Your Guide to Enjoying the Lake Washington Waterfront in Kenmore

Here is your guide to enjoying the Lake Washington waterfront in Kenmore (as recommended by our locals):

Saint Edward State Park

  • Located at 14445 Juanita Dr. N.E. Kenmore, WA 98028

When it comes to enjoying the waterfront in Kenmore, Saint Edward State Park (“set on the eastern shore of Lake Washington,” according to Claudette M cannot be beat. “This is the highlight of Kenmore in terms of getting out into the woods and feeling like you’re miles from home, but you’re not,” shares Jen B. “Miles of hiking and wooded biking trails are found at this stunning state park. There’s a pretty hike from the top of the hill all the way down to Lake Washington (don’t forget good shoes since it’s a little steep). A huge playground next to the old seminary is a highlight for families.” Claudette seconds Jen’s recommendation, adding that “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…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.” For a breath of fresh air the whole family will love, check out Saint Edward State Park today.

Log Boom Park

  • Located at 17415 61st Ave. N.E. Kenmore, WA 98028

Whether you’re looking to cool off or explore the local waters, you can do that and so much more at Log Boom Park. “Log Boom Park, just off the north end of the Lake and right next to Burke Gilman Trail is an awesome place to take a dip in the lake off of a huge elevated dock,” says Jen. “Lots of places to launch kayaks or stand up paddleboards. Great views of Mount Rainier can be found here and fireworks on the Fourth of July. Also, it’s a great spot to watch Kenmore Air departures and arrivals.” For a day filled with fun and relaxation, Log Boom Park has you covered.

Kenmore Boat Launch

  • Located at 17150 68th Ave. N.E. Kenmore, WA 98028

For those looking to get out on the water, the Kenmore Boat Launch is a secret gem. “The Kenmore boat launch is a hidden access point to Lake Washington,” says Casey B. “While it lacks a dock, it’s one of the few public boat launches in the northern half of Lake Washington. Its 2 boat launches and about 30 parking spaces are popular in the summer.”

“Launch the boat in Lake Washington,” says Jen. “[This] is the only public boat launch at the north end of Lake Washington. Parking can be very tight, so best to get there early on sunny summer days. Also a good spot to launch the paddle board or kayak and head east towards downtown Bothell on the slough. Lots of bird watching and very calm waters along the slough.” So, if you’re quick enough when those sunny summer days roll around, you can take advantage of all that Lake Washington has to offer at the Kenmore Boat Launch.

Sammamish River

Finally, if you’re still looking for ways to enjoy Lake Washington’s waterfront, rent a kayak and take it along the slow-moving Sammamish River. “Sammamish River [offers] kayaking rentals, located at the mouth leading to the north end of Lake Washington,” says Michele K. Perfect for both beginners and more experienced kayakers, this river is one of the best ways to take in all of the beauty that makes the Lake Washington area such a popular warm-weather destination.

Posted on December 17, 2017 at 2:18 pm
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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
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Welcome to Kenmore! 

Nestled along the northern shores of Lake Washington, Kenmore is a small city that people love in part for its central location in the region. Whether you need to head toward Seattle or Bellevue for work, both are just to the south of Kenmore, and the many commuting options in the city (including seaplanes!) ensure you have a variety of choice to suit your own personal style.

Kenmore is home to a myriad of things to do, whether you need to enjoy some indoor activities with the family in the winter time, or want to get outside for some adventures in the sunshine when summer rolls around. Downtown Kenmore is brimming with up-and-coming amenities and attractions, and new developments (like the Lakepointe Development) offer even more opportunity for dining, shopping, housing, and more.


