Seattle Among Best Places To Go In 2023, According To New Ranking
Condé Nast Traveler recognized the exciting changes and reinvention happening in Seattle lately.
Condé Nast Traveler has released their list of “The 23 Best Places to Go in the U.S. in 2023” and Seattle earned a spot on the list! We’re not surprised (although we may admittedly be biased) to hear that Seattle was named one of the best places to visit in 2023 . We can think of many reasons why Seattle is a great place to experience any year. Condé Nast Traveler had some very specific reasons for nominating Seattle as a place to travel to in the new year, however.
Read on for all the details!
According to Condé Nast Traveler, Seattle is one of the best places to go in 2023 because of one word: reinvention . “If you haven’t visited [Seattle] since the pandemic, you’ve got some catching up to do,” they say. They name three areas of Seattle in particular that are worth visiting in 2023 to experience all the change taking place: the Central District, the South Lake Union/Denny Triangle area, and the Seattle waterfront.
The Central District is a historically Black neighborhood in Seattle that “is busy reestablishing its African American heritage through art, culture, and gastronomy.” They recommend visiting the CD to experience murals, music, and Black-owned restaurants such as Simply Soulful, Métier Brewing Company, and Ms. Helen’s Soul Bistro (and we’ll throw in our suggestion of Communion as well!). Another exciting reason to check out Seattle’s Central District in 2023 is the long-awaited reopening of the Northwest African American Museum.
Condé Nast Traveler also called out “the dense, Amazon-led modernization of the high-rise Denny Triangle district” and recommended staying at Astra, one of the coolest new Seattle hi-tech boutique hotels located in South Lake Union.
Finally, they praised the “blossoming public spaces of the waterfront.” Seattle has been hard at work taking down the Alaska Way Viaduct, building a pedestrian walkway between Pike Place Market and the waterfront, adding green spaces and waterfront parks, and more. You can read our coverage of Seattle’s new waterfront for more details.
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If interested, you can read the full list over on Condé Nast Traveler .
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The 5 Best Hotels in Seattle
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Seattle is one of those places that seems to strike the right balance, no matter what kind of experience a traveler is seeking. On the surface, its laid-back Pacific Northwest attitude may seem in stark contrast with its creative innovation, from its music and tech scenes to its culinary and cultural offerings. But the Washington metropolis seamlessly melds these contrasting qualities — so it's no surprise that this year's picks represent that perfect mix of cutting-edge and comfortable.
Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels (including safari lodges) were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city hotel, resort, or safari lodge based on their locations and amenities.
In myriad ways, the top properties aren't afraid to show their personalities, creating unexpected delights within each stay. The Edgewater (No. 3) takes its luxurious overwater location — built originally for the 1962 World's Fair, which also brought the Space Needle — and meshes it with a rock-and-roll attitude (after all, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, and Neil Young have all stayed there) in what one reader called "a super fun hotel." But what's most memorable are the little touches, like the record players for in-room use and jellyfish videos in the elevator. Add to that a view of the Olympic Mountains from the windows, and it's a winning combination all around.
Meanwhile, the W Seattle (No. 4) brings both downtown allure and endless entertainment. "We didn't have to leave the hotel all weekend," one guest said, because of the packed schedule , which includes the W Live Music Series and DJs on Fridays and Saturdays. There's even an in-house recording studio, the first on the continent for the hotel brand, which doubles as a mini venue.The Thompson Seattle (No. 2), on the other hand, lets guests see the city's traditional Pike Place Market neighborhood through a modern lens, thanks to local design firm Olson Kundig. And the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle (No. 5) adds to the appeal of its prime location near the Seattle Art Museum with culinary delights at its upscale Ethan Stowell restaurant, Goldfinch Tavern, which channels inspiration from the city's pioneer days.
1. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle
Located in a historic 1924 building on the former site of the University of Washington , the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle carries the class of a bygone era, but is decked out with the style of today — a dichotomy that T+L readers appreciate. Though it's beloved for its "old world charm" and "grand staircases," its recent updates have been welcomed, especially the "outstanding redo" of the Olympic Bar, which debuted last spring and was called "absolutely glorious." The 450-room hotel's convenient location in the central business district was also lauded, as well as its "wonderful views from the upper floors" and dedication to cleanliness and service — the overall experience was best summed up as "classic splendor."
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2. Thompson Seattle
3. The Edgewater
4. W Seattle
5. Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
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Lotte Hotel Seattle named #10 hotel in the PNW one year after opening
Condé Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Awards are here, and several hotels in Seattle made the " Top 15 Hotels in The Pacific Northwest " list.
This includes the Lotte Hotel Seattle , located downtown, which came in at #10. The hotel opened in September 2020, making it one of the newest hotels in Seattle to make the list this year.
"To be recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers in tandem with our 1-year anniversary is the greatest gift we could ask for after a challenging year," said general manager Victor Caguindagan.
"We are humbled to receive this prestigious award in our first year. Our dedicated team has worked diligently to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience for locals and visitors alike, and we cannot wait to welcome first time and returning guests in the weeks and months to come."
More than 800,000 readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences for this year's Readers' Choice Awards. Lotte Hotel Seattle scored a 92.86. Other Seattle area hotels to make the list include:
- Thompson Seattle (#1)
- Cedarbrook Lodge (#6)
- Pan Pacific Seattle (#7)
- Fairmont Olympic Hotel (#9)
- Palihotel Seattle (#12)
- The Heathman Hotel Kirkland (#14)
- The Edgewater Hotel (#15)
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This Seattle restaurant was just named one of the top 12 best new restaurants in the world
Seattle’s Communion has been named one of the top 12 best new restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, and chef Kristi Brown is both excited and amused.
