You cannot say you have been to Fremont if you haven't visited the troll. Undoubtedly the most photographed artwork in Fremont he's generally tame enough to be posed with ... in the day time.The Fremont Arts Council organized a competition on artwork for the under bridge space in 1989 and the final selection was carried out by ballot during the...more
When you visit Fremont you should stroll the Burke Gilman Trail along the water, find a comfortable spot to sit and just relax for a while. Before long a sailboat will approach the bridge and ask it a question: "toooooot-toot?" The bridge will give a short answer: "toot-toot-toot-..." with one toot for each minute the boat will have to wait until...more
The Fremont neighborhood's first outdoor movie showing was in 1992, and ever since the summer nights in this part of Seattle have welcomed all manner of movies, eccentric pre-movie games, and group fun. The screen is the side of a building 1. Bring your own chair, or sofa, or mattress, or beanbag, or other item to sit on.2. Bring your own...more
Scattered throughout the Fremont district you will find kiosks on the sidewalk. These are known as the "Fremont Hysterical Markers" and tell stories and traditions about the area.You will also find Fremont brochures in these kiosks that tell you where certain stores and restaurants are located, various public art works, public buildings, and a few...more
In order to properly get your bearings in Fremont, it is necessary to visit the "Center of the Universe", which will give you the distances and directions to a number of different important locations, including the Fremont Troll and Rio de Janeiro and Lenin.As Fremont is unquesitonably the Center of the Universe, you will also have the opportunity...more
It is often said that no one is from Seattle. Instead, they're from Queen Anne or Fremont or Beacon Hill. Seattle is a city of neighborhoods and History House pays attention to the history of those neighborhoods rather than the city as a whole. It's a great place to browse through old pictures and newspaper articles and get a sense of how these...more
Go for a bike ride or a stroll along the paths and enjoy the tranquility you'll find here. Close to the water you'll experience the calm and infinity that has drawn us to the water throughout the ages. You'll see boats ranging from rowing shells to fish processors as well as cormorants, kingfishers and migrating salmon (in August).The Lake...more
A cold war era rocket emblazoned with Fremont's motto "De Libertas Quirkas" sits atop a one story building ready for takeoff.The Fremont Business Association is responsible for this installation -- they recognize the value of Fremont's reputation as the city's quirky arts neighborhood. It may or may not be art but it's a perfect match for Fremont's...more
A seven ton bronze of Vladimir Lenin looks over a busy intersection. If you can look past the surface oddity of finding this statue in the middle of a US city you will see some very beautiful lines. Lenin is portrayed striding forward with an heir of certainty and destiny. There is no hint of the surprise he must be experiencing.Fremonsters believe...more
Is it art or is it architecture? Is it an eyesore or is it great public art? Will Fremonsters accept corporate sponsored art as an expression of the Fremont culture? Come have a look and find out for youself.Many Fremonsters complained bitterly about the massive redevelopment that brought this apartment building and the corporate offices across the...more
If you're itching to get your hands on a guitar or mandolin, a dulcimer or a harp or if you just need new reeds for your bagpipe chanter then Dusty Strings is the place for you. Even if you're not a musician you can easily spend a couple of hours down here listening to music and fondling instruments.Dusty Strings is one of the leading makers of...more
Costas Opa has recently closed and been replaced by a Chase Bank. As the reputation for this restaurant and its location dictate that people still talk of it, I have decided to keep this tip here in the event that people try to find it. However, the fact is, it can not be found as it no longer exists.There is no way I will claim to be a food...more
Fremont and Ballard are known as upcoming neighborhoods that are slowly loosing their industrial character and are turning into modern residential and commercial locations. However, traces of the old Fremont and Ballard remain.While it is somewhat modern in some respects, the Salmon Bay Café is one of those places where the old working class...more
The Fremont area has gone through a terrific amount of gentrification in recent years. Where once heavy waterfront industry dominated the scene there are now offices of Google, Adobe and others rubbing shoulders with decades old boat related industries.Places like Yak's seem to come from a much different era, where the food in Fremont had to be...more
The Still Life has been a Fremont institution since it opened in 1986. Here you simply cannot go wrong -- everything is fabulous. The fare is Northwest hearty. If you know of the Moosewood cookbooks then you know what you'll get here.The Still Life is also a great spot for people listening. People watching is fine, but here you can eaves drop on...more
