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Seafair in Seattle

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Seafair started this last weekend with the annual kick off festival at Westlake Park.  This Seattle tradition is a summer festival that runs from June 15th to August 3rd.  Covering everything from marathons to boat races, parades and air shows, Seafair is a wonderful celebration of Northwest and regional events.  This weekend we welcome the Rock and Roll marathoners, next week the Seafair Pirates will land on Alki Beach in West Seattle.  If you’re visiting in July, we have the annual 4th of July celebration, Seafair triathalon, torchlight parade, and the ending with the fleet week parade of ships.  The first weekend of August will be a hydro-celebration on Lake Washington with boat races, US Navy Blue Angels, food booths and beer gardens.

Seafair is June 15-August 3, 2014.  Check out details here for a full list of events.

A Visit to Lake Union

 

lake union 2We love our neighborhood and being in Pike Place Market, but it’s fun to get out and enjoy another great water view in Seattle.  Lake Union is located just 10 minutes from Inn at the Market and offers more than just a beautiful view.  Argosy Cruises does a wonderful Lakes Cruise that takes you from Lake Union into Lake Washington.  Ride the Ducks is a fun way to explore Seattle where you get to see the sites on land, and then a fun ride on Lake Union on their amphibious buses!  If you’re looking for a little adventure, at the Northwest Outdoor Center you can rent kayaks or canoes and explore the Lake while getting in a work out.  A favorite spot for locals is Gas Works Park, a great picnic/play area with some industrial charm.  If you’re looking for dining in the area, the South Lake Union neighborhood has some great places to eat.  Click here for more info including a great interactive map of the area.

Stop by our Front Desk on your next visit for more information on this beautiful gem in our city!

*Photo by Jordan Jamero

New Art At Olympic Sculpture Park

ECHO at Olympic Sculpture Park

This morning the Seattle Art Museum hosted a ribbon cutting for their newest addition to the Olympic Sculpture Park.  “Echo“, a magnificent piece of art from sculptor Jaume Plensa, comes to Seattle after a stint at the Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York.  Echo is a reference to Greek mythology and more information on the origin of the piece can be found here.  The Olympic Sculpture Park is about a 10 minute walk from the Inn at the Market, located on the north end of the Seattle Waterfront.  The park offers visitors a place to walk, ride, contemplate, explore and appreciate art in a beautiful outdoor space.  We are lucky to have such a space in our great city!

*Photo courtesy of Seattle Art Museum

2014 Bumbershoot Lineup Announced

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End of summer is always marked by the arrival of throngs of musicians coming in for Bumbershoot, Seattle’s premier arts festival.  This year’s lineup does not disappoint!  We are so excited about some of these bands, not sure how we’re going to pack them all in.  Check out the full lineup here.  This annual arts festival features more than music.  Head to Seattle Center for comedy shows, creative arts/crafts, tasty bites and the family friendly Youngershoot.  Just a reminder to guests of the Inn at the Market, Monorail passes are available for purchase at our front desk for a convenient way to head to the festival.

Bumbershoot is Aug 31-Sept 2, 2014.  Ticket info here.

Watson Kennedy Book Release Party

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The owner of Watson Kennedy, whose flagship store is located here in the courtyard of the Inn at the Market, is premiering his lifestyle book, Style & Simplicity…today!  Watson Kennedy is a visual display of Ted Watson’s style and elegance.  His recently published first book will be a great way for followers and fans to be able to take a little bit of that style and elegance home with them.  Style & Simplicity offers tips and tools on everything from food and drink, to decor and gardening.  We are especially excited to announce that Style & Simplicity will be placed in each of our guest rooms for our guests to enjoy.  See something you like?  Head into the shop for more inspiration!

Ted Watson’s book signing and launch party is tonight at Watson Kennedy Fine Home located on the corner of 1st Ave and Spring St., 5-8pm.  Tickets available for purchase in the shop or by calling ahead to 206 652 8350.

If you are staying at the Inn or in the Pike Place Market, signed copies of Ted’s book are currently available for sale at the market Watson Kennedy.

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