A thoughtfully curated list of the best local eating, drinking and doing.
Self-parking is available at the hotel — $15 overnight.
Complimentary self-parking is available to guests of AKB, Archer's buzzy hotel bar.
Redmond Town Center
For casual Eastside outdoor shopping, dining and fitness, head to this resort-style center in the heart of it all. Redmond Town Center brings well over 100 upscale restaurants, national retailers, small boutiques and entertainment experiences together to form the city’s largest complex — and it’s all easily walkable from historic downtown Redmond.
IPIC Theaters anchors the go-to shopping center. Fashion-forward thinkers can find inspiration at White House | Black Market, Gap, Chico’s, Asher Goods, Pro Image Sports and Market Street Shoes. Health nut? Find your fix at Cyclebar, FIT4MOM, Orangetheory Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, Hot Yoga Experience or Title Boxing Club. When hunger pangs arrive, head for Thai Ginger, The French Bakery, Matt’s Rotisserie & Oyster Lounge or Lunchbox Lab. All shopped out? Check out the Redmond Saturday Market (May through October), SecondStory Repertory, PLAYlive Nation or Paint Away! or relax and rejuvenate at Gene Juarez Salon & Spa.
Just 15 miles east of Seattle, Redmond is the “Bicycle Capital of the Northwest” and home to the headquarters of tech giant Microsoft. The bi-level shopping, dining and entertainment mall, Redmond Town Center, is just north of popular Marymoor Park — with 640 acres, it's ideal for recreational activities, concerts, outdoor movies and dog-walking, plus bicycle racing in the state’s only velodrome. In the northwest part of the city, Sammamish Valley’s farm country is surrounded by the wineries of Woodinville, technology and parks of Redmond and waterfront destination of Kirkland. Black Raven Brewing offers award-winning beers in a loungelike atmosphere.
A quick 7 miles northwest of Archer Hotel Redmond is Woodinville — Washington’s charming wine country destination nestled in the picturesque Sammamish River Valley. Home to well over 100 wineries and tasting rooms, plus a growing list of breweries and distilleries, the town is divided into four distinct districts offering diverse experiences. Complementing the winery adventures are incredible restaurants ranging from casual eateries to eight-course extravaganzas. The Woodinville Chamber hosts the annual Celebrate Woodinville Summer Concerts & Festival, plus Woodinville Winterfest with a run, holiday fair, Santa parade and community tree lighting.
Photo courtesy of Woodinville Media Group/Carol Hook.
This West Coast seaport city is Washington’s largest city. Surrounded by water and parkland, Seattle has Mount Rainier as a majestic backdrop, with the futuristic Space Needle observation tower as a front-and-center historic landmark. Pike Place Fish Market is one of Seattle’s top-visited attractions. Chihuly Garden and Glass is a must-see museum and gardens. And Starbucks — have you heard of Starbucks? — presents an “immersive, theatrical shrine” to small-lot coffee passion called Starbucks Reserve Roastery at its Seattle headquarters.