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Seattle Summer Guide 2010

Hallelujah! Summer is finally here!

By Seattle Mag December 31, 1969

This article originally appeared in the June 2010 issue of Seattle Magazine.

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Hallelujah! Summer is finally here! As locals know, from the first moment the sun starts showing its big yellow head, we’re in our short sleeves and aiming to spend as many hours outdoors as possible. Looking for ways to fill those gloriously long days? Our annual summer guide features countless options for indulging outside—including outdoor sports, dining al fresco, best places to bask, peaceful parks, outdoor music and our many frolicsome festivals. This year we’ve gone hyperlocal, organizing the guide by neighborhoods and highlighting those that scream summer fun. We’ve also slipped in some special techie-treats by way of bonus pages you can access with “tags” scanned with a smartphone (see instructions on page 14). One of them features our sizzling summer mixtape, packed with new songs by Seattle bands. But whether you choose to go high-tech, low-tech or somewhere in between, whatever you do, get outside and enjoy our city in the sunshine. 

Summer In The City
Ballard & Greenwood/Phinney
Ballard continues to boom, with new restaurants, bars and shops still opening on a regular basis, a thriving art walk and farmers’ market, and, of course, the summer Seafood Fest, where the salmon booths pack ’em in like sardines.

Capitol Hill
While this hipster haven doesn’t offer beach access or swimming pools, it’s still a highly desirable summer spot, thanks to a killer park and fountain, a tangibly youthful energy, restaurants with their patio doors flung open, nightlife that keeps on going and one of summer’s most anticipated music festivals.

Waterfront & Bainbridge Island

Nothing reminds you of why you live here like a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island.

Queen Anne & Magnolia
The highest of Seattle’s seven hills, Queen Anne offers spectacular views in every direction—one of many reasons to scale its heights in the summertime.

West Seattle
When it comes to West Seattle summer scenes, most people picture Alki Beach or splashy antics at the outdoor, saltwater Colman Pool in Lincoln Park, but there are plenty of other reasons to cross the bridge.

Beacon Hill & Columbia City
Thanks to light rail, Columbia City is just a quick, cheap, no-parking-hassle train ride away.

Madison Park & Madrona
You haven’t really had a Seattle brunch experience until you’ve consumed the amazing breakfast burrito on the sweet outdoor patio at The Hi Spot Café.

Fremont may have lost some of its quirkiness (hello, condos!), trading its crunchy heritage for a bustling, youthful nightlife scene. But purists can still count on a few eclectic summer staples. Take, for e


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