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Press Release


September 8, 2022

Media Contacts:

Kau’ilani Robinson, Visit Seattle
(206) 251-8920 | [email protected]

Sienna Spencer-Markles, Chihuly Garden and Glass
(818) 281-7416[email protected]  


Extend the Whimsy and Wonder of “Refract: The Seattle Glass Art Experience” with Exclusive, Glass-Themed Hotel Packages

Special room rates, discounted event tickets, themed cocktails and more are available

SEATTLE Art lovers can elevate their exploration of Seattle, America’s epicenter of glass art, with a hotel package celebrating Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience, October 13—16, 2022.  

Refract, a unique festival highlighting the hundreds of glass artists working in the Pacific Northwest, spans four days and dozens of locations across the city and region. More than 50 organizations and 70 artists will be featured this year. Glass art enthusiasts, collectors and newcomers alike can enjoy open studio tours, special exhibitions, hands-on experiences and demonstrations of the craft.  

Festival goers can even tour The Boathouse, the private working studio of artist Dale Chihuly. And for the first time ever, this year there will be two intimate guided tours open to the public. Spots will become available to reserve online on September 26 at 9:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Visitors also won’t want to miss the official opening night event, GATHER at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Located in Seattle Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass is one of Seattle’s top must-see attractions—a long-term exhibition dedicated to glass art and the inspiration of Dale Chihuly. This rare opportunity to explore the Exhibition at night will also feature glassblowing demonstrations, food & drink specials and an exclusive first look at the brand-new installation, Winter Brilliance, a choreographed light display. 

The most convenient and enjoyable way to experience all that Refract has to offer is with a hotel stay at one of Seattle’s luxurious downtown properties. This year, six of the region’s best hotels are offering exclusive Refract Hotel Packages, with benefits ranging from room discounts and themed food & beverage offerings to discounted Refract event tickets and commemorative glass art gifts. 

Each of these hotels is centrally located with easy transportation options to reach Refract events in Downtown Seattle and throughout the Puget Sound region. 


  • Grand Hyatt Seattle: Complimentary valet parking, glass-inspired dessert 
  • Lotte Hotel Seattle: Discounted room rate, specialty cocktails, themed dessert, 50% off tickets for GATHER, free Refract glass medallion, 20% off at Seattle Glassblowing Studio 
  • Motif Seattle: Waived nightly Destination Fee, luxury chocolate amenity 
  • Sheraton Grand Seattle: Complimentary cocktail party at the hotel on October 13, $30 credit to the Fountain Wine Bar, Glass inspired cocktails available for purchase, 50% off tickets for GATHER, gift of hard cover book featuring work of Dale Chihuly 
  • Thompson Seattle: Complimentary hospitality fee, complimentary parking, 50% off tickets for GATHER, discounts at the Seattle Glassblowing Studio, 10% discount in the Chihuly Garden and Glass gift shop 
  • W Seattle: Specialty cocktails, 50% off tickets for GATHER, gift of hard cover book featuring work of Dale Chihuly, 10% discount in the Chihuly Garden and Glass gift shop  

For further information and reservations, visit refractseattle.org/hotel-packages.


About Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience 
Visit Seattle, Chihuly Garden and Glass and more than 50 Pacific Northwest arts organizations are joining together for this annual festival, taking place October 13-16, 2022. This year’s festival offers a unique mix of open studios, demonstrations, parties, exhibitions and tours. Visit RefractSeattle.org for further details. 

About Visit Seattle:
Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501(c)(6) organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. Visit visitseattle.org. 

About Chihuly Garden and Glass:
Located at Seattle Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass brings together all the elements of artist Dale Chihuly’s work, including Drawings, signature glass series, large architectural installations and personal collections. This long-term Exhibition features indoor galleries, the centerpiece Glasshouse and an ever-changing Garden, along with live glass demonstrations, a Theatre and Collections Café, which features items from Chihuly’s personal collections. Learn more at chihulygardenandglass.com. 


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