Seattle To Bainbridge Island Day Trip!

 

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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: https://squareup.com/store/goodeggbi

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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. https://www.salthousemercantile.com

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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: https://bonboncandies.com/flavors

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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:https://www.churchmouseyarns.com/pages/newsletters

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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: https://www.thehistoricmint.com/menu/.  

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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: http://chalettheatre.com.  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: http://www.headworksbrewing.com/ontap. 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. 

Pike Place Market Food Tour with Savor Seattle

Whether you’ve lived in Seattle for a few months or 20 years there is always something new to see at the world famous Pike Place Market. There are several types of tours visitors and locals go on, however, one is never enough. We decided to go on Savor Seattle’s VIP Early Access Tour at Pike Place Market. From well-known favorites to hidden gems we were pleasantly surprised and left with happy tummies. This tour is also a lot more than just food, too!  We learned so many things about Pike Place that we never knew!  We can't wait to do it again! 

Check out their site for all of the details including 7 other tasting tours: savorseattletours.com - Mark was our outstanding tour guide, maybe you'll have him too!


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Stop 1: Honest Biscuits 

Owner Art Stone first started making biscuits when he was only 4 years old with his grandma. After years of trying to replicate his grandma’s recipe, he finally felt he was catching up to her yet incorporating his own style into the biscuits creating the Honest Biscuits we all know and love today.

As described by a local baker as, “fluffy clouds of goodness," the biscuits are baked fresh everyday with all local ingredients including Washington’s Shepherd’s Grain flour. Unique twists inspired by other market favorites are used as well like, Bavarian Meat’s bacon, Beecher’s Cheese, Theo Chocolate and of course local fruit. 

Honest Biscuits are shared among several different farmer’s markets and seasonally alter flavors to reflect all of the different markets. You can check out their Find & Buy page here to see what farmer’s markets they’ll be located around Seattle: https://www.honestbiscuits.com/find-buy 


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Stop 2: Indi Chocolate

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Indi Chocolate is special not only for their great tasting chocolate and variety of products they supply, but because their cacao beans are sourced directly from farmers providing them with higher incomes. Their products made from cocoa butter range from teas to body care — including sun tan lotion!  

Being in Seattle, it also comes to no surprise Indi Chocolate loves their coffee. They have a cafe with specialty coffee drinks and their single origin drinking chocolate. Yum!

Be sure to try out a class here: https://indichocolate.com/blogs/classes


 
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Stop 3: Frank’s Quality Produce

“Quality” is our middle name. 

Frank’s Quality produce is 85 years and 5 generations in the making. With beautiful displays of fruits and vegetables hand trimmed and selected every morning, you’ll never miss it walking through the market.

Not only do they sell at the market but they deliver to many restaurants around Seattle. They hand craft gift boxes and fruit baskets as well. Is there anything they don’t do? 

Be sure to make a visit as their customer service is ‘unsurpassed’ and you'll sample the freshest fruits you've ever tasted.


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Stop 4: Pike Place Fish

Pike Place Fish is really what has made Pike Place Market the world phenomenon it has become today. 

From halibut to crab to salmon, there is something for all palettes. Maybe even try catching a fish like Brea! 

Place an order here: https://www.pikeplacefish.com/


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Stop 5: Market Spice

Beginning in 1911, Market Spice offers 140 different teas, spices, honeys, cookie, mints, sauces, their own candle line and so much more. 

Want to try a 1st place World Tea Championship winner?  Try the Cinnamon Orange bottled tea, it obviously can’t be beat.   

From their signature blends, to adding essentials oils and yet no sweetener, Market Spice is a must visit to find the spice that fits your life. 

View their extensive product line here: https://www.marketspice.com/


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Stop 6: Pike Place Urban Garden

Want to visit a place no one knows about? This urban garden will be for you. With fresh greenery all around and stunning views of Seattle - it’s a perfect place to take a moment to soak in the beauty, and if you’re lucky, maybe some sunshine. 


 
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Stop 7: Miss Cafe - Turkish Cuisine

If you’re a pizza lover and are willing to try something new, Miss Cafe’s signature Turkish Pizzas (Pides) are a must. With the perfect crisp, ground beef and some veggies you won’t be disappointed.  


