Best Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes for Seattle and Eastside Families

Where to pick the perfect pumpkin, catch a hay ride, pet farm animals and find more harvest fun

Courtesy of ParentMap.com

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Every year when the leaves start to turn we find ourselves wanting to make a farm pilgrimage with the kids to visit a pumpkin patch and mark the harvest. Farmers all over the region oblige our collective need by carving intricate mazes into their cornfields and offering hay rides out to the pumpkin fields.

Pumpkin patch experiences vary widely. Purists can pick their gourds at a farm that offers little more than hot cider as a side activity, while families looking for a more carnival atmosphere can visit farms and pumpkin patches tricked out like amusement parks — the offerings get a little wilder each year.

This list is big! It's organized by region. First, find 10 Snohomish County pumpkin patches, then nine Eastside and South King County-area pumpkin patches. For even more pumpkin-picking options, check out our South Sound pumpkin patch picks.

10 Snohomish County pumpkin patches

  Stocker Farms.

Stocker Farms.

1. Stocker Farms, Snohomish

Known for: Huge pumpkin patch, corn maze and "Stalker" Farms night maze.

Patch action: Starting in October, this Snohomish County farm is open daily. Grab a wagon and head into the fields or choose from pre-sorted pumpkins on the lawn. On weekends, head across the street to the Family Adventure Farm, featuring a 10-acre corn maze, pumpkin cannon, jumping pillow, hayrides, animal barn, crafts, rubber duck races, face painting and other activities. This year's maze theme all about honoring local heroes and showcasing the impact their selfless acts have had on the community. New this year on select weekends is the Stocker Farms first ever Sunflower Jubilee; U-pick sunflowers of all varieties and fabulous flowery photo ops!

For older kids looking for a scare, there’s Stalker Farms, which has two walk-through haunt experiences and a Zombie stalker paintball ride. This is the ultimate horror attraction and only recommended for brave 12-year-olds and up.

Dates and hours: Pumpkin patch open starting Saturday, Sept. 29. The Family Adventure Farm is open Tuesday–Sunday starting Sept. 29, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Night Maze open beginning Oct. 6. Check Facebook page for updates. The Sunflower Jubilee is Oct. 6–7 and Oct. 13–14. 

Location, cost and details: 8705 Marsh Road, Snohomish; 360-568-7391; Family Adventure Farm mid-week admission is $10.95/person; weekend admission is $14.95/person; ages 2 and under always free. Entry to just the pumpkin patch is free; pay only for pumpkins. Corn Maze is $21.95/person. The Sunflower Jubilee is $19.95/person which includes a u-pick sunflower bouquet. Save by buying tickets online.

  A Minion hayride at Craven Farm. Photo credit: Craven Farm

A Minion hayride at Craven Farm. Photo credit: Craven Farm

2. Craven Farm, Snohomish

Known for: Overall fantastic farm with fun play area for the littles; big- and small-sized corn mazes.

Patch action: Named Washington State's best pumpkin patch by "Readers Digest," this farm is justifiably very popular, especially with younger kids. The farm market area doubles as a play area with vehicles, tractors and pirate ships to climb on; there is also a snack bar open on weekends and picnic tables. Pick some pumpkins in the field, get lost in the 15-acre corn maze that's themed Alice in Pumpkinland, take a hayride through Minionville and visit the farm animals. Also check out the new Adventure Maze, complete with an obstacle course and farm-related trivia! Select Fridays in October check out the Night Owl (non-scary) Corn Maze. 

Dates and hours: Open daily, Sept. 22–Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m. to dusk (6:30ish). Hayride, apple slinger, face painting, Snack Shack and Espresso Shop are open on weekends only. Night Owl Maze open from 6–9 p.m. on select nights in October. Check Facebook page for updates.

Location, cost and details: 13817 Short School Road, Snohomish. 360-568-2601. Admission is free; corn maze $8 (age 2 and under free); adventure maze $7; Night Owl corn maze $15; duck races $3 per duck; hayride $6; apple slinger $0.75 each; minigolf and human foosball $5. New supersaver wristbands available this year, $10–$20.
 

  The Farm at Swan's Trail. Photo credit:    Alvin Smith   , via Flickr CC

The Farm at Swan's Trail. Photo credit: Alvin Smith, via Flickr CC

3. The Farm at Swan's Trail, Snohomish

Known for: Washington State corn maze and huge play area.

Patch action: Another Snohomish farm that has it all, from its Washington State Corn Maze — a 12-acre map of the state that shows actual roads, places and towns — to wagon rides, a "cow train", a large petting zoo and a playground. And, of course, pumpkin-picking in the 45-acre pumpkin patch. The Farm also has U-pick apples, and on weekends there are plenty of mouth-watering fresh baked goods. Insider tip: The Farm at Swan's Trail has private rooms popular for birthday parties.

Dates and hours: Open from Sept. 29–Oct. 31, noon–6 weekdays and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on weekends. (Due to field-trip scheduling call ahead for availability on weekdays). Check Facebook page for updates.

Location, cost and details: 7301 Rivershore Drive, Snohomish; 425-334-4124. Parking and admission is free and includes Pig Show, Duck Race & Petting Farm. The corn maze is $8 on weekdays and $10 on weekends (ages 4 and under free); play passes range from $8–$18 (adults and ages 2 and under free for the Children's Play Area).

  Bob's Corn maze. Photo credit: Bob's Corn Maze and Pumpkins

Bob's Corn maze. Photo credit: Bob's Corn Maze and Pumpkins

4. Bob's Corn & Pumpkin Farm, Snohomish

Known for: Reservable firepits in the corn maze, kid mazes, tasty snacks.

Patch action: A free hayride takes visitors through the 30-acre pumpkin patch and amusements include corn pit, slides, farm animals, face painting and an apple cannon (not all activities available during the week). Pick a pumpkin from the large U-pick field and buy harvest-themed farm goods such as corn stalks and gourds, all GMO-free. There are two corn mazes: a 10-acre corn maze, where your group can reserve a fire pit for hours of fun (they will build and maintain the fire for you as well as transport any roasting sticks and supplies you bring), and two smaller mazes for the little ones. 

Dates and hours: Maze opens Sept. 8, pumpkin patch open from Sept. 22–Oct. 31, 10 a.m. 'til dark. Day maze open daily 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Nighttime maze (non-scary) open Fridays and Saturdays in October, from 6–10 p.m. (reserve a fire pit!). Activities limited on weekdays. Check Facebook page for updates.

Location, cost and details: 10917 Elliott Road, Snohomish, 360-668-2506. Admission to the pumpkin patch (including hay ride, trike track and play area) is free; day maze $10, $50/family: 24 months and under free. Night maze is $15, $75/family; ages 2 and under free. Cow train is $3/ride; apple cannon is $2/shot or $10 for 10 shots. Combo package wristbands available for multiple activities $10–$20. Military and group discounts available.

5. Carleton Farm, Lake Stevens

Known for: Fun for younger kids, including a kids' corn maze and zip swing. Plus pumpkin cannon!

Patch action: This year's 4-acre maze is a puzzle of trails in which you play two games at the same time! One is Farm Scene Investigation (FSI, a Carleton favorite) where you try to find the missing Farmer Joe. The other, new this year, is a Mariners trivia game. Check the website for upcoming details! Also enjoy the maze by night (non-scary) on certain nights in October; be sure to bring your own flashlight! On weekends, enjoy a zip swing and slides in the Kids Korral, shoot the pumpkin cannon, and take hayrides or bucket train rides.

Teens and adults looking for a thrill may want to check out Carleton's Fright Farm Friday and Saturday nights. Scary attractions include Zombie Paintball, Zombie Farm and the Haunted Swamp. Purchase tickets online and choose your desired timeslot.

Dates and hours: Open daily, Sept. 29–Oct. 31, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., last day maze entry at 5 p.m. Extended activities on weekends. Night maze (fire pit rentals available) open Friday–Saturday nights in October, 7–9 p.m. The Haunted Swamp, Zombie Farm and Zombie Paintball are open Friday–Saturday nights in October (and also the Sunday before Halloween and Halloween day).

Location, cost and details: 830 Sunnyside Blvd. S.E., Lake Stevens, 425-334-2297. Admission and parking are free. Corn maze $8 (3 and under free); Zipline wristband $11; Kids Play wristband $12; night maze $14; Fright Farm attractions $14–$21 (combo packages available).  Pumpkin cannons $2–$3. Check website for pricing updates

6. Thomas Family Farm, Snohomish

Known for: Zombie paintball, haunted hayride (!), monster truck rides, kiddie paintball and more.

Patch action: On weekdays, you can pick a pumpkin but on weekends you can hop a free hayride or play in Kid Land, with rubber duck races, putt-putt golf and a hay maze. Other daytime activities include: monster truck rides, gem-mining, kids' paintball blast and an apple cannon. There is a 3-mile treasure hunt corn maze as well as a .3 mile corn maze for younger kids. Or explore the maze at night with flashlights (non-scary). This farm, however, may be the place to take horror-loving teens, as it is home to the Zombie Paintball Safari Hayride, and the Nightmare on 9 haunted house.

Dates and hours: Opening Saturday, Oct. 6 and open weekends in October, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Nighttime hours are Thursdays and Sundays, 6–10 p.m. starting Oct. 14, and Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m.–midnight, starting Oct. 6. Also open Halloween night from 6–10 p.m. Check Facebook page for updates.

Location, cost and details: 9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish, 360-568-6945. Kid Land admission $7; ages 2 and under free, parents free; Treasure Hunt corn maze $7; kids' corn maze $3; other daytime activities $3–$8. Flashlight maze $14; Zombie paintball $22, (timed tickets available online or at ticket booth), Nightmare on 9 haunted house tickets can be purchased in a combo package for $30–$36 or as single tickets on site or online for $10–$20. Discount weekends include Grandparents weekend (Oct. 6–7) and Service weekend (Oct. 13–14). See website for details.

7. Biringer's Black Crow Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, Arlington

Known for: Dog-friendliness — dogs on leash, only.

Patch action: Join Gary and Julie Biringer for their annual pumpkin patch and corn maze, featuring a pet-friendly pumpkin patch, 5-acre corn maze, free trolley rides to U-pick pumpkins, kiddie hay maze, slides, covered wagon for picnics and skeleton graveyard. Local honey, cider, apples and fresh corn (seasonal) available. “After Dark” Corn Maze is available for private groups of 50 or more and must be booked in advance.

Dates and hours: Open daily Sept. 29–Oct. 31. Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–6, p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Night maze by appointment only.

Location, cost and details: 2431 Hwy 530 N.E., Arlington, 360-435-5616. Admission free (includes covered wagon and trolley rides, pumpkin bowling and kiddie hay maze). Call for further pricing details; family passes and group rates available.

 

  Foster's Produce and Corn Maze. Photo credit: Foster's website

Foster's Produce and Corn Maze. Photo credit: Foster's website

8. Foster's Produce and Corn Maze, Arlington

Known for: Funny goats, large pumpkin patch.

Patch action: This fourth-generation, family-owned farm features a 10-acre Wizard of Oz–themed corn maze and huge U-pick pumpkin patch and goat walk open daily. Weekends, enjoy cow barrel train rides, pumpkin cannon blaster, pumpkin slingshot and more. Hit the target on the slingshot and receive a free ice cream cone! 

Dates and hours: Corn maze and patch open daily Oct. 1–31, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (last admission to maze is at 4 p.m.) Farm Market open daily starting September 15th. Most activities Saturdays and Sundays only. Check the Facebook page for updates.

Location, cost and details: 5818 SR 530 N.E., Arlington; 360-435-6516. Corn maze $6 (ages 3 and under free); pumpkin cannon $2/shot or $10/10 shots; pumpkin slingshot $2/3 shots; cow train $4. Activity bundles available on weekends.

9. Bailey Family Farm, Snohomish

Known for: Tons of U-pick veggies, including pumpkins, and simple farm fun.

Patch action: This 100+-year-old family farm features simple farm fun. There's a great pumpkin patch plus loads of veggies to pick, including Red Jonagold apples to pick Sept. 29–30! Bailey Farm does not have a corn maze in there's a free play area with a hay climb, rope swing, trikes, toy tractors and a sandbox.

