Easy Washington State Living
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Choose an urban high rise or secluded cottage, with some or all of your optional amenities for carefree and active living. Washington State is full of gorgeous mountain scenery, the largest sound in America - magnificent Puget Sound.
Take a ferry ride with your car and enjoy the water-based scenery, looking back at the Seattle waterfront.
Take a Princess Cruise to the Canadian city of Victoria on Vancouver Island, or take the relaxing ferry to the beautiful San Juan Islands. Washington state has it all, including a vibrant cultural life around the sound and in the large cities and on the Eastern side of the Cascade Mountains.
I was a high school senior when the Space Needle opened to the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. That's it, as seen from the street level on the northeast side. This shot makes it appear to have massively wide legs, but you are likely familiar with the standard photographs that show it's usual side view.
The Space Needs sits on the Seattle Center grounds, one of the city's showpieces. Enter the Space Needle Visitor Center and ticket area, shown at the bottom, and ride to the Viewing Platform.
Get a ticket for a ride to the top, where you will find a newly reconstructed revolving restaurant that provides a different view of the city on the sound, even the Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, and the Olympic Mountains, if you go on a sunny day! The new restaurant sports Northwest cuisine, a treat for connoisseurs.
Retire in Seattle - The Emerald City
Seattle's Library Wins Acclaim
Seattle has it all - great sweeping vistas of mountains, cityscapes, and grand expansive waterways - swooping around Elliott Bay, on Puget Sound.
The Sound brings an abundance of waterborne activity and edges Seattle's urban spaces with deep blue waves peppered with tiny craft, tourist boats, cruise ships, and the Northwest's Grand Old Ladies of the seas, the Washington State Ferries.
Viewed from downtown, across the Sound are the snowcapped majestic Olympic Mountains. Freighters and container shipping up and down the north-south seaway corridor punctuates the blue water with activity.
Seattle produces cultural affairs like symphonies, Broadway shows, local theatre and ballet performances. Great universities offer post-graduate and continuing education classes, and teaching opportunities. Downtown living is as refined or as casual as you choose - a truly unique home-base for retirement.
Water sports, golf, and racket sports offer options for the physically active senior. You'll find it all in Seattle!
Seattle is known for it's reading populace. Seattle has 128 libraries, including a magnificent downtown structure shown above. Formerly Art Critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Regina Hackett describes the Central Library:
“Crouching tiger, leaping building: If Rem Koolhaas' new library were a movie, it would come as no surprise, but as a building taking up space in the world, it's amazing. It marries European avant-garde architectural theory to populist, Northwest purposes, and that's just for starters.”
Architecture Digest presents a beautiful description of the description, selection steps with many photographs of the dynamic spaces and shapes in the building. Architecture Week
Seattle's Landmark Architectural Marvels
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This sleek structure, at 1201 Third Avenue, in downtown Seattle, is a grand example of Seattle's enticing city center architecture, added after zoning 1988 change implementation.
Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and the McKinley Architects, it was known for headquartering Washington Mutual, a financial company that no longer exists, but formerly much loved by the community.
It participated visibly in numerous community events, both through generous financial donations to nonprofit and civic organizations, and personally through hands-on involvement in work projects. My personal nickname for the building is the "Tin Hat."
From the I-5 freeway, the waterfront, or down at street level, the vistas including this building are beautiful. It boats enough blue colored glass to coat the whole building in a warm blue. Other nicknames are both the Washington Mutual Tower, and the Spark Plug.
Paul Goldberger, New York Times writer, wrote:
“The new 1201 Third Avenue building has an importance that goes far beyond Seattle itself, for like Helmut Jahn's recent One Liberty Place in Philadelphia.
This is one of those rare instances in which a downtown office tower big enough to transform a city's skyline is actually a good piece of architecture. Unlike the Philadelphia building, the Seattle tower is not taller than anything else in its city, but this is something of a technicality, for 1201 Third Avenue is in every other way downtown Seattle's most prominent building.
While it does not push the art of skyscraper design in new directions, it summarizes, perhaps more neatly than any other building, much of what is going on in skyscraper design today....”" http://www.nytimes.com
Get Up Close to Seattle's Architecture - tours with maps and histories
9 Tours of the core of Seattle, through its remarkable architecture! You'll get maps for walking or bussing it. Highlights of specific featured buildings are provided, including architect names and significant dates, and inclusions on local or nation historic registers. This is a fascinating resource.
Seattle's Water Scene is Retiree Rich
Washington State abounds with fresh water and salt water boating venues for Active Seniors. Charter a boat for salmon or fly fishing on Puget Sound.
