Saturday, December 30, 2006

Visit Seattle's Freemont Troll

The Freemont Troll is debatably the best example in the sculpure world of a troll seizing a Volkswagon Bug. The piece was commissioned by The Freemont Arts Council in 1989, and built in 1990. The Troll was sculpted by four local artists: Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter and Ross Whitehead. He is interactive—visitors are encouraged to clamber on him or try to poke out his one good eye (a hubcap). The Troll is 18 feet (5.5 m) high, weighs two tons (1814 kg), and is made of steel rebar, wire and ferroconcrete. If you're up for visiting some neighborhoods outside of the immediate downtown Seattle area, it's a truly unique photo op. The Freemont neighborhood is just north of downtown and has great restaurants, bars, and shopping options as well. It's about an hour from our Seattle vacation rentals. Check it out!

Where is that postcard view of Seattle?

The view that "Frasier," countless movies, and national news anchors use to highlight Seattle is found at Kerry Park. This small park has the best urban skyline view of any city I've ever seen. Just take a look at the positive reviews of Kerry Park from Yelp to see why. As many Yelpers commented, it's one of the best make-out spots in the Northwest. Even though it's only a few minutes from downtown, it's a bit tough to find. Here's a Mapquest link from Pike Place Market to Kerry Park to help you find it. The park can be crowded at times during the Summer, but usually not overwhelmingly so. It's definitely worth the trek. Bring a date, picnic lunch, and your camera. If you have a spotting scope, look SW past Blake Island and you'll catch a glimpse of The Harper House vacation home.

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