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If you have more than 3 days in Seattle or have been to the Big City before, staying in the "burbs" could be a great alternative. Not only, you get a bit more greenery and quiet; there are charming little towns and great food/wine to be had within less than 30 minutes drive of Seattle.
Only 30 minutes NE of Seattle, in the mini-Sonoma of the region, Willows Lodge is a perfect place to spend a night or two while sampling the great regional wines and food. The hotel's atmosphere is casual chic and the staff are friendly and professional. The hotel's grounds are pretty and well landscaped. There are gazebos and fire pits for guests use as well. Hotel has a spa and a great restaurant. The famous Herbfarm restaurant is also at the entrance to lodge. Among many nearby wineries is Chateau St Michelle which is just across the road from Willows Lodge. Beside vineyard tours and wine tastings, they have summer concerts as well.
This is Willows Lodge restaurant. The atmosphere and decor are rustic modern and cozy. There is a large round table with a large fire pit built in the middle as you enter which is very charming. The food and service are excellent. The breakfasts are awesome and very reasonable.
About 20 minutes drive NE of Seattle (just across the water from Seattle and Seattle U) and near Bellevue, Kirkland is a cute waterfront community. The charming downtown offers small shops, nice restaurant choices and a couple of parks with views over the water and Seattle's skyline. There is also a long and nice promenade by the water for walking or biking.