Creative people sometimes work at home. Sometimes, they work in offices. And sometimes they touch the outside of a plane and jet off to other cities to talk about books or just monkey around. But it’s not always easy to stay productive on the road. Here are some of the best hotels I’ve found for writers in the Pacific Northwest. Note: Many of these are best booked on a nice publisher’s dime – or as a treat to yourself after you’ve sold your next manuscript!
Hotel 1000 is located downtown in the heart of the action, but once you’re inside, it feels secluded. This boutique hotel has a well-lit sitting room with a modern fireplace in the center, and a cozy library upstairs, both ready to help you finish that next chapter. The restaurant across the lobby from the sitting room will be happy to bring you sustenance, and the spa downstairs is a nice treat at the end of the day.
Salish Lodge overlooks the mighty Snoqualmie Falls, which are inspiring year round. Rooms are writing-cozy, or tuck into the library or a nook in the Attic restaurant to type with abandon.
Sutton Place Hotel is definitely a splurge, but it’s lovely and boasts a spa and wood-paneled lounge for relaxing after a hard day typing away. There are lots of little nooks and crannies for doing that typing, and it’s downtown should you need a fresh-air break. Bonus: I’ve spotted celebrities here two out of three times I’ve stayed.
Tip: If you’ve got the time, fly to Seattle and take the train up. The scenery is gorgeous and it’ll give you a few extra hours to write.
Want to take the train the other direction?
Hotel Monaco in Portland will give you a fish friend during your stay to keep you company. Or, bring your own Canine Dialogue Advisor to make you feel right at home. Parking is expensive but food trucks are nearby, coffee is plentiful and distractions are there when you need them. But only when you’ve reached your word count goal, sucka.
Wanting to retreat into the wilderness?
From the beach to the mountains, there’s no way you won’t be productive at:
- Adrift Hotel in Long Beach, Washington
- Firehouse Inn in Coupeville, Washington (on Whidbey Island)
- Suncadia in Cle Elum, Washington
Comment with your additional suggestions!