1011 183rd Street SE
Mill Creek, Washington
Let’s start north, and work our way down.
For some, the lure of casinos isn’t so alluring. If your travel companions are headed that direction, have them drop you off in downtown Marysville, where you’ll find Wit’s End Bookstore (1530 Grove St, Marysville, WA 98270), an inviting spot to rest with a cup of coffee and a new novel.
There are a couple of things to love about Siren’s Coffee (3021 Rucker Ave, Everett, WA 98201). The vibe is Grandma’s attic funky, with cushy vintage chairs and a curio shop in the back. The location is just enough off the beaten path that you won’t feel rushed, even if you bring your knitting and spend some time really savoring an especially unique tea.
Those headed east on Highway 2 should cut right onto Main St to find Original Pilot House Coffee (408 W Main St, Monroe, WA 98272). Freshly roasted coffee and easy chairs invite you to settle in and relax.
The Mill Creek Town Center may seem like an unexpected spot for a low-key escape, but don’t be fooled. On the northern edge of the main drag, you’ll find Spotted Cow Coffee (15118 Main St #700, Mill Creek, WA 98012). Their beans are roasted in-house, their ice-cream is divine, and they have cozy chairs to sink into with a good book. If the sun shines, nearby access to the North Creek Trail offers a breath of nature just a few steps away.
For those who’d prefer a nightcap to an eye-opener, there’s a tiny treasure in downtown Edmonds known as Daphne’s (415 1/2 Main Street Main Street). Soft chairs and craft cocktails; who could ask for more?