Dine Out During SRW2022

 

 Seattle Restaurant Week returns April 3-16! This bi-annual prix fixe dining event gives diners a unique chance to support the greater Seattle area’s culinary community, highlighting its craft, diversity, resilience, and great food. Restaurants are providing creative meals for one, two, or for a group to share. Don’t miss out on this unique chance to support local restaurants during Seattle’s largest dining celebration.

 

 

Located just one block from the iconic Pike Place Market, steps from the waterfront and surrounded by the city’s best culinary destinations in downtown, The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of some of the best dining Seattle has to offer. We’ve listed a few nearby spots that are participating this year during Seattle Restaurant Week:

 

Conversation, steps from The Emerald. Thompson Seattle’s signature new American restaurant offers an approachable fine dining experience in a welcoming setting curated to foster conversation and ignite a sense of community. The menus offer an array of thoughtfully prepared dishes, focused on fresh local produce, farm-raised proteins, and the best ingredients the PNW has to offer.

 

Maximilien, ~0.2 miles from The Emerald. “Visiting Maximillien in Pike Place Market is like stepping through a portal directly into a romantic Parisian hideaway. Their patio has been a well-known secret amongst locals, with unmatched views of Puget Sound, Elliott Bay, West Seattle & the Olympic Mountains. Chef Potvin’s authentic French cooking has helped make Maximillien a beloved mainstay in the market.”

 

IL Bistro, ~0.2 miles from The Emerald. Visit Il Bistro and spend a night in Italy. For over 30 years, Il Bistro, tucked away down a narrow cobblestone alley in the Pike Place Market, has offered Seattle romantic, fine dining, featuring regional Italian fare.

 

Seatown Rub Shack & FishFry,~ 0.2 miles from The Emerald. Seatown is home of Seattle’s best Fish and Chips and homebase to the unique “Rub with Love” Spices & Sauces used throughout the menu. Seatown is where you can sit and satisfy all the cravings you develop walking through the Pike Place Market.

 

BOCA at Queen City Grill, ~0.3 miles from The Emerald. Whether you are craving an amazing grass-fed hand cut steak, homemade pastas, local fresh seafood, or an authentic Latin-American fare, Boca is the place to visit.

 

Going Green! Askatu Bakery by Liberated Foods is EnviroStars recognized and ~0.4 miles from The Emerald. These venues have committed to increasing their positive environmental impact, whether just beginning their sustainability journey or reaching a green milestone.

 

The Carlile Room, .~05 miles from The Emerald. Basking in the glow of the Paramount Theatre marquee, the Carlile Room is a groovy cocktail spot serving up a modern-American bar and grill menu with vibes of the late sixties and early seventies. From fresh corn hushpuppies to Pho fries and entries like Skagit Valley Chicken Schnitzel, the cuisine offered something for every palette.

 

New this Spring — the Buy One, Give One meal promotion! During Seattle Restaurant Week participating restaurants will provide a special SRW menu that includes an additional $10 to be donated to their own community kitchen or to Good Food Kitchens to provide a meal to someone in need. Funds raised will benefit their own meal programs or will be donated to Good Food Kitchens, a program of Seattle Good Business Network that supports restaurants providing free, nutritious, and culturally relevant meals to community members facing food insecurity while sourcing from local farms & producers. Look for Buy One, Give One in the Dining Options dropdown menu to find participating restaurants.

 

Looking to discover a new restaurant in your area or explore a new neighborhood? You can search participating restaurants by neighborhood, cuisine, dining options, dining values, and even ownership. Check back to see which restaurants have signed up and start planning your week(s) dining out!

 

Image Credit: Conversation Seattle

Experience Spring in Seattle

Spring is a lovely time in Seattle with vibrant colors from lush green parks to trees bursting cherry blossoms, and colorful bulbs lining walkways to the deep jewel colors of the Puget Sound with skies to match.  The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle with Elliott Bay just steps away from your front door. It’s the perfect spot to begin any spring adventure. Whether you are looking to watch the blossoms unfold or celebrate them at an annual festival, take in some stunning views on the water or peddle along the Elliot Bay Trail enjoying the cool breeze of the Puget Sound, we’ve gathered a few springtime activities to enjoy moments from home.

