June 23, 2006
Volume 34
Issue 25
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Style Projector
Hotel Max, Q's, War Room and afternoon shopping make for a simple, relaxing 'in-city vacation'
by Corey Gutch - SGN A&E Writer

A stylish getaway is easier and closer than you may think. At the beginning of this year I made a resolution to pamper myself and just get away from it all more often. At the same time, I also decided it was time to indulge myself in more of the amazing things our city has to offer.

Yeah, great idea. But who has the time? My calendar has been booked solid with obligations, work, weddings, etc., so I decided the best thing to do was to book myself an in-city vacation - an increasingly popular novelty that lots of people are starting to believe in. If you don't have the time to actually get away, why not get away in your very own town? It's easy to take our city for granted, so it's important to stop for a minute and take a look around.

I decided to book myself a room at the chic, artsy-boutique Hotel Max (620 Stewart St.). I love their mix of understated modern, amazing art, historical touches, and a relaxed rock n' roll vibe. All of the doors on my floor were blow-ups of famous grunge photographs by Charles Peterson, which only added to the hotel's cool. Best of all, the staff was exceedingly friendly, and they've earned their title of Citysearch's "Best Boutique Hotel of 2006" with great amenities, like 24-hour valet and room service, Spiritual Menu, Pillow Menu and their infamous "You Got It" button on the phones. Visit for rates and more information.

I would have preferred a larger bathroom, but I wasn't planning on staying in for too long. In fact, I had dinner reservations with a friend at Q (625 Queen Anne Ave. N.) I'm a diehard Capitol Hill dweller and sometimes find myself having a hard time breaking out of "the bubble", but I heard nice things about Q, and hell, when else would I go to Queen Anne?! Q's theme is Mediterranean-modern with hints of Japanese, Pacific Northwest, and traditional American cuisine. Between the two of us, 4 to 5 of their "small plates" was more than enough to satisfy, and allow us to sample a variety of succulent flavors. My personal favorites were the saffron mussels, mac n' cheese, and scallop risotto, and Q's cool blue interior and mosaic tile ceiling became even more lovely as the sun fell and we were surrounded by candles. Call (206) 281-1931 for reservations and more information. Prices range between $7 and $20 for starters and entrees.

Like, I said, breaking out of the bubble can be difficult, so after dinner we simply had to go back to the hill to hit the HOT MESS party featuring special guest Amanda Lepore at the War Room (722 E Pike St.). First off, I love the War Room's minimalist lodge vibe, awesome rooftop patio, and oversized Shepherd Fairey paintings, and then to see a style icon like Amanda Lepore performing live in the room full of sweaty fags, dykes, and decked-out drag queens, was almost too much! This was when I really felt like I was on vacation... everyone's inhibitions were down, including mine. We danced the rest of the night away and drank champagne at VIP tables. It was a perfect night in Seattle.

The next morning, instead of getting up and cleaning or running errands that weren't finished during the week, I laid around relaxing in the hotel bed. THIS was why I wanted to stay at the hotel - even though my condo is only a mile away. When you're in a hotel you just FEEL like you're far away, and you're more likely to relax and treat yourself well.

I finally got myself together and made my way over to Lola for brunch with a friend, then we bounced around Belltown for a while to shop at Ian, Great Jones Home, Velocity Art & Design, and wander through the Pike Place Market, before heading over to EMP (325 5th Ave. N) for the DoubleTake exhibit.

In my last column I told you about the DoubleTake Talks, which I hope you've already reserved your seat for, but I still hadn't had the chance to fully immerse myself in the DoubleTake exhibit itself. This exhibit is NOT to be missed. The presentation and pairing of the works is almost as brilliant and provocative as the individual pieces themselves. I recommend the audio tour, but don't walk on to the next piece as soon as an audio piece is finished. Take a moment to absorb the pairings... and revel in this monumental exhibit hosted in our very own city.

After the exhibit, I returned home to pack for a weeklong trip to San Francisco. I'm actually writing this on the plane. The following weekend I'll be heading back to Las Vegas. Sure these trips will be fun... But my little vacation at home will be just as memorable... and fabulous.

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