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Jim Vollendroff

Jim’s Insider Seattle Travel Guide

April 3, 2017 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Welcome to Seattle!  As a local I wanted to give you a few insider tips that may enhance your time in this beautiful City surrounded by water and mountains.

There is the obvious must do list:

Space Needle Pike Place Market Pioneer Square Seattle Seattle Wheel

Best Museum: Museum of Flight

Best running/Walking Path: The Burke (Burke-Gilman Trail)

Best Views of Seattle:

Kerry Park

Belvedere Park (West Seattle)

Hamilton Viewpoint (West Seattle)

Around the Sound:

From the Downtown Ferry Terminal take the water taxi to West Seattle (fare $5.25) Once in West Seattle Two FREE Metro DART shuttles operate between local neighborhoods and the King County Water Taxi, when the water taxi is in operation. Pick it up at 773, West Seattle Junction, 775, Admiral District and Alki Avenue, SW.

MUST DO! Take a ferry as a walk-on to Bainbridge Island from the Downtown Ferry Terminal (fare $8.20) Bainbridge Island Ferry Schedule. The trip from Seattle to Bainbridge Island via ferry boat (locals refer to it merely as “the boat”) is 35 minutes. You don’t need to (nor can you) make a reservation to board the Bainbridge Island ferry on foot or with your car in Seattle; it’s first-come, first-served. While there is a fee from Seattle to Bainbridge Island for both walk-on passengers and automobiles, the route from Bainbridge Island to Seattle only charges for automobiles (walk-on passengers are free).

Best Mexican Food: Cactus – There are multiple locations – my favorite location is Madison Park followed (bus or Uber) by Alki Beach (West Seattle) (water taxi, bus, Uber).  Both Madison Park and Alki Beach are great destinations themselves.

Shopping – University Village (light rail to UW Station them mile walk or bus Uber) and The Bellevue Collection (Bel Square specifically) (bus or Uber).

Best view Starbucks:  Columbia Tower 40th Floor (walking distance or light rail to Pioneer Square Station).

Cherry Blossoms University of Washington (take link light rail from downtown to UW station) They are late this year and are at or near peak!

Capitol Hill  – Take the link light rail to Capitol Hill. Great food all over the place.

Walk around Green Lake (Uber or bus).

Ballard – Great neighborhood to visit (Uber or bus).

Fremont – Great neighborhood to visit (visit the troll) (Uber or bus).

Best daily morning AA meeting: PTP and Water’s Edge.

Great Seafood with a view: Salty’s Alki Beach and Daniel’s Broiler either Leschi or Lake Union (Uber)

Spring 2017 Seattle Restaurant Week: 10 best overall values. These are all great dining options! Also great bargains since it’s restaurant week!

High end very fancy and expensive but extraordinary restaurant (dressy) – Canlis (Uber)

Asian Downtown (and very reasonable) – Wild Ginger , Seattle location. (Light rail or walk)

Best out of the way but worth it Chinese – Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon  – You must try pork jiao-zi (dumplings) delish! (Uber).

Best Dim Sum – Must try and near downtown – Din Tai Fung – also at University Village (walk downtown or Uber or light rail to UW station then a mile walk to U Village).

Best Indian – Nirmal’s (Pioneer Square).

Best Factory Tour EVER! – Boeing Factory Tour – it’s out of the way up in Everett about 30 miles north of Seattle –  Must buy tickets in advance on-line (Uber).

Seattle Underground Tour  – Uniquely Seattle (Pioneer Square).

Ballard Locks – Another uniquely Seattle.

Best Parks – Arboretum, Volunteer Park Conservatory and Waterfront Sculpture Park

Argosy Cruise (any number of options).

Chihuly Garden and Glass.

Out of town options for those hanging around a few days – Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Mt Rainer, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival  or a day trip to Portland on Amtrak Cascades.

Best example of a Recovery Community and place of healing (non-treatment) – Recovery Café.