Notice the little things: 

Rachel the Pig, aka a large golden pig in the middle of the market, is an actual piggy bank.

Supporting The Market Foundation, Rachel raises around $20,000 each year for education, local soup banks and senior citizens. If you rub Rachel’s snout and make a donation legend has it you’ll be going home with some good luck!  

Be sure to grab some donuts at the Daily Dozen Donut Company and trying their maple bacon donut. If you’re then craving some coffee stop by the original Starbucks where the company sold their first cup of coffee. 

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Bon appetit!

 DIY Terrarium in 6 Easy Steps

 

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Now that Spring is upon us, it’s time to bring some life and color into your home! Terrariums are a fantastic way to freshen up any space. And better yet, they are SO easy. What's great about building a terrarium is that you can really make it your own and add elements that you love. For this one, I’ve added some stones that my kids brought back from the beach when they were small children. I never quite knew what to do with them, but adding a few to my terrariums is a fun way to be reminded of them. Here is a step by step guide to creating your very own springtime terrarium.

 
 

What you’ll need:

Glass Container, with or without lid

Charcoal 

Soil (specfic for the plants you are using)

Decorative rocks or pebbles for layering

Plants of your choice

Decorative moss and/or objects

Directions:

 
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The base: You definitely want to begin by laying down some charcoal in the bottom of your container. This will absorb the smells that can come with moisture. Place the charcoal in a mound in the center of the container. 

Potting Soil: Next we are going to mound some soil on top of the charcoal being careful to leave the outer edges by the glass container untouched.  Lay the soil in a way that creates a mound in the center so we can create some rock layers around the soil. We are using potting soil because we are using basic house plants, so potting soil is great, but if you are planting succulents or cacti, you will want to use soil that is appropriate for those species. 

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Rock Layer: Place the rocks on the sides, around the soil mound. You can purchase these potting rocks at any local nursery; mine are from Windmill Gardens in the Southend. Lay the rocks around the mound. We wanted to kind of mix it up with our terrarium, so we laid a layer of white rock in between each layer. As you layer rocks continue building soil in the middle and rocks on the other edges. 

Potting Soil: After the rocks are laid down, cover the entire top with a three or four inches of potting soil.

 
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Add the plants: The key to an interesting terrarium is choosing beautiful, contrasting foliage. We chose to use a taller green plant, one small green plant, and a fun pop of purple flowers. Gently place the plants in the top layer of soil. 

Finishing Touches: Put the final touches on by placing moss over the top layer of soil, and around the plants. Adding other accents like pinecones or some beautiful stone creates a fun and interesting look as well!

And just like that, you've got a beautiful terrarium! We love placing these in the center of a coffee or side table.  They also work as a great accent on a bathroom counter that has natural lighting.  Caring for them is pretty easy.  Watering needs to be done lightly and less often than other house plants since they have their own ecosystem in place.  

We are sure you’ll love your new terrarium as it brings a new life to your home.  Enjoy! 

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Fun Indoor Activities for Rainy Seattle Days

Now that we have officially crossed over into post daylight savings Autumn, those rainy Seattle days are feeling grayer and darker. With the beautiful autumn leaves everywhere you look, breaking out your favorite fall sweaters, and enjoying warm harvest meals, it does seem to be the coziest time of the year! You know we love those clear crisp autumn days spent hiking and enjoying all of the nature Northwest has to offer! There are SO many incredible things to enjoy outdoors during the fall.

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While we love the gorgeous hikes full of fall colors, and slow days spent at home this time of year,  sometimes it can be hard to know how to spend your evenings and weekend in the fall when it’s grey and rainy! Truthfully, a lot of us Seattelites are known for braving the rain and still enjoying the nature, but it does get a little soggy and gloomy sometimes. Luckily for us, the greater Seattle area is full of fantastic indoor activities that will get you through these rainy days!

Here are some of our favorite things to do when it’s best to stay inside! 

