Welcome to TRULY CENTRAL Guest house!

Perfect for small or large groups! A Furnished Two-Family Home in the Heart of Seattle, with car available.


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Featuring a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, and two separate floors each with all amenities, Truly Central Guest house is a unique hideaway in the middle of the city that reflects a love of art, gardening and the comforts of home. Truly Central can accommodate one or two families, wedding parties, reunions, or any occasion for family, friends or groups to gather together. With all beds, and futons in use, the house can sleep 14 people. Truly Central also comes with "Sherman," a fantastic Saab 900 to zip around town in.

Upstairs
features a spacious, open living and dining area, w/ full size dining table, gas fireplace, library of excellent books, sound system, full bath, and large fully equipped kitchen w/ dishwasher. The Kitchen opens to a small, private, deck, perfect for summer dinners. An adorable front porch with hammock, looks over an enchanting front yard with herb and vegetable garden. King bed in the master, Queen in the second bedroom, and two queen futon couches in the living room.
Downstairs
is a large bedroom with gorgeous, Indonesian four poster, living room with dining room table, two queen size futon couches, 3/4 bath, and a lovely, sunny kitchen which opens up to a large, private back yard, vegetable and herb garden, and spacious patio. Truly Central’s two floors are connected by a tucked away indoor stairway, which can offer either a sense of privacy between floors or a wonderful up and down sense of community and shared space.

 

 

 




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Front garden with roses, raspberries, organic veggies, surrounded by greenery.


Spacious, fully-equipped kitchen, with gas stove, opens up to back deck.


Living and Dining, gas fireplace, books, games, stereo, two queen futon couches.


Master Bedroom, wonderfully comfortable King bed with pillowtop! Large closet.


Sunny second bedroom, Queen bed, desk, large closet.


Dining Room. Table seats six to ten.


Bamboo secluded deck, perfect for summer dinners. Herbs, Twinkly lights, Weber grill.


Downstairs -3rd bedroom, hand-carved four poster queen, large closet.


Downstairs - living room with two futon couches, books, games, dvd's.


Downstairs - Kitchen, gas stove, all the amenities, breakfast nook, Washer/Dryer.


Downstairs - outdoor Patio with herb and flower garden.


Downstairs- Large, fully fenced backyard, with flowers, herbs, organic veggies.


Quince, strawberries, carrots, beans and leeks.


Mint, thyme, oregano, rosemary and raspberries.


Pumpkin and Zucchini patch.


"Sherman," a fantastic Saab 900 to zip around town in, or take on a day trip- available with the rental!


Seattle is a relatively small city. Downtown is less than five minutes on the bus from Truly Central.

 

Truly Central Amenities:

• Two Washers
• Two Dryers
• Linens Provided
• Off Street Parking
• Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
• Gas Fireplace
• Beds
• King Bed
• Queen Bed
• Convertible Bed
• Video Library
*DVD player
• CD Player
• Music Library
• Two Full Kitchens
• Cooking Utensils Provided
• Two Refrigerators
• Dishwasher
• Outdoor Features:
• Deck/Patio
• Lanai
• WiFi (Wireless Internet)
• Mountain Bike, organic veggie garden, raspberries, hammock, books
• Pet Friendly
• Kid Friendly
• Smoking Not Allowed

 


Location:

Truly Central is located between Seattle's Historic Central District, and Capitol Hill. Both neighborhoods are known for their innovative business communities, artistic tendencies, exceptional food, and direct proximity to the pulse points of Seattle. The bus stop is half a block away from the house, and a five minute bus-ride or a brisk walk takes you to the heart of downtown. Capitol Hill, is an eclectic enclave of thriving clubs, coffee-houses, thrift stores, natural food co-ops, museums, original shops and lovely parks. It's also home to the Frye Art Museum, where American and European paintings can be viewed for free, and the elegant Seattle Asian Art Museum, with its renowned collection of works from Japan, China, Korea, India, and Thailand, housed in a 1933 art moderne structure in Volunteer Park.
 

There is an excellent yoga studio, with a full roster of drop-in classes just four blocks away from the house, (free class on Sat!), about eight more yoga studios within a ten minute radius, and also Meredith Matthews, the YMCA with soul, a mere five minute drive or short bike ride away.

