Splash, Spin, and Eat at These Theme Parks

Soak up as much sun as possible while it is shining

By 425 staff | June 27, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

ummer in the Northwest equals soaking up as much sun as possible while it is shining. And it also is the time when the area theme parks are spinning us ’round and ’round, wave pools are packed, and ice cream is being consumed by the gallons. Here are some of our favorite area attractions.

Wild Waves & Enchanted Village

It’s a water park on one side, and an amusement park on the other. Plan to spend the whole day at this Federal Way gem. Little kids will enjoy Hook’s Lagoon, a water area with small slides and some splashing. Daredevils will find plenty of water slides to get the butterflies going. However, we could float along the Lazy River all day long. On the ride side, there are several roller coasters to get the heart pumping, and plenty of kiddie rides for those littles. Since you’ve burned all the calories, don’t forget to refuel with an elephant ear.

Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach

Silverwood Theme Park is worth the drive to Idaho — whether you are a thrill-seeker or a kid just getting into rides and slides, there is something for everyone. Travel Channel highlighted the “Aftershock” as the best top-hanging coaster. It reaches 65 mph, and has a 177-foot drop. It goes forward and backward. Intense! 

Great Wolf Lodge

OK. Sometimes the sun isn’t shining, or you need a respite. Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound to the rescue. This indoor waterpark is open year-round, and you won’t have to worry about sunburns when you swim, slide, and splash. If you want to head outside, there’s a neat ropes course!

Slidewaters Lake Chelan Waterpark

Any Eastsider who has made their way to vacation at Lake Chelan has probably visited Slidewaters. The theme park is consistently named in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards.

Remlinger Farms

U-pick fields, rides, and ice cream. This is like an old-fashioned country fair in Carnation, and it’s open every day during the summer through Sept. 4, when it switches to the fall schedule. There’s a train! 

Healthy Bonez Beverage Company Opens in Kirkland

Photos by Collin Greenleaf.

Photos by Collin Greenleaf.

By Julie Arnan | June 27, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com 

Based on the premise that everyone could use more plant-based foods in their diet, husband-wife duo Collin and Shandy Greenleaf opened Healthy Bonez Beverage Company, serving raw cold-pressed juices, dairy-free smoothies, and açaí bowls topped with house-made gluten-free granola. They started with a food truck, which you may have seen parked outside Market Street Grill on Kirkland’s Market Street. But they recently put on the parking brake and opened a brick-and-mortar storefront in Totem Lake at the corner of 124th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 124th Street. It’s tucked behind the driving school and Ken Zaburo Sushi restaurant, but drive around to the back for an HB Beverage fix.

“We want to provide a wellness opportunity people can get behind by eliminating preconceived ideas about what ‘healthy’ tastes like.”

Healthy Bonez Beverage Company’s Beast Mode Bowl

Healthy Bonez Beverage Company’s Beast Mode Bowl

“We want to provide a wellness opportunity people can get behind by eliminating preconceived ideas about what ‘healthy’ tastes like,” said Collin.

Originally from the Big Island, Shandy worked for years behind a bar as a first-rate mixologist. Her beverage skills now include blending cold-pressed juices for optimal flavor. A juice press works differently from a centrifugal juicer and leaves crucial enzymes intact, meaning a longer nutritional shelf life. Some customers stock up with a six-pack for the week. Others just grab one or two for the road. The juices have nothing added: no sugar, no coloring, and no junk. Flavors include activated charcoal apple lemonade — it may be black in color, but it’s bright and fresh on the palate; a seasonal watermelon-lime; spicy beet with ginger, apple, lemon, and lime; and a slew of other refreshing options. A 16-ounce juice costs between $6 and $7, or get set for a week with 64-ounces at $26 to $30.

“We are hell-bent on seeing Kirkland become a destination location for food and drink,” said Collin.

What You Need To Know About The DUIE Act

By Joanna Kresge | June 28, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com


Operating a motor vehicle while using an electronic device led to more than 3,400 U.S. deaths in 2015. Moreover, of the more than 22,300 drivers observed by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, 71 percent were found to be engaged with their phones while operating their vehicles. These shocking statistics likely are the reason the state Senate approved the Driving under the Influence of Electronics (DUIE) Act  by a vote of 39 to 10 back in April of this year.

Here are some things you need to know about the DUIE Act:

“Personal electronic devices” are defined as a cell phone, tablet, laptop, two-way messaging device, or electronic game. However, two-way radios, citizens band radios, or amateur radio equipment are not included in this classification.

Drivers using a personal electronic device while operating a motor vehicle will be guilty of a traffic infraction and will be required to pay a fine of approximately $136. This fine will be doubled for subsequent infractions that occur in the five years following the first.

Use of one of these devices isn’t just limited to talking on a phone. You can be fined for holding a phone or other device with either or both hands. Moreover, motorists cannot use their hand or finger “to compose, send, read, view, access, browse, transmit, save, or retrieve email, text messages, instant messages, photographs, or other electronic data,” even when a phone is mounted on the dash or placed in the driver’s lap. Also, it should go without saying, but using a device to watch a video also is a pretty obvious no-no under this law.

Touching or picking up a phone at a stop light or while stuck in unmoving traffic (we’re looking at you, I-405) will not be permitted. In order to utilize a device while behind the wheel, drivers must be pulled over and parked out of the flow of traffic.

Using a device for actions a driver may see as a necessary function of their journey — such as changing their Spotify station or setting a new destination on their GPS — will not dissuade police offers from issuing a citation.

The good news is, motorists who already utilize Bluetooth technology to make and receive calls and talk to text services are golden as long as they can avoid physically touching their device.

Unlike previous legislation, this new law requires cell phone violations be reported to insurance companies and likely will affect car insurance rates for ticketed drivers.

For more information, view the Senate bill here.

Fourth of July 2017: Your guide to fireworks, parades and more in the Seattle area

Originally published June 27, 2017 at 9:12 am Updated June 27, 2017 at 10:36 am

Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Union on Monday, July 4, 2016. (Sophia Nahli Allison / The Seattle Times)

Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Union on Monday, July 4, 2016. (Sophia Nahli Allison / The Seattle Times)

Independence Day is Tuesday, July 4, 2017, and many events are planned to mark the holiday. Here's where you can celebrate.

By Madeline McKenzie - Seattle Times staff - Courtesy of Seattletimes.com

Independence Day is almost here. And there are plenty of events planned around the region. There will be parking restrictions and closed streets near many events. Alcohol is forbidden at parks, though some festivals offer beer gardens. Personal fireworks aren’t permitted and most events don’t allow pets.

All events take place Tuesday, July 4, 2017 (unless otherwise noted):

Seafair Summer 4th
Food vendors, exhibits, entertainment, beer and beverage gardens, entertainment, All-American Games with contests for all ages, noon-11 p.m. fireworks show, 10:20 p.m., Tuesday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; food vendors, beer and beverage gardens, views of fireworks show,  4-11 p.m. Tuesday, Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free general admission, reserved seating available at both venues; all bags searched on entry, prohibited items include all weapons, sparklers and other fireworks, laser lights and pointers, pets, skateboards, glass containers, alcohol, footballs, Frisbees and other projectiles (seafair.com/events/2017/seafair-summer-4th).

Fourth of July Naturalization Ceremony
Swearing in of 500 new U.S. citizens from more than 80 countries; Navy Band Northwest performance, 11 a.m.; formal program with presentation of the colors, performances by Native-American storytellers and musicians, Total Experience Gospel Choir, and the Children of Nations,  noon Tuesday, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/naturalization).

Bellevue Family 4th
Family Fun Zone activities, 2-9 p.m. Tuesday; food vendors, 2-10p.m.; Main Stage entertainment starts 3:45 p.m., Independence Day Performance by Bellevue Youth Symphony, 9:25 p.m. through the fireworks show at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday,  Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; no pets, personal barbecues, alcohol orpersonal fireworks allowed; free parking after 6 p.m. at the Bellevue Collection, several streets in the area closed, mostly starting at 9 p.m. (bellevuedowntown.com/events/family-4th/overview).

Kirkland 4th of July Celebration
Children’s decorating for parade event, 10 a.m., Marina Park Pavilion; children’s walking parade, 11:30 a.m.,  downtown “With Liberty and Justice for All”parade, noon, Market and Central; food vendors, 1-10:30 p.m., Music in the Park, 5 p.m.; fireworks, 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland (celebratekirkland.org/eventschedule.htm).

Burien Independence Day Parade
Marching bands, floats, Seafair pirates, 3 p.m.  Tuesday, on Southwest 153rd between Ambaum Blvd. and Fourth Avenue Southwest, to Second Avenue Southwest to Southwest152nd Street, on Fourth Avenue Southwest around Town Square, Burien (206-433-2882 or discoverburien.org).

Fireworks Over Des Moines
Kids’ carnival, food vendors, noon; beer and wine garden, live music, 5 p.m., $10 admission for beer garden; fireworks, 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, Des Moines Marina, 22307 Dock St., Des Moines; prohibited items includepersonal fireworks, barbecues, bicycles, skateboards, alcohol, pets  (destinationdesmoines.org/fireworks-over-des-moines).

Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July
Entertainment, free kid’s activities, food vendors,  fireworks show, noon-10 p.m. Tuesday, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton; park opens 7 a.m., parking limited; no personal fireworks, alcohol, pets, tents, drones (425-430-6514 or rentonwa.gov/4thofjuly).

Family 4th at the Fort
Inflatable bouncers, slides, entertainment stage, food vendors, fireworks display, 4-10 p.m.  Tuesday, Fort Dent Park, 6800 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila; parking limited (tukwilawa.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/community-events/family-4th-at-the-fort).

4th Celebration at the Lake
Food vendors, activities, 6 p.m.; live music, 8 p.m.; fireworks display, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Lake Boren Park, Southeast 84th Avenue and Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, Newcastle (425-649-4444 or newcastlewa.gov).

Fourth on the Plateau
Music, skatepark, playground, vendors, kids’ activities, spray park, 6 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m.  Tuesday, Sammamish Commons Park, 801 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish (sammamish.us).

An Edmonds Kind of Fourth
Beat Bracket 5K and Baby Brackett 1K walk/run, costume contest, 10 a.m.; children’s parade, 11:30 a.m., main parade, noon;  food vendors, entertainment, 6 p.m.; fireworks 10 p.m. Tuesday, Civic Stadium, Sixth Avenue and Bell Street, Edmonds (edmondswa.com/events/fourth-of-july.html).

Bothell 4th of July Freedom Festival
Pancake breakfast, 8-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Downtown Firehouse, 10726 Beardslee Blvd.; children’s parade, 11:15 a.m., grand parade, noon, Main Street and 104th Avenue Northeast, Bothell (bothellwa.gov/269/4th-of-July-Event).

Kent Fourth of July Splash
Music,  food vendors,  noon-10:30 p.m.; games, family activities, noon-5 p.m.; fireworks finale, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 S.E. 272nd St., Kent; disabled parking only on-site, free parking and shuttle buses from Kent Fire Station #75, Kentwood High School, Mattson Middle School (253-856-5050 or kentwa.gov/residents/parks-recreation-and-community-services/events/fourth-of-july-splash).

Auburn 4th of July Festival
Kids’ bike parade, entertainment on two stages, inflatable rides, climbing wall, trampolines, petting zoo, pony carousel, bingo,  car show,  craft vendors, book sale, food vendors, spray park, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Les Gove Park, 11th Street and Auburn Way South, Auburn;  free admission, $5/wristband for unlimited activities (253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/community/4th_festival_s_p207.htm?EventMode=View&EventOccurrence=0).

Federal Way Red, White and Blues Festival
Entertainment, games, arts and crafts, fireworks, 3-11 p.m.  Tuesday, Celebration Park, 1095 S. 324th St., Federal Way; limited on-site parking (visitfw.org/schedule/events-calendar/federal-ways-red-white-and-blues-festival/2017-07-04).

Everett Colors of Freedom Festival
Parade, 11 a.m. along Colby and Wetmore Avenues, between Wall and 26th;  festival with kids’ activities, food fair, beer garden, live music, fireworks, 11 a.m.-10:20 p.m.  Tuesday, Legion Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; no on-site parking; view 10:20 p.m. Thunder on the Bay fireworks from Legion Park, Grand Avenue Park and Everett Marina District (everettwa.gov/790/Fourth-of-July).

Grand Old Fourth, Bainbridge
Pancake breakfast, 7-11 a.m.; street fair with arts, crafts and food vendors, live music, photo exhibit, Kids’ Zone games, pony rides, activities, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday; Classic, Antique and Special Interest Car Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.;  beer and wine garden, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Bainbridge; parade, 1 p.m. along Madison Avenue and Winslow Way; fireworks at dusk over Eagle Harbor (grandold4th.com/).

Carnation 4th of July Celebration
Pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m.; 5K Run for the Pies, 8:30 a.m.; kiddie parade, 10:30 a.m., Grand Parade, 11 a.m, Main Street; vendors, kids’ activities, car show, downtown Carnation; music, 12:30-10 p.m.; beer garden, 1-10:30 p.m.; fireworks display at dusk, Tuesday, Tolt MacDonald Park, Northeast 40th Street and Tolt Avenue, Carnation (carnation4th.org).

Meeker Mansion 4th of July Family Games & Concert
Family Social and Puyallup Community Band Concert, family games on the lawn, 2 p.m.; holiday concert, 3 p.m., bring lawn chair or blanket; snacks available, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup(253-848-1770 or meekermansion.org).

Tacoma Freedom Fair
Air Show, food vendors, exhibits, rides, fireworks show over Puget Sound, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Marine Park, 3931 Ruston Way, Tacoma;  admission by donation (253-507-9357 or freedomfair.com).

Arlington Frontier Days/Fourth of July
Beer and wine garden and food concessions, noon-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Haller Park; Tuesday events: pancake breakfast, 7-11a.m.; Pedal, Paddle, Puff Triathlon, 8a.m., Haller Park; 5K run, 10 a.m.; Kiwanis auctions, 9 and 10:30 a.m., Haller Park; kiddies parade, 4:30 p.m., grand parade, 5 p.m., Olympic Ave.; food concessions, 7:30-9:30 p.m., fireworks, 9 p.m., Quake Park,  Arlington (http://arlingtonwa.gov)

Madeline McKenzie

Seattle Magazine's Inaugural Beer Awards

Winners show it pays to think small as Washington’s beer scene goes big.


Image Credit: Jake Martinez Icicle Brewing Company’s Crosscut Pilsner is a standout.

Image Credit: Jake Martinez Icicle Brewing Company’s Crosscut Pilsner is a standout.

It is remarkable to think about, almost unimaginable. Washington now boasts more than 300 breweries, more than 50 of which are packed within Seattle city limits. Our local brewers are flexing their creative muscle and challenging our palates to accept new flavors, introducing us to things like sour beers, barrel-aged beers and other imaginative concoctions. While doing so, they also continue to hone their skills when it comes to brewing the styles of beer we already love. For our inaugural Beer Awards, we go back to the basics, honoring some of the most celebrated styles of beer made in Washington state and available around the Puget Sound region, presenting you only with beers that are regularly available year around. We also conducted a Readers' Choice poll, and you can find the results here. Join us for a glass of the winning brews, and you’ll find that these classic styles—pilsner, amber, saison, porter and IPA—have never tasted better.


