Photography by Cody Ulrich / Styling by Lauren Day

Wish You Were Here:
For the Classics

Wish You Were Here… For the Classics

Photography by Cody Ulrich / Styling by Lauren Day

1. Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks fans have earned a reputation for their vociferous support at Lumen Field. Catch the team on a home game day, and you’ll become an honorary “12,” urging the team on to success. With a Super Bowl victory in 2014 and a near-miss in 2015, the noise seems to have been working—and a warm hat makes a great way to show your Hawks colors. *800 Occidental Ave S;

2. REI

At the flagship location of this outdoor recreation co-op, find everything you need to hike, bike, climb, and camp in style. If you just can’t wait to test things out, there’s an indoor climbing wall, mountain bike test trail, and plenty of knowledgeable employees to help you gear up. 222 Yale Ave N;

3. Frankie & Jo’s

Milk gets a run for its money at Frankie & Jo’s, where cones of dairy-free, plant-based scoops can woo even hard-core traditional ice cream fans. The colorful parlors use 100 percent vegan ingredients, including cashew milk pressed in-house daily. Favorites include Salty Caramel Ash, Date Shake, and California Cabin (applewood-smoked vanilla and pine ice cream with black pepper cardamom shortbread). Multiple locations;

4. Seattle Bouldering Project

Whether you climb V8s on the regular or have no idea what that means, this bouldering gym is for you. Not just a physical workout, this form of rock climbing sans harness also tests your mind as you figure out how to traverse the marked routes up the walls. Added bonus: shoe rentals are free for first-timers. 900 Poplar Pl S;

5. Theo Chocolate

The first organic, fair-trade chocolatier in the country, Theo is known for its social responsibility—and its mouthwatering chocolate bars. Visit the store for ample samples, and sign up for the factory tour to get behind-the-scenes info. *3400 Phinney Ave N;

6. Schmitz Preserve Park

Relax and recharge in West Seattle’s Schmitz Park, a serene spot where old-growth trees stand tall. You might come across banana slugs, pileated woodpeckers, and some mud, so wear appropriate footwear. From here, you’re not far from lots of recreational opportunities at Alki Beach, the landing spot in 1851 for the Denny party, the settlers who established the town of Seattle. 5551 SW Admiral Way

7. Fremont Troll

In the world of kooky attractions, the Fremont Troll looms large—literally. This sculpture is big enough to clutch a real Volkswagen Beetle in its hand and sport a hubcap for an eye. Find visitors taking selfies with him under the Aurora Bridge. Troll Ave N and N 36th St

8. Living Computers: Museum + Labs

Nerd out at Living Computers: Museum + Labs, a hands-on museum dedicated to computer technology from the 1960s to today. Trace the evolution of the personal computer, indulge your inner ’80s kid with a game of Oregon Trail, or explore the future of self-driving cars. *2245 First Ave S;

9. Tom Douglas Restaurants

For a restaurant experience synonymous with Pacific Northwest cuisine, visit any of the fine eateries in chef Tom Douglas’s empire. Go for the Dungeness crab cakes at Etta’s, delight in the duck fat hush puppies at The Carlile Room, or gorge on a Greek-inspired lamb burger at Lola. For the full Master Chef experience, sign up for a culinary class at Douglas’s interactive Hot Stove Society—or just take some signature salmon rub home to your grill. *Multiple locations;

10. Bateau

James Beard Award–winning Renee Erickson’s temple of meat has been dubbed the “steak house of the future” by noted food critic (and onetime Seattle resident) Bill Addison. The wrinkle here, aside from the Instagram-worthy aesthetic, is that all the beef is sourced locally (from Whidbey Island), and everything is butchered in-house. And we do mean everything: Bateau’s “whole-animal” cooking means that alongside perfectly marbled rib eyes, you can scan the massive chalkboard for constantly changing selections of lesser-known cuts like 21-day aged bavette. Ambitious home chefs should pick up a copy of Erickson’s cookbook A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus to re-create her dishes in their own kitchens. 1040 E Union St;

11. Sky View Observatory at Columbia Center

Fresh off a $25 million renovation, this Columbia Center attraction delivers sightseers up 73 floors for 360-degree views of downtown, Elliott Bay, and the nearby Olympic Mountain Range. While up there, grab a glass of local wine or beer from the newly opened cafe. (Pro tip: Sunset is a particularly beautiful time to visit.) *700 Fourth Ave;

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