City Guide: Kirkland, WA


Perhaps when we think of the Pacific Northwest, iconic Seattle might immediately come to mind. But just across Lake Washington is another beautiful, more relaxed waterfront city, gaining popularity in it’s own right.  Kirkland, Washington is an incredible place to live and there are countless reasons why it should be on your radar.

For starters— the views! Kirkland’s downtown runs along the scenic waterfront, meaning you have an incredible view of the lake and a sense of calm from being near the water at all times. You can enjoy the view of Seattle’s skyline across the lake—without having to be stuck in the traffic. The location is central and close to anything you could ever need. In addition to being close to the many corporate headquarters and campuses, it’s just a quick pop over to Bellevue for big city shopping or into Woodinville for wine tasting. The relaxed and approachable vibe in Kirkland seems to attract both young families and retirees alike, who form the building blocks of great neighborhoods and a tight-knit sense of community. Whatever your reason for coming to Kirkland, there’s no doubt in our minds you’ll enjoy the many restaurants and beachfront parks this charming city has to offer. Here are some of our absolute favorite places:

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Flatstick Pub

You will only find beer from independent Washington breweries being offered here. They are passionate about craft beer, supporting local breweries and mini golf—making this one of the most fun bars you’ll ever find.

Lady Yum

Their logo says it all— macarons and mischief. This locally owned and operated store offers French style macarons with creative flavors like honey lavender or s’mores, plus rotating and seasonal offerings, like sour watermelon for July. They also offer a variety of champagne and house made shrubs, which are both bottomless on Tuesdays!

Zoka Coffee

With ample windows and seating, this popular spot has a bright, inviting atmosphere—perfect for a work day away from the home office or a meet up with friends. Grab an espresso beverage to go, or stay a while and enjoy some slow coffee. May we suggest a single origin pour over?

Lizzy Kate Tea

Here you can find both hot & iced teas, tea lattes and even kombucha on tap! On the weekends, enjoy a thoughtfully crafted tea flight, sometimes even offered with food pairings including wagashi (Japanese sweets) or cheese.

Purpose Boutique

Just as the name suggests, here is a place you don’t have to choose between reasonable prices, trendy clothes, or a good cause. A percentage of every sale is donated to a charity to fight human trafficking so you can feel even better about the clothes you’re in!


Unlike living in Seattle and having to leave the city when you want to be in nature, in Kirkland, endless outdoor activities are literally in your backyard!  Did you know that no other city in the Puget Sound Region has as many waterfront parks and beaches as Kirkland? That’s right, parks make up over a quarter of Kirkland’s beachfront property— which means you get to enjoy the protected views and water activities anytime you want! Here are some of our favorite parks to check out: 


Downtown and close to many restaurants and shops, Marina Park features a sandy beach with magnificent views of Lake Washington and the Seattle skyline. There is also an open air pavilion and amphitheater, making this park home to many of Kirkland's special events and outdoor concerts.


This is another beautiful park with a protected swimming area, a playground, covered picnic area, and another beautiful view of downtown Seattle across the water. There's also a nice grass lawn where you can set up your chairs or picnic blankets and play structures for the little ones


This scenic waterfront area attracts locals for swimming, kayaking, paddle board, and volleyball games in the sand! There’s also a well maintained lawn, walking trails, a playground, and a pier that is perfect for sunbathing and fishing.


This park features a nice long stretch of sandy beach, play structures for children, plenty of benches to sit and take in the views, a sand volleyball court, and nature preserve. Come here to go swimming, play some outdoor sports, walk on the jetty over the water, or even bird watch!


Maison DeLille

July 28, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Live Music in the heart of Kirkland. Join us for wine flights, by the bottle and glass, and light bites! Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m., and music from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. MAP IT

Kirkland Waterfront Car Show

August 11, 2019 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The 2019 Car Show is rebranding and expanding! There will be hundreds of beautiful cars on display in Downtown Kirkland off the shores of Lake Washington. Live music, food, and fun for the whole family! MAP IT

Shop Local - Farmers Markets

One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to browse our local farmers markets.

It’s more than a grocery shopping trip, it’s all about the experience. 

Coming to the farmers market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. The farmers market is a community hub—a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or just get a taste of small-town life in the midst of our wonderful big city.  We like to take our time, meet the farmers, learn about their process, and and all about their farms.  It’s fun to connect with them and learn about the food you eat. It brings a sense of community and belonging.  Besides, wouldn’t you rather stroll along outdoor stalls of fresh produce on a summer day than roll your cart around a grocery store with artificial lights and piped in music? 

Shopping at your local farmers market is a great way to support our community. Small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy. 

We have put together a list of the local farmers markets including the day and time they are open and some of the special features of each. 

We hope you can make time to visit a few and perhaps, make it a regular part of your summer routine.



U-District: Saturdays - Open all year round | 9am-2pm | University Way NE (the “Ave”) between 50th & 52nd, 98105

Food: farm fresh, farmstead artisanal food, meat, poultry, seafood, wine, beer, cider, artisanal and market bites.

Pets welcome.

Parking is by-donation in the U Heights NORTH lot. Free tokens (for 1 hr. at nearby lots) are available at market manager booths. 2 Handicap spots available in the N. & S. lots at U-Heights.

EBT/SNAP accepted.

Capitol Hill: Sundays - Open all year round | 11am-3pm | Broadway Ave E and E. Pine Str.

Food: farm fresh, farmstead artisanal food, meat, poultry, seafood, wine, beer, cider, artisanal and market bites.

Pets welcome.

Street parking is free on Sundays - shopper loading zones available to pick up purchases.

EBT/SNAP accepted.

West Seattle: Sundays - Open all year round | 10am-2pm | California Ave SW & SW Alaska, in the heart of the West Seattle Junction, 98116

Food: farm fresh, farmstead artisanal food, meat, poultry, seafood, wine, beer, cider, artisanal and market bites.

Pets welcome.

Street parking is free on Sundays and in close by West Seattle Junction lots. on Sundays - shopper loading zones available to pick up purchases.

EBT/SNAP accepted.

