Seattle’s Best Trick-or-Treating


Trick-or-treat! Kids of all ages love reciting those magic words and receiving bags full of goodies; however, walking through the streets and knocking on strangers’ doors may not be the best option for young children. Luckily, Seattle offers plenty of opportunities for safe trick-or-treating in controlled environments for kids of all ages.

Pumpkin Bash Featuring BOOMazium at Woodland Park Zoo

What happens when you give a tiger a pumpkin? How about a hippo or a penguin?

West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 

If you’re looking to do some daylight, non-scary trick-or-treating (or if you just want to get it out of the way).

Trick-or-Treat on Upper Queen Anne

Each year, hundreds of little ghosts and goblins head to upper Queen Anne Avenue for the neighborhood’s annual trick-or-treat festival put on by the Upper Queen Anne Merchants Association.

Trick-or-Treating in the Village – Magnolia

This is a great option for little pumpkins who don’t want to walk very far or little ones who are new to the trick-or-treating scene. The best part? You’ll be home in time for dinner.

Trick-or-Treat at University Village

Take a stroll through U Village where participating merchants will be passing out candy to costumed kiddos on the 31st.

Trick-or-Treat in Fremont

Grab your buckets (or pillowcases!) and head to Fremont for this annual trick-or-treat extravaganza. This year, over 150 Fremont businesses will be handing out candy.

Hilloween – Capitol Hill

Start with some musical performances, add in a costume parade, carnival games and plenty of treats from Broadway Avenue’s merchants, and you’ve got the perfect way to celebrate Halloween.

Wedgwood Trick-or-Treat

Wedgwood’s stores will once again open their doors to costumed characters big and small on Halloween. Look for the orange flyer in the window of participating businesses and be sure to thank them for their community spirit.

Costume Carnival at the Museum

For a truly safe and weatherproof night of trick-or-treating, head to the Seattle Children’s Museum where little punkins (10 and under) can wander the halls looking for treats. Bonus: it’s free to enter the Museum!

Halloween Boo Bash – Northgate Mall

Ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses (ages 0-12) will have a frightfully good time at their annual Halloween Boo Bash. Come decked out in your costume and enjoy various activity stations, games, trick-or-treating, a bouncy house and more.

8th Annual Monster Bash 

Rain or shine, grab your little ghosts and goblins and fly over to this annual Halloween fundraiser for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Come in costume and enjoy a hair-raising haunted house, pony rides, ghoulish games and more.

Halloween Fun at the Seattle Aquarium 

Activities include carving demonstrations with master carver Russ Leno, creepy Halloween games and activities, diver shows, a spooktacular story time, a mad scientist demonstration and much more.

The Museum of Fright at the Museum of Flight

Ghostly apparitions take to the skies at The Museum of Flight, where spooky crafts, airplane simulator rides, monster bowling and ghost stories will get your kiddos in the mood for Halloween. Wear your costume and jump in the photo booth to snap a few pictures.

Help Us Keep Homeless Youth Warm This Winter


Earlier this year, Windermere and the Seattle Seahawks announced that we were joining together to help #tacklehomelessness. For every home game tackle made by the Seahawks, the Windermere Foundation is donating $100 to YouthCare, a non-profit that provides support and services to homeless youth throughout the Puget Sound area.

As proud as we are of our #tacklehomelessness campaign and the money we’re raising, we know we can do more. That’s why we’re excited to announce Windermere’s “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive benefitting YouthCare. Each night in Seattle, nearly 1,000 young people are homeless. And with the winter months quickly approaching, YouthCare is in dire need of survival supplies to keep homeless youth warm and dry during the long, wet winter.

Here’s what we are collecting:

  • Warm socks
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves/mittens

From October 17 through November 14, you can drop off donations to participating Windermere offices in King and Snohomish Counties*. Our friends at Gentle Giant Moving Company are generously donating their time and trucks to pick up all of the donations from our offices. Donations can also be dropped off directly to YouthCare in South Lake Union at the James W. Ray Orion Center: 1828 Yale Avenue.

We hope you will consider making a donation to our “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive. Feel free to contact your Windermere agent or local office for more information, or email

*Windermere Winter Drive Drop-Off Locations

Auburn-Lakeland Hills


Bellevue Commons

Bellevue South

Bellevue West




Kirkland Central

Kirkland Yarrow Bay



Mercer Island

Mill Creek

Property Management – South




Seattle-Capitol Hill


Seattle-Green Lake



Seattle-Madison Park


Seattle-Mount Baker




Seattle-Queen Anne

Seattle-Sand Point

Seattle-Wall Street


Seattle-West Seattle





Pike Place Market in Autumn


Many people only think of Pike Place Market during spring and summer but the reality is that once autumn arrives and the tourists go home, Seattleites can reclaim their historic market place and enjoy it without all the crowds.

