The founder of KAVU shares his favorite Seattle spots, his most epic vacation and more.
[ Founder, KAVU]
Barry Barr founded KAVU after he kept losing hats to the wind while fishing in Alaska. The hat he created stayed on his head—and in the company catalog. Find it and all of KAVU's outdoor apparel at two area boutiques or at kavu.com. Where spoke with Barr about his Seattle favorites and what he won't leave home without.
KAVU stands for Klear Above Visibility Unlimited, and the website says it's an acronym for the perfect day. What is a perfect day for you?
Every day could be my perfect day as I believe a KAVU day is a state of mind. If I was to pick one of my favorite KAVU days, it would be waking up camping after a night under the stars, going for a great hike with my family. At the top of the hike I would launch my paraglider and take one of my kids tandem. I would fly down; land at the campsite next to a river or lake. We would then catch dinner and cook over a fire.
What is your favorite thing about Seattle?
I love the access to the Salish Sea and Lake Washington.
What restaurants do you love to go to?
There are so many awesome restaurants, it is hard to choose just one. I will give you two: Brimmer and Heeltap and RockCreek. Both are in the Fremont/ Ballard area. Both of those restaurants are just amazing!
Any favorite bars to grab a drink?
Yes of course! I just love the Shelter in Ballard. It is a place we always go; the staff and owners are amazing and they make us feel like family. I would also include Macleod's on Ballard Ave. They offer tons of brown water and a great space to hang out.
How would you recommend visitors spend a summer day in the city?
I would try to get them out on a water tour if they only have a day. If they are more adventurous, send them on a hike to the Cascades or go to Mount Rainier and visit Paradise. Those things just never get old to me. If money isn’t an issue, grab a Kenmore Seaplane and fly to Roche Harbor for the day and have lunch at McMillin's on the deck! Truly special.
Any favorite hikes or trails nearby people should check out?
I love to hike and get rewarded with a view. Poo Poo point in Issaquah because I hike and fly my paraglider off that. My other favorite hike is The Mailbox (Mailbox Peak): It will humble anyone.
Do you have a favorite landmark?
Ballard Locks, it never gets old to me on foot or transit through on a boat.
What is a favorite park?
Golden Gardens, I just love the smiles the beach and the water put on people. The bonfires and sunsets are so Seattle.
You travel a lot. What is the thing you look forward to when returning home?
I love coming home and getting on our boat with my family and going into the San Juans.
Speaking of travel, what is your favorite place in the world to visit?
Hong Kong and Bilbao, Spain.
What’s the most epic trip you’ve ever taken?
I had that trip last month. I went on a two-week surf trip to remote Indonesia—an island archipelago called the Telo Islands. It was a very remote expedition with only eight fun people. Truly a trip of a lifetime. It was so remote and so far from any civilization; it really had an impact on me in a good way.
Anything you always pack when traveling?
A smile is the most important thing to travel with. Don’t leave home without it.
RockCreek Seafood & Spirits in Fremont is one of Barr's favorite restaurants.