7 of Seattle’s Most Hidden Bakeries

7 of Seattle’s Most Hidden Bakeries

As we all know, Seattle has so many mouthwatering restaurants, that you’d never run out! But, sometimes we just want snacks, and local Seattle bakeries harbor some of the most delicious pastries we’ve ever had!

Google searches for local baked goods continues to skyrocket, year after year – sort of like the current local real estate market. As more and more people are indulging in local baked goods, more and more boutique bakeries pop up.

This is our own “short list” of hidden (and let’s be real, not-so-hidden) bakeries around Seattle.

Probably one of Seattle’s worst kept secrets, is Bakery Nouveau. Though there are a few locations around Seattle, we’ve enjoyed the Capitol Hill location on several occasions. From daily-made sandwiches to homemade breakfast pastries, fresh bread, plus holiday and seasonal delights.  They’re in Burien, West Seattle, and Capitol Hill, so indulge in their range of products.

A humble and whimsical bakery, the Dahlia Bakery can be found in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. Though they can complete your every baked-good need, they specialize and have been world-renowned for their Triple Coconut Cream Pie. Try their artisan breads, homemade pastries, and delightful cakes, full of fresh ingredients and local heart.

Local and baked with the heart, the Sod House Bakery offers beautiful creations from cinnamon rolls and croissants, to hand pies and sandwich cookies. Specializing in creations made with local ingredients from sustainable sources, their cookies, pies, and other baked goods are delicious, and they offer an amazing place for community.

Off 24th Avenue in Ballard, you’ll find a small bakery, called Tall Grass Bakery. Referred to as the “BEST… THE NUMBER ONE” in Seattle, this little bakery has had lines around the block several times. Completely organic and hand-forged, these “hot for you” breads are scrutinized to the highest caliber, and use only the finest quality of ingredients available.

Family owned, craft bakery, Sea Wolf Bakery has made its mark on the Seattle baked-goods scene. Created from brothers, who use only the best practices of local sourcing and skillful craftsmanship, they found their own piece of the city in August of 2016, after years of using borrowed kitchens around Seattle.

New to the neighborhood, this pretty bakery opened just a few weeks ago (2017), with carefully crafted pastries, breads, sandwiches, and crepes – paired with fine wine and espresso, to boot! The Semillion Bakery Café offers fresh goods that are locally sourced. When choosing in the Northwest, why not choose the Northwest?

Located in Northern Beacon Hill, Fresh Flours offers the finest quality of pastries and coffee. While it began as a dream, it’s since morphed into some of the most unique and expertly developed baked-goods recipes, including flavors like green tea, sesame, and azuki.

Some of the best smells in the world can be found inside a bakery. With fresh bread out of the oven, and the creamy texture of freshness and youth in the air, any bakery can make you feel at home. Delight in the freshness and indulge in the goodness.


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7 Vegan Restaurants You’ve Been Wanting to Try in Seattle, Washington

7 Vegan Restaurants You’ve Been Wanting to Try in Seattle, Washington

Eating vegan isn’t just a preference, but a lifestyle – and you don’t have to eat completely vegan to enjoy the benefits of the diet. Like any cuisine, vegan dishes are vast and deliciously satisfying meals, crafted for you: the eater!

What are these many benefits – you may ask? You may consider replacing a few meals a week with vegan alternatives to slim down and increase energy and to add vegetables and essential nutrients to your diet that many people aren’t getting. And while you can always make your own emulations at home we’ve comprised a list of Seattle restaurants, specializing in vegan cuising.

With moderate prices, an excellent location, and fabulous cuisine, Araya’s Places offers delicious vegan Thai food. Proclaimed as the 1st vegan-Thai restaurant in the Northwest, they opened in 1987 and remain a family-owned and operated establishment. With three locations in the Seattle area, Araya’s Place is a beautiful place where accommodation doesn’t stop at the door.

Beautifully crafted vegan interpretations of everyday dishes is Chaco Canyon Organic Café’s specialty. With three locations sprawled around Seattle, they offer fresh and local foods with every visit, meaning the feeling of homecooked vegan food is only a short drive away.

Another Thai-vegan restaurant, with a 4+ star rating, is Seattle’s Kati Vegan Thai. Cozy chic, this restaurant offers that classic dining feel, with the openness of Seattle’s industrial architecture around South Lake Union – and they’ve got excellent reviews on Happy Cow.

