I live in Queen Anne and go to the local libraries at least once a week. While the library itself is small, a cool option to explore is looking at the Seattle Public libraries website online, placing holds on books from the site, and just going into the library at which you requested they are sent once they arrive to pick them up! Its such an easy deal that for those of you who dont have time to search the shelves for the books you want (all of us, right?), I recommend it.
Since I work in Bellevue and live in Seattle, I find it difficult to get to the Seattle Public libraries I love so much!!! Luckily, theres a King County library right down the street from where I work in Bellevue. This has been my first exposure to the countys library system. The library itself is really quite nice, and there are a number of rooms available for community use, as long as they are reserved. The design is nice and theres parking too!
The Seattle Japanese Garden is located in the Washington Park Arboretum. It is a special garden, that?s well maintained and absolutely gorgeous to visit in the spring and summer. Wedding photos are commonly taken within the garden, since they offer such a unique backdrop. There?s a tea house where tea ceremonies are held on occasion. The entry cost for adults is $2.50, students and seniors enter for $1.50, and children under 5 enter for free.
Seattles new Central Library is located in the heart of downtown. While its been praised for its interesting design and stylish looks, I do not think the library is a welcoming place for people living in Seattle. The primary colors used in the buildings dcor were fluorescent yellow and silver, giving it a hard and cold look. In addition, the hallways and bathrooms often look dirty and smell. I would much rather go to my neighborhood library to spend time book hunting.
Enchanted Village is a Six Flags amusement park located in Federal Way, which is about a half hour south of Seattle. Were amusement park starved up here in Seattle, and believe it or not, this is the only amusement park within a days drive of Seattle! As a kid, I always took school field trips to this park and remember going on rides with all my friends. There are more thrilling rides there now then there were then. While its no Knotts Berry Farm, its all weve got!
Despite the fact that us Seattlites do not frequent the Space Needle, or the Seattle Center, for that matter, it seems that tourists don?t quite feel their trip is complete until they have been up the needle. I took a friend there last year after not having been for more than seven years and I am pleased to say I was impressed. The weather was nice and the view was gorgeous! The price for going up the needle was pretty steep, though.
My friend just joined the WAC so I have gone with her several times to work out and eat at the sports bar. In a way, its a whole other world belonging to a club with such a longstanding reputation for its respectability. There are unspoken rules that one catches on to with more experience at the club. The gyms are great, the restaurants are fine, and the scene is a mix of old and young. All in all, I would say that the WAC, if you have the money, is an interesting social scene to be a part of.
Value Village is a chain that has locations throughout the country. That said, I would like you to take a minute and listen to my words: the Bremerton store is the best of them all. The only explanation I have for this is that the city of Bremerton, while medium-sized, does not have the clientele of the Seattle Value Village, meaning theres more selection. Meanwhile, I think another reason we see such interesting buys at this store is because people in Bremerton are not always sporting the most up to date fashion and subsequently toss out what we deem oldies but goodies on a rather frequent basis.
The looks of the place give a person the impression that this food will be to die for. Theres always an enormous line outside the restaurant, indicating people are willing to wait to eat at the 5 Spot. Well, I live in Queen Anne, so the idea of a good neighborhood breakfast place is appealing to me. But as many times as I have tried this restaurant, I have yet to feel fully satisfied with the meals quality and the restaurants service in respect to the prices charged. Go to Queen Anne Caf for a better priced deal with food thats just as good.
I got my hair cut at Habitude for a while a couple years ago. The stylists are pretty good, but the place got so busy that if I was five minutes late for an appointment, I couldnt get all I wanted done on that day! I even called ahead to say traffic was bad and they couldnt try and keep my appointment complete. The place has a really nice interior, but I wish they could be more personable with me. For a better Aveda salon, try Beehive.