Take a Sunday Drive to Alki Point Lighthouse in West Seattle

The Alki Point Lighthouse in West Seattle is open to the public on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 


Here's the panoramic view from the top! 

It's an amazing bit of Seattle history and a beautiful place to visit.  Established in 1887, the current tower was first lit in 1913, the lighthouse will be celebrating her 100th birthday in a couple years.  

Come check it out before Labor Day!   Here are more of my photos of the Alki Point Lighthouse in West Seattle.

Sunday Drive to Andrew Will’s Winery on Vashon Island



Last month we had the opportunity to go to Andrew Will’s 2007 Release Party on Vashon Island.  My husband thought it would be funny to do a “play on words” with my Sunday Drive series…so the video above is of me…”driving”!

Andrew Will’s winery is fantastic and typically not open to the public.   It is a large “compound” and at this event, they serve great food including brick oven pizza along with sampling the wines.   This is unlike anything you’ll find in Woodinville.


I highly recommend this event…I believe you if you sign up to be on Andrew Will’s mailing list, you may receive an invitation.   And the wines?  They’re fantastic!

You can check out more of my photos from Andrew Will’s 2007 Release party by clicking here.

Puyallup’s Fall Art & Wine Walk is next Saturday

This is a guest post from Kevin Nehls, friend, client and co-owner of Dog Daze Natural Pet Market located in Puyallup, Washington.

Come on out and stroll around downtown Puyallup for the Fall Art & Wine Walk which will take place on October 3, 2009 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm in downtown Puyallup.

This is a great chance to get out and enjoy a wonderful downtown atmosphere while enjoying some excellent wines and admiring the art scattered around the downtown area.  This season's theme is influenced by the Beatles, "Come Together", is exactly what this event all about. 

The inspiring piece of art for this year's theme is titled "I Am Saved" created by Jack Widmann, Vice Principal at Kalles Jr. High.  This piece of art is comprised of 190 pen and ink drawings, with each drawing representing the artist's impression of a single Beatles' song.  The entire piece, when assembled, is a composition of the Beatles. 

While strolling around to the different shops, sampling fine blended wines, you will be treated to music by the famous Haggis Brothers as well as works of art created by members of Valley Arts United and Arts Downtown.

This season the Fall Art & Wine Walk is also supporting Multicare's Grannies Attic through a children's clothing and toy drive.  Please bring any new or gently used clothing and toy items to the participating downtown merchants who will have a sign in their front window or bring items directly to Grannies Attic anytime they are open.

Tickets are $20 per person and you get a commemorative wine glass and 8 drink tickets.  Additional drink tickets are available for $1.  Tickets can be purchased here.

Sunday Drive: Skillet’s Gourmet Streetfood

Hopefully you won't have to drive too far to find Skillet Streetfood…in fact this mobile delight travels throughout the week to several Seattle neighborhoods, including West Seattle, Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, Fremont, SODO, Bothell and Redmond.   

Last weekend, I decided I could wait no longer…I had to check out the infamous Skilletfeaturing gourmet bites created in an airstream trailer. 


My nose found Skillet before my eyes did at the West Seattle location just a block or so away from the Farmers Market.


I had the Steak Sandwich with a Melon Mint Fresca.  It's not cheap eats–it is "gourmet" and very delicious.  The fries are perfection.


You can read more of my review and others on Yelp by clicking here.  

Sunday Drive: Southbound on the Alaskan Way Viaduct

I enjoy driving down the viaduct…northbound is prettier than heading south in my opinion but I love this old structure.  I'm going to miss it when it's gone and I think it's really concerning that our elected officials have no regard for the citizens who voted to keep the viaduct.  Instead, they are blazing ahead with plans for a tunnel.  Why vote when your officials don't honor the voice of their citizens?  Adding insult to injury according to this article, Seattle homeowners may get the bill fo cost over-runs.  Your thoughts?

Just as some have boycotted Safeco Field for similar reasons…I will not drive in the new tunnel when/if it happens.   You can read many article regarding the controversy of the viaduct vs. the tunnel here.

A Sunday’s Drive to Seattle’s Georgetown

Just south of downtown Seattle, you'll find historic Georgetown.  My husband and I P2080039P2080007decided to check it out a few weekends ago in search of authentic Italian style pizza.  The restaurant we wanted to go to was closed (we'll go definitely go back and give you a full report) but we're not disappointed.

Georgetown was settled in 1851 and became it's own city from 1904-1910; fighting annexation into Seattle to avoid prohibition.  This is the home of the old Rainier Brewery, reported to once be the sixth largest brewery in the world.  Portions of the brewery remain and are office and space for artists.  Airport Way  and  the side streets are lined with shops and restaurants.   We wound up at Smarty Pants for "beer, booze and grub".  Actually we opted for a very spicy Bloody Mary and brunch.  I had a breakfast burrito and my husband could not resist The Trouble Maker.  It's a great spot and I look forward to checking out other restaurants in this neighborhood. 

