We’ve been enjoying some pretty spectacular sunsets lately here in the Pacific Northwest. Before cooler weather sets in, get out there with the kids and enjoy one and, better yet, do it at a beach! Here are 3 great spots to watch the sun go down with the sand between your toes:
Here’s a place where postcards come from. There’s a photo opportunity from anywhere you stand, and a ferry boat or two will most likely make it into one of your shots. This long stretch of sandy beach boasts magnificent views, from the Olympics to the glittering Seattle skyline. Take a stroll along the pedestrian path or pack a picnic and some sand toys. When the sun goes down, pop in to the award-winning Bakery Nouveau on California Ave and treat the kids to something sweet. Choose from rich mousse, delectable tarts and the best twice-baked almond croissant outside of Paris.
Here’s another Seattle shoreline worthy of California beach status. Along with perfect conditions for sand-castle building, Golden Gardens is home to wetlands and some great hiking trails. The views aren’t bad either 😉
For a delectable treat, head over to Hot Cakes on Ballard Avenue. This molten chocolate cakery (I love those words) features specialty cookies that have been featured in Bon Appetit and Wall Street Journal (think bacon-oatmeal-raisin cookies and pocket pies). Cinnamon rolls and milk shakes are big hits as well as, of course, molten chocolate cakes (baked to order)! You can even get a take-and-bake molten cake, packaged in a mason jar.
This Eastside marina beach is a magnet for kids. On any given day you’re sure to see the little ones feeding ducks, watching boats and chucking rocks into the water. The beach is large enough to enjoy but small enough not to have to spend your day or evening chasing toddlers. A grassy lawn and covered cabana set the scene for a sunset picnic, and if you didn’t have time to whip up sandwiches, grab some to-go at Jimmy John’s (just across the street). For dessert, try Sirena Gelato on Park Lane. Nothing tops a beautiful sunset like stracciatella!
**While writing this post I realized this could also describe a great date night. So, if you are in need of a night off from the kids, just take this post and replace “kids” with “new dress,” “heels,” “blow-dried hair,” “actual makeup” or “wine.”