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Running Through the Sprinkler, Seattle Style

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Hello Seattle, locals and guests alike!  

Guess what?  90 degrees is a fairly uncommon occurance in this town.  Some might call it rare, even in this era of global warming.  So with this week's forecast of 90 echoing in our eardrums, stop what you are doing.  

Stop.  Right now.  Seriously.  Time to dump the plans.

Do something quintessentially Seattle today. Get yourself to Seattle's back yard sprinkler, otherwise known as the International Foundation at the Seattle Center.

Just about every local Seattle school kid has a story of getting drenched at the Fountain.  Pack yourself a picnic, or snacks, and something to drink.  If that feels like too much trouble, don't.  There are no rules here on how to do this, and food is available on-site, at the Armory.

The fountain alternates between a driblle, a gentle arch, and jet bursts shooting water 70 feet in the air.  Your job is to time your journey to the dome without getting a face full of water.  

It's a short walk, a very quck Lyft ride, or a little jaunt on the closest LimeBike from most of our properties. Pretend you're a kid again, or bring your kids and show them how its done.  

You won't regret it, I promise.

Seattle Sans Rental Car

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Carless in Seattle


One of the best things about staying in a Seattle Oasis vacation rental home in the heart of Seattle is how easy it is to get around without a car. No cars gives you a chance to really see the ins and outs of our beautiful city without getting stuck in our notorious rush hour traffic. An added bonus is less money spent on car rental means more money for actually having fun!

seattle busBus - King County Metro -Navigating the city via bus is a super easy way to travel north and south in downtown Seattle.  Second Avenue is the main thoroughfare heading south, and Third Avenue has both north and southbound routes, as well as routes that up to First Hill and Capitol Hill. In addition, route 99 makes a loop through downtown that includes Pioneer Square, the edge of the International District and the Seattle Waterfront. The bus drivers are very forthcoming with information-if you're confused, just ask if the bus services your destination as you enter.

Light Rail –Seattle’s Link isn’t just for the airport. The Light Rail serves UW, Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle, and makes an easy, traffic free way to get around.  Stations are clearly marked throughout downtown Seattle, with Westlake Station and University Street statiion being the two most convenient to our properties.

Streetcars – Much like a trolley,  the streetcar system provides a unique transportation experience. Currently there are two lines, one that services the International District and Capitol Hill via Broadway, and another that services the Westlake area of downtown Seattle over to South Lake Union, including the Museum of History and Industry.

Bike Share – Cycle sharing lets you experience beautiful sceneries, less traffic, and ensures a great workout. Available for use 24/7, 365 days a year, cycle sharing bikes can be found on just about every street corner in downtown Seattle. Current vendors include LimeBike, Ofo and Spin. You must be 16 years or older to ride and if you are under 18, parent or guardian consent is required.  Seattle Insider Tip:  Second Avenue has a protected bike lane for its entire length through the downtown Seattle core. 

Car Share - Though you may prefer to go carless, there are sometimes that you just want, or need, a car. Luckily there’s always a way to grab wheels when you need them most. Zipcars have assigned spots throughout the city and can be rented by the hour. Car2Go offers tiny, by-the-minute Smart cars to rent, and ReachNow provides BMW and electric cars on an hourly basis. 

Not car share, but also good to know is that Seattle is a ride-share city, meaning that both Lyft and Uber rides are plentiful. In addition, taxis circle the downtown core and can be hailed on the fly.


The last option for going carless in Seattle would be good ol’ fashioned walking. Seattle offers beautiful scenery and a compact city center. Local shops abound that can be only viewed by walking. Many places can be walked to in a timely manner and who knows, you may find your new favorite coffee shop or restaurant just around the next corner.

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Summer on Seattle's Waterfront!

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Summertime Fun-Time along Seattle’s Waterfront

Allow yourself to take in a deep, crisp breath of salt air when you visit the Seattle Waterfront. Its multitude of activities, shopping, and fresh seafood will create an environment to build lifelong memories. Among Seattle’s most unique areas, the waterfront is a working waterfront, with fireboats, cruise ships and more, along with great eats and attractions.

Food Along Seattle's Waterfront:

A fun destination restaurant along Seattle's waterfront is The Crab Pot, one of Seattle’s most famous eateries. As seen on Man v. Food, each bite of succulent seafood will have you coming back time and again. Order the Seafest for two or more and get heaping combinations of fresh crab, shrimp, clams, mussels, and delicious sides. Or, if oysters are more your speed, try Elliott’s Oyster House, which boasts a 21-foot oyster bar!

For a more casual, and definitely memorable, setting check out Ivar's, next door to the Fire Boats at Pier 54.  Share your chips with the many seagulls that gather here.  Not for the germaphobes among us, but a fun experience for those of us with kids!  

If seafood is not your thing, there are other options!  Red Robin Burgers is at Pier 55, and has a great selection of both burgers and chicken items. KIdd Valley is a local burger chain that besides beef, has an excellent vegetarian option.  Also Elliott's and Crab Pot, mentioned above, do have land based options!  

