Our Neighborhood

Small-Town Friendliness

Welcome to Columbia City.... a great place with the friendliest shop owners you'll ever meet

If you're looking for small-town friendliness, interesting locally-owned businesses, a unique sense of authenticity, and a slew of great places to eat and drink, then Columbia City is your kind of place. And, your stay at The Shirley Marvin puts you right in the middle of it!

Columbia City is worlds away from downtown congestion, high rises, and parking challenges. Turn-of-the-century buildings are filled with an eclectic mix of shops, galleries, businesses and a host of entertainment options. Our "Restaurant Row" features 17 different dining options in 3 short blocks. Our shops offer gifts, clothes, flowers, wine, art, and kids' stuff. We have fitness, yoga, therapeutic massage and naturopathic medicine.

If you'd like more than excellent dining and fun shopping, Columbia City rolls out the red carpet with the Wednesday Farmers Market, our monthly BeatWalk (2nd Sunday, June through October), live music at the Columbia City Theater and at The Royal Room, and first-run movies in our neighborhood triplex ( Ark Lodge Cinemas). If history interests you, you'll want to explore the Columbia City Landmark District using the Historic Walking Tour map that will be waiting for you in your suite.

Located on Seattle's new light rail line (with frequent bus service as well), Columbia City is as accessible as any neighborhood in the city. Walk 4 blocks to the Columbia City light rail station, and you can be at Seattle's sports stadiums in 12 minutes, in the center of downtown Seattle in 15 minutes, or arriving at the airport in 17.

This is a community always willing to make new friends and welcome new neighbors. We look forward to your visit and hope you'll stay!

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