Brown and her son Damon Bomar opened Communion at the end of last year, moving forward with their pre-pandemic plans for a Central District space on the site of the first Black-owned bank in the Pacific Northwest. While in the beginning takeout was the only way to commune with Communion, Brown’s “Seattle Soul” cuisine still met with immediate acclaim , brightening the quarantine holidays and this bizarre new year by gracing tables at homes across the city and beyond.
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But Brown’s been cooking since 1993 — including at the beloved, departed Kingfish Cafe — so, she said by phone of the sudden worldwide renown, “It’s exciting — it’s interesting!” She laughed. “You’re working all your freaking adult life, and then, all of the sudden, somebody says ‘the world’? Really. ‘The world.’ And I think it’s so funny.” Condé Nast pays tribute to Communion’s deep roots, noting the historic location as well as Brown’s decades of catering and community work with her company That Brown Girl Cooks! , calling her a “soul food master” and lauding her menu’s global crisscrossing cuisine.
Also on the list: Marcus Samuelsson, for his new Red Rooster Overtown in Miami — meaning Brown is keeping epic company. “I know!” she said and laughed again. “I know! I think that’s pretty awesome.” He’s “an amazing chef” whom, she noted, she’s been following for years, “because he was one of the first Black chefs to get a lot of publicity, which is super sad … just to think that it’s only been under 20 years that Black chefs have been getting recognized in spaces like this.”
Given the systemic factors lined up against Black chefs, Brown says, “It’s my time to shine! I feel super grateful for myself for pushing through. Because I could have quit. And I have quit a couple times. Not successfully!” She laughed.
“But I always … food just keep calling me back.”
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The Best New Places to Eat, Stay, and Play in Seattle
By Ella Riley-Adams
Amidst the iconic features that have long made Seattle such a striking place—Puget Sound, where whales rise around water taxis; and wildflower-meadowed Mt. Rainier—the Pacific Northwest city has become home to some of the best culinary and cultural attractions in the country. And now a set of lauded restaurants and one noteworthy new hotel have made Seattle appealing for a visit in 2019. Considering it’s one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. , you might even, like many others, want to stay. Either way, here are fresh additions to your Seattle to-do list, and a couple of updated classics worth revisiting.
Where to Eat
Make haste for Chef Edouardo Jordan’s JuneBaby , the Southern restaurant that’s full of delicious surprises like pickled grapes, and crackly housemade saltines with pimento cheese. JuneBaby was named Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation last year, making Jordan the first African-American to receive the award. “[This menu] is from my heart,” Jordan says, and the natural flow is obvious. Jordan grew up eating these dishes—Momma Jordan’s Oxtails are on the menu—in St. Petersburg, Florida. Now, in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood, he’s developed a set of sought-after spots, with JuneBaby and his first restaurant Salare joined by Lucinda Grain Bar in December.
A server proclaims that Wednesday, with its turkey leg special, is “the best night” of the week—and likely easier to attend than Sunday’s chicken dinner, which typically sells out of fried chicken by 7 p.m . Any night you can get a table, the catfish with grits and perfectly pickled romanesco is the move (after a fair share of biscuits, and roasted red beets with pineapple, of course). Don’t forget to sample every hot sauce as you go, and to get the spiced apple betty with housemade vanilla-bourbon ice cream for dessert.
Downtown, Renée Erickson has expanded her Seattle Sea Creatures empire with two new places located in the Spheres, the plant-filled Amazon buildings that are mostly closed off to the general public . In a pink and teal-accented space, Willmott’s Ghost serves Italian pastries—heavenly pistachio custard-filled bombolini, olive oil cake—in the morning, with Roman-style pizza for dinner. Around the corner (or curve, as the case may be) and down a few stairs is Deep Dive , a place that Eater dubbed the “most dramatic bar” in Seattle. It’s a fair assessment, given the low lights, high velvet banquettes, and pages of cocktail offerings including the Rich & Famous, which includes white truffle.
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After wandering Pike Place during the day, spend a moment in Paris (wooden furniture, chalkboard menu) at standby Le Pichet , where glasses of wine are affordable and bottles are available to-go—at a discount. A server at JuneBaby tells me this used to be his “charcuterie spot” before Jordan opened Salare . The cheese plate is equally worthwhile, and the check comes with homemade honey caramels.
In Beacon Hill, Homer serves Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired fare cooked over a wood fire. The flames are viewable from most tables, making the considered interiors all the more cozy. Dishes—a variety of pitas, grilled beets, marinated trumpet mushrooms—are best shared family-style. When the weather’s right, or just to get a sense of the space before you go, walk up to the soft-serve and cocktail window, where the ever-changing flavors are likely to be ones you’ve never tasted before, like nectarine, and winter pine.
Where to Stay
Palisociety’s first location outside of California opened this November in downtown Seattle, just across from Pike Place—my room had a view of the market’s famous sign, the ferris wheel, and blue water beyond. The Palihotel Seattle ’s landmark building contains 96 rooms in various king, queen, and studio arrangements (deluxe means it has at least a partial water view). Charming details include mini Smeg fridges, caramel leather upholstered couches, and floral cushions. And while umbrellas are something of a faux pas in the city (a good hood is preferred), visitors will be grateful for Palihotel’s large leather-handled ones that hang in every room. Downstairs, the coffee bar serves local Anchorhead brew, which should be sipped in the cozy public lobby amidst books and one particularly appealing alpaca portrait. The restaurant, The Hart and the Hunter, serves southern food, including a hearty option that will please vegetarians: the Smoked BBQ Mushroom Sandwich. On the comprehensive cocktail menu, try the Hunter Buck, made with local cult-favorite Rachel’s Ginger Beer, which has its flagship retail spot within Pike’s Place.
