Tuesday, February 19, 2013

West Seattle Wrap Up: Long Presidential Weekend

I love long weekends!

With Brian's crazy travel schedule last week, we had a very quiet Saturday at home with requests for French Toast and other comfort food, re-energizing naps, movies and cuddles with Sweet Sammy.

Sammy enjoying a Bloody Mary

 South Lake Union Trolly

Sunday's weather and our extra day in Seattle gave us an open opportunity for an adventure.  We drove downtown and caught the trolly down to Lake Union.

I've been wanting to explore South Lake Union for a while now.  It's been a few years since we've explored this growing area and it's a great place to plan a walking adventure. 

 Wooden Boat Museum

I didn't realize there is a 6 mile loop around Lake Union on the Cheshiahud Trail.   The city of Seattle named the route after Cheshiahud, a chief of the Duwamish Tribe who guided settlers to Lake Union in the late 1800's.  The lake remains a major aquatic destination today and a great place to hang and people watch in the summer.

 Brian "man-handles" his brown ale at Brave Horse Tavern

A counter-clockwise itinerary is suggested, starting at the Wooden Boat Museum and continuing past the many waterside restaurants.  There is a boardwalk right on the water which is nice.  Beyond the restaurants, you continue along busy Fairview Avenue before reaching the famous flotilla of Seattle's quirky houseboats (think Sleepless in Seattle).  We didn't quite make it to the houseboats, but this coming summer we plan on walking the entire loop.

On our way back to the S.L.U.T. (South Lake Union Trolly) we stopped in for a cocktail at the Brave Horse Tavern.

The tavern is a 21+ over bar/restaurant owned by famed Seattle restauranteur, Tom Douglas.  The menu is gastro-pub fare (think juicy burgers, thick steaks and pulled pork sliders, with a Sunday night fried chicken feed). Seattle "Cowboy" grub!

What a great way to spend a long weekend!  A definite place to come back and explore when the days are longer and the weather is warmer.