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Best Cheap Eats In Capitol Hill, Seattle

If you have traveled Seattle then you surely know how much of a foodie city is truly is. Every corner has a new place to feast at and the options…

If you have traveled Seattle then you surely know how much of a foodie city is truly is. Every corner has a new place to feast at and the options rival places like Madrid for the sheer amount of spots there are to eat at. One of my favorite places in the city is the dirty but lovable Capital Hill area and while there are many fancy eateries, I love the unique and flavorful establishments that don’t cost an arm and a leg. If you are like me then here are the places you must eat at while in the Capitol Hill area (give me a little grace on the area boundaries).

Pikes St Fish Fry

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Right off the main bar street of Capitol Hill is the small fish and chips place known as Pikes St Fish Fry. I am not making this up when I say it is the best fish and chips I have ever had, and I have had them in England. The fish was fried to perfection and the lemon aioli sauce to dip in was divine. You really can’t afford not going here.

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  • What to get – Fish and chips with cod, lemon aioli sauce
  • Cost – $10

Marination Station

This small restaurant with a L shaped bar, metal bar stools and a walk up counter, houses what was voted as the best food truck in the nation. The truck still runs the Seattle streets but if you want to try the food without following them around then this is a great place to stop.

  • What to get – Spicy Pork Taco with Pickled jalapeno and extra Nunya Sauce
  • Cost – $2.50 a taco

Lil Woodys

If you are looking for a good burger then this is my Capitol Hill recommendation. The fig and pig burger has local figs, bacon and Gorgonzola which all work really well together. The crack fries are what everyone goes for though, which is a generous helping of fries and a side of milkshake to dip them in. I like the strawberry better but other people say salted caramel. Both are good options

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  • What to get – Fig and the Pig Burger, Crack fries with strawberry
  • Cost – $10 for a burger, $5 for crack fries

Siagon Deli

This is probably the least known place on the list but when looking for a Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) for less the $5, this place cannot be beat. It is not always easy for me to communicate here but they are always happy to see me and the pickled cucumber, carrots, sauce and meat makes for an amazing and filling sandwich. I especially like the bread, which is full of chewy greatness.

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  • What to get – #8 the BBQ pork sandwich or #4 the red pork
  • Cost – $3

Paseo

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 The Carribean roast was a seemingly simple combination of pulled pork, lettuce, jalapeños and grilled onions on a hard roll. The aioli mayo seemed to transform the ingredients into a scrumptious feast. The pork is chunky and perfectly spiced. The thick cut snaky onions wrap around your tongue while the jalapenos bite. All this on a roll you have to chew, which only bread lovers will truly understand. Taken together it is one of the best sandwiches you will ever eat.

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  • What to get – Carrabien Roast, number 2 on the menu
  • Cost – $10

So there you have it, my list of food in Capitol Hill, what would you add to this?

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Moran State Park on Orcas Island, Washington

Moran State Park is located on Orcas Island, about an hour and a half drive and a one hour ferry ride from Seattle. It has over 5,000 acres of lush…

Moran State Park is located on Orcas Island, about an hour and a half drive and a one hour ferry ride from Seattle. It has over 5,000 acres of lush island landscape with 4 lakes, a few waterfalls and 30 miles of hiking trails to adventure on. At a price of 10 dollars it is a great place to visit and here are my favorite things to do in the park.

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Cascade Falls

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This 60 foot waterfall is situated right in the heart of the park. It is surrounded by forest and downed trees that add to the ambience and remoteness of the waterfall. The hike itself is a short .6 miles each way and along the trail there are four different waterfalls, with the main one being Cascade Falls. This is an easy hike for the whole family and one that has a lot of reward for a small amount of effort.

Mt Constitution

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Mt Constitution is the high point of the entire Orcas Islands and can be reached by and 8 mile hike or via a road that takes you right to the top. I think the hike is worth the effort as it is amazing to take the time to make it up there but it is not easy so make sure to plan enough time.

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On top there is even an old historic building you can climb up for better views. If you drive I recommend sunrise or sunset as you can bask in the buttery light and see for miles from the top of the structure.

Cascade Lake

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The most popular of the two main lakes in the park Cascade Lake features a 2.7 mile loop which takes you all around the lake, up the optional Sunrise Rock and past the lagoon.