Explore the Market

Take time to wander the nine acres that encompasses all it has to offer. The Market will amaze, delight and inspire you. Washington farmers sell local, seasonal produce and preserves at farm tables year-round. More than 200 local craftspeople display their unique handcrafted works daily in the North Arcade. Four fish markets offer an abundance of fresh seafood from Pacific Northwest and Alaskan waters. Dozens of specialty food stores provide rare ingredients and exceptional local and international products. Beneath the Main Arcade are three floors of unique shops, specializing in collectibles, comics, jewelry, books, original art, magic tricks and oddities.

Discover Local Artisans and Unique Crafts

Get started early on your holiday shopping list and find unique gifts that your friends and family won’t see online or in their local shopping mall. The craftspeople create authentic, decorative and functional ceramics, apparel, fiber art, jewelry, glass and metal sculpture, leather goods, woodcrafts, natural body products and much more.


For those who simply love to eat; enjoy a feast of bakeries, cafes, intimate bistros, casual and fine dining restaurants, and take out counters serving quick bites. Take home handmade croissants for a Sunday breakfast or have a date night at some of Seattle’s finest restaurants.

Take it all in

Flying fish, street performers, Rachel the Piggy Bank, and the colorful people who work at Pike Place Market; these are just a small part of the magic. This is the market for the people of Seattle who truly love their city.

Seattle Restaurant Week


Sunday, October 16 marks the return of Seattle Restaurant Week.

Seattle is home to a lot of notable restaurants, but there are also some lesser known hidden gems, some of which you can experience during Seattle Restaurant Week. While you can enjoy a dining experience year-round, Seattle Restaurant Week is an excellent time to visit your favorite restaurant—or get to know a new one. Restaurant Week centers on special two- and three-course menus at participating restaurants. Order from these special menus and you’ll enjoy a meal that’s among the finest the restaurant has to offer, yet surprisingly affordable.

This year 146 local restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $32, and many also offer three-course lunches for $18. Whether you’re hungry for sushi, Italian, Mediterranean, vegetarian or Northwest’s best, there are a variety of delicious meals to be had. Reservations are not required, but strongly encouraged and can easily be done online at OpenTable. But don’t delay because Seattle Restaurant week only runs until October 20. For more info and a list of restaurants, visit:

Pumpkin Patch Season in Seattle


That nip in the air signals not only that autumn is officially here, but that pumpkin patches and apple orchards have their best produce ready to roll.

Don’t think of these as just places to pick up a future Jack-O-Lantern or apples for baking. No, these seasonal entertainment zones feature corn mazes, hay rides, petting zoos and fresh apple cider for a break from the ordinary weekend routine.

Get ready to experience a bit of farm life, make memories and more!


October Premier Networking Breakfast: Windermere Brokers come together for a sneak peek at new ultra-luxury brand


On Wednesday, October 5, more than 150 brokers from all over Western Washington gathered at Broadmoor Golf and Country Club for Windermere’s monthly Premier networking breakfast.

The breakfast opened with brokers presenting the newest luxury homes throughout the Puget Sound area. Following that, Windermere President, OB Jacobi, and Vice President of Windermere Luxury Division, Leigh Canlis, presented a sneak peek of a new ultra-luxury brand, which will be unveiled to the public on November 1, 2016.

The introduction to the new brand was met with excitement among the brokers, as it will give Windermere a continued edge in the elite world of luxury home real estate. With a dedicated website and customized marketing materials, the new brand will further enhance the ability for Windermere brokers to showcase their top-tier listings in an elevated manner, while leveraging the successful partnerships Windermere enjoys with Luxury Portfolio, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, and Juwaii. Additional marketing and advertising initiatives were detailed and the response from brokers was overwhelmingly positive.

We appreciate all the Windermere brokers who attended this month’s Premier Breakfast, sharing both their listings and extensive knowledge of luxury markets throughout Western Washington.




3rd Annual Windermere Foundation Golf Tournament


It was a beautiful day on the golf course Monday, October 3 at Sand Point Country Club where 100 golfers came together to celebrate, network, and raise funds for the Windermere Foundation.