Best Pilsner
Pilsner is a traditional light-bodied and refreshing European style of beer with a crisp and clean flavor. Those familiar name-brand beers advertised during football games are all pilsners, but none of them are as tasty as the ones our local brewers produce. 

Crosscut Pilsner
Icicle Brewing Company 
5 percent alcohol by volume 
This super-refreshing pilsner is like a brand-new $100 bill: crisp, clean and begging to be consumed. It pours sparkling clear and golden, with a thin white head that smells slightly hoppy and a wee bit bready. Head brewer Dean Priebe created a beer that refreshes the palate with a tactful combination of subtle flavors: just a bit of honey, corn and straw, then the tiniest hint of herbal hop spiciness provides a little pop of bitterness on the finish. Available in bottles at select bottle shops and always on tap at the brewery, where you can get growlers to go.
Pairs with: Use this snappy, bright beer to wash down fresh oysters on the half shell.
Brewery and Taproom (all ages): Leavenworth, 935 Front St. 

Best Pilsner Finalists:
253 Pilsner, 7 Seas Brewing (Gig Harbor)
Bohemian Pilsner, Sound Brewery (Poulsbo)
Polaris Pilsner, Chainline Brewing Company (Kirkland)
Pre Flight Pilsner, Airways Brewing (Kent)

Photograph by Angela Ciccu. Silver city brewery’s ridgetop red, winner of best amber/red ale

Photograph by Angela Ciccu. Silver city brewery’s ridgetop red, winner of best amber/red ale

Best Amber/Red Ale
The name is directly related to the beer’s color. Whether you call it amber or red, it’s more sweet than bitter and usually features a rich caramel character. 

Ridgetop Red
Silver City Brewery 
6 percent alcohol by volume
Saying you like this Bremerton-brewed beer is akin to saying you enjoy vacationing in Hawaii. Who doesn’t? This beer, crafted by brewmaster Don Spencer, won medals at national beer competitions, so it’s no surprise we liked it. Exceptionally well balanced, this red has a subtle bready aroma that gives way to a soft and smooth, caramel-like sweetness complemented by a short-lived but sharp bitterness. Available in bottles and cans wherever good beer is sold and on tap at both Silver City Brewery locations, where you can get growlers to go. 
Pairs with: Another simple classic, like a cheeseburger and fries.
Brewery and Taproom (21 +): Bremerton, 206 Katy Penman Ave.
Restaurant and Ale House (all ages): Silverdale, 2799 NW Myhre Road

Best Amber/Red Ale Finalists:
Amber’s Hot Friend, Skookum Brewery (Arlington)
Funky Red Patina, Hellbent Brewing Company (Seattle)
Immersion Amber, Two Beers Brewing (Seattle)
Planktonic Red, Jellyfish Brewing Company (Seattle)
Spin Cycle Red, No-Li Brewhouse (Spokane)

hotograph by Chustine Minoda. Best Saison: Holy Mountain Brewing’s The Seer

hotograph by Chustine Minoda. Best Saison: Holy Mountain Brewing’s The Seer

Best Saison
A traditional Belgian style of beer that was originally brewed seasonally for summertime consumption, saison (the French word for season) has become a popular year-round style in America. Pale in color, cloudy in complexion, it has a flavor that is often a bit fruity and even spicy. 

The Seer
Holy Mountain Brewing 
5.1 percent alcohol by volume
Colin Lenfesty, the head brewer and a cofounder of Holy Mountain Brewing, created a beautiful beer that pours a hazy yellow, with a tight white head. The aroma is a bewitching combination of barnyard funk and herbal perfume that draws the glass irresistibly to your lips. The flavor is like a Jackson Pollock painting: You aren’t sure what it is, but you like it. You might taste lavender, then Chardonnay and tart lemons, along with the foudre (a large, oak, barrel-like vessel) in which the beer is aged for four months. Find The Seer on tap at the brewery’s tasting room in Interbay, where the beer is available in bottles, but not growlers. Occasionally, you might also find bottles at bottle shops around town. 
Pairs with: A garden-fresh salad dressed with a bright, citrus dressing.
Brewery and Taproom (21 +): Interbay, 1421 Elliott Ave. W

Best Saison Finalists: 
Litha, Propolis Brewing (Port Townsend)
Mo’s Saison, Atwood Ales (Blaine)
Witchfinder, Holy Mountain Brewing (Seattle)

Photograph by Angela Ciccu. Best Porter: Global Mutt Baltic Porter from Bellingham’s Wander Brewing

Photograph by Angela Ciccu. Best Porter: Global Mutt Baltic Porter from Bellingham’s Wander Brewing

Best Porter
Porter is a traditional style of English beer, beloved for centuries. Though porters come in shades from dark brown to pitch black and balance mild sweetness with hoppy bitterness, they are surprisingly refreshing and light on the palate, given their formidable appearance. 

Global Mutt Baltic Porter
Wander Brewing
7.0 percent alcohol by volume
The light brown head that rests atop this pitch-black beer from Bellingham releases an unmistakable coffee-like aroma. In this one, head brewer and brewery co-owner Chad Kuehl presents flavors that are robust but dry, with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted, almost burnt malt. True to its name, Global Mutt presents a mélange of flavors stemming from the use of globally sourced ingredients: fair-trade cacao nibs from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, coffee from Brazil and specialty grains from Europe. Available in bottles at bottle shops and occasionally on tap at beer-focused bars, or visit the brewery in Bellingham to get your growler filled.
Pairs with: Continue the worldwide vibe by serving it for dessert with a traditional Italian biscotti, and don’t be afraid to dunk.
Brewery and Taproom (all ages): Bellingham, 1807 Dean Ave.

Best Porter Finalists: 
P-51 Porter, Wingman Brewers (Tacoma)
Panther Lake Porter, Silver City Brewery (Bremerton)
Profanity Hill Porter, Schooner Exact Brewing (Seattle)
Robust Porter, Reuben’s Brews (Seattle)

Photograph by Chustine Minoda. Best IPA: Jumbo Juice IPA from Kent-based Airways Brewing

Photograph by Chustine Minoda. Best IPA: Jumbo Juice IPA from Kent-based Airways Brewing

Best IPA
The hoppiest of all beer styles, today’s IPA are often described with adjectives like fruity, piney, citrusy and tropical, all flavors imparted by the hops. Hands down, it’s the most popular style of craft beer in America. 

Jumbo Juice IPA
Airways Brewing 
6 percent alcohol by volume
This Kent-brewed beer is big on fruity flavors, with not so subtle hints of orange and tropical fruit, which are actually provided by the use of copious amounts of citrus-forward hops. It pours a slightly hazy yellow, and you might think someone spiked your beer with OJ, but Alex Dittmar, the head brewer and owner, doesn’t want you to be fooled—it’s all beer. Unlike traditional IPA, it is light on bitterness, which makes it immensely quaffable, even for people who usually don’t like IPA. This draft-only brew can be found on tap at both Airways Brewing locations in Kent, where you can get growlers to go, and occasionally at beer-focused bars around the area.
Pairs with: The citrus notes will complement and amplify the spiciness of four-star pad thai, adding more depth of flavor to an already intense dish.
Brewery and Taproom (21 +): Kent, 8611 S 212th St.
Beer and Bistro (all-ages brewpub): Kent, 320 W Harrison St.

Best IPA Finalists: 
Bodhizafa IPA, Georgetown Brewing Company (Seattle)
Crikey IPA, Reuben’s Brews (Seattle)
Positron IPA, Seapine Brewing Company (Seattle)
Topcutter IPA, Bale Breaker Brewing Company (Yakima)

Gary Sink owner of West Seattle’s Beveridge Place Pub West Seattle, 
Marley Rall owner of The Brewmaster’s Bakery and Taproom Renton, 
Karrie Stewart co-owner of TeKu Tavern South Lake Union, 
Morgan Herzog owner of The Beer Junction West Seattle, 
Brian Walczyk chef at Brave Horse Tavern South Lake Union, 
Brian Dalbey beer buyer, Tom Douglas Restaurants 

Beer Awards Methodology
Seattle magazine’s beer authority and beer awards manager Kendall Jones breaks down how we determined the winners:
For Seattle magazine’s inaugural beer awards, we decided to focus on five of the most common and most beloved styles of beer: pilsner, amber, saison, porter and IPA. The shelves in the beer aisle are crowded these days, so we thought we’d do all of the heavy lifting for you, sampling dozens and dozens of beers so you don’t have to. (You’re welcome.) We included only Washington-brewed beers that are regularly available, because telling you how good a beer is if you can’t drink it would be mean.

To shape our final list of nominated beers for tasting, Jones, who tastes hundreds of Washington beers each year, relied on his own experience and also sought opinions of other industry professionals who do the same.

We also considered beers you can find around the Puget Sound area that caught the attention of beer judges at national and regional beer-tasting competitions.

We then culled the list of beers to a reasonable size for tasting (five or six finalists per category). Jones assembled a tasting panel composed of beer experts: bottle shop owners, bar owners and beer buyers. We also included a chef from a beer-focused restaurant. Since Jones knew which beers made the list, he was recused from the tasting. On March 7, the group tasted the beers blindly, not knowing what beers they were drinking as they scored them on appearance, aroma, flavor and overall impression. The highest-scoring beer in each category is the winner.

Check out our Readers' Choice winners here.

Washington’s 21 Best Beaches

Sunbathing, swimming, hiking, kite-flying...we found the state’s 21 best stretches of sand for all of it.

By Allison Williams  7/20/2016 at 1:28pm  Published in the August 2016 issue of Seattle Met


Alki Beach Bathhouse in 1936.


1. Alki Beach 

Seattle began here (or at least the modern incarnation) when the Denny Party landed in West Seattle in 1851. Though its Coney Island–style amusement park was removed in the 1910s, Alki remains a prime hangout spot, with volleyball nets, a Statue of Liberty replica, and a historic bathhouse. Pretty much everyone cruises slowly down Alki Avenue past the beach, showing off a cool ride—or just looking for parking. seattle.gov/parks/-parkspaces/alki.htm

Sand 101: There’s a rumor going around that Alki is a fake beach, that the sand was trucked in instead of washed ashore the natural way. Not really; only some of it was imported, years ago, as a top dressing layer. Today Seattle’s parks department washes the existing grains with a mechanical sifter, but it generates so much dust that it only comes out once a week during the summer season.

2. Denny Blaine Park 

The beach is nicknamed Dykiki for its popularity among the city’s lesbian scene, but this tiny piece of Lake Washington waterfront, along with Howell Park just to the south, usually hosts more men than women. And by more, we mean more—both are unofficial nude hangouts, thoughtfully tucked between waterfront mansions. For more pocket waterfront parks, check a city-made map of public-access street ends. 

3. Madison Park Beach 

On a sunny summer weekend, is anyone on the sloping grass above Madison Park’s miniscule line of sand obeying the city’s no-booze park rules? Maybe the toddlers padding toward the tiny waves caused by Lake Washington motorboats and the lifeguards who oversee the roped-off swim zone. But certainly not the shrieking scenesters on inflatable rafts or most of the chatty locals without the time or inclination to find solitude. seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/-madison.htm


Jetty Island Park



4. Jetty Island Park

Not one of those hard-to-reach islands that eat up half a day in ferry line waits, Everett’s offshore isle is a free 10-minute boat ride away, and the man-made island is little more than two miles of beach. Even the bathrooms are offshore, floating in Possession Sound. portofeverett.com/recreation

5. Cama Beach 

The beach is all about boats on Camano Island, where the parking lot to its most popular sound-front space is uphill and out of sight. The Center for Wooden Boats and its classic craft are center stage by the water, surrounded by cedar cabins that resemble an upscale sleepaway camp. The center rents boats and holds weekend toy-boatbuilding workshops, and a super rocky shoreline makes seafaring the preferred method of arrival and departure. parks.state.wa.us/483/cama-beach

Sand 101: When there’s a steep incline at water level—like in much of Puget Sound, including Camano Island’s Cama Beach—large pieces of rock and shell pile up while smaller particles are light enough to wash away.

6. Seabrook 

The middle stretch of Olympic coast is a lot of nothing, nothing, trees, nothing—and then, suddenly, pleasantville. Built as a vacation community in 2005, Seabrook looks like a New England hamlet that sprung up on a mossy bluff overlooking the Pacific. In season, the town offers a few quaint shops, an indoor pool, and wood-shingled rental cottages. seabrookwa.com

7. Point Roberts

Strict adherence to a nineteenth-century treaty gave the tip of this Canadian peninsula to the U.S. (these five square miles are south of the 49th parallel), and its four beaches, mostly rocky, are less popular with visitors than the cheap gas and American mailing addresses. Still, Maple Beach on the east side lets you country hop with impunity past a plaque that denotes the national border. pointrobertstourism.com

8. Point No Point 

The Kitsap Peninsula’s lighthouse corner is known to history as the place where several tribes signed their land away in a treaty, but that’s not how it gets the name; it’s just not a very sharp point. The U.S. Lighthouse Society is headquartered in the 1879 light station, the oldest ship saver on the sound, and vacationers can rent half of the lighthouse keeper’s quarters. pnplighthouse.com 

9. Fort Worden

The sand stretches on Port Townsend’s historic military fort form a sharp angle at a lighthouse, but the concrete batteries—the fortifications built to protect the Victorian city and the rest of Puget Sound in the early twentieth century—are the real adult playground. If the spooky tunnels that burrow beneath the beach bluffs aren’t haunted, local ghosts should be ashamed of themselves. fortworden.org

10. Hobuck Beach 

Snag a Makah recreation permit at the local museum or gas station; state park passes don’t work on this Indian reservation, and beachfront cabins at Hobuck Beach Resort beg a longer stay. Search the long beach’s south end, far from the surfers, for a hidden trail that ducks over a headland to a smaller expanse of tide pools. makah.com/activities/beaches/hobuck 

11. Rialto Beach 

Rock columns just offshore form sea stacks, or tiny islands that hold little more than a few scraggly trees up top and basking sea lions at their base. Hole-in-the-Wall, a natural sea arch carved into a headland on this national park stretch, is about two miles north of Rialto’s parking lot and an open gateway only at low tide. South of Rialto, the Quileute Oceanside Resort abuts La Push’s boringly named First Beach. nps.gov/olym 

12. Ruby Beach 

For all its glorious remote beaches, the Olympic National Park manages to offer a few jewels close to the parking lot. The wide sands of Ruby Beach are only a quarter mile from Highway 101, and at Kalaloch, to the south, there are only a few feet between pavement and dunes. Look up for bald eagles and down for on-leash dogs—it’s one of the only places in the park they’re permitted. nps.gov/olym


Ruby Beach


13. Semiahmoo 

The resort’s two golf courses are up on the Blaine mainland—and you can play the links with a soccer ball on select evenings—but the hotel, spa, and eateries sit on a beachy spit that spikes so far into the sound that it practically kisses the U.S. border. Guests counter cold Canadian winds by gathering around s’mores bonfires at dusk. semiahmoo.com 

14. Copalis Beach

The Pacific Ocean beach is a Washington state highway for stretches south of this mid-peninsula spot—keep it to 25 miles per hour—but Copalis is more. It’s the only FAA-designated beach airport in the country; pilots aim for the darker, wet sand when landing and try to avoid the driftwood. Otherwise it’s a quiet waterfront bordered to the north by Iron Springs Resort, some of the poshest rental cabins on the coast. ironspringsresort.com

Westhaven State Park at Half Moon Bay IMAGE: LINDLEY ASHLINE

Westhaven State Park at Half Moon Bay


Sand 101: The beach at Half Moon Bay was formed by the construction of a jetty in the early 1900s that caused the shore to erode away into a crescent. The Army Corps of Engineers has to fill the area with dredged material after storms since it washes away so fast. The jetty also blocks the seasonal drift of sand north and south along the coast. 

