Tuesday, July 30, 2013

West Seattle Weekend Wrap-Up: Chick Visits West Seattle

Last Friday afternoon, Chick and I hit the road for Seattle, and arrived in West Seattle with enough time to enjoy drinks and dinner with Brian on Alki.

It took us three times and we gave the poor hostess a headache, but we finally managed to snag a table outside!  The restaurant has a very small patio, but lots of open-air seating.

Alki Beach is a great place to people watch.  It offers stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and downtown Seattle from all points.

Cactus on Alki (with other locations in South Lake Union, Bellevue Square, Kirkland and Madison Park) has been serving up innovative Southwestern, Mexican and Spanish cuisine since 1990.  This is our second dinner at the Alki location in less than a month!

Their menu is seasonal and eclectic with everything to "traditional" tacos, quesadillas and nachos to Navajo Torta, Brisket Burrita and Ceviche Tostadas.

Chick and I had fajitas and Brian ate that whole burrita seen above!

  Saturday we boarded the Fauntleroy Ferry to Vashon Island.  Vashon is a great place to explore.

The island is truly an island and can only be reached by ferry.  Vashon has a relaxed feel and the patchwork of pastoral and natural settings make it seem like a far off location when it is nestled so closely to metropolitan Seattle.

Our first stop was the Farmer's Market, open on Saturdays from 10-3.  More than 80 varieties of flowers, herb and vegetables plus local artisans selling everything from pottery to 15 minute chair massages!  It's a small market, but offers a huge variety of goods and services.

We then stopped in at two of Vashon Island's wineries, Palouse and Vashon Island Winery.

Both wineries have tasting rooms that are both open on the weekends.

Our favorite is Vashon Island Winery.  I ordered a glass and parked myself out on one of their picnic tables!

We drove south the entire length of the island and headed off the island on the Tahlequah Ferry over to Point Defiance.

This area began as a military reservation after the Wilkes Expedition visited Puget Sound in 1840 to map the bays and estuaries.  Wilkes is thought to have noted that with a fort positioned at the point and at Gig Harbor across the narrows, one could "defy" the world.

Our final stop of the day was at one of our favorite restaurants, Katie Downs, an over 21 tavern and eatery.  We got a great table on their deck, enjoyed some Chardonnay and yummy burgers!  It's a great place to hang and people watch.