Getting Out & About

“St. Edward State Park is the highlight of Kenmore in terms of getting out into the woods and feeling like you’re miles from home, but you’re not. Miles of hiking and wooded biking trails are found at this stunning state park. There’s a pretty hike from the top of the hill all the way down to Lake Washington—don’t forget good shoes since it’s a little steep. [There’s also] a huge playground next to the old seminary is a highlight for families.” –Jen B

“Although we don’t get there often enough, my family and I love to explore the low forest hiking trails in St. Edward State Park, set on the Eastern shore of Lake Washington. 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.” –Claudette M

“192 Brewing Co. and Cairn Brewing are right along the Burke Gilman Trail and family friendly. [There are] very cool outdoor spaces at 192 Brewing and Cairn Brewing have a very ‘Fremont’ vibe without having to head into Seattle!” –Jen B

“I’m also a big fan of 192 Brewing! Take a bike ride on the Burke Gilman and stop in on Sunday afternoons for live music in the outdoor beer garden!” –Brian H


Commuting From Kenmore 

“522 is the main drag in Kenmore and it connects commuters to [the] Eastside and Seattle. Bus stops are plentiful here! Also, the Burke Gilman trail runs between 522 and Lake Washington. Makes a VERY scenic route to work for cyclists who have a final destination in Redmond or Seattle (and places in between). [Also there are] seaplanes! Kenmore Air is a great options for chartering or taking scheduled flights to the San Juans, Canada, and beyond!” –Jen B


Homes in Kenmore

“New construction abounds in Kenmore. It’s Northshore School District, so get ready for a little sticker shock!” –Jen B

“[There are] many homes located on the river or up on the hill with lovely lake and sunset views. [There is also a] private golf community [called] Inglewood Country Club.” –Michele K

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 10:02 am
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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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4 Tips for Meeting Your Neighbors & Connecting with the Community in Lake Forest Park

If you’re new to Lake Forest Park or are just looking to try something new, Lake Forest Park offers some wonderful ways to connect with others in the community. From the bustling Commons to private clubs, an opportunity waits around every corner!

Here are 4 tips for meeting your neighbors and connecting with the community in Lake Forest Park:


Third Place Commons

  • Located at 17171 Bothell Way N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
  • Hours: 7:00am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday; 7:00am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday; 7:00am-8:00pm Sunday

If you want to get involved but don’t know where to begin, check out the Third Place Commons. “Third Place Commons…[is] where you can study, eat, read, play (there’s a small play area for toddlers), or just watch people come and go,” shares Claudette M. “[It’s] a truly wonderful community gathering space!”

Every Sunday (Mother’s Day-mid-October) from 10:00am-3:00pm, they host their Farmers Market, with local vendors selling some of the best food, flowers, and plants around. It’s the perfect way to get acquainted with the talent that makes this city thrive.

If you’re looking for more involvement, the LFP Garden Club meets in the Commons on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from September-May. With knowledgeable speakers from all walks of gardening life, this club is a great way to snag some tips while meeting your friends and neighbors.


Lake Forest Park Civic Club

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

Providing a family-friendly environment for members and guests, the Lake Forest Park Civic Club is a private waterfront oasis where you can enjoy scenic views and connect with the community as you wish. “The Civic Club is well known with plenty of urrounding homes being deeded in,” says Casey B. If you want to experience this club for yourself, submit your membership application today.


Sheridan Beach Community Club

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

For a little bit of everything, check out the Sheridan Beach Community Club. “ [The] lesser known…Sheridan Beach Club…provides excellent amenities, shore access, a pool and most importantly, a heightened sense of community,” Casey shares. With swimming lessons, a swim team, and so much more, “if you’re looking for it all in LFP, the Beach Club is where you should start.”


Recreation Partnership with the City of Shoreline

Offering extensive recreation options, the partnership between Lake Forest Park and the city of Shoreline gives Lake Forest Park residents discounted access to all-ages classes, workshops, camps, memberships, and enrichment programs. LFP residents receive an 8% discount on program fees and early registration before other non-Shoreline residents. You can get the whole family involved!

Other partnerships: Other partnerships with Lake Forest Park include: Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, the Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center, and Hang Time.

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 12:53 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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The 5 Best Things About Living in South Everett

What’s so great about living in South Everett? There are several reasons why people choose to call South Everett “home,” and we asked locals what they love about the area so much. Here’s what they shared:


1. Quick access to Boeing and Paine Field.

As local Heather P points out, South Everett’s easy access to Boeing is definitely a perk of living in the area! This location will only become more desirable when Alaska Airlines starts running commercial flights from Paine Field in fall of 2018. For those in the area who have to head to SeaTac often, this will be a *huge* timesaver.