Dates and hours: The pumpkin patch is open daily beginning Sept. 29, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. Turn up on weekends for activities, including free hay rides and cider and kettle corn for purchase.

Location, cost and details: 12711 Springhetti Rd., Snohomish; 360-568-8826. Free entry to farm; pumpkins and other produce for purchase; snacks for purchase.

10. Fairbank Animal Farm and Pumpkin Patch, Edmonds

Known for: Barnyard experience for tots — kids might even view chicks hatching!

Patch action: Another experience geared to younger kids, this rustic farm offers rough paths and barnyard smells, and the kids can get their fill of baby animals to watch, feed and pet, including chicks, ducklings, goats, ponies, rabbits and pigs. There is also a U-pick pumpkin patch, tiny tot "maize maze," the Hidden Bear Trail to Pumpkin Land and a hay tunnel.

Dates and hours: Open weekends in October, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Locations, cost and details: 15308 52nd Ave. W., Edmonds. 425-743-3694. Admission $3/person (ages 10 months and up). Parking is free. Cash only; no credit/debit cards accepted.
 

9 Eastside and South King County pumpkin patches

  Jubilee Farm pumpkins. Credit: Elisa Murray

Jubilee Farm pumpkins. Credit: Elisa Murray

1. Jubilee Farm, Carnation

Known for: Affordable fun, horse-drawn hayrides out to the pumpkin fields; awesome organic pumpkins and other gourds; and a pumpkin trebuchet (catapult).

Patch action: Jubilee Biodynamic Farm grows organic produce and celebrates fall with lots of free harvest activities including its now-famous trebuchet — a giant pumpkin catapult. Take a hayride out to the U-pick pumpkin fields, buy lunch or hot cider in the concessions area, visit the farm animals and do a kids' hay maze in the barn loft.

Dates and hours: Open weekends in October, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Check for updates on the Facebook page.

Location, cost and details: 229 W. Snoqualmie River Road N.E., Carnation. 425-222-4558. Admission, parking and most activities free. No pets allowed, please.

  Steam train ride at Remlinger Farms. Photo credit: Remlinger Farms

Steam train ride at Remlinger Farms. Photo credit: Remlinger Farms

2. Remlinger Farms, Carnation

Known for: An amusement park that young kids adore plus awesome hay maze fun, U-pick pumpkins and great service

Patch action: Remlinger buzzes with activity during its Fall Harvest Festival weekends in October. Take a wagon ride out to the U-pick pumpkin fields, shop in the farm market and explore the corn maze. Head to the Family Fun Park for entertainment (watch popular entertainer Cyndi Soup in the Farm Theater) and more than 25 rides from a small (but thrilling) roller coaster to a tot-size ferris wheel to pony rides, antique pedal car rides and more. Kids can also climb on tractors and an old school bus, scale a fort and do a hay maze (or just jump in the hay). There are lots of picnic spots at Remlinger, but you're supposed to buy food on the premises — there is a snack bar and full restaurant. 

Dates and hours: Fall Harvest Festival runs Sept. 29–Oct. 28, on weekends 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Find updates on the Facebook page.

Location, cost and details: 32610 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation,  425-333-4135. Free admission to pumpkin patch. Fall Harvest Festival Park admission $22.50 (under age 1 free). Check website for details; discounts for seniors and disabled persons.

  Oxbow Farm trail. Credit: Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Oxbow Farm trail. Credit: Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

3. Oxbow Farm & Conservaton Center, Carnation

Known for: Sustainably grown  pumpkins, Living Playground and Kids' Farm.

Patch action: Oxbow isn't just a farm, it's a sustainable education center that stars in both farm fun and education. Pick up pumpkins, including many lovely varieties for cooking and baking, shop for organic produce, take a hayride, take a kids' tour of the farm and try the scavenger hunt. Some activities have fee, payable by "magic bean." Buy magic beans on site.

Dates and hours: Farm and pumpkin patch open Oct. 4–28, Thursday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Oxtober Pumpkin Festival weekends Oct. 7–29, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Check Facebook page for updates.

Location, cost and details: 10819 Carnation-Duvall Road N.E., Carnation. Use the west entrance and follow these directions as Google will mislead you. 425-788-1134. Admission free; select activities have fee. Licensed service animals only.

  Baxter Barn

Baxter Barn

4. Baxter Barn, Fall City

Known for: Miniature donkeys and other farm animals.

Patch action: You have to make an appointment to visit Baxter Barn, a local farm focused on sustainable farming practices, but it's well worth it. Kids will love seeing the horses, mini-donkeys, chickens, pheasants and quail. In October, beyond picking pumpkins, you can take a tractor ride, buy certified salmon-safe eggs and take a learning tour of the farm. Call to make an appointment.

Dates and hours: Tours are generally available between the hours of 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday throughout October. Call to make a reservation 425-765-7883. See website for more details. Check Facebook page for updates.

Location, cost and details: 31929 S.E. 44th St., Fall City. 425-765-7883. Tours by appointment. $8/person, including visits with the animals (petting the miniature donkeys is a special treat). Minimum $24. Tractor rides are extra. Note: onsite parking limited to three cars.

5. Fall City Farms, Fall City

Known for: Cider press and glassworks display.

Patch action: Bring your kids to watch cider being pressed and doughnuts sizzling. Meet the cows and donkeys, enjoy a wagon ride, pick a pumpkin from the patch, then check out the autumn-themed glassworks display by Made in Washington.

Dates and hours: Fall City Farm is open Sept. 29–Oct. 28, Fridays 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Check Facebook page for updates.

Location, cost and details: 3636 Neal Road, Fall City. 425-246-5249. Free entry, with produce and other fall food for sale.

6. Fox Hollow Farm, Issaquah

Known for: Petting farm, tractor rides and pony rides. 

Patch action: This well-groomed farm in Issaquah is a guaranteed hit, especially with younger kids. Its popular Fall Festival includes a pumpkin patch, ATVs and race track, corn bin, pony rides, hay maze, inflatables, a haunted forest trail and bonfires with s'mores and concessions including the recently added Espresso Cafe. Come in costume for trick-or-treating. New this year is a good ol' hayride and pumpkin bowling! Starting the end of September, you can also bring your kids to watch the salmon running up the creek.

Dates and hours: Open Wednesday–Sunday, Sept. 28–Oct. 27 (closed Oct. 4). Weekdays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (Sunday, Oct. 7 early closure at 1 p.m.). Purchase advance tickets online as they tend to sell out. Special Halloween Carnival on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Check website calendar and Facebook page for updates. 

Locations, cost and details: 12031 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., Issaquah. 253-459-9095. Weekend admission $50 for a car with up to seven people. Weekday admission — Wednesday–Friday — is $10 per person (under age 1 free). Admission includes all activities except the new hayride which is an additional $4.

  Kelsey Creek Farm

Kelsey Creek Farm

7. Kelsey Creek Farm, Bellevue

Known for: Fab and free fall festival; farm animals to see all year-round.

Attractions: This city farm hosts the very popular Kelsey Creek Farm Fair on Saturday, Oct. 6. Kids can check out the goats, chickens, and rabbits and take a tractor ride through the farm, bounce in the inflatables or choose a pre-picked pumpkin from a hillside to decorate. If you miss the festival, Kelsey Creek offers scheduled tours (for ages 2 and up) year-round with pumpkin patch tours and firsthand experiences with farm chores and crafts. 

Dates and hours: The Kelsey Creek Farm Fair is Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Check for updates on the Facebook page. The surrounding park and playground are open year-round, dawn to dusk. Farm animals can be seen in the pastures every day from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Location, cost and details: Admission is free, and costs for food and activities vary. Cash only. 410 130 Pl. S.E., Bellevue. On festival day, free shuttle service is available from Wilburton Park and Ride, 720 114 Ave. S.E. and Bannerwood Sports Park, 1630 132nd Ave. S.E. 425-452-7688. Dogs not allowed in barnyard area.

8. Carpinito Brothers, Kent

Known for: Roasted corn, kettle corn and huge array of pumpkins.

Patch action: Carpinito Brothers offer U-pick pumpkins, two giant corn mazes and yummy harvest snacks like roasted corn on the cob. With a new design every year, this year's intricately designed maze features a dinosaur theme! Visit the Farm Fun Yard across the street to visit the farm animals, take a tractor-drawn hay ride, race rubber ducks, explore the hay maze, feed the goats on the goat walk and "swim" in the corn pen. 

Dates and hours: Open daily Sept. 28–Oct. 31, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Check Facebook for updates.

Location, cost and details: Patch and corn maze: 27508 W. Valley Hwy N., Kent. Farm Fun Yard: 6720 S 277th St., Kent. 253-854-5692. Call for pricing details. No pets, please!

  Darigold-themed corn maze

Darigold-themed corn maze

9. Thomasson Family Farm, Enumclaw 

Known for: Huge corn maze, corn box for kids and tractor train rides.

Patch action: Another reader favorite in South King County, this working dairy farm runs a 216,000-square-foot corn maze during pumpkin season, plus old-fashioned farm attractions such as apple-lobbing slingshot competitions, tractor train rides, hay rides, hay maze, duck races, petting farm, a corn box (filled with nine tons of corn) for the kids and more. A returning favorite: Solve the mystery in the Pacific Northwest-themed maze or try laser tag.

Dates and hours: Open daily, Oct. 1–31, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (Check Facebook page for updates.)

Location, cost and details: 38223 236th Ave. S.E., Enumclaw; 360-802-0503. Multiple packages ranging from $3–$12 on weekdays and $5–$20 on weekends depending on activities chosen. Free parking. See website for details. No pets allowed.

Pumpkin picking tips:

  • Bring hand sanitizer, as many places have only portable toilets.

  • Dress appropriately: boots for muddy farm trails and layers for typical Seattle drizzles.

  • Mud-proof the trunk for muddy pumpkins and boots. Bring spare shoes for the ride home.

  • Have cash on hand for activities and food.

  • Leave the stroller behind... and the dog. Typically you'll have a bumpy landscape to traverse, and most places are not dog-friendly.

Kirkland Residents Invited to Participate in Citywide Costume Swap

 The community had a great time at the Costume swap last October. Photo courtesy of the City of Kirkland.

The community had a great time at the Costume swap last October. Photo courtesy of the City of Kirkland.

Reduce waste by reusing or repurposing Halloween costumes.

By Stephanie Quiroz | Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

The city of Kirkland is hosting its second annual Halloween Costume Swap. The community is welcome to donate and trade costumes.

“Kirkland’s Halloween Costume Swap is a fantastic way to reduce waste by reusing or repurposing costumes,” Kellie Stickney, Kirkland’s communications program manager, said.

Stickney said this event encourages the community to reduce what they must buy and reuse items instead of buying new. Around 150 costumes were collected last year. Stickney said they anticipate a much larger response this year.

Instead of buying new Halloween costumes, the community is welcome to stop by the Kirkland City Hall (Peter Kirk Room) and donate costumes, masks and accessories from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week, through Sept. 28. Infant through adult costumes in good condition are accepted. Individuals are welcome to donate more than one costume and they don’t have to donate in order to swap costumes.

The costume swap will continue from 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 29.

The North Kirkland Community Center is accepting donations as well.

For more information on the Costume Swap, visit, kirklandwa.gov/recycle.

 The children had a great time swapping new costumes. Photo courtesy of the City of Kirkland.

The children had a great time swapping new costumes. Photo courtesy of the City of Kirkland.

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Kirkland’s Dawson Searches for 39 Different Commute Methods

 Paddleboarding is one way Bruce Dawson has commuted to work this month. Photo courtesy of Bruce Dawson

Paddleboarding is one way Bruce Dawson has commuted to work this month. Photo courtesy of Bruce Dawson

A Kirkland man is challenging himself to commute using a different method for each day of the month.

By Kailan Manandic | Monday, September 17, 2018 8:30am | Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

Whether it’s a bike, bus or balloon, Kirkland resident Bruce Dawson is searching for alternative ways to commute to work as part of his 2018 Commute Challenge.

Dawson hasn’t gone as far as to use a balloon to commute, but he’s made his 1.25-mile commute to Google’s Kirkland campus via stilts, water skis, a unicycle, a paddleboard and 23 other methods, all in an effort to make his commute more interesting and less car-centric.

