With these soaring temps as of late, we’re feeling drawn toward the rejuvenating water. Here are a few ways to celebrate the wonderful parts of this (very strange) summer that thankfully have not been cancelled:
GO SWIMMING IN STYLE
prAna recently launched a few new swim styles that are bringing so much brightness and joy to our days. The comfortable, sturdy suits fit wonderfully—and prove ideal for PNW-ready adventures.
As part of prAna’s continued commitment to the sustainable clothing movement and Clothing for Positive Change, the brand’s Leolani Top, Millan Bottom, and Leolani One Piece are made using recycled nylon blends. In even better news? They are rated UPF 50+ to keep your body protected while out exploring (or lounging) under those summertime rays.
GET OUT ON THE WATER
There are countless ways to head out onto Washington’s waterways (in COVID-era responsible ways), from electric boats and kayaks to Argosy Cruises (which have put some new preventative measures in place).
Those enjoying a staycation at The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland receive free access to kayaks at the venue’s outdoor activity partner Waterfront Adventures (which also offers SUPing, boating and jet skiing options).
GIFT WINE IN SUPPORT OF CLEAN WATER
Now when you send delicious varietals to your friends and family via local company Chipmonkey Wine, you can know you’re doing a good deed as the same time. For every 1-, 2-, 3- or 6-bottle pack you gift, Chipmonkey Wine commits to donating $1, $2, $3 and $6, respectively, on a quarterly basis to Water1st International, a nonprofit that brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
DINE POOLSIDE DOWNTOWN
At Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, Goldfinch Tavern has an alluring new alfresco locale. Popping up by the Hotel’s INFINITY pool + bar, the restaurant now features menu favorites—in a dreamy setting—like the Goldfinch Burger and Cedar Plank Wild King Salmon. Craft cocktails and regional beer and wine are also available; the pastry team has created a dessert menu to round out the experience on a sweet note.
Patio dining is available from 4 to 9 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. (Reservations are required by calling 206 749-7070 or using OpenTable.) The wellbeing of staff and gusts remains of utmost importance; upon arrival, there will be a safety procedure that includes a temperature screening, masks are required, and tables are set six feet apart.
Before or after your meal, consider masking up and strolling a couple blocks to visit the local vendors of Pike Place Market; they could all really use our support right now.
And while we’re dreaming of future, far-flung trips, we thought we’d pique your interest about two waterside pieces of paradise: Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto, Mexico (above) and Baros Maldives, currently set to reopen October 1.