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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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:


*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.


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.”


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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Welcome to Edmonds!

Treasured for its small-town feel and its gorgeous waterfront views, Edmonds is top choice for locals whether they’re deciding where to live or simply where to spend a Saturday! Brimming with beautiful beaches, fantastic independently owned businesses, a thriving arts scene, excellent schools and much more, this charming city offers beautiful outdoor amenities alongside city conveniences.

In Edmonds, the community loves coming together for events throughout the year, whether it’s the Fourth of July Parade or the Edmonds Arts Festival. There’s something for everyone, and kids and adults alike will find plenty to do. Playing on the beach, browsing shops in the downtown area, taking the ferry for a scenic ride, exploring the natural wildlife, and grabbing happy hour at a cute cafe are just a few of the many things to do in this beautiful Pacific Northwest city!

For those interested in finding a home in Edmonds, you can expect a wide range of real estate to choose from. Water views are highly desired, and you can find everything from 1-bedroom condos to large luxury waterfront homes. Discover fabulous mid-century gems and vintage charmers alongside more contemporary residences and new construction!

Getting Out & About

“Part of the charm of Edmonds is the many family-owned and operated shops, like Comstock Jewelers. From father to son, and now to grandson, the secret ingredient to their loyal following is their excellent care, customer service and great value. The Wooden Spoon is another long time family-run shop, with everything under the sun for your kitchen! Housewares and the Papery are also great shops.”Barbara C.

“I’ve grown up WITH Edmonds. I love how some things have not changed (the small-town feel) and how some things have gotten better with time (shops and restaurants). I love that I can still walk past my first grade classroom at my elementary school during the Art’s Festival! I love how people are still courteous, smile, and wave when you stop to let them cross the street.” – Barbara C.

“We have found Edmonds—and particularly the Bowl—is a great environment in which to create family memories. We have popcorn Fridays where we walk the neighborhoods with home-popped popcorn, walk to the farmers market downtown for produce and fresh donuts, walk on the ferry for lunch or a summer concert in Kingston, go squidding on the pier, or head to Yost Park or Klahaya (both have outdoor pools in the summer). And Harbor Square is one of the best athletic clubs in the state (according to my PT client).” – Casey B

“If we have our preschooler in tow, one of our favorite restaurants is Anthony’s Beach Cafe, where during warmer months children can play for hours on end in the sandpit facing the marina, adjacent to the outdoor dining patio, while parents enjoy uninterrupted conversation. On wet or cooler days, Demetris Woodstone Taverna is a hit for their kiddie play area (tucked away in the corner) and diverse menu offerings. And last but not least, Kafe Neo on Hwy 99 offers the best local Greek food for takeout or sit-down.” – Claudette M

“So many great resturants, breweries and pubs, even a wine bar. Love to take a walk at sunset to watch the sky and mountains change color… and stop for a frozen yogurt at Revelations on my way home.” – Melody B

“Seasonally, there is something for everyone! From the Fourth of July Parade and the Beat Brackett 5K run to the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. [You can enjoy the] Saturday Market and walking the beaches, too.” – Barbara C

“Our favorite place to shop is PCC. We paid a one-time co-op fee, and use the 10% off member coupon to do our monthly grocery shopping. The staff are always friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, and we appreciate that PCC has high-quality food standards and supports local & sustainable agriculture.” – Claudette M

Commuting from Edmonds

“Downtown Edmonds is very walkable! With all of the shops, restaurants, parks and beaches, there’s plenty of places to go and things to see. If riding is more your style, check out Edmonds Segway for a different type of tour. When in Edmonds, take a ferry!” – Melody B

“It’s a great city to walk or bike around! There are also ample bus routes.” – Ginna D

“Drive to town, then park and walk! Everything is conveniently centered around the fountain!” –  Barbara C

 Homes in Edmonds

“[People can expect to find] a wide variety [of homes in Edmonds]! Most neighborhoods have a mix ranging from mid-century, traditional to contemporary and a few vintage charmers are tucked in. Water views are highly desired and can be readily found in the Bowl and along the coast. Condos are plentiful as well.” –  Barbara C

“Edmonds has it all, from small 1-bedroom condos to beautiful waterfront homes. Many people who target Edmonds in a home search are looking for a view home, and we have plenty of those.” -Melody B

“[In Edmonds you can find] lots of 1-story homes with basements west of 99, ramblers, and new construction mixed in. [There are a] few “sub division” like developments. Walkable streets. Sidewalks. Lots of condos, particularly in the Bowl, and of course your 7-figure stuff as appropriate.” – Casey B

“[Edmonds offers lots of] view homes, mid century, some classic and new construction, and homes with basements built in the slope and lots of condos.” – Lena M

Posted on August 8, 2017 at 11:43 am
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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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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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Tips For Exploring Edmonds’ Scenic Waterfront & Beautiful Parks

Located right along the Puget Sound, Edmonds features a long list of scenic opportunities for exploring the outdoors! From picturesque parks to its iconic waterfront, there’s a variety of activities to choose from, whether you’re just looking for a day at the playground or wanting to spend a sunny day by the sea.