“North Americans spend a lot of time in their cars, always taking their cars to work and driving alone,” Dawson said. “Part of this is also just demonstrating that there are other ways to get to work, and some of them are not practical of course, but I’m taking a carpool to work tomorrow…ultimately it makes you healthier and happier. Every day I do this, I feel so happy when I get into work.”

THE IDEA

Dawson first completed the month-long challenge in April 2017. He often used about six different commute methods to get to work because he lives near his workplace: walking, running, cycling, unicycling, inline skating and taking a bus.

The diversity of his typical commute methods planted an idea in Dawson’s head and he would make jokes to a colleague about using a different method for each day of a month. That was in March 2017.

“I [joked] a couple of times and at one point the co-worker just kind of got annoyed and said, ‘Put up or shut up…You should actually go do it,’” Dawson said.

So Dawson set out to complete the challenge. And he succeeded. He used 20 different methods to get to work for each weekday of the month. Out of them all, Dawson concluded that swimming in 46 degree water was the least practical.

“Zero stars, would not swim again,” Dawson wrote in a blog post. “Swimming was the only commute method that was simultaneously unpleasant, inefficient, and potentially dangerous – it’s the trifecta.”

The 2018 Commute Challenge was moved to September because of the cold weather during his first challenge. Despite this, he maintains that water skiing was the most fun he had commuting to work during last year’s challenge.

“That was just such a great way to start the day,” Dawson said, “Water skiing was amazing.”

Dawson added that he was surprised at how well the challenge went the first time. He had been saving his bike and a bus ride as reserve methods if any of the other ones fell through, but he didn’t need to use it.

ANOTHER CHALLENGE

Dawson quickly decided to do the challenge again after the success of the first challenge and the first thing he changed was the time of year. He began this month with a paddleboard commute and is still going strong more than halfway through the challenge.

“I had some fun experiences with people,” Dawson said. “The first day of this one, I had a total stranger help me carry my paddleboard up the hill to Google. That’s kind of cool that you can still get help from random people these days.”

Dawson also added an extra rule that he couldn’t use methods from the 2017 challenge and he said he’s uncertain if he’ll succeed this time.

“Neighbors, friends and coworkers have been very helpful,” Dawson said. “I keep hoping some random person will reach out to me and say, ‘Hey I’d love to lend you my roller skis or give you a ride on a jet ski sometime this month.’ That hasn’t happened yet, but I’m still open to those options.”

Dawson is reaching out to his community for help and different commute ideas. Specifically, he’s looking for roller skis, roller skates, a giant pogo stick, drift skates or a jet ski ride that locals would be willing to lend him.

Additionally, Dawson is open to any ideas that are a balanced between practical, whimsical, fun and “not-too-deadly.”

COMMUTES CAN BE FUN

Dawson has been documenting his commute challenge in an effort to encourage his fellow community members to consider using alternate commute methods. His progress for the 2018 challenge can be tracked online at tinyurl.com/commutechallenge2018 or twitter.com/hashtag/commutechallenge?src=hash.

Additionally, locals can email him with ideas at commutechallengekirkland@gmail.com.

“Life is too short to spend it stuck in traffic, or looking for parking,” Dawson wrote in a blog post. “While not everybody has the diversity of commute options that I have, I think that there are some people who commute alone in a car because they haven’t fully considered the costs (financial, societal, environmental) or because they haven’t considered the health and joy benefits of trying other options.”

While taking the bus or a carpool to work may take longer than a solo drive, Dawson points out that those methods may be a better use of time.

“If you can read a book or talk to a friend while commuting then that’s progress,” he wrote. “I use my bike and other non-car methods to commute partly because it’s better for the world (fewer greenhouse gases, one less car on the road, one less parking spot used) but mostly because it makes me happier.”

 Bruce Dawson has had his bike ready as a backup method if he runs out of commuting ideas this month. Photo courtesy of Bruce Dawson

Bruce Dawson has had his bike ready as a backup method if he runs out of commuting ideas this month. Photo courtesy of Bruce Dawson

Kirkland Reopens the City’s Oldest Fire Station

 The Kirkland City Council, Fire Chief and city staff cut the ribbon for the newly renovated Fire Station 25. Samantha Kelly, Kirkland Volunteer Photographer

The Kirkland City Council, Fire Chief and city staff cut the ribbon for the newly renovated Fire Station 25. Samantha Kelly, Kirkland Volunteer Photographer

Kirkland’s Fire Station 25 opened 44 years ago and hadn’t been remodeled until October 2017.

By Kailan Manandic | Friday, September 14, 2018 8:30am | Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

Kirkland reopened the city’s oldest fire station on Sunday after an 11-month renovation project that improved firefighters’ workplace health and modernized the building.

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Fire Station 25 first opened 44 years ago on 76th Place Northeast and had never been remodeled before the recent renovations began in October 2017. The city retrofitted the station for seismic activity and modernized the station by replacing all mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.

“We consider fire stations to be critical infrastructure,” said Dave Van Valkenburg, deputy fire chief of the Kirkland Fire Department. “So the fact that it’s been reinforced with earthquake bracing and extra things to help it survive a natural disaster [is] important to us because we all know we want our fire stations to operate when things go bad.”

Station 25 firefighters, who receive an average two calls per day, according to the city, served the Finn Hill neighborhood from Fire Station 24 during the renovations. Kirkland firefighters aim for a four-minute response time and the 1.7-mile relocation did not interfere with target times, according to fire chief Joe Sanford. At worst, the move added about 30 seconds, he said.

Station 25 firefighters are breathing easy in their cleaner living spaces, which was previously a problem as engine exhaust and dirty gear would permeate the station. The firefighters’ living space is now separated from a designated bunker gear storage area and the engine bay exhaust systems.

“Sixty-five percent of firefighters are experiencing some form of cancer these days, we’re more than double the rate of the average citizen, so things like that are important to us because they adds to the longevity to our firefighters,” Valkenburg said. “Bunker gear is potentially dirty and contaminated with carcinogens or blood-born pathogens.”

The city also added some creature comforts such as improved sleeping quarters and improved the flow of the building to minimize the time it takes for firefighters to gear-up and head out.

“The bedrooms all have individual HVAC controls, we all know how that goes, right? One person likes the bedroom hot, one person likes the bedroom cold,” Valkenburg said.

Additionally, Valkenburg said they improved the station’s generator so that it can support the station more reliably in an emergency.

“The Kirkland Fire Department has provided service from Station 25 in the Finn Hill neighborhood for many years. These renovations make our community and our firefighters safer and ensure that we can continue providing services from Station 25 for decades to come,” said council member Penny Sweet, chair of the Public Safety Committee, in a press release.

The project’s construction costs exceeded $3 million, according to the city, and was paid for by a Fire District 41 bond. Fire District 41 was Finn Hill’s former fire district prior to Kirkland’s annexation of the neighborhood.

The overall project costs were under budget, the city said, and the remaining funds will be used to replace Fire Station 24 in a future project. This project will sell the current station 24 property to help fund a new station 24 located in Juanita.

The city is currently in the planning process for the station 24 project.

The station 25 reopening event brought in about 100 locals, according to Valkenburg. Kirkland City Council members attended the event, including Jon Pascal who spoke about the renovations along with Sanford.

Many locals were interested in the new fire station and had the chance to talk about the different new features with the department staff who attended.

“For the most part,” Valkenburg said, “it was really positive feedback on the layout of the station, the improvements, how it was better for the health and safety of the firefighter and how it allowed them to serve the community better.”

The renovations also included a new art piece on the station that was created by local artist Perri Howard of Velocity Made Good, who also attended the event.

“The theme, ‘Hope in the Dark,’ refers to the steadfast presence of our first responders, ready to roll out at a moment’s notice,” Howard said in a press release.

The Kirkland Arts Commission recommended Howard to the city council.

“The crew who work out of station 25 have been outstanding,” Valkenburg said. “During the remodel, they relocated to a smaller facility that didn’t have as many amenities, had a few logistical issues and a few challenges. They took it all in stride, they made the best of the situation and they never let any of those obstacles impact service and coming back to station 25 … they’ve been really appreciative of the support the citizens have given us.”

 Kirkland’s Fire Station 25 in the Finn Hill Neighborhood is the city’s oldest fire station and was recently renovated for the first time in 43 years. Samantha Kelly, Kirkland Volunteer Photographer

Kirkland’s Fire Station 25 in the Finn Hill Neighborhood is the city’s oldest fire station and was recently renovated for the first time in 43 years. Samantha Kelly, Kirkland Volunteer Photographer

Kirkland Fire Department Responds to Early Morning Fire in Rose Hill

Crews from Bellevue, Redmond, Bothell, Woodinville and Eastside Fire and Rescue also responded to the fire at Rose Hill Village.

 Kirkland firefighters and Puget Sound Energy staff examine the aftermath of a four-hour fire that destroyed the Rose Hill Village. Kailan Manandic/staff photo

Kirkland firefighters and Puget Sound Energy staff examine the aftermath of a four-hour fire that destroyed the Rose Hill Village. Kailan Manandic/staff photo

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 11:12am | Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

Kirkland firefighters responded to multiple reports of a fire in the Rose Hill Village at 3 a.m., Sept. 12.

Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy fire coming from the east side of the building, located in the 12600 block of Northeast 85th Street, and coming from the roof, according to a city of Kirkland press release. The magnitude of the fire caused a request for additional resources to the scene.

Firefighters initially attacked the fire from inside the building, but withdrew to the exterior due to fire in the attic space, the release states.

The fire caused Northeast 85th Street between 126th Avenue Northeast and 132nd Avenue Northeast to be closed Wednesday morning. Two Kirkland firefighters experienced minor injuries and were treated at the scene. The fire was extinguished hours later, at about 7 a.m.

“I want to thank all the units that assisted us this morning including Bellevue, Redmond, Bothell, Woodinville and Eastside Fire and Rescue,” Kirkland Fire Chief Joe Sanford said in the release. “All the firefighters on the scene acted with the utmost professionalism in handling this situation.”

Though the fire has been extinguished, it is anticipated that crews will remain on the scene for most of the day to complete the investigation and continue putting out any hot spots.

 Kirkland firefighters and Puget Sound Energy staff examine the aftermath of a four-hour fire that destroyed the Rose Hill Village. Kailan Manandic/staff photo

Kirkland firefighters and Puget Sound Energy staff examine the aftermath of a four-hour fire that destroyed the Rose Hill Village. Kailan Manandic/staff photo

 Kirkland firefighters and Puget Sound Energy staff examine the aftermath of a four-hour fire that destroyed the Rose Hill Village. Kailan Manandic/staff photo

Kirkland firefighters and Puget Sound Energy staff examine the aftermath of a four-hour fire that destroyed the Rose Hill Village. Kailan Manandic/staff photo

Meet Mrs. FrogLegs

She’s sugar, spice, and all business

By Lisa Patterson | September 7, 2018

 Photos by Jeff Hobson

Photos by Jeff Hobson

In 2008, Laura Vida’s kitchen almost always had a light dusting of flour, sugar, and candy sprinkles. It’s the year the stay-at-home mom of three’s cooking classes in her Seattle home evolved into an actual business, and FrogLegs Culinary Academy was hatched.

“(It was) thrilling, scary, exciting … it’s hard to describe how I felt at that time as turning what started as a way for me to work from home and being around my kids was now becoming a full-born business — in my home,” Vida said. “Props to my husband for his patience.”

FrogLegs Culinary Academy is an engaging and hands-on cooking school and special event space for kids and adults. It offers edible education and entertainment with a wide range of cooking classes and seasonal workshops, birthday parties, summer and school break camps, as well as corporate team building, group events, and catering.

 Edible cookie dough

Edible cookie dough

In 2016, Vida’s home-based Seattle business hopped over Lake Washington, and she opened FrogLegs in Kirkland. And this summer, it jumped back over to Seattle to open an additional location at University Village, where there are drop-in cake-and cupcake-decorating classes, as well as an expanded schedule of adult cooking classes and team-building events.

“In addition to an expanded selection of food-inspired retail goods and colorful party supplies, the Mrs. FrogLegs Treat Mercantile is a prominent new feature,” Vida said. “We are the first in the area to offer edible cookie dough — no eggs and heat-treated flour make it safe to eat.”

