Hello from Seattle! It's been a fun four day getaway, and as we say toodles to Seattle, ironically today is a big game—49ers vs. the Seahawks. (Go Niners!) Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest also happens to be a perfect mix of all the great things the region has going for it. I am still in shocked that this is my first time visiting—especially since it's a short less than two hour flight from San Francisco. Known as the Emerald City, Seattle is a lively, progressive urban center, lush with parks and surrounded by natural beauty; home to about 3.3 million people (an estimated 602,000 in the city proper). It is often times credited as the West Coast birthplace of the hipster craze, so, naturally it has several cool kid neighborhoods like Capitol Hill and up-and-coming Ballard. People here are fond of getting out into nature, and they’re serious about protecting the environment. The live-music scene that lifted Seattle to pop-culture prominence during the ’90s grunge scene (think Nirvana and Pearl Jam) continues to thrive. Seattleites love good beer; the city is a cornerstone of the microbrew revolution. And, it does coffee well enough to have launched an espresso empire—Starbucks. Peets, Tully's to name a few. It’s a bookish, erudite place, but also a dynamic and inventive urban center, with thriving technology industries (Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing) and vibrant enclaves of restaurants, bars and galleries.
I have always wanted to visit the Emerald City, and this weekend was filled with sightseeing and eating our way around town. Here are some 4x4 snapshots of my time in Seattle:
Hope you enjoyed! Don't worry, this is just a teaser! I am putting together a guide to Seattle with tips and recommendations on what to do and where to eat.