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Cherry Blossom Season in Seattle

Cherry Blossoms Seattle

The delicate and beautiful cherry blossom has such significance in Japanese lore that it's considered the country's unofficial national flower. During springtime, you can enjoy the glory of this stunning flower on this side of the Pacific. Here are the best places to view cherry blossoms around Seattle homes for sale.

  • Washington Park Arboretum - 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., Seattle, WA 98112
    With 230 acres along the shores of Lake Washington, Washington Park Arboretum maintains a world-class collection of plants from more than 100 different countries. Many of them are gathered in thematic collections, such as the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden. There is a Japanese Garden, but cherry blossoms are featured right on Azalea Way, a walkable path that also has the namesake flower along with dogwoods, magnolias, and other plants. Arboretum hours are dawn to dusk, and admission is free.

  • Seward Park - 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle, WA 98118
    Just minutes south of the Arboretum alongside Lake Washington sits Seward Park. At the park's entrance, a circle garden showcases several cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Japan in the early 1900s. Since then, Japan has given Seattle additional cherry trees that are planted throughout the park. Enjoy the cherry blossom during a walk on the Shore Loop, a 2.4-mile trail around the park's perimeters with additional views of Mt. Rainier and the lake. Seward Park is open daily from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m., and admission is free.

  • Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival - Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109
    From its modest beginnings at Seward Park in 1976, the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival expanded in size and popularity. Just two years later, the three-day festival moved to the Seattle Center in Queen Anne. Festival highlights include martial arts and flower arranging demonstrations, tea ceremonies, traditional Japanese music, kimono dress-up, and kids' activities. The 2023 festival is scheduled for the weekend of April 14-16, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day. There is no charge for admission.

  • Kobe Terrace - 650 S. Main St., Seattle, WA 98104
    Kobe Terrace, a hillside tucked away in the International District, provides a delightful oasis of greenery in the heart of the city. The Mt. Fuji cherry trees adorning the grounds were a gift from the people of Kobe, Seattle's sister city in Japan, for whom the park is named. Another gift from Kobe is the four-ton, 200-year-old Yukimidoro stone lantern seen on the hilltop. "Yukimidoro" translates to "view of the snow," which is what visitors see atop Mt. Rainier in the distance. Kobe Terrace is the home of the Danny Woo Community Garden, where local residents plant and tend plots of flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m., and admission is free.

  • Green Lake - 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N., Seattle, WA 98115
    Thanks to its tranquil setting and easy accessibility, people from all over Seattle flock to Green Lake. The 2.8-mile multi-use path that circles the lake is accented by the sight of cherry blossoms along the way. In fact, there are so many different species of trees around Green Lake that an online map has been created to identify them. For a different perspective, enjoy the view from the water in a kayak, canoe, or pedal boat. Green Lake is open 24/7, and there is no admission.

  • The Quad - University of Washington, 1410 NE Campus Pkwy., Seattle, WA 98195
    No guide to cherry blossom sightings in Seattle would be complete without mention of The Quad at the University of Washington. Many students and visitors alike have been drawn to the campus by stunning photos of the iconic Quad lined with cherry trees. Originally located in the Arboretum, which is co-managed by UW, the trees were transplanted to the campus in the 1960s to make way for the construction of the floating bridge across Lake Washington. If you're not content to just look, sign up for the UW's Seattle Cherry Blossom Run on the weekend of March 25-26. Shops and restaurants in the surrounding U District celebrate the spring blooms with their Cherry Blossom Festival, which is held concurrent with the run. Restaurants add cherry-themed items to their menus, and shops offer sale specials. 

Urban attractions and natural beauty combine to make Seattle one of the best places to live in the United States. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain and let our brokers answer all your real estate questions.


Portland Saturday Market 2023 Season

Portland Saturday Market

Portland is a place with a truly unique culture. When you want to see the full breadth of all Portland has to offer, our brokers can recommend one attraction: The Portland Saturday Market.

Several Portland homes for sale are within just a short drive of the Portland Saturday Market, which sets up every Saturday between March and December at the beautiful Tom McCall Waterfront Park. This open-air bazaar has been attracting local vendors and guests since all the way back in 1974.

Let's take a closer look at everything this local market has to offer and what you can expect during your visit.

What Is the Portland Saturday Market?

The Portland Saturday Market is a combination of many of the things that make Portland great. It might look like an art show or an open-air concert at times. 

The Saturday Market runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday from March through December. In addition to art, crafts, and gorgeous jewelry, you'll also find food trucks and vendors with diverse, delicious treats to share. There's often live music, and well-behaved leashed dogs are allowed.

Although the Portland Saturday Market closes promptly at 5 p.m., that doesn't mean you'll be out of luck if you want something to do. The Market is convenient to a variety of galleries, restaurants, and breweries. Whether you're after locally made goods, cuisine, or fun with friends, it's all right here for you.

How Do I Get to the Portland Saturday Market?

The Portland Saturday Market sets up at 2 Southwest Naito Parkway, which is next to the Burnside Bridge across the Willamette River. If you're staying downtown, you have many options to get there fast: Walking, cycling, or using a scooter, which are widely available.

From elsewhere in the city, public transit may be your best bet for enjoying the market. The MAX Light Rail lets out at the Skidmore Foundation station, which leaves you only minutes away from the action. 

For those who drive, be aware that metered parking is available but it fills up fast!

How Much Does It Cost to Go to the Portland Saturday Market?

Good news! The Portland Saturday Market is a free attraction. You can visit for as long as you like at any time that works for you, coming and going as you please. If you drive, you should be prepared to pay for metered parking for the duration of your stay. And, of course, you might want to bring a souvenir home from the fantastic vendors at the market!

Where Can I See a List of Vendors for the Portland Saturday Market?

The Portland Saturday Market maintains a list of current vendors on its official website.

Some of the top categories for vendors include accessories, children's clothing and toys, apparel, health and wellness, skincare, jewelry, home decor, pet goods, and packaged foods. Local producers offer all manner of coffees, teas, spices, candy, snacks, and baked goods you can enjoy right away or at home.

Skincare and wellness are ubiquitous in the Portland Saturday Market. Handmade soaps, perfumes, and aromatherapy products made with essential oils are all very popular. 

Be sure to check out the list of vendors before you stop by, the list is always changing and is a good way to scope out what you can buy from local makers and vendors. 

Portland Saturday Market Dates

The 2023 season has started! The Portland Saturday Market welcomes you each and every Saturday from March through December 24. That means you've only missed two Saturdays so far and can get started right away! The next date for the Portland Saturday Market is Saturday, March 18. There are more than 36 Saturdays left in the season. That might be enough to see everything, but we make no promises!

When you live in the Portland area, every weekend is an opportunity to stop by this local market. Contact us to discover more about Portland real estate.


Portland Rooftop Dining Options

Rooftop Dining

Dinner on a rooftop – what could be better than that? Especially if you recently purchased a home in Portland, eating at a rooftop restaurant is a fun opportunity to look at the city and get your bearings. You'll see natural parks, residential neighborhoods, and majestic Mount Hood in the distance. Here are some of the best rooftop bars and restaurants our brokers recommend visiting in the Portland area.

  • Noble Rot: 1111 East Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
    Noble Rot opened in 2002 and quickly became a Portland staple for fresh, seasonal cuisine. Their rooftop is a real garden where they grow a wide array of veggies. In the winter, you'll see endive, kale, and arugula. In the summer, the garden is bursting with tomatoes and peppers. Guests are welcome to visit the garden, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy views of the city below before tucking into a delicious meal.

    Guests love the Grilled Pork Shoulder, which comes with golden beets, cabbage, and cranberries. A slice of the olive oil cake, topped with lemon curd and Chantilly cream, brings any meal to a delicious end.

  • Radio Room: 1101 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211
    Radio Room is a neighborhood restaurant and bar with an adults-only rooftop bar. The rooftop overlooks the city's arts district, which makes for some lovely views. Take time to admire the building itself, too. It dates back to the 1940s and has been beautifully restored in the Art Deco style.

    Radio Room serves brunch every day until 3 pm. Favorites include the Avocado Toast and the Florentine Benedict. They also have a great happy hour with specials like $1 off draft beers and $2 off select cocktails. 

  • Laurelwood Brewing Co: 5115 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OH 97213
    If you're in the mood for a beer after looking at Portland homes for sale, then Laurelwood Brewing Co is the place to go. The rooftop patio is open and sunny, with plenty of space for friends. 

    Laurelwood Brewing Co crafts a lot of creative beers, such as their Fresh Hop Mosaic Ale, made with flaked barley and Munich malt. Their menu features dishes that pair well with their beers. Try the French Dip with a stout or a Rueben with an IPA.

  • Xport Bar & Lounge: 1355 SW 2nd Ave., Portland, OR 97201
    Xport Bar & Lounge is one of the most popular rooftop lounges in downtown Portland. It has a modern, European vibe and a delightful menu of exotic fusion dishes. You'll want to make a reservation for dinner, especially on the weekends.

    Start your evening with an appetizer to share. The Garlic Truffle Fries are incredible, as are the Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts. When it comes to entrees, you can't go wrong with the Porter Burger. Pair it with a hand-crafted cocktail, and you're in for a treat.

  • 10 Barrel Brewing: 1411 NW Flanders St., Portland, OR 97209
    If you're seeking a more casual atmosphere, 10 Barrel Brewing is a great place to go. They have a rooftop party bar that's always bustling with friendly guests and great music. If you like hoppy beers, you're in luck. Space Ghost is a hybrid IPA with tropical notes, and Farewell IPA features passionfruit and mango.

    The food at 10 Barrel Brewing receives rave reviews. The pizzas are made in a real, wood-fired oven. For something lighter, try the Rockfish, caught off the Oregon coast and served on a bed of black lentils. 

  • Metropolitan Tavern: 1021 NE Grand Ave., #600, Portland, OR 97232
    Metropolitan Tavern 
    would be the perfect spot for date night or a weekend dinner with friends. They serve delicious cocktails and contemporary cuisine on their rooftop deck and in their indoor dining room. They're known for their small plates, which include Carnitas Tacos, Fried Calamari, and Tuna Poke. 

    Metropolitan Tavern also serves artisan pizzas, including the Herbivore Pizza topped with pesto, mushrooms, olives, peppers, artichokes, and spinach. For a special occasion, try the Filet Mignon, a classic served with compound butter, mashed potatoes, and grilled broccolini. A handcrafted Pisco Sour or Manhattan will complete your meal perfectly.

If you're new to the Portland area and still looking for a place to call home, contact us. Our friendly agents will be happy to help you navigate the real estate market and make an offer on the perfect place. 


National Pizza Day: Where to Order in Seattle

Seattle Pizza

Did you know that National Pizza Day is coming up on February 9? While there's never a bad time to celebrate with a fresh, delicious pizza, National Pizza Day provides the perfect excuse to get out and experience all that Seattle's amazing pizzerias have to offer. Whether you're looking for a gourmet slice or a quick, convenient bite, you won't have to travel far from Seattle homes for sale to find it. Our brokers have all of the delicious details on 8 places in Seattle to visit for National Pizza Day this year.

  • Post Alley Pizza – 1123 Post Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
    Family-owned and located a few blocks from Pike Place Market, Post Alley Pizza is a no-frills pizza spot where great taste and fresh ingredients are always the top priorities. The grains used in the crust are all locally sourced, and the toppings are all as fresh as it gets. If you want to visit this neighborhood favorite, however, plan on visiting for lunch or an early dinner, as the shop is typically open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

  • Serious Pie – 2001 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
    A Seattle favorite that's since become a popular local chain, Serious Pie has earned an outstanding reputation for its gourmet pies. The dough is crafted by hand in a process that takes multiple days. Then each pie is cooked in a red-hot, 600-degree oven to get the perfect blend of char and crispiness. After that, it's all topped off with a unique selection of ingredients, including fresh herbs, foraged mushrooms, and imported cheeses.

  • Italian Family Pizza – 1028 Madison St., Seattle, WA 98104
    Planning a family outing for National Pizza Day? Italian Family Pizza has you covered, with a classic selection of New York-style pies and tons of tasty sides to go with them. If you're feeling hungry, add a calzone, stromboli, pasta, salad, or savory side to your order. The desserts here are also delicious, including some outstanding homemade cannoli and a rich, decadent New York cheesecake.

  • Delancey Seattle – 1415 NW 70th St., Seattle, WA 98117
    At Delancey Seattle, fresh, locally sourced ingredients are more than just marketing terms. They provide the foundation to everything that this award-winning pizzeria has to offer. Every wood-fired pie is made with Washington-grown wheat, seasonal fruits & vegetables, and locally, sustainably raised meats. The beer selection highlights local craft breweries, while the wine selection comes from around the world.

  • Belltown Pizza – 2422 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
    Whether you're in the mood for beer and pizza during happy hour or you're searching for the perfect late-night slice after an evening out, Belltown Pizza has you covered. The pizzas here are made in the New York style, with some Pacific Northwest soul mixed in to create a truly unique blend of styles. There's also a great game room with plenty of fun arcade games that both kids and adults love.

  • Tutta Bella – 4918 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118
    While the brand has since expanded, the flagship location of Tutta Bella is still the best place to experience this local favorite. If you're looking for variety, this is the place to be. Tutta Bella offers dozens of different pies, both white and red, along with some of the best pasta dishes you'll find in Seattle. There's also a beautiful private loft space if you're planning an event with a group.

  • Big Mario's New York Style Pizza – 1009 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122
    You can likely guess from the name what style of pizza that Big Mario's New York Style Pizza serves, and anyone who's had pizza in New York can confirm that the slices here are the real deal. Big Mario's does things a little differently – and the regulars love them for it.

  • Bambino's Pizza – 401 Cedar St., Seattle, WA 98121
    If you're itching to pair your National Pizza Day slice with a craft brew from one of your favorite Seattle breweries, then the team at Bambino's Pizza offers everything you need. The "Make Your Own Pizza" ordering option allows you to customize every detail of your pie, from sauce to cheese and toppings. Order online for a convenient pickup, or stop by the lovely dining room for a sit-down meal.

Searching for a Seattle home that makes it easy to visit all of your favorite pizza spots? Our experienced, local team is here to help you find the right match. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA, area.


Ballard: Get to Know One of Seattle's Oldest Neighborhoods


As one of Seattle's oldest neighborhoods, Ballard brings a historical flavor to the Emerald City. Our brokers share some of the attractions that make Ballard such a draw for both residents and visitors. 

  • Tractor Tavern - 5213 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
    Housed in a historic building that dates back to 1902, the Tractor Tavern has been an iconic part of Seattle's notable music scene since 1994. In keeping with the venue's unpretentious vibes, the name was inspired by a picture of a tractor that was hanging above the bar. Over the years, the Tractor Tavern has hosted an eclectic array of national, local, notable, and up-and-coming acts, including Leon Russell, Mumford and Sons, and Greta Van Fleet. There is a full bar and no kitchen, but you're welcome to BYOF (bring your own food). Hours are 8 a.m. - 2 a.m. daily.

  • Hiram M. Chittenden Locks - 3015 NW 54th St., Seattle, WA 98107
    While the official name of this attraction is the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, everyone refers to them as the Ballard Locks. Planned and constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the early 20th century, the locks provide passage between the saltwater of Puget Sound and the freshwater of Lake Union. In 1978, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks was added to the National Register of Historic Places. One of the highlights is the Fish Ladder Viewing Room, where visitors can watch salmon heading upstream to spawn. Plan extra time to stroll through the surrounding Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens. Hours are 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., seven days a week, and admission is free.

  • Sunny Hill - 3127 NW 85th St., Seattle, WA 98117
    Ballard was established by Scandinavian settlers, but the neighborhood restaurants feature a full spectrum of global cuisines. Sunny Hill draws inspiration from right here in the United States with their Detroit-style square pizzas. Gourmet specialty pies, such as the Duckie, with shaved Brussels sprouts, caramelized onions, and fennel sausage, change seasonally based on the availability of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Another customer favorite is the smash burger with a side of waffle fries and umami ketchup. Sunny Hill is open 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. weekdays except for Tuesday, noon - 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Gold Dogs - 5221 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
    "Cowboy" and "chic" may seem like mutually exclusive terms, but a visit to Gold Dogs will change your perspective. This is not the Western attire of John Wayne and Gary Cooper. Clothing and accessories for men and women include cropped sweatshirts, denim overalls, and sherpa jackets. The shop also carries funky and fashionable home decor items such as rock star mugs, graphic print blankets, and scented candles. Browse the impressive selection of vintage cowboy boots, clothing, and accessories. Hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • The Walrus and the Carpenter - 4743 Ballard Ave. NW, 98107
    With multiple local properties and a James Beard award on her shelf, Renee Erickson is the queen of Seattle restaurants. As with her other restaurants, The Walrus and the Carpenter highlight the bounty of the Pacific Northwest by adding some European flair. Typical items on the sharing-plate menu may include delicata squash salad, scallop crudo with oyster mushrooms and shrimp chips, and roasted Medjool dates with vanilla-infused olive oil and salt. The signature oyster bar features half a dozen varieties, with an optional addition of paddlefish caviar. The Walrus and the Carpenter is open daily from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Golden Gardens Park - 8498 Seaview Pl. NW, Seattle, WA 98117
    Part of the appeal of Seattle homes for sale is more than 485 parks that make nature easily accessible in this urban paradise. Golden Gardens Park in Ballard is one of the crown jewels of the Seattle park system. Located on the shores of Puget Sound, the park offers stunning views of the Olympic Mountains. Amenities include boat launches, grills and picnic areas, fire pits, beach volleyball, hiking trails, and a playground. Dogs are not allowed on the beach or playground, but Golden Gardens does have a one-acre off-leash park with trees, tables, benches, and a small covered area. Park hours are 4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. except June through August when closing time is 11 p.m.

