Queen Anne Hill; the wonders of historic buildings and modern neighborhoods!

View of Space Needle on hazy day, from Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill.

I have written earlier about our two week visit to Seattle, housesitting a nice condominium on 13th Ave., West near the base of Queen Anne Hill.

Queen Anne is loaded with tourism delights. When you visit, plan to walk or bike several miles, including Parsons Gardens and Kerry Park on Highland Drive, then north along Queen Anne Avenue for a quaint and delectable retail and restaurant dining area and admire stately homes dating to the 1890s. Finish your trek near sundown along 8th Avenue North, with stunning views west to the Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound.

The building at 10th West and Howe, with the 10th West Restaurant on right.

Along the walk up Queen Anne Hill, we found the 10th West building (we’ll call it that for now) at 10th and Howe. We noticed 10th West Restaurant in the building at the corner, open 8 AM to 2 PM for breakfast or lunch. We stopped in this morning for a delicious breakfast and had a nice chat with restaurant owner Linda Clegg, who pulled out about six black-and-white photos of the neighborhood from the 1930s.

Linda’s estimate is that the building went up in the late 1920-30s; you’ll see a picture of her building, about 1930, and the same building today – isn’t it delightful to see historic buildings reused for both retail on the street and apartments above? The restaurant anchors a neighborhood surrounded by several quaint shops and many homes of the same, or even older, vintage.

The building at 10th West and Howe, about 1930.

Just five blocks further east is the main Queen Anne retail district and a host of restaurants on Queen Anne Avenue North. From Highland Drive to Boston Street, south to north, we found Charleston, SC, 5 Spot, Domini’s Pizza and bar, Chocolopolis, El Diablo Coffee Company next to Queen Anne Bookstore, Samurai Sushi, Nana’s Mexican, Zeke’s Pizza, Paragon Bar and Grill, Queen Anne Cafe, Hilltop Ale House, Grappa Restaurant, Orrapan Thai, Bounty kitchen, Homegrown, How to Kill a Wolf (Italian), Storyville Coffee House, and yes, of course, Starbucks.

We have sampled Orrapan and Paragon, both delightful, and plan to check out a few more before we depart. Take a sunny morning or afternoon, or all day, and wander Queen Anne Hill; memorable in so many ways!

I was also noted earlier, the area adjacent to Queen Anne Hill that offers equal interest. To the north, the Lake Washington Ship Canal offers the Chittenden Locks and adjoining Carl English, Jr., Botanical Gardens. Stop and watch small to large ships navigate through the locks, take in the fish ladder and stroll through the adjoining botanical garden full of lovely blooms. To the east, Lake Union, and just south east, Seattle Center with the Space Needle and so much more! See my previous post, with a full run-down on the many delights of the Queen Anne Hill neighborhood!

An apartment building on 10th West, built 1928.

For more information: For Queen Anne Hill, queenannechamber.org; Pike Place Market, pikeplacemarket.org; the Space Needle, spaceneedle.com; Washington State tourism info, experiencewa.com.

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