For the past 27 years, the Windermere Foundation has supported low-income and homeless families. What started in 1989 as a grassroots foundation serving families in need in Washington State, has grown to encompass eleven states and has raised over $30 million for organizations that provide shelter, food, children’s programs, and emergency assistance.

Tournament participants enjoyed a variety of competitions in addition to 18 holes of scramble golf tournament play. Activities included hole-in-one competitions with prizes ranging from a 2017 BMW 430i CV S Convertible, a 3-day golf vacation at French Lick Resort, and shopping sprees for luxury golf gear.

The 3rd Annual Windermere Foundation golf tournament was a great success and a huge thank you goes out to the sponsors who helped make it an exciting and successful event.

Marty Blanchard of BMW Seattle

Erik Hand, Lee Gill and Bob Burmeister of Penrith Home Loans

Brad Clarke of DCG ONE

Lars Neste of Demco Law Firm, P.S.

Mark Beebe of Lakeview Mortgage

Darin Granger of DC Granger Inc.

Chip Painter of Windermere Relocation Services

See the photos of all the fun here

Thank you to all who attended and supported the event – we are looking forward to seeing you again next year!


StagerPalooza is back to help #TackleHomelessness!


Once a year, the talented people at Staging & Design Network have a two day sale of their staging inventory, to make room for new trends, styles and colors. This is a fantastic opportunity to buy furniture and décor that was hand-picked by an interior designer and then sold at a fraction of the retail price.

This year, they have added a new element to help support the Windermere Foundation in association with the Seattle Seahawks to #tacklehomelessness and support YouthCare. For every item on YouthCare’s Wish List that you bring into the sale, you will win a chance at a fun door prize!

Event Details:

Staging & Design Network Showroom
13621 NE 126th Place, Suite 400
Kirkland WA 98034

Friday, September 30, 2016 from 10am to 4pm
Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10am to 4pm

See you there!

New Orleans Food and Funk Festival


New Orleans is filled with scrumptious French-inspired Creole and Cajun food, live jazz, street performers, and an appreciation for all the temptations of life.

If this sounds appealing but you don’t have time to fly to the Big Easy, we have great news for you. The New Orleans Food and Funk Festival will be happening at WaMu Theater this Friday, September 30, 2016. Much like a visit to the French Quarter, this event will be featuring the best food and music that New Orleans has to offer.

Numerous food vendors will be offering full plates or $5 snack size portions, allowing you to sample everything from fried alligator to Boudin. Music is a huge part of this event and it looks like your dancing shoes will be a very good idea. As they say in NOLA, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

First Day of Autumn


Even though it happens year after year, the arrival of autumn is always a little surprising. Almost as if on a switch, one day late in the summer you feel it – a subtle crispness in the air. And before you know it, it’s pumpkin-spice-everything everywhere. We are suddenly swathed in sweaters, wearing boots, and bombarded by shades of orange, often even before the thermometer warrants it. After slogging through a long hot August, it can feel exciting.

Making the transition to autumn is also a great way to reorganize after a hectic summer and be better prepared going into the winter months. To make the transition a little smoother, we have created a to-do-list of ideas to help.

Start with your bedroom

Gauzy cotton feels decidedly summer, while soft cashmere has a distinctly autumnal vibe. This time of year, feel free to use both luxe textures at once, but incorporate them in colors that are appropriate for the changing seasons: cream for cashmere, gray or stone for linen.

Pay attention to plants

As the season changes, so should your indoor greenery. Switch out those palm fronds or orchids for eucalyptus branches or hydrangeas in deep purple hues.

Winterize your car

Due for an inspection? Been meaning to get those tires changed? It’s tedious, but dealing with maintenance issues now instead of three months from now (when you’re stuck in a freak snowstorm) is definitely a smart move.

Perform a pantry audit

First, remove all the cans and boxes from the shelves and vacuum any lingering dust or crumbs. Then inspect each item before putting it back in its place, tossing anything that is expired or past its prime. If you are overloaded with canned goods, make a bag for the local food bank.

Sync your family calendars

Now that you’re not in the land of weeklong vacations, keeping track of everyone’s schedule can be tricky. Go old-school by using a chalkboard calendar and placing it in a high-traffic area, like your mudroom. Or go high-tech and download the app Cozi. This tool combines everyone’s calendar and even lets you set up a shared grocery list (so you’ll never forget to pick up milk from the store).

Don’t neglect the Fireplace

You may not be ready to think about it yet, but on the first chilly night you’ll be glad you did. Hire a professional to inspect the fireplace and chimney to make sure it’s clear and ready for use.