4 Fun Family-Friendly Weekend Activities in Kenmore

Here’s a look at 4 fun family-friendly weekend activities in Kenmore, as recommended by our locals:

SAINT EDWARD STATE PARK

When it comes to family-friendly fun in Kenmore, one of the first things that comes to mind for both Jen B and Claudette M is the fabulous Saint Edward State Park.

“Although we don’t get there often enough, my family and I love to explore the low forest hiking trails in Saint Edward State Park, set on the eastern shore of Lake Washington,” Claudette says. “Our more adventurous friends regularly go mountain biking on the many miles of trails in the park, with their 5 and 3-year-old in tow—there’s terrain for every skill level.” Jen simply says that there is “too much good stuff to share about Saint Edward [State Park],” proving that this spot is an absolute must for any outdoorsy group.

BREWING & BIKING

What better way to spend a weekend with the gang than with a bike ride and some grub? “192 Brewing Co. and Cairn Brewing are right along the Burke-Gilman Trail and family-friendly,” shares Jen. “Very cool outdoor spaces at 192 Brewing and Cairn Brewing has a very ‘Fremont’ vibe without having to head into Seattle!” Michele K adds that 192 Brewing has “great outdoor seating in the summer [and a] wood stove inside for the winter. Great food and beer. Board games, pool table, kids are welcome and so is your pooch! Right on the Burke-Gilman trail…Cairn Brewery and Nine Yards [are] great places [too] but 192 is the best.”

“I’m also a big fan of 192 Brewing,” says Brian H. “Take a bike ride on the Burke-Gilman and stop in on Sunday afternoons for live music in the outdoor beer garden!” If you’re looking to relax after a day along the trail, these are your go-to spots.

BOWLING

A popular pastime for families everywhere, Claudette suggests spending a weekend with some bowling at Kenmore Lanes. “It’s one of only a few bowling alleys still remaining in all of north King County,” she shares. With good food and cheap prices, it’s an affordable way to get everyone out of the house and having fun (with a little healthy competition thrown in!).

OUT & ABOUT TOWN (SHOPPING & RESTAURANTS)

For a simple weekend of shopping and food, don’t miss out on these top picks by Jen and Claudette. “I was introduced to Acapulco Fresh Mexican Grill by friends that lived just up the hill from this unassuming strip mall restaurant,” Claudette shares. “It is their regular go-to for take-out. The meals are fast, fresh, and authentic. Everyone raves about the salsa bar.” If you just need a quick pick-me-up, try Jen’s favorite, Espresso Works. “…Love Espresso Works for quick, independently owned drive-thru, family-friendly coffee along Bothell Way,” she says. “Daily drink specials and espresso bean on top of your cup! Love this coffee stand!”

If you’re looking for a gift, check out Ostroms Drug and Gift. “Ostroms Drug and Gift off Bothell Way has a really awesome gift shop…the perfect little gift is here,” says Jen. Whatever occasion you may need a present for, you are sure to find something fun, eclectic, and fitting. Finally, need something for a child, but don’t want to settle on something from a chain store? Then stop by Snapdoodle Toys. “Snapdoodle Toys is an independent, family-owned, specialty toy store located in the historic Schnitzelbank building along Bothell Way,” Claudette says. “We stop in for the specialty and innovative toys that one can’t find in chain stores.” Show you really care and support your community with a visit to these local spots today.

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 2:06 pm
Cori Whitaker | Category: Kenmore, Neighborhood Profiles | Tagged , , , , , ,

Lake Forest Park: A Guide to the Best Parks & Outdoor Activities

If you’re an outdoor lover, you’re bound to love the opportunities that await in Lake Forest Park! Located right along Lake Washington, “the hilly topography …translates into many homes enjoying [views of the] Cascade Mountains, or verdant territorial views, and some with Lake Washington views, too,” shares Claudette M. From catching these stunning views to enjoying some local amenities, you’re sure to find something to suit your every mood, whether you want to go out for a day of adventure or simply relax with a pretty view.

Here is our guide to the best parks & outdoor activities in Lake Forest Park:


PARKS ALONG LAKE WASHINGTON

*NOTE: All parks are open from dawn-dusk daily.*

Grace Cole Nature Park

  • Located at 30th Ave. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

For a peek at the wildlife that makes up Lake Forest Park, check out the Grace Cole Nature Park. A wetland teeming with native plants, birds, and amphibians, it is a crucial habitat and a valuable resource for nature lovers.


