I feel fortunate to live in a place with such beauty. Upon moving to Seattle in late winter, I was really eager to get out and begin exploring my adopted city, especially when the weather started changing for the better. I started first in my neighborhood – West Seattle / Alki Beach – and then moved on to other famous landmarks and neighborhoods – Pike Place Market / Seattle waterfront, Kerry Park / Queen Anne, Green Lake and the U district to name a few. Of course I chronicled my findings (although mostly with my iPhone, so the photos aren’t of highest quality) and I figured now is as good as time as ever to showcase my new home. I feel like I’m finally getting my bearings straight and can navigate about 70% of the time without directions, so at least I’m heading in the right direction.
To give you an idea of where all these places are on the map, I’ve circled some of my favorite neighborhoods in red.
I must admit, I didn’t know a whole lot about West Seattle when we first bought our house. Bobby grew up around Green Lake, so West Seattle seemed “really far away,” even though we believe that’s a common misconception. We really love the family friendly atmosphere, the proximity to Alki Beach, the quick water taxi to downtown (that we hope to use on game day in the future- Go Hawks!), the beautiful craftsman homes and the great restaurants, shops and bakeries. Stay tuned to our blog for an upcoming post including photos of our new house with our semi-finished results. For now, here’s some shots around the ‘hood.
Less than a mile from our home and just down the hill is Alki Beach, a popular spot for runners, bikers, and stroller-pushers. In the summer, it attracts sun-worshipers, kayakers, bbq’ers and volleyball players. West Seattle, because it sits on a peninsula of sorts that creates Elliot Bay to the east, is a great place to view the downtown Seattle skyline as well. There is a ring road that follows the perimeter of the peninsula, which is lined with popular restaurants and bars.
My parents are currently in town and I thought that Pike Place Market and the Seattle waterfront were perfect locations to showcase Seattle’s finer points. Pike Place Market sits just up the hill from the Elliot Bay waterfront. The market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. Although it is still used by merchants to buy fresh seafood, vegetables and fruits for local restaurants, it is also open to the community and is a popular tourist destination. The huge fresh flower bouquets, that sell for $10-$15 a piece (an awesome deal if you ask me!), are one of my favorite buys at Pike Place. I also really enjoy the doughnut holes that are pumped out via a small machine in front of you and Bobby particularly likes the all-natural (no sugar added) Washington apple chips.
Seattle’s waterfront is a little difficult to reach these days because of the work on the double decker viaduct that runs downtown. However, once you find a parking spot, it’s still nice to see the area on foot. The aquarium and large ferris wheel are popular destinations and there is no shortage of seafood restaurants.
Just north of the piers is the Olympic Sculpture Park, a part of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM).
Sitting above downtown Seattle, in the Queen Anne neighborhood, lies Kerry Park, which provides arguably the best view of the city and Elliot Bay. I have been here 3 or 4 times since moving to the city (and once or twice before) and each time, it’s breathtaking.
In the U District, my mom and I visited the University of Washington to see the famous cherry blossoms on campus.
Lastly, north of downtown, lies Green Lake, very close to the area where Bobby grew up. Every time I have been to Seattle, we’ve visited Green Lake to get our exercise in for the day. It’s a very popular spot for runners, walkers and bikers, as it has a very nice ring path around the lake.
There is still so much more to see in Seattle, but this is just a little of sampling of what we’ve seen in the last two months.