7 Gastropubs People Are Falling Over

7 Gastropubs People Are Falling Over

In Seattle’s hip and happening culture, Gastropubs are all the rage. Though the trend started in the 1980s, the term wasn’t coined until the 1990’s and refers to a restaurant that serves and specializes in high-end food – and beer. This new concept, “gastropub”, reinvigorated “both pop culture and British dining.” This upscale experience thrived in the United States around this same time, and still rings true today in the hearts of many foodies.

Unlike many like eateries, gastropubs don’t serve just any adult beverage or simple and basic cold dishes. These places maximize each component to create something truly original, and this compiled list showcases our favorites around the Seattle area.

In the heart of downtown Issaquah, LEVITATE GASTROPUB marches to the beat of a slightly different, modern American food drum. Earnestly made from scratch and locally sourced, this restaurant was built in Spring of 2015, and has proved itself a local favorite ever since. Enjoy a focused and delicious menu and try something new and out-of-the-ordinary.

Not too far down the road, THE BLACK DUCK welcomes you. Though small, their comfortable pub focuses on high-quality food pairings for their extensive beverage menu. Though some of their items might seem basic on the surface, like their hand-made pretzel, their paired smoked salt and gouda ale sauce makes it anything but.

Off the beaten path in Bellevue, LOT NO. 3 offers your favorite comfort foods in a vintage, industrial-chic inspired space. Their lunch, dinner, happy hour, late night, and brunch menus all offer their own style of creativity – so be sure to check out their menus online.

Another Bellevue favorite, BLACK BOTTLE POSTERN, offers satisfying small-plates, including the bacon lemon scallops, pear caramelized onions and gorgonzola, and cheesy Dungeness artichoke bake. Touted as a “gastrotavern” – versus a gastropub – they offer unique creations unlike any other, enjoyed in a both casual and convivial atmosphere.

THE BLUE GLASS restaurant is globally-inspired comfort food, including favorites such as seasonal risotto and what might appear like regular spaghetti (but actually have Dungeness Crab inside!) With professionals that enjoy “playing around the global sandbox,” their dishes are from colors and tastes around the world.

Located in Fremont’s heart, LE PETIT CONCHON uses nose-to-tail cooking practices that both respect the animal and minimizes waste. By using only the freshest ingredients grown, produced, and raised in the Pacific Northwest, they’re able to match innovation with exquisite taste – and put a smile on their patron’s faces!

Pike Brewing hones innovation and creativity in their TANKARD & TUN restaurant, whose culinary team celebrates the natural bounty of Pacific Northwest farms, forests, and oceans with their local sourced plates. Stop in and enjoy a “classic” pretzel, baked daily and paired with a Pike Stout Mustard.

Regardless of where you’re located in the Seattle area, there’s a local and mouthwatering gastropub around. Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

WEST MERCER OASIS
$1,350,000 • 5030 W Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1259357
4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,450 sq. ft. • 14,810 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

PRETTY IN PIONEER PARK
$1,339,100 • 6245 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island • MLS# 1258221
4 Bedrooms • 2.25 Bathrooms • 2,530 sq. ft. • 9,840 Lot Size

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

PRIME INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY
$1,100,000 •2238 Gilman Drive W, Seattle • MLS# 1260240
2 Units • 2,240 Total Sq. Ft. • Year Built: 1904

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

AN UPDATED CLASSIC
$749,500 • 12126 SE 60th Place, Bellevue • MLS# 1255853
3 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,080 sq. ft. • 8,925 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Terry Donovan & Daphne Donovan.
DonovanRealtyGroup@Windermere.com • 206.356.9206 • DonovanRealtyGroup.net

THE BELLTOWN LIFESTYLE
$579,500 •2721 1st Ave #303, Seattle • MLS# 1261505
1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 716 sq. ft.

For more information, please contact Andrew Jackson.
AndrewJ@Windermere.com • 206.650.4939 • AndrewJacksonRealtEstate.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. 

