Looking to Stay Active this Summer? Here’s 7 State Parks for Each Day of the Week

Looking to Stay Active this Summer? Here’s 7 State Parks for Each Day of the Week

The Puget Sound Regions offers a ton of natural beauty – and a bunch of State Parks are within a short drive from home. Read through the end to see our long list of Seattle-Tacoma State Parks, but before we get into that, we’re going to share our 7 favorite state parks to visit this summer.

Bridle Trails State Park is a park we’ve previously done a somewhat small expose on. To read that and about more Kirkland adventures, click here. Otherwise, this 489-acre day-use park offers an array of activities and is extremely close to Seattle and the Eastside (it’s literally smack-dap between Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond, with easy access to I-405 and I-90).

Unlike some of the other parks on this list, Bridle Trails was designed for equestrians and offers 28-miles of horse trails surrounded by a “horse-friendly culture.” They sport four sports arenas and a “calendar full of horse shows and organize rides.” Because of this, please keep in mind that horses always have the right-of-way on trails.

It probably comes to no surprise that Lake Sammamish State Park is one of our favorite parks, in fact, we’ve already done an expose on the park. Click here or here to read the entire article. But our main highlight for this park is definitely the variety it offers. This 531-acre park offers 6,858 feet of waterfront, 1.5 miles of biking trails, 1.5 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, freshwater fishing, swimming, sports fields, wildlife viewing, and bird watching.

Especially since summer’s coming up – you’re probably interested in the water activities, which include boating, freshwater fishing, kayaking and paddleboard rentals, swimming, waterskiing, and personal watercraft use with launch areas.

Squak Mountain State Park sits between Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park and Tiger Mountain State Forest – both of which are amazing places on their own. While all three mountains offer their own brand of challenging mountainscape to traverse, Squak Mountain is great for the “everyday” hiker, as the trek from base to summit isn’t especially long, only 13 miles, and the mountain offers a mix of both flat and steep portions of the trail. Plus, you can bring your horse and enjoy 6 miles of designated equestrian trail.

Breathtakingly beautiful, Olallie State Park offers scenic journeys through the Pacific Northwest mountainscape. Along the western slopes of the cascades, this park is only 45 minutes from Seattle and an easy, one-day adventure. Easy to moderate trails lead to the two main waterfalls, Twin Falls and Weeks Falls, but you’ll also find lesser known, smaller, and less crowded falls along the trail, too.

Though Olallie State Park only offers about 6 miles of hiking trail and 20 miles of mountain bike trails, long-distance mountaineers and cyclists can reach the Palouse to Cascades Trail from the Cedar Falls trailhead, making it an amazing option for families and trainees.

Olallie State Park sprawls across 2,329 acres, with excellent fishing options on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River, challenging cliffsides for rock climbing/bouldering, and wildlife viewing.

Abound with 541 acres of pure Pacific Northwest leisure, the Kanaskat-Palmer State Park sits on a low, forested plateau, with 2 miles of shoreline on the Green River. Perfect for daytrips for weekend getaways, they offer 3 miles of biking trails, 3 miles of hiking trails, freshwater fishing, swimming, white-water boating, and other exploratory activities.

Gorgeous water, gentle trails, and sprawling lawns offers the perfect place for individuals and families to enjoy and soak-up the summertime sunshine. With 25 tent spaces, 19 partial hookups, and 6 yurts, you can make an enjoyable afternoon into a weekend of fun and leisure!

Last, but mostly definitely not least, Lake Easton State Park offers the most varied activities list on this compilation. They offer the usual, such as, camping, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, freshwater fishing, boating, swimming, personal watercrafting, sports courts, lawn activities, and wildlife viewing; but they also offer more localized activities, including cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and other snow-play recreational opportunities.

With 697 acres, including 24,000 feet of freshwater access on the shores of Lake Easton, this park has plenty of room to explore the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

That completes our list of top State Parks in the Seattle-Tacoma region, but don’t think this list is the be-all, end-all of Washington State Parks – not even by a longshot. We’ve included the long-list we previously promised you below, but be sure to check out their website to see the complete list of Washington State Parks.

Here’s the long-list we promised you:

What are your favorite state parks in the area? Let us know in the comments below what you’re favorite parks are – we’d love to hear about them!

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Eastside Farmer’s Markets Are Starting! But, Where Are They?

Eastside Farmer’s Markets Are Starting! But, Where Are They?

Farmers Markets are a great way for local farmers to get into our communities, meeting their patrons face-to-face. Farmers Markets are also a great way for everyone to get involved in the community and help their communities grow and flourish in a sustainable and healthy manner.

Why choose farmers markets? Farmers Markets are great for our local communities, including job creation, local economy stimulation, increased nutrition awareness and access to fresh ingredients and supporting healthy families on both sides of the table. Want to know more?

Starting from the south, Renton holds their Farmers Market on Tuesdays, June through September/October from 3pm-7pm. This year, in 2018, the Farmers’ Market opens June 5th, 2018. Join them at the Piazza Park in downtown Renton.

Though their 2018 Season hadn’t been released yet, their 2017 should give you an idea of their awesome lineups to come! Check back frequently, as we’re still a couple months away from the start date!

In May, the Issaquah Farmers Market opens on Saturdays – rain or shine! Open from 9am-2pm between May 5th to September 29th, the Issaquah market is a great place for children and family activities, cooking demonstrations, handmade arts and crafts, live music and entertainment, and of course, farm-fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables!

The Mercer Island Farmers Markets runs on Sundays between the months of June and October, from 10am to 3pm, making them a break activity for morning breakfast and lunch or a family-friendly morning out of the house!

The weekly schedule is on their website, so feel free to check it out to get a feel how each week will vibe – and don’t forget about their special events, where they hold food and drink tastings, giveaways and live music!

Celebrating 15 years of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, the Bellevue Farmers Market operates on Thursdays, every week from May through October. Enjoy fresh-cut flowers, meats and one-of-a-kind artisan foods.

Whether you want to stop by for the entire event or a just a on-the-go snack, this small group of local farmers create a vibrant marketplace for farm-fresh products, closing the gap between harvest and consumer. They’re open on Thursdays, between 3pm and 7pm starting May 17th through October 11th!

The last market on our list for Eastside Farmers Markets is the Redmond Farmers Market, which is held near the Redmond Town Center, making parking a breeze! Open May through October from 9am to 3pm, their Saturday market welcomes their 43rd season this year with a special event – the Redmond High School Pep Band will kick off the season with a “rousing performance!”

Sometimes Seattle markets are harder to get to and offer little in terms of parking opportunities and while they’re just as thrilling, sometimes we don’t want the small hassle. These Eastside markets are great opportunities for the same amazing and local quality, but without the hustle and bustle of the city.

Didn’t find the one you were searching for? Check out this mega-list of Puget Sound markets!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

UPDATE ON A CLASSIC
$1,398,000 • 3821 82nd Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1277791
4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 3,700 sq. ft. • 11,645 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Anni Zilz or Julie Wilson
AnniZilz@Windermere.com • 206.390.5723 • AnniZilz.com
Julie.Wilson@Windermere.com • 206.225.1500 • JulieWilsonRealEstate.com

GEORGIAN-STYLE ELEGANCE
$1,350,000 • 9245 SE 59th Street, Mercer Island • MLS# 1272528
5 Bedrooms • 3.75 Bathrooms • 3,600 sq. ft. • 15,263 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Doug McKiernan.
Doug@Windermere.com • 206.369.3949 • WindermereDoug.com

SERENE HIGH ROCK RETREAT
$1,295,000 • 18724 High Rock Road, Monroe • MLS# 1281037
4 Bedrooms • 4.5 Bathrooms • 3,688 sq. ft. • 235,224 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Charlie Sirianni or Erin Sirianni.
SirianniGroup@Windermere.com • 206.992.6151 • SirianniGroup.com
ErinS@Windermere.com • 206.992.5272 • SirianniGroup.com

GRACIOUS IN GRASSLAWN
$850,000 • 15001 NE 66th Street, Redmond • MLS# 1280288
4 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,820 sq. ft. • 11,932 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Donna Cowles.
DonnaCowles@Windermere.com • 206.947.1737 • DonnaCowles.com


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

4 Adventures Inside Kirkland

4 Adventures Inside Kirkland

The Pacific Northwest is brimmed with awaiting adventures and the City of Kirkland is no exception. A city nestled between the shores of Lake Washington and the Interstate 405 corridor. Though considered a relatively small city, the area is big on community and that urban, small-town feel many local areas also strive towards.

Walking in downtown Kirkland offers both boutique shopping, local eats and a beautiful, urban refuge. Like many Washington cities, Kirkland emphasizes greenspaces and parks and Kirkland’s downtown area has four in close proximity, including Peter Kirk Park, Heritage Park, the Marina Park Pavilion, and the David E. Brink Park.