A delicate flower, Café Flora has proved a wonderful addition to the Madison Valley. Their boutique dining is next level, from “utilizing local, organic, and sustainable produce” to “building strong, and direct relationships with Washington farms.” They community-based business perfectly intermingles with Seattle’s vibes and they’ve been repeatedly awarded “Best Brunch” and “Best Vegetarian Restaurant.

Harvest Beat is a unique form of restaurant. Specializing in goodness and unity, they offer an ever-changing menu that both “respects the food of the moment” and diminishes the restaurant’s waste. The experience starts when you think about making reservation and lasts through the 5-course meal and final sip of your evening pairing.

Hundreds of reviews later… Wayward Vegan Café rests comfortably at a 4.5 star, with reviewers touting their cuisine as a “no contest” in top Seattle vegan spots. Established in 2004, they offer veganized American diner-style food, with “large portions, bottomless coffee, and friendly service.”

Between First Hill and Capitol Hill rests Plum Bistro – a vegan hotspot in the area. Expertly crafted dishes, comprised of local, sustainable, and organic ingredients, are what make Plum Bistro amazing. The passion and delicate intricacies of each dish delight foodies everywhere.

Regardless of what your preferences are, these vegan restaurants are delightful and delicious. What are your favorite vegan eateries in the area?

4 Up & Coming Ways to Commute Around the Greater Seattle Region

4 Up & Coming Ways to Commute Around the Greater Seattle Region

Seattle’s commute has proved horrendous for a while, but what are we doing about it? And how can we make it better?

According to an October 2017, GeekWire article, Seattle has the sixth longest average commute time, at 54.22 minutes – and, believe it or not, that number has actually reduced from an earlier February figure from King5. Though we’re still behind cities like Washington, CD, San Francisco, CA and New York, NY, the figure in minutes is only about a 6-minute difference. According to that same article, however, Seattle falls to number 17 in commute-related stress.

While vehicle transit makes up a large majority of Seattle’s average commuter, there are tons of other options coming down the pipeline.

One of the largest options in the newspapers are the Light Rail Expansions, and although it’s not settled to be “complete” (as per current projects) until 2039 for its furthest reaching, Tacoma expansion, and projects headway can be seen across the I-90 bridge and 2041 for the Kirkland-Issaquah service.

It seems a far in the future, but the 62 new miles, coming in at 116 miles total, of light rail is projected as one of the “most ambitious transit expansions this country has ever seen,” noted Snohomish County Executive, Dave Somers.

King County Metro has spoke about expanding bus service and boosting their late-night schedules. With 240 more trips each weekday, 100 more Saturday trips, 153 additional Sunday trips and the hiring of more than 2,800 transit operators, the metro system is confident to bolster service throughout the region.

Water Taxis are making a comeback as new options come to light. A fast-ferry has also been proposed for foot-traffic between Tacoma and Seattle. According to Curbed-Seattle, Tacoma’s City Councilor, Ryan Mello, there’s “a lot of regional interest” in the idea, but regulation bars them on a state level, leaving it up to the local governments to run with the idea. If this were to take effect, it could reduce the averaged 30-minute commute by 10-minutes.

Another fast-ferry could be on it’s way, connecting Seattle to Renton, Washington, via Lake Washington. Though this is the idea of a private developer, they hope to be up and running in 2020 – only a couple short years away!

Since so many other land-routes are clogged and bogged-down throughout the day, and especially during peak hours, water seems like the right way to go about reducing congestion.

Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan was also implemented earlier this year (2017). The 2017-2021 plan, is a vision that bicycle riding throughout the region proves comfortable for people’s day-to-day life, for all ages and all abilities. Stay up to date on the Bike Master Plan page.

Ferries, buses, biking… they’re all the usual, but a huge way you can cut your commute in the meantime is to rideshare. Whether through private organizations or with your best buds, this is a great way for you to take advantage of perks, like cutting fuel cost and consumption, cheaper parking, use HOV/HOT lanes and avoid extraneous wear and tear on your vehicle.

Bottom line, many major metropolises are bearing a heavy burden, when it comes to its workers’ commute. Some drive times expanding 17-miles could take up to 90-minutes – or longer – in some cases. Something many agree on, is that solutions lie in data and technology, and “not necessarily in adding a big highway or building a big parking garage.”

