anna griffin
Saturday, July 07, 2012

WRITTEN by: Anna Griffin & Nicole Landers

Originally Published Nov/Dec 2010, Issue 14

We went back to revisit Seattle also know as the “Emerald City.” Not just called that for its lush surroundings but its commitment to all things environmental as well as a thriving cosmopolitan destination.  Mixing equal parts of hip fashion boutiques with old-world vintage charm, delicious local and sustainable fair, fabulous eco hotels and breath-taking local adventures. Seattle effortlessly blends local energy with a bit of urban chic as well as mindful living, making it a must-see green weekend getaway. 

The Edgewater Hotel

The Edgewater Hotel is nestled right on Seattle’s waterfront at Pier 67, so of course being environmentally sound is on the top of their list.  The Edgewater is the only luxury waterfront hotel known for there spectacular views, marvelous rooms and exquisite cuisine crafted with local growers and food suppliers. However, many people may not know that The Edgewater has environmentally friendly practices in place, from composting, to efficient lighting, 100% recyclable guest keys, to water conservation and the list goes on.  These Hotel-wide initiatives have been enforced and adopted to ensure not only being as eco responsible as possible, but that it is a healthy and welcoming atmosphere, where the guests and planet are both in mind. **

2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67, Seattle, Washington (WA) 9812. Ph. 206.728.7000

Hotel Monaco

The luxury boutique Hotel Monaco is located in the vibrant heart of downtown near Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square and is one of three eco-friendly boutique hotels in the area operated by the Kimpton Group, including the Hotel Vintage Park, and the Alexis Hotel.  Rated one of the Top 100 hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure, the Monaco offers four star accommodations and top service with an outstanding commitment to their carbon footprint.  As standard practice of Kimpton Hotels, the Monaco uses non-toxic cleaners, in-room recycling, CFL’s and low VOC paint throughout, and composts.  If that were not enough, it is extremely pet-friendly (Fido can stay for free!), and there’s free parking if you drive a hybrid. Or go one better, take Amtrak, and Kimpton Hotels will give you 20% off your room rate!**

1101 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98101. Ph. 206.621.1770 


Sleek modern design and environmental responsibility converge seamlessly at Hyatt at Olive 8.  The first LEED certified hotel in the city, this premier Seattle luxury hotel represents a new echelon for sustainability in the Pacific Northwest.  Boasting an array of innovative energy and water saving features, the hotel offers guests the ability to continue their sustainable lifestyle while traveling.  A few blocks outside our glass doors are historic Pike Place Market and Puget Sound.Eco-friendly dining and the acclaimed Elaia spa present a resort atmosphere in a vibrant downtown city setting.**

1635 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 9810. Ph. 206.695.1234

Sheraton Seattle Hotel 

The Sheraton Seattle Hotel earned an eco-rating of four from Green Leafs by Autobon International in August 2010, making it the first eco-rated facility in Washington State. The Sheraton Seattle saves more than 4,800 kilowatts of electricity a year and recycles about 12 tons of materials a month. Those stats were also enough to land it on the list of Top-10 Green Hotels in the U.S. by the Mother Nature Network.**

1400 6th Avenue, Seattle,Washington 98101. Ph. 206.621.9000


A charming luxury hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle, this hotel which celebrates Washington’s Wine Country by dedicating each room to a local winery and vineyard. In the style of a Seattle boutique hotel and recently named to Travel + Leisure’s “Best 500 Hotels in the World” list, the luxury Hotel Vintage Park offers a welcome respite from the busy outside world. Yet it’s located in the heart of downtown Seattle in the city’s retail and financial center, near the Washington State Convention and Trade Center and the 5th Avenue Theatre. Hotel Vintage Park is owned by Kimpton Hotels’ and it participates in the group’s EarthCare Program, which, among other things, provides designer recycling bins in each guest room. All printed materials use recycled paper and soy-based inks, and guests with hybrid vehicles have the privilege of parking for free. ** 

1100 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA  9810. Ph.206.624.8000

The Finerie 

This boutique offers an exciting collection of eco lines such as Abi Ferrin, Larson Grey, Doucette Duvall, Edun, Fin, Pierce Jeans, Same Underneath, De De purses, and Yed Omni jewelry.   Make sure to find out about their many green trunk shows and fashion events when you visit.**

1215 1st Ave, Seattle, Washington

Ph. 206. 652. 4664

Sway and Cake

Buy your Loomstate here, and with purchase they will give you a free reusable gold “Sway and Cake” shopping tote! **

1631 6th Ave, Seattle, Washington

Ph. 206.624.2699

Barneys New York

Need we say more?  Look for eco-staples Stella McCartney, Loomstate, and Barney’s Private Label organic cashmere knits.  Plus, bring in your used denim for a discount!**