Seattle Waterfront Fun:
A day at the Waterfront cannot be considered complete without riding the Seattle Great Wheel. This massive, 175-foot tall wheel is one of the largest in all of North America, allowing views for miles away. Each of its 42 climate controlled gondolas rotates comfortably for all to gaze far and wide.

Perhaps after all of that open air, a bit of shopping is in order. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop has something to wow each and every person who crosses its threshold. Shrunken heads, jackelopes, and two headed taxidermy pieces are only a few of the wonders you will encounter in this charming shop. Opened in 1899, Joseph Edward Stanley began his collection of unusual art, and it has only grown larger over the five generations it has been open.

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While visiting the Waterfront, why not take a stroll to the Seattle Aquarium, where you can get up close and personal with all that live under the briny depths. Fun and casual, the aquarium creates a unique environment to learn all things aquatic. They feature three dive tours a day, in which a diver literally immerses themselves in their work to answer questions from curious visitors. If after your visit you are longing for more, their website features Live Streaming video cams daily so you can watch otters, seals, and the Giant Pacific Octopus in their natural habitats without all the lines.

Seattle Waterfront Shopping:

The shops along the waterfront make a great place to pick up momentos of your Seattle trip, or souvenirs for the folks back home.  There are a couple of shops I really enjoy browsing, even as a local.  Check out Pirates Plunder, at Pier 57.  It a fun shop, crammed full of pirate themed items as well as fun games, books, and toys for the little ones, along with a great selection of Seattle and Washington state knick knacks and souvenirs. Simply Seattle has a selection of Seattle themed items not found anywhere else--popular items are Theo's chocolate, and skyline socks. If you need to get a BUNCH of t-shirts, check out the street vendors at Waterfront Park (adjacent to the Great Wheel) for can't be beat prices.

Seattle's Best: Ice Cream and Sweets

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Seattle Sweets: The City’s Best Ice Cream and Sweet Shops

Vacation is about exploring, trying new things and indulging in local culinary pleasures. Why not make your vacation to Seattle all the sweeter by visiting one of these fabulous local ice cream and treat shops? All are located within walking distance or just a short ride from our vacation rentals.


Shug’s Soda Fountain and Ice Cream
http://shugssodafountain.com/
1525 1st Avenue (Pike Place)
This old school soda shop, features classic sundaes made with local ice cream and house-made syrups and toppings like roasted marshmallows. For a truly decadent experience, try the Viva la Champagne Float with peach sorbet floating in a glass of champagne topped with a Toshi Amarena sour black cherry.

Gelatiamo
http://www.gelatiamo.com/
1400 3rd Avenue (Downtown)
For a smooth, rich treat, head to Gelatiamo for Seattle’s best gelato. This frozen indulgence has less buttercream and less air than ice cream making it incredibly rich and creamy. Their gelato is made fresh daily and features flavors like lavender and honey in addition to classics like chocolate and pistachio. If baked goods are more your thing, sample some of their fresh Italian pastries and biscotti to pair it with a robust cup of Caffe Umbria coffee.

Holy Cannoli
http://www.holycannoliseattle.com/
2720 3rd Avenue (Belltown)
Holy Cannoli is a pastry lovers dream. These crispy treats filled with luscious cream come in a variety of flavors and in small and large sizes. The Traditional is always a good bet or try one of the rotating flavors such as Nutella, Limoncello, or the Salted Caramel topped with crushed nutty pecans. Pair the cannolo with a cup of their strong coffee imported from Italy.

Cupcake Royale
http://www.cupcakeroyale.com/
108 Pine Street (near Pike Place)
Known for it’s decadent cupcakes like the Key Lime Cheesecake and Tiramisu, Cupcake Royale is a Seattle gem with 6 locations sprinkled throughout the city. A fave cupcake is The Big Dipper; deep chocolate cake topped with fluffy meringue, chocolate and a candy pearl. Cupcake Royale also serves up Seattle’s Best Ice Cream by the scoop, in shakes or in a decadent sundae. For a bit of heaven, try the red velvet cupcake ice cream.

Frankie and Jo’s
https://frankieandjos.com/
1010 East Union Street (Capitol Hill)
This chic little shop serves vegan, plant-based ice cream in inventive flavors. The ice creams are made with sprouted cashew nuts or using coconut milk. Our favorites include the Roasted Banana Super Cookie and the Chocolate Mint Brownie. A must try is the odd-colored but incredibly tasty Salted Caramel Ash (grey ice cream anyone?) For anyone with a gluten intolerance, their waffle cones and brownie bites are gluten-free, therefore guilt-free.

Molly Moon’s
http://www.mollymoon.com/
917 East Pine Street (Capitol Hill)
This local chain of quaint shops is known for their silky ice cream in a bunch of unique flavors. For a classic treat try the sweet cream or be a bit adventurous and sample one of their seasonal offerings like the Black Sesame or the Vegan Matcha Peach Sorbet. 1% of all sales of Molly Moon’s ice cream is donated to their Milk Fund which donates dairy to local food banks, so not only will their ice cream make you happy but has the potential to bring joy (and milk) to someone in need.


Candi Canncel is Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals interior designer and when she is not shopping for our next fabulous vacation rental property, she is a food writer and world traveller


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