July Events to Add to Your Calendar

June 30, 2016

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If there’s one thing you can count on living in Seattle, it’s that there’s always something to do! If you need an excuse to try something new with friends and family this month, then here are upcoming events that are sure to put some excitement in your plans.

 

Bite of Seattle | July 15-17,2016

It’s back! This food and beverage showcase features over 60 restaurants, pop-up vendors, and beer and cider tastings. With live cooking demonstrations, 5 outdoor music stages, a wine bar, and much more, bring your family and friends out for one of the most exciting weekends in July. Did we mention admission is free? Find more event information here.

 

Renegade Craft Fair | July 23-24, 2016

With over 200 vendors, this is the perfect fair to find something unique. Whether you’re looking for hand-crafted lotions, high-quality clothes, or unique art by local artists, you will definitely find it here. Go here for more information about this event.


3 Ideas for Hosting a Game of Thrones Viewing Party

June 22, 2016

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Battling kings and queens, oh my! If you have Game of Thrones fever like the rest of us, then it’s time to host your very own Game of Thrones Viewing party with your friends! Not sure where to start? Here are 5 ideas for making sure everyone has a fun night. 

 

Make Invitations

If you’re going to do this, then why not go all out with themed invitations? You can make your own by picking out your favorite medieval font, staining the paper with tea, or burning the edges for an authentic feel.

 

Create a Makeshift Photobooth

Everyone loves a photo booth. Have people dress up and take pictures in a photo booth you created. You can keep it simple with providing a solid or patterned sheet or blanket as a background. Then, all you need are a few props and some good lighting. Here are some GOT prop printables to check out.

 

Get Creative

Hosting a watch party doesn’t mean that you can’t turn the night into a fun-filled extravaganza! Invest in some goblets. String up a GOT banner in your living room. If you’re feeling really adventurous, consider this printable GOT game that lets you play as you watch!


Father’s Day Gifts for Every Dad

June 08, 2016

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Whether you’re looking to get the perfect gift for your dad, husband, grandfather, or any special guy in your life, here are a few unique gift ideas that are sure to surprise him this Father’s Day. It’s time to think out of the box this year.

 

For the Music Lover

If your dad is a music man, surprise him with thoughtful music-oriented gifts! Wayfair has a great selection of musically-related gift items including a Bamboo guitar cutting board, guitar-shaped ice-cube tray, and even a guitar-patterned  shower curtain!

 

For the Classy Gent

Does your debonair dad love his whiskey? Does he like to keep it classy? If you answered yes, then he’ll love the 5-piece whiskey set from Fitz and Floyd.

 

For the Sports Fan

Does your dad love to express his love for sports through his clothing? Whatever team or sport your dad is into, you’ll find it at FansEdge. From NBA to NFL, you’ll find his favorite team, player, and colors at this store.

 


Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events

June 02, 2016

When you live in the Seattle, Washington area, one of the best things about it is all of the sights to see, events to attend and activities you can take part in. However, the challenge is keeping track of all of the events that you could be going to. If you are looking for upcoming events and activities to start your summer off right in June, get to know some of the best options in the Seattle area so that you can be sure to get your tickets and make your plans as soon as possible.

The Seattle International Film Festival

When: June 1st – June 12th

Where: Multiple Locations

The Seattle International Film Festival is a great experience for anyone in the Seattle area who loves movies that are unique and different. With entries from countries all over the world in all different genres, there is something for everybody.

Festival Sundiata

When: June 11th – June 12th

Where: Seattle Center

The Festival Sundiata is an African American arts festival with a wide variety of artists, vendors, and musical performances. This is a family friendly event that you can bring children to as well.

Seattle Pride Parade and PrideFest

When: June 26th

Where: Parade Kick-Off at 4th and Union, PrideFest At Seattle Center

Seattle Pride Parade and PrideFest are great ways to support the Seattle area LGBTQ community and have fun while doing so. The parade kicks off at 11am and PrideFest follows the parade at the Seattle Center.

Now that you know a few of the great events around Seattle, Washington in June, you can be sure that you make your plans and get your tickets as soon as possible to enjoy the best that Seattle has to offer.


Top Summer Travel Destinations Near Your Seattle Home

June 02, 2016

The summer season is certainly the time to take a much-needed vacation to get away from it all. Planning a fun and exciting trip with your friends or family doesn’t have to labor intensive. Whether you only have a weekend or want to stay close to home, we’ve compiled a few day-trip travel destinations that we think you’re going to like.

 

Fox Hollow Farm | 24 Miles Away

12031 Issaquah-Hobart Rd. S.E., Issaquah, Wa 98027

Fox Hollow Farm is a quaint little gem hidden in the scenic Washington forestry. Pet a bunny, learn about agriculture, admire the farm animals, stroll through the gardens, or ride a tractor! Fox Hollow Farm is now offering reservations and you can reserve your space here.

 

Tacoma | 40 Miles Away

If you’re looking for something interesting and new to do, spend the day exploring museums in the city of Tacoma, Washington! Tacoma is a beautiful city known for its glass art. Explore hand-blown glass at the Tacoma Museum of Glass or learn about the citywide glass installations at the Tacoma Art Museum. You’ll also find the Washington State History Museum and the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium here, so there’s a little something for everyone.

 

Mount Rainier National Park | 70 Miles Away

39000 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA 98304

If you have yet to experience the majestic breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, then add it to your summer plans! Climb the glacier routes, enjoy the outdoors, and take in the beauty of Washington. For more information and pass prices, check out their website here.