You can get fun flavors of cookie dough goodness at both the Seattle and Kirkland locations. And if you are looking for a sweet gift, they also sell adorable items like giant plush cupcake pillows with smiley faces and a cherry on top, and fresh-baked cookies.

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When Vida finds a moment to reflect about how her stay-at-home hobby morphed into a successful business, it continues to energize her. She was raised in Michigan, where she could be found catching frogs (which inspired the name) and spent time with both sets of grandparents, where she cooked alongside them every chance she got. When she got older, friends would ask her how to cook and bake, and later she would get hired to cater events. She had the talent, but wasn’t sure how that would translate into a business.

“When I first started, it was this idea that hadn’t really been done before, so I found the open road exciting,” she said. “It was a blending of all the things I loved: food, gatherings, children, holidays, and celebrations all rolled into one. It was probably about year three that I really felt this could turn into something bigger!”

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Her retail marketing, branding experience, passion, and professionalism propelled the company, and she has advice for others who have an idea they are considering growing.

“If you have an entrepreneurial spirit inside, I absolutely think you should pay attention to that. However, that being said, many startup businesses are not successful because the emotion takes over, walls are painted, and décor imagined all before the business plan, budgeting, and real practicality of it all is accounted for,” she said. “Starting a business is a risk. Calculate your risk, surround yourself with people who will give you honest opinions, do your research, know your customers and what they want, and see the demand. Take the emotion out of it, capitalize on your strengths, understand and accept your limitations. Acknowledge that you are now HR, accounting, store manager, dishwasher, customer service, and quality control, and embrace it.

“When this is all accounted for, roll up those sleeves, and start referring to yourself as #girlboss!”

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Readers' Choice: Best Restaurants in Seattle

Our annual readers’ poll received a record number of responses this year. See all the winners here

BY: CHELSEA LIN AND DARIA KROUPODEROVA | FROM THE PRINT EDITION | SEPTEMBER 2018

 Image Credit: Alex Crook  PHO SURE: Pho Bac Sup Shop’s signature dish is this short rib pho, paired with a glass of natural red wine

Image Credit: Alex Crook

PHO SURE: Pho Bac Sup Shop’s signature dish is this short rib pho, paired with a glass of natural red wine

This article appears in print as the cover story of the September 2018 issue. Read more from the Best of the Best Restaurants feature story hereClick here to subscribe.

Best New Restaurant
Pho Bac Sup Shop 
Chinatown–International District; thephobac.com

Best Neighborhood Restaurant
Ma‘ono Fried Chicken & Whiskey 
West Seattle; maonoseattle.com

Best Pop-up Restaurant
Surrell 
Pop-up; surrellseattle.com

Best Eastside Restaurant
Cafe Juanita 
Kirkland; cafejuanita.com

Best Cheap-eats Place
Mr. Gyros 
Multiple locations; mrgyroseattle.com

Best Gluten-free Dining Options
Cafe Flora 
Madison Park; cafeflora.com

Best Vegetarian Dining Options
Cafe Flora 
Madison Park; cafeflora.com

Best Juice/Smoothie Bar
Pressed Juicery 
Multiple locations; pressedjuicery.com

Best Brunch
Portage Bay Cafe 
Multiple locations; portagebaycafe.com

Best Independent Coffee Shop
Caffe Vita 
Multiple locations; caffevita.com

Best View
Ray’s Boathouse 
Ballard; rays.com

Best Place for Outdoor Dining
Westward 
Lake Union; westwardseattle.com

Best Place to Dine Alone
Oddfellows 
Capitol Hill; oddfellowscafe.com

Best Restaurant for Kids
Tutta Bella 
Multiple locations; tuttabella.com

Best Late-night Dining
13 Coins 
Multiple locations; 13coins.com

Best Diner
Hattie’s Hat 
Ballard; hatties-hat.com

Best Splurge Restaurant
Canlis 
Queen Anne; canlis.com

Best Tasting Menu
The Herbfarm
Woodinville; theherbfarm.com

Best Sandwich
HoneyHole Sandwiches
Capitol Hill; thehoneyhole.com

Best Salads
Evergreens 
Multiple locations; evergreens.com

Best Takeout
Biscuit Bitch 
Multiple locations; biscuitbitch.com

Best Burgers
Dick’s Drive-In 
Multiple locations; ddir.com

Best Barbecue
Jack’s BBQ 
Georgetown; jacksbbq.com

Best Pizza
Serious Pie 
Downtown and South Lake Union; seriouspieseattle.com

Best Oyster Bar
The Walrus and the Carpenter 
Ballard; thewalrusbar.com

Best Seafood
RockCreek Seafood and Spirits
Fremont; rockcreekseattle.com

Best Sushi
Shiro’s Sushi 
Belltown; shiros.com

Best Poke/Hawaiian
45th Stop N Shop & Poke Bar
Wallingford; Facebook, “45th Stop N Shop & Poke Bar”

Best Steak
Metropolitan Grill 
Downtown; themetropolitangrill.com

Best Korean Food
Revel 
South Lake Union; relayrestaurantgroup.com/restaurants/revel

Best Chinese Food
Din Tai Fung 
Multiple locations; dintaifungusa.com

Best Ramen
Kizuki Ramen 
Multiple locations; kizuki.com

Best Pho
Pho Bac 
Multiple locations; thephobac.com

Best Thai Food
Thai Tom 
University District; Facebook, “Thai Tom”

Best Indian Food
Nirmal’s
Pioneer Square; nirmalseattle.com

Best Middle Eastern Food
Mamnoon
Capitol Hill; mamnoonrestaurant.com

Best Vietnamese Food
Ba Bar 
Multiple locations; babarseattle.com

Best French Food
Le Pichet 
Downtown; lepichetseattle.com

Best Italian Food
Spinasse
Capitol Hill; spinasse.com

Best Mexican Food
La Carta de Oaxaca 
Ballard; lacartadeoaxaca.com

Best Food Truck
El Camión 
Multiple locations; elcamionseattle.com

Best Ice Cream/Gelato Shop
Molly Moon’s 
Multiple locations; mollymoon.com

  Baked Goods: A twice-baked almond croissant from Bakery Nouveau is an essential Seattle treat. Photo by Alex Crook

Baked Goods: A twice-baked almond croissant from Bakery Nouveau is an essential Seattle treat. Photo by Alex Crook

Best Bakery
Bakery Nouveau 
Multiple locations; bakerynouveau.com

Best Doughnut Shop
Top Pot 
Multiple locations; toppotdoughnuts.com

Best Dessert
Hot Cakes 
Ballard and Capitol Hill; getyourhotcakes.com

Best Cupcakes
Cupcake Royale 
Multiple locations; cupcakeroyale.com

Best Cookies
Hello Robin 
Capitol Hill; hellorobincookies.com

Best Cocktail Bar
Canon 
Capitol Hill; canonseattle.com

Best Happy Hour
Toulouse Petit
Lower Queen Anne; toulousepetit.com

Best Neighborhood Pub
Chuck’s Hop Shop 
Central District and Greenwood; chuckshopshop.com

Best Dive Bar
Linda’s Tavern 
Capitol Hill; lindastavern.com

Best Sports Bar
Rhein Haus 
Capitol Hill; rheinhausseattle.com

Best Local Brewery/Tasting Room
Fremont Brewing Company 
Fremont; fremontbrewing.com

Best Local Winery/Tasting Room
Chateau Ste. Michelle 
Woodinville; ste-michelle.com

Best Local Distillery/Tasting Room
Woodinville Whiskey Co.
Woodinville; woodinvillewhiskeyco.com

Must List: Bumbershoot, Summer Rewind Film Festival, Bremerton Blackberry Festival

Your weekly guide to Seattle's hottest events.

BY: DARIA KROUPODEROVA  |  Posted August 30, 2018  |  Courtesy of SeattleMag.com

 Image Credit: David Conger

Image Credit: David Conger

MUST LOVE MUSIC

Bumbershoot
(8/31–9/2) Bumbershoot is supposed to be a festival, but it’s always had a slightly melancholy end-of-summer vibe—and it doesn’t help that it’s named after an umbrella, callously reminding us that eight months of rain are around the corner. Bold-face names in this year’s lineup include Lil Wayne and Fleet Foxes; other offerings include dance, comedy, theater, visual arts and yoga on the lawn. Times and prices vary. Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.; 206.684.7200; bumbershoot.com

MUST DO THE PUYALLUP

Washington State Fair
(8/31–9/23) Have you ever witnessed daring horseback acrobatics or rode on an old-fashioned roller coaster? No? Then it’s time to hop in your car and get to Puyallup for the Washington State Fair. Ogle prize-winning produce, taste a fair scone or buttery elephant ear, take in a rodeo and listen to Macklemore (9/21) at the state’s biggest fair. Times and prices vary. Closed Tuesdays and September 5. Washington State Fair Events Center, Puyallup, 110 Ninth Ave. SW; 253.845.1771; thefair.com

MUST GAME

PAX West
(8/31–9/3) This weekend, Seattle’s downtown hub will taken over by the crème de la crème of the gaming industry. The annual Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) showcases the best and on the rise video, arcade and tabletop games during this jam packed four-day festival. Check out panels on the latest games, meet gaming legends and test out the newest games for yourself. PAX sells out every year, so if you’re even remotely interested in checking it out, buy a day pass ASAP. Times and prices vary. Washington State Convention Center, downtown, 705 Pike St.; west.paxsite.com

MUST WATCH FILMS

Summer Rewind Film Festival
(8/31–9/6) Soak up the last bits of summer by seeing the season’s blockbuster hits. Cinerama will be showing the best summer movies starting this weekend. Watch (or rewatch) Ocean’s 8Deadpool 2Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomA Quiet Place and more. Just don’t forget the chocolate popcorn. Times vary. $15. Cinerama, downtown, 2100 Fourth Ave.; 206.448.6680; cinerama.com

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MUST EAT BLACKBERRIES

Bremerton Blackberry Festival
(9/1–9/3) Stuff yourself silly with one of Pacific Northwest’s most iconic berries at this family friendly festival. Now in it’s 29th year, the festival celebrates blackberries by preparing them every which way. Want blackberry ice cream? They got that. Or how about blackberry sausage? Yep, they got that too. Wash the treats down with some blackberry wine or soda. Don’t worry, if you feel overloaded on blackberries, they will have vendors selling non-blackberry food and drink, too. Times vary. Free. Bremerton Boardwalk Waterfront, Bremerton, 100 Washington Beach Ave.; blackberryfestival.org

Summerfest Brings Weekend of Music and Art to Kirkland

Diverse lineup of bands, new KidZone entertain festival goers of all ages.

By Katie Metzger  |  Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

 The main stage at Kirkland Summerfest featured many bands, including The Dusty 45s and Creme Tangerine. Photo via Facebook

The main stage at Kirkland Summerfest featured many bands, including The Dusty 45s and Creme Tangerine. Photo via Facebook

KEXP presented Kirkland Summerfest on Aug. 10-12, featuring music, art and entertainment for all ages.

Summerfest is a three day festival, where attendees can discover a diverse lineup of acclaimed local musicians performing on the waterfront main stage, according to its website, kirklandsummerfest.com.

New this year was a KidZone and Create Zone at Heritage Park, featuring train rides, an obstacle course, a rock wall, bouncy houses, Touch-A-Truck, interactive arts, robotics and tasty treats.

Kirkland Summerfest is a benefit for the Kirkland Downtown Association.

 Star Wars characters meet local families in the KidZone at Heritage Park during Kirkland Summerfest. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Star Wars characters meet local families in the KidZone at Heritage Park during Kirkland Summerfest. Katie Metzger/staff photo

 The 11-acre KidZone entertains children and adults with inflatables, activities and more. Photo via Facebook

The 11-acre KidZone entertains children and adults with inflatables, activities and more. Photo via Facebook

 Families learn to draw at Summerfest, Kirkland’s annual music and arts festival. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Families learn to draw at Summerfest, Kirkland’s annual music and arts festival. Katie Metzger/staff photo

 Kids get to Touch-a-Truck at Kirkland Summerfest. Photo via Facebook

Kids get to Touch-a-Truck at Kirkland Summerfest. Photo via Facebook

 Families play with bubbles in the KidZone at Kirkland Summerfest on Aug. 11. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Families play with bubbles in the KidZone at Kirkland Summerfest on Aug. 11. Katie Metzger/staff photo

 Kirkland Summerfest featured a variety of food vendors. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Kirkland Summerfest featured a variety of food vendors. Katie Metzger/staff photo

 Hair Nation, the regions’s ultimate 80’s hair rock band, performed at Kirkland Summerfest. Photo via Facebook

Hair Nation, the regions’s ultimate 80’s hair rock band, performed at Kirkland Summerfest. Photo via Facebook

The Top 25 Neighborhoods in Seattle: 2018 Edition

From Greenwood to Beacon Hill, here are the places Seattleites want to live most.

