Brangien Davis, Ali Brownrigg, Rachel Hart, Elsy Pawelak, Allison Scheff, Niki Stojnic & Lisa Wogan
Let’s be honest, having a good summer in Seattle doesn’t take a lot of ingenuity. It’s sunny and warm: Get outside! Marveling at the blue skies and the novelty of not wearing a jacket offers sufficient stimulation for most of us locals. But for those who seek to push the fun a bit further, we offer a collection of lesser known city spots that will help take your summer into the stratosphere.
Sunblock, sunglasses and a great book—such cool things for a blistering hot summer day. Writer's Digest has said that it's hard to imagine a better city for writers than Seattle. And these six local authors prove it by infusing a little romance, terror and doom, food for thought, some drama and death and a little hope and reassurance into these summer-ready page-turners.
Must Ramble Georgetown Carnival Hits the Streets Saturday (6/13, times vary) Head south to the one-of-a-kind Georgetown neighborhood for the annual street festival, featuring live music, food trucks, interactive art, carnival acts and the always thrilling if slightly deranged power tool races.
Known best for his stint as the bass player for Guns N’ Roses, Seattle rock star Duff McKagan has also proven himself to be a skilled writer by way of his popular columns for Seattle Weekly and ESPN.com, and his memoir, It’s So Easy (And Other Lies), acclaimed for its frank self-awareness. In May, he released a new book, How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions), full of insights from the trenches. LOCATION: Guppy’s living room DRINKS: Stovetop espresso with half-and-half and brown sugar
Instagram Inspiration is a new column on Seattlemag.com that explores our favorite instagram themes each week.This week we were inspired to create--and we found some crafty Instagrammers to help expand our imaginations. Check out these quirky summer DIY projects for a fun way to bring out your artistic spirit.
Cycling enthusiasts of all abilities can ride this month’s Tour de France mania at three new Seattle bike outlets. From high-end racing bikes to kitschy accoutrements, serious cyclists and casual bikers alike will find something to celebrate. Bonne chance, cyclistes! Hit Miir for bikes and bottles Photo Credit: Meredith Hunter
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.