The ever-present gentle rain may be one of Seattle’s most distinctive (and endearing) characteristics. Really, who doesn’t love sitting in the warm light of a welcoming, safely distanced bar, wrapping your hands around a steaming hot toddy, watching the rain dance on windowpanes?
But with the vivid hues of fall painting Western Washington’s hills and valleys, and with the breathtaking beauty of Puget Sound in our own backyard, a little drizzle is no reason to stay cooped up inside. A bracing autumn hike glimpsing orcas or collecting chanterelles may just be the quintessential Seattle experience you’re looking for.
Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures or very much the indoorsy type – traversing trails or noshing pho – you’ll find endless ways to embrace all of autumn’s incredible bounty in the Emerald City.
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If there’s a cozier fall activity than sipping cocktails with friends in Adirondack chairs in front of a crackling fire pit while gazing out at lovely Lake Union, we don’t know it! Acclaimed Mediterranean restaurant Westward offers waterfront, seafood-forward dining with an unmatched view.
For meat-lovers with discerning tastes, head to FlintCreek Cattle Co. in Greenwood, where Executive Chef Eric Donnelly makes small-scale, farm-to-table, sustainably raised meats his top priority.
Sneak down Gin Alley in Belltown to Bathtub Gin & Co., a basement speakeasy-style bar known for literary-inspired cocktails. With brick walls warmly lit by candles and old-fashioned brass lamps, you’ll feel transported back in time.
Another speakeasy-style bar, Capitol Hill’s Knee High Stocking Co. is known for their incredibly creative craft cocktails, mixed up by expert mixologists behind their small bar, and for their addictive Filipino-American comfort food.
At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in Seattle, and perhaps the wildest. Meander the 11 miles of trails through forests, fields and bluffs, all the way to sandy beaches and the sea. You might see whales, sea lions and seals, as well as squirrels, chipmunks and hundreds of different types of birds. The fall colors are quite striking throughout the park, as well.
Your best bet for fall leaf peeping in the city is the Washington Park Arboretum. This 230-acre arboretum inside Washington Park has more deciduous tree species than any other setting in the Pacific Northwest, making for a very vibrant autumn show. Check out the Woodland Garden — this exhibit, the largest collection of Japanese maples in North America, is the most colorful in the whole arboretum.