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Seattle may have a rainy reputation, but every summer the emerald city’s gray skies give way to months of the most perfect, balmy, and sunniest days, and locals know not to. not waste a minute. Take part in an outdoor adventure like kayaking on Puget Sound, biking the Burke-Gilman Trail to Gas Works Park, picnicking while taking in views of the Space Needle at Volunteer Park (which is also home to the park Asian art museum), or hike in the expansive 534-acre Discovery Park.
For a more urban outdoor adventure, explore art at Olympic sculpture park, walk the new one Market in MOHAI pedestrian corridor, completed in 2020, while learning about the history of Seattle, or attend a performance of Shakespeare in the Park by Green stage (July 9 to August 14).
Although much of the city’s live music was cut off during the COVID-19 pandemic, the venues are starting to reopen for the summer of 2021. Listen to artists like Primus and Cypress Hill at a live concert. air to Marymoor Park (from August), or support one of the many independent music rooms. Our picks include Capitol Hill’s Neumos, which features artists and dance parties of all genres – a performance by Washington-based rock band Chastity Belt, and a Bowie-inspired dance party are both on the summer calendar – and historic Triple door in downtown Seattle.
Of course, no trip to Seattle is complete without a cup of coffee, a pint of craft beer, or a meal made with Northwestern ingredients, but go beyond the beloved pillars and explore the restaurants, breweries and cafes owned by Seattle’s large AAPI community. Have a cup of single origin Filipino coffee and ube cheesecake at Hood Famous Cafe + Bar. Taste craft beers like Two Pepper Pale Ale shishito-habanero at Lucky Envelope Infusion. Stock up on Chinese food at the historic Tai Tung, established in Seattle’s International District in 1935. Or sip a bowl of cold hand-made soba noodles by chef Mutsuko Soma at Kamonegi before a last drink in her sister sake bar, Hannyatou, the next door.
Where to stay in Seattle
Opened in 2020, the luxurious Hotel Lotte is one of the newer and conveniently located in Pioneer Square and within walking distance of downtown, the international district and a LINK light rail stop that connects visitors to the airport. Inside, the hotel has 189 rooms with a mix of mid-century modern design and Pacific Northwest-inspired touches, plus an on-site bar, restaurant, and spa.
For a more boutique experience, book a room at Kimpton Palladian, housed in a renovated building originally built in 1910 as the Calhoun Hotel. Although modern and fitted with comfortable amenities, the centrally located hotel retains a nod to its historic past through its design details, such as the preservation of its original Palladian windows.
Alternatively, Seattle is also home to many great Airbnbs, from houseboats in South Lake Union to trendy apartments in Capitol Hill, a central neighborhood.
the Seattle bargain network was launched in 2010 to help people find local stores, restaurants, and businesses in Seattle. Notably, he has one of the best Black Owned Business Lists and an initiative called Made in Seattle, which features products made by local producers and manufacturers. Keep an eye out for the Seattle Made logo across town, or drop by its store at Sea-Tac airport to stock up on memories before leaving.
For a cup of coffee with a cause, go to Street bean cafe in Belltown. Launched in 2009, the café offers supportive employment training to young people without stable housing. Through its apprenticeship program, young apprentices gain valuable skills, gain work experience and gain a support network that helps them find employment and stability.
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