Columbia City: Wednesdays - May 8 to October 9 | 3pm-7pm | 37th Ave S & S. Edmunds St, off Rainier Ave S., in South Seattle, 98118

Food: farm fresh, meat, poultry, seafood, wine, beer, cider, artisanal and market bites.

Pets welcome.

Street parking is available and most neighborhood lots offer free parking for market shoppers.

EBT/SNAP accepted.

Lake City: Thursdays - June 6 to October 3 | 3pm-7pm | NE 125th & 28th NE, next to the library off of Lake City Way, 98125

Food: farm fresh, farmstead artisanal food, meat, poultry, seafood, wine, beer, cider, artisanal and market bites.

Pets welcome.

Parking is free at the Lake City Library underground garage, entrance is on 28th St.

EBT/SNAP accepted.

Phinney: Fridays - June 7 to September 27 | 3:30pm-7:30pm | N 67th St & Phinney Ave N, in the upper lot at Phinney Neighborhood

Food: farm fresh, meat, poultry, seafood, wine, beer, cider, artisanal and market bites.

Pets welcome.

Parking is free in the lower lot of the PNA and on the street.

EBT/SNAP accepted.

Magnolia: Saturdays - June 1 to November 23 excluding August 5 | 10am-2pm | 33rd Ave W & W. McGraw St. in the Magnolia Village

Food: farm fresh, meat, poultry, seafood, wine, beer, cider, artisanal and market bites.

Pets welcome.

Parking is free on the street.

EBT/SNAP accepted.

Check out for more information and a special events calendar for each market.



Thursdays - May 16 to October 10 excluding July 4 | 3pm-7pm | 1717 Bellevue Way NE - parking lot of Bellevue Presbyterian Church

Food: farm fresh, artisan food, seafood, prepared food, wine, beer, cider.

Parking is free on the street.

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Wednesdays - June to September | 2pm-7pm | Marina Park

Food: farm fresh, artisan food, seafood, meat, eggs, prepared food, processed food, wine, non-profits, food trucks and art.


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Saturdays - May 4 to October 26 | 9am-3pm | Leary Way

Food: farm fresh, fish, meat, eggs, plants, gourmet pantry items, delicious lunch options, artisan crafts and entertainment.

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Thursdays - May 2 to October 10 | 3pm-7pm | On Brown Ave. between NE Richardson & NE Ring

Food: meat pies, kettle corn, flowers, plant starts, fresh produce, mushrooms, berries, cheese, better meat, Georges - North Bend Bakery, baked goods, crafts and kids activities.

Parking is on Main next to Redemption Church (old) Union Bank.

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Eastside: Tuesdays - June to August | 3pm-7pm | 35th & McKinley

Broadway: Thursdays - May to August | 10am-3pm | September - October | 10am-2pm | 9th & Broadway

Point Ruston: Sundays - June to September | 10am-3pm | September - October | 5005 Ruston Way

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Saturdays - April 20 to October 12 | 9am-2pm | Pioneer Park and in the Pioneer Park Pavilion - 330 South Meridian Downtown Puyallup

Food: hanging baskets, fresh veggie and fruit starts, flowers, artisan crafts, specialty food vendors, non-profits and entertainment.

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Saturdays - June 1 to September 28 - excluding July 13 | 9am-2pm | Town Square Plaza - at the intersection of 2nd Ave and Smith St in downtown Kent

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Saturdays - June 15 | 9am-2pm | Rock Creek Elementary School - 25700 Maple Valley Black Diamond Road Maple Valley, WA 98038

Food: farm fresh, prepared foods, non-profit, young entrepreneurs, artisan crafts, re-sellers and entertainment.

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Tuesdays - June - September | 3pm-7pm | Piazza Renton in Downtown Renton

Food: farm fresh, wine, beer, artisan crafts, prepared foods, goodies and food trucks.

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Fridays - June 2 - September 29 | 12pm-6pm | Center parking lot of Country Village - 23718 Bothell Everett Hwy

Food: locally grown, farm fresh produce, fresh cut flower bouquets, homemade baked goods, artisan crafts and entertainment.

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Sundays - May 12 - October 6 | 11am-4pm | Boxcar Park in the Port of Everett

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Maple + Main's Guide to Chelan

Washington has so many beautiful areas to visit. In just a couple hours, you can drive to a completely different climate with varying scenery.  This makes Washington one of our favorite areas to vacation in.  That means we get to skip the airfare and be at our destination with minimal effort. 

One of our favorite spots to go is Chelan. In fact, we love it so much that the whole team headed there  last month for a team retreat. We’ve put together a handy guide that includes our favorite places to stay, play, and eat. We even chatted with the locals to find out insider tips that not everyone knows about. Here are a few of our favorites:

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 In Town -

Campbell’s Resort 

We like Campbell’s because it sits in a prime spot of historic downtown allowing you to walk to EVERYTHING! Alise likes to stay here and rent out the flats at the end of the resort.  They feature a kitchen and beachfront access where it’s a bit quieter. Campbell’s features award-winning dining, a day spa, and fun family activities that include summertime beach concerts, outdoor yoga, FitLab bootcamp, and kids crafts and activities. Campbell’s has been a popular destination spot since 1901 and has even been voted the #1 Resort in the Northwest by Evening Magazine. 

Luxury Stays (without the cost) - 

 Airbnb Rentals

Chelan takes up a relatively small footprint of beachfront at the end of Lake Chelan.  Just a few minutes of driving can get you into a lakefront or lakeview Airbnb in Manson.  We love staying in an Airbnb because you can get all the luxuries of a nicely outfitted home, lakefront access, gorgeous views, and even a private pool!  If you bring friends, you can split the cost which can make staying in an Airbnb less expensive than a small hotel room. 

Our team stayed in this home which featured 5 bedrooms, each with their own private bathroom suite. Here is a link:

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Camping - 

 If you want to keep costs down and enjoy camping, make a family tradition of your own, like Stacie by annually taking her kids camping. You can choose from several parks around the 50.5-mile lake, but some of our favorites include Lake Chelan State Park, Don Morse Park and if you have an RV, Lakeshore RV Park. 