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Explore a Museum 

Is there anything better than wandering through a museum on a rainy day!? Seattle is full of art, culture, and beauty. From the stunning Chihuly Glass museum to the Seattle Aquarium, there really is an opportunity for everyone!  We love that museums can be a great afternoon if you're on a date, or spending the day with your kids. It really is a great way to learn and connect with art! Below are a few of our favorite museums:

Seattle Art Museum

General ticket: $24.95 (discounts for seniors, veterans, students, teens, children, members)

Wednesday 10 AM – 5 PM

Thursday 10 AM – 9 PM

Friday 10 AM – 5 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

Museum of Flight

Tickets: $24 (discounts for seniors, military and veterans, students)

FREE the first Thursday of each month

Open daily from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Museum of Pop Culture

Tickets: $26 (discounts for seniors, military and veterans, students, kids, members)

Open daily from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum

Tickets: $26 (discounts for seniors, king county residents, youth, and children)

Sunday - Thursday 11:00am - 6:00pm

Friday - Saturday 11:00am - 7:00pm

Seattle Aquarium

Tickets: $29 (discounts for youth, children, members)

9:30am–5pm daily

Bellevue Arts Museum

Tickets: $15 (discounts for military, veterans, students, teens, children, members)

Free first Friday of the month

Wednesday - Sunday 11am – 5pm

Seattle Children's Museum

Tickets: $11.50 (discounts for seniors, military, children, infants)

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

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See a Show

Seattle has an incredible theater and music scene. With epic venues like the Paramount theater, and Benaroya Hall, there is a beautiful culture of performing art all throughout Seattle. We love getting to see these beautiful and fun shows especially during cozy and cold evenings! It’s a great way to spend some time with your friends and family and, of course, get out of the rain!

Here are some upcoming shows that you won’t want to miss this fall and winter season!

Annie

5th Avenue Theater

November 23-December 30

Tickets from $40


The Lion King

The Paramount Theater

December 13-January 6

Tickets from $95


Tu Dance and Bon Iver 

Paramount Theater

December 5-6

Tickets from $55

Michael Carbonaro live

Paramount Theater

December 1

Tickets from $65


Celtic Women

Benaroya Hall

December 11

Tickets from $75

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Visit Beautiful Tasting Rooms in Woodinville

One of our absolute favorite things is enjoying an evening with friends at some of the beautiful indoor tasting rooms in Woodinville! Sure, warm summer days are perfect for spending the day hitting 5 of your favorite smaller wineries, but the autumn and winter is perfect for cozying into one or two of the bigger wineries that have large indoor tasting rooms! We also love that Woodinville has incredible places to settle in for a long autumn dinner with friends!

DeLille Cellars

$20 tasting

Tasting Room Hours:

Sunday-Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Columbia Winery 

$15 tasting

Tasting Room Hours:

11am-6pm daily, and until 7pm on Fridays


Chateau Ste Michelle

$20 tasting

Tasting Room Hours:

Daily 10:00am-5:00pm

We hope these amazing indoor activities give you a fall and winter season full of culture, community, and fun! Looking for other fun things to do this season? Head over to our local events page to check out all of the fun things to do in and around Seattle each week!

8 Things to do at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA

 

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The Pacific Northwest is filled with so much nature. We’re so lucky to have so many beautiful beaches, the Cascade mountains, Mt. Rainier, the Puget Sound area, and so much more! But one of the best parts about living the greater Seattle area is that there are so many local parks that will give you a taste of the beautiful Northwest nature right here! One of our favorite parks in the greater Seattle area is Marymoor Park in Redmond. Marymoor Park is actually King county’s oldest, largest and most popular park with more than 3 million visitors per year! From biking trails, to rock walls, to fabulous summer events, Marymoor truly is a hub for the people of Redmond, and the greater Seattle area. And at 640 acres, it’s hard for this place to feel crowded, which is another thing we just love about Marymoor! This gorgeous park is so popular for many reasons! Below are eight amazing things that you can do while enjoying a clear autumn day, or a warm summer night at Marymoor Park! 

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Sports Fields

Marymoor is a popular hang out place for kids, teens, and families due to the amazing sports fields! There are fields for soccer, baseball, cricket, rugby, and even tennis courts! It’s also the home to the only velodrome in the state which is a 400-meter bicycle racing track that hosts programs for riders of all levels, including youth classes. Marymoor Park has popular Friday Night Racing series, and even national racing championships here! 