Similar to downtown Kirkland, the Juanita district offers a shopping area, though smaller, nestled between two major parks: the Juanita Beach Park and the Juanita Bay Park, including Nelson Point. Both parks are filled with recreation including paddle surfing, natural trails, baseball fields, tennis courts, beach volleyball, and children’s play equipment.

Both parks proximity to downtown Juanita, make them the perfect place for a picnic or quick walk. Grab your meal from one of the many local restaurants and head to the water!

The Cross-Kirkland Corridor passes through the city North-South and is currently a 5.75-mile trail through the heart of the city. The Cross-Kirkland Corridor’s Master Plan was adopted in June of 2014 and their interactive plan can be found online. Much of the pathway is made of crushed-gravel and is ten-feet wide, making it an excellent multi-purpose route for walkers, bikers, runners, and dog-walking. This interim trail perfectly depicts Kirkland’s city-wide vision of being “a walkable, livable, connected, and sustainable community.”

On the east side of Interstate 405, near Kirkland’s Central Houghton District, is the Bridle Trail State Park. Though a state and not a city park, the area locally known as Bridle Trails is a beautiful depiction of the local area. This 482-acre, day-use park comprises 28-miles of trails for bikers, hikers, runners, equestrians and dog-walkers.

Bridle Trails is regularly used and sports three arenas for horse shows and organized rides. Ever wanted to learn! You can here!

In every corner, you can find an excursion or journey for yourself and your family. Whether you prefer urban adventures or the kind that takes into the wilderness, these places are surely the best cups of tea in Kirkland! Think we missed something, or somethings? Let us know!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

PEACE, PRIVACY & CONVENIENCE
$1,300,000 • 4334 91st Ave Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1277307
4 Bedrooms • 2.25 Bathrooms • 2,280 sq. ft. • 9,525 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Erin Ewing.
ErinEwing@Windermere.com • 206.354.8228 •  ErinEwing.com

SPARKLING LAKE VIEWS
$1,000,000 • 5466 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1273982
3 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,430 sq. ft. • 10,400 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Bonnie Sanborn.
BonnieSanborn@Windermere.com • 206.919.3501 • BonnieSanborn.com

CHARMING SEAVIEW CRAFTSMAN
$635,000 • 6419 49th Ave SW, Seattle • MLS# 1278016
3 Bedrooms • 1 Bathrooms • 1,340 sq. ft. • 7,400 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Chad Dierickx.
Chad@Windermere.com • 206.854.3931 • ChadDierickx.com

NORTH BEACON HILL CHARMER
$450,000 • 2323 23rd Ave S, Seattle • MLS# 1279252
1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 720 sq. ft. • 6,000 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Brian Rosso.
BRosso@Windermere.com • 206.356.9206 • BrianRosso.com


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

Windermere Living – Spring 2018 Edition

Windermere Living is a fabulous magazine that highlights the best the West Coast has to offer, including breathtaking residences, hot Spring getaways, scrumpous eateries, and other highly-desirable West Coast destinations. Learn about the West Coast’s best places to vacation, eat, play, and live inside the pages of Spring Edition of Windermere Living.

ABOUT WINDERMERE LIVING: Produced exclusively by Windermere Real Estate, Windermere Living magazine features beautiful homes for sale in neighborhoods throughout the Western U.S. It also offers carefully curated editorial that reflects our passion for community, connection, and inspired living.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

10 Of Our Favorite Redmond, Washington Restaurants

10 Of Our Favorite Redmond, Washington Restaurants

Redmond, Washington is a unique refuge at the northernmost tip of Lake Sammamish. Though relatively small in size when compared to nearby metropolises, like Bellevue, Everett, and Seattle, Redmond has a unique charm all its own and is known in the region as a high-tech enclave on the Eastside. Tech-giants, like Nintendo of America and Microsoft, are two well-known and highly-regarded companies that call Redmond home.

Alongside their uptick in population since the early 2000s, Redmond’s local economy boomed, especially in terms of local and distinct eateries and attractions; including the Redmond Town Center, which offers a bunch of shopping and eating opportunities and Redmond’s Farmer’s Market during the Spring and Summer seasons.

Similar to Seattle, Bellevue, and other nearby cities, local eateries saw a resurgence in past decades – and we’re sharing some of our favorites here! So, if you’re curious about some of Redmond’s best eats, read on!

We’re starting off with two burger places, the first of which is FEED CO. This hip eatery, offers “perfect” burgers, fries, and shakes in a classic fashion, updated with a more modern and industrial décor. They use ALL Pacific Northwest sourced ingredients, with a rotating menu to utilize the best of the PNW.

Tipsy Cow is another local favorite – and (nearly) always adorned with a line out the door. Yes, they’re THAT good! They’ve got your “classic” burger style with grass fed beef, but they’re famous for their super creative burgers, including freshly ground lamb, turkey, ahi tuna, all-natural house braised pork, salmon filet, house made black bean and portabella mushroom, or Draper Valley chicken breast. They’ve got options!

Another great option for carnivores is PRIME Steakhouse. Incidentally, it’s right across the street from Tipsy Cow! A contemporary rendition of a classic American steakhouse, they offer the highest-quality steak available – it’s within the top 2% of all-natural USDA certified Omaha beef. Their warm and inviting, low-lit interior prove excellent ways to enjoy your dining experience and forget about the hubbub of the day.

Locally owned and operated, the Woodblock in Redmond provides true innovation in the heart of Redmond. A quaint, neighborhood restaurant, they pride themselves on being “less like a night out and more like eating at a friend’s place,” with personal and familiar touches that only occur when passion is involved. Through the ingenuity of their Executive Chef, Savuthy Dy, their menu frequently changes, so check back often for their most recent creations!

If you’re searching for a 21+ experience, look no further than the Matador. Their open late and with outdoor seating (perfect for those summer nights!), the Matador is a great staple in Old Town Redmond, off Redmond Way and Cleveland Street. Quick side tip, if you haven’t tried their brunch, you should. With a darker, candle-lit ambiance, it’s perfect for friends’ nights out!

Brilliant Italian and European fare? Try the Sages Restaurant. Established in 2001, they’ve quickly made a name for themselves and coined themselves an “intimate Redmond treasure,” creating a rustic ambiance alongside fresh and “tastier-than-ever” dishes. In 2017 alone, they won two local awards, including “Best of Redmond” and “#1 Gluten Free Menu”.

The Coho Café offers an amazing, Pacific Northwest-inspired menu in a warm and comfortable environment. In classic café style, their genuine hospitality demonstrates their care for your experience and their carefully crafted menu offers some of the best PNW-inspired creations on the Eastside! (http://cohocafe.com)

Amazing Japanese cuisine is found at Oto Sushi. Though you’ll find more than just sushi, including sukiyaki, stir-fried noodles, udon, curry katsu, and tons of appetizers, their sushi is really the main attraction. Beautifully crafted and displayed, their plates are brought to life by the color and creativity put into each dish. (http://www.otoredmond.com/)

Another delicious eatery, the Dough Zone Dumpling House is an amazing place to indulge your Cantonese cravings. Warm buns and dumplings aren’t just an appetizer, but a main course here – and they’ve got loads of options, like chicken, pork, crab, and shrimp! Tip for parking, they share with Bartell’s, in addition to their main lot.

The Stone House is a hidden gem in Downtown Redmond, serving creative twists from open ‘till close. If you thought you knew American foods, think again, and try this American-inspired, Pacific Northwest-enthusiast’s dream! Casual and comfortable, enjoy your meal “at home” here. Their focus on technique, seasonality, sustainability, and creativity is far more important to them than classifying their delightful array of unique creations.

If you ever find yourself near Redmond, these places are amazing and worth the trek to try! Have we missed any of your favorite places in or around Redmond? What are they?


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

Luxe Shopping at the Bravern in Bellevue

Luxe Shopping at the Bravern in Bellevue

If you have an undying love of luxe in the Pacific Northwest, you’ve probably heard of the stylish and bustling destination hotspot in downtown Bellevue known as The Bravern. Touted as the “largest collection” of luxury brands in the area, The Shops at The Bravern are the epitome of high-end, upscale, and designer experiences.

The ultimate shopping experience, The Bravern is a one-stop-shop for your luxe designs, upscale eateries, and luxury living.

Though their eating selection is small, it is mighty and boasts local favorites such as John Howie Steak, the Northwest’s premier steak experience, Mariposa, and Trophy Cupcakes. Recently, they’ve also added Sugar Factory, which is a critically-endorsed sweets factory, making their sweets the ultimate in sugary, designer accessories.