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. 

11 Perfect Places for University District All-Nighters

11 Perfect Places for University District All-Nighters

Named after the nearby University of Washington, the University District has become the city’s epicenter for learning, shopping, and healthcare; and rightfully so for the aforementioned university, the University Village Shopping Center, and both the Seattle Children’s Hospital and UW Medical Care facilities.

Because of its proximity to UW, many surrounding eateries have adapted their hours to fit the typical college-aged person’s lifestyle: late-night food runs and all-nighters.

Some local bars, pubs, and taverns, include:

Many of these places stay open until 2am, with an open kitchen until close. Outside of bars, which there are many, there are only a handful of restaurants that stay up past midnight and into the one or two-ante-merideim time frame.

Memo’s Mexican Food Restaurant is located right on University Way NE and is open 24-hours per day to ensure your Spanish-styled cravings are always met. Open since 2008, they use all-natural ingredients to create their foods and secret recipes “for your dining delight.”

If you’re feeling Mediterranean, you could try the Shawarma King’s Grill. Located right off University Way, it’s conveniently located for your late-night food runs or hungry cram sessions.

The Café on the Ave remains a student hangout stop because of their casual atmosphere and fun crowd of patrons and employees, alike. Its location is easily accessible by public transportation, though parking may be difficult to come by – like many places in the University District. Their menu comprises the usual American diner food, including salads, sandwiches, and burgers.

Speaking of burgers, the Burger and Kabob Hut stays open until 3am Sunday through Thursday, and 4am Friday and Saturday. They offer burgers, delicious kabobs, and fries on the side and amazing shakes for your late-night foodie sessions – and keep in the mind, they have the “usual” burgers, but also chicken masala and the paneer masala burgers, which are a great way to try something outside of the box!

The last “food” place on our list is the Ichiro Teriyaki Restaurant, which offers a menu comprising various Japanese cuisine. They’re open seven days per week until 1 am, so you’ve got plenty of time to include your udon, sukiyaki, poke, katsu, and teriyaki cravings.

The last place on our list is open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and until 1am Friday and Saturday – and that place is Oasis Tea Zone. Though they do have food, their menu is limited and only consists of snacks such as crispy or steamed tofu, popcorn chicken, and gyoza. Their “main” attraction is their extensive bubble tea menu, which include both dairy and non-dairy versions!

And if all these fail you or just aren’t the type of atmosphere you’re looking for, the University Village Starbucks is open until 1am Sunday through Thursday, and until 2am on Friday and Saturdays – and though that may not be the all-nighter you require, it’s enough to get you jazzed up on coffee or tea for your walk and continued studying home.

You’ll find many places on The Ave that stay up till late, meaning eleven-post-merideim to midnight, but these are some of the fewer favorites that stay up until the wee-hours.

The University District is brimming with life at all hours of the night, which can be a bad thing, but it can also help us be very productive. What are your favorite all-nighter places in Seattle?


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

SPARKLING VIEWS. BRILLIANT INTERIORS. COMMUNITY WATERFRONT.
$2,595,000 • 8059 W Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1250735
5 Bedrooms • 3.25 Bathrooms • 3,660 Sq. Ft. • 15,920 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

FREMONT MODERN
$950,000 • 3807 Evanston Ave N #B, Seattle • MLS# 1252276
3 Bedrooms • 3.5 Bathrooms • 1,445 Sq. Ft. • 1,300 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

CAREFREE CONDO LIVING
$539,000 • 2930 76th Ave SE #A-302, Mercer Island • MLS# 1250640
2 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms

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

STUNNING CONDO IN USELESS BAY
$409,000 • 2418 James Place #401, Langley • MLS# 1248893
3 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 2,286 Sq. Ft. • 12,350 Lot Size

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

FRESHLY UPDATED BENSON HILL CONDO
$169,000 • 17521 118th Ave SE #A-1, Renton • MLS# 1251972
2 Bedrooms • 1 Bathroom • 841 Sq. Ft.

