You don't need to visit during the annual Bite of Seattle food festival in July to experience the best that Washington restaurants have to offer, but it's a great time to start!
Seattle is, of course, one of the best places in the country for food and wine travel, not only because of its immensely diverse international population but also for its proximity to the Pacific Ocean as well as to wineries throughout the region, including Olympic Peninsula wineries and vintners across Washington wine country.
However, the food scene in Washington State doesn't begin and end in Seattle. The Cascade Mountains and Northwest Washington are dotted with farms and orchards, making organic and farm-to-table dining a way of life throughout these regions.
They're also crossed with rivers and lakes - it isn't just the San Juan Islands and the coastal communities of the Olympic Peninsula and Puget Sound that serve up exceptionally fresh fish and seafood!
Of course, Washington State breweries are always distilling great new ways to wash down those meals, and Washington's microbrewed beers draw thousands to annual beer festivals throughout the Evergreen State's northwestern communities.
Last but not least, a certain city on Puget Sound is practically synonymous with coffee - home to the largest cafe chain in the world - so no matter where you are in Washington, expect to get a great cup of joe.