Seattle has a hip, trendy reputation, but it's balanced with incredible history and tradition. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for all your real estate needs. 


Portland Cafes for National Coffee Break Day

Portland Coffee

The Pacific Northwest is the hub for the gourmet coffee craze. Where better than Portland to observe National Coffee Break Day on Friday, January 20? Celebrate with a beverage from one of these top coffee shops near Portland homes for sale.

  • Case Study Coffee Roasters - 5347 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97213
    The brew at Case Study Coffee Roasters will bring you in, while the cozy interior will entice you to stay. Comfortable chairs, clean lines, and plenty of lighting create an ambiance that's perfect for working on your laptop or reading a good book. Punch up your beverage with one of the homemade syrups. Hazelnut is a particular favorite among customers. Follow them on Facebook for information about art exhibits and live music. Case Study is open daily from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Roseline Coffee - 1015 SE 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97214
    The name Roseline Coffee holds a two-fold meaning. In addition to referencing Portland's status as Rose City, the name pays tribute to the foam "rosetta" that's characteristic of barista art. With notes such as white peach, lilac, red apple, and kumquat, Roseline's coffee smells as wonderful as it tastes. Their roasts have become so well-known that they're being sourced by coffee shops as far away as Colorado. Hours are 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., seven days a week.

  • Stumptown Coffee - 128 SW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97204
    Started in 1999, Stumptown Coffee is so iconic that they have their own Wikipedia entry. Founder Duane Sorenson is considered one of the pioneers of coffee's "third wave," which refers to high-quality beans featuring distinctive flavors. Sorenson also developed a reputation as a staunch supporter of independent coffee farmers, often paying well above market price for beans in recognition of their labor. Stumptown supports local artisans with a rotating gallery of art shows. Hours are 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on weekends.

  • Tov Coffee - 3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
    Customers often do a double-take when they first spot Tov Coffee, which is housed in a bright red English double-decker bus. The "building" sets the charmingly quirky tone for the cafe, which specializes in Egyptian and Turkish coffee drinks. Owner Joseph Nazir, a native of Egypt, christened his shop with the Egyptian word for "perfect." Their signature Mint Thing, consisting of cold brew coffee and fresh mint syrup topped with half-and-half or chocolate milk, is such a hit that it's now canned and sold in various retail outlets. Hours are 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • Barista - 539 NW 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    While the names of most coffee shops highlight java, the owners of Barista chose to honor the friendly and knowledgeable staff members who skillfully pour the drinks. As a three-time winner of the Northwest Barista Competition, owner Billy Wilson is himself a rockstar barista. Rather than focus on a single brand of coffee, Barista sources from nearly a dozen major roasters around the country, including San Francisco's Sightglass. Refine your own barista skills by taking home a bag of beans from one of the featured roasters. Barista is open weekdays from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Broobee Café - 433 NW 10th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    The future of coffee is here now at Broobee Café. Staff member Billie is a robotic "barista" who would be right at home in Star Wars' classic cantina. If you're lucky, you may catch Billie in the middle of a dance. Drinks are brewed to order using the finest quality Arabica beans. Pastries are supplied by Alex Wilson of The Hungry Hero Dessert Café, winner of Sugar Rush, a dessert competition on Netflix. Broobee Café is open 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily except Monday when closing time is 2 p.m.

  • Oracle Coffee Company - 3875 SW Bond Ave., Portland, OR 97239
    Vegans need coffee too, as demonstrated by the success of Oracle Coffee Company. In addition to a rotating selection of coffees from roasters around the country, Oracle offers a number of plant-based pastry and milk options. Andy Hurley, the drummer of the emo-punk band Fall Out Boy, is one of Oracle's co-founders, adding to the shop's hipster cred. Hours are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., seven days a week.

Portland manages to be a trendsetter while maintaining a relaxed, laid-back vibe. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for cheerful and experienced assistance from our brokers with all your real estate needs.


2023 Art Exhibits in Seattle

Seattle Art

Seattle's sophisticated cultural scene embraces a wide range of artistic forms and styles. Our brokers are looking forward to these exciting art exhibits coming up near Seattle homes for sale.

  • New Art and Sounds from the Pacific Northwest: Indie Folk - Bellevue Art Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
    For indigenous cultures art frequently combined form and function. New Art and Sounds from the Pacific Northwest: Indie Folkshowing just minutes from Bellevue home for sale, highlights woven baskets, quilts, tooled-wood objects, and other items made by hand with whatever materials were available. Portland's Mississippi Records curated the background soundtrack featuring regional folk singers. The exhibit runs through January 29. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for students, and $8 for ages 7-17.

  • All the World's a Stage - Patricia Rovzar Gallery, 1111 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
    Theater and visual art meet in All the World's a Stage. Artist Patrick LoCicero, who often turns to the past for inspiration, became fascinated with Pierrot, the stock character from 17th-century Italian theater. LoCicero's collage-style paintings explore the many facets of this humorous yet tragic character. The exhibit runs through January 28. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

  • The Walt Disney Studios and World War II - The Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, WA 98108
    What do Disney cartoons have to do with American war efforts? More than the public realizes, as demonstrated in The Walt Disney Studios and World War II. When Walt Disney agreed to allow his Burbank studio lot to serve as an Army anti-aircraft base, he also put his staff to work producing film and print campaigns. More than 550 film clips and artifacts are included in the exhibit, which runs through February 5. The Museum of Flight is open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults and $17 for ages 5-17. 

  • PNW x PNW: Photographs from the Henry Art Collection, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, 15 Ave. NE & NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98195
    The spectacular scenery of the Pacific Northwest draws millions of tourists each year, but no one knows the region's beauty like local residents. PNW x PNW: Photographs from the Henry Art Collection features works from noted artist such as Eirik Johnson, Mary Randlett, and Imogen Cunningham, who have lived and worked in the region. The exhibit runs through February 5. Hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday through Saturday. Admission is free, but donations up to $20 are suggested.

  • Mygration - Nordic Art Museum, 2655 NW Market St., Seattle, WA 98107
    Mygration opens a window to a fascinating episode in American and Scandinavian history. In the late 19th century, the U.S. government invited Sámi herders to train Alaskan herders. When their contract was up, many of the Sámi stayed to join the Gold Rush. Sámi artist Tomas Colbengtson and Swedish artist Stina Folkbrandt used photos and paintings to tell this little-known story. Folkbrandt also created a mural in the same theme to adorn a façade on the museum's campus. The exhibit runs through March 5. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day but Monday. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for college students, and $10 for ages 5-18, with no charge on the first Thursday of each month.

  • In Your Eyes: Experiment Like ESTAR(SER) - Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
    With In Your Eyes: Experiment Like ESTAR(SER), viewers become part of the exhibit. In addition to displays of triads from the museum's collection, visitors are asked to create their own using magnetic reproductions of select artworks. The exhibit runs through October 15. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and admission is free.

There's always something new to see at the Seattle area museums and galleries!

Put your own artistic stamp on a new home in Seattle. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for all your real estate needs.


Plan a Snowshoeing Trip Near Seattle

Seattle Snowshoeing

Who says that the hiking season has to end when the heavy snow starts falling? Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to see some of your favorite trails from a whole new perspective, explore new natural destinations near Seattle homes for sale during the winter, and enjoy a fun, healthy workout in the process. Whether you're just getting started with snowshoeing or you're already experienced at traversing the trails, there are so many amazing places to explore within driving distance of Seattle. Our brokers have the details on some of the best places to plan a snowshoeing trip near Seattle this winter.

  • Gold Creek Pond – Snoqualmie Pass – Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
    For anyone who's new to snowshoeing, the Gold Creek Pond trail at Snoqualmie Pass is the perfect place to start your adventures. It's a flat trail, so you don't have to worry about extensive elevation changes, and the 2.8-mile trail is short enough that it's easy to fit a snowshoeing trip into your busy schedule. While it's not the most demanding trail, it still offers outstanding scenery around the pond, with forests and mountain peaks as the backdrop. This is a very popular trail and does require a Sno-Parks Permit, so be sure to plan ahead.

  • Franklin Falls Winter Trail – Parking Lot, Denny Creek Trail, North Bend, WA 98045
    Located just under an hour east of Seattle, the Franklin Falls Winter Trail is an ideal destination if you want some truly spectacular scenery on your next snowshoeing trip. It's a bit more advanced than the Gold Creek Pond trail but still beginner-friendly at 4 miles long with about 400 feet of elevation change throughout the hike. Of course, the big reward is getting to see the gorgeous Franklin Falls in a serene winter setting, with snow all around and fantastic photo ops galore. This trail is a favorite of local families and is also dog-friendly as long as your pet is on a leash.

  • Kendall Peak Lakes –  Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
    Already explored the Gold Creek Pond trail? Within the same park, you'll also find the trailhead for the Kendall Peak Lakes trail, which offers more of a challenge and a significantly longer trail than its nearby neighbor. If you traverse the full distance, this trail checks in at a hefty 9 miles and features 1,700 feet of elevation change with quite a bit of uphill climbing. That climbing will bring you to some stunning views, perfect for taking a break and soaking in the scenery. These vistas also make for great stopping points to turn around if you don't want to tackle the full 9-mile trail all at once.

  • Lake Easton Sno-Park – 150 Lake Easton State Park Rd., Easton, WA 98925
    The Snoqualmie Pass trails are fantastic, but that also means they can get pretty crowded at peak times. For a less crowded and more tranquil snowshoeing trip, try Lake Easton Sno-Park, which is located about 70 miles southeast of Seattle. The main trail here is 5.2 miles round-trip, with about 450 feet of elevation gain and the highest point of 2283 feet. This scenic, peaceful hike is ideal for anyone who loves spending time in nature.

  • Miyar Adventures – 1120 NW Ballard Way, Seattle, WA 98107
    If you're new to snowshoeing or would like to find some new places to explore, the team at Miyar Adventures offers a diverse selection of guided snowshoeing day trips that can take you to interesting trails all around Washington. They offer excellent educational hikes for beginners, where you'll learn the essentials of navigating trails, operating the equipment, and practicing safe snowshoeing habits. For more experienced groups, the guide will focus more on finding the best trails and less on snowshoeing instruction. There are scheduled snowshoeing adventures that anyone can sign up for, as well as custom packages that allow you to tailor your trip to the needs of your group.

Searching for a home in Seattle that makes it easy to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities during every season? Our team is here to help you find the perfect match. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA, area.


Shop Local in the Hawthorne District

Hawthorne District

Thanks to convenient walkability and a charmingly quirky vibe, the Hawthorne District adds an extra special touch to Portland homes for sale. Our brokers love to spend a day shopping until they drop at these incredible stores and restaurants in the Hawthorne District. 

  • House of Vintage PDX - 3315 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
    Everything old is new again at House of Vintage PDX. With more than 60 vendors in a spacious 13,000-square-foot building, there are wonderful discoveries to be made every day. Their specialty is vintage clothing from the 1920s to the 2000s, but you can also find furniture, home decor and accessories, collectibles, and pop culture items. Grab a bite to eat at Neza, a great food truck right down the alley featuring Mexican street food. House of Vintage is open daily from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Powell's Books on Hawthorne - 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
    As an offshoot of downtown Portland's iconic City of Books, Powell's Books on Hawthorne has a serious pedigree. Despite their "little sister" status, the shop covers an impressive 10,000 square feet and holds upwards of 200,000 new and used books. Sell your used books onsite for store credit or online for PayPal or store credit. Hours are 10 a.m. -  9 p.m. daily. Used books buying hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

  • Communion - 3556 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
    True to its name, Communion opened in 2012 with the goal of creating a space for sharing and community participation. The shop offers quality clothing and accessories for men and women at affordable prices. Marcy, the owner, searches labels around the world to stay up-to-date with the latest trends. Hours are noon - 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, or shop their online store 24/7 for store pickup.

  • Tender Loving Empire - 3541 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
    Tender Loving Empire defies easy description. Carrie Brownstein, PNW musician and star of Portlandia, may have come closest when she referred to it as a "dream boutique." TLE seeks to nurture and support local artists in all fields. In addition to being an independent record label, TLE is a gift shop featuring an eclectic assortment of handmade goods, from clothing and accessories to games and pet products. Can't decide? Eliminate the guesswork with more than a dozen curated gift boxes built around a specific theme, such as "Phenomenal Foodie" and "Just Kid-ding Around." TLE is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

  • The Perfume House - 3328 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
    According to the late Chris Tsefalas, co-founder of The Perfume House with his wife Christina, their shop is more properly regarded as "a library or museum of fragrances." While most stores are busy promoting the latest celebrity scent, The Perfume House is dedicated to helping customers discover the fragrance best suited to their personality and preferences. Choose from an astounding 1,500 scents in various families and notes from houses such as Cartier, Jean Patou, and Van Cleef & Arpels. Hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, by appointment only.

  • Waffle Window - 3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
    What's not to love about waffles? They can be sweet or savory, and Waffle Window has an amazing assortment to satisfy any taste. Customer favorites include classic chicken and waffles and luscious cheesecake waffles with your choice of strawberries, blueberry cinnamon compote, or pineapple. Farm Fusion is a vegetarian delight with mushrooms, red peppers, spinach, chevre, tomatoes, and chives. Place your order at the window to enjoy on the go or at one of their picnic tables. Indoor seating is available at the adjacent Bread & Ink Café. Hours are 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Monday when the window closes at 3 p.m.

  • Apizza Scholls - 4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97215
    Looking for a place to eat that the whole family can agree on? The pies from Apizza Scholls are regarded by many to be the best in Portland. National acclaim grew last year when Nathan Myhrvold, a renowned expert on modernist cuisine, cited Apizza Scholls in his comprehensive cookbook Modernist Pizza. Traditional Neapolitan-style crust is topped with house combos such as Amatriciana, featuring whole-milk mozzarella, grana Padano, house-cured bacon, red onions, and tomato sauce with chili flakes, garlic, and herbs. Create your own combo, or order your pie half-and-half for added variety. Kids can entertain themselves with the classic arcade games while you wait. Apizza Scholls is open daily from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Discover everything that makes Portland such a great place to call home. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to learn more.


Pike Place Market: Holiday Events and Shopping

Pike Place Market Holidays

Pike Place Market is such an iconic part of the city's identity that it's earned the nickname "the soul of Seattle." Brighten your holidays and create family traditions with these heartwarming events that are happening just minutes from Seattle homes for sale

  • Magic in the Market
    Who needs Black Friday when there's Magic in the Market? For the 27th year, the holiday spirit permeates all nine acres with a full assortment of seasonal activities. Santa himself will be on hand for photo opportunities with the kids, who can also take part in craft-making and cookie decorating. Choirs will be performing your favorite holiday carols as you view the ornament showcase and glass-blowing demonstration. Of course, there will be plenty of shopping offers from vendors. Everything leads up to the spectacular Market lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. The event takes place from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 26.

  • Holiday PIKE BOX
    Share the delights of Pike Place Market with family and friends both near and far. Purchase of a Holiday PIKE BOX makes a great gift while also supporting Market farmers. Contents of this year's BOX include blueberry jam and strawberry rhubarb jam from Sidhu Farms, a honey bear jar from Sweet Things Honey, and whiskey salami from Salt Blade Meats. Total retail value of the BOX is $106, but it sells for a special price of $79.99. Shipping is available for an additional $28. Register for your purchase by December 6 for pick-up on December 14.

