What’s more fun than taking the day off to discover new places and visit with people outside of your community – or even right next door to your community, as the case may be.
I spent a day playing tourist in Lynnwood; and had a great day of coffee dates, shopping and parks, with dinner and karaoke thrown in. Yes! Karaoke.
I live in downtown Edmonds and although all roads lead to Lynnwood – the most direct route is via 196th Street Southwest.
Let’s go! At 10 a.m. I’m out the door with one priority – coffee.
Just over the “border” between Edmonds and Lynnwood is Caffe Ladro (6314 196th St. SW). I pulled in there. Caffe Ladro is a busy java hub within minutes of Edmonds Community College and buzzing with young couples, students and shoppers. I could have used their convenient drive-thru window – but how in the world could I have captured an iPhone photo to prove that I was really there?
Lynnwood is an ideal community for families, and if my grandchildren had been with me I would have had my choice of energy-burning activity options – including Pump it Up! and Chucky Cheese. But thinking of grandchildren reminded me of parties! So, I stopped in at The Party Store, which is now all settled in at its brand new location at 4730 196th St. S.W. Need party supplies, family reunion “stuff,” holiday gadgets? I have shopped at The Party Store for years!
I’ve always visited Wight’s for upscale home décor and, I’ll admit it, my day was turning into a bit of a shopping junket – but isn’t that what taking a day off is all about? Choosing a day chocked full of indulgences and luxuries? Janice Carr, one of my dinner party friends, mentioned “Tuesday Morning” to me, so I absolutely had to check that store out.
Tuesday Morning, located at 4201 196th St. S.W., is a national chain started by a garage sale junkie from Texas. According to Nancy, the sales associate I chatted with, this Texan would make the garage sale rounds and then have his own yard sales on Tuesday morning.
His popularity grew, along with his prowess for merchandising and – Yee Haw! – A fun, funky way to shop for bargains has been born.
The day was progressing nicely and I wanted some grown-up time, so I headed to Alderwood Mall and the Nordstrom Café. The Nordstrom Café Bistro is a great “hot spot” for a Frappuccino and Facebook time, so that is where I parked for my lite lunch of panini and an espresso.
By 1:30 I felt the need for serenity, so I chose Spruce Park at the northeast corner of Lynnwood’s city limits (16864 36th Ave. W.)
By 4:30 it was closing in on dinnertime so I pulled in to the North Pointe Mall at 2902 164th St. S.W. for some adult time at Indigo Kitchen | Alehouse. I love their bar – and their Nawlins’ inspired menu. This is the time of year that I miss New Orleans the most, and the restaurant is so worth the 15-minute drive from my Edmonds address. My dinner choice is always the pulled pork and fries. This visit I almost went for the jambalaya, and even the gumbo gave me pause. Maybe next time.
Nightlife in Lynnwood?
Why not karaoke? I’ll need a little brush up, and maybe a Sapporo or two, but the Big Bang Karaoke at 18623 Hwy 99 is where I headed after I slipped on my sunglasses and leopard-inspired coat. Grrrr!
The wonderful thing about spending the day in Lynnwood is that the last destination I visited as my day progressed was no more than 2.5 miles away from my next point on the map – I traveled 15.2 miles in my Great Getaway day of shopping, parks and dinner! So fun! So Close!
— By Emily Hill
Emily Hill is the author of two novels and a short story collection. She writes the Artfully Edmonds column for My Edmonds News and the Lynnwood Lifestyle column for Lynnwood Today.. Emily is retired from a career in public information and news media relations.