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 Meyer. “[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 surrounding homes being deeded in,” says Casey Bui. 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 14, 2017 at 8:18 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

11 *Stunning* Photos That Show Off Lake Forest Park’s Natural Beauty

Treasured in part for its stunning natural beauty, Lake Forest Park is nestled right along the shores of Lake Washington. Home to parks, trails, and of course the shimmering lake, gorgeous natural scenes are aplenty in this lovely community!

Below, we wanted to show off some of our favorite photos of this special neighborhood from Instagram:


1. Beautiful view of Lake Washington from Lake Forest Park:

2. Lake Forest Park is extra photogenic in the summertime!

3. Autumn perfection at Animal Acres Park:

4. Horizon View Park is one of this community’s many idyllic parks. Click here for our guide to outdoor activities in Lake Forest Park!

5. Another scenic spot at Horizon View Park:

5. One of the many water sports you can take advantage of on Lake Washington:

6. A snapshot of lakeside living in Lake Forest Park:

7. One of the many stunning views:

8. Heading out for a day on the water? Get your cameras ready!

9. Perfect picnic scenery:

10. A gorgeous sunrise over Lake Washington is truly a lovely way to start the day:

11. The mountain is out!



Posted on November 14, 2017 at 8:17 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

3 Reasons Why We Are NOT Headed Toward Another Real Estate Bubble

We get asked this question often, and we can understand why. With the 2008 Great Recession not too far back in our rear-view mirror it is understandable that folks don’t want history to repeat itself, as that was a very painful time for many. Also, price appreciation has been rapid across the country, but especially in our region. The large price gains might seem familiar to the gains of the previous up market of 2004-2007, but the environment is much different, and that is why we are not headed toward a housing collapse.

Lending Requirements
As the graph shows, lending requirements are much more stringent now than what they were prior to the fall of the housing market.

Previous lending practices allowed people to get into homes with risky debt-to-income ratios, low credit scores and undocumented incomes. They called this sub-prime lending. A large part of why the housing bubble burst 10 years ago was due to people getting into mortgages they were not equipped to handle, which lend to the eventual fall of sub-prime lending. Currently, the average credit score over the last 12 months according to Ellie Mae was 724. During the days of sub-prime lending people were funding loans with scores as low as 560! This, coupled with many zero-down loan programs and the risky terms mentioned above left many new homeowners with little to no equity. When you have little or no equity it is very easy to just walk away.

The graph above shows the percentage of homes in our state with significant equity (20% or more) according to CoreLogic. Today many homeowners, especially in our region are making large down payments to begin with. Believe me, when reviewing multiple offers on a house, the size of down payment matters – hence many buyers landing homes are making large down payments. Unlike the market prior to the crash, when people have high equity levels they are not likely to abandon their home or miss payments.

Inventory Levels & Our Job Market
The biggest challenge in our market has been low inventory levels and high housing demand. It’s simply the concept of supply and demand. Our thriving job market has afforded folks already in our area the ability to make moves, and it is bringing people into our area from other parts of the country. Washington State’s net in-migration is 43% higher than it was 10 years ago. This has created increased demand, especially for homes closer to job centers resulting in shorter commutes. When you have increased demand and not enough homes to absorb the buyers, prices go up. Over the last three years we have easily seen a 10% increase in prices year-over-year. That is above the norm and should slow down as inventory increases. As inventory increases we anticipate a leveling out of appreciation rates to historical norms of 3-4% annually, but not decreasing home values like the 2008-2010 crash.

We understand that the recent increase in home prices has been big and that it might remind you of the previous up market before the crash. Hopefully digging into the topics above has shed some light on how it is different. According to Matthew Gardner, Windermere’s Chief Economist and nationally sought after expert on all things real estate, buyers should not wait this market out, due to future price appreciation and today’s historically low interest rates. Check out his latest vlog (video blog) that addresses this topic.

As always, it is our goal to help keep my clients informed and empower strong decisions. Please let us know if we can answer any questions or help you or anyone you know with their real estate needs.


Posted on September 5, 2017 at 5:14 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

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 Harman 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 Harman. “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 Larsen. “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 Larsen. “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 Harman. “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 August 9, 2017 at 10:39 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

Exploring Wine in Woodinville: 15 Wineries Not to Miss + Tasting Room Tips!