 

 

Stroll through the Cherry Blossoms
The first Sakura trees arrived at the Port of Seattle from Japan in the early 20th century. Now they can be seen in many locations throughout the city showing off their fabulous bloom from late March through early April. Take it all in at the Seattle Center Cherry Blossom Festival  with Taiko drumming, live dances and performances, arts and crafts, food, and more! Or make your way to Seward Park where the very first three Cherry Trees were planted in 1929, which were then followed by 3,500 more throughout Seattle in 1930. Visit Washington Park Arboretum’s Azalea Way to enjoy cherry trees blossoming along Azalea Way and explore 230 acres of gardens, including a Japanese Garden. The first pink buds appear on the trees in early March. By mid-March, the earliest varieties start blooming along the city streets. The peak bloom lasts for about two weeks from late March to early April. Then flowers fade, and green leaves begin to unfold. Probably the most spectacular flower display takes place on the campus of the University of Washington (Quad). Hundreds of blooming trees line pathways and complement strict gothic buildings, which makes the campus especially beautiful. There’s even a half marathon dedicated to the blossoms.

 

Make it a Daffodil Day at Pike Place Market
Celebrate the first day of spring on March 20 with small businesses, vendors and farmers at Pike Place Market. For the last 25 years, Pike Place Market has celebrated the arrival of spring with daffodils. This year, stop by the Market to pick up your free small bundle of daffodils to brighten your day and join in the celebration.

 

The Seattle Waterfront Calls for Whale Watching
Kicking off in April, spend a day with orcas, humpback, minke whales and an expert naturalist as you cruise through the waters of the Salish Sea aboard our high-speed San Juan Clipper vessel on a San Juans whale watching adventure. Cruise under historic Deception Pass Bridge and enjoy a stopover in charming Friday Harbor on San Juan Island following your time spotting whales. With the waterfront at your doorstep, it’d convenient to hop on a ferry, water taxi or embark on an adventure like this. The best time of the year for whale watching starts in spring, so don’t miss out!

 

Dine Out During Seattle Restaurant Week
The perfect way to sample some neighborhood flavor, Seattle Restaurant Week returns April 3-16 offering prix fixe dining opportunities that support the greater Seattle area’s culinary community while highlighting its craft, diversity, resilience, and great food. Neighborhood restaurants such as IL Bistro, Conversation, Maximilien and more provide creative meals for one, two, or for a group to share. Don’t miss out on this unique chance to support local restaurants during Seattle’s largest dining celebration.

 

Get Rolling: May is Bike Month
Seattle consistently makes it into the top tier of Bicycling magazine’s list of the Best Bike Cities in America. Looking for a 2.5-mile loop through the Washington Park Arboretum? Maybe a peddle along the Elliot Bay Trail? Explore these great bike rides for people of all skill sets, whether you want to cruise through a park or all the way to a different city.

 

The Flower Festival Blooms at Pike Place
Over 40 tents will line Pike Place featuring flower farmers from King, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties on May 7-8 with bouquets bursting with tulips, daffodils, irises, and the season’s favorite peonies. This annual tradition celebrates the amazing flowers that grow abundantly right here in the Pacific Northwest. Double the fun and bring Mom to the market for a fun-filled pre-day celebration on May 7 with live music, kids’ activities, pop-up murals, crafty sightings, craft demonstrations and more.

 

Raise a Glass at Seattle Beer Week

Join the greatest celebration of all things beer in Seattle as the Seattle Beer Week returns from May 13-21 for eleven days filled with craft beer events of all kinds. The festival is filled with exciting events including the Annual SBW Fun Run—a non-competitive mostly down-hill race through downtown. Fun prizes await participants at the finish with tasty Stout beers on draft at each stop of the race.

 

Watch it all Bloom at Washington Park Arboretum
The largest park in the Seattle area offers an amazing place to wander and watch spring in bloom. Walk the waterline trail, enjoy the plant life and make sure to stop by the 3.5 acre urban sanctuary, the Seattle Japanese Garden. Winding paths and benches invite you to view the garden slowly and mindfully, in all of its detail – stones, water, lanterns, bridges, buildings, plants and animals. Seasonal changes are constant, and every visit is refreshingly unique.