Visit the Center for Wooden Boats, on the southern shore of Lake Union, where you can explore the history of these fine craft, sail in them, or volunteer to share you boating knowledge with newcomers. A great way to establish ties to other boaters in the Puget Sound area.
It's easy to take your boat from Seattle's gorgeous Lake Washington, past the University of Washington via the Lake Washington Ship Canal, over the north end of our downtown lake, Lake Union, and further west along the canal to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, pictured above.
These locks that connect Seattle's line of freshwater lakes and the ship canal to Puget Sound's vast playground for boaters, as well as for charter boats and fishing boats, were built in 1911.
The Locks are a popular tourist attraction, for varied amenities, such as underwater-level fish viewing stands where one can watch migrating fish travel upstream along a fish ladder.
Landscaping is lush and the venue hosts weddings and flower shows, among other events. Visitors can walk out over the Lock's doors, which partition off sections of water to raise/lower boats from the Sound level to the Lake level. Children of all ages never tire of this adventure. photo from www.seattle.gov
Travel on Seattle Waterways Papier Pick
Incredible photography illustrates this book that prompts the water-lover in all of us to get out and explore this wonderland on the water. You'll relish the appetite for wandering and steadfast adventure.
Grand, large format book enhances your desire and your excellence in appreciation of the wooden boat. Runs the whole gamut from small to large.
The first edition of The Complete Sea Kayaker's Handbook received immediate acclaim with its selection as the Best Outdoor Instructional Book by the National Outdoor Book Award group. Now this book boasts 352 pages with changes throughout to reflect the growth of kayaking as a sport. This book is your first step to adventure on the water, with everything you need to know, from buying a kayak to dressing for the water.
Thoughts to consider and celebrate when contemplating a move to our wonderland of Puget Sound, bordered Canada on the north, the Pacific Ocean on the east, the Columbia River and Oregon to the south, and Idaho to the east.
Make your own way around Seattle on the Lake Washington Ship Canal, from Lake Washington to Lake Union thtough the Chittenden Locks and on out to Puget Sound. Rent or charter the boat of your dreams, from little hand powered pedal boats (foot powered) and kayaks and canoes, to river rafts, and all ranks of sailing boats, and then powerboats.
Seattle's Center for Wooden Boats
sailing classes, workshops & free sailing
The Center for Wooden Boats lies at the south end of Seattle's Lake Union. Come on down for a city sailing experience. Workshops and Classes are taught by trained CWB volunteers, with a real passion for sailing.
SailNOW! is the Center for Wooden Boats' introductory program for sailors. The series includes six classes, beginning with a 2-hr classroom session that covers terminology and sail theory.
Dates and times can be customized within the weekend and evening framework. Families are encouraged to come as groups - with two accompanying adults the cost for youth is nearly cut in half!
Classes continue with new weekly sessions at the intermediate level, with water-ready skippers and novice crew. Learn the basics of racing rules and racing strategy in the classroom, where you can takes notes, and then move outside onto the water to put your new learning in practice.
Excellerated team-course over three-days, for two people only, Three four-hour sessions make this an intensive and smart method of learning to sail.
Membership has double bonus points - learn with your hand-selected teammate & save money on the deal!
Boating on Stunning Puget Sound
- Center for Wooden Boats
Take a virtual tour through our website and get ready for the adventure right in the heart of Seattle. Then come down and experience timeless maritime traditions by getting out on the water in one of our handcrafted, historic, restored sailboats and
- Windworks Sailing Center
WINDWORKS SAILING CENTER has been the premier sailing club in the Pacific Northwest since 1992. Located on Puget Sound. Learn to sail with confidence.
- Pacific Maritime Institute
Provides comprehensive theoretical and practical training for seafarers. Assist in completion of USCG forms and simulation training.
- Tyee Charters
Book Day and Afternoon Puget Sound salmon or saltwater fly fishing charters
- Seattle Boat
#3 Dealer in North America, rated by Boating Industry magazine. A premier full service marine dealer and the Northwest's exclusive dealer for Cobalt Boats, Cobalt Yachts and Sunseeker Luxury Motoryachts
- Puget Sound Sports Fishing
Specializing in Salmon fishing Charters near Seattle on Calm Puget Sound. Puget Sound fishing offers the most spectacular surroundings for salmon fishing in the United States
Explore Washington State's Puget Sound - armchair adventure for the retiree's move to Washington
Seattle's Golden Gardens & Shilshole Marina - sailing on Puget Sound, view from Shilshole Marina
You will find stunning vistas from land and sea at Golden Gardens Park. On shore are accessible wetlands where you will be up close to small wildlife amid park-like natural settings.
Turn around and the view of boating life on Puget Sound will whisk you away from trials and stress. This small sailboat is seen from the sandy beat, where you will find shore life all around.