Four blocks in the other direction, on Union, is The Central Cinema, Seattle's only pizza & beer movie theater, a local place where you can enjoy good food to eat, a cold beer and fun, indie movies. Admission $5.00. On the same block is 20/20 Cycles where you can rent a bike for the day or or just sit on the couch by the fire, chat with cyclists and drink tea.

Walk 15 minutes to the South and you will enter the International District, featuring a plethora of exceptionally delicious Asian restaurants and shops. (Recommendations below!) The International District and the Central District are the city’s two oldest surviving residential areas and are full of historic buildings and landmarks that have unique, vibrant atmospheres to accompany their rich histories. Over a century old, immigrants from all over the world made their homes in these neighborhoods. The vibrant mix of European, African and Asian settlers left an incredibly rich abundance of small businesses and eateries that derive their influences from the owners’ homelands.




Rental Rates

Rates based on one to six person occupancy.


April-May $1975/week or $350/night

June-Sep
- (Thanksgiving, Xmas, New Yrs): $400/night or $2200/Week (One week minimum)

Oct-Mar - $325/night or $1700/Week (4 night minimum) ..


Additional guests over six in number - $100/week or $25/night. Kids under three are free.

Cleaning fee - $150.00 for up to six people. $200.00 for seven or more people.


Cancellations – If cancellation notice is given one month or more prior to your arrival date, your deposit will be refunded. If notice is given less than 30 days prior to arrival, your deposit will not be refunded. If you cancel within one week of your arrival date, you will lose your deposit and be charged for the entire stay. Early departure does not warrant any refund of rent or deposit.

Reviews:

Iowa Visitors

Guest: Navymom (Iowa)
Date of Stay: 06/06/12 Review Submitted: 06/14/12

I loved this home so much. It had so much character and charm. We were in town for my daughter's Navy commissioning and graduation from UW and this house was so perfect for our stay. We had my 88 year old father with us and the arrangement on the main level was perfect to accommodate him. We had several other family members join us for a few nights as well and we were able to sit around the dining table and living room and visit just like we would if we were home. I half expected the other family members who couldn't join us for this trip were going to walk in at any minute. My sister and I love gardening and really enjoyed walking around the yard enjoying the beauty of the plants. I was sad to leave, not only because I had to leave my beautiful daughter behind, but also because I had to leave this beautiful home behind as well. Would highly recommend this property. This was one of the most amazing trips we have ever taken. Megan was always prompt to responding to my questions. Although most people think Pike's is touristy, I still love it. A trip to West Seattle to Elliot Bay Brewery is a must for their Ahi taco's! and the cute shops. The proximity to the UW is perfect and a quick shot over the the campus. As far as the listing photos being accurate; they hardly do justice to the beauty, charm and character of the home.

 




Excellent place to stay with a large family!

Guest: Renee (Berkeley, CA)
Date of Stay: 03/16/12

This was one of the only large houses we found in Seattle that could fit our large family from the East coast coming out to Seattle for our brother's wedding. It was so perfectly suited for sleeping lots of people and having enough space to have alone time or convene and visit together comfortably. We were all impressed with the amenities included; everything was fully stocked and the backyard was newly landscaped. It made it easy to settle in for a long weekend and have it feel like home away from home. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would gladly do it again. Highly recommended!

 



Dallas loves Truly Central!

Guest: Jason (Dallas, Texas)
Date of Stay: 03/09/12

Megan, Staying at your home "truly" made our trip! We all felt so comfortable here. Seattle has been wonderful and the was house was amazing! The Uno games around the table every evening helped us all wind down and remember what these trips are really about. For us that would be staying connected to one another through love, tears and laughter. We were able to relax here after busy days sight seeing because of the inviting energy the house provided. Also, thanks to you we has amazing meals every night of the week! Your suggestions were all home-runs in our book - Quinns was the group favorite! We will definitely book here every time we come to town! Be Blessed, Jason

 


Truly Central was truly great!

