Magnolia Bluff Travel Guide

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Magnolia Bluff Things to Do

  • Discovery Park: Loop Trail

    NOTE: This tip is part of a larger set of tips associated with Discovery Park, but there is enough in this park that I had to break down the complete description into smaller segments about some of the features in the park.Providing a circle of Discovery Park, mostly through mature forest lands, the Discovery Park Loop Trail is one of the most...

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  • Discovery Park: South Beach Trail

    NOTE: This tip is part of a larger set of tips associated with Discovery Park, but there is enough in this park that I had to break down the complete description into smaller segments about some of the features in the park.As the name implies, the South Beach Trail connects the beach on the south side of the point on which Discovery Park sits with...

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  • Discovery Park: Bird Watching

    While there has been a recent (2010 or so) incident of a cougar finding its way into Discovery Park and living there for a time, most of the time the wildlife you find in Discovery Park is limited to bird life.What bird life you are likely to find depends on the time of year and where you are in the park. It also depends a lot on the mood of the...

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Magnolia Bluff Restaurants

  • Economical Option at North End

    Part convenience store, part deli, and part coffee house, Blue Heron is serves a number of needs in the northern end of Magnolia. However, it does not do so on Wednesdays, nor is it open very late during the week.The convenience store part of the facility has a few prepared items plus drinks in refrigerated shelves that people can grab and pay for...

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  • Small Mexican Restaurant on Interbay...

    There are a select few places to eat outside the Magnolia village area proper, and a small collection of those are on the downhill side of the sloping hill that faces Interbay, close to the railroad yard. This little Mexican restaurant is one of those places.It is quite small, and in fact the restrooms are located in a different part of the...

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  • A Little Bit of Everything

    People have a preconceived notion of what a café is, and you will probably find some of that at Serendipity. However, you will also find that there is a bit more than that here. The place fits the needs of the neighborhood very well, it seems. Part breakfast nook, part night spot (with beer and wine), there are breakfast items, various pastries, a...

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  • Great Value for the Price

    Reasonably well hidden, and defying most of the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, La Palma provides a reasonably good value for the price. After climbing all the stairs required to get to the entrance, which is inexplicably located on the second floor, you will most likely be let to a table on the bottom floor and then...

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  • Quiet Little Pub on Fishing Terminal

    Located on the somewhat hidden east side of the Fisherman's Terminal main building, this is a relatively small operation during weekday nights. There are a huge number of tables though, so weekend nights may be more popular.The restaurant has also gone through a recent ownership change and is apparently now offering a wider variety of menu items,...

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  • Lives Up to Its Name

    The Magnolia Village area hosts a small collection of restaurants that feature a nice variety for a small and less populated area. Towards the middle of this group you will find the Village Pub, which does indeed seem to live up to its name as serving as the community pub for the Magnolia area. It features several televisions tuned to various...

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  • Reasonably Good Mexican Value

    There are only so many restaurants in the Magnolia "village" area, and this happens to be one of them. Like just about everything else in Magnolia, it is somewhat off the beaten path and is still fairly popular with local residents.The reputation of the place highly recommends the Carne Assada, though I decided to try the Vegetarian Fajitas. While...

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  • Come for Dessert and Stay for Even More...

    While the name of the place pretty much says it all, the restaurant also offers some actual food, such as sandwiches and other lunch and snack type items. However, obviously the focus is on the wonderful dessert items, and the owner of Seattle Pie Company has spent time with several other Washington State pie company owners in order to learn from...

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  • Pizza and Pasta, even late at night (for...

    I honestly think that this little and apparently family owned establishment may be on the edge of trying to do too much with what they have. The menu offerings include an extensive line of pizza, pasta, burgers, fish, and many other delicacies, it is hard to imagine all of it being excellent.To top it off, the place offers delivery in Magnolia,...

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  • Time for Pho?

    The menu and concept is simple: Vietnamese style soup in a selection of styles. There are also noodle dishes and other options available, but the primary interest here is the Vietnamese style soup. One of the things I read in the Seattle Post-Intelliger review was that the they really liked the concept of the self-service bar where visitors are...

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  • Hidden Place with View of Downtown...

    The restaurant is in the daylight basement of a two floor building that serves as the restaurant establishment for the Elliott Bay Marina, and the restaurants are open to the public.The restaurant on the "ground level" floor whose entrance faces the parking lot is a very expensive looking place with valet parking and an entrance that just simply...

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  • The Place to Go for Football, or Outdoor...

    The food here is pretty much standard pub grub: sandwiches with fries or salad, and of course great gobs of stuff on tap.The atmosphere is definitely football of any sort. Professional and university football was playing on several screens tonight and, that was certainly the talk of the place.The consist of the patrons seems to be about 70% young...

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Magnolia Bluff Transportation

  • Pier 91 Cruise Ship Terminal

    This tip is intended to help those with questions about cruise ship terminals in Seattle. This tip is actually a continuation of my Seattle Getting to Seattle for Cruise Ships tip, which is located athttp://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tp/200734/For the start of this tip series, please see that tip. The two locations have been completely separated...

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  • Terminal 91 Bike Path

    While it is possible to use this pathway on foot, it is primarily designed as a low-frustration way for bicyclists to connect from Magnolia to Elliott Bay Park and eventually the downtown Seattle waterfront. The only place where bicycles and auto traffic conflict is at a rather busy crossing of the entrance to one of the Port of Seattle...

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Magnolia Bluff Off The Beaten Path

  • Open Space at the Water Tower offers...

    At the very top of the hill on which Magnolia sits you will find a water tower - which really isn't too surprising. The area around this water tower is a relatively undeveloped open space with a few small trees. For now (until the trees get a bit bigger) there is somewhat of a view of the surrounding area provided by this high spot.Sadly, the view...

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  • Discovery Park: Fort Lawton Cemetery

    This tip is part of a larger set of tips about Discovery Park, and therefore see my overview tip about Discovery Park that is in my Seattle page.Before Discovery Park existed, this area was a military reserve. Today, there are a few small sections that remain part of the military but much of what became the park was regarded as no longer necessary...

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  • Discovery Park: Pond Trails

    Crammed between the Daybreak Star center and the Wolf Tree Loop Trail, there is a small loop of trails that wander downhill from the Daybreak Star center. These trails circle a pair of ponds which, in the summer months anyway, accumulate a significant number of mosquitos.However, outside of mosquito season it is a relatively quiet place compared to...

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