Megan Hill

Correspondent

  • Seattle, Washington, USA

Megan Hill is a correspondent who lives in Seattle and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. As a travel and food writer, Hill has contributed to magazines around the country, writing about farm-to-table cuisine, craft beer, agritourism, and the fascinating personalities behind the Northwest’s robust locavore culture. Growing up in New Orleans helped cement her admiration for a lovingly-prepared meal while family road trips fueled her passion for travel. Her favorite travel experiences allow her to walk the streets of a faraway town, people-watch over espresso, drink local beer and wine, and explore the wilderness on long hikes. In her free time, you’ll find Megan playing tennis, crushing problems at the local bouldering gym or parked at her computer planning her next adventure.

  • On June 24, 2013
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    What are the best places for brunch in Seattle?

    Brunch is an artform in Seattle. In my experience, the best spots for brunch are Oddfellows Cafe, an all-day eatery in a rustic, airy building on Capitol Hill. They source food from local purveyors and create dishes like french toast on dreamy brioche, indulgent beignets with jam, and homemade biscuits with thick gravy. The coffee's great here, too.

    Another favorite is Coastal Kitchen, for its split menu: half is permanent, half rotates a place-based theme every few months. There's always something new here. Omelettes bursting with quality ingredients like wild King salmon or locally-made chorizo, plus their spin on standards like gingerbread waffles or hazelnut-cinnamon pancakes.
  • On June 21, 2013
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    What are the best coffee shops in Seattle?

    Many first-time visitors to Seattle are surprised to hear that Starbucks is not most Seattleites' favorite coffee shop.

    Instead, we like to sip artfully-crafted espresso from award-winning baristas in our neighborhood coffee shops. Walk into just about any small coffee shop in Seattle and you're likely to receive a delicious cup of coffee.

    My favorites are Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Victrola, both of which use exceptionally sourced beans. They will often offer single-origin beans, so you can taste test coffee grown in different regions of the world. It's the terroir of java. My other favorite is Espresso Vivace. Get a Cafe Nico, an espresso shot, cream foam, and orange zest. Happiness in a tiny, tiny cup.
  • On June 20, 2013
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    What are the best parks in Seattle?

    Seattle is home to some pretty incredible urban parks. Kerry Park, on Queen Anne Hill (Seattle's highest), sports views extending across the city, all the way to Mount Rainier on clear days. This is the view you've seen a million times in post cards; go here to capture your own.

    Gas Works Park is stunning too, in part for its view over Lake Union and of the skyline, but also for its weird steampunk ruins, the site of a former plant that converted coal to gas. On summer days you'll find the skies above the park strewn with colorful kites.

    Another favorite is the Washington Park Arboretum, a 200-acre chunk of land that includes carefully maintained forest and beautiful wetlands along the shores of Lake Washington. Come in spring, when the enormous tulip, cherry, and pear trees are abloom.
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    What are the best farmers markets in Seattle?

    The best farmers markets in Seattle are undoubtedly the University District market and the Ballard Farmers Market.

    The University District Farmers Market is Seattle's oldest and largest food-only market, and it's been running every Saturday since 1993. It's even gained national recognition: the Boston Globe named it #3 in their list of top farmers markets in the U.S. Vendors sell piles of beautiful produce, much of it organic. Heirloom varieties bring lots of color: rainbow chard, purple tomatoes, you name it.

    My favorite is the Ballard Farmers Market, set in the historic Ballard neighborhood. The market runs year-round on Sundays, and you'll find some vendors other than produce here. You'll find jewelry, candles, and clothing, though the emphasis is certainly on food and produce. 

    Both markets are lively and festive, with musicians performing and families toting dogs and kids and carrying bundles of flowers and produce. These are true neighborhood gathering places, and the farmers are friendly and knowledgeable about their products. It's fun to ask them how they'd cook with a certain potato variety, for example, or advice on cooking a particular cut of meat.
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  • On June 13, 2013
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    What are the best bars in Seattle?

    Photo Courtesy of The Gerald Seattle has many great watering holes, from sophisticated cocktail lounges to happening beer bars. My favorites include Canon, with its dark and cozy interior and incredible variety of booze (36 vareties of absinthe!). The Gerald will put you in mind of Mad Men with its midcentury vibe and appropriately themed cocktails. Try the Draper Point, The Gerald’s take on the Manhattan. On Capitol Hill, Grim’s has a steam-punk feel with Edison bulbs and reclaimed wood, and the food is just as good as the drinks.

    Beer lovers should head to Brouwer’s Café, in the Fremont neighborhood, for an inspired—and huge—beer selection ranging from local staples to international treats. Two of my favorite microbreweries also have tasting rooms that feel more like bars – and serve great food. The Gastropod at Epic Ales has oyster nights and ingenious food pairings with their envelope-pushing brews, and SchoonerEXACT’s tasting room also serves tasty dishes that complement their beer.
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    What are the best restaurants in Seattle?

    Seattle is a foodie’s dream. Renown chefs are pushing the envelope on Northwest and American classics, churning out one incredible meal after another.

    The standouts include Canlis, which has been known as one of Seattle’s best – if not the best – since the 1950s; the Walrus and the Carpenter, an airy oyster bar in the Ballard neighborhood; Rover’s, in Madison Valley, serving Northwest cuisine with a French twist; the elegant Georgian, in downtown’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel, known for its fine dining and seafood-centric menu; and The Herbfarm, in Woodinville, with a carefully-sourced menu and farm-to-table focus.

    You can’t go wrong at any of these top restaurants, which showcase the best Northwest ingredients and show off Seattle’s culinary prowess.
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    Where can you get the best view in Seattle?

    My favorite view in Seattle is from Kerry Park on Queen Anne hill. From the park, you can get the iconic Seattle postcard view, with the Space Needle looming large in the foreground, the Seattle skyline stacking up behind it, and, on clear days, glacier-studded Mount Rainier peeking over the stadiums. The park is packed at sunset, so be sure to get there early.

    You can get a great view of the skyline from Alki Beach, which is particularly impressive as the sun rises behind downtown. Summer sunsets are incredible at Golden Gardens Park, in the Ballard neighborhood. Here, you're looking out over Puget Sound, the islands, and the spires of the Olympics.
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