Seattle at Your Feet
The Phinney Ridge Neighborhood
9 Cranes Inn is nestled on a quiet street just two blocks off of Phinney Avenue, which sits atop one of Seattle’s scenic ridges. On a clear day – yes, we have a surprising number of those – Phinney Ridge affords a view of the Cascade Mountain Range to the east, and a look west yields a spectacular panorama of the Olympic Mountains and glimpses of Puget Sound.
You don’t even need a car to eat, drink, and have fun nearby. Restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, and shops line Phinney Avenue, where you can catch the number 5 bus to whisk you downtown and beyond. Just a few blocks in another direction, the thriving neighborhood of Ballard begins. There, you’ll find even more restaurants, shops, and evidence of the city’s maritime traditions. The number 44 bus traverses the area from Ballard, through Wallingford, to the University District and on toward the east side of Lake Washington.
If you need a car for some of your stay, two Zipcar locations lie within blocks of us. Easy access to the two main north-south highways makes 9 Cranes Inn a great base from which to explore the Puget Sound region. A few mainstream, and a few unconventional, visitor attractions are within easy reach of 9 Cranes Inn:
The Woodland Park Zoo
Three blocks from the inn, this 92-acre zoo celebrates conservation, hatches endangered species, and features more than 300 different types of animals, including Humboldt penguins, meerkats, and the inn’s mascot – the red-crowned crane. View website
Hiram Chittenden Locks
The place to take in three quintessential Seattle elements: boats, salmon, and beautiful parks. And it’s all free! Watch multimillion-dollar yachts cuddle close to lone kayakers as all things floating use the locks to get from Lake Union to Puget Sound and back. See salmon traverse the fish ladder to return to their birthplaces to spawn. Or, catch a weekend concert on the gorgeous grounds that surround the Locks.
On sunny days, Seattle’s friendly, accessible park overflows with walkers, runners, rollerbladers, dogs, and ducks. That’s not to say you won’t have company there on grayer days as well. Rent a paddleboat in the summer, walk the 2.8-mile loop all year long, or grab a coffee and a bite any time you need a break. Great people watching too!
Also known by its inhabitants as “The Center of the Universe,” Fremont is home to The Fremont Troll and Waiting for the Interurban, two outdoor sculptures that will help to explain the district’s quirky reputation. The Fremont Sunday Market offers local crafts and other vendors; several restaurants and watering holes provide a respite from your exploration; and the Theo Chocolate factory will perk you up with a taste of their delicious – and sometimes unusual – flavor combinations.
9 Cranes Inn is Seattle’s casual, comfortable, and quiet urban base camp. A place that celebrates the city’s historic, eclectic, and occasionally surprising style.