Bothell, just twenty minutes away from Seattle, is a great place to lodge overnight and launch into the true PNW. Here are your best bets for exploring wine country, recreation, and excellent lodging.
1. Hillcrest Bakery
10010 Main St, Bothell, WA 98011
This cute, European-style bakery has been family-run in Bothell since the 1960s. You can start your day off right with a cup of coffee and a handful of delicious in-house pastries. From the bakery, feel free to stroll or ride around Bothell’s bike-friendly old downtown which is full of murals and cute boutiques.
2. McMenamin’s Anderson School
18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011
This “Disneyland for adults” is a one-stop lodging, entertainment, leisure, and recreation in a refurbished school. Sip a craft brew, swim, watch a movie, or dine al fresco around a fire pit while listening to live music. There are multiple places to eat on site. Once you post up here for the weekend, you won’t have to leave... which is pretty nice. If you do decide to leave, Seattle is a twenty-minute drive away.
3. The Park at Bothell Landing & Wine Country
9919 NE 180th St, Bothell, WA 98011
The best things in life are free. Unplug and take a slow afternoon to yourself. Enjoy your time at the Bothell Landing, a quiet park near downtown that occupies both sides of the Sammamish River, linked by an iconic footbridge. Boardwalk trails lead you through wetlands. Rent a kayak and float down the river. Play at the playground. The Sammamish River Trail follows the lazy river southeast to Woodinville’s wine country, where some of the best Washington wines are available for tasting. Take a bike ride to local vineyards and pedal back at the end of the day: perfect.