  • A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol
    Think you can improve on the storytelling of Charles Dickens? Since 1985, delighted viewers have participated in A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol, an interactive version of the holiday classic. Audience members offer suggestions that the cast of skilled improv performers weave into a hilarious new interpretation. Each night brings something different, so attend as often as you like. Showtime is 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday from November 25 - December 23, with additional performances on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Christmas Eve. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

  • The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition
    Few things spread holiday cheer like the sound of joyous voices raised in song. In its 36th year, the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition returns to Pike Place Market. Enjoy seasonal drinks and treats as visitors gather below the famous Public Market Center sign for some wonderful holiday music. Donations during the event help support the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank, for which over $1 million has been raised to date. This event takes place on Friday, December 2, from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Fa la la la la, ha ha ha ha: A Holiday Musical Extravaganza!
    Take a break from the endless marathon of Hallmark Channel holiday movies for something a little different. Combine the element of audience participation with this staple of seasonal entertainment to get Fa la la la la, ha ha ha ha: A Holiday Musical Extravaganza!. The show kicks off with a rousing holiday sing-along, followed by a movie musical incorporating your suggestions. Join in the fun on the first three Saturdays in December from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

  • Free Santa Photos & Market Shopping Gift
    There's something for the whole family with Free Santa Photos & Market Shopping Gift. Jolly old St. Nick will be holding court at the DownUnder, on the market's lower level. He'll be listening to the wish lists of the little ones and posing for free photos with them. Afterward, as the family does their holiday shopping in the Market, a special gift awaits anyone who spends $50 or more at any business. Visit Santa on December 3 or December 10 between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Holiday Night Market
    Is gift shopping making your days too stressful? Turn it into a truly festive occasion at the Holiday Night Market. The Polar Bar will be open for business on the open-air MarketFront Pavilion, which will be transformed into a glittering winter wonderland. Browse the selection of handmade gifts from the Market's craft vendors as live music plays in the background. Local eateries will provide your favorite holiday treats to go with beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages. Egg nog and cider will be served, both spiked and non-spiked. Holiday Night Market hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 15.

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Holiday Light Displays Near Portland

portland light displays

During the holidays, Portland's already stunning surroundings become even more spectacular with the addition of lights. Take in the joy of the season when you tour these holiday light displays around Portland homes for sale.

  • Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
    Kick off the holidays with a festive gathering in "Portland's Living Room." Pioneer Courthouse Square is the site of the city's 38th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Thomas Lauderdale, founder of Portland's own Pink Martini, will lead musicians, chorale singers, and audience members in a joyful sing-along. Afterward, Santa Claus himself will flip the "on" switch to turn on more than 14,000 colorful LED lights adorning a 75-foot Douglas fir. The event is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, November 25, and admission is free.

  • Peacock Lane - SE Peacock Ln., Portland, OR 97214
    An annual event since 1932, Peacock Lane transforms each holiday season thanks to clever light displays put on by local residents. Located in Southeast Portland, Peacock Lane is known for Tudor-style homes and as Portland's Christmas Street. For 2022, lights will be displayed starting December 15 and be available to view until December 31. Explore the neighborhood on foot when you attend one of their car-free nights on December 15, 16, or 17.

  • ZooLights - Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221
    The grounds of the Oregon Zoo become even more impressive when they're bedecked with 1.5 million lights. ZooLights, one of the more popular holiday traditions in PDX, features a walk-through light display of just over one mile. Drive-through viewing is also offered on select evenings. Some of Portland's favorite food trucks will be on hand, while other refreshments available include elephant ears, hot cocoa, and Oregon beer and wine. Leave the kids at home for a date night at BrewLights on November 18 and 19. Activities include beer and cider tastings and dancing to live music. ZooLights runs from November 23 - January 5. Timed-entry tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit the website for hours and prices. 

  • Winter Wonderland - Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory Blvd., Portland, OR 97217
    Portland International Raceway is usually a whirlwind of activity, but it takes on a whole different aura when it's transformed into a Winter Wonderland. For the 29th year, the raceway is the home of the "Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi." Circle the track in the comfort of your own car and marvel at the sight of more than 250 light set pieces and animated displays. All proceeds benefit Sunshine Division, an organization that provides food and clothing to Portland families in need. Winter Wonderland takes place from November 25 - December 31. Hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with expanded hours the week of December 16. Visit the website for prices.

  • Christmas Ships Parade
    In 1954, the Christmas Ships Parade was actually singular, with one lone sailboat from the Portland Yacht Club traveling the rivers. Today, the Columbia and Willamette River fleets average 55 to 60 boats. Thousands of visitors line the shores of the rivers to thrill at the sight of the colorful ships passing by. While many of the participating boats are regulars, new ones join every year, so there's always something different to see. Visit the website for the full schedule on both rivers, which includes meet and greet events on the weekend of December 17.

Portland is a great area to call home in any season, with plenty of local events throughout the year. Looking for a new home that puts you close to all your favorite local venues and events?

Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to learn more from our brokers and let us help you find a home for the holidays. 


Travel Seattle: Washington State Ferries

Washington Ferries

For a scenic, convenient way to travel to points of interest around Seattle homes for sale and far beyond, it's tough to top Washington State Ferries. In total, the fleet travels across the Puget Sound and the greater Salish Sea. It's the largest operating ferry system in the United States, with destinations that range from Tacoma to British Columbia. Our brokers have all of the details on Washington State Ferries and how you can use them to travel all around the Seattle area.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Next Journey

If you're new to the Seattle area, then planning your first ferry ride may feel a little overwhelming, with so many routes, vessels, and destinations available. Here are some tips to help you learn the system.

  • Always Plan Ahead
    Before you set out for your trip, make sure to plan ahead to avoid any unexpected surprises. You can easily check the routes and schedules online, then purchase tickets in advance. For up-to-the-minute news, check the real-time map for live statuses and travel alerts for important updates.

  • Purchase Tickets in Advance
    It's easy to purchase tickets for Washington State Ferries online, and buying your tickets before you leave means one less thing to worry about when you set out for your journey. For busy routes like Anacortes/San Juan Islands and Anacortes/Friday Harbor/Sidney, British Columbia, it's also wise to make vehicle reservations to ensure that your car has a spot on the ferry.

  • Plan to Arrive Early
    In order to ensure that you can board on time, it's best to arrive a bit early before your next trip. Washington State Ferries recommends arriving at the toll booths 20 minutes early if you will be bringing your vehicle on the trip and arriving 5 minutes early if you plan to board as a walk-on passenger.

  • Enjoying Your Journey
    Once you get on the ship, you're free to leave your vehicle, explore the ship, and see the sights. It's recommended to engage your emergency brake, turn off your car alarm, and listen for directions so that you know when it's time to return to your vehicle. Many ships offer a dining area with food, drinks, and cocktails, as well as vending machines when you're in the mood for a quick snack.

Accessibility on Washington State Ferries

Washington State Ferries are designed to be accessible to everyone, including riders with disabilities. Terminal and vessel personnel are trained to assist riders with disabilities, and there are many accessibility systems built into the entire system. People with disabilities may also be eligible for reduced fares. There's also a medical preferential loading procedure designed to make it easier for riders with certain medical issues to board the ship before the larger crowds.

Traveling to Canada on Washington State Ferries

The Anacortes to Sidney, British Columbia route was once one of the most popular routes for travelers and is expected to reopen in 2023 after a multi-year hiatus. Remember that for passengers age 16+, identification like a passport, passport card, or enhanced driver's license (EDL) will be required to enter Canada. Anyone crossing the border will also need to pass through US or Canadian customs.

A Look Behind the Scenes at How Washington State Ferries Operate

As you might expect, for the largest operating ferry system in the United States, it takes quite a crew to ensure that everything operates at peak efficiency. There are around 1,800 people working for Washington State Ferries every day, from the crews on each ferry to the phone operators who can help you plan your next journey.

Each ship has an extensive crew, starting with the captain, who oversees the entire operation from the pilothouse, and the chief mate, who helps the captain with a variety of key tasks throughout each trip. The quartermaster generally oversees the steering of the ship, while countless deckhands work throughout the journey to provide an excellent experience for passengers. Meanwhile, below the main deck, the chief engineer and oiler work to ensure that all of the machinery is running smoothly. So next time you take a trip on the ferry, spare a thought for the complex system of employees and machinery that work together to provide a safe, enjoyable experience for every passenger.

Ready to find your next home close to all of the amazing attractions that Seattle has to offer? Whether you're buying or selling, our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA, area.


Vegan Restaurants Throughout Portland

Vegan Portland Restaurants

Our brokers know that Portland is truly unique. There's more to this quirky and colorful city than you can possibly see in one visit. But if you're here to explore Portland homes for sale, one brilliant way to get acquainted is to start digging into the delectable dining scene.

It wasn't that long ago when vegan-friendly restaurants were tough to come by, and those actually specializing in vegan cuisine were all but unheard of. Portland was one of the very first places in the United States to host a true variety of vegan restaurants, and it continues to be a pioneer today.

There's a little bit of everything to be found in Portland's vegan roster, and it certainly doesn't stop with those mainstay salads and wraps. In fact, you'll find international and fusion cuisine that embraces just about every culinary tradition under the sun ... and some you won't find anywhere else.

Let's dive in and get familiar with just a handful of Portland's vegan restaurants:

  • Mis Tacones – 1670 Northeast Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR 97211
    Mis Tacones is a strikingly unusual and much-loved concept here in Portland: A 100% vegan taqueria where the menu is bursting with tacos, tortas, nachos, and burritos you'll love. Juicy seitan is a frequent star within the different dishes. The Baja California taco trio, featuring cilantro lime, faux al pastor, and asada, is perhaps the best meal to start with for a first visit.

  • Kate's Ice Cream – 3713 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland, OR 97227
    Kate's Ice Cream is among the originals in a small yet growing number of vegan scoop shops. Basing its confections on organic coconut cream and cashew milk, it centers a delightful experience that's truly distinct from dairy ice cream without losing any of the flavor or enjoyment. The sunny, pastel shop environment adds another touch of childlike wonder to this fun and rollicking endeavor.

  • Dirty Lettuce – 4727 Northeast Fremont Street, Portland, OR 97213
    Don't let the name fool you: Dirty Lettuce is the place to find some of the freshest and most innovative vegan fare anywhere in Oregon. Originally from Mississippi, the head chef had a vision to deliver fully vegan Southern comfort food to the people of the Pacific Northwest. The idea caught on, and now its regular patrons visit seasonally to check out the ever-rotating list of vegan sides and desserts.

  • Ben & Esther's – 6912 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97213
    Ben & Esther's is a place to find deli favorites reimagined with no animal ingredients. You'll see it all, from matzoh ball soup to bagel with schmear. Looking for the ideal introduction to Ben & Esther's? You may wish to try the sea salt-roasted carrot lox bagel with coconut-based cream cheese along with tangy dill and capers.

  • Doe Donuts – 4110 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212
    Just because you're a vegan, it doesn't mean you have to pass up all the delicious treats that others get to savor. Doe Donuts is a case in point: It has made a name for itself as the only dedicated vegan donut shop in Portland – but it's so popular it may see competition sooner than later! Creative flavors such as "zucchini chocolate chip" headline this vegan bakery, which also has its own attached ice cream shop.

  • Boxcar Pizza – 2701 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97232
    Whether you're a vegan, a vegetarian, or an omnivore, just about everyone loves pizza. Boxcar Pizza offers a fresh take on the iconic Detroit-style pizza. Serving up robust pies with a wide range of fresh local ingredients, Boxcar might be most famous for coconut-based "mozzarella" that will give the original version a run for its money. Look out for limited-time specials like vegan mac n' cheese pie.

  • Epif – 404 Northeast 28th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232
    Epif is bringing a vegan-friendly style to South American cuisine, which has often highlighted seafood and meat in the past. Stuffed sweet peppers, homemade green salsa, vegan quiche, and fried pumpkin bread are just a few tantalizing options. Plus, you will get to appreciate Portland's beauty and fresh air through Epif's outdoor dining pod concept. It's an outstanding choice for a vegan dinner date.

  • The Sudra – 28 Northeast 28th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232
    Look into Indian food in Portland, and you are bound to hear about The Sudra. Vegan Indian food meets Southwestern flair in this utterly unique Portland institution. Head chef Sanjay Chandrasekaran picked up much of his early industry experience in New Mexico and now incorporates that rich past in the form of loving homages that take traditional Indian flavors to unexpected heights. It's not to be missed here in Portland!

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Seattle History: Queen Anne Landmarks

Queen Anne Neighborhood

Situated on the highest of Seattle's iconic seven hills, Queen Anne is known for its remarkable buildings and landmarks. In fact, the neighborhood is named for one of its more prominent architectural styles. 

When our brokers want to show off Seattle to visitors, these memorable landmarks are on the viewing list.

  • Ballard-Howe House - 22 W. Highland Dr., Seattle, WA 98109
    The name of Ballard-Howe House pays tribute to the building's history and its two notable owners. After Martin D. Ballard traveled to the Pacific Northwest via the Oregon Trail, he built his stunning Colonial/Georgian Revival home on Queen Anne's south slope. Upon his death in 1907, the home was purchased by attorney James B. Howe. Today, Ballard-Howe House has been converted into an 18-unit apartment community.

  • Climate Pledge Arena - 334 1st Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109
    Seattle residents know Climate Pledge Arena as the site of countless musical and sporting events. But through a series of name changes and renovations, the building has been a significant part of Queen Anne's history. The Washington State Pavilion and the Space Needle were the two major highlights of the 1962 World's Fair. Since the city purchased the arena in 1964, it has served as home to Seattle's various basketball and hockey teams, including the Supersonics of the NBA and the Kraken. In its current iteration as Climate Pledge Arena, the building is making news of another sort as the world's first net zero-carbon certified arena.

  • C. H. Black House & Gardens - 615 W. Lee St., Seattle, WA 98119
    As founder of Seattle Hardware Co., Charles H. Black was one of the city's more prominent citizens. In 1909, Black built what would become known as C. H. Black House & Gardens. The Tudor-style home included 33 rooms across 11,600 square feet. Landscaping was designed by the prestigious Olmsted Brothers firm, which created NYC's Central Park as well as Seattle's impressive park system. A unique feature of the home is the stable on the north side, which was connected to the main house by an underground tunnel.

  • George Washington Memorial Bridge - Aurora Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
    While the official name of this landmark is the George Washington Memorial Bridge, most people refer to it simply as the Aurora Bridge for the street where it's located. During the dedication ceremony in 1932, President Herbert Hoover used a telegraphic key in Washington, D.C., to unfurl the flags along the bridge. The 3,000-foot span crosses Lake Union to connect the Queen Anne and Fremont neighborhoods. People love to pose alongside the Fremont Troll, a whimsical 18-foot sculpture lurking under the north end of the bridge. On the south end sits Canlis, Seattle's most iconic restaurant, known for its sweeping panoramic views. 

  • Kobe Bell - 301 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109
    As the centerpiece of its namesake memorial garden, the Kobe Bell stands as a sign of international friendship. During activities for the 1962 World's Fair, the bell was donated to Seattle by its sister city, Kobe, Japan. In accordance with traditional Japanese style, the Kobe Bell has no clapper. Sounds are produced by clanging a large attached log against the bell's exterior.

  • Queen Anne Library - 400 W. Garfield St., Seattle, WA 98119
    Dating back to 1913, the majestic Queen Anne Library was built using funds donated by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Plans for the library initially led to bitter infighting within community groups regarding the proposed location. Eventually, they settled on the current spot on W. Garfield St. The Tudor Revival-style building has undergone several updates and renovations, including the addition of five stained glass mural windows in the central reading room. During the most recent remodel in 2007, the entire building was repainted and recarpeted, while technology services and equipment received a major upgrade.

  • Wagner Floating Home - 2770 Westlake Ave. N, #10, Seattle, WA 98109
    Queen Anne's landmarks aren't restricted to dry land. The Wagner Floating Home is a symbol of a lifestyle seen in a few cities. Originally docked on Lake Washington, the home was towed to its current spot on Lake Union in 1938. Dick Wagner, an architect by trade and passionate sailor, purchased the home in the 1950s. Wagner and his wife Colleen, an accomplished artist, turned their home into the Center for Wooden Boats, a museum documenting the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest. While the CWB has since grown into three other sites, the floating home was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

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Hidden Gems in Portland


Portland homes for sale are smack dab in the middle of one of America's most unique and vibrant cities. Portland has long been known for following the beat of its own drum, and you'll find this reflected in all the city has to offer – from businesses to nonprofits, historic sites, and parks.

You truly can explore Portland every day for a year and only scratch the surface. Our brokers think that's one of the most exciting parts of living in The City of Roses, but it can also be a lot to take in. So, we have a selection of just a few local "hidden gems" to get you started.

Let's take a closer look at a few of the places that make Portland what it is:

  • Multnomah Whiskey Library – 1124 Southwest Alder Street, Portland, OR 97205
    Multnomah Whiskey Library has a distinctly Portland take on the tapas craze, but the small plates aren't the stars of the show. Instead, you'll find more than 1,500 different drinks to choose from. Whiskey is only the beginning, and new spirits are joining the selection regularly.