What do you think about these potential or up and coming options? How drastically do you think they’ll reduce and relieve the average commute? Know of any more options? Let us know in the comments!

A By-Neighborhood Guide to Seattle’s Music Scene

A By-Neighborhood Guide to Seattle’s Music Scene

Seattle is a town known for its music. From Sunny Day Real Estate, Mudhoney, and Soundgarden, to Nevermore, the Postal Service, Classic Crime, and Macklemore, Seattle offers a rich music scene from 90’s grunge to indie rock, progressive metal, and hip hop.

While it’s true that many of the venues are bars and geared towards 21+, some aren’t, allowing people of any age to enjoy their favorite musical varieties. This list goes over some of the many Seattle venues that local, touring, and visiting artists and bands call home.

Georgetown

A 21+ venue, Slim’s Last Change Chili Shack & Watering Hole features music throughout the month, though not every day. Stay up-to-date on their website, by visiting their shows page.

West Seattle

The city that could have been, West Seattle features the “beach life” with a short drive of bustling, downtown Seattle. The peninsula is a bit more laid back, than the busy populace of Seattle’s thriving business district – and has amazing views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Peninsula.

Touted as West Seattle’s premier music venue, the Skylark features music of every variety, including indie rock, pop, electronica, hard rock, metal, and jazz. Note: some of their features are 21+, but there are a ton that are all ages.

SODO

Both Showbox venues (the Market and SODO) always bring a crowd. The SODO venue features its original beauty as a converted warehouse and has feature articles such as Heart and Taking Back Sunday.

Studio 7 proves and multi-faceted space, featuring artists throughout the week ranging from metal to hip hop to electronica. Their space includes their main club, dual level showroom, and 16 band rehearsal rooms.

Easily one of the largest venues in the area, the Washington Music Theater (WaMu Theater), has featured bands such as Slayer, Kid Cudi, and various music festivals. Their expansive space offers a variety of options from standing, sitting, and hanging out near refreshments if you need a break.

Columbia City

Over Beacon Hill, you’ll find a neighborhood known as Columbia City – and the Columbia City Theater. With the theater in back and the Bourbon Bar in from, this venue features an eclectic history and a past lineup just as varied.

With music seven days every week, the Royal Room was designed to serve the musicians and artists it hosts, and likewise offers an emphasis on creative programming and development and working collaboratively in a community space.

Pioneer Square

Moving north in Pioneer Square, you’ll want to stop by the Central Saloon. With a history for over 120 years, the Central Saloon not features “the best live rock seven nights a week,” 365 days per year.

Downtown

Showbox Market is a beautiful art-deco style entertainment spot, with a full bar separate from the floor. Still displaying music for over 75 years, the Showbox Market has proved itself a mainstay in the Seattle music scene.

The HardRock Café near Downtown, Seattle often features live music on their second-floor venue.

The Triple Door is a beautiful music + eating venue. The front offers a delight dining area, while music patrons can sit and eat as they watch a variety of music, featuring artists such as Kaki King and Glockabelle.

The Seattle Theatre Group comprises the Paramount, Moor, and Neptune theaters.

Located under the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the Highway 99 Blues Club features a 21+ venue and combines the feelings of “southern juke joint”, with that of “old timey” architecture and concept.

Belltown and the Denny Triangle

These two areas are wonderful for bustling around town, and proves Seattle’s 4th most walkable and bikeable districts, according to Walkscore.com.

Offering a variety of daily delights, the Crocodile is touted on Paste Magazine’s list of top 40 music venues in the United States. Back in its years in the 1990’s, it was a swift ride to fame, as it featured many emerging and heavily popular bands throughout the grunge scene.

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley is highly regarded amongst Seattle Jazz venues, featuring nightly shows, largely comprising jazz ensembles, pianists, vocalists, and guitarists.

Another stop along the Jazz train, it Tula’s Jazz Club, featuring jazz seven nights a week, plus “great Northwest and American cuisine.”

The Rendezvous Jewelry Box Theater remains an intimate venue, restored to its original 1932 beauty and offers live music and burlesque. Check out either the Jewelry Box or Grotto for daily entertainment!

Many mega-performers come through the Key Arena at Seattle Center, including bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Explosions in the Sky, Queens of the Stoneage, and many other popular artists.