A block away, The Thompson provides more of a sleek business-traveler option, with stunning views of the Sound and a rooftop bar for sunset-watching. Parents of college kids will be pleased by the recent opening of the U District’s Graduate Hotel , with its Art Deco interiors, Malin+Goetz amenities, and another rooftop gathering place.
Where to Play
Most attractions are a walk or a quick car from downtown (or a ferry, if you’re wanting to visit Bainbridge Island ). 12 minutes east from Pike Place is Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, where coffee in the back of cozy Elliott Bay Book Company is a must. Just next-door is the original Totokaelo shop, which offers everything from Jacquemus slides to Dries jackets, but is most appealing for its shelves of sculptural home goods—a much wider selection than you’ll find in the New York location.
While it might be filled with other tourists, and you already went there on a family trip when you were 10, the Seattle Space Needle has gotten a few upgrades that make it worth another look: in August 2018, it unveiled newly clear views of the city—glass panels have replaced the cages that once enclosed the observation deck—and the world’s only rotating glass floor, which provokes very subtle roller coaster thrills. In October 2019, a glass art festival will take place at the Chihuly Garden below the Space Needle and in several locations throughout the city, celebrating the Pacific Northwest’s impact on the craft. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is also set to reopen this fall after a year-long renovation that will result in a new lobby and gallery .
The city has a number of cultural institutions to visit in the meantime, with the Nordic Museum as its newest (and cheapest) ticket. The museum’s ingenious architecture details the Scandinavian-American immigrant experience and Nordic history in separate rooms connected by footbridges; visitors are invited to cross back and forth between the two narratives. Exhibitions are tightly focused, making it a manageable experience for those with kids (or simply on museum overload). Afterwards, walk into the neighborhood of Ballard to check out the expansive Ballard Consignment , with its many rooms of quirky furniture—one beflowered lamp was tempting to take home—and Lucky , for vintage tulle dresses and jeans. If you’re not flying, wander by The Palm Room to buy a new houseplant for the road.
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8 American Cities That are Going All Out for Lunar New Year
By Rachel Chang
Guided by the moon phases, Lunar New Year marks a significant annual celebration for many across the Asian diaspora . Here in the US, the Asian American population has doubled in the first two decades of the millennium—and this year, cities across the country are preparing some of the most elaborate Lunar New Year festivities yet.
From ornate decorations coloring casinos in Las Vegas to lively parades with lion dancers from New York City to San Francisco —and even an iconic celebration at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California—American cities are celebrating Lunar New Year by decking themselves out in fortuitous red hues and indulging in auspicious foods, like dumplings, whose gold ingot shapes are said to usher in prosperity.
This year, the holiday starts on February 10, and is typically celebrated for 15 days from the new moon to full moon. But 2024's revelries promise to come on an even grander scale since it ushers in the Year of the Dragon, the most favored animal of the 12 on the Chinese zodiac.
One thing the fates can also tell us: American cities sure know how to celebrate Lunar New Year. Here are a few of our favorite destinations ringing in the Year of the Dragon.
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New York City
With 17.3% of the population identifying as Asian, New York City is home to nine Chinatown communities, with the one in Manhattan being the marquee attraction. Here, the Lunar New Year Parade and Festival kicks off with a Firecracker Ceremony and Culture Festival in Sara D. Roosevelt Park on February 10 and culminates with the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival throughout the neighborhood on February 25. Run for Chinatown will hold its third annual Lunar New Year Bridgeathon run on February 17 and Think! Chinatown is hosting events all month, from a workshop on rituals to a mahjong party. Celebrate year-round, by exploring the curated highlights on Welcome to Chinatown’s interactive map or taking a food or history tour with the Mott Street Girls .
Over in Queens , Flushing’s Chinatown has two different parades during the first weekend, an indoor celebration on February 10 at Tangram Mall and an outdoor one on February 11 from Glow Cultural Center to Flushing Town Hall. Brooklyn’s Sunset Park’s Chinatown is always enticing with its food selection along Eighth Avenue, be it dim sum, egg tarts, or roasted pork.
But it’s not just the city’s Chinatowns that are rolling out the red decor. Long Island City is welcoming the dragon early with its third annual LIC Lunar New Year Celebration , a month-long celebration launching January 31 with more than 80 activities. (Don’t miss the Yelp Lunar New Year Boba Bonanza , where you can win JetBlue tickets by checking off five of the area’s 10 bubble tea shops). Brooklyn is launching its first NYC AAPI Lunar New Year Night Market on February 2 at Hana House, and on February 17, Bryant Park's morning celebration includes a ribbon dancing class and the Seaport's day-long activities includes nautically-themed Chinese Lion Chain craft—and both have lion dancing.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will also hold a full day of programming on February 3 with poetry readings from Asian American bookstore Yu and Me Books and a Sesame Street Muppeteers show with Japanese American actor Alan Muraoka , who plays Hooper’s Store shop owner.
San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco , home to North America’s first and largest Chinatown, hosts one of the largest parades outside of Asia as part of its Chinese New Year Festival and Parade . As proof, the grand marshal for this year’s February 24 procession will be Crazy Rich Asians and Awkwafina is Nora from Queens star Awkwafina . Events also include a Flower Market Fair on February 3 and 4, Basketball Jamboree on February 17, Miss Chinatown Pageant and Coronation Ball on February 23, and a Chinatown YMCA Run on March 3.
Oakland holds a Lunar New Year Celebration at Jack London Square on February 10, and is also bringing back its Lunar New Year Parade in Wilma Chan Park for the second year on February 18, while the Oakland Museum of California returns for the 23rd year with its February 17 celebration designed to uplift the AAPI community.