Guest: Sabbatical Visit (United States)
Date of Stay: 09/14/11 Review Submitted: 12/27/11

My family and I stayed at Truly Central for ten weeks while I was on a Sabbatical visit to the University of Washington. The location was great for my commute to the University, access to downtown, and proximity to playgrounds and the Medgar Evers community center (which has a great pool that we frequently visited since it was just around the block). We travelled with two dogs so having the yard was indispensable. I very much enjoyed walking the dogs through the neighborhood every morning (and recommend a stop at Katy's coffee house). The house was cozy and welcoming, and we very much enjoyed it. The proximity to Trader Joe's was a real plus. Because our son was only nine months old at the time we could not sample the night life, though there was clearly plenty of it, especially around Seattle University. However, on Sundays we did enjoy a visit to the Montlake Ale house where we could sip a beer and have decent food while our son played in the play pit. On weekends we did like walking downtown from the guest house as a family. The neighborhood is safe, and we clearly felt comfortable walking around. In particular my wife felt at ease taking our infant son out to the local play ground at the Medgar Evers community center on 23rd. We recommend a stay at Truly Central for families with children of any age.

 


Just Wonderful!

Guest: Lee Family (London)
Date of Stay: 08/28/11 Review Submitted: 09/08/11

Dear Megan, Your guesthouse is just wonderful. It makes us feel just like home. Your hospitality is impeccable. We really enjoyed staying here and hopefully your guesthouse will be available when we next come to Seattle in the future. Also, great recommendations for food in the area, we loved the Sichuanese restaurant.. Thanks Megan! - The Lee Family, UK.

 

 

 

Truly Central is Truly Amazing!!

Guest: Kathy (CLOVIS)
Date of Stay: 07/24/10 Review Submitted: 07/23/11

We stayed here with a group of 8, had an absolutely wonderful time at the house, it had EVERYthing we needed! Megan was very accomodating. She was able to tell us everything about all we needed to know, eating, getting downtown, the grocery store. We all had a wonderful time there. Would stay there again, no problem.

 


A treasure! !!!!

Guest: Teri (Auburn, ca, usa)
Date of Stay: 07/13/11 Review Submitted: 07/10/11

This Capitol Hill house was a joy to come home to everyday. Our number of guests fluctuated daily (2-10 people) and we never felt cramped or in each others way. Lots of nice areas in the house to gather and have fun. We were close to downtown for those in our group who wanted to sight see and we had easy access to the freeway for our further destinations. The house was spotless, decorated beautiful with comfortable beds and plenty of linens. The kitchen is well stocked with pots, pans and dishes. The gardens were beautiful, with herbs to use in our meals. Above all Megan was a great host and landlord, making sure we knew where the grocery stores and great restaurants were. She ALWAYS replied to my email questions promptly and with respect. It was a pleasure to do business with Megan and use her lovely home. I would recommend this home for anyone need in a home away from home. Teri, Auburn CA

 

 

Truly Met Our Needs!!!

Guest: Mimi, Bev, Max, (CA)
Date of Stay: 7/3/2011

My friends and I just stayed at Truly Central last week while we attended a convention in Seattle. Truly Central, immaculate and accurately described in the listing, truly met our needs. In our group was a family of 3 who took the downstairs as we three ladies stayed upstairs. It was a perfect set up. Most of the time all of us were upstairs where there was plenty of room to chat,eat,and enjoy each others' company. The two cooks among us appreciated the well stocked kitchen and space to move about, but the great thing is that we saved a ton of money eating breakfast and several dinners, including a barbecue for family and friends who lived in the area. Munching on cheese and crackers and sipping our glasses of wine on the small patio was divine as we soaked in the cool evening, so different from the 100+ degrees back home in Central California! Sherman was a very big bonus as well as another money saver. We bought City Passes so everything except the Woodland Park Zoo was within a few miles. Truly Central is in a residential area but with Sherman, it was no problem to get around. Megan met us as we arrived and was very cordial and helpful. She even brought a small dvd player for those of us who needed a tv fix. There were several dvds to choose from and we brought some of our own to watch. With our laptop, we were able to access the news and tv shows so we managed quite well. I had signed up for Groupon coupons and found a great deal for the fast ferry, Victoria Clipper. Aside from taking a plane to Victoria, it was the fastest way to get there, in about 3 hours, and we spent a lovely day shopping and wandering about(skipped the Empress High Tea at $58 a person). Victoria Clipper offered a 3 1/2 hour tour to Buchart Gardens (bus and entrance fee of $58, much less expensive than other tours and left soon after we docked). After each day jam-packed with sightseeing and exploring, we knew we could come back to the welcoming arms of Truly Central to rest, relax, recharge our batteries, and be ready for another exciting day. Thank you, Megan, for making our trip to Seattle a very memorable and peaceful one.

