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Holiday Lights and where to see them!

December 02, 2019




Holiday Lights!

The city of Seattle is full of Holiday Cheer. It seems like every neighborhood has its own unique feel and own unique way to decorate for the holiday season. One way everyone likes to show their spirit is with lights! We want to share with you some of our favorite places to take in the lights this year.

Candy Cane Lane


Where: Northeast Park Road off Ravenna Boulevard in Seattle
When: Mid-December until about January 1, usually from 4 to 11 p.m. and until midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas


Christmas Ship Festival


Where: Check the Christmas Ship schedule to find out which ports are welcoming the ship each night.
When: Typically the last week of November to the last week of December


Bellevue Garden d’Lights


When: Typically the last week of November to the last week of December, 4:30-9 p.m. each night
Where: 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005


Snowflake Lane


When: Typically the last week of November to Christmas Eve, nightly at 7 p.m.
Where: Snowflake Lane takes place on the streets around Bellevue Square; Celebration Lane fills the sidewalks at The Bellevue Collection


Zoolights


Where: Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
When: Typically the last week of November to the first week of January, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.



Thanksgiving Classics! Recipes we love.

November 11, 2019




Thanksgiving Classics

We broke down the most classic thanksgiving foods. Just about every table across this country will have some of these classics, some might even have them all. From our table, to yours, happy Thanksgiving.

Stuffing


Sweet or savory. Cranberry or Rosemary. Make sure this year, you stuff yourself with stuffing.
Sausage Herb Stuffing
Classic Stuffing Recipe


Green Bean Casserole


Green Beans with crispy onions!! YES! Green Bean Casserole is barley considered a veggie side because of it’s decadence. No Thanksgiving celebration would be the same without it!
Classic Green Bean Casserole
French’s Green Bean Casserole


Cranberry Sauce


What better way to accent your main course than with this tart and tasty spread. Some like a little spicey, some like sweet, some even like it with horsraddish, like my family. Anyway you spread it, this topping is a must-have on your table.
Classic Cranberry
Spicy Cran


Gravy


It’s all gravy baby. Gravy. Enough said.
Classic Turkey Gravy



Halloween in the City

October 10, 2019




Are you scared?

Halloween is spoooooky….!!! Do you like to get scared? Do you like to eat candy? Are you the type of person that goes to a graveyard? Are you a vampire? Halloween is here! No matter who you are or what you like, there is a way for everyone to celebrate Halloween in Seattle!

FreakNight

Annual crazy intense throwdown party that is FreakNight. It’s basically a Halloweentown Coachella and it features a complete evening of live music, dancing, a Halloween marketplace, and a spooky lit up neon environment of scary circus attractions, weird sideshows, and fun carnival rides. If what you want for Halloween is a chance to party hard, this is the spooky Halloween dance party for you.

Pumpkin Patches

Step onto a large farm, get your hands dirty. Have a hot cider or a hot dog. Some patches have hayrides and pumpkin bowling! Dogs are even allowed in certain places. Basically, you should really go check out a pumpkin patch this Halloween season.


Issaquah Zombie Walk

Walk the streets of Issaquah dressed as a zombie. You’ll need plenty of brains for this one.


80’s Halloween Cruise

Cruise through Lake Washington listening to 80’s dance tunes! What a better way to celebrate a night of dressing up with your ultimate 80’s gear! Check our Waterway Cruises right here in Fremont for details.


Magnuson Halloween Run

Run walk or jog all dressed up and be part of the Halloween run! It’s a 5, 10, or 15K course in your costume! After the event, stick around to snap pictures in front of a selfie wall.



Born to run!

September 23, 2019




Baby, we were born to RUN!

September in the city means a few things. Bumbershoot. Kids in school, and the last month of our amazing summer. Crispy air and the beginning of fall foliage make this the perfect month to lace up your kicks and run a little. Here are some of the best places to run to (and in) in the city we call home.

Washington Park Arboretum


Distance:3.6 Miles
Elevation:230 Feet
Run Type:Road


Discovery Park Loop Trail


Distance:2.8 Miles
Elevation:140 Feet
Run Type:Trail


Green Lake


Distance:2.8 Miles
Elevation: Mostly Flat
Run Type: Road (around a lake!)


Burke-Gilman Trail


Distance:18 Miles
Elevation:304 Feet
Run Type: Paved Trail



Dog Days of August

August 30, 2019

Dog Days of August

The dog days of August are here. We want to celebrate all the dogs here at the Bowman. We had an amazing month! We hosted a pool party for your furry friends. Here are some of the highlights.




Summer Time Treats!