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Biking, Walking, and Jogging Trails

If you love cycling, walking, or running, Marymoor also connects to East Lake Sammamish Trail which goes right into Issaquah or Sammamish River Trail that connects up to Burke-Gilman and takes you right into Seattle. You can park at Marymoor then spend the day on the trails! Marymoor Park hosts many 5k’s, 10k’s, and even half marathons year round! A few of us at Alise Roberts and Company have run a half/full marathons here and loved it! Scroll down to the local events to find out what fun race is coming up! 

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Clise Mansion and Willowmoor Farm

Clise Mansion is the roots of Marymoor Park. The 28-room mansion is situated on "Willowmoor Farm" that was owned and developed by Seattle banker James Clise in the early 1900s. The property also served as his family's country estate where guests would enjoy the storybook setting and it served as a show farm for his Morgan horses and Scottish Ayrshire (air-sheer) cattle. A really awesome fact that not many people know is that the grounds at Willowmoore Farm, where the Clise Mansion sits, were designed by the Olmsted Brothers which were the same designers of Central Park in New York City! 

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Rock Climbing Wall

This 35-foot rock climbing wall is a great place for beginners, or even mildly experienced climbers! We love how many routes and strategies you can enjoy on this beautiful outdoor climbing wall! This brick and cement is a fascinating and beautiful sculpture that is an iconic piece of Marymoor Park! This is a great place to transition from indoor climbing walls to outdoor climbing experiences!

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Off Leash Dog Park

We love that Marymoor Park is so pet friendly. This 40 acre off leash dog park is a fantastic place to get out of the city and urban living, and some time enjoying nature with your pets! This park features wide open spaces, gorgeous trails, and even a lake waterfront area for you and your dog to enjoy multiple areas and activities! We really love that Redmond offers such a great opportunity for dog lovers. 

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Radio Control Aircraft Flying Field

One of most unique parts of Marymoor Park is the Radio Control Aircraft Flying Field. This is an incredible experience where flyers can enjoy their hobby, and spectators can watch radio control model planes! We love that Marymoor offers such a great opportunity! The Marymoor Radio Control Club is a club of around 300 members that holds public meetings, flight training, and events! This is a really fun way to learn about a really awesome hobby! 

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Summer Movies at Marymoor

From late June to August, Marymoor hosts fun, family friendly movie nights. This is such a fun way for the community to come together and enjoy a  shared experience! These movies are only $5, and begin at dusk. The movies are typically fun family movies like The Princess Bride and The Greatest Showman. And the best part is that they are dog friendly AND there’s food trucks so you don’t even need to pack any snacks! 

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Outdoor Concerts at Willowmoor Farm

Marymoor Park is also home to the summer concert series which is located right in the Willowmoor Farm’s historical district and they always have a fantastic artist lineup featuring artists like Norah Jones and Vance Joy. It is such a fun experience to have such incredible artists come and perform in such a beautiful and intimate venue! 

Doesn’t all of that sound fun?! Well it’s about to get even better! Marymoor is the host of a multitude of great local events. Here are a few of our favorite events that are coming up in Marymoor or the surrounding area! Grab some friends and family and head over to Redmond and enjoy these fun activities!

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL VOLTA 

Current through November 4

Electric Autumn at the Old Fire House

October 12, 7:00 pm -10:00 pm

CAT Running 5K Fun Run/Walk at Marymoor Park

October 13, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

And don’t forget to check out the Redmond Saturday Market to pick up some great local produce and more before it’s over for the year, (Redmond Saturday Market is a weekly event which is annual, May-October at 9:00 am)! For other events in the greater Seattle area, click the button below! 

As you can see there are SO many amazing activities for any ages at Marymoor Park! We love that this incredible place facilitates community, gets Seattelites outdoors, and encourages people (and animals!) to be active and healthy! If you’re not from Seattle, but you’re visiting, or thinking about moving here, we would love to help you find out more about Redmond, and the greater Seattle area! Contact our team today to learn more! 