Watch for little straw-sized holes in the sand, and just know that deep below lies a clam or goeduck - the giant clam that can make a family feast.
Look even more deeply and you might find a starfish (oops! don't touch starfish, as they and many others animals and things are protected by law). Then notice tiny critters, little land crabs and all sorts of minute life.
Enjoy the beach grass as it sways in the usual breeze and don't lose your balance when your gaze follow the calls of colorfully active seagulls.If you step into the always cold water of the sound you might be lucky enough to see a fish, or even a jellyfish. In areas where the shore slopes only slightly into the water, the Sound does warm up enough for frolicking and maybe a short swim too.
Golden Gardens is a Seattle Park, long and narrow, but boasting a huge, long grassy space for multitudes of small sports activities. Pathways are paved and wide and benches abound. It is fun to walk along the marina to visually inspect any number of boats.
photo credit: Seattle
Top Your Water Cruising With a Boater's Hat
Bellingham on Puget Sound I-5 Corridor
Bellingham has amenities for the retiree in Washington State
Bellingham, Washington offers a small-city welcome to retirees of all ages. Scenic views from downtown and the hills. Western Washington University sits above the Fairhaven community, with its established old buildings and charm.
The Whatcom County Museum offers culture with regular exhibitions and programs. The American Museum, of Radio & Electricity will bring the history of America's experiments and successes to delight the viewer's imagination.
Bellingham sits close to the Canadian Border and the Peace Arch, an easy drive to the north.
Mt. Baker, with thrilling vistas, sits majestically to the east of the city. Take a drive, take a tour and stay for an afternoon or longer. Ski at world renowned courses.
Nearby, the Bellingham city park, Whatcom Falls, pictured above, lies on 241 acres of prime landscape. It boasts not only one of the WPA's finest park works, but trails, bridges, creek, and on the eastern side, even a fish hatchery.
Take the grandkids fishing in a children's pond. One of the highlights for the daring adventurer is a 60' jump from a cliff - nonsupervised, of course, but plunging into the cold water pool below. Photo above highlights Whatcom Falls.
photo credit Falls
Explore Bellingham's Virtues for Retirement - pacific northwest at the far northern range of I-5
Washington State No. I-5 Corridor for Retirerees
- Parkway Chateau Retirement Residence
Parkway Chateau Retirement Residence in Bellingham's Fairhaven community. Gorgeous grounds, decor, meals, large apartments. Parking, dietary options, three meals plus snacks, and other great amenities. 2818 Old Fairhaven Pkwy Bellingham, WA 98225-826
- Woodrose Apartments II
Located on Mt. Baker Highway, close to bus, shopping, medical facilities, residents are as active as they choose to be. One and two bedrooms apartments (495 - $700/mo). arts and crafts, bingo, card games, cooking and baking, holiday and birthday part
- The Willows
From studio size to two bedrooms+, and private bedrooms with shared bathrooms, residents eat two meals, with vegetarians menus offered. Facility transportation. ocated near the St. Joseph Hospital complex. Full medical services are available within a
- Woodrose Apartments I
Beautiful facility encourages residents to enjoy as many of the activities as they choose to, including potlucks, arts and crafts, and birthday celebrations. Free weekly grocery delivery, walking path with ponds, 5 community/recreations rooms. WoodRo
- Alpine Ridge Retirement Apartments
Independent housing for seniors ages 62 and older or for persons with disabilities. We offer a congregate meal site providing a continental breakfast, sit down dinner, light housekeeping weekly, activities and social programs. There is scheduled tran
- Logan Creek Retirement Community
Logan Creek Retirement Community provides retirement living and assisted living accomodations in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Exercise, join the photography club, or bible study, take the van trips, go shopping. 2311 E. Division St, Mount Vernon, WA 98274
- Harbour Pointe Retirement and Assisted Living Center
Private apartments, parking, security, housekeeping, restaurant style dining. Social and recreational activities, with house transportation. 10200 Harbour Place Mukilteo, Washington 98275 (425) 493-8555
- Cap Sante Court Retirement Community
Beautiful setting on Fidalgo Island. Wonderful full service retirement living, with tasty meals, housekeeping and stimulating activities. Cap Sante Court Retirement Community 1111 32nd Street Anacortes, WA. 98221 (360) 293-8088
- Chandler's Square Retirement Community
Retirement living apartments for active seniors, with the allowance to add more services as they are needed. One and two bedroom units, housekeeping, social activities program, library, scheduled transportation, arts & crafts, group and individua
- Country Meadow Village
Near the Senior Citizen Community Center, the Community Theater, and adjacent to a hospital. Relax in serenity in beautiful Skagit Valley. Country Meadow Village 1501 Collins Rd Sedro Woolley, WA 98284 360-856-0404
- Creekside Retirement Community
Creekside Riterment Community, a tasteful blend of design, services and staff promises gracious living for the independent retiree. Covered parking, van and bus trips. Apartments, cottages and assisted living apartments.
