Edmonds, Washington is a small city just north of Seattle that's nestled on the Puget Sound. Visitors on the beach can watch cruise ships sail to Alaska, ferry boats going back and forth from Edmonds to Kingston, and during the spring and summer you can watch large pods of whales travel straight through. Edmonds holds, not only physical beauty, but a refreshing atmosphere that is laid back and quaint without being quiet and sleepy.
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Home to famous figure skater Rosalyn Summers, whom main street is named for with skates and all, actress Anna Faris, and world-renowned travel writer Rick Steves, Edmonds is a diverse and rich place to be. You can head to the Red Twig for a delicious brunch in the morning, my personal favourite is the Twig Benedict (eggs benedict with wild Alaskan smoked salmon instead of ham), and grab a cup of your favourite Starbucks drink, or try a more local beverage at the Tully's Coffee down the road. Spend a day at the beach, take the 15 minute ferry ride over to Kingston for a delicious chocolate and peanut-butter cup ice cream, or even catch the newest blockbuster film at the local theater. Come Saturday you can even try out all the great foods of the Pacific Northwest at the Farmers' Market; fresh fish, berries, vegetables, delicious kettle corn, and even artwork and jewelry. Then head on down to the waterfront for a delicious dinner of fresh fish and try out a beer from one of the areas many microbreweries or a locally grown and produced wine. And don't forget dessert! Depending on your sweet tooth, you can go to Nama's Candy Shop for a delicious selection of brand name candies, as well as freshmade chocolates and other goodies, or you can go across the street to the Edmonds Bakery, who make possibly the best chocolate doughnuts in the world. While you're there, don't forget to check out their vast cookie jar collection! (It's hard to miss.)
When visiting Edmonds, however, there is only one thing that you absolutely must do; dive. The marina is home to a diverse and abundant ecosystem that is one of the greatest dive spots in North America. Both scuba divers and beginners with a snorkel can be awed by the incredible underwater Edmonds that is inhabited by all sorts of organisms.
So, whether you're interested in exploring the wildlife of the Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest, looking forward to the fish, the beer or wine, are looking forward to get away from it all or just looking to embrace the laid-back adventure (yes, those two things can go together) of the west coast, Edmonds can give you the perfect taste of all of this. Once you go, you'll always crave just a little bit more.
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