Their shopping experiences include:

  • APM Monaco, a much-loved contemporary fashion jeweler, inspired by Monaco and the South of France specializing in timeless perfection.
  • In a world of unsurpassed quality, Bottega Veneta stands tall with Italian leather goods.
  • Since 1994, David Lawrence displays “a variety of fashion apparel and accessories for the discerning shopper.”
  •  A leader of unique eyewear, Eye Society, employs highly-training professionals to assist in “choosing the ultimate pair of glasses.”
  • Filled with unique interpretations of the world, Grace Collections Galleries, offers a visually majestic style made with quality materials.
  • A reinventor of fashion, Gucci is world-renowned for the world’s most desirable fashions and representing the pinnacle of Italian craftsmanship and unsurpassed quality.
  • Rich with heritage and culture, Hermes of Paris brings an enduring take on quality craftsmanship in timeless Paris style.
  • Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery offers specialty designs in pearl jewelry with high-quality pearls from both freshwater and saltwater areas, that are both precious and stunningly stylish.
  • Jimmy Choo defines glamour and style in visionary, luxury brands.
  • Another iconic behemoth of fashion, Louis Vuitton has brought unique and innovative designs into existence since 1854.
  • Combining expertly-researched technology and high-quality craftsmanship, Moncler offers perfection in their outerwear collections.
  • The department store of luxury brands, Neiman Marcus offers a well-edited selection of high-end merchandise.
  • With a passion for a superior product, Oliver Peoples offers an “obsession with service”, alongside their appreciation for relationships with their consumers.
  • A prestigious Swiss brand, Omega is the world’s leading watch manufacturer, with more than 168 years of experience, excellence, and innovation.
  • A well-known name in the world of luxury, Prada exclusively sells sophistication workmanship in the forms of luggage, accessories, and luxury goods.
  • Creating “wearable works of art,” Salvatore Ferragamo remains synonymous with Italian fashion and unrivaled workmanship.
  • Another Italian creator, Tod’s offers three generations of style and excellent taste as a proprietor of high-end shoes and leather goods.
  • Attainable luxury, Tory Burch is a lifestyle brand defined by classic American sportswear, conceptualized by eclectic sensibility.
  • Unparalleled, Austrian quality, Wolford mixes comfort with “beauty and femininity” to create stunning fashions and innovative collections.

And after shopping, you can book your appointment with Gene Juarez Salon & Spa for an indulgent session of salubrious wellness.

Regardless of if you’re searching for pampering or an indulgent shopping experience, the Bravern in Bellevue covers all your luxurious and high-end needs – and the Bellevue Collection isn’t too far away!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

EASE & COMFORT IN LUCAS HEIGHTS
$1,275,000 • 4227 91st Ave SE, Mercer Island • MLS# 1247315
4 Bedrooms • 2.25 Bathrooms • 2,420 Sq. Ft. • 10,125 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Cynthia Schoonmaker.
CynthiaS@Windermere.com • 206.683.2725 • CynthiaSchoonmaker.com

QUITE & PEACEFUL SETTING
$2,475,000 • 7947 Lake View Lane, Mercer Island • MLS# 1249689
4 Bedrooms • 3.75 Bathrooms • 4,440 Sq. Ft. • 17,586 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Doug McKiernan.
Doug@Windermere.com • 206.369.3949 • WindermereDoug.com


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

4 of Washington’s BEST Root Beer Companies

4 of Washington’s BEST Root Beer Companies

Seattle is known for many things, the Seattle Space Needle, an overabundance of breweries, and a bunch of delicious and as-homemade-as-made-can-be root beer companies. Touted as a North American soft drink, the beverage was originally touted for its medicinal uses, since its main ingredient, sarsaparilla, is known for its anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties.

Today however, the world enjoys root beer as a recreational beverage, with hundreds, if not thousands, of variations and companies that produce their own distinct flavors across the world, and today we’re sharing our favorite and Washington local root beer beverage proprietors!

The Snoqualmie Brewery offers a nonalcoholic root beer to go along with their other adult beverages. Made with “REAL vanilla extract, REAL cane sugar (no High Fructose Corn Syrup), and LOTS of honey,” they offer a delightful refreshment with a rich and zingy taste.

Born in Port Angeles but raised in Seattle, Bedford’s Craft Soda has offered a variety of yummy beverages since 1984, including their Bedford’s Root Beer which boasts a robust and natural flavor. Brownie Caramel Cream Root Beer is another local and lovable beverage from Mukilteo, Washington. As one might suspect, this root beer offers two distinct palettes: one being the natural sarsaparilla and the other being a creamy caramel. As part of Orca Beverages, both root beers are available throughout Washington and the United States.

Though it was sold in 2007 to a Portland, Oregon based company, Adventure Funds, Thomas Kemper Soda Co. originated in Washington in 1990. The brand owns eight flavors, including their root and birch beers, which offer handcrafted flavor, made with honey and Madagascar vanilla.

Now, you might be curious where you might find these, because one can rarely find them on their local grocery shelves. That’s probably because many large grocers don’t carry them, but don’t fret – there are many local places that do, one of which is the Root Beer Store.

Do you have a favorite, local root beer that we overlooked? Share it with us!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

STUNNING NEW COLONIAL
$3,649,900 • 6224 NE Princeton Way, Seattle • MLS 1246459
4 Bedrooms • 3.75 Bathrooms • 4,930 Sq. Ft. • 7,131 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Codi Nelson.
NelsonCodi@Windermere.com • 206.498.4148 • CodiNelson.com

SCANDINAVIAN-INSPIRED SANTUARY
$1,998,000 • 8448 SE 40th St., Mercer Island • MLS 1237182
4 Bedrooms • 3.5 Bathrooms • 3,410 Sq. Ft. • 8,818 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Robyn Kimura Hsu and Rachel Schindler.
Robyn@Windermere.com • 206.295.2247 • RobynAndRachel.com
Rachel@Windermere.com • 206.250.5622 • RobynAndRachel.com

SEATTLE CHARMER
$1,100,000 • 754 N 83rd St., Seattle • MLS 1248596
6 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 2,740 Sq. Ft. • 6,960 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Nicole Demers-Changelo.
Andition@Windermere.com • 206.271.1267 • Andition.com

SEAVIEW CHARMER
$650,000 • 6305 49th Ave SW, Seattle • MLS 1250542
3 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,680 Sq. Ft. • 5,946 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Chad Dierickx.
Chad@Windermere.com • 206.854.3931 • ChadDierickx.com


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

BOSA’s Newest Bellevue Project, ONE88, is Re-Defining Luxury

BOSA’s Newest Bellevue Project, ONE88, is Re-Defining Luxury

For the first time in a decade, Bellevue is seeing new condominiums added to its city skyline. With an estimated completion date of spring 2020, BOSA has already started picking entries from their lottery-style showing and sale process.

A luxury, high-rise condo building, BOSA’s new experience in premier living broke ground last September. Their units will be a mix of 1-bedrooms, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units and void of studios; and will range from the mid $800 thousands to mid-$2.9 million. Though pricing hasn’t been publicly disclosed for the 21st floor, three-bedroom penthouse you can inquire your request.

Unlike Insignia, ONE88 offers only 143 spanning across 21 stories of luxurious living. Enjoy well-planned units, each with its own view of Bellevue via your personal, outdoor living space, complete with electric hookups. Interior square-footages span from 752 square feet to 2,849 square feet, excluding the penthouse, which tap out closer to 2,948.

Live large in more ways than one. Their kitchens are where form meets function with a collection of high performance, German-engineered Gaggenau appliances, Kohler faucets, and intuitive NEST technology and home automation.

But these premier homes aren’t just packed with luxury appliances. Their redefinition of the word concierge puts their service on a new level, including a weekly e-newsletter, including social events and special events calendar.

The range of services offered, range from personal services and domestic, personal, and healthful referrals, including:

  • Onsite Chef Concierge services
  • A 24-hour attended lobby reception
  • Rotating lobby art installation
  • Weekend lobby lounge coffee service
  • Package and grocery delivery acceptance and storage
  • High-speed wiki throughout amenity area
  • Fitness center towel service
  • Private building and restricted elevator access
  • Bicycle storage and tune-up station
  • Underground, gated resident parking
  • Communicable electric car charging station
  • Dedicated pet retreat
  • Convenient, ground floor retail

And these are the basic ones. The building offers a private fitness center and yoga and exercise studio. High ceiling and expansive windows lookout from a fully-equipped fitness facility with cardio equipment, free weights, and multi-gym system, allowing you private, all-hours access all within the comforts of home. The yoga-exercise studio is outfitted with a virtual fitness screen, yoga mats, and strength training accessories, so you can plan your own workout and have a private place for your personal trainer to come to you.

Practice your swing or play a virtual round with friends in the golf-simulation studio.

The indoor pool, steam room, and sauna are enticing features for the chilly, Pacific Northwest. Enjoy year-round, heated water access all within your architecturally beautiful atrium, which features soaring ceilings. Adjacent changing rooms, steam room, and sauna are also no shy accessory.