According to our own Kim Harman, “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 Bowman 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 August 9, 2017 at 10:39 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

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 Pulfer 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 Bowman.

Kim Harman 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 Larsen 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 Harman and Jen Bowman 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 Pulferand Kim Harman’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 Pulfer 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 Harman 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 Pulfer 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 August 9, 2017 at 10:37 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

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 our own Kim Harman 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 Bowman 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 August 9, 2017 at 10:35 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

The Insider’s Guide to the Best Shopping & Dining in Mukilteo

Mukilteo is packed with shopping and dining destinations and we have your insider’s guide to some of the best. From gifts to breakfast to seafood, our residents know the top places to get the most bang for your buck.

Here is our guide to the 20 most recommended shopping and dining spots in Mukilteo:


SHOPPING

Beach Glass by K. Miller Interiors

  • Located at 619 4th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday

Need a unique gift? “One of my favorite places to shop in Mukilteo for special gift items is Beach Glass,” Jenny shares. “Tucked away in a quaint courtyard and neighboring the popular Red Cup Cafe, this little shop is packed with unique items. BONUS, the owner (Krista) also offers specialized design services. Check it out!”

 

Proper Picnic

This summer, leave the picnicking to the pros at Proper Picnic. “Proper Picnic is based in Mukilteo,” shares Jen Bowman. “Seems to be a very cool, niche business we should promote!!” Though mainly online, they do have physical locations that Jen hopes to check out soon. “I haven’t stopped by to see what they have. Field trip?”

Mukilteo Chocolate Company

  • Located at 407 Lincoln Ave. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday

If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, stop by the Mukilteo Chocolate Company.  “Mukilteo Chocolate Co. [is] where you can find individually hand crafted fine European chocolate…oh so yummy,” shares Aranka Fruehauf. “They also serve ice cream.” While you’re there, “say hi to Jan who owns and makes the chocolate!”

Mukilteo Farmers Market

  • Located at 609 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 3:00pm-7:00pm Wednesday Only (June-September)

If you want fresh food and neighborhood togetherness, look no further than the Mukilteo Farmers Market. “ I love to go [to the] farmers market,” shares Janet Buehler. “It’s my favorite place to shop,” and with talented local vendors and events that serve the community, it’s not hard to see why!

ACE Hardware

  • Located at 12680 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 8:00am-8:00pm

For your home improvement needs, both Janet and Jenny recommend Mukilteo’s ACE Hardware. “…If you have any improvement issues or just need quick help finding just about anything… every single employee at ACE can help you,” Jenny shares. “Sometimes their advice sends you out the door without purchasing a single thing (like using match sticks to tighten screw holes). Also, this is the absolute best place to get keys made—they ALWAYS work!!”


DINING

The Scotsman Bistro

  • Located at 11601 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 3:00pm-10:00pm Monday; 11:00am-10:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday; 3:00pm-11:00pm Saturday; closed Sunday

If you find yourself in Harbour Pointe, check out The Scotsman Bistro.  “…In HP you can walk to the Scotsman,” shares Jenny. “On the weekends they bring in Scottish musicians. The owner is always there and loves to chat (with his thick Scottish accent) to all his patrons!” From the food to the scotch, it’s easy to see why this is a top Mukilteo dining destination.

The Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar

  • Located at 613 5th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday & Saturday; 8:30am-8:00pm Friday; 8:30am-3:00pm Sunday

Wake up on the right side of the bed with breakfast at the Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar. Freshly baked cinnamon rolls and sticky buns, plus a cappuccino or coffee (highly recommended by Jenny!) are sure to give you the energy to jump start your day.

Red Cup Cafe

  • Located at 619 4th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 7:00am-5:00pm

Another popular spot suggested by Jenny and Aranka, Red Cup Cafe serves up delicious items and soothing views. “Make sure to walk over the delightful courtyard to get fresh coffee at Red Cup,” Aranka shares. “They also serve lunch. It’s so relaxing to sit and sip coffee and look at the Olympics, and ferry sailings.”

