Look what landed next door!

Yesterday morning, we saw an unusual sight. A Bald Eagle perched on the fence directly next door to the Bungalow!

It is not at all unusual to hear or see Bald Eagles as they really enjoy to hang out at a tall tree a couple houses to the north of Beach Drive Bungalow. If you hear a constant chirp, typically in the morning, you could venture out to the bulkhead and most likely see one or two eagles in the tree. However, this is the first time we have ever seen one sitting on a fence so close to home. The “AYC Alki Yacht Club” life ring is a part of Beach Drive Bungalow’s property.

Where to rent kayaks, paddle boards and bikes in West Seattle

Being located on the Puget Sound, there are plenty of scenic activities available for your enjoyment while staying at Beach Drive Bungalow. Here are a few places that offer rentals and tours:

Alki Kayak Tours with rentals for kayaks, stand up paddle boards, inline skates, bikes and skateboards (long boards). West Seattle Location: 1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126 • (206) 953-0237 | tours@kayakalki.com

Be sure to grab a bite at Marination Ma Kai, located next door to Alki Kayak Tours.

Mountain to Sound Outfitters has kayaks, stand up paddle boards and skateboards for rent during the summer at 55th and Alki Avenue.  Monday-Sunday | 12:00pm – 6:00pm.  Weather Dependent, Call 206-935-7669.

Wheel Fun Rentals offers various types of bikes and surreys for rentals at 2530 Alki Avenue SW.

Alki Bike and Board has various types of bikes for rent. (I’m checking with them and will update this post once I find out if they rent on somewhere on Alki or if you have to go to their North Admiral location on California).

PS: Although Beach Drive Bungalow is waterfront and located on Puget Sound, it does not have beach access due to the seawall/bulkhead. The Bungalow is located a couple blocks away from public parks with access to the sound.

 

 


The “back yard” of the Bungalow.

Fun things to do with kids in West Seattle

We recently had a guest ask us for suggestions for things to do with their kids. I believe their children are around 7 to 8 years old. There are lots of fun things to do around the Bungalow, West Seattle and beyond.

Starting with the Bungalow… we have several board games, books and a foosball table for our younger guest to enjoy. You’ll also find binoculars along with a binder pointing out various sights.

There are several waterfront parks nearby. Lincoln Park is one of my favorites for easy hikes and has two brand new play grounds. Lincoln Park also has Colman Pool,  a heated salt-water swimming pool that’s open during the warmer months.

Just to the north of the Bungalow is Mee Kwa Mooks park.  Low tides offer plenty of opportunities to explore local sea life if the tide pools. Often times, the Seattle Aquarium will host guided tours of the low tides. The “South Alki” naturalist tour meets at Beach Drive and 63rd Avenue SW at the Charles Richey Sr park.

 

Continue traveling north towards Alki Point and you’ll see the Alki Point Light House. The Light House is open for tours during weekends over the summer months.

Keep along the water and you’ll find yourself at Alki Beach.

This stretch of sandy beach offers restaurants, shops and has a place where you can rent bikes. Wheel Fun Rentals even has a surrey that can fit a family of four.

There several nearby ferry routes. From West Seattle you can catch the Fauntleroy Ferry to Vashon Island for a fun day trip or board the walk-on ferry that will take you to down town Seattle (near the Pioneer district and the stadiums).

During the summer, there are often events at Alki or in the Junction (around California Avenue SW). Be sure to check out our events page for more info.

This is just a few ideas for fun things to do with children around West Seattle when you’re staying at Beach Drive Bungalow.

Winter at Beach Drive Bungalow

It’s hard to believe that just six days ago (last Monday), we had several inches of snow at the bungalow!

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We had windy weather on Thursday and Friday, after all the snow had melted. Friday it was so windy that we had spectacular spray over the bulkhead. It was just strong enough to put on a great show and our built in pump was able to handle the water that came over the bulkhead. We never had to fire up our other pumps.
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This morning, as I write this post (9:11 am), we’re in the low 30s with temps predicted to hit a balmy 50 degrees. It’s going to be nice enough for a walk up to the West Seattle Farmer’s Market in the Junction. 🙂 We actually have three sunny days in the forecast with temps up to almost 60 on Tuesday! Of course, this will be followed by a couple days of rain. Afterall, this is winter in Seattle!

Do you need a car to stay at Beach Drive Bungalow?

2006-07-30-12-01-21Every so often, we have a potential guest ask us if they need to have a car to stay at Beach Drive Bungalow. The short answer is that you don’t need a car to stay at Beach Drive Bungalow once you have arrived, as long as you don’t mind walking, taking a bus or hiring a driver (like Uber or a taxi).

You can order groceries to be delivered to the Bungalow from PCC Market, Amazon or Safeway. We provide coffee and tea for the first morning.

