Eleanor’s Guide to Summer in Seattle WA

It’s summer in Seattle and we can barely contain our excitement! For months, we’ve all been braving rain mists and gray days to be rewarded with the most spectacular weather in the country. And, there is certainly no shortage of fantastic ways to enjoy the Emerald City during this wonderful time of the year. To help you make the most of Seattle’s sun and fun, we at Eleanor Apartments have compiled a list of our favorite summertime spots!

Go Swimming

Swimmers at Green Lake Seattle 1936

*Image from Wikipedia 

Taking a dip is always a good way of getting into the summer spirit. Fortunately, there are tons of swimming spots for relishing summer in Seattle, almost all of which are close to Eleanor’s apartments near Green Lake. This includes Lake Washington, Madrona Beach, and Madison Park. Also, with the famous Green Lake Park, you have the beaches of the lake or the newly renovated Evans Pool.

Bike It Up

Burke-Gilman Bike Trail Seattle WA

*Image of the Burke-Gilman Bike Trail from Wikipedia

It’s no wonder why Seattle often tops all the “most bike-friendly cities” lists. On any given day, rain or shine, you’ll find the streets filled with cyclists. So, you can imagine how amazing it must be to hit bike trails on a sunny day! Many paths within the City offer up an awesome mix of urban and natural landscapes. When it comes to biking and doing summer in Seattle right, here are our favorites:

  • Elliott Bay Trail

    • A ride from the Magnolia to the downtown waterfront, boasting views of Mt. Rainier, the Puget Sound, and the Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Burke-Gilman Trail

    • An extremely popular 27-mile trail that hits up the best parts and parks of several Seattle neighborhoods including Bothell, Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, the University District, and Lake City
  • Seattle Waterfront

    • A way to experience stunning views of the Olympics and Puget Sound as well as a ride through popular spots like the cruise ship docks, the Aquarium, and the Seattle Great Wheel

Summer in Seattle Means Whales and Island Living

The Clipper Cruise Downtown Seattle WA

Or, maybe it’s more like whales and Island day-tripping. The Clipper cruise is a fascinating way to get from downtown Seattle to the beautiful San Juan Islands. While you’re making the 3-hour trip, you’ll get to catch glimpses of whales and sea life. There’s also a two-hour stop in Friday Harbor for exploring, shopping, or a bite to eat.

Hit the Hiking Trails

Hiking is a huge deal for Seattleites. The Emerald City is teeming with hiking trails! If you want diverse landscapes with the best views, try to visit these trails:

  • Mount Si

    • At only 30 minutes from Seattle and our apartments near Greenlake, Mount Si is a popular spot for summer in Seattle. It’s great for a quick early morning or afternoon hike, and it’s a bit of a workout since most of the trail slopes up. But, the view from the top is well worth the work!

Mount SI from RattleSnake Ledge

*Image of Mount SI from RattleSnake Ledge from Wikipedia

  • Annette Lake

    • This is more of a moderate trail where, as you hike, you’re greeted by wildflowers, forests, stunning mountain views, and a spectacular alpine lake.
  • Rattlesnake Ledge

    • For a well-maintained, easier trail, take a trip to Rattlesnake Ledge. It’s also about 30 minutes from Seattle. Here, you’ll get astounding views of Mount Si and Mount Washington. And, you might even feel inclined to take a swim in Rattlesnake Lake.

Enjoy Some Tunes

Capitol Hill Block party Seattle WA

*Image from Capitol Hill Block party’s Facebook

Music and summer in Seattle are peas in a pod. Summertime festivals draw thousands of people and the hottest acts in the music industry. Bumbershoot is the largest of these festivals, and it will occur during Labor Day Weekend. Other events like the eclectic Capitol Hill Block Party (July 21-23) and outdoorsy Timber! Festival (July 13-15) are on the smaller side, but they still pack a powerful punch of mind-blowing music.

See the Sights

Columbia Tower to the Sky View Observatory Seattle WA

Just plain ol’ sightseeing is also a must-do during the summer! You can climb up the Columbia Tower to the Sky View Observatory where you get stunning panoramic views of the City. Or, head over to Golden Gardens and lie on the beach as you take in views of the Olympics. Also, of course, the pièce de résistance is the 360-degree view provided by the Space Needle. There’s no better way to see the beauty of summer in Seattle than from high above!

Summer is just one of the many reasons why Seattle is a perfect fit for our apartments near Greenlake. It allows us to foster a phenomenal living experience for tenants.

Not only are we close all of the hot summertime spots mentioned here, we also have an incredible indoor/outdoor rooftop space. The terraced deck includes BBQs, gorgeous views of the Seattle skyline, and plenty of seating and lounge areas for connecting with family and friends. Additionally, the rooftop deck has direct access to the community Club Room, which is well-appointed with a full kitchen, comfortable furniture, games, TVs, free WIFI, and a community library.

We could go on about a whole host of other amenities and apartment features, but we’re sure you want to get out in the sun now!

You still have time to enjoy summer in Seattle with Eleanor! Drop us a line!