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.

Eat

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: srw.seattletimes.com

Luxury Camping: Glamping in the Pacific Northwest

An escape to the great outdoors brings you closer to life’s simple pleasures: disconnect from the data stream, reconnect with the outdoors. Be warmed by the camaraderie around the campfire, gaze at the brilliance of stars and wake to the aromas of a fireside breakfast. With summer almost over you might be thinking that camping season is over as well, but with the new trend towards “glamping”, the outdoor season can be extended well into fall.

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Glamping tents at Moran State Park – stayleanto.com

When you’re glamping, there’s no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll, no fire to build. Whether in a tent, yurt, airstream, pod, igloo, hut, villa, cabin, cube, tee-pee or tree house, glamping is a way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury.

Some venues have interesting activities like being part of a working ranch or playing with llamas. Others are all about being pampered and left to enjoy the serenity. We’ve come up with a short list of glamping suggestions in Washington plus a few in in Oregon that are just too fabulous not to include.

Washington:

http://www.stayleanto.com/

http://wildretreat.com/

http://pamperedwilderness.com/

http://www.lakedale.com/luxury-glamping/

http://bullhill.com/glamping-tents/

http://www.pacapride.com/

http://www.rollinghuts.com/

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Rolling Huts in Methow Valley

Oregon:

http://www.panacearesort.com/

http://www.tipivillageretreat.com/

http://www.rimrockinnor.com/

http://www.willowwittranch.com/farm-stays/camping

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Smith Tower: Seattle’s Original Skyscraper

After nearly two years of renovations the newly branded Smith Tower Observatory has reopened and now the view comes with cocktails.
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Then and now: Smith Tower 1929 and 2016

On August 25 a new “speak-easy” will open at the top of the Smith Tower. Formerly known as the Chinese Room, the 35th floor observation deck has been renamed “the Smith Tower Observatory,” and within it is the Smith Tower Temperance cafe and bar.

The new 35th-floor bar is inspired by the Prohibition era as a nod to the origins of the building, which opened 102 years ago in Pioneer Square as Seattle’s first skyscraper and the fourth tallest building in the world. Light bites inspired by the Roaring Twenties and the tower’s Asian influence include banh mi sandwiches, Chinese dumplings, a raw oyster bar, and craft cocktails.

To get to the observation deck and bar, you have two options: Pay for a 40-minute, self-guided “Legends of Smith Tower” tour or simply pay for a “Straight Up” ticket for an elevator ride to the 35th floor.

It’s lovely to see such a grand Seattle landmark be restored and reinvented as a fun destination stop but make sure you get there early – the observatory and bar closes each day at 6pm.

Seattle Farmers Markets Guide

Farmers markets have traditionally been a gathering of the tribe as much as a collection of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables.  In recent years the culture and excitement behind farmers markets has expanded to become kind of a low-key celebration of urban community and country food. It’s a place to eat, drink, enjoy music and network with neighbors. So grab your tote bags and head out to one or more of Seattle’s fantastic markets!

BALLARD

OPEN: Sundays, year round
HOURS:
10am – 3pm
LOCATION:
22nd Avenue NW and NW Market Street

CAPITOL HILL/BROADWAY

OPEN: Sundays, year round
HOURS:
11am – 3pm
LOCATION:
Broadway Ave E and E Pine St

COLUMBIA CITY

OPEN: Wednesdays, May 4th to October 12th
HOURS:
3pm – 7pm
LOCATION:
37th Ave S & S Edmunds St, just off Rainier Ave S., in South Seattle, 98118

LAKE CITY

OPEN: Thursdays, June 9th to Sept 29th
HOURS:
3pm – 7pm
LOCATION:
NE 125th & 28th NE, next to the Library off Lake City Way, 98125

MADRONA

OPEN: Fridays, Mid-May through the end of September
HOURS:
3pm – 7pm
LOCATION:
in the parking lot of the Madrona Grocery Outlet, at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and E. Union Street

