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Green Lake

Green Lake
Green Lake

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An oasis of sparkling water, an exercise mecca and the green eye of the Emerald City, Green Lake isn't just another body of water in Seattle. Green Lake is a place to recharge the body, mind and spirit. It is an urban retreat found in a morning jog, a relaxing spa treatment, a thrilling performance, or a simple meal among friends.

The neighborhood is a destination for all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts. From joggers to fisherman, mom’s walking strollers to pub-crawlers, Green Lake is a diverse residential neighborhood in Seattle. Created by the same glacial forces that carved out massive Seattle lakes, the pond remains a fraction of the size of its fresh water brothers. Nevertheless, the park surrounding Green Lake draws thousands of visitors a day, especially when the sun decides to peak through Seattle's characteristically gray skies.

For a neighborhood with a heart of recreation, it is no surprise that health and wellness beat beyond the lake's carousel of activity. While sipping a handcrafted mocha, visit some of Green Lake's shops and spas, which reflect Green Lake's active visitors. Shiny new road bikes, piles of running shoes, and the latest athletic apparel fill most retail windows. Green Lake forces you to rethink how you shop for exercise equipment, allowing you to take advantage of the ultimate test track. Don't try on shoes by goose-stepping inside the store, step across the street and race a rollerblader. Put the static bike trainer aside and seek out the highest gears weaving through trees along the lake’s shoreline. Look for a new ride at Gregg's Cycle, voted best bike shop in Seattle, or get a custom fitted pair of runners at Super Jock 'n Jill. Spas and yoga studios connect the gaps between athletic shops and restaurants. Contort and sweat through a hot yoga session at local favorite Yogalife, then reward your hard work with an organic facial from award-winning Fresh Facial & Skin Care. Green Lake is carnival of self-improvement and guiltless pleasures.

An attractive location for community recreation, Green Lake’s 2.8-mile shoreline hosts a community center with an indoor pool, a boat rental shop and a live-performance theater. During the summer, visitors take to Green Lake's calm waters in a rented kayak or paddleboat. In the evening, couples and families stroll around the lake to the Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, which features independent live performances throughout the year. Beyond the perimeter of the lake lie a variety of sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, and even a small pitch and putt golf course.

Outside the grassy fields surrounding the pond, Green Lake's charming restaurants, bars and cafes are set along a winding boulevard that shadows the lake's shoreline. The Greenlake Bar & Grill hosts an excellent happy hour and weekday food specials. Try Duke's Chowder House or Spud Fish & Chips for classic fresh seafood. For those with hefty morning appetites, look no further than Beth's Cafe, home of the famous 12-egg omelet. And, as with any area in Seattle, Green Lake is home to several cafes including Revolutions Espresso and Peet's Coffee.

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