1 day agoMegan Hill answered the question:The best farmers markets in Seattle are undoubtedly the University District market and the Ballard Farmers Market.
The University District Farmers Market is Seattle's oldest and largest food-only market, and it's been running every Saturday since 1993. It's even gained national recognition: the Boston Globe named it #3 in their list of top farmers markets in the U.S. Vendors sell piles of beautiful produce, much of it organic. Heirloom varieties bring lots of color: rainbow chard, purple tomatoes, you name it.
My favorite is the Ballard Farmers Market, set in the historic Ballard neighborhood. The market runs year-round on Sundays, and you'll find some vendors other than produce here. You'll find jewelry, candles, and clothing, though the emphasis is certainly on food and produce.
Both markets are lively and festive, with musicians performing and families toting dogs and kids and carrying bundles of flowers and produce. These are true neighborhood gathering places, and the farmers are friendly and knowledgeable about their products. It's fun to ask them how they'd cook with a certain potato variety, for example, or advice on cooking a particular cut of meat.
6 days agoMegan Hill answered the question:Seattle has many great watering holes, from sophisticated cocktail lounges to happening beer bars. My favorites include Canon, with its dark and cozy interior and incredible variety of booze (36 vareties of absinthe!). The Gerald will put you in mind of Mad Men with its midcentury vibe and appropriately themed cocktails. Try the Draper Point, The Gerald’s take on the Manhattan. On Capitol Hill, Grim’s has a steam-punk feel with Edison bulbs and reclaimed wood, and the food is just as good as the drinks.
Beer lovers should head to Brouwer’s Café, in the Fremont neighborhood, for an inspired—and huge—beer selection ranging from local staples to international treats. Two of my favorite microbreweries also have tasting rooms that feel more like bars – and serve great food. The Gastropod at Epic Ales has oyster nights and ingenious food pairings with their envelope-pushing brews, and SchoonerEXACT’s tasting room also serves tasty dishes that complement their beer.
On June 12Megan Hill answered the question:Seattle is a foodie’s dream. Renown chefs are pushing the envelope on Northwest and American classics, churning out one incredible meal after another.
The standouts include Canlis, which has been known as one of Seattle’s best – if not the best – since the 1950s; the Walrus and the Carpenter, an airy oyster bar in the Ballard neighborhood; Rover’s, in Madison Valley, serving Northwest cuisine with a French twist; the elegant Georgian, in downtown’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel, known for its fine dining and seafood-centric menu; and The Herbfarm, in Woodinville, with a carefully-sourced menu and farm-to-table focus.
You can’t go wrong at any of these top restaurants, which showcase the best Northwest ingredients and show off Seattle’s culinary prowess.
On June 12Megan Hill answered the question:My favorite view in Seattle is from Kerry Park on Queen Anne hill. From the park, you can get the iconic Seattle postcard view, with the Space Needle looming large in the foreground, the Seattle skyline stacking up behind it, and, on clear days, glacier-studded Mount Rainier peeking over the stadiums. The park is packed at sunset, so be sure to get there early.
You can get a great view of the skyline from Alki Beach, which is particularly impressive as the sun rises behind downtown. Summer sunsets are incredible at Golden Gardens Park, in the Ballard neighborhood. Here, you're looking out over Puget Sound, the islands, and the spires of the Olympics.
On June 12Megan Hill answered the question:Summer is undoubtedly the best time to visit Seattle. Our reputation for rain and clouds is true for most of the year, but from July to September, we’re blessed with warm weather and abundant sunshine. There’s an occasional heat wave, but for the most part summers are comfortable -- think 70s.
June is an iffy month. Some years, it’s beautiful, and others, it’s rainy and chilly. We nickname it Juneuary. But June brings 16 hours of sunlight, and the air is filled with the electricity of summer. Seattle residents feel a bit frenzied, abuzz with the excitement of lots of sunshine and outdoor activities.
October can be a nice month to visit, too. If we get an Indian Summer, the warm weather can extend into early or mid October. And the leaves are starting to change colors, too.
Whenever you visit, be sure to bring layers. Even in summer, chilly weather can catch you by surprise. And pack that rain jacket, just in case.
On June 12Megan Hill answered the question:Among my favorite activities in Seattle are biking the Burke-Gilman Trail, a 27-mile bike path that runs in part along Lake Washington. Adventurous cyclists can take it all the way to Woodinville, Western Washington’s version of Napa Valley. There are a slew of wineries here, including Chateau Ste. Michelle, which offers excellent tours. Beer lovers can head across the street to the Redhook Brewery.
Or you can drive to Woodinville. Be sure to make reservations at the Herbfarm, one of the best restaurants in the area.
On a sunny day, rent a kayak or stand up paddle board from the Northwest Outdoor Center. Paddle around Lake Union, often clogged with colorful sailboats and floatplanes in summer. You can get pretty close (just don’t trespass) to the city’s famous houseboats, which you may recognize from Sleepless in Seattle.
