Life in Seattle
Seattle combines unparalleled natural beauty with cosmopolitan amenities.
- Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) International Airport is a major westcoast airport with many direct domestic and international flights.
- The ferry can be taken to nearby islands for a relaxing weekend or catch the Victoria Clipper to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
- There are multiple ski resorts within a 1 to 3 hour drive from the city and Whistler, British Columbia host to the 2010 winter olympics is less than 5 hours from downtown Seattle.
- Seattle has a variety of restaurants that can satisfy almost any food craving. There are also numerous farmers markets providing fresh produce and meat to create a restaurant quality meal at home and, of course, the famous Pike Place Market.
- There are a variety of professional sports to enjoy the Sounders (soccer), Mariners (baseball), Seahawks (football) and Storm (basketball) call Seattle home.
- The Seattle Art Museum (SAM), Pacific Science Center, Museum of Flight, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Experience Music Project, Seattle Opera and Symphony, and Pacific Northwest Ballet are a few of the highlights of the Seattle area art and cultural affairs enjoyed by residents and tourists.
Seattle receives about 31.17 inches of rain a year (less than New York City, Atlanta, or Boston) with most precipitation falling as drizzle. 1
Population (2010): City: 612,000; Seattle metro area: 3,707,400
Entertainment for Tourists and Residents:
- Take a seaplane tour for a bird’s eye view of Seattle.
- Visit the Space Needle (http://www.spaceneedle.com/)
- Sample from a few of the local restaurants serving up a delicious variety of cuisines. Some of our favorites:
- Japonesa, Japanese-Spanish fusion cuisine, great happy hour sushi
- Serious Pie, Gourmet Pizza, roasted chanterelle mushrooms and truffle cheese is the trademark, but the buffalo mozzarella, red sauce and fresh basil is also delicious
- Enjoy some beer from one of the many local microbreweries or wine from the nearby wineries. Some of our favorites:
- Elysian Brewing Company, great food and beer with a casual and hip atmosphere
- Georgetown Brewing Company, Brewery tours on Saturday (call ahead for information), although there is no restaurant there is a great retail shop to try a few samples and maybe home a growler of your own
- Pike Brewing Company, tasty food and beer located downtown near Pike Place Market
- Chateau St Michelle winery is located in Woodinville (a short drive from Seattle or the avid bicyclist can take the Burke-Gilman trail from Seattle), enjoy a complimentary wine tasting tour or bring a picnic in the summer
- Fantastic shopping downtown at the Nordstrom flagship store and the University Village Mall. Or head across Lake Washington to the Bellevue Square Mall and the luxurious Bravern shopping center in Bellevue. The Tulalip Outlet Mall is also a short drive North on I-5.
- Outdoor adventures are plentiful here in Seattle. Many of our favorite choices include:
- Visit Mount Rainier for hiking (with various degrees of difficulty available), camping, mountain biking, or just enjoying the landscape
- Rent a kayak or canoe and sight-see from the water.
- Take a stroll or bike ride down Alki Beach in West Seattle.
- Visit one of the many nearby ski hills for a variety of winter sports.
1. Sperling, Bert; Peter Sander (2007). Cities Ranked and Rated. Wiley.