Seattle’s Top 5 Local Immersions

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To truly immerse yourself in Seattle, choose a neighbourhood and spend the day discovering its secrets. Our favourites include Ballard, Fremont, West Seattle, Madison Park, Wallingford, and Capitol Hill. Here are our top five local immersions, including a trip around Ballard.

1. Ballard Neighborhood Shop for picnic fare at Ballard Farmers’ Market on Sunday mornings (on Ballard Ave between 20th Ave NW and 22 Ave NW), grab a latte and cupcake from Cupcake Royale and Verite Coffee, then head to Ballard Locks and Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden to watch boats go between Puget Sound and Lake Washington (any time of year), and the salmon jump the fish ladder (steelhead late February through March, and king salmon, coho and sockeye July to September). If you’d prefer not to bond with nature, then stay urban and do Sunday brunch at Bastille Cafe and Bar and shop ‘Old Ballard’ aka Ballard Ave.

2. Take a drive to Alki Beach Park, eat fish and chips from Spud (2666 Alki Ave SW), and light a fire in the beach fire pits at dusk.

3. Rent bikes from Counterbalance Bicycles on Blakeley Street at University Village, then ride as far as your legs can take you up the 28-mile Burke Gilman Trail.

4. Delve deep into Seattle’s eclectic live music scene at The Triple Door.

5. Seek out The Troll under the bridge in the funky Fremont neighborhood.

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Day Trip:

Take a mid-morning 30-minute ferry trip to Seattle’s artsy enclave, Bainbridge Island. Grab brunch at Cafe Nola, then visit The Bloedel Reserve : 150 acres of magnificent public gardens. Shop the main street galleries, then stop by Bainbridge Island Vineyards for a tasting before dinner at Four Swallows, or simply indulge in the best carrot cake at Blackbird Bakery before catching a sunset ferry back to Seattle. If you’re lucky you might be there for the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour.

Guest Post by Sophie Vander

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