Bargain Seattle

The Seattle buzz is a caffeinated mix of walks, ferries, and shopping

Lisa Taggart

My husband, Jim, works too hard, so I decided to whisk him away for a quick three-day pick-him-up. Caffeine is his favorite vice, so I knew Seattle was the perfect destination.

But Jim's not keen on profligate spending, so we set out to enjoy a winter weekend in the rainy city for less than $350. Our strategies: We went in the off-season, when rates are low, and found a well-priced shared-bath hotel. We embraced drizzly weather as quintessentially Seattle and, to warm up, hit many of the city's lively and inexpensive coffee shops.

SHOPPING AND ATTRACTIONS

Antique Importers. 620 Alaskan Way; (206) 628-8905.

Asian Style. 915 Western Ave.; (206) 628-3099.

Bainbridge Island ferry. $5.40 round trip per person. www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries or (206) 464-6400.

Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. $10. Pioneer Square, 608 First Ave.; www.undergroundtour.com or (206) 682-4646.

De Medici Ming Fine Paper. Closed Sun. 1222 First; (206) 624-1983.

Myrtle Edwards Park. Northwest end of Elliott Ave.

Seattle Art Museum. 10-5 Tue-Sun (until 9 Thu); $7. 100 University St.; www.seattleartmuseum.org or (206) 654-3100.

DINING

Café Nola. $$-$$$; call for hours. 101 Winslow Way, Winslow; (206) 842-3822.

Capitol Club. 414 E. Pine St.; (206) 325-2149.

Le Pichet. $$. 1933 First; (206) 256-1499.

Macrina Bakery and Cafe. $; call for hours. 2408 First; (206) 448-4032.

Maximilien in the Market. $$$$; closed Mon. 81A Pike St.; (206) 682-7270.

The Spanish Table. $. 1427 Western; (206) 682-2827.

Starbucks. 1912 Pike Place; (206) 448-8762.

Tully's Coffee. 99 Yesler Ave.; (206) 748-0604.

Wild Ginger. $$. 1401 Third Ave.; (206) 623-4450.

World Spice Merchants. 1509 Western; (206) 682-7274.

LODGING

Ace Hotel. From $65. www.acehotel.com or (206) 448-4721.

Paramount Hotel. From $139.

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