Jackson-hole tetons view


Black & white photo view of the Freemont Bridge


To keep myself interested in running, I need to change up my routine quite often. Usually it means that I just need to change the place where I run. New scenery helps to keep me motivated. One of the best places to run in Seattle is the Burke-Gilman Trail, and there are lots of sections of the trail, so I can find some new I like the Fremont neighborhood, and one of my favorite coffee shops ever is Milstead & Co down near the water in central Fremont, so I thought I would head down to Fremont and have a coffee and run on a section of the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Persephone Bakery sign

Outside seating at Milstead & CO.

Milstead & Co. one of the best coffee shops in Seattle

Milstead & Co. might be the best coffee shop in Seattle. I love the ambience of the shop. The employees and customers are always all happy. The shop has great windows so you can admire the view of the road, water, pedestrians, bikers, buildings, and Queen Anne Hill across the way. It’s a great view with lots of light on a sunny day. When the weather is nice, there is also a great patio section outside. Today, it was nice and I sat outside and I had the entire patio section to myself, which allowed me to think and relax and feel good. 

I drank my double espresso slowly and then I went back for a second order. The shots are always pulled perfectly. They usually have a couple of choices for beans. I always order whatever the barista recommends. I like how they rotate brands and beans and roasts, which makes the taste unique to each visit. If you’re thinking of other drinks, I’ve heard people say their homemade vanilla is awesome. Customers also like their almond milk lattes, Northern Lights Fog Latte, vegan scones, single origin aeropress, and lots of other drinks and goodies. Everything at Milstead is truly great.

Milstead & Co.

754 N 34th St,
Seattle, WA 98103

Persephone Bakery sign

 Milstead & CO.


After coffee, I walked up the hill to see the Fremont Troll under the bridge, just for fun. It’s the weirdest thing. There’s a troll sculpted into the hillside under the Aurora Bridge. He’s made with concrete and steel and wire. It makes no sense, but it’s a very cool image and it’s a big tourist spot. Instagrammers love it. If you’ve never been, I think it’s actually worth a photo op. Coming back down the hill is cool too. You can see underneath the columns and bridge down to the water where the waterfront is lined by office buildings for Google and other companies. You can see out over Union Bay and the Fremont Canal and you can see over the water to Queen Anne Hill.

Fremont Troll

North 36th Street & Aurora Ave North
Seattle, WA 98103

The Burke-Gilman Trail

The Burke-Gilman Trail goes right through Fremont. After my coffee, I threw my wallet and my things in my car and I started my run in front of the coffee shop. In North Seattle, the Burke-Gilman trail travels through several neighborhoods, including Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, and the University District. The trail continues north around Lake Washington through Kenmore and Woodinville, where it becomes the Sammamish River Regional Trail, continuing to Marymoor Park in Redmond, then on to Issaquah. Basically, if you want to run or bike on a solid trail for exercise or for leisure, you’re always close to one part of the trail wherever you are in Seattle or the Eastside. If you’re visiting Seattle, I’d say it is worth it to Uber to the trail for a nice walk or a good run.

Burke Gilman Trail


The Burke-Gilman Trail

I ran west on the Burke-Gilman Trail toward Ballard. I had never been on this section of the trail. I wanted to see how close it was to the waterfront along the Fremont Canal and where it traveled to Ballard. There were lots of bikes on the road, with riders traveling to work. I got to about 11th Street, where Hale’s Brewery and El Camion are located, then I went along the waterfront under the Ballard Bridge, to look at the ships parked in Salmon Bay, then to the Ballard Locks. That’s where I turned around and headed back along the same route to Fremont. It was all new territory for me, and the run and sights all just breezed by quickly, which was exactly what I wanted. 

After the run, I needed something to eat. I remembered going to Vif a few months before for dinner, and I wanted to try it for breakfast. They serve coffee from Olympia Coffee Roasting Company, which I love. And, by the way, they only serve and sell natural wines, probably the only place in Seattle that does so exclusively. It was still early, so I went in to eat something light. I was on a mission to eat healthy so I ordered Vif Granola with fruit, Vif Organic Yogurt with honey, and a side of eggs. However, I so badly wanted to order Crispy Porridge with a sunny egg, house kimchi, avocado, and bacon. It would not have been a good choice after the run. In the past, on a cheat day, I have tried the Breakfast Sandwich with fried egg, gruyere, sausage, and pickled red cabbage on a soft butter roll, which is excellent, excellent, excellent. Vif is a very low-key spot, where you can get coffee in the morning and wine at night. They have great, healthy, tasty food to pair with your coffee or wine. It’s a good place. There weren’t too many people because it was a weekday. After my run, it was a good choice.

VIF Seattle

4401 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

Persephone Bakery sign

 Milstead & CO.

The Burke-Gilman Trail

After breakfast I went over to PCC Community Market down toward the canal. I wanted to keep up my routine for walking after a run because it helps me to recover. I also wanted to make sure I got some cold water to keep me hydrated. I’m picky about always drinking very cold water. I also ended up buying a packet of turmeric with black pepper and tart cherry to add to a cup of water. Mega Food makes a single-serve packet of this mix that you can stir up in water on the go. I am a big believer in turmeric because it helps with recovery. This wasn’t a big run by any means, but I like to be consistent. Also, I was thinking of going on a longer run the next day, so it was essential to make sure I was doing as much as I could to prepare. Water and turmeric are great choices to keep disciplined. On my way back to the car, while I was enjoying my walk and water, I decided to keep heading southeast on the Burke-Gilman Trail to scout out the next section for a future run. I like Milstead & Co. so much that I think it’s a great starting point for future runs. It’s also a great place to spend a couple of hours for work after a run, so I knew I’d be back many times for many reasons. In all, Fremont is a great neighborhood with lots of secrets. It has everything you need for exercise, work, and personal time. 

PCC Community Market in Fremont

600 North 34th Street
Seattle, WA 98103


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