So you’re about to log a cool 26.2 miles—or an equally respectable 13.1 miles or 5k? Make the most of your race weekend with these top spots for post-run pampering and refueling, plus plenty of exploring in between.
Need to carb up on Friday? If you’re making post-race reservations (and are feeling ambitious), the Menu Degustazione at Capitol Hill’s Italian specialist Spinasse (1531 14th Ave; spinasse.com) offers a family-style tasting of everything on the menu. Continue the tour de carbohydrate with Chicago-style deep dish from Windy City Pie (5918 Phinney; windycitypie.com) in Phinney Ridge or indulge in bottomless mimosas and French toast at Seattle brunch staple Portage Bay Cafe (multiple locations; portagebaycafe.com). For a sweet finish, try a sugar-dusted, custard- or jam-filled doughnut at one of the city’s several General Porpoise (multiple locations; gpdoughnuts.com) outposts.
For effortless relaxation, drop by the spa at Nordstrom’s flagship location downtown (500 Pine St; nordstrom.com) and order an “on-the-spot” service—think pedicures, massages, and facials. Trendy Antonio Spa (114 Virginia St; antoniothespa.com) also offers short but sweet services, from express facials to revitalizing foot treatments. For truly luxurious post-race recovery, book a signature foot service or full body treatment infused with elements of the Pacific Northwest at the nearby Four Seasons (99 Union St; fourseasons.com). Decidedly more low-key but equally restorative, Banya 5 (217 Ninth Ave N; banya5.com) in South Lake Union offers an urban bath house experience with traditional services spanning deep tissue massage to botanical mud wraps.
If you’re in town for a race, chances are your idea of exploring doesn’t involve much slowing down. Pike Place Market (First Ave and Pike St; pikeplacemarket.org) is a natural place to start—and don’t skip the lower levels of the Market, brimming with kitschy shops, or the newly expanded MarketFront, boasting beer-, biscuit-, and chocolate-makers and expansive views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Continue sightseeing with a stroll along the nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park (2901 Western Ave; seattleartmuseum.org) or explore indoors at Seattle Art Museum (1300 First Ave; seattleartmuseum.org) just south of Pike Place. Craft beer enthusiasts can rehash the race while on a DIY walking tour of the Ballard neighborhood’s microbreweries—the area houses a stacked lineup, but don’t sleep on Reuben’s Brews (5010 14th Ave; reubensbrews.com) or Peddler Brewing Company (1514 NW Leary Way; peddlerbrewing.com).
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