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!

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