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Valerie’s guidebook

Great place to go for a lunch buffet.
If you are craving Indian Buffet for lunch, this is the place to go.
India House Restaurant & Bar
25410 104th Ave SE
Sightseeing
This is your gateway to downtown Seattle, the downtown sports stadiums, Pike Place Market, and many Seattle neighborhoods. You can purchase a ticket from a kiosk at the station and ride the light rail to and from your destination. We are 1 mile from the Angle Lake Light Rail Station.
Angle Lake Light Rail Station
2702 S 200th St
Be sure to take the factory tour when the factory is in production (check their website schedule first) to see the crew making things like truffles and chocolate bars. You get to sample a lot of tasty chocolates, and when you take the tour you get 10% off any purchases in the store.
Seattle Chocolate
1180 Andover Park W
Be sure to take the factory tour when the factory is in production (check their website schedule first) to see the crew making things like truffles and chocolate bars. You get to sample a lot of tasty chocolates, and when you take the tour you get 10% off any purchases in the store.
Walk the aisle of JFK's Air Force One and climb aboard the West Coast's only Concorde. Revel in the history and heroics of WWI and WWII. Sit at the controls of the world's fastest jet. Learn about the history of the Boeing Company (one of Seattle's largest companies).
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The Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South
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Walk the aisle of JFK's Air Force One and climb aboard the West Coast's only Concorde. Revel in the history and heroics of WWI and WWII. Sit at the controls of the world's fastest jet. Learn about the history of the Boeing Company (one of Seattle's largest companies).
About a 5-10 minute walk from the house, Angle Lake Park is a great place to go for a picnic with views. Ducks, geese, eagles, herons and other water fowl frequent the lake. During the summer you might get to hear some music or see a play (free scheduled events). Be sure to take a stroll on the Angle Lake Park Trail, located by the boat ramp. At the very end of the short trail is Val's favorite spot, a huge tree that hangs into the water and usually has ducks and geese swimming among the branches with their babies (sheltered from the Eagles). Trees along the trail are labeled, and there are some signs with interesting history. You may see locals fishing off the dock and children swimming on the beach or playing on the water pad.
Angle Lake Park
19408 International Boulevard
About a 5-10 minute walk from the house, Angle Lake Park is a great place to go for a picnic with views. Ducks, geese, eagles, herons and other water fowl frequent the lake. During the summer you might get to hear some music or see a play (free scheduled events). Be sure to take a stroll on the Angle Lake Park Trail, located by the boat ramp. At the very end of the short trail is Val's favorite spot, a huge tree that hangs into the water and usually has ducks and geese swimming among the branches with their babies (sheltered from the Eagles). Trees along the trail are labeled, and there are some signs with interesting history. You may see locals fishing off the dock and children swimming on the beach or playing on the water pad.
This beautiful 20 acre garden is an urban oasis of hills and valleys, criss-crossed with streams and paths, ponds and waterfalls, rock outcroppings, and a stunning collection of plants, rich with flora and fauna. This unique urban refuge displays over 60 years of vision, effort and commitment by the Kubota family. Free to visit. I recommend the self-guided tour.
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Kubota Garden
9817 55th Avenue South
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This beautiful 20 acre garden is an urban oasis of hills and valleys, criss-crossed with streams and paths, ponds and waterfalls, rock outcroppings, and a stunning collection of plants, rich with flora and fauna. This unique urban refuge displays over 60 years of vision, effort and commitment by the Kubota family. Free to visit. I recommend the self-guided tour.
Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning five major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.
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Mount Rainier National Park
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Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning five major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.
Seattle Center is home for the Space Needle, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and a treasured Seattle icon. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle recently completed the most extensive renovation in its history. With two observation decks, the world’s only revolving glass floor and open-air glass benches, the landmark continues to symbolize the innovative and forward-thinking spirit of Seattle. A trip to Seattle isn't complete without a visit to the Space Needle. While you are at the Settle Center you can also see Dreaming In Color, Grass Blades, Neototems, the Bird Song Listening Station, and visit the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Children's Museum, Artists At Play, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Museum of Pop Culture, Pottery Northwest, and the Artists Cooperative Gallery.
