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December in the Northwest

The beauty of the holiday season is that you get to spend it doing the things most meaningful to you. Party in a big way, quiet meal at home, catered affair, family getaway, a wonderful restaurant meal. All the options are available-you choose!

W Seattle REFLECT: NYE 2023

W Seattle's biggest party of the year is back! With the global pandemic in the rear-view mirror, W Seattle invites you to REFLECT 2023, a New Year's Eve bash that's sure to shimmer! Where glitz meets glam and dance meets fever, W Seattle is the place to be on December 31st. Music by DJ Supreme La Rock. In partnership with Moet Hennessey. Get your tickets now before they're gone!

W Seattle is located at 1112 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. REFLECT: NYE 2023 begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. on January 1. Tickets range from $75 to $5,000. General Admission includes admission, party favor, champagne toast. VIP includes same as GA plus access to the VIP Section, two drink tickets, food buffet. The Stage Experience includes the same as GA plus Private Section on the W Stage with server for 12 people, bottle service, private food buffet (only one stage experience ticket available-ticket works as admission for up to 12 people). 206-264-6000.

Whistlin' Jack's Outpost & Lodge

Experiences are the real holiday gift, and what could be better than gifting family a peaceful experience in the mountains, time spent together, a dash through the chilly air to submerge together in the hot tub overlooking the river, and shared meals? For the adventurous family members, hike through the forest or hit the snowmobile trails. The Lodge and restaurant are open for your best Christmas ever with live music throughout the month of December and on New Year's Eve. There's something for everyone, and it all leads back to time at the Lodge together.

Whistlin' Jack's Lodge is located at 20800 WA-410 in Naches, Washington, next door to Mount Rainier National Park near Chinook Pass in the central Cascades. Call or make lodging reservations online. 509-658-2433.

Petra Mediterranean Bistro

Holidays are about gratitude: for your family, friends, the life you've worked hard at creating. Why not gift yourself this year with holiday meals at Petra: lunches with friends and co-workers, shared dinners with those you love most, and catered parties at home or work that tell those around you they make your life better. Petra's authentic Mediterranean cuisine endures because it has flourished over centuries. Dolmathes, Zahra, red lentil soup, shish tawook, falafel, spanakopita, baklawa. Toast your good fortune with cocktails, wine, beer, mango lassi. Make this year part of an enduring tradition.

Petra Mediterranean Bistro is located at 2501 4th Avenue in Seattle. Lunch is offered Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner is available Monday-Friday 4:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday 4-8:30 p.m. Happy Hour takes place daily 4:30-6 p.m. Closed Sundays. Closed December 24 through January 2. 206-728-5389.

Russell's Restaurant & Loft

Russell's is family owned and operated with Chef Russell Lowell at the helm. The menu specializes in elevated New American comfort food with a major focus on local purveyors and local, fresh ingredients. All proteins on the menu, from steaks to salmon, are broken down in-house daily, providing superior quality and generous portion sizes for guests. Russell's boasts a large, 4,000 square foot event space, The Loft, perfect for holiday gatherings and special events. The Loft can accommodate up to 180 guests for a cocktail reception, 150 for a buffet reception, and 100 for a seated dinner.

Russell's is located at 3305 Monte Villa Parkway in Bothell, just 25 minutes north of Seattle. Dinner is offered Tuesday-Saturday 5-9 p.m. 425-892-8492. For Loft events, please contact

A Bit of Taste

Stocking stuffers, beautiful bamboo items, culinary and bath/beauty gift baskets, olive oils and balsamics. A Bit of Taste is the perfect place to shop for the holidays, for gifts or ways to take your celebratory and everyday meals to the next level. December flavors of the month are a great place to start. Oregano EVOO is earthy yet delicate, perfect for adding herbaceous flavor. Tarragon White Balsamic is clean and fresh, ideal in dressings, drizzled over roasted vegetables, paired with salmon or chicken. Elderberry Dark Balsamic is tart, rich, and sweet. Use in marinades, shrubs, dressings, glazes, desserts, and in baking. Celebrate!

A Bit of Taste Snohomish is located at 1301 First Street in historic downtown Snohomish. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Online ordering is always available. 206-420-2989. Sign up to receive their newsletter at

December 2022

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