Summer Time

How will you answer the call of the season?

By Darrick Meneken, Content Director

Whether you double down on city life at rooftop bars and farmers markets or exchange high-rises for lonely trails and sunset sails, summer has returned to Seattle, and the WAC is here to help you make the most of it.

From urban escapes to wilderness getaways—by land and sea—there’s a WAC event right around the corner you’re sure to love. But don’t delay, the calendar is selling out fast! We’ve made it easy with a schedule of outdoor events on pages 26 & 27.

In the meantime, we caught up with some WAC members to find out their favorite things to do in summer—both at the Club and on their own. Here’s what they said, and where you’ll find them soaking up the best of Seattle this season.

I like to rent kayaks on Lake Union after work, visit neighborhood street fairs, hike along the I-90 corridor, and enjoy the sunset at rooftop parties! My favorite summer WAC event is Dock Night!”
—Allison Peryea

Warm sunny days and live music with friends are a match made in heaven. ZooTunes at Woodland Park Zoo, a show at Chateau Ste. Michelle, or even a trip to the Gorge Amphitheatre.”
—Tom Osmon

“When the snow melts and the days get warm, Vicki and I put away our skis and get out the bikes. We enjoy quiet country roads and the fantastic mountain bike trail systems across our beautiful state. We also hike a lot. It’s so easy when you live so close to the Cascades. It is a beautiful life.”
—Dave Carlson

“Some of my favorite things include Crab Feast at the WAC (held every June), taking my granddaughters to the beach at Carkeek Park, and watching the Blue Angels from Lake Washington.”
—Karen Coe

 I love boating on Lake Washington and learning to wakesurf! I also enjoy watching the Tuesday night Duck Dodge sailboat races on Lake Union with friends and exploring the
San Juan Islands.”
—Natalie Heard

“My favorite part of summer is welcoming friends and family to Seattle. I keep a visitors’ bag filled with maps and guides. Everyone loves Pike Place Market, and youngsters love the Seattle Children’s Museum. But Seattle is filled with local treasures, many of which I learn about during tours with the WAC.”
—Gale Barre

“I love to entertain guests on my sailboat, Knotty Boy, cruise after work with my spouse, or just hang out on the lake. Otherwise, you’ll find me in the garden or grilling dinner for friends.”
—Raymond Phillips

“For me, summer in Seattle is about being in the sunshine. This summer, I’m looking forward to the WAC’s Sunset Sail. I also make a point to keep up with my fitness goals. Summer is no time to leave the gym!”
—Camilla Koon

“I love ending the summer by going to the Ellensburg Rodeo over Labor Day weekend.”
—Garrett Nelson

“Summers are the best in Seattle. We are boaters, so we spend a lot of time on the water on Lake Union and in the San Juans. Our 7-year-old son loves to go fishing, crabbing off the boat, or just jumping right in!”
—Yvonne Werner

“Some of my favorite things to do in Seattle in the summer are hike at Mount Rainier, camp on the Olympic Peninsula, go boating in the San Juan Islands, and work out at the Freeway Park series with the WAC.”
—Meighan L. Krows

After spending many hours at the movies during the Seattle International Film Festival, I enjoy getting outside and being by the water—a walk around Green Lake, watching boaters go through the Ballard locks, or taking the ferry to Bainbridge Island.”
—Lynn Dissinger


As published in the July/August issue of WAC Magazine

—Posted June 28, 2019

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