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Visiting Seattle Fall 2022 for Aaron's Bar Mitzvah

Seattle is casual for a big city, please wear what makes you feel good! It can get cool and you may need rain gear.

Saturday: Ties and dresses not needed, but welcome, shoes required.

Sunday: fun casual. Wear layers so you can adjust as temperature changes, comfy walking shoes or sneakers, weather permitting the plan is to spend time outside playing, walking around or sitting on chairs under trees listening to music.

The indoor space has a wall that opens up to a garden so you will want to be warm in there too!

Favorite places:


· Golden Gardens – a sandy beach on the Sound, right in the neighborhood with views of mountains (weather permitting)

· Sunset Hill – an overlook with amazing view of the Sound and mountains

· Burke Gilman Bike Trail – most fun to ride a bike and you can rent them on the street but walking or renting a scooter also possible

· Ballard Locks – beautiful park with the locks that connect the Puget Sound to Seattle’s lakes (you can see the locks in action as boats move up and down, salmon and seals)

· Discovery Park is gorgeous and has flat walks as well as hilly inclines to the Puget Sound

· Gas Works Park – a former gasification plant that is now a park with easy walks, great views of downtown Seattle, and the industrial remnants of what Gas Works used to be

Downtown Seattle

· Seattle Center features the Space Needle, Museum of Popular Culture (MoPop), Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, park, fountain and more. We haven’t been up the Space Needle, still it’s cool to see it up close

· Seattle Art Museum

· Pike Place Market – iconic and interesting to see (and taste), can be very crowded

· REI flagship store

Further Out – if you have time and want to see more natural beauty

· Drive to Edmonds (~30 minutes) and take the 30 minute ferry to Kingston on the Olympic Peninsula. You can take your car on the ferry or walk on. Beautiful views both ways. Can be crowded during commute times

· Drive to Boeing Creek Park in Shoreline (~30 minutes) – nice walking trails with big trees

· If you have more time

o Olympic National Park (via ferry from Edmonds)

o Mount Rainier National Park

o Bellingham (on the water near the Canadian border)

o Orcas Island – either Doe Bay or Rosario Resort are wonderful places to stay and you get to take a ferry to get there!

*scroll to the bottom for a quick take on restaurants in the area if you are looking for personal recommendations.

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all photos taken on my iPhone

restaurants - dinner top and breakfast/ cafe's mostly at the bottome

Stoneburner in the Ballard Hotel



This is our favorite downtown Ballard Restaurant and it is good Italian/ International food.

Yelp gives it 4 stars and two $$ signs

Best way to contact them is to e-mail or open table

Jonathan – jonathan@stoneburnerseattle.com or info@stoneburnerseattle.com

Mondello – they will be catering Sunday lunch!


You will have salad and bruschetta and a choice of fish or Pasta Bolognese *vegetarian option too. This will be served with home made Italian bread.

We will also have an expresso cart with Italian drinks and tea options from 11-3:00

Restaurant Piccolino and café Pico during the day – same location - very near us


Highly recommend you go with pasta here, they make it fresh and their specials are good. And salads are fine.

Monday- Tuesday 4-9:00 PM

4 stars and $$

Wednesday – Saturday 11:45-9:30

Walrus and Carpenter


Happy hour 4-5

4 stars and $$$

No reservations

Joan likes it but it is expensive and some of their items are a bit precious.


4.5 stars $$


French food with Northwest twist – oysters half price at happy hour plus other cool drink and snack specials – I usually fill up during that happy hour window and it is enough. Limited outdoor seating, people and biker watching and yes they have heaters. NW OYSTERS

Sushi 1

4.5 stars and $$

Highly recommended by our foodie friends – we have not been.


Monkey Bridge for PHO


4 stars $$ decent Pho and Vietnames baguette sandwiches - close to Hotel Ballard and they have take out.

10:30-8:30 AM


Café Umbria

4.5 stars and $

Find me there most Sundays with a crepe from farmers market at 8:30 -9:00 so I am there when stalls open 9ish ;) excellent coffee and acceptable/ good croissants and other treats

Café Pico (associated with Piccolino’s)

4 stars and $ and very near us!

open at 6:30 AM-5:00 PM

Good indoor, outdoor seating and something in between – close to us, coffee good and we recommend their scones and cookies. Very close to us and we go there frequently

Brunch and lunch items available later in the morning 10ish, good sandwiches and specials.


4 stars and $$

9-4:00 every day

good food, overpriced and great atmosphere – very close to hotel Ballard


7:00 am-4PM Wednesday – Friday

8-4 on Saturday and Sunday

4.5 and $$ LOVE THEIR quiche and crossants and the in between things they create like crossiants with an egging the middle and some asparagas and thyme on top. Limited seating - great cappuccino