2. Several great transit options.

In addition to upcoming commercial flights, South Everett already has several excellent transportation options whether or not you have a car. With access to several freeways (including Interstate-5), local and regional bus routes, the Sounder Train (find stations in nearby Mukilteo and of course in Everett), and the light rail expansion, getting around the area just keeps getting easier. Having options like the train and light trail (in the future!) make it so you don’t even have to deal with car traffic, a definite bonus as our highways become more and more congested. (Be sure to take advantage of these South Everett commuting tips!)

3. Nice neighborhoods with affordability.

According to local Brian H, South Everett is a top choice for many people due to its “nice neighborhoods and affordability.” As Zillow reports, the median home price in Everett is $337,700 (August 2017). With prices steadily increasing, it’s significantly more affordable than nearby cities like Seattle (with a median home price of $690,200 for August 2017).

4. Unique outdoor opportunities.

Many people don’t know all that South Everett has to offer, and this includes some unique outdoor activities! Local Jen B especially loves McCollum Pioneer Park: “McCollum Park is a fabulous Park and Ride but there are other unique amenities including an outdoor seasonal pool, BMX park, and walking trails linking to Mill Creek Town Center. For even more tips on what to do outdoors, don’t miss our Outdoor Lover’s Guide to South Everett!

5.  There’s tons of great shopping!

…And we really mean *tons*. Costco and T.J. Maxx are Heather P’s favorite places to stop by, but no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll probably be able to find it in South Everett. The Everett Mall is packed with shopping, dining, services, and entertaining, and here you’ll find Regal Cinemas, LA Fitness, Bed Bath & Beyond, PetSmart, Best Buy, Sears, and so much more. Nearby you’ll also find Walmart, Target, WinCo, not to mention several sit-down restaurants and fast food options!

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm
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Your Guide to Making the Most of a Day at Silver Lake in South Everett

Make your day at Silver Lake memorable with our go-to guide. From parks, to picnics, to dining, we have your scoop on not-to-miss spots.

Here’s our guide to making the most of a day at Silver Lake in South Everett:


PARKS

For a getaway by the lake, check out Hauge Homestead Park. A picnic pavilion, waterfront access for fishing, and a soon-to-be new playground make it a great place to unwind. Another urban oasis is the popular Thornton A. Sullivan Park. “Th[is] park at Silver Lake is the perfect home base for an afternoon of fun at the lake,” says Jen B. “Plenty of shade, playground equipment, and covered pavilions. This non-motorized lake is perfect for kayaking and paddle boarding!”

Janet B agrees, saying “I love Silver Lake Park. Excellent facilities for big or small events at Fort Patterson and great big huge place for kids to play. Paddle boarding kayak and tubing!” A final spot that’s worth checking out is Green Lantern Park. From spots to catch bass to a tot lot for the youngsters, this park has something for everyone.


PICNIC GRUB

Across the street from Green Lantern Park is a shopping center with local eateries perfect for grabbing picnic food. For a seafood lunch, Sushi Ring serves up nigiri, hand rolls, and other sushi that will satisfy your craving. If you have a sweet tooth, the L’Artisan French Bakery has tarts, eclairs, and cakes that transport you to Paris. Fans of Chinese cuisine need to check out the homemade selections at China Dumpling & Noodle House. With a line that’s often wrapped around the building, it’s a local favorite. Another top spot is Viet Thai Cuisine Noodle Bar. Quality pho and curry dishes make it a go-to for adding some kick to your picnic. Finally, on chillier days, stop by the Safeway Starbucks and pick up a coffee before walking along the lake. You’ll love it!


LAKESIDE DINING

When night falls, enjoy it at Emory’s on Silver Lake. “Emory’s…is my favorite place for great happy hour with a beautiful, sunny patio in South Everett,” says Jen. “They also have live music in the bar, so check their website for details. They also have a banquet room in case you need to host an event! The main restaurant is lined with windows to take advantage of the western facing lake views.” It’s the perfect end to a day at Silver Lake!


