get here in early September (first half of the month for sure).
- if you can get here for a day of Bumbershoot, do so
- the downtown Central Library (check out the architecture from the top floor inside)
- Discovery Park in Magnolia - be sure to head to the beach
- Archie McPhee in Wallingford (near where i live... website explains all: http://www.mcphee.com/
- the giant stone troll under the Aurora Bridge in Fremont (there's also a huge statue of Vladimir Lenin in downtown Fremont)
- Thai Tom in University District - if you like Thai food, you must go here. the place is a hole in the wall, but there's a reason there's always a line in front of it when there are about a dozen other Thai restaurants within a few blocks....
(there are at least 200 Thai restaurants in Seattle ... and around 100 Teriyaki shops. see the NYT article about it
- Samurai Noodle in the International District for prettttty good ramen
- Gasworks Park in... what's that neighborhood called... uh, North Lake Union? go to the top of the tallest hill there.
- Pink Gorilla in International and University Districts for rare/import video games
- Easy Street Records in Queen Anne (great record store)
- Big Bowl Pho in Ballard... because the portions are huuuge (and good)
- if you must eat by the waterfront, check out The Pink Door
- drive out for a hike to Mount Sai or Pilchuk
- take the ferry to Bremerton