North of Seattle lies the scenic city of Edmonds, Washington. This picturesque beach town is comprised of two parts: the Edmonds “Bowl” area (which includes the downtown hub, the business district, and the Ferry Terminal) and the residential neighborhood, where you can enjoy a stunning view of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound no matter where you are. Whether it’s your first or thousandth time in Edmonds, you’ll find yourself feeling welcomed home.
The city of Edmonds got its start in the late 1800s when a Canadian logger named George Brackett established a small milling town on the eastern shore of Puget Sound. Soon after, Edmonds incorporated as a city in 1890. Fast forward a century or so, and Edmonds has slowly become increasingly urban, transforming into a friendly, well-connected waterfront town that has successfully maintained its historic roots. The stately building that once served as the library and City Hall was placed on the National Register of Historic Buildings and is now the home for Edmonds’ Historical Society.
You won’t find more postal code pride anywhere else.
Edmonds is a thoughtful place where introspection and outward expression are both celebrated in equal measure. If you’re looking to unwind, take a stroll along the waterfront and watch the waves roll in. Or visit the shops on Main Street and Fifth Avenue and catch a glimpse of a local artist installing a new mural on an unassuming brick wall. With an abundance of both natural and man-made beauty, it’s no wonder that Edmond’s residents are relaxed, friendly people who love their city.
Edmonds has mastered a “slow down and smell the roses” way of life.
The casual, unhurried energy of the area attracts those who would rather catch a sunrise than a rowdy night out. The layout of the city makes it easy; Edmonds’ residents can visit the family-owned boutiques, vintage shops, and restaurants on Main Street and lounge on the beach in the same day.
For a sweet bite, don’t miss the Red Twig Bakery Cafe, a longstanding Edmonds institution. Their menu emphasizes organic and in-season ingredients, down to the flour used in the cinnamon rolls. They also offer an astounding assortment of ten different crepe flavors, from tiramisu to savory chicken artichoke. In the mood for the catch of the day? Top off the perfect beach town experience by stopping by The Market Fishmonger and Eatery while you’re here. Go for their legendary tobiko lobster roll or a brown paper bag of soft shell crab. Here’s an insider secret: you can ask them to cook anything from their seafood case, any style you like.
Aquatic activities aren’t limited to the beach.
Edmonds’ residents have mastered nearly every possible way to get close to the water. If you prefer to observe, Marina Beach Park has the most unbeatable sunsets around, and don’t be surprised if you spot wildlife like eagles and sea lions. And of the human variety, you’ll be sure to catch kayakers, kite surfers, boats, and ferries. Adjacent to Marina Beach Park is the off-leash area for those with dogs.
For those who prefer to traverse the Puget Sound, the well-trafficked Edmonds-Kingston ferry route is a beautiful thirty-minute ride to Kingston, on the Olympic Peninsula. People love to bike through Edmonds and straight onto the ferry in the summer.
If you consider yourself a thrill-seeker, Edmonds Underwater Park, a jaw-dropping 27 acres of underwater playground, is located just north of the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry Landing. The park includes several man-made reef features and trails made for divers. The structures such as tractor tires, sunken boats, and even a cash register have become home for a variety of marine life.
The art of slow living, Snohomish style.
Art is deeply rooted in the culture here. In fact, Edmonds was named Washington’s first certified Creative District by a unanimous vote. Here, art doesn’t just reside on the wall; it is an open invitation to connect, converse, and participate in the community. Free Art Walks are hosted every third Thursday of the month (rain or shine), although summer is when the city really comes to life.
Every summer, Edmonds holds its annual “Taste of Edmonds” festival, a three-day fundraiser with food, music, vendors, and carnival rides. Stop by the Port of Edmonds Public Plaza, and you might be lucky enough to catch the “Sea Jazz” concerts, which are free jazz performances put on by young, local musicians. Feel free to pull up a chair and stay awhile.
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