For more information, please contact Cherrie Lee.
Cherrie@Windermere.com • 206.353.8899 • CherrieLeeGroup.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. 

REMINDER Daylight Saving Time & Setting Your Clocks Forward

REMINDER Daylight Saving Time & Setting Your Clocks Forward

On Sunday, March 11th, 2018, Daylight Saving Time, often abbreviated to DST, will begin at 2:00 AM in Washington State.

In modern day, remembering only really pertains to home clocks that aren’t connected to the internet, as our computers, cell phones, and some vehicles update automatically.

But, why do we still participate in DST? According to TimeandDate.com, only 40% of the world’s countries continue to do so, but those that do take advantage of the Summer’s daylight, possibly reducing home energy costs and enjoying the day longer into the “evening”.

Even if that “stolen” hour of sleep gets you down the following morning, you’ll have all of Sunday to make up for it before Monday morning rolls around.

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new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

ELEGANT LIVING
$950,000 • 20401 126th Ave NE, Bothell • MLS# 1252274
5 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 3,360 Sq. Ft. 9,200 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


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 Amazing Adventures at Seattle’s Discovery Park

The Amazing Adventures at Seattle’s Discovery Park

Sprawled across 534-acres of protected forests, beaches, prairies, and bluffs on the northwestern tip of Magnolia. As Seattle’s largest park, “Discovery” contains 11.81 miles of walking trails, a historic lighthouse site, the Discovery Park Visitors Center, and endless beach fun. Perched on Magnolia Bluff, the massive park overlooks Puget Sound and offers amazing views of both the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges.

Active preservation projects act as a preventative to damage and overgrowth, but the city of Seattle aims for the park to remain as natural and fresh as possible for local and visitor enjoyment. The Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center offers year-round programs, which are updated on their website and offer hands-on learning experiences that instill and enhance outdoor learning, employing games, props, and team activities.

In 2017, Discovery Park experienced a massive overhaul and renovation to its play area including updated play equipment, improved safety features, and increased accessibility, as well as new picnic tables and view seating.

While not all trails are named, the Discovery Park Loop Trail runs 2.8-miles through the park, intersecting with several other unmarked trails that explore deeper into the woods. Starting – or ending, depending on how you look at it, at the Discovery Park South Parking Lot explore the southern prairies, views from atop the Magnolia Bluff, and into the woods, connecting with Scheuerman Creek. Or, you could always head west on the South Beach Trail and enjoy the West Point Light House and beach.

Situated on the half-rocky, half-sandy shores of the Magnolia Bluff, the West Point Lighthouse is rich with history. Though the function of the lighthouse has been shifted to a modernized version, the lighthouse remains a beacon of the past.

From there, take the North Beach Trail along the shoreline and into the forest groves, where you’ll intersect with other trails after a few serene miles of glistening waterfront and rustling leaves.

Several species thrive within Discovery Park’s borders. Shilshole and Elliot Bays are both homes to harbor seals and California sea lions, and Townsend chipmunks. Birdwatchers enthuse about the park, enjoying the 270 species of birds seen in the park or in the nearby waters in a list compiled by the Seattle Audubon Society.

Open meadows, dramatic seal cliffs, streams, active forestry, and sandy dunes are all alive and well within the parks borders – and within over 530-acres, you can get lost in the parks endless and natural preservation while also never being too far from a street or trail leading back to something recognizable. With overwhelmingly positive notes, the local area thoroughly enjoys Discovery Park and all it offers.

Have you every visited Discovery Park? If you haven’t we highly suggest it, and if you have, what are your favorite parts and experiences?