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Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
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Seattle Center is home for the Space Needle, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and a treasured Seattle icon. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle recently completed the most extensive renovation in its history. With two observation decks, the world’s only revolving glass floor and open-air glass benches, the landmark continues to symbolize the innovative and forward-thinking spirit of Seattle. A trip to Seattle isn't complete without a visit to the Space Needle. While you are at the Settle Center you can also see Dreaming In Color, Grass Blades, Neototems, the Bird Song Listening Station, and visit the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Children's Museum, Artists At Play, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Museum of Pop Culture, Pottery Northwest, and the Artists Cooperative Gallery.
Over 50 horse-drawn vehicles and artifacts from the 19th century. If you have a AAA card, you get a discount.
Northwest Carriage Museum
314 Alder Street
Over 50 horse-drawn vehicles and artifacts from the 19th century. If you have a AAA card, you get a discount.
Great place to look around, shop and watch glass blowers in action. Closed on Mondays.
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Tacoma Glassblowing Studio
114 S 23rd St
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Great place to look around, shop and watch glass blowers in action. Closed on Mondays.
Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning five major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.
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Mount Rainier National Park
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Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning five major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.
This 140.9-acre park has fishing, hiking, swimming and more. You can take a hike by the lake and through the forest at this public park in the city of Kent.
Lake Fenwick Park
25828 Lake Fenwick Road
This 140.9-acre park has fishing, hiking, swimming and more. You can take a hike by the lake and through the forest at this public park in the city of Kent.
Hike along a steep-sided ravine with some highly eroded banks. Enjoy the deciduous forest with a few large trees, and appreciate the moss and ferns along the creek. There's also an option to extend your hike to include the historic district of Des Moines Beach Park, and stroll out onto the Des Moines Public Fishing Pier for the view.
Des Moines Creek Trail
Hike along a steep-sided ravine with some highly eroded banks. Enjoy the deciduous forest with a few large trees, and appreciate the moss and ferns along the creek. There's also an option to extend your hike to include the historic district of Des Moines Beach Park, and stroll out onto the Des Moines Public Fishing Pier for the view.
Waterworks Gardens is a public park managed by King County Parks. Complete with trails, art, native plants and wildlife this park winds visitors through a series of garden "rooms" of ponds, wetlands and marshes.
Waterworks Gardens
602 Oakesdale Avenue Southwest
Waterworks Gardens is a public park managed by King County Parks. Complete with trails, art, native plants and wildlife this park winds visitors through a series of garden "rooms" of ponds, wetlands and marshes.
The 30 acre woods known as the Walker Preserve in Normandy Park offers a level easy trail, plus optional steep and narrow side trails that lead down to two small creeks. The land is home to squirrels, pileated woodpeckers, owls, coyotes, rabbits, raccoons, and river otter. Multiple Eagle Scout projects, and ongoing volunteer work combine to keep this trail enjoyable.
Walker Preserve
The 30 acre woods known as the Walker Preserve in Normandy Park offers a level easy trail, plus optional steep and narrow side trails that lead down to two small creeks. The land is home to squirrels, pileated woodpeckers, owls, coyotes, rabbits, raccoons, and river otter. Multiple Eagle Scout projects, and ongoing volunteer work combine to keep this trail enjoyable.
Food scene
One of our favorite places to go for lunch. Small family neighborhood restaurant serving authentic Latin food. I recommend their Loroco & Cheese Pupusas. I put lots of the cabbage and green salsa on mine. Delicious. My husband likes the Chicken Quesadillas. They have very good Margaritas on the Rocks also.
Las Palmas Restaurant
19840 International Blvd
One of our favorite places to go for lunch. Small family neighborhood restaurant serving authentic Latin food. I recommend their Loroco & Cheese Pupusas. I put lots of the cabbage and green salsa on mine. Delicious. My husband likes the Chicken Quesadillas. They have very good Margaritas on the Rocks also.
