Spotlight on Seattle

Author: Alecia Pirulis

Seattle Skyline

Spectacular views of Mt. Ranier and Puget Sound, a legendary music scene, the world’s most famous farmer’s market, the Space Needle – Seattle, Washington is a unique and beautiful city. It is also home to the one and only NFL football team in the Pacific Northwest – (you may have heard of them) the Seattle Seahawks! Because they are the only team to cheer along the country’s northern coast, their fan base isn’t limited to Seattle – fans cheer the Seahawks from as far away as Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming , and even Canada.

Due to the enormous fan base, the Seattle Seahawks fans (often referred to as the “12th Man”) can get loud. Really loud. Breaking-sound-records-loud. The “12th Man” is so loud, commentators have trouble talking over the noise at Century Link Field, and the San Francisco 49ers chose a unique way to deal with the noise during their recent NFC Championship game against Seattle – an audiologist fit each player with specially-molded ear plugs. The Seattle Seahawks appeared in the Super Bowl one other time, in 2005, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. They will make their second Super Bowl appearance on February 2, where they will face off against the Denver Broncos in New Jersey.

If a beautiful city with lots of rowdy football fans (not to mention the coffee houses and the great music) have you considering renting an apartment in Seattle, here are a few things to know about the Emerald City:

George Vancouver was the first European in the Seattle area. He arrived in 1792 as he explored the Pacific Northwest. It wasn’t until 1851 that settlers arrived, led by Luther Collins. They settled near present-day Pioneer Square, a historic neighborhood in downtown Seattle that includes a plaza and several blocks listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Pike Place Market opened in 1907 and has grown to become an iconic part of the city. The market is located on nine acres downtown and includes 200 Puget Soundbusinesses, 100 farmers, 190 crafts people, and 10 million annual visitors. The original Starbucks is located along the market’s cobblestone street, and there’s nothing quite like the “flying fish” at Pike Place Fish Market (visitors stop just to watch the fishmongers tossing the fish around). The market also includes the unofficial mascot of the market, a bronzed, 550-pound piggy bank; the Tasting Room, a cooperative of seven area wineries; and Victor Steinbrueck Park.

If you enjoy museums, Seattle is filled with them. Visit the Seattle Art Museum, the Bellevue Arts Museum, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, the Frye Art Museum, the Museum of Flight, the Suquamish Museum, the Burke Museum, and the unusual EMP Museum – just to name a few. If you prefer outdoor art, be sure to visit Olympic Sculpture Park. And while you are exploring Seattle’s art scene, stop at the Seattle Center and see another impressive work of art, the city itself. Stand on the 520-foot-high observation deck in the Space Needle and get a bird’s-eye view of the city, then stop at SkyCity Restaurant for dinner.

Seattle’s neighborhoods are unique, flowing into one another without much distinction or boundaries. While looking for a great area for your Seattle apartment, be sure to check out Capitol Hill, home to Seattle University and Volunteer Park. Queen Anne Hill features steep streets and Seattle Pacific University. The University District is home to the University of Washington, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Seattle Museum of History and Industry. For terrific parks and beautiful beaches, check out Seward Park in the Lake Washington area or West Seattle’s Alki Beach Park, Schmitz Park, and Lincoln Park.
Several national parks are within a short drive from Seattle, including Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier, Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument, and North Cascades National Park. These parks offer amazing outdoor adventures, including mountain climbing, hiking, camping, fishing, and winter sports.

If you’ll be part of the “12th Man” on February 2nd, plan your game menu around Seattle-inspired cuisine that includes seafood (smoked salmon!), pub-style grub, chicken teriyaki, wine, and (of course!) coffee.