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

EXTRAORDINARY LAKESIDE LODGE
$9,500,000 • 7010 North Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1234250
4 Bedrooms • 5.5 Bathrooms • 7,060 Sq. Ft. • 22,278 Lot Size

Find out more at MILakesideLodge.com

For more information, please contact Peni Schwartz or Cynthia Schoonmaker.
PSchwart@Windermere.com • 206.718.7364 • Peni-Schwartz.com
CynthiaS@Windermere.com • 206.683.2725 • CynthiaSchoonmaker.com

UPDATED MID-CENTURY CLASSIC
$799,999 • 2551 154th Ave SE, Bellevue • MLS# 1241992
3 Bedroomd • 1.5 Bathrooms • 1,450 Sq. Ft. • 8,000 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Cherrie Lee.
Cherrie@Windermere.com • 206.353.8899 • CherrieLeeGroup.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.

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

© Copyright 2018. 

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!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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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 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. 

8 Of Our Favorite Seattle Juiceries

8 Of Our Favorite Seattle Juiceries

Do your plans for the new year include a healthier lifestyle? Or maybe just adding more balance to your diet? Adding various fruits and vegetables to your diet can help in a variety of ways, including adding essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients and diversifying your eating habits.

If you’re considering adding fruits and vegetables but find the chore of adding four to eight pieces of fruits and veggies to your diet daunting, you might find juicing a health-hearty option for the new year. And you don’t need a juicer to get started. You can use a blender and a mesh strainer if you’re cautious about investing money into a new ritual.

Another alternative is to utilize one of the many juice bars in the Greater Seattle area, which is what we’re going to go over today.

Heart Beet Healthy is an amazing juicer, with tons of options. Feeling a tickle in your throat? Try the gingers hot or snake bite to nip it in the bud! Their juices are brimmed with color and nutrition and packed with organic vegetables, made fresh when you order. Feeling something creamy? Try their non-dairy smoothies – and maybe add a superfood add-on!

Fresh squeezed to order and when you want it, Chaco Canyon Organic Café is a great reminder of community and healthfulness. They have a ton of smoothie and juice recipes, but if you want to add your own kick, don’t hesitate to add it on!

Whether you’re looking to cleanse or just add some more nutrients to your day, Jujubeet has you covered. With several locations around the Greater Seattle Region, their story starts like any other: with passion and a whole lot of fruits and vegetables.

Founded only seven short years ago, the Juice Press was envisioned with a healthier and more transparent eatery in mind. Tons of options with your favorite vegetable or fruit packed in. Like a 50/50 mix? Or maybe more fruit than vegie? Or the other way around? They’ve got it.

Made from locally sourced fruits and vegetables, Moondrop Coffee offers a good selection of fresh juices and smoothies on their menu. Do you like the “usuals” – or maybe something with chia seeds and hemp milk.

Tons of quality flavors, the Fit Bar Café offers a slurry of fresh eats.

The Pressed Juicery quenches your cravings with drinks including beets, dates, turmeric, vanilla, aloe vera, coconut “meat”, and the usual “green” variety.

Do you like fresh squeezed? Or juiced? Or maybe you need something quick, because you’re forever on the go in Seattle? The Juicy Café has you covered. Located in the convention center in downtown, you’re only a few blocks away from delicious.


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 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!

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!

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?

Love BBQ? Try These 4 Local Favorites!

Love BBQ? Try These 4 Local Favorites!

Seattle loves BBQ – and for good reason.

The Pacific Northwest was built on a healthy lumber industry, and to make great BBQ, you’ve got to have a great wood to smoke meat with! Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Seattle isn’t Memphis… or Birmingham… or Nashville… or any other the hundreds of world-renowned BBQ places in the United States.”

And we understand that. But… what do know is that Seattle… is Seattle and we’ve got great food all around!

Starting in Seattle’s north end neighborhood of Wallingford, RoRo BBQ & Grill has been a local favorite since 2006 and has garnered over 500 reviews on Yelp.com, averaging a 4+ star. Must be good! Parking is a bit of a nightmare, but their cozy inside will surely make up for it. Try their homecooked wares and unique BBQ sauces.

