Chill Out with a Holiday Staycation in Seattle

Now that the official first snow has dusted Seattle streets, it's time to start thinking about holiday travel plans. Ideally, you already have everything ready to roll - your trip is mapped out, your accommodations are booked and, you've figured out how to fit all of those Christmas gifts for your nieces, nephews and assorted family members into your already cramped car.

But remember, you won't be the only one hitting the road over the holidays. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics the number of long-distance trips (to and from a ­destination 50 miles or more away) increases by 23 percent during the Christmas/New Year's Holiday.

That figure alone is reason enough to consider giving yourself the gift of a staycation this holiday season.

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle offers plenty of opportunity this time of year to treat yourself to a stress-free (and delicious) reprieve from all of the holiday hustle and bustle. Case in point: the heralded "medicinal" properties of chocolate and wine have been touted as a great way to calm the nerves, so Four Seasons has set up a port wine and local chocolate sampling next to the fireplace in their main lobby. Taking place on Friday, December 9 and 23, it's the perfect way to get a start on your weekend activities.

Come Christmas, there's no reason to spend hours over a hot stove preparing that perfect, traditional meal. The folks at Four Seasons will be working their magic in the kitchen and serving up a Christmas Day four-course meal at Goldfinch Tavern. Part of the Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Chef Joe Ritchie and his team will be making sure there are plenty of oysters on the half shell, King crab salad and sockeye salmon carpaccio to go around. The toughest part of the meal will be your decision on whether to have the Wagyu beef, lamb shanks, Muscovy duck or the seared scallops as the main course.

And, if you're looking to start a New Year's tradition in 2017, swing by Goldfinch Tavern on January 1 and enjoy the seasonal brunch buffet. If your head has cleared from the previous night's celebration, the buffet comes replete with bottomless mimosas.

Of course, Four Seasons offers plenty of other types of pampering with special overnight accommodations and luxurious spa treatments to help ease you into the new year.

This past year has been eventful, indeed, and Four Seasons appears to be doing all they can to make sure that 2017 will be off to the best start possible.

Michael Nank is a Seattle-based writer with a penchant for film, theatre and travel.