I’m back this week with a few more recommendations from our recent visits to the Pacific Northwest. I know I’ve barely scratched the surface—there’s a lot more exploring ahead—but this post covers the highlights of what we’ve experienced so far.
If you didn’t catch Part 1, you can check that out here. Otherwise, read on for a few more Seattle spots I can’t wait to revisit.
Green Lake Park
Location: Green Lake
Green Lake Park is one of Seattle’s many beautiful parks that is home to—you guessed it—Green Lake. The park is actually surrounded by four neighborhoods in North Central Seattle—Green Lake, Wallingford, Phinney Ridge and Woodland Park. Lucky for us, we were staying right in the area so were within a short walking distance and we happened to get there on an unseasonably warm and clear March day.
Holy Mountain Brewing
I’m mostly a wine kind of girl, but when I do drink beer, I prefer the sour variety. If you feel the same, Holy Mountain makes some seriously delicious options. And if sour beers aren’t your thing, don’t be scared off; they offer a continuously changing taplist that embraces a variety of styles, so there’s always something new to try.
Bainbridge Island Wineries
Location: Bainbridge Island
Speaking of wine, on our last trip we took the ferry over to Bainbridge Island and spent some time tasting at a few of the local wineries. I hadn’t been on the ferry before, so that was a treat in and of itself, but it was also fun to visit another completely different area that’s not too far outside the city of Seattle. Out of the three wineries we visited—Fletcher Bay, Rolling Bay and Eagle Harbor—Eagle Harbor was definitely my favorite.
McMenamin’s Anderson School
Location: Bothell, WA
On our last trip, we were introduced to McMenamin’s. If you’re from the Pacific Northwest, this is probably old news, but if you’re like me, you have no idea what this super unique chain involves. In their own words, McMenamin’s is a “family-owned chain of brewpubs, breweries, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs that are located throughout Oregon and Washington.” But that doesn’t really capture the magic. The especially cool thing about McMenamin’s is that each of their locations repurpose old and historic buildings and redesign them thematically. We visited McMenamin’s Anderson School, which is located in Bothell, about 30 minutes northeast of Seattle. This location originally housed Bothell’s first junior high school and now features a brewery, hotel, 6 bars and restaurants, various event spaces and a ton more. You could easily spend an entire day taking in all of the different things they have going on, but it’s also just a fun place to hang out by the firepits and relax.
The Whale Wins
We had a delicious dinner at The Whale Wins in Fremont, a restaurant that describes its menu as “travel inspired cuisine by way of the Northwest.” As you may expect, there are lots of seafood options, but one of the things I really loved about them is that “vegetables headline.” As someone who eats mostly vegetarian (sometimes pescatarian), there were plenty of delicious options for me. They’re also part of Sea Creatures family of restaurants, all of which I hear are excellent.
Charles Smith Wines Jet City
More and more urban tasting rooms are popping up in Seattle, but Charles Smith Wines Jet City was one of the first, and definitely the largest. We actually visited the winery for an event so I didn’t get to experience it on a normal day, but the space was beautiful. They make a variety of different wines, both red and white, but I enjoyed the CasaSmith reds, in particular.
Peace Love + Happiness Club
Peace Love + Happiness Club is a fun little boutique in Fremont that describes itself as “fashion, garden store, apothecary, + more.” I would say that pretty much sums it up. Never before had I been in a shop that sells clothing and accessories and all sorts of plants and containers, but it’s a great combination. Plus, that message on their window won me over before I even walked through the door.