By Seattle Met Staff  Edited by Darren Davis  2/27/2018 at 8:00am  Published in the March 2018 issue of Seattle Met |  Courtesy of SeattleMet.com

SEATTLE IS SO HOT RIGHT NOW. How many times have prospective homebuyers heard this as both a boast and a warning? Yes, home prices continue to rise at unprecedented levels, thanks to a tech boom that keeps booming. But focusing only on this skyrocketing trajectory ignores the wealth of character found across Seattle’s neighborhoods. Using hard real estate data, and factoring in the less quantifiable (but nonetheless crucial) matter of what’s cool, here are the top 25 places to live in the city.

 Glossary

  • Walk Score: A 0–100 metric that reflects a neighborhood’s “walkability,” or its proximity to restaurants, shops, parks, and other amenities.
  • Transit Score: A 0–100 metric that reflects a neighborhood’s accessibility via public transit.
  • YOY: Year-over-year percentages show changes in real estate data from data collected the previous year.

1. Wallingford

Median Sale Price: $890k  •  Sale Price Change YoY: 11.3%  •  Homes Sold in 2017: 251  •  Median Rent: $2,979  •  Walk Score: 83  •  Transit Score: 59

Nestled comfortably between Lake Union and Green Lake, Wallingford is a centrally located neighborhood that could, in another city, be confused with a cozy suburb. Craftsman-style homes with handsome porches line streets dappled with sunlight in the summertime. But walk a few blocks to North 45th Street and suddenly Wallingford takes on a Main Street flair: record stores, local merchants, and unfussy eateries like the affordable sushi spot Musashi’s and of course the original Dick’s Burgers. Further south the surroundings transform into a hot up-and-coming destination for both brunch and happy hour, a stretch that hosts Eltana, the Whale Wins, Thackeray, and Pablo y Pablo, to name only a few. This trek leads to Wallingford’s emerald jewel: Gas Works Park, with its industrial architecture and panoramic view of downtown (and the seaplanes flying into and out of Lake Union), the most distinctive patch of green in the city.

2. Central District

Median Sale Price $770k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 10.8%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 256  •  Median Rent $2,700  •  Walk Score 88  •  Transit Score 67

Close to the perks of metropolitan life (lots of bus lines, Capitol Hill bars) but far enough from big-city chaos (bustling university campus, those same Capitol Hill bars) the Central District is a residential sweet spot. And people have taken notice. Many a starkly modern condo has sprouted up between nineteenth-century Victorian houses and craftsman revival homes. Jewish, Asian, and black communities have historically lived in the Central District, but the area’s becoming more gentrified—yes, the G-word—by the day. Now places like Chuck’s Hop Shop draw beer nerds with IPAs and funky sours, and Union Coffee and Squirrel Chops caffeinate nearby residents, while neon-lit Uncle Ike’s beckons cannabis seekers near and far. (It’s the highest-grossing pot shop in the state.) Some change that’s easy to get behind though: Judkins Park. What once was a deep ravine used as a dump has blossomed into a six-block stretch of green space and playfields. —Rosin Saez 

3. North Admiral

Median Sale Price $716k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 15.7%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 243  •  Median Rent $2,817  •  Walk Score 68  •  Transit Score 42

While residents to the west know the differing characteristics of their community across the bridge, Seattle at large has only lately started recognizing the distinct neighborhoods that make up what they’ve known all along as just West Seattle. North Admiral is one such community—one of the oldest neighborhoods in West Seattle and the place many Seattleites conjure when thinking of the peninsula. East of Alki and just above the heart of West Seattle, North Admiral embraces beachfront mansions on the Duwamish Head and, further inland, blocks of dignified homes flanking California Avenue. Long considered remote, even after the bridge opened, many homebuyers are now fighting each other off to move to West Seattle.

4. Fremont

Median Sale Price $801k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 22.3%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 264  •  Median Rent $2,628  •  Walk Score 84  •  Transit Score 58

For years, North 36th Avenue, the commercial center of Fremont, remained relatively unaffected by new development compared to its neighbors. The stretch is lined with old bike tinkerers, hippie shops, and midcentury houses turned into coffee shops, and Thai restaurants. But the recent upzone changes things, clearing the way for taller mixed-use residential buildings among (and, in many cases, in place of) the mixed-and-matched commercial tableau. Case in point Modern Korean gem Revel, until recently housed in an unassuming old one-story building, will soon find itself in the ground floor of a shiny new condominium. But fret not. The reliably weird Center of the Universe should weather the coming developments and still appear weird on the other end. Plus, its hillside microneighborhoods of incongruous streets and hidden stairways remain atop the list of Seattle’s most unique and sought-after residential zones.

 Fremont, the self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe.”  IMAGE:  SHUTTERSTOCK/JOSEPH SOHM

Fremont, the self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe.”

IMAGE: SHUTTERSTOCK/JOSEPH SOHM

5. Capitol Hill

Median Sale Price $600k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 29.0%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 524  •  Median Rent $2,341  •  Walk Score 91  •  Transit Score 73

Every time someone declares Capitol Hill “over”—no longer the wild, creative heart of Seattle, thanks to parking woes, price tags, or the fact that the Block Party just feels so corporate these days, man—two newcomers discover it for the first time. They wander Lake View Cemetery at noon to marvel at the solitude, or wait in line at 1am for a cream cheese hot dog outside Neumos. Fresh faces walk Pike/Pine on a rowdy Friday night and feel like they’ve finally found their people. Lately the best advertisement for downtown housing is that it’s walking distance to Capitol Hill. The mark of a truly vital neighborhood is its ability to be reborn again and again, from auto-sales row to party central, from outsider haven to the city’s most in-demand real estate. Think Capitol Hill is over? That’s okay. For another resident, it’s just begun. —Allison Williams

6. Ballard

Median Sale Price $760k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 15.9%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 870  •  Median Rent $2,296  •  Walk Score 87  •  Transit Score 51

Just off the Lake Washington Ship Canal, the bustling City of Ballard sprouted a century ago from these marinas and fishermen’s terminals. Now its stretch of trendy boutiques and restaurants rivals the shopping and nightlife scenes anywhere else in Seattle. But the busy southern end of this increasingly popular neighborhood is just the front door, so to speak. New condominium developments give way to older apartment dwellings and then, as you go farther north, quiet single-family neighborhoods, peppered here and there with community parks and surprising pockets of bars and restaurants a bit more low key than the weekender favorite Ballard Ave. Travel west and, suddenly, a beach! Bonfires and kite surfers fill Golden Gardens every year as soon as the sun cooperates. It’s no wonder many residents want to again recognize Ballard as its own city.

7. Greenwood

Median Sale Price $635k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 6.4%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 359  •  Median Rent $2,486  •  Walk Score 85  •  Transit Score 52

Long coveted by young families looking for a quiet place to put down roots, Greenwood remains one of Seattle’s residential beating hearts. The neighborhood features traditional homes mixed with newer construction (the status quo across much of Seattle in 2018), laid out in a straightforward grid (not so typical for Seattle) and bisected by a commercial stretch of craft cocktail bars and family-friendly cafes. Greenwood can also claim most of the benefits of both a Seattle suburb and a more urban pocket. Far enough north from the commercial hubbub that surrounds Lake Union, kids can play outside their homes without worrying about cars speeding by on a shortcut to an after-work happy hour meetup. But it’s only around 15 minutes into downtown via Aurora or I-5. Expect a lot of competition in this consistently red-hot neighborhood. 

8. Leschi

Median Sale Price $779k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 6.0%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 132  •  Median Rent $2,943  •  Walk Score 72  •  Transit Score 53

Topographically speaking, Leschi is a neighborhood divided. Most of its identity centers on the Lake Washington shoreline, where cyclists pedal past pleasure boats bobbing in the harbor and a handful of restaurants (Meet the Moon, Daniel’s Broiler) cater to families and mature tech types. Down the street, tiny Leschi Market somehow has just the thing for both weeknight diners and sunbathers who surreptitiously drink rosé on the nearby T-dock in the summer. That pastoral vibe extends up the steep hillside. Houses might be tudors or ramblers, older or brand spanking new, but they all embrace those panoramic views. Atop the ridge, residents tend to identify with other, adjacent neighborhoods: Madrona with its quaint village strip or the Central District where residency doesn’t imply that you live in a lakefront mansion. But even these sedate blocks have the occasional flash of sparkling lake water. —Allecia Vermillion

 Leschi’s Lake Washington marina, with eyes on Bellevue.  IMAGE:  GEORGE COLE

Leschi’s Lake Washington marina, with eyes on Bellevue.

IMAGE: GEORGE COLE

9. Montlake

Median Sale Price $1.2 million  •  Sale Price Change YoY 25.8%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 79  •  Median Rent $3,709  •  Walk Score 67  •  Transit Score 62

 

Less conspicuously wealthy than Madison Park, nearby Montlake still boasts idyllic communities of wide streets and old craftsman and tudor homes that will put you back some real cash. There’s something vaguely New England about many Montlake properties, with their pillars and porches and manicured lawns just asking for a game of croquet or a weekend afternoon of fetch with a well-trained pup. This sense of timelessness extends into Montlake’s own downtown district, nary a boxy condo in sight. Instead, the slip of a commercial zone contains the cozy neighborhood tableau of an upscale restaurant (Cafe Lago), a coffee shop (Fuel Coffee), a florist, a bike shop, and a handful of other local merchants. Bookended by two expansive parks, Interlaken and the Arboretum, Montlake is a posh community on the water surrounded by greenery. 

10. Bitter Lake

Median Sale Price $400k  •  Sale Price Change YoY –9.1%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 168  •  Median Rent $2,235  •  Walk Score 68  •  Transit Score 48

This sliver of a neighborhood (drive about a dozen blocks on Aurora Avenue and you’ll pass right by it) packs a lot of character into such small square mileage. Named for the body of water on its north end, Bitter Lake is a long-overlooked but up-and-coming area owing to its range of housing options—from new multifamily developments to old single-story homes to proud lakefront properties. The neighborhood’s density—high compared to other mixed-zone communities of apartments, condos, and single-family homes—means you won’t find the wide streets and long sidewalks that prospective homebuyers may require as the connective tissue between their home and the community. Instead, Bitter Lake reflects its location: a commuter-friendly residential pocket immediately adjacent to Highway 99 with enough space to settle in and put down roots.