  • Academy Theater – 7818 Southeast Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215
    Academy Theater is a "movie palace" that transports you back to the golden age of cinema in plush splendor. Showings typically include one recent popular release along with two classic comedies. The food and drink selection runs the gamut from theater mainstays to coffee, tea, and spiced apple cider.

  • Red Light Clothing Exchange – 3590 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR 97214
    Red Light Clothing Exchange is just one example of the many clothing exchanges all throughout Portland, and easily one of the most popular. Open Thursday through Monday, it is now in the process of developing a digital gallery where you can browse its inventory online for the first time.

  • World Foods Portland – 9845 Southwest Barbur Boulevard, Portland, OR 97219
    Not to be confused with the much larger chain of a similar name, World Foods Portland is a family-owned and operated specialty store that includes a grocery and deli. With two locations throughout Portland, each open from 8 a.m. to late, fresh fare is always close at hand.

  • The Green Microgym – 828 Southeast 34th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
    The Green Microgym has a unique way of keeping its members motivated. It's "green" because of its low carbon footprint – the lights are powered by the energy produced as visitors work out. As you work out, you're doing your part to power the building (including that all-important air conditioning system.)

  • Rimsky-Korsakoffee House – 707 Southeast 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
    Featured in the Atlas Obscura series of offbeat travelogues, Rimsky-Korsakoffee House (or just "Rimsky's" to its friends) has been called the best coffee in Portland. Hard to find unless you know where to look, it holds special surprises based on the composer each indoor table is named for.

  • Glowing Greens PDX – 509 Southwest Taylor Street, Portland, OR 97204
    Want to enjoy some golf, but it's too hot or cold outside? Glowing Greens PDX has you covered with a unique miniature golf experience. In these arcade-like surroundings, decked out with pirate and alien decor, you'll find some surprisingly challenging shots to land and fun prizes to win.

  • Mother Foucault's Bookshop – 523 Southeast Morrison Street, Portland, OR 97214
    Mother Foucault's Bookshop calls on you to buy local with its classic used bookstore experience. On top of the opportunity to get lost in the stacks, you can meet local authors, enjoy their readings, and even get an autograph or two. Readers in search of a community will love it.

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Plan a Lake Day Near Portland

Portland Lake Day

While Portland features fantastic forests and stunning mountain views, the city is also surrounded by incredible lakes. When our brokers seek a day of activity or relaxation, they head for these lakes around Portland that fill either need. 

  • Blue Lake Regional Park - 21224 NE Blue Lake Rd., Fairview, OR 97024
    It's water, water everywhere at Blue Lake Regional Park, only minutes from Fairview homes for sale. The namesake lake, with its swimming beach and fishing spots, is the main attraction. Kids can romp in the activity-filled splash pad, while everyone can enjoy walks around three additional ponds and wetlands, with opportunities to spot birds and wildlife. Challenge family and friends to games of basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, horseshoes, or disc golf. Be sure to visit the Natural Discovery Garden before or after your leisurely picnic lunch. Park hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily through September 14. Admission is free, but there is a $5 parking fee per car.

  • Vancouver Lake Regional Park - 6801 NW Lower River Rd., Vancouver, WA 98660
    One of the many benefits of Vancouver homes for sale is proximity to Vancouver Lake Regional Park. The sprawling, 190-acre grounds lie on the west shore of beautiful Vancouver Lake, which itself covers 2,300 acres. Swimming, windsurfing, canoeing, and kayaking are popular activities on the lake, which hosts a number of rowing competitions each year. Work up an appetite with a lively game of sand volleyball, then settle in around the picnic tables and barbecue grills for lunch. Take a stroll along park trails for scenic views of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams. Vancouver Lake Regional Park is open daily from 7 a.m. - dusk. There is no admission fee, but parking is $3 per car. 

  • Buck Lake - Mt. Hood National Forest
    Discover (or rediscover) the joys of a good old-fashioned swimming hole at Buck Lake. This dog-friendly secluded spot, deep within Mt. Hood National Forest, is so serene that you'll forget you're near Sandy homes for sale. Fed from rain and snow melt, Buck Lake's crystal-clear, aquamarine waters create a calming ambiance that's perfect for relaxation. Not ready to leave? Primitive campsites are available. There is no admission fee or restricted hours.

  • Timothy Lake - Mt. Hood National Forest
    Mt. Hood National Forest doesn't have just one lake to stop at. There are 150 lakes to choose from! While you're enjoying your Clackamas County outdoor adventure, make sure to visit Timothy Lake, which is the largest lake in the national forest. This lake offers fantastic views of the mountain, plus there are ample fishing opportunities if you decide to bring your fishing gear along for your lake day. Trout and salmon are common in this lake. Plus, the nearby campsites make it so you can stay as long as you'd like. In fact, there are over 260 designated camping spots to choose from around the lake, making this one of the largest camping spots in the whole state. Reserve a camping spot online, so you're all set for a relaxing nature retreat.

  • Trillium Lake - Government Camp, OR 97028
    Breathtaking Trillium Lake, just a short drive from Government Camp homes for sale, is as pretty as the flower that shares its name. With majestic Mt. Hood reflected on the water, people enjoy non-motorized boating, swimming, and trout fishing on the 63-acre lake. Trillium Shoreline Trail, a two-mile pet-friendly boardwalk path that circles the lake, makes a nice walk that's easy enough for families. Plan your visit to include sunrise or sunset for some Instagram-worthy photos. Film and book lovers frequently make a side trip to Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark approximately 10 miles away. Dating back to the 1930s, the resort served as a location in the movie version of The Shining. If you prefer less ghostly quarters, Trillium Lake also features a campground. A day-use pass for Trillium Lake is $10.

Outdoor adventures are one of the many things people love about living near Portland. Do your summer plans include buying or selling a home around Portland? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to get started.


National Thrift Shop Day: Stop By These Seattle Shops

Thrift Shops

With so many small businesses and nonprofits operating in the area, Seattle homes for sale are never far from great thrift store finds. 

In addition to traditional thrifting brands, you'll also find a variety of vintage clothing boutiques that use eco-friendly practices.

All of this makes Seattle the perfect place to enjoy National Thrift Shop Day. It takes place on Wednesday, August 17 this year, and there is plenty of time to get ready for a day full of shopping. Our brokers know that it isn't always easy to decide where to start an exploration of beautiful Seattle, so we have a few pointers for you to enjoy as you plan your day.

Let's take a closer look at some of Seattle's top thrift stores:

  • Goodwill Seattle – 1400 South Lane Street, Seattle, WA 98144
    Goodwill Seattle is a local storefront operated by one of the most trusted names in America's nonprofit scene. Shopping and donating help to fund free education and job training programs focused on Seattle adults. Besides the clothing, Goodwill Seattle is also known for a vast assortment of art, including pieces from local artists. Major sales of 30% to 50% off take place on a regular basis here.

  • The Barn Owl – 2611 Northwest Market Street (Rear), Seattle, WA 98108
    The Barn Owl recently celebrated the opening of a new location, but its original Seattle store is still the most popular. You can get lost for hours here thanks to the racks and racks of authentic vintage clothes. Where else in Seattle can you find Elvis merchandise side by side with original Garfield toys, cups, and clocks? What's old is new again at The Barn Owl, and there is always something more to encounter.

  • Bon Voyage Vintage – 110 South Washington Street, Seattle, WA 98104
    Bon Voyage Vintage will dazzle your senses with its range of products. It goes beyond standard thrift store finds to include candles, sleep spray, and other products promising unique sensory experiences. The focal point of the clothing is in local designers, particularly those working in styles inspired by the 1980s. Handmade gifts and vintage photography round out the intriguing selection.

  • Assistance League Seattle – 1415 North 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
    Assistance League Seattle operates a full spectrum of programs intended to support students who are at risk or disadvantaged. Proceeds from its thrift store help to support these initiatives, like "Operation School Bell," which provides basic clothing assistance to kids who might otherwise drop out. Visit the shop on Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays to shop for a cause. You can even browse the racks online.

  • Lucky Vintage – 5424 Ballard Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107
    Located alongside Lucky Dry Goods, the flagship location of Lucky Vintage is always busy with shoppers. From t-shirts and sweatshirts to designer dresses, this vintage brand is known for the bold and fanciful. It also sponsors fun and exciting events throughout the year. If you can't make it to the shop in person, its Etsy store and full online gallery will help ensure you don't have to miss out on any precious finds.

  • Pretty Parlor – 119 Summit Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102
    Pretty Parlor is an iconic Seattle corner boutique that offers vintage clothing and accessories for both women and men. It also has original designs that are constantly changing, plus a bridal collection. As a mainstay in the area since back in 2001, it has a dedicated following where you'll find Audrey Hepburn-inspired "fancy" fashion.

One-of-a-kind shops are just one of the many things locals love about life in Seattle. Ready to make this area your home?

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Explore Portland: Get to Know the Pearl District

Portland Pearl District

Get to know the glittering jewel of Portland's incredible neighborhoods. Our brokers share their favorite must-see places in the chic and historic Pearl District.

History of the Pearl District

While the word "pearl" conjures up images of a shiny, polished gem, Portland's Pearl District was originally a gritty area that was home to railroads, warehouses, and industrial buildings. In the mid-1980s, urban renewal began transforming the neighborhood into a popular district known for art galleries, charming boutiques, and trendy restaurants.

At one time, the district was known simply as the Triangle, but a search began for a more satisfying name. The Rose Arts Magazine presented a list of suggestions, and the Pearl District ended up gaining favor as a reference to the artists who were setting up studios in warehouses being converted to lofts.


  • Jamison Square - 810 NW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    Green spaces were a major part of the plan for the Pearl District, and the best-known may be Jamison Square. This pocket-sized park, just under one acre, is a favorite of families because of its centerpiece fountain. Designed to replicate a tidal pool, the fountain features a waterfall that cascades into a continually refilling basin. Park hours are 5 a.m. -  midnight daily. 

  • First Thursday - NW 13th Ave. & NW Irving St., Portland, OR 97210
    First Thursday
    is one of three monthly art walks held in Portland. Artists are on hand at Pearl District galleries to discuss their work, as well as selling their pieces at street stands. Live music and refreshments complete the picture. Hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. and admission is free.


  • Powell's City of Books - 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209
    Founded in 1971, Powell's City of Books is a true Portland landmark. The store takes up an entire city block with nine color-coded rooms that encompass more than 3,500 different sections. Book lovers from around the country flock to the Rare Book Room, which includes autographed first editions and other items of interest. Powell's is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Recycled Chic Boutique - 239 NW 13th Ave., Suite 209, Portland, OR 97209
    It's no surprise that Portland residents want to look stylish while still observing their commitment to the environment. Recycled Chic Boutique offers a thoughtfully curated selection of gently-used designer clothing and accessories, from casual streetwear to high fashion. You're likely to find brands such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, and Jimmy Choo represented. Hours are noon - 4 p.m. on weekdays.


  • Fuller's Coffee Shop - 136 NW 9th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    Tradition is alive and well in the Pearl District at Fuller's Coffee Shop. This old-school diner opened in 1947 and still retains the delightful retro ambiance. Instead of booths or tables, take a seat at the classic U-shaped counters with swivel stools. Breakfast is served all day, as well as comfort food favorites such as BLTs, burgers, and egg salad sandwiches. Fuller's is open 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily except Sunday when starting time is 8 a.m. 

  • Oven and Shaker - 1134 NW Everett St., Portland, OR 97209
    Pizza may be considered casual food, but it's serious business at Oven and Shaker. Chef Cathy Whims, a multiple James Beard award nominee, was inspired by numerous trips to Italy. Oven and Shaker's pizza begins with their signature 70-year-old sourdough starter and features fresh local ingredients for the toppings. Pies are hand-tossed and fired in a Milanese wood-burning oven that was transported brick-by-brick from Europe. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.


  • Portland Center Stage - 128 NW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    From its origins as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage has grown to become one of the top 20 regional theaters in the country. In addition to plays, Center Stage hosts events such as art exhibits, improv shows, and live music. 

  • The Big Legrowlski - 812 NW Couch St., Portland, Or 97209
    At The Big Legrowlski shows are on every night, featuring the best local musicians, open jams, and dance parties with top DJs. Hours are 7 p.m. - midnight Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. - midnight Wednesday through Saturday. Showtime is 7 p.m. Cover charge runs $5-$10, with no cover for open jams.

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Try out These New Restaurants in Seattle

Seattle Restaurants

Seattle established itself long ago as one of America's leading foodie cities. And while that reputation remains unchanged, the restaurants that define Seattle's dynamic culinary scene are always changing. With that in mind, our brokers are eager to share their favorite new restaurants that you'll need to try soon!

  • Bunsoy - 2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
    Savor the bold, flavorful cuisine of the Philippines in all its glory at Bunsoy, a new restaurant in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Located a stone's throw from these Seattle homes for sale, Bunsoy is a labor of love for chef and owner Rhabbie Coquia, who cooked at numerous other establishments in the Seattle area before striking out on his own. Coquia grew up in Manila and brings a lifetime of experience to vibrant dishes like oxtail Kare Kare, salmon Sinigang, and Dungeness crabs with Balaw sauce. 

  • WeRo Korean Kitchen - 5210 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
    Another exciting new Ballard eatery, WeRo Korean Kitchen, puts a modern twist on authentic Korean cuisine. The menu features Korean fried wings and Jjajang Dupbop (pork shoulder with black bean sauce, served over rice with mushrooms and vegetables) alongside vegetarian-friendly offerings like the Tofu Ssam Platter. The founder of WeRo Korean Kitchen, Wes Yoo, began his business as a small pop-up takeout operation right before the beginning of the pandemic. Thanks to its immediate popularity, the restaurant now has a beautiful brick-and-mortar location.

  • The George - 411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101
    A newly-minted modern brasserie located inside the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, The George has a lot to live up to. After all, the Fairmont's dining room first opened in 1924, and The George is the latest in a long line of unique eateries to fill this space. The cuisine could best be described as Pacific Northwest-French, and most of the ingredients are locally sourced. Seafood dishes like bouillabaisse and geoduck sashimi are among the menu's highlights. The George also provides a truly spectacular dining space, and the bar serves next-level cocktails.

  • Jackalope Tex Mex & Cantina - 4868 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
    Surrounded by Seattle's vibrant Columbia City neighborhood, Jackalope Tex Mex & Cantina opened its doors in 2021. The restaurant is co-owned by Seattle barbecue veterans Jack Timmons and Graham Ayers, who have crafted a menu that highlights flavors from both sides of the border. Dishes like chicken verde enchiladas and Texas brisket tacos represent the bold, flavorful quality of Tex Mex at its finest, while other dishes—like fish tacos and fajitas made with local rockfish—have a distinctly Pacific Northwest flair. Jackalope also has a stylish bar area, which serves an excellent selection of tequila and mezcal. 

  • Money Frog - 1449 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
    Money Frog is a new spot on Capitol Hill, opened by the inventive culinary minds behind beloved Seattle eateries Taurus Ox and Hangry Panda. Though it would seem reductive to call Money Frog's cuisine Asian fusion, it's evident that Korean, Taiwanese, and Laotian influences are all present. It all adds up to a vivid melting pot of flavors. The obvious menu standouts are the chicken-fried frog legs, but simple dishes like cucumber salad, flash-fried green beans, and soft shell chili crab are equally enticing. Many dishes are vegan/vegetarian or can be made so upon request.

  • Maíz - 1914 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
    You'll learn more about corn than you ever knew there was to know at Maíz, a fresh and colorful new tortillería serving Mexican dishes in Pike Place. Corn is the star of the show here, or more specifically, nixtamal is the star of the show. It refers to the process of nixtamalizing, during which unique varieties of small-batch Mexican heirloom corn are boiled with mineral lime, cooled, soaked, washed again and again, and finally ground into the dough used to make tortillas in a rainbow of colors. Those tortillas are then paired with a dizzying array of fillings to create tacos, tamales, sopas, and gorditas to suit every palate.

  • El Cubano - 19920 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133
    Sometimes, something as seemingly simple as a Cuban sandwich is really all you need. That being said, even in Seattle's diverse culinary world, an authentic, classic Cubano sandwich isn't always easy to find. That's a problem that Shoreline's El Cubano aims to rectify. Opened in 2021 by Cuban-born Geo Rodriguez and his wife Kim Gianotti, El Cubano serves its namesake sandwich as it should be: Loaded with roasted pork, hickory-smoked ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, and mayo-mustard sauce on toasted Cuban bread and heat pressed to perfection. 

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Get to Know Portland Community Gardens

Portland Community Gardens

Portland is affectionately known as Rose City, but the local landscape produces an amazing range of plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

Nature and community are two of the most cherished aspects in Portland, so it's easy to see why these things combine at local community gardens.