The expansive third-floor terrace allows you two spread out and savor the views. Host a summer barbeque or enjoy the sky-shows throughout the year from your private, landscaped terrace with adjacent fireplace lounge, grilling and dining areas, artistic features, and grassy area for outdoor yoga, meditation, or lawn games. The fifth floor also offers a terrace overlooking the city and nearby park.

Reserve the resident lounge if your party is larger than your thousand-plus square foot pad and use the open and versatile space to create a comfortable, yet stylish statement. If you’re hosting a dinner part, you can also reserve the private dining room, featuring a chef-par kitchen and dining room featuring high-end appliances, communal table, and large, entertaining island.

One last major amenity we’ll cover here is the children’s play room, which proves a comfortable and creative space for expanding minds. Age and height appropriate seating, play, and bathroom facilities are just a few of the things you’ll find here.

The homeowner’s association fees approximate around $625 to $2,807 per month.

Located on the corner of Bellevue Way Northeast and Northwest 2nd street, you’re steps away from lounging on the lush green of Bellevue’s Downtown Park, shopping at the Bellevue Collection, or enjoying dinner at any of Bellevue’s amazing eateries.

Though acceptance is figured by a lottery system, the ONE88 condominium building will still prove bountiful to the area. Its architectural beauty offers a captivating visual for anyone gazing at Bellevue’s expanding city skyline and it offers an immersive, Bellevue lifestyle that is both rich in culture and full of artistic, transportation, and recreational options.

Curious about some other neat facts about Bellevue’s bustling community?

Needless to say, Bellevue is Seattle’s contender on several levels and, while we aren’t sure which is top rated, it’s no wonder why people are flocking to the city.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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7 Of Bellevue’s Most Beloved Parks

7 Of Bellevue’s Most Beloved Parks

Modern Bellevue is known for its forest-forward momentum, and they quite enjoy beautiful green spaces in tandem of their ever-developing city. With over 2,700 acres of park and 80-miles of trails, they indulge over 10,000 happy participants annually.

With the seasons in this state of flux, we’re swiveling between the weather forecast and the clouds in the sky. Washingtonians and Seattleites love the great outdoors, and the number one thing we wait for as the winter thaws is the first few days of warm sunshine – no, not this cold sun we’ve been experiencing, though it’s still pleasant in its own icy-breath way.

DOWNTOWN BELLEVUE PARK

The Bellevue Downtown Park was re-imagined into a 21-acre oasis in the heart of downtown Bellevue. Completely rejuvenated in 2017, this monolith of Bellevue culture and recreation. Enjoy a 240-foot wide waterfall as it crashes into a reflecting pond, or a ten-acre designated lawnspace for picnics, reading, or relaxing in the sun against the tremendous Bellevue skyline.

Other amenities include the INSPIRATIONAL PLAYGROUND, where children “explore at their own pace” and their passion for play is encouraged.

THE BELLEVUE BOTANICAL GARDENS

Though no dogs are allowed, the Bellevue Botanical Gardens are an amazing place of urban play, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. Whether you’re looking for a day surrounded by beauty or to expand your knowledge of Pacific Northwest foliage, their live collections “showcase plants that thrive” in the area.

KELSEY CREEK PARK & FARM EXPERIENCE

Open 365 days per year, the Kelsey Creek Park of 150-acres of forest, meadows, and wetlands that offer insight into Bellevue’s historic past. But Kelsey Creek Park is just a park in the area. Visit the farm and immerse yourself in Bellevue’s farmhouse roots. A free recreational opportunity, this urban oasis offers hiking, picnic areas, a playground, open grassy area, day camps, and summer volunteer opportunities.

Though pets are allowed at the Kelsey Creek Community Park, they aren’t at the Kelsey Creek Farm – but don’t worry, you’ll have a bunch of farm critters to enjoy!

CROSSROADS PARK

A mega-community center, Crossroads Park is 34+ acres of activity, including the Crossroads Par-3 Golf Course, Crossroads Community Center, Bellevue Youth Theatre, and Water Spray Playground. Aside from these amazing amenities, the park also offers tennis courts, basketball courts, a horseshoe pit, a skate bowl, play areas, picnic shelters, jogging paths, and tons of open green space for play and relaxation.

Home to Bellevue’s annual Strawberry Festival, Crossroads park is near Crossroads Mall, local restaurants, and plenty of transportation options.

LAKE HILLS GREENBELT PARK

Touted as a community hub, the Lake Hill Greenbelt stretches between Phantom and Larson Lakes via the Lake to Lake Trail, a 3-mile trail through the massive, 150-acre expanse of diverse wildlife habitats, which includes forests, wetlands, streams, and lakes.

The Lake Hills Community Gardens & P-Patches are near the Bellevue Park Ranger Station off SE 16th Street – also near Lake Hill Farm Fresh Produce market and southern Lake to Lake Trailhead.  Though much of the park is greenspace, wetlands, or part of the Blueberry Farms and is only traversable via dedicated trails, the 3-miles of trail can bring you to Phantom Lake and Phantom Lake Park, which offers another 2.4-miles of trail, fishing areas, and a small dock.

MERCER SLOUGH NATURE PARK

With 7+ miles of dedicated trail, Mercer Slough Nature Park is perfect for people looking to get out of the big city. Though the Winters House is currently closed through 2022 for light rail construction, you can still enjoy one of Lake Washington’s remaining freshwater wetlands. Explore over 320 acres of Bellevue’s largest park and a diverse expanse of freshwater wetland ecology and educational purpose. A partnership between the Mercer Slough Environmental Educational Center and the Pacific Science Center instilled such purpose and drive through activities such as free guided ranger walks and guided canoe tours.

ROBINSWOOD COMMUNITY PARK

Near Bellevue College, Robinswood Community Park is full of recreation, including lighted softball and soccer/lacrosse fields, ten wooded acres of trails, a children’s play area, and lush open spaces and adjoining pond.

Two corrals offer different spaces for off-leash, human-pup recreation – one with a small shelter to escape the Seattle drizzle.

NEWCASTLE BEACH PARK

One of Bellevue’s most southern parks, Newcastle Beach Park is a popular place for swimming, sunbathing, and short nature trails. With lifeguards on duty late-June through Labor Day, the area is most bustling during the summer season – when the sun is out, and the air is dry. Plan a picnic or host a barbecue, and enjoy the day away surrounded by family and friends.

We’ve mentioned a few local, Bellevue events during this article…  Are you curious about all the events going on in Bellevue, Washington? We are too – so, check out their calendar of awesome upcoming events!

Do you have a favorite park or place in Bellevue or are you more curious about the area? Tell us about it!


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SOUTH BELLEVUE DELIGHT
$948,000 • 13257 SE 54th Place, Bellevue • MLS# 1244727
3 Bedrooms • 2.25 Bathrooms • 2,140 Sq. Ft. • 9,090 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Jay Agoado.
Jay@JayAgoado.net • 425.260.0715 • JayAgoado.net


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

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2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

6 of Our Favorite Breakfast Places in Seattle, Mercer Island & Bellevue

6 of Our Favorite Breakfast Places in Seattle, Mercer Island & Bellevue

What’s the most important meal of the day – and one of our favorites? Why, breakfast, of course! The Pacific Northwest holds tons of hyper-local secrets in the breakfast world, but what are the area’s favorites? We’ve done breakfast posts before, but we’re breaking down our favorite breakfast and brunch places in Seattle, Mercer Island, and the Greater Eastside, why their so delicious and our suggestions.

Hidden in a cozy storefront off 24th in Old Ballard, Seattle you’ll find a darling treasure named Café Besalu, specializing in handmade pastries and handcrafted espresso. Since selling to Herkimer Coffee in 2017, the café has seen a few minor tweaks, but the same delicious pastries that call for lines out the door and ritualistic regulars remain.

Do you love artisan baked goods? Flaky goodness in every bite? Their humble outside appearance opens to a well-oiled machine and delightful breakfast treat. If you’re looking for something small, a drink and pastry combination perhaps, peek into this shop!

Nestled in the bustling city, the Tilikum Place Café features a classic breakfast menu in a welcoming, aromatic atmosphere. Breathe in the morning of eggs Benedict, Dutch Baby pancakes and indulge with either classic, sweet, or savory!

You might wait for a table and you might wait for your scrumptious foods, but you’ll enjoy the high quality, high energy, and beautiful setting. Keep in mind, this little café usually doesn’t have space for walk-ins, and reservations are often booked weeks in advance.

A downtown Mercer Island classic, Bennett’s Bistro has long served the Mercer Island community with authentic and original foods. Part of Sugar Mountain, Bennett’s uses premium ingredients, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, and a “whole food” commitment.

Bennett’s Bistro uses a ton of ingredients from its sister companies, including Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Mama Lil’s Peppers, and other Sugar Mountain companies. Enjoy the mouthwatering nature of handcrafted foods, straight from “the earth, the sea, and the vine,” from local Washington sources, including Carnation, Yakima, Bellingham, and the Olympic Mountains.

