During your stay at the Shafer Baillie Mansion, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the wide variety of activities, attractions and restaurants in downtown Seattle and surrounding areas.  Here’s just a sample.

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Canlis The quintessential special-occasion spot—reservations recommended well in advance.
Salty’s on Alki Sweeping view in West Seattle—especially renowned for weekend brunches.
Ray’s Boathouse One of many outstanding Seattle seafood houses; near the Ballard Locks
Daniel’s Broiler Great for steaks!
Nishino One of a number of fine Japanese restaurants in Seattle; some of the best sushi in town.
Wild Ginger Pan-Asian cuisine in downtown Seattle.  Downstairs is an outstanding music venue, the Triple Door.
Tom Douglas Tom’s not a restaurant, just a force majeure on the Seattle dining scene.  You’ll be in for a treat at any of his establishments.
Sky City Better known as the Space Needle Restaurant.   Maybe it’s overpriced; maybe the quality of food is surpassed by the quality of the view—but what a view!  As long as you’re not prone to motion sickness (spinning around at one r.p.h.), give it a whirl!
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City Pass Several activities at one discounted price.
Seaplane tour Take flight in a seaplane from Lake Union in the heart of the city and see the major landmarks from above!
Boat tours Choose between a 1-hour harbor tour or a 2.5-hour dinner cruise.
Boeing factory tour Not in Seattle strictly speaking, but a very popular tour worth the trip north to Everett.  Reservations recommended.
Microsoft visitors’ center/museum They say Bill spends most of his time here these days, shaking hands with visitors and passing out free money.  Just kidding.
Seattle Underground A dash of Seattle history and a splash of humor, shaken not stirred.
Pike Place Market One of the city’s most popular destinations for natives and tourists alike.  See the original Starbucks, but watch out for flying salmon!
Seattle Waterfront Just down the stairs from the Market, home to harbor cruises, the Seattle Aquarium, and don’t miss Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe!
Pioneer Square Dining, art galleries and more amidst historic old Seattle buildings.  Home of the underground tour.
Space Needle The unmistakable icon of the Seattle skyline with breathtaking 360° views.  Located at the Seattle Center, grounds of the 1962 World’s Fair.
Woodland Park Zoo Besides award-winning naturalistic animal exhibits, hosts a great family-friendly summer concert series, Zoo Tunes.
Central Library Rem Koolhaas-designed building opened in 2004 to both acclaim and controversy.  Free tours (both General and Architectural) available.
Ballard Locks Officially the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, this engineering marvel allows boat traffic to pass from Lake Washington into Puget Sound but prevents the lake, at higher elevation, from draining into the Sound.  See the pesky sea lions devouring the spawning salmon!
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Seattle Art Museum Newly renovated and expanded; reopened May 2007.
Seattle Asian Art Museum Former home of SAM itself prior to the main museum moving to its current downtown location, this historic art deco building opened in 1933 and now houses SAM’s Asian art collection.  A short walk from the Mansion in Volunteer Park.
Olympic Sculpture Park SAM’s acclaimed new venue on the waterfront, open and free year round.
Experience Music Project Paul Allen goes a little nuts and enlists Frank Gehry to design a shack for his guitar collection and Hendrix memorabilia.   Located at the Seattle Center and also home to:
Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
Pacific Science Center Another Seattle Center institution dating back to the ’62 World’s Fair, and home to not one but two IMAX theaters.
Seattle Children’s Museum Also at the Center, best suited for the toddler to 10 set and their parents.
Museum of Flight What else do you expect to find in Boeing’s home town, right?
Northwest African American Museum Opening Winter 2007, this museum is located in the Urban League Village at Colman School.
Wing Luke Asian Museum A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, this is the premier pan-Asian Pacific American museum in the country.
Henry Art Gallery Located at the University of Washington, this contemporary art center features innovative programming, public education, diverse film and lecture series and exhibitions.
Burke Museum Another UW institution, focusing on the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest.
Museum of History and Industry MOHAI is the best and most fun place to learn about Seattle’s past.  It’s also the final resting place of Bobo, a much-loved iconic gorilla from the Woodland Park Zoo, who was immortalized years ago in a Bill Cosby standup routine.
Frye Museum Focuses on representational art, so if you wouldn’t know a Pollock from a pollock, and what’s more wouldn’t care, this may just be for you.  Admission free.
