For many candidates who come to the Microsoft campus, it’s their first time visiting Seattle. When I ask them what they think about it so far, there are two first impressions that I always hear.
The first thing I frequently hear is, "Everyone here is so nice." Seattleites give off a general vibe of being laid-back, good natured people. Everyone feels a connection to the community.
The second comment that I hear (and even more common) is, "It’s SO green here." While Seattle has a reputation for being a rainy city, it gives us lush, green landscapes that keep their vitality through the drier months of summer.
Combined, these things are what make the Pacific Northwest the ‘place to be’ in the summer. Add to that a constant steam of festivals, concerts, outdoor movies, local markets and street fairs, and you can see what summers in Seattle are truly special.
Once summer hits, everyone comes out of the woodwork to enjoy the fun. We just finished celbrating SeaFair... probably the most popular summer festival in Seattle. SeaFair is a boat-lovers dream! People take their boats, their friends’ boats, or rented boats and head to Lake Washington for a weekend full of air shows and hydroplane races.
But don’t worry, if that’s not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other activities for you. You can rent kayaks and take a day-trip around the bays and lakes. You can hike to a waterfall. You can sip iced coffee at a street side cafe in Capitol Hill. You can catch a ball game at Safeco Field or get your picture taken in front of the Fremont Troll (a lesser known local treasure)!
And if that’s not enough, the popular Gorge Amphitheater on the Columbia River is a short road trip away for a weekend full of music, camping and fun in the sun. There are endless possibilities for adventure.
Though summer is starting to wind down, there’s still time to fit in a few local activities in the August heat. If you’re in the area, check out the Bumbershoot festival. The beautiful weather lasts far beyond Labor Day in Washington State, so you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy what Seattle has to offer.
Until next time, enjoy your summer!