In the South Bay, San Jose is brimming with Lunar New Year spirit , from the kid-friendly Children’s Discovery Museum event melding both Chinese and Vietnamese traditions on February 3, to the San Jose Lunar New Year Festival at History Park on February 3 and 4, and the Santana Row Lunar New Year Celebration on February 10 with lion dancing and red envelope surprises. For Asian cuisine of all types, Cupertino never disappoints, whether it’s joining in the hours-long wait at Chicha San Chen for tea honored by the International Taste Institute , or the modern dim sum at Koi Palace Contempo .
With its first Asian American mayor, Michelle Wu, in office and 1 in 10 Bostonians being Asian, the New England hub proudly celebrates its AAPI community throughout the celebratory season. A Lunar New Year Flower Market runs from February 2 to 9 at China Trade Center, while the Vietnamese 35th Annual Tết in Boston Day Festival takes place February 4 at Flynn Cruiseport. Both MIT’s LEAP Lab and the Peabody Essex Museum hold events on February 10, while Berklee College of Music puts on a 2024 Chinese New Year Concert on February 13, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts has special $5 pricing on February 15 to enjoy brush painting, martial arts demos, and Vietnamese dancing.
It all culminates on February 18 with the Chinese New Year Lion Dance Parade in Phillips Square. For a deep dive, join the Boston Chinatown Tours special tour that morning at 9 a.m. before the parade to learn about the importance of the holiday and the lion dance, followed by a dim sum meal after the procession. Also that day, the Lunar New Year Cultural Village at China Trade Center focuses on kids' activities like calligraphy, origami, and lantern making.
To seal in good fortune for the dragon year, join Mei Mei Dumplings for its dumpling-making classes, for a hands-on experience of how to perfectly craft pan-seared dumplings.
Seattle’s diverse population has been spurred on by the growth of its Asian population, now accounting for about 18% of the city —and its Lunar New Year activities reflect that with a vibrant line-up all month long.
On February 3, a pair of museums host festivals: the Wing Luke Museum , a Smithsonian Institution affiliate pan-Asian Pacific American museum, in the Chinatown-International District , and the Seattle Asian Art Museum , which will spotlight its Asian art collection, in the art deco in Volunteer Park building. That weekend, Seattle Center also will transform into the site of the Vietnamese celebration of Tết in Seattle , complete with an ao dai fashion show and cultural performances.
The following weekend, an adults-only Lunar New Year Night Market runs from 4 to 10 p.m. on February 10 with stands from 35 makers and eateries along with live performances, a dance party, and, of course, a boozy boba bar. On February 18, downtown’s Westlake Park steps up with all the traditions, including lucky spring rolls from Asean Streat Food Hall and a spin on good luck tangerines in the form of lattes flavored with the citrus from Bloom Coffee .
For the final weekend, Sea-town pulls out all the stops with its entire Chinatown-International District getting in on the action February 24 for a Lunar New Year Celebration spotlighting every animal in the Chinese zodiac, as well as commemorating the 50th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s passing. Also that day is the Seattle Chinese Garden Lunar New Year Lantern Festival .
“Infinite Prosperity: The Year of the Dragon" will be on display through March 2 at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.
For a double dose of excitement, kick off Lunar New Year weekend in Las Vegas, which also happens to coincidence with Super Bowl weekend, when the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Even with the thrill of the city hosting the big game for the first time, it’s still going all out for the Asian holiday, in only a way that Vegas can.
Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has already unveiled one of the most impressive exhibits, “Infinite Prosperity: The Year of the Dragon,” which will be on display through March 2. Driven by large-scale floral arrangements, the imagery captures the “rich tapestry of Asian architecture, folklore, and culture, with each element meticulously designed to symbolize the promise of a favorable new year,” the hotel described in a release. All of Caesars Entertainment’s resorts —including Caesars Palace , Paris Las Vegas, and Nobu Hotel —will also be decked out, from hangers and banners to firecrackers.
The roars from the lion dances will rival those from the football fans at Allegiant Stadium February 11, with shows on February 10 at Palace Station and Durango , February 12 at Red Rock Casino and Green Valley Ranch , February 16 at The Cromwell , Flamingo Las Vegas , The LINQ Hotel + Experience , and Harrah’s Las Vegas , and February 17 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino , Horseshoe Las Vegas , and Caesars Palace. Dragons will join lions for the dancing at Resorts World Las Vegas on February 10, ARIA on February 15, Bellagio on February 16, and MGM Grand on February 17.
Even the shopping center Fashion Show Las Vegas will get a new touch with musical lanterns from February 10 through 25. With all that prosperity in the air, perhaps a jackpot is also in the cards.
Settled by Cantonese immigrants in the 19th century, Philadelphia’s Chinatown now represents cultures spanning from Fujianese, Sichuan, Taiwanese, Hong Kong, Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Burmese, and Vietnamese.
The city’s own Philadelphia Suns lion dancing troupe anchors many of the celebrations, including a pair of parades . First they count down with a New Year’s Eve Midnight Parade that starts at 10 p.m. on February 9, followed by a daytime procession on February 11, starting at 11 a.m. The busy revelers also will perform at The Rail Park ’s February 10 celebration and both Franklin Square and Dilworth Park ’s February 17 festivities.
Landmarks in the birthplace of America all host their takes: The Philadelphia Museum of Art highlights Chinese culture in a February 11 event, where Chinese artisans from the Zhejiang province will host demos on sugar painting, rice sculptures, puppetry, and tea whisking, as well as invite visitors to make woodblock prints, while The Fashion District ’s February 17 event includes a BalletSunMi show and K-pop dance lessons.