11. Mount Baker

Median Sale Price $821k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 46.6%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 139  •  Median Rent $3,047  •  Walk Score 75  •  Transit Score 59

The craftsman homes are so tall and stately, you’d swear you were on the north end of Capitol Hill. But the people who occupy them are younger and less white than you’d expect. Mount Baker doesn’t have a ton of shops and restaurants, though the existing neighborhood fixtures are fiercely beloved, from Mioposto’s wood-fired breakfast pizzas to the impeccable microroasts at QED Coffee. Thanks to the Saloon, a recent arrival to the area, there’s even a place to get a good manhattan, sans children. Throw in some sprawling Olmsted-designed greenways, a beach, a legit playground, a light rail station, and easy access to downtown and the Eastside: Mount Baker may not have Capitol Hill’s rocking nightlife, but nobody hanging out at the Community Club (a hub of musical performances, yoga classes, even potlucks) seems to be complaining. —AV 

12. Beacon Hill

Median Sale Price $574k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 17.5%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 453  •  Median Rent $2,461  •  Walk Score 61*  •  Transit Score 65*

Walk around this southeast Seattle neighborhood and you might notice the wall murals, statues, and other public art celebrating a range of ethnic communities. Beacon Hill’s diverse residents, largely Asian or Pacific Islander and foreign born, have shaped the neighborhood into what it is now. Though much of the community contains single-family homes, it’s surrounded by cultural hubs exclusive to Beacon Hill. You can find social justice nonprofit El Centro de la Raza with its front-yard garden and playground, conveniently located by the light rail station and go-to cafe the Station. In North Beacon Hill, find ethnic food essentials at the Red Apple grocery store or spend a few sweaty hours climbing at the Seattle Bouldering Project. And there’s always Jefferson Park for a picnic date. —Hayat Norimine 

13. Fauntleroy

Median Sale Price $735k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 34.9%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 118  •  Median Rent $2,724  •  Walk Score 47  •  Transit Score 45

Out of all the neighborhoods in Seattle proper, even the peripheral residential communities to the north and south, like Bitter Lake and Rainier Beach, Fauntleroy is perhaps the most hidden from the heart of Seattle. Across the West Seattle Bridge, through the heart of West Seattle and downward into Fauntleroy Cove, this small pocket of cottages and bungalows blesses residents with a level of marine serenity that shouldn’t be possible just six miles from downtown Seattle. The sound laps gently upon the isolated cove, a strip of sand lined in parts with the neighborhood’s most covetable homes, offering peaceful (if chilly) walks in the gray months and knockout views of the Olympic Mountains on clear days. And if residents need to get away even further from the city for a weekend day trip, the Fauntleroy ferry dispatches daily escapes to nearby Vashon island and Southworth.

 The secluded Lincoln Park in Fauntleroy, a picturesque stroll year round.  IMAGE:  GOERGE COLE

The secluded Lincoln Park in Fauntleroy, a picturesque stroll year round.

IMAGE: GOERGE COLE

14. South Lake Union

Median Sale Price $490k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 14.6%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 13  •  Median Rent $2,438  •  Walk Score 92  •  Transit Score 86

 

No other neighborhood better illustrates Seattle’s tech-driven boom than South Lake Union. Look at an aerial photo from just 10 years ago and note the skyline now (if you can see past all the cranes). What was once a low-key lakefront district filled mostly with warehouses transformed seemingly overnight into the epicenter of the city’s tech industry, now under the shadow of the Amazon headquarters. The blocks between Lake Union and Denny brim during the day with throngs of this new workforce, all heading to or from bites at any of the neighborhood’s wealth of fast-casual concepts or a quick refresh at barre or spin class. Then streets all but empty out at night, when the residents of SLU’s midsize to large condo developments either revel in the quiet or take advantage of the central location, making a quick trip downtown or to Capitol Hill.

15. Magnolia

Median Sale Price $868k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 19.7%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 489  •  Median Rent $3,056  •  Walk Score N/A  •  Transit Score N/A

Jutting west, out into the water on a branch of land—gloriously common in Seattle’s quirky geography—Magnolia is like the city’s forested backyard. Lush thickets of trees extend up the hillside from the water like green waves crashing against the shores. The woodland hides towers of multiunit residences and hamlets of sumptuous homes overlooking the water. To the south, Magnolia Park and its tree-lined bluffs boast panoramic views to the west and southwest. But it pales in size next to Discovery Park—the largest park in Seattle, almost a neighborhood unto itself. This expansive swath of public land somehow contains stretches of beach, a historic fort and forest trails, and wide lawns to lay down a picnic or toss a football. Magnolia is not the easiest to get to, it requires a skirt around Interbay and Queen Anne. But isolation is part of its charm.

16. Madison Park

Median Sale Price $1.8 million  •  Sale Price Change YoY 51.7%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 105  •  Median Rent $3,753  •  Walk Score 68  •  Transit Score 35

If there was ever a proper beachfront community in oceanless Seattle—complete with waterfront mansions and swaths of beautiful public land on which locals come to sun and swim and dream of owning something there one day—it’s Madison Park. The upscale community, facing Lake Washington and bordered to the west by the Washington Park Arboretum, feels like its own destination outside of Seattle. The homes in Madison Park are some of the most expensive in Seattle, and understandably so. Modern mansions and breathtaking tudors with long, gated driveways and expansive east-facing windows are as ostentatiously luxurious as Seattle gets. Nearby Madison Park Beach—a wide slope of grass that gets full afternoon sun in summer and leads directly to the shores of Lake Washington—is a local treasure whether you live in the neighborhood or are just visiting.

17. Lower Queen Anne

Median Sale Price $560k  •  Sale Price Change YoY –13.7%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 211  •  Median Rent $2,387  •  Walk Score 92  •  Transit Score 69

One of Seattle’s most dynamic neighborhoods is also one of the most overlooked. Lower Queen Anne’s proximity to KeyArena, Seattle Center, and McCaw Hall makes it a marquee destination for the arts, but it’s rarely thought of as a thriving residential community. Folded in among the busy thoroughfares of Roy and Mercer Streets, however, you’ll find blocks of classic multiunit residences, upscale condos, and even a fair amount of water views. It’s more accurate to think of Lower Queen Anne as a convergence of its neighbors: the self-sustaining community of Upper Queen Anne, and the cosmopolitan buzz of Belltown. And with Lower Queen Anne’s new upzone in place, allowing the construction of taller mixed-use buildings, the neighborhood will soon be flush with new residences, making it an even more viable option for urban dwellers than it’s been all along. 

18. Northgate

Median Sale Price $588k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 21.3%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 568  •  Median Rent $1,861  •  Walk Score N/A  •  Transit Score N/A

It wouldn’t be far fetched to guess the majority of Seattleites venture into Northgate primarily to visit the namesake mall. But thanks to a steep uptick in new development, this expansive community north on Interstate 5 contains dwelling options for both first-time homebuyers looking to get into the market with a condominium and new families vying for a place to spread out a bit. Expect Northgate to continue increasing in density, especially in the mixed-use midrise variety, as the forthcoming Northgate Light Rail Station (scheduled for 2021) makes the outlying neighborhood a more viable commuter option. Seattle’s willingness to invest in this transit infrastructure points to a future in which Northgate, known mostly as home to the largest enclosed mall in the city, gets folded into Seattle as one of its up-and-coming neighborhoods. 

19. Upper Queen Anne

Median Sale Price $845k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 16.1%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 600  •  Median Rent $3,048  •  Walk Score 70  •  Transit Score 59

 

Upper Queen Anne (or just Queen Anne, depending on whom you ask) is an instantly identifiable Seattle neighborhood: the big houses on the hill. Rising above the buzz of Lower Queen Anne to the south, and the lovable hippie community Fremont on the north side, the hill’s summit is among only a handful of places you’ll find platonic front lawns and proper backyards—a real white picket fence vibe—in the whole city. Its elevation, and the stateliness of the homes, gives Upper Queen Anne a bit of an esteemed air. But past the iconic Kerry Park view and the historic Victoria Townhomes, Queen Anne is actually quite a quaint and low-key neighborhood, the sort of supportive community that will keep a local grocer like Ken’s Market thriving even with a Trader Joe’s just down the way.

20. Columbia City

Median Sale Price $680k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 15.3%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 141  •  Median Rent $2,451  •  Walk Score 84  •  Transit Score 59

Gone are the days when Columbia City was a cherished secret: an oasis hidden in Rainier Valley, filled with sloping hills of traditional houses and handsome townhomes, and a most picturesque downtown tract. It boasts neighborhood staples of classic theater (Columbia City Theater), family breakfast favorite (Geraldine’s Counter), pub with live music (the Royal Room), and workaday local merchants trading pleasantries with familiar faces at the summer farmers market. Well, secret’s out. Even with the increase in new home construction and commuteworthy restaurants popping up along Rainier Avenue, Columbia City manages to hang on to its small-town vibes. This might be due to the distance from the city’s downtown core, but mostly it’s thanks to the loyal community who helped build and sustain the character of this distinct Seattle neighborhood, and who want every new resident to fall in love too.

 The Olympic Sculpture Park, near Belltown’s many midrise residences.  IMAGE:  SHUTTERSTOCK BY KEROCHAN

The Olympic Sculpture Park, near Belltown’s many midrise residences.

IMAGE: SHUTTERSTOCK BY KEROCHAN

21. Belltown

Median Sale Price $677k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 20.9%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 389  •  Median Rent $2,213  •  Walk Score 97  •  Transit Score 98

Want to be in the thick of it? Belltown is a stark contrast from quiet residential neighborhoods with darling streets and ample parking. The Seattle urban center’s de facto entertainment district, Belltown forgoes playgrounds, family diners, and community theaters for urban dog parks, gastropubs, and nightclubs. A normal Friday might include happy hour frites and a pilsner at Belltown Brewing, then on to chic dinner staples like Tavolàta, ending with a nightcap at any of the reliable dives on Second Avenue. A plethora of old and new condo developments means there is no Lyft fee between last call and home—some with enviable views of Elliott Bay. But Belltown is not all nightlife. Its close proximity to both downtown and the Sound can make for a healthy routine of leisurely strolls to Pike Place Market or weekend jogs along the Olympic Sculpture Park. 

22. Ravenna

Median Sale Price $829k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 3.8%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 211  •  Median Rent $2,899  •  Walk Score 77  •  Transit Score 53

Ravenna made headlines in recent years as one of the hottest housing markets in the entire country. And understandably so. Tracts of gorgeous multistory homes and older mansions line wide streets dappled in green, and it’s quieter than you’d expect from a community so close to the University District and those rowdy youths. Central in the neighborhood, 65th Avenue provides the commercial anchor of grocers, bookstores, and a few bars pleasantly long in the tooth. Also historic is the nearly century-old Roosevelt High School, stately home of the Rough Riders. On the southern end of the neighborhood, the conjoined Ravenna and Cowen Parks provide a lush greenbelt with plenty of winding trails for a bit of respite. That’s why Seattleites move to Ravenna after all, for a little close-by peace and quiet.

23. South Park

Median Sale Price $393k  •  Sale Price Change YoY –3.1%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 55  •  Median Rent $2,114  •  Walk Score 59  •  Transit Score 37

As would-be homebuyers push farther outward from central Seattle to find affordable dwellings, many eyes (and no small amount of developer prospecting) now turn to what has long been considered the city’s most diverse neighborhood. South Park’s majority Hispanic population adds to a food and culture scene unlike anywhere else in Seattle. Out of the historically industrial region, fueled by the Duwamish River, springs a vibrant community filled with public art, traditional eateries, and festivals celebrating both Hispanic and Native American heritage. While an influx of new residents and construction drives the local cost of living up, South Park’s property values have not skyrocketed at unprecedented rates like elsewhere in the city, and local advocacy groups continue to do the work of ensuring the Seattle boom can coexist with the longtime residents of this diverse neighborhood.

24. Hillman City

Median Sale Price $613k  •  Median Sale Price YoY 25.0%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 83  •  Median Rent $2,346  •  Walk Score 84  •  Transit Score 54

Don’t get it confused with Columbia City. This southern stretch of Rainier Avenue may have once been considered outskirts to its desirable neighbor to the north, but Hillman City has taken on an exciting new identity following a period of relative stagnation amid a city experiencing unprecedented growth. But you could even think of Hillman City as Columbia City’s younger sibling. For one, it hosts some of the hippest new casual eats south of the stadiums, like Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max, Big Chickie, Full Tilt Ice Cream’s sister bar Hummingbird Saloon, and microroaster Tin Umbrella. The Hillman City Collaboratory—a coworking space and community incubator brought to the neighborhood’s historic district by two local arts organizations—points to an exciting future of Hillman City as a viable alternative dwelling for creative and civic-minded residents looking to venture out of the Capitol Hill bubble.

25. Georgetown

Median Sale Price $588k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 4.0%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 67  •  Median Rent $2,374  •  Walk Score 69  •  Transit Score 46

So much of Georgetown’s appeal comes from its apparent sovereignty: a neighborhood geographically disconnected from the rest of the city by industrial zones, with a brick-and-mortar, vaguely Southwest aesthetic all its own. This character keeps Georgetown a thriving commercial and residential district, even when it lacks abundant single-family home offerings compared to its neighbors. Just visit to understand its peculiar magic. Drive south—past the stadiums, past SoDo, through the Industrial District—and come upon something of a Route 66 town, brimming with vintage shops, music stores, and first-rate comic book retailer Fantagraphics Books. Biker bar–esque Smarty Pants and divey pool halls rub shoulders with a relatively newer crop of marquee eateries like Fonda La Catrina, Ciudad, and Brass Tacks. Also there’s a giant cowboy boot in a park and a trailer park mall full of vintage clothes and trinkets.

