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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Lake Forest Park

Welcome to Lake Forest Park!

For those who love the great outdoors without being too far from premium city amenities, Lake Forest Park  is a dream come true! Nestled along the shores of picturesque Lake Washington and north of Seattle and Bellevue, Lake Forest Park offers the opportunity to truly have it all. Whether you need to commute into the city for work or want to spend a day on the beach, it’s all wonderfully within reach.

As Jill L points out, living in Lake Forest Park is “like being in an enchanted forest.” She adds that large lots cater to gardeners, and there’s even an amazing Garden Club you can join. Claudette M shares that “Most homes are on large lots, many along streams or creeks. The many trees that are the city’s namesake provide an immense amount of privacy between neighbors.” Keep exploring our guide to Lake Forest Park to see why people love this city! 


Getting Out & About

One of the coveted perks of owning in certain Lake Forest Park neighborhoods (there are quite a few that qualify) is eligibility for membership in the Lake Forest Park Civic Club. Members play on the shores of Lake Washington, enjoying access to the private beach/swim area and boat launch.

The Civic Club is well known with plenty of surrounding homes being deeded in, but lesser known is the adjacent Sheridan Beach Club which provides excellent amenities, shore access, a pool and most importantly, a heightened sense of community. If you’re looking for it all in LFP, the Beach Club is where you should start.

Go for a run, walk or bicycle ride on the Burke-Gilman Trail, along the shore of Lake Washington.

The Lake Forest Park Farmer’s market on Sundays is awesome.


Commuting From Lake Forest Park

Lake Forest Park residents predominantly rely on car & bus for their commutes to Seattle or the Eastside. 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.


Homes in Lake Forest Park

Lake Forest Park was designed as a bedroom community for Seattle, so much of the housing consists of single family homes built between the 1950s and early 1980s. The city is very hilly, so multi-level, split-entry and one-story with basement homes that accommodate the topography are common. The hilly topography also translates into many homes enjoying Cascade Mountain or verdant territorial views, and some with Lake Washington views too.

Posted on November 2, 2017 at 3:59 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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5 Must-Visit Businesses in Downtown Woodinville

No one knows downtown Woodinville better than our very own residents. From the best places to hang out to premier pet-friendly services, we have your inside scoop!

Here is a look at 5 spots (plus one annual event!) to explore in downtown Woodinville, as recommended by locals: 

Molbak’s Garden + Home

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

A popular local spot, Molbak’s Garden + Home has everything you could need to fix up your yard or give your home the love it deserves. Homeware, kitchen gadgets, outdoor dining sets, gardening tools, and much, much more are offered here, plus design services ideal for filling your landscape with beautiful flower arrangements and container gardens.

Molbak’s isn’t just for shopping though, as Kim H explains. “Molbak’s Garden and Home is a great place to gather with friends, grab a cup of coffee, stroll around the nursery or enjoy a bite to eat at Russell’s Garden Café & Wine Bar located within the store.” With special events and donations to the community, Molbak’s is a staple that residents cannot get enough of!


21 Acres Center

Located at 13701 NE 171st St. Woodinville, WA 98072

If you want to learn more about the sustainable food movement right here in Woodinville, check out 21 Acres. “I always enjoy visiting 21 Acres,” says Kim H. “The Center focuses on local food, farming & sustainable living. The Center brings the community together with local farmers and vendors. You can take an education class on sustainable living, enjoy a variety of cooking classes, or pop into one of their many community events. The marketplace is open throughout the week with fresh and delicious local produce and products.” Discover how you can help yourself, your community, and the world at large at this innovative center!


The Pet Wash

Located at 13317 NE 175th St. Woodinville, WA 98072

If your pup is looking a little scruffy, take him down to the Pet Wash. “The Pet Wash, located on the main drag in Woodinville, is a great place to have your pooch groomed,” shares Becky L. “They also have self wash stations if you want to wash Fido yourself. Great service, reasonable prices and a wonderful staff. It’s nice to have trusted owners who really love and care for your pet.”

With state-of-the-art bathing systems and virtually every type of shampoo, conditioner, and grooming tool imaginable supplied onsite, they have exactly what you need to make your furry friend look and feel like royalty.