Down in Pike Place Market, you’ll find Pike’s Pit Bar-B-Que – a local loved and renowned BBQ mainstay. Carefully crafted, each sandwich offers a combination of Peco beans, Tillamook sharp cheddar, and meat piled high. What’s the best part? The part where they get the all-around goodness of smothered twice and messy BBQ.

Travel to the SODO district of Seattle and Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que will stand as Seattle’s “hottest” BBQ houses – and I mean it! Their medium is mind-blowingly HOT. I always have to get the mild (or get it on the side). Regardless, they BBQ master make an epic sandwich, hot link, and brisket, etc. Buy in bulk an feed the whole family!

The last on this list of the Wood Shop BBQ off Jackson Street, in Seattle. With amazing food, they’ve quickly made a name for themselves and, having established their brick and mortar in only August 2016. As sported on their website: No Compromises. No Secrets. Just Great BBQ.

Got another local favorite we forgot to mention? We’d love to know your favorite local barbeque eats! Let us know in the comments below!

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!

A NEW Ice Creamery for Your Winter Shopping Season

A NEW Ice Creamery for Your Winter Shopping Season

Yes, yes, we know it’s cold outside, but who doesn’t love ice cream? Even when it’s chilly? And this hot, new ice creamer is ready for your #winter indulgences!

FROM MILK just opened a few weeks back, in Westfield’s Southcenter Shopping Mall – and the line is still waiting in this frosty weather! Featuring handcrafted, premium delights, From Milk offers a unique menu adding green tea and red bean to “usual” menu, alongside classics like classic milk, vanilla bean, strawberry, and chocolate.

But their unique-ness doesn’t stop at their flavors – in fact, that’s only the beginning. They specialize in dipped ice cream bars, piled with sauce and other fabulous flavors. Alongside their bars, they offer bowls, which comprise shaved ice cream (delicious!), topped with a combination of fruits, buts and other lovely additions. And, guess what, it’s also topped with a bar!

Don’t want to waste the paper bowl? Try the special watermelon or honeydew bowl. It’s a big larger and a tad messier, but it’s work every honeydew-ball bite!

Another feature of From Milk is their signature milks. With the flavors of strawberry, blueberry, and Matcha tea – with chocolate coming soon – they’re really going all out on the “From Milk”.

Check out the entire menu on their website! If you haven’t tried them yet, they’re definitely worth a try!

Do you have any favorites you’d like us to know about? Leave your favorite, local ice cream parlor in the comments below!

Feeling the Winter Blues? Try Exercising at Any of These 10 Mercer Island Fitness Centers

Feeling the Winter Blues? Try Exercising at Any of These 10 Mercer Island Fitness Centers

Working out is part of creating a healthy life. Whether you have a home gym, walk around the block, or actively participate at a local establishment, you’re boosting your energy levels, improving muscle strength and increasing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients throughout your system. Working out is great for you in many regards, but whatever your reason, we all tend to lag a bit during the holidays.

Is it the coma-inducing meals? The fact that we’re always a bit busier? Or, perhaps, that it’s been a long year and you’re looking to start fresh in the upcoming one.

Mercer Island is full of opportunities, both free and paid, to get you active and keep you coming back.

The Mercer Island Athletic Club has been touted as “impressive” in reviews and consistently offers the full-body experience in your daily workout. Tons of classes, personal training opportunities, and massage therapy sessions are ripe for the indulging!

Mercer Island Crossfit is a downtown establishment that consistently rates highly among its patrons. This welcoming atmosphere allows you to workout with their coaches, while simultaneously learning from the experience. They’ve got classes for children and adults, so be sure to bring the entire family!

212 Health & Fitness is another 5-Star, downtown establish. A great place to receive “personalized fitness,” they offer a unique vision “reflected through [their] own personal goals and beliefs”. Group fitness or personalized, they work with you to find your unique regimen.

The Island has several Pilates places, including Mercer Island Pilates and 5 Elements Pilates. Both of these options are conveniently located and offer ample support to help you on your path towards a healthier life.