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It is beautiful and I highly recommend it, especially when it is warm and you can bring swim trunks. You can also rent paddle boats at this lake and bring a picnic to eat at the benches.

Mountain Lake

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This lake is more secluded than Cascade Lake but is equally beautiful. This is a better lake for fishing and is the trailhead for the Mt Constitution hike. You can also access Twin Lakes from here via a 2 mile trail.

While not a big park you can easily spend an entire day doing all of the things available in Moran State Park. I for one loved my time there and I highly recommend the trip to the islands just for the Mt Constitution view. Let me know what I left off in the comments.

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Rattlesnake Ledge Hike in North Bend, Washington

At only 45 minutes outside of Seattle, the Snoqualmie area of Seattle is full of breathtaking hikes, one of the most popular being Rattlesnake Ledge. This 4 mile round trip…

At only 45 minutes outside of Seattle, the Snoqualmie area of Seattle is full of breathtaking hikes, one of the most popular being Rattlesnake Ledge. This 4 mile round trip hike is popular for many reasons, but mainly because it is a great work out with over 1,000 feet of elevation gain, and contains beautiful scenery pretty much the entire time.

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Details

  • 1000 feet of gain
  • 4 miles round trip
  • Get there early for parking

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The first thing I would say about this hike is that you must get there early. It gets full very fast and can be hard to find a parking spot, especially on the weekend.

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From the parking lot you will head to the trailhead which is about .3 miles from the lot and right next to Rattlesnake Lake.

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I would recommend checking out the lake right now so you can put perspective to it when you are staring down from the ridge.

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Also, make sure to look up as well to see where you are going.

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From there you will head into the forest. As a Southern California hiker the forest here is worth the hike in and of itself. It is green and lush with moss-covered trees and rocks at every turn.

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The trees also tower above you, shielding you from the sun on a hot summer day and providing a little escape from the rain when it comes.

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The first mile of this trail is a steady incline through said foliage until it bends to the right and starts to climb the switchbacks upwards. This area is much more subtle in its beauty with less green and more warm tones. It is still amazing but not as awe-inspiring as the beginning.

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The trail continues upwards and heads over small bridges and up and over rocks while it gains elevation.

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About 1.9 miles in you will see the end goal, the talus rock that overlooks the valley below.

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When we were there only 10 people were soaking it in, but when we left there were at least 30 up on top.

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I grabbed my lunch and sat, soaking in the views for about 30 minutes, it was stellar.

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The lake below really helps to show you where you came from and the valley and mountains give a sense of depth to the amazing views.

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After that you can head back the way you came or continue up to take more trails through the ridges. One thing is for sure, if it is a sunny day this is a great place to hike near Seattle and I highly recommend it.

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Snoqualmie Falls: 250 Foot Waterfall Outside Seattle

I have been to Seattle many times over the years, but I never realized there was a massive 250 foot waterfall only 20 minutes outside of the city center. This…

I have been to Seattle many times over the years, but I never realized there was a massive 250 foot waterfall only 20 minutes outside of the city center. This waterfall is well worth the drive to visit and is an amazing free activity for the outdoor lover that is visiting the city.

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Located about 15 minutes off the freeway in a town that has a lot of railroad history and is worth a stop in and of itself, Snoquamie Falls is a beautiful waterfall that cascades over the rugged landscape to the pools below.

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There is plenty of parking in the falls area, right next to the famous lodge that overlooks it. There is even overflow parking across the street if you come on a weekend.

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After crossing over the street there are two main viewing platforms that you can see the falls from and both of them are pretty majestic.

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The upper one gives you a bird’s eye view of the falls themselves and has a lot of information about the way they harvest the water for power. It is pretty interesting and it shows how you can even tell how much water is flowing through the falls.

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The second platform is located about 50 yards down the walkway and provides a straight on view of the falls. I preferred this viewpoint as it provided ample opportunity for great photographs.

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I have heard there is another trail to the base of the falls and even saw people down there, but I did not go myself so I cannot comment.

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Here is a video from the first platform.

All in all, this is an amazing way to spend 20 minutes. The falls are majestic and the surrounding town is like a time warp back into history, make sure to visit when in Seattle.

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