Homeward Pet Adoption Center

Located at 13132 NE 177th Pl. Woodinville, WA 98072

If you’re still looking for that “fur”ever friend, check out Homeward Pet Adoption Center. “We got our dog at Homeward Pet in Woodinville,” shares Lynette Hensley. “Of all the shelters we visited, we appreciated the experience here most of all. Not because this is where we found our dog, but because of the way they worked with us, talking through expectations, hopes, compatibility. We spent a long time with a few dogs, and with our chosen pup too.”


Scott’s Soccer Tots at Woodinville Indoor Sports

Located at 12728 NE 178th St. Woodinville, WA 98072

If you’ve got a future soccer star on your hands, sign him or her up for the Scott’s Soccer Tots program. “Scott’s Soccer Tots [at the] Woodinville Indoor Sports Facility [is] a great indoor soccer structure for year round play for little guys, youth, and great soccer summer camps,” shares Becky L. “Our kids loved the lessons, and you can have birthday parties there too!” For anyone wondering about the name, Larsen clears that question up: “Of course there really is a ‘Scott!’”


*BONUS TIP!*

Celebrate Woodinville Festival

Located at various locations throughout downtown Woodinville

If you’re in downtown Woodinville on August 19, 2017, you will definitely want to check out the Celebrate Woodinville Festival: “Our family loves to attend the annual Basset Hound Bash/Woodinville All Fools’ Day Parade every August,” shares Kim H. “We kick off the morning with the pancake breakfast hosted at the local fire department, grab a seat on the parade route to watch the floats and dozens of basset hounds go by. It’s a fun-filled day at the farmer’s market with live music, art/craft vendors, food, wine and beer.” From 8:00am to 5:00pm, this yearly event is sure to be a great time for all ages!

Posted on September 21, 2017 at 8:27 am
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Exploring Wine in Woodinville: 15 Wineries Not to Miss + Tasting Room Tips!

According to my friend Kim H, “wine tasting in Woodinville is a fabulous experience. Local wineries and dozens of tasting rooms [are] available to explore. [It’s] fun to learn about the winemaking process and talk to people who are knowledgeable and passionate about the local wine.”

Jen B agrees, noting “It’s world class wine country in our own backyard! Tasting rooms for every palate from boutique distilleries like Woodinville Whiskey to the mega winery Chateau Ste Michelle…”

Here is a look at 15 wineries (+1 “honorable mention”) plus insider tips in Woodinville:


Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

  • Located at 14111 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm

With a historic charm and unparalleled tasting experiences, it is not hard to see why Chateau Ste. Michelle is an award-winning winery. Dating back to the repeal of the Prohibition, Chateau Ste. Michelle has produced premier wines for 50 years; from vintage whites and reds to local bottles and much more, you will find a wine to suit every occasion. The Chateau offers various unique tours and tastings ranging from $10-$100 per person. You can learn more about these tastings here.

Patterson Cellars

  • Located at 19501 144th Ave. NE D-600 Woodinville, WA 98072 (Warehouse District Winery & Tasting Room); 14505 148th Ave. NE Woodinville, WA 98072 (Hollywood Hill Tasting Room)
  • Hours: Warehouse District: 3:00pm-7:00pm Friday, 12:00pm-5:00pm Saturday-Sunday; Hollywood Hills: 12:00pm-7:00pm Monday-Thursday, 12:00pm-9:00pm Friday-Saturday, 12:00pm-6:00pm Sunday

If you’re not exactly a wine connoisseur but still enjoy a glass now and then, you’ll appreciate the selection at Patterson Cellars. Winemaker and owner John Patterson has been creating approachable wines since 2000. Each red, white, and rose is crafted in the new world style and includes knowledgeable descriptions on the taste and food pairings.

You can join Patterson himself at the Warehouse District Winery for a tasting, or, if you’re looking for something more cozy, at the Hollywood Hills Tasting Room for a seat by the fireplace and some live music. Each flight costs $10, but this can be waived with a minimum $25 wine purchase.


JM Cellars

  • Located at 14404 137th Pl. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-4:00pm Friday-Sunday (final pour at 3:45pm)

A required visit for wine tourists, JM Cellars combines delicious wines with the love and care that can only come from a family-run business. Owners John and Peggy have ensured that the grapes they receive are sustainably and organically grown, with the grapes from Margaret’s Vineyard specifically being clones of ones from the Bordeaux region of France. This makes for a small but high-quality selection of limited-release red, white, and rose wines with tastes that cannot be found anywhere else in North America.

You can get a sample of these unique wines at JM Cellars for $15 per person (waived with a $45 wine purchase). To learn more about scheduling your tasting at JM Cellars, click here.

