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A 10-minute drive north of downtown Seattle, the historic neighbourhood of Ballard was settled 150 years ago by Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish immigrants.

Today, this former Nordic haven is a hot spot for chic cafes, bustling bars, and upscale shops, as well as the area's only boutique inn, The Hotel Ballard.

It's Norway or the highway with this week's escape for a one-night stay for two in a double king room, Sundays through Thursdays ($99) or Fridays or Saturdays ($109), at this completely restored 1902 property, originally commissioned by the American-Scandinavian Bank.

Or, get a one-night stay for two in a double king deluxe room, Sundays through Thursdays ($130) or Fridays and Saturdays ($140).

You'll also receive 20% off additional nights and private health club access at the neighbouring Olympic Athletic club, a massive 50,000sqft workout facility with a pool, hot tub, steam room and dry sauna.

Located in the heart of historic Ballard, this charming hotel has 16 elegantly appointed rooms with period furnishings and modern amenities. The spacious double king deluxe room features a king-size bed, 42-inch flat-screen TV and a private bath with shower. The double king offers a king-size bed, 32-inch flat-screen TV and a European-style bathroom that you'll share with one or two other rooms. Both come with cable TV and free wi-fi.

You won't find any fjords, and a view of the Northern Lights is unlikely, but this hip hotel does sit in the thick of sundry dining and drinking establishments, and within walking distance of funky Fremont, the Ballard Locks (one of Washington's top tourist attractions) and scenic Golden Gardens Park, which offers splendid views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

The salmon that drew seafaring culture here in the 19th Century are also an attraction today, though now the fish is flown in directly from Alaska. Head to Chinook's at Salmon Bay, about a mile from Ballard Locks, for everything under the sea: Dungeness crab, prawns, oysters, mussels, calamari, clams, and of course, salmon.

If the closest you've come to Northern European culture is navigating the aisles at Ikea, it's high time you explore the Scandinavian side of Seattle with this week's escape.

Escape kit

  • A one-night stay for two in a double king room with shared bathroom, Sundays through Thursdays ($99) or Fridays and Saturdays ($109)
  • Or, a one-night stay for two in a double king deluxe room with private bathroom, Sundays through Thursdays ($130) or Fridays and Saturdays ($140)
  • Access to private health club with pool, hot tub, steam room and dry sauna
  • 20% off additional nights

For details and to reserve your stay, visit LivingSocial Escapes. Then, plan your trip with our Seattle travel guide.

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