Capitol Hill & South Lake Union

Amongst the best of Seattle’s urban charm, these two typical “Seattleite” neighborhoods are booming with eateries, bars, cafes, boutiques, and entertainment venues. Regardless of where you live, you’re only a short walk away from fun!

Neumos is another eclectic bar + venue, featuring bands such as the Raconteurs, Cannibal Corpse, Iron & Wine, Mudhoney, and a variety of others. They offer three full bars, a second-floor mezzanine, and a balcony overlooking the mainstage.

Though their bookings trend into metal and punk territory, the Highline has been a longstanding, Broadway venue, featuring a food and drink menu.

Another not-always 21+ venue, is Chop Suey. They offer a variety of tastes in music and cuisine (check out their menu!)

El Corazon and the Funhouse strive to provide the “ultimate concert and social experience,” while their staff focus on “excellent customer service and artist relations.” Enjoy a show. Chat with friends. Have a drink.

While the heart of Seattle hosts the majority of Seattle’s music venues, the northend has its fair share, including the High Dive, Nectar Lounge, The Little Red Hen, Sea Monster Lounge, Café Racer and the Blue Moon Tavern. (https://www.highdiveseattle.com/) (http://www.littleredhen.com/) (http://seamonsterlounge.com/) (http://caferacerseattle.com/) (https://bluemoonseattle.wordpress.com/)

What are your favorite Seattle venues? And where have you seen your favorite shows?

10 Shopping Centers of the Greater Seattle Region

10 Shopping Centers of the Greater Seattle Region

We’re getting into the best (or worst) time for seasonal shopping, and although there is much you can purchase online, stores are creating sales and pre-sales to combat their dwindling retail shop industry. It can also be a good time to verify sale prices and stock up on things that are typically more expensive throughout the year!

These 11-local shopping center are great for getting out of the house, or finding that last wish list item.

In the center of Downtown Seattle, you’d fine the massive shopping district, including Westlake Center, Pacific Place and surrounding buildings, housing retailors, such as Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Nike’s Seattle location. Westlake Center is a 4-story, glass-enclosed shopping center, that includes tons of eateries and retailors, while Pacific Place is a small mall, offering Seattle’s premier boutiques.

Nestled between the University District and Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood, you’ll find the University Village Shopping Center. This largely outdoor shopping area has been beautifully designed to incorporate the experience of shopping with the quaint shops that call this “Village” home. Comprised of dozens of retailors, including glassybaby and Mercer & Co., this mall offers ample parking and is within walking distance to public transportation and various Seattle neighborhoods.

Further north, in the Northgate neighborhood, you’ll find Northgate Mall. A Simon Mall, Northgate offers a variety of retailors and boutiques, including Macy’s and Forever XXI. Though Northgate in and of itself is of substantial size, encompassing over 130 stores, its proximity to the Regal Cinemas at Thorton Place and the Northgate North building only adds to the opportunity.

Moving further north, towards Lynnwood, you’ll find the newly reimagined Alderwood Mall and surrounding shopping centers. Touted as Snohomish County’s largest mall, this mall comprises over 165 stores and 1.5 million square feet of retail space. The space went through major renovations in the early 2000s and it remains a major mall for north end dwellers.

Redmond’s dual-level, outdoor shopping mall offers tons of beauty and opportunity for consumers. Offering more than 110 shops restaurants, lodging and entertainment options, Redmond Town Center comprises six buildings, most of the shopping in the main hub of Center Street Plaza and the Macy’s and REI buildings.

The bustling city of Bellevue, offers three malls, including the Bellevue Collection and Bellevue Square Mall, Crossroads Bellevue, and Factoria Mall. Though technically not the largest in Washington, Bellevue Square Mall does offer 1.3 million square feet of retail space and comprises over 180 stores. It’s adjoining buildings, such as Lincoln Square, offer more opportunity for dining and play. Bell-Square, as local call it, is known for its high-end retailors, including Armani Exchange and Hugo Boss.

Both Crossroads Bellevue and the Marketplace at Factoria are considerably smaller than other local malls, but they both have a lot to offer. Crossroads is a plethora of culture and eating, surrounded by family-friendly fun, exercise facilities, and retailors, including Old Navy, Pier 1 Imports, and Daiso Japan. The Marketplace at Factoria offers retailors such as Target, the Nordstrom Rack, and Old Navy, but they also have a ton of surrounding eateries and shops.