Our brokers take a look at the ever-growing (no pun intended!) network of community gardens around Portland homes for sale and let you know how you can get involved.

Community Gardens

In 1975, city leaders got the ball rolling with the Community Gardens program. Residents team up with Portland Parks & Recreation employees to create and nurture 58 gardens throughout the city, with some welcome physical activity and social interaction as a bonus.

Each year, plots are assigned between February and June, with a limit of one plot per household. One person is designated as the primary gardener, who is expected to complete at least half the work on their household's plot.

Plot sizes run from 50 to 800 square feet, along with a smaller ADA-accessible raised bed. Annual fees are determined on a sliding scale based on household size and income, running between $5-$220. Scholarships covering up to 75 percent of the fees are available to qualified households.

In the spirit of cooperation, all gardeners complete a minimum of six hours of service per year on outside plots in their garden. Common tasks can include weeding the paths and fence lines or cleaning the tool shed.

Produce for People is a side project in which gardens contribute fruits and vegetables to local food banks and shelters. Produce grown in community gardens includes a variety of versatile, nutrient-rich foods such as tomatoes, green beans, winter squash, zucchini, collard greens, and cucumbers.

Friends of Portland Community Gardens

When budget cuts threatened to shut down the Community Gardens program in 1985, another group stepped in to form Friends of Portland Community Gardens. Like Community Gardens, the non-profit organization has a mission to promote the development of healthy food and community bonds.

FPCG does not have its own network of gardens. Rather, it functions as a support system for the city's program along with other non-Parks & Recreation gardens throughout Portland. This support takes the form of providing supplies, cash awards, fiscal sponsorships, and educational resources. Occasionally, as in the case of Crossroads Community Garden, FPCG will coordinate efforts of interested parties who want to create a new garden.

As with any non-profit, FPCG is dependent on volunteers. Supporters can sign up to work in the field or at special events. The organization also looks for help with committees like Finance, Fundraising, Volunteer Recruitment, and Marketing. Individual and family memberships are available for annual fees of $25 and $45, respectively.

Grow Portland

Grow Portland, founded in 2010, was initially built on the foundation so wonderfully established by Community Gardens and FPCG. Five years later, Grow Portland expanded on that mission by reaching out to the next generation of gardeners. 

When Grow Portland discovered that teachers wanted to offer garden-based education but lacked resources, the organization started programs to address the need. They later joined forces with Portland Earth, Art, & Agriculture Project to use gardens at public schools as an innovative way to teach kids about ecology, art, and food.

In the meantime, Grow Portland continues to support community gardening throughout the city. Their work is currently focused in East Portland.

Activities of Grow Portland have also placed an emphasis on refugees and immigrants. Expansion of community gardening access for this segment created an increase in "healing spaces" for families dealing with displacement and trauma. 

Results tell the story. According to studies of Grow Portland participants, 100 percent reported reduced levels of stress and increased physical activities, with greater consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Gardeners harvest an average of $500 worth of organic produce each year, for a significant financial savings. 

Want to support Grow Portland? The organization welcomes monthly and annual donations, and some companies have a matching program for charitable giving by employees.

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International Sushi Day: Portland Sushi Restaurants

Portland Sushi

Portland offers plenty of restaurants serving fantastic international dishes. Whether you're in search of a new favorite roll or you've never tried sushi before, join our brokers in celebrating International Sushi Day on Saturday, June 18 with a visit to one of these amazing Portland restaurants.

  • Bamboo Sushi - 310 SE 28th Ave., Portland, OR 97214 
    In 2008, Bamboo Sushi established a new level in responsible dining by becoming the world's first certified sustainable sushi restaurant. They have partnered with organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council, an independent group that sets guidelines for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability. Don't miss their Big Island roll, a customer favorite that's available as a "Little Island" vegetarian option. Bamboo Sushi is open 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when doors close at 10 p.m.

  • Masu Sushi - 406 SW 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
    At Masu Sushi, the dining room is as much a feast for the eyes as the food itself. Masu is located on the secluded second floor of a turn-of-the-century building in downtown Portland. The mid-century modern decor creates an ambiance that's both elegant and comfortable. Add a touch of drama by ordering the St. Helens Volcano roll, which comes in an appropriately flaming presentation. Masu is open seven days a week from 5 p..m. - 9 p.m.

  • Murata Japanese Restaurant - 200 SW Market St., Portland, OR 97201
    Are you looking for a traditional Japanese dining experience? Join family and friends in one of the classic tatami rooms at Murata Japanese Restaurant. Fans of Murata appreciate the attentive and efficient customer service, with food arriving promptly but no one feels rushed. If anyone in your group doesn't eat sushi, Murata has a full menu of other Japanese favorites, including teriyaki, tonkatsu, and broiled fish. Seating is limited, so reservations are strongly recommended. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. weekdays and dinner hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • Mirakutei - 536 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 87214
    Mirakutei, which translates to, "a place to eat and enjoy," perfectly sums up the restaurant's mission. Sushi chef Hiro Ikegaya founded Mirakutei in 2011 as a Japanese tapas, ramen, and sushi bar. Upon his semi-retirement in 2018, he passed the baton to brothers Nico and Job Martinez, who worked their way up under Hiro's tutelage. Treat yourself to omakase, or "chef's choice," which is available any time on request. Hours are noon - 9 p.m. daily.

  • Yoko's Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar - 2878 SE Gladstone St., Portland, OR 97202
    Yoko's Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar dates back more than 30 years, to the time when sushi was still somewhat new on the Portland dining scene. The restaurant is still a trailblazer thanks to Yoko herself, who is one of only a relative handful of female sushi chefs in the country. Andrea Damewood, restaurant critic of the Portland Mercury, calls Taka's Tuna "the most iconic sushi dish in town." This unique item features spicy ahi tuna, avocado, and rice fried into the shape and texture of a McDonald's hash brown patty. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. every day but Monday.

  • Sho Japanese Restaurant - 10100 Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR 97219
    While Sho Japanese Restaurant serves authentic dishes, they aim to blend tradition with the best elements of Portland's thriving food scene. In this family-owned restaurant, all dressing, sauces, and broths, including dashi, are made from scratch with high-quality ingredients. Sho also sources all seasonal vegetables from local growers whenever possible. According to one rave review, a diner was so pleased with their food that they immediately ordered more to take home. Lunch is served weekdays from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., while dinner hours are 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sho is open weekends from 11:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

  • Sushi Mazi - 2126 SE Division St., Portland, OR 97292
    Whether you're talking business, sharing a romantic date night, or meeting friends for dinner and drinks, Sushi Mazi is the place to be. The sleek, contemporary decor complements chef Marc Mazi's cutting-edge approach to sushi, experimenting with ingredients and techniques. If you're following a special diet, the menu includes a number of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Most items are available as your choice of nigiri, sashimi, roll, or cone. Hours are 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 3 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Portland homes for sale are surrounded by a diversity that's unlike anyplace else. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for qualified help buying or selling a home. 


Trendy Dining Spots in Belltown

Dining in Belltown

With its lively mix of trendy shops, eclectic restaurants, high-rise condos, and boutique hotels, Belltown attracts tourists and local residents in equal measure. Dining out is always a special event at these hot Belltown restaurants recommended by our brokers.

  • El Gaucho - 2200 Western Ave., Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98121
    El Gaucho is a throwback to the elegant steakhouses of the 1950s. The current Belltown location is a homage to the original El Gaucho at Seventh and Olive that closed in 1985. An open exhibition-style kitchen and tableside presentations turn dining into a show for all the senses. Reservations are highly recommended. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Tavolàta - 2323 Second Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
    Seattle celebrity chef Ethan Stowell brings his magic touch to Italian food at Tavolàta, one of Stowell's wildly popular local restaurants. Rigatoni, spaghetti, tonnarelli, and linguini, made fresh daily, are adorned simply with a sauce or served with chicken and pork meatballs. Family-style dining around the centerpiece communal table creates a welcome atmosphere of community and sharing. Tavolàta is open seven days a week from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Shiro's Sushi - 2401 Second Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
    The namesake founder of Shiro's Sushi has moved on to new projects, but his hand-picked successors masterfully continue his stellar legacy. In 1994, Shiro Kashiba pioneered Pacific Northwest-style "edomae." The term comes from "Edo," the original name of Tokyo, and "Mae," which referred to fish caught in Tokyo Bay. In Shiro's application, "edomae" defines sushi prepared with traditional methods using seafood from local waters. For the full experience, sit at the sushi bar and ask for "omakase," or "chef's choice." Hours are 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  • Imperial Lounge - 2400 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
    Seattle is known for its wide range of outstanding Asian restaurants, but Imperial Lounge ups the ante by added Latin flavors. In addition to classic dishes from both cuisines, such as katsu, paella, and quesadillas, the menu features fusion dishes like birria udon, with beef cooked in traditional red sauce. The comfy vibe, craft cocktails, and small plates menu make Imperial Lounge an inviting place for happy hour after work or late night after a concert or Mariners game. Hours are 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. Sunday.

  • Buckley's in Belltown - 2331 Second Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
    Sometimes you just need a good burger, and there's no better place to satisfy that craving than Buckley's in Belltown. Favorites include the American cheese-stuffed Jucy Lucy and its Latin cousin, the Lucinda Caliente with pepper jack cheese and jalapeños, but you can't go wrong with the basic cheeseburger. Want breakfast for dinner? Steak and eggs, omelets, and croissant sandwiches are served all day. With its pub-style ambiance and numerous TVs, Buckley's is a great place to spend game day. Buckley's is open weekdays from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.

  • Lola - 2000 B Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
    Tom Douglas gained national fame with an upset win over original Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto on Food Network's classic cooking competition, but he still calls Seattle home. Lola is a loving tribute to his wife's grandmother of the same name, a Kentucky native who married a man from Greece named Louie. Dishes such as keftedes, halloumi cheese-fig kabobs, and spice-rubbed lamb chops are inspired by imagining what Lola and Louie would have eaten on a trip back to Greece. Save room for Tom's signature triple coconut cream pie, which is a Seattle legend. Hours are 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

  • Karaage Setsuna - 2429 Second Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
    Fried chicken is a quintessential American dish that gets a global update at Karaage Setsuna. Japanese-style fried chicken, or karaage, is a ubiquitous fast-food item in that country that's been gaining popularity in the United States. The meat is marinated and coated with flour or starch before frying, which results in deeply infused flavor and a crunchy exterior with a moist interior. The restaurant serves a number of other dishes such as poke, loco moco, and shabu-shabu shrimp. Karaage Setsuna is open Tuesday through Sunday, with lunch served from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and dinner served from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Seattle homes for sale span many vibrant neighborhoods. See for yourself when you start browsing Seattle homes for sale. Get the latest information when you contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain.


Dine on the Rooftop at These Seattle Restaurants


Seattle is known as the "Emerald City" thanks to the lush greenery that surrounds it, especially the many amazing forests. Seattle homes for sale benefit from these unique surroundings and much more: Strong local businesses, a vibrant cultural scene, and some of the best dining in the region.

Our real estate agents know Seattle has a reputation for rain, but you'll also have "can't miss" rooftop dining opportunities. While many of them are available only in spring and summer, some covered and climate-controlled rooftop patios have recently opened for dining all year around.

The Seattle skyline is even more striking with the right view, so check out these local restaurants where seasonal rooftop dining is on the menu:

  • The Mountaineering Club – 4507 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
    Perched on the grounds of the Graduate Seattle hotel in the famous University District, The Mountaineering Club has ample seating with full views of both the city and the mountains. Oysters on toast are a favorite, along with a curated selection of handcrafted cocktails. Delivery is also available.

  • Rooftop Brewing Company – 1220 West Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98119
    The rooftop patio of the Rooftop Brewing Company is outfitted with full picnic table dining, great for meeting up with friends. Complimentary board games will help you pass the time, and you can even bring your favorite canine. An assortment of food trucks provides diverse options for lunch or dinner.

  • MBar – 400 Fairview Avenue North, Floor #14, Seattle, WA 98109
    MBar gives you the chance to see Lake Union and the Space Needle at the same time! This spot will delight all of your senses with the beautiful surroundings and a lavish menu. Middle Eastern cuisine such as kebabs and mezze are always ready for you, along with a robust pairing menu of tasty beverages.

  • Mezcaleria Oaxaca – 422 East Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122
    Mezcaleria Oaxaca has a rooftop patio designed to protect you from the sun while still giving you the unimpeded views you crave. It's one of the largest spaces on this list, with room for several full parties at once. A specialty bar accessible only from the roof offers a variety of exclusive cocktails.

  • Terra Plata – 1501 Melrose Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
    Led by executive chef Tamara Murphy, Terra Plata celebrates Central and South American cuisine with mouthwatering dishes like Peruvian chicken and roasted pig. With its covered and heated roof deck, Terra Plata can accommodate outdoor dining at times when other restaurants would not.

  • Fog Room – 1610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
    The crown jewel of the Charter Hotel, Fog Room is one of the best places to go for views of Downtown Seattle – with the Great Wheel right at center stage. Food offerings run the gamut from artisanal cheese and snack plates to lobster rolls, roasted king salmon, and New York strip steak, among many others.

  • The Nest Rooftop Bar – 110 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA 98101
    The Nest Rooftop Bar is a popular stop for those exploring Pike Place Market. Its panoramic view overlooks Puget Sound and the iconic Olympic mountains. With a sprawling 3,500 square feet of space, there are plenty of seating options. You can enjoy the view from inside with the floor-to-ceiling windows.

  • Frolik Kitchen and Cocktails – 1415 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
    Last but not least, among rooftop hotel restaurants, Frolik Kitchen and Cocktails is at the peak of the Motif. Its patio creates a relaxing atmosphere with fire pits and lawn games. Frolik has become known for its occasional partnership with Mixtape Pasta, a local sensation you shouldn't miss.

  • Monsoon – 615 19th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112
    Monsoon brings rooftop dining to a higher level – figuratively and literally – with its chef-driven take on Vietnamese food. Saigon Dungeness pepper crab is the #1 menu item, a mainstay that has been around since the opening of Monsoon Seattle almost twenty years ago.

  • Maximilien – 81A Pike Street, Seattle, WA, 98101
    Take your French cuisine higher with Maximilien, a charming eatery to stop at when you're enjoying a day out in Pike Place Market. Perhaps best loved for its brunch, it is the vision of Chef Christian Potvin, whose storied career began at age 16 when he apprenticed at Le Meaban in France.

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Where to Find Little Free Libraries in Seattle

Seattle Libraries

The Little Free Library movement has been gaining popularity in cities all around the country, but few places have embraced it with more enthusiasm than Seattle. All around the city, you'll find Little Free Libraries where you can freely exchange books with friends and neighbors. Find something new and exciting to read while supporting a good cause in the process. Our brokers have more information on what Little Free Libraries are all about and where you can find some of the many Little Free Libraries in Seattle.

What is a Little Free Library?

The Little Free Library (LFL) movement started with simple goals, to provide a way for communities to freely exchange books and foster a love of reading in communities all around the country. In order to accomplish this goal, charters are issued to people who want to set up a Little Free Library in their neighborhood. Most Little Free Libraries come in the form of book exchange boxes holding a few dozen books, which are open for all to enjoy. You can download the LFL app or check the interactive map to help you easily find libraries close to you. It's also easy to register online if you're interested in setting up a new LFL in your own neighborhood near Seattle homes for sale.

Little Free Library Locations in Seattle

  • Essentia Seattle – 2008 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
    The employees at the Essentia mattress store in Seattle include many who enjoy a good book, so the team at the store came together to set up a Little Free Library to share that love of reading with everyone who happens to stop by. This LFL is located in the Belltown neighborhood, surrounded by other shops, salons, dining destinations, and residential properties.

  • Cayton Corner Park – 1625 19th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
    The Friends of Cayton Corner Park are hard at work designing and building a new park at the corner of 19th Ave. and Madison for everyone in the community to enjoy. They've set up an LFL in a temporary location that will be there throughout the construction process of the new park and plan to find a more permanent location for the LFL once Cayton Corner Park is officially ready to open to the community.

  • Center for Wooden Boats – 1010 Valley St., Seattle, WA 98109
    Interested in borrowing books with a nautical theme? One of the more distinctive Little Free Libraries in Seattle can be found at the Center for Wooden Boats, where the library exchange box is built from the bow of an old wooden rowboat. Fittingly, you can find this LFL on the docks in Lake South Union, and it's open for borrowing during regular business hours for the Center for Wooden Boats.

  • Alison Marti Little Free Library – 211 Howe St., Seattle, WA 98109
    Created in honor of a parent who instilled a love of reading in her children, the Alison Marti LFL is all about sharing that love of reading with the next generation of young bookworms. This LFL is regularly stocked with fresh children's books, from old, classic books that have been passed down for generations to the latest releases in children's literature. Stop by to grab a book to read to your own kids or donate a book for other children to enjoy.