Great seafood restaurant with beautiful views of the Des Moines Marina. They have good Happy Hour specials, and you can walk along the Marina after you eat all that good food.
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Anthony's HomePort Des Moines
421 South 228th Street
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Great seafood restaurant with beautiful views of the Des Moines Marina. They have good Happy Hour specials, and you can walk along the Marina after you eat all that good food.
My favorite Thai restaurant in the area. Located on Southcenter Parkway (in a strip mall), not far from Westfield Center Mall. The most delicious Pad Thai and my personal favorites - Chicken Red Curry and Chicken Pad Ke Mao.
Mali Thai Cuisine
17310 Southcenter Pkwy
My favorite Thai restaurant in the area. Located on Southcenter Parkway (in a strip mall), not far from Westfield Center Mall. The most delicious Pad Thai and my personal favorites - Chicken Red Curry and Chicken Pad Ke Mao.
My favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Food is cooked fresh and portions are generous. I recommend the fresh spring rolls and the Chili Lemongrass Chicken. Amazing food. The owner, Rose, will bless you coming and going.
Rose Pho
19865 1st Pl S
My favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Food is cooked fresh and portions are generous. I recommend the fresh spring rolls and the Chili Lemongrass Chicken. Amazing food. The owner, Rose, will bless you coming and going.
A bit of a drive, but the food is amazing. West Seattle neighborhood restaurant (where we used to live) that serves creative and delicious Italian meals.
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La Rustica
4100 Beach Dr SW
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A bit of a drive, but the food is amazing. West Seattle neighborhood restaurant (where we used to live) that serves creative and delicious Italian meals.
They serve breakfast 24 hours a day. They also serve lunch and dinners, but are known for their breakfasts (benedicts and omelettes). We went to 13 Coins the night we met, so this place is special to us. My favorite is the 13 Coins Eggs Florentine.
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13 Coins SeaTac
18000 International Boulevard
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They serve breakfast 24 hours a day. They also serve lunch and dinners, but are known for their breakfasts (benedicts and omelettes). We went to 13 Coins the night we met, so this place is special to us. My favorite is the 13 Coins Eggs Florentine.
Good family restaurant to go for rotisserie chicken, turkey and other meats. Prices are reasonable and food is good.
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Sharps RoastHouse
18427 International Boulevard
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Good family restaurant to go for rotisserie chicken, turkey and other meats. Prices are reasonable and food is good.
This restaurant is expensive, but great for a romantic or special occasion dinner. Delicious food and excellent ambiance. Don't come here if you are in a hurry. Be prepared to wait a while for your meal to be served, but it will be well worth it.
Copperleaf Restaurant
18525 36th Avenue South
This restaurant is expensive, but great for a romantic or special occasion dinner. Delicious food and excellent ambiance. Don't come here if you are in a hurry. Be prepared to wait a while for your meal to be served, but it will be well worth it.
Known for their island themed food and cocktails. The seafood paella is quite good. Located in the parking lot of Westfield Mall (north side).
Bahama Breeze
15700 Southcenter Parkway
Known for their island themed food and cocktails. The seafood paella is quite good. Located in the parking lot of Westfield Mall (north side).
Open on Saturday mornings during Summer and Fall. Check online for their schedule. Great place to buy fresh produce from local farmers.
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Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market
22307 Dock Avenue South
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Open on Saturday mornings during Summer and Fall. Check online for their schedule. Great place to buy fresh produce from local farmers.
My favorite place to buy produce. If I don't have it in my garden, I get it here. Open year round with plant growing stuff, open in Summer and Fall with fresh produce.
Carpinito Brothers
1148 Central Avenue North
My favorite place to buy produce. If I don't have it in my garden, I get it here. Open year round with plant growing stuff, open in Summer and Fall with fresh produce.