The Marketplace at Factoria is located a block away from Newport High School, Crossroads is approximately 1.5-miles from Bellevue’s Interlake High School, and the Bellevue Collection is less than a mile from Bellevue High School. These close proximities make these malls a go-to for after school activities and gettogethers.

The Westfield-Southcenter Mall, formerly known as Southcenter Mall, is the largest shopping center in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. Comprising over 215 stores and 1.7 million square feet of retail space, Westfield Mall offers a wide array of shopping opportunities from food and clothing, to beauty and home décor.

Federal Way’s regional shopping mall, offers over 90 stores, full-service restaurant, and arcade, and cineplex! As Federal Way’s only mall, the Commons at Federal Way and its surrounding plazas offer the majority of the area’s shopping.

Down the hill into Auburn, you’ll find another massive shopping center, known as the Outlet Collection Seattle and remains the largest outlet mall in the Pacific Northwest. Comprised of 140 stores and about 945,000 square feet of retail space, the Outlet Collection has gone through major additions and renovations since the early 2000s, including a half-dozen strip malls.

Whether you’re shopping for you mother, father, sister, brother, spouse, child or best friend, you can surely find, make, or bake something that will brighten their day!


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A Locational Guide to Seattle’s Best Coffee Establishments

A Locational Guide to Seattle’s Best Coffee Establishments

A little substance, known to Seattlelites as coffee, has sparked our interest for many, many decades. Usually presented in the form of coffeeshops, these shops serve as social scene, community hub, office space, studying epicenters, and morning necessity. But, if you’re searching for the best caffeinated beverages in a city filled with caffeine-infused drinks, you’ll need some sort of a guide to help you sift through and find your space in the morning (and afternoon) chaos.

Navigating the trenches of each Seattle neighborhood may seem intimidating, but when you’re on the search for a cuppa joe’, it’s all you need is a good guide to a great cup!

Each neighborhood in Seattle offers their own array of shop to choose from, but which shops, and neighborhoods, offer the best of the best?

South Seattle

The Columbia City Bakery may be better known for the baked goods they produce and sell for your enjoyment, but they’re also the beholder of a beverage known as coffee. I know you’ve never heard of it, but it’s this delightful thing that gives you this get up and go mentality for particularly dreadful mornings. Also, try one of their scones!

Other South Seattle shops include Café RedTin Umbrella Coffee,  and Empire Espresso.

First Hill

Stumptown Coffee is a Portland, Oregon based company, with a branch and roastery in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Located near the Seattle University campus, off 12th Avenue, their small, top level, shop is only bolstered by their lower level roastery and sip center. Their built on the backs of passion, pleasure, and the flavor only a perfectly extracted coffee bean can excrete.

Like many similar shops in Seattle, they offer a variety of brews, including Chemex, Aeropress, French Press, the standard Espresso, and a bunch of other options. Try a new varietal, or enjoy your favorite!

Downtown

Just south of Lower Queen Anne, across from the epic Seattle Center, is where you’ll find this espresso empire’s first brick and mortar. La Marzocco is best known for supplying coffeeshops with the tools to keep their customers coming back for more, but they’ve decided to break into the market with their own beautiful boutiques. This modern industrial hub remains a highly regarded cafe they use to showcase their most delightful blends and instruments.

Other downtown proprietors include Street Bean Coffee RoastersStoryville CoffeeCraftworks Coffee Bar, and, another Seattle classic, Uptown Espresso & Bakery, otherwise known as the Home of the Velvet Foam.

North Seattle

Located in both Downtown and Ballard, Seattle Coffee Works is a thriving representation of Seattle’s best coffee. Seattle Coffee Works’ Ballard offshoot is referred to as Ballard Coffee Works and features a delightfully modern coffee bar and a segment of their pace remains dedicated for your exploration and enthusiasm for the coffee bean.

Other north end establishments include Slate Coffee Bar, a small, yet satisfying location, and Herkimer Coffee.

Even if you don’t like spending all your time finding a new coffee shop, you can still have that taste from home. Many of the above establishments offer their own small-batch roasted beans. Don’t know how to brew? Many of these places can team you, too – or you can research it online!

