Treat Yourself: Ways to Splurge in Seattle

Although frugality has its virtues, sometimes you just have to #treat yourself. When it comes to the finer things in life, Seattle is up there with the best of them. Here are a few ideas to pamper yourself and/or loved ones—as long as money isn’t an object.

Dine at CanlisCanlis has been known as a restaurant perfect for a very high-end (and high quality) dinner for decades. With food self-described as “comfort geek,” Canlis chefs use molecular gastronomy to craft dishes that are as magnificent to behold as they are to eat.

"CANLIS," by Jeff Wilcox. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

"CANLIS," by Jeff Wilcox. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

Enjoy a Craft Cocktail – Seattle is a town chock full of watering holes with legit cocktail game. If it’s a special night, why not forgo the PBR or cheap well drinks and spring for something fancier at Rob Roy or The Hideout?

"Slice of Socal cocktail," by Mike Newton. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0).

"Slice of Socal cocktail," by Mike Newton. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Live Downtown – Not just anywhere, of course. But Seattle’s downtown corridor, including parts of Belltown and near Pike Place Market, tend to have some really choice apartments. Escala on 4th and Virginia boasts units upwards of $6000/month.

"Escala Condominium Tower, Downtown Seattle WA," by Joe Wolf. Licensed under Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0).

"Escala Condominium Tower, Downtown Seattle WA," by Joe Wolf. Licensed under Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0).

Park Downtown on the Weekend – Due to a growing population, ever-growing numbers of Amazonians and recent efforts by the city to discourage car use in some areas, Seattleites find both street and lot parking a major splurge.

"PEUs," by Atomic Taco. Licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0).

"PEUs," by Atomic Taco. Licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Buy a House in Laurelhurst, on Mercer Island or in Medina – If you’re a real high roller, you might want to consider snapping up some MI or Eastside real estate.

"McMansion," by Elana Centor. Licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0).

"McMansion," by Elana Centor. Licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0).

-Maggie Tarnawa, Blog Manager