July 15, 2019




Summer Time Treats!

Now that summer is well underway, you are probably wondering – What do I eat? What do I serve my friends when they come over for a cookout on the roof? All I have in my pantry are avocados, do I need other food too!? The answer is YES – Here are a few of our favorite summer foods to serve to your friends and family.


Watermelon

Refreshing, juicy watermelon is one of the most-hydrating summer foods. Not only that, but its pretty red hue means it’s a concentrated source of lycopene — the same heart-protective compound found in tomatoes. You absorb more lycopene when you eat it with fat, so try watermelon drizzled with olive oil in a sweet and savory summer salad, or brush it with oil and grill it.


Grilled Fish

Grilling is one of the healthiest ways to prepare fish. Whitefish (like halibut) is a great source of lean protein, while oily fish (like salmon and sardines) give you heart-healthy Omega-3 fats. Fish cooks so quickly that it’s a snap to make on the grill. For extra variety, try it in fish tacos, kebabs or in a sandwich.


Gazpacho

This Spanish specialty is loaded with nutrient-packed summer produce: tomatoes, cucumber and red pepper. You’ll get a ton of vitamin C and potassium in this refreshing soup.


Salad

Summer begs for stove-free preparation methods, and salad is one of the easiest, healthiest no-cook meals you can make. Get creative with the ingredients: All vegetables are fair game, fruit is welcome, and lean proteins (tuna, hard-boiled eggs, leftover poached chicken) and healthy fats (avocado and nuts) turn it into a meal.


Corn

There’s no need to feel bad about enjoying corn on the cob — it’s healthier than you think. This starchy vegetable delivers lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients that are important for eye health. One ear has 60 calories and 2 grams of fiber.



Top Festivals to see this Summer!

June 19, 2019




Summa Summa Summer Time!

The summer is finally here! Now get out of the apartment and see everything this State can offer! Here are some of our favorite festivals to check out this summer!


Washington State International Kite Festival – Aug 19–25

Go Fly A Kite! No seriously, go fly one. It’s worth the drive out to Long Beach Washington to see all the fantastic and colorful kites. You can’t miss this once a year experience to get out on the coast and fly a kite. Bring your kids, because this trip is definitely a family affair.


The Fremont Fair – June 22–23

Fremont’s biggest event of the year. Crafts, live music, and naked bicyclists. It’s literally down the street from the Bowman and something you have to do! Grab food from one of the many incredible food trucks. Buy some local art to hang on your wall, and bring your sunny vibes to fun time that you won’t soon forget.


Sequim Lavender Festival – July 19–21

After a long and sleepy winter, the Lavender fields in Sequim are ready to bloom! You can smell them as you drive by, and it smells incredible. If you like purple, and you like the sweet, sweet smell of lavender, you have to check out this weekend festival. Stock up on lavender goods, and bring your nose!


South Lake Union Block Party – Fri Aug 9

Every year the block party at SLU is a hit. Bands of all shapes and sizes show up to rock you. There is a beer garden, local crafts, and amazing food trucks. Last year they had a Print your own poster station! The event is sponsored by Amazon and is a must for every Seattleite.


Washington State Fair – Aug 30–Sept 22

In the dog days of summer, you’ll find the crowds of Washington head out to Puyallup. Flower and produce contests, they give awards for the best peaches, the most perfect head of lettuce, and the largest squash and pumpkins. Don’t forget about all the baby animals, carnival games, and rides! You can catch a rodeo, live concerts, and a whole lot more! Grab some kettle corn, and head to Puyallup this summer for fair!



May Flowers! 5 Beautiful places to visit this Spring

May 19, 2019




May Flowers…!

May flowers! You’re finally out of the rain. Now it’s time to enjoy everything fun in the sun!


Take a walk around Green Lake

It’s right in your backyard. If you haven’t walked around Green Lake yet, you’re missing out. The spring transforms Greelake into a beautiful park filled with blossoms. The trees are blooming, and the greenery is growing, and the plants are flowering. Walk, run, or take a gingerly stroll. Yellow iris’s fill your vision, going right to the water’s edge. It’s an experience you can’t miss.


Golden Gardens

Sitting on the shoreline of Puget Sound, the spring brings beautiful weather and great people to the fantastic park in Ballard. Blossoming trees of pink and white look gorgeous against the blue sky and white mountain peaks of the Olympics. A paved walking path around the beach takes you through beautiful blooming trees. Kick-off your shoes, and feel the sand between your toes. Bring your kids because this is an all-ages experience you have to check this spring.