MAGNOLIA

OPEN: Saturdays, June 4th to Oct 8th
HOURS: 10am – 2pm
LOCATION: 33rd Ave W & W McGraw St in the Magnolia Village

MERCER ISLAND

OPEN: Sundays, June 5th through Nov 20th
HOURS: 10am to 3pm
LOCATION: 1/2 mile south of I-90 on SE 32nd St at Mercerdale Park (between 77th and 78th Ave SE)

PHINNEY

OPEN: Fridays, June 3rd to Sept 30th
HOURS: 3:30pm – 7:30pm
LOCATION:
N 67th St & Phinney Ave N, in upper lot at Phinney Neighborhood Cntr, 98103

UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

OPEN: Saturdays, year round
HOURS: 2pm to 6 pm
LOCATION: University Way NE (the “Ave”) between 50th & 52nd, 98105

QUEEN ANNE

OPEN: Thursdays, June 2nd through Oct 13th
HOURS:
3pm – 7:30pm
LOCATION:
West Crockett Street at Queen Anne Avenue North (between Bartell’s and Menchies)

WALLINGFORD

OPEN: Wednesdays, from late May through late September
HOURS:
3:30pm – 7pm
LOCATION:
located in Meridian Park at the corner of Meridian Avenue N and N 50th Street

WEST SEATTLE

OPEN: Sundays, year round
HOURS:
10am – 2pm
LOCATION:
California Ave SW & SW Alaska, in the heart of the West Seattle Junction, 98116

Neighborhood Spotlight: Madison Park

Once a well kept secret of Central Seattle, Madison Park is now a thriving and vibrant neighborhood. Nestled just east of the Washington Park Arboretum, it boasts a trendy retail village and upscale homes that make it the toast of the area. Looking for a home in a gated community? The Broadmoor Golf Club offers one of the finest private golf communities in the area. When you get hungry, stroll on over to any of the amazing eateries. Madison Kitchen, Bing’s, Cactus, The Independent Pizzaria, and many more offer all the variety you need. On a hot day take a dip in Lake Washington at the Madison Park Beach. All this within a short commute to downtown, the University of Washington and the First Hill medical community.

Like the rest of Seattle, Madison Park homes have seen strong appreciation in recent years and currently has a median price of $1,775,000. Here are the total number of homes that have sold in Madison Park over the past six months:

Madison Park Chart

The Many Tours of Seattle

By Phil Greely, Broker, Windermere Real Estate/Wall Street

Whether you’ve recently moved to Seattle, have lived here all your life, or are just visiting for the weekend, there’s always something new to explore. Seattle offers an array of tours customized for all types of visitors to experience the many sides of the city. Here are some of our favorites:

Coffee Tour

Seattle is synonymous with coffee, and for good reason: the city has the greatest concentration of coffee shops in America! While the iconic Starbucks 1st and Pike store may be the first coffeehouse that comes to mind, there are plenty more to explore. Seattle Coffee Crawl is a 2.5-hour morning stroll that blends Seattle’s coffee history with the unique philosophies and techniques behind brewing and roasting coffee. Oh, and you’ll also find plenty of opportunities to stock up on your favorites.

Gourmet Food and Drink Tours

Award-winning clam chowder, handmade cheese, the famous Pike Place Fish Market—a trip to Seattle isn’t complete without sampling the local fare! Savor Seattle Food Tours offers an array of food and drink tours: the signature Pike Place Market Tour is a great introduction for first-time visitors; the Gourmet Seattle and Booze ‘n Bites tours are perfect for foodies; and the Chocolate Indulgence Tour takes chocoholics through Seattle’s rich chocolate history.

Distillery/Brewery Tours

Washington is home to more than 175 breweries, with more than 40 located in Seattle. Expand your palate on a three-hour beer tour with Road Dog Tours, where you’ll visit three distinct breweries, sample lots of fresh beer, and learn what craft brewing in Seattle is all about.

