It’s a foggy morning in Edmonds, a walkable beach town on the Puget Sound just 15 miles north of Seattle. I’m balancing on a driftwood log, sipping from the vanilla latte in my hand. At the water’s edge, my husband is skipping rocks. The ferry is docked next to us, gently swaying on the waves. A bald eagle soars overhead, searching for his next meal. Kayakers, scuba divers, and paddle boarders are enjoying the Puget Sound in front of us, sharing the water with friendly harbor seals.
If it were a clear and sunny day, we’d have a gorgeous, panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains. But in typical Seattle fashion, the weather is grey and drizzly. It’s no big deal, though. The “rain” here is hardly rain at all. It’s usually light and gentle and often clears up by the afternoon, so I just pull up the hood of my jacket — no umbrella needed.
After a leisurely walk along the beach, we make our way up to Edmonds’ cute little downtown. We browse the bookstores and boutiques for a while before grabbing lunch at Salt & Iron, a charming oyster & steakhouse that serves a delicious menu made from fresh, local ingredients. My husband loves their burger (served with herbed fries and a delicious aioli dipping sauce), and I’m craving the made-from-scratch seafood chowder. It seems just right for a chill day in the Northwest.
Here in Washington, it’s easy to find beautiful nature, amazing food, and something fun to do, whether you’re craving outdoor adventure or indoors relaxation. The landscape is incredibly diverse and magnificent, which means there’s quite a variety of places to visit within the state. We’re blessed with idyllic islands, evergreen forests, rugged mountains, pebbly beaches, wine country, twisting rivers, and much more to satisfy a number of weekend getaways in Washington.