Essential Kenmore Commuting Tips: Seaplanes, Buses, Bikes, Cars, & More!

With the help of local Jen B, we’ve put together this handy guide to commuting from Kenmore. From the more unique options of seaplanes and biking to more traditional driving and transit options, Kenmore offers a little bit of everything to suit your style.

Commuting in Kenmore by Plane

Perhaps the most unique commuting option in Kenmore is to commute by seaplane via Lake Washington. “Kenmore Air is a great options for chartering or taking scheduled flights to the San Juans, Canada, and beyond!” shares Jen. Kenmore Air also provides private charters to other areas—need to hop over to Lake Union? It’s a possibility with Kenmore Air!

Commuting in Kenmore by Car

“522 is the main drag in Kenmore and it connects commuters to Eastside and Seattle,” says Jen, and Kenmore is located in between Highway 405 (to the east) and Interstate-5 (to the north). There’s also the Kenmore Park-and-Ride as well, a facility with 603 parking space, bicycle lockers, and several buses coming and going all day long.

Commuting in Kenmore by Bus

“Bus stops are plentiful here!” shares Jen. Served by both King County Metro and Sound Transit, you can hop on a bus heading almost anywhere from Kenmore. Whether you need to get to Shoreline or head into Downtown Seattle to work, the vast network of buses makes it all possible. Click here to find more information on specific routes!

Commuting in Kenmore by Bike

“The Burke-Gilman Trail runs between 522 and Lake Washington [and] makes a VERY scenic route to work for cyclists who have a final destination in Redmond or Seattle (and places in between),” shares Jen. With beautiful views of Lake Washington and a convenient route that begins in Kenmore, the Burke-Gilman Trail is the perfect way to squeeze your daily workout and commute into one and the same! Click here to see a map complete with road access points.

Commuting by Light Rail

With Light Rail expanding north from Seattle, Kenmore residents will be able to take advantage of commuting while being able to skip car traffic! The Light Rail has several new stops planned from University of Washington to Everett that you might be able to take advantage of if you live in Kenmore. Click here to check out the complete list of projects, light rail station locations, and timelines.

Posted on December 18, 2017 at 1:58 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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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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6 Aviation-Related Opportunities Not to Miss Out on in Mukilteo

From inspiring aviation education to exciting aviation-related career possibilities, the Mukilteo area is your go-to for reaching new heights (literally!). Take advantage of living in or visiting the Mukilteo area, and check out these top-notch tips on aviation-related sights, events and opportunities:

Paine Field

  • Located at 3220 100th St. SW Everett, WA 98204

In the fall of 2018, Alaska Airlines will begin offering commercial flights out of Paine Field, which is a huge deal for Mukilteo and its surrounding cities! Alaska Airlines will start by offering 9 flights per day, which the airline estimates will help over a million people drastically shorten their commute times. In early 2018, Alaska Airlines will announce flight schedules and routes, and will being selling tickets. Get the full scoop here!

As far as how this will impact locals, my colleague Aranka has some thoughts and insight on this major addition:

“For many years I felt very much against bringing commercial airport to Mukilteo—not to my backyard! Just the thought of it terrified me; what could happen to my little community, home values, to schools and to air quality… those are real issues. But now [that] the fight is over to stop the airport, I have been thinking a lot [about] how it really will affect my personal life and my sweet little community.”

“I have also spoken with several people who [have] lived/or have relatives living close to [a] small airport, [and I think that] bringing a small airport to my community might have benefits. When I travel to west coast cities, I will not need to drive to Seattle (we all know how bad the traffic is regardless the time of the day)—I will save at least 4 hours of driving, not to mention parking cost! I probably should factor in the stress too.”

“I like to think forward… in my opinion the airport, is not going to be a liability, but rather an asset. Just like we used to think that living close to buses and freeways [could be] detrimental for home values… well… I don’t think that way any more… look at the home values located close to train/light rail stations. I’m actually excited that we have so many options of transportation in Mukilteo. The media talks so much about ‘the airport noise and Mukilteo,’ [and] in my opinion the noise might be more noticeable in Lynnwood, Everett and Edmonds than [in] Mukilteo.”

Additionally, if you’re looking for a job in aviation, you’ll definitely want to check out Paine Field! A unique airport, it’s home to over 650 aircraft, a Boeing manufacturing plant, and five aviation restoration/tour centers. Paine Field provides high-quality services to customers and has brought nearly 76,000 jobs to the local economy. You can learn more about employment with Paine Field here.

Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour

  • Located at 8415 Paine Field Blvd. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm (Aviation Center); 9:00am-3:00pm (Boeing Tour)

For a one-of-a-kind experience perfect for all ages, go see the Future of Flight: there are models of jet engines, you can design your own airplane and this is where you start the Boeing Factory Tour, the only opportunity to publicly tour a commercial jet assembly plant in North America.

Historic Flight Foundation

  • Located at 10719 Bernie Webber Dr. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm Tuesday-Sunday; closed Monday

Aviation and history buffs will love the Historic Flight Foundation! They offer a collection of the most important aircraft from 1927 to 1957, fully restored and airborne. You can experience the roar of a classic engine, watch the restoration process in action, and marvel at the results of innovation from some of the greatest trailblazers.

 

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (FHCAM)

  • Located at 3407 109th St. SW Everett, WA 98204
  • Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm (7 days a week from Memorial Day-Labor Day; then Tuesday-Sunday)

Give your kids a deeper education at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum. With interactive exhibits featuring a rare collection of authentically restored aircraft, tanks, and other technologies from World War II, your children will get a look into the past and a glimpse what it takes to preserve these artifacts for the future.

 

Paine Field Aviation Day

  • Located at 9689 Airport Rd. Everett, WA 98204
  • When: Every year in May

For an event everyone will love, once a year Paine Field has Aviation Day. Kids can take a flight and meet the pilots, view one-of-a-kind aircraft, and watch flying demonstrations. This year’s (2017) Aviation Day has already passed, but be sure to keep your eyes open for 2018!

 

FHCAM Skyfair

  • Located at 3407 109th St. SW Everett, WA 98204
  • When: July 22, 2017; 10:00am-4:00pm

Summertime is perfect for air shows, and Mukilteo has some of the best. “The air shows are fantastic to watch,” shares Greg B. “I’m sure that future pilots and engineers have been inspired by witnessing [these exhilarating air show events].” FHCAM’s annual Skyfair is coming this July and will feature vendors, kids activities, and a fantastic flying show at 1:30pm. You can find a full schedule of events here.

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 9:08 am
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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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