Why Snowbirds Love Tacoma

Its natural beauty, sophisticated art and wide variety of dining options makes Tacoma the perfect place for snowbirds who want to create a full and active life in an affordable city.

Tacoma, called the City of Destiny, offers more affordable living options than larger metropolitan areas, but with many big city amenities and an intimate, small town feel. If you are looking for things to do in Tacoma that offer outdoor and cultural activities in a luxurious neighborhood, Point Ruston is alive with outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, and friendly residents.

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There are Many Outdoor Activities in Tacoma

Why Snowbirds Love Tacoma

Its natural beauty, sophisticated art and wide variety of dining options makes Tacoma the perfect place for snowbirds who want to create a full and active life in an affordable city.

Tacoma, called the City of Destiny, offers more affordable living options than larger metropolitan areas, but with many big city amenities and an intimate, small town feel. If you are looking for things to do in Tacoma that offer outdoor and cultural activities in a luxurious neighborhood, Point Ruston is alive with outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, and friendly residents.

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There are Many Outdoor Activities in Tacoma

In addition to incredible views, the waterfront boasts three miles of paved trails and biking paths that are within view of the water’s edge. Visitors can explore seven parks along the pathway that have unique features, including natural landscapes and historical structures that harken back to the city’s past.

Walkers and bikers will find well-placed benches, picnic tables and docks along Ruston Way’s path, that allow them to enjoy views of the bay, spend time picnicking, photographing the landscape or simply people-watching.

A short distance from Ruston Way is Point Defiance Park’s more than 700-acres of old growth forest, gardens, a zoo and aquarium. The “Point Defiance to Ruston Way Trail” is a short walk from Point Ruston’s luxury waterfront apartment residences, and has been under construction since 2015 (expected to be completed in 2017). When finished, explorers will be able to walk from Ruston Way into the park to take advantage of the beauty of miles of waterfront beach and acres of old growth forest.

For now, nature lovers can take a short drive into Point Defiance Park to enjoy the parks eight specialized gardens, famous Five-Mile Drive, forests and spectacular views of the Puget Sound.

Tacoma has Amazing Restaurants

When looking for things to do in Tacoma that involve food, you can’t get much better than Ruston Way’s eateries. You’ll find outstanding breweries, seafood and high-end restaurants along Commencement Bay.

  • Katie Downs: This brew pub is for patrons who are 21-years or older, so you don’t have to worry about rowdy kids running around the deck – just enthusiastic Seahawks’ and Mariners’ fans on game day. Katie Downs is known for personal-size pizzas, fresh pub fare, along with a full bar and craft brews.
  • Duke’s Chowder House: Along with a menu featuring sustainable, wild-caught seafood, Duke’s Chowder House features top-of-the-line liquor, wines and an unbeatable view of Commencement Bay. Drop in for their happy hour, or make a reservation to enjoy a candlelight dinner on the deck.
  • WildFin American Grill: When looking for a casual, affordable restaurant where friends and neighbors hang out, WildFin American Grill is the new place to go on Commencement Bay. As part of Point Ruston’s luxury apartment and condominium residences, WildFin is available to residents and visitors to enjoy freshly prepared seafood dishes indoors, or take an order to go at the walkup bar.
  • Mio Sushi: If beautifully crafted sushi is more your style, stop in to award-winning Mio Sushi at Point Ruston’s Grand Plaza adjacent to the Century Theaters. The dishes are always fresh, and patrons can choose to add delicious twists with customizing ingredients to their own special sushi rolls.
  • C.I. Shenanigans: If a traditional American menu is more your style, C.I. Shenanigans delivers food from the sea and farm on Ruston Way. Visitors can order brunch, lunch, dinner or happy hour from a wide selection of meat and seafood selections.
  • Two Town Pub & Café: Located near the Copperline Apartments at Point Ruston, Two Town Pub & Café is conveniently located within proximity of the Century Point Ruston XD Theater. It’s designed to invoke the airy atmosphere of Old English pubs, with heavy wooden tables, exposed brick walls and tall windows.
  • Dolce Si: If you want a fresh cup of coffee with Italian delicacies, Dolce Si is Tacoma’s newest bakery and shop for residents.  From delicious cannoli’s to puff pastry’s, everyone is sure to find their favorite Italian treat.

Public Artwork is Everywhere in Tacoma

In addition to the unmatched views of Commencement Bay and Mount Rainier, Ruston Way has beautiful, public works of art along its walkway. The Children’s Bell sculpture is a four-foot tall bronze ball decorated with children along the border. The bell is meant to be rung by visitors and is intentionally accessible to disabled visitors.

The pedestrian walkway near Katie Downs is where visitors can see “Tidal Pool,” Betz Bernhard’s 1981 exhibition of five large, mosaic-covered sea life. The art depicts a conch shell, sand dollar, scallop shell, moon shell and spiral shell. The shells and basalt blocks that surround them are large enough for people to sit on and enjoy the view.

On the east end of Ruston Way is the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park project, designed to mix traditional Chinese garden and architectural elements with natural, northwest beauty. Visitors can explore the unique artwork, pagoda and landscaping that tells the story of Chinese immigration to America; the immigrants’ lives, their expulsion and the need for reconciliation.

Point Ruston has it’s own collection of public artwork, ART at Point Ruston, a year round exhibition of ever-changing and expanding displays of outdoor sculptures, including some limited indoor display areas for paintings, weather sensitive sculpture, and indoor wall art. Point Ruston’s stunning waterfront setting is the backdrop for Artists to exhibit their works for the public to enjoy, while also providing a venue to market their art for sale.

Availability of Luxury Apartments in Tacoma

Retirees who are looking for luxury apartments in Tacoma will love Point Ruston’s neighborhood, situated on stunning Commencement Bay. Point Ruston offers the upscale amenities that many expect to see in high-end resorts, like personal services, restaurants and digitally-enhanced movie theater.

New residents can choose from 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartment plans that are perfect for any lifestyle. If you are a retiree who is looking for an apartment near Tacoma WA, Point Ruston offers a great value for luxurious, active living in the Northwest, just steps from the best activities and restaurants in the Northwest. Learn more about available

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SUNSET AND NARROWS BRIDGE 10 2015

DOG WOOD TREE WITH BLUE BIRD 03 27 2016

 

TITLOW BEACH AND NARROWS BRIDGE 03 2016

Boathouse 19, Tacoma, Washington - Sit on the deck and enjoy some local brews and a po' boy with the Sound and Narrows Bridge as your backdrop. Narrows Brewery is right next door if you're still thirsty.

Cool pic of a couple of eagles just checking things out in Grapeview, in Mason County .

 

Yesterday’s sunset at Deception Pass state park, captured

 

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