Aspenwood Cellars Winery

  • Located at 18642 142nd Ave. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm Saturday-Sunday (March-November); 12:00pm-4:00pm Saturday-Sunday (December-February)

Dedicated to selling the community only the highest quality wines, Aspenwood Cellars knows that “great wine is made in the vineyard.” Over the years, Aspenwood has worked with some of the best local vineyards to produce merlots, cabernets, syrahs, and more with bold tastes that can only come from step-by-step care and preparation. To learn more about how you can taste test some of these wonderful wines for yourself, click here.


Airfield Estates Woodinville Tasting Room

  • Located at 14450 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE #109 Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm Sunday-Wednesday & 11:00am-6:00pm Thursday-Saturday (January-April); 11:00am-6:00pm Sunday-Wednesday & 11:00am-7:00pm Thursday-Sunday (May-December)

For a winery visit unlike any other, check out Airfield Estates. A portion of this winery’s property once served as a training base for Army Air Corps. pilots during World War II and a few of the original planes can still be seen on site as farm storage facilities. Each wine at Airfield Estates is grown at the estate and features names that reflect its heritage, like “Hellcat” and “Aviator.”

Wine tastings are an affordable $5 per person (or $160 per person for the VIP experience) and reservations can be made here.


Celaeno Winery

  • Located at 15007 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 1:00pm-5:00pm Friday; 12:00pm-5:00pm Saturday-Sunday

Producing fine wines of distinction and character, Celaeno Winery is one of Woodinville’s hidden gems. Winemaker Brian Countryman not only proves to be an entertaining and personable host at all wine tastings, but also works carefully with select Washington vineyards to create syrahs, viogniers, and other wines that are both light and full of delicious flavors. To find out more about how you can schedule a wine tasting at this great establishment, contact Celaeno Winery today.


Sparkman Cellars

  • Located at 19501 144th Ave. NE E-400 Woodinville, WA 98072 (Warehouse District Winery & Tasting Room); 14473 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. Woodinville, WA 98072 (Hollywood Hills Tourist District Tasting Room)
  • Hours: Warehouse District: 1:00pm-5:00pm Saturday-Sunday (new summer hours: 12:00pm-6:00pm Saturday); Hollywood Hills: 1:00pm-6:00pm (new summer hours: 12:00pm-7:00pm Saturday)

With a simple tagline of “Family. Good Livin’. Damn Fine Wine,” Sparkman Cellars is a labor of love started by the Sparkman family back in 2004. Producing award-winning wines like its 2013 Holler Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Birdie Riesling, the winery works with the best vineyards in the Northwest and gives the Sparkmans the opportunity to give back to the community and combine art, science, agriculture, philosophy, and “all the Good Stuff from Life” into something that everyone can enjoy. You can visit Sparkman Cellar at its Warehouse District or Hollywood Hills Tasting Room for a delicious experience!

Kestrel Vintners

  • Located at 19501 144th Ave. NE C-900 Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm Thursday-Friday (live music 5:00pm-8:00pm Friday); 12:00pm-6:00pm Saturday-Sunday; by appointment Monday-Wednesday

With a 126-acre estate vineyard, Kestrel Vintners promises to bring you the best tastes that the Yakima Valley can offer. Combining old world methodology with new world techniques, they create wines that give you a real sense of place and unmatched passion, wisdom, hospitality, and stewardship. You can try any of four series of wines (the Artist Series, the Falcon Series, the Winemaker’s Select series, or the Signature Series) at Kestrel’s Woodinville Cellar & Tasting Room.


Guardian Cellars

  • Located at 14525 148th Ave. NE #122 Woodinville, WA 98072 (Tasting Room); 19501 144th Ave. NE E-600 Woodinville, WA, 98072 (Newsprint Tasting Room)
  • Hours: Tasting Room: 12:00pm-5:00pm Monday-Thursday, 12:00pm-7:00pm Friday-Saturday, 12:00pm-6:00pm Sunday; Newsprint Tasting Room: 12:00pm-5:00pm Saturday-Sunday

With full-time jobs as a police officer and a reporter, the owners of Guardian Cellars made a leap and opened their own winery! The risk has definitely paid off, as Guardian continues to grow and serve the Woodinville area some of the most stellar red, white, and rose wines around.

You can check out these amazing sips at their Tasting Room for $15 per person or their special Newsprint Tasting Room for $10 per person (the Newsprint Tasting Room is only open when wines are available, so be sure to check their Facebook page for updates before scheduling).