 

 

Such a pleasant stay!!!!

Guest: rachelbelle (lemoore, ca, usa)
Date of Stay: 06/29/11 Review Submitted: 07/10/11

it was our first time to seattle for a wedding & reunion with friends from all over the world. this was the PERFECT house for us! it was big enough for our group of 9 and 2 babies and yet cozy and homey. megan was more than accommodating and helpful throughout the entire process. the house is just walking distance away from the bus and minutes from downtown! ALL of us recommend the sichuan restaurant that megan recommends... our group of friends lived in the sichuan province of china for a couple months and this restaurant was the closest thing to its food since we've been back in america! it was DELICIOUS! we also used the car and my husband LOVED driving it around town! such a HUGE plus with an already great deal. if you pick this house you will not be sorry.

 



Memorial Weekend Stay

Guest: AyeAyeAye (Sacramento, CA)
Date of Stay: 05/27/11 Review Submitted: 06/02/11

House was in a PERFECT location, had all the amenities...was quiet and close to downtown. Was able to comfortably accommodate the entire group of 8. Will definitely consider again next time we're in Seattle. Thanks!

Recommended for:Tourists without a car, families with teenagers, families with young children.

 


Thank you Megan!

Guest: smidge (philadelphia,pa)
Date of Stay: 03/31/11 Review Submitted: 04/09/11

Megan, I was so pleased with your house. It accommodated my whole family, (all 10 of us.) We came to surprise my uncle for his 50th birthday and it couldn't have been more perfect that we were 1.5 miles from his house. I thought we would have gone through tv withdrawl especially with kids, however we family bonded with games and conversations we didnt even miss it! Your house is cute and very welcoming. Even though it rained for the 5 days we were there we still managed to visit the Pike Market and enjoy a ferry ride. When we come back to Seattle I am planning on looking for availablilty for this house we loved it! You are truly a special person to open your house to many people, and I couldn't have asked for anything more.

 


Great for families!

Guest: Burck (Baltimore)
Date of Stay: March 13, 2011 Review Submitted: March 22, 2011

Megan, Your house is wonderful! It was a great space for 3 adults, and 3 boys, (ages 9,7, 5). We could easily get everywhere we wanted and it was nice to cook in a kitchen that had what we needed. The boys loved your hammock and the games in the house. Our 5 year old even created his own secret hideaway behind the red curtains in the front bedroom. Since Vio's Cafe wasn't open on Monday, we took the kids to Coastal Kitchen, which is another good choice for families Fondly, Jen, Burck, Zach, Quinn, Sawyer, and "Auntie Karen"

 

 

Thank You!

Guest: Barry (Long Beach, CA)
Date of Stay: 12/23/10 Review Submitted: 12/30/10

Megan- Thanks for letting us use your wonderful rental house! We loved it and felt like we were at home. My family loved Sherman! He was a lot of help. The house was cozy and fun with all the toys, movies, and games. Can't wait to visit again! Thank you Megan - Barry et al.

 


Perfect Experience!

Guest: Mickey(Seattle, WA)
Date of Stay: 11/21/10 Review Submitted: 11/27/10

Thank you for making such a calming and beautiful space available to us this Thanksgiving. We all felt completely at home at Truly Central:) It was the perfect space for the Northwest part of our family to entertain the California part of our family. We survived the snowstorm and has an incredible week! The house is absolutely charming and we will be back in the summer months to take advantage of the deck and yard. Megan was great to deal with and flexible to work with us when some of our travel plans changed. Thanks a ton!! :)

Recommended for: Adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing, families with teenagers.


A Truly Great Way to Experience Seattle!

Guest: Becky(Corvallis, OR)
Date of Stay: 09/20/10 Review Submitted: 09/25/10

Dear Megan, It was nice to meet you on our arrival! This rental is charming! It feels like home and like we are, for a moment in time, locals. We went to Saint Clouds last night at your suggestion. The food was great and the music was OFF the charts good. What a way to start a vacation! Tuesday we spent an absolutely beautiful day on Vashon Island, also at your suggestion. Since you seemed to be batting 1000 we went along with your recommendation of eating at The Harvest Vine. It was so good, we could swoon. We're definitely going back there. We topped off the trip with some standard tourist destinations. Pike Market, and Seattle's Underground tour - cool but super touristy. We'll skip those next time and do the European Markets instead. We LOVED the Experience Music Project. This is a must see for music lovers. Next time we'll spend an afternoon there. Since your suggestions were spot on we decided to go to another restaurant you think highly of: The Tamarind Tree. It was yet another delightful culinary experience, and the place had great ambiance. The Tamarantini was delicious! Sadly, we had to cut our time short. My beautiful, sweet father-in-law passed away somewhat suddenly. I will always associate this trip with that profound emotional experience. I can't wait to return! Megan, you made this trip so beautiful! You are a true healer. With love, peace and joy - Rebecca and Jerry.

Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, pet owners, girls getaway, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway.


Fantastic Property!

Guest: BC(Millersburg, OH)
Date of Stay: 09/03/10 Review Submitted: 09/14/10

I have stayed in VRBO properties all over the country and would highly recommend this property for anyone. It was neat and clean and had everything you would need for a great stay in Seattle. I would stay here again.


We had a GREAT time!
Guest: -Jola and Steve
Date of Stay: August 6, 2010 Review Submitted: August 12, 2010

Megan -- We truly enjoyed your guesthouse. You provided all the creature comforts we needed to feel at home while visiting. Seattle. The college kiddos enjoyed their space while the adults visited on the main floor. I thought I would have TV withdrawal but the WIFI kept us well informed with our laptops, etc.. We had a great time!


"To rest in Seattle Down town "
Guest: Roland
Date of Stay: 09/22/10 Review Submitted: 09/30/10

"Il s'agit d'une maison extrèmement pratique pour passer des vacances en famille sur Seattle et environs. Nous étions 4 adultes et 2 enfants de 9 et 13 ans. L'agencement est trés fonctionnel, avec une cuisine totalement équipé pour permettre aux "chefs français" que nous sommes de s'exprimer . Et les herbes de Provence du jardin disponible. La literie King size, le linge de toilette etc ... Nous n'oublions pas la proximité de downtown Seattle par transport public . Et la gentillesse de l'accueil . Tout est fait pour faciliter la vie en vacances dans un quartier résidentiel."


Fabulously Comfortable Accommodations!

Guest: Luna (Eureka, CA)
Date of Stay: July 9, 2010 Review Submitted: August 25, 2010

Staying at Truly Central was like being in a vacation version of my own home, with organic gardens, loads of books, and herbs everywhere for cooking. The back deck was totally surrounded by bamboo, and by the boughs of an enormous tree so it felt like we were in a beautifully secluded treehouse. We cooked on the Weber Grill every night and bought fresh fish from the Farmer's Market a few blocks away. My children, practically grown ups now, had their own space, beds and bath downstairs, and even invited us down for dinner one night. Being a family of foodies, having two kitchens was a wonderful luxury. The house looked small on the outside but that was deceptive. It goes on and on. Beds - incredibly comfy, great art, natural fabrics, decadent hammock, and above all, just a great, serene feeling from the moment we stepped inside. There were four of us but we had room for more. Also - lots of great personal restaurant recommendations that turned out fantastic, and lists of fun things to do. I felt like someone had really tried to plan for all my needs. Lots of pillows, comforters and toilet paper!!

Recommended for: Age 55+, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Families with teenagers, Families with young children, Romantic getaway


I Look Forward to staying at Truly Central!
Guest: Laurel
Date of Stay: June 1, 2009 Review Submitted: August 11, 2009

"My stays at Truly Central make my business trips to Seattle something I look forward to. Megan is always a gracious and perceptive hostess AND she knows all the great restaurants from the authentic hole in the wall to the completely decadent. The house is close to everything, yet tucked away, like a secret hide-out. This has the effect of transforming every stay into an enchanting getaway. " Laurel, San Francisco/Seattle.




Your Host:

Megan Haas is an entrepreneur, consultant and troubleshooter who has helped to build and run innovative companies since 1993. She arrived in Seattle in 1996, and seven years later, won the Mayor's Award for Innovative Business Practices through her work as co-founder of the Utilikilts Co. Megan's life-work is to help individuals and companies engage, innovate, and animate, by implementing the values of community culture and resource sharing. She has designed Truly Central around the independent traveler who can immediately recognize a worthy alternative.