Are vodka and gin more your style? Check out a distillery tour, where you’ll visit three of Seattle’s 50+ establishments and learn how your favorite spirits are made.

Seattle Harbor Tour

Take in Seattle’s beautiful Elliot Bay, surrounding mountain ranges, and the downtown skyline on a cruise around the Seattle harbor. One popular option is Argosy Cruises, which offers an hour-long narrated cruise along the shoreline of the Seattle waterfront. You might even see a California sea lion or petite harbor seal!

Mt. Rainier Tour

If you can, give yourself a full day to experience Mount Rainier National Park. There’s no shortage of tours that will guide you through all the park has to offer, including hiking, wildlife spotting, waterfalls, glaciers, and more. One such tour is Viator, which will pick you up from select Seattle hotels and transport you through historic Washington towns on a 10-hour guided day trip that culminates with exploring the natural beauty of Mt. Rainier.

Trolley Tour

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of downtown Seattle while hearing about the city’s fascinating history on a trolley tour. Emerald City Trolley takes you to some of Seattle’s classic spots, including the Space Needle, Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market, and the Sky View Observatory atop the Columbia Center building.

Flightseeing tour

What better way to see our city than from the sky? Hop on a seaplane, a hybrid between a boat and an airplane, and fly over the Seattle area and the Puget Sound. Northwest Seaplanes, Kenmore Air, Seattle Seaplanes, and others all offer scenic flight packages.

Originally posted by Phil Greely at:  http://www.philgreely.com/2016/06/23/the-many-tours-of-seattle/

 

Windermere Agents Party in the Park for a Good Cause

On Friday, June 24, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) hosted its annual fundraiser, Party in the Park, at the Olympic Sculpture Park. This much-anticipated dining event is a chance to take part in one of their largest fundraisers to benefit exhibitions and public programs. Windermere Real Estate was proud to sponsor an Artist’s Table at this year’s event. Our agents in attendance were treated to a table that was decorated by renowned jewelry artist Rachel Ravitch, as well as a delicious meal prepared by Daisley Gordon, Owner and Executive Chef of Café’ Campagne.

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Barbara Cahill, Jan Selvar and Ty Evans

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Dining Out With Dogs

If dogs truly are man’s best friend, they can’t always be left at home. So, we recently asked our #WinderPup friends to give us some suggestions for dog-friendly hot spots around town. Typically you’re encouraged to not bark orders at people, but we’ll make an exception for these Fido friendly businesses.

Norm’s Eatery and Ale House

Norms

Located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Norm’s Eatery & Ale House is open every day of the week for lunch, dinner and drinks. They are pet-friendly with a wide-ranging clientele, from college students on weekend nights to families during the day – plus they have trivia night on Thursdays!

The Dray

Dray

A warm and cozy interior made from reclaimed woods welcomes you and your four-legged friend to The Dray for great food, beer, wine and Stumptown coffee. Don’t bother bringing a book to read, since there will likely be a soccer match on the telly and lots of spirited fans in the house. Located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood.

Bustle Caffe’

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Located on top of the strategically important Queen Anne Hill, Bustle Caffe’ exists to create a delicious yet entertaining espresso based beverage experience while offering delectable pastries, breakfast sandwiches, lunch items and a bowl of water for your pooch.

FYI: today is National #TakeYourDogToWorkDay!

Ballard Pioneer Home Goes Italian

UntitledOne of the historic Pioneer Houses (dating back to the mid-1800s) was moved from the International District to Ballard years ago and has now become a rustic, modern Italian restaurant called San Fermo.

Although Ballard is chalk full of fabulous restaurants, they were missing somewhere to get classic, authentic Italian food. San Fermo isn’t about reinventing the wheel; it’s about “straightforward, well done Italian.” Sounds good to us!

Their fresh pasta allows them to change recipes weekly or even daily and their patio is the perfect al fresco summer dining spot.

Lunch counter open Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dinner served Monday to Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday 5 to 11 p.m., Sunday Market Supper (coming soon) from noon to 9 p.m.

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