Moving to Seattle in Jan

  • iHavok

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    Sep 23, 2013 4:06 PM GMT
    Favorite restaurant?

    Favorite park?

    What can't I miss?


    I wanna see it all!
  • starboard5

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    Sep 23, 2013 4:31 PM GMT
    Favorite restaurant in Seattle: Sullivan's at 621 Union Street. Best dining experience of my life.
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    Sep 23, 2013 4:35 PM GMT
    Seattle is a great town. Tons of fun things to do. Endless pubs and restaurants. City is awash w/good beer and wine. You'll have fun. Sounders, SeaHawks and Mariners games (OK the M's always suck but I am a fan). Excellent seafood and produce. Easy to get out of town and into the Cascades, east side, or Olympics (Mtns). Trout, salmon and steelhead fishing is still good to excellent. Not Alaska but good just the same. The PNW is an awesome place to live. Don't tell anyone though or they will all move here and ruin it (joke). Best wishes.
  • iHavok

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    Sep 23, 2013 4:59 PM GMT
    starboard5 saidFavorite restaurant in Seattle: Sullivan's at 621 Union Street. Best dining experience of my life.


    What made it so good?
  • iHavok

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    Sep 23, 2013 5:00 PM GMT
    Kev1962 saidSeattle is a great town. Tons of fun things to do. Endless pubs and restaurants. City is awash w/good beer and wine. You'll have fun. Sounders, SeaHawks and Mariners games (OK the M's always suck but I am a fan). Excellent seafood and produce. Easy to get out of town and into the Cascades, east side, or Olympics (Mtns). Trout, salmon and steelhead fishing is still good to excellent. Not Alaska but good just the same. The PNW is an awesome place to live. Don't tell anyone though or they will all move here and ruin it (joke). Best wishes.


    Thanks! Ive only visited before, so excited to have a different perspective.
    Coming from small town Northern California, Its going to be wildly different, and good.
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    Sep 23, 2013 7:49 PM GMT
    If you have a smartphone, download the Yelp and TripAdvisor apps. It's a great way to find random places to eat/visit.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Sep 23, 2013 11:53 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidHere are a native's suggestions. January is not a great month to move to Seattle. It is rainy and dark. For restaurants, the best value is Nordstrom Grill. It has incredible steaks and drinks. For seafood, go to Etta's a block from the first Starbucks store in the Pike Place Market. For Greek/Northern African food, go to Lolla and order anything from the tangine oven. For where Seattle billionaires go, it is Mistral where you likely find Jeff Bezos CEO of Amazon.

    Seattle weathies hide their wealth in plain sight. So don't be fool by muted clothing in dark blue, gray, or black. The gray sweat top and bottom are probably from Loro Piana. The blue baseball cap is probably from Hermes finished in goat suede. And the black unstructured jacket is probably a cashmere piece from Giorgio Armani Black Label.

    For sightings, try to find a troll in Fremont; find hot guys running around Green Lake; find naked men and women and kids in a Solstice Parade; find beautiful boats in a massive armada on May day heading from all the lakes toward Lake Washington; find Bill Gates house in Medina but don't get too close because secret agents would intercept you.


    Agree, and I have visited the city twice (and I would move there in January or ANY month if given the opportunity).

    It's hard to find a bad meal there, but what about 5 Spot in Fremont? I heard breakfast is awesome there.
  • Import

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    Sep 23, 2013 11:53 PM GMT
    prepare to never see the sun!
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    Sep 23, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidOh, and do not be surprised by all the giggling Japanese and Chinese women all over the city. The city is a boutique city for them to travel to and get pampered!


    Oh, really?
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    Sep 24, 2013 1:11 AM GMT
    You can't miss ... the rain. It will be all over you every day for about 4 months.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Sep 24, 2013 1:16 AM GMT
    CuriousJock99 saidYou can't miss ... the rain. It will be all over you every day for about 4 months.


    Everyone says that about the rain, but where I live (Orlando, FL), we get more rain each year than Seattle does. Their rainy season is about the same as ours when it comes to duration. At times though, it can pour and pour.
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    Sep 24, 2013 1:16 AM GMT
    I've only been to Seattle once and didn't have much time to check out much things here, but here are some of the things I remember about the city.

    1) The Crab Pot near the Waterfront Park

    If you are a huge fan of crustaceans, you absolutely need to have dinner here one day. Try one of the items under the Seafeasts, which is basically seafood steamed with spices and other ingredients like sausages, corn on the cob, etc. It is a bit pricey, but definitely worth every cent.

    2) University of Washington during spring

    If you have never been to University of Washington, you should definitely visit, especially at around March. That's when the university hosts cherry blossom festivals, and you will be amazed if you are into one of those things. The campus itself is beautiful as well, especially with the part of the campus facing directly towards Mount Rainier.

    3) Pike Place Market

    If you happen to live in downtown and have nothing to do one day, Pike Place Market is a good place to visit. If you are into cooking, you will find that the market has some rather interesting ingredients that you can test out and such. It's one of the places in Seattle where I wish i could have had more time to spend in.
  • andrewisi

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    Sep 24, 2013 2:54 AM GMT
    I don't think it's the rain itself that people tire of, but rather the seemingly constant overcast sky.
    It is a melancholic beauty that I hope you will become fond of. If nothing else, one can consequently admire blue skies and sunbreaks with more passion than ever before.
    regards
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    Sep 24, 2013 3:03 AM GMT
    I used to go there a lot more in the 90's than now, so some of these places may be gone... Randomly:

    Reserve labor-day weekend for the Bumbershoot festival
    Or just hit Seattle Center some sunny day

    Sub Pop Record store

    EMP and SciFi Museum

    Center for Wooden Boats

    There is a tiny experimental fish hatchery at UW. With a tiny little spawning stream. You can go watch salmon returning "home" at arm's length. (OUTa the way! Spawning here! Out of my way!) Of course, since it's a hatchery the "spawning stream" just leads into a trap icon_twisted.gif Hmm... just like real life.
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    Sep 24, 2013 5:42 AM GMT
    Why does Seattle keeps reminding me of Fifty Shades of Grey? Hmmm, sounds like a beautiful city in the book.
  • iHavok

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    Sep 24, 2013 6:04 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
    My moleskine arrives next week, and I should have it packed by January.


    Unfortunately I have no choice when semester begins, so January it is...
    And Im aware of the overcast weather, and will cope. 27 months, I can handle it.

    I didn't do the Yelp route, because i wanted advice from ppl I trust and have more in common with, and Yelp has become a whiner's paradise for dissing some place that wouldn't accept their diva behavior...
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    Sep 24, 2013 6:08 AM GMT
    Lol. I ignore Yelp reviews for the most part. I only use it to find actual businesses and restaurants. Much better than driving in circles and window shopping.
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    Sep 24, 2013 6:27 AM GMT
    iHavok saidFavorite restaurant?

    Favorite park?

    What can't I miss?


    I wanna see it all!



    Red Mill Burger, Blue Moon Burger
    Hiking hiking hiking
  • shawn06

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    Sep 24, 2013 7:43 AM GMT
    Brads cafe is my favorite restaurant, its a small Italian place (house) with amazing food. Go see the fremont troll.
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    Sep 24, 2013 7:53 AM GMT
    This place sucks

    Seriously don't move here you will hate your life
  • iHavok

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    Sep 24, 2013 3:11 PM GMT
    Incendiary saidThis place sucks

    Seriously don't move here you will hate your life


    Its a school thing... 27 months of internship.
    I have little choice, and Im an optimist, so I'm sure I can find something worth smiling for there!