One favorite is the Dumpling Academy ’s Chinese Lunar New Year Handmade Dumpling Making party , which also includes making sweet tangyuan and indulging in dim sum.
Greater Los Angeles Area
With about a third of all of the Asians in America living in the Golden State, the diaspora is spread out across the greater Los Angeles area. Chinatown, just north of downtown L.A., springs to life during the holiday, especially its historic center, where tens of thousands will line the streets on and around North Broadway and Hill Street on February 17 for the 125th Golden Dragon Parade , where the new Miss Los Angeles Chinatown will make her debut public appearance. The weekend of February 24 and 25, the streets become a racing zone for both runners and bikers—and even dog walkers—for the Firecracker 10K .
While the Asian American suburb of Monterey Park to the east already toasted the Year of the Dragon with a two-day festival on Garvey Festival drawing thousands , the neighborhood remains festive throughout February. Nearby Alhambra shuts down Main Street on February 18 for its celebration with traditional performances and artisan stands, plus cooking demos and even augmented reality activities.
But one of the area’s most iconic celebrations has become Disneyland Resort’s Lunar New Year Celebration in Disney California Adventure Park , ongoing now through February 18. Catch Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession and the Hurry Home—A Lunar New Year Celebration pre-show water spectacular, while enjoying specially created Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean food menus for the season. Even Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Mulan, Mushu—and for the first time Raya and the Last Dragon 's Raya—get in the spirit with holiday attire.
Houston's six-square mile Chinatown represents its Indochinese population, the second largest in the country after Los Angeles. Since its Asian community is so broad, the city is also apt to call the area Asiatown to reflect its significant Vietnamese community, as well as Korean, Malaysian, Pakistani, and Indian cultures.
The Texan celebrations are plentiful, starting with a day-long celebration on February 4 at POST Houston , hosted by Washington Ho and the Ho family from HBO Max's House of Ho . Then on February 10, there are festival hops through the Asia Society and Chinese Community Center 's events, as well as the Texas Lunar Festival . The following weekend, the festivities continue with Lunar New Year Houston , two days filled with dance, martial arts, and treats of every kind, on February 17 and 18 at Viet Hoa Center .
Also in town, stay at the Asian-owned Blossom Hotel Houston and stop by the Dessert Gallery for its Year of the Dragon butter cookies.
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The most walkable cities in the US, ranked
By Hannah Towey
There’s no better way to get to know a city than by ambling down winding roads and cobblestone streets, popping into restaurants and art galleries along the way. Unfortunately, in the many car-centric metropolitans of the US, a leisurely stroll from your hotel lobby might just lead you to a parking lot instead.
“One of the most walkable places in the United States with the most tourism is Main Street Disneyland,” Michael Rodriguez, Director of Research at the non-profit group Smart Growth America , tells Condé Nast Traveller. “If only a lot more of America was able to have that kind of density and retail mix, and its vibrancy and quality of life.”
For travellers seeking walkable cities beyond the magic kingdom, the good news is that Smart Growth America has put together an authoritative ranking of the most walkable cities in the US as part of its 2023 Foot Traffic Ahead Report . The study identifies what percent of the 35 largest US metropolitan regions are considered walkable, and ranks the regions accordingly.
So what exactly makes a city walkable? The final list is determined by combining two key walkability metrics, according to Rodriguez, who co-authored the report: the EPA’s Smart Location Database and the American Enterprise Institute's Walkable Oriented Development Database. The two databases assign walkability scores based on different factors, the main one being if people can walk from their residences to essential “amenities” such as grocery stores, offices, and gyms, explains Rodriguez. The EPA database also factors in a city's built environment, like the distance between blocks and access to public transportation, he adds.
The Smart Growth America ranking also takes an area's development density into consideration (when buildings are constructed close together, they facilitate walking). That means some of the metro areas on the list, such as Los Angeles, may have a number of highly walkable neighborhoods, but might not be considered “walkable” across the board.
Knowing if a city is walkable is important for local residents, of course, but it's also helpful for travellers planning trips to one of America’s beloved metropolitans. Because while we may adore the occasional road trip , nobody wants to spend their vacation in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
“Your typical traveller is going to be very different than local residents, in that they're far more likely to go somewhere and not have a car,” says Rodriguez, adding that American travellers’ preferences for walkable cities are often reflected in (and corroborated by) their international journeys. “When you look at where Americans go abroad, they’re often going to cities that are very walkable—and enjoying the life there.”
But when Paris and Amsterdam are out of the question, here are 20 cities in the US that travellers can happily explore on foot, no rental car needed.
Chicago is the seventh most walkable city in the US, according to Smart Growth America's 2023 Foot Traffic Ahead Report.
The 20 most walkable cities in the US
- Washington, D.C.
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
- Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Portland is one of the top 5 most walkable cities in the country, according to Condé Nast
- Updated: Jan. 29, 2024, 11:10 a.m. |
- Published: Jan. 29, 2024, 10:59 a.m.
Mount Hood is seen at sunset from the West Hills in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023. Sean Meagher/The Oregonian
- Lizzy Acker | The Oregonian/OregonLive
Get out of your car or your house or your office and start walking because if you’re in Portland, you’re in one of the most walkable cities in the country, according to Condé Nast Traveler .
Portland ranks No. 5 in the United States on the list out last week from the magazine, which ranked us below No. 4 Seattle and above No. 6 San Francisco.