On June 11Megan Hill answered the question:While Pike Place Market is most visitors’ default shopping spot, there are also plenty of shops strewn throughout downtown. Major retailers like J. Crew, Michael Kors, and Ann Taylor and many more have set up shop in Pacific Place, downtown’s enormous shopping and dining district.
One of my favorite places to shop is in the historic Ballard neighborhood, on Ballard Avenue NW. The street has several blocks of unique shops with vintage finds, high-quality handmade goods, jewelry, and furniture. Favorites include made-in-Seattle clothier Kavu, Monster Art and Clothing, Drygoods Design, Ballard Home Comforts, Horseshoe, and Clover. The best part about shopping here is you’re within reach of several of the city’s best restaurants and pubs. My favorite is The Walrus and the Carpenter, an airy oyster bar.
On June 11Megan Hill answered the question:Seattle's best attractions range from newcomers like the Great Wheel and Chihuly Garden and Glass to reliable staples like Pike Place Market.
Pike Place Market occupies a nine-acre historic district in downtown Seattle. The year-round market opened in 1907 and continues to sell fresh produce, crafts, art, souvenirs, and seafood. Be sure to check out the world famous Pike Place Fish company, known for throwing fish behind the counter when someone places an order. And head to Lowell's for a snack, where you can sit looking out over scenic Elliott Bay -- you may also recognize the restaurant for its cameo in Sleepless in Seattle.
Chihuly Garden and Glass is a newer addition to Seattle. The museum, which is under the Space Needle, is dedicated to glass artist Dale Chihuly’s whimsical designs. Speaking of the Space Needle, head to the top, where you’ll be treated with panoramic views of Puget Sound’s islands and the Cascsade Mountains.
Another new addition is the Great Wheel, a Ferris Wheel on the Seattle waterfront. The wheel is one of the largest in the U.S., and riders sit in gondola-like enclosures as they float over Elliott Bay.
Finally, one of my favorite spots in Seattle is the Seattle Aquarium. There’s a giant Pacific octopus which changes colors as you watch, and an outdoor exhibit with playful otters, plus lots of incredible fish.
On April 1Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:Did you know that more than 16.5 million in the United States practice yoga? There is no shortage of yoga studios in Seattle. From hot Bikram yoga to the strenuous poses on Vinyasa, there are classes available for whatever style you prefer to practice. Here are two of my favorite places to breathe, stretch and say om.
Shakti Vinyasa Yoga in Ballard specializes in Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga and Shakti Vinyasa Yoga classes, both powerful styles linking breath with flowing movement. They host many internationally renowned master yoga teachers including Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Bryan Kest, and Seane Corn.
Breathe offers three Seattle locations, a variety of styles and more than 100 classes each week. For beginners and students of all abilities, their classes and instructors are very friendly. I like the flexibility of classes ranging from 45 minutes to 90 minutes.
On April 1Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:Seattle abounds with independent bookstores. From our Seattle Mystery Bookstore to The Elliot Bay Book Company, Seattle bookworms support a lively bookstore community replete with frequent readings and author signings. Perhaps it’s the rainy days and avid coffee shop culture, but we like to spend time poring over books, magazines and fancy letterpress stationary at our local bookshops.
Here’s a go to list of the top shops to find your inner word nerd in Emerald City.
On March 31Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:There are few hiking options within Seattle proper (Discovery Park, Carkeek Park and Schmitz Preserve Park come to mind for an easy hike). But once you get out of the city, Washington State abounds with outdoor options.
One of my favorite hikes within an hour of Seattle is the Licorice Fern Trail at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. What makes this hike so fantastic is that it’s within a heavily visited Puget Sound park, yet it’s rarely ever busy. If you can successfully find the trailhead, you’ll be rewarded with a tranquil hike, a peaceful waterfall and a modest viewpoint.
For up-to-the-minute updates on local trail conditions, check out Washington Trails Association’s interactive website.
On March 30Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:In Ballard, go to newly renovated Ray’s Boathouse for a front seat of Puget Sound. Fresh seafood, like local albacore poke and Alaskan king salmon take center stage. On a warm sunny day, there’s no patio I’d rather be than at the more casual upstairs café with a crisp glass of rosé.
For a quintessential Seattle dining experience, head to Matt’s in the Market in Pike Place Market. This was the first restaurant I ate at when I moved to Seattle and it still tops my list most-loved dining destinations. Why? Because it’s in the thick of tourist hustle and bustle, yet removed enough to be a local’s favorite. Plus, many of its ingredients are plucked straight from Pike Place Market.
During warm summer months, I gravitate toward the deck at Little Water Cantina. Food doesn’t always shine, but for a made-with-love margarita with a view (often with live music on weekend afternoons), I’ll make some concessions.