Amici Bistro

  • Located at 8004 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 3:00pm-9:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 3:00pm-10:00pm Friday; 5:00pm-10:00pm Saturday; 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Known as the “best kept secret” of the North End, Amici Bistro is the place for local Italian cuisine. Homemade sausage, pizza dough, sauces, and more ensure that no matter why you’re there, you will have a delicious and memorable meal.

Mukilteo’s Speedway Cafe

  • Located at 11707 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 6:00am-3:00pm Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday

For the best breakfast in town, there’s no beating Mukilteo’s Speedway Cafe. Fresh variations on classic diner dishes and prompt service promise that you will leave feeling full and ready to start the day.

The Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse

  • Located at 621 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:00am-1:00am Monday-Friday; 8:00am-1:00am Saturday-Sunday

Before hopping a ferry, grab some grub and beer at the Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse. “The flagship location of Diamond Knot brewery is right near the ferry terminal,” shares Brian Hayter. “Great beer, food, and peanut shells on the floor!”

 

Thai Rama 3

  • Located at 12190 Village Center Pl. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday; 4:00pm-9:30pm Saturday; 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday

In the mood for some Thai? “After a round go to Thai Rama 3 for a drink and by far the best Thai food for miles,” shares Janet. They also offer takeout, so you can enjoy their extensive list of yummy dishes at home!

 

Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing

  • Located at 710 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:00am-10:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 10:00am-11:00pm Friday-Saturday

When it comes to seafood, Jen recommends Ivar’s. “Love the walk up Ivar’s fish bar for quick fish and chips to take to the beach and watch the sunset over Whidbey Island,” she shares. Aranka agrees, saying of both this spot and Arnies: “who can say no to the best seafood places in town?”

 

Arnies Restaurant & Bar

  • Located at 714 2nd St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday-Saturday; 10:00am-10:00pm Sunday

The second destination suggested by Aranka, Arnies Restaurant & Bar offers delicious local seafood and sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. “If we can’t decide on dinner, we always end up at Arnie’s,” Aranka shares, solidifying it as a local go-to.

 

Sully’s Pizza & Calzones

  • Located at 403 Lincoln Ave. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:30am-9:00pm

If you’re near Red Cup and want some pizza, stop by Sully’s Pizza & Calzones. “From the same courtyard [as Red Cup], you can walk over to Sully’s Pizza where they serve gluten free and vegetarian pizza,” Aranka shares. Named after former mayor Brian Sullivan, Sully’s is a Mukilteo staple.

 

Brooklyn Bros. Pizzeria

  • Located at 8326 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-9:00pm Friday-Saturday

Another pizzeria on Aranka’s list is Brooklyn Bros. “Friday nights when we don’t feel like driving, it’s fun to walk down to get the best pizza in the area, Brooklyn Bros,” she notes. High quality ingredients, a perfectly-cooked crust, and intense flavors make these pies the best west of the Hudson.

 

The Mukilteo Lodge

  • Located at 7928 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-12:00am Sunday-Wednesday; 11:00am-2:00am Thursday-Saturday

Calling all sports fans! The Mukilteo Lodge is a great place to “get a drink or watch a game,” according to Aranka. With extensive draft beers, hearty dishes, and game happy hours, you can cheer your team onto victory in true American style.

 

Mukilteo Thai Restaurant

  • Located at 8410 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday; 12:00pm-9:00pm Saturday-Sunday; closed Monday-Wednesday

For authentic Thai, nothing’s better than Mukilteo Thai. A wide array of curries, appetizers, and other specialties are made-to-order, so you will always have your meal prepared just the way you like. Aranka’s menu suggestion? “My favorite is the Tiger Tearless.”

 

Cafe Soleil

  • Located at 9999 Harbour Pl. #105 Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-1:45pm & 5:00pm-8:45pm Tuesday-Friday; 12:00pm-2:15pm & 5:00pm-8:45pm Saturday; 5:00pm-8:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

“[There are] so many great places to eat in Mukilteo,” Aranka notes. But her “…new favorite is Café Soleil, [a] euro-Japanese kitchen and it is family owned. The food is great and the service is superb! I love to hang out with the chef and get [a] good recommendation for the day.” Her tip? “Have you ever had a green tea crème brulee for dessert? I had and it was delicious!”