  • Bagley Blues Little Free Library – 3812 Bagley Ave N., Seattle, WA 98103
    One of quite a few Little Free Libraries along Bagley Ave., the Bagley Blues LFL offers a unique perk. Along with a great rotating selection of different books, this library is built next to an herb garden in planters. The library's owner encourages visitors to take home a few sprigs of fresh herbs for themselves, along with a book.

  • John Hay Jaguars – 2235 12th Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119
    Constructed and signed by the 2020 fifth grade class from John Hay Elementary, the John Hay Jaguars LFL is a great example of the creativity that goes into building so many of the Little Free Libraries in Seattle. It includes a beautiful glass window, a shingled roof, and a red coat of paint to match the school's colors.

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7 Things to do in Old Town Chinatown


You never run out of interesting things to see and do in Portland. Old Town Chinatown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers some truly unique attractions in the Portland area. Our brokers love telling people about Portland and all it has to offer! Be sure to check out these 7 places in Old Town Chinatown. 

  1. Lan Su Chinese Garden - 239 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209
    A nod to Portland's Chinese heritage, the Lan Su Chinese Garden is a tranquil botanical garden in the heart of Old Town Chinatown. The garden was founded in 2000 in partnership with the city of Suzhou, which is Portland's sister city in China. In addition to its magnificent stonework and lush assortment of native Chinese plants and trees, the Lan Su Chinese Garden includes an authentic Chinese tea house, which is surrounded by beautiful foliage and water features. The garden is just minutes from many Portland homes for sale

  2. Portland Saturday Market - 2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
    Held every Saturday from March until Christmas, the Portland Saturday Market is the oldest continuously-operated outdoor market in the United States. Since 1974, it's been Portland's best destination for art, crafts, and freshly made food. The market overlooks the Willamette River, between the west side of the Burnside Bridge and the Old Town Archways. More than 250 vendors make visiting the Portland Saturday Market a fun, colorful, ever-changing experience. 

  3. Portland Oregon White Stag Sign - 70 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209
    The Portland Oregon White Stag Sign is easily one of the most iconic and often-photographed landmarks in Portland. The instantly-recognizable neon sign is perched atop the White Stag Building, overlooking the Burnside Bridge. Although it has changed a handful of times over the years since the sign was first illuminated in 1940, it remains one of the city's must-see attractions. You always know it's Christmastime in Portland when the White Stag sign is given its red nose for the season! 

  4. Portland Union Station - 800 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
    Portland was a major West Coast boomtown in the late 1800s, and its rapid growth was spurred on even more by the arrival of the railroads. The Portland Union Station has served as the city's primary rail hub since it opened its doors on Valentine's day in 1896. To this day, it's an active railway station in addition to being a link to Oregon's past. Portland Union Station is known for its Romanesque clock tower, which is a fixture of the Old Town Chinatown skyline. 

  5. Dan and Louis Oyster Bar - 208 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97204
    There are plenty of places in Old Town Chinatown to grab a drink and a bite to eat, but none offer a taste of Portland's history quite like Dan and Louis Oyster Bar. This beloved local watering hole and eatery has been in the same location since 1907 when it was first opened as City Oyster Co. by Louis C. Wachsmuth. The name was changed to Dan and Louis Oyster Bar after a newspaper article noted that Louis' son Dan was always there working. It's still one of the best places in Portland to enjoy happy hour drinks and shuck a few oysters. 

  6. Voodoo Doughnut - 22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
    If Dan and Louis Oyster Bar represents Old Portland, then Voodoo Donut must represent New Portland. Offering an eclectic assortment of colorful, flavorful pastries, Voodoo Donut was a hole-in-the-wall joint known only to locals until 2009, when it blew up after being prominently featured on The Amazing Race. They're known for creative offerings like their raspberry-filled Voodoo Doll donut, complete with a pretzel "stake" through its heart. A lot of their donuts are vegan as well. 

  7. Oregon Maritime Museum - 198 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
    The Oregon Maritime Museum is a unique, must-visit attraction on the Portland Waterfront. This floating museum is housed inside the Sternwheeler Portland, a historic steam-powered sternwheel tugboat docked on the Old Town Chinatown waterfront in the Willamette River. The fully-restored craft dates back to the turn of the 20th century, and its the last operational ship of its kind in the United States. The ship is open to the public on guided group tours and houses a wide range of artifacts and memorabilia in addition to the Sternwheeler itself. 

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St. Patrick's Day Events Near Seattle

Seattle Events

Ireland is over 4,000 miles away from Seattle homes for sale, but that distance vanishes on St. Patrick's Day. Celebrate the luck o' the Irish by donning your finest green outfit and joining our brokers at these exciting holiday events around Seattle. 

  • St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl - SPIN Seattle, 1511 6th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
    St. Patrick's Day in Seattle is so big that one day alone can't contain it. You can enjoy not one but two St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawls across two weekends. Gain cover charge-free access to participating venues, along with a number of great drink specials. Start the crawling at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, and 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. Tickets are $15-$45.

  • St. Patrick's Day Dash - Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109
    Offset the calories from all the green beer at the annual St. Patrick's Day Dash. For the 38th year, participants of all ages and levels of experience will head out on the 5K route that begins and ends at Seattle Center. Groups will be based on whether you plan to dash, jog, or walk. Kids 10 and under can complete the 1K Leprechaun Lap on the Center grounds and still join the family for the 5K. Race time is 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, with the Post Dash Bash keeping the fun going until noon. Registration fees are $50 for the 5K and $25 for the 1K, which includes a free shirt.

  • Erin Go Baroque - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 111 NE 80th St., Seattle, WA 98115
    Ireland has given the world some of the most lyrical and heartfelt folk music ever. Spend an evening immersed in Celtic music and culture at Erin Go Baroque on Friday, March 11. Soprano Natalie Ingrisano joins fiddler Brandon Vance and Henry Lebedinski on harpsichord and guitar for some traditional reels, Strathspeys, jigs, marches, and sonatas. Admission includes a tasting of five premium Irish whiskies. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $40.

  • Geoffrey Castle's St. Patrick's Day Celebration - Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett, WA 98201
    Looking for a family-friendly holiday activity? After a day of viewing Everett homes for sale, plan on an evening at Geoffrey Castle's St. Patrick's Day Celebration. Even your teenagers won't be able to resist clapping along as electric six-string violinist Geoffrey Castle displays his incredible skill. Geoffrey brings his energetic show to Historic Everett Theatre for the 15th time on Thursday, March 17. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $25-$30.

  • Blarney Stone Pub - 1416 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
    The Emerald City meets the Emerald Isle at the Blarney Stone Pub. This pet-friendly, Irish-themed sports bar features a menu of traditional dishes, such as shepherd's pie and corned beef & cabbage, made with fresh Northwest ingredients. In addition to a full selection of Irish whiskies, the bar stocks Guinness and Harp on tap. Hours are 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and noon - 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday. 

  • T.S. McHugh's - 21 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109
    If you've never been to T.S. McHugh's, St. Patrick's Day is the perfect time for your first visit. This iconic Seattle pub, open since 1990, has a warm, welcoming ambiance that includes dark wood decor and historic memorabilia. T. S. McHugh's is right across the street from Seattle Center, making it a perfect spot before or after a Kraken game or a show at the Seattle Rep. Dine on ale-battered fish and chips, Irish potato skins, and bangers & mash paired with a pint of Guinness or Harp. Hours are 3 p.m. until close Tuesday through Sunday.

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5Ks to Run in the Portland Area

Portland Running

Running can be done anywhere, at your own pace, and with no special equipment, making it a nearly perfect form of exercise. Grab your running shoes and take in the amazing scenery at these upcoming 5K runs near Portland homes for sale

  • Rock Creek Trail 5K - Rock Creek Trail, NW West Union Rd. at NW Kahnetta Dr., Portland, OR 97229
    Why wait for a special occasion to work on your times? The weekly Rock Creek Trail 5K offers a chance to run in a beautiful setting while getting to know others in the community. Register online before your first run and receive a scannable barcode that can be used to track your results. Walkers and joggers are welcome to join in. Race time is 9 a.m. every Saturday, and there are no entry fees.

  • Shamrock Run - Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 NW Naito Pkwy., Portland, OR 97204
    Get ready for that green beer by burning some calories at the Shamrock Run. 2022 marks the 44th year of this signature event, which begins and ends at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, with its stunning city views. Along with a 5K, events include a 1K, 8K, 15K, half marathon, and walk to accommodate participants at all levels. Before the race, check out the Shamrock Fitness Fair, taking place at the Oregon Convention Center on Friday and Saturday. First start time is 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. Entry fees range from $40-$70.

  • TulipFest Run - Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn, OR 97013
    Colorful fields of flowers form an incredible backdrop for the TulipFest Run. This annual event is hosted by Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, a charming spot that's just minutes from Woodburn homes for sale, as part of their Tulip Festival. In addition to the race, the six-week extravaganza includes hot air balloons, wine tasting, kids' activities, artisan craft booths, and food vendors. Choose from 5K and 10K run/walks and a half marathon, with a start time of 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. Entry fees are $45 for the 5K and 10K and $65 for the half-marathon.

  • Couve Clover Run - Vancouver Waterfront Park, 695 Waterfront Way, Vancouver, WA 98660
    "Couve" is a Portuguese word that translates to "spring greens." Usually, it refers to cabbage, but at the Couve Clover Run, "spring green" is the dress code. Participants are invited to don green attire, with a prize awarded for the most festive costume. The course passes by historic Officer's Row, Fort Vancouver, and other notable points right down the street from Vancouver homes for sale. Race distances are 3, 7, and 10 miles. Mark your calendar for 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 20. Entry fees range from $20-$90.

  • Oregon Brewery Running Series - Various locations
    With Portland's status as the epicenter of the craft beer industry, it was only a matter of time before these two favorite pastimes paired up in the Oregon Brewery Running Series. Multiple runs are scheduled monthly from February through November, with each one starting and ending at one of the top breweries around Portland. These non-timed fun runs are intended to promote family-friendly fitness activities, so they're perfect for novice runners. Unwind afterward with live music, giveaways, and other entertainment at that event's sponsoring brewery. Upcoming runs include Von Ebert Brewing on Saturday, March 5, and Oregon City Brewing on Saturday, March 19. Entry fees are $30, with season passes and multi-event packs available. 

  • Spring Classic Duathlon - Vancouver Lake Regional Park, 6801 NW Lower River Rd., Vancouver, WA 98660
    If you like variety in your workouts, the 38th annual Spring Classic Duathlon is for you. An invigorating 12-mile bike run is bookended by two 5K runs. Solo events include a 5K, 10K, and half marathon. Last year, the Duathlon returned to its original home at Vancouver Lake Regional Park, with its inspiring views of the lake along with Columbia River and Mount Hood. The post-race reward is a free beer and meal. The Spring Classic takes place at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 24. Entry fees are $20-$180.

  • Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon - 9827 NE Sunderland Ave., Portland, OR 97211 
    It's a fiesta of fun at the Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon, a popular spring tradition in Portland. The course, which follows alongside the scenic Columbia River, includes 5K and 10K runs as well. Festivities are scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 30. There are two types of registration packages, with early entry fees from $25-80 until March 4.

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Get To Know Seattle With These Food Tours

Seattle Food Tours

There are so many wonderful places where you can get to know Seattle, from markets and museums to stunning, Instagram-worthy waterfront destinations. But what could be a better way to learn about a city than to explore its culture of cuisine? The famed, internationally-inspired dining scene around Seattle homes for sale offers so many options that it can be hard to know where to start, which is why food tours are such a great way to get to know both the city and its dining destinations. Our real estate agents have the details on some of the best food tours that will take you all around Seattle.

Savor Seattle Food Tours – 1916 Pike Place Market #12-480, Seattle, WA 98101

Based in the historic, world-famous Pike Place Market, Savor Seattle Food Tours is one of Seattle's top-rated food tour companies, with a variety of expertly guided walking tours of the market that you can enjoy anytime and even a special Gourmet Kayak Expedition to beautiful San Juan Island.

  • Pike Place Market Signature Tour
    If you're new to Seattle, then you're probably already excited about the prospect of visiting Pike Place Market and experiencing the country's oldest continuous market for yourself. The Pike Place Market Signature Tour will give you an excellent first taste of the sights, sounds, and flavors of the market. This two-hour tour features more than 12 tastings around the market and is also family-friendly.

  • Pike Place Market VIP Early Access Tour
    Even if you're already familiar with Pike Place Market, you may have dreamed of visiting the market with no crowds and feeling like you have the place to yourself. The Pike Place Market VIP Early Access Tour allows you to do just that, getting priority service and tastings at some of the markets best food vendors with a small group size of a dozen or less. Enjoy outstanding breakfast food, experience Pike Place Market before the crowds arrive, and take advantage of special VIP perks like a demonstration of the bean-to-bar process for making chocolate.

  • Gourmet Kayak Expedition to San Juan Island, WA
    Looking for a more outdoorsy food tour? The Gourmet Kayak Expedition will take you on a journey to San Juan Island, which is located between Seattle and Vancouver Island. Spend your days kayaking around the islands, sipping some of the best local wines from the Seattle area, and enjoying delicious dining at every stop. This tour lasts for three days, and space is limited so it's worth reserving your place ahead of time.

  • Private Tours
    Interested in having a private tour with your own group of friends, family, or colleagues? Savor Seattle also offers Private Tours for groups ranging in size from 12 to 60 people to a variety of popular dining locations around the city.

The Emerald Palate Seattle Food Tours – Seattle. WA

Pike Place Market is an excellent place to start your journey, but what about when you want to explore some out-of-the-way, less famous destinations where the food is no less amazing? The Emerald Palate is a Seattle-based food and lifestyle blog that offers a selection of detailed, self-guided tours that will take you all around the city. Find the spots that the locals love, and discover some fantastic neighborhoods that tourists don't even know to visit.

  • Ballard Food Tour
    Seattle's artistic Ballard neighborhood offers more than just great culture to explore. It's also home to a vibrant, diverse collection of local restaurants with something to suit every taste. The 40-page, self-guided Ballard Food Tour features more than 20 excellent restaurants, including pictures, suggestions on what to order, and even interviews with restaurant staff. If you want to dine like a local, this tour will help you feel right at home.

  • Fremont Food Tour
    A truly unique neighborhood, Fremont is definitely a place that you'll want to explore as you get to know Seattle. The Freemont Food Tour checks in at 39 pages and also features 20 local restaurants to visit. The Emerald Palate updates all of its self-guided tours every month, so you'll always be able to stay up to date on the best places to dine around Seattle.

  • Food Tour Bundle
    Can't decide which tour to choose? You can always try both, save with a bundle, and discover more than three dozen of Seattle's best-hidden gems. The Food Tour Bundle is perfect for anyone looking to find restaurants they'll enjoy visiting again and again in some of Seattle's best neighborhoods.

When you're ready to buy or sell your next home close to all of the amazing dining experiences around Seattle, our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.


Winter Outdoor Activities Near Seattle

Seattle Outdoors

Do you love to experience the great outdoors? Winter is the perfect time to explore some of the vast natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and the great thing about Seattle homes for sale is that you won't have to travel far to find outdoor adventures. Whether you're interested in snow sports, hiking, outdoor art installations, excellent local parks, or other outdoor adventures, there is something for you in the Seattle area. Our brokers have all of the key info on some of the best winter outdoor activities to enjoy around Seattle.

Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing

  • The Summit at Snoqualmie – 1001 WA-906, Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
    The closest ski resort to Seattle, The Summit at Snoqualmie, only takes about 30 minutes to reach from the city with easy access via I-90. If you're new to skiing/snowboarding, are looking for a resort where your kids can learn, or you want to fit in a few quick runs without traveling far from the city, this resort is an excellent option. Most of the runs here fall into the intermediate category, providing a fun, accessible challenge for beginners or a relaxing day on the slopes for anyone who's more experienced.

  • Stevens Pass Resort – US-2, Skykomish, WA 98288
    Are you a more experienced skier or snowboarder, or someone looking for a little more variety than you'll find at smaller mountains? Then a trip to Stevens Pass Resort, which is located about 1.5 hours from Seattle, is more than worth the effort. With more than 35 runs to explore, including an excellent terrain park, this resort offers something for everyone. Kids and anyone new to skiing or snowboarding will find the lessons here very helpful. There's even night skiing available when you're in the mood to squeeze in a few runs after work.

  • Crystal Mountain – 33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Crystal Mountain, WA 98022
    While it's the farthest resort from Seattle on our list, Crystal Mountain also offers the most runs by far and the most challenging trails for experienced skiers and snowboarders. This resort packs in nearly 60 trails, most of them intermediate, advanced, and expert levels, with a few beginner trails sprinkled in to make the mountain accessible for everyone. There are also ample RV and camping sites available when you want to take a quick vacation without traveling too far from home in Seattle.

