[get out] agua verde paddle club

Sometimes I feel ashamed about all the things I haven’t done in Seattle. After 10 years of living in the Pacific Northwest, the list is longer than it should be, especially for someone like me. Almost very single outdoorsy thing is on it – for example, I have plenty of hikes to take and mountains to climb and wilderness to observe. I HAVE had a near-death experience on the Olympic Peninsula though, so that should count for something.

Despite the fact that I always suggest that people go to the Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club to go kayaking and then drink margaritas, I myself had never actually done the kayaking part. So in celebration of my friend Laura’s last day of work, a group of us decided to kayak around Lake Union and then to reward ourselves with happy hour.

Agua Verde is located at the very bottom of the University District and right along the water. It is one part kayak rental business, one part Mexican food restaurant with both patio and indoor seating and a take-out window.

As a group of four, we chose to rent two double kayaks which was most definitely a good idea, otherwise we might not have made it anywhere! Kayaking is hard! We set out to circumnavigate the lake, which took about an hour and a half. (The Paddle Club pro-rates your time out on the water, so though we’d expected to be out for two hours we were only charged for the time we were actually gone.) We set out for Gasworks and then took a self-guided tour of the houseboat communities along Westlake and then cut across the lake to Eastlake.

Upon our return, we headed upstairs to the restaurant and snagged a great patio seat in the 80-degree sun and ordered regular and prickly pear margaritas, chips & salsa, nachos and tostadas de tingos (chicken tostadas). Happy hour margs are $5 and items on the HH menu are all $5 or less. Delightful, right? I’d HIGHLY recommend heading there if you’re itching to get off land and see Seattle from the water!

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