Pacific Place, 600 Pine St., Seattle, Washington

Ph: 206.622.6300

Atlas Clothing

If you want the best looks from the 70’s to 80’s, Atlas is where it’s at! One can find such fashion throwbacks as Jordache denim to old school classic dresses from Diane Von Furstenberg. Besides men’s and women’s clothing, Atlas stocks shoes, sunglasses, backpacks, shoulder bags, watches, hats and wigs. Atlas has lots of unique treasures.  Their employees hand select each piece to reflect the classic as well as the current.**

419 10th Ave, Seattle, Washington 

Ph. 206.323.0503 

House of Pretty Parlor

A vintage lover’s fantasyland for all things cool from another era!  Frocks, coats, hats, purses, shoes, and plenty for the boys too!**

119 Summit Ave, E, Seattle, Washington

Ph. 206.405.2883


Great for eco-couture, including dresses, suits, coats, and shoes, for men and women, plus Vu carries his own line of repurposed appliquéd jeans and cashmere sweaters.**

313 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington

Ph. 206.621.0388 

Le Frock

Another great find for eco-couture.  We spotted vintage Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana at great Seattle prices!**

317 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington

Ph. 206.623.5339


Considered one of the top 10 restaurants cross-country by NYT restaurant critic Frank Bruni .  The uber organic chef, Maria Hines at the helm, Tilth is as sustainable and natural as it is delicious and sophisticated.  With a strong commitment to organic food and boasting an organic certification from the exacting Oregon Tilth association, Tilth manages to combine seasonal yet superfluous ingredients whilst supporting local farmers. The restaurnt is a house and the kitchen in the house is the kitchen where all the fare is prepared.  And of course, they compost, use low VOC paints throughout, and all the furniture is hand-made from bamboo.  This is a perfect restaurant for lunch or dinner, and their weekend brunch is exceptional.  Look out for Tilth Mondays “Homage to Local Producers” featuring a four-course feast for $45, with optional $20 wine pairing.**

1411 N. 45th, Seattle, Washington, Ph. 206.633.0801


Executive Chef Jason McClure runs the Sazerac at the Hotel Monaco like a well bio-dieseled machine.   Aside from creating a tantalizing and delicious menu of organic, local, and sustainable items, McClure has cut 60% of all restaurant and hotel landfill by composting, and in his commitment to running a more efficient establishment, has installed a system that recycles restaurant oil four times before being turned into biodiesel.   And if that weren’t enough, this place is serious fun!**

1101 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington, Ph. 206.624.7755

Taste Restaurant, Seattle Art Museum

No visit to Seattle would be complete without visiting this famed museum.  Whilst there, try lunch at Taste.  Local, fresh and seasonal, Taste takes a stand on many issues surrounding their food supply and understands that the effects of their choices extend well beyond the walls of their kitchens. Because of this, they choose to invest in their community by buying products from local farmers and artisans in support of sustainable farming practices, committed to nourishing and replenishing the local land, and in doing so believe that they have the power and responsibility to make a true difference.**

1300 1st Avenue, Seattle, Washington, Ph. 206.903.5291


At Mighty-O one will find some of the best organic donuts around and not your typical one either! The team behind Mighty-O’s create original recipes that were developed from scratch. In the beginning they mixed their dry ingredients by hand in small batches and sold at local farmers markets and local wholesale deliveries. Today they continue to make their proprietary organic donut mix “in house” with the help of modern equipment and produce hundreds of pounds daily. Additionally Mighty-O’s makes their organic glazes and organic chocolate icings that are so yummy you will be back for more. The donuts are made in their bakery in Seattle using only certified organic ingredients, without chemical preservatives, hydrogenated oils (trans fat), food colorings, artificial flavors, or animal ingredients. With respect to their values and the planet Might-O’s maintains the highest ingredient standards to create a delicious donut experience every time.  Coffee served is organic as well as fair-trade too.  Open seven days a week. **

2110 North 55th Street, Seattle, Washington,  Ph. 206.547.0335 


Elegant, contemporary, fresh, executed with care and confidence, Spring Hill brings together the culinary talents of one of the northwest’s emerging chefs with the contemporary design of heliotrope architects. Spring Hill offers innovative regional northwest foods that are fresh, flavorful and simple. The restaurant is committed to utilizing local ingredients from northwest farmers and fishermen.

4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, Washington,



If you need a morning wake-up call or just a caffeine mid-day fix, stop by Caffe Fiore. The company opened its first store in 2002 in a small building built in 1908 in the neighborhood of Sunset Hill in Seattle, WA.  Caffe Fiore is Seattle’s first organic coffee house, striving to use organic products whenever possible.  They offer an exclusive espresso roast has been 100% certified organic since day one. Espresso blends include organic shade grown coffees from the Americas, Africa, and Indonesia mixed with rich milk chocolate aromas for a full round body and sweet lingering finish.

