Less than a mile away in Proctor, you can find - The Metropolitan Market - Peach-O-Rama ripe, delicious and local peaches for two more weeks, Knapp’s Restaurant - your classic American breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, The Blue Mouse Theatre, Peaks & Pints Craft Beer Store, Pomodoro, Europa Bistro, East West - the best Pan-Asian this side of town, VivaTacoma - a vibrant restaurant with outdoor seats serving globally influenced vegan dishes, both raw & cooked. Discover Compass Rose, Culpepper Books, Chalet Bowl, locally owned shops for clothing and play, as well as The UPS Store, USPS, plus newly opened Waffle Stop, Top Pot Doughnuts and Olympia Coffee Roasters, The Fernseed - a modern and adorable plant store and Cactus - a Southwest Kitchen + Bar. They have phenomenal brunch with tasty cocktails and mocktails.
If you’re looking for a good workout and easy access to Point Ruston the Puget Creek Natural Area is good for both! This 66-acre, heavily wooded, natural area is also one of three salmon-bearing streams within city limits. The trails are used for both hiking and biking. Getting down the stairs that wind down the hillside is fairly easy, but you’ll be thankful for all the little rest stops and benches on the way back up as there’s a 200’ elevation gain, with the grade hitting about 10%. You’ll hear lots of beautiful birds chirping through the trees and may even see the families of deer that call this place their home. Locals know that this is the trail to take down to Ruston Way for the 4th of July festivities every year - zero parking hassle. Just remember to take flashlights as it gets very dark once the sun goes down.
Just minutes from Ruston Way - with plenty of dining choices available along the route, including Katie Downs Waterfront Tavern (renowned for its deep dish pizza!), Duke’s Chowder House (great stop for happy hour) and long time favorite Harbor Lights.
The ever developing Point Ruston has shopping & dining & entertainment! WildFin American Grill, Jewel Box Cafe, Farrelli’s Pizza, Stack 571, Ice Cream Social and live music in the summer! Enjoy the popular walking/running trail with grandiose views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains with even better views at the top of the newly opened Dune Peninsula! 11 acres of newly landscaped park property on the breakwater peninsula surrounding the Tacoma Yacht Club and connecting to the Point Defiance Park via the Wilson Way Bridge. Be sure to stop by the chutes and ladders style slides for a fun time! The sunsets and views of Mount Rainier will leave you in awe.