 

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 12:01 pm
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The Outdoor Lover’s Guide to South Everett

The great outdoors are calling! Gorgeous parks, opportunities for golfing, and farms are all in the mix—adventures await!

Here’s a look at the outdoor lover’s guide to South Everett:


GOLF

For local golfers looking to practice their skills, no place is better than Jen B and Brian H’s pick. “Columbia Super Range is the best spot to work on your golf game,” says Jen. “Located just east of I-5 on 128th, it’s easy to stop and hit a bucket of balls on your way home! Open til 10pm in the summer!” Or, if you just want a relaxing space to play a couple rounds, the Walter E. Hall Golf Course offers a tranquil forest setting and stunning views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. No matter which course you pick, you will be treated to a top-notch experience that will make you want to return again and again.


PARKS

There’s certainly no shortage of great local parks to enjoy while out and about in the South Everett area. For example, Jen shares that “McCollum [Pioneer] Park is a fabulous Park and Ride but there are other unique amenities including an outdoor seasonal pool, BMX park, and walking trails linking to Mill Creek Town Center.” Sports fans can also head over to Kasch Park and catch a game of softball, Little League, soccer, or lacrosse.

Searching for something extra adventurous? Jen also recommends High Trek Adventures at the Paine Field Community Park. Rope obstacle courses and ziplining offers something new and exciting to try out, and with over 60 challenges to try, you can keep coming back to try something new! (It’s also a great place for corporate events or parties!)

Finally, those with four-legged friends can bring them down to Loganberry Lane Park to enjoy the wooded trails off-leash. There really is something for everyone at these parks!


FARMS

According to Jen B, “In the fall, South Everett residents head down the hill to the Snohomish River Valley where pumpkin patches, hay mazes, and harvest fun can be had!” One farm in particular to take advantage of all of this fun at is the nearby Farm at Swan’s Trail. A 50-acre pumpkin patch, the Washington State Corn Maze, wagon rides, and much more promise a great time for the whole family. For adults and older kids, the Thomas Family Farm features unique nighttime activities like zombie paintball, a haunted house, and a flashlight corn maze. It’s only the best way to spend this spooky time of year in the South Everett area.

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 11:48 am
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11 Places to Visit to Take Advantage of Woodinville’s Beautiful Outdoor Opportunities

The Woodinville area is filled with great opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. From hiking and biking to music and hot air balloons, there really is something to match everyone’s mood.

Here is your guide to taking advantage of the outdoors in Woodinville, as recommended by locals: 

Summer Concert Series at Chateau Ste Michelle

Located at 14111 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072

When out and about this summer, live outdoor music is the perfect way to unwind after a long, stressful day. Lauren P suggests taking advantage of some of the music series at local Woodinville wineries and one spot in particular comes highly recommended: “The mega winery Chateau Ste Michelle…summer concerts on their picturesque grounds are a must-see,” shares Jen B.

Kim H agrees, adding “Summer is always a wonderful time to take in the Summer Concert series at Chateau Ste. Michelle. Grab a chair and blanket, your picnic basket or get cozy with the food trucks and enjoy sweet sounds of your favorite artist.” The full calendar of Summer 2017 concerts at Chateau Ste Michelle can be found here.

Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center

Located at 22505 WA-9 Woodinville, WA 98072

When enjoying the great outdoors in Woodinville, one doesn’t usually think to visit a water treatment plant. “[It’s] a bit of a surprise,” Becky L notes. “[But] the Education and Community Center at the Brightwater Clean-Water Treatment Facility is amazing. Not only functional, it really is so much more… Located off Highway 9 in Woodinville, the area boasts several miles of walking trails through native landscape, a very interesting educational center, and a community building that you can use for group functions or even a wedding!”

While you’re there, she suggests you “take a stroll, run, or walk your dog–feel like you’re in the country, but just steps away from the active community of Woodinville.”


Burke-Gilman Trail

For those who like to be a little more active when the nice weather hits, both Kim H and Jen B suggest the Burke-Gilman Trail. “The Burke-Gilman trail will take you through the lush slough in Woodinville and links bikers/runners/walkers all the way to Marymoor in Redmond and Seattle,” shares Jen.

