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The Beatles (Seattle Fun Fact #50)

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

You’ve probably seen this famous photo of the Beatles, but did you know it was taken at The Edgewater in Seattle during Beatle-mania in 1964? They had to build a huge fence with barbed wire around to the hotel to keep out the screaming fans! Even still, Harbor Patrol was pulling swimmers out of the (cold!)...

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Starbucks (Seattle Fun Fact #49)

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

There’s no question that Seattleites love their coffee. If you check a local phone book, you’ll find more than 415 Starbucks in Seattle – that’s a latte coffee shops! Do you know how the venti-chain of coffee shops, which started here at Pike Place Market more than 40 years ago, got its unique name? Answer: It’s from Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Starbuck was the first mate on the whaling ship, The Pequod. The story goes that they were going to name it after the ship but then decided no one was going to want to drink a cup of PEE-quod! Photo:...

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Duck Dodge (Seattle Fun Fact #48)

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

On Tuesday evenings, do you ever look longingly at Lake Union from the gridlocked freeway and wonder aloud, “Why there are so many sailboats?” It’s Duck Dodge and has absolutely nothing to do with us! Originally named the Tenas Chuck Duck Dodge (Tenas Chuck is the Native American name for Lake Union), the Duck Dodge has been a Seattle tradition for 38 years. The informal race is part sail and part themed party, and teams race for coveted duck decals for their masts. Captain Rowan D. Boat just told us the Rule #12 is that if you make a live Duck change course, you have to do a 360 in the middle of the race!!! Photo:...

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REI (Seattle Fun Fact #47)

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

In the 1930s, Lloyd Anderson went searching for an ax and REI was born! Today, the REI co-op (yes, you can be a member too!) is a staple in the Pacific Northwest. At the flagship store in Seattle, you can play on the climbing wall or in the rainforest (simulated, of course). It’s a one-of-a-kind shopping experience! P.S. When you’re at the store, ask about the “Garage Sale” section. We promise you won’t be...

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Golden Gardens Beach (Seattle Fun Fact #46)

Posted by on Aug 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Golden Gardens in Ballard is a beach (Yes! A real beach in the PNW!) and expansive park in Ballard. Build a bonfire on the beach, jump into a game of volleyball or BBQ with friends with a beautiful view of the water and a magnificent view of the Olympic Mountains! On a summer day, it’s a great place to get some R&R after your Duck Tour and the sunset can’t be beat! Photo: Golden Gardens...

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Seafair Ships (Seattle Fun Fact #45)

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

It’s not just about the Blue Angels and the Hydros! Did you notice cool ships on the Waterfront? This is The HMCS Oriole on Pier 66 – it’s the oldest ship in the Royal Canadian Navy at 91 years old!    And here’s the USS Halsey! Also down on the Seattle Waterfront! Both photos were taken from a Duck...

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