A newer, local favorite is Mioposto on Mercer Island. Its original storefront opened in March of 2006 in the Mount Baker neighborhood in Seattle, but they recently opened a sister site on Mercer Island and recently celebrated their one-year anniversary (in January 2018, opened January 2017). Literally translated to “my place” in Italian, Mioposto was inspired by traditional Neapolitan pizzerias from their aesthetic to their ingredient sources.

Crafted in open-flame ovens, their foods are handcrafted with care and attention, by skilled oveners incredibly in-tune with their ovens and kitchens. They form unique recipes and beautiful displays, but don’t take our word for it – try it yourself!

Like Seattle, Bellevue has a ton of boutique eateries local and visitors love indulging in, including The French Bakery. There are several locations across the Eastside, including Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland, and each offers a unique experience and flaky pastries.

Made savory and sweet, their delightful pastries and desserts are crafted daily for your repeated enjoyment. Looking for a meeting space with light fare, or a place to camp out while you get some work done? Grab a coffee for energy and a croissant for brain power here!

Located in the heart of Bellevue, the Bellden Café started like many other local restaurants: with a simple idea and lot of love, commitments, and passion. Coffee and food bring people together, and that was precisely the idea behind this love project.

Behind the chaotic times is a menu filled with you, the customer in mind. Their menu changes periodically to keep up with the demand and season, but their delicious coffee stays the same, carving the Bellden Café into the Bellevue lifestyle.

We’re sure we missed some of your favorites. What are they? Where are they? And why are they amazing?


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

Top 15 Washington School Districts

Top 15 Washington School Districts

There is no doubt that Washington, specifically the Seattle area, is growing, but what does that mean for our public-school system? Usually, that means our class sizes grow and become slightly less one-on-one, unless our systems and tools are growing alongside our population.

Depending on what you’re rating, graduation rate, class size, test scores, etc., you and your neighbor might have a different determination of what makes a great school or district the best. Schools are one thing families looking to grow might look into when searching for their new home, and with good reason.

Niche.com combines statistical data with authentic reviews to rate districts. Similar to websites like Yelp for food, Niche has reviews from real families, with real experiences rating on their site, and while their reviews are only a portion of their rating, it’s an excellent resource and provides “real life” insight into the district or school.

The Top 15 School Districts in Washington State

  1. Bellevue School District
  2. Mercer Island School District
  3. Lake Washington School District
  4. Issaquah School District
  5. Bainbridge Island School District
  6. Camas School District
  7. Northshore School District
  8. University Place School District
  9. Seattle Public Schools
  10. Shoreline School District
  11. Tahoma School District
  12. Vashon Island School District
  13. Olympia School District
  14. Oakesdale School District
  15. Mukilteo School District

Especially if you’re moving from outside the state, or even across the state, this website might be what you need to help make your next move – and don’t worry, it’s not just for Washingtonians. Find out about schools across the nation!

This list is a combination of smaller districts and mega-districts, proving that smaller schools and districts can achieve educational success and college-readiness with limited resources and small funding pools. According to Eric Webb, superintendent for the Orcas Island School District, success in schools can be found by shifting focus to education for all grades and not on barriers that separate.

If you’re looking for more hard and statistical data, take a peek at the Washington State Report and check the summary of the district you’re considering!


Overall reviews based on a blend of statistical data, district reviews from actual families, and Mathematics & English test scores.


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REMODELED MID-CENTURY RAMBLER
$1,300,000 • 9742 SE 41st St., Mercer Island • MLS# 1240982
3 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 2,020 Sq. Ft. • 9,718 Lot Size

Remodeled mid-century rambler ideally located on the North End of MI. Large, sunny lot close to schools and parks with easy access to I-90 for commuters going east or west. Brand new kitchen includes custom Kerf cabinets, stainless appliances, quartz counters & 10-foot island with seating for four. Walls of windows bring the outdoors in from your fenced backyard—a perfect summer sanctuary. Double-paned windows, A/C, generator, tankless water heater, newer furnace & so much more!

For more information, please contact Jay Agoado.
Jay@JayAgoado.net • 425.260.0715 • JayAgoado.net


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

Catch a Movie on a Rainy Day at Any of These 6 Local Cinemas

Catch a Movie on a Rainy Day at Any of These 6 Local Cinemas

When was the last time you went to the movies, instead of just waiting for it to come out on Blu-ray? There’s just something about the smell of popcorn and butter, dark surroundings, and blaring surround-sound to make you jump during a frightful scene or tug on your heartstrings during a particularly emotional one.

These Seattle-Eastside local theaters are great for experiencing the movie, even if you weren’t able to actually be on-set while filming…

Half-theater, half-museum, the Cinerama in Belltown saw a massive renovation in 1999, catapulting it into the spotlight of Seattle cinemas. After over a decade of staggering success, the Cinerama saw another huge upgrade in 2014, featuring 6P digital laser projection systems and other upgrades to the sound systems, seating, and concessions. Today, it features the original costumes from Star Wars, Star Trek, Blade Runner, and Batman, among others. The classic Cinerama experience remains a peak into Seattle history.

Off Market Street in the heart of Ballard, you’ll find the Majestic Bay Theatres. Completely reimagined in 1998, the theater was at the forefront of the Seattle movie resurgence. Upgraded with graceful and traditional lines and signature movie-style traditions, invite all to the triplex theater. Whether you’re an individual or company event, the Majestic Bay offers meeting facilities and special event hosting for corporate events, birthdays, and private parties.

 In the Columbia City community, you’ll find this charming neighborhood theater: The Ark Lodge Cinemas. Though petite in size, the theater makes up for its size with adorable allure, affordable prices, and the fact that it’s locally owned. They have the standard seating-style theater but also have the Prestige Room, where the standard seating has been replaced with comfy, faux-velvet sofas and side tables for your refreshments! It’s near the downtown area of Columbia City, where you can enjoy a meal at Wabi-Sabi Sushi, The Taproot Café & Bar or the classic, Columbia City Bakery before enjoying your showing!

The destination of many school fieldtrips, the Boeing IMAX Theater at the Pacific Science Center has been a mainstay since it was built. Home to two state-of-the-art theaters, you’ll enjoy your favorite flicks in IMAX 3D. Some have said that if there’s a movie “actually filmed in IMAX 3D”, you “don’t want to see anywhere else in Seattle.” Make your experience and entire day, and visit the Pacific Science Center, the Seattle Armory, or the Museum of Pop culture while you’re there!

The Cinemark Lincoln Square cinema is a local favorite. Their expansive selection makes them the go-to theater on the Eastside, and its proximity to the Bellevue Collection (Bell-Square Mall) makes it great for a night out and the “movie” part of the classic “dinner and a movie” trope. Great for family adventures, friend night outs, or date nights – the Cinemark Lincoln Square offers a centralized location for fun and food.

If you’re looking for a 21+ experience, the Cinebarre in Mountlake Terrace offers dinner and a movie, without leaving the comforts of your chair – or the movie at hand. Watch your latest favorites with a drink in hand (cocktails, soda, milkshakes, and more!) and a sandwich, pizza, salad of burger in front of you! Though you won’t find the same smell of popcorn as prominent you’ll find a different experience on comfy seats, great movies, and fabulous friends. Fun fact: they also have one in Issaquah!


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

A New Hobby to Kick Off the New Year! Check Out Any of These Local Meetups!

A New Hobby to Kick Off the New Year! Check Out Any of These Local Meetups!

Are you wanting to get out more in 2018? How about trying your hand at a new hobby or gaining a new skill? Or perhaps you already know what you’ll enjoy, but are looking for amazing people to share it with.

Meetup groups can be an amazing way to get out in our communities, learn new skills, and hone new passions and hobbies. Groups like this allow us to get outside of our comfort zones, and harness the power of face-to-face gatherings as a point of networking between members and organizers.

Meetups can be more than just way to get out of your house, but it can also help you birth, grow and develop friendships, hone your interests, or learn more about business and entrepreneurialism. These groups are excellent resources on many levels, and can offer tons of insight into whatever you’re looking to learn.

The Greater Seattle has tons of meetups to choose from, and you can use websites like MeetUp.com to find the one that sings to you? We’ve compiled a list of the Seattle area’s most favorite:

Sports, Activity, & Adventure:

Writing Groups:

Book Clubs:

Tech Groups:

Pet & Pups:

Regardless if you’re into the tech industry, learning, music or eating (or anything else), there’s a group for you – and, if you don’t see exactly what you’re searching for, that’s okay! Try your hand at your own meetup, and coordinating your own group to your akin preferences.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

6 Mouth-Watering Eateries in Bellevue, Washington

6 Mouth-Watering Eateries in Bellevue, Washington

Bellevue is known for many things: lux real estate, unique boutiques, and luxury shops. One thing that goes hand in hand with upscale shops, are amazing restaurants. But, which are the most highly rated? While no restaurant we could find had a distinguished 5-star online review rating, we’ve compiled a list of the top 6 restaurants in Bellevue, and where you can find them!

