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Volunteer Park Water Tower

One of the many perfections of the Shafer Baillie Mansion location is our proximity to Volunteer Park, the "jewel of the Seattle parks system." Just a block north of the Mansion is the park entrance and in particular, the iconic Water Tower. This brick tower, erected in 1907, is a major neighborhood landmark as well …

Brenda’s first post!

There is a longstanding Seattle tradition at St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral a few blocks from the Mansion—a Sunday evening Compline service of plainchants that I had attended once before and found to be enjoyable… a good quiet time. Lew and Clarke, some dear friends for over a decade, were on vacation recently in Seattle and …

Meet Brenda!

Remember last time when I said the biggest news around the Mansion these days is our 3 new guest rooms on the third floor, opening in mid-May? So maybe I lied, a little. The really, truly, honestly biggest news is the latest addition to the Mansion team, our new fulltime innkeeper, Brenda Mallonee!Brenda hails most …

12 Fantastic things to do in downtown Seattle

The downtown area of Seattle encompasses Pioneer Square ( where old Seattle was born) and part of Chinatown-International District to the South just shy of the Century Link Field ( home of the Seahawks) and stretches north towards the Space Needle to Denny Way.   The waterfront area as well as Pike Place Market are also …

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