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The Dreamiest, Most Romantic Cabin Getaways on Airbnb
Posted: November 10, 2023 | Last updated: November 10, 2023
Few settings seem as romantic as curling up by the fire with a loved one. If you're in a gorgeous cabin in the woods, away from the stressors of everyday life, all the better. Whether you're celebrating an anniversary or just looking for an excuse to spend a weekend away, these rental homes are the ideal backdrop to your romantic cabin getaway. With properties near Lake Tahoe, Asheville, Seattle, and more, this mix of modern, rustic, and A-frame cabins offer something for everyone. And since each selection is run by an Airbnb Superhost , you'll rest easy knowing they have a rating of 4.8 or above, a record of zero cancellations, and at least a 90 percent response rate, meaning they'll get back to you ASAP. Below, our picks for the best romantic cabins on Airbnb to book for your next getaway.
We’ve selected these properties based on Superhost status, amenities, location, previous guest reviews, and decor. This gallery has been updated with new information since its original publish date. Additional reporting by Meredith Carey.
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Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths Top amenities: Airbnb Plus, walkable to biking and running trails, office, loft, balcony games and puzzles
This design-forward Seattle A-frame with vaulted ceilings is nice and private, as it’s secluded from the street and surrounded by trees. Some stand-out features include the outdoor dining space on the patio, the balcony, the show stopping floating staircase, and the yoga loft. It’s perfect for the architecture- and outdoors-loving couple who’s in town to visit family or to enjoy the area’s terrific culture and nature alike. The house is in Matthews Beach, where you’ll find kayaks, paddleboards, and sail boats for rent at Sail Sand Point.
Bed & bath: 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths Top amenities: Two-person soaking tub, shower skylight, fireplace
You’d never guess this rustic, unique, treehouse-like cabin was in Minneapolis and only a couple of miles from downtown. You get the best of both worlds here—you’re in the city but feel like you’re not, and you’re a short walk to coffee shops but surrounded by trees. The numerous panels of windows and the eclectic art and furniture inside, including walls and ceilings embedded with rocks, are striking and make for a one-of-a-kind stay. We love the hexagonal living room, surrounded by windows from all angles, and the outdoor space that shoots off from the house. This Airbnb would be perfect for a couple who’s traveling to the city for a weekend break or is seeking a Midwest staycation.
Bed & bath: 1 bedroom, 1 bath Top amenities: Private hot tub, indoor fireplace, pets allowed
This tiny, off-grid cabin is the ultimate glamping experience. It’s made for the couple whose idea of romance is snuggling under blankets by the fire after a day of hiking. With a firepit, mineral spring hot tub, glowing string lights, and Adirondack chairs out front, the outdoor space is luxe and cozy during the fall and winter. The off-grid tiny house has a top-notch, queen-size Japanese tatami bed, a wood heater, and a propane grill, but no bathroom or kitchen. It’s also one of two properties on a 12-acre lot.
Bed & bath: 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths Top amenities: Hot tub, movie room
Food and travel writer Callie Thorpe adored this secluded cabin an hour and a half outside of Los Angeles , in the San Bernardino Mountains. She and her partner booked the cabin in the pines for Christmas. It had a wreath on the door, a crackling fire burning in the freestanding fireplace, and a classic A-frame window crowning the bed. In Callie’s glowing review of her stay, she wrote this: “Each day spent here was more idyllic than the next. We played Al Green on the Airbnb’s record player, cooked fluffy scrambled eggs and pancakes for breakfast, and soaked our bones in the hot tub on the deck overlooking trees that looked like they’d been dipped in powdered sugar. Come nighttime, we settled into the secret movie room downstairs—not shown among the Airbnb listing’s photos, it features an enormous projector, popcorn maker, and help-yourself jars of candy.”
Read a full review of this property.
Cozy cabin in Upstate New York
Bed & bath: 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms Top amenities: Hot tub, grill, outdoor dining, near hiking trails in the Catskill Mountains
Condé Nast Traveler’s associate commerce editor Meaghan Kenny dubbed this cabin the Catskills her favorite Airbnb after a swoon-worthy getaway with her partner last winter. She loved the floating deck in the backyard with a hot tub, the hotel-quality luggage racks in the bedroom, and the endless amounts of natural light. The hosts set the romantic atmosphere for the weekend by placing a bottle of wine and dark chocolates in the kitchen to welcome the couple. Here’s how Meaghan summed up the overall experience: “Although I stayed in all weekend long curled up on the couch with hot chocolate, the Airbnb isn’t far from local shops and restaurants in Narrowsburg if you’re looking to explore. Cabin Bhlues really felt like home. I left feeling so relaxed and it reminded me how important it is to take the occasional weekend trip. Whether you want an easy city escape or are a nature lover looking for a woodsy cabin, this cozy home is the perfect place to stay.”
Bed & bath: 1 bedroom, 1 bath Top amenities: Woodburning stove, hot tub, firepit
Just seven miles from downtown Asheville and a 15-minute drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the eponymous parkway, this one-bedroom cabin is close enough to the action for those looking to explore the city's many breweries and restaurants, but remote enough to feel plenty secluded. Situated on an acre of land (though it shares a driveway with two nearby cabins, also available to rent), the property has a stellar outdoor area, with a daybed and wood-burning fireplace, plus a fire pit and yard games out back. To note, the kitchenette is built for the basics—there is a microwave, two-burner stovetop, and full-size Smeg refrigerator, but no oven.
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath Top amenities: Sauna, hot tub
Situated on a 270-acre property, this Vermont cottage—once a schoolhouse—is perfect for those in need of some room to roam. It was recently renovated to add a hot tub and panoramic barrel sauna to its deck, so you can soak in the warm water or sweat it out with your other half. Other outdoor features include a fire pit, grill, and outdoor shower, plus trails throughout the family farm. Inside, the light-filled home has vaulted ceilings, with a spiral staircase leading up to an open bedroom (there's a second bedroom downstairs, too), a fully-equipped kitchen, and a living room with a smart TV.
