Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sailing in Beautiful Seattle

Seattle offers unparalleled beauty while overflowing with all of the amenities anyone could from a major city. It is the ultimate sailing destination and the crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest.

With a population of more than 600,000 people spread out over 142 square miles, there is truly something for everyone. From the famed Space Needle to the Seattle Great Wheel, a ferris wheel right along the waterfront, Seattle offers attractions that rival cities many times its size.

But the best way to step back and look at all that the city has to offer is to sail Seattle.

Before setting sail, it’s critical that everyone eats a good breakfast, and there are no shortage of amazing restaurants competing to serve the most important meal of the day.

For those staying around Capitol Hill, Barjot offers simple breakfasts made from scratch including delicious crepes and an avocado toast that comes highly recommended. For those looking for something a little more unusual, Bang Bang Cafe offers a New Mexican breakfast featuring hatch green chile flown in all the way from New Mexico for an authentic treat.

With hunger averted for the next few hours and jackets prepped for the cold sea air, it’s time for the sailing adventure to begin. For novice sailors and those still developing their sea legs, setting sail can be as easy as booking one of the numerous Seattle sailing tours, these typically cost around $50.

But for most people such a short tour will provide nothing more than a tease of the beauty and serenity offered by sailing around the coasts and waterways of Seattle in a private boat. For those invested in exploring everything that The Emerald City has to offer, Windworks Sailing provides lessons for everyone from novices to veterans looking to master sailing and also has boats available to charter to wherever beckons.

Every type of sailor will find a destination that appeals to them when sailing in Seattle and around the the city.


Some top spots include:

Poulsbo - Poulsbo is a city on Liberty Bay in Kitsap County, Washington, United States. It is the fourth largest city in Kitsap County. The population was 9,200 at the 2010 census. As a reminder of the city's early Scandinavian immigrants, downtown Poulsbo maintains a Scandinavian theme and is a popular regional tourist destination.

Elliot Bay Marina - With picturesque views of the Seattle Skyline and the Olympic Mountains, Elliott Bay Marina offers a relaxing place to moor. Enjoy two restaurants, repair facilities, 24-hour security, fuel dock, convenience store, year round events, and friendly customer service from our marina staff.

Shilshole Bay Marina - On its shores lie Discovery Park, the Lawton Wood section of the Magnolia neighborhood, the neighborhood of Ballard, and Golden Gardens Park.

Eagle Harbor - Eagle Harbor Marina is located on beautiful Bainbridge Island directly across the harbor from Winslow and the state ferry docks. The marina enjoys a spectacular view of the entire harbor along with easy boating access to central Puget Sound.

Port Madison - A deep water bay located on the west shore of Puget Sound in western Washington. It is bounded on the north by Indianola, on the west by Suquamish, and on the south by Bainbridge Island.

Port of Edmonds - The Port of Edmonds boat marina was created in 1962. It provides the only public boating access in the highly populated 30-mile stretch between Seattle's Shilshole Bay and the Port of Everett.

Suquamish - Located within the Port Madison Indian Reservation, it is the burial site of Chief Seattle and the site of the Suquamish tribe winter longhouse known as Old Man House.

Blake Island - Blake Island Marine State Park is a 475-acre marine camping park with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline providing magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline. The park is only accessible by tour boat or private boat.

Bell St. Pier - The Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal anchors an 11-acre complex along Seattle’s downtown waterfront. This vibrant, multi-use property is home to Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises, which offer weekly sailings to Alaska.

Port of Kingston - The Port of Kingston was established by the state legislature in 1919 as one of the original Mosquito Fleet landing sites. The port is located on Apple Tree Cove where the Carpenter Creek Estuary flows into Puget Sound.

After a long day at sea, a delicious dinner is a necessity, and Seattle’s fine dining options are sure to delight even the most demanding diner.

Some of the city’s top-rated restaurants include the Metropolitan Grill, Andaluca, Canlis Restaurant, and Six Seven Restuarant & Lounge.

For those on a budget, Seattle offers countless tasty choices that won’t destroy the vacation budget. While there are affordable restaurants throughout the city, many of the most popular options are located inside of the Pike Place Market.

There is no place in the world quite like the Pike Place Market and it is an important stop for anyone visiting Seattle. While its unique affordable restaurants including The Crumpet Shop, Pike Place Chowder and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese are well worth the visit, it is the entire community that has built up around its farmers market, shops and restaurants that make it such a worthwhile destination.

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