Grab your reusable bag and head to the Proctor District located less than a mile away! Step out on a Saturday and head to the Proctor Farmers Market to get all their fresh, locally sourced fruits and veggies. The Farmers Market is running now through December.
This little hub offers lots of locally owned shops for clothing, play, entertainment and dining. Find The Metropolitan Market, Safeway, Knapp’s Restaurant, The Blue Mouse Theatre, Peaks & Pints Craft Beer Store, Pomodoro, Europa Bistro, East West, Viva, Cactus, Top Pot Doughnuts, Olympia Coffee Roasters and Fernseed, Toast Mi, Lapis, Urban Dandelion, Waffle Stop, Crudo & Cotto, Rudy’s Barbershop and newly opened Bliss Ice Cream.
Grab brunch, lunch and dinner at Brewer’s Row full of an array of Mexican dishes or Cook’s Tavern, a rotating seasonal menu featuring various regions in the Americas. Also check out Rosewood Cafe and order salmon tacos and a cowboy sundae for dessert.
There’s no shortage of getting out and about around here - you’re just minutes to Kandle Park – home to Tacoma’s first outdoor pool with a wave park! This Metro park also offers an expansive playground, skate park, hoops, picnic sites, walking trails, an open field for flying kites and a community garden.
Nine minutes away is Point Defiance Park and Zoo. Also home to 5-mile drive running and walking trails and Owen Beach (currently being renovated) where you can rent kayaks in the summer. The Fort Nisqually Living History Museum – crafts from the past, summer camps and family fun nights! Just don’t forget to stop at the famous Antique Sandwich Company for a homemade sandwich, milkshake or a slice of yummy pie for a picnic in the park or on the beach. Grab a sandwich and picnic in the park! The massive trees provide ample shade in the summer to keep you cool. The Rose Garden is in full bloom right now with a rainbow of colors coming from more than 1,500 rose bushes. The Dahlias have just started to make an appearance, but August is the best time to view it in full bloom, as the plants grow higher than 6 feet.