Where to Enjoy Autumn Colors in Seattle, WA

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Is anybody else ecstatic that fall is finally here?! There is something so purely magical about the Northwest in autumn — especially in the first few weeks before the rain comes! Sipping pumpkin spice lattes, baking apple pies, corn mazes and pumpkin patches with your loved ones, and the gorgeous clear, crisp afternoons! We love all of those wonderful things about fall, but a huge reason we love fall so much is the beautiful array of autumn colors that sweep through the pacific northwest in these gorgeous months! 

Seattelites are so lucky to live in an area where there are so many fantastic pockets of nature! If you live in the city you don’t have to go far to find some of these GORGEOUS fall colors! Whether it’s the crunchy leaves, crisp apples, or plump pumpkins you’re looking for, we’re here to help you in your search for amazing Seattle autumn colors! Below are our favorite spots to enjoy Autumn! 

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Greenlake Park

If you’re looking for an easy, relaxing walking path where you can get in a bike ride, jog, or walk while also enjoying breathtaking autumn views and colors, this is the spot for you! If you’re from Seattle, than you know Greenlake is beautiful all year round, but this park during the autumn season is truly stunning! And it's not all about the trail around Greenlake! Grab some blankets, pack some food, and have a fun picnic!

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Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm

Looking for Seattles best pumpkin patch?! Well look no further! Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm is a full family experience with its massive corn maze, 30-acre pumpkin patch, country store, and endless fall activities for kids! Our favorite part of this pumpkin patch is the reservable fire-pits that are located INSIDE the corn maze! This Snohomish farm is such a fun place to enjoy fall activities with friends and family!

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Since October is prime apple picking season, and Washington is known for it’s AMAZING apples, what better activity to get outside and enjoy autumn, than to explore an apple orchard! One of our favorite places to pick apples is Gordon Skagit Farms in Mt. Vernon, WA. This amazing Jonagold apple farm also includes a pumpkin patch, mazes, a cider shack, and more! Make sure you make time to wander through the orchards and find some great apples to eat and cook! 

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Washington Park Arboretum

This is a Seattle must! Located on Lake Washington, this 230 acre park is littered with stunning trees full of vibrant colors. Between the Seattle Japanese Garden, and the Arboretum creek, you’re sure to enjoy a full array of Seattle nature. We really love that there is an amazing amount variety in this park! of You won’t want to miss out on strolling through these picturesque paths! We love that this is in the heart of Seattle, and a space for the community to enjoy some Northwest beauty! 

Bloedel Reserve 

This stunning, and immaculately maintained piece of land is just a ferry ride away from Seattle on beautiful Bainbridge island! This reserve is covered with pristine forests and gardens that will truely show you the best of autumn colors! One of the main attractions at the Bloedel Reserve is The Residence, which was the home of the creators of the Blodel Reserve, Prentice and Virginia Bloedel. The gorgeous 18th-century French style home transports you to another world with it’s beautifully preserved rooms and lawn. Spend a day wandering through these paths this autumn! 

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Discovery Park

Another Seattle essential, Discovery Park is the largest park in Seattle, and one of the best places to see some gorgeous fall colors!! One of the best parts of Discovery Park is that it is located right on Magnolia Bluff and has a stunning panoramic view of Puget Sound. We love that this spot is so close to Downtown Seattle, and the perfect escape from the city! Head over to Discovery Park and take time to really explore this unique Seattle Park this autumn!

Kubota Garden

Looking for vibrant oranges that will knock your socks off?! Kubota Garden is a 20 acre, Japanese-American garden is located near Rainier beach. You truly won’t want to miss out on these incredible Japanese Maple trees! If you’re looking for amazing fall themed photo ops, this garden is truly going to give you some gorgeous photos! This garden truly is unique, and we love exploring these beautifully taken care of paths!

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Volunteer Park

We love this spot! If you haven’t been to Volunteer Park, located in Capitol Hill, Seattle, this spot will blow you away! Not only do you have a jaw-dropping view of Downtown Seattle, but there is also a botanical garden, an old water tower that you can climb, a museum, and gorgeous lawns and gardens throughout. We love that the streets in Volunteer Park are lined with big beautiful Maple trees that are really steal the show with their autumn colors! If you’re looking to see some beautiful shades of orange, red and yellow, but not drive too far, then this is the park for you!

