Seattle Ideas: Day One

So this week, Patrick and I are in Seattle, Washington. He’s taking a real estate class to get his MAI (more on that later), and I’m here, well, tagging along!

The nice thing about freelance work is that more often than not, it can travel with you. Each day, we’ve both been working til about 1:00 p.m., then heading out to find some adventure.  Here’s what we’ve found so far:

Day One: Ballard + Fremont

After a delicious breakfast at our bed and breakfast, The Greenlake Guest House, we headed out towards Ballard, where on Sundays, they have a great farmers’ market!

Even though it was incredibly freezing, we bundled up and walked the streets for a few hours. There, I found a few great gifts, and a few odd signs like this one:

After eating a slice of pizza straight from a market vendor (who had a rolling wood-fired stove!) we headed out to Fremont. There, we grabbed coffee at Milstead with our old friend Kevin Kniery, and then saw the infamous Troll. (And, yes, it’s in 10 Things I Hate about You, which was just 1 thing I loved about it.)

After hanging with the Troll, Patrick and I trudged out to Gas Works Park, which is located on a hill, looking right over onto downtown Seattle.

Top that off with drinks at Hazelwood, and dinner at The Walrus and the Carpenter (after a 2 hour wait, which is why we went for drinks)… and you’ve got yourself one fine day in Seattle!

So to recap, here are the things we did, and some other things we still hope to try:


  • On Sunday, they have one of the best farmers markets in the U.S.
  • Shop on Market Street/Ballard Ave.
  • Sunset Park- small park, but it’s sole purpose is beautiful sunset watching.
  • Restaurants to Consider
    • Cafe Bambino (coffee) 405 NW 65th Ave, 206-706-4934
    • Ridgeback Cafe (crepes) 500 Northwest 65th Street, Seattle, WA
    • The Walrus and the Carpenter 4743 Ballard Ave NW, Ballard, 206-395-9227
      • (cocktails, oysters etc)
    • Oaxaca 5431 Ballard Ave NW, 206-782-8722
      • (Mexican, not open Sundays)
    • Hazlewood 2311 NW Market S (cocktails)


  • Also has a famous Sunday market – underground parking garage – vintage stuff!
  • Restaurants to Consider
    • Kwanjai Thai – 469 N. 36 Street
    • Dot’s Delicatessen – 4262 Fremont Avenue
  • The Book Larder – 4252 Fremont Avenue North
  • Milstead Coffee (Like Barista Parlor) – 770 North 34th Street
  • Gas Works Park!

Author: Claire

Hi I'm Claire. I am a freelance writer, Vizlsa lover, and avid runner who lives in Nashville, TN. Nice to meet you.

13 thoughts

  1. Claire: I’m glad you have some good (for the Northwest) weather while you’re here in Seattle. Congratulations on your article in The Christian Science Monitor. It’s a compelling story well told. One thing to add to your Seattle list, if you can arrange it — a visit with David Brewster. He’s editor-at-large of and founder of Seattle Weekly. He’s launched or encouraged more good writers in this town than just about anyone. You can reach him at And if you have time for an underground tour in Pioneer Square, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever done. Keep writing great stories, and keep pitching the Monitor. I’ll be watching for your byline.

      1. Claire: Yes, I do live in the Seattle area and work in Bellevue. I grew up in Virginia and moved here many years ago. I don’t actually know David . . . I just respect what he’s accomplished. I’d reach out anyway if you’d like to talk with him.

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