“Love biking or walking the Burke-Gilman Trail,” Kim says. “…Easy access to Redmond, Marymoor Park, Lake Sammamish or into Seattle.” For some of the best views the Pacific Northwest has to offer, nothing beats this fantastic trail.   Rotary Community Park

Located at 19518 136th Ave. NE Woodinville, WA 98072

Let the kids burn off some energy with Lauren P and Kim H’s recommendation, a trip to Woodinville’s Rotary Community Park.“The Woodinville Rotary Skate/BMX Park is located near Woodinville High School and provides a fabulous place to ride your scooter, skateboard, and BMX bike,” shares Kim. “There is also a playground for kids, covered picnic area and nearby nature preserve to hike around.”

Lauren suggests “get[ting] creative on the graffiti wall,” which resides at the park and serves as a creative canvas for local artists. With a climbing rock, lookouts to Little Bear Creek, and much more, the little ones can have tons of fun while you relax and enjoy the day.

Public Arts Program

While strolling through local parks in downtown Woodinville this summer, keep your eyes peeled for some wonderful art! The Woodinville Public Arts Program involves purchasing permanent art or accepting donated pieces and showcasing the talent of local residents throughout the city. To view the most recently donated art pieces and rotating monthly displays, visit Woodinville City Hall today.

Cottage Lake Park

Located at NE Woodinville Duvall Rd. Woodinville, WA 98072

Spend your summer at the Lake this year with a trip to Cottage Lake Park (as suggested by Lauren and Kim). “Cottage Lake is a lovely 22-acre lakeside park with a kids playground, basketball courts, walking trails and picnic areas,” shares Kim. “It’s a popular spot for my family to fish, paddle board, and swim late Spring and Summer.” Also home to the annual “Music in the Park” free outdoor summer community concert series, this park is a local must.

 

Cottage Lake Garden

Located at 17301 191st Ave NE Woodinville, WA  98072

Home to a gorgeous bed and breakfast, a scenic botanical garden, plant nursery and more, this incredible 2-acre destination is a must-visit place for nature lovers! Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or just a peaceful day-trip stop, Cottage Lake Garden offers a lovely retreat to spend a day in Woodinville.


Molbak’s Garden + Home

Located at 13625 NE 175th St. Woodinville, WA 98072

If your garden is in need of some sprucing up, Molbak’s Home + Garden has you covered. “Stroll through Molbak’s,” Lauren P suggests, and take a look at their premium tools, soils, books, and even beneficial insects. No matter what your gardening needs may be, you will find everything you need to become a planting master at this one-stop shop.

Tolt Pipeline Trail

“Looking for a wonderful, well-worn trail for mountain biking, trail running, hiking and/or horseback riding?” Kim H asks. “The Tolt Water Pipeline provides 8.9 miles of trails” perfect for whatever style of recreation you may be into. Whether you’re in the mood for an intense workout session or just need a cool escape from the sun, you will find it on this unique trail.

Paradise Valley Conservation Area

Approximately 793 acres of land make up the Paradise Valley Conservation area, another ideal area for hiking, biking, and equestrian use. “The Paradise Valley Conservation area trail offers 4.7 miles of loop trails,” says Kim. “Dogs are also welcome to use this trail but encouraged to keep on leash.” So, grab your bike, your horse, or your furry friend and take advantage of this beautiful region today.

Over the Rainbow Balloon Flights

Located at 16509 140th Pl. NE Woodinville, WA 98072

“Celebrating something special?” Lauren P asks. “Consider a sunrise or sunset Hot Air Balloon ride departing from Woodinville!” Indeed, what better way to enjoy the beauty of nature than from above? “[I] highly recommend catching a sunrise or sunset hot air balloon ride over the Woodinville wine country with Hot Air Balloon Company Over the Rainbow,” shares Kim. The spectacular sights are sure to give you an experience you’ll never forget!

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 5:08 pm
Cori Whitaker | Category: Neighborhood Profiles, Woodinville | Tagged , , , , , ,