Mt. Rainier National Park

Last but not least, you can’t go a Seattle autumn season without taking a day trip to the mountains! What is most amazing about Mt. Rainier is that you’ll get some amazing autumn colors and views that are much more vast and grand than you’ll get near the city! The fresh mountain air, the foggy hills full of orange and red hues, and the striking grandiosity of the mountain will absolutely blow you away (no pun intended)! Definitely take a day trip up to Mt. Rainier and take in the beautiful colors that are only available to us for a few months out of the year!

We really hope that you can you can enjoy these incredible places all over the greater Seattle area that are full of vibrant fall colors! This is such a beautiful area that we are so fortunate to live in! Don’t hesitate to contact our team today to find out more about the amazing things that Seattle has to offer!

Seattle Summer Hikes You Won't Want to Miss

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The Northwest is beautiful for so many reasons! Yes, it can be a little rough through those rainy autumn and spring days, but when summertime hits there is no where more beautiful than our Pacific Northwest!! While there is an abundance of fantastic local events all over the greater Seattle area — you know we love our local events! — hiking is another one of our favorite ways to enjoy this beautiful place! 

One of the best parts about the hikes in and around Seattle, is that there is a hike for everyone! Whether you’re on a fun afternoon outing with your small children, or looking for a three day backpacking adventure, there is the perfect trail for you! 

Day Hikes

These hikes are perfect for Seattleites or visitors looking for a fun way to get out of town, see some nature, and even get in a workout! These hikes are moderate to difficult, and will give you the full Northwest experience.

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Rattlesnake Ledge — If you’re a Seattle native, you’ve probably already hit this popular spot! This Snoqualmie hike is perfect for those hikers looking for a great half day trip at a moderate difficulty level! This trail is a great 4 mile (5 if you’re headed for the Middle Ledge) round trip, and if you don’t mind a busy trail, the views are worth the journey! 

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Mount Pilchuck — Though this 4.8 mile hike is rated as “difficult,” this high-incline hike is extremely popular due to its sunning views. You’ll never be short of fantastic scenery, and when you’ve finally reached the top, you’ll find an old fire lookout tower and a breathtaking panoramic view. If you’re looking for a hike that will blow you away with beauty, this is the hike for you!

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Poo Poo Point on Tiger Mountain — This Issaquah hike is a fantastic hike that leads to a beautiful grass field which is used as a paragliding launching pad; and also perfect for a mid-hike picnic! The traditional trail is a 7.2 mile hike, but if you’re up for it, there is a 3.8 trail (Chirco Trail) that will take you to the top, however, it is much steeper! 

Kid-friendly Hikes

Seattle is a fantastic area to find several hikes that are enjoyable for every age! What is amazing is that these hikes is that they’re easy to choose a distance that is comfortable for you! 

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Carkeek Park — This Northwest Seattle park is amazing for families who are looking for some nature, and also activities! With a total of 6 miles of trails, your family can enjoy a beautiful, easy hike, and check out the playground, beach access, and more! 

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Pretzel Tree Trail — We love this Issaquah trail not only because of its beauty, but also because it is so perfect for kids! This 0.3 mile loop is equipped with educational signs, and a beautiful path. If you still want more, the area contains other trails for exploring!

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Discovery Park Loop Trail — This popular path is a perfect day trip for young explorers and learners! This Seattle park not only has a family friendly 2.8 trail loop, but also has an Environmental Learning Center and a playground! 

Backpacking Trails

Here are some fantastic trips for all of you extreme hikers out there! These trails are nothing short of epic. Remember to do your research before doing any sort of backpacking trip on a trail you are unfamiliar with, no matter how experienced you may be! If you’re up for the task, these trails will take your breath away!

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Ozette to Shi Shi Beach, Olympic National Park — This 30 mile round-trip hike is an absolutely stunning and unique beach hike. You'll never be short of beautiful views, and variety of terrain. This is perfect for experienced backpackers who are looking for a wildly adventurous trip.

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Foggy Lake/Gothic Basin, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest — If take-your-breath-away views and a solid work out is what you love, then this is the hike for you. Though it’s only 9.2 miles round trip, this difficult trek can be done either in one day, or more. 

