Few know Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) better than Cathy Galka, one of our Lead Pathfinders! Spotted around the airport in bright green uniforms, the Pathfinder team helps travelers find their way and answer any questions.
A five-year veteran of the Pathfinder team, Cathy also spent 25 years of her career with Alaska Airlines, and she is an expert on what makes a good airport experience. Cathy loves working at SEA and getting to share her passion with the traveling public. Her gregarious personality helps too!
This guide to the airport is inspired by her favorite unique and local shops and eateries at the airport, from when you forgot your charger to where to get a glass of Washington wine.
FlyHealthy @ SEA
Your health and well-being are our priority, so we have taken steps to keep you safe. Things like masks are mandatory and must be worn over the nose and mouth and our air filtration and ventilation system constantly circulates fresh, outdoor air through the terminal and uses filters that capture 90% of COVID-19 sized particles. We also intensified disinfecting, give guidance for physical distancing, installed hand sanitizer stations everywhere and added new touchless tech like Pre-Booked Parking. When you feel good about traveling, we are here and ready for you.
Evergreens in Central Terminal is ideal for quick bite with made-to-order salads, wraps, and warm grain bowls. Cathy’s 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 recommends Fireworks for unique gifts. With two airport locations in Central Terminal and Concourse D, Fireworks is excellent at curating clever, fun, and interesting products. She also loves that it is a Seattle and woman-owned business.
Forgot your charger or earbuds? Cathy sends travelers to InMotion on Concourse A and D for electronics on the go.
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 an upper level for views above the airfield.
Club at SEA
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 drink. The Club at SEA in the S gates is currently open, an the A gates location opens June 1.
Lucky Shines Shoe Shine
Lucky Shines Shoe Shine with three locations in the C, D, and N gates is locally-owned and offers shoe shine services to SEA travelers. The owner, Marcus, and his team will make sure you leave feeling polished.
Poke to the Max
Poke to the Max, just past gate D5, is known for its Hawaiian dishes and cocktails served in a spam can, but Cathy loves 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! She lived in Hawaii for seven years, and the restaurant is owned by Sam Choy, so she knew everything would be great. Cathy is also a big fan of the Spam Musubi.
Vyne Washington Tasting Room
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’s a wine voyage without boarding a plane!