The Lodges at Vashon

and then it was summer

It seemed as summer would never arrive, but our long and wet winter is finally over. During summer's glorious months of sunshine, you'll find our offerings a little scaled back so that we too can take advantage of all the Northwest has to offer.  We won't leave you hanging though -- here are some of our favorites summer outings (watch us this summer on instagram for more ideas):

Overlooked Art Tour  This free and fascinating tour takes you through the streets of Pioneer Square to discover the often overlooked industrial design and artistry of hatch covers (changed from the term "man-hole" by Washington's first female governor, the spit-fire Dixy Lee Ray).  

Georgetown Carnival June 10th noon - 10 p.m. -- circus acts, bands, food trucks, spontaneous spectacles, arts and crafts, and all things unexpected ... did we mention power tool races?  

Seattle Art Museum welcomes Yayoi Kusami on June 30th for her spectacular retrospective, "Infinity Mirrors".  This show is selling out quickly, so be sure to reserve your time slot now. Speaking of color and pattern, don't miss the "Marimekko, With Love" show at the Nordic Heritage Museum through July 9th.

Bicycle Sundays, bring your bike and a picnic lunch to partake in a 50 year old tradition of cruising Lake Washington Boulevard while it is closed to car traffic.

Bird watching adventures with the Seward Park Audubon Center. The Center's Saturday morning Treats and Tweets is the perfect way to get started birding -- they provide the coffee, doughnuts, binocs and expertise - you bring the curiosity!

Berry picking at Harvold Farms - the best strawberries and raspberries you've ever laid eyes on, watch their Facebook page for opening times and field updates.

Island day trips - a quick ferry ride will transport you to idyllic island life, for ideas of what to see and do, check out our Vashon and Whidbey posts (newly updated)!

Hit the open road and discover new places at the wheel of a restored Westfalia camper through Peacevans -- whether heading to Oregon for the total solar eclipse, visiting one of our state's National Parks or cruising through the San Juan -- van life is supreme! 

More:  Shakespeare in the Park, outdoor concerts at the Ballard Locks, Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Open Bowls, and first Thursday Art Walks in Pioneer Square.

Cheers to summer, may this be your finest yet!