blue-barLooking for lodging? We recommend the following stays:

Hotel Ballard & Ballard Inn

Both located on historic Ballard Ave, these are the closest hotels to Golden Gardens. They are surrounded by restaurants, small shops and the farmers market. Ask for the Dunning-Johnson Wedding rate over the phone for a 15% discount. Hotel number: 206-789-5012. Additional information here.  At this time, this hotel is all booked. 

La Quinta

Located in Kirkland close to the Bride’s Parents. Please note this hotel is only recommended for those wishing to stay on the Eastside (family of the Bride) as it is a 25 minute drive to Golden Gardens. Reservations here.

Home Rentals

A more budget friendly option. Check out AirBnB or VRBO to rent a home and group up with another family or friends. Search for homes in the Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Fremont, or Queen Anne neighborhoods. Email Holly if you’re looking for specific recommendations.  

Hotel Nexus

Located in North Seattle along the i5 corridor. This hotel is about 15-20 minutes to the Golden Gardens Bathhouse, and a 20 minute drive to downtown Seattle. To reserve call 1-800-435-0754 and ask for the Johnson-Dunning group rate. Hotel information here


blue-barActivities in Seattle

Pike Place Market

An open market full of beautiful flowers, tasty seafood & the original Starbucks.  

The Great Wheel

A waterfront ferris wheel with views of the Seattle skyline, Olympic mountains and Puget Sound!

Bainbridge Island Ferry

Walk on the ferry to ride across the water and back for spectacular views of the Seattle skyline!

Kerry Park

Best view of the Seattle skyline from the top of Queen Anne (that’s our neighborhood!) This can be combined with Molly Moon’s a few blocks away.

Woodland Park Zoo

Nestled into the Phinney Ridge neighborhood, our zoo is home to over 300 animals species. Great for the kids.

Ballard Farmer’s Market

Every Sunday the Historic Ballard Ave comes alive. Come for the market, window shop the cute little boutiques and grab some gelato, Hot Cakes or mini doughnuts.

blue-barPlaces to eat in Seattle

Skillet Diner

Fancy comfort diner food with the signature local twist. Ballard and Capitol Hill locations.


Brooklyn-style wood-fired pizza. Get artisan cocktails at Essex next door while you wait.

Molly Moon’s Ice Cream

Unique homemade ice cream – our favorites are balsamic strawberry and maple walnut!


All day, all night Capitol Hill cafe. This is your quintessential hipster cafe.

Citizen Coffee

Best breakfast sandwiches in our opinion. Lower Queen Anne.

Other Ballard Eats

Bitterroot BBQ, Bastille Bar & Cafe, Percy’s Bar, Paseo sandwiches & Portage Bay Cafe