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Spring is the perfect time to visit Seattle, as the rainy days give way to sunshine and optimistic blue skies.

Shake those winter blues with our guide in partnership with Clipper Vacations of what to see and do in this captivating Pacific Northwest city! Hit up Pioneer Square for unique shopping and linger over a coffee or perhaps a fun craft cocktail.

Take in the dazzling glass art display at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Indulge in fine dining and sumptuous accommodation at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

Spend your days learning about the booming micro-distilleries as you sample their creations or go on an indulgent chocolate tour – because after a west coast winter, you earned it!

1. See

Step into a mesmerizing world at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Located adjacent to the Space Needle, it showcases the work of Dale Chihuly, one of the world’s most prolific blown-glass artists. Be awestruck in the 40-foot tall, Glasshouse covering 4,500 square feet of light-filled space, housing a 100-foot long vibrant sculpture, the effect of which changes as natural light fades into night. The garden also features glass works to surprise visitors strolling among the tree-lined paths and flowerbeds. Grab a bite at the Collections Café, with a Northwest meets the Mediterranean-inspired menu. The artwork on display at the cafe is full of unique and eclectic objects, including a myriad of accordions hanging from the ceiling!

2. Shop

Stop by Pioneer Square with its gorgeous historic buildings, unique shops, cafes and eclectic bars. One must-visit locale is E. Smith Mercantile & Back Bar – half of the cozy store stocks everything from American-made denim and leather gloves, to bulk teas, coffee and candy, while the other half is a local meeting place, bar and place to eat – you have to try one of their Signature Cocktails!

3. Eat

Did you know that Seattle has over 50 chocolatiers? Hop on the Savor Seattle Chocolate Indulgence Tour and find out why the city is so full of chocaholics! Experience Seattle chocolate in all of its delicious forms: white, milk, dark, and every tasty combination in between! From traditional chocolates and truffles, to cheesecakes, cupcakes, ice cream, and more!

4. Sip

Hop on the amazing Seattle Distillery Tour and sample spirits while learning how your faves are created. You also get to take home a commemorative shirt and shot glass! The 3-hour tour takes you to small-batch producers such as Sound Spirits Distillery, Letterpress Distillery and Copperworks Distillery. Talk to and learn from the experts and find out what’s involved in producing such unique and flavorful spirits.

5. Play

Dinner and a show! #teatrozinzanni

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Moulin Rouge meets Cirque du Soleil at the Teatro ZinZanni Dinner and Show! Combining comedy, interactive theater, dance and music in a non-stop array of color and excitement. Let the international cast captivate you in this 3-hour fast-paced spectacle, while indulging in a delicious 5-course feast inside a rare circular pavilion.

6. Stay

Brimming with luxury, impeccable service, award-winning dining and stunning Italian renaissance architecture, Fairmont Olympic Hotel is the place to stay for the discerning visitor. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been a landmark in the Northwest since opening in 1924. Stunning guest rooms and suites are complemented by a health club, indoor swimming pool and spa. For dining, The Georgian is an elegant AAA 4 Diamond restaurant featuring French-inspired Northwest cuisine; it is also the only location in downtown Seattle where you can partake in a traditional Afternoon Tea service. For a casual meal, Shuckers is one of Seattle’s oldest oyster bars. Fairmont Olympic Hotel is centrally located, with shops, dining and Pike Place Market all within walking distance.

PRIZE

Enter for your chance to win two round-trip tickets on the Victoria Clipper for a trip to Seattle PLUS a two night stay at the Fairmont Olympic in downtown Seattle.

The winner will also get two tickets for your choice of a craft brewery, distillery or coffee tour by Road Dog Tours in Seattle.

CONTEST

To enter for your chance to win the Clipper Vacations prize package, do at least one of the following:

1. Like Clipper Vacations on Facebook. Leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)

2. Like Clipper Vacations on Instagram. Leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)

3. Tweet the following on Twitter: (1 entry)

  • WIN 2 @clippervacation r/t tix + 2 Nts @fairmontolympic + a @roaddogtours tour via @victoriabuzzes, RT to enter http://bit.ly/ClipperVacationscontest

Contest entries will be accepted from time and date of publishing until 11:59 pm PST on March 23. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they enter by.

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