Carl S English Jr. Botanical Gardens

Carl S English Jr. Botanical Gardens sit right above the locks. The locals call it “Ballard Locks.” In the early 1900’s Carl S English planted these gardens, and the City of Seattle Parks Department has since maintained them. The variety of trees will have even arborists in amazement, as they have everything from Magnolia trees to forsythia.


Mount Rainer National Park

The spring brings wildflowers to bloom in one of the most stunning national parks our entire country has to offer. Spring might be a bit early to see the flowers but put it on your calendar because the colors in the meadows will make the sound of music seem dull. It’s truly a stunning sight and a colorful experience that you won’t ever forget.


Mount Constitution

Bring your hiking shoes and your water bottle for this one. First, you take the ferry to Orcas Island, and then you hike about 2500 feet up. But once you are there, you will be amongst old-growth trees and incredible wildflowers in an alpine meadow. It’s worth the sweat. Bring a backpack with a picnic and take your time, because the view from the top is not to be missed.



April Showers – Fun things to when it’s raining

April 16, 2019




April Showers…!

April showers bring May flowers! Living in the northwest is a real treat, but sometimes it does rain. When it’s raining, you can choose to don your Northface jacket and rain boots and hit the trail – OR – you can stay inside, and take in the many unique experiences this city has to offer.


Seattle Central Library

Easily one of the coolest buildings in Seattle, this eleven-story stainless steel and glass structure is amazing. It’s the Seattle Library Systems flag-ship library and it holds some incredible spaces to escape the rain and catch up on some classics.


Volunteer Park Conservatory

Lush, green and completely inside. In the center of Volunteer Park is a glasshouse completely filled with botanical wonders from around the world. You will find all types of seasonal plants. There are ponds, , and ferns. It’s an amazing experience if it’s raining hard, as you hear and see the raindrops hit the glass roof.


Get the Golden Ticket

Take a tour of a real-life chocolate factory. Theo’s Chocolate in Fremont makes free trade organic chocolate in a schmorgesborg of flavors. Call ahead to schedule a tour of the factory, smells are free.


Hike Among Boulders and Caves

The Tiger Mountain Talus Rock hike is one of the best hikes to do in the rain. Escape the drip drops as you nestle under large boulders. It’s about 3.5 miles round trip. In past years the trail was muddy, but recent renovations on the trail have made this a great hike for all weather.



5 Things to do this spring in Seattle!

March 15, 2019




Spring is here!

Spring is here! The trees are starting to get green again. The flowers are beginning to bloom, and everywhere bees are buzzing, and birds are flying — sweet, sweet pollen. We’ve compiled a list of our five favorite things to do in the Springtime in this great state. We want you to get up, get out, and get some!!!


1. Take a Hike, man!

One of the best things about Washington are the trees. It’s called the evergreen state for a reason, and that reason is that there are a TON OF TREES! So, for the first must do of the Spring season is to take a hike! Whatever your physical condition, there is a hike for you. From the 8-mile switchback path to the top of Big Si (a mountain in North Bend), to a mild stroll around one of the walking trails at Discovery Park. Bring your dog, bring your camera, bring your lover, or bring your friend. Enjoy the greenery of our fantastic state.


2. Street Fairs and Food Festivals!

During the spring there are a TON of festivals to attend. Some of our favorites are the annual Food Truck Rodeos. Seattle is quickly becoming one of the preeminent foodie destinations of the country. Not quite as good as Portland, but we hold our own. Try some of the gourmet food trucks that make our great state one of the tastiest around.


3. Tulips!

Flowers on flowers on flowers! If you have never been to the tulip festival in the Skagit Valley, you have to check it out. Don your favorite sundress, or a dapper sweater and head on over. There are fields of tulips, as far as the eye can see. It’s a great way to get a photo for your next Christmas card, or that hot new Instagram pic you’ll be sure to get MAD LIKES on!


4. Farmers Markets!

You know how we feel about a good rutabaga. Or some of that kale that is fresh AF. Get your microgreens on at all the Farmers Markets around the city. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday morning or a Tuesday afternoon. Bring your reusable organic tote bags and your creative dinner ideas. You’ll leave with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, and some farm fresh produce!


5. Go Whale Watching!

You’ll have a whale of a time whale watching. You’ll be thanking us here at the Bowman for recommending a perfect Spring outing. And we will say “You’re Whale-come!” – Ok, all puns aside, this is a quintessential Washington experience that you can’t miss. Take a day trip around the San Juans and meet an Orca. Gawk at the bald eagles, and learn about all the wildlife that inhabits our vast coastal areas. You won’t be disappointed.