Seattle may be known for its dazzling summers, with warm sunny days and an endless amount of outdoor activities to check off your list, but as we transition deeper into fall, the nostalgia of shorts and sundresses is replaced with a new excitement: crisp, fresh air, glowing autumnal foliage, and seasonal latte flavors (you know what I’m talking about). It doesn’t take long before Seattleites are busting out their thick wool sweaters and finding ways to both get cozy at home and make the most out of the beautiful bluebird days we often see throughout the season—that’s right, it’s not all rain here!
On days when I’m craving to get outside (and not continue binging my extensive list of shows), one of my favorite places to go is Green Lake Park in north Seattle. The beautiful trees and cute cafes nearby just scream “cozy fall walk.” It’s easy to get stuck at home during this time of year, but a walk around this gorgeous lake is certainly worth it.
Here are a few suggestions for planning your own cozy fall walk around Green Lake:
The first step to a walk around the lake starts at home–you’ll want to dress in layers to take on the fall weather in Seattle. Think short-sleeve shirt under a sweater with a puffy coat and maybe a hat just in case it’s windy. The air may be cool but moving around the lake will warm you right up, especially if it’s sunny!
Once you’re at the lake, pop in to one of the cafes nearby to grab a coffee and/or pastry to fuel your walk. Check out places like Revolutions Coffee and Retreat for delicious beverages and food. Depending on your mood, both places also serve wine and beer! Sit down to enjoy your order, or take them to go (sans alcohol, please!) and start getting those steps in.
Green Lake offers a 2.8-mile paved walking loop that circles the lake—on average it takes around 40-60 minutes to complete depending on how quickly you walk. Personally, I like to take my time and enjoy the scenery. You’ll see big trees flaunting leaves of yellow, orange, and red; sections of sprawling Lily pads; and wildlife like ducks and geese (if you’re lucky you’ll also see eagles, turtles, and a resident blue heron!). There are a lot of great photo ops along the way, so make sure to pack your camera!
After the walk, replenish your body at one of the many restaurants surrounding the lake. For laid-back Caribbean and Cuban fare, grab a seat at Bongos – their beachy outdoor seating offers a fun atmosphere to enjoy your food in. If you’re in the mood for seafood, stop by Duke’s Seafood and try their award-winning chowder. And if Asian cuisine is more up your alley, try Thai Ocean or Tsui Sushi Bar.