Since the 2008 passage of state legislation making it easier for small-batch distillers to acquire a license and conduct on-site tastings and sales, the number of craft distilleries in Seattle has surpassed that of any other American city. In recognition of our thirst for bespoke booze, Seattle Central College is launching the Craft Distilling Institute.
Slow Down, Seattle: Seattle Department of Transportation will soon test "Slow Zones" in certain neighborhoods. According to an SDOT report, eight neighborhoods will have speed limits reduced from 25 to 20 mph in 2015. This pilot speed reduction is part of SDOT's Vision Zero program that aims to end traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. A schedule for the Slow Zones is not yet available.
Seattle often is touted for its literary bona fides. We frequently top the list of America’s “most literate” cities (we’re currently number 3, following Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis). We’re also among the most-educated U.S. cities (Forbes ranks us number 6, above Boston). We’re home to a great bookstore, Elliott Bay Book Company, known nationally as a must-stop for touring authors. Hugo House is a major center for creative writing classes. We’re headquarters for Amazon and Microsoft, corporations that—for better or worse—are changing how and what the world reads.
Where: Winthrop, Washington, in the Methow Valley. Why: For the 28th annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival (7/17–7/19; The Blues Ranch, 19190 Hwy. 20; 509.997.3837; winthropbluesfestival.com). What: Get your groove on as bands play live and the Methow River plays backdrop.
Maybe it’s the promise of being airborne and getting a bird’s-eye view of forest canopies, park flora and fauna—or perhaps it’s a nod to our ever-shortening attention spans—but either way, zip lines are the thrill ride du jour, so get zooming.
Forget the treadmill. Running outdoors in the Pacific Northwest--among the mountains, beaches and forested paths--is an experience for all the senses. There are ample trails and paths accentuated by rugged terrain and sweeping views where the adventurous set can push their limits year-round (three cheers for the PNW's temperate climate) and enjoy all the stunning scenery around us.
Universal university restrooms: There's a new demand for additional gender-neutral bathrooms at the University of Washington, thanks to some smart students who think the university's current crop of universal spots to do your business is not enough. According to KING 5 News, "each new building on the UW campus includes at least one gender-neutral restroom," but students hope more will be installed.
Everyone needs a good laugh now and then, so we’ve rounded up some of the best improvisational shows in Seattle. Watch trained comedians come up with unique, on-the-spot material and see a show that’s guaranteed to never be the same on any given night. Improv is a great icebreaker for a first date, fun for a night out with friends or even a happy hour with coworkers. You should also know that tickets are cheaper for most shows when purchased in advance, and you can't always buy tickets at the door as some of them fill up fast.
Sharing is Caring: A new app created in Madrona lets people share their stuff with other users, says MyNorthwest.com. The app, MyNeighbor, allows users to post items they're willing to share with neighbors or make a request for something they want to borrow. Users can choose to share for free, charge a fee or share in exchange for a donation to a local charity.
Must RunLace Up Your Sneaks for Seattle Magazine's Brunch RunSaturday (6/6, registration starts at 7:30 a.m.) Grab a friend and run, walk, or stroll this 5K course in Magnuson Park. Then join your fellow runners for a post-race sampling brunch food, mimosas and Bloody Marys from some of Seattle’s top restaurants.
Instagram Inspiration is a new column on Seattlemag.com that explores our favorite Instagram themes each week. This week, our mind is on warm-weather style. We picked some of our favorite looks that play up muted shades of cream and blue in a mix of fabrics and styles; perfect for this season's dramatic weather changes (hello, this entire week). Here's a few great shots to give you outfit inspiration for the upcoming weekend.
Running, just like sauerkraut or Michael Bay movies, is an acquired taste. While it might not be an activity that some of us particularly enjoy, we know there are a lot of you Seattleites who do like your cardio à la Forrest Gump (gnarly beard optional).
With warm weather right around the corner, there’s no better time to start staking out the best date spots in the city. And when it comes to romance, what’s sweeter than taking your sweetheart on a romantic picnic in one of the area’s many gorgeous parks? It’s hard to go wrong when you’re picnicking out on the shores of one of Seattle’s glistening bodies of water or sitting in the shade of its gorgeous greenery.
I just returned from a world’s fair in Milan, Italy. The fair, Expo 2015, is devoted to the subject of “Feeding the Planet.” Milan has long been an inspiration on its own. For example, it is the place that inspired Howard Schultz to turn Starbucks from a coffee purveyor to a seller of lattes to the world after he visited their cafes back in 1983.