Thursday, January 15, 2009

Seattle Gay News announces Best of Travel 2008

On January 2, Seattle Gay News revealed its first-ever picks for the Best of Travel. Arts & Entertainment writers Albert Rodriguez, Richard Kennedy, Ron Anders and Jessica Price collaboratively chose the best hotels, restaurants, bars and spas from various trips they embarked on in 2008. Below are the lists grouped by category, in alphabetical order, of these selections.

Visit, scroll down and click on the January 2 issue (A&E section) for details on any or all of the below. Seattle Gay News publishes travel features on regional, national and international destinations throughout the year. Pictured: Hotel deLuxe lobby in Portland, Oregon.

Best Hotels and Overnight Stays

1 Ashton Woods Retreat (Bainbridge Island, Washington)
2 Clos du Lethe (St. Mediers, France)
3 Hotel deLuxe (Portland, Oregon)
4 Le Montrose (West Hollywood, California)
5 Maui Sunseeker (Kihei, Hawaii)
6 The Nines (Portland, Oregon)
7 Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa (Lahaina, Hawaii)
8 VIA Rail "Silver & Blue Class" (Western Canada)
9 Villa Mazarin (Aigues-Mortes, France)
10 Willows Lodge (Woodinville, Washington)

Best Restaurants

1 Four Swallows (Bainbridge Island, Washington)
2 Italian Kitchen (Vancouver BC, Canada)
3 La Parenthese (Uzes, France)
4 Lahaina Grill (Lahaina, Hawaii)
5 MAC 24-7 (Honolulu, Hawaii)
6 The Mews Restaurant and Cafe (Provincetown, Massachusetts)
7 Murano (West Hollywood, California)
8 Nell Thorn Restaurant and Pub (LaConner, Washington)
9 Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar (Kapalua, Hawaii)
10 Urban Farmer (Portland, Oregon)

Best Bars and Lounges

1 The Bar at Central House, Crown & Anchor Inn (Provincetown, Massachusetts)
2 Cactus Club Cafe - Bentall Centre (Vancouver BC, Canada)
3 Fifty Two 80 Bar (Whistler BC, Canada)
4 Gifford House (Provincetown, Massachusetts)
5 Le Dip (Nimes, France)
6 Moonlight Lounge at the Westin (Kaanapali, Hawaii)
7 Rumfire (Honolulu, Hawaii)
8 Salt (Vancouver BC, Canada)
9 Seawatch Restaurant and Lounge (Wailea, Hawaii)
10 Vino Volo (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport)

Best Spas

1 Absolut Spa at Century Plaza Hotel & Spa (Vancouver BC, Canada)
2 The Gendarmerie (West Hollywood, California)
3 Gene Juarez Men's Salon (Bellevue, Washington)
4 Miraj Hammam (Vancouver BC, Canada)
5 Skoah (Vancouver BC, Canada)
6 Spa Chakra (Portland, Oregon)
7 The Spa at Alderbrook Resort & Spa (Union, Washington)
8 Vida Wellness Spa (Seattle, Washington)
9 Wet (Las Vegas, Nevada)
10 Willows Lodge Spa (Woodinville, Washington)

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