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The Beautiful Waters and Peninsulas of the Puget Sound

The Puget Sound is home to many Washington State residents in the Seattle area and the surrounding suburbs. This bustling area of the Pacific Northwest is also a natural wonderland with the ocean flowing inland through the system of intricate inlets, islands and waterways that form the Puget Sound. Ferries, ships and small crafts travel through the Puget Sound, and it is home to marine mammals and wildlife as well. Your vacation house, condo or apartment is likely to include a fireplace, internet access and a washing machine.

Water Sports

With vast bodies of water in every direction, the Puget Sound is a watersports paradise for enthusiasts of boating, water skiing, fishing, windsurfing and parasailing. The protected waters of the Puget Sound offer an ocean experience without the rough seas and open waters. Traveling along the shore will illustrate the popularity of these beloved waters with many people taking advantage of the recreational opportunities.

Whale Watching

The Puget Sound is home to several pods of Orcas; many whale tours and expeditions are available to catch these beautiful marine mammals in their natural environment. You can book a short cruise or a longer tour to explore the Puget Sound and see its beautiful wild residents.

Restaurants and Shopping

Major Oregon cities such as Seattle, Olympia, Tacoma and Bellevue are located in the Puget Sound. Shopping and dining opportunities are nearly unlimited in all of Washington State's cities with Seattle being the urban center for contemporary food, art and products. Downtown Seattle features hundreds of restaurants with well-known, modern chefs cooking to outperform each other with originality, fresh local foods and incredible flavor. Many department stores and boutique storefronts can be found as well with any type of product and service you could possibly dream about or need.

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market in Seattle is a famous public market overlooking the Puget Sound. It is located in the heart of downtown Seattle and features a variety of vendors, including fishmongers, produce stands, antique shops and restaurants. The fishmongers are famous for tossing fish to each other, and the market is filled with colorful goods, interesting people, street musicians and many festivities.

Museums and Art

The Puget Sound is home to many fine art galleries and museums, including the Seattle Art Museum, Museum of History and Industry and The Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. Seattle Center is a former World’s Fair complex that now hosts several theaters, museums and the Pacific Science Center. The city centers of many Puget Sound towns are filled with a variety of beautiful art galleries, including Tacoma, Kirkland and Issaquah. Gallery walks and tours are frequent events in the area with a culture that is attuned to music and fine art.

Weather

The Puget Sound enjoys the advantage of the Pacific maritime breezes, which provide for warm winters and cool summers. Extreme heat and cold are rare, although they are possible. Summers are pleasant and warm with moderate heat making water sports an enjoyable activity. Winters are typically very rainy and damp with gray skies and an occasional layer of snow or ice.

How to Get There

The Puget Sound is easily accessible through the city of Seattle and the surrounding communities. An international airport, train service and bus service are all widely available in addition to comprehensive public transportation through the urban areas. The west side of the Puget Sound is more remote and is a beautiful wilderness area to explore, but it offers few services. A rental or private car is the best option for exploring this part of the Puget Sound. Ferries can transport you and your car across the water for a unique and scenic travel experience.

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                                                                                                      Recent Puget Sound Reviews

                                                                                                      Spectacular City Views

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                                                                                                      Listing description accurate. Large, clean, well equipped apartment - easily sleeps 6. Excellent owner service. One caveat: the apartment is not equipped with air conditioning and it was unfortunately unusually hot in Seattle when the apartment was used (the owner was nice enough to provide fans to lessen the affects of the heat).
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                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Perfect home away from home!

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                                                                                                      This was our second stay at the Alki Beach View Home. We are West Seattleites living abroad, and we spend 2-3 weeks each summer visiting friends here. It is the perfect place to relax, unwind, entertain, and just breathe the gorgeous Seattle air before returning to our home in the Middle East. Our three children love the proximity to the beach, and very much appreciated the new beach toys that had appeared during the past year. This house is perfect for families and for hosting small dinner parties. We entertained several groups of friends who raved about the view, the location, the furnishings and fittings. It is such a comfortable home with the most amazing open kitchen with very nice appliances. We saw the most incredible sunsets from the balcony! The walk to Alki restaurants is just the right distance -- we worked up an appetite getting there, and walked off some of the calories getting back home. :-) We would highly recommend Phoenicia, Cactus, Pegasus Pizza, and Gelarto for family dinners/dessert. We found some really fun West Seattle souvenirs at the Alki Surf Shop. The owners were quick to respond to questions and concerns. The coffee maker stopped working during our stay, so they asked us to replace it and be reimbursed, since they were out of town. We were happily surprised to receive a refund for the price of the coffee maker within days of our return home. We would highly recommend this vacation home. One property-manager friend said the price was a steal, given all the amenities -- not to mention the incredible VIEW. We hope to return for at least one more annual visit!
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                                                                                                      Awesome! Loved everything about it. View of Port Townsend, Uptown walk to everything.

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                                                                                                      It is the vacation place I am always hoping to find. Perfect. Tobi is the best. 5+ STARS.
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