Scenes of Seattle
It’s been almost EXACTLY a year since I moved to the lovely city of Seattle…and I have to pat myself on the back!! I’ve been pretty damn great about exploring this magnificent state!!!! Aaaaand, considering I have a few friends who are THINKING about making this their home as well (you know who you are Conor, Joey, Allie and occasionally Stephanie!!), I thought I would give you guys an up close and personal Instagram view of some of my favorite places!
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Seattle is NOT like DC. If you tell a DC resident that you want to go to the White House, the National Monument (or any memorial older than 10 years old, really), you’re likely to be met with a “sure!” and an eye roll. Yeah…tourism is NOT one of our favorite things to do.
But in Seattle…if you tell someone you are headed to Pike or downtown Seattle (and they learn they don’t have to drive) they will hop in the car for an afternoon adventure!!! One of my favorite places to go adventuring in the city is Pike Place Market. It has some of the best food, best locally grown seafood and veggies, prettiest flowers, and oddest looking people on the block. If you want to keep track of the “Pike Place People Project” be sure to click the RSS feed above!! It’s an on going project of mine to document the weirdness that is Pike.
Hint: If you DON’T want to sound like a tourist, don’t add an “s” onto Pike!! It’s not Pike’s Place. He doesn’t own it. ;D
Although parking might be a little tricky, it ALWAYS is in big cities, a quick skip from Pike Place is the Seattle Space Needle. Now, you WILL be hard pressed to find a Seattleite who will willingly go up this thing with you. It’s super expensive…and they’ve all done it at least once. (I’ve done it three times…so I’m pretty sure I’ve met my quota for a few years. I’ll just wait for you at the bottom.)
They have an over priced but excellent restaurant at the top of the needle…but just killing time in the gift shop is a blast too!!! If you end up here, be sure to get the sea salt chocolate fudge in the fudge shop. Ooooooooooooh so tasty.
I wish…but it DOES look like that doesn’t it?? :D At the base of the Space Needle is the Chihuly Glass and Garden Museum. Possibly one of my favorite museums in Seattle. :) (The EMP Museum is also WELL worth the money and visit!!) Dale Chihuly is a glass blower who has shown his work all over the world, and has finally created an installation to showcase his story and artistry.
What I LOVE about this museum is the color and light, and that they allow you to take photographs!!!! Although I only busted out the Instagram for my visits…feel free to bring in your SLR and shoot away!! Just don’t touch the sculptures…they’ll be on you like OCD on bubble wrap. 0_0
THIS should be no surprise. I love this place for three reasons.
2. It is, without a doubt, the most gorgeous/modern library I’ve ever been in. Six floors of color and light and just architectural art!!
3. As a photographer, when it is raining in Seattle (rain?? Seattle??? Who’d have thought??), it’s a great place to hunker down and quietly grab some gorgeous photographs!!!!!
On one of those rare (although NOT so rare this summer) sunny days in Seattle, you can head over to the UW District to go Kayaking!!! I’ve only ever been Kayaking around the Gasworks Park area, but I’m going back again soon to Kayak through the Arboretum.
And if THAT doesn’t sound like an amazing enough day, how about after working up an appetite you pull BACK into the paddle club and walk upstairs to one of the TASTIEST FREAKIN’ RESTAURANTS EVER!!??
Just do it.
This next place isn’t so much a PLACE as it is a neighborhood. Seattle is made up of “neighborhoods”. Each with their own type of charm and class. Ballard is a small neighborhood known for shopping and good eats. One of my FAVORITE shops is a HUGE warehouse of vinyl records called Bop Street Records. There are a few other record shops around…but this is, by far, the one you will spend the most time (and money) in.
In case you missed my last post on Discovery Park, you should absolutely check it out! This is one of those weird little gems that even a lot of Seattle born and breds have never been to! It’s a HUGE park set around a military base with GREAT hiking and day activities. My favorite spot so far is the Lighthouse on the North Tip of the park. You need to park in the South Parking lot and hike for about 25 minutes to get there…but if you can hike and get to the lighthouse before sunset, it’s by far one of the most magical places in the city.
*Note on the hike: The signage leading to the lighthouse is TERRIBLE!!! Be sure to take a map with you before you start! Also, the hike there is easy peasy-lemon squeezy…but the hike BACK up the hill can get a little intense for a good 10 minutess. Fair warning.
Moving a little outside the city and more towards my homebase, you get to the Woodinville Whiskey CO. Woodinville is an area outside of Seattle known as the Wine Country. GREAT vineyards like Chateau St. Michelle, Columbia and Lachini Tasting Room are located here. So if you are visiting Seattle and want to get away from the city life for a while…be sure to hit up these great spots!! If you start before lunch, be sure to end at Lachini and have lunch or dinner at the Seattle staple “Purple“. One of their locations is RIGHT next door to Lachini!!
If you’re looking to hike, lay out in the sun, or play in the warm water a sunny summer day…look no farther than St. Edward’s Park and O.O. Denny Park. Start at St. Edward and hike for an hour or so through the winding trails. I’ve heard biking is a blast here…but seeing as how my balance is less than balanced, I haven’t tried this yet.
After you hike for a while, drive a few minutes down the street to O.O. Denny park for a picnic, a bask and romp through the boat made waves of the Sound.
If you’re looking for water with a liiiiiiittle less romping, drive about 20 minutes farther down 405, past Kirkland and towards Everett. Drive till you can’t drive no more, and you’ll end up at Mukilteo Landing. Don’t let the quiet fool you! Here you’ll find a great beach to walk up and down, great seafood at Ivar’s and some great little pubs. Diamond Knot has some great brews, and if you’re looking for a great dinner/drink menu, try up the street at The Lodge.
If you’re feeling SUPER adventurous, and you’ve started your day early, take the ferry at the landing to Clinton! I have no idea what you can do there…so you’ll have to let me know. 0_0
Ready for a mind blower? SEATTLE HAS DESERT!!
Wait…whaaaaa? I know!! That was MY reaction!!! In Eastern Washington, there is the COOLEST stage/arena I’ve ever been to, but you HAVE to drive through the desert to get there. Last summer I spent TWO days camping at the Gorge and going to the Dave Matthews/Avett Brothers Concert….at night!!
Yeah…he’s back this weekend. Kinda depressed I’m not there.
For all of you Twihards out there, and even for those of you who haven’t had the torture of reading those books, La Push, WA is a BIIIIIT of a drive to get to (about 4-5 hours of driving) but well worth it!! Camping (well, cabin camping…NOT roughing it) is super fun on the beaches of La Push! There is absolutely NOTHING in the town, so I recommend stopping in Port Angeles on your way in to pick up grocery necessities…you know, like wine and snacks….and wine. 0_0
The Hoh Rainforest is probably one of the best hikes I’ve done to date in this amazing state. Going from the city, to the beach, to the desert, and to the rainforest all in one week is one of the coolest adventures you can do in the Pacific Northwest!!
The hikes in the Hoh are short and leisurely…meant more for the sites and less for the sweat. Be sure to bring a rain coat and a sweat shirt!! While we were there, it switched back and forth between sunny and…well…rainy. Also…your socks will get wet. Just sayin’.
Tip: If you are hiking on an off day, there MAY not be a ranger at the entrance station. They have envelopes there for you…and since our parks are in a bit of a financial crisis right now, FOR GOD’S SAKE, DON’T FORGET TO PAY THE HOH!!!
If you’re from Washington State, what are some of YOUR favorite haunts?
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