If you’re not from here, Seattle in the summer likely brings to mind some Seattle-based movie scene. The rain is coming down in sheets, the sky is a permanent shade of grey and everyone has an umbrella and rain boots even though it’s the middle of July. If you are from here, you know that it rarely rains in July, and even when it is raining, most Seattleites go about their normal business without an umbrella or boots, because, aside from rain just being water (and water dries), it could be sunny in fifteen minutes anyway, so why bother with an umbrella?
The truth about Seattle in the summer months is that it transforms. In the ~93 days that make up a summer season, the rain subsides for the most part and we’re treated to stunning clear blue skies, weather that is neither too hot nor too cold, and our lakes even warm up to temperatures that are comfortable to swim in!
1 - Outdoor Events.
Summer in Seattle is cause for celebration. And Seattle knows how to party. The city and surrounding areas erupt with life as soon as we get our first week of sun. From May to September, there are hundreds of outdoor events ranging from street fairs like the legendary Fremont Fair to outdoor concerts in the Woodinville wine country. We have a short window to enjoy warm weather and sun, and we make the most of it.
2 - Natural Beauty.
Seattle is located within an hour’s drive to a wide variety of outdoor activities. The expansive hiking, camping and climbing opportunities offered in the Cascade Mountains are only 50 miles east of downtown, and it’s a straight shot on I-90. Seattle itself is surrounded by water and has over 6,400 acres of parks like the famous Gasworks Park on Lake Union for everyone to enjoy. Waterfalls like the 268’ Snoqualmie Falls are only a 30 minute drive from Seattle and offer instant tranquility and the sense that you really are away from it all, even though you are just in your “backyard.”
3 - The San Juan Islands
Okay, this could fall into the natural beauty section, but it could also be its own blog post. The San Juan Islands are a collection of islands in the northern part of the Salish Sea very close to the Canadian Border. The Islands are a step back in time, and offer a truly slower pace of life. The summer time turns the Islands into a summer camp-like setting. Whether you get ice cream in downtown Friday Harbor and walk the shops, or hike Moran State Park’s trails searching for rope swings and hidden lakes on Orcas Island, the San Juan Islands are a dream summer vacation spot. The best part? It takes less than 4 hours to get to the town of Friday Harbor from the Seattle city center and includes a scenic drive and breathtaking ferry ride through the Salish Sea. The San Juan Islands are a short trip away, but promise to leave a lasting impression.
Those of us who live in Seattle year-round do so under dark grey skies and rain for the better part of the year. It should be no surprise that when the summer months roll around, the city changes. We know it’s temporary so we take advantage of it. It’s impossible to list all of the opportunities for summer fun in Seattle, and impossible to experience it all even when you do live here. Seattle is a one of a kind place and I am proud to call Seattle my home. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any summer activity suggestions or if you have any questions about Kappes Miller Real Estate Services and how we serve the Seattle area.