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Guidebook for Seattle

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Guidebook for Seattle

Parks & Nature
Great walk, run or bike route under soaring trees, green fields, Asian Art Museum or conservatory tour. An easy 5 min walk down the street.
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Volunteer Park
1247 15th Avenue East
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Great walk, run or bike route under soaring trees, green fields, Asian Art Museum or conservatory tour. An easy 5 min walk down the street.
Great views of Seattle on the drive over the West Seattle bridge and along Alki Avenue. Great during summer with outdoor bon fires, volleyball, skating and beach combing. Lots of little chic eateries too. All have a great view of Puget Sound and passing ferries heading to and from the islands.
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Alki Beach Park
1702 Alki Ave SW
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Great views of Seattle on the drive over the West Seattle bridge and along Alki Avenue. Great during summer with outdoor bon fires, volleyball, skating and beach combing. Lots of little chic eateries too. All have a great view of Puget Sound and passing ferries heading to and from the islands.
A very northwest beach. Lots of clam bakes, sailboats and shells and a fantastic view of the San Juan islands. Fun gathering spot or a family picnic. Nice hiking trails straight up the wooded cliffs. Ray's Boat House is awesome for seafood and happy hour. Boat rental opportunity too.
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Golden Gardens Park
8498 Seaview Place Northwest
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A very northwest beach. Lots of clam bakes, sailboats and shells and a fantastic view of the San Juan islands. Fun gathering spot or a family picnic. Nice hiking trails straight up the wooded cliffs. Ray's Boat House is awesome for seafood and happy hour. Boat rental opportunity too.
Hike an iconic mountain peak that is only 30 minutes away from downtown by car. Featured in the Twin Peaks TV series and films, this is a not to challenging hike if you have the proper shoes, water and gear. The view from the top is stunning. Do some research and go climb a mountain!
Mount Si Place Northwest
Hike an iconic mountain peak that is only 30 minutes away from downtown by car. Featured in the Twin Peaks TV series and films, this is a not to challenging hike if you have the proper shoes, water and gear. The view from the top is stunning. Do some research and go climb a mountain!
A peninsula park jutting into Lake Washington. Lots of walking, biking and hiking trails and places to have a family bbq on the beach. Views of Mt Rainer from the south side can be stunning if the weather is clear. The drive along Lake Washington Blvd is wonderful too.
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Seward Park
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A peninsula park jutting into Lake Washington. Lots of walking, biking and hiking trails and places to have a family bbq on the beach. Views of Mt Rainer from the south side can be stunning if the weather is clear. The drive along Lake Washington Blvd is wonderful too.
Food Scene
Wonderful caring people who aim to please and do. I love the Tofu Delight - so good I don't miss the meat. Or Swimming Rama Chicken. Yum. Coconut ice cream to finish? Yes please! Lunch combos are less than $10. I can't go without a Thai Iced Tea.
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Rom Mai Thai Restaurant
613 Broadway East
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Wonderful caring people who aim to please and do. I love the Tofu Delight - so good I don't miss the meat. Or Swimming Rama Chicken. Yum. Coconut ice cream to finish? Yes please! Lunch combos are less than $10. I can't go without a Thai Iced Tea.
Amazing setting in the 1920's "loveless" building. 1900's era Russian mural (a historical item) adorns the walls. The food is spectacular and inventive "non-traditional eurasian." The drinks are fabulous. Cozy, romantic, charming.
Cook Weaver
806 E Roy St
Amazing setting in the 1920's "loveless" building. 1900's era Russian mural (a historical item) adorns the walls. The food is spectacular and inventive "non-traditional eurasian." The drinks are fabulous. Cozy, romantic, charming.
Quintessential Seattle. Great coffee. Hole-in-the-wall location in the gorgeous Loveless building. Hidden gem for hot made-to-order crepes. Street cafe hipster vibe but always friendly.
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Joe Bar
810 East Roy Street
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Quintessential Seattle. Great coffee. Hole-in-the-wall location in the gorgeous Loveless building. Hidden gem for hot made-to-order crepes. Street cafe hipster vibe but always friendly.
On gorgeous summer days, sit outside on the deck for happy hour while seaplanes dive just overhead to land on Lake Union, dodging sailboats, stand up paddle boards and kayaks. Great appetizers to signature steaks, the view and location by the marina is something to see.
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Daniel's Broiler - South Lake Union
809 Fairview Place North
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On gorgeous summer days, sit outside on the deck for happy hour while seaplanes dive just overhead to land on Lake Union, dodging sailboats, stand up paddle boards and kayaks. Great appetizers to signature steaks, the view and location by the marina is something to see.
