Seattle's Pike Place Market
Back in 1907, produce wholesalers in the Northwest were manipulating prices by dumping foods and defrauding the growers. In response, a farmer's market was born on the corner of Pike and First in downtown Seattle. From the first day, the market was a success with growers and customers alike because of quality products at reasonable prices.

Over the years, permanent buildings replaced stalls and the number of vendors and the variety of products they sold continued to grow. By the late 1960s, however, many of the buildings were in desperate need of maintenance and there was talk of demolishing the market. But the people of Seattle value their heritage and, through a successful community effort, they restored the market. Today, it's one of Seattle's most popular attractions.

Pike Place Market is home to dozens of shops, fresh vegetable and fish stands, and restaurants. The market is open year-round but the atmosphere changes with the seasons. In the summer, stalls and tables are placed in every available spot to accommodate the fresh produce. In the spring, the market hosts a festive street fair. All year round the market serves the needs of the residents of Seattle and the Puget Sound area.

When you visit Seattle, you'll want to make Pike Place Market your first stop. A casual stroll through the market will give you a feel for Seattle and its people. And while you're there, be sure to stop by Totem Smokehouse to say "hello." We're just a couple doors down from the original Starbucks. Don't be shy about asking for a sample of any of the delicious seafoods we carry, though we'll probably offer you one before you even have a chance to ask.

Seattle's Other Attractions
After you've explored Pike Place Market, you'll want to check out some of Seattle's other famous attractions. To get a bird's eye view of the area, take the Monorail to the Space Needle. From atop its unique indoor/outdoor observation deck, you can see far out into the Pacific and deep inland to the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. After your tour of the Space Needle, it's an easy walk over to the Pacific Science Center where kids of all ages discover science the fun way.

Another great attraction to visit is the Seattle Aquarium. It features award-winning exhibits of fish, marine mammals, birds, and the world's only aquarium based salmon ladder and fish hatchery. You'll enjoy the Woodland Park Zoo, too. It's ranked as one of the country's ten best zoos with over 300 animal species and 1,000 plant species (one of our favorite exhibits is the brown bears).

No trip to Seattle would be complete without a ferry boat ride. You can take one of several day trips or cruise among the beautiful San Juan Islands. What a relaxing way to enjoy nature or the beautiful Seattle skyline. And don't forget about the Space Needle which is always a spectacular sight!

These are just a few of the things to do and see in Seattle. When you add fine dining, great entertainment, and wonderful places to stay, Seattle will keep you coming back year after year.



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