Although I have only been in Seattle for less than a year, I proudly consider it my home. What’s not to love about Seattle? Maybe the rain, but even then the down fall can’t deter the focus from the beautiful city, mountains and bodies of water that surround.seattle_kerry_parkView from Kerry Park

For those of you that have been asking for recommendations on where to go while visiting my new hometown, check out my favorite things to see and places to go. Let me know what you think and what your favorite places are. You can find me on twitter at @DesHartsock and Facebook /OfficialDesHartsock.

Favorite special occasion dinner spot: Il Bistro

Favorite view: Kerry Park

Favorite place to take visitors: Pike Place MarketPike_Place_Market_Entrance

Favorite run/walk or place to take a breather: Greenlake and Discovery Park

imageGreenlakeimageView from Discovery Park

Favorite small show venue: The Triple Door

Favorite summertime activities: Volleyball at Greenlake, Seattle Seahawks games

Favorite dessert: Bread pudding at the restaurant Purple

Favorite oyster bar: Walrus and The Carpenterwalruscarpenter

Favorite clam chowder: Ray’s boathouse

Favorite mixed drinks: Percy’s

Favorite brunch: Hi-life or Toulouse Petit

Favorite coffee shop: Forza in Greenlakeimage

Favorite lunch: Homegrown

Favorite store bought apple pie: from PCC mmmm! (Find recipe HERE)

Favorite steakhouse: Daniel’s Broiler

Other great places to do and see:

  • The Space Needle (of course)
  • Chihuly glass museumimage
  •  Black Bottle
  • Westward
  • Palisades
  • Revel
  • Rattlesnake ridge (hike)
  • Snoqualmie Fallsdes