17. Tokeland 

In a hotel that’s exactly as old as Washington state—127 years—there are plenty of antiques and rooms with flowered wallpaper, plus a hiding place behind the fireplace where smugglers concealed undocumented workers. The Victorian-era farmhouse overlooks the calm, kelp-filled shore of Willapa Bay, and it’s one of the only commercial establishments in a sleepy residential waterfront community. tokelandhotel.com

Sand 101: Gravel beaches are the most common kind in Puget Sound, but they can also be spotted on the coast (like on Tokeland’s Willapa Bay side). Though they suck for playing volleyball, the small-stone beaches tend to support more marine animals, since they provide hiding spots from predators. Crabs love ’em, and harbor seals feed along mixed gravel beaches.

18. Long Beach

A painted archway says this 28-miler is the longest beach in the world, and while that might not be exactly true—Brazil’s Praia do Cassino holds that title—the flat, wide sands of the peninsula taper off to the horizon in both directions, pounded by Pacific waves that are almost always too wild and too cold for swimming. It has the state’s best boardwalk, and the 8.5-mile Discovery Bike Trail winds among sand dunes and public artwork and the reassembled bones of a beached whale. funbeach.com

Sand 101: The big mud flats of Willapa Bay bring clay and silt to the sand mix, making for a soft, fine blanket on Long Beach. It’s pale because it has higher concentrations of quartz than the beaches near river mouths.


Long Beach


19. Leadbetter Point State Park

Much of the Long Beach peninsula tip is reserved for snowy plover restoration, but trails wind toward beaches with silk-soft sand (and unlike the rest of Long Beach, there are no cars turning doughnuts here). The park stretches from the Pacific to Willapa Bay’s famed oyster beds. parks.state.wa.us/537/leadbetter-point

20. Seaview 

On a coast better known for hand-caught razor clams and bins of saltwater taffy than fine dining, the Depot restaurant is a welcome diversion. About
a dozen tables crowd the old Clamshell Railroad station, where chef-owner Michael Lalewicz panfries local oysters and piles Willapa Bay clams and wild razor clams into a well-balanced chowder. depotrestaurantdining.com

21. Cape Disappointment 

When Lewis and Clark first saw the Pacific Ocean in 1805, did they immediately start building beach forts out of driftwood? Probably. It feels like everyone who’s visited since has done so at this pocket-size version of Waikiki Beach. As idyllic as the cove and black river sand are, the name comes not from paradise comparisons but the death of a Hawaiian sailor nearby. parks.state.wa.us/486/cape-disappointment

Sand 101: The black grains on Waikiki Beach are from the black basalt that washed down the Columbia River fairly recently; the sand color will change seasonally, getting blacker during the high runoff in spring.  


Cape Disappointment


Seattle Summer Outdoor Movie Guide 2017

Bust out the lawn chairs and curl up with a blanket for some cinema under the stars.

By Liz Weber  6/9/2017 at 11:10am | Courtesy of Seattlemet.com

Moviegoers at Marymoor Park reach peak #summervibes. IMAGE: ERINN J. HALE

Moviegoers at Marymoor Park reach peak #summervibes.


This year’s slate of alfresco cinema in Seattle (and the surrounding area) has a little something for everyone: family-friendly nights with Finding DoryMoana, and Beauty and the Beast, cult classics like The Big Lebowski and Shaun of the Dead, and whole lot of Star Wars: Rogue One screenings. Like, a lot. So lay out a blanket, fill the cooler with snacks, and wonder why you ever thought it was a good idea to watch movies indoors.

*Denotes free screenings.

Seattle Outdoor Cinema

June 24 Star Wars: Rogue One (25th Anniversary special, free screening)
July 1 Shaun of the Dead
July 8 The Wedding Singer
July 15 The 5th Element
July 22 The Big Lebowski (Dude Fest, 21+)
July 29 La La Land
Aug 5 The Dark Knight

Movies at Westlake Park*

July 14  Dirty Dancing
July 21 Ghostbusters (2016)
Aug 4 Moana
Aug 11 La La Land
Aug 18 Star Wars: Rogue One
Aug 25 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Movies at Marymoor Park

July 5 Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
July 12 La La Land
July 19 Moana
July 26 Hidden Figures
Aug 2 Sing
Aug 8 Ghostbusters (1984)
Aug 16 Finding Dory
Aug 23 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Movies at the Mural (Seattle Center)*

July 29 The Princess Bride
Aug 5 La La Land
Aug 12 Hidden Figures
Aug 19 Clue
Aug 26 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Three Dollar Bill Cinema: Parental Advisory? (Cal Anderson Park)*

Aug 11 Beetlejuice
Aug 18 But I’m A Cheerleader
Aug 25 Juno

Seattle Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park

July 6 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
July 13 Moana
July 20 Hidden Figures
July 27 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Aug 3 La La Land
Aug 10 The Lego Batman Movie
Aug 17 Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
Aug 24 The Princess Bride

Moonlight Cinema at Redhook Brewery (Woodinville)

July 13 Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
July 20 Moana
July 27 Shaun of the Dead
Aug 3 What We Do In The Shadows
Aug 10 Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Aug 17 Logan
Aug 24 Star Wars: Rogue One
Aug 31 Lego Batman

West Seattle Outdoor Movies*

July 22 Star Wars: Rogue One
July 29 The LEGO Batman Movie
Aug 5 Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Aug 12 Finding Dory
Aug 19 Queen of Katwe
Aug 26 Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Crossroads Movies in the Park (Bellevue)*

Aug 3 Finding Dory
Aug 10 Zootopia
Aug 17 Pete’s Dragon
Aug 24 Moana

Downtown Movies in the Park (Bellevue)*

July 11 Sing
July 18 Storks
July 25 The Angry Birds Movie
Aug 1 Monster Trucks
Aug 8 The LEGO Batman Movie
Aug 15 The Secret Life of Pets
Aug 22 Middle School
Aug 29 The Sandlot

Carillon Point Outdoor Movie Nights (Kirkland)

July 8 Raiders of the Lost Ark
July 22 Finding Dory
Aug 5 Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Aug 19 Star Wars: Rogue One

Auburn’s Summer Sounds and Cinema*

July 28 Sing
Aug 4 Moana
Aug 11 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

LeMay Car Museum’s Drive-In Movie Series*

July 8 Raiders of the Lost Ark
July 22 Ghostbusters
Aug 11 Moana
Aug 26 Star Wars: Rogue One

Movies at the Marina (Shilshole Bay Marina)*

July 21 Captain Ron
Aug 11 The Secret Life of Pets

Movie Night at Freeway Park

Aug 21 Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Bite of Seattle (Seattle Center)*

July 21 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Skyway Outdoor Cinema*

Aug 4 Moana
Aug 11 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Aug 18 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Aug 25 Star Wars: Rogue One

Pickford Film Center’s Rooftop Cinema (Bellingham)

July 22 The Last Waltz
Aug 5 Little Miss Sunshine
Aug 19 West Side Story

Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema (Bellingham)

June 24 Ghostbusters (1984)
July 1 Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
July 8 Hidden Figures
July 15 Moana
July 22 Star Wars: Rogue One

Where to Dine Out This Father’s Day Weekend

Caution: descriptions of hunger-inducing dry-aged cote de boeuf, fresh oysters, and whiskey pairings ahead.

By Amber Wright  6/14/2017 at 8:30am | Courtesy of Seattlemet.com 

Enjoy a steak and eggs special at Ray’s Boathouse while you contemplate whether or not the perfect view enhances the taste of brunch. IMAGE: RAY’S BOATHOUSE

Enjoy a steak and eggs special at Ray’s Boathouse while you contemplate whether or not the perfect view enhances the taste of brunch.


Goldfinch Tavern

Three-course meal chalk full of options: seared king salmon with morel mushrooms, a prime hanger steak with black truffle potato gnocchi, or a pork tenderloin with smoky apple sauce. Plus, every dish comes with the perfect Pike Brewing pint to accompany it. Dad can also take home a complimentary growler of Pike Brewing’s Hive Five Honey Ale. $55

Volunteer Park Cafe

This cafe is serving up a three-course meal of classic dad dishes: pot roast with mashed potatoes, asparagus, and pan gravy, and a brownie sundae with vanilla bean ice cream, strawberry compote, and walnuts for dessert. Reservations required. $45


Get ready for this mouthful: a dry-aged, bone-in, one-kilo cote de boeuf roasted in a wood-fired oven, basted with butter and herbs, and served with fried sunchokes, roasted vegetables, glace de viande, plus two beef marrow bones. This meaty meal comes with a pour of Bainbridge Island whiskey straight from the top shelf. $100

Ram Restaurant and Brewery

Serving up all you can eat Big Red’s IPA baby back ribs served with beans, cole slaw, and fries, Ram ensures dads will be stuffed. And if not, they brew a lot of beer that should help out on that front. $27

Dunbar Room

A massive 12-ounce ribeye steak with caramelized shallot mashed potatoes, roasted red onions, horseradish, and olive aioli might just be what Dad is dreaming of; add a glass of Horse Heaven Hills red wine or Willet Pot Still Reserve Bourbon and he’s set for a solid REM cycle. But if bloody marys and mimosas are more his speed, Dunbar Room also runs a Jazz Brunch from 10–2 (a la carte pricing). $32, $12 optional drink pairing

Bar del Corso

Melissa Miranda, one of Seattle Met’s Next Hot Chefs, is back at Bar del Corso with her Filipino popup, Musang. This brunch will honor her father, the so nicknamed Musang, who will also in the kitchen alongside Miranda, showing off his skills for this family-centered event. $50

Ray’s Boathouse

This waterfront restaurant is adding a steak and eggs to their brunch menu special for Father’s Day. Dad can enjoy applewood grilled sirloin, two scrambled eggs, arugula, sweet peppers, balsamic syrup, and Old Bay breakfast potatoes all while he takes in the view. $35

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Come Friday, June 16, this getaway on Hood Canal will have a BattleBrook saison beer dinner with dishes made by executive chef Josh Delgado. Sunday, June 18 brings a menu of noshes ranging from bacon mac-and-cheese to cedar plank–grilled Columbia River steelhead salmon. $80 for Friday, $49 for Sunday brunch (kids 10 and under eat for $16)

Fogo de Chão

Get a taste of Brazil by way of trained gaucho chefs who swiftly carve up 16 different cuts of grilled meats alongside seasonal salads, soups, and fresh vegetables. Meat proffered tableside? Sounds like a dad—and family—favorite. $50


Talk about treating dad: Order one meal and he gets one on the house. Their regular menu includes fresh oysters, a chef’s cioppino, and a grilled bistro steak served with housemade chimichurri, fried potatoes and grilled roma tomatoes.

Washington Brewer’s Festival

Beer counts as a meal, right? Father’s Day weekend at Marymoor Park is Dad’s chance to try some of the 500 different beers from 130 different Washington breweries. But maybe visit the food trucks in between tastings, too. $30

Sneak Peek the W Bellevue Hotel

By Lauren Foster | June 1, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com


he highly anticipated W Bellevue hotel at the Bellevue Collection will open to the public June 15. The snazzy rooms and contemporary decor are a shift from other more traditional hotels in the area. Interior designers drew inspiration from Northwest lake houses, Seattle rock legends, and pop art to make the interior of the hotel something new that speaks to the area’s legacy.

The hotel will celebrate for a week before it officially opens its doors. Check below for a full list of events.

Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9

KISS FM with Bender & Molly daily on-air giveaway of 1-night stay at W Bellevue.

Saturday, June 10

Colorful W Bellevue stencils will line the streets of downtown Bellevue leading people to the new hotel.

Sunday, June 11

Oversized games including Jenga and Connect 4 will be in the Fountain Court area outside of Macy’s for passersby to play with.

Monday, June 12

SoulCycle and W Bellevue will host an event with a live DJ and opportunities for the community to join in on the class.

Tuesday, June 13

Pressed Juicery and W Bellevue “Pay It Forward” campaign.

Wednesday, June 14

Crosswalk fashion show debuting the new W Hotels talent wardrobe throughout downtown Bellevue.

Thursday, June 15

W Bellevue ribbon cutting ceremony with an electric W spin to it with Kemper Freeman Jr.

All photos courtesy W Bellevue

The Top Things to See or Do in Seattle: June 2017

Game on at the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show, catch three Pacific Northwest Ballet premieres, and spend some time alone with Chastity Belt.

By Seth Sommerfeld  5/31/2017 at 1:34pm  Published in the June 2017 issue of Seattle Met


Joshua Jensen-Nagle

June 1–24 Nothing screams summer like a sunny beach, and Toronto photographer Joshua Jensen-Nagle has figured out how to capture their inherent nostalgic warmth. As he shifts perspectives from a beachgoer’s gaze to soaring bird’s-eye views of sandy shorelines, the multitude of swimsuits, umbrellas, and beach towels become tiny flickers of exuberant life in colorful dreamscapes. With Endless Summer, Jensen-Nagle looks to capture the blissful spirit of his youthful summers spent on the Jersey shore. Foster/White Gallery, 


Seattle PrideFest 

June 25 Drawing more than 150,000 attendees a year, Seattle PrideFest serves as the country’s largest free Pride event. Following the Pride Parade’s march from downtown, the LGBTQ community and its supporters invade Seattle Center for a day of celebration, music, performances, and rallying around a united vision of inclusiveness. Seattle Center, pridefest.org


Chastity Belt

June 1 Chastity Belt further secures its spot as the soundtrack for being relatively young, discouraged, and aimless in Seattle with the release of I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone. This time around, the group employs a slightly murkier tonal palette for its midtempo rock tunes about hating work, waking up at weird hours, checking your phone too much, and feeling obliged to make the scene just because of the comfort in routine. Julia Shapiro’s vocals still sound detached, but moments of emotional yearning cut through the apathy. The Crocodile, thecrocodile.com


Pictures at an Exhibition

June 2–11 Pacific Northwest Ballet winds down its season with three works that have never graced its stage. Alexei Ratmansky’s titular Pictures at an Exhibition offers a kinetic art gallery of eclectic dance references. PNB artistic director Peter Boal stages Jerome Robbins’s Opus 19/The Dreamer, which he danced in his New York City Ballet farewell. George Balanchine’s La Source rounds out the bill. McCaw Hall, pnb.org 


Michael Che

“They don’t tell you black lives don’t matter. They hit you with that slick #!$&, ‘Well all lives matter.’ ... That would be like if your wife came up to you and was like, ‘Do you love me?’ And you were like, ‘Baby, I love everybody.’ ” —Michael Che

June 23 The cohost of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” brings his standup and social commentary to Seattle. Neptune Theatre, stgpresents.org


Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show

June 9–11 With hundreds of new and vintage games—plus tournaments, industry speakers, and more—the annual Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show provides gamers with a utopian weekend (and a value at $20–$30 per day with free play). Tacoma Convention Center, nwpinballshow.com

Cabaret comes to life at the Paramount. IMAGE: COURTESY JOAN MARCUS

Cabaret comes to life at the Paramount.