DeLille Cellars

  • Located at 14421 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 12:00pm-7:00pm Friday; 11:00am-5:00pm Saturday

Founded in 1992, DeLille Cellars brings complex tastes and Bordeaux tradition to Woodinville. Its Chaleur Estate Rouge and D2 wines are blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, while the Chaleur Estate Blanc blends together Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, creating diverse aromas and a classic structure that showcases the purity of the fruit that defines Washington State’s territory.

DeLille offers tastings in their Carriage House Tasting Room, with a fee of $20-$30 per person, depending on party size. Grab your friends and prepare to spend a luxurious afternoon at DeLille Cellars.


Alexandria Nicole Cellars

  • Located at 14810 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm Monday-Saturday; 12:00pm-5:00pm Sunday; Wine Down Fridays: 5:00pm-8:00pm

With an onsite vineyard, Alexandria Nicole Cellars has complete control over the quality of its wine from bud to bottle. The 267 acres of planted vines include 23 varietals that, through attentive management and sustainable practices, create a wide variety of fabulous red and white wines (a complete list of the types of wines produced at Alexandria Nicole Cellars can be found here).

You can get a sample of these wines at Alexandria Nicole’s Hollywood Schoolhouse Tasting Room for a $20 tasting fee or $30 reserve tasting upon appointment. To learn more about Alexandria Nicole’s Hollywood Schoolhouse Tasting Room, click here.


Columbia Winery

  • Located at 14030 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm Saturday-Thursday; 11:00am-7:00pm Friday

Founded in 1962 by a group of 10 friends, Columbia Winery proves the potential of winegrowing in the Columbia Valley. Its portfolio of Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, and some of the best Washington wines selected from exceptional vineyard sites help to create one of the state’s most premium wineries.

You can enjoy a tasting at Columbia Winery for $12 per person, which includes a selection of unique Northwest-inspired culinary offerings to further enhance your experience.


Mark Ryan Winery

  • Located at 14475 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm Monday-Friday; 12:00pm-6:00pm Saturday-Sunday; Happy Hour: 5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday-Friday

Founded in 1999 and settled in Woodinville in 2003, Mark Ryan Winery is dedicated to making delicious wines that represent the vineyard from which they come. Owner Mark Ryan McNeilly is largely self-taught and through rigorous study and the advice of some of the area’s most experienced producers, crafts unique flavors like his 2014 Dead Horse, Water Witch, and Long Haul red wines. For a taste of what Mark Ryan Winery has to offer, visit their tasting room in Woodinville!


Novelty Hill/Januik Wineries

  • Located at 14710 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm

What could be better that one winery? How about two! Novelty Hill and Januik Wineries came together in 2000 under the winemaking helm of renowned vintner Mike Januik. They focus on the creation of limited release and premium varietal clone wines, with only the best fruit and detailed concentration put into each bottle.

If you’d like a chance to try these wines for yourself, you can choose from a variety of 5 different tasting experiences to suit your needs. To learn more about the tasting experiences at Novelty Hill/Januik Wineries, click here.


Efeste

  • Located at 19730 144th Ave. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm

With award-winning wines, Efeste proves that sometimes less is more. This winery follows a minimal winemaking approach, which includes native fermentation that gives each wine the unique taste of the vineyard from which it came.

The Efeste family label of red and white wines can be experienced daily for a tasting fee of $15 (or complimentary with membership in the Wine Club). For directions and more information on visiting Efeste for a tasting, click here.

 


*BONUS TIP!*

Woodinville Whiskey Co.

  • Located at 14509 Woodinville Redmond Rd. NE Woodinville, WA. 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm

There’s more to Woodinville than just wine! If you’re looking to mix things up a bit, check out Woodinville Whiskey Co. This distillery features four different styles of smooth whiskey made from only the finest ingredients in Washington State, plus all of the supplies you need to make your own whiskey at home.

For a taste of some of the best homemade whiskey around, grab $10 (for the tasting fee) and head to Woodinville Whiskey Co.

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 8:20 am
Cori Whitaker | Category: Area Profiles, Woodinville | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

14 Woodinville Restaurants Recommended by Locals (+ Insider Tips!)

It’s no secret that Woodinville is packed with fun restaurants that serve up some of the most delicious food in Washington State. From yummy bar snacks to authentic international cuisine, there really is something to suit every mood, as Kim H can tell you:

“A few of my favorite places to dine and gather with friends and family are the Barking Frog, the Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse, Commons, Hollywood Tavern, Pizza Coop, Tandem Dinner and Wine Bar, Sora Sushi, Twisted Cuban Café & Bar, and Village Wines.”