Each individual shop offers passion and a piece of what makes Seattle, well, Seattle. Each distinct with personality, style and preference, there’s a shop for every person, and every person for a shop!

What are your favorite coffee hubs in Seattle? Ore even outside the Seattle city limits?


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5 of Seattle’s Off-Leash Playgrounds for Dogs

5 of Seattle’s Off-Leash Playgrounds for Dogs

Seattle is a dog-friendly city – there’s no denying it! Locals love their pups and take great pride in taking them everywhere they go. And why wouldn’t they? Dogs are excellent mood fosterers and can put a smile on our faces even on our worst day.

And that’s one reason Seattle’s canine industry has boomed in the past decade. But, there are some places dogs aren’t allowed, including the beaches of Golden Gardens, and Seattle’s on top of places to take our pooches.

The Magnuson Park Off-Leash Area is a fabulous area with beach access. Enjoy running along the rocky waters of Lake Washington? As one of Seattle’ largest inner-city romps, this park is complete with water access, winding trails paved with compact gravel, and gorgeous Pacific Northwest scenery. At 8.6 acres, the Warren G. Magnuson Park Off-Leash Area is known as the “best dog park in the city!”

On the northeastern tip of Seattle, you’ll find a quaint neighborhood park, known as Northacres Park. A refreshing park in the northend, this doggy park features cedar chips, pleasant and paved trails, and are very well-kept. You can even donate a poop-bag if you’re so inclined!

Closer to downtown Seattle, is the Blue Dog Pong Off-Leash Area. This 1.7 acre, rectangularly shaped park is ideal for throwing tennis balls on the grassy slopes. A fully-fenced and enclosed area, this park is packed with fun. This no-frills dog park offers the basics of city-pup play and is a definite must if you’re in the city!

A product of Seattle’s hilly terrain, the Woodland Park Off-Leash Dog Park proves an favorite place to take your pup for some shaded, outdoor fun! Fun tip: run your pup up and down the hill for faster energy exertion! Though on the smaller side, you can still find tons of fun for your dog, while simultaneously socializing them!

Water rest Park is another large dog, complete with off-leash area, in the southend of Seattle. A highly rated park, the Watercrest Off-Leash Area is known for its large size and separate shy & small dog area, nature walking trails for human and pup alike, beautiful views and plenty of space to roam!

Another, non-city maintained park is the House of Ruff. This indoor, puppy playground facility is great for socializing both humans and dogs, and comes complete with a delightful array of adult beverages and light snacks while your pup hangs out! Watch the “big game” outside your home, but with the comforts of your best, furry friend!

As an office of animal lovers, we enjoy watching our friends enjoy their time, whether that be indoors, outdoors, or under the couch cushions. What are your favorite places to take you pup?

Top 6 Coffee Shops in Downtown, Seattle

Top 6 Coffee Shops in Downtown, Seattle

What are some of your favorite, morning beverage type? If you said coffee, then you’re in the right spot! Stolen away and hidden among the locals are fabulous cafes and boutique coffee shops to try…

Seattle is well-known for its local of boutique and fair-trade coffee, but where to choose? Regardless of what you’re searching for – a casual drip coffee or an elaborate mocha – Seattle never lets us down!

Caffe Vita offers signature blends and single origin options, backed by an independent and locally-owned roastery and retail spot. As Farm-Direct pioneers, they meticulously research and evaluate each bean source and strive to create coffee that develops and reaches every taste bud!

Another family-owned, Seattle coffee house, the Cherry Street Coffee House has been a community hub since 1997. Now, with 10 locations, they’ve created a welcoming and diverse environment of coffee and breakfast sandwiches.

Storyville Coffee started as a radical dream that finally met reality. A Seattle-based specialty coffee company, Storyville has four shops to help pursue their passion and mission. By combining their loves, passions, and ultimate mission, this company has made a sound footprint on hearts around Seattle.

Partnered with Lighthouse Roasters, VoxxCoffee offers a high-quality espresso coupled with the finest machines and manual presses. Not only quality, but consistency is another reason Voxx harbors excellent reviews and numerous regulars. Check out their other local offerings, including fresh-baked pastries, sandwiches, and breakfast wraps, plus they’ve gluten-free options!

Café Ladro and Ladro Roasting proves another compelling option for Seattleites in Downtown. With over 20 years’ experience, this local coffeeshop creates an intimate vibe in 15 local locations. With their signature friendly atmosphere, they create community every cup!

