Summer Roadtripping with Airbnb (part two - Seattle)
It isn't summer for our family without a stop in Seattle. We have so much family there still and love the lakes, hiking, and fresh air. We took the ferry from Whidbey Island and stayed at an amazing family home (thank you Airbnb for picking up the tab.) After a few days in hotels, we were so happy to be back in a home away from home where we could unpack our bags and live like locals. The location was perfect for exploring Lake Washington, Lake Union and walking distance from Green Lake Park.
This Airbnb was wonderful as two girls that are similar ages to my girls live there and they had so many fun toys to play with. We even got to pet sit their cat which the girls loved! After being on the road for 12 days (and more than a few days between our Airbnb in Bolinas) it felt good to sit at a proper kitchen table and have breakfast together.
We were only in town for two days and spent most of the time with family and took a fun walk to Greenlake and also to Saint Edward Park (which has the very best playground and short hikes.)
I loved that our host left us a list of fun family-friendly things to do. I know Seattle pretty well but they had one recommendation in particular that my girls loved...kayaking on Lake Union at the Agua Verde Paddle Club. We had lunch there beforehand and then went straight out onto the lake. It was 4th of July and we were able to get up close to where they always have the fireworks (Gasworks Park) and watch all the seaplanes land. Such a fun day!
We did manage to squeeze in a dip in Lake Washington off the T-dock before we hit the road for California. There is never enough time to enjoy the sun in Seattle!
Favorite things to do (besides Pike's Place Market):
Green Lake Park is 10 minutes from downtown Seattle and also has a boat house where you can do all sorts of water activities in the summer.
We love Saint Edward State Park - the playground is beautiful and the nearby Seminary Trail is perfect for families (and leads you down to Lake Washington where you can take a dip.)
The T-dock at Madison Park is super fun as well (and we always take our girls for a ride on their scooters before hand.)
Log Boom Park in Kenmore - another good place to rent kayaks AND a great place to start a bike ride along the Burke Gilman trail. I can't wait to do the whole Burke Gilman trail with Elodie when she is older. It's a 40 mile bike path that winds from the Eastside of Seattle all the way downtown. Learn more here.
Rachel's Ginger Beer on Capitol Hill - delicious shakes and french fries!
Paseo in Fremont - this Caribbean restaurant has been delivering amazing food forever - I love the red tofu and rice even though it's all about the chicken and pork here!
Westward - so much fun for dinner in the summertime
Bar Harbor - best lobster roll in Seattle
The Walrus and the Carpenter - more oysters please!
Thank you for comping our stay Airbnb!