Local Adventure: Georgetown

IMG_3597_LUCiDDespite the many electronic/digital tools I use to capture, save, and recall travel ideas, sometimes I like to take an old school approach and mark or tear out pages in magazines and save them for future use.

Such was the case when I came across an article is Seattle Magazine about things to do in Georgetown, which included visiting Deep Sea Sugar & Salt bakery to try the London Fog cake.

London. Fog. Cake! I love London Fogs, and I REALLY wanted to try this cake!

I kept the torn-out magazine page in a folder marked ‘Travel Ideas’ in my husband’s office for a couple of years before I went digging through the folder for a different purpose and resurfaced this find. It happened to be around my birthday, which was the perfect justification for heading south in search of cake!

We made a morning out of our Georgetown adventure, beginning at the bakery. The shop is buried in a quaint residential neighborhood—we were sure our GPS had taken us the wrong way as we wound past older single family homes toward our destination. We pulled up to a four-way stop with a funky signpost at its center, made a right-hand turn and parked along the street near the green building that served as our destination before making our way in.

This restored house is a historical site and was built in 1904 as a country inn roadhouse. The inside is sparse and clean, with fresh-cut flowers, cards and a few pantry items for sale at the front of the shop, and a beautiful display of cakes at the counter toward the back.

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I couldn’t believe it, but after seeing all of the other incredible options, I ALMOST didn’t want to get the London Fog cake—there were too many choices!

Thankfully my husband is amazing and offered to get a slice of one other cake so I could try both (it was a chocolate salted caramel, and it was amazing).

The slices were incredibly generous, and they were worth every calorie. We spent the rest of the day outdoors walking them off. If you’re in the neighborhood and looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, I highly recommend it!

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As we were heading back out of the neighborhood, we made a quick stop at Oxbow Park. It wasn’t actually on my to do list, but I was intrigued by the giant cowboy hat and boots I caught out of the corner of my eye as we drove by and had to see what they were all about!

According to the Seattle Parks website:

Oxbow Park is located in the heart of historic Georgetown. In 1953, Seattle artist Lewis Nasmyth was hired to “rustle up” a design for a western-style gas station in Georgetown. Featuring a 44-ft. wide cowboy hat and 22-ft. high boots, the Hat n’ Boots opened the next year to a stampede of customers. In fact, for a time it was the biggest selling station in the state. But in the early 60’s, a brand new interstate, I-5, started diverting traffic away from the station. By the late 80’s it pretty much looked like trail’s end for the Hat n’ Boots. That’s when some Georgetown residents saddled up to rescue the soul of their community.

There were some families playing on the standard playground equipment while Brian and I checked out the statues. Other unique features included items like a crosscut saw memorialized in concrete, and Brian was enamored with the giant crankshaft in front of a nearby business.

I love finding these oddities hidden in plain view!

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Our final Georgetown destination was Kubota Garden, which has been on my list for some time. There was a wedding underway on the grounds so parking was limited, but we finally found a spot and headed in.

The garden was everything I had hoped it would be—beautiful and tranquil with meandering paths that inspired peaceful thoughts. We walked by the terrace where the wedding reception was taking place, steering clear of the music and festivities and heading into wooded area past the main pond as well as some flower-lined paths.

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There were tons of paths and sculptures, water features and lily pads. There were a few other people walking around, but it was easy to turn down a different path and find yourself relatively alone once again.

One of my favorite spots was a bright red bridge over a pond that was home to a duck and some ducklings. We also spent some time at a big koi pond where a number of turtles were out on the banks sunning themselves.

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We had a beautiful morning for our Georgetown excusion but only scratched the surface of what this neighborhood has to offer and look forward to going back and checking out some of its breweries and eateries at a later date.

What other Georgetown highlights should we add to our list?

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