After reading lots of good stuff about the Ballard neighborhood (on Elephantine's blog and on Design Sponge, for example), it was one of the places at the top of our to-do list for Seattle.
We walked into many adorable little boutiques and had the best Mexican lunch at La Carta de Oaxaca. Oh, and there was a rainbow around the sun that day in Seattle; it was the first one I had ever seen and it was very pretty!
We walked to the Ballard Locks where we were delighted to find out it was salmon spawning season. It was so cool to see them jump up the fish ladder to go back to where they were born and start the next generation. There's even an underground part where you can observe the fish while they take a rest in one of the pools before continuing their journey.