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath Top amenities: Shawangunk Wine Trail-located, Glossier and Kiehl’s toiletries, king-size Casper mattress, firepit
In New York City , you want more space, not less. But drive an hour or two upstate, and you'll find that for a couple, a good tiny house is a marvel. This one, which cleverly fits two beds—one above, one below, perfect for “alone” time—is walled in pale knotty wood. The loft is encircled by windows, filling the modern caravan with natural light. It also has air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a walk-in shower, a dishwasher, and a kitchen table. This is minimalist design well done. Step outside onto the vineyard and apple orchard surrounds, and there is a slate fire pit to linger by and mountain views to gaze at.
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath Top amenities: Deck with outdoor seating, renovated kitchen, Netflix
If you'd rather have modern lines than rustic charm, this luxury cabin in northwest Connecticut is calling your name. Originally built in the 1930s, the home is now filled with light wood, colorful furniture, and a mix of antiques and modern pieces. With two bedrooms, a spacious living and kitchen area, a large elevated porch, and brook-side seating among the trees, there's plenty of room to spread out.
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths Top amenities: Hiking trail access, outdoor grill, fully equipped kitchen, loft
If you’re looking for all the coziness of a cabin with a little less, well, rustic-cabin feel, this two-bedroom modern retreat in western British Columbia might be more your type. About three hours east of Calgary, just past Banff National Park , this industrial cabin has incredible 180-degree, floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding forest. Inside, you’ll find a minimalist, Scandinavian design, with a fireplace and full kitchen. Expect a total detox from your day-to-day life: cell phone service and Wi-Fi are spotty (but we’re not complaining).
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath Top amenities: Claw-foot tub, outdoor shower, woodburning stove
This two-bedroom, one-bath cabin is roomy enough to bring the kids, but affordable enough to go as a couple, too. It’s filled with charming—and aesthetically pleasing—features like exposed wood beams, a claw-foot tub and outdoor shower, and a wood-burning stove. Visitors recommend a meal at the nearby Brushland Eating House ( order the carrots !); afterward, cozy up by the fire back at home. And if you’d like some time in the great outdoors, Bramley Mountain Trail is just 10 minutes away.
Bed & bath: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths Top amenities: Welcome gift, paddleboards and kayaks, chicken coop and fresh eggs
This wonderfully chic chalet is just 30 minutes outside Québec City , offering a perfect romantic getaway for Canadians and North Easterners alike. It's a little bigger than most of the cabins on this list, with two bedrooms and a loft, but doesn't feel overwhelming if you're just bringing your significant other along. Be sure to take full advantage of the raclette and fondue stove on hand and chicken coop for fresh eggs. In the winter, you'll find two pairs of snowshoes so you can explore the property's more than 20 acres. In the summer, you'll have access to kayaks and a paddleboard to launch into the nearby lake. No matter the season, you can enjoy the outdoor hot tub, built into the spacious deck.
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath Top amenities : Airbnb Plus, stone fireplace, outdoor dining area
While this Big Bear cabin is big enough for the whole family—the primary bedroom has a king bed, the second two doubles—it's also affordable for two. The king bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows looking over one of the decks. Out back, the second has an outdoor dining table and grill. Creature comforts include AC, a smart TV, and a washer/dryer. One past guest called it the “perfect getaway cabin for couples.
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath Top amenities: Airbnb Plus, stone fireplace, outdoor dining area
This angular cabin, located about an hour north of Seattle, was originally built in the ‘70s for fishing. Since, it has been renovated, remodeled, and refurbished with art from the hosts' shop Glasswing, furniture from their store Brackish, and plants from their business Greenhouse. With exposed beams, wood walls, geometric windows, and river views, it's the classic cabin experience. Special touches include a hammock that swings across a tiny loft and a skylight above the bedroom loft. The two-bedroom has all the features that have become expected for luxe outdoorsy Airbnbs , too, like a hot tub and a wood stove. Romantic hikes in the area include the Gothic Basin, Big Four Ice Caves, Mount Pilchuck fire lookout, Lake Twenty-Two, and Heather Lake.
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath Top amenities: Hot tub, high thread-count linens, Netflix and streaming platforms
We love a good A-frame and this one-bedroom delivers on that romantic fairy tale cabin feel. Outside, a deck outlined in string lights and a hot tub draw you in, while the remote-controlled gas fireplace, Smart TV, and stacks of board games will keep you entertained inside. Lots of professional photographers and Instagrammers have spent the night here ( Women Who Travel podcast guest Renee Hahnel is featured in the listing), so you know the photos from your weekend away are sure to impress. Its location in Skykomish, near Stevens Pass and Leavenworth ski resorts, mean you can escape the cabin for some outdoor activity if you need a break from the one-on-one time.
Bed & bath: Studio, half bath Top amenities: Sauna, woodburning stove, outdoor shower
In this day and age, nothing—we repeat, nothing—is more romantic than the sweet absence of cell service. This rustic Kenai Peninsula cabin is truly off the grid. The sunny yellow lakefront house is lit by propane lights, heated by a wood stove, watered from a hand-pump well, and serviced by an outdoor shower and an outhouse. The local transit? Try the row boat. Just when you think it's as remote as can be, though, there is one extravagant extra: a sauna. (Wood-fired, of course.) A queen, double, and twin bed are all inside the one-room tiny home, allowing up to five people to squeeze in. But in a place this amorous, alone in the woods, two is better than five.
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath Top amenities: Clawfoot tub, sauna, wraparound porch
Located in far northwest Arkansas, this two-bedroom hideaway sits on Beaver Lake, within a short drive of nearby state park biking and hiking trails. The cabin is filled with natural light and modern amenities, like a fully equipped kitchen—plus cozy cabin touches like a clawfoot tub and fire pit. In the summer, embrace indoor-outdoor living and open the garage door in the living room for unfettered access to the wrap-around porch.
