Welcome to Lake Washington
An active, lakeside community with love for the arts
Lake Washington is the second largest lake in the state of Washington and the largest in King County. Three floating bridges cross the lake; one takes I-90 from Mount Baker neighborhood to Mercer Island, a second bridge continues I-90 from Mercer Island to Bellevue, and State Route 520 crosses the third bridge from Montlake to Medina and is the longest floating bridge in the world. Fishing, boating, and many other outdoor activities are readily available at Lake Washington.
Ideally situated between Seattle and Bellevue and gifted with a gorgeous lake, it is a small wonder that Lake Washington waterfront housing is so popular. While the community began with wool milling and shipbuilding, now it is made unique by a love of the arts, entertainment, outdoor recreation, and wine tasting.
What to Love
- Beautiful scenery
- Access to both cities and nature
- Appreciation for the arts
- Social events
Lake Washington is a center for social gatherings, recreation, and community events. Surrounded by residential communities such as Seattle and Bellevue, residents have easy access to luxury amenities. Still, the beautiful landscapes give the lakeside community a suburban feel, peaceful despite all the available activities.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
With all ingredients locally sourced, Water’s Table provides fantastic seafood and a one-of-a-kind experience. The restaurant handcrafts the cocktails, providing whimsical, classic, and signature drinks. With stunning views over Lake Washington, Water’s Table offers a great place both for private events and individual dining.
Ascend is a luxurious, extravagant restaurant with elegant decor and stunning panoramic views. The seafood and sushi restaurant provides stellar, delicious food every time.
With great food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Meet the Moon is a stellar experience. On the western side of Lake Washington, the restaurant offers delicious food and a comfortable atmosphere. It provides sit-down dining, pick-up, delivery, and catering.
A second-story restaurant with a spectacular view of nearby Lake Union and the Seattle cityscape, Duke’s Seafood is known for 100% sustainable seafood, four award-winning chowders, great burgers, and salads. A full-service restaurant with a bar, Duke’s provides drinks, lunch, dinner, and dessert.
Things to Do
For the past 70 years, Argosy Cruises have been providing adventure on the water, offering guests fantastic views and interesting historical tours of Seattle. In addition, they also put on various community activities, such as the annual Christmas Ship Festival, and host corporate events and social parties.
An annual tradition for locals and tourists, SeaFair is the largest festival in the Northwest. It features air shows, parades, hydroplane races, triathlons, and more. The culmination of a summer-long celebration is the Seafair Weekend Festival on Lake Washington. A boating event, festival, and air show combined, there is plenty of excitement, and if people can’t come in person, there is live coverage of the air show and races on KONG TV.
Opened in 2012 at the Seattle Center, the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit consists of eight galleries and three drawing walls that house a comprehensive collection of Dale Chihuly’s incredible glass art. The Glasshouse, a 40-foot-tall glass building crossing 4,500 square feet, is the center of the exhibit, showcasing Chihuly’s largest suspended glass sculpture at 100 feet long. The exhibit also includes a garden where a carefully selected collection of flowers, trees, and other plants complement Chihuly’s glass artwork. Guests can enjoy videos of Chihuly’s process, including interviews, installations, and glassblowing at the theater.
Evergreen Escapes offer experienced, naturalist guides to show guests beautiful views, waterfalls, and picnic spots. Group sizes are small, but private tours are available as well. The organization takes care of all details, including picking visitors up and providing food and drinks, to make the experience as fun and easy as possible.