Louisa Boren Park is a year-round treasure that many people miss. This is a little spot with big, beautiful views. When in the area, I almost always stop for a quick recharge of the spirit.
It also makes a nice finish to a morning or afternoon spent across the street at Volunteer Park and Lakeview Cemetery (where Bruce Lee and other famous Seattle residents are buried). If you are in a reflective mood, this modest intersection offers several options for calm and natural beauty.
You can park a car for free on the little street adjacent to Boren Park; or several popular Capitol Hill buses will take you there, as well. Hop out and have a quick look, or rest a while on one of the benches. When the weather is warm and dry, it’s a good place to eat a sandwich and read a book, or to sit and chat with a friend.
This spot has a very good feeling. And it’s convenient. With little effort, I can find myself overlooking lower parts of Capitol Hill and Montlake neighborhood, Union Bay and Lake Washington. To the east is the city of Bellevue, and beyond that, the Cascade Mountains–which you can see on a clearer day. Looking at all this feels a bit like seeing the world through the eyes of painter Thomas Cole, and although it’s all around you, modern Seattle life in many respects simply disappears.