Upper Queen Anne, a Hidden Gem

Don't let the clouds fool you that Seattle isn't a wonderful place to be.

View from Kerry Park: Don’t let the clouds fool you that Seattle isn’t a wonderful place.

Seattle is comprised of many districts and neighborhoods, making it a delightful amalgam to explore. There are the common tourist neighborhoods like Downtown (where the famous Pike Place market is), Belltown (fun dining and nightlife), Pioneer Square (Seattle’s original downtown), and Capital Hill (young, hip crowds), but then there is a hidden gem that isn’t mentioned too often named Queen Anne.

Situated on the highest hill in Seattle, Queen Anne is divided into Lower Queen Anne (bottom of the hill) and Upper Queen Anne (top of the hill), two starkly different locales.  Real estate prices begin to rise as one moves up the hill due to the increasingly amazing views of Seattle that accompany the residential or possibly commercial purchase. Historically where the elite built their mansions, the neighborhood maintains an air of serenity (Upper) with a touch of action (Lower) while being a quick 10-15 min drive to any Downtown and Belltown festivity.

While Lower Queen Anne (LQA) is home to the Space Needle and Experience Music Project (EMP) museum, Upper Queen Anne lays claim to the famous Kerry Park whose views yield some of the best shots a photographer can get of Seattle’s skyline being framed by friendly Puget Sound waters. Additionally, Queen Anne Boulevard is a picturesque line of stores, restaurants, bars, sandwich shops, and grocery stores, many of which are small and locally owned.

Though, the best part of Queen Anne has to be its public staircases. There is even a website devoted to the unique beauty of lush staircases: http://www.qastairs.com/index.html. Scattered throughout Queen Anne hill, the staircase trails circle and map around nooks and crannies of Queen Anne mansions and are dotted with parks and playgrounds with swings.

The following is a small selection of recommendations:

EXPLORE

Kerry Park – Beautiful views of Seattle especially if it’s decent weather outside, glorious in the summer
211 W Highland Dr
Seattle, WA 98119

Marshall Park – My favorite park in Seattle, small, quaint, (almost delicate) and so lovely in the summertime (situated next to Kerry Park)
7th Ave W & W Highland Dr
Seattle, WA 98199

Take a stroll down the pathway near Marshall Park

Take a stroll down the pathway near Marshall Park

SHOP
Stuhlbergs – Delightful interior decor items, one of my favorite stores in Seattle
1801 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Amazing gift and home decor shop

Amazing gift and home decor shop

Three Birds Home & Gift- Idyllic  gift shop with stationery, jewelry, and home goods
2107 Queen Anne Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98119

SNACK
Eat Local – No matter what, you must try the locally-made Empire ice cream (http://www.empireicecream.net/), I insist!
2400 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop (Multiple locations) – Some of the best, freshest sandwiches I’ve ever had, homemade bread, gourmet, seasonal creations, pricey for a sandwich but it doesn’t stop me from craving it
2201 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98119

Chocolopolis – Top notch, quality chocolate store, carries a variety of imports, tiny, but cute sitting area, Thurs Happy Hour offers free chocolate
1527 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109

DINE OUT
How to Cook a Wolf – Expensive, delicious, small portions, high quality & taste, classy, dinner only
2208 Queen Anne Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109

Grub – Classy dining place with fresh, delightful fare and decor, slightly pricey but well worth it
7 Boston St.
Seattle, WA 98109

If you’re in Seattle and looking for a unique, homey strolling experience, pick the quaint, well-established Upper Queen Anne to explore and dine out. Do it after you finish the typical tourist must-dos.

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