Yoga is another popular form of exercise, and both the Daily Method and Yogabliss are great options to choose from. Both studios offer unique visions and classes to help you through your journey towards inspiration, community, and salubriousness.

A great for of exercise for all is dance, and the Creation Dance Studio on Mercer Island is a fabulous place to learn and get your creative juices flowing.

If you’re looking for something a little more… unique, look no further than Mercer Island’s Martial Arts studios, such as Mercer Island Martial Arts or Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios. Great for all ages and the whole family – try taking the whole family! Make friends in this active art, while learning new skills, gaining discipline and “re-defining family time”!

And, always remember, there are tons of free options around the island. Do you work or live near downtown? Try walking around Mercerdale’s quarter-mile, circular pathway. Four circles and you’ve gone a mile! There are also tons of activity at Luther Burbank Park, Aubrey Davis Park, Island Crest Park and all three of Pioneer Park’s quadrants.

What are your favorite workout places around the island?

4 NEW Bellevue Restaurants to Check Out While You’re Shopping this Holiday Season!

4 NEW Bellevue Restaurants to Check Out While You’re Shopping this Holiday Season!

Out shopping for the holidays and don’t have time to stop back at home? Or maybe you just want to enjoy the experience and try something new! Bellevue has opened up a few new restaurants to try this upcoming season!

Dukes Seafood & Chowder House has opened another Pacific Northwest location in Lincoln Square. Like their other locations, they’re true to form with an extremely clean eating space and refreshingly friendly atmosphere. A cozy experience to say the least!

The Central Bar opened a few months ago in the heart of Bellevue. A convenient location across from Bellevue Square Mall, this new bar offers an ambiance comprised of a sports bar and intimate gathering space. Since it’s not sports-centric, one feels right at home and able to gather around the table without the loud screams of sports games (but, don’t worry – there’s still four to view your favorite Seahawks game!)

Located off Main Street in old-Bellevue, Swiftwater Cellars opened approximately two months ago. A warm and inviting décor, coupled with unique compilations of food and drinks, create an elegant atmosphere. This coupling perfectly displays their rustic roots of Cle Elum, with a modern twist of the local, urban lifestyle!

Ultra-boutique candy stores are all the rage – and there’s a reason for it! While many candy stores cater towards children, this new trend shifts the focus on adults. Sugar Factory has created an sophisticated, full-service experience when it comes to your sugar of choice! Happy sweet things!

Regardless of what you’re looking for, Bellevue has it. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert – or even drinks afterwards – there are always tons of places just a block away. And Bellevue’s Main Street “old-Bellevue” area, has tons of overlooked, local favorites!

What are you favorite local places we should try?

6 Holiday Vacations Around Washington Your Pup Can Tag Along On!

6 Holiday Vacations Around Washington Your Pup Can Tag Along On!

Taking a vacation can be great for the entire family – including your four-legged best friend! If you’re thinking about retreating from your urban (or suburban) life into the “wild”, here are some ideas to get you started in the right direction!

Rent a wintery cabin. Tons of cabins are up for rent this season – just be sure to check the reservations and rules before you book. Many allow dogs for an additional pet deposit, either per night or per week. Leavenworth can be great during the fall and winter season – and you’ll get to be amid their snowy celebrations!

The West Beach Resort, on Orcas Island. Cabins, cottages, RV, and camping… oh my! Located on the west side of Orcas Island, Washington, this private destination spots has long specialized in an “authentic San Juan Islands getaway.” Many of their areas are pet-friendly, with a small, per-day fee.

Ski, hike, and experience Crystal Mountain through Crystal Mountain Hotels. While many of the other hotels in the area are not god friendly, some Crystal Mountain Hotels have pet-friendly rooms available. You’ll have to call them to find out the details, but it’s a great opportunity for you to enjoy a weekend away with your pup!

Enjoy the Olympic Nation Park & Forest via the Lake Quinault Lodge. With several room-types to choose from, this lodge offers tons of local activities, including biking, boating & paddleboards, fishing (you may need to look into licensing), hiking and local tours of the lake and rainforest. Better yet – bring your pup (with deposit)!