 

You Can Ferry There
Venturing out along the water is easy from our iconic downtown address. Hop on a ferry today and start exploring. Enjoy a ferry ride across Elliott Bay on the West Seattle Water Taxi from nearby Pier 50 and reserve your spot at Salty’s Seafood to catch a sunset with sweeping views of Elliott Bay and the Seattle city skyline. The Water Taxi docks in Seacrest Park in West Seattle with easy access to waterfront trails, Alki beach, fishing piers, restaurants, and shops along California Avenue. Another destination is Bainbridge Island. The Pacific Northwest beauty of a Bainbridge Island ferry ride from the middle of downtown Seattle is stunning, but the destination this ferry ride grants you is even better. This easy escape from the city offers up opportunity to unplug with scenic vistas, beautiful trails, ultra-local wine tasting, and outdoor adventures. From fine food to the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Photo Credit: Matt McDonald

Celebrate Winter along the Seattle Waterfront

There are few places that are more memorable than the Seattle waterfront during the holidays. The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle – just one block from the iconic Pike Place Market overlooking the Elliott Bay. A magical spot to be year-round, the Market lights up this season and is activated with festive events. Shop small, buy local and discover all the reasons to celebrate this season as the Seattle waterfront turns into a Winter Wonderland.

 

 

Can Can presents Wonderland, showing December 2- January 9. This carnival of merriment will mesmerize audiences as soon as they enter Can Can’s intimate theatre turned whimsical winter chalet, making this a holiday entertainment spectacular to remember. In the kitchen and behind the bar you’ll find a variety of food, wine, and spirit menus carefully crafted with local market-fresh winter ingredients, prepared to tantalize even the most refined palates.

 

On December 1st and 9th, Truffle Queen is hosting a Holiday Open House where they will have special pricing on Italian holiday cakes and more, plus preview tastings for wines arriving in the new year.

 

Snap a picture with Santa and Crafty on December 4th and 11th. Santa will be visiting the Market two times in December with special guest, Crafty for free holiday photos. Get all your holiday shopping done + receive a free gift when you spend $50 or more at Market businesses. The gift includes 1 eco-friendly Market wrapping paper kit. Bring your receipts to the “Special Offer Tent” to receive your free gift.

 

Order your Holiday Pike Box. This NEW Pike Box is an exciting mix of spices, honey, and nuts from the Market farmers. Registration ends December 8th.

 

Cross off everyone on your holiday list when you shop at the Holiday Night Market on December 16th as the MarketFront Pavilion is transformed into a winter wonderland of stocking stuffers, ornaments, and one-of-a-kind gifts. Shoppers can raise a glass at the Polar Bar with seasonal cocktails and live music with drink proceeds supporting the Pike Place Market Foundation.

 

Lend a helping hand and care for the needs of our neighbors at Pike Place Market this holiday season by contributing to the Giving Tree by December 20th. Send a gift using their Amazon Wish List, purchase a gift card or make a donation directly to the Market Foundation, and leave the shopping to them. Their goal is to collect and distribute over 1,000 warm winter items and holiday gifts.

 

Add in some laughs this holiday season with A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol, a holiday tradition for countless locals since 1985. Experience a new version of this old favorite each night through December 23rd, so head to the Market Theatre in Pike Place Market and have a blast creating your own Christmas classic.

 

Imagine the lights you’ll see if you dine in a gondola 200 feet above the Salish Sea. Assemble 4 people, friends or family and make reservations for the dinner experience of a lifetime at Seattle’s Great Wheel. Enjoy a spectacular 4-course dinner including prawn cocktail and grilled salmon paired with views of the Puget Sound.

 

Depart from nearby Pier 55 during December and travel on the Christmas Ship Festival, decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights and sailing to different Puget Sound waterfront communities. Choirs on board the Christmas Ship perform to guests aboard, to follow boats, and to communities gathered on shore.

