Ballard… hip Seattle neighborhood
Ballard used to be known as a quiet, Nordic fishing-centric section of Seattle. It has emerged into THE hip neighborhood. Market Street is bustling, but Ballard Avenue still has the small village feel to it. Narrow storefronts, with time-worn hardwood floors and deep display windows are predominant in this three block stretch off Market Street. Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate factory is worth a stop… to smell the smoky chocolate, if nothing else! I picked up a small jar of smoked chocolate chips to give as a gift. They’ll make interesting chocolate chip cookies!
One of the highlights of this trip (other than enjoying the company of another stellar group of Rebels!) is the Hiram Crittenden Locks and Carl English Gardens. This colorful little tug was going through the locks during our visit. (Thanks, Vicki, for sharing the picture!) Lots of boat traffic on this lovely summer day. The locks transition boats to and from different water levels, from Shilshole Bay of Puget Sound to Lake Union. It’s an interesting process to witness!
The Carl English gardens are a lush oasis… deep green lawns, with huge trees and lots of benches to sit and ponder. The periennial gardens were just past their peak, but still lovely.
Rebels ate at several different places on this trip. Po Dog was a big hit. A few of us ate at the Portage Bay Café, which serves brunch at this location. There was a fresh berry bar to add to your pancakes. Yum!
Our return trip included the ever-popular and relaxing Sounder train. Skimming along the tracks, you don’t even SEE I-5!