Drinks & Nightlife
This bar has been around since before I was born - since 1962. They are doing something right. And that something is beer (huge selection), burgers (don't miss burger Wednesday), pool tables (2) and good ol' genuine dark wood, booths and steaks. Open and serving food until nearly 2am then open for breakfast - bloody mary - or a nice lunch. In summer, outdoor seating is perfect for people watching.
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Deluxe Bar & Grill
625 Broadway East
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This bar has been around since before I was born - since 1962. They are doing something right. And that something is beer (huge selection), burgers (don't miss burger Wednesday), pool tables (2) and good ol' genuine dark wood, booths and steaks. Open and serving food until nearly 2am then open for breakfast - bloody mary - or a nice lunch. In summer, outdoor seating is perfect for people watching.
Cheap beers, hipster drinks,service industry hangout purposely dark and eclectic. The hood of a 1979 firebird and Billy Bass mounted trout hang on the wall while old sitcoms or sci-fi play on a monitor. Tattooed and pierced servers. Outdoor street seating puts you right in the diversity of Capitol Hill. The anthesis of a corporate sports bar.
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Bait Shop
606 Broadway East
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Cheap beers, hipster drinks,service industry hangout purposely dark and eclectic. The hood of a 1979 firebird and Billy Bass mounted trout hang on the wall while old sitcoms or sci-fi play on a monitor. Tattooed and pierced servers. Outdoor street seating puts you right in the diversity of Capitol Hill. The anthesis of a corporate sports bar.
Stocked bar, excellent mixologists, terrific food. In the summer, sit in the back under the Czech built retractable roof atrium. On the Seattle winter days, snuggle with a group of friends in the big booth overlooking the buzz of Broadway.
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Herb & Bitter Public House
516 Broadway E
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Stocked bar, excellent mixologists, terrific food. In the summer, sit in the back under the Czech built retractable roof atrium. On the Seattle winter days, snuggle with a group of friends in the big booth overlooking the buzz of Broadway.
It is just so popular with the tech crowd drowning out the data overload of constant cloud creation. Meant to look like an old Southern Baptist Church, exactly the atmosphere you'd expect to find stiff drinks and hipsters, right?
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Witness
410 Broadway East
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It is just so popular with the tech crowd drowning out the data overload of constant cloud creation. Meant to look like an old Southern Baptist Church, exactly the atmosphere you'd expect to find stiff drinks and hipsters, right?
Getting Around
Finally, Seattle has big city transit. Well, at least from my place you can get anywhere! Airport, Stadiums, UW, Westlake (downtown shopping), Pioneer Square and more. $3.50 from the airport to my house every 6 minutes? Wow! A few beers at the Sounders game? No worries, $2 gets you home. I love it even if my property taxes have gone through the roof!
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Capitol Hill Station
140 Broadway E
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Finally, Seattle has big city transit. Well, at least from my place you can get anywhere! Airport, Stadiums, UW, Westlake (downtown shopping), Pioneer Square and more. $3.50 from the airport to my house every 6 minutes? Wow! A few beers at the Sounders game? No worries, $2 gets you home. I love it even if my property taxes have gone through the roof!
Essentials
24 hours in a massive store that has it all. Amazing Deli, huge beer and wine selection (and bit of liqour too), Pharmacy, butcher, and a housewares store underneath. All you could want and just a block away. Perfect. A shoe repair shop inside? They've got that too.
QFC Pharmacy
417 Broadway East
24 hours in a massive store that has it all. Amazing Deli, huge beer and wine selection (and bit of liqour too), Pharmacy, butcher, and a housewares store underneath. All you could want and just a block away. Perfect. A shoe repair shop inside? They've got that too.
Shopping
Seattle's Classic hometown bookstore just a few blocks away in the happening Pike/Pine corridor off Broadway. When you go here ask for Kathleen Flinn's food driven memoirs. Not just a green-eye, auburn haired beauty, but a fantastic cook, tech geek, New York Times Best Selling Author and my wife.
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The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Avenue
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Seattle's Classic hometown bookstore just a few blocks away in the happening Pike/Pine corridor off Broadway. When you go here ask for Kathleen Flinn's food driven memoirs. Not just a green-eye, auburn haired beauty, but a fantastic cook, tech geek, New York Times Best Selling Author and my wife.
Vast supermarket with Deli, housewares and an amazing selection of wines, beers and liquor. Open 24 hours and just around the corner from the house.
