This article was sent to The Seattle Lesbian via All the Rooms.Right up there with San Francisco, Boston, and Austin, Seattle is one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the United States. If you haven’t yet visited for a gaycation, you’re long overdue. Seattle appeals to woodsy outdoor travelers, hipster urbanites, foodies, sports enthusiasts, coffee lovers, and everyone in between. Whatever your travel niche may be, we’ve set out to help draw up an itinerary for your Seattle vacation with bae. Here are the best things to do and places to stay for lesbian couples in Seattle.
Go to a WNBA Game
Seattle’s women’s national basketball team is the Seattle Storm, and to say they’ve been dominant over the last few decades would be an understatement. Having won championships in 2004, 2010, and now 2018, seeing a game is always a thrill and a great evening activity for you and your partner. Located at the KeyArena, the venue and surrounding area turn into a popping nightlife scene for gay and straight folks alike after the game. If basketball isn’t your cup of tea, Seattle also has the Seahawks (football), the Mariners (baseball), and the Sounders (soccer).
Take a Stroll Through Capitol Hill
While Seattle’s LGBT character is woven into the fabric of much of the city, the Capitol Hill neighborhood is the epicenter of all things gay and lesbian. Here, you’ll find dance clubs, cafes, indie music venues, funky fetish stores, and 48 acres of woodlands that offer killer views of the city. For a home-away-from-home in and around Capitol Hill, here are some tips on Where to Stay in Seattle on Vacation.
Visit During Seattle’s Gay Pride Festivities
The Emerald city’s gay and lesbian culture is so big that it couldn’t possibly fit all its functions into one pride festival. In June of each year, you’ll find the classic Seattle Pridefest, but also the Volunteer Park Pride Festival, and the amazing Pride Parade that takes place on Sunday and wraps up the week’s activities. As you can probably imagine, these events are rowdy, and the latter draws over 200,000 spectators annually. The festivities are mainly hosted by Seattle Out And Proud, so check their website for the most up-to-date information. Also, if you’re planning a road trip, head south along your pride journey to experience all that Portland has to offer.
See the Seattle Women’s Chorus
More than your standard run-of-the-mill chorus, the Seattle Women’s Chorus (collectively with the Seattle Men’s Chorus) make up the largest LGBT-identified chorus in the world. Their shows are a powerful, belting tour de force that will blow you back into your seat. Think Cirque du Soleil, but with vocal and harmonic acrobatics. The Women’s Chorus organization is also an outspoken advocate of LGBT issues across the country.
Peruse the Aisles of an LGBT or Feminist Bookstore
Fortunately, Seattle has remained somewhat immune to the insidious takeover of large chain bookstores like Barnes & Noble. Throughout the city, you can still find lots of independent and used bookstores with tons of history and character. For the bookworms out there, a few strongholds where you’ll find a great selection of LGBT books are Elliot Bay Books in Capitol Hill, University Bookstore in the U District, and Half Price Books. There is also a Gay and Lesbian Book Club that meets with the Seattle Area Support Groups and Community Center, but are currently looking for a new location.
Watch a Film at the Three Dollar Bill Cinema
The Three Dollar Bill Cinema is a hub for lesbian and gay-friendly films, plus a great place to spend an evening. Throughout the year, they show films by, for, and about LGTB people and their communities. In October you can visit with 10,000 others for the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Three Dollar Bill also hosts Translations: a Seattle Transgender Film Festival, as well as some fun ‘movies in the park’ nights during the summer in Capitol Hill.
Check Out a Gay Bar
Alas, the obligatory mention of Seattle’s gay nightlife scene. Yes, there are more than a few lesbian bars here — and yes, you can find articles that dissect everything from the sweetness of their in-house bourbons to the cuteness of their wait staff. Our personal favorites in the city are CC Attle’s, OutWest Bar, the Cuff Complex, Madison Pub, and Pony.
There’s nothing particularly lesbian about alpine lakes, cascading waterfalls, and towering mountain ranges, but that doesn’t mean those things shouldn’t be on your Seattle itinerary. If you’re hiking on your own two feet, check out Discovery Park, Mount Si, and Mount Rainier. If you and your partner are keen on mountain biking, make your way to Tiger Mountain, Duthie Hill, and Paradise Valley. Once the winter hits, head up to Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain Resort for some solid skiing and snowboarding.
Stay Overnight at an LGBT-Friendly Hotel
With so many gay-friendly accommodation options in Seattle, finding a place to stay is a breeze. Check out the Warwick Hotel, which is a luxury spot with an indoor pool and views of the Space Needle. There’s also Hotel Monaco, a boutique-style hotel with bold purple couches and complimentary amenities. Hotel 1000 is great for its location, being just steps from the heart of Capitol Hill. And lastly, we recommend Hotel Max for its artistic flair and complimentary craft beer hour every evening. For other ideas on where to stay — including condos, couches, castles, bungalows, penthouses, and more — check out vacation rentals in Seattle.
If your time in Seattle comes to a close and you end up wanting to stick around and possibly start up a family, learn more about LGBTQ-friendly surrogates in Seattle.