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Seattle is known for being green, both in terms of eco-friendliness (great air quality) and landscape (400-plus parks explain its nickname, the Emerald City). It's also home to the REI flagship store, which rents equipment for nearly any outdoor pursuit you can think of (mountaineering gear, snowshoes). National Park Service and Forest Service employees at the in-store info booth can help map out excursions.
Stay: The aptly named Edgewater Hotel sits at the end of Seattle's Pier 67, making it easy to hit the beach for a run.
Eat: Spring Hill’s Mark Fuller, an F&W Best New Chef 2009, sources produce from his own backyard garden. Another highlight: seafood, like mussels from Totten Inlet (served with young coconut water, chiles, cilantro and tomatoes) and sea scallops from British Columbia (served with caramelized brussels sprouts, apple jelly and smoked almonds).