 

John’s Grill

  • Located at 649 5th St. #100 Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 4:30pm-9:00pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday

“For a special celebration, I recommend John’s Grill in Old Town,” Aranka shares. “Everything is delicious.” From steak to seafood, all dishes are flavorful and showcase the head chef’s culinary expertise. Aranka’s top dish? “My favorite is the steak and grilled prawns.”


 


Posted on July 10, 2017 at 10:43 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

A Destination City for Outdoor Lovers: 9 Tips for Exploring Mukilteo

From trails to parks and everything in between, our residents know the best spots to make the most of the great outdoors in Mukilteo.

Here are 9 tips for getting active and exploring Mukilteo:

Big Gulch Trail System

Located at 9600 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275

A local favorite, there is no beating the Big Gulch Trail System. “Love love love big gulch trail,” shares Janet Buehler. “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 trailhead across from the fire department. I’ve spent many hours breathing, thinking, singing on that trail!”

Aurora Pedrola agrees: “The Big Gulch Trail System! Wonderful hiking, easy access and beautiful scenery.” Aranka Fruehauf adds that it’s a “great way to connect with nature and dogs are welcome!”

Finally, Jenny Eglian has some second-hand knowledge: “I don’t personally do this but have heard rumors that the gulch offers a phenomenal mountain bike trail system for the hardcore mountain bikers. My brother-in-law is a mountain biker living in Louisville KY and he has heard and biked the trail! Pretty sure it is a favorite activity for many Mukilteoans (is that a word?).”

 

Japanese Gulch

Located at 1301 5th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275

A top hiking spot, the Japanese Gulch has built a reputation among bikers as well. According to Janet, “Japanese Gulch is widely known by mountain bikers far and wide as one of the best urban rides around!!! Not to be underestimated as bikers come from different states to ride this special trail.”

Tails & Trails Dog Park

Located at 1130 5th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275

The first and only off-leash dog park in Mukilteo, Tails & Trails Dog Park is a must for dog owners. Janet describes it as “a meeting place for like-minded dog owners to gather with their four-legged friends.” It is the perfect spot to enjoy the weather, meet new friends, and spend time with your pup.

Mukilteo Community Beach Park (Lighthouse Park)

Located at 609 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275

A must-see for locals and tourists, Lighthouse Park is packed with things to do. Campfires on the beach, a playground, tours of the lighthouse, and so much more make this the ideal place to enjoy a warm summer day in Mukilteo.

Mukilteo Pioneer Cemetery

Located at 513 Webster St. Mukilteo, WA 98275

Pay tribute to Mukilteo’s founders at the Pioneer Cemetery. “Don’t forget the landmark graveyard,” shares Janet. “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.”

Harbour Pointe Golf Club

Located at 11817 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Mukilteo, WA 98275

Time to clean off those clubs! “Our Harbour pointe golf course with its famous signature 10th hole featured in golf digest presents golfers with challenging golf and breathtaking scenery,” says Janet. With programs for all ages and genders, everyone can take advantage of the beauty and fun Harbour Pointe offers.

 

92nd Street Park

Located at 4800 92nd St. SW Mukilteo, WA 98275

“Mukilteo has lots of small and big parks, most of them ideal for reading, picnicking and relaxing,” Aranka shares. “One of my favorite is the 92nd street park where kids can play on different play equipment.” If your little one needs to run off some steam, check out 92nd Street Park.

 

Mukilteo T-Dock

Located near 796 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275

Mukilteo even has spots for divers! “Not well known, but there is a dive site of off “T-Dock” on Front Street,” shares Aranka. Indeed, this spot is a favorite for night and deep divers and offers opportunities for viewing Puget Sound’s water life. For a dive to remember, check out the T-Dock.

 

Mukilteo Community Garden

Located at 7609 44th Ave. W Mukilteo, WA 98275

“If you don’t feel like hiking, but like to be outside, you can always volunteer at the Mukilteo Community Garden,” shares Aranka. “They grow lots of veggies to support the neighborhood food banks. You can also rent a bed to grow your own organic veggies.” Enjoy nature and help your community flourish at this quaint garden.



Posted on July 10, 2017 at 10:41 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

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 Eglian 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 Aranka Fruehauf, “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 Aranka 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. Aranka 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, Aranka 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 Buehler 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 10, 2017 at 10:38 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

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