June 13–25  More than 50 years after its Broadway debut, the exuberant and tragic musical Cabaret still packs an emotional punch. Set in 1931 Berlin during the rise of the Nazis, the story of lively late-night action at the Kit Kat Klub and the budding romance between cabaret performer Sally Bowles and writer Cliff Bradshaw can never escape the impending historical doom that grows closer with each passing musical number. Paramount Theatre, stgpresents.org


Falling in Love. Again.

June 1–July 21 For their new exhibit, Kenyan-German artist couple Mwangi Hutter drew inspiration from art that predates the written tradition—the type with figures burnt into walls with fire. They created a dozen large paintings with bodies presented in stark black-and-white tones. Each form-focused piece captures moments of quiet intimacy—from sensual embraces to sitting in contemplation—as the blurs of paint drip across the canvas. Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, marianeibrahim.com

15 Amazing Northwest Cabin Destinations

Bungalows, chalets, yurts...escape the Seattle bustle for a few nights in these cozy dwellings.

By Allison Williams  5/15/2017 at 7:00am  Published in the June 2017 issue of Seattle Met

Romantic Retreat on the Columbia Gorge

The four-poster beds at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins are handmade from thick logs, and the jetted tub is set in a pile of stones—picture Paul Bunyan on his honeymoon. Rentals face the brushy, flower-filled meadows of the Columbia River Gorge and come with a heavy breakfast like creme brulee french toast. The couple-minded 10-cabin property welcomes pets but not kids. carsonridgecabins.com

Remote Recreation in the Central Cascades

Over the river and through the woods? That, plus up a few big hills and ridges from the parking lot on the highway. Nine A-frames and cozy Alpine Lakes High Camp cabins sit among the private forests east of Stevens Pass, beloved among backcountry skiers who crave seclusion and untouched powder. The summer season offers empty hiking trails, a shared lodge, wee cabins, and a wood-fired hot tub. Never heard of it? Until recently, the high camp was named for nearby Scottish Lakes. scottishlakes.com

Hiking near Alpine Lakes High Camp. IMAGE: COURTESY MARK GRIFFITH

Hiking near Alpine Lakes High Camp.


Tiny Living in Olympia

Bayside Bungalow owner Brittany Yunker is something of a tiny house evangelist, and she rents her diminutive Olympia-area cabin to show off the delights of living with low square footage. Though the interior is small, there’s a sleeping loft, seating for four, and a six-foot-three-inch kitchen ceiling. Her own fruit trees and a fire circle sit just outside, while the quiet trails of Tolmie State Park next door lead to the rocky beach at the bottom of Puget Sound. baysidebungalow.com


Tiny house Bayside Bungalow


Legendary Village on Hood Canal

First came the darling, shingled-roof huts of Robin Hood Village Resort in 1934, built on the hook end of Hood Canal. Then Disney hired the builder to construct the sets of Errol Flynn’s The Adventures of Robin Hood, which looked awfully similar, and the whimsical resort got its name. Circled across the road from a kayak beach on the canal, only two of the 16 cottages are original, but all are a cozy fairy tale size. robinhoodvillageresort.com

Desert Yurts on the Gorge

Why are there almost no lodging options on one of the most stunning stretches of the cliffed Columbia River Gorge? Fortunately there’s Cave B Inn, a collection of a lodge, stand-alone houses on the gorge cliffs, and yurts. The latter have bathrooms and queen-size beds, a marked step up from the camping at the Gorge Amphitheater next door (though the high desert topography mutes the music). cavebinn.com

The desert yurts at Cave B Inn (also pictured at night at the top of the page). IMAGE: COURTESY JEROME TSO

The desert yurts at Cave B Inn (also pictured at night at the top of the page).


Harborside Comfort in the San Juans

There isn’t much difference between the waterfront and the waterview cabins at Snug Harbor Resort, on the western, quieter side of San Juan Island; both are mere steps from Mitchell Bay’s quiet marina. The 20-cabin resort provides free crab pots during the crabbing season, and the common fire pits are ideal for cooking the day’s catch. Though the whales and other wildlife are the region’s biggest draw, the wood-sided buildings have giant windows, so being trapped by a Salish Sea storm won’t cause cabin fever. snugresort.com

Chill Central on Orcas Island

When The Big Lebowski’s the Dude dreams of a perfect vacation, it probably looks something like Orcas Island’s Doe Bay Resort, a waterfront collective of full-service cabins, yurts, and clothing-optional soaking pools on a deck that hangs over an actual babbling brook. Live music enlivens the local-minded restaurant dishing oysters and garden-grown veggies. doebay.com

Beauty Sleep in Leavenworth

Beds are tucked into all sorts of interesting places at Leavenworth’s Sleeping Lady Resort, like into alcoves, up on lofts, or in bunk beds. While many rooms are hotel style, in clusters of small buildings, two are stand-alone cabins on Woodpecker Hill: an eight-person mini lodge called the Rookery and a romantic hut. Exempt from nearby Leavenworth’s Bavarian theme, the resort is a sprawl of red roofs, a soaking pool, an organic garden, and a grotto bar. sleepinglady.com

Sleeping Lady Resort’s soaking pools and Rookery. IMAGE: COURTESY SLEEPING LADY RESORT

Sleeping Lady Resort’s soaking pools and Rookery.


Trailer Chic in the Methow

It’s called the herd, but don’t fear a stampede—it’s just what owners call the six Rolling Huts that sit atop trailer bases in a sunny Methow meadow. The ultramodern steel boxes boast modular furniture, bearskin rugs, and Wi-Fi, though the can­vas tent village located through the trees evokes a more old-­fashioned form of camping. The huts, striking with their angled panel roofs and yellow doors, were designed by Seattle architect Tom Kundig (see more of his cabins here). rollinghuts.com


The herd at Rolling Huts.


Cedar Suites at Mount Rainier

Between the stone fireplaces and log furniture, the deluxe cabins at Wellspring Spa embody the classic Northwest aesthetic. Other abodes on the wooded property take a Zen approach, with stone garden statues and mini waterfalls, and one supersized cabin can sleep 14. The spa, cedar saunas, and hot tubs combat the chill of the Rainier-adjacent woodlands. wellspringspa.com

Cabins at Wellspring Spa near Mount Rainier. IMAGE: COURTESY WELLSPRING SPA

Cabins at Wellspring Spa near Mount Rainier.


Petite Refuges in Wine Country

In 2015, a Columbia River winery south of the Tri-Cities constructed two tiny houses as part of an HGTV show; the Alexandria Nicole Tiny Houses have since grown to four vineyard abodes on the Destiny Ridge property. One wears a dramatic twisting roof, but the Jet Black Tiny House clearly takes the cake with its interior wine tap pouring Alexandria Nicole syrah. anctinyhouses.com

The tiny houses of Alexandria Nicole Winery. IMAGE: COURTESY ALEXANDRIA NICOLE WINERY 

The tiny houses of Alexandria Nicole Winery.


Hobbit Heaven Above Chelan

Enjoy all the round-door, sod-roof charm of Hobbiton without the bother of that one ring to rule them all. But you don’t have to be a J. R. R. Tolkien fan to embrace the Hobbit House built by a Boise-area dreamer, though renters must endure a 100-yard uphill hike and halfling (i.e., small) accommodations. With Columbia River views from the porthole windows, it turns the Chelan area into a convincing Middle Earth. airbnb.com/rooms/8794484

Inside and around the Hobbit House near Chelan. IMAGE: COURTESY CHRIS TACK

Inside and around the Hobbit House near Chelan.


Oceanfront Expanse on the Olympic Peninsula

The empty stretch of Copalis Beach at Iron Springs Resort is more than strollworthy; it’s littered with razor clams below, and airplanes land atop the state’s only beach runway. Though the resort dates back to the 1940s, the cabins are updated—and especially welcoming to dogs, who get their photos posted in the general store. ironspringsresort.com  

Quaint Cottages on Discovery Bay

The Chevy Chase Beach Cabins have nothing to do with that town in Maryland or the guy from Fletch; born Saint’s Rest 120 years ago on a homestead outside Port Townsend, the name changed around 1923, and the seven surviving boxy cottages date to the 1930s. Situated between the waters of the northern Olympic Peninsula and the Discovery Bay Golf Club, the homestead offers private access to the beaches that sit below its bluffs. chevychasebeachcabins.com

A room with a view and sunset at Chevy Chase resort. IMAGE: COURTESY JB PHOTOGRAPHY 

A room with a view and sunset at Chevy Chase resort.


Floating Cabin in Eastern Washington

No skipper experience required to rent a houseboat at Lake Roosevelt Adventures; it comes with a temporary Washington State Boaters Card and a quick steering lesson. The climate along Lake Roosevelt—a 150-mile section of the Columbia River—is dry and hot during summer months, hence the boat-side slide. lakerooseveltadventures.com

Overlooking Lake Roosevelt Adventures houseboats. IMAGE: COURTESY LAKE ROOSEVELT ADVENTURES

Overlooking Lake Roosevelt Adventures houseboats.


Northwest Dining Destinations

By Julie Arnan | May 26, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

Tusk in Portland. Photo by Benji Wagner

Tusk in Portland. Photo by Benji Wagner

uckle up, and strap on your bib. It’s time to explore the Pacific Northwest, taste buds first. Even if you’re a recent transplant to the upper left, no doubt you’ve already discovered what a mouth-watering place it is to call home. Take a ride with us to some of the region’s top dining destinations — from places in small towns, to big cities, to solitary hidden gems. We give you permission to plan an entire road trip dedicated to the pursuit of foodie bliss-dom.


Winemakers love to describe their wine as “food-friendly,” and in Walla Walla, there are ample ways to test that statement, thanks to a growing collection of great restaurants. Everyone in town will tell you to go to Saffron Mediterranean Kitchenan intimate dining room (reservations strongly recommended) serving Spanish- and Italian-inspired plates of gorgeous locally grown produce and proteins. An order of the sweet, succulent beef cheeks (aka meat candy) is an absolute must.

Beef Cheeks at Saffron. Photo by: Colby D. Kuschatka

Beef Cheeks at Saffron. Photo by: Colby D. Kuschatka

Newer to the dining scene, Passatempo Taverna has a lively atmosphere and quirky modern décor. A project between Seattle pasta guru chef Michael Easton and legendary cocktail genius Jim German, the restaurant is a complete reboot of the former Pastime Café that previously occupied the location. Order a pasta dish, of course, but don’t overlook the bistecca like I did. After a bite from a friendly neighbor, I was convinced to order that big hunk of juicy, herb-crusted beef on my next visit.

Walla Walla has a casual dress code no matter where you dine, but if yoga pants are your tuxedo, head to the nation’s best gas-station eatery. Andrae’s Kitchenlocated in the Cenex Convenience Store, beckons with a smoky call. Chef Andrae Bopp’s custom-built smoker works overtime out back, while staff prepares everything else in-house from the beignets on Sunday morning, to the sandwich rolls, house-cured salmon, and pickled vegetables. Once a landscaper, Bopp earned top marks at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, interning at restaurants like the Michelin three-star Le Bernadin. He brings the flavor whether you’re grabbing tacos for lunch or soaking up last night’s “wine tasting” with some voodoo fries.


A spa, wooded trails, a manicured lawn opening up to the shimmering waters of Hood Canal, and freshly harvested shore-to-table seafood make for the perfect weekend getaway at Alderbrook ResortChef Josh Delgado (formerly at Barking Frog in Woodinville) utilizes local seafood and property-grown items like mushrooms, maple buds, berries, and greens to produce a menu designed around “place.”

When island hopping through the San Juans, break open the piggy bank for a reservation at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island. Chef Blaine Wetzel’s multicourse tasting menu treats guests to the cream of the local crop. Shellfish, vegetables, herbs, even the wheat in the bread, are grown on-island, and Wetzel’s ingenuity at preparing them satiates more than just the creative appetite.

Oysters at Alderbrook Resort. Photo courtesy Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Oysters at Alderbrook Resort. Photo courtesy Alderbrook Resort and Spa


The new cool kid in town is Italian-leaning Osteria Savio Volpe where the menu is made with “groceries gathered in nearby lakes, oceans, farms, and fields.” Dishes are simply prepared but full of flavor, like the warm bath of anchovy-garlic bagna cauda; handmade tortelli pasta with dandelion, ricotta, and marjoram; fire-grilled half chicken with grilled lemons and rosemary. A favorite for more than 30 years, Le Crocodile steers guests through classic French cuisine guided by the deft hand of Chef Michel Jacob. If the extensive menu is too daunting, simply opt for the Chef’s Tasting Menu, and sit back to enjoy the evening.

Vancouver is a hub for Asian cuisine; here’s a rundown of some of the city’s best options. For Japanese cuisine and sushi, try Tojo’s or MikuDynasty is the standard-bearer for Chinese food, though Kirin offers a great menu and a lovely high-end setting downtown. Those looking for dim sum should head to Sun Sui Wah. The city is practically swimming in ramen from Santouka to Kintaro and Motomachi. For a chicken broth-only ramen, try Marutamawhere lines are usually the shortest. Located in Chinatown but serving Cascadian cuisine, Juniper also has a great bar specializing in gin-based cocktails.

Sun Sui Wah. Photo: ©2015 City Foodsters, Creative Commons

Sun Sui Wah. Photo: ©2015 City Foodsters, Creative Commons


The scenic Columbia Gorge boasts a diverse climate traveling from rainforests in the west to arid desert in the east. At Celilo Restaurantthe town’s top farm-to-table eatery, located in the heart of downtown, Chef Ben Stenn’s commitment to sourcing both locally and organically pays off with amazing results. Down on the waterfront, Solstice Wood Fired Café delivers scorch-crusted pizzas topped with local goodies like pears, blue cheese, and caramelized onions or cherries, chorizo, and goat cheese. One block over, Pfriem pulls pints of its award-winning beers served alongside some truly elevated pub fare — sofrito-seared shrimp, creamy spaetzle, house-smoked pastrami burgers, shaved collard green salads. Head to Pine Street Kitchen for house-made pastas, pizzas, and fire-roasted vegetable dishes like the whole-roasted cauliflower with za’atar-spiced yogurt, tahini dressing, parsley oil, pomegranate seeds, and toasted pistachios.

Pine Street Market Photo by: Benji Wagner

Pine Street Market
Photo by: Benji Wagner


The biggest challenge when dining in Portland is deciding where to eat. Some well-established favorites, including Beast, Le Pigeon, and Pok Pokare still on the radar for a good reason — the food is consistently fantastic and crave-able (looking at you, Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings ala Pok Pok).

For a condensed version of the Portland food scene, head to Pine Street Market downtown. Instead of a food-cart pod, these restaurant vendors have collected under one roof with a common dining area. Follow up a steaming bowl of Marukin Ramen Tonkotsu Red — spicy pork-bone broth with spinach, mushrooms, leeks, pork, and soft-boiled egg — with a sweet treat from Wiz Bang Bar, the soft-serve outpost of Salt and Straw.

