Mini Break (Parents): Moms Escape to the Pan Pacific Seattle
I don’t know about you, but I need a mini break from my kids sometimes. Call me selfish, but getting a little time away makes me a more rested, more energetic, and just all around better mom. But how to unwind when you don’t have a lot of time to get away? Well, why not call up a girlfriend, book a hotel downtown (or in the next town over), and spend time catching up with no child’s voice asking for your attention every 2 minutes. Yes, this is the mom escape so many of us need, and I was lucky enough to do one at the Pan Pacific Seattle.
When the opportunity to check out the newly renovated rooms at the Pan Pacific popped up I jumped at it. I love the hotel line, and still tell people about our experience at the Pan Pacific Vancouver when I was pregnant with Ty. Never have you seen a mom so blissfully happy as I was with the number of pillows they provided me, giving me one of the best night’s sleep I’d had in months. My friend Nicole was more than happy to getaway with me to check out the Seattle property; she too needed a sanity break from her 3 and 5 year olds.
Upon check in we were escorted up to our one-bedroom suite and were greeted by 2-bathrooms (one for each of us!), comfy robes, a beautiful view of the surrounding buildings from our private balcony, and a full dining room table where we would be dining that evening. We would round out our stay with a trip to Vida Spa in the morning. This trip was preplanned with a bit of blissful relaxation for sure.
- Pedicures in the afternoon before checking into your hotel
- Wine tasting in the Lobby Bar
- Dinner in the room
- Movie and dessert in the living room
- Sleep in late!
- Breakfast in the Lobby Bar (warning: service can be slow) or a nearby coffee shop
- Mid-morning Vida Spa appointment (massage and facial are highly recommended)
- Take a dip in the hot tub
- Check out of the hotel
- Lunch downtown
- Afternoon shopping before heading home
Dinner for Two
When you are visiting Seattle food is a no brainer. We love to eat, and any hotel restaurant knows they have to step up their game if they don’t want their guests wandering into the night in search of better nibbles and libations. Our evening at the Pan Pacific included our own butler who served us three divine courses that had Nicole and I wishing we had put on our stretchy pants first. The hotel pulls their food from Sea Star Restaurant and Raw Bar located below the hotel. The Dungeness Crab Cakes blew both of us away. We could have stopped right there and been content with an endless supply of these little devils, but no, we needed to move onto the fire grilled sirloin and Dungeness crab legs that were waiting for our attention. No meal is complete (in my book) without dessert, and we indulged in two. Although the Molten Lava Torte with raspberry vanilla ice cream was tasty, it was the White Chocolate Coconut Crème pie that really won us over. We couldn’t get past the third bite without taking a break. Our fabulous butler tried to clear it away but we both protested. Just because we couldn’t finish it now didn’t mean we wouldn’t be diving in later that evening. With our glasses of wine , 2 forks and our plate of pie we could settle into the couch for a little channel surfing as we digested.
Grab a Good Night Sleep
I already knew I loved the pillows at Pan Pacific, but what about the bed? Well, Nicole and I shared a king size bed, but I never would have known she was there. Although we both tend to toss and turn a bit in our sleep, we couldn’t feel each other move. That is a sign of a great bed to me. It wasn’t too firm; it wasn’t too soft. It was the perfect texture to melt into after a satisfying meal. When I called housekeeping for a few extra pillows and a blanket they were there within minutes. Nicole and I could relax on the couch with a movie before nodding off to sleep. The added bonus of knowing there were no little people to wake us up as soon as the sun rose made for one of the best nights sleep either of us had had in a long time.
Massage Your Cares Away
You know those hotels that have a spa attached to them but you are never really sure if they are any good, even worse, if they can live up to your hotel experience? Well, Vida Spa lives up to the Pan Pacific reputation and then some. My massage therapist Brianne obviously had years of experience. As a mother, she knew the problem spots for a mom and expertly dug into my many knots. Nicole’s esthetician Sayaka, who did her facial, was very calming, didn’t chat too much, and made sure Nicole got the relaxing experience she craved. Sayaka took the time to look at her Nicole’s skin to access what products would work best for her skin type. A scalp, face, neck, hand and foot massage rounded out her experience. Nicole and I both came out glowing and ready to lounge for the rest of the day. No such luck. We had more to do!
Shopping Therapy for the Soul
No girls’ trip is complete without a little kid-free shopping. Downtown Seattle offers up any type of shopping you could possibly desire. Looking for a little home décor- head to West Elm across the street from the hotel. Need a little something knew to throw on before you head home? Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Barneys, H&M, Forever 21, J.Crew, and loads more are just a quick stroll from the hotel. Go ahead, you’ve indulged this much already, why not a little more.
Special thanks to the Pan Pacific Seattle for hosting us for one night in March. As always my opinions are my own; when they aren’t you will be the first to know.
Stay tuned for more inspiration from Mini Break (Parents) as we learn to let our wanderlust explore without our kids every now and then.