My Seattle

Barry Barr

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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 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.

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