At La Moulerattling bowls of mussels are served seven ways. A side of crispy pommes frites and a sugar-dusted Belgian liege waffle complete the Parisian-style experience. Younger sibling of the elegant, high-end Le Pigeon, Little Bird also delivers French-inspired cuisine in its narrow dining room downtown. Whet your appetite with a roasted marrow bone or a foie gras torchon, and by all means order the seared duck breast with black garlic, blood orange marmalade, and sesame.

Tusk is a study in the unexpected — a light delicate interior, a giant black-and-white photo of Keith Richards floating “Jesus-style” above the bar, pink menus. At first glance, the cuisine appears Middle Eastern — feta with za’atar, rose petals, impossibly thin flax seed crackers; a whole section devoted to hummus and bread; lamb and beef skewers; pistachio, fennel. But executive chef Sam Smith likes to color outside of the lines when highlighting the best local produce available. Fish sauce sneaks into a pomelo-orange salad; sweet Delicata squash and crunchy Asian pear are finished with chilies and brown butter sauce. My advice is to order the Eastern Maid cocktail, jump on “The Magic Carpet Ride” ($50pp), and let the kitchen navigate your night through its tasty playground.

Tusk. Photo by AJ Meeker

Tusk. Photo by AJ Meeker


Obviously, seafood is king at restaurants on the Oregon Coast. Head to the Wayfarerlocated right on the beach, with both indoor and outdoor seating plus a perfect view of Haystack Rock. Try the filler-free Dungeness crab cakes with shrimp mousse and lemon herb aioli for the quintessential Northwest bite. Kids under 10 eat free for guests staying at the Surfsand Resort. Ecola Seafood Restaurant is both a fish market and a restaurant. Everything on the menu is wild-caught and simply must be paired with a side of smoked mussels. Celebrate something special with a meal at The Stephanie Inn Dining RoomIf you can’t make it for dinner, stop by for a fabulous smoked-salmon scramble the next morning. For a more casual night, bring the kids to one of the coast’s newest breweries, Public Coast BrewingA pet-friendly patio sweetens the deal. Great beers go swell with a juicy burger or fish tacos.

Wayfarer. Photo by Judiaann Woo

Wayfarer. Photo by Judiaann Woo


Chef Thierry Rautureau’s signature hat isn’t the only thing that’s recognizable about this French expat. At Luc in the Madison Valley neighborhood, he delivers the best of the best — miraculously puffed potato soufflé that will have you swearing off fries forever; silky chicken liver mousse topped with a glistening sheet of seasonally flavored gelée to spread across baguette slices; tender trout almandine scattered with toasted almonds and perfectly pan-seared vegetables; creamy comforting cassoulet with duck confit, pork sausage, and white beans.

At Eden Hill on Queen Anne, Chef Maximillian Petty has been shortlisted for numerous prestigious awards like the James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year two years running. His approach to food is intensely creative; his methods both classic and experimental. While some may argue that foie gras needs no improvement, his method of pickling this divine substance will have you wondering why no one else has thought to try it before. Ingredients are seasonal and locally sourced, unless he deems the quality subpar. Try a Puget Sound delicacy: geoduck with steamed leek, butter-poached wild ginger root, lime, and house-cultured buttermilk steeped in lemon thyme. Finish the meal with a round of Lick The Bowl — foie gras cake batter spreads like caramel over olive-oil cakes with strawberries to cut the richness and sprinkles (because SPRINKLES!).

Marmite. Photo by: Aljohn Gaviola

Marmite. Photo by: Aljohn Gaviola

When Chef Bruce Naftaly closed Le Gourmand in 2012, Seattle was deprived of a local legend whom some call the father of the farm-to-table movement in the Puget Sound region. Chef Naftaly’s deep grasp of French stock preparation is so elemental to his cooking, he named his newest project Marmite (mar MEET), the French term for stockpot. He coaxes more flavors into his soups than seems possible. Rich roasted Jerusalem artichoke, spinach, and cardoon with walnut pistou are served with a side of mesquite-flour sourdough bread baked next door at Amandine Bakeshop, run by Bruce’s other half, Sara. During lunch, the menu contains several sandwich and salad options; the dinner menu shows off Chef Naftaly’s flair for beautiful French cooking — blintzes filled with Kurt’s Farmhouse cheese and chive butter sauce, house-made pate, coq au vin with olives, Cipollini onions, and potato puree, duxelles-stuffed rabbit saddle wrapped in bacon with a dried plum sauce. Pair your meal with a selection from the excellently curated wine list. And don’t forget to pick up a box of the best macarons this side of Paris at Amandine for the ride home.

Net Zero Homes Come to Kirkland

By Shelby Rowe Moyer | May 26, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

Photos by Tucker English

Photos by Tucker English

Many Eastsiders are doing their part to reduce their environmental impact — taking public transit to work, buying locally sourced food — but what about buying a home? Dwell Development, a Seattle-based builder, made sustainable and modern homes its signature and recently completed another round of five-star Built Green homes in Kirkland.

The three most recent Kirkland homes — one single-family home and two townhomes — are net-zero-ready, meaning the homes can offset all of their energy output, said Dwell Development owner Anthony Maschmedt.

The company rededicated its mission of offering low-impact homes after receiving national recognition in 2016 for its Emerald Star project in Seattle, and being named the grand winner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Awards. So this year, Dwell is building net-zero homes exclusively.

The Kirkland homes were built with solar-ready rooftops, which is the final step in making them net zero, he said, but even without that feature, the homes use 60 to 70 percent less energy than standard-built homes. High-impact insulation, triple pane windows, and state-of-the-art ventilation regulate the temperature inside the homes.

Conserving water also is a major focus. On average, 8,000 gallons of water is preserved each year by using WaterSense fixtures and toilets that use 80 percent less water.

But a big piece of the homes’ design starts with the building process. The houses are always located within walkable distance of downtown where the residents can buy groceries or hop on public transit. Buyers interested in Dwell Development homes are drawn to the all-encompassing sustainable lifestyle, he said.

Homeowners are doing their homework, and it’s one of the reasons why Dwell Development grew 300 percent during the economic downturn while other homebuilders were ready to shutter their business, he said.

Also, they never build the same house twice. Each home is distinct with a mix of rustic features and modern design, and is constructed with as many salvaged and local materials as possible.

“The siding and materials that we chose are all sustainable,” Maschmedt said of the Kirkland homes. “(The homes) are reclaimed modern. The barn wood and metal are recycled from old barns in the valley. We get 100-year-old barn wood and salvage it so the material can live on. We use this yin and yang of old and new. It’s a really cool dialogue between old materials and new. We bring old materials from Montana, and when buyers ask, ‘What’s the story on the wood floor?’ we can tell them the story about it. It also lowers the carbon footprint.”

Dwell Development started taking on projects in Kirkland a few years ago. It’s built roughly 160 sustainable homes in Seattle, and about 10 in Kirkland. Expanding to the Eastside was a natural move for the company, Maschmedt said. Dwell is constantly scouting new locations, but it has to be the right fit.

“I think Kirkland is kind of unique as far as Eastside communities are concerned,” Maschmedt said. “It has the most in common with Seattle. … Kirkland is kind of a hometown, boat-marina community that aligns itself with Seattle,” he said. “We felt comfortable with Kirkland and the growth of Kirkland. It’s kind of an up-and-coming place to put our homes.”

Once homes are ready, they rarely hit the market. Many are sold in the early phases of construction to people who’ve been following Dwell Development’s work.

The single-family home sold for $1.5 million, and the two townhomes sold for $1.25 million within a couple days of being listed.

Woodinville Winery Expands CSA Program

By Shelby Rowe Moyer | May 18, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

Photo courtesy Matthews Winery and Farm

Photo courtesy Matthews Winery and Farm

An eight-acre field of grass that was in need of constant mowing has been transformed into the idyllic Matthews Farm, just steps outside of the Matthews Winery in Woodinville, and is the host for the winery’s growing farm-share program.

The Otis family, owners of Matthews Winery and Farm, planted the first seeds for the farm a couple years ago as a way to expand the offerings of the winery. Woodinville has become a popular Pacific Northwest wine destination, but its history is also steeped in agriculture throughout the Woodinville Valley. Opening a small-scale farm seemed like the perfect way to pay homage to Woodinville’s past, and could bring further traffic to the winery, said part-owner Bryan Otis. So, they hired Alex Meizlish to oversee the farm, and it’s been wildly successful.

Matthews Winery and Farm CSA boxes come loaded with fresh produce, wine, artisan bread, cheese, eggs, and more. Photo courtesy Matthews Winery and Farm.

Matthews Winery and Farm CSA boxes come loaded with fresh produce, wine, artisan bread, cheese, eggs, and more. Photo courtesy Matthews Winery and Farm.

Matthews Winery and Farm CSA boxes come loaded with fresh produce, wine, artisan bread, cheese, eggs, and more. Photo courtesy Matthews Winery and Farm.

Last year, 13 members picked up their 20-week Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes, curated with unique vegetables, freshly-cut blooms, honey, custom bread and cheese, eggs and a bottle of highly-acclaimed Matthews wine. This year, they’ve expanded to 30 members who can subscribe for $1,750 annually and start picking up their boxes in late June.

The scores within the CSA box are about as fresh as it gets, Otis said. All of the non-produce items — bread, cheese, eggs, ect. — are sourced within five to 20 miles of the winery and the produce is often picked 24 hours before pick-up. Sometimes it’s gathered the morning of. They’ve also expanded the flowers grown on the farm this year. They purchased nearly 200 Dahlia tubers, also known as bulbs, which could produce thousands of the vibrant flowers.

Boutique-type produce from the farm, such as purple broccoli, is also sold to restaurants on the Eastside and Seattle, and is translated into beautiful dinners prepared by celebrated chefs at the Matthews Winery. The farm-to-table dinners are open to wine club members with tickets available to the public as well.

“The original thought was that when people think about their great wine experiences, they’re thought of around food,” Otis said. “Food is part of that. The Matthews brand has been around for a while, but we’ve sort of seen a renaissance with the amount of quality we’ve been able to get into the bottle. And while we’ve been focusing on how we can enhance the quality inside of the bottle, we were also thinking about what we can do to enhance the quality outside the bottle.”

The tasting room at Matthews Winery and Farm. Photo courtesy Matthews Winery and Farm.

The tasting room at Matthews Winery and Farm. Photo courtesy Matthews Winery and Farm.

The tasting room at Matthews Winery and Farm. Photo courtesy Matthews Winery and Farm.

In the coming years, they have room to grow the CSA membership, but that will depend on the support of the community. Anyone who can’t join the CSA still can enjoy the farm while visiting the winery.

“People can come out and have a Sauvignon Blanc and a glass of Claret and walk around the farm and enjoy the afternoon,” Otis said.

Have questions about the CSA program? Visit Matthews Farm Share online for details about the program and how to sign up. While you’re there, peruse their quarterly wine club.

Local Cities Ranked Among Healthiest In Country

By Shelby Rowe Moyer | May 18, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com 

The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area recently was recognized as one of the healthiest areas in the country, and even made gains from last year on the annual American College of Sports Medicine American Fitness Index.

With an overall score of 72.2, the three-city area earned its fourth-place ranking based on data points that include exercise, mental health, transportation and recreational space.

Among a long list of areas of excellence, the cities were commended for having a high percentage of farmers markets, parkland, residents who are physically active, physical education classes for youth, public transportation or people biking to work, and a lower percentage of people with diabetes.

Areas we could improve on include mental health, a higher percentage of people with asthma or were diagnosed with a stroke, and more swimming pools and basketball hoops per capita.

Nationally, there were some positive healthy shifts from the year before. The index noted a 16 percent increase in those who met the recommendations for aerobic and strength exercise in the last 30 days, and a 10.5 percent drop in those diagnosed with angina or coronary heart disease. Small gains were also made in walkability scores, the percentage of people who live within a 10-minute walk to a park, total park expenditures per capita and an increase in the number of recreation centers per 20,000 residents.

Unfortunately, there were also more deaths related to diabetes, a reduction in the percent of residents biking or walking to work, a decrease in the percentage of individuals eating the recommended servings of fruit, and a lower percentage of tennis courts per 10,000 residents.

According to the AFI’s 10-year outlook on national health, there’s a higher percentage of obesity, and those diagnosed with asthma and diabetes increased.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Compared to 10 years ago, smoking rates have declined, deaths associated with diabetes went down as did the number of people diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases, and there are more farmers markets for people to enjoy.

“As the American Fit Index celebrates its 10th year, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the efforts of communities and their leaders who have effectively used the data to make measurable changes that are helping improve the health and wellness of their residents,” said Daryl Edmonds, Amerigroup Washington president in a press release. “While the improvements we are seeing are worth celebrating, we know there is still more that can be done. Amerigroup is proud of our foundation’s work and collaboration with ACSM to offer science and evidence for communities to create a culture of healthy lifestyles.”

Top Five AFI Rankings:

  1. Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomingto, MN-WI
  2. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-WV
  3. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  4. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
  5. San Jose-Sunyvale-Santa Clara, CA

Bottom Five AFI Rankings:

  1. Birmingham-Hoover, AL
  2. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
  3. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN
  4. Oklahoma City, OK
  5. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

For more information on city-by-city data, view the full AFI Report.

Rosé All Day

By Julie Arnan | May 22, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

Illustrations by Julie Arnan

Illustrations by Julie Arnan

The sun is out. Finally! That means rosé season has arrived. Finally! And since the national rosé craze shows no signs of slowing, I’m here to help with PNW picks. Think zesty, juicy, racy.

Lauren Ashton Rosé 2016
(Columbia Valley; $21)
Grenache with a healthy dose of Counoise and Mourvèdre, this slightly effervescent rosé will make you salivate with strawberry, raspberry, and citrus.

Matthews Rosé 2016
(Columbia Valley; $25)
This wine is the Matthews’ first foray into the world of rosé and a lovely start it is – winemaker Aryn Morell sourced 100% Grenache, fermenting in stainless steel for a crisp, dry wine redolent with pink grapefruit and strawberries. Be quick! They only made 125 cases and half are already out the door.

Patterson Cellars Rosé 2016
(Columbia Valley; $20)
A departure from southern Rhône varietals, winemaker John Patterson has blended Tempranillo and Sangiovese for a full-bodied rosé more reminiscent of pear and apple than the usual strawberry/watermelon profile. Honestly, Patterson is the real deal – there are no misses from Patterson Cellars.

Julia’s Dazzle Rosé 2016
(Horse Heaven Hills; $20)
Vibrant and racy, Julia’s Dazzle definitely does exactly that. Wine nerds will appreciate that, like the Reuilly region of France’s Loire Valley, this is a rosé of Pinot Gris (bonus points if you knew it was a red grape) – strawberry accompanied by ripe cantaloupe without much spicy component. Pure fruit in a glass.

Stoller Family Estate Rosé 2016
(Dundee Hills; $25)
This 100% Pinot Noir rosé exhibits tangy red grapefruit and citrus notes with tropical fruit on the palate and plenty of acidity. Winemaker Melissa Burr has your summer season handled.