 A typical Georgetown street fair.  IMAGE:  PAUL CHRISTIAN GORDON

A typical Georgetown street fair.

IMAGE: PAUL CHRISTIAN GORDON

Data provided by Redfin and Zillow. Median sale prices were collected October–December 2017. Data reflects all residential types, including single-family homes, condos, and townhouses. Year-over-year percentages show changes in real estate data from data collected the previous year.

DOH Provides Steps to Keep Safe from Wildfire Smoke

Air quality degraded by wildfires across the state.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 8:30am  |  Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

Washington State Department of Health is encouraging people in areas affected by wildfire smoke to take necessary steps to protect themselves from poor air quality.

People can take the following steps to protect themselves from smoke due to wildfires:

  • Visit the Washington Smoke Blog or contact local regional clean air agency.
  • Stay indoors, avoid strenuous physical activities outside, and keep indoor air clean. Close windows and doors. Use fans or an air conditioner (AC) when it is hot, and set your AC to recirculate. If you do not have AC and it is too hot to stay home, go to a place with AC such as a mall or library. Remember to stay hydrated. Do not smoke, use candles, or vacuum. Use an air cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  • Contact a health care provider if there are specific health concerns, and dial 911 for emergency assistance if symptoms are serious.

Smoke from wildfires especially increases health risks for babies, children, people over 65, pregnant women, and those with health conditions, such as heart and lung diseases or diabetes.

Breathing smoky air can cause a wide range of symptoms from watery eyes and coughing to chest pain and asthma attacks. People with heart or lung diseases such as asthma are more likely to experience serious and life-threatening symptoms.

Kirkland Police Invite Community to National Night Out

Kirkland police host National Night Out August 7

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 8:30am  |  Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

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Kirkland Police Department invites Kirkland residents and businesses to a “Neighborhood Block Party” on Tuesday, August 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Kirkland Justice Center, 11750 NE 118th St., Kirkland.

Enjoy a barbecue and fun family activities, and learn about neighborhood safety as Kirkland Police join organizations around the country celebrating the 35th Anniversary of National Night Out.

6 Spots to Catch Cheap Movies

Seeking A/C? These theaters offer movie deals that won’t leave you forking over $30 for a ticket and half-empty box of Milk Duds.

By Christina Ausley  7/17/2018 at 9:00am | Courtesy of SeattleMet.com

 Seattle’s oldest running independent theater.   IMAGE:  STEFAN MILNE

Seattle’s oldest running independent theater. 

IMAGE: STEFAN MILNE

Central Cinema

$2 movie nights? You heard that right. Catch films like Road House or Point Break on various Tuesday evenings this July through September, as Central Cinema brings us back to the 1970s with affordable films and plenty of pocket cash left over for more than one popcorn refill.

Ark Lodge Cinemas

In convivial Columbia City rests a film emporium with classic red velvet curtains and popcorn-yellow lightbulbs. Children and adults can enjoy a discounted matinee for $9, leaving a few extra dollars for the necessary Junior Mints and Raisinets to pair.

Big Picture

As the first theatre in the State of Washington to booze-up the movie experience with a full bar, Big Picture has upped the movie-going game with seat-side cocktail delivery. Even better, all Monday shows are $8.50.

AMC Stubs

It’s $5 ticket Tuesday. Though it’s a membership-exclusive offer, the free sign-up requires nothing more than an email. Better yet, Cameo Combo Tuesdays offer a movie ticket, popcorn, and Coca-Cola for $10.

Crest Cinema

Dive into the world of comedy, mystery, or adventure for $4. More of a bargain rather than a discount, because it’s offered all of the time. Showcasing a variety of genres and previously featured films like SIFF’s American Animals and the comedic Show Dogs, the theater’s sure to appease families and friends hoping to catch a film’s second go-around.

Grand Illusion Cinema

The city’s oldest theater might have staying power because of its ticket prices—or maybe because it’s a non-profit volunteer-run cinematic escape. Either way, purchase a general admission ticket for $9, or put down $30 for a year’s membership and catch flicks for $5 each.

5 Brunch Spots for Bottomless Mimosas

Or: how to get appropriately buzzed before noon.

By Landon Groves  6/29/2018 at 12:30pm | Courtesy of Seattlemet.com

 Sometimes the only good hangover cure is another, earlier hangover.  IMAGE:  PEXELS BY FERNANDOS ARCOS

Sometimes the only good hangover cure is another, earlier hangover.

IMAGE: PEXELS BY FERNANDOS ARCOS

Now that it’s officially, though waveringly, summertime in Seattle, we’ve arrived at a few truths we hold to be self-evident: The rainy afternoons aren’t going anywhere, all the nearby hiking trails are as thoroughly congested as your pollen-averse nasal cavity, and drinking in the morning is more socially acceptable than ever. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some brunch spots that perform the generous service of selling bottomless mimosas.

Pro tip: Be cool. “Bottomless” refers to the drink, not your state of dress after having some.

Ma’ono

At just $14 per person, this Hawaiian fried chicken joint shines on our list as the most affordable of the bunch. Round out your morning meal with a plate of french toast, or the less traditional spicy fried chicken sandwich. Brunch goes from 9 to 3 on weekends, but be advised: Ma’ono’s West Seattle location is the only one that offers the killer deal.

Mission Cantina

For the late risers among us, Mission Cantina’s weekend brunch menu starts at 10 and doesn’t let up until 4—for those keeping track at home, that’s a solid six hours of day drinking. As if that wasn’t already enough, the West Seattle restaurant boasts 15 different kinds of mimosas in flavors like hibiscus and prickly pear ($15 each). 

Goldfinch Tavern

By far the swankiest place on this list, the Goldfinch Tavern is an upscale restaurant in the heart of downtown Seattle. Sprawled out across the lobby of a Four Seasons Hotel, this buffet-style brunch ($49) includes endless appetizers, one hot entree from the kitchen, and, you guessed it, bottomless mimosas. Brunch is 10 to 2, weekends only. 

Lucia Italian Kitchen and Bar

What better way to begin a day at the lake than over a bottomless pitcher of mimosas with friends? Lucia Italian Kitchen and Bar is located conveniently across the street from East Green Lake Beach, so you’re never more than a tipsy stroll from the nearest outdoor festivities. Weekend brunch is 9 to 3, and bottomless mimosas will run you $16 a head. Customers are, perhaps wisely, limited to one and a half glasses per hour.

Super Six

Stationed in the center of Columbia City, this former auto-body shop is now home to one of the best bottomless mimosa deals in the city. For $15 per person, customers can expect an endless flow of champagne and OJ to sip alongside their kimchi-imbued breakfast sandwiches. Brunch hours are Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 3.

Eastside Dog-Friendly Patio Bars and Restaurants

By Kirsten Abel | July 23, 2018 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

 Illustration by Morgan Goodman.

Illustration by Morgan Goodman.

Summer in the Pacific Northwest is a precious, fleeting season, and we locals know how to make the most of it. But if you’re a dog owner, leaving work early to sip rosé on an outdoor patio might give you more than a pang of guilt. Chase away those regrets and bring your pup along to happy hour at one of these dog-friendly Eastside patio bars and restaurants.

BELLEVUE

Paddy Coynes Irish Pub

Self-dubbed “a cozy oasis located in the heart of upscale Bellevue,” this Irish pub is a favorite among Eastsiders. Catch live music on Wednesday evenings and stop by for happy hour every day from 3-6 p.m. and from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. The food menu includes classic Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and bangers and mash. When the weather permits, the patio is open to humans and their pups. www.paddycoynes.net

520 Bar & Grill

This casual community spot is just steps away from Bellevue Downtown Park and features a charming outdoor patio and sidewalk dining area. (Dogs are allowed only in the latter.) Try one of 520 Bar & Grill’s delicious cocktails, like the sangria-with-a-twist Call Me a Cab or the refreshing Basil Gin Smash. Food choices include salads, burgers, tacos, fish and chips, and Legendary Nachos. Weekend happy hour runs from 3-5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close. 520barandgrill.com

 Photo courtesy of  Palomino .

Photo courtesy of Palomino.

Palomino Rustico Restaurant & Bar

This downtown Bellevue Italian restaurant serves up Neapolitan thin crust pizzas, fresh pasta, salads, and more. If you’re seeking a drink, order from Palomino’s full list of wines and beers, or choose a craft cocktail like the Lavender Cosmo. Sit outside with your furry friend, or head to the bar for happy hour every day from 3 p.m. to close, and on Friday’s during the summer, from 12 p.m. to close. palomino.com

Firenze Ristorante Italiano

Feast on made-from-scratch Italian food at this Crossroads Bellevue eatery. The outdoor patio is dog-friendly, and the happy hour menu is wallet-friendly. Order delicious snacks like ravioli al pesto, crostini alla romana, and calamari marinati daily from 4-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Don’t forget to check out Firenze’s extensive wine list, too. 

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Firenze Ristorante Italiano

Feast on made-from-scratch Italian food at this Crossroads Bellevue eatery. The outdoor patio is dog-friendly, and the happy hour menu is wallet-friendly. Order delicious snacks like ravioli al pesto, crostini alla romana, and calamari marinati daily from 4-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Don’t forget to check out Firenze’s extensive wine list, too. firenzerestaurantbellevue.com

KIRKLAND

The Slip

Situated beside Marina Park Pavilion on the Kirkland waterfront, this casual American food joint couldn’t be more dog-friendly. Grab a drink and a burger and settle into the beachy vibe; The Slip’s motto is, “Where the sun breathes.” www.facebook.com/pg/thesliprestaurant

 Photo courtesy  Flatstick Pub .

Photo courtesy Flatstick Pub.

The Flatstick Pub

Flatsick Pub has two rules: “Drink local and have fun.” The Kirkland bar doubles as a nine-hole indoor mini golf course, and is always dog-friendly. Bring your pup along to Yappy Hour (Monday through Friday from 6-7 p.m. and all day Sunday) and get a dollar off all beer, wine, and cider. www.flatstickpub.com

Hector’s

Another downtown Kirkland restaurant, Hector’s is all about comfort food. Sit out and relax on the dog-friendly portion of the patio with a picnic basket of crispy fried chicken, a shareable plate of filet bites, and a glass of wine. www.hectorskirkland.com

WOODINVILLE

Dirty Bucket Brewing Co.

Described as “a local environment built on family- and dog-friendliness,” this local craft brewery will warmly welcome both you and your pup. Enjoy a pint of seasonal, small-batch beer and take a load off. There might even be a food truck on site to satisfy your appetite, too. www.dirtybucketbrewery.com

Locust Cider

Next door to Dirty Bucket is another family-friendly, dog-friendly establishment. Locust Cider was founded in 2015 to help raise money for a brain condition called hydrocephalus. The Woodinville cidery has continued to expand, with a taproom in Ballard and another soon-to-open taproom in Tacoma. Try the Honey Pear cider or the Original Dry.
www.locustcider.com

The Hollywood Tavern

Here, you’ll find a menu full of solid tavern food, a full bar, and a wide selection of goods from Woodinville Whiskey — including the Hollywood Tavern’s signature Woodinville Whiskey milkshakes. Grab a spot on the front patio and “Eat, drink, and be Woodinville.”
www.thehollywoodtavern.com

Sumerian Brewing Company

This independent Woodinville brewery makes delightful craft beers like the Lucidity Pilsner, the Holy Water Citra IPA, and the Warrior Stout. Snag a seat at one of the brewery’s outdoor picnic tables and cozy up with your pup. www.sumerianbrewingco.com

REDMOND

 Photo courtesy  Tipsy Cow .

Photo courtesy Tipsy Cow.