About the house:

This was my home for many years, and it has a wonderful, peaceful atmosphere from the moment you walk inside. It is indeed Truly Central as it is located in Seattle's oldest historic neighborhood, just minutes walk to downtown, or to the heart of Capitol Hill, and the international District. As a world traveler who enjoys comfort, practicality, and a great atmosphere when I am at home or away, I designed Truly Central to have everything one might need for large groups of friends and/or families who want to travel together to cut costs but also have their own space with their own amenities.



Delicious and valuable local Info:

I make it a point to share information with my guests in the spirit of cultural exchange, the way many kind people I've met on my travels have shared information with me. Coming to a new city can be exciting and sometimes a bit overwhelming. Choosing to create experiences where you feel that you've really explored both on and off the beaten path is what I love most about travel. Here are some of my favorite restaurants as well as other points of interest that might be fun, practical and appropriate for people on holiday, or here for work, or any other reason.

Farmers Markets
Besides Pike Place Market, which is a very popular place for tourists to visit, I highly recommend the wonderful European style Farmer's Markets that are around town. Seattle is famous for them, and they feature not only organic veggies, meats and dairy from local farms, but also art, handmade crafts, vintage or found objects, and wonderful gift ideas.The biggest and most impressive markets are both on Sunday, one in Fremont, and one in Ballard which are very near each other and happen year round. http://www.fremontmarket.com/

There is also an excellent farmer's market with many of the same vendors, near this rental – listed as the Madrona Farmer’s Market, on MLK and union, a short walk away. It is Fridays from 3-7, from May to Sept. Great produce, fresh fish, etc…

The Ballard Locks (kids love the Locks!)
Whether you have children or not, the Ballard Locks are a thrilling example of art, engineering and environmental science. Located in a grand, beautiful, parklike setting, and built in 1911, the Locks provide a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects eastward to Lake Union and Lake Washington.The locks are also a critical link for salmon and steelhead heading upstream to spawn. A fish ladder, (with a glass viewing room), with 21 steps or “weirs” allows spawning fish to climb to the freshwater side. Young fish, or “smolts” then return down through the locks out to Puget Sound. On summer days you can often see seals playing in the water. The sights, sounds and smells of the locks are very exciting, and there's lovely, grassy picnic areas all around, perfect for a summer day.

Day Trips
Vashon Island is a wonderful place to visit. Its about fifteen minutes to the West Seattle Ferry, and another fifteen minutes on the ferry. Here is the ferry home page. It is a beautiful island to simply just drive from one end to the other. There are several lovely beaches for walking or swimming. Just ask anyone, people are very friendly and welcoming. Stop anywhere that looks interesting because it probably will be. Our Friends Ron and Cathy have a wonderful little vacation rental, Ferry Glen Cottage, on Vashon that's perfect for a quick getaway.

Local Swimming
If you want to stay local, we are very close to the best swimming in the city, at the beach/park at the end of Madison. Just follow it all the way down to the water, and you'll dead end at Lake Washington. There is a little village there with a great playground, bakery, etc.. as well as a beach with Lifeguards. Madison Beach Park.

The San Juan Islands
If you want to take a longer trip, I would suggest going up to Anacortes, (about 2 hrs by car up highway 5), and taking the ferry to the the San Juan Islands. There are four main islands, but Orcas and Friday Harbor, are respectively, the most wild, and the most populated. Both are very beautiful. Lopez island is also a good spot to visit, but very tiny. You could stay on Orcas island overnight or go whale watching at Friday Harbor. The San Juans are spectacular... very peaceful and wild, and on their own time schedule. There are plenty of places to stay, eat, etc... If you are going to take a ferry to the San Juans in the summer, make sure to get there with at least an hour and half leeway. If you don't want to go quite so far, Whidbey Island, which is also beautiful, and only about an hour away, is a fine place to visit, and is bordered by Deception Pass, a remarkable bridge and pass that connects Whidbey to the mainland.

Fun things to do at night (within five minutes away!)