DeLille Cellars Rosé 2016
(Columbia Valley; $32)
Just released, the 2016 rosé features nearly equal parts of Grenache and Mourvèdre with a touch of Cinsault for a fragrant, juicy rendition of North America’s summer libation. Apricot and strawberries vie for dominance with a perfumed finish.

Farmers Market Reboot

By Julie Arnan | May 17, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

Little Brother farmers market. Photo by Ryan Flynn.

Little Brother farmers market. Photo by Ryan Flynn.

pril showers bring May flowers, and Eastside farmers have been hard at work gearing up for another great market season. There is at least one farmers market in every Eastside city or region, so no more excuses about not eating your veggies!

Farmers markets have had something of a personality change in the last several years: from a place that sells produce, eggs, and meat to more of a county fair atmosphere that includes nonfarm items like kettle corn, snow cones, artisan jewelry, frog aquariums, and hot dogs. While none of those newer additions is necessarily bad, some argue that they detract from the real point of a farmers market — namely, a place where farmers can sell their produce directly to consumers.

In a recent conversation with Meredith Molli, owner and farmer at Goose & Gander Farm in Carnation and co-owner of La Medusa restaurant in Columbia City, she brought up the idea that even though most of us would probably claim to care about locally sourcing our food, the reality is that our support has been reduced in recent years to lip service. Consumers tend to check off the “local food” box because they showed up at a farmers market, without paying attention to whether they purchased kettle corn or carrots. Molli wants to encourage local eaters (er, all of us) to rekindle our commitment to locally grown produce, and makes the following suggestions for how to get back on the wagon.

Make the market a priority. Incorporate the local farmers market into your grocery-shopping schedule.

Stop at the market first. If you know you’ll be going to the market and a grocery store on the same day, purchase produce at the farmers market first.

Get to know the farmer. Ask what is freshest, what products have a short season, how they would prepare a certain item, where their farm is located, what challenges they face?

Remember that the farmer probably got up at 3 or 4 in the morning to harvest, clean, and pack those vegetables; then drove to the market location; carried products from the truck; set up the stand; and then spent the remainder of the market on their feet. And a final thought from Molli: “Every food dollar you spend, you could be impacting the farmers that are 20 minutes away from you. Use those dollars according to how you feel about local farmers. People have so many opportunities to make a positive impact, and they may not even realize it.”

Eastside Farmers Markets

Bellevue Farmers Market
“Cultivating Farms, Growing Community”
3-7 p.m. Thursdays, May 18-Oct. 12,
Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E.

Redmond Saturday Market
“Eastside’s Oldest Market”
from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays,
May 6-Oct. 28, 7730 Leary Way N.E.

Kirkland Wednesday Market
“The Best Farmers Market on Seattle’s Eastside”
2-7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 1-Sept. 27, Marina Park.

Carnation Farmers Market
3-7 p.m., Tuesdays, May-October,
Stossel Avenue N.E. and N. Bird St.

Little Brother Farmers Market
Pop-up Market on May 13; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturdays, June 3-Oct. 13,
456 Central Way, Kirkland.

21 Acres
Year-round Farm Market, Wed.-Sat.,
13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville.

Woodinville Farmers Market
“Eat Local, Eat Fresh, Eat Well”
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays, May 6-Sept. 30,
DeYoung Park, 13680 N.E. 175th St.

Bothell Farmers Market
Noon-6 p.m., Fridays, June 2-Sept. 29,
located at Country Village in Bothell.

Issaquah Farmers Market
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays, May 6-Sept. 30,
at Pickering Barn across from Costco, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Renton Farmers Market
“Local Farmers, Fresh Food, Friendly People”
3-7 p.m. Tuesdays, June 6-Sept. 26, at Piazza Park.

North Bend Farmers Market
4-8 p.m. Thursdays,
June 8-Sept. 7, at Si View Park.

Stems by Subscription

By Joanna Kresge | May 12, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

Photo courtesy of The Stemmery.

Photo courtesy of The Stemmery.

There are few things that make your home feel more lively and fragrant than a fresh bouquet of carefully curated flowers, yet our hectic lives hardly yield enough time to shop for and arrange fresh flowers each week.

Cue floral subscription delivery service, The Stemmery. This unique Seattle-based business comes on the heels of the growing lifestyle subscription movement from services like BarkBox for pet lovers, Bump Boxes for expectant moms, and LootCrate for the geeky gamer crowd.

Photo courtesy of The Stemmery.

Photo courtesy of The Stemmery.

The difference here is The Stemmery will hand deliver locally sourced, artfully arranged bouquets directly to homes, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses in Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland.

“I love carefully placing each unique stem into an arrangement, feeling the connection to the earth and appreciating the beauty that comes from it,” founder and floral designer Sarah Abare said in a statement. “I hope that each time our customers receive a floral delivery from The Stemmery that they too feel this connection and joy.”

Arrangements come in three different sizes including the Rainier Bouquet, a collection of loosely arranged flowers; Cascadian Stems, a fairly standard arrangement; and the grand Olympic Blooms, which is a larger display of curated flowers. Additionally, clients can choose from a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly subscription. However, The Stemmery is not able to deliver outside of Seattle, Bellevue, or Kirkland, although the company said it hopes to expand its delivery area soon.

For more information, visit The Stemmery online.

Amazon Books Opening at Bellevue Square

By Lauren Foster | May 3, 2017  | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

ookworms will soon have a new place to curl up in come fall. Amazon Books, the tech giant’s brick-and-mortar book store, will open at Bellevue Square.

In 2015, Amazon experimented with opening its very first bookstore at University Village in Seattle. Since then, it’s opened five other stores in San Diego, Chicago, Boston, and Oregon. According to Amazon’s website, the company has another six stores “coming soon,” including the Bellevue location.

Amazon, which is known for taking online retail to new heights, has been experimenting with opening more brick-and-mortar locations. In December of last year, the company opened a grocery store in downtown Seattle that allows customers to shop without having to walk through the checkout line. In March, it opened two AmazonFresh pickup locations in SoDo and Ballard. Some see these openings as indicators that Amazon sees value in having physical locations outside of its online empire. But the two go hand-in-hand.

Amazon Books uses online data to select which books make it on store shelves. “We select books based on Amazon.com customer ratings, pre-orders, sales, popularity on Goodreads, and our curators’ assessments,” the website states. The staff also keeps every book face out so customers can see the covers — like their presentation online.

Can’t find the book you want out of thousands in-store? You can bet Amazon has thought of that. You can buy a book online there and they’ll ship it to you. Prime customers, you’ll still get free shipping. Or, download your favorite read to Kindle. Don’t have one? Yeah, they thought of that, too. Play around with Echo, Kindle, Fire tablet, and Fire TV at Amazon Books.

Happy reading!

2017 Best of 425

By 425 staff | April 24, 2017 |  Courtesy of 425magazine.com 

eaders voted for all their favorite things — and with the help of Moss Adams, we tallied thousands of votes. We are excited to reveal your picks for the best Eastside eats, drinks, people, places, and things! And yes, a few Seattle faves made the cut, too. Thanks to everyone who voted and congratulations to the winners.

By Natalie DeFord, Lauren Foster, Joanna Kresge, Todd Matthews, Margo Greenman, and Karen Miller


Haciendo Papel Picado/Making Paper Cutouts, Carmen Lomas Garza

Haciendo Papel Picado/Making Paper Cutouts, Carmen Lomas Garza

Bellevue Arts Museum
Right in downtown Bellevue is a cultural center that presents challenging and inspiring art exhibits year after year. The museum focuses on arts, crafts, and design. You’ll see exhibitions that place international artists alongside Northwest artists. Bellevue

Art Gallery
artEAST Art Center
It’s all about art at the artEAST Art Center. From exhibitions to classes, the center celebrates all that’s great about the arts. Stop by and meet a local artist showing an exhibit, or sign up for one of the center’s many camps and classes. Issaquah

Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair
This popular summer festival is celebrating 71 years this July! It’s an Eastside staple, and year after year people flock to the largest arts and crafts festival in the Northwest, hosted by the Bellevue Arts Museum. More than 300 artists showcase their unique work, from modern to the traditional. It’s a great place to be inspired and to find a one-of-a-kind piece. The fair is near and dear to the hearts of Eastsiders, and was responsible for bringing the Bellevue Arts Museum to life. Bellevue

Stone Lounge
Sometimes you just want to have a drink and belt out a tune. Readers love Stone Lounge for parties or just a night out on the town. Rent a room there and sing! Bellevue

Photo courtesy MOViN 92.5

Photo courtesy MOViN 92.5

Radio Personality  Jubal Flagg and Brooke Fox
The morning commute can be a drag, but readers say it’s much improved with MOViN 92.5’s Brooke & Jubal in The Morning. With hilarious bits like 2nd Date Update and Jubal’s Phone Taps, the two radio personalities make the morning breeze by.

Snoqualmie Casino
The Eastside likes to try its luck at Snoqualmie Casino. With more than 50 gaming tables, a poker room, live entertainment, top-of-the-line dining, and 1,700 slots, Snoqualmie has it all. Who needs Vegas when you can jet over to Snoqualmie? Snoqualmie

Live Theater
Village Theatre
Ah, the thrill of live theater! With two locations, Village Theatre always has something new happening onstage. It also offers Village Theatre Originals, a nationally recognized program that workshops original shows. And there are shows for kids. The theater is alive and well on the Eastside! Everett and Issaquah

Movie Theater
iPic Theater
Dinner and a movie, all in one convenient stop at Redmond Town Center. Take a break from the run-of-the-mill concession stand and indulge in a chef-directed menu and exciting cocktails. iPic has all the top releases, so kick back and relax in style as you take in the latest movie. Redmond

Best Kept Secret + Nightclub
Bake’s Place
The Eastside says Bake’s Place is the best-kept secret, but we’re letting the cat out of the bag. This restaurant and live music spot is the top choice for a night out on the town. Now expanded to being open six nights a week, Bake’s Place features everything from jazz to blues to acoustic music. And the food and drinks are divine! Bellevue

Local Celebrity
Russell Wilson
The Eastside has a lot of love for the Seattle Seahawks’ starting quarterback. When he’s not throwing touchdown passes, he’s working in the community visiting children at Seattle Children’s Hospital and spending time with his family in Bellevue. Since arriving in the Northwest after the 2012 NFL draft, Wilson has made the Northwest proud.

Local Blog
Kathryn Hilger Kingen, Good For You
On the Salty’s Waterfront Seafood Grills website is a hidden gem in the Good For You blog. Written by Salty’s co-owner Kathryn Hilger Kingen, the blog is full of ideas, recipes, and more about how to make your body feel good about, well, good food. Read more at saltys.com/blogs/good-for-you.

TV Personality
Steve Pool, KOMO
This mustachioed meteorologist has a special spot in the hearts of his fans in Western Washington. We trust Steve Pool to tell us about the weather — and don’t blame him for all the rain. Seattle


Small Business
Sammamish Orthodontics
Let’s face it. Braces can be a drag. The team at Sammamish Orthodontics knows this, and that’s why it offers high-quality care and more. Nearly three dozen local school activities programs and community charities benefit from the financial benevolence of Dr. Mark Nelson, Dr. Todd Steinhart, and the entire staff at this small business on the plateau. Sammamish

Medium Business
Chameleon Technologies, Inc.
The Eastside’s Fortune 500 companies have turned to this medium-sized business for nearly 20 years to meet their staffing needs. It appears Chameleon Technologies has been adding staff, too. The company earned the best small-business title in 2015, and now claims the medium-sized business crown. Kirkland

Courtesy The Meyden

Courtesy The Meyden

The Meyden
The Meyden apartment building in the heart of Old Bellevue is within walking distance to restaurants, shops, and cafes. The five-story, 254-unit building offers units ranging from studios to two-bedrooms, and amenities such as a lounge, theater, arcade game room, and fitness center. Bellevue

Fena Flowers
Gorgeous centerpieces and bouquets filled with fresh flowers all reliably delivered to local homes or offices are the reasons 425 readers consistently name Fena Flowers the best Eastside florist. Kirkland

Large Business + Coolest Office Space
These days, it’s all about the cloud. BitTitan is a leader in helping millions of users around the world use cloud computing to grow their businesses. And they have fun doing it, too. Biannual bonuses, a free candy station, and unlimited vacation days? That sounds like a cool place to work, indeed! Kirkland

Tattoo Artist 
Wil Spaedt, Skin and Soul Tattoo
Polite, funny, professional, and efficient: Those are the words used to describe tattoo artist Wil Spaedt, whose designs are intricate and attractive. As one Yelp reviewer raves, “If you want a marvelous tattoo, go see Wil!” Bellevue

Car Dealership
Lexus of Bellevue
The team at Lexus of Bellevue wants you to enjoy your car-buying experience by saving you time and building a long-term relationship. They offer sleek, functional, and dependable automobiles at their respected Eastside dealership. Bellevue

Laura E. Hoexter, Helsell Fetterman
Laura Hoexter’s areas of expertise are varied and invaluable. She helps entrepreneurs realize their business goals by helping them form business partnerships and create LLCs and S-corporations. She’s a resource for people looking to create wills and trusts and administer their estates. Readers rely on her expertise and have voted her best attorney for nine consecutive years. Seattle

Realtor / Real Estate Agent
Daphna Robon, Berkshire Hathaway
Daphna Robon is a former practicing attorney and a skilled mediator who helps clients easily navigate the piles of paperwork and detailed negotiation process inherent when buying a home on the Eastside. Bellevue

Financial Advisor
Annukka Mikkola, Merrill Lynch
A veteran finance professional and trusted resource for Eastside investors, Annukka Mikkola is the wealth-management advisor and senior vice president of wealth management for the Mikkola Small Wealth Management Group at Merrill Lynch. Mikkola and her team manage more than $500 million in client balances. Bellevue

Insurance Agent
Sarah Steblay, Alliant Insurance Group
Sarah Steblay is a veteran personal risk-management advisor who works with individuals and families to produce customized insurance plans to protect their valuable assets. Seattle

Mortgage Lender
Josh Donion, Opes Advisors
An industry veteran with more than 15 years of experience, Josh Donion is a friendly and professional advisor who understands buying a property is a big deal to most people. Donion focuses on his customers’ short- and long-term financial goals to help structure loans that instill his clients with certainty and confidence about their decisions. Bellevue

Home Security
Eastside Audio Video
For nearly 15 years, Eastside Audio has prided itself on expert craftsmanship and state-of-the-art equipment to create affordable home entertainment experiences without breaking homeowners’ budgets. Nothing is more satisfying to the Eastside Audio team than seeing clients’ reactions to a successfully finished product. Bellevue

Photo by Gordon Wang

Photo by Gordon Wang

For more than 45 years, Hopelink has helped Eastside communities by offering assistance in critical areas such as housing, transportation, employment, adult education, and financial literacy. The organization also operates five food banks and assists more than 64,000 people every year. Various locations

Banner Bank
This Eastern Washington bank was founded more than 125 years ago, and operates 190 full-service branches throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and Utah. Its parent company, Banner Corporation, manages nearly $10 billion in assets. Beyond the financial bottom line, more than 800 Banner Bank employees donated more than 30,000 hours of community service last year. Various locations