Bed & bath: 1 bedroom, 1 bath Top amenities: Dedicated workspace, deck, firepit
Teeming with plants and warm wood panels, this cozy cabin makes for a great fall or winter escape . Snuggle up by the fire in the living room's reading nook, whip up a nice meal using ingredients from nearby farm stands, or lounge in the home's singular bedroom. If you're new to the area, the hosts offer an extensive guide, sharing all their favorite places in southern Vermont.
Bed & bath: 3 bedrooms, 1 bath Top amenities: Hot tub, outdoor furniture, near wineries
This one-bedroom is the perfect romantic Airbnb to hole up in for days. Not only is the interior spacious, with tall ceilings, an open floor plan, and a large bedroom, it's filled with amenities to help you pass the time. Inside, you'll find board games, a spacious kitchen for romantic dinners for two, a soaking tub, and a cozy fireplace. Outside, there's a spacious, covered porch with its own fireplace and seating area, plus a hot tub—and you'll find an additional fire pit and hammock grove just off the front porch.
Bed & bath: 1 bedroom, 1 bath Top amenities: Bathrobes, Netflix, dedicated workspace
Views take center stage at this mountain cabin, with two west-facing porches and numerous windows that offer a stunning view of the sunset over the Great Smoky Mountains each evening. The interior is filled with farmhouse decor and you'll have all the expected amenities (well-equipped kitchen, living room, Wi-Fi, Smart TV, and more) on hand. Take a day trip to the nearby national park or head out for a hike in the Nantahala National Forest, about an hour away.
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths Top amenities: Biking, hiking, and fishing trail access; electric vehicle charger, propane grill
If your ideal romantic weekend getaway involves skiing or snowboarding, you can’t go wrong with Lake Tahoe . This modern A-frame cabin is on the northwest edge of the lake, a 20-minute drive from ski resorts like Palisades Tahoe and Northstar. Inside, there’s an abundance of counter space and tons of small appliances if you'd like to cook, as well as a gas fireplace in the living room—perfect for movie or game nights—and plenty of seating throughout the open first floor and upstairs nook.
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths Top amenities: Cast-iron clawfoot tub, firepit, outdoor dining area, wood stove
This two-bedroom cabin sits on a whopping 23 acres of woodlands, offering ultimate privacy. It's filled with wonderful touches, like a wood-burning stove, stunning vintage claw-foot tub, floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the surrounding valley, and an outdoor fire pit for s’mores and stargazing . Take full advantage of host Inez Valk's guidebook to the area, which features farm stands, hiking trails, and shops. She ran the now closed Traveler -favorite Table on Ten restaurant in nearby Bloomville and has great local intel.
Bed & bath: 1 bedroom, 1 bath Top amenities: Outdoor shower, propane grill, Netflix and streaming services
The twinkle lights hovering above the spacious, woodsy deck are enough to make us want to call this place home for a weekend. Settle in with a glass of wine or book in the Adirondack chairs, or head out to one of the many nearby trails. The host says the inside feels like a treehouse, thanks to the dogwood trees outside the bedroom and living room windows, while past guests call it a gem and “the perfect spot to rest and recharge in the trees for a few days.”
Bed & bath: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths Top amenities: Rooftop patio, six-person hot tub, gas fire table
This Midwest pick is anything but traditional. It's a place you can live the cabin life of the future. The cabin itself is made of three recycled intermodal shipping containers, and celebrates the minimalism and sustainability of close quarters. It has a gas fireplace, a glass garage, and a hot tub. The standout feature, though, is the rooftop patio. In spite of the small size, the dinner table seats eight and the house sleeps six. There is no shortage of space outdoors as the house is set on 18.5 acres in Hocking Hills, near the state park of the same name where zip-lining, canopy tours, canoeing, hiking, biking, fishing, and horseback-riding are favorite activities.
Bed & bath : 3 bedrooms, 3 baths Top amenities: Hot tub, deck, near wineries, charcoal grill, firepit
If you're looking for one of the most romantic Airbnbs that's not far from Austin , this Wimberley home is a great pick. Situated on five private acres of land, the two-bedroom is decorated with a mix of 70s-era textiles, cool vintage finds, and inspiration from the hosts' past travels. Highlights include a clawfoot tub in one of the bathrooms, where you catch a sunset if you time it right, and a massive backyard with a hot tub, charcoal grill, fire pit, and hammock. If you're in the mood to venturing out, there are spring-fed swimming holes and scenic wineries close by.
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PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) - Portland is among the top walkable cities in the United States according to a new Condé Nast Traveler list .
When most people think of the United States, they don’t usually think of walking. Because in most parts of the nation, cars are an essential part of daily life to the point where using public transit and other modes of transportation are looked down upon.
The American Enterprise Institute’s Walkable Oriented Development Database and the EPA’s Smart Location Database, both of which are crucial metrics that measure walkability based on a number of factors—most notably, whether people can walk from their homes to essential locations like grocery stores, offices, and gyms—were used to compile the list. Urban infrastructure is also taken into consideration by the EPA’s standards, including the proximity of blocks and the availability of public transportation for residents.
Unsurprisingly, New York City took the top spot thanks to its sprawling transit system and densly packed urban setting. Boston and Washington D.C. follow behind.
Next, Seattle came in fourth on the list and Portland ranked closely behind with the fifth spot on the list.
Conde Nast’s list of the 20 Most Walkable Cities in the US:
1. New York
3. Washington, D.C.
6. San Francisco
8. Los Angeles
11. Minneapolis-St. Paul
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