Date Night #23: Sunset at Golden Gardens Park

Golden Gardens Sunset

Hi there! My name is Sarah and I’m an assistant innkeeper here at 9 Cranes Inn. I recently moved to Seattle with my husband, and we have been doing our best to experience all that the city has to offer. We’re big fans of local food and getting outside, so we have taken quickly to our new home. Whether you’re visiting Seattle or live here full-time, here’s a great date night idea that’s not too far from 9 Cranes Inn.

About four miles away at the far edge of the Ballard neighborhood is a lovely waterfront park called Golden Gardens. It’s nestled up on the northwestern side of the city on Shilshole Bay, part of Puget Sound. My husband and I had been in town for a few months before we discovered this treasure. Friends of ours told us that this is the beach where they first met; now they’re married with a daughter and a baby on the way. Talk about love in the air!

As we rounded the final corner to see the bay, we were breath-taken. I couldn’t believe that this view of the Olympic Mountains was possible within city limits. As we pulled up, our stomachs started growling and I remembered that some good friends had taken me to a fantastic Cuban restaurant (Geo’s) about a mile from the Garden’s parking lot. We stopped in for some delicious sandwiches to-go. I recommend the “Caribbean Press,” the “Lechon y Chicharrones,” and a side order of tostones (twice fried savory green plantains with cilantro and spicy aioli). We proceeded to drive to the beach in time to catch the beautiful colors filling the sky. If you’re fortunate enough to visit Seattle on a clear day, I highly recommend finishing your evening off by watching the sun go down behind the beautiful mountain range. It’s up to you if you want to watch from your car, like the best drive-in theater you can find, or to lay down a blanket in the grass or the sand (ask your innkeeper to borrow some beach towels). Either way, you won’t be sorry!

Note: Although we drove, it’s possible to get to Golden Gardens via bus. Get directions from your innkeeper or at

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