While I just wrapped up a summer in Portland, I'm just beginning an autumn in Seattle. There are so many things to do in the Emerald City when the leaves start to change color. From Seahawks games at CenturyLink field, to seasonal shopping at Nordstrom, it isn't hard to entertain yourself here.
Pike Place Market deserves a visit no matter what time of year. The crowds start to dissipate as soon as the summer starts to fade, allowing me to get a pastry at Le Panier without waiting in a line that winds out the door (you do not want to get in between me and a raspberry croissant, it won't end well). Whenever I need to camp out for a productive day of writing, I'll go to Storyville Coffee on the top floor of the Corner Market building. Storyville's warm-wood interior, leather seating and large windows overlooking the market make it one of Seattle's coziest spots. One of my other favorite fall restaurants is The Pink Door, located on Post Alley. I'm in love with the restaurant's Italian cuisine and unique live entertainment (I mean how many times can you say a trapeze artist has swung above you while eating linguine alle vongole?).
Wallingford is one of Seattle's more quaint neighborhoods, offering craftsman-style homes and adorable local businesses. My family and I love walking around Green Lake, a park that features a scenic 2.8-mile path for runners, bikers, skaters and walkers... and stroller-pushers... and dogs. If you stop at about any point on the path you'll find nice views of the reflective lake. When we're done with the Green Lake loop, our family stops by Zoka Coffee for a pick-me-up. Founded by a University of Washington alumn, Zoka is popular among the locals for its small-batch roasted coffees, hand-sourced teas and homemade baked goods.
For me, a new season always calls for a refresh of my accessories. Here are some items I'm coveting for my next autumnal adventure in Seattle.