224 W Galer St, Seattle, Washington, Ph. 206.282.1441

Julep Nail Parlor

Best of 2009 by Seattle Magazine, Julep Nail Parlor’s is top notch. They maximize the use of natural and organic ingredients from their lotions, which are formulated to be paraben free, to their nail vernis colors gently formulated to be free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalates. Their signature “Parlor” manicure or pedicure includes exfoliation, reflexology massage, neck wrap, and complimentary polish touch-ups (within 5 days for a mani, 3 weeks for a pedi!).  As well as eco treatments, they’ve installed environmentally friendly flooring in the parlor, a dual flush commode in the restroom, and they support the local community through their Corporate Giving Program. Bring back your “little orange bag” of disposable implements, and they’ll donate $1 to The Nature Conservancy.  We love their “Essential Cuticle Oil” and “Quench” moisturizer!**

1427 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington, Ph. 206.985.0088


Stop and smell a rose! Terra Bella Flowers and Mercantile is a Seattle-based florist specializing in European garden-style design.  They use a unique assortment of organic, sustainable and locally grown flowers, and hand-tailor their bouquets to meet your needs. The company incorporates green standards into everything they do, from sustainable flowers to the rental and re-use of props and containers for special events.**

8417 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA, Ph. 206.783.0205


Like you give a damn about where your food comes from, you will enjoy partaking of the seasonal menu at Portage Bay Cafe. They strive to offer the widest array of food sourced from local, clean and sustainable farms and producers. On the wall are pictures of local sources including Full Circle organic farm, Oxbow organic farm, Fonte organic coffee, Great Harvest organic bakery, Bluebird Farms organic grains, Country Natural Beef and on and on. Most of the producers work within a few miles of where you sit. This ensures that the food you get is fresh, ripe when picked and only minutes traveling time from where it is produced. **

4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA, Ph. 206.547.8230

Theo Chocolate Factory Tour 

The 3400 PHINNEY CHOCOLATE FACTORY offers public tours 7 days a week. Get ready to be entertained with the story of cacao, including the extraordinary transformation of the cacao fruit into what we know and love as chocolate, and the social and environmental issues relating to cocoa and cocoa farmers. Best of all, you will try all of their amazing products during your tour experience!  A must for chocolate lovers! Tours are $6 per person, ages 1 and older.**

3400 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, WA Ph. 206.632.5100

Evergreen Escapes 

This family owned Adventure Travel Company specializes in crafting upscale nature, wildlife, active and education based experiences throughout the Pacific Northwest & British Columbia. EverGreen Escapes features authentic half, full and multi-day escapes, exclusive private getaways, memorable corporate retreats and inspiring teambuilding experiences. Whatever the pursuit: Bird watching, hiking, sea kayaking, cycling, snowshoeing, marine biology, rock climbing or wine tasting, they will creatively design and execute programs with a commitment to wilderness education, interpretation and sustainability.  

We were picked up at our hotel by our knowledgeable guide, Dan, in the EverGreen Escapes biodiesel van and whisked off to sample their “Urban Escapes,” and see some local beauty spots, before setting off on a sustainable ­wine-tasting tour. ** 


Drop in to see extensive permanent collections, exciting international exhibitions, and a diverse lineup of programs. In addition, the Olympic Sculpture Park offers a stunning array of sculpture inhabits nine acres of free and open space for art on Seattle’s waterfront..

1300 1st Ave, Seattle, Washington, Ph. 206.654.3180


In 2008, Virgin America was awarded ‘Best Domestic Airline’ by Travel + Leisure (World’s Best Awards) and Conde Nast Traveler (Reader’s Choice Awards). While customers are clearly responding to the airline’s premiere and pioneering cabin service, they must also be impressed with Virgin America’s environmental stance.The airline is the product of billionaire Sir Richard Bronson who is a die-hard environmentalist and committed to sustainability. While passionate about producing fuel from alternative sources such as Algae, Bronson has made a commitment to have the airline to be as efficient as currently possible.  Sustainable business practices are core to their mission and they are currently up to 30% more fuel-efficient than the average domestic fleets in the U.S.**


Walking & Public Transport

When visiting downtown Seattle, you’ll do a lot of walking which is preferable as there is so much to see and on foot is always best!  Everywhere is in close proximity, but as the city is built on seven adjacent hills, take your sneakers!  Seattle also has a vast public transportation network including free downtown buses, the monorail, waterfront trolley and the West Seattle Water Taxi.**

Seattle Green Limo

If you would like a fancier yet still green ride how about a bio diesel eco-limo from Seattle Green Limo you can arrive in style. You can book online too.** 


If you happen to be a Zipcar member or want to join and need wheels, you can book a car through their Seattle office. If not, Hertz and Enterprise Car Rental also offer hybrids at a great rate at Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport.**

Wherever you go, remember to travel lightly and always offset your vacation CO2s.  We like, and also TerraPass, who are now partnered with Expedia.  Great if you’re a one-stop shop kinda gal!

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