With so many mouthwatering options, it’s hard to choose just one. “Tons of restaurants means a gourmet day is best spent in Woodinville,” shares Jen B and we couldn’t agree more!

Here is our list of the 14 Woodinville restaurants recommended by locals (plus some valuable tips for your next visit!):


Barking Frog at Willows Lodge

  • Located at 14580 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 6:00am-10:30am & 11:30am-2:30pm Monday-Friday; 6:00am-2:30pm Saturday-Sunday; 5:00pm-10:00pm daily

Located in the heart of Washington’s wine country, the luxurious Willows Lodge is perfect for any occasion. “The Willows Lodge has a rustic, warm feel and is an excellent choice for your next getaway, meeting, wedding, or get together,” shares Kim. “The massive fireplace in the lobby offers a comfortable place to relax and the full service spa offers a place to unwind. We enjoy the outdoor patio space with fire pit and live music.”

Barking Frog is one of the most widely desired and acclaimed restaurants in all of Woodinville and it happens to be situated right in this hotel. Combining modern and classic techniques, its talented culinary team creates seasonal menus that pair perfectly with the restaurant’s cellar of award-winning Northwest and global wines. “It’s a great place to enjoy your favorite glass of wine and their signature ‘Grand Marnier prawns,’” Kim suggests. If you want a premier dining and relaxation experience, look no further than this cozy spot.

TIP: While you’re there, take advantage of the warm weather by dining al fresco on Barking Frog’s popular outdoor patio.

The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse

  • Located at 14810 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-2:30pm Tuesday; 11:00am-8:00pm Wednesday-Thursday; 11:00am-9:00pm Friday-Saturday; 11:00am-7:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Quaint and inviting, the Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse features friendly staff and food that will keep you coming back for more. Made with only the freshest ingredients, the Bistro serves up an array of salads, soups, burgers, and small plates to share with family or friends. Whether you’re looking to unwind after a long day or you’re on a wine tour through Woodinville, you will not be disappointed at the Bistro.

TIP: Join Bistro for Happy Hour every Wednesday-Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm (a complete Happy Hour menu can be found here).


The Commons

  • Located at 14481 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 8:00am-9:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 8:00am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday

Whether you’re in the mood for something fancy or something comforting, you will find what you’re looking for at the Commons. This kitchen and bar features breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner options that range from classy (like a smoked salmon board or watermelon & feta) to classic (like chicken & waffles or pretzels). They even have a kid’s menu, so the whole family can enjoy a delicious meal to start or finish out the day.

TIP: Click here to check out their Happy Hour deals (Happy Hour at the Commons is Monday-Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm).


Hollywood Tavern

  • Located at 14508 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday-Saturday

A Woodinville staple for 70 years, the Hollywood Tavern is simplicity at its best. The inspired comfort food, inventive cocktails, and informal atmosphere combine to create a vibe that is welcoming to all ages. Sit around the fire pit and enjoy some hefty burgers, fresh salads, or rich mac and cheese, all made using only the best local ingredients. No matter what, there’s no doubt you will want to make the Hollywood Tavern your neighborhood hangout.

TIP: Be sure to check out the Tavern’s live music series every Monday night from 5:30pm-8:30pm, featuring local-area bands!

The Pizza Coop & Ale House

  • Located at 13317 NE 175th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm Sunday-Monday; 11:00am-11:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 11:00am-12:00am Friday-Saturday

When it comes to good pizza, no place beats the Pizza Coop & Ale House. This eatery features a wide selection of homemade Detroit-style pies topped with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients (you can even build your own), plus some of the best local microbrews, wines, and spirits around. Come catch the game on one of their 10+ TVs or rent one of their party rooms for your next big event.

TIP: The Pizza Coop is always looking for ways to give back to the community. Click here to learn more about how you can request a donation for your local organization today.


Tandem Dinner & Wine Bar

  • Located at 15029 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 5:00pm-10:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 4:00pm-11:00pm Friday-Saturday; 4:00pm-10:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Built from the ashes of the recent economic downturn, Tandem Dinner & Wine Bar has since flourished into a fun and charming spot perfect for a leisurely meal. Each dish is crafted with care from local organic ingredients and their extensive wine list promises a new and interesting tasting experience every time. Visit Tandem today and see what all the fuss is about!

