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Originally published January 8, 2009 at 12:00 AM | Page modified January 8, 2009 at 5:07 PM

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In-Town Vacation

A special night for two on Capitol Hill

Seattle-area residents can take an in-town vacation with a stay at an elegant mansion on Capitol Hill.

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Get away without going away. Here are prices* for a special night for two on the town — with a sleepover.

Your room: The Shafer Baillie Mansion, an elegant bed-and-breakfast on 14th Avenue, Capitol Hill's original Millionaires' Row. Book a suite or a room and settle into one of Seattle's most historic neighborhoods. This spacious B&B combines old-fashioned elegance with all the mod-cons including high-speed Internet, televisions and bathrooms in the rooms. Plan to park the car and spend the day walking. It's a short stroll to lots of cozy neighborhood cafes, shops and restaurants. Rates start at $139 for a January Saturday. 907 14th Ave. E., Seattle; 800-985-4654 or www.sbmansion.com.

Dinner: Walk five blocks east and join the locals at Vios Café and Marketplace, a Greek deli and cafe that feels less like a commercial restaurant than it does a community gathering spot that serves food. Share a selection of big and small bites: Try the hommus, tzatziki and babaganoush sampler with pita; the roasted beet salad with pickled onions and mint; a serving of moussaka; and for dessert, the ravani, an orange-and-almond semolina cake with citrus syrup. $50.75 with two glasses of red wine. 903 19th Ave. E.; 206-329-3236 or www.vioscafe.com.

Breakfast: Included in the room price, but you're only a short walk from Victrola Coffee and Art, a neighborhood cafe with cozy tables, a few sidewalk chairs and locally roasted coffee. It opens at 5:30 a.m., which means you can have your tall latte ($3.18 with tax) and be back at the B&B in time for a real breakfast. 411 15th Ave. E.; 206-325-6520.

Before checkout: Stroll through nearby Volunteer Park. Soak up the views of the mountains, Puget Sound and downtown or visit the botanical Conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Notice some local landmarks, including a water tower built in 1906 and the modern "Black Sun" sculpture by Isamu Noguchi near the art museum. 1247 15th Ave. E.

The damage: $193 + taxes and tips.

— Carol Pucci, Seattle Times travel writer

*Prices may vary by date of stay and date booked. These are current prices found on the Web, by phone or in a recent visit.

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