Pfingst Animal Acres Park

  • Located at 17435 Brookside Blvd. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Another great spot to catch nature in action is at the Pfingst Animal Acres Park. If you stop by the edge of the park, you’ll have a perfect view of the salmon as they swim through McAleer Creek. With unique amenities like a metal dogwood flower drinking fountain, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

 


Horizon View Park

  • Located at 19845-20099 47th Ave. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Affectionately nicknamed “Choo-Choo Park,” Horizon View Park is your all-purpose space. Enjoy a picnic, hike through the wooded areas, or join your kid for a ride on the play train.


Lyon Creek Waterfront Preserve

  • Located at 17337 Beach Dr. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

For a moment of quiet contemplation, nothing beats looking out at the waters at the Lyon Creek Waterfront Preserve. Containing 100 feet of Lake Washington shoreline and 250 feet of Lyon Creek, it’s one of the most peaceful parks around.


Eagle Scout Park

  • Located at 3715 N.E. 180th St. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Owned by the Lake Forest Park Civic Club, Eagle Scout Park is perfect for those who are looking for a good workout. Take a break from running and stretch your muscles on their exercise bars while you let the little ones run wild on the play toy!


Blue Heron Park

  • Located at 17043 Brookside Blvd. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

A hidden gem at a busy intersection, Blue Heron Park is filled with lush native landscaping and primitive pathways lined with lovely plants. Stop by to view the salmon and look out for herons; you may see them fishing for lunch!


Whispering Willow Park

  • Located at 17038 44th Ave. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Acquired in 2011, Whispering Willow Park is in the perfect location to help restore the water quality and habitat of Lyon Creek. Located right next to Lake Forest Park’s Town Center, this park is a diamond in the rough that cannot be missed.


BEACH CLUBS

Lake Forest Park Civic Club

  • Located at 17301 Beach Dr. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA  98155

With gorgeous scenic views and events the whole family will love, the Lake Forest Civic Club is definitely worth checking out. “The Civic Club is well known with plenty of surrounding homes being deeded in,” says Casey B. If you’re interested in all the Civic Club has to offer, submit a membership application today.

Sheridan Beach Community Club

  • Located at 16500 Shore Dr. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

With a swim team, water polo, and other aquatic programs, the Sheridan Beach Club is perfect for those who love the water and want to be more involved. “[The] lesser known…Sheridan Beach Club…provides excellent amenities, shore access, a pool and most importantly, a heightened sense of community,” says Casey. “If you’re looking for it all in LFP, the Beach Club is where you should start.”


THE BEST WAYS TO GET AROUND

Burke-Gilman Trail

When it comes to commuting through Lake Forest Park to surrounding communities, the preferred method of travel may not be what you’d expect. “Lake Forest Park residents predominantly rely on car & bus for their commutes to Seattle or the Eastside,” Claudette shares. “However, with convenient access to a 2-mile stretch of the Burke-Gilman Trail that passes through the city, there is a robust population of residents that commute into Seattle by bicycle, and particularly work centers such as the University of Washington & Children’s Hospital.”

If you’re looking to cut down on gas costs, help the planet, and enjoy some great views on your way to work, grab your bike and start pedaling!

McKinnon Creek Trail

If you’re in the mood for getting around on foot, the McKinnon Creek Trail is going to be the best spot to check out. A 0.5 mile forested trail located about half a mile northwest of City Hall, it’s perfect for everything from a short jog to a slow-and-steady hike.

For more tips on how you can enjoy the outdoors in Lake Forest Park, click here.

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 12:59 pm
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11 *Stunning* Photos That Show Off Lake Forest Park’s Natural Beauty

Treasured in part for its stunning natural beauty, Lake Forest Park is nestled right along the shores of Lake Washington. Home to parks, trails, and of course the shimmering lake, gorgeous natural scenes are aplenty in this lovely community!

Below, we wanted to show off some of our favorite photos of this special neighborhood from Instagram:


1. Beautiful view of Lake Washington from Lake Forest Park:

2. Lake Forest Park is extra photogenic in the summertime!

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3. Autumn perfection at Animal Acres Park:

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4. Horizon View Park is one of this community’s many idyllic parks. Click here for our guide to outdoor activities in Lake Forest Park!

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5. Another scenic spot at Horizon View Park:

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5. One of the many water sports you can take advantage of on Lake Washington:

6. A snapshot of lakeside living in Lake Forest Park:

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7. One of the many stunning views:

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8. Heading out for a day on the water? Get your cameras ready!

9. Perfect picnic scenery:

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10. A gorgeous sunrise over Lake Washington is truly a lovely way to start the day:

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11. The mountain is out!

