Thanksgiving at Beach Drive Bungalow

When we started offering Beach Drive Bungalow as a vacation rental, I don’t think we realized how much people would enjoy staying in the home. It has been especially wonderful for families and family reunions. There is NO comparison to staying in a home that sleeps six, where you can cook together and be in one space to a traditional hotel…which is why hotels are aggressively lobbying against vacation rental homes…that’s another post for another day!

We were thrilled when the home was rented for a family gather on Thanksgiving.  As someone who enjoys traveling and cooking, I wanted to make sure that the home was equipped for the cook. This family reunion was parents coming to Seattle to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with their adult children who live in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

They were so happy – they sent us pictures of their time together! Check out the feast they created while vacationing at the Bungalow.

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The delish food shown in these pics are NOT included in your stay! You’ll have to cook up your own wonderful meals. 🙂

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All serving ware shown in this pictures (posted with permission btw) are supplied in the Bungalow.

Here is their 5 star review:

We had the good fortune of staying at the Beach House Bungalow for the 2016 Thanksgiving Holiday. It worked out perfectly for our family, which included our son, daughter (and her fiance), my husband, and me. It is rare to find a reasonable rate/night for a house with a view that can accommodate all of us AND provide private sleeping space and two full baths for 5 adults. Rob and Rhonda are amazing hosts; knowing our intention to cook Thanksgiving dinner, they provided a folding table and tablecloth, which worked out perfectly for our buffet. Rhonda also made sure we had a meat thermometer, baster, roaster, and turkey platter for our use and they also had the BBQ set to go with extra propane. My husband decided to try a CrockPot recipe for the turkey breast instead of the BBQ, but it was great to know we had all these options available due to the home’s well-appointed kitchen and service ware. (Yes, they have a large CrockPot!) These hosts think of everything! My daughter and I were especially appreciative of the disposable makeup wipes and black makeup towels (many hotels could take a lesson here). Linens and bedding were all top-notch. The kitchen appliances and set up are all very new. Again, I can’t think of anything that was missing. Art and décor is very charming. It was great to have the welcome basket with cheese, crackers and fruits, on hand, as we arrived late — so helpful to have a couple of things to munch on while we got settled. The hosts provide a VERY helpful Welcome Binder that answers all your questions on using the home’s provisions. The view from the home is incredible and the binoculars handy so we could look at the landmarks, birds, and sea lions (seals?). The home is relatively close to Sea-Tac and downtown Seattle, but has the feel of being away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The only downside was the internet signal was a tad bit weak, but it may just be due to the location, or because we all had two devices. We often got knocked off and had to retry connecting. Nonetheless, our daughter lives in Ballard, so we look forward perhaps spending another few days here at the bungalow soon!

We are so thankful for our guest selecting our home. We have enjoyed offering our home as a vacation rental more than we would have ever expected! I can honestly say that when we started this venture, we had no idea how much joy staying in the home would bring our guest. We are truly grateful and thank all of our guest! ❤

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.
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Nearby Grocery Stores

There are several grocery stores that you can choose from in West Seattle.

Probably the one that frequent the most is Metropolitan Market. It’s a beautiful store with higher end products and does tend to be more expensive than other grocery stores in West Seattle. It’s not unusual to see a bus parked outside packing tourist, typically from Asia, to check out the store! If you like cheese, wine or want to grab a meal to go, check out Metropolitan Market.

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Metropolitan Market is located at 2320 42nd Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 off of Admrial Way. It is about 2.5 miles away from the bungalow.

There is a Safeway Grocery Store located across the street from Metropolitan Market. It’s literally on the other side of Admiral Way. This is a newer and larger Safeway and is also pretty nice. It is also 2.5 miles away from the bungalow and is located at 2622 California Ave SW, Seattle.

There is another Safeway located at “Jefferson Square” which is older (and not as nice, in my opinion) as the one on California.

West Seattle Thriftway is located at 4201 SW Morgan Street, Seattle. This store is located in the “Morgan Junction” south down California Street. I’ll admit, I shop here a lot too!  They have a good selection of meats, cheeses and wine and fresh produce.

PCC is an organic grocery store located at 2749 California Ave. S.W., Seattle. They now offer free delivery when you use your Amazon Prime account.

Trader Joes has many of their own brands, typically at a discount and with a fun spirit. 4545 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle.

West Seattle Produce is an open market offering an assortment of fresh produce. They’re across the way from Trader Joes, located at 4722 Faunterloy Way SW, Seattle.

Specialty shops…

Seattle Fish Company offers the freshest fish in West Seattle and offer a selection of wines. Seattle Fish Company is also a restaurant with fantastic fish and chips.  Seattle Fish Company is located at 4435 California Ave SW, Seattle.

The Swinery is a butcher AND offers incredible salami’s and  sandwiches too. Located at 3207 California Ave SW, Seattle.

Last but not least…

West Seattle Farmers Market every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, the West Seattle Farmers Market takes over a section of California Avenue. I recommend checking out the market and all the vendors have to offer. Many of the restaurants along California are open for Brunch.  We’ll have to do a post about great brunch spots in West Seattle in the near future!