Credit Union
The not-for-profit financial co-op’s roots date back to 1935, when 18 Boeing employees put in 50 cents each to found what was then Fellowship Credit Union (their first loan totaled $2.50 and was taken out by a Boeing employee to purchase tools). Today, Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU) has more than 940,00 members (both Boeing and non-Boeing employees), more than 1,200 employees, and more than $12 billion in assets. Various locations

Market Optical
For more than 35 years, Market Optical has combined style and functionality to offer exclusive eyewear by top brand designers. Eastside residents turn to Market Optical when they want good-looking glasses. Various locations

Photo by Rachel Coward

Photo by Rachel Coward

Auto Repair 
Jeff’s Auto Repair
Jeff Geitzen started this repair shop in 1980 with one employee (himself) and expanded the business to include five locations (including Bellevue and Renton on the Eastside), 40 service bays, and 35 employees today. These trusted auto-service experts will get your wheels moving at a fair price. Various locations



Bridal Shop 
La Belle Elaine’s
From all things borrowed and blue to something shiny and new, La Belle Elaine’s in Seattle has everything you need to tie the knot. Its selection of dresses and accessories for brides and bridesmaids is one of the largest in the area. Seattle

Men’s Clothier
Seattle Thread Co.
All the sharp dressed men know about Seattle Thread Co., with its wide variety of trendy and classic looks. Kirkland has this store to thank for high-quality clothing, shoes, leather goods, accessories, suits, formal wear, and more. Kirkland

Thrift Store
Value Village
When it comes to being fiscally and ecologically responsible, shopping for used goods allows you to do both in style. Best of all, Value Village’s recycling and reselling process keeps more than 650 million pounds of used goods out of the landfills each year. Various locations

Via Lago
Repeat winner Via Lago is a community favorite. Whether it’s clothing, accessories, or lingerie, it’s been providing sought-after fashion for more than 16 years. Owner Chapman Fina is big on giving back to the community, and hosts fundraisers at the store. Kirkland

Courtesy LumberUnion

Courtesy LumberUnion

Local Fashion Designer 
An homage to the history and culture of the Pacific Northwest, LumberUnion fashions give a nod to the lumber industry of our region and embrace all things plaid and outdoorsy. The timeless, cozy lumberjack and Jill look gets a new twist with modern, tailored fits and trendy new styles. Plus, this environmentally conscious company partners with other organizations to plant trees and promote the greater good. Seattle

Photo courtesy Gilman Gallery

Photo courtesy Gilman Gallery

Antique Store 
Gilman Gallery
If you’re looking for a great place to discover trinkets and treasures, you have to check out Gilman Gallery in Issaquah. The 19,000-square-foot mall is filled with antiques and collectibles from more than 100 dealers. There’s also event space for meetings and parties. Issaquah

Jewelry Store
J. Lewis Jewelry
All that glitters is gold — and silver, and diamonds, and rubies — at this Bellevue jewelry store. Founder Jill Lewis created her own business after years of working for a major manufacturer. She set out to make J. Lewis a place where buying jewelry and diamonds could be a fun, friendly, and relaxed experience. Bellevue

Barnes & Noble
Curl up with a good book after visiting your local Barnes & Noble. Voted best by 425 readers, this chain is the nation’s largest retail bookseller, with more than 634 locations. Various locations


Photo by Porpat Lavanamal

Photo by Porpat Lavanamal

Bai Tong
What started as a small restaurant near Sea-Tac Airport in 1989 has transformed into the region’s standard for authentic Thai food. Thai food favorites all can be found on the menu at any of Bai Tong’s three area locations. Various locations

Whether you’re in the mood for something savory or sweet, one thing is certain — you won’t leave hungry after brunch at Salty’s. Enjoy favorites like Pacific Northwest Benedict and grilled kielbasa sausage, an assortment of sweet pastries, classic sides, and morning cocktails. Various locations

John Howie
Eastside chef John Howie is renowned for his world-class filet mignon, porterhouse, and sirloin steaks, and the other mouth-watering dishes he offers at his restaurants across the Eastside and Seattle, including Seastar Restaurant & Bar, Sport Restaurant & Bar, John Howie Steak, Beardslee Public House & Brewery, and Wildwood Spirits Co. However, while his culinary skills are undoubtedly a cut above the rest, this local chef and restaurateur also is a champion for the community and is always finding ways to give back. Various locations

Photo by Jeff Hobson

Photo by Jeff Hobson

French + Outdoor Dining
Le Grand Bistro Americain
High-quality French food with American inspiration makes Le Grand Bistro a favorite. Start your meal with tasty cured meats and assortment of cheeses, then follow it up with filet mignon with Cognac sauce, steamed mussels, and pan-roasted chicken with truffle sauce. When the weather is good, this French restaurant also offers outdoor dining. Kirkland

Restaurant + Happy Hour + Italian + Dessert
Vivo 53
Vivo 53 has only been on the scene a short time, but it’s already a favorite among hungry Eastsiders. With an assortment of rustic wood-fired pizzas, modern twists on classic Italian cuisine, inventive cocktails, one-of-a-kind sundaes, and a twice-daily happy hour, we’re not surprised 425 readers voted Vivo 53 the best for restaurant, Italian, dessert, and happy hour. Bellevue

Lunch + Hole In The Wall
Poke MIX
Looking for something light but delicious? Look no further than Poke MIX. Poke MIX, located at Bellevue Square, is a popular lunch destination for its customizable poke bowls, which can be loaded with as many toppings as you want. Bellevue

Tipsy Cow
Nothing hits the spot like a juicy burger. This Redmond burger bar offers a full menu of quirkily named burgers, including the signature Tipsy Burger, which features a 7-ounce grass-fed beef patty, melty Beecher’s Flagship White Cheddar, crisp lettuce, ripe tomato, fresh onions, and Tipsy Sauce. Redmond

French Fries
Dick’s has been a local institution since its first location opened in 1954. Over the years, new locations have opened across Seattle and, most recently, the popular burger stop established a presence in Edmonds. However, it’s not just Dick’s burgers that have Eastside residents craving more — it’s the fries. Made from 100-percent real Pacific Northwest potatoes, these hand-cut fries are made fresh to order. Various locations

Red Robin
From the kitschy décor on the walls to the bottomless fries (and freckled lemonade), Red Robin is a favorite for kids and parents alike. Various locations

Truong N. Photography

Truong N. Photography

New Restaurant
Carmines is new to Bellevue, but if the menu looks familiar, that’s because it is a spinoff of Seattle’s popular Il Terrazzo Carmine. The restaurant offers a full bar and an extensive menu of Italian fare, including pasta, pizza, soups, and much more. Beautifully decorated, the atmosphere is one that welcomes celebrations and the clinking of wine glasses with good food brought to you by a local family that has been doing so for decades. Bellevue

Mod Pizza
A pioneer of the fast-casual pizza concept, Bellevue-based Mod Pizza, with locations across the country and the U.K., provides people with the option to create a fully customized pizza (there are more than 30 toppings to choose from). People love this pizza chain for its tasty pizzas and friendly quick service. Plus, Mod Pizza is big on giving back, so many of the dollars you give to Mod go right back to the community. Various locations

Photo by Geoffrey Smith

Photo by Geoffrey Smith

With two Eastside locations, in Bellevue and Kirkland, Cactus offers an innovative take on traditional Southwestern and Mexican dishes, offering zesty appetizers, fresh salads, hearty entrees, and mouth-watering desserts. Enjoy classics like carne asada, or try something different, like the butternut squash enchiladas. (And don’t forget to order the margarita!) Various locations

When Eastside residents are in the mood for something light, healthy, and meat-free, Jujubeet is their go-to. Opt for a liquid lunch with one of Jujubeet’s many revitalizing juice blends or smoothies, or dig in to one of the juice bar’s heartier offerings, like its curried quinoa salad, buckwheat noodles, and more. Bellevue

Classic-style burgers, fries, and shakes are Burgermaster’s specialty, and everything is made to order, so you know your meal always will be hot, fresh, and tasty. With multiple locations across the region, including Bellevue and Mill Creek, a Burgermaster location is always close. Various locations

Hearty sandwiches loaded with fresh seasonal veggies straight from Homegrown’s Woodinville farm make each one of the artisan sandwiches special — and delicious. Choose from Homegrown’s take on a classic turkey, bacon, avocado; fill up on the grass-fed steak and cheddar; or go green with the hummus and roasted red pepper. Various locations

Coffee Shop  
Mercury’s Coffee
Locally owned and operated, Woodinville-based Mercury’s Coffee has locations across the Eastside and is a favorite fuel-up spot for thirsty caffeine drinkers. The beloved Eastside café continues to grow, with three new Eastside locations, in Bellevue, Sammamish, and Redmond, opening this year. Various locations

Photo by Jeff Hobson

Photo by Jeff Hobson

Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar
For fresh seafood presented like a work of art, John Howie-owned Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar does it best. Want a little bit of everything? Try the Chef’s Sushi Plate or Raw Bar Sampler — but be sure to save room for the Dungeness crab cakes. Bellevue

3 Pigs Bar B-Q
Dry-rubbed, mesquite-smoked, sauce-slathered meats are what the Harrel brothers, owners of 3 Pigs Bar B-Q in Bellevue, know best. Since 1989, they’ve been sating Eastside residents’ cravings for quality barbecue, providing a sports bar atmosphere where guests can dig into delicious dishes — like pork ribs, chicken, or a one-third-pound beef sandwich with potato salad, coleslaw, or mac ’n’ cheese on the side — and enjoy a refreshing iced tea (or a cold beer) while watching the big game. Bellevue

Bakery Nouveau
Eastside residents don’t mind making the trek to Seattle to experience Bakery Nouveau. It’s been making handmade breads, pastries, and chocolates for more than 20 years. It’s a favorite that captures people’s senses before they even walk through the door. Seattle

Top Pot Doughnuts
Sweet, fried, and hand-forged, Top Pot Doughnuts take the cake when it comes to best doughnut on the Eastside. Whether you prefer the classics like an old-fashioned or want to indulge in something smothered in sprinkles, Top Pot has a doughnut for you. Various locations

Food Truck
The Box on Wheels
The Box on Wheels is in the business of bringing affordable, quality Asian fusion to hungry Eastside residents. From Bellevue to Bothell, patrons can fill up on everything from pork belly bao and French fries, to lighter options like the truck’s chop chop salad topped with creamy sesame dressing. Various locations

Kanishka Redmond
A modern take on traditional Indian cuisine, Kanishka Redmond infuses its menu with fresh, seasonal ingredients to create dishes that are simple yet full of character. Fans of Kanishka Redmond appreciate the restaurant’s straightforward menu, professional service, and sophisticated atmosphere.

Cheap Eats
Ooba Tooba
When your pocketbook is feeling flimsy, you can still grab a tasty bite to eat without draining your bank account. Ooba Tooba dishes up tacos, burritos, and other Mexican favorites, with new menu items added regularly. Various locations

Photo by Rachel Coward

Photo by Rachel Coward

Sushi + Japanese  
More than sushi, FLO offers edible works of art made from fresh, local ingredients. This beloved Eastside restaurant features traditional Japanese favorites as well as modern masterpieces designed to tantalize the taste buds, taking restaurant-goers on a tasting tour of Japan without leaving Bellevue. Bellevue

Fine Dining
Daniel’s Broiler
Fine dining, meet Daniel’s Broiler, a restaurant where premium steaks, seafood, and spirits converge with stunning views and live music to create a fine-dining experience certain to ignite all five senses. Come for the food, stay for the view, and return to experience it all over again. Various locations

Mediterranean Kitchen
Craving kabobs? Mediterranean Kitchen has you covered. With multiple locations on the Eastside, Mediterranean Kitchen’s menus offer everything from shawarma and spanakopita, to stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and all your Mediterranean favorites. Various locations

Novelty Hill Januik
With award-winning cabernet sauvignons, merlots, chardonnays, and sauvignon blancs and a stunning garden and outdoor patio to swirl, sip, and savor each varietal, Woodinville’s Novelty Hill Januik is a favorite among Eastside oenophiles. Come for the wine, and then stay for fresh handmade pizza, available Friday-Sunday. Woodinville

Photo by Jeff Hobson

Photo by Jeff Hobson

Monsoon East
Fresh Pacific Northwest flavors meet traditional Vietnamese cuisine at Bellevue’s Monsoon East. Sink your teeth into crispy vegetable rolls, lemongrass chicken banh mi, and hearty bowls of pho made with oxtail broth. And don’t forget to pair your meal with one of Monsoon’s cocktails; your taste buds will thank you. Bellevue

Photo by Julia Sumpter

Photo by Julia Sumpter

Din Tai Fung
Dumplings — what’s not to love? They’re warm, doughy pockets steamed to perfection with savory fillings like shrimp, veggies, and pork. And while many restaurants in the region have their own tasty take on this centuries-old creation, Eastside residents said no one does it better than Din Tai Fung. Originally a cooking-oil shop founded in Taipei in 1958, Din Tai Fung evolved into a restaurant in 1972, when it started serving soup dumplings in noodles. Today, the Taiwan-born restaurant has locations across the globe, including the Eastside. Various locations

Woodinville Whiskey Co.
Woodinville Whiskey Co. is concerned with one thing — making great whiskey. The Woodinville distillery uses state-of-the-art equipment and quality ingredients to concoct its one-of-a-kind whiskey blends. Woodinville

Grocery Store
Since 1953, PCC Natural Markets has been a purveyor of high-quality, sustainable food. With locations across the region, this food-buying club has grown to be the largest consumer-owned natural food retail co-op in the country. Various locations

Photo courtesy Blind Tiger

Photo courtesy Blind Tiger

Black Raven
Handcrafted staples and seasonal brews are on the menu at Redmond’s Black Raven Brewing Co. Here, craft beer lovers can enjoy everything from Black Raven’s take on classic lagers and IPAs, to more adventurous concoctions like its award-winning Corvus Kriekus American Cherry Sour. Cheers! Redmond

Romantic Dinner 
Café Juanita
Incredible Italian food paired with delicious wine beckons romance, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Kirkland’s Café Juanita. In addition to the restaurant’s delectable menu, which changes depending on what’s fresh and in season, the service at this Kirkland restaurant is in a league all its own. Having received accolades not only from restaurant-goers but the James Beard Foundation as well, Café Juanita takes the experience one step further, creating a dining experience you and your date won’t soon forget. Kirkland


Dr. Adam Tetuan
Bellevue-based chiropractor Dr. Adam Tetuan is a repeat Best of 425 winner because patients love him. Dr. Tetuan can tailor a treatment plan for you whether you have an athletic injury, accident, or injury from everyday activities. He’s known for his friendly demeanor and knowledgeable care. Bellevue

Dr. Elena Zinkov
With a background as a competitive athlete, Dr. Elena Zinkov of Proactive Health is passionate about helping people live healthy and active lives. Zinkov focuses on an individualized approach to wellness with an emphasis on patient education. Naturopathic medicine is all about treating the whole person, something Proactive Health and Zinkov take to heart. Bellevue

Courtesy Yuan Spa

Courtesy Yuan Spa

Yuan Spa
Treat yourself with a day at the spa. Yuan Spa will help you rejuvenate, not just your mind and spirit, but your body, too. Programs can be personalized to meet your needs. Bellevue

