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.