Bill Gates. Coffee. Rain. An outsider's impression of Seattle. They just don’t get it.
But, seniors lucky enough to live in Washington’s senior communities definitely do. As more and more retirees discover the secrets of senior living in Seattle, they are spreading the word: This gem of the Pacific Northwest has a magic all its own.
First, to clarify, Bill Gates, though a celebrated Seattle son, was not the city’s first mega-success story. It was sawmill operator Henry Yesler who amassed the first fortune and went on to become Seattle’s 7th and 15th mayor. And yes, you won’t lack a great cup of coffee in the city of Starbucks, but it’s just the foam on the cappuccino. The real superstar is the city’s diverse and awe-inspiring culinary scene.
Finally, while no one is denying Seattle has more than its share of rainy days, especially in the winter months, the weather does not dampen anybody’s spirits. Seattle’s seniors just grab the umbrella and head out to explore the city’s treasures.
Check out this list of activities and find out why senior living in Seattle is fun and fabulous even in the winter.
With 11 stories to explore, a 275-seat auditorium, and plenty of open spaces for reading or socializing, the Seattle Public Library is a warm and cozy place to find a new book, make a new friend or hang with an old friend.
Rain or shine, winter or summer, the Seattle Space Needle never disappoints. Sip a glass of wine as you experience incredible views of the city with your new found friends from your independent senior living community in Seattle. And of course, it is on the must do list when the kids visit. It’s easy to buy tickets online to avoid long wait times.
There is no sweeter experience in Seattle than a visit to the Theo Chocolate Factory. Daily tours that include plenty of tasting, unlock the mysteries of chocolate making. No matter what the weather, the chocolate will melt in your mouth. This will surely be the highlight of the grandkids’ visit, but you certainly don’t need them to feed your inner Willy Wonka.
If it’s too wet to go to an outdoor park, head to Volunteer Park Conservatory and experience the best of the outdoors inside. As part of the fabric of Seattle since 1912, the conservatory strives to provide education, foster public engagement and inspire connection between people and the natural environment.
Seattle boasts one of the largest and most prestigious ballet companies in the country. The company tours internationally but its home base is the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle. You’ll be both dazzled and culturally enriched by this world-renowned group of dance professionals.
You can enjoy being surrounded by water without getting wet. Brimming with Pacific Northwest sea life, the aquarium will mesmerize at any age. There is just something about a giant octopus that is always fascinating - no matter how young or young at heart you may be.
You don’t need to wait until the weather is cold and nasty to experience Chihuly Garden and Glass. Celebrating the art of glasswork, this unique and impressive museum is a Seattle jewel. Its glass house is one of the most photographed places in the city. The facility also hosts a variety of events year-round such as yoga classes or happy hours. Grab a buddy from your senior living community in Seattle and spend the day in an enchanted glass wonderland.
Lynwood is Overture’s premier over 61 active adult community in the Seattle area. This immaculate property boasts resort-worthy amenities, stunning apartments and easy access to all Seattle has to offer.
Book a tour today. Once you’ve seen it, well…you’ll get it