Lake Chelan State Park features 6,000 feet of shoreline and has 139-acre camping park. It doesn’t matter if you’re a water-skier or hiker there’s a place for you to adventure in Lake Chelan State Park. However, if you’d like to visit a day use park visit Don Morse Park, which features 2,000 feet of the waterfront and gives you access to every activity from swimming to all of the boating and water sporting companies. 

RV users should utilize the Lakeshore RV Park, but need to plan ahead as they take reservations 9 months in advance. Their camping lots are able to accommodate up to a 40’ RV and have 163 hook up sites offering water, electric, sewer and cable! Other amenities include: tent pads, free internet, restrooms, showers, picnic tables and dump station. 


Check out all of the details for these camp spots here:


Don’t wait last minute though as campsites fill up early as families, like Stacie’s, eagerly wait all year to fulfill their family tradition spending part of their summer on the 1,486 ft. deep lake.


Breakfast: Blueberry Hills Farm

“One of the TOP 4 Restaurants in Washington State!” as named by the Seattle Times and awarded King 5’s “Evening Magazine Viewer’s Choice Award,” “2nd Best Destination Restaurant in Washington,” in 2017. Not just the omelets, coffee and hot chocolate were amazing but the friendly atmosphere created was adorable, but do expect a wait as it is extremely popular! 

Besides being a restaurant Blueberry Hills Farm is a 20+ acre operating berry farm (16 different blueberry varieties!!), fruit stand and gift shop. U-Pick, U-Sit, U-Eat, U-Visit! 

 Tentative picking times:  

•     Blueberries (are the only fruit pre-picked as well) : July — Mid-Late August

•     Strawberries: June — Late Fall

•     Raspberries: Late June — Late Fall

•     Blackberries: August — Late Fall 

Check out their site to stay up-to-date:

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With our breakfast cravings satisfied we wanted to run you through where you can eat no matter what your taste buds are longing for: 

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Marcela’s for a sit down experience OR Tacos La Roca, a hidden food truck behind Les Schwab that has absolutely fantastic Mexican food. 

Wood Fired Pizza

Local Myth, the perfect place to go after spending all day on the water. With hand-crafted pizzas, calzones, salads, antipasto and desserts you can’t go wrong. “In town, you can’t beat Local Myth Pizza,” —Sunset Magazine. 

Take the kids

The BBQ at Lake Chelan Winery, perfect for date night with the familyas you'll be surrounded by vineyards and the gorgeous country-side. Munch on satisfying BBQ outside on the picnic benches while the kids are free to roam and even enjoy a glass of one of the wines unique to Chelan Winery.

Date Night (with or without kids)

Wapato Point Cellarsis Alise’s favorite dinner spot. Located in Manson and set back on the road, it’s not easy to find so you’ll have to look it up. The higher end restaurant is perfect for date night without the kids but isn’t too hoity-toity for children.  Fantastic dining inside or outside.  They have a large grassy area with a play toy that that if you bring the kiddos, they can go run around outside while you linger over conversation. Enjoy their tasting room open 12pm — 5pm, winemaker’s grill open at 5pm andwine bar also open at 5pm.

Romatic Date Night

Andante is a fine dining experience providing (in Alise’s opinion) the best wine list in Chelan. Candle light and the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, or even live piano on occasion, playing in the background create a romantic atmosphere.

Dinner with a view

Tsillian Cellarsis a hot spot if you’re looking for dinner anda view. With unbeatable hospitality and wine that has won over 400 gold and platinum awards you’ll enjoy a delicious meal while looking over the rolling vineyards.  Their tasting room is quite grand and spills out onto a large patio complete with winding coy pond and bridges.  This is a must-try.  Sample some wines in the tasting room before dinner so you know which one you’ll want with dinner. 

Girls Day Lunch

The Bistro at Benson’s Winerynot only will the wine capture your taste buds but the bistro’s space has captivated hearts to host private dining experiences and special events.

Rosé All Day: 

The Amos Rome Vineyards Tasting Roomis another hidden gem with LovelyRosé as their flagship wine and have whites for tastings as reds are in the bottling process. Open every weekend 12pm-5pm be sure to make a visit!   

Cocktails and Small Plates

Layla’s is a new, fun cocktail lounge with outstanding customer service, killer drinks and quick eats. Bethanie says you can’t go to Chelan without visiting here at least once. 

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On the Water

Alpenhorn Drive-In will be perfect for you. Boat by the 25-mile creek state park, dock and you’re at lunch! 


Chelan is clearly known for its lake, but you don't have to have boat to enjoy it. There's plenty of boat rental/water sport options to choose from, even in the busy seasons. 

Modern Boat Rentals was our favorite as they brought the boat right to us and we did not have to wait in any lines. They offer boats andjet skis for a variety of ways to be on the water. 

Slidewaters is a popular waterpark to check out complete with fun water slides and kid pools. They are currently constructing the nations largest surfing simulator! 

Chelan Lanes has Cosmic Bowlingwhich begins at 7pm on Friday and Saturday nights and is a perfect activity to take your friends and family to as the sun goes down. 

Mini-golf is always a fun option, especially in summer nights and is located right by Don Morse Park as mentioned above.  Brea feels this is one of the best mini-golf parks she has been to. 

Hikers and walkers will enjoy Chelan Butte along with several other trail heads in the area.

Wineries and vineyards grace the lakeside and you’d be remiss to not visit a few.  These tasting rooms have a laid back, welcoming feel and many include an outdoor area to relax or try your hand at horsehshoes or bochi ball. Here is a list so you can pick out your favorites to visit:

Can't fit in enough of the wineries? Try a wine tour on an electric bike to enjoy all of the views from winery to winery. 

If shopping is more your thing definitely check out the Historical District. There’s lots of quaint shops to visit but also be sure to visit the historic Ruby Theater built in 1914. You have the option to rent out the theater for private screenings as well. See what they’re showing for your visit here:

Another must visit, Alise’s favorite, is to Bear Foods. So much more than a healthy food store, it is filled with displays coinciding with the season. The owner’s Nick and Theresa aspired to give shopper’s a whimsical European experience. We recommend walking slow through the aisles so you can be inspired for your home, garden and gifts too. 

