic arts and education. It’s likely the latest foreign and independent films are being shown at one of SIFF’s theaters. You can find them in Seattle’s center, local to Hotel 1000, or up in the Queen Anne district, close to The Inn at Queen Anne, a classic and affordable hotel.
Find Fine Art
For visual art, you are sure to find great budding artists in the city’s plentiful, locally owned coffee shops. Coffee shop exhibitions provide an easy way to contact the artist to purchase art, and sometimes, you can pay for a canvas at the register and walk home with a thing of beauty. If you want to visit a large, curated museum, check the Frye Art Museum or the Seattle Art Museum.
No matter what your tastes, Seattle has more than enough to please every visitor, including brilliant, independent hotels such as centrally located Hotel Seattle. You may discover the greatest new music act or see a rare Latvian film. Above all, be open to the secrets and surprises Seattle has in store — and don’t forget your umbrella.