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A North Seattleite's Guide to the Emerald City

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Many of Seattle's best local treasures are found in the unique neighborhoods spread far and wide across bays, lakes, and other various waterways. Each have their own quirky personalities and finds to fit the desires of any local or visitor. With just a weekend in the Emerald City you can explore glass gardens, browse hiking maps at a cider pub, do yoga on a stand-up paddle board, forage in an urban food forest, and shop for handmade everything in hipster Ballard. A unique experience indeed.
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3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199, USA
Seattle's largest public park sits on a sea bluff that's high enough to pierce the city's infamous fog, revealing gorgeous views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Wander its 11 miles (18 km) of paths through forest groves, meadows...
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1923 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Pensione Nichols is the best kind of first hello to the City of Seattle. Located in a historic building on 1st Avenue, this small European style B&B is filled with antiques while at the same time made to feel like home. A breakfast of yogurt,...
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67 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
In the Phinney Ridge neighborhood, the seasonal Friday evening market is not only filled with local folks buying up fresh produce for the weekend but also with those eating a fresh dinner made on site. For dinner you can enjoy grilled veggies,...
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85 Pike St #500, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Walk, cycle or people-watch along the shores of Elliott Bay, a downtown stretch known for its circusy flair and spectacular vistas. You can ride the Great Wheel or visit the beloved Seattle Aquarium, home to wolf eels, sea otters, and the world's...
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3420 Evanston Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
The Fremont neighborhood is full of quirk, which seems only right, since the locals consider it to be the Center of the Universe. Attached to the top corner of a gift shop, the rocket was fashioned into its current shape out of Fairchild C-119...
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5405 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
With over 150 varieties of loose leaf teas and tisanes and a great seasonal crepes menu (with gluten free options) - Miro Tea is my favorite spot in historic downtown Ballard for a late brunch. The interior is made up of a stylishly mismatched set...
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5408 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Venue combines work studio spaces for some artists and designers with a consignment boutique for even more. You’ll find local art, notecards, hand-thrown ceramics, photography, jewelry, bags and small gift items from over 40 Seattle artists. With...
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5419 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
While Seattle is the home of the flagship of another outdoor wear giant, the neighborhood of Ballard has it's own homegrown outdoor brand. The KAVU store in historic downtown Ballard is always a friendly place to step into, selling it's "Busy...
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145 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Walking into Velouria is like stepping right inside the handmade and vintage web marketplace, Etsy. Located in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood, it's filled with carefully crafted dresses, swimwear with vintage flair, and all sorts of accessories.
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5427 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Let's be honest, while local chocolatier Autumn Martin serves up cookies and seasonal savory treats like grilled cheese and salads, the real treats at Hot Cakes are the melty centered chocolate cakes and the inventive boozy milkshakes. The Hot...
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3526 Fremont Pl N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
One of Fremont’s more unusual pieces of public art is a 16-foot-tall bronze statue of Bolshevik Russian Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin. The statue was constructed by a Slovak Bulgarian sculptor, Emil Venkov, on commission from the Soviet...
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305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
I didn't expect to like the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, because it seemed like yet another overpriced Seattle attraction. But I was pleasantly surprised by this colorful, photography-friendly collection of the one-eyed glass artist's work....