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Traveler's Guide to SEA

By Cathy Galka

Nobody knows the terminals and facilities of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport better than Cathy Galka, SEA’s Lead Pathfinder and five-year veteran of the team. Spotted around the airport in bright green vests, the Pathfinder team helps travelers find their way and answer any questions. Coupled with Cathy’s 25-year career with Alaska Airlines, she knows SEA like the back of her hand, and knows what makes for a good experience at the airport. So, if you find yourself with some downtime at SEA, whether you’re early or just on a layover, use Cathy’s guide to discover a variety of unique Seattle-centric shops and eateries to make the wait more pleasurable.

Traveler's Guide to SEA
Thursday March 18th

Nobody knows the terminals and facilities of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport better than Cathy Galka, SEA’s Lead Pathfinder and five-year veteran of the team. Spotted around the airport in bright green vests, the Pathfinder team helps travelers find their way and answer any questions. Coupled with Cathy’s 25-year career with Alaska Airlines, she knows SEA like the back of her hand, and knows what makes for a good experience at the airport. So, if you find yourself with some downtime at SEA, whether you’re early or just on a layover, use Cathy’s guide to discover a variety of unique Seattle-centric shops and eateries to make the wait more pleasurable.

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Club at SEA

Seattle, WA 98158
Cathy Galka

The Club at SEA is a great place to linger if you have a delay or want more elbow room away from the gate. A $45 pass gives you access to three hours of cozy furniture, workstations, and complimentary food and beverage. The Club at SEA in the S gates is currently open.

Cathy Galka
Club at Sea

Central Terminal

17801 International Blvd, Tukwila, WA 98158
Cathy Galka

The window wall in Central Terminal is a good spot for plane spotting. Kids and aviation geeks enjoy watching the planes come and go. It will be really magical once we complete the renovation project with a mezzanine level for those airfield views.

Cathy Galka
Central Terminal at SEA Airport

Vyne Washington Tasting Room

17801 International Blvd, Tukwila, WA 98158
Cathy Galka

Vyne opened during the pandemic so it will be a new discovery for travelers returning to the airport this year. Serving exclusively Washington state wines, it is a wine voyage without boarding a plane!

Cathy Galka
Vyne Washington Tasting Room
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Fireworks Gallery

17801 International Boulevard CT-10, Seattle, WA 98158
Cathy Galka

I recommend Fireworks for unique gifts! With two airport locations in Central Terminal and Concourse D, Fireworks is excellent at curating clever, fun and interesting products. I also love that it is a Seattle and woman-owned business.

Cathy Galka
Fireworks Gallery

Lucky Shines Shoe Shine

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), 17801 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98158
Cathy Galka

Lucky Shines Shoe Shine with three locations in the C, D and N gates is a locally-owned and offers shoe shine services to SEA travelers. The owner, Marcus, and his team will make sure you leave feeling polished.

Cathy Galka
Lucky Shines Shoe Shine
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InMotion

17801 Pacific Hwy S, Seattle, WA 98158
Cathy Galka

Forgot your charger or earbuds? I send travelers to InMotion on Concourse A and D for electronics on the go.

Cathy Galka
Inmotion Entertainment

Poke to the Max

17801 International Blvd, Tukwila, WA 98158
Cathy Galka

Poke to the Max, just past gate D5, is known for its Hawaiian dishes and cocktails served in a spam can, but I love their fish and chips. The fish and chips are breaded with panko, so they are light and they come with homemade tarter sauce. Just delicious! I lived in Hawaii for seven years, and the restaurant is owned by Sam Choy, so I knew everything would be great. I’m also a big fan of the Spam Musubi.

Cathy Galka
Poke to the Max

Evergreens

17801 International Blvd, Tukwila, WA 98158
Cathy Galka

Evergreens in Central Terminal is ideal for quick bite with made-to-order salads, wraps, and warm grain bowls. My usual order is the Cobb your Enthusiasm salad, it’s a healthy choice and a great value. Skip the line by ordering in advance via the Evergreens mobile app.

Cathy Galka
Evergreens Salad - Tukwila
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