John Howie Steak Restaurant has proved a long-time, Eastside favorite. Their menus comprise traditional steakhouse fares, but they also offer seafood and vegetarian options. Across the board, people love the experience and friendly faces they encounter, and they’re conveniently located at the Shops at the Bravern in downtown Bellevue.

Another restaurant located in downtown Bellevue, Facing East offers Taiwanese cuisine with a unique twist. With so many options, you’d figure it would be hard to decide – and it totally is! Reviewers note their menu has several “MUST get” options!

Looking for something light and fresh? Try Bellden Café! Located in the heart of Bellevue, their artisanal eats allow just that. Though their menu may seem simple, they offer nutrition with a punch, including avocado-packed toast, nutrient-dense salads, and home-style and basic sandwiches.

When Din Tai Fung was new it gathered crowds around the corner, waiting for their delightfully crafted dumplings. A fledgling company in 1972, they quickly received rave reviews and an extensive following all over the world. There’s another location in Tukwila, if you’re interested in checking it out!

Located off the main strip, El Gaucho rises above many other Bellevue restaurants as a local fan-favorite. Their wall of windows glisten by day and sparkle by night, in their welcoming atmosphere of Eastside eateries. This steakhouse also offers seafoods, poultry, vegetarian, and a wonderful sharable menu!

We’re rounding out this Eastside eating list with a long-time favorite: Lot No. 3. Classic comfort foods, this vintage-inspired eatery offers a mouth-watering brunch, lunch, and dinner menu, including classics such as fish & chips and mac & cheese, but also some unique flavors, including their elk burger and PB&J&B (peanut butter, mixed bery jam, and bacon on sourdough!


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

The Eastside’s 5 Hottest Neighborhoods of 2017

The Eastside’s 5 Hottest Neighborhoods of 2017

Many areas across the Eastside experienced boundless growth, and are expected to grow into 2018, albeit, at a lesser rate. Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, gave us insight into what 2018 might have in store for homeowners and home prices. You can read the entire article at WindermereMercerIsland.com/Trends.

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The Eastside and Seattle offer their own set of unique offerings, but people are looking at much more than local amenities and locale for their newest home purchase. While location is key, come are prospecting outside of local major metropolises for their purchase. Why? Because outside of major cities, like Bellevue, Seattle or Redmond, you may find more bang for your buck. More home for your dollar – and that is crucial, especially when you’re searching for a family home.

Area #5 WEST BELLEVUE experiences a 16% increase, which is still staggering on its own.

West Bellevue is at the heart of the city’s center. The name “Bellevue” is French for “beautiful view”. In 2014, Bellevue was ranked as the 2nd best place to live in the nation by USA Today. The addition of many new high-rise condominium and apartments over the past decade has changed the scene in downtown Bellevue making it a very hip, walkable, and vibrant part of the Eastside. Many highly-desirable, longstanding and well-maintained single-family neighborhoods snuggle in to the north and south of downtown. Click here to read the entire article.

Area #4 KIRKLAND saw a 16.7% increase, in year over year prices.

Kirkland, a community of over 80,000 people, is fortunate to have a vibrant downtown area located on the waterfront of Lake Washington. Its proximity to I-405 and 520 provides easy access to Seattle, Bellevue and the Eastside. Kirkland has so much to offer residents and visitors: the arts, outdoor recreation, vibrant dining options, and unique local shops. The award-winning Lake Washington School District serves the residents of Kirkland with outstanding local schools. To read the entire article, click here.

Area #3 MERCER ISLAND homes experienced a 17.1% increase.

Centrally located between Seattle and Bellevue is the beautiful city of Mercer Island. Home to 22,000+ residents, Mercer Island is the most populated lake-bound island in the United States. While it is an island, it is directly connected to Seattle and Bellevue city centers via Interstate 90. Mercer Island’s location in Lake Washington tops the list of attractive attributes regarding the “Rock” and makes Mercer Island a premier Puget Sound community. The north end Town Center offers a dynamic urban village vibe with shops, restaurants, coffee cafes, and professional service providers amidst and upscale condo and apartment residences. To read the entire article, click here.

Area #2 The EASTSIDE SOUTH, including neighborhoods like Newport Hills and Somerset, saw a 17.4% increase in prices, year over year.

The Bellevue neighborhood of Somerset, with its iconic perch overlooking not only Bellevue surrounds, Lake Washington and Seattle—but also Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains in the distance on a clear day—is a favorite vantage point to take in panoramic views of Bellevue and Seattle. Click here to read about Bellevue.

Area #1 The most dramatic increase over the region was in EAST BELLEVUE, who saw a 20.4% increase – a larger increase than Seattle’s highest year over year, which was BEACON HILL/MOUNT BAKER at 20%.

The Woodridge neighborhood, located in the City of Bellevue, is just south of downtown and east of Interstate 405. Characterized by quiet no-through streets and comfortable homes – many with views of Lake Washington, downtown Bellevue and Seattle, this community is truly just off the beaten path. Woodridge Elementary School, a part of Bellevue School District, is just at the top of the hill. Local parks include Bannerwood Ballfield Park, Kelsey Creek Park, Norwood Village Park, and Woodridge Water Tower Park. Click here to read the entire article.

Overall, the lowest eastside increase was East Lake Sammamish, which saw a 13.2% increase year over year – which is almost double the national average at 6.7%. The Greater Seattle area, and surrounding regions, are experiencing seemingly limitless growth.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

6 Shopping Fan-Favorites on Main Street, in Bellevue, Washington

6 Shopping Fan-Favorites on Main Street, in Bellevue, Washington

Are you all shopped out from the holiday season? We are – but there are also a ton of after-season sales going on! If you find yourself in the mood, but want to avoid the rush of local malls, try Main Street, near downtown Bellevue.

Often referred to as Old-Bellevue, visit the heart of the city with great food and interesting shops, in a vibrant portrayal of “small-town” living in an urban metropolis. Visit and imagine everything surrounding it as strawberry fields, and you’ll get a decent depiction of what the area used to look like; but now this not-so hidden, Eastside gem bustles with cafes, bars, and boutique shopping.

Glassybaby is an establishment any charity lover can get behind. With locations along the West Coast, their glassblowers handcraft each “glassbaby”, ensuring the highest quality in your unique product – and this beautiful oasis of color offers a donation with ever purchase.

Do you have a kid in your family? Or a friend or family member you’re looking to buy for? Wee Tots Children’s Store on Main Street in downtown Bellevue, Washington is perfect for all types of children’s gear! Toys? Clothes? Or maybe some larger furnishings? This upscale infant and children outfitter offers quality!

Old and Elegant offers just that: antique-style fixtures and furnishings for your home. This unique retailor procures the finest wood and metal findings, alongside helpful, knowledgeable and honest owners and staff.

Looking to get the new year started right? Check out Title Nine for all things athleticwear and gear. With a business based on inspiring the world around us, you’ll surely find something for yourself or a friend!

Cozy into bed with Soaring Heart comfort. With a plan only to provide you with a night of great sleep, they let you know exactly what you’re buying – the fabrics included in their organic material, lack of toxic chemicals, and recycled and reused materials. Each mattress is handcrafted by precision builders.

And if you’re looking to furnish the rest of your home, check out LUXE + WOODS Urban Designs, where they believe ever furnishing should be as unique as you! Their one-of-a-kind creations, fit no mold in their beautiful boldness.

Located blocks away from Lincoln Square and the Bellevue Collection, Main Street in Bellevue, Washington shopping is nothing if not luxe-inspired. Regardless of if you’re looking for yourself, a friend, or your sister’s children, you’ll find something unique.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

8 of Our Favorite Restaurants in Renton, Washington

8 of Our Favorite Restaurants in Renton, Washington

In ideally located Renton, Washington, you’ll find tons of new restaurants to try. Whether at the Renton Landing, perched in the Highlands, or hidden in a downtown, brick building, Renton offers a variety of cuisines to please the entire family.