Need a relaxing weekend of yoga, kayaking and saunas? Enjoy the Doe Bay Resort & Retreat in Olga, Washington. They allow pets in some of their accommodations, so be sure to 100% clarify when booking your reservations! Indulge in their Spa & Serenity Garden, or hike off in your own adventure!

Relax at Suncadia Resort in Cle Eleum, Washington. Touted as one of the best pet-friendly resorts in Washington, this outdoorsy retreat off many on-site activities, as well as backs the Cle Elum River. It’s also close to the Washington State Horse Park and the Cle Elum Lake. Talk about an intimate, yet centrally located getaway!

The Greater Seattle Area is riddled with dog lovers and families who are looking to getaway! And since these places are relatively nearby – within the state, that is – it makes them easy destination spots, whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or extended vacation!

The big question of can I bring my dog pops up more than we think, but we dog lovers are always searching for new ways to help our pups enjoy life! Curious about tips for vacationing with your pet? We were, too! And that’s why we dug a little deeper to find some.

  1. Take your pup to the vet, and get copies of their shot and health records. You may need it when you’re staying in a hotel or resort.
  2. Ensure your dog is up-to-date on local licensing and is marked with their identification, including your dog’s name, your name, and your phone number. Don’t forget about the tag signaling your dogs rabies vaccine is updated. You may consider double checking their embedded Microchip.
  3. Don’t forget their collar, harness, and leash (and you may consider taking an extra.)
  4. Grab some toys and a familiar blanket to comfort your pup in its new environment.
  5. Pack food, treats and extra water for the trip – and pack more than you might think. If you’re pup is typically sedentary, but you’ve planned a trip of hiking, you may consider packing more food and water.
  6. Avoid leaving your dog unattended. Your pup may be a saint, but new environments can bring out underlying anxiety issues – and we don’t want that!

This article from the AKC website, offers in depth information about lodging and specific travel types.

Know of any other pup-friendly, Washington getaways? We’d LOVE to hear about them!


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A Wintery Edition of Windermere Living, Winter 2017

A Wintery Edition of Windermere Living, Winter 2017

Beautiful & breathtaking, the Winter edition of the premier Windermere Living Magazine is hot off the press! Read about the latest in luxury home trends, fabulous destination hubs, and darling homes across the Western Region!

Seattle – where are your favorite places to visit in the Great(est) Pacific Northwest?

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!

Endless Options: DIY Gifts for the Season

Endless Options: DIY Gifts for the Season

Backet Gift.pngRegardless as to why you’re gifting, giving during the wintery seasons is simply fun, but do we really need to spend twenty hours at the mall this year sifting through hangers?

No, I didn’t think so.

We’ve compiled a list of awesome DIY gifts that fit nearly any occasion.

These ANYTIME GIFTS are great for anybody. From holiday baking, spa days, and coffee fanatics, this DIY anytime inspiration has you covered!

 

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Want to get someone a little bit of everything? This is like the ANYTIME Gifts above, but in a mason jar!

 

Bath Bombs are all the rage – and some are terribly expensive! Check out these DIY bombs for pennies on the dollar – and prove a fun project!

Themed candle ideas are often a big hit – and if you’re feeling particularly crafty, try carving it like the pros (or just add stickers and googly eyes, like the rest of us!)

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Adding personal touches (names, numbers, designs, etc.) to a coffee mug or flower pot are great for friends and family – or even yourself!

 

Have a holiday gift exchange coming up, and haven’t a clue of what to get? You could always do the old-standby (Starbucks gift card), or you could consider one of these ideas!

See? Even with the holidays around the corner, there’s no need to break the bank – or your savings account – to offer delightful gifts to friends and family!

What are your favorite things to make for the loved ones in your life? Do you have classic standbys, or do you enjoy mixing it up year after year? Share in the comments!