When the sun comes out and you’re ready to head outside for some fresh air, make sure you have this list of tips for exploring Edmonds on hand:

Brackett's LandingBrackett’s Landing South & Brackett’s Landing North

  • Backett’s Landing North: 50 Railroad Ave N
  • Backett’s Landing South: 100 Railroad Ave S

Located on either side of the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry Dock, Brackett’s Landing South and Brackett’s Landing North are both popular destinations! These locals have some excellent tips on how to make the most of this beautiful setting:

“We love to play in the saltwater and build sandcastles with our preschooler on the sandy beach at Brackett’s Landing. Watching the coming and going of the ferries and trains nearby adds to his delight. On an especially warm day, we’ll head home via Canarino Gelato for cones. Beach and gelato—what more could a kid, or one at heart, ask for?!” – Claudette M

“My kids and I love to collect sea glass along Brackett’s Landing and then have dinner at Anthony’s Beachfront Cafe and watch the ferries come and go.” – Andrea W

“Walking the beaches is a favorite thing to do—especially on those rare, sunny days. When the sun is out, it is a blessing to live so close to the coast with all its beauty. Storm watching from Sunset Ave is a great way to take a break and refresh!” – Barbara C

“The annual polar plunge on New Year’s Day that takes place at Brackett’s Landing is a super fun community event. [You can also] stroll along the waterfront where you can pop into the Beach Cafe for a bit and watch the boats go in and out of the Marina.” – Lena M

Brackett's Landing

Brackett's Landing

Edmonds Underwater Park

Part of Brackett’s Landing North include the Edmonds Underwater Park, an incredible expanse of 27 acres of tide and bottom lands. There are features and trails developed especially for divers, and about 25,000 scuba divers visit and take advantage of this park each year!

Marina Beach Park (Including Off-Leash Area Edmonds)

Located at 470 Admiral Way Edmonds, WA

Marina Beach Park is brimming with things to do and see! Stunning views of the water and mountains set the gorgeous scene, and there’s a playground, picnic tables, a loop trail, open turf area, volleyball net, restroom, a car top boating launch, and even a special off-leash dog area at the south end of the park! “There is a great off-leash dog park just beyond the Marina that is a great place to let your four-legged friends run and play,” shares Lena M.

Heading to this park with your pup? Casey B has an extra tip for you: “For dog owners, the Harbor Square complex down on the waterfront also houses Blue Collar Dog House, a dog sitting business that also offers grooming and training. It’s a nice complement to the off-leash dog park at Edmonds’ Marina Beach.”


Edmonds City Park

Located at 600 3rd Ave S, Edmonds, WA 98020

Offering about 10 acres of park-like space, this Edmonds gem is brimming with top-notch outdoor amenities! A spray park, playground, ballfield, gazebo, fire pits, trails, picnic tables, and more await. Plus, leashed dogs are allowed in the southeast wooded area of Edmonds City Park.


Meadowdale Beach Park

Located at 6026 156th St SW, Edmonds, WA 98026

Spanning a generous 108 acres, Meadowdale Beach Park is home to an old forest, a scenic stream that leads to the Puget Sound, and lovely beaches. This park is a popular spot to observe wildlife from, whether you’re enjoying the forest or spending time down by the water. Plan your trip here!


Hickman Park

Located at 23700 104th Ave W Edmonds, WA

This expansive park is ready for playtime! Beautifully maintained and a joy to spend time in, this park features a trail that winds through a wooded area, a picnic shelter, basketball court, restroom, playground, baseball field, and more. Plus, leashed dogs are allowed on the paths at Hickman Park.


Pine Street Playfield

Located at 6th and Pine Street Edmonds, WA

“Pine Street Playfield is simple but does have a little league ball field,” shares Casey B. This smaller park is perfect for a sunny picnic and a day spent playing on the playground! Pine Street Playfield’s residential setting makes it a lovely spot to head to with little ones.


Lyndale Park

Located at 18927 72nd Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036

While this park is technically in next door Lynnwood, it’s too good not to mention! Boasting over 30 acres of beautiful outdoor space, this park includes a native forest, several sport fields and courts (including baseball fields, a soccer field, 4 tennis courts, basketball courts), play equipment, a skate park, walking trails, an amphitheater, an off-leash dog area, and more! Plan your trip here!

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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