On March 29, 2013Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:As an avid sports fan, I log serious hours in local sports bars, especially during football season. There are several factors that make a sports bar fabulous for me – the size, quantity and quality of televisions, variety of beer on draft and quality of bar food. As a Seattleite who doesn’t root for the hometown teams (shame, I know), the quantity of screens is especially important as to not compete with local games. I wouldn’t consider myself a beer snob, but you won’t find me drinking Coors Light, so a few decent beers on tap is always a sports bar plus. As for food, I’m not above eating food from a Fry Daddy, however I do appreciate slightly more healthful and inspired cuisine.
These three sports bars are my favorite places to watch a game (and not feel bad about drinking Bloody Marys before noon):
Ballard Loft. This Ballard neighborhood spot offers friendly bartenders, 16 screens and cheap happy hour deals (try the wings).
Sport Restaurant & Bar. This downtown sports bar does it all – offers family friendly dining areas, a comfy lounge area with low-slung seating and a convivial area around the bar. Burgers and thin crust burgers are my go to game day snacks.
The Ballroom. The crowd can be a little bit frat boy at this Fremont bar, bit staff is always accommodating, they have plenty of televisions and some of the best slices in town.
On March 27, 2013Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:Right now, weather in Seattle is a bit fickle. All signs indicate spring – flowers are blooming everywhere and green buds grace tree limbs. But we’ve had back-to-back days of 60-degree weather and snow within the past week. Seattleites are used to unpredictable weather, so at this point of seasonal limbo, we’re mostly grateful for a few extra hours of sunlight. When I go out in Seattle this time of year, I make sure I’m ready for anything Mother Nature wants to throw my way. It’s not uncommon to find me with a hat or hood, sunglasses and a waterproof layer in my possession until I’m positive that spring has committed to stay. It’s definitely dryer during these spring months and skies aren’t quite so gray, but the key to Seattle success in the spring is to be prepared for sudden weather swings.
On March 27, 2013Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:If you’re staying in downtown Seattle and don’t have plans for any day trips, I don’t think a car rental is necessary. Many of the outlying neighborhoods (well-worth putting on your itinerary) are easily accessible via public transportation. Since the launch of Central Link Light Rail in 2009, getting to/from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the heart of the city has been simplified. One-way trips cost just $2.75 (one-way) and takes roughly 35 minutes. For inner city travel, I frequently take Uber. Download the app, which is linked to your credit card, and you can get from bars to boutiques to your hotel door step in private sedan style with a few quick taps on your smartphone. Also, if you’re not afraid to strap on some sneakers and brave a few hills, Seattle is a very walkable city.
On March 27, 2013Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:Cocktail culture is alive and well in Seattle. Whether you want a hand-crafted creation made from organic and seasonal ingredients or a shot and a locally-brewed beer, Emerald City has all your adult beverage needs covered. When I’m in need of something potent, balanced and delicious, these are the cocktails I crave.
The bar: Sazerac Restaurant & Bar
The cocktail: Captain Shaddock
What is it? Partida Reposado tequila, Plymouth slloe Gin, lime juice, grapefruit Juice
The bar: Zig Zag Café
The cocktail: Trident
What is it? Aquavit with bitter Cynar, dry sherry, peach bitters
The bar: Liberty
The cocktail: Negroni
What is it? Bourbon, Campari, sweet vermouth
The bar: Rob Roy
The cocktail: Sangre de Sol
What is it? Chile-infused tequila, mango puree, grapefruit, agave nectar
The bar: Hazlewood
The cocktail: Edith Macefield
What is it? Rye, Punt e Mes, Aperol
The bar: Artusi
The cocktail? We’ll Do It for Johnny
What is it? Bulleit Bourbon, cherry balsamico, lime, salt, rhubarb bitters
On March 1, 2013Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:Shopping for vintage furniture is one of my favorite weekend activities. I love the thrill of searching for that perfect piece and never quite knowing when you may stumble upon it. My go-to spot in Seattle for discovering such treasures (and plenty I didn’t know I needed) is The House in Magnolia. The owner, David, frequently posts photos on Craigslist so you can get a sense of what he may have in stock. He does a fantastic job at buying quality and hard-to-find pieces (hello, Herman Miller!), refinishing and refurbishing when necessary and selling at a fair price. If you’re looking for mid-century modern antiques, this is where to go.
On March 1, 2013Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:Every time I visit owner Jill Andersen’s Ballard boutique, I find it hard to leave empty handed. I adore her carefully displayed racks for flirty frocks, casual sweaters and flowy boho tops. Plus, her collection of cowboy boots and Americana-inspired belts is among the best I’ve found in Seattle. Labels include TOMS, Prairie Underground, Qi and Kensie, plus many others.
Prices aren’t cheap, but if you meander to the back of the store, sale racks are generally well stocked with many just-out-of-season gems. This is my go-to shop for super girlie party frocks.