St. Clouds
Every Monday evening, St Clouds, a little bistro in Madrona on 34th Ave, hosts The Rolling Blackouts, a little country, a little tex-mex, and a ton of soul, The Blackouts feature some of the top musicians from a number of bands around town, who've been 'slumming' together at St. Clouds for over ten years now. They start at 8:30 pm and play for a few hours, to a small, intimate, laid back bar, and respectfully devoted group of friends, neighbors, and folks who've just dropped in. The food at St. Clouds is excellent. Make a reservation if you want to eat in the bar and listen to the music. http://www.stclouds.com/

Imperial Foot Massage
Less than five minutes away, tucked into a shopping mall in the International District, is the Imperial Foot Massage Palace. Open 10:00 am to midnight, seven days a week, this is where you go to rejuvinate your tired tootsies and shoulders with an herbal foot bath, reflexologie, shiatsu, and hot towels for the very fair price of $29 for an hours worth of amazing therapy. You will walk into a darkened room, lie down in a chair, take off your shoes and socks, listen to soothing music, and be two feet away from your friends. Drop in if you're on your own, or call for a reservation if you have a group. 900 S Jackson St, Ste 217 (at S 10th Ave) Neighborhood: International District (206) 903-0878 Here are the reviews: http://www.yelp.com/biz/imperial-foot-massage-seattle

Dancing
There's a veritable smorgasboard of clubs on Capitol Hill to choose from that provide the latest music off the airwaves, as well as many fabulous local, indi performers. Check The Stranger for listings. However, if you're like me, and you'd love to know where the nearest honky tonk is so you can do some dancing with, (or without), your sweetie, then you'll be pleased to know that The Little Red Hen, fifteen minutes away in Greelake, is Seattle's best version of a down home Austin dance hall. There are many places in the city to take dance lessons and cut a rug to swing and salsa dj's, (try the Century Ballroom), but the Hen is the only place where there's fantastic live music six nights a week, featuring some of The Very Best Musicians in this town. Dancers from 19 to 90, mix it up on the small dancefloor, and create a downhome, soulful vibe that is unmatched in the city. Everyone dances with everyone, and you can start up a conversation as if it were your living room. If you're into old style country and western swing, with a side of soul and a hint of rockabilly, check the calendar because here are the bands you want to dance to:The T&D Revue, The Bouchards, The Buckaroosters, The Souvenirs, Jerry & The Philbillys, Joe Miller & Her Burly Roughnecks, The Jukehouse Hounds.

Ps..
if you do end up going to Greenlake, and want a delicious dinner in the neighborhood, go to Nells. A bit upscale, but absolutely worth it.

Best little dress shop in the city!
Driftwood - http://www.yelp.com/biz/driftwood-consignment-seattle
Ladies, whether you're here for a wedding or not, we are very lucky to have this little store in nearby (five minutes from Truly Central), Madrona. Driftwood is my absolute go-to place when I need to find something totally different, with class, edge, and style for a price that's worthy but not ridiculous.The dresses are so unique and beautiful, perfect for any occasion. Driftwood is on a quiet street with a few other very interesting little shops and restaurants that are also fun to check out, including a glassblowing studio and a fascinating jewelry store called Hitchcock.

Favorite restaurants
My favorite in all the city is The Harvest Vine. Its a Spanish Tapas place that I eat at every chance I have. Delicious, located in a converted garage, started by a man from the Basque country, Joseph de Jiminez de Jiminez and his then wife Carolin Messier. Now also serving the best brunch in the city. Very intimate and informal at the same time. Start with the Galician Fried peppers, and the beet salad.

Here are some reviews of my favorites, all within five minutes of the house:

The Harvest Vine:
Neighborhood: Central District - 2701 E Madison St. (between E 27th Ave & E 28th Ave)
(206) 320-9771 www.harvestvine.com
At Harvest Vine, they come to taste the salt-cured tuna and salt-cod-stuffed peppers, to bare the bones of the grill-kissed lamb chops and pan-seared squab, to savor aged Spanish cheeses and sweet saffron flan.

I've tasted golden beets, pulled from heaven's garden and sprinkled with sherry vinegar, herbs and fruity olive oil. I've sampled fresh sardines showered with lemon and sea salt. I've gone wild for wild mushrooms paired with sea scallops, with venison flank or with sautéed leeks and scrambled duck eggs. Deftly seared duck liver with candylike caramelized pumpkin has passed my lips, as has buttery monkfish liver with an inky wine reduction made with txacoli.

Crisp soft-shell crab has come to me heady with vinegar. Chunks of impossibly tender octopus, served Galician-style on a rustic wood plate, came dusted with smoky paprika. I've tantalized my tongue with wild-boar bacon garnished with trout roe, and with salt-cured tuna dotted with black caviar. I've cried at the taste and texture of sea-urchin roe swaddled in an omelet, and still dream of sheep's milk cheesecake and of custardy Venezuelan chocolate graced with lemon curd, served in a sugar-rimmed stem glass.