Seattle Area Parks to Explore in Winter

  • Bellevue Botanical Garden – 12001 Main St., Bellevue, WA 98005
    Long a local favorite near Bellevue homes for sale, the Bellevue Botanical Garden is the perfect place for an outdoor winter walk. In addition to the gorgeous gardens and the spectacular Ravine Experience, Bellevue Botanical Garden offers some great classes and lectures all winter long. Stop by for experiences like the Evergreen Botanicals in Winter art class, Houseplants 101, Educator Workshops, and many more.

  • Kubota Garden – 9817 55th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118
    Originally the private garden of renowned Japanese landscaper Fujitaro Kubota, Kubota Garden was designed in 1927 with an innovative mix of Japanese design concepts and plants from the Pacific Northwest. Now part of the Seattle public park system, Kubota Garden is a great place to visit when you're in the mood for some quiet contemplation in nature this winter. While the flowers won't be in bloom, the evergreens add color to the landscape of rolling hills, streams, ponds, and bridges.

Outdoor Art and Other Adventures

  • Olympic Sculpture Park – 2901 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
    Located in downtown Seattle, the Olympic Sculpture Park is a public park operated by the Seattle Art Museum, which includes a unique outdoor sculpture museum that covers 9 acres with a diverse collection of modern and contemporary art. With views of the Salish Sea and the Olympic Mountains on clear days, this park is the perfect place to get a taste of nature without leaving the city. This park is also connected with the Elliot Bay Trail, allowing you to take a winter nature walk for as long as you'd like, with beautiful views all around you.

  • Woodland Park Zoo – 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
    For family fun on a winter day, try bundling up and making a trip to the Woodland Park Zoo. Winter is an excellent time to visit the zoo, with smaller crowds and many exciting experiences to enjoy. Woodland Park Zoo strongly recommends purchasing tickets online in advance, so be sure to plan ahead when you decide to visit.

Ready to buy or sell your next home close to all of the amazing outdoor experiences around Seattle? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.


Hidden Gems: Portland Parks to Visit

Portland Pocket Parks

Each year, visitors flock to the Pacific Northwest to take in the region's fabled sights. Even so, there are a number of delightful pockets of land, or pocket parks, around Portland homes for sale that manage to stay under the radar. Our brokers let you in on some of their favorite hidden gems in Portland.

  • Lovejoy Fountain Park - SW 3rd Ave. & Harrison St., Portland, OR 97204
    Need some time to get away from a hectic workday? Lovejoy Fountain Park is a secret oasis that sits below street level in the heart of downtown. The park's namesake, Asa Lawrence Lovejoy, was one of the earliest developers of the frontier town that became known as Portland. Life Magazine once described the park as "a piece of wilderness transplanted," with its centerpiece fountain and tree-lined borders. Lovejoy Fountain Park is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. - midnight.

  • Poet's Beach - South Waterfront Park, 2001 S. River Dr., Portland, OR 97201
    With a name like Poet's Beach, this hidden gem should be on everyone's must-see list. Located in South Waterfront Park, Poet's Beach sits on the west bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Marquam Bridge. The beach itself is small, but it offers some spectacular views. Swimming is allowed during summer, although there are no lifeguards on duty. Park hours are 5 a.m. - midnight daily.

  • Kelley Point Park - N. Marine Dr. & Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203
    Hall Jackson Kelley, a transplant from New England, was one of the more vocal supporters of the Pacific Northwest in the 19th century. He failed in his efforts to create a city at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, but the spot ultimately became Kelley Point Park. Situated on an isolated point of land, across from Sauvie Island, the dog-friendly park is worth a visit for the beautiful views from the vista point. Hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  • Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge - SE 7th Ave. & Sellwood Blvd., Portland, OR 97202
    Take the whole family on an outing to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, a fascinating real-life classroom that's the first facility of its kind in Portland. The 163 acres of meadows, wetlands, and woodlands support a wide range of fish and wildlife, including many that have been designated as "special status." Kids will have fun spotting quail, woodpeckers, great blue herons, and others from more than 175 species of birds that live on the grounds. Oak Bottom Wildlife Refuge is open daily from 5 a.m. - midnight.

  • Two Plum Park - 4057 NE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97212
    At less than half an acre in size, Two Plum Park is truly a blink-and-you'll-miss-it parcel of land. But this tiny park, just big enough for a walking path and playground, serves as an enduring tribute to the power of community. When King neighborhood resident Joe King grew tired of the overgrown lot down the street, he started cleaning it up himself. Others joined in the project, and they ultimately convinced the city to turn it into a park, named for the two plum trees that grow there. Hours are 5 a.m. - midnight daily.

  • Leach Botanical Garden - 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97236
    Leach Botanical Garden
    is the culmination of two love stories. Married in 1913, John and Lilla Leach remained together until John's death in 1972. During their long and successful marriage, Lilla discovered an interest in botany, which she pursued at their "Sleepy Hollow" home on Johnson Creek. The couple bequeathed the property to the City of Portland to be maintained as a botanical park and museum. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

  • Wishing Tree - 2954 NE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97212
    While it may not technically fit the definition of a park, the Wishing Tree certainly merits a visit. In 2013, owner Nicole Helprin wrote out some wishes and hung them on the tree before leaving for a trip. Upon her return, she found the entire tree covered in wishes from others. The tradition continues to this day, and tags and markers are available to add your own wishes.

No matter what your lifestyle or background, you'll feel right at home in Portland. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for help with your real estate needs. 


National Hot Tea Month: Tea Rooms and Shops in Seattle

Tea Shops in Seattle

Seattle might be famous for its coffee, but don't forget about its tea. No city does warm beverages quite like Seattle, and tea is no exception.

January is National Hot Tea Month, so there couldn't be a better time to visit your favorite local tea shop in Seattle and unwind with your favorite blend. Tea is proven to reduce stress, plus it's loaded with antioxidants making it a perfect wintertime beverage.

Whether you're looking to stock up on your favorite loose leaf tea or simply want to warm up in a cozy teahouse on a rainy day, there are so many great independent tea shops around town. Here are some favorite destinations from our brokers:

  • Perennial Tea Room - 1910 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
    Located in a small alley in Pike Place Market, Perennial Tea Room is Seattle's most popular tea destination. This cute tea shop has all of your favorite fine loose leaf teas from around the world, in addition to a wide assortment of tea-related gifts, accessories, and books. Looking to try something new? The staff is incredibly helpful and can help you find a tea that aligns with your tastes. If you love shopping around Pike Place Market, there are some incredible Seattle homes for sale nearby. The shop is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

  • Steepologie Teas - 3420 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    Steepologie Teas has 6 locations around Seattle, each offering over a hundred varieties of loose leaf tea as well as tumblers, infusers, mugs, and pots. This store has so many great gifts, so it's easy to find something perfect for the tea lover in your life. Enjoy a fresh cup inside the shop or take it on the go. Steepologie Teas is open daily from 11 am to 7 pm.

  • Taiwan Oolong Shop - 1704 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
    For some authentic oolongs and teas straight from Taiwan, visit Taiwan Oolong Shop. This store stocks dozens of varieties of high-quality products, and the inventory is constantly changing, so you'll want to stop back. All oolongs and teas are unblended, single estate pickings, and with a friendly, helpful staff, it's easy to find something you love. Stop by Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.

  • Miro Tea - 5405 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
    At Miro Tea, you'll find 150 exceptional teas from around the world -- each meticulously sourced based on taste, appearance, and quality. The shop's ability to find high-quality products has earned it a reputation for being one of Seattle's top tea destinations. Buy your tea to go or enjoy a cup in the store's onsite cafe, which also serves delicious snacks. The shop is only daily from 8 am to 8 pm.

  • Tea Republik - 4527 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    You'll find an extensive selection of loose-leaf specialty teas, black teas, green teas, white teas, and more at Tea Republik, a cozy teahouse located in the University District. This is a great place to stop in and enjoy a warm cup of tea on a rainy day. Tea is delicious, and the service is friendly and helpful. Store hours are 10 am to 10 pm daily.

  • Queen Mary Tea - 2912 NE 55th St, Seattle, WA 98105
    Queen Mary Tea is the ultimate Seattle destination for tea lovers, and it's truly a unique experience. The Queen Mary Tea Room is the oldest independently owned tea room in America and has a true Victorian elegance. The attached tea shop features one of the largest selections of loose lea tea in the city, along with wonderful teaware, tableware, treats, and gifts. Stop by Wednesday through Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.

  • Friday Afternoon Tea - 4228 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
    This family-owned, geeky-themed tea shop offers all your favorite loose leaf teas, custom blends, and gifts. In addition to some great products, Friday Afternoon Tea serves as a great community gathering spot. The store hosts a CommuniTea book club as well as Custom Blending appointments. The shop is cute, bright, clean, and definitely worth visiting. Store hours are 10 am to 6 pm daily.

Seattle has a strong beverage culture, so it's no surprise the city is home to some of the country's best tea shops. For more recommendations on local businesses, contact us today.


Find the Perfect Coworking Space in the New Year

Coworking Pacific Northwest

Working from home has become increasingly common, particularly over the last year and a half. Will you be working remotely in 2022? Whether you work full-time, or only a couple of days a week, it's important to minimize distractions and maximize productivity. And sometimes it's difficult to do that in your house.

What you need is a coworking space in your neighborhood. Thankfully, you'll find many of these spaces throughout the Pacific Northwest. Here's what to look for when considering a coworking space for your 2022 remote work.

Benefits of a Coworking Space

A coworking space is an office environment where independent workers, such as freelancers, startups, and anyone else who doesn't work in a fixed location, can come to get things done. Workers typically pay an hourly fee, bringing their laptops and working surrounded by others in similar situations.

Coworking spaces provide many benefits that working from home doesn't. For instance, it offers a better work/life balance. When you work and live in the same location, it can feel like you're always on the clock, even when you're not working. Likewise, when you are working, you can be plagued by household chores that need to be done.

By working in a different location, you can keep your personal and professional business separate. It also helps eliminate the distractions that your home brings with it. In a coworking space, you won't be tempted to sneak off to watch TV in the middle of the day, answer personal e-mails, scroll through social media, or do chores, while you're supposed to be working.

By eliminating those distractions and putting you in a "work" frame of mind, coworking spaces tend to make people more productive than they would be simply working from home. However, it only works if you're able to find the right space for your needs.

What to Look for in a Coworking Space

First, look at what the space provides. A reliable Internet connection is a must, as well as outlets for charging your phone, laptop, or other devices. You may also need access to a printer or a scanner. Most spaces also have computers you can use on-site, in lieu of your own device. There may be other amenities that are important to you as well. Is there a kitchen, with snacks and a coffee pot? Private conference rooms for meetings and presentations?

Next, consider the environment. Does the space have enough lighting? Is the temperature comfortable, or is it too hot, cold, humid, etc.? The decor and general aesthetic of the space are important too. Find a place that looks friendly and inviting.

And one of the most important aspects of coworking is the community. Who else works there regularly? Even if you're not working with them directly, you're spending a large chunk of your day with them, so it's important to be sure you feel comfortable around them and will get along well with them. Coworking can also often lead to networking opportunities, connecting with like-minded people, and helping one another. So find a community you feel comfortable in.

Other Factors

A good coworking space provides variety for different working styles. It also gives people the freedom to switch environments throughout the day, depending on their mood and their current needs. This flexibility has been shown to increase productivity.

It's also important to look at the location. Portland and Seattle have many coworking space options to choose from. Ultimately, you want to find a space that's near your house, that you can get to and from easily. The stress of a long or difficult commute can make working difficult, negatively impacting your productivity before the day even begins.

Finally, look at your budget. Look at what different coworking spaces in your area charge, whether it's per hour, per week, or per month, and compare it to how much you're willing or able to spend. How much does the cost of being in that space cut into the amount you'll earn while working there?

What they offer for the price is also important. Maybe you're willing to spend a bit more on a place that has a coffeemaker, or comfy couches. Make a list of your needs, and the amount you're willing to spend. Then, compare spaces to see which one is the best fit.

If you're looking for a home near a coworking space or a home with an office for your remote working lifestyle, our brokers can help you find the perfect option. Contact us to learn more!


Bend: One of the Best Small Towns to Buy a Vacation Home

Bend Vacation Homes

Chances are that over the last eighteen months, your home has also become your workplace. So what do you do when you need a getaway? Our brokers share the many compelling reasons why Travel + Leisure just named Bend, OR as one of the "8 Best Small Towns to Buy a Vacation Home in the U.S."

What Makes Bend So Wonderful?

  • Beautiful Weather
    Bend has the highest average number of sunny days in Oregon. While the Pacific Northwest has a rainy reputation, Bend averages 11 inches of rainfall per year, less than one-third of the national average of 38 inches. According to BestPlaces, the most comfortable months in Bend are July, August, and September, which is prime vacation time.

  • Outdoor Playground 
    No matter what your choice of outdoor activities, you'll find it within convenient access in Bend. Are you an adrenaline junkie? Mt. Bachelor, just 20 miles away, is one of the top spots for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. If you prefer a more moderate pace, there are plenty of trails for hiking, running, and mountain biking. Water lovers have the Deschutes River and nearby lakes for swimming, fishing, boating, and paddle sports.

  • Charming Downtown Area
    Bend's quaint, delightful downtown area is essentially unchanged since the city was founded in 1905. Instead of skyscrapers and national retailers, you'll see historic buildings, charming independent shops, and an eclectic mix of restaurants. For those times when you want the big city, Portland is only a three-hour drive away.

  • Easy to Navigate
    Leave the car at home. With a Walk Score of 90 out of 100, Bend earns the coveted designation of "Walker's Paradise." The city is also a recent recipient of the SILVER level award from the League of American Bicyclists, which is given to communities deemed most bicycle-friendly. 

  • Stunning Scenery
    When it comes to visual surroundings, variety is definitely the word for Bend. Its prime location between the desert to the east and mountains to the west means you're treated to an endless display of picturesque landscapes. You may find yourself becoming an early riser just to see the sunrises, and there are few things more romantic than a sunset in Bend.

Things to See and Do in Bend

  • Mt. Bachelor - 13000 SW Century Dr., Bend, OR 97702
    At 9.065 feet, Mt. Bachelor isn't the tallest mountain in Oregon, but it's definitely the most popular, with nearly half a million visitors per year. Mt. Bachelor's skiing season runs from mid-November through May, making it one of the longest in the country, but it's also active during summer when people head out for hiking and mountain biking.

  • Drake Park - 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend, OR 97701
    Downtown Bend is home to Drake Park, a scenic spot alongside Mirror Pond on the Deschutes River that's perfect for a brisk walk, fishing, or some time with a good book. The park is also a gathering spot for events such as Bend's July 4th celebration. Pack a lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic tables. Park hours are 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  • Bend Ale Trail
    The Pacific Northwest is one of the major outposts of the craft beer movement, and in Oregon, Bend is second only to Portland in quantity and quality of breweries. Founded in 2010, the Bend Ale Trail was first in the West and second in the nation. The trail is divided into seven distinct territories, encompassing more than two dozen breweries. Get a digital or old-school passport and win prizes for each territory you complete.

  • Tower Theatre - 835 NW Wall St., Bend, OR 97703
    Dubbed "Bend's Living Room," the Tower Theatre is the epicenter of the city's cultural and entertainment scene. Events cover the full spectrum, including concerts, movies, plays, and dance. The calendar for 2022 includes Judy Collins, "Friends: The Musical Parody," and "The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute." 

  • McMenamins Old St. Francis School - 700 NW Bond St., Bend, OR 97703
    In Bend, when someone talks about going "back to school," it's a good thing. McMenamins Old St. Francis School is a 1936 Catholic schoolhouse converted to a lively entertainment complex including a hotel, brewery, pub, movie theater, and concert hall. When you visit, be sure to check out the broom closet on the third floor of the Art House for entry to a secret bar!

Which of the amazing Bend homes for sale is your perfect vacation getaway? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for friendly and knowledgeable help with your search.


Small Business Saturday: How to Support Small Businesses This Holiday Season

Small Business Saturday

During the holidays last year, shoppers chose to support small businesses more than ever before by skipping online shopping and chain stores to do their holiday shopping locally. So let's do even better this year, and show the Seattle area small businesses some love for the holidays. Our brokers have the details on why and how to support small businesses this holiday season.

Why Small Businesses Deserve Your Support During the Holidays

If you're like most people, then you probably already have some favorite local small businesses where you love shopping. It's nice to go to a place where people know your face, name, and preferences as soon as you walk through the door. Small businesses provide the opportunity for local artists, artisans, farmers, restaurateurs, and business people to share their unique wares with the public.