Photo courtesy Wendy Spektor

Photo courtesy Wendy Spektor

Dr. Wendy Spektor
Flash those pearly whites! With care from Dr. Wendy Spektor at Spektor Dental, you’ll be feeling good about your smile. Spektor is a longtime member of the Eastside community, opening her dental practice in 1982. Bellevue

Allegro Pediatrics
With clinics all over the Eastside, sick kiddos are never far from a check-up at Allegro Pediatrics. With service for little ones from prenatal care on, the team at Allegro Pediatrics will help your child grow up healthy and strong. Various locations

Physical Therapist
IRG Physical & Hand Therapy
With both physical therapy and hand therapy, Integrated Rehabilitation Group helps patients get back to feeling their best. Readers love the friendly, positive atmosphere at the various Eastside locations. The group is also out in the community, offering support to local sports teams, events, and organizations. Various locations

Photo courtesy Courtney Matteson

Photo courtesy Courtney Matteson

Personal Trainer
Chris Doran, Serious About Fitness
When you’re looking to get fit, it’s good to have some guidance and support. Chris Doran, owner of Serious About Fitness, has more than 20 years of experience in personal training and sports medicine. Get stronger, get fit, and get to be a better you with Doran. Redmond

Sammamish Orthodontics
Straighten up that smile at Sammamish Orthodontics. Braces are a breeze, thanks to the Sammamish Orthodontics team. Got a kid with a school-day appointment? They’ll pick them up in a VIP (Very Important Patient) shuttle from school! There are also extended hours to fit in early morning appointments. Sammamish

Personal Trainer
Chris Doran, Serious About Fitness
When you’re looking to get fit, it’s good to have some guidance and support. Chris Doran, owner of Serious About Fitness, has more than 20 years of experience in personal training and sports medicine. Get stronger, get fit, and get to be a better you with Doran. Redmond

Sammamish Orthodontics
Straighten up that smile at Sammamish Orthodontics. Braces are a breeze, thanks to the Sammamish Orthodontics team. Got a kid with a school-day appointment? They’ll pick them up in a VIP (Very Important Patient) shuttle from school! There are also extended hours to fit in early morning appointments. Sammamish

Gene Juarez
With a haircut from Gene Juarez, you’ll be feeling your look. And there are many more services at the salon, from ahhh-mazing massages, skincare treatments, and more. Readers’ fave place to get glammed up is at Gene Juarez. Various locations

Dr. James Haines
Since 1980, Dr. James Haines has been helping women feel their best at Overlake Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Haines is well-known in the field — he’s president of the Seattle Gynecological Society a chairperson on the obstetrics and gynecology department at Overlake Medical Center. Bellevue

Yoga Studio
Alive & Shine Center
Winner of Best of 425 for six years, and celebrating more than 25 years in business, Alive & Shine Center is the Eastside’s family-owned, authentic yoga, meditation, and lifestyle oasis. It provides classes, workshops, and elite teacher training. It’s also home of the Purna Yoga College, a state-licensed vocational school. Its mission is to teach safe and transformative classes so students feel alive and shine! Bellevue

Dr. Pauline Haugen, Higher Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center
Chiropractic care helped Dr. Pauline Haugen treat and recover from the injuries she suffered during her days as a track star for the Canadian National Team and as a Division I college athlete. Today, it’s Haugen’s patients that are the ones benefitting from the Bellevue doctor’s unique perspective and experience with chiropractic care. Bellevue

Gerald Pope Photography

Gerald Pope Photography

Gym + Massage + Mani/pedi
PRO Sports Club
Get fit at PRO Sports Club with two locations on the Eastside. And it’s so much more than a gym. It includes a spa where you can get, according to readers, the best massage and mani/pedi on the Eastside. Pamper yourself and work on your fitness, all in one convenient location! Bellevue and Redmond

Assisted Living
The Gardens at Town Square
For those downsizing, moving to assisted living means opening a new chapter of life. The Gardens at Town Square has comprehensive health care services in a facility that compares to a five-star hotel. Plus, it’s right in downtown Bellevue. Bellevue

Senior Living
Emerald Heights
Live maintenance-free with services and amenities at Emerald Heights. Retire in style at Emerald Heights, with its beautiful facility and resident-driven activities. Retirement has never been so fun. Redmond

Eye Care
Dr. Rick McManus
Jeepers creepers, where’d you get those peepers … checked out? If you’re one of our readers, your favorite doc is Rick McManus. Set up an appointment with Dr. McManus at Bellevue Optometry Services, which has been serving the community since 1986. Bellevue

Cosmetic Surgeon
Dr. David Stephens, Stephens Plastic Surgery
A pioneer in the field of endoscopic surgery of the breast and face, Dr. David Stephens has been bringing quality cosmetic surgery and care to the Eastside since 1998. Dr. Stephens is one of the top cosmetic surgeons in the country, and he’s right in our own backyard. Bellevue

Photo by Richard Bartz

Photo by Richard Bartz

EvergreenHealth in Kirkland helps put patients and their families at ease with top-of-the-line care. The main campus features a 318-bed medical center, 12 primary care centers, and two urgent cares. When you need to go to the hospital, you’re in good hands with EvergreenHealth. Kirkland


Lakeville Homes
Your home is likely the single most expensive investment you’ve made in your life, so Eastsiders don’t trust their home to just any remodeler. Lakeville Homes has been in the remodeling business for more than 30 years, relying on the trust and word-of-mouth that comes from satisfied customers of kitchen remodels and second-floor additions. Bellevue

Courtesy Urban Restoration

Courtesy Urban Restoration

Urban Restoration
Whether you want to add a new deck, build an addition, or make improvements for aging in place or earthquake retrofitting, this Seattle-based builder has a team of experienced contractors that will finish the job on time and on budget. Lake Forest Park

Garden Shop + Nursery
Molbak’s Garden + Home
Molbak’s Garden + Home has all the typical wares you’d find at a nursery and garden store, and it keeps up with the latest trends in houseplant decor, like spiky succulents and lush tropicals. Additionally, guests can enjoy soups, salads, and sandwiches made with farm-fresh fare in the Garden Café, or they can participate in one of Molbak’s many classes, seminars, or even the garden-themed book club. Woodinville

Demetriou Architects
For almost 40 years, Demetriou Architects has taken a holistic approach to projects big and small, residential or commercial. Whether it is a sprawling waterfront estate, a hotel and marina, a winery and vineyard, or a small cottage in the woods, Demetriou does it all with style. Kirkland

Jesse L Young Photography

Jesse L Young Photography

Interior Designer
Genay Bell Interior Design
Genay Bell’s childhood was spent designing homes for her Barbie dolls instead of playing with the dolls themselves, and in college she painted her kitchen cabinets bright yellow. Today, Bell uses that same sunny personality, passion, and creativity to design stylish environments for her clients across the region. Snohomish

Evans Creek
The founding principle of Evans Creek is “making the world a better place, one garden at a time.” With services to improve pathways, patios, walls, lighting, decks, water features, and more, we can see how a tranquil garden courtesy of Evans Creek could do just that. Sammamish

Appliance Store
Albert Lee
Whether you are building your dream kitchen or making over your laundry room, there’s no better place than Albert Lee Appliances. With five area showrooms and big-name brands like Samsung and GE, this family-owned superstore is Washington State’s largest independent appliance dealer. Various locations

Kitchen and Bath Designer
Wendy Albee
Wendy Albee, founder of Albee Interior Design, uses her background in fine art to thoughtfully design spaces for the way Eastsiders live and work. Not only has Albee left her mark on homes across the region, but she also works on commercial projects ranging from clubhouses, to restaurants, to executive offices. Bothell

Photo by Rachel Coward

Photo by Rachel Coward

Furniture Store
The newly opened IKEA Renton has taken everything we loved about the previous location and improved it. Not only does the new two-story structure have a better layout and flow, more room in the dining area, and a cooler kids’ area, but the store’s display models artfully illustrate the perfect furniture layout for any type of home. Renton

Hardware Store
McLendon Hardware
With seven locations in Washington, including two on the Eastside, McLendon Hardware has all the gear you need to finally tackle that “honey do” list, including, but not limited to, the kitchen sink. Various locations


Public High School
Eastlake High School
As Eastlake Wolves (insert howling here), packs of students learn curiosity, creativity, integrity, teamwork, and so much more in a diverse, supportive, educational environment. Sammamish

Public Middle School
Chinook Middle School
At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, a new and improved Chinook Middle School opened its doors with new athletic facilities, covered walkways for rainy Northwest days, and greater access to technology, and since then, the school has been thriving. Bellevue

Courtesy Kiddie Academy

Courtesy Kiddie Academy

Day Care
Kiddie Academy
With eight locations across the Puget Sound, five on the Eastside, Kiddie Academy has been caring for children 6 weeks to 12 years for more than 35 years. The secret to success? Kiddie Academy requires staff to participate in ongoing professional development to ensure they are sharp and ready to meet the educational needs of their students. Various locations

Photo by Erica Loya

Photo by Erica Loya

Paula Satterberg
A first-grade teacher at Eastside Christian School, Paula Satterberg has been teaching for more than 30 years, educating students from preschool through sixth grade. Satterberg became involved in Christian education more than 18 years ago, holding roles in both teaching and administration at local schools. Satterberg said her favorite part of educating youth is watching them learn and grow. “Their excitement when they discover a new concept brings joy to my heart,” she said.

Public Elementary School
Puesta del Sol Elementary School
Part of the Bellevue School District, Puesta del Sol (or Sunset) is one of three schools in the district to offer a Spanish Immersion Program, which allows native English-speaking students to be taught by Spanish-speaking teachers. Bellevue

Courtesy Montessori Children’s House

Courtesy Montessori Children’s House

Montessori Children’s House
Founded in 1987, this Montessori school is the only American Montessori Society-accredited school in Redmond. The five-acre campus includes classrooms to support children from 6 weeks to sixth grade; a nature trail and habitat; and several barnyard animals, tended to by the students. Redmond

Private Elementary School + Private Middle School
Eastside Christian School
With smaller class sizes than its public counterparts and a commitment to offering a quality Christian education, Eastside Christian offers students an education that will enrich their lives for years to come. Bellevue

Private High School
Bellevue Christian School
Since its founding in a church basement in 1950, Bellevue Christian School has been a pillar for Christ-centered education in our community, expanding to three campuses across the Eastside. Various locations

Birthday Party Place
KidsQuest Children’s Museum
The new location of KidsQuest Children’s Museum in downtown Bellevue has more classrooms, more space, and more colorful, interactive exhibits than ever before. Partygoers can climb on the 2.5-story climbing structure, splash in the water area, explore nature in the Sticks and Stones outdoor gallery, and tend to farm animals in the barn. Bellevue


Dog Day Care
Dana Wilson, Walk Your Dog
You wouldn’t trust your child to just anyone and you would want the best baby sitter in town, so why settle for any less with your fur babies? Dana Wilson of Walk Your Dog has been named best pet sitter year after year for her walking, sitting, playing, and overnight care of countless Eastside four-legged friends. Redmond

Best Friends Grooming Salon
This salon is aptly named because owner Alexa Suvak’s 30-year background in dog and cat grooming lends itself to an absolute love for her furry customers, and she enjoys making them look the best they possibly can. Bellevue

Dr. Judy Hung, Eastside Veterinary Associates
This University of Pennsylvania grad isn’t just a veterinarian; she’s the animal-loving medical director and owner at Eastside Veterinary Associates and a mom of two human children as well as an orange tabby, a chinchilla, and a brood of chickens. No wonder Eastsiders continue to trust the care of their furry family members to Dr. Hung. Kirkland

Photo courtesy ©2009 Ron Henry, creative commons

Photo courtesy ©2009 Ron Henry, creative commons

Place To Walk Your Dog
Marymoor Park, Off-Leash Dog Park
Featuring a sprawling 40-acre off-leash dog area, pond, and serene pet garden, Marymoor Park’s dog park is basically doggie heaven on Earth. Let your pup run, fetch, and find friends. Redmond


Salish Lodge & Spa
Perched above the Snoqualmie Falls, Salish Lodge & Spa is the perfect close-to-home getaway for Eastsiders. All 84 rooms have oversized jetted tubs and fireplaces, and many feature views of the Snoqualmie River. The Country Breakfast, which has been severed at the lodge for more than 100 years, is a four-course meal that includes honey from the lodge’s resident honeybees. Snoqualmie

Bed & Breakfast
Domaine Madeleine
There’s a lot to love about Domaine Madeleine Bed & Breakfast, but you can’t beat the view. The property overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca. On a clear day, you can see Victoria, B.C.; the San Juan Islands; Mount Baker; and the Dungeness Spit. The B&B neighbors the Olympic National Park. Explore the forest and the coastline, then come back and bundle up. Port Angeles

Marymoor Park
Marymoor Park fulfills a lot of community needs. It can be a peaceful place to walk and clear your mind. In the summertime, it transforms into a rocking concert venue. It even has a 40-acre off-leash dog park where pups can let loose. Redmond

Golf Course
Newcastle Golf Club
Golfing with the Olympic Mountains and downtown Seattle as a backdrop is why people come to Newcastle Golf Club. That, and the perfectly groomed grassy courses designed to challenge players. If golfing isn’t your forte, grabbing a cocktail in the lounge is a nice way to end the day. Newcastle

Photo courtesy “Mt. Si” © sean munsen, creative commons

Photo courtesy “Mt. Si” © sean munsen, creative commons

Mount Si
Huffing it up to Mount Si remains a fan favorite, with the jagged bluffs and phenomenal views of Mount Rainier. It’s a pretty hike peppered with old-growth trees to admire. North Bend

Kid-Friendly Destination
Great Wolf Lodge
An 84-degree indoor water park equipped with rides and waterslides is enough to keep kids busy. The staff at Great Wolf Lodge knows that the best family vacations are when the kids are happy. Outside of the massive indoor pool, Great Wolf Lodge has games and activities. Grand Mound

Alaska Air
Alaska Air serves about 32 million people a year. Its pilots fly passengers to more than 110 destinations, including Costa Rica, Mexico, and Canada. Been dreaming of visiting Havana? Alaska Airlines will take you there, too! Seattle

Cruise Line
Holland America
You can travel the world on Holland America cruises. From Alaska to Asia, Australia to the Northwest, this cruise line sails to destinations across the globe. Travel in style with fine dining and loads of entertainment onboard. Seattle

Photo courtesy ©2007 Andy Simonds, creative commons

Photo courtesy ©2007 Andy Simonds, creative commons

Northwest Travel Destination
Lake Chelan
Plunging into the chilly crystal-blue waters of Lake Chelan on a hot summer day is practically a Northwest rite of passage. The winter season with cabins covered under snow is a completely different experience, but just as magical. A four-hour drive from the Eastside, Lake Chelan is the third-deepest lake in the United States, and the perfect place to relax. Chelan

Wedding Venue
Woodmark Hotel
The Woodmark Hotel has a variety of event spaces, and all have one thing in common — stunning views of Lake Washington. A picturesque Northwest wedding is what the Woodmark does best, according to 425 readers. Ceremonies and receptions can start outside along the lake, and finish with dancing in the ballroom, or whatever else the couple desires. Kirkland