The closest restaurant is LaRustica. This is a small, upscale Italian restaurant that will also provide your meal to go. It’s just a few blocks away from the Bungalow. There are also several aps you can use to order food to be delivered to you at the bungalow.

30 minutes away on foot…give or take… 

The walk to Alki Beach along the waterfront is flat. Along the way, you can see the Alki Point Lighthouse (open on weekends during the summer) and the “blue glass house”.  Alki has a sandy beach, several restaurants and fun things to do.

Walk to Alki Point (just past the light house) to catch the Dart Shuttle. This small bus will take you to Seacrest Park where you can catch a water taxi (foot ferry) to take you to Seattle. Or you can remain on the Dart Shuttle for a ride to the Junction.

If you don’t mind walking up some hills (some may be considered a little steep), the Junction offers several restaurants and shops. On Sundays, there is a farmers market with fresh produce, meats, flowers…today, we grabbed fresh oysters to cook up for dinner back home!  There is a QFC and Safeway located in the Junction for groceries too.

The Junction also has a metro hub where you can catch buses to take you to downtown Seattle.

There is a commuter Metro bus line (route 37) with several stops along Beach Drive. This will take you to downtown Seattle – however, since it’s a commuter line only – it only runs during work commute times.

You can also walk about 30 minutes or so south along the water to reach scenic Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park has a salt water swimming pool that is open during the summer.  Another 15 minutes walking will bring you to the Fauntleroy Ferry dock…which takes you to Vashon Island. You can catch a bus from the ferry dock which will take you to town.

So just to sum up, you can absolutely stay at the bungalow without having a car. There is plenty to do and see nearby and you can always nab a taxi, if needed.

If you have any questions about staying at the bungalow, please let us know!

 

Things to do in West Seattle and Beyond

We love it when our guest ask for suggestions for things to do while they’re staying at the Bungalow. Recently we put this list together for one of our clients.

Visit Seattle neighborhoods: Breakfast at Talouse Petite (base of Queen Anne hill), Seattle Center for Space Needle & Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project (aka MoPop), Ballard locks park where Lake Union and Washington connect to Puget Sound, backtrack to check out the quirky cool Fremont neighborhood, follow along north Lake Union and view the city from Gas Works Park, to Pike Place Market for picking up ingredients to BBQ on the grill at the bungalow for sunset.

Check out the ferries and nearby islands: Grab coffee at West Seattle’s Caffe Ladro then board the ferry at Fauntleroy to Vashon/ Maury Island for brunch at the old Hardware Store in town. Tour the laid back island to the light house at Point Robinson then back to the main road heading south to board the small ferry to Tacoma. Check out a few sites in Tacoma if something grabs you or just head west to Point Defiance Bridge to cross the infamous Narrows Bridge. Follow north to the great little town of Gig Harbor. Have a late lunch at the Tides Tavern. Keep heading north and either cutoff to the Southworth ferry which takes you back to West Seattle or… Continue on to the Bremerton ferry which will bring you straight into the Seattle waterfront

Or skip the local ferry rides and opt for the San Juan Islands trip that departs via Anacortes ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Drive down to the lighthouse Lime Kiln Point that looks over the Haro Straits to Victoria B.C. & where it’s likely to catch a peak of the local Orca pods hitting on the coho salmon that run north that time of the year. If you get back to Anacortes before 5:00 pm, drive north 30 minutes up gorgeous  Chukanut Drive to the Samish Oyster shop for a few dozen oysters to pop on the BBQ. If you’re return arrival is later, take a detour on your way back south to LaConner for dinner and a stroll.

Another full day trip: Mt Rainier National Park is an all day round trip like the San Juans but totally worth it if the weather’s good. Excellent hiking up to the 10,000 ft mark of the mountain to Camp Muir.

Take in the falls. Take 1-90 about an hour to scenic Snoqualmie Falls. While you’re there, stop in Salish Lodge for a bite to eat or head out to North Bend. If you’re a Twin Peaks fan – you’ll probably recognize this area as a majority of it was filmed here.

Some local grub: Best local bakery’s for coffee & pastries are up the hill on California Ave. Bakery Nouveau beat the French at their own game in a competition. Gluten free goodies are a specialty at Great Harvest Bread Co located only 8 doors away. Also on the Ave are excellent restaurants including the best sushi in town – Mashiko’s (reservations recommended), local steakhouse Jak’s (also great for brunch and catch their happy hour hamburger!), Itto’s for delish Moroccan tapas and cocktails, fantastic brunch & gourmet fried chicken at Ma’ono’s or try the fish chips at Seattle Fish Company (you can also pick up some wonderful fresh seafood to cook up back at the Bungalow).

Closer to home. The best walk from the bungalow is north to Alki Beach and further north along the ave for a booming view of Seattle across Elliott Bay. Walking south from the house brings you to wonderful forested Lincoln Park.

Be sure to check out our other suggestions for things to do on our blog!