Things to do… if you plan on watching the Mariner’s (or Seahawks, Sounders or Storm game…or…

A few weeks ago, guest staying at the Bungalow who had tickets to see the M’s play the Twins asked for suggestions on what to do during their stay.  I won’t go into the details of that game… but thought I’d share our suggestions with our readers.
In West Seattle, I recommend going to Alki to see the beach, Seattle skyline and people watching. Alki Beach is about 1 – 1.5 miles from here. You can walk along the shore from the bungalow and pass the  Alki lighthouse (opens Memorial Day weekend). Here’s some things to do around Alki.
Rob suggestion for Saturday evening: Stop by Harry’s Chicken Joint (on California) and order some chicken and sides to-go (I like the gravy). Walk across the street and south to the Beverage Place Pub to have a beer or try the Bridge, while you wait for your chicken (approx 15 minutes). Take your to-go dinner back to Bungalow, slide open the doors on the balcony, turn on M’s game – channel 1764 (7:10 start), enjoy dinner and watch the sunset from the deck.
Did you get tickets to the M’s game yet? My husband buys the cheapest tickets he can find and stands over the bull pens (left center field) where they have a long counter you can stand at with your beverages and food. The upstairs tv in the Bungalow is typically set to Root Sports (channel 1764 to watch the M’s.🙂
If you’re interested in brunch before the game, in West Seattle, I’d recommend:
  • Jaks Restaurant on California in the Junction by Alaska (our favorite steak house – they also have the best happy hour hamburger you can find)
  • Ma’Ono on California in the Junction by Alaska (they also have GREAT fried chicken)
  • Circa is on California towards Admiral
  • Salty’s on Alki – this is a great spot. You can’t beat the views. The brunch is over the top… it’s just a bit pricey as it’s an “all you can eat” set up. (See more about Salties below).
 If you’re taking your car to the game on Sunday, you could go to Pikes Place Market afterwards to explore, see the famous fish market where they toss salmon and perhaps pick up some farm fresh goods to cook up back at the bungalow. Parking is free on the streets on Sundays. You should be able to find parking on 1st Avenue south of the stadium (you will probably have to walk a few blocks). Or there are paid parking lots closer to the stadium.
If you’re using “uber” to get around to the game, you could take the foot ferry from West Seattle to the game and skip having to find parking.
Pyramid is a nice ale house with good food across the street from Safeco Field. We should mention that that the Safeco is known for their tasty restaurants (and pricey beers).🙂
Salties in West Seattle has an amazing view. I recommend going to their bar for appetizers and/or cocktails. I think their dinners and brunch are pretty pricey and you can find better quality at other spots in West Seattle for the money… the view is the best.
I recommend stopping at Metropolitan Market on your way to the bungalow to pick up some groceries. Coffee and tea are provided for your first morning. There is a “zero water” filter in the fridge.
Let us know what your interest are if you are wanting more recommendations for things to do or places to eat.
We look forward to your stay!
If you’re looking for suggestions – we love giving tips to our guest upon their request. Just let us know what your interest are and/or types of food you enjoy and we’ll share what we know.
PS: Be sure to check out the events page to see what’s going on around town when you’re booking your vacation… and “like” us on Facebook! 

5 Star Review: Beautiful and peaceful Waterfront Oasis a stone’s throw from the excitement of city life

Our most recent guest left us this review of their stay…not sure that we’ll leave Twinkies when the M’s are playing the Twins again!! LOL

My husband and I rented the Beach Drive Bungalow for a get away weekend with our son and future daughter-in-law. It was amazing! The waterfront view of Puget Sound and the mountains in the distance was spectacular! The Bungalow was beautiful as well. The nautical and beach themed decor was perfectly suited to the location. The home was so inviting and comfortable we didn’t want to leave. Rhonda and Rob were very friendly and accommodating hosts. The house was very comfortably furnished and well stocked with cooking utensils, bath supplies, games and more. They obviously have put a lot of thought into anticipating the needs of their guests. Rhonda and Rob also provided an extremely detailed book with information about the house as well as the local area attractions that was extremely helpful. When I advised Rhonda of our plans for the weekend she sent a very detailed email with suggestions about how to get around by car or ferry and made restaurant suggestions for the various areas we planned on visiting. We ended up following quite a bit of her advice and were very happy that we did. She and Rob were very meticulous in their planning down to the finest detail, including providing good luck Twinkies in the welcome basket (we are from Minnesota and took in the final game of the Twins weekend sweep of the Mariners!)

I’ve used the word “detail” quite a few times in a short paragraph. They’ve got the details covered! We enjoyed our stay so much and definitely hope to return in the future. Thanks for a great weekend Rhonda and Rob!

We are so thrilled and thankful for all our wonderful guest  – even when the M’s lose.🙂

West Seattle is a great place for a Staycation

Wallethub recently came out with the best cities for a “staycation” in America. Seattle ranked at 28…and I bet if West Seattle was a city, we’d rank even higher!

We have guest traveling from all over the country to stay at Beach Drive Bungalow and we have a good amount who are from West Seattle! Those from West Seattle typically have family or friends who are coming in from out of town and are looking for a relaxing and fun place to hang out together.

So if you’re looking for a change in scenery and would like to spend some time on the water, consider a “staycation” in West Seattle!

This summer, we are booking up with just a couple days currently open in June, July and August. Check out our calendar here.


Blue Heron and the Kingfisher

This Blue Heron is sitting just two houses down from the seawall of Beach Drive Bungalow. heron on fence
His timing is perfect as I’m in the middle of a painting that will be hung at the Bungalow that features a heron on a davit.

Just a couple days ago, a Kingfisher was perched on the fence next door to the where the Heron is today.

I was pretty close to painting a Kingfisher instead of a Heron… a lot had to do with the size of the painting…which, as you can see, is still in progress! We have some sunny days ahead where I should be able to finish the Olympics in the background.

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