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Paramount Theatre Magnificent 1928 Beaux Arts-style movie palace, exquisitely restored and now host mainly to live music and theater.  Still sometimes shows silent movies on Monday nights, accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.  Free tours first Saturday of the month, highly recommended!
Fifth Avenue Theatre Originally a 1926 vaudeville house, then a movie theater, now the beautifully-restored home to musical theater productions.
Pacific Northwest Ballet Respected regional company; acclaimed yearly Nutcracker features costumes and sets by Maurice Sendak.
Seattle Opera Especially renowned for productions of Wagner.  The home of the Ballet and Opera is McCaw Hall
Seattle Symphony Based at the beautiful Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle, which hosts many other musical events as well in its two performance spaces.  Free tours Tuesdays and Fridays.
Seattle Repertory Theatre “The Rep” emphasizes plays of true dramatic and literary worth;  1990 Tony winner for Regional Theatre.
Intiman Theatre Everything from world premieres to Shakespeare to American classics like Our Town; 2006 Tony winner for Regional Theatre.
ACT Theatre Dedicated to new and contemporary plays—which doesn’t stop them from mounting a very popular and traditional production of A Christmas Carol every holiday season!
Seattle Children’s Theater Located at the Center with a wide range of productions suitable for “children of all ages.”
Wamu Theater Seattle’s newest major music venue, sited at the Qwest Field complex.
Moore Theatre Another popular concert venue operated by the nonprofit Seattle Theatre Group.
Triple Door Spectacular, intimate new space featuring two music venues in one; downstairs from, and serviced by the kitchen of (!) the Wild Ginger restaurant.
Showbox Storied downtown room, host to an astonishing variety of acts since 1939—touring icons like Duke Ellington, and homegrown Seattle legends from Gypsy Rose Lee to Pearl Jam.
Tractor Tavern Excellent funky bar/venue for folk, country, alt.country, rockabilly, Americana and more, in the heart of Ballard.
Neumo’s Successor to the legendary Moe’s Mo’ Rockin’ Café, this venue is about a mile from the Mansion and a great place to catch local and national acts.
Crocodile Café Owned by the wife of REM guitarist Peter Buck, the Croc was ground zero for the legendary Seattle music scene of the ‘90s and remains an iconic venue.
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Consistently voted Seattle’s top jazz venue, and on Down Beat magazine’s 2002 list of top 100 jazz clubs in the world.
Pollstar.com Still haven’t found the live music you’re looking for?  Pollstar will tell you everything that’s coming up!
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Downtown Seattle’s downtown is vibrant and vital with plenty to see, do and buy.
Northgate Mall The first shopping mall in the US, dating back to 1950.  Located in north Seattle.
Southcenter Mall Very large mall in south Seattle, near SeaTac Airport.
University Village Pleasant open-air mall just three miles from the Mansion.
University District The U District is the shopping and dining area adjacent to the University of Washington campus, centered on University Way, better known as “the Ave.”
University Bookstore Large full-spectrum bookstore located on the Ave; lots of readings and other public events.
Elliott Bay Books Seattle’s premier independent bookseller, located in Pioneer Square.  Average of 10 readings a week, most free.
Third Place Books Another pair of venerable independent bookstores and much more besides.  The flagship is just north of Seattle while the Ravenna store is only four miles from the Mansion.
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Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball, Safeco Field
Seattle Seahawks NFL Football, Qwest Field
Seattle SuperSonics NBA basketball, Key Arena
Seattle Sounders Major League Soccer, Qwest Field
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University of Washington
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
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There are hundreds of parks in Seattle.  In addition to Volunteer Park near the Mansion, you might like to visit:
Golden Gardens Park
Discovery Park
Green Lake Park
Seward Park
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Bumbershoot Huge Labor Day Weekend music and arts festival at the Seattle Center.
Northwest Folklife Festival Memorial Day Weekend festival at the Center celebrating folk, ethnic, and traditional arts.
Bite of Seattle Each July at the Center, a chance to sample fare from many of Seattle’s favorite restaurants.
Zoo Tunes Excellent weekly summertime concert series at the Zoo; very family-friendly.
Nutcracker Very popular annual Christmastime production by Pacific Northwest Ballet featuring costumes and sets designed by Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak.
Black Nativity Another holiday favorite, from Intiman Theatre.  Based on the work by Langston Hughes and featuring the Total Experience Gospel Choir.
Seafair Seattle area’s month-long summertime party.
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