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
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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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Mukilteo

Welcome to Mukilteo! 

Known for its supportive, strong community and gorgeous waterfront location, Mukilteo is a destination for work, play, and fun! Brimming with excellent city amenities to take advantage of and several top-notch opportunities for outdoor adventure, Muktileo is ready to be explored. Whether you’re looking for a scenic, relaxing day at the beach, a day of shopping, or hoping to head out for a day of mountain biking, you can find it all in this city by the sea.

Mukilteo is also known for its aviation-focused museums, jobs, and events. Home to some excellent aviation museums, a Boeing manufacturing plant, tens of thousands of jobs in the aviation industry and more, Mukilteo is the ideal place to visit or live in whether you’re trying to inspire an interest in aviation, an aviation enthusiasts, or someone with a career in aviation. Mukilteo draws some of the world’s and regional high tech, aeronautic, medical, and innovative industry. That brings a cornucopia of brilliant minds to this community.

When it comes to real estate in Mukilteo, there’s something for everyone. Home to a diverse range of real estate, you can find everything from smaller starter homes to elaborate residences with impressive views of the Puget Sound.


Getting Out & About

“Who wouldn’t want to be from the MUK! The sticker says it all. Mukilteo is a quaint community that not many people know about and even fewer who know how to pronounce the name. I happen to think one of the best beaches in Snohomish county is right in the MUK. 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.” – Jenny E

“Love love love Big Gulch trail. One minute you’re in the middle of civilization and the next you’re far far away in a place that could be hundreds of miles away.  Just a small sign marks the trail head across from the fire department. I’ve spent many hours breathing, thinking, singing on that trail!!” –Janet B

There is also the garden club, historical society, orchestra and the landmark graveyard. Headstones tell the story of our founder’s lives and untimely deaths including the young from influenza and those that built and called Mukilteo “good camping spot” their permanent home.


Commuting from Mukilteo

Train, ferry, plane, bus, bike, what did I miss… oh, yes cars too. Located at the tip of I-5 & I-405 and also easily accessible to 99, commuters have a variety of routes to choose from to get just about anywhere. Mukilteo offers a myriad of options for commuting, including the ferry that runs between Mukilteo and Clinton on Whidbey Island. You can view the ferry schedule here!

The Sounder Commuter train stops in Mukilteo daily on its way to and from Seattle to Everett. Click here to view the Sounder Train morning and evening schedules for the Seattle to Everett commute.


Homes in Mukilteo

 “Mukilteo offers a very wide range of homes. From the most expensive and elaborate that enjoy unique spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains, Islands, and Puget Sound waters with its ever changing nautical and aquatic traffic. Mukilteo also offers many affordable carefree communities of well maintained condominiums. In between the most elaborate homes and lovely condos there is a choice of every price range and neighborhood in between. In other words there is a place for everyone on Mukilteo.” -Greg B

Posted on July 5, 2017 at 8:43 am
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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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