- Hamilton Place - Bellingham, Washington - Managed by Myan Mangement Group
Senior Living is the perfect setting for the mature adult community. Set in the city but, with a country feeling. It is Hamilton Place, close to malls, medical facilities, community college, restaurants. Common rooms on each floor, including kitchen,
- Holly Village
Holly Village in Everett. 9615 Holly Dr. Everett, WA 98204 425-355-0606
- La Conner Retirement Inn
La Conner Retirement Inn is an inviting place where you will find exceptional amenities, social activities and great neighbors. Our central location gives you easy access to art galleries, unique shops and fine dining in charming La Conner 204 North
- Lynden Manor
Lynden Manor is a retirement community offering senior citizens, 55 years and older, as much independence in their daily living as possible, with additional assistance and services available when needed. 360-354-5985
- Meadow Greens - Home
Meadow Greens is a caring retirement community featuring independent and assisted living. We offer a Great Way to Live! Meadow Greens Retirement Community 301 W. Homestead Blvd. Lynden, WA 98264 360-354-8200
- Merrill Gardens - Retirement Living
Merrill Gardens provides assisted living retirement communities, and Alzheimer's care for seniors. In Bellingham, Gig Harbor, Kennewick, Kirkland, Marysville, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Olympia, Puyallup, Renton, Seattle, S
- Mountain Glen Retirement Center
Mountain Glen - The Northwest's Finest Retirement Center. Locally owned and managed by Brad Watson, from a fifth generation Skagit Valley family, Mountain Glen reflects the heart and spirit of his family's heritage. With twenty years of experience an
- Oak Harbor Retirement Community Home Page
Independent Cottages, Assisted Living and Memory Care. Housekeeping, dining, exercises, games, life story classes, cooking classes with the chef. 1040 Kimball Drive Oak Harbor, WA 98277 (360) 279-0933
- Rosecreek - Arlington, Washington - Managed by Myan Mangement Group
Rosecreek 625 Stillaguamish Avenue Arlington, Washington 98223 360-474-0208 Located near community resources. Social room with piano, weight room, library, billiard room, activity room. One and two bedroom units.
- Merrill Gardens at Cordata
Merrill Gardens is a place where you are absolutely free to be yourself. You can enjoy the quiet comforts of independent living at Merrill Gardens at Cordata. You can enjoy the quiet comforts of independent living, participate in our active retiremen
- Daystar Retirement Village :: Welcome Home
At Daystar you will know you are at home. For four generations the Powell family has invested love and personal care into each apartment home and in those who live here. When you visit Daystar you will see a new joy-filled kind of life for active adu
- Planned Seniorhood
ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITY Starting at $209,950 FERNDALE, WASHINGTON Enjoy "Active Adult Living" in a beautiful and spacious 1000 - 1300 square feet home. Correll Commons is just minutes from down town and the many amenities that Ferndale has to offer. J
Jubilee at Hawks Prairie is a beautiful Active Adult Master Planned Community located in Lacey, Washington, considered one of the nation's top-rated places to retire. Jubilee at Hawks Prairie 4236 Bainbridge Ct NE Lacey, Washington 98516 1-866-ENJOY5
- Admiral Heights
Independent and Assisted Living, with 24 hour staff. Restaurant style dining, housekeeping and linen service, full activity program. Scheduled transportation. Studio and one bedroom apartments. Lots of amenities. Located in historic West Seattle. 232
- Cascadian Place
Come be a part of it all…Beautiful hanging plants and breathtaking views of the mountains await Washington residents. Independent living in the heart of Everett. A few blocks to the Senior Center, Swim and Recreation Center, and near a golf course. E
- Edmonds Retirement Inn
Assisted Living and Congregate Care, Dining room, housekeeping, social and recreational activities. Edmonds, Washington 21500 72nd Ave W 98026 425-775-2548
Spunky Una Spenser's intellectual journey celebrates life with gusto - Perfect Retirement Reading on Your Trip to Washington State
Set in the 1800s, covering the distance from Kentucky to a Lighthouse off Cape Cod, this novel is filled with the gorgeous adventures of a brilliant spunky woman. Famous historical figures interact in surprising ways with this woman who captivated and challenged the mythical Captain Ahab.
Published in 1999, it took me 9 years to find this epic enthralling novel that introduces the wife Sena Jeter Naslund gave to Herman Melville's Captain Ahab --- with a punch. It is an intellectually rewarding tale, grounded in a factual historical 19th Century.