Perfect PNW Adventure Day

Heather Lake - Mt. Loop Highway

Everett is the perfect launching pad for everything awesome the northwest has to offer - and lodging, food and attractions are significantly less expensive than what you might find in Seattle. However, those who want to visit Seattle can easily rent a car or hop on a bus - it’s just 30 minutes away. Here’s one example of a perfect Pacific Northwest day, anchored in Everett.

Start your day with coffee and a breakfast burrito from Paesano's Coffee & Cafe. They open bright and early, so you’ll be able to get an early start on the day.

Hit the road and travel the picturesque Mountain Loop Highway to Mount Pilchuck. Now you have a choice to make: summit Pilchuck, or take the less vigorous (but equally beautiful) hike to Heather Lake. Both utilize the same access road but offer different adventures. Summiting Pilchuck will take you to the top of a mountain, and afford you some of the best views anywhere. The Heather Lake trail will take you through the woods to one of the most beautiful Alpine Lakes in Washington. Both are moderately strenuous; Pilchuck doesn’t require climbing gear, but gets pretty steep. Wear boots, bring water and pack a destination snack.

After your hike, come back to Everett. You’ve earned a massive, guilt-free lunch and a delicious micro-brew. This calls for a trip to Scuttlebutt. Order the fish and chips or a burger and make sure to grab a beer.

If your legs are dead, there’s no better way to digest your massive lunch and recharge than by laying in the grass at Boxcar Park, book in hand, listening to the seagulls and boats go by. If it’s raining, then check out the Schack Art Center’s art gallery. It’s free to get in, and makes for a great way to spend an hour or so relaxing checking out local art.

After your midday fun, head back to your hotel in Everett for a shower and a change of clothes, because it’s happy hour time. See our happy hour guide here for a list of our favorites, though something with a Puget Sound view seems appropriate, given our epic sunsets and all. If your happy hour spot doesn’t offer views of the sunset, then leave in time to watch the day end from Grand Avenue Park. It’s breathtaking.

Finish the night off at the Anchor Pub, where you’ll likely find live music or something going on. If not, the locals and the history will keep you entertained. Order the pommes frites, a cocktail or a beer. Stay until last call because after all, you’re on vacation.