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QFC
1401 Broadway
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Vast supermarket with Deli, housewares and an amazing selection of wines, beers and liquor. Open 24 hours and just around the corner from the house.
A collection of all things Japanese. Tiny, gorgeous shop tucked into a corner of the Loveless building.
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Kobo Shop & Gallery
814 East Roy Street
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A collection of all things Japanese. Tiny, gorgeous shop tucked into a corner of the Loveless building.
Here you'll find all the big boys in retail. Nordstrom's original flagship store is here. It is only a 4 minute ride on the LINK Light Rail from Capitol Hill Station. Nike, Columbia, Patagonia, ExOfficio, Old Navy, The Rack, The first Starbucks store is nearby in Pike Place market too.
Westlake Center
Here you'll find all the big boys in retail. Nordstrom's original flagship store is here. It is only a 4 minute ride on the LINK Light Rail from Capitol Hill Station. Nike, Columbia, Patagonia, ExOfficio, Old Navy, The Rack, The first Starbucks store is nearby in Pike Place market too.
If you want posh, parking garages and no homeless people, venture across the lake to Bellevue, the anti-Seattle. The entire city used to known for this mall. Tesla, Bose, Nordstrom (nicer than the flagship store), Cheese Cake Factory, P.F. Changs and more are all here inside and out. It is only a 15 minute drive on HWY 520 and a toll each way ($2-5) by car. Now the city is glimmering glass jewel on the lake filled with towering high rise condos and office buildings for Microsoft, Expedia and other national companies.
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Bellevue Square
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If you want posh, parking garages and no homeless people, venture across the lake to Bellevue, the anti-Seattle. The entire city used to known for this mall. Tesla, Bose, Nordstrom (nicer than the flagship store), Cheese Cake Factory, P.F. Changs and more are all here inside and out. It is only a 15 minute drive on HWY 520 and a toll each way ($2-5) by car. Now the city is glimmering glass jewel on the lake filled with towering high rise condos and office buildings for Microsoft, Expedia and other national companies.
Sightseeing
It's the Space Needle. And it is minutes away. My niece works in the gift shop, say hi to Michelle or her friend Lisa and she might give you free secret tour to the top!
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Space Needle
400 Broad Street
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It's the Space Needle. And it is minutes away. My niece works in the gift shop, say hi to Michelle or her friend Lisa and she might give you free secret tour to the top!
It's just so cool, funky and Freemont. A troll sculpture under the freeway overpass made out of leftover concrete and an abandoned VW Bug.
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Fremont Troll
Troll Avenue North
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It's just so cool, funky and Freemont. A troll sculpture under the freeway overpass made out of leftover concrete and an abandoned VW Bug.
Just a short walk away is beautiful Volunteer Park. Climb the steps inside the water tower to access 360 views of Seattle, Bellevue, the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges, Lake Washington and the Puget Sound.
Water Tower Observation Deck
1247 15th Ave E
Just a short walk away is beautiful Volunteer Park. Climb the steps inside the water tower to access 360 views of Seattle, Bellevue, the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges, Lake Washington and the Puget Sound.
Take a flight flight from Lake Union for a marvelous aerial tour of the Puget Sound. Usually about $99/person, it is 45 minutes of history and gorgeous scenery from 1000 ft in the air. Not to mention the takeoff and landing amid sailboats, kayaks, speed boats is a thrill in itself. Go early in the morning for a silky smooth ride without turbulence (as a pilot, trust me on this one). Also a great way to get to Victoria BC in about 30 minutes. Bring your passport.
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Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base
950 Westlake Avenue North
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Take a flight flight from Lake Union for a marvelous aerial tour of the Puget Sound. Usually about $99/person, it is 45 minutes of history and gorgeous scenery from 1000 ft in the air. Not to mention the takeoff and landing amid sailboats, kayaks, speed boats is a thrill in itself. Go early in the morning for a silky smooth ride without turbulence (as a pilot, trust me on this one). Also a great way to get to Victoria BC in about 30 minutes. Bring your passport.
The inspiration of the 1990's Seattle Grunge Band of the same name, this park sits on the point of an ex-Navy submarine base. Yes, a sub base on a lake. A very deep lake. Fins from Nuclear submarines are arranged to whistle melodically in the wind. Pretty unusual for a park, right?
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A Sound Garden
7600 Sand Point Way NE
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The inspiration of the 1990's Seattle Grunge Band of the same name, this park sits on the point of an ex-Navy submarine base. Yes, a sub base on a lake. A very deep lake. Fins from Nuclear submarines are arranged to whistle melodically in the wind. Pretty unusual for a park, right?