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!


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!