As a local, I’d love to share “My Seattle” with you in hopes that you experience the city and grow to love it as much as we all do.
For a refreshing morning run, I head to Lincoln Park in West Seattle for its vibrant foliage, rocky beaches and views of mountain peaks off in the distance. Covering more than 100 acres (40 hectares), the park includes miles of trails for walking, running and biking.
Kingfish Café located on Capitol Hill is where you’ll find me when I have a hankering for Southern-style cuisine. The owners, Laurel and Leslie Coaston, are amazing and offer exceptional service, not to mention out-of-this-world flavours. When I’m feeling up for a chase, I’m glad that Seattle is home to dozens of food trucks. The Pickle and Jam truck offers delicious finger foods, soups and salads all made with love. Here’s an insider tip: The buttermilk skillet cake with homemade jam is epic.
One block from the Hotel, the historic Pike Place Market is one of the oldest operating markets in the United States and boasts more than 200 independent vendors. Year round I enjoy strolling through the stalls, snacking on fresh produce and artisanal food. Surrounding neighbourhoods such as Ballard, the University District and Fremont also offer regular farmers’ markets that I often visit for their unique selections of foods and crafts.
To experience Seattle’s vibrant nightlife, visit Ballard on a weekend. The area is packed with pubs, bars and eateries, such as The Noble Fir and Ballard Loft. For live music, the Tractor Tavern is a local favourite.
A fun way to learn about the Emerald City is the Underground Tour, which reveals the once-occupied downtown Seattle neighbourhood beneath today’s city streets. When I have visitors in town, this is our first stop.
An evening at the Musiquarium Lounge, inside The Triple Door, is perfect any night of the week, especially since it’s just one block from the Hotel. I love watching the colourful fish swim around their 1,900-gallon (7,192-litre) tank.