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Posted on November 9, 2017 at 4:08 pm
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Your Go-To Guide For A Day at the Beach in Mukilteo

Nothing quite says summer like a fun and relaxing day at the beach! Luckily, we have Mukilteo’s go-to guide for getting the most out of a day in the sand. From ferries to festivals, we’ve got you covered!

Check out what our fellow residents recommend for a day at the beach in Mukilteo:

When it comes to beaches, Jenny E suggests staying local: “I happen to think one of the best beaches in Snohomish County is right in the MUK,” she shares. “Our beach features built-in fire pits, a fantastic beach side playground, a substantial shelter perfect for parties all year round, boat launch, lighthouse, plus ice cream and fish & chips within walking distance to the beach.” She even shares a special tip: “Bonus, if you’re a resident of Mukilteo you get a free parking pass to the beach park!”

Known as Lighthouse Park, this hangout destination is a local must-see. Here, according to Anne, “kids can play in the new playgrounds, make campfire on the beach…watch people get married by the beach on the Wedding Circle,” and so much more. She suggests that you “take the Lighthouse Tour, launch your boat and go for salmon fishing or crabbing.”

If you don’t have a boat of your own, you can follow Jenny’s suggestion and “hop on the ferry at sunset. It is a quick ride to Clinton and back.” While you’re on land, check out Clinton Beach. “Clinton also has a nice little beach with toys for those with little ones who choose this inexpensive adventure to do on any given day,” Jenny shares.

Fun in the sun can work up an appetite, so Jenny and Anne recommend three spots to satisfy any taste buds. “In the summer, I like to grab some fish & chips to go from Ivar’s,” Jenny shares. Anne seconds Ivar’s and includes Arnies, another great seafood destination. She also recommends topping off the day “with delicious ice cream at Diamond Knot (they have great food and beer too).” It’s a win-win for everyone!

Lighthouse Park is not only great for a beach day, but also hosts awesome community events. For example, Anne loves “the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday afternoons not just to get fresh produce, but also run into friends and neighbors. I bring my dog Molly to socialize and see her doggie friends too.”

She also highly recommends Mukilteo’s annual Lighthouse Festival. “Of course the summer highlight is the Lighthouse Festival with lots of activities and a grand fireworks on the water.” Janet B seconds this recommendation: “Don’t forget the lighthouse festival!!! The race, the food, the community parties and fireworks!!!!” No matter how you spend your beach day in Mukilteo, you are sure to make lasting memories.

Posted on July 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm
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13 Gorgeous Instagram Photos of Lynnwood You Need to See

Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous spot to spend the day or searching for a scenic area to snap a few family photos, Lynnwood is brimming with beauty if you know where to look! Enjoy these Instagram photos taken throughout Lynnwood to see all that this dynamic city has to offer:


1 & 2. Scriber Lake Park

Both of these views of Scriber Lake Park in Lynnwood are stunning, and this 22-acre park is definitely worth checking out. It features the lake, a floating boardwalk, opportunities for observing wildlife, a 0.8-mile walking trail, and a great history. Bring your camera and start exploring! Learn more here! 


3. Lynnwood Transit Center

What a spectacular sunset captured at the Lynnwood Transit Center! Did you know that the light rail is coming to Lynnwood? This is a huge deal for people in the area who commute—learn more about the Lynnwood light rail expansion here! 


4 & 5. Lynnwood Golf Course

Golf enthusiasts in the Lynnwood area are in luck—did you know we had such a lush, gorgeous course like this right in our backyard? Learn more about the course here! 


6 & 7. Great Commuting Options

Lynnwood is a popular choice for commuters—Highway 99, Interstate-5, and 405 all run through or border Lynnwood. Plus, the Interurban Trail, the Lynnwood Transit Center, and the link rail expansion ensure there’s plenty of commuting options to take advantage of. For tips on commuting in Lynnwood, click here!


8 & 9. Meadowdale Playfields

This incredible 27-acre complex is brimming with adventure! Not only can you find softball fields and a basketball court, but there’s also a play structure, picnic facilities, a forested area and a pond to explore, restrooms, and walking trails! Learn more here.


10 & 11. Lynndale Park

When you need to retreat into nature but don’t want to drive far, the 22-acre Lynndale Park is the perfect spot to head to! In addition to several sport courts and fields, there is play equipment, a skate park, a huge forested area with nature and walking trails, an off-leash dog area, and more! Click here for more information. 


12 & 13. Sunset Over Lynnwood

We’re glad that a couple of Lynnwood photographers took a moment to capture these beautiful sunsets!


 


 

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 1:55 pm
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