Best Breakfast in the city
Skillet Diner - http://www.skilletstreetfood.com/diner.php
This is my dream diner, and its only five minutes away! The food is local, sustainable and scrumptious! The space is classy and the waitstaff are wonderful. Just check out the menu - all your favorites will be there.

900 13th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 420-7297
Hours: Sun-Thu 7–12am; Fri-Sat 7–2am
Bus: E Madison St & 14th Ave

Best Chinese food in the city
Sichuanese Cuisine Restaurant - Neighborhood: International District
1048 S Jackson St (206) 720-1690 sichuan.cwok.com

The best pork chow mein—and, by far, my favorite handmade noodles—can be found at the International District's Sichuan Cuisine. Located in the "Asian Plaza" at the corner of 12th Avenue South and South Jackson Street, Sichuan offers little atmosphere—the space houses two big round tables, a few four tops, a couple of faded scenic murals, and a specials board written entirely in Chinese. But Sichuan does offer the handmade noodles of my dreams—at first bite, they feel almost too firm, but then reveal a remarkable softness that is a pleasure to bite into over and over again. They're long and lean, deceptively uniform looking, but comprising the subtlest ridges and indentations that hold peanut oil, tangy Chinese cooking wine, and rich soy sauce. These are noodles you want to run your tongue over slowly in order to savor their feel and flavor. Combined with strips of pork, chopped garlic, scallion slices, and crunchy sweet slivers of cabbage, and offered at a mere $6.50, Sichuan Cuisine's noodles are heartwarming and satisfying, a picture of simple, well-made beauty.My recommendations: Fried pot-stickers, (they'll ask if you want steamed or fried - say you want fried) and the dry cooked string beans with chicken - truly remarkable!

The Tamarind Tree:
http://www.tamarindtreerestaurant.com/
1036 S Jackson St Suite A
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 860-1404
(Around the corner in the same shopping plaza: Best and most artfully presented Vietnamese food in the city.) A hidden treasure, you would never know that an oasis of calm and deliciousness is hidden in a run down shopping center which is part of why The Tamarind Tree is such a delight. Delicious food and beautiful atmosphere, this place is a must.My recommendations: Start with The Tamarind Tree Rolls, then the Mango Salad, and then the Long Yellow Fish.

Vio’s Greek Café
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
903 19th Avenue E
(between Aloha St & Prospect St)
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 329-3236
www.vioscafe.com/
Hours: Tue-Sat 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m
Attention parents! There is a GREAT children’s area in this restaurant, with seats around it for parents to watch and eat. West of Chicago there are exactly three Greek restaurants worth eating at--Kokkari in San Francisco; Eleni's in Portland, and Vios in Seattle. This is truly an amazing place. Most Greek restaurants in Seattle serve the same premade frozen pastichio, dry Greek Chicken, and bland souvlaki. This place serves home style Greek food that is authentic, fresh, and extremely well executed and progressive. They have the kind of dishes that your yiayia makes-- orange scented white beans and pork tenderloin, rabbit stew with clove, allspice and cinnamon, and great veggie ragouts.

I like the arrangement of the dining room. There are several small tables around the parameters of the dining area, and some large communal tables in the center which can either accommodate a large group, or be shared with other patrons. Its large and airy, eclectic and has a fabulous neighborhood atmosphere.

The Taco Truck on Rainier Ave (more like ten minutes away)
Best Mexican food in Seattle - simply delicious!!!
http://www.lostacotrucks.com/seattle/2005/08/tacos-el-asadero.html
My recommendations: Sopas, tacos.

Also - something to remember: Happy Hour in Seattle is generally from 4-6 pm. All over Capitol Hill. Chinooks at the Fisherman's Terminalalso has a wonderful Happy Hour. Its near Ballard, right in front of the water where all the fisherman have their boats. The Halibut Fish and Chips is the best in the city. And the best Happy Hour in the city is at Tavolata, where they hand-make all their pasta. The prices are astonishing for the food quality.

Here is a good website that details the different happy hours around the city:http://www.happyhourinseattle.com/




 

 

 

 

 

 


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