Next door, also owned by Nick and Theresa is Café-Crêperie where you can find savory and sweet crepes but also gluten, dairy, soy and sugar free crepes to fit anyone’s diet. All of the ingredients are from Bear Food’s too. 

For any winter fans be sure to visit Echo Valley Ski Hill in the colder months where you can ski, snowboard, tube and participate in events happening around the resort. Stay updated here:

There are always fun weekend events taking place in Chelan.  We timed our trip with the annual Wine and Jazz Festival.  Check out their event list to plan your vacation around one of these popular venues and you’re sure to have a full week of fun in the sun!

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Seattle To Bainbridge Island Day Trip!




Who knew a short 35-minute ferry ride could take us to a town with so much to offer? Let’s talk everything Bainbridge. 

The whole Maple + Main team ventured across the Puget Sound together. The Seattle ferry isn’t simply a mode of transportation itself, it’s a scenic experience of the surrounding areas and makes for a fun trip. 

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After arriving in Bainbridge, the team headed to the 5-star rated Good Egg restaurant. Good Egg utilizes fresh produce from the surrounding area.  Besides being a great restaurant, Good Egg also puts on fun events. Check out their events page here:

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With full bellies, the team was ready to have an exciting day of shop-hopping. Salt House was first on the list where Bethanie found a particularly special item called ‘Roman Salt’. Her son’s name is Roman whom recently finished culinary art school, so of course, she had to get it for him. 

90% of Salt House’s product are made in the USA with most being in the PNW. We love that! From small-batched foods to laundry detergent, there’s a product for you.

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B.I. Barkery was a highlight for Brea as she found plenty of options for her beloved dog, Bear. This is the perfect spot for dog lovers with specialty items and organic treats. 

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Bon Bon Collections, specializing in ‘Bainbridge Island Fudge’, is a must visit where you’ll most likely be like Alise and go home with 5 lbs of fudge (she claims it was all for gifting ... yeah, right!). The fudge is made in-house daily and makes your visit that much sweeter! Plan the flavors you’ll want to try here:

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Churchmouse Yarns & Teas had a plethora of products that really pulled in each one of our team members. From clothes to dishware to their lavender products — grown in the San Juan Islands — one can easily spend hours just within this one shop. Stay up to date by signing up for their newsletter here:

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Seaside Station was our team’s last stop but it’s perfect to be your first stop being right by the ferry terminal. Located in an old gas station even the aesthetic is worth seeing. As a commuter market selling everything from flowers to hoodies, there’s something for everyone here. We loved the Bainbridge Island logo hoodies!

Our time quickly came to a close and we realized how much we didn’t get to see and do. Bainbridge part 2 is a must! Let us know your favorite things to do on Bainbridge and we’ll try them out our next trip. Happy day tripping!

What To Do: Enumclaw, WA

Brea and Stacie took a day trip to the town of Enumclaw to visit the must sees and dos.

First on the list was to go on a hike of Mount Peak (or Pinnacle Peak). 1.8 miles in length with an 1000 foot elevation gain, the hike is a ‘butt buster’ but very doable. With picturesque greens, we highly recommend making a visit as the hike is pet friendly and you’ll see many friendly faces along the way. One unique aspect of this trail is the basalt outcroppings (rapidly cooled lava tubes) near the summit and views of the White River and of course Mount Rainier. 

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Afterward, a well deserved pastry and latte at The Local: A Modern Day General Store and Coffeehouse was next on the list. They serve Stumptown Coffee and you can either take a seat and relax while you’re having a treat or take a walk through their general store.  

With the cutest knick-knacks at The Local, exploring the rest of the wide array of shops around town was a must-do. 

Bridget’s Boutique was one of our favorites as they sold clothing, jewelry and furniture, all matching your budget. They make a point to get to know you by name and provide a delightful shopping experience. 

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Another favorite, Nature’s Inventory, had an amazing product line from all natural essential oils to skin care to teas. A very passionate company about all that they do and sell to make life better. Focused solely on health, they wanted to make solutions to problems without all of the side effects. Inspired by their customer base, they are constantly working hard to meet every single one of their customer’s needs. The highest quality of ingredients, all natural and organic, consistent and incomparable prices - only $15.95 a bottle - they want to make natural products available to everyone. You won’t be disappointed.  

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After working up an appetite, a meal at the family owned Mint Restaurant and Ale House was next. We highly recommend the gyro and the ‘not your momma’s’ grilled cheese. With an incredible sense of community, we’ll always make a visit to the Mint every time we’re in town. Check out their menus here:  

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The Chalet Theatre is another must-do (we hit the $5 matinee). Not only do they show films but also live shows and sporting events! View all of their events here:  Starting out in 1917, the theatre was home to the American Legion and even a manufacturing plant throughout WWII. Made into a movie theater in 1947, the walls are filled with the original tapestries and murals from the time. Ken Kerr bought and ran the theatre from 1977 until 2012, the year of his passing, but it is run by the same family today. 

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We headed to the new Headworks Brewing (kid and pet friendly!) for some beer to top it all off. Check out their beers on tap here: Located in an old Enumclaw laundromat, the team wanted to renovate an iconic space to bring together community, which is exactly what we experienced today. 

What To Do & Where To Eat in Downtown Puyallup




There is a lot to love about Puyallup. Located southeast of Tacoma, this gorgeous town has a balanced combination of urban living and small town charm. Aside from the epic Washington State Fair, there are great restaurants, coffee shops, parks, and more!

We met up with Shaylee, from Clever Media, to check some fun spots around Puyallup! 

Anthem Coffee


Lucky for us, Shaylee is an expert on local coffee shops, and introduced us to Anthem Coffee and Tea! This coffee shop is awesome! We ordered a “white lave,” a white mocha made with lavender espresso - delicious! Anthem coffee shop is also one of the only coffee shops in Puyallup that carries oat milk, which is a creamy, neutral-tasting milk that you won’t want to miss out on. And don’t forget to check out Shaylee’s coffee instagram, @thecoffeefreak

Looking for a bite to eat after your coffee? Right across the street from Anthem is an authentic wood grill pizza stand! They’re actually in the process of renovating the area where the pizza stand is to be a fun community space for food trucks, pop-ups, and stands! It’s going to be a really fun hang out spot—we can’t wait! 

