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Old 08-25-2013, 09:43 PM
 
Location: 91105
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Visiting in December to sight see is difficult. We get less than 10 hours of dim gray light per day due to being so far north and between 2 mountain ranges. The "December trip" is the kind of thing you should do to see if you can handle the worst part of the year, not convince someone to move here.
That's very true. You have a very high probability of bad weather on this trip. But at least in December there will be holiday decorations up around downtown, so that will be festive. You should definitely *not* bring someone to Seattle in January to try and convince them to move to the city, unless maybe they currently live somewhere even gloomier...
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:09 AM
 
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I brought my sun-loving, native San Diegan surfer husband to Seattle to househunt in October. It wasn't as gloomy as December, but it wasn't great weather. Was he thrilled with the gloom? Not at all. Was he thrilled by my complete and utter happiness? Absolutely. We moved up in November. Now he loves it here for his own reasons.

So don't despair, it can be done!
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:41 PM
 
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What's your housing budget? It's great that you're frugal, but it's not cheap here any longer. I'd figure out where you can live, find some cool neighborhoods in that mix and spend time in those along with the touristy things.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Issaquah WA
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I'm from the Hilton Head, SC area so I can relate totally to what you're saying about the tourists and living at the beach! I'm convinced there's nothing better than summer here. It's amazing, seriously. We've done a winter here - it's mild. It will be colder than the panhandle, but it's not as cold as NC/Atlanta. It is grey, it does rain. But there's no way I'd go back to the South after living here.

I agree with a ferry - the system is great and it's always nice. Pike Place can occupy you for a long time. Kerry Park is beautiful and Alki is something completely different. I like Gasworks Park as well if you get a decent weather day. The houseboat neighborhoods you can see from there flip all of our visiting friends out. there are two excellent Japanese gardens that are inexpensive and many great parks all over.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:22 PM
 
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Free stuff to do in Seattle:

-Center for Wooden Boats at South Lake Union The Center for Wooden Boats (near the museum of History & Industry www.mohai.org not free)

-Ye Olde Curiosity Shop Ye Olde Curiosity Shop online @ downtown waterfront

-Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park http://www.nps.gov/klse/index.htm in Pioneer Square neighborhood, South of downtown

-Hiram M Chittenden Locks ("the Ballard Locks") Seattle District > Missions > Civil Works > Locks and Dams > Chittenden Locks in the Ballard neighborhood

-Volunteer Park Conservatory | Friends of the Conservatory Volunteer Park | Seattle WA in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood

-Uwajimaya Uwajimaya Huge Japanese grocier/retailer in Chinatown

-Olympic Sculpture Park Olympic Sculpture Park: About the Park at waterfront, north of downtown

-Freeway Park http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=312 downtown park over the freeway.

-Daybreak Star Indian Culture Center United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Magnolia neighborhood, at DiscoveryPark
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:09 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Visiting in December to sight see is difficult. We get less than 10 hours of dim gray light per day due to being so far north and between 2 mountain ranges. The "December trip" is the kind of thing you should do to see if you can handle the worst part of the year, not convince someone to move here.
Definitely one of the worst times to visit if you are trying to convince someone to move here. The worst weather as far as both windstorms and possible snow are between Thanksgiving and about mid-December.
If you drive up to Snoqualmie Falls that is about the best time to see them in full splendor with lots of water, and if cold enough, frozen mist/spray on the rocks.
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:19 PM
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Well I disagree somewhat. Yes, the weather will likely be rotten, but hey, it's December, same as in other northern cities. However, the cold, dark, wet conditions are perfect for getting into the holiday spirit! Lights are especially twinkly when reflected on wet surfaces, and the streets downtown are festive with decorations and bustling with shoppers getting ready for the holidays. In my view it's a lovely, magical time to visit. Try to catch a Christmas ship parade if you can, very Seattle.
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