Downtown Edmonds: A Quaint, Waterfront City Near Seattle

If you follow us on Facebook, you probably saw that I recently started working as a Marketing & Communications Coordinator for the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau. Try saying that ten times fast! If you’re wondering where the heck Snohomish County is, here’s a little geography lesson. Seattle, home of Starbucks and the Space Needle, is in King County. King County extends one city past Seattle to the north (to Shoreline, where we live now), and just beyond that is Snohomish County. More than half of the Snohomish County lies in the wilderness of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, but we do have some pretty cool cities too, and a little place you may have heard of–Boeing anyone?


Anyway, as part of my training, the tourism bureau sent me on tours all over the county for my first couple of weeks, and I got to see all the awesome things in the area. Here’s the thing about me and nearly every other Seattleite–we are surprisingly immobile. Seattleites are notorious for not often leaving the city limits, and I was no different. In two weeks I saw more outside of Seattle than I managed to see in nine years! So here’s where things get blurry. I wanted to share all the awesome stuff I saw and did on here, but please know, this blog is not advertising for the tourism bureau, nor is writing about my experiences on here part of my job. For the next few weeks I’ll be sharing things around Snohomish County, because that’s the extent of my traveling these days. Plus, they make great little day trips from Seattle! So I’ll start off with the first place I visited, which I had somehow only visited once before in nine years…the adorable downtown area of Edmonds, WA.

Downtown Edmonds

Edmonds is a little art-centric community on the Puget Sound. It is full of cute boutiques, local cafes and restaurants, public art and beautiful beaches. The Edmonds-Kingston Ferry terminal is here, and so is the home of Rick Steve’s Europe Through the Back Door. There’s a scuba diving park, a quaint little history museum and a handful of historic buildings. It is truly the definition of quaint! I tried really hard to find a place to live here, because who wouldn’t want to wake up to this view??

Edmonds waterfront

Unfortunately, beachfront living is expensive, even in Edmonds, and therefore it tends to be home to a lot of retirees. Without further ado, here are some of my favorite shots of what is quickly becoming my new favorite place in the Seattle-area!

Downtown Edmonds

Edmonds Founatin and Gazebo

Log cabin visitors center

Downtown Edmonds

Mural in Downtown Edmonds

Mural_Flying Heron

Mural_Edmonds Entertains

Mural_A Day in Edmonds

Bracketts Landing, Edmonds

Bracketts Landing, Edmonds

Edmonds Kingston Ferry Terminal

Edmonds waterfront

Edmonds Kingston Ferry Terminal

If you’ve been to the Seattle-area, have you ever been to downtown Edmonds?

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7 Responses to “Downtown Edmonds: A Quaint, Waterfront City Near Seattle”

  1. Jemma June 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    It must be great to live in a relatively small place where there are lots of things to do and to see. I think many retirees are now looking forward to live in that place.
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    • Andrea June 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      Yes, and it helps that it’s very close to Seattle! It’s a small town near a big city, the best of both worlds 🙂

  2. jeff June 26, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    Never been in Seattle but thanks for sharing your stories! 🙂

    • Andrea June 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

      You should definitely visit! It’s a great place 🙂

  3. Meghan July 22, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Hey Andrea! I am a little behind on your blog (have really enjoyed reading your travel adventures!) and didn’t realized that’s where you worked. I grew up in Snohomish County so it’s been fun reading your posts. Cheers!

    • Andrea July 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      Meghan! How fun that you read the blog, thanks so much! 🙂 I started working in Sno Co in May, and so far I love it! We’re living in Shoreline and both working in Snohomish County…enjoying life north of the city 🙂 What are you up to these days??


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