 

Deck your Halls

 

Visit these 12 Market Shops to Make Your Home Holiday Ready, from dried flower wreaths to leaf-imprinted spoon rests to Market themed posters and more!

 

‘Tis the Season to Indulge

 

Whether you’re looking for the best quick stops to hit while knocking out your holiday shopping, seeking a memorable sit-down experience with a great ambiance, or satisfying your sweet tooth, Pike Place Market has you covered! Explore the Pike Place Holiday Food Tour, including some of these gems:

 

Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream. This classically styled ice cream parlor is serving up hot cocoa with freshly whipped vanilla cream (add Irish cream for those 21+) and a seasonal “Elf Float” combining candy cane ice cream and peppermint soda.

 

Chocolate & Ice Cream Delight. Their hot chocolate bombs are back! Drop in for a selection of delightful fudge and seasonal truffle flavors. Be sure to indulge in their snickerdoodle or peppermint truffles for an extra festive kick.

 

Looking for a few unique holiday host gift inspirations? Pike Place rounded up a few:

 

Chocolate Gift Set. indi chocolate has a variety of gift sets available or you can customize your own. This shop doesn’t just sell chocolate, explore the “unexpected side of chocolate” with cacao butter body care, cacao spice rubs, cocoa nib liquor infusion kits, s’mores kits, and more!

 

Reusable Glass Straws. DrinkingStraws.Glass has seasonal designs available including an elf hat, Santa hat, evergreen tree, or a Christmas tree. Or choose from their classic straw sets for a gift that’s used through every season!

 

Handmade Cards. The Paper Feather has a perfect gift for the person who loves sending special notes with handmade cards! This package includes 13 cards designed and handmade by The Paper Feather, postage stamps, and packaged in a pink bakery box with ribbon.

 

Gift Baskets and Wine. Chukar Cherries has new Columbia Valley wine gift boxes and a charcuterie kit that features the very best delicacies of the Pacific Northwest. All of their assortments and tins of Northwest cherries, berries, and nuts now come in festive holiday sleeves.

 

If you’re still looking for gift ideas, visit 12 Pike Place Market Gifts for Kids and Teens, 5 Thoughtful Market Gifts for the Person Who Needs to Relax and 11 Pike Place Market Gifts for the Stylish Friend.

 

Be sure to book your tour of The Emerald this season before you catch the festivities. Now over 50% sold and priced from the $400,000’s, we cannot wait to show you our 8 new model residences, beautiful building amenities and a unique bird’s eye perspective looking down on Pike Place market all aglow.  Schedule your private in-person or virtual tour by contacting our team at 206-453-6800 or info@theemeraldseattle.com.

 

 

Pike Place Public Market Photo by Matt McDonald @equalmotion

THE Spot to Spend Seattle Weekends

Thrillist recommends spending Seattle weekends at the foot of The Emerald! The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle – just one block from the iconic Pike Place Market, steps from the waterfront and surrounded by the city’s best culinary and cultural destinations. The recent feature highlights several walkable spots within close proximity to our community which make it the perfect launching spot to explore Seattle whether a visitor or native that loves the city.

 

 

Rising steeply from Elliott Bay, Seattle’s Downtown greets visitors to the city with a sample platter of its best features. From the culinary diversity and fresh ingredients of the iconic Pike Place Market, to the rooftop gardens, to the first Starbucks location  — the city takes pride in its open spaces and open attitudes. Seattle’s personality comes from its wide array of neighborhoods, but Downtown’s ease and convenience makes it an essential starting point for a weekend tour.”

 

Start with the below round up of ideas by Thrillist on how to spend your Seattle weekends. “Downtown’s ease and convenience makes it an essential starting point.” – Thrillist

 

Discover a Rooftop Garden at Fourth and Madison. Spend a sunny day in the garden. This rooftop garden is located on the 7th floor of the tower and wraps around three sides of the building. The patio is a lush, green retreat from the city below. Tables and chairs are situated throughout the garden area, perfect for lunch on a beautiful day. Enjoy up-close vistas of the Smith Tower and the Central Library and peekaboo views of Elliott Bay. The rooftop garden is open from Monday to Friday from 7 am to 5:30 pm and also features free Wi-Fi.