The Tipsy Cow

If burgers are your thing — beef, pork, turkey, chicken, or veggie — Tipsy Cow is for you. There’s also a mouthwatering milkshake menu, a refreshing salad spread, a delicious assortment of bar snacks, and special kids food. Settle down in the outdoor seating area with your dog and get to feasting. www.tipsycowburgerbar.com

Malt & Vine

Choose from 20 beverages on tap and more than 900 bottled beers, wines, ciders, and more at this Redmond craft beer and wine shop. The casual, neighborhood vibe and the spacious outdoor patio will make you and your doggo feel right at home. www.maltandvine.com

Redmond’s Bar & Grill

This Eastside sports bar is a late-night favorite. Enjoy a burger and a pint of craft beer and settle in to watch the day’s hockey or football game. Dogs are allowed on the small patio outside. redmondsgrill.com

ISSAQUAH

Rogue Ales Issaquah Brewhouse

Issaquah Brewhouse serves its own small-batch beers as well as Rogue favorites like Dead Guy Ale and Hazelnut Brown Nectar. For a snack, order the pub pretzels & dips. For a full meal, try the salmon fish & chips. Dogs are allowed in the small outdoor seating area at the front of the restaurant. www.rogue.com

Sunset Alehouse

This Issaquah grill serves up a good mix of hearty salads, delicious sandwiches, decadent burgers, and traditional bar appetizers. Go for the spicy Santa Fe Salad, or, if you’re feeling extra bold, the South Hill Haymaker — a burger topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, peanut butter, and pickled jalapenos. Dog-friendly (outside) and kid-friendly. sunsetalehouse.com

BOTHELL

The Hop and Hound

As the name suggests, this Bothell taproom and beer shop is a dog-friendly haven. The shop even has a mascot — Charlie the coonhound — so you and your pup know you’re in good company. Order a craft brew, a cider, or a glass of wine and check out the food truck calendar for a Friday night meal. www.thehopandhound.com

McMenamins Anderson School

McMenamins Anderson School has one of the sweetest outdoor patios around. The Tavern on the Square restaurant serves Northwest-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a full bar. Dogs are allowed in the outdoor spaces around the campus, and even in some hotel rooms as well. www.mcmenamins.com

Vivendo Resturant & Bar

This family-owned gem inside Bothell’s Country Village describes its fare as “Northern Italian cuisine with a hint of Mediterranean flair.” With a dog-friendly outdoor patio, a menu full of delicious pasta dishes, and a cozy, slightly romantic atmosphere, Vivendo is the perfect date-night spot for you and your furry friend. vivendorestaurante.com

DUVALL

Duvall Tavern

“World famous since 1934,” this local haunt has a ton of history and a classic pub food menu. Grab your dog, a beer, and a basket of fish and chips and head outside to one of the coziest neighborhood patios around. duvalltavern.com

MERCER ISLAND

 Photo courtesy  The Islander .

Photo courtesy The Islander.

The Islander

Kick back with a glass of wine and a basket of happy hour totchos (tater tot nachos) and relax with your doggo at this Northwest Americana-style restaurant and lounge. Don’t miss half-price wine Wednesdays, Burgers & Bourbon Thursdays, and happy hour all day on Saturdays and Sundays. www.the-islander.com

KENMORE

192 Brewing Company

This spacious Kenmore brewery is both kid- and dog-friendly. Find a spot in the Lake Trail Taproom’s outdoor patio garden, where you can sip Washington-made beers, wines, and ciders, and dine on an assortment of bar food. If you and your pup are really hungry, order the “Mountain of Nachos” or the bacon meatloaf burger. 192brewing.com

Bellevue Arts Museum’s 72nd BAM ARTSfair

By Kirsten Abel | July 18, 2018 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

 Photo by Alexandra Knight Photography.

Photo by Alexandra Knight Photography.

he 72nd BAM ARTSfair takes place from July 27-29at Bellevue Arts Museum and Bellevue Square. More than 300 jury-picked artists together will exhibit thousands of original artworks in a variety of media including wood, glass, ceramics, and paint.

“Whether you’re a seasoned art aficionado searching for the next piece to add to your collection or are just looking to have some fun, BAM ARTSfair is a destination for everyone who loves art,” the museum said in a statement.

Aside from the artwork, BAM ARTSfair will also feature community art-making, performance art, live music, and the “ever-so-messy” KIDSfair.

BAM ARTSfair began in 1947, with an event that attracted 30,000 people to Bellevue. Today, the fair sees hundreds of thousands of visitors and has included artists such as Dale Chihuly, Chuck Close, and Patti Warashina.

 Courtesy Bellevue Arts Museum.

Courtesy Bellevue Arts Museum.

Admission is free.

Fair Hours

9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., July 27-28

10 a.m.-6p.m., July 29

Museum Hours

10 a.m.-8 p.m., July 27-28

10 a.m.-6p.m., July 29

bellevuearts.org/artsfair

Kirkland Named a Top 10 City for STEM Workers

By Kirsten Abel | July 19, 2018 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

 Image by Jiachen Li.

Image by Jiachen Li.

ccording to a recent study by Livability.com, Kirkland is one of the ten best cities in the country for workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

The Livability report looked at more than 2,000 U.S. cities and compared the total number of STEM jobs, the median income for those STEM jobs, and the median STEM income relative to the overall median income in each city.

With approximately 9,600 STEM-related jobs—making up 27.7 percent of the total workforce — and a median STEM-related salary of $122,309, it’s no surprise that Kirkland made the list. Major employers in the cityinclude GoogleWave BroadbandAstronics Advanced Electronic SystemsInrix, and Tableau Software.

“We are thrilled that the City of Kirkland has been recognized as one of the top ten cities to live for STEM workers,” Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen said in a statement. “Our goal is to attract, retain, and grow a diverse and stable economic base and employment opportunities. This ranking highlights Kirkland’s strong economy and position as a major player in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics sector, amongst others.”

Also on the list are Franklin, Tennessee (7th), Albuquerque, New Mexico (4th), Longmont, Colorado (2nd), and Huntsville, Alabama (1st).

See the full list here.

Visit These (Not So) Secret Gardens

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Allan Jones

By Vickie Haushild | July 11, 2018 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

There are so many beautiful gardens to explore in Western Washington, each with its own history, personality, and spectacular focal points. Make a date this summer with one of these beauties.

 

Bloedel Reserve

Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is 150 acres of gardens within gardens: a Japanese garden; the color-laden glen; an ethereal soft moss garden carpeted with more than 40 species of moss; a bird marsh filled with dragonflies and nesting birds; and a woodland of native Pacific Northwest huckleberries, hemlocks, and cedars. The 2.5 miles of trails give you a chance to see it all. The creators, Prentiss and Virginia Bloedel, shared a love of nature and the Pacific Northwest. The French Chateau where they lived for 35 years is open for tours and has a spectacular view of Puget Sound. A resident artist house on the property is where authors, musicians, and poets can stay for several weeks and have the gardens all to themselves for inspiration and solitude. Bloedel is for slow, relaxing strolls. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy it. Tip: Check for summer concerts! bloedelreserve.org

 

Heronswood

Heronswood is in Kingston on the Kitsap Peninsula and is the former home and garden of world-renowned plant hunter and horticulturist Dan Hinkley. Now owned and maintained by the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe, 15-acre Heronswood is a botanical garden with collections from around the world, many from the Hinkley plant-hunting trips in Asia, South America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. heronswood.com

 

Bellevue Botanical Garden

The Bellevue Botanical Garden is 53 acres of just about everything that grows well in the Pacific Northwest. It is laid out in a walkable and beautifully designed group of gardens featuring a perennial border, rock garden, fern collection, and dahlia display. BBG is a garden of ideas to admire and re-create with an emphasis on community and horticultural education. bellevuebotanical.org

 

Powellswood

Powellswood is a sweet, tidy, and lush 3-acre garden tucked away in a 40-acre forest in Federal Way. It has a magnificent Leyland Cypress hedge that serves as backdrop to well-designed perennial beds filled with uncommon treasures. The upper part of the three-leveled garden leads you through a wide arch into a circle garden. There is a stream and duck pond. Bring lunch, and enjoy the calm. powellswood.org

 

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

This is much more than a rhododendron garden, even though there are thousands. It is 22 acres of good hiking in Federal Way through Victorian stumpery, an alpine garden, Meconopsis meadow, and a glass house conservatory complete with waterfall and blooming Vireya rhododendron. Also check out The Pacific Rim Bonsai exhibit at the end. The nonprofit garden has sent its director Steve Hootman on plant-hunting exhibitions from the Appalachians to India and China. They even have plants for sale. rhodygarden.org/cms

 

University of Washington Botanical Gardens

The University of Washington Botanical Gardens is the combination of the Washington Park Arboretum and the Center for Urban Horticulture. The Arboretum is 230 acres of world-class plant collections of conifers, oaks, Japanese maples, birches, poplars, and larches. The newest addition is the Pacific Connection, which features plants from Cascadia, Australia, China, Chile, and New Zealand. botanicgardens.uw.edu

 

Point Defiance Park

Point Defiance Park in Tacoma maintains a Japanese Garden complete with pagoda, separated gardens of roses, dahlias, herbs, Northwest natives, rhododendrons, and irises. In addition to its gardens, Point Defiance is a full family experience with picnic areas, a zoo, trails for hiking and biking, and a beach. metroparkstacoma.org

(More) New Ice Cream Spots to Enjoy

And these three places all make your frozen treats to order

BY: CHELSEA LIN | Posted July 13, 2018

 Image Credit: Chelsea Lin  The cookies and cream sundae, made with a style of rolled ice cream out of Thailand

Image Credit: Chelsea Lin

The cookies and cream sundae, made with a style of rolled ice cream out of Thailand

Months ago—when it was still chilly out and this sounded a little less appealing—I went on an ice cream binge to check out the boom in new scoop shops, both new locations of existing businesses and brand new operations. But since our July issue was sent to the printer, the area’s population of ice cream shops has grown even more—interestingly all with made-to-order options for frozen treats. Here are even more spots to hit up for when your sweet tooth strikes:

Juicy Spot Café
With locations in New York and Boston, this recently opened U District spot hit the ground running—there’s already regularly a line for Juicy’s signature Thai rolled ice cream sundaes. The dessert is as enjoyable to watch being made as it is to eat—it’s “stir fried,” for lack of a better word, on a sub-zero anti-griddle, spread thin with a spatula and then rolled into tight spirals. It’s surprisingly creamy, given the fact that it’s so cold, but we broke three plastic spoons eating the sundae in the photo above. Patience is your friend.

Our pick: You can design your own sundae, but stick with one of the signatures ($7.50): Cookies and Cream is a childhood dream, but Firecracker has both strawberries and Pop Rocks, which makes it a fun choice. University District, 5240 University Way NE, Ste B; 206.294.5938; juicyspotcafe.com.

FogRose
“FogRose is a secret you keep; a place of tender moments, gentle reflection, and great imagination. Our Boutique and Atelier offer beautiful and delicious ice cream creations to inspire curiosity and ignite wonder at the conjunction points of urban life,” reads the website of this new ultra-chic Bellevue creamery. If you can get past the ridiculous marketing, it’s actually worth a visit: custom-made ice cream (or gelato, sorbet or custard) is frozen on the spot using liquid nitrogen, meaning you can choose your flavor and your garnish, from Instagram-friendly options like teeny meringues to edible flowers. It’s expensive—a fairly standard order can run you almost $10—but worth it for the novelty.

Our pick: The chocolate base with banana is tasty, particularly if you opt into the chocolate pearl topping for the crunch ($8.50 in a waffle bowl). Bellevue, 278 106th Ave. NE, Ste A; 425.449.8401; fogrose.com. 

Seattle Freeze
Besides having an unbeatably clever name, this Georgetown shop serves some of the most picturesque food of the summer: vibrant swirled dishes of soft serve ice cream and beautiful raised doughnuts. Choose a flavor and mix-ins and the magic machine swirls together your creation on the spot. Owners are Darren McGill and Kryse Martin-McGill, the same duo behind Central District Ice Cream Company (and Nate’s Wings and Waffles, and Happy Grillmore), and you’ll notice some of those same unique flavors—black sesame, matcha—here as well.

Our pick: Ube is an obvious choice, in both ice cream and doughnut, for its unreal purple hue, but the flavor is delicious, too: subtle and vaguely vanilla-y, and looks great with some rainbow sprinkles. Georgetown, 6014 12th Ave. S; 206freeze.com.