Nestled in a hillside, wooded suburb, a contemporary house provides an oasis with stunning views of Lake Union.
For our first trip out to Seattle, Washington, we enjoyed a week-long stay in this gorgeous lakeside home. Modern architecture and traditional style combined to create an exquisite, yet comfortable space. Our favorite feature were the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the picturesque neighborhood and lake below.
The house’s central location in the University District made it easy to access popular landmarks. After visiting the Space Needle, Pike’s Place and Gas Works Park, we soaked up the vibe of Seattle’s famed neighborhoods. From progressive Capitol Hill and quirky Fremont to historic Pioneer Square and scenic Waterfront, we were amazed by all the different areas.
One thing’s for sure, Seattle offers plenty of options for staying hydrated.
Our first order of business was to check out the coffeehouse scene. Bauhaus, one of Seattle’s first independent coffee shops, was our favorite, followed by Fremont Coffee Company. For some people, the coffee shop experience is clearly an all-day affair. After our caffeinated libations, we tried the local beers at Pike Brewing Company and Fremont Brewing. Later in the week, we headed out to Woodinville. After a quick stop at the Seattle outpost of Red Hook brewery, we enjoyed wine tasting at Chateau St. Michelle, Columbia Winery and Novelty Hill-Januik.
Lastly, we took a ferry ride across Elliott Bay to reach the quaint town of Bainbridge. Here, we spent the day perusing art galleries, strolling through parks and soaking up the island’s tranquility. While only 10 miles from the mainland, Bainbridge feels a world away.
True to its reputation, it rained almost every day we were in Seattle. We even witnessed a bizarre hail storm one afternoon. But stormy skies failed to put a damper on our visit. And when the clouds eventually parted and the sun came out, we saw just how breathtakingly beautiful Seattle can be.
Here’s hoping for another return. Summertime perhaps?