 

Visit the First Starbucks. This small shop in Pike Place Market offers visitors a peek at the history of Seattle’s hometown coffee chain, as nearly all of the original features are still intact. Admire the 50-year old original Starbucks sign on the front façade, spy the original Starbucks logo and fixtures inside this 1,000 square foot store. Purchase something from the modern menu at the original Starbucks and strike a pose, it’s an Insta-worthy location.

 

Lunch at Pasta Casalinga. One of Pike Place Market’s newer lunch spots, this tiny pasta shop offers an equally tiny menu. It always includes a lasagna and plain tomato sauce option, plus one each “from the garden, “from the ocean,” and “from the farm.” All of the offerings utilize seasonal ingredients — often from fellow Pike Place vendors — in a vegetarian, pescatarian, or meat option. The pasta shapes are specially chosen to highlight the flavors of local foods.

 

Mee Sum Pastry. Also located in Pike Place Market, this Chinese bakery stall makes more than 1,000 of their buns, also known as Hom Bow, each day. They offer versions baked or steamed, and stuffed with their unique curry beef, traditional barbecue pork, chicken, or vegetables. The buns share the deli case with almond tarts, sesame balls, wife cakes, and all kinds of other Chinese sweets and savories.

 

Ventures Marketplace. Located right below the famous fish throwers, at first glance this shop could be just another eclectic gift shop — something of which the Pike Place Market hosts a delightful variety. But here, your purchase of hot sauces, jewelry, lip balm, wallets, or incense goes even further: this is actually a consignment store for graduates from a non-profit business incubator called Ventures. The organization focuses on providing training and resources for people for whom those things are often difficult to access — especially women, people of color, and immigrants — and for many who go through the program, this shop is one of the first places they sell.

 

Olympic Sculpture Park. Covered in monumental artworks, this award-winning nine-acre sculpture park on the waterfront is Seattle’s largest downtown green space and is just one mile north of the Seattle Art Museum. The sculpture park offers monumental contemporary sculptures and breathtaking views of t​he Space Needle, Olympic Mountains, and Puget Sound. Stroll along a 2,200-foot path that zigzags from the pavilion to the water’s edge to tour the park and its surroundings.​

 

Take a Walk down the Red Hall at Central Library. Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas designed the city’s flagship library, opened in 2004, and it boasts floor after floor of public art, impressive open space, and 1.5 million books. But the fourth floor stands out, even among the many unique areas, because the hallway that loops around the floors, meeting rooms, and computer labs features more than a dozen different shades of red on the floor, ceiling, and walls. It’s the library’s most photographed section and shows off the intersection of art, function, and architecture that make this building such a beloved and significant part of Seattle.

 

Observatory Bar in Smith Tower. If you prefer your views with a craft cocktail, the iconic, world-famous Smith Tower satisfies. Whisking visitors up 35 stories, the Otis elevator introduces you to a Prohibition-themed bar that harkens back to the 1914 building’s early years. Stop by for happy hour and the stunning 360-degree views of Seattle from what stood as the tallest building west of the Mississippi until 1931. Take in the views from the elegant Observatory Bar as you sip local microbrews, barrel-aged cocktails, and bourbon flights.

 

 

Your Seattle adventures begin here. The Emerald is now over 50% sold. Onsite tours of our eight models homes and breathtaking amenities are available for tour by appointment. With homes starting in the $400,000’s, it’s the perfect opportunity to invest in a dream location or find your full-time home.

 

Image credit:  Photo by Tiffany Von Arnim/FLICKR

Autumn Agenda: Fall in Love with Seattle

Fall in love with Seattle, steps from home. Autumn is in the air, the leaves are changing and Seattle is wide open. The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle – just one block from the iconic Pike Place Market, Seattle’s new waterfront, and close to all the action. Start exploring the best of the season with these local to-do’s.

 

 

Catch a concert at Pier 62. Friends of Waterfront Seattle invites you to Pier Sounds, a concert series featuring regional bands and artists including The Black TonesD’Vonne Lewis and Friendz, Lady A, and Tiffany Wilson. Enjoy live music, local food trucks, a beer garden, and all the sights and sounds of Seattle’s waterfront on October 2, 9 + 16.