National Hamburger Day: Where to Get the Best Burgers

May 25, 2016

With National Hamburger Day right around the corner, you’re going to want to find the tastiest burger in Seattle to sink your teeth into. Ranging from traditional to gourmet, you’ll get the perfect blend of meat, cheese, toppings, and bread from the many restaurants throughout the city.

You’ll find the best burgers in Seattle at the following locations:

  • Essex serves a wood-fired oven burger that is out of this world delicious. Topped with a spicy and a malt vinegar aioli and lettuce, you get the choice of adding cheddar, bacon or pickled peppers to this solid meal.
  • Who needs bacon on their burger when they can have it in their burger? Giddy Up Burgers actually grinds bacon into their patty which is appropriately named the ‘Stuffed Pig’.
  • A Japanese burger that explodes with flavor. That’s what you’ll find at Katsu Burger, home of the Mt. Fuji burger, a beef, pork, and chicken sensation topped with three different cheese, a fried egg, bacon, and wasabi mayo/tonkatsu sauce.

Now that you know where to find the best burgers in Jet City on National Hamburger Day, you can sit down and enjoy every delicious mouthful. You may not make it to all of the restaurants on this list in one day but you’ll have a few new places in mind to go to the next time you dine out.


Check Out These Free Art Festivals Happening This Week in Seattle

May 12, 2016

Living in Seattle, there’s never a shortage of things to do. If you’re still figuring out your weekend plans, here are a few suggestions to get in touch with your artistic side!

West Seattle Art Walk
Every second Thursday, you can enjoy the West Seattle Art Walk from 6:00 to 9:00 pm from Alki to Endolyne. This free, all-ages event will feature the best local West Seattle merchants!

Art Up in Phinney Wood & Summer Streets
Every second Friday, head out to Greenwood Avenue/Phinney Avenue for the monthly art walk from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. This is a free, all-ages event where you can check out the latest artwork and enjoy spending the evening in the beautiful Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood.

Ballard Art Walk

Every second Saturday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, head over to Ballard Avenue for their ArtWalk! This free, all-ages event will be located in the Ballard neighborhood and is one you won’t want to miss!


How to Treat Mom This Mother’s Day

May 03, 2016

Mother’s Day approaching this Sunday, May 8 and if you’re still wondering what to do, consider something other than flowers this year. Make Mom feel special by taking her to one of these unique Mother’s Day events happening in Seattle this weekend.

 

For the Book Lover

From May 6 – 8, the Seattle Public Library is having a huge book sale at the Seattle Center. Whether you’re looking for a gift or want to take your mom out to browse through hundreds of books, CDs, DVDs, or paperbacks, this is one event you don’t want to miss. The Seattle Center is located at 299 Mercer Street. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, May 7 and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday, May 8.

 

For the Outdoor Enthusiast

Washington State Parks offer “free days” and Sunday, May 8 is one of them! Take your mom out to Mt. Rainier National Park or Olympic National Park for breathtaking views and an experience you won’t soon forget. You can find more information here.

 

For the Foodie

Treat your mom by taking her to the Bacon and Beer Classic. Yes, you heard us right. Featuring hundreds of craft brews and bacon-inspired treats, live music, games, and more, your mom is sure to thank you! This year, the festival will be held at Safeco Field. You can find more information here.


Hiking Trails in Seattle

April 29, 2016

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Seattle isn’t just a great city for tourist to come and visit… it’s definitely a great place to live! One of the highlights of Seattle is the beautiful scenery and the lovely trails that you can enjoy. Whether you’re hiking, biking or walking along the trail you are bound to have an enjoyable time. Here are a few trails that you will love!

  1. Poo Poo Point Trail: This trail is a great choice for those that want to walk or hike. It isn’t the best for biking, but while you’re on it you’ll have a great time. You will see a lot of wildlife on along the trail, and you’ll love the beautiful views that you’re able to see. This trail is 6.8 miles long, is a great trail to experience as a family, and you can even take along your dog!
  2. Lincoln Park Trail: This is a loop trail that is great for mountain biking, although you can walk along it as well! It is a great way to experience nature, wildlife and see beautiful birds along it. There is an area where you can get a view of the beach and sea kayaking. You can walk or bike on this trail as a family, dogs are welcome and it is also wheelchair friendly! There is also a park that you can enjoy! This trail is simply put, amazing!
  3. West Tiger Mountain #3 Trail: This is an awesome trail that is great for hiking, running and walking! If you like to see wildlife, wild flowers, excellent views and beautiful birds while you’re on a hike this is the perfect trail for you! This trail is 4.5 miles long and has a lot of activity options that you will enjoy. Dogs are welcome as long as they’re on a leash.

The Best Pancakes in Seattle

March 26, 2016

If you’re in Seattle and have a hankering for pancakes then you’ll be glad to hear you won’t go hungry. There are some fantastic choices when it comes to pancakes in the local area, so whatever you fancy you know you’ll be able to find something perfect

A couple of our recommendations include:

Portage Bay Café

4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA
(206) 547-8230

This café is perfect for brunch, although they actually service their delicious food all day. They use locally sourced items where possible and it really tells when you taste their pancakes. The café can get really popular during the weekend so it’s wise to book in advance. Our tip is to order pancakes from the Breakfast Bar section where you get to top them with as much as you want from the bar, with items such as nuts, fruits, syrups and creams to choose from.

Citizen

706 Taylor Ave North, Seattle, WA
(206) 284-1015

This small place is well known for being unique with both its décor and menu! They do some fantastic pancakes of offer, with both sweet and savoury types on offer. On top of that they have monthly pancake specials, so you can go for something different if you fancy a change.

Whatever you fancy – whether it’s a breakfast treat or something for brunch the two venues above will cater to you perfectly so make sure you pay (at least) one of them a visit!