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Get to Know Denny Triangle

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Get to Know Denny Triangle

A Vibrant Downtown Seattle Neighborhood

One of the best things about staying in a vacation rental home in downtown Seattle is getting to experience all the highlights of a robust, urban downtown and feel like a local. Downtown Seattle is a mix of neighborhoods that all have something special that begs to be explored.

So, take a short jaunt from your vacation rental home and get to know Denny Triangle.

Meet Denny Triangle
One of downtown’s fastest growing neighborhoods, Denny Triangle is a triangular shaped area that connects the Retail Core to Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Professional and residential communities stand shoulder to shoulder with restaurants, public parks, and unique shops, all connected by the Seattle Streetcar Line.

Fun facts! Denny Hill is also called the Gateway District. It started as the Denny Hill Regrade project, which was the removal of Denny Hill, one of the proverbial seven hills of Seattle. The regrade occurred at the turn of the last century and made developing the neighborhood possible.

Amazon’s Biospheres
Amazon is one of Washington State’s top 10 employers and is expanding into Denny Hill. Amazon is building three crystal biospheres that will each stand 100 feet tall and will be part of their new 3.3 million square foot complex, which is also under construction. The domes are due to be filled with plants and opened in 2018.

All-Day and Kid-Friendly
PlayDate SEA is an 8,000-square foot indoor playground that has an attached café for parents. This Denny Hill spot offers an interactive dance floors, laser tag, plus a variety of climbing and crawling activities for kids up to 12. A separate toddler area keeps everyone safe and happy. Weekend prices for kids 3 and under is $12, for kids 4 and older, it’s $18. Parent’s aren’t charged for admission.

Restaurant Recommendations
Denny Hill neighborhood is filled with restaurants from mobile food trucks to fine dining and everything in between.

FareStart – Get your dining experience with a side of heart at this restaurant. Part of the proceeds from the restaurants’ lunches, dinners, and catering services go to help disadvantaged people. More than that, though, it’s also a culinary job training and placement program for disadvantaged and homeless individuals.

Palace Kitchen – Cozy booths and an open kitchen ensure your experience at this chef Tom Douglas’ restaurant will be just what you want. Whole trout and chickens grilled over an Applewood grill or a lush plate of local vegetables are all perfectly prepared to please.

Mistral Kitchen is a fine dining urban bistro offering lunch Monday to Friday, happy hour service Monday to Saturday, and dinner Monday through Saturday. Reserve a spot in the Jewel Box Bar and sip from their signature handblown glassware created by Pennsylvania-based artist Michael Schunke.

Gopoke – poke bowls are the perfect customized lunch or dinner. Layer any number of vegetables and meats over a base of your choice for a fresh take on eating.

Top Pot Doughnuts – Hand-forged doughnuts and coffee make this a This Seattle-based chain has locations within Seattle and their doughnuts are offered in cafes in western Washington and Dallas Texas.

Tech-Savvy Seattle

TECH SAVVY

10 Tech Companies That Call Seattle Home

With stunning views of Puget Sound, strolls through Pike Place Market, incredible food, and landmarks galore, the pleasures of your trip to the Emerald City are inevitable. But you’re here under the guise of business travel, so it’s wise to learn a little about the companies that live and play here, too.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Pacific Northwest is home to companies that will feed your intellect and career curiosities. In recent years, Seattle has emerged as a major frontrunner and tech hub. When hopeful startups share space with some of the biggest players in the world (think: Facebook and Google), both are certain to become game changers of technology.

Consider this top 10 list to be an inexhaustible beginning to a list of all that Seattle has to offer in the way of technology.

The Techies You Know
snapchat#1 Snapchat: Headquartered in California, Snap Inc. officially moved its engineering operations near to Pike Place Market in early 2016. With around 200 million users, Snapchat has forever popularized the notion of “talking” through pictures.

#2 Twitter: Though 2016 was a lackluster year in terms of growth and profitability for this succinct storytelling medium, Twitter is a still-leading, ever-promising social network. Popular with celebrities and a pastime for POTUS, Twitter is Facebook’s slightly less popular pseudo-friend. Parked above Pike Place Market, Twitter prides itself on keeping employees happy and healthy in the engineering office of Seattle.

#3 Dropbox: A quickly-growing file host, Dropbox offers accessible, user-friendly cloud storage. Its engineers have proudly been calling Seattle home for the last couple of years.

