The Mountains are Out

I’m not sure if this just is a local saying… when the Olympics are in view, it’s not unusual to hear “the mountains are out”.

Although I have lived in the greater Seattle area most of my life, it kind of makes me giggle when I hear “the mountains are out”… as if they go away when they are not in view. This saying is not limited to the Olympics, which you can see from the Bungalow when “the mountains are out”, we also say this when we can see Mount Rainier, Mount Baker or even the Cascades.

Here are a couple more photos of the Olympics from the Puget Sound side of the Bungalow.


This surreal photo was taken just the other day.

Boats and wildlife are also part of the scene!

NOTE: You cannot view Mount Rainier from the Bungalow, however a short walk (or drive) to Constellation Park towards Alki Point will permit you to see this majestic mountain… if it’s out!

The bedrooms at the Bungalow have at least view of Puget Sound, as does the living room area. It’s really just a great spot to hang out and enjoy the views. Book your stay at Beach Drive Bungalow today!

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 |

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.

Beaches near Beach Drive Bungalow

Beach Drive Bungalow is located on Beach Drive, a residential street that runs along the Puget Sound. Although the Bungalow is waterfront, it does not have beach access.


The bulkhead and “back yard” at Beach Drive Bungalow are a great place to relax during the summer.

There are, however, several public parks nearby with beach access.


Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook

The closest park to the home with access to Puget Sound is Emma Schmitz Overlook and Me Kwa Mooks Park. The parks, located at 4503 Beach Drive, have steps on the north side, that go down to the beach. Emma Schmitz Overlook is a marine preserve. Here’s a fun post from our sister blog, Beach Drive Blog featuring a historic photo of the park.

A few blocks north, at 4035 Beach Drive, you’ll find Weather Watch Park. This post shares some history on park, when it once had a pier.


Andover Place Park

Just another block north at 4000 Beach Drive is Andover Place Park. This is a “street end” park that is tucked between two residential buildings.

Continuing north along Beach Drive, with the sound to your left, you’ll find Cormorant Cove. This park is just north of condos that are built on piers extending over Puget Sound.

Continue on to 3521 Beach Drive to find Constellation Park also known as Charles Richey Sr. Viewpoint.  A portion of this park is a marine preserve. This park stretches to furthest point of Beach Drive. The Alki Light House is just a few blocks away and a little further on is Alki Beach.


Lowman Beach at sunset

South of the Bungalow, you’ll find Lowman Beach Park at 7017 Beach Drive. A photo I took of windsurfers wound up being published in the book “Wings Over Washington”, a copy of which is available for your viewing during your stay in the bungalow.

Lowman Park neighbors one of my favorites, Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park has a salt water swimming pool that’s open during the summer months and plenty of trails and beaches to explore. You can watch the Fauntleroy to Vashon ferry run from many park benches or picnic areas. A portion of Lincoln Park is a marine preserve.

When exploring beaches at the parks, it’s good to know that beaches in front of homes are most likely private property and depending on the legal description, some properties have further property lines than others. Clams and other shellfish found in these parks are not be safe to eat. Speaking of shells, it’s important to leave shells and sea critters (like sand dollars) on the beaches. The Seattle Aquarium often hosts walks on some of the beaches – we do our best to publish them on the events page of this blog and to post them in the bungalow.


Beach Drive Bungalow as seen during high tide.



Watch the Argosy Christmas Ships from the Bungalow

The Argosy Christmas Ship schedule has been announced. This year, one of the sailings pass by the Bungalow! You can watch the ships from the warmth of the living room, out on the covered deck or join the festivities!

Here’s when the ships will cruise by:

Saturday, December 10, 2016:

Lowman Beach is south of the Bungalow on Beach Drive, next to Lincoln Park. You’ll be able to see the Christmas ships pass around 3:00 on the way to Lowman and again when they head to Alki Beach.

The Christmas ships will return later that night to West Seattle when they stop by Salties on Alki around 9:00 pm. You won’t be able to see this later cruising from the Bungalow, however you can go to the nearby parks by Salties to see the ships and join in on the carols.

As of the publishing of this post, December 10, 2016 is available for you to stay at Beach Drive Bungalow.

Here’s an article from Beach Drive Blog showing the Christmas Ships passing by a couple years ago.

Scope it out… north

In case you’re wondering what landmarks are lying out in front of the bungalow’s seawall, here’s a brief description from north to south.


The strip of park you see just a few houses up the shoreline is named Emma Schmitz Memorial Viewpoint. Pioneers Emma & Ferdinand Schmitz built their homestead mansion named San Souci just across the street from the lower walkway in what’s now called Mee Kwa Mooks Park. The Schmitz used to launch their yacht named the San Souci II on rails just off the beach. You can still see the concrete footings to the day.


If you lean over the seawall and follow the shoreline to the right for about a mile, you’ll see the Alki Pt lighthouse which was established in 1913 to replace a kerosene lantern that was mounted on a post. The lighthouse marks the southern point of Elliot Bay which serves Seattle waterfront & shipping. Want to tour it? The Coast Guard Auxiliary typically conducts tours during the weekends starting on Memorial Day until sometime late in the summer. Please contact the Alki Lighthouse Project Officer at if you have any questions.


Looking straight up Puget Sound is the route to Admiralty Inlet, Jaun de Fuca Straits and then west out to the Pacific Ocean. Notable towns and landmarks along the way on the east side are the cities of Edmonds and Everett as well as the 4th largest island (55 miles long) in the lower 48 named Whidby Is. On the west side of this passage are the peninsula towns of Kingston and historic Port Townsend who’s proud slogan is “We’re all here because we’re not all there!”

Looking up the sound on the other side of the water is 10 mile long Bainbridge Island. You’ll see the regular Seattle-Winslow ferry run pull in & out of Eagle Harbor around mid island. The other ferry route you’ll notice is the Seattle-Bremerton run that sails around the south end of Bainbridge through Rich Passage terminating near the naval shipyard in Bremerton. It’s not too uncommon to see aircraft carriers or subs using the same route. The SW end of the island (near Restoration Pt) is where the most filthy rich Seattlittes built their mansions back in the 20’s. The exclusive gated plat features a 9 hole waterfront golf course and a homeowner’s restriction that no property is allowed to have a mortgage lien!

Bainbridge is the actual island that the acclaimed movie Snow Falling on Cedars was based on.  Much of the Japanese community prior to WWII originated from working at the lumber mill located in Blakley Harbor. From the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s, the Port Blakley Mill Company along with Hall Brothers Shipbuilders were considered to be the largest lumber producer in the world. Several ethnic based communities were built along the small harbor providing labor and support for the mill. They even fielded their own baseball club that played other large scaled Puget Sound area mills. When the wind really starts picking up in early Fall, I’ll pull anchor & sail sv Pointless over to Blakley Harbor for cover from the south westerlies.



Part 2 covers the west…

Delta Marine’s Albatross

It seems there is always a boat cruising by. Ferries, tugs, ships, sail and motor boats are common. With Delta Marine nearby, we get to view mega yachts they’re building, like the 236.22 foot Albatross.
If you’re curious which ships are passing by the Bungalow, if they’re registered, you can click the “Live Ship Map” link under “Swell Links” on the right side of this webpage.