No Seattle coffee list if complete without an reference of Seattle Coffee Works. Offering a variety of brewing methods, each location is unique in both atmosphere and brew. Both their “Slow Bar” and Espresso Bar are hosted by expert and well-trained baristas, who share the passion and innovation that first sparked the “Seattle Coffee Works” vision.

What are your favorite local places to visit while Downtown, Seattle?

 

3 Cupcakeries to Enjoy in Seattle, Washington

3 Cupcakeries to Enjoy in Seattle, Washington

Cupcakes have spread across the world like a wildfire. Though recipes and style can vary, each cake is made for one person to enjoy, but can be easily shared. This cupcake trend allowed for many cupcakeries to pop up all around the United States, calling for local bakeries and big-box grocery chains adding cupcakes to their roster and small specialized boutique popping up.

Seattle’s set a craze with local shops, many of which are delightfully delicious. If you’re craving a cupcake, you may want to check out some of these. These Seattle-local cupcake bakers are delicious, wholesome, and all-occasion ready!

The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company notes itself as a small-batch and modern bakery, specializing in cupcakes, but also offering macarons, cakes, pastries, and other desserts. Each cupcake is elaborately designed for its individual theme, some over-the-top and some relatively basic.

Another local favorite, includes Trophy Cupcakes. With location in Wallingford, University Village, and Pacific Place, they offer an array of ever-changing flavors with weekly and monthly specials. They’ve also mini-cupcakes for light eaters!

Cupcake Royale is our last spot on this list, but isn’t last on our taste buds. Colorful and innovative flavors, including Blueberry Brown Better, Peach Cobbler, and Raspberry Lemonade, create an explosion of zest and tang. They also offers gluten-free options!

What are your favorite local cupcakeries? Or what’s your favorite recipe and flavors to make at home?


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WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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HI-TECH URBAN DWELLING
819 Virginia Street #2803, Seattle • MLS# 1182786
$730,000 • 1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 818 Square Feet

Stunning, hi-tech, updated, open concept 1 bed + den is steps from Downtown Seattle, South Lake Union and Amazon. Enjoy the stunning views from floor to ceiling windows and added comfort of a Nest and Smart Home lights. The spacious bedroom fits a king bed, has a private balcony and walk-in closet. Guests coming? The den has a custom Murphy double bed! Building amenities include 24-hour concierge, guest suite, clubhouse/party room, gym, sauna, hot tub and roof-deck. No rental cap and strong HOA.

For more information, please contact Rachel Schindler and Robyn Kimura-Hsu.
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12 of Our Favorite Trail-Parks Within Seattle, Washington

12 of Our Favorite Trail-Parks Within Seattle, Washington

Last week was the calm before the storm, so to speak. We’re up for a brutal week, weather wise, but why not take advantage of the sun, heat, and lack of water dripping from the sky? Seattle is brimming with outdoorsy activities, and one of those activities are trails. Whether you’re looking for a long or short trail or a beautiful or private trail a Seattle park is only a short drive away.

These twelve easy and awesome hikes accommodate not only walkers, but runners and bicyclists, too!

Carkeek Park offers 220 acres of lush forests, meadows, creeks, wetlands, and dozens of intertwining trails, including South Bluff Trail, Hillside Trail, Pipers Creek Trail, North Traverse, and the South Ridge Trail. Plenty of parking along the street leading towards the water, as well as a play area and beach access. It’s always surprising to check out the low tide critters!

Warren G. Magnuson Park doesn’t have oodles of trails, but they do have a few that run the length of the park, through the wetlands and towards the beach. At roughly 350 acres, the park is noted as Seattle’s second largest park and is known for its array of amenities. Though it only has four miles of trails, it still beats our next installment, and it coupled with beauty, beaches, and activity!

The Burke-Gilman Trail is another popular trail in Seattle. Disclaimer: though it starts in Seattle, it ends in Bothell (or vice versa depending on how you look at it.) This 18.8-mile stretch is well-maintained asphalt starting near Seattle’s Golden Gardens and ending near the Sammamish River Trail.