Pioneer Park


Pioneer Park is a gem. With a massive, manicured green lawn, paved pathways, and a large play structure, the park is a great spot to spend time outdoors with your friends or family! The Puyallup Library is also located next door to the park, and hosts great  community events. And if you like music, there is a an outdoor pavilion that holds local concerts! 


Looking for a fun and exciting Saturday activity? The Puyallup farmers market in Pioneer Park is  a great way to check out local vendors, food trucks, and more! The market takes over this huge area, and is a great place for the community to come together. 


Local Food Spots

Local Food Spots

There are many incredible places to eat in Puyallup! Here are just a few of our favorites that you’ll have to visit!

The Taco Bus: This local secret is a an experience you don’t want to miss — It’s literally a bus! They serve a delicious taco menu (even a beef tongue taco)! Who doesn’t love a good local whole in the wall? 

Trackside Pizza: This is an award winning pizza shop that serves delicious wood fired pizza. It is a fun family-friendly atmosphere and has some of the best pizza in town! 

Crockett’s Public House: This amazing restaurant was featured on the Food Network! You absolutely have to try their famous meatballs!

Head over to Puyallup and stop by these great spots! We promise you won’t be disappointed! 

5 Reasons Browns Point Might be the Perfect Community for You


We say it a lot, but it’s worth repeating. We are fortunate here in the Puget Sound to have so many waterfront communities available to us! Truly, there is nothing like this area. These waterfront areas will cost more, especially if you are right on the water, but there are still affordable options out there! 

Browns Point is one of these beautiful waterfront communities. This small area has so much going for it from great small businesses to affordable properties with waterfront access! We love this area for so many reasons, but here are a few reasons why we think Browns Point is an a great place to live!

Great Location


Browns Point and Dash Point are two distinct communities that sit on a peninsula that juts out into Puget Sound and is right on the King and Pierce County border. These two are very unique communities; 3 sides of this area is surrounded by water, which gives it an island feel with absolutely stunning views! On the North and West side you look over the sound to Vashon Island, and to the South you look over Commencement Bay to Downtown Tacoma. What could be better than this serene view!

Beautiful Nature


This is undoubtedly a beautiful area just because of its location, but what’s really special about Browns Point is the amazing parks. These are two beautiful options that locals can experience this area for all that it is! We love that this peninsula has so much dense nature even though while also being so close to the city!

Dash Point State Park

This 461 acre, beautiful park is full of trails that lead down to the waterfront which has to over 3300 feet of sandy beach shoreline. You can live in an affordable home and literally be at the beach every day if that’s what you desire. 

Lower Browns Point

Lower Browns Point is a tucked away community of homes. The residents love this area because its a quiet little community with very little traffic since all you have water all around you.  Though it’s a smaller, relaxed community, there’s a town center with shopping and some eateries. If you’re looking to get a little of the city feel, both Federal Way and Tacoma are just minutes away, for all of your big city shopping and conveniences!

Great Local Businesses


The town center really is a great spot to enjoy some local businesses! With a brewery, a market, and great restaurants, the Browns Point town center is a fun little spot for the community to enjoy!

Here are a couple of the local favorites:

Brown’s Point Diner

A fun family friendly diner with a small town atmosphere.

Cliff House

A landmark restaurant overlooking Commencement Bay and Mt Rainier.

Opportunities for Boaters


There are number of marinas that offer moorage options, which makes owning a boat much more flexible. So regardless of whether you live on the water or not, you can still have beach access, boat moorage, and a waterfront vibe with plenty of lifestyle options!

Affordable Home Options


Of course, with all that water, there’s plenty of waterfront & water view properties.  However, It’s still going to be a bit pricey—but way more affordable than what you’ll find in Seattle! And there’s also plenty of other homes that while they don’t have the view, you’re still located in this prime area that is just minutes to waterfront beaches and parks.

As you can see, we LOVE this area! Contact our team today to learn more about Browns Point and the great opportunities in this community!

5 Reason We Love Redmond, WA




If you read our Marymoor Park post, then you know we LOVE Redmond! This town is beautiful, has incredible restaurants and shops, and has a fantastic community. Our clients that live here love this fun and energetic area. We’ve created a list of 5 reasons that we love Redmond!

The downtown district


Downtown Redmond is a great example of creating the perfect mix of residential and commercial while incorporating convenient recreation. The city of Redmond has clearly put a lot of love into development here! The buildings have an old-town feel with nostalgic  brick design that makes you feel like you’re back in time. And we love Redmond Town Centre which has this fun urban-village vibe. Our clients that live in the downtown district say they also love that they can walk to EVERYTHING: from groceries, restaurants and bars, to doctors, dentists and the pharmacy. You can even walk to Marymoor Park! Plus with the transit center, you can easily get to Seattle or Bellevue. 


Here are a few of our favorite things to do when we spend the day in Redmond!

Hoffman’s: A cafe with a large selection of breakfast pastries, cookies and small desserts.  Hoffman’s serves savory sandwiches, homemade soups, salads and even quiche. The atmosphere has that friendly relaxed vibe that will set you off to a fun start. 

Super Jock N Jill: An awesome local business where not just shop for great gear, but also find out everything you want to know about upcoming events, new running or walking courses, or even the best personal trainer or physical therapist recommendations.

iPic Movie Theater: Located in the Redmond Town Center, this theater is a great movie theater that serves beer and wine, and even has reclining seats where you can enjoy a delicious meal delivered right to your seat for Premium Level guests! 

Marymoor Park: The largest park in king county, with 640 acres. You can even bring your dog to the 40 acre off leash dog park or head down one of the trails that connects to Burke Gilman going into Seattle or the East Lake Sammamish Trail that leads into Issaquah.  

It’s the Bicycle Capital of the Northwest!