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Spider Meadow-Buck Creek Pass Loop, Glacier Peak Wilderness — This whopping 40 mile hike is sure to be nothing short of an epic adventure. With meadows, glaciers, mountains, and more, this journey is the ultimate Northwest nature tour. 

Our Favorite Affordable Summer Seattle Activities

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One of the best parts about living in the Greater Seattle Area is the endless things to do! You all know we LOVE local events! Especially in these beautiful Seattle summer months, we love trying to squeeze in as many local events as we can! But, with all of these options and fun ideas out there, how can you have a great summer but stick to that budget!? Well, lucky for you, Seattle has some fantastic absolutely free, or very cheap summer activities!

This week, we’re sharing 3 of our favorite activities that you can do around Seattle for little or no money!

Food Festivals

Ok, so we love Seattle, we love summer, we love events, but what could make all of that even better?! FOOD! The Greater Seattle Area is the host for multiple amazing food festivals that you won’t want to miss. Check out these festivals listed below if you want some amazing and yummy events this summer. 

 

BALLARD SEAFOOD FEST JULY 13–15

SEATTLE STREET FOOD FESTIVAL JULY 7-8 

SOUTH LAKE UNION FOOD TRUCK ROUND-UP JULY 14

TASTE OF EDMONDS ($5) AUGUST 10-12

BITE OF SEATTLE JULY 20-22

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Outdoor Movies

Outdoor movies are one of those amazing Seattle summer activities that you’ll want to bring your family and friends to! They are usually free, and there are awesome opportunities all over the Greater Seattle Area and a vast variety of movies and dates! 

 

MOVIES AT MARYMOOR PARK ($5) EPICEAP.COM

SEATTLE OUTDOOR CINEMA (FREE 21+) SEATTLEOUTDOORMOVIES.COM

MOVIES AT THE MURAL (FREE) SEATTLECENTER.COM

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES (FREE) WESTSEATTLEMOVIES.BLOGSPOT.COM

CROSSROADS MOVIES AT THE PARK (FREE) PARKS.BELLEVUEWA.GOV

DOWNTOWN MOVIES AT THE PARK (FREE) PARKS.BELLEVUEWA.GOV

MOVIES IN THE PLAZA ($5) CARILLON-POINT.COM

SUMMER SOUNDS AND CINEMA (FREE) AUBURNWA.GOV

FILMS IN THE FIELD (FREE) PARKRIDGEONLINE.ORG

PEDDLER BREWING COMPANY OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHTS (FREE)

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Beautiful Hikes

It’s no secret that Seattle is rainy..so in these few months of beautiful summer days, one thing that we LOVE to do is to get out in nature and hike! Hiking is a fantastic way to see some new places, get out of the city, and even try something new. Here are a few of our favorites! 

 

RATTLESNAKE LEDGE (SNOQUALMIE PASS)

DIFFICULTY: EASY

LENGTH: 4 MILES ROUNDTRIP

 

EBEY’S LANDING (WHIDBEY ISLAND)

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE

LENGTH: UP TO 5.6 MILES ROUNDTRIP

 

CHAIN LAKES LOOP (NORTH CASCADES/MT. BAKER)

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE

LENGTH: 8 MILES

 

KENDALL KATWALK (SNOQUALMIE PASS)

LENGTH: 11 MILES ROUNDTRIP

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE TO CHALLENGING

 

MT. DICKERMAN/PERRY CREEK MEADOWS

LENGTH: 8 MILES (ROUND-TRIP)

 

MT. PUGH 

LENGTH: 11 MILES (ROUND-TRIP)

 

HIDDEN LAKE LOOKOUT

LENGTH: 8 MILES (ROUND-TRIP)

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We hope you have a beautiful Seattle summer full of delicious and fun filled activities! Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to get all of our local events updates, or check out our Local Events page for new events posted every Monday! 



Why We Love Local Events

Your home is not just the house you live in! It is the neighborhood where you get your groceries, take your kids to school, and enjoy a nice dinner out. It’s where you make friends, and go to community events, and participate in activities. Participating in events in and around your neighborhood will create an even stronger bond between you and your family, and the place you call home! 

