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Warmest November on Record: Seas the day!

4 Nov

View from Seattle Ferry deck returning from Bainbridge Island

I woke up this morning and thought, “La Nina who?”
While the weather forecasters push us towards early hibernation, the sun and his glorious middle finger have shown up each weekend, even if only to prove a point. So he wasn’t around during the summer… Better late than never, right? And yeah, I’m sure we’ll have a rough La Nina winter but until homegirl shows up – thou shalt not hibernate. Instead, motivate. Put off the errands for another rainy day. Next time you wake up with the sun poking you with that same finger, remember, this could be your last chance to go out and play!

If the sun shows up this weekend, here are 3 great ways to enjoy the weather and the water:

  • Day trip to Bainbridge Island – park under Hwy 99 for free on Sunday, walk onto the ferry for $7 roundtrip, and 30 minutes later you are in another world. Walk a few blocks into “town” and do some wine tasting, look at local crafts, order a snack at the neighborhood pub and chill on the patio. And if you time it just right, you can catch the sunset on the ferry ride back.
  • Picnic at Tillicum Village on Blake Island – yes, another plug for floating across the water. For a few bucks you can take a scenic ride on an Argosy Cruise boat while the native tour guide dressed in traditional clothing drops knowledge about the history of the original Seattlites. If you’ve got some extra money to spend, you can sign up for the Salmon-bake dinner and show. Option 2: BYOB. There are picnic areas and even places to camp out if you’re feeling adventurous (or miss the last boat).
  • Explore Lake Union Park – Dragon boat paddling, sail boat rides, Sunday Ice cream cruise…need I say more?  Oh yes. I will. The first two are FREE. Lake Union Park recently opened after nearly 30 years of planning, land accumulation and fund raising – check it out and see why all of the time and energy was absolutely worth it.

Rating: Cool, Sexy

Reminds me of: India Arie – A Beautiful Day

Great for: Sunny Day, Rollin Solo, Picnic time

If Happy Hour Is a Home Run…

30 Jul

After a seemingly long day at the office, nothing sounds better than happy hour (aka drinking and venting). Well…almost nothing. If happy hour on a stressful day is a home run, HH on a rooftop deck is a grand slam. The latest long ball: Seattle’s new Hard Rock Café.

Unpretentious Staff & Inviting Entryways

New restaurants located downtown are notorious for ostentatious environments, uninviting doorways and pretentious staff.  At the Hard Rock Café, my friends and I entered the lively atmosphere and were immediately greeted by friendly, down-to-earth staff. Walking through the wide doorway framed with interactive murals and memorabilia, guests are welcome to casually make their next move: appreciate the entryway art, head into the shop, take to the bar OR proceed toward the hostess podium—which is appropriately set back from the entrance. So for folks who just want a peek, the environment seems to encourage both roamers and paying customers. Smart play Hard Rock. Roamers who enjoy themselves, always come back.

Can’t beat the view & the drinks are good too

Now, three flights of stairs doesn’t have to take long, but when the walls are lined with memorabilia from musical greats such as Kurt Kobain, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix, I couldn’t help but stop to “smell the roses.” Half way up I made another pit stop at the 2nd floor bar and performance stage. Jammed to a girl band for a bit, then kept it pushin. Making it up the last flight of stairs, my victory was awarded with a view described in one word: dope. Pike Place Market. Water view. Downtown tourism. And my personal fave—blue skies.

If you’re looking for a new place to spend your next “early release” day from work, the Hard Rock Cafe is complete with laid back staff, a dope view and good drink specials. And if you can’t make it for happy hour, the drinks are still reasonably priced. There are cabanas, a firepit, and plenty of couches to relax on.

Kudos to the Hard Rock for reading the ‘Easy Ways to Piss off a Seattle-ite’ memo and actually heeding the warnings. That’s a grand slam in my book.

Rated: Cool (with Crazy potential)
Great for: Happy Hour |
Date night | Live Music
Reminds me of: Jimi Hendrix

After experiencing the Hard Rock Café, check out these other grand slam patios and decks (see the calendar for more events):

  • Chinoise Cafe | Queen Anne
  • Matador | Ballard/West Seattle/ Tacoma
  • Ocho | Ballard
  • Oddfellows Cafe & Bar | Capitol Hill
  • Sostanza Trattoria | Madison Park
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