There are still places where people cross the street in their bath robes to go get their morning coffee. At the Lighthouse you'll meet the whole neighborhood including their dogs, kids, inlaws, guests, etc. Ed and Mileaux have created the ultimate gathering place for hilltop Fremonsters where the art on the walls is as intriguing as the patrons in...more
Washington is on the left coast. Seattle is a liberal bastion. Fremont makes Seattle look conservative. And Touchstone Bakery is where Fremont lefties converge. Come here for a hearty, inexpensive breakfast or lunch. Bisquits and gravy -- best breakfast deal in Fremont.more
Nectar Lounge is my new favorite Fremont night spot. This is Fremont's best nightclub and the owners have a real appreciation of both musicians and dancers. Go to their site and read some of their descriptions of upcoming bands to get a sense of their musical taste. They are booking a wide range of styles but every act exhibits that 'dedication to...more
If you're in Femont on a sunny Saturday night you should head out to the movies. Go see a good flick outside with your fellow Fremonsters and rest assured that your $5 ticket will go to a good cause. The Fremont Outdoor Movies is a local non-profit now in their 15th year.Many Americans will remember the outdoor cinemas of their childhood when...more
There are two ways to get around inside of Fremont: by bicycle and by foot. We exist at the juncture of the Burke Gilman Trail and one of two North-South bicycle corridors within the city. Bike racks, though never sufficient, can be found at many locations. Bus routes connect Fremont to Ballard, Phinney, the University, Magnolia, Seattle Center and Downtown. Once here, just walk. Within just a few blocks you'll find enough attractions to keep you busy for a weekend.
If the rip in your Goretex jacket makes you regret that scree glissade that seemed so reasonable at the time; or if chipmunks chewed holes in your backpack because you forgot to hang your tail mix -- this is the store for you. Carol will take your abused gear and and make it as good as new at a fraction of the cost. And you'll have gear scars to...more
Seattlites are raised learning the three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. When it comes to shoes this means you'll be visiting your local cobbler. And when you count on your shoes to keep you alive in the mountains it's important to get them fixed properly. Dave Page has been a Fremont institution for decades. He's a prime example of what I like to...more
If you're visiting Fremont on a bicycle you get a gold star! Bicycling is the best way to get around in North Seattle. But you may need to true a wheel or fix something more serious. Charles at Wright Brothers Cycles is the man for you. Not only is he a traveller and a good mechanic; he also maintains a community repair station where members pay a...more
Every year, Fremont throws a party at the start of summer. This is the Fremont Solstice Festival to the many locals, or officially speaking the Fremont Fair. The culmination of this event is a parade, which is managed somewhat like a small town parade: it isn't really exceptionally precision paced, so that there are some fairly large gaps in the...more
If you enter Fremont on almost any bus route from downtown Seattle, you will come across the Fremont Bridge. This bridge was opened in 1917, and is registered on the National Register of Historic Places and as a designated city of Seattle landmark.Many have made the statement that this is the "busiest drawbridge in the USA" or the "busiest...more
Like everything else in Fremont, yards are up for grabs for individual artistic expression. If you stroll around the residential neighborhood you won't see a lot of tidy green lawns and trimmed hedges. Many of us have ripped out the sod to experiment with more interesting palettes of annuals, perennials, bushes and rocks. You will see some stunning...more
The good news is that this is an attractive little park that overlooks the east end of the passage between Lake Union and Lake Washington. It is somewhat hidden from major roads, and is not extremely busy with people most of the time. It can be a good place to watch the boat traffic.However, it is NOT a quiet park. It sits directly under the...more
According to the Seattle Parks web site, this park was dedicated on August 6, 1990 on the 45th Anniversary of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima. It was constructed by volunteers using $5,000 seed money from the professor that won the 1988 Hiroshima Peace Prize.The park currently features the 1990 Sculpture "Sadako and the Thousand Cranes",...more
When discussing if the Seattle area tends to lean politically "red" or "blue", the response must always be somewhat mixed, for Seattle was doing thing in a "red" way long before those colors came to symbolize USA political parties.Indeed, with the arrival of this huge statue of Vladimir Lenin to a public corner in Fremont in the mid-1990s, it can...more
There is no need to give up your yoga practice just because you're traveling. Fremont boasts at least three yoga studios within walking distance. My favorite is the Yoga Tree where most of the teachers focus equally on spirit and body. They have many 'drop in' classes if you're only in town for a brief visit.
If you want to know why Fremonsters are so in tune with themselves and their community, you should go to a yoga session.
Equipment: Wear loose fitting clothes -- mats and equipment are provided.