July 2016

The Best Places to Hike

Plus: The 6 top biking trails

From this Issue

Andrea and Jerry Dinsmore planned to run a tiny truck stop when they retired from their jobs as a truck driver and mechanic, respectively.

Among the many acts at this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP) is the neighborhood’s very own Thunderpussy, the scorching hot, high-octane female rock band, which performs at Neumos on July 24.

These trails pave the way for cycling amongst walkers and runners—but not cars

With Haley Durslag, Cassie Gruber and Jake Laycock

When you think of Pike Place Market, its fishmongers may come to mind—with their entertaining fish tossing, they tend to attract a lot of attention.

A few feet away, however, is something a little less flashy and a little more sentimental: Rachel the Piggy Bank.

Our beloved, bustling Pike Place Market is undergoing a major makeover, and July offers a chance for locals to contribute to its new look, scheduled to be revealed in 2017. From July 20 to July 24, Seattleites are invited to make their own marks on a collection of vibrantly colored panels.

When Norman Cohn purchased his Mercer Island home in 2009, he had sold his business in Las Vegas and was looking for an area that he and his two, school-age sons could enjoy as they got older.

Rows of raspberry canes, their curling tendrils climbing up posts—the result of countless seasons of planting and picking—line the quarter-mile drive up to Estergreen, the 19th-century cabin owned by Vancouver, British Columbia, architect Robert Lemon. The bittersweet berry is a fitting symbol for Lemon’s current state of mind.

Joan Wortis’ home studio just off Wax Orchard Road on Vashon Island, is the ideal spot for indulging the artist’s creative side. “The island is a great place to work,” Wortis says. “Quiet, peaceful, no telephones in the studio…I can focus.” Such focus is critical to the creation of Wortis’ pleated and dyed textile works, each constructed by hand.

Seattle’s community of artists and innovators inspire us through the projects they design, the art they create and the food they cook. We asked six of the city’s influential creators to answer this question: “Where do you go to seek the inspiration to do what you do?” The answers might surprise you...

If you’re a foodie who travels to Hawaii, you’ve likely dined at one of D.K. Kodama’s Sansei seafood restaurants on Maui, Oahu or the Big Island. The chef-restaurateur is a native of Oahu, but actually started his career in the early 1980s at Arnies in Mukilteo.

» July, with its warm weather and late sunsets, is the height of festival season in the Seattle area. While the major event remains Seafair, with its downtown Torchlight Parade on 7/30 and numerous neighborhood satellite events, the month is full of music and cultural celebrations. 

At The Center for Wooden Boats’ (CWB) annual Wooden Boat Festival, set for Independence Day weekend, July 2–4, explore the nautical education nonprofit’s Lake Union Park home—and help celebrate its 40th anniversary. Turnout has grown more than fivefold since CWB welcomed 3,000 people to its first festival in 1976.

As a restaurant critic, I hope my reviews don’t sound like broken records—that I’m not recommending the same dishes at different restaurants. But, over the past year, I can’t remember eating a meal where I wasn’t totally impressed with the veggies.

“The most disagreeable time I have experienced.” That’s how William Clark (of the Lewis and Clark expedition) described his first winter in the Pacific Northwest. Many of us who are still shaking off memories of the rainiest winter on record know exactly how he felt.

In its prime in 2001, Toi, a Thai restaurant in Belltown, garnered accolades for its authentic curry sauces (including a 2002 story on braised short ribs in Bon Appétit). On weekends, the restaurant employed a bouncer, who managed throngs of people waiting in line for chef Toi Borthwick’s red, green and panang curries.

Put down your fork and step away from that sad desk salad. According to a study by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, more than 60 percent of us are dining “al desko” on a regular basis. Seattleites, we are here to tell you there’s a better way. Grab that container of last night’s leftovers and make the most of your lunch hour. May we suggest:

In the far northeast reaches of our state, the bleached antler of a caribou sits quietly on a shelf in the back of a ranger station. Seemingly out of place, the antler is not as incongruous as it first appears. Nearby in the Selkirk Mountains, which form Washington’s borders with Idaho and British Columbia, the southern-most herd of the mountain caribou is taking its last stand.

It’s a joke among parents that the day’s happiest hour is that brief window of solitude—preferably with a glass of wine and a favorite series from Netflix—between when the kids go to bed and adult heads hit the pillow.

Ceramist Carolina Silva blends artistic influences from her native Spain and natural elements inspired by the Pacific Northwest into the handmade pottery pieces she creates for her line Dorotea Ceramics. Silva’s daintily etched florals and playful color palettes make ordinary objects like plates, bowls, vases and pie servers extraordinary.

Locally headquartered island-lifestyle brand Tommy Bahama partnered with California-based Lunada Bay Tile to collaborate on a tile collection with vacation vibes that bring the exotic to the abode. Think seaside blues inspired by the turquoise waters of Raja Ampat (pictured), a remote archipelago in Indonesia.

Naka’s new slant on the hot-weather classic

Kara Montgomery*, a petite, blond, 45-year-old mother of two, is a regular at Cascade Eye & Skin Centers, a dermatology and ophthalmology practice with several locations. A few times a year, she spends $300–$500 for Botox injections, something she views as a beauty treatment that’s less expensive and invasive than surgery and no more expensive than hair extensions.

Good Company Wares canvas tote bag ($80) at Nube, Capitol Hill, 1527 10th Ave.; 206.402.4515;

Featuring a sleek design by renowned local architecture firm Olson Kundig and 158 luxe rooms, Thompson Seattle has opened near Pike Place Market just in time to accommodate summer’s influx of visitors.

For visitors who make their way down the narrow hallway leading to Suyama Space, the experience can be surprising and sublime. What they see there often upends their basic presumptions and expectations about art.

Native New Yorker Patrick Jones moved to Seattle, sight unseen, more than two decades ago with only $300 to his name. His cross-country trek was made possible thanks to a loan from a drug rehab center and a friend who wanted to help Jones escape addiction and a toxic environment. Jones, now 57, has been paying it forward ever since.

Seattle may not be a hot spot for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, but the number of local cases could swell during the summer travel season.

After a decade at Los Angeles’ famed Chateau Marmont hotel, Carolynn Spence packed up her three pixie-bob cats (a Washington breed) to lead the kitchen of the Palladian Hotel’s Shaker & Spear downtown, a position recently vacated by Tulio’s Walter Pisano. Here’s what makes her tick.

On a lazy summer day at the beach, we dug clams and cooked them on a camp stove as the sun tracked across a cloudless sky. Sitting in the sand, staring across the bay, we almost missed a seasonal goody within arm’s reach, right behind us: a carpet of edible greens running the length of the beach. I grabbed a handful and added them to the pot.

Nestled among the firs and cedars on the Whatcom County peninsula of Point Roberts sits a modest, 1,600-square-foot structure made bold with a simple, rustic design that frames the forest and gracefully captures the light of the passing day.

As crowds surge in the security line at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on a recent day, a uniformed man and woman—until that moment standing quietly by the side of the line—suddenly swoop in and open a new security lane.

The annual list of “most endangered” historic properties around the state has been issued by the nonprofit Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

WHERE: San Juan Island, Washington’s bucolic getaway, a few hours’ drive and a ferry ride from downtown Seattle.