by AMBER CAMPBELL, editor, Rainier Valley Post
[Ed. Note: This is the first of four guest posts by Amber, who is cross-posting this. We know you’re looking for excuses to ride Link, so here’s something for you to do.]
Mount Baker is a charming Olmstead neighborhood created by the Hunter Tract Improvement Company in 1907 and perhaps best known for its elegant homes and abundance of trees and green spaces.
The Mt. Baker station hugger has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from with The Original Philly right at the base of the station, a Starbucks directly across the street, and several authentic ethnic restaurants like Thai Recipe, Jasmine Provencial Vietnamese and more. There’s even a Domino’s Pizza, if you like that sort of thing.
On the way, consider taking a quick detour (about a half-mile round trip) off McClellan to check out Franklin High School by turning south on 30th Avenue until you hit the “keys” right in front of the stately old building.
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Then come back to McClellan and continue walking east until you get to the intersection of Mt. Baker Blvd., where Mt. Baker neighbor and Rainier Valley Tour Guide Challenge winner Lee Stanton suggests swinging into MioPosto restaurant for a pizza, salad, ice cream, espresso or whatever. And don’t miss a look at the 100-year-old Mt. Baker Community Club, which sits just a few doors east. You might also stop by Urban Vines for a good, inexpensive bottle of vino. We suggest taking it down to the beach to sip while dipping your toes in the water and watching the traffic pile up on I-90.
One small warning: No matter how tempted you may be or how deep the discounts, it’s probably not a good idea to purchase a second-hand mower at the pawn shop at the base of the station.
Going tomorrow? Check out the 3rd annual free Park Tunes concert on Sun., July 26, at 4pm at Mt Baker Park.
Bringing your bike? Use the directions above to get down to the edge of Lake Washington where you can take an absolutely lovely one-and-a-half mile ride south down to Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center or a full three-and-a-quarter miles all the way to Seward Park. Check out Bicycle Sunday when Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to motorized traffic from south of Mount Baker Beach to the entrance to Seward Park from 10am-6pm (Aug. 16, 23 & 30; Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27).
A) Mt. Baker Station B) Franklin High School C) Mt. Baker business district D) Mt. Baker Beach E) Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center F) Seward Park. Top three photos/do communications, inc.