Located near the Landing and Coulon Beach, Peyrassol Café offers a selection of brunch, lunch, and dinner specials, raised, grown, and crafted locally. With firm roots in the Pacific Northwest, Peyrassol Café has, since the beginning, used local purveyors to supply their high-quality eats. (http://www.peyrassolcafe.com)

Perched in the Highlands of Renton, off State Route 900 & Duvall Avenue, is Sushi Roll Roll Roll. Consistently touted as “excellent” and a local favorite, patrons enjoy a cozy atmosphere alongside friendly service. (https://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-roll-roll-roll-renton?frvs=True&osq=Restaurants)

Big Island Poke is another local hit. Created by a People of the Chubs partner, this island-style eatery quickly ravaged the hearts of residents as a go-to poke establishment. Fresh and high-quality, this place is great for your Hawaiian taste buds! (http://www.bigislandpokeinc.com/)

Offering a delight lunch and dinner menu, Vino at the Landing has melted the hearts of local with their love of wine and fine foods. Whether you’re looking for a gather space before a night out, a bottle of wine for the evening, or a fabulous place for dinner, Vino at the Landing is your place! (https://www.vinoatthelanding.com/)

Ideally boutique, Smoking Monkey Pizza has consistently been awarded for the winning recipes, including #1 Pizza in Renton, Washington. A blend of traditional and modern loves, Smoking Monkey Pizzas offer the standards, and indulge in the unique. (https://www.smokingmonkeypizza.com)

Another fan favorite and Renton Highlands establishment, The Brick Pub & Grill offers passion alongside quality and artisan cuisine. Indulge in local and fresh ingredients with their passion-driven menu of WA craft beer, NW wine, and decadent eats. (http://www.thebrickpubrenton.com/)

If you’re looking for German cuisine, the Berliner Pub has you covered! Located near the heart of downtown Renton, their menu reflects a German Beerhall with long, shared tables with traditional fares and a full-range of beers! (http://www.berlinerpub.com)

And now, one of Renton, Washington’s favorite restaurants continues to be the Melrose Grill. Highly regarded in articles by the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, and Seattle Weekly, this “Best of Western Washington” establishment brings steak to another level. (http://www.melrosegrill.com/)

Renton, Washington is an easy drive to both the Eastside and Seattle – and only minutes from the Seatac Airport.

 


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

Bellevue & Mercer Island School District Information: January 2018 Edition

Bellevue & Mercer Island School District Information: January 2018 Edition

This will be a week of schools, as we head into the new year and another season of change. When home searching, schools may be at the top of your mind – especially if you have school-age children.

Being in a good school district has more to offers than premier schools, extracurricular activities, and high test scores. A decent school district, such as the Bellevue and Mercer Island districts, can also combat lags in real estate or can be the selling point for a potential buyer. And if you have or are planning on having children, they’ll only benefit from top schools.

The Bellevue and Mercer Island School Districts are highly regarded in the area for high mathematics and English scores and overall college readiness – and it’s safe to say both areas offer fabulous housing, are great for families, and decent employment opportunities.

Mercer Island School District

Total Students: 4,513
College Readiness: 59.3%
Proficient in English: 83%
Proficient in Mathematics: 84%

Complete MISD Information

Mercer Island High School
Graduation Rate: 93.5%
Total Students: 1,484
Total Teachers: 82
Average Years of Teachers Experience: 13.5
Teachers with at Least a Master’s Degree: 73.2%

Bellevue School District

Total Students: 20,461
College Readiness: 70.1%
Proficient in English: 71%
Proficient in Mathematics: 78%

Complete BSD405 Information

Bellevue High School
Graduation Rate: 87.3%
Total Students: 1,624
Total Teachers: 91
Average Years of Teachers Experience: 12.5
Teachers with at Least a Master’s Degree: 76.9%

Big Picture High School
Graduation Rate: 83.3%
Total Students: 350
Total Teachers: 35
Average Years of Teachers Experience: 7.8
Teachers with at Least a Master’s Degree: 65.7%

Interlake High School
Graduation Rate: 87.4%
Total Students: 1,627
Total Teachers: 101
Average Years of Teachers Experience: 10.2
Teachers with at Least a Master’s Degree: 78.2%

International High School
Graduation Rate: 100.00%
Total Students: 569
Total Teachers: 43
Average Years of Teachers Experience: 10.9
Teachers with at Least a Master’s Degree: 69.8%

Newport Senior High School
Graduation Rate: 94.4%
Total Students: 1,795
Total Teachers: 101
Average Years of Teachers Experience: 13.4
Teachers with at Least a Master’s Degree: 80.2%

Sammamish Senior High School
Graduation Rate: 84.2%
Total Students: 1,038
Total Teachers: 69
Average Years of Teachers Experience: 10.4
Teachers with at Least a Master’s Degree: 78.3%

Do your children in either of these Eastside school districts? Share your experiences in the comments below!

 

Data pulled from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Washington State Report Card.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

Too Cold? Try These 4 Slurp-Worthy Ramen Houses!

Too Cold? Try These 4 Slurp-Worthy Ramen Houses!

It’s super cold outside – and rainy, too. Now might prove a fabulous time to try that new ramen house you’ve been whispering about. Traditional ramen typically served hot (although there is a chilled option) and comprises a soupy consistency, of broth filled with noodles and toppings. Though the toppings widely vary, some standbys include sliced pork, dried seaweed, green onions, and egg.

Though the history is a bit unclear, ramen has swept Japan and China, and has made its way in to the heart of Americans, too!

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya is a chain that has experienced tons of growth other the past decade, with locations spanning across Japan, Australia, Taiwan, and the United States, including Indiana, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington. They serve a delicious and diverse menu comprised of Japanese cuisine!

We just went over Ramen Danbo in a previous article, so I won’t rehash the same information, but rest assured it’s delightful!

Located near the Westfield-Southcenter Shopping Mall, Arashi Ramen is a boutique ramen house that packs a lot of punch. They have ten different styles of ramen, plus sides and rice bowls, making their menu available to anyone. Highly-regarded in the area for consistently flavorful and heartwarming bowls, they use their own signature blend of handcrafted ramen, utilizing premium ingredients and simmer their broths over 16 hours.

Our last stop on the Ramen train is Seattle’s Teinei. Located in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, this industrial-chic eatery utilizes the Japanese meaning of its namesake: with care and politeness. They use their name as an emphasis for their upstanding hospitality, premium quality and outstanding service – and their reviewer agree!

After you try these places, you’ll forget about all the cold weather outside! In the comments below, share with us your favorite ramen house!

6 Hot & New Restaurants in the Greater Seattle Region – December 2017 Edition

6 Hot & New Restaurants in the Greater Seattle Region – December 2017 Edition

Hot and new restaurants are always popping up in the Puget Sound area, and we LOVE trying new and exciting things. Some people don’t want to cook when they get home, or they cook the same ten things week after week without sufficient variation.

This is where eating out and trying new things comes into play. Being adventurous and adding variety (dare, I say spice) to your life is a great way to indulge and find new tastes you never knew you enjoyed – and it doesn’t have to be something crazy. Maybe, you’ve just never tried brussels sprouts?

Tiger Bites is taking the area by storm. Located in the Overlake neighborhood of Bellevue, they offer delightful Taiwanese fusion eats, coupled with quality food, excellent service, and a sense of community. As a fast-casual restaurant, they offer quick, filling bites set at the highest quality!

Ramen has taken the area by storm in recent years, and this new Downtown ramen house is making statements with their signature Tonkotsu broth, touted as “unmistakable”. Nonetheless, only weeks old and Ramen Danbo proves a delicious eatery!

Open for two months, the Red Bamboo Bistro offers a fabulous and expansive Chinese menu. Located in the Renton Highlands, this eatery is already touted as “up there with the top places in Renton for Chinese food.

Neko: A Cat Café proves as adorable as it is indulgent in our fierce feline companions. The unique space rests in the heart of Capitol Hill, and offers drinks and nibbles as you pet the totally adoptable cats that slink around your feet. Drink. Eat. Pet cats, and maybe even adopt one while you’re there!

A combination of “new rustic and old, tradiational” Mexican foods, D’ La Santa offers a menu diverse with quality, prime meats, organic vegetables, and community. Their “family approach” to business shines through their unique and delicious menu!

Already garnered the title of “great brisket in Seattle” by the Seattle Times, Barbecue Smith offers a new take on a delicious trend. Alongside their traditional menu or brisket, mac & cheese, ribs, and pulled pork, they also offer unique additions, like kimchi and BBQ ramen.

Eating out can be fun and, while we shouldn’t overdo it, it can be a great way to find new inspirations and ideas for homecooked meals later down the line – or even just trying to figure out how they made what they made so delicious. Maybe you can add it to your New Year’s Resolutions to add to your palette.

New eats are a dime a dozen, but these places are well-rated (4+ stars) and have garnered media attention through their delicious offerings. What are your favorite new eating spaces in the Pacific Northwest?

Polar Bear Plunge – December 2017 Edition

Polar Bear Plunge – December 2017 Edition

The Polar Bear Plunge is a time-honored custom around the globe. People in Canada, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States all take part in this off-the-wall activity. But, why? Because we love kicking off the year with a cool and refreshing tradition, of course!

Well, sort of – and the fact remains that not all places observe this tradition on January 1st. Some, instead, wait for Spring.

The Polar Bear Plunge(s) are where people jump in or otherwise submerge in the water, despite the chilly winter water temperatures and are usually held to raise money for any number of charitable organizations.