Any bike lovers out there? Redmond is so fond of its bicycles! You’ll find plenty of bicycle paths and even competitive cycling events. Redmond has an extensive network of on-street bike lanes and off-street trails for easy access to downtown, neighborhoods, businesses, parks, and even to other cities. It is one of a small number of cities designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists! The city of Redmond even started adding green bicycle lanes to help support bicycling as a travel choice. We love this because we feel the PNW is all about the outdoors and we love to see cities support an active lifestyle!

Click the button below and learn more about the fun cyclist community in Redmond!



If you’re looking for culture, you’ll find plenty of it here. There’s wine tasting, poetry readings, art galleries, music & theater. In fact, Redmond is home to the Redmond Performing Arts Center, the Eastside Symphony, and the SecondStory Repertory Theater, which features musicals and other productions year-round. We love that culture is such an important value to the city of Redmond! And the best part about a city that loves culture? There is never a shortage of great local events to attend!

Looking for some fun ways to experience Redmond? Visit our Local Events page!

Redmond Attracts the Young and the Young at Heart


Redmond is a fun and vibrant place to live or explore! Although the median age here is 34, 24% of residents are over age 50. We love that rated Redmond as the #1 Best Suburb to live in Washington. So whether you’re 28 or 78 people of all ages love Redmond. The high walk score with easy access to everything you need makes this a desirable place to live no matter what your age is!

Looking to move to Redmond and curious about the housing situation? Click the link below to check out one of our beautiful, recently sold Redmond properties!

Microsoft Headquarters


As NW natives, it seems like the Seattle area always got the cold shoulder when it came to recognition. That started to change when Microsoft moved in and showed everyone that Seattle is a smart, outdoorsy, tech-loving, laid back, and fun place to live.  Growing up in the area, very little was known about the Eastside.  But when Microsoft moved in, it put the Eastside on the map and catapulted job growth, income potential, and desirability of this area.

As you can see, Redmond is a pretty happening place! Our clients love it, and we hope you do too. Thinking about moving to Redmond? Our team would love to connect with you and help you find your dream home!

5 Reasons Kirkland, WA is One of the Best Places to Live


Kirkland, WA is one of those places that reminds you that we live in a remarkable area here in the PNW. This town is overflowing with amazing restaurants, beautiful waterfront homes, beaches, and friendly locals. With the busyness of Seattle and Bellevue, this relaxed neighborhood is the perfect place to go for an afternoon at the beach, or a fun evening out at one of the stunning waterfront restaurants. It’s no secret that Kirkland is a beautiful little gem in the greater Seattle area! Why is this place so popular? We’ve interviewed our clients that live here and here are their top 5 reasons why they feel Kirkland is one of the best places to live. 



We love that in Kirkland, you’re centrally located to everything. From corporate headquarters, to a thriving community, to some of the best restaurants in the Seattle, Kirkland is an amazing place to plant some roots. You’ve got the Google campus, shops & eateries, beautiful parks, waterfront, PLUS if you’re craving the big city vibe, you’re right next door to Bellevue. Kirkland is super walkable which attracts everyone from young families to retirees.



Kirkland has a small town, trendy vibe. It’s laid back but there’s a lot going on. The downtown district runs right along the waterfront where you can find all sorts of little shops and eateries.  Plus there’s seasonal events that take place year-round including Summerfest, Kirkland Uncorked, Octoberfest, and events like Crossing Kirkland that are designed to bring the 12 neighborhoods of Kirkland together for an annual city-wide block party. You’re never going to be short of fun activities that the whole family can enjoy!

Here are some fun upcoming events where you can really get a taste of the amazing culture in Kirkland!

7th Annual In Concert for Cancer Benefit

October 20, 2018 7:30 PM - October 21, 2018 7:30 PM

Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland, WA

Kirkland Wine Walk

October 26, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Downtown Kirkland

The Art of Turning Your Passion into Business

November 10, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Juanita Community Club
13027 100th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA



Another amazing aspect of this town is the fantastic school district. Moving to a new town is a huge deal, and if you’ve got a family, you know that school districts are one of the most important things to look at in a neighborhood. We truly want you to feel great about your new home in every way, including schools! Kirkland is part of the Lake Washington School District. Our clients that have children enrolled here tell us they give the schools a big thumbs up!

Click below to read more about these great schools:

The Beach


One of the best parts about Kirkland is the incredible beaches! Kirkland sits on prime Lake Washington waterfront which means there’s plenty of real estate that offers either lake front or lake views. And we love the beachfront parks including Marina Park located right in the heart of downtown Kirkland, Waverly Beach Park, Houghton Beach Park, and Juanita Beach Park (that’s a lot of Beach Parks). So even if you don’t live on the water, you are literally minutes to the waterfront where you can enjoy it from any of these incredible beach parks!



You’ll find residents are interested in the welfare of the community and active in supporting the local business, schools, and the quality of living in Kirkland. Our clients tell us that the Fire & Police Services are amazing, and we love that the city even tries to get feedback from the residents to see how they are doing and where they can improve! Of course, small businesses are the heart of a community, and you’ll find a ton of them here. If you walk through the downtown district, you’ll actually find most of the businesses are small family owned operations. One of our favorite small business is Lizzy Kate Teas! We love this friendly little tea shop where you can come enjoy a tea latte, kombucha on tap, or sit down to learn all about tea at one of their many tea events. Personally, don’t tell anyone, I don’t drink coffee, so I totally dig this place.  But even if you do drink coffee, you’ll be open to a whole new world of delicious tea. Another small business we adore is Lady Yum, where you’re enchanted with tasty macarons, champagne, wines and local artisan products.  Businesses like this are rooted in the community. When you walk in they’ll often know you by first name and it feels like you’re a part of the family. 

Here are a few more of our favorite Kirkland small businesses!

Zoka Coffee

Seattle based cafe with delicious coffee, treats, and a beautiful corner location in the heart of Kirkland.

Purpose Boutique

Fun and trendy women’s clothing store that donates a portion of each sale to do good in the world.

Flatstick Pub

A popular and casual pub where you can enjoy a beer, a mini golf course, and more!

We are so glad that our clients love Kirkland as much as we do! This beautiful town has so much to offer. Our team would love to help you learn more about Kirkland and how this town might be the right place for you to call home! Contact us today to learn more.

