rain gear or blankets?
bring both for seattles weather holds sunny breaks inbettween the rian showers...walking in the rain can be fun an less crowded . invite a friend , see the sound as you listen to the waves ...meet new folk , we friendly here just say hi ! an will welcome yall !
Seattle is a beautiful city...
Seattle is a beautiful city with many things to do. The areas that my wife and I enjoyed were: The Space Needle and Pike Place Market.
The Space Needle is probably known by just about everybody who has heard of Seattle. It stands very close to Puget Sound and affords a beautiful view of it and downtown Seattle. Unfortunately, when we were there the waiting line just to go up was so long we would have had to wait for over an hour. We thought it would be a good idea to make reservations for supper in the restaurant at the top, but when we went to make them, it was booked; and we tried before noon! Oh well, it was still pretty impressive just to be so close.
Pike Place Market is another really fun place to visit. There are many shops there and range from the touristy stuff like t-shirts and such to cut flowers that are a REAL bargain to fresh seafood. There is one shop that sells fish that is well known for the way they sell their seafood. The shop is set up where the fish and such are right there in bins for you to see; no glass bins to separate you from the goods. When you make your choice, there is someone standing nearby who then comes over and picks up your choice. He then THROWS the fish to another person standing behind the elevated counter where it is packaged according to how far you need to travel with it: plain butcher-style paper for the locals to leak-proof, airline-approved insulated foam packages that will keep the 'catch' for up to 48 hours. Kaye and I wound up with a pound of alderwood-smoked Alaskan salmon. Keeps a lot longer! Our fondest memory of Seattle is our visit to a restaurant called 'Rock Bottom.' We ate there back in March 1997 when we first met eye-to-eye. I can't remember what I had for the main part of the meal, but I do remember the bread they served before the main meal came. It was made right there at the restaurant (which is also a micro-brewery). The bread is unique because it is made without adding yeast. Instead, they use one of their beers and the rising occurs because of the yeast form the beer! The bread is DELICIOUS!
This area of Seattle, just north and across the Lake Union canal from Queen Anne, has one of the cutest little downtown areas. I especially love breakfast/brunch at the Still Life Cafe, but the other options are practically endless.
For a special treat, try to make the Soltice Festival!
I haven't realize that Seattlelites have unique customs. But, come to think of it, Seattlelites do!
The people here are caffeineted - for lack of a better word. The residents here drink their coffee strong. And, they have lots of choices when they drink coffee.
When coming to Seattle, you will be surprised how many coffee stands we have. There are those little tiny houses called coffee stands at almost every gasoline station or parking lot and the regulars like the Tully's Coffee Shop, The Seattle's Best or to Starbucks.
Also, you will probably spend a lot of time looking at the menu of just ordering coffee alone.
It seems like every corner in Seattle has a coffee shop like those I mentioned above.
When ordering, we can distinguish or pinpoint who is not from Seattle or who is a tourist or visitor just by the way they order coffee.
Here's how you order coffee in Seattle at Starbucks:
1. Pick what kind of drink (coffee, mocha) you like
2. Do you like it in small, medium, tall, or benti cup?
2. Do you like caffeineted or decaffeineted?
3. Do you like it with white sugar, brown sugar or sugar free?
4. Do you like it with milk, half and half, or cream?
5. When ordering it, do you like it drip? (This is cheape because they get the cup and don't grind the coffee. They just get it from the big thermos).
6. Do you like the cream with foam or no foam?
On average, a Seattlelite employee downtown spends $400 a month on coffee alone. Yes, it's true! Being a Seattlelite, I already know that. Starbucks originated in Seattle!
I know how to order coffee, the Seattlelite-style but most of the time and to save money, I bring my own coffee at work. I have those thermos/cups that I bought from Starbucks and just pour my coffee with cream and sugar and come to work!
Be relaxed and just enjoy...
Be relaxed and just enjoy yourself.
If driving don't honk(it's obnoxious)
Learn to not mind the clouds(late Oct.-May you are guaranteed to see a lot of them,though 2-3 days of the week are usually crystal clear and you can see mountains in all directions)
The summer months are on average clear and mild,in the upper 70's.
The Seattle is a city and does have crime,it's not a place where you ever really feel unsafe(most areas you could wander the streets in the middle of the night and feel at ease).
Make sure to get out of the city and enjoy the mountains&lakes(you can get to lakes in under 10 minutes from downtown/lake washington&green lake/ and it is takes just less than an hour to get out to the cascades.