Our proximity to the Puget Sound offers easy access to chilly waters and local volunteers assist with refreshments and much-needed hot beverages. Two local plunges happen in Seattle and Tacoma.

Seattle Polar Bear Plunge
WHEN: Monday, January 1st, 2018
TIME: 11:00am – 01:00pm
WHERE: Matthews Beach Park (4999 NE 93rd Street, Seattle)

Tacoma Polar Bear Plunge
WHEN: Monday, January 1st, 2018
TIME: 11:30am
WHERE: Point Defiance Marina (5912 North Waterfront Drive, Tacoma)

Alongside the Seattle Polar Bear Plunge, is the Resolution Run 5K & Polar Bear Drive. Presented by the Club Northwest, the event is held at Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle). Check out complete information here!

Regardless of if you’re searching for a New Year’s party, or a themed polar bear after party, the Seattle are has tons of offerings for you and your family! You can even try the Woodland Park Zoo or Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo & Aquariam to see polar bears!

3 Top-Rated Mercer Island Salons

3 Top-Rated Mercer Island Salons

Isn’t it about time for some pampering? If your anything like us, you’re busy, busy, busy with decorating, holiday parties, family get-togethers, and cooking, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take some time for yourself. The last few months are always chaotic and brimming with obligations, but remembering to take some for yourself can make the season all the more enjoyable.

Au Courant Salon & The DEN remains a fabulous island staple as both creative designer and specialized consultants. Locally owned, Au Courant is an “of the moment” designer service, specializing in visionaries and industry expertise. Aside from their typical services of hair styling extraordinaire, they offer POSH, a wardrobe & image consulting service.

With knowledge and expertise, the unique team at the Island Salon and Spa offer “no short cuts” on your salon and spa experience. From hair, to spa, tanning or massage, they have you covered for all your pampered needs – and their conveniently located in downtown Mercer Island: a quick stop from either Seattle or the Eastside, and excellent for island residents

Family owned since 2011, Hair Excel offers a value of an experience at an affordable price point. Consistently innovating, they leave “no hair out of place” at their family salon. Clean, efficient and attentive to detail.

Regardless of what you want, these awesome salons can get you what you’re looking for – and they’re conveniently located for Eastsiders, Seattleites and Mercer Islanders alike.

Grab your mother, sister, and best friend and head down for a holiday pampering! Or grab some gift cards for a New Year, and plan a spa day! Do you have a go-to salon on the island?

New Year’s Celebrations Around the Greater Seattle (and Tacoma) Area – December 2017 Edition

New Year’s Celebrations Around the Greater Seattle (and Tacoma) Area – December 2017 Edition

The New Year is just around the corner, which means you’re probably dwelling on past and future resolutions, and figuring out where you’ll spend your late night. You can read this productivity article to optimize the new year, but we’re gonna show you some of the fabulous places (and parties) in the Greater Seattle Area.

Several places like to sell out before the night, so reserve your spot before everything’s full – and if you’re looking for something more casual, look on OpenTable to see what Seattle area restaurants are hosting specials!

Early New Year’s Dance Party: Resolution
WHEN: Friday, December 29th, 2017
WHERE: WaMu Theater
BUY TICKETS HERE!

Bollywood Masquarade Party (Bollywood Dreams Entertainment)
WHEN: Saturday, December 30th, 2017
WHERE: Columbia City Theater (4916 Rainer Ave. S., Seattle)
FEE: $15-$25
BUY TICKETS HERE!

New Year’s at Benaroya Hall
WHEN: Sunday, December 31st, 2017
WHERE: Benaroya Hall
BUY TICKETS HERE!

New Year’s Eve at Chihuly
WHEN: Sunday, December 31st
TIME: 8:00pm – 01:00am
WHERE: Chihuly Garden and Glass (Seattle Center)
FEE: $250 per person
BUY TICKETS HERE!

SPECTRA: New Year’s Even Under the Arches
WHEN: Sunday, December 31st, 2017
TIME: 09:00pm – 02:00am
WHERE: Seattle Pacific Science Center
FEE: $80 / member I $85 / non-member (additional packages available)
BUY TICKETS HERE!

Ring in the New Year with KEXP at the Seattle Space Needle
WHEN: Sunday, December 31st, 2017
WHERE: Seattle Space Needle
MORE INFORMATION HERE!

Moisture Festival New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
WHEN: Sunday, December 31st, 2017
TIME: 08:00pm
WHERE: Hale’s Palladium (4301 Leary Way Northwest, Seattle)
FEE: $50 – $75
BUY TICKETS HERE!

New Year’s Eve in Tacoma, Washington
WHEN: Sunday, December 31st, 2017
WHERE: Around the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
FEE: $12 – $15
BUY TICKETS HERE!

Have Family Coming to Town? These are 5 of Seattle’s & 5 of Bellevue’s Most Highly Regarded Hotels

Have Family Coming to Town? These are 5 of Seattle’s & 5 of Bellevue’s Most Highly Regarded Hotels

The holidays are stressful enough without having the added pressure of dealing with the hotel you’re staying at. You’d assume it would be easy. You book the room and the show up and settle in, but we’re heard horror stories of ruined holidays or last-minute cramped quarters as twenty people share one four-bedroom home.

We’ve done through dozens of reviews, articles, and exposes and we’re here to share our findings – and just in time, too!

Bellevue

Hyatt Hotels is a world-renowned legacy, marked by outstanding service, profound understanding and knowledge of the surrounding area(s), and offering all the conveniences of home. In Bellevue, Hyatt Hotels offers two locations, one in downtown Bellevue, the Hyatt Regency, and on in the Eastgate neighborhood, the Hyatt House. There’s also one in Redmond!

The Hampton Inn & Suites is another popular Hilton endeavor. Friendly and “highly recommended” this location is right outside downtown Bellevue, meaning you get all the convenience, without all the traffic and city hubbub (don’t worry – you’re only two blocks away!)

The Westin Hotel in Bellevue, proves a premier experience at it’s finest. Consistently top notch, they’re a quarter-block away from Bellevue’s premier shopping experience, including the Bellevue Collection, Lincoln Square, Shops at the Bravern, and the Bellevue Connection.

Mariott Hotels also offers a getaway in Bellevue Downtown District. Excellent location and an overall comfortable stay make the holidays an easy experience! Add in some fabulous dining, their fitness center, and other amenities, the Courtyard by Marriott in Bellevue proves an excellent option!

Seattle

With how expansive Seattle is, there’s bound to be tons of excellent hotel options – and that’s definitely the case here. Don’t worry – we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 go-tos!

Self-touted as “hip and urban, funky and fun,” Hotel 5 is at the top of our “Seattle” list. With their pup-friendly package, “there’s no need to ruff it without your furry friend!” This ultra-modern hotel has set its sights higher and offers a plethora of amenities – and a 1100% smoke-free environment.

Another fabulous option is the Loews Hotel 1000. Each location is uniquely modern and contoured to the Seattle community – including awesome pup and children specialties. Check out their Spaahh for award-winning products and treatments, while their Seafood & Oyster Bar and Bell Lounge offer expert dining experiences.

Another Seattle experience, highlighting the human-dog friendship that’s so brightly invigorated around the Puget Sound Region. The Kimpton Hotel Vintage is one of Seattle’s boutique hotels, offering an urban retreat for anyone within the sound of their voice. Want to get spoiled and pampered? Delight in their in-room spa experience, complimentary hotel bicycles, plus their partnership with Washington wine partners and their morning coffee + tea service. Love the hotel you’re in!

Stay in the heart of downtown, at the Kimpton Alexis Hotel. Another unique endeavor, similar to their Hotel Vintage location, this luxury stay was rated “#1 Hotel in Seattle” by Conde Nast Traveler, RCA 2017 and “Best Seattle Hotels” by U.S. News & World Report, 2017. Curious why? Phenomenal experiences. Exceptional services. “Because you’re worth it.”

Enjoy classic Seattle shopping at the new Pike Place Market and stay at the Inn at the Market. Savor the views of downtown, Pike Place Market, Seattle’s waterfront experience, the Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains beyond – and depending on your preferences, there are different suite options to choose from!

Bonus

But Seattle and Bellevue, though the premier cities of the area, aren’t the only one’s with decent digs! Kirkland also offers two premier hotels, if that’s a bit closer to your family!

The Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa is located just north of Bellevue, on the edges of Yarrow Bay. With great reviews, dashing views, and awesome activities, they’re on this list of classic Pacific Northwest experience.

 Another Kirkland abode away from home is the Heathman Hotel. Totally #PNW and luxurious, and only a hop, skip and a jump into Woodinville, this hotel is ideally located near downtown Kirkland shopping, eating, and their beautiful waterfront.

Do you have a have a favorite place to stay in-town, or while you’re visiting the Seattle area? Let us know!