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Seattle Summer Hot Spots!

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There are many amazing things about Seattle. We have tremendous natural beauty, amazing restaurants, culture, and a booming economy, altering the skyline and population density daily! One thing that we are also known for is, the rain. While it does rain quite a bit here, there is one big reason we endure the grey skies and soggy days. That reason is... summer! Soon the gloom will part, leaving us with a radiant blue sky that will span for months. Summer is the raison d’etre for the inhabitants of the emerald city, and we all delight as the city comes to life right before our eyes.

It’s not just the weather that puts an extra spring in our step, it’s the abundance of incredible activities for us to enjoy as we strive to soak up as much vitamin D that we can like a squirrel storing up nuts for the long winter. Seattle is a city made up of curious juxtapositions and hi/low mixes. It is without a doubt a city like no other. We thought it would be fun to comprise a list of some of our favorite places to eat, shop, and play. It is a bit of an eclectic mix, an homage to our fair city. For sure, there is something for everyone, enjoy!

Shop

Sarah Alexandra | Madison Valley
http://sarahalexandra.com

Why not pay a visit to our showroom? Bring the girls, stock up on your favorite Sarah Alexandra classics, and stay for a glass of champagne.
We are open Monday-Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

 

Flora and Henri Live and Love Concept Shop | Pioneer Square
https://florahenri.com

Flora and Henri is a beloved Seattle label. Originally known for their line of timeless, luxe children’s fashions, they recently opened a concept shop in Pioneer Square. There you will find the namesake line, and new collections for women, mixed in with housewares, toys, books, and objects you never knew you needed, but do.

 

Liten | Fremont
http://www.litenseattle.com

Fremont is a neighborhood tucked away at the top of Lake Union. Home to the annual Solstice Parade, Fremont is a great neighborhood, filled with charm, history, and the troll! It also has some incredible shopping. One of our favorite boutiques is Liten. With their perfect selection of jewelry, pottery, and accessories, we dare you to leave without buying something!

 

Butter Home | Capitol Hill
http://www.butterhomeseattle.com

Located inside of the Melrose Market, you will find Butter Home. This shop is a veritable treasure trove of amazing gifts, home decor, accessories, cards, and so much more. Go in there when you want to buy a gift for a friend but be sure to get one for yourself too.

 

Juniper | Madrona
http://www.juniperinmadrona.com

Juniper sits on a quiet corner in the lovely, tree lined neighborhood of Madrona. It is the kind of store where you get “that sweater” and many other must have items to fill your wardrobe. Juniper offers the perfect balance of chic simplicity to make any day feel special.

Eat

Westward | Freemont
https://westwardseattle.com

What would any good summer list be without a great seafood restaurant, especially one with a fantastic outdoor area? Westward is perfectly situated at the northern end of Lake Union. Inside you will find a beautiful raw bar where you can taste the freshest offerings from the sea. The outdoor patio area has adirondack chairs, and a fire pit, and a view of the lake. It's a unique spot, perfect for any occasion.

 

Omega Ouzeri | Capitol Hill
http://www.omegaouzeri.com

Capitol Hill is a neighborhood that is known for many things, it's incredible restaurants in particular. Omega Ouzeri is like a love note to Greece, with its high ceilings, chic blue and white interiors, and most importantly, incredible food. Think classic Greek staples with an elegant twist. Whether you go for a cocktail, try the olive oil martini, and small plates, or stay for dinner, you will not be disappointed.

 

Red Cow | Madrona
http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/red-cow/

Ethan Stowell is a well known Seattle restaurateur with many eateries scattered all over the city. The Red Cow is Stowell’s tribute to the classic bistro staple, steak frites. Start with a perfectly composed beef tartare, cheese plate, or the heavenly chicken liver mousse. Select your favorite cut, sauce, and sides. Can't decide on a sauce? Why choose, ask for one of each! Be sure to order the frites with garlic aoli, the perfect accompaniment to any steak, trust us!

 

Terra Plata | Capitol Hill
http://www.terraplata.com/

Some restaurants just know how to nail it every time. Terra Plata is one of those places. When you eat there, it feels special, no matter the occasion. With locally sourced, seasonal menus divided into earth, land, and sea, get ready to be delighted with a symphony of flavors. Be sure to check out their fabulous roof deck, because who doesn’t love a roof?

 

London Plane | Pioneer Square
http://www.thelondonplaneseattle.com

Pioneer Square, one of Seattle’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods, is in the midst of a serious revival. Along with the new life that has been breathed in over the past few years is the London Plane. Part cafe, part marketplace, all fabulous! This is one of those places you tell all your friends about. Just walk in, and you will see what we mean. Be sure to try the house baked breads and pastries.

Fun

Electric Boats | Lake Union
https://theelectricboatco.com

What could be more summery than cruising around on a boat? The Electric Boat Company is the perfect idea for any outing. Get a fun group together. Pack up a cooler, don’t forget the rosé, and get on board. Cruise around, check out the houseboats, take in the sights, but watch out for the seaplanes taking off and landing all around you. Be sure to check out the new deluxe line for an extra special experience, because a little luxury is always the right choice!

 

Woodinville Wine Tasting | Woodinville
https://woodinvillewinecountry.com/wine/member-wineries/

When you think of wine country, you may think of Napa, or Bordeaux, but don’t forget that Washington is also known for our wineries. Just a short drive from Seattle is the beautiful town of Woodinville. There you will find tasting rooms from many of the best wineries the state has to offer. Spend the day or evening, and be sure to check out Chateau Ste. Michelle for their summer outdoor concert series.

 

Hiking | Surrounding Areas of Seattle
http://www.wta.org/go-outside/hikes

Washington state is a natural wonder of land and sea. With the Cascades to the east and the Olympics to the west, and don’t forget about Mount Rainier, why not pack up a bag and head for the hills. Whether you are a novice hiker, or skilled mountaineer, there is a trail waiting for you.

 

Sculpture Park | Belltown
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/olympic-sculpture-park

An offshoot of Seattle Art Museum, SAM to those of us in the know, the Olympic Sculpture Park is a treasure. Stroll through the giant Richard Serra sculpture, and be sure to follow the trail along the water. Once you’ve had your fill, head to the Edgewater Hotel for a drink with a complimentary front row view of the Puget Sound.

 

Vashon Island | Vashon
http://www.vashonchamber.com

The Puget Sound is home to countless islands. No trip to the area is complete without a visit to the San Juan Islands. However, if you don't have time to make the trek, take a day trip to Vashon Island. Just a short ferry ride from West Seattle, a trip to Vashon feels like an adventure. Be sure to visit the Roastery and Minglemints, check out local farms and wineries, or explore any of the beautiful parks and beaches that wind along the coast.