Why We Love Woodinville, WA




Seattle is often stereotyped as bunch of tech hippies, sipping coffee in the rain, right? Actually, we’ll own that reputation - we’re pretty fine with it! But you probably didn’t know that Seattle loves their wine and beer just as much as they love coffee — it’s true! There’s a whole other elegant side to Seattle you may not know about.

One of our absolute favorite areas in the Greater Seattle area is Woodinville. This picturesque town, just 20 miles northeast of Seattle, is well known as the wine lovers heaven. Woodinville, Washington is home to 118 wineries, 14 microbreweries, and 30 restaurants & eateries. If that doesn’t sound like an incredible city to visit, or even live in, we don’t know what does! 

Local Wines


The best part about enjoying a day in Woodinville wineries is that you’ll be enjoying local Washington wine. Washington actually has an amazing wine region, and is where many of the wineries from Eastern Washington have come and setup shop to show all us Seattleites what they have to offer. Washington State is divided by the Cascade Mountain Range. To the West is Seattle and to the East is Eastern Washington. Eastern Washington has a warm, arid climate with sandy, gravelly soils - really the ideal environment for grapes. And let me tell you, Washington has some absolutely amazing wines.

Over 100 Tasting Rooms


So you may be wondering how over 100 tasting rooms fit themselves into lil’ ole’ Woodinville? The area is actually split into split into 4 districts, or areas. Warehouse district is home to at least 1/3 of the tasting rooms including Mark Ryan’s Board Track Racer line of wines. There’s the downtown district, the West Valley district, and the Hollywood District. The Hollywood District got its name from the old Hollywood Farm and the Hollywood Schoolhouse still located in the heart of this area. The Hollywood District grew up around Washington’s first winery, Chateau Ste Michelle, and now features more than 40 wineries. There’s also a number of breweries, restaurants and a luxury hotel – Willows Lodge – that call the Hollywood District home.

Top Notch Neighborhoods and Schools


Another part of Woodinville that we absolutely adore are the neighborhoods. This city is the home to a multitude of quiet, spacious, community-driven neighborhoods, such as Aspenwood, and the Farm. Many of these neighborhoods include large lots with equestrian opportunities such as pastures, barns, and even riding arenas. These little communities really amazing. You can tell that the homeowners take pride in caring for their homes as you drive through and observe the manicured lots and friendly neighbors out for a stroll. Aside from the beautiful homes and estates, the schools in Woodinville are actually in one of the most highly rated district in the greater Seattle area. This city really is an incredible place to settle down with a family, retire and enjoy the wineries, or just spend the day exploring! 

Our Favorite Wine Tasting Tips


Since there are SO many wineries in Woodinville, it can be hard to know what the best way to do an evening of tasting! Here are a few of our favorite tips to make your time in Woodinville easy and fun!

Spread your day out to enjoy the tastings. You get about 5 samples in one tasting, so usually I can do about 3 tastings if I spread them out a bit. If you came here every weekend and visited 3 tasting rooms, it would take you 40 weekends to try all the wineries!

Focus on one district at a time. By focusing on one district at a time, you will have the advantage of parking your car once and walking to a variety of tasting rooms! This will make your day simple and you’ll have more time to enjoy the wineries rather than look for parking and figuring out where to go next!

Don’t forget about the smaller wineries. Although there are some fabulous big name wineries here, there also some fun boutique wineries where you’re likely to have the winemaker themselves pour you a glass of his or her finest

Local Events in Woodinville

So obviously we love Woodinville, but the best way to experience all that this beautiful city has to offer is by attending the amazing local events. What we love so much about the local event network here is that because of the massive amount of wineries and restaurants, Woodinville has live music nights, kid friendly events, or date nights. There truly is an event for everyone! Below are a few of our favorites coming up! 

Sip and Succulents @ Ambassador Winery, Woodinville

Fri, Sep 28, 6:00pm

Run or Wine 5k, October 2018 @ Rocky Pond Winery, Woodinville, WA

Sat, Oct 13, 2:30pm

Olive Me Loves Olive You! Winery Event @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Visitors Center

Sat, Oct 20, 1:00PM

We hope you have the chance to enjoy these amazing wineries and neighborhoods in Woodinville! Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you find your dream home in Woodinville, or just learn more about what this amazing city has to offer!

7 Fun Things to do in Kent, WA




You all know how much we love the Southend of the greater Seattle area! This week we’re talking all about how much we love Kent! Much like Des Moines, Kent is in an amazing location situated right between Tacoma and Seattle. This makes Kent a convenient place to live regardless of which city you are commuting to. Kent is the 6th largest city in the state, so there’s a lot of  fun things to do here. In fact, there are over 70 parks and recreation facilities.

Kent is one of our absolute favorite places in the greater Seattle area, and whether you live in Kent or you’re just visiting, we think it’s definitely worth exploring! We’re excited to be giving you 7 of our favorite things to do in Kent so that you can make the most of your time in this fun city! We hope you love you Kent just as much as we do!

Soos Creek Trail


Soos Creek Trail is a beautiful 6 mile trail that meanders through woods and meadows. This paved trail starts in Renton and continues south near Lake Meridian in Kent. You’ll cross over creekside and wetland areas and wander through forests and open meadows that have scenic and wildlife views. This trail is such a fun way to get outside and enjoy some nature whether you love to walk, hike, or bike!

Lake Meridian


Speaking of Nature, Lake Meridian is another fantastic place for the whole family to enjoy the outdoors! Lake Meridian is packed full fun activities like open fields, picnic shelters, beautiful docks to watch the sunset, lots of room for the kids, and a public swimming area. Looking for a fun fishing spot!? This lake, stocked with Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perchis, every fisherman’s dream! Our favorite part about Lake Meridian is definitely Thursday nights in the summer where you can enjoy the live music during the Kent Summer Concert series!

Ice Center


Another fun experience is the Ice Center, where you can take the whole family ice skating, year round on a NHL regulation ice rink. This is a unique experience that Kent is lucky to have! Don’t know how to skate? You can take group lessons to feel comfortable and learn some fun tricks! And if skating isn’t your thing, they have an a 18-hole mini golf course and five batting cages for baseball practice!