#4 Nintendo: Nintendo’s remarkable history began in the late 1880s, when the original founder created playing cards in Japan. From these humble beginnings, Nintendo would become the largest and most profitable video gaming company in the world. They are now housed in the beautiful Seattle metropolitan area.

#5 Expedia: A leader in its industry, Expedia is a behemoth international online travel company, the parent of Hotels.com, Travelocity, Trivago, and Hotwire, to name just a few. The company is headquartered in the greater metro area.

#6 Microsoft: Employing tens of thousands of employees in just the Seattle area, Microsoft is one of the largest and most renowned technology companies in the entire world. It’s also one of the top 25 best places to work, per Glassdoor, and one of the highest-paying tech companies in the country. Remember, their happy employees may turn into your terrific business associates.

Tech Gurus You May Not Know…Yet
#7 F5 Networks: F5, a high-paying, highly-respected specialist in web applications, prides itself on making “apps go faster, smarter, safer.” Empowering employees to “work hard” and “stay geeky,” F5 endeavors to create career employees and lifelong partners and customers.

#8 Blue Origin: Founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin builds aerospace equipment and – better yet – “offers aspiring astronauts a glimpse of the future” in a real rocket that crosses the boundary between earth and space. Builders, engineers, and business minds all come together to create the Blue Origin workspace, just south of Seattle.

#9 Redfin: Using the internet to make the home-buying (and selling) process seamless for its clients, Redfin is making waves in the real estate and tech industries, after recently announcing its expansion into mortgage loans.

#10 Moz: The goal of this up-and-comer is to boost your visibility and online presence through employees’ collective passion for marketing analytics and search engine optimization. The fun and energetic teams at Moz have a lot to offer, for both you and your organization.

10 Must-Try Restaurants in Downtown Seattle’s Central District Neighborhood

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10 Must-Try Restaurants in Downtown Seattle’s Central District Neighborhood

Central Area District is just outside of downtown Seattle, making it perfect for exploring when you’re ready to step outside from your vacation rental home. This quiet neighborhood is a racially and ethnically diverse Seattle charmer with a rich tradition, storied past, and some killer restaurants.

CheekyShh! Foodie Locals Want Central District’s Restaurant Scene Kept Quiet
Locals may not want hordes of hungry tourists flocking to Central District’s well-kept secret restaurants. But foodies won’t be able to resist the options available here, thanks to a restaurant explosion in recent years.

The neighborhood’s calling card is ethnic food, but it’s no stranger to classic comfort fare, so check out the favorites in both categories. Here are the top 10 places you’ve got to hit in Central.

4 Must-Try Ethnic Restaurants
#1 Soft, chewy flatbread. Thick and spicy meat stew. Flavorful vegetables sprinkled in. What your mouth is watering for right now is Ethiopian cuisine, and there are no better options in downtown Seattle than Assimba and Adey Abeba.

#2 Unmissable in striking orange, Lotus Thai Cuisine is a consistent favorite, serving tasty Thai dishes at the spice level of your preference. With a friendly atmosphere and a menu full of inexpensive options for a variety of palate preferences, this one is not to be missed.

#3 The Vietnamese rely on fresh ingredients and flavorful spices in their cooking. The pride of that tradition is evident at Moonlight Cafe. Featuring a plethora of vegetarian and vegan options, the menu also offers plenty of plates to keep meat lovers rejoicing.

#4 Sam’s Moroccan Sandwich Shop is a fabulous surprise. (Moroccan sandwiches? Why didn’t we think of that?) There are meaty and vegetarian sandwich options, salads, hummus, and fries. If you haven’t tried your chicken curry on bread, there’s no better place.

6 Comfort Food Hot Spots You Can’t Resist
#1 Ezell’s Famous Chicken features Southern fried chicken in a Northwestern fast food joint that’s been well-known and well-loved for decades. This is soul food at its absolute finest, folks.

#2 If you’re not yet familiar with the tantalizing flavor profile that is the chicken-waffle combination, indulge for the first time at Nate’s Wings and Waffles. Order a surprising waffle with your favorite classic strips, a chicken waffle slider, wings, or a beef slider with sweet potato fries. No one’s going to judge you for choosing one American delicacy over another. In fact, they’ll be too busy dipping into their maple apple cider syrup to care.

#3 Traveling and get a craving for home cooking? You won’t leave Cheeky Café disappointed. With a large menu of both the familiar comfort foods and Asian Fusion, there is something here for everyone – and it’s all done well. Take a gander at the menu and dare yourself not to find five dishes you can’t live without this week.