 

Meet a friend in the Underwater Dome at the Seattle Aquarium. Step through a short tunnel and into this one-of-a-kind undersea dome with a 360-degree view into a 400,000-gallon habitat, filled with hundreds of fascinating Puget Sound fish. You’ll experience a beautiful, ever-changing snapshot of life in Puget Sound. See schools of silvery, open-water salmon flash in the filtered light from above. The aquarium is open with timed ticketing and limited attendance to enhance the visitor experience. Want to venture out? Join the Seattle Aquarium at five locations along the Cedar River this October. Trained naturalists will be on-site to help you spot spawning salmon and learn about the things we can all do to help them. Dates include October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 from 11am to 4pm.

 

Experience the Grand Opening of the most sustainable arena in the world – a short bike ride from The Emerald. On October 22, the Climate Pledge Arena will host the seven-time Grammy award-winning band, Coldplay. Plan to catch a Kraken game this season and cheer on our local hockey team. Just over a mile from The Emerald, getting there is easy! For most major events they’ll have a bike valet for convenient and safe bike storage, 3 parking garages located on Seattle Center Campus, and you can also hop on the Metro and be there in 20 minutes.

 

Taste the best of Seattle during Seattle Restaurant Week. SRA runs from October 24 – November 6 and will be offering special menus to include $20 lunches, $35 and/or $50 dinners. Indulge in nearby specials like beer and burger pairings from Pike Brewing Company, the 3 course surf-n-turf special at Wasabi Sushi & Izakaya, and a 3 course menu featuring fall flavors from Chef Potvin at the Le Igloo @ Maximilien – all within a few minutes from The Emerald.

 

Toast to autumn atop it all at Smith Tower Observatory. Less than a mile from The Emerald, you can experience the iconic, world-famous observatory with its historic exhibits, Otis elevators, stunning 360-degree views of Seattle, and open-air viewing deck. Order the new fall special Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) Martini at the thirty-fifth-floor bar as you explore the intriguing menu and amazing views. Tip: Grab a ‘Straight Up By Night’ ticket available at the door Wednesday – Sunday at 3:00 pm. The Emerald has partnered with award-winning Columbia Hospitality to provide highly personalized concierge services and premier hospitality. One of the unique perks of this program is an exclusive discount admission to the iconic Smith Tower Observatory, which includes a ride in the historic Otis elevator to the thirty-fifth floor, where you can enjoy an exciting menu of local cuisine, craft cocktails, a pinch of Prohibition and some truly amazing views..

 

Enjoy a fall bike ride from The Emerald. Layer up and pop over to Olympic Sculpture Park. Start your journey by spying the Seattle fall foliage unfolding, then follow the Elliott Bay Trail through Myrtle Edwards Park as you try to spot eagles, gulls, and crows. Continue through Centennial Park as you take in views of Elliott Bay, Mount Rainier, and Olympic Mountains. Pedal all the way to Elliott Bay Marina at Smith Cove Park, which is a great spot to take in fall colors where crimson trees are brilliant against the turquoise waters and Seattle’s skyline shines.

 

Dine in a gondola 200 feet above the Salish Sea. Assemble 4 people, friends or family and make reservations for the dinner experience of a lifetime at Seattle’s Great Wheel. Enjoy a spectacular 4-course dinner including prawn cocktail and grilled salmon paired with views of the Puget Sound. While it’s a nice walk from our doorstep, if you opt to drive or Envoy There, you’ll receive 3-hour parking vouchers for the Pike Place Parking Garage upon arrival. Make your reservations here and pre-order a bottle of wine here.

 

Make it a Market Day. There’s no better time than autumn to head to Pike Place Public Market and grab a Pike Place chowder bowl. Spend a day shopping for fall flavored treats and picking your favorite fall stems. From sunflowers and dahlias to new dried floral arrangements, Pike Place is the perfect spot to find bouquets to warm your home. Plus, for the very first time, visitors can grab food or drinks from 30+ eateries and restaurants at the market to enjoy in two new public seating areas on Pike Street and Pike Place. The MarketFront sundeck is a great spot to take in the waterfront views.