TIP: If you leave a review of your visit to Tandem on Yelp, you will be entered to win a free dinner for two!


Sora Sushi

  • Located at 14471 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:30am-2:00pm & 5:00pm-9:30pm Tuesday-Friday; 12:00pm-9:30pm Saturday; 5:00pm-9:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Don’t let the simple facade of Sora Sushi concern you; this places packs a serious punch! Delectable plates of sushi, yakisoba, bento boxes, and much, much more make the perfect meals to share at prices that cannot be beat. If you’re a fan of all things sushi, you can never go wrong at Sora!

TIP: Check out Sora’s Facebook page for a look at their new and most popular dishes.


Twisted Cuban Cafe & Bar

  • Located at 12631 NE Woodinville Dr. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday; 11:00am-2:00am Saturday

If you’re looking for truly authentic Cuban cuisine, look no further than the Twisted Cuban Cafe & Bar. Owned and operated by Havana native Julio Ortiz, Twisted features salads, sandwiches, drinks, and other dishes created with recipes passed down from his mother. Visit Twisted today and take a trip to the island without ever leaving Woodinville!

TIP: Check out Happy Hour at Twisted every Monday-Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm (for a complete Happy Hour menu, click here).


Village Wines

  • Located at 14450 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday-Wednesday; 11:00am-10:00pm Thursday-Saturday

For a place the locals can’t seem to get enough of, check out Village Wines. This spot offers tasty dishes and an extensive selection of white, sparkling, red, and dessert wines to choose from. With local beers on tap and live music every weekend, it’s no wonder Village Wines is a must for Woodinville residents!

TIP: Join Village Wines’ monthly Wine Club and get an in-depth peek at the finest local and global wines.


Gyro Express

  • Located at 13804 NE 175th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Monday-Saturday; 11:00am-8:30pm Sunday

For the best takeout in town, visit Gyro Express. This Mediterranean eatery serves up pitas, wraps, salads, kebabs, and more, always fresh, fast, and affordable. If you’re in the mood for something different, Gyro Express is the place for you!

TIP: Gyro Express now accepts online orders, so you can pick up your favorite grub without having to wait in line!


Pho 175

  • Located at 13317 NE 175th St. Suite M Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-9:00pm Friday-Saturday

Pho has definitely been gaining popularity in the past couple years and no local place does it better than Pho 175. This restaurant combines fresh flank, brisket, skinless chicken, and more with a lengthy simmering process to create rich and savory broths that are simply irresistible. If you’re not in the mood for Pho, they also offer a selection of other Vietnamese specialties that will get your mouth watering.

TIP: Pho 175 does offer a kid’s menu, so everyone is sure to get something they enjoy!


Moeida Asian Bistro

  • Located at 17848 Garden Way NE #104 Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-8:30pm Tuesday-Thursday; 11:00am-9:00pm Friday-Saturday; 12:00pm-8:00pm Sunday

Woodinville’s health-conscious crowd will definitely want to check out Moeida Asian Bistro. This Korean restaurant features dishes prepared with fresh vegetables and meats and without any harmful MSG or trans-fat. Conveniently located downtown, Moeida has some of the best Asian food the east side has to offer.

TIP: Moeida accepts both dine-in and takeout customers, so you never have to compromise to get your favorite food!


Gobble

  • Located at 13300 NE 175th St. #3 Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm Monday-Saturday; 11:00am-7:00pm Sunday; anytime by appointment

Why not treat everyday like Thanksgiving? At Gobble, turkey lovers of all ages can enjoy freshly sliced turkey sandwiches, roasted turkey dinners, turkey meatloaf, turkey lasagna… the possibilities are endless. Located in Woodgate Mall, this eatery is sure to bring back memories of home and keep you full and satisfied (and maybe a little sleepy, too!).

TIP: Have Gobble cater your next party or work event! Click here to learn more.


Akane Ramen

  • Located at 14142 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Tuesday-Sunday; closed Monday

Take your college ramen up a notch at Akane Ramen. Their bowls feature a hearty helping of fresh meats, veggies, and (of course) ramen noodles in rich and flavorful sauces that are as pretty as they are delicious. If you want top-notch ramen that will warm you up from the inside out, check out Akane Ramen today.

Posted on September 7, 2017 at 5:03 pm
Cori Whitaker | Category: Area Profiles, Woodinville | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,