Georgetown is also home to Hat n' Boots which is located at Oxbow Park P2080053 between the 6400 block of Carleton Avenue South and Corson Avenue South. 

Speaking of Corson…I understand The Corson Building is a new restuarant featuring a chef who was featured as one of Food and Wine's top 10 new chef's of 2007, Matt Dillion.  Reservations required…well in advance.

Want to know more about Georgetown?  Check out these links:

Blogging Georgetown

The Georgetown Neighborhood

More of My Georgetown Photos on Flickr

Sunday Drive to Lincoln Park in West Seattle

Just north of the Fauntleroy ferry dock, you’ll find Lincoln Park in West Seattle along P1190212P1190243 the Puget Sound.  Lincoln Park is one of Seattle’s oldest and largest parks with 135 acres which is packed with trails, covered picnic areas, baseball and soccer fields, playgrounds and swimming pools.   This beautiful park is one of the many designed by the Olmsted brothers in the early 1900s.

Colman Pool, a city landmark, is located within the park and is actually a heated salt water pool!   Here’s a recent review from an “unapologetic pool snob” in the Seattle PI:

“Colman is an Olympic regulation 50 meters long, twice the length of most pools. And — this is the best part — it’s filled with a half-million gallons of salt water from Puget Sound, delivered from a series of wells on the beach and heated to 85 degrees by a vintage gas-fired boiler.

A swim in the soft salt water feels ike a tonic, especially when you pop your head out of the briny water and take in the killer view: Blake Island dead ahead, Vashon and Bainbridge to the left and rightLincoln Park is located at 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle.  Just take the West Seattle Bridge and follow the signs for the Vashon Ferry. 

Check out more of my photos of Lincoln Park by clicking here.

Winter Adventures in and around Leavenworth


This Sunday Drive is written by Geordie Romer who shows us there is a lot more to Leavenworth beyond the Bavarian Village. Geordie is a real estate agent with Windermere Real Estate in Leavenworth who blogs regularly on MyLeavenworth.com and Leavenworth Real Estate Blog.  You can also follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/geordieromer.

In Leavenworth, we have two types of folks.  Winter people and summer people.

The summer people love the heat and triple digit days.  The are rafters, cyclists, and golfers.  Come March, they are ready for Spring even though it may be months and months away.  Come October, as the leaves begin to fall, a tear comes to their eye as they realize Summer is truly gone and it may be time to start planning a trip to Hawaii, Mexico or Palm Springs.

And there are the Winter people.  When the leaves start to turn color, we start looking at the Stevens Pass web cam, just to see if the snow has started to stick.  Many of the Winter people work at Stevens Pass or did when they first moved to town.  We tolerate the hot dry summers because we know that the reward comes on sunny winter powder days every Winter and Spring.

From one Winter person to another, here are my 5 Winter adventures for the Leavenworth area. 

  • Ice climbing. This is my favorite on the list.  Call me crazy, but I love ice & Leavenworth doesn’t stay as reliably cold like some ice climbing hotGeordie spots like Banff or Bozeman, but you can’t beat the scenery.  Experienced ice climbers can learn about Leavenworth ice climbing from Jason Martin’s “Washington Ice: A Climbing Guide” or online from sites like www.CascadeClimbers.com.  Classic climbs included the massive Drury Falls seen from Tumwater Canyon or the more mellow Hubba Hubba near 8 Mile Campground in Icicle Canyon.  Beginners should contact a guide service like the American Alpine Institute or NW Mountain School.
  • Ice fishing on Fish Lake.  Fish Lake is one of the rare ice fishing hot spots in Washington state.  It is loaded with fish and reliably freezes over every year.  The Cove Resort is your source for all things Fish Lake, so give them a call before you go.
  • Snowshoe.  Were my first two adventures a little two extreme for you?  Snowshoeing takes no special talent and is a great way to get out and explore.  You can rent snowshoes from places like Plain Hardware.  One of my favorite easy snowshoe treks is Hidden Lake.  From the end of Cedar Brae road on the south shore of Lake Wenatchee, hike the snow covered road to the trail-head and travel an easy mile or so to the small lake.
  • Horse Drawn Sleigh.  There are two places to ride a sleigh in Leavenworth.   One is at the Fish Hatchery near Sleeping Lady and the other is in Plain at Mountain Springs Resort.  Whether it’s a romantic getaway or an adventure for kids and grandparents, a sleigh ride seems like perfect winter fun.
  • Ski JumpingBakke Hill at Leavenworth Ski Hill was built in 1933 and was one of the top ski jumping venues in the United States for decades.  It was the host of the U.S. championships in 1941, 1959, 1967, 1974 and 1978.  Operated by the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club, you can take lessons and learn to jump like a pro off the 20 meter jump.  Just want to watch?  Come to a ski jumping tournament this February!

Geordie, thanks so much for sharing information about the Leavenworth area. This makes me want to dust off my snowshoes or go tubing (you can tell my tolerence level for adventure)!