We mapped your favorite spots in Seattle to get creative

Last week we asked you to share where you go in the city when you want to get creative. A bunch of you got back to us with your favorite spots, and we put ’em on a map:

Get outside…

We just had one of the wettest winters on record in our already drizzly city, so you might think people would stay away from outdoor spaces, but not so much.

To get creative, one outdoor space stands out.

“My best outdoor writing happens at Discovery Park,” wrote reader Nourisha Wells. “I hike down to the beach, lay out a blanket and break out my India Arie and journal. I’ve written some great essays and short stories there!”

“For feeling creative, I like going into nature,” said Brian Hsi. “Discovery Park is one of my favorites places for creativity.”

“When I need to clear my head and create space for fresh ideas, I head out to one of Seattle’s many beautiful parks,” wrote Kaitlin Fisher. “Discovery, Carkeek, Gasworks, Ravenna Park and the Arboretum are all high on my list.”

At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in Seattle, taking up almost exactly 1 percent of the city’s total area. The park overlooks Puget Sound; offers views of both the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges (on a clear day, of course); is packed with trails, dunes, and cliffs; and makes you feel like you’ve stepped out of urban life entirely — even though you’re right next to Queen Anne. Learn more here.

… Or stay in

thanks to all our drizzle and grey, we locals have to make the most of the indoors.

“It’s a conversion to an interior lifestyle,” Seattle’s Lee LeFever said about what it takes to make your peace with our wet, dreary weather. (Lee wrote a Medium post about this that resonates so well among Seattleites, it goes viral year after fall when the rain returns.)

High on the indoor creativity list? Coffee shops, of course.

“It’s a Starbucks, but it’s excellent,” reader Mason Bryan wrote about Roy Street Coffee & Tea on Capitol Hill. “At night, order the decaf Costa Rica blend – it’s delicious.”

Rich Allen has another opinion: “Forget Roy Street. Joe Bar is the best!”

Bars, museums, and even retail stores also turned up.

“I don’t even need to buy anything, I just need to look at and touch and smell the supplies,” said Laura Todd about a surprising spot — Artist & Craftsman Supply in the University District.

Got a spot you like to go around Seattle to feel inspired? Tell us here or email us at [email protected] to help your new little map grow. We’ll update with more soon…

By Mónica Guzmán
Mónica is the cofounder and editor of The Evergrey. She's been a Seattle journalist for a decade and adores this city.