#4 Food trucks and street food are insanely popular around Seattle, and the Central District is no exception. One beloved food truck is Taqueria Sotelo, which offers up scrumptious samples of its Mexican cuisine while you ponder your order. Similarly, Skillet, a well-loved Seattle restaurant, is now offering food on four wheels, driving around the Seattle area (think: poutine and burgers).

#5 If you’re looking for food and a good mood, you’re thinking of Twilight Exit, which is the other party in a longtime love affair with locals and visitors alike. Delicious Americana food and relatively inexpensive drinks abound, both on the patio and in the ‘70s-themed interior. Some say the best time to visit is a weekday evening, when you’ll be warmly greeted by diverse locals.

#6 If you’re not intrigued by Peanut Butter and Berry Jam ice cream, don’t worry – monthly and seasonal flavors are the highlight, but they’re not forgoing the traditional delights at Central District Ice Cream Company. Here, you’re going to be enthralled with colorful cones and delectable ice cream sandwiches (two brown sugar cookies hugging pumpkin ice cream, for example). But you can also feast on chocolates, candies, milkshakes, and popsicles. Just head over now, or you’ll be daydreaming about this sweet indulgence all day long.

Remember, your downtown vacation rental home is just a hop, skip, and a jump from some of the best food you can imagine. When you’re out exploring for the day, grab a friend and hop on a bus, tram, or bike and head on over to the Central District for an experience you won’t forget. After all, it’s time to treat yourself.

10 Reasons to Get to Know SoDo and Georgetown

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10 Reasons to Get to Know SoDo and Georgetown

Explore Downtown Seattle Today!

There’s a plethora of neighborhoods within downtown Seattle, which is located right outside your vacation rental home doors. You’ll want to spend some time getting familiar with one of the most vibrant neighborhoods: SoDo and Georgetown districts.

beerLocated just south of downtown, these Seattle neighborhoods are teaming with late industrial grit, modern Boehme style, and innovative ideas. Originally dubbed SoDo because it was south of the now demolished (King) Dome, it now lives on with the moniker by its proximity to Seattle alone. Settled in 1851, Georgetown is Seattle's flagship neighborhood and remains as avant-garde as ever. These two areas have had a resurgence in popularity recently, and for good reason.

Here's a cheat sheet of 10 facts that make the SoDo/Georgetown travel goals for your next downtown Seattle trip.

#1 Cheers - Rainier Brewing Company first opened its doors in Georgetown in 1882, and it seems to be that history really does repeat. Places like Georgetown Brewing Company, and Lowercase Brewing have kept this rich, hoppy tradition alive and tanked.

#2 Come watch some serious sportball - Major league baseball, soccer, and football are all played at nearby Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field.

#3 Check out a show - Downtown Seattle's sister concert hall, Showbox SoDo is a fantastic venue to see a variety of indie shows and musicians.

#4 Get Spacey - Georgetown's Museum of Flight has all the aviation. From a space shuttle trainer model, right up to a full-sized Concorde, you will have an interactive glimpse at the history of flying.

#5 Gold Rush Fever - A visit to the Klondike Gold Rush museum is a wealth of historical information about the famous American treasure hunt. FIlson has everything you need to get decked out as a true pioneer settler…or a hipster.

trailer park#6 Shopping Quirky - Ye Old Curiosity Shoppe and Georgetown Trailer Park Mall offer the finest kitsch and oddities you will find in Seattle and quite possibly all of Washington State.

#7 Eat all the foods - The Seattle neighborhood offers food choices as varied as the inhabitants of SoDo. You can find everything from the all-vegan soul food Georgetown Liquor Company, to down home BBQ at Jack's. It even offers an upscale dining experience with James Beard Award-winning chef Matt Dillion at The Corson Building.

#8 Actively Entertained - Getting a workout has never been more adventurous than in the Sodo area. The School of Acrobatic and New Circus Acts lets you be the tightrope walker you always dreamt about, and Emerald City Trapeze will teach you to fly though the air with (relative) ease. Pole Fitness Seattle is more than meets the eye, offering aerial art instruction as well as the full-body pole-dancing workout.

#9 Hands on Art - Glass blowing is a mysterious art, but taking a class at Rainier Glass Studio or Seattle Glassblowing Studio is a first step in learning how to become a gaffer in your own right.

#10 A Whole New View - The Sky View Observatory is located on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center building in the heart of Seattle. Go see how downtown Seattle moves during the day or twinkles at night. The panoramic views will leave you in awe if it's your first trip to Seattle or you're a native Seattleite.

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