 

Keep your eyes open for the 2021 Elliott Bay Oyster New Year announcement and tickets. Every year, Elliott’s, a seafood mainstay in Seattle for over 40 years, has donated proceeds from its Oyster New Year bash to the Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF) and we’re looking forward to ringing it all in with our waterfront neighbor.

 

There’s no better spot to enjoy the best of Seattle. Take advantage of The Emerald’s incredible location by finding your move-in-ready home today and start exploring what each season offers, just steps from your front door. Visit theemeraldseattle.com to schedule your tour.

 

Image credit: Paul Emery

The Beach, The Islands, You Can Ferry There

Above the City. Beside the Water. The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle with Elliott Bay just steps away from your front door – all highlighted by the new waterfront redevelopment and its reimagined plazas, parks and paths that will connect the city and the Sound like never before. Venturing out along the water is easy from our iconic downtown address. Hop on a ferry today and start exploring these nearby destinations:

 


Alki Beach.
Throw on your sunglasses, grab a towel, some roller skates and go. Enjoy a ride across Elliott Bay on the West Seattle Water Taxi from nearby Pier 50 to spend a day at the beach. Reserve your spot at Salty’s Seafood to catch a sunset with sweeping views of Elliott Bay and the Seattle city skyline. Start your meal with the Seafood Chowder and make sure to round it out with the White Chocolate Mousse Cake. The Water Taxi docks in Seacrest Park in West Seattle with easy access to waterfront trails, Alki beach with fire rings and spots to play volleyball, plus fishing piers, restaurants, and shops along California Avenue. You’ll be Alki Beach dreaming after your visit.

 

“I love Salty’s. Excellent food, excellent service, fun decor, giant pepper grinders and great location with views of the sound with the city in the distance! The prawn cocktail is amazing with more prawns than most shrimp cocktails. The fresh steamed clams in wine broth. Mmmmm. You can’t go wrong at Salty’s.” – Tony B., Yelp

 

Wine Night Monday. Enjoy Pacific Northwest wines at a 50% discount.

Family Night. Every Monday and Tuesday you can enjoy Salty’s 3 courses for $35.

Shuck 2021. 1 Buck Shucked Oysters, 3 Buck Bubbles, and 4 Buck Beers every Thursday.

 

 

Bainbridge Island. The Pacific Northwest beauty of a Bainbridge Island ferry ride from the middle of downtown Seattle is stunning, but the destination this ferry ride grants you is even better. This easy escape from the city offers up opportunity to unplug with scenic vistas, beautiful trails, ultra-local wine tasting, and outdoor adventures. From fine food to the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Walk the waterfront. Bainbridge Island has many trails and narrow neighborhood roads, which are good for walking. Two of the best universal access paths are Battle Point Park with 90.3 acres of open space and Fort Ward State Park.

 

Wine tasting. Bainbridge Vineyards specializes in delicate award-winning white wines, grown in the Puget Sound AVA, producing 1,200 cases of wine annually exclusively from their certified organic estate vineyards. Open for tasting and sales Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5pm. There are several other wineries on the island that are also excellent.

 

Shop around. Packed with small town charm and a short walk from the ferry you’ll enjoy a diverse selection of locally owned shops and restaurants offering something for everyone in the charming Downtown district.

 

Visiting the island you’re sure to find vibrant culture that’s alive with art, festivals, culinary events and island-wide celebrations including First Fridays Art Walk, Farmer’s Market, Concerts in the Park, Movies in the Parks, and more.

 

Want a little expert help exploring the island? Peruse a variety of tours offered from food and wine, to beer and spirits, to history and hiking the great outdoors. There’s so much to see and taste on Bainbridge!

 

Vacation vibes are never far from The Emerald. With easy access to Seattle’s waterfront and Washington State Ferries, the adventure begins right outside your doorstep. Show us your favorite Seattle spots on social, join us on Instagram @theemeraldseattle. Share tips with neighbors by tagging us in your favorite photos.