Greenlake & Woodland Parks are across a very small street from each other. A loop around Greenlake Park is 2.8 miles, but you can supplement that walk with the trails in Woodland Park. Both areas are stunningly breathtaking, with sparkling views of Greenlake and its surrounding beauty. Woodland Park even has an off-leash dog park for puppies, but, don’t worry, you can take them on the loop with you too!

The best (in my opinion) park for trails within the Seattle limits is Discovery Park. For any activity level, Discovery Park has an area in which you’ll thrive. A 534-acre natural park, it rests as Seattle’s largest park and encompasses much of the entirety of Magnolia’s Northwestern peak. Many of the trails are accessible from the main road, Discovery Park Boulevard, and the loops of Washington and California Avenue. Though the main Discovery Park Loop Trail in only 2.8 miles, dozens of other trails can easily bump that number.

The Elliott Bay Trail runs along the Seattle waterfront, starting at Terminal 91 along the waterfront and extends 3.4 miles towards Smith Cove and ends near Smith Cove Park. A wonderfully maintained asphalt trail is easily accessed and heavily trafficked by bicyclists, walkers, and runners alike.

Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park is 40 acres of urban beauty. Historical buffs will enjoy the Observatory and Asian Art Museum (temporarily closed, 2017 – anticipated reopening, 2019), while runners, bicyclists, and walkers will enjoy the main loop and astounding landscaping. The East Highland Drive Trail is the mail trail on the West side boundary, while several other unnamed trails can be utilized throughout the area.

I know you’ve been waiting for the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum trails. Two main trails run North-South through the length of the Washington Park Arboretum, including Azalea Way and Arboretum Drive East. Though these are the main trails, other trails, such as the East Arboretum Trail and Arboretum Aqueduct, intersect between the two main arterial.

Moving further south, the Genesee Park and Playfields (lower & upper) offer wonderful neighborhood trails. Though only about a mile of trail, the park offers various other amenities, including being a staple to the neighborhood’s sports activities. Well-maintained and relatively flat, these trails are optimal for beginners, but great at every level.

Lake Washington is a spectacular beauty in the Pacific Northwest, and well-used for swimming, fishing, boating, and all other water activities. On the shores stretching from Colman to Seward Park you’ll find the Lake Washington Boulevard Trail. This 4.9-mile out and back tail is moderately trafficked, yet excellently maintained and accessible year-round. Though this trail connects the two parks, it doesn’t have to end there!

Seward Park is its own kind of splendor and natural brilliance. This 300-acre peninsula extends into Lake Washington and is home to many wonderful opportunities, such as boating, swimming, community activities, trailing, walking, running, biking, and so much more. A 2.4-mile bike/walk/running path circles the majority of the park, while trails, such as Spine Trail, Lost Lake Trail, Erratic Trail, and Huckleberry Trail, among others, wind through the forests of Seward Park.

Last on our stop today, is the beloved Alki Beach. The Alki Trail is a 5.5-mile trail that extends from Alki Avenue SW & 65th Ave SW and the West Seattle Bridge. This asphalt trail offers beautiful city views of the Seattle skyline, the Elliot Bay, and, towards the end, Puget Sound views to the west into the Olympic Mountain Range.

While there are dozens more inner-city trails to choose from, these are our local favorites! Whether you’re in the north end or south end, there’s a trail only a few blocks from your front door.

What are your local favorite trails?


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WINDERMRE MERCER ISLAND

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1926 Fairview Avenue East #105, Seattle • MLS# 1167093
$425,600 • 1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 593 Square Feet

Easy living in Eastlake. Welcome home to this light and airy condo, ideally located just a block away from Lake Union. Its open layout is ideal whether you’re gathering with friends or simply enjoying a quiet evening by the fire. Whip up meals with ease in the stylish kitchen with stainless steel appliances and handy breakfast bar. A sliding glass door leads out to summer breezes, lush scenery and barbecues on the expansive covered balcony.

Bamboo floors flow from the living spaces into a spacious bedroom with sunny window overlooking the balcony. The full bath features tile floors/shower, an oversized vanity and a utility area with stacked washer/dryer duo for ultimate convenience.

You’ll love living in this well-maintained building with low HOA dues and reserved parking in the secure garage.

Enjoy a fantastic, close-in location with restaurants, coffee shops, buses and markets all within easy walking distance. Stroll one block to Terry Pettus Park for a picnic or to launch fun weekends on the lake. The Amazon campus and University of Washington are also an easy bus ride away.

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