Maybe it’s the heat wave hitting Seattle or just the time of year where all of our friends and family decide to acknowledge our gorgeous city and all it has to offer. A space we know as home is flooded with requests, invitations, rooftop celebrations, and countless RSVP’s to events and parties. We’re incredibly lucky to have a sense of community here that is unlike any other, but sometimes you need to take a walk in the park to relax, reflect, and recharge in the midst of Seattle’s busiest (and most expensive) time of year. It was sweltering Sunday afternoon when we dropped everything and headed to Volunteer Park, a longtime sanctuary for Capitol Hill residents and home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Covered in grass and full of micro-adventures, Volunteer Park provides the perfect escape just a hop, skip, and a jump from the hustle and bustle of life in the city. Of course we couldn’t avoid stopping by the year round Capitol Hill Farmers Market to check out the local goods and picking up a beautiful bouquet en route to the park. The market opens at 11 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. and is conveniently located in front of Seattle Central Community College.
Recharging the soul is always best with a delicious meal and a stiff drink. We took advantage of ordering online from Skillet Diner and enjoyed an amazing meal with the perfect backdrop. Skillet also offers fare inside of the Seattle Center and at their location in Ballard. We recommend pretty much everything, but their brioche is some of the best in the business. Don’t forget to try out their bacon jam or supersized cinnamon rolls (only available on weekends).
Reflection took over the last part of our journey with visit inside the Volunteer Park Water Tower. After a lengthy set of stairs, you’ll be greeted with sweeping views of the Puget Sound and a peak of the Space Needle. The views are rejuvenating and provide a breath of fresh air from crowded (but lovely) Kerry Park, allowing you to appreciate the beauty and adventure that is all around us in the midst of a hot (and busy) summer in Seattle. No matter what time of year it is, there’s nothing much better in life than taking a walk in the park.