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The Best of Spring in Seattle

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It's not quite time to put away those umbrellas, but Seattle makes the most of its sunny spring days with cool treats, patio bars, and outdoor adventures.
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Seattle, WA, USA
As soon as the sun peeks out in Seattle, locals flock to anywhere with a patio, the better to soak up some precious vitamin D. Captain Black’s, in Capitol Hill, is a nautical-themed and mostly outdoor bar with a front and back patio that always...
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1247 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
Although the Volunteer Park Water Tower and Olmsted Park are highlights in Seattle, the Conservatory within the park is a must see for the tourist gardeners. A perfect size to walk through and feel educated, yet not overwhelmed by flora, it's...
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1701 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Many of Seattle’s farmers markets are seasonal, but the Broadway market in Capitol Hill is one of the few year-round markets, open every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. As you wander the stalls in front of Seattle Central Community College, you’ll...
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1933 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Le Pichet (the sister to Cafe Presse in Capitol Hill) is a quaint little French bistro close to Pike Place Market. Locals rave about the quiche, which often sells out by lunchtime, but if you miss out, you can console yourself with their...
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219 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
It’s easy to love Seattle and the benefits afforded by its diverse, dense, urban environment. However, like most big cities, on any given day in downtown Seattle, you can often be faced with the impacts of the hustle and bustle that goes along...
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1500 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Nope, that’s not gelato being scooped up — at Ellenos, the cool dairy treats on offer are all rich, creamy Greek yogurt. But you’d be forgiven for thinking they were ice cream, with indulgent flavors like latte, marionberry pie, and lemon curd. At...
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Seattle, WA 98195, USA
After the eternally cloudy Seattle winter comes...the often equally overcast spring. But all is not gray—cherry trees bloom... The main quad of the University of Washington transforms into a miracle of floating color, petals trembling in the...
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4559 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Visitors with a particular interest in the grunge scene should make a trip to West Seattle’s Easy Street Records — Eddie Vedder lives in the neighborhood and has been known to shop here. But aside from that, Easy Street is just a great local...
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Seattle, WA, USA
When I first moved to Seattle, the Arboretum was a welcome respite from the library. (I had moved there for grad school.) I wouldn't have guessed that it would become one of the places, a couple of years later, where I would get to know my...
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Westlake, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
Tuesday nights from May till September. Sailboats in the city.
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1532 Minor Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Capitol Hill’s Melrose Market is a spacious, sunlit, vintagey-looking indoor market with a variety of artisanal and locally made foods: Rain Shadow Meats, Calf & Kid cheese, the Marigold & Mint flower shop, and Taylor Shellfish. There are also a...
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1005 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Caffe Vita is an independently owned Seattle coffee company that's been roasting coffee locally since 1995. The Capitol Hill location isn't the original store (that's in Queen Anne), but it is one of the nicest — a large, two-story place with...