Folks living in the Pacific Northwest know that a little grey and rain are hardly excuses to not get outside. However, there is certainly some relief when a crisp and sunny day appears out of the blue in the winter months. Last Saturday was one of those days. It was a perfect opportunity to explore a special city on the eastern shores of Lake Washington – Kirkland. Here are the top 5 things to do in Kirkland on a sunny Saturday walk in February.
Stop 1: Starting just west of Kirkland’s Highland neighborhood [Explore Kirkland], grab your sneakers for the approximate 210-stair climb at Forbes Creek stairs. You may find other locals getting in their thigh-burning workout here. At the top, you can catch your breath meandering through Crestwoods Park, a 26.63 acre park surrounded by thick forest on 3 sides.
Stop 2: Scooting south, walk through the Norkirk-Downtown neighborhood, and take your time enjoying the beautiful architecture and house window shopping opportunities.
Stop 3: Heading a bit southwest to Marina Park, you’ll find yourself in the optimal location for a quick break on one of the benches. Soak in the Vitamin D. You will be reminded why you love living in this region.
Stop 4: A day outing would not be complete without an afternoon coffee break. Continue your walk by checking out Caffe Rococo in the heart of Downtown Kirkland. You can even watch the coffee roast!
Stop 5: A final stop takes you to the Metropolitan Market into Houghton [Explore Kirkland] for your dinner goodies. A great neighborhood for families, couples, and singles, Houghton is full of everything you need, including a Winter Chili Cook Off at the Market on sunny winter days.
5 miles and approximately 210 stairs later, the sun is setting across the lake and you can curl up by the fire anticipating a rainy Sunday to follow.
Forbes Creek Stairs to Norkirk-Downtown neighborhood (27 min walk, 1.3 miles)*
Norkirk-Downtown neighborhood to Marina Park (10 min walk, .5 miles)
Marina Park to Caffe Rococo (4 min walk, .2 miles)
Caffe Rococo to Metropolitan Market (21 min walk, 1 mile)
Metropolitan Market to Forbes Creek Stairs (41 min walk, 2 miles)
*You can park your car in the little parking lot off of Forbes Creek Drive