This small island sandwiched in between Seattle and Bellevue is anything but sleepy. Mercer Island is easy to pass by as you drive on I-90 East, but if you've never stopped by for a bite to eat or a book to read, we'd recommend visiting.
The Roanoke Inn
This Island institution opened in 1914, surviving the prohibition era by serving alcohol in coffee mugs. "Roanoke" as the locals call it, is a cozy spot to grab drinks and food. Their chicken wings appetizer, the "Wings of Fire" is a menu favorite. They're not too fiery, though -- so spice-averse readers can enjoy, too!
The Roanoke Inn | 1825 72nd Ave SE Mercer Island, WA 98040
Another long-running local establishment is Island Books. After 45 years in business, Island Books is a pillar to the Mercer Island community and a great place to bring kids on a rainy day.
Island Books | 3014 78th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Luther Burbank Park
A full 7 acres of space to roam, play, and enjoy, this park is a great way to enjoy a little slice of island life while staying close to the city.
Luther Burbank Park | 2040 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040