Go: ShopHorseshoe.com; 5344 Ballard Avenue NW; 206-547-9639
On March 1, 2013Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:Full confession: When we moved from Fremont to the north end of the University District a little over a year ago, I was not a fan. After living on a quiet residential street, moving to a student-centric neighborhood proved to be (ahem) rather colorful. Slowly, I learned to live with weekend noise and an uptick in crime and transient activity. And I’ve grown to love all the conveniences living near a university offers.
Here are the top five reasons why I think the University District is a great neighborhood:
Saturday Farmers Market. What’s not to love about dozens of vendors, frequent live music and sampling local foodstuffs?
Ravenna Park. When I need a dose of urban nature, I grab my dog and head to this 50 acre wooded park. Cut by a ½-mile ravine and lots of paths, it’s a great place to lose yourself for a while.
Events at UW. Being near a big university means lots of cool events like author readns, musical performances and cultural exhibits. I can always find something fun (and cheap) to do.
Ethnic food. At first, I opined a lack of thoughtful wine lists and craft cocktails, but the variety of global fare has more than made up for these grown-up shortcomings. Whether I want Greek, Thai or Indian (and that’s the shortlist), it’s all within a few block radius.
On March 1, 2013Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:I hate to play favorites when it comes to pretty much anything, but right now, my music-lovin’ heart is equally loyal to both Showbox at the Market and Neptune Theater. You see, I recently saw two amazing shows at these venues – Eels and Patti Smith, respectively. In addition, both venues are fairly intimate and offer impressive acoustics.
At 5’6”, I love the slanted floor at Showbox. Throw in a wraparound bar with a decent beer selection and it’s hard to find yourself in a bad spot.
At the Neptune, the 21+ over bar area and main floor/sometimes dance area makes concert-goers happy. On nights I’m feeling a bit more low-key, I retreat to the upper balcony for a seat with a view at this historic destination.
Seattle is home to countless live music venues, but I love the atmosphere, layout and line-up of talent especially at these two spots.
On March 1, 2013Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:One of my favorite springtime activities in Seattle involves renting a canoe or rowboat from the Waterfront Activities Center (WAC) at University of Washington and paddling around Lake Washington.
Pack a picnic and pull up to one of the floating docks or inlets along the Washington Park Arboretum/UW Botanic Gardens. Keep an eye out for turtles, cormorants and Great Blue Herons.
Crossing the “cut,” a high boat traffic area where yachts and other fancy vessels pass through can be a bit terrifying and will put your upper arm and body strength to test.
For outdoor adventurers on a budget, rentals to the public start at a reasonable $9.00 an hour.
On March 1, 2013Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:Seattle cannot seem to escape its so-called rain stereotype. Yes, it’s gray and gloomy for months on end, but it’s also one of the most beautiful, lush, vibrant cities in the country. Some people say that the myth of continuous rainfall in Seattle was actually invented by the locals in the early 1960s to try to keep people from moving into the state.
If you’re thinking about visiting Seattle, June to August are the driest months – also the best months to take advantage of local bounty at farmers markets. When the rest of the country is sweltering, median summer temperatures hover around a pleasant 75 degrees Seattle. Oh, and in late June, we’re blessed with 16 hours of daylight. On the flipside, in the dark depths of winter, days offer a mere 8.5 hours of daylight. But compared to other parts of the country, we get very little snow.
My Seattle visitor advice? Pack layers and be prepared for anything weather-wise and you’ll stay dry, warm and happy. Also, consider visiting during the fringe season (April and September) for less crowds, better hotel deals and last minute reservations.
U.S. News & World Report shares year-round weather and precipitation reports for Seattle here.
On February 28, 2013Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:Day-trippers head 25 miles north of Seattle to Whidbey Island, where beaches, nature, and wildlife abound. For panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains and Strait of Juan de Fuca, visit Fort Ebey State Park. Once called “Triangle of Death,” the 635-acre park served as a coastal defense fort to protect Puget Sound during World War II. Although bunkers remain intact, now, the landscape is crisscrossed with miles of scenic biking and hiking trails. Breathe in salty air and spot bald eagle, whales, and seals from the shoreline bluffs along Admiralty Inlet. Or brave a stroll on the rocky, driftwood-strewn beach below. Make sure to purchase a Discover Pass if you’re visiting for the day; the fee is included for campers and sites are open year round.
On February 28, 2013Charyn Pfeuffer answered the question:There are few one-stop shopping destinations in Seattle that bring me such complete and total joy, as Pike Place Market. It sustains my home chef habits with local foodstuffs, provides the perfect backdrop to showcase Seattle for first-time visitors, and is my most favorite stop to sip and nosh.
Hello, creatively themed flights of Washington wine at The Tasting Room, mac and cheese Beecher’s Handmade Cheese (the perfect portable carb) or happy hour at Matt’s in the Market. I’ve also been turned onto more than a few local artisans selling their handcrafted, made with oodles of love wares here. I won’t even get started on the flowers. Swoon.
My advice is this: Plan to spend at least half-a-day at Pike Place Market. Stock up on all your edible needs, snag some one-of-a-kind arts and crafts and treat yourself to lunch or happy hour while you’re there. Just be sure to stop and sniff the flowers at the many festive stalls along the way.