Oh the sun is back! La la la! I really enjoyed the cool down we had last week, but this week it feels like summer’s BACK and I’m ready to explore this beautiful corner of the US we call home:)
I headed off to explore an adorable town super close to our house and therefore a town I enjoy and know quite well: Edmonds.
If you don’t live north of Seattle, I feel like Edmonds is a place you’ve heard of, but never really taken the drive up to. I would humbly recommend a day or weekend getaway to this waterfront community…so quaint, so charming, so scenic and so close!
Here’s my recommended itinerary for a day getaway to Edmonds, WA:
Stop off at PCC on the way into downtown Edmonds. Stock up on their deli salads and amazing gluten and dairy free cookies for your picnic lunch. And ya know what, while you’re at it, grab a bouquet of fresh flowers at the PCC flower department! I have always been impressed with their “farmer’s market style” selection and reasonable pricing.
Head towards the downtown or “bowl” of Edmonds.
Park near Brackett’s Landing. There is a small parking lot right next to the ferry terminal and has 4 hr free parking. Walk up the street and grab a coffee or ice cream at the Waterfront Coffee Company. Great views, cute ambiance and good coffee!
Next, go inside the ferry terminal and purchase a ticket on the next Edmonds-Kingston Ferry crossing. While you wait for the ferry, stroll along the Brackett’s Landing waterfront. This park is one of my very favorite places to be on a sunny afternoon. I am so constantly reminded of the unique and soul-lifting beauty of the PNW living around here.
Board your ferry, sit on the outside top deck, drink in that Puget Sound air and nosh on your PCC lunch! The ride takes about 30 mins and is just so delightful.
When Luke and I do this little date, we usually don’t spend a significant amount of time in Kingston, the ferry is highlight enough! However, if you don’t want a quick turn around- the Majestic Mountain Coffee shop is walking distance from the ferry, has free wi-fi and some good eats and coffee…lovely place to read. And MORA ice cream (originally from Bainbridge Island) opened up a location here as well- so, stinkin’ good.
I will be doing a feature on Zinc a little later on next month, so I will just whet your appetite with a couple of their local, artisan made, ADORABLE goods!
Bountiful Home also has goods available inside the house. I have found some cute and reasonably priced finds here, but the real treasures lie outside in the garden…
While on your way to dinner, take a stroll over to the Rick Steve’s Europe store. Rick is even there IN PERSON sometimes. A real, live Edmonds celebrity. He offers some great workshops and lectures on Europe travel, lots of helpful guide books and gear…but what I love is finding a couple guide books, a map and sitting at a desk plotting out our next adventure!
When you’re pooped from your ferry-hoppin’ and shoppin’, take a load off down by the waterfront at Demetri’s Woodstone Taverna. They have a great happy hour menu and an outdoor patio overlooking the water…we love the bacon-wrapped dates and the firecracker shrimp!
When you’re full and ready to wind down, I suggest ordering an after-dinner coffee at the Starbucks in the center of town. Sit outside, exhale and people watch.
So much more I could list, lots of window shopping and strolling to be done, but for now I wish you a wonderful day in Edmonds!
Let me know if you go! I’d love to hear your thoughts! Anything I may have missed?