Hogan Park and Wilson Playfields


Speaking of Baseball, Kent is the home to the Hogan Park and Wilson Playfields. Hogan park is a great place for the family to enjoy not only the beautiful baseball and softball fields, but also tennis courts and a children’s playground! And with the Wilson Playfields’ sizable, turf-covered baseball & soccer fields, and plus picnic areas, you are sure to make memories with your families in Kent!

Kent Station


One of our favorite parts of Kent is Kent Station, and open air, urban village. This is where the community gathers to shop, dine, and relax. You’ll find a diverse array of retail and entertainment, including an AMC Cinema, plus an exciting mix of dining options appealing to a wide variety of tastes. Though we love the nature of Kent, WA, Kent Station is such a fun place to enjoy all of the fun that the city has to offer!

Downtown Kent’s Historic District


You can’t enjoy the city life of Kent without spending some time in Downton Kent’s Historical District! You’ll find small, quaint businesses that take really take pride in knowing their customers and offer that small-town service in a big city.  It can be easy to miss this fun area of Kent if you’re just driving through, so definitely take some time to explore this amazing downtown district! We recommend that you explore this downtown district because it’s full of little shops that could easily be missed if you just drive through. 

Reber Ranch


Another place that we are so grateful for here in Kent is Reber Ranch. Reber Ranch is a small family owned feed store that offers 14,000-sq ft of retail space full of pet supplies and much more. In addition, they offer a grooming salon, do-it-yourself dog wash, veterinary hospital, and outdoor dog park. They’ve been in business for over 30 years and we love having them in Kent!

Local Events in Kent

We love local events, and the amazing opportunities that Kent offers for locals and visitors to experience this great city! These autumn events are fantastic to enjoy this cozy season with family or fiends! If you you’re looking to enjoy this city and learn more about it, these local events are the perfect opportunity.

Oktoberfest 2018

September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Lake Meridian, 14800 SE 272nd St., Kent, WA

An authentic Oktoberfest celebration with German Bier, brats, entertainment, games & more...funding Kent Sunrise Rotary Clubs efforts to give back to community needs. Join in the fun with Manuela Horn and her German band.

U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze And Fun Yard

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (recurring event)

Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, 27592 W. Valley Hwy N., Kent, WA

Get in the fall spirit at Kent’s family-owned Carpinito Brothers. Pick pumpkins, wander the corn maze, take a hayride or join in a farm-fun activity.

HAWKtoberfest 2018

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Show your Seahawks pride at this Hawks themed car-show. How much blue and green can one car handle? Find out! The event is located at the corner of Railroad Avenue and Meeker Street. Admission is free to the public. Register your vehicle ahead of time for $20.

Head over to our Local Events page to check out weekly updates of events all around the greater Seattle area!

Our Favorite Kent Property

The best part about the real estate in Kent is that there is an incredible amount of variety. Check out this incredible property in Kentlake Highlands. We love this property, and we love helping our clients find their dream homes! Contact us today to find our more about Kent and how we can find the perfect home for you! 

4 Things We Love: Des Moines, WA




There are SO many reasons to love the Pacific Northwest, but one of our favorite things is the beautiful city of Des Moines, Washington! Located right on the Puget Sound, Des Moines features numerous waterfront and water view properties, a variety of beachfront parks, a downtown marina with a fishing pier, and of course, fantastic restaurants with a view of the water.

This town, with a perfect population of 30,000, is a fantastic location to settle down and experience the beauty the Northwest has to offer! We LOVE Des Moines and we are so excited to share four of our favorite things about this amazing city--and maybe even convince you to move there! 



You know the saying, “Location, location, location!” Well, here in Des Moines, it doesn’t get much better than the beautiful waterfront views, nooks of nature, and amazing restaurants and activities! In Des Moines, you’re perfectly halfway between Seattle and Tacoma--a 25 minute drive to either city--while still having the luxury of quiet nature! Now if that’s not an ideal location, we don’t know what is!

Saltwater State Park


Saltwater State Park is a 137-acre park featuring almost 1500 feet of Puget Sound’s saltwater shoreline. You can explore Saltwater’s tide pools or watch salmon spawning in McSorley Creek. If you prefer to view sealife from under the water, Saltwater is the only state park with an underwater artificial reef for diving. The park offers three trails for hiking and biking or cook up a picnic on one of the park’s barbecue grills.

Redondo Beach


Located on the south end of Des Moines, Redondo Beach is one of our favorite parts about Des Moines! There are three main attractions here. The first is Salty’s, one of the Seattle areas renowned seafood restaurants where you can enjoy patio dining right on the waterfront. The second is The MaSt aquarium next door. It serves as both a formal teaching institute and public learning center. The aquarium hold 3,000 gallons of flow-through seawater tanks and 250 native Puget Sound marine species. The third attraction, just outside the restaurant and aquarium, is a mile-long boardwalk, right on the beach. You can come here any time of day and see folks talking a leisurely walk while soaking in the marine air. You definitely won’t want to miss out on Redondo Beach if you’re planning an afternoon in Des Moines, and if you’re planning on moving here, this beach is a fantastic amenity of this beautiful city.

Downtown Des Moines


Des Moines wouldn’t be quite so fun without its downtown district. There are numerous small businesses and eateries that line Marine View Drive. Some of our favorites include B&E Meats, a family owned butcher shop established in 1958 is one of Des Moines’ oldest and best known businesses, the Dog House, home to the infamous Des Moines chili dog, and our personal favorite, Auntie Irene’s, a coffee shop with a model that they hope is like your second living room. It is styled with cozy seating and a friendly atmosphere for all ages. If you want a truly delicious sandwich, this is one of our top choices, but for a real treat check out the scoop ice cream. You can even order it at the drive through window!


Head over to our Local Events page to check out weekly updates of events all around the greater Seattle area!

Our Favorite Des Moines Property

So did we win you over?? We sure hope you enjoyed reading about our favorite things in Des Moines! Luckily, at Maple + Main, we are here to help you find the perfect house for you!  Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you find the home of your dreams in the greater Seattle area!