In the greater Seattle area, we have an amazing opportunity. There are dozens and dozens of neighborhoods, and sub-cities all throughout the King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties. When you’re busy driving to and from work everyday, it can be hard to have a reason to go visit all of these unique areas. What better way to get to know these fun areas than going to the Fremont fair and parade, the Cabaret in Renton, or the Edmonds art fair! It is such privilege that we have here in Seattle, and it is so important to spend some time seeing new things, and meeting new people! We love going to new neighborhoods and joining in on their fun. 

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The best part of community events is that there is something for everyone. There are beer cruises, children’s museum activities, and even symphonies! We love that every member of the family can experience the wonderful communities of Seattle. Take the time to participate in these things, and we promise, you will create lasting memories. 

At Alise Roberts and Company, we aren’t your average Real Estate agents. We are agents that care about building community. When we work with you to find your dream home, or sell your current home to move to your dream home, we want to make sure that it is the perfect fit for you in each and every way. It is so esseintial you not only find the house you’ve been searching for, but also a community that you can thrive in!

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Are you house hunting in new neighborhoods that you're unfamiliar with? What better way to explore possible new neighborhoods than to go and see what they’re all about! Events truly are a phenomenal way to check out areas where you might be looking at houses. You can get such a clear sense of what that particular community enjoys and values just by attending local events.

Finding community events can be hard! There are Facebook groups, flyers and posters, or word of mouth is enough, but it’s easy to miss out on things. We want to make finding events in your neighborhood as easy as possible. We are so excited to finally launch our events section on AliseRoberts.com! Our dream is to create a unique sense of community by posting local events to our website every Monday, so that you’ll always know where to go to find neighborhood and community events.

We have organized the events by sub-area of the greater Seattle area (Seattle, Eastside, Northend, and Southend), so that you can easily see what is around you, or what could be a fun day trip. Trust us, if you live over in West Seattle, you’re not going to want to miss fun events like Bellevue's Delille Date Night at Wild Ginger! 

Be sure to head over to our Local Events page to see all of this weeks events! 

 

How Pilates Can Improve Your Life

 
 

Club Pilates is a boutique fitness studio that specializes in small group classes in multiple locations in the greater Seattle area including Kent, Bellevue, Newcastle, and Renton.

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Pilates is a unique exercise technique that uses state of the art equipment providing a full body work out so that no muscle is over or under trained. Pilates will not only tone your body, but also create balance within your body!

Offering over 30 group classes every week with all levels of experience. Having the atmosphere of an intimate small class size with a these top notch fitness instructors that can guide and assist you is so amazing. Club Pilates does an amazing job at helping anyone and everyone feel comfortable. There are even one on one classes available so that your Pilates experience is  specialized to you and your needs.

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"All of our classes at Club Pilates utilize the Reformer as the main piece of equipment. The signature "Flow"classes are our most popular. They involve creatively flow from the Reformer to the springboard, EXO-Chair, barre, TRX®, and more – ensuring you never take the same class twice. 

Club Pilates has partnered with TRX, Above Barre, Trigger Point & Bosu as each of these modalities align with the core foundations of Pilates. Mobility -vs- Stability, along with proprioception, strength, coordination, mobility, and balance."

Nikki Adams, owner of the greater Seattle area Club Pilates', has been a part of the Pilates community for 17 years. After undergoing extensive training and experience, Nikki owned her own pilates studio for 6 years before joining Club Pilates and opening her own studio. She is extremely passionate about the benefits of Pilates, and the intimate environment of Club Pilates.

So why Club Pilates? Club Pilates has the widest array of classes available anywhere! They show care and experience for their clients by challenging clients at every level, and will work with you to target exact "problem" areas. With their brand-new, state of the art equipment in every studio, you are sure to get a complete Pilates workout, each and every time. And the best part? Club Pilates provides the best value for their clients with unexpectedly low prices that allows clients to dedicate themselves to Pilates for life!

“We believe that Pilates is the path to a fuller, more satisfying physical existence. We believe that being in control of your body helps you to be in control of your life. And best of all, we believe that you can start anytime.”