Where are the cool and the creative in Seattle? Ten Seattleites on the places that inspire them in their hometown.

"Seattle is a great city for runners, and one of my favorite places to run is along the Downtown waterfront. The views of Seattle on one side and the vistas over Puget Sound on the other are truly inspiring."

"I'm a writer nowadays, so spending time around books is inspirational for me. I'm a big fan of the Hogwarts-like graduate reading room on the third floor of the University of Washington's Suzzallo Library. It has vaulted ceilings, ornately carved oak bookcases with crazy old atlases, and light fixtures that look like antique globes."

"For blowing off steam, Garage Billiards and Bowl is one of the best spots on Capitol Hill. It's a great place to hang with friends. The brand-new Star addition has inspiring art and decoration."

"Fremont has the best of Seattle and its contradictions--beautiful yet a little grungy; quirky and bohemian, yet it also has Google, Adobe, and Getty Images; very capitalist yet has a statue of Lenin and a troll."

"I'm embarrassed to admit it, but it must be said: the doughnut stand in Pike Place Market. They make their own miniature doughnuts right in front of you, you buy them hot, and they throw them into a lunch bag with powdered or cinnamon sugar. They are hands-down the best doughnuts I have ever tasted in my life."

"Where do I go in this fishing village to feel inspired? Besides the airport? I hate it here. Wound up here by accident and got trapped. Seattle blows. It thinks it's Paris, France, and it's barely Dubuque, Iowa."

"I'm a die-hard Mariners fan. During the summer, you'll often find me, my husband, and our three children at Safeco Field. When the roof is open, you can cheer for Ichiro as he snags a fly ball and watch the sunset illuminate Puget Sound and the snowcapped Olympic Mountains. I don't know another stadium that boasts such a dramatic view."

"The giant concrete troll that resides under a bridge about two blocks from our office. Known affectionately as the Fremont Troll, it represents the great thing about Seattle: You can always find a bit of the unexpected around the corner."

"The airspace above Seattle to 2,000 feet. Even on overcast days, one can frequently see out to the Olympics. Everything is so ordered, yet natural--one's bearing is never lost. The lakes, the boats on the lakes with their wakes, the seaplanes all around, the traffic jam on 520, the waves beating on the floating bridges from one side: This is God's country."

"The most creative Seattle environment for me is right here at Jones Soda in the heart of South Lake Union, the center of Seattle's revival. We get a lot of requests from friends and colleagues to have their own meetings here because they are inspired by the natural energy. Either here or strolling Lake Union yacht docks having a cigar and sipping Washington's best red wine."

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Where are the cool and the creative in Seattle? Ten Seattleites on the places that inspire them in their hometown.

Where are the cool and the creative in Seattle? Ten Seattleites on the places that inspire them in their hometown.

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