Small businesses are also integral to local economies in every neighborhood, and Seattle is no exception. Thriving small businesses create jobs, drive local spending, and provide a level of personalized service that you can't find anywhere else. Many small business owners are also very dedicated to raising funds for local charities, supporting community events, and giving back to the communities that help them thrive.

How to Support Small Businesses for the Holidays

There are so many reasons both big and small to support small businesses for the holidays. Your support means so much to these businesses, and doing your holiday shopping locally is also a great way to find one-of-a-kind gifts that you won't find anywhere else. But how do you show your support? Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Show Up and Browse to Find That Special Something
    We all know how easy it is to browse a big, online retailer to find generic gifts, but it's hard to find that spark of inspiration for a truly special gift when you shop online. Whether you already have a gift idea in mind or you want to find a unique gift for someone who's hard to shop for, visiting small businesses to browse and make a purchase is a great way to get inspired for your holiday shopping.

  • Start Your Shopping Early and Be Patient
    Starting your holiday shopping early provides a variety of benefits for small businesses, and can make your life easier too. It provides revenue for small businesses when they need it most, and allows them to prepare your order before the busiest holiday shopping times. So get out there to start shopping before Black Friday, and be patient while small businesses get your order ready in time for the holidays.

  • Support Small Businesses by Showing Your Love Online
    After you're done shopping at your favorite small businesses, why not show them some love online? Leaving positive reviews on Yelp and Google is a great place to start because those reviews really help small businesses gain exposure online. You can also shout out and link to your favorite small businesses on social media, to help all of your connections find the best local places to shop for the holidays.

  • Try Dining Out or Ordering a Meal Kit for a Holiday Meal
    Eliminate the stress of cooking for the holidays and support a small business in the process by visiting a restaurant for a holiday meal. You can dine out at a restaurant that's open for in-person dining, or order a meal kit from a local restaurant that makes it easy to whip up a world-class meal at home with minimal effort.

  • Be a Friendly Customer and a Generous Tipper
    When you visit a small business to do some shopping or eating, make sure to treat the staff well. And if you can afford it, a generous tip can make a big difference.

Are you searching for a home located close to all of your favorite Seattle small businesses? Our local real estate team is here to help you find the perfect match among the many Seattle homes for sale. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.


Dine at Portland's Food Carts

Portland Food Carts

Los Angeles may claim to have started the food truck craze, but Portland has truly embraced the trend. With more than 500 trucks, or "carts," as they're referred to by locals, Portland's food cart scene has drawn raves from Bon Appétit, CNN, and other national sources.

Our brokers spotlight some of their favorites among the exciting food carts found just minutes from Portland homes for sale.

  • Yoshi's Sushi - Multnomah Village French Quarter, 3518 SW Multnomah Blvd., Portland, OR 97219
    So you're viewing Portland homes for sale and you get a craving for sushi. What to do? Pick up the phone and call Yoshi's Sushi. Owner/chef Yoshi Ikeda shows that you don't have to go to a glitzy, upscale restaurant to get fresh, high-quality sushi. Customers rave about the nigiri, especially salmon and hotate, or scallop. Yoshi's is open Tuesday through Saturday for phone orders only, with lunch served from noon - 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

  • Jojo - 3582 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97202
    Chicken sandwich wars are raging among fast-food outlets everywhere, and many will declare JoJo to be the clear winner. Their fried chicken sandwiches come in four different varieties, and the star is the Fried Chicken Melt. Two slices of toasted shokupan bread hold a patty topped with American and Cheddar cheeses, Crystal hot sauce, house ranch, coleslaw, and chives. Jojo is open daily from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Viking Soul Food - 4255 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215
    It's called Viking Soul Food, but their Scandinavian-inspired dishes will definitely satisfy your taste buds as well. Owners Megan and Jeremy put their own spin on dishes from Megan's childhood, such as the Norwegian meatball wrap that was sampled by Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Save room for a lingonberry lefse wrap, stuffed with plump lingonberries and smooth cream cheese. Hours are noon - 8 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 8:30 p.m. 

  • Tierra del Sol Oaxacan Cuisine - 7238 SE Foster Rd. #1, Portland, OR 97206
    Mexico's famed street food makes it a natural fit for a food truck. Located in the lively Portland Mercado, Tierra del Sol Oaxacan Cuisine offers classic dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The showstopper is the tlayuda, a 14-inch corn tortilla piled with chicharrons, black beans, queso Oaxaca, and veggies. Meat is optional, and the tlayuda comes packaged in a pizza box. Tierra del Sol is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • MF Tasty - 3927 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227
    MF Tasty grew out of another food trend, when husband-and-wife Eric and Nicole operated a secret supper club in Phoenix, AZ. After moving to Portland, the couple opened a food cart serving "Southwest inspired, Portland made" dishes. The menu changes each week, but typical offerings include pumpkin-spiced risotto, harissa-BBQ glazed "beetloaf," and their award-winning chorizo mac & cheese. Follow them on Instagram to view the current menu. Hours are 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

  • Birrieria La Plaza - 600 SE 146th Ave., Portland, OR 97233
    Hard to improve on perfection, but birria-style takes tacos to another level. Birreria La Plaza cooks the flavorful dipping consome for hours to bring out all the seasonings and spices. Owner Oracio Hernandez's secret weapon is his mother, Doña Sofia, and the recipes she learned growing up on a farm in Jalisco, Mexico. Cheese lovers go for the combo that includes one each of quesotaco, mulita, vampiro, and quesadilla. Hours are 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Stretch the Noodle - 223-269 SW Washington St., Portland, WA 97204
    A visit to Stretch the Noodle rates high on both food and entertainment factors. On most days, you can watch chef Xuemei Simard practice the esteemed art of noodle-pulling as he folds, twists, and stretches dough into delicate strands. Every dish is made to order, and well worth the wait. Try the biang-biang noodles, a wide noodle with hot oil, black vinegar, and garlic sauce, topped with a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Stretch the Noodle is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Erica's Soul Food - 803 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, ME 97216
    Authentic down-home Southern cuisine comes to Portland via Erica's Soul Food. Comfort food classics such as meatloaf, pimento cheese fries, and shrimp & grits will make you forget you're on the West Coast. Check out the Soul Bowls, mash-ups of Southern favorites like the Grandma, with meatloaf, cornbread, black-eyed peas, and cabbage. Erica's is open Wednesday through Sunday, with lunch served from noon - 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Find out why everything's coming up roses in Portland. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to learn more.


Interior Design Trends to Try This Fall

Fall Interior Design The season of pumpkin spice, sweater weather, and apple-everything is here, and our brokers want to make sure you're ready for the fall interior design trends. Pumpkin décor is a forever favorite, but there are many other brilliant ways to dress your home for the season. Thankfully, the fall interior design trends for 2021 have something for everyone. We're talking layering, vintage décor, cozy autumnal shades, natural elements, and more. It's time to make your home feel festive and comforting. Here are the most prevalent home decor trends for you to experiment with this fall.

  • Cozy Fabrics and Natural Textures
    As the weather turns colder, ultra-soft fabrics are a must, and natural texture is a key trend for 2021. People are drawn to a sophisticated, chic, and cozy feel in their homes. Layering chunky knitted blankets and furry fabrics with velvets and other rich, textured fabrics will give your space a warm and welcoming fall vibe. 

  • Vintage Decor
    Vintage pieces and family heirlooms are definitely trending. As much as modern décor is adored, the pandemic seems to have promoted homeowners to turn to the past with their designs. They want accessories and furnishings with character and nostalgia. For some, this means dusting off old furniture, vases, candlesticks, and picture frames to bring a sense of security from the past. For others, it's all about breaking out their grandmother's 1940s colored glassware. Whatever antique pieces you have, mixing them with more contemporary pieces can go a long way to keep your space from getting too dated.

  • Nature-Inspired Colors
    Red, yellow, and orange are the conventional fall colors, but designers are increasingly gravitating towards other nature-inspired hues. These are warm, richer tones such as blues, deep greens, and browns. These colors signify renewal, hope, and freshness. You can use them to add a layer of character and sophistication to your living space without overpowering it. To make these colors feel appropriate for the season, use them in deeper shades and complement them with warm undertones. Line your dining room table with a navy blue runner and layer in a few pillows in forest green to set off the rest of your yellow and orange décor. Incorporating metal decorative accents is also a great way to provide a pop of color and add contrast to a design.

  • Emphasis on Nature and Natural Elements
    This fall presents a great opportunity to bring the outdoors inside. The pandemic has taught us how much better life is when we sit outside and connect to nature. The trend of creating fluidity between indoors and outdoors spaces is here to stay. This doesn't mean turning your home into a greenhouse, it's about incorporating natural fabrications and furnishings into your decor. You can also bring in some heard-wearing plants and maximize natural light.

  • Beyond the Open Floor Plan
    We hate to see this one go, but the open floor concept is becoming something of the past. The past year and a half have seen us use the spaces in our home much differently than before. We've realized that the open floor plan may be ideal for entertaining, but not so much for everyday life. Instead of having large open spaces where furniture floats, consider using room dividers and partitions to add versatility to your space. Create a home office, gym, or any other functional space.
  • Add Shapes
    Juxtaposition is big when it comes to the top fall interior décor trends of 2021. People are becoming more adventurous with their furnishings, where soft edges meet hard lines. This is more prominent in coffee tables, contemporary wall art, patterned rugs, and vases. Curved and shapely vessels and furniture tend to create quiet drama in neutral spaces and add a much-needed distraction from the angular lines of your other furnishings. Throw some shapes in to create contrast and draw the eye across the space.

  • Plaid and Stripes
    The two most useable patterns have united to create the perfect fall complement and add some interest into every corner of your home. You can jump onboard the plaid and stripes bandwagon by mixing the prints with your throws, bedding, cushions, and curtains. Go for black and white patterns mixed with red, coral, and brown accents. Patterned rugs are also great for layering under more neutral rugs to give them a bit of edge without it being overwhelming.

Planning to buy a new home this fall? We're here to help you find your dream home in the Pacific Northwest. Contact us today to learn more about our services.


About the Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

Spanning 2,650 miles from the Mexican border in the south to the Canadian border in the north, the Pacific Crest Trail is to the West Coast what the Appalachian Trail is to the East Coast. Our brokers take a look at this iconic hiking destination that's within convenient distance of Bend homes for sale.

History of the Pacific Crest Trail

The first seeds of the Pacific Crest Trail were planted right here in Oregon. Fred Cleator, a supervisor in the U.S. Forest Service, first mapped the state's Skyline Trail in 1920 and started plans for a similar route in Washington.

At the time, the Boy Scouts, Sierra Club, and other organizations were floating various ideas for hiking trails. In 1926, Catherine Montgomery, a teacher in Bellingham, WA, became the first to propose a contiguous hiking trail through the three West Coast states. 

Mountain League of Los Angeles chairman Clinton C. Clarke was inspired to unite these groups into one cohesive effort when he organized the Pacific Crest Trail System Conference in 1932. The conference, which counted legendary nature photographer Ansel Adams among its committee members, led to Clarke becoming known as the father of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Finally, during President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration, Congress passed the National Trails System Act on October 2, 1968. In addition to setting forth the administrative framework for a nationwide system of trails, this officially named the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail as the country's first scenic trails. 

Fun Facts About the Pacific Crest Trail

  • At loose ends after the death of her mother, writer Cheryl Strayed began a journey on the Pacific Crest Trail despite no previous hiking experience. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail details the highs and lows of her 1,100-mile journey. The memoir, along with the movie adapted from the book and starring Reese Witherspoon, created a spike of interest in the Pacific Crest Trail.

  • Anyone hiking or horseback riding 500 miles or more in a continuous trip must obtain a permit. While there is no charge for a permit, they are issued on a first-come-first-served basis and limited by quota. Day and overnight use permits are also required in 33 places along the Pacific Crest Trail, including Crater Lake National Park, Mount Jefferson Wilderness, and Three Sisters Wilderness in Oregon.

  • How long does it take to traverse the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail? While some elite athletes have accomplished it in as little as two months, the average time is approximately five months. Expenses run anywhere from $4,000-$8,000, depending on how frugal or extravagant a hiker chooses to be.

  • While no formal statistics are currently kept, the self-reported "2,600 Miler List" includes 7,936 people, 100 of whom have completed the trail more than once. The annual number peaked in 2018 when 1,185 completions were reported. Total number of permits issued for all usage has grown from 1,879 in 2013 to 7,888 in 2019.

Pacific Crest Trail Hikes Near Bend

  • Experienced hikers who are up for a challenge are rewarded with spectacular views after reaching the summit of Diamond Peak, one of Oregon's Matterhorns. The 13.8-mile dog-friendly trail is described as a "scramble," which is the term for a route that's more difficult than regular hiking but not quite to the level of rock-climbing. Unlike most mountains that are relatively symmetrical, Diamond Peak has a jagged profile that's been compared to the back of a stegosaurus. 

  • Twin Peaks, more familiarly known as the Twins, is a volcano that gained its name from the dual summits formed by a gap in the crater rim. This 6.7-mile dog-friendly route crosses the Pacific Crest Trail on its way to views of both Twins along with Mount Jefferson, Mount McLaughlin, and other parts of the Cascades. The real showstopper is Waldo Lake, a popular Oregon attraction that's the second-largest natural freshwater lake in the state behind Crater Lake.

  • North, Middle, and South make up the Three Sisters that are the centerpiece of the eponymous Wilderness Area. Skirt the permit requirement by hiking the Scott Trail, a dog-friendly route marked by alpine meadows full of wildflowers. Along with the Three Sisters, the summit features views of Collier Glacier, the largest glacier in Oregon, situated between North and Middle Sisters.

The best part of any journey is returning to your dream home in Bend. Whether you're buying or selling a house, contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for cheerful and professional help with Bend real estate.


Fall Finds at Pike Place Market

Pike Place MarketPike Place Market is such a cherished part of Seattle that offers fantastic food options in every season. Our brokers are especially fond of the fall treats that can be found at the market. Plan your next trip to Pike Place Market and be on the lookout for these fall finds.

  • Ellenos Yogurt - 1500 Pike Pl., Seattle, WA 98101 
    Ellenos Yogurt is a classic Greek food that ended up in the Pacific Northwest by way of the Land Down Under. Yvonne, a flight attendant who fell in love with the yogurt on the job, convinced father and son Con and Alex to leave their home in Australia and bring their incredible yogurt to Seattle. Fall marks the return of their popular pumpkin pie yogurt, loaded with pieces of real pie. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors close at 5 p.m.  

  • Cobb's Gourmet Popcorn - 1500 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
    As fall brings shorter days and the inevitable Seattle rain, it's a great time to hunker down with Netflix or Amazon Prime. And what's a TV and movie night without popcorn? Cobb's Gourmet Popcorn makes their popcorn from scratch with butter, sweet cream, real vanilla, and other fresh, high-quality ingredients. Go classic with Brown Butter and Sea Salt, or try Vanilla Salted Caramel for some sweetness. Be sure to look for the seasonal varieties that "pop" up from time to time. Cobb's is open noon - 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • Made in Washington - 1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
    It's never too early to start holiday shopping. Give the gift of the Pacific Northwest with the unique items at Made in Washington. Build your own gift basket featuring iconic Northwest brands such as SeaBear Smoked Salmon, Fran's Chocolates, and Fisher Fair Scone Mix. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

  • Simply Seattle - 1600 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
    Even non-sports fans are buzzing about professional hockey's return to Seattle this fall, after an absence of nearly a century. Show your team spirit with a jersey, cap, or other official Kraken gear from Simply Seattle. The shop features a full selection of items representing all the city's pro and collegiate teams, including the gone-but-not-forgotten Seattle Supersonics. Have a TV buff on your gift list? They'd love a Grey's Anatomy hoodie, coffee mug, or keychain. Simply Seattle is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • MarketSpice - 85A Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101
    Spend a cozy fall afternoon curled up with a warm throw, a good book, and a comforting cup of MarketSpice tea. Not surprisingly, Washington apples play a starring role in MarketSpice's fall flavors, including Apple & Cinnamon and Caramel Apple. Brighten your home with candles in the shop's signature cinnamon-orange scent and other delightful aromas. Treat the kids with a hot chocolate mix in gourmet flavors such as mint, raspberry, and vanilla. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., seven days a week.

  • Honest Biscuits - 1901 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98101 
    Enjoy a hearty Southern classic made with a Pacific Northwest spin at Honest Biscuits. Founder Art Stone drew on his experience baking biscuits with his grandmother in North Carolina, tweaking the recipe to reflect his own life experiences. Their classic Butterhole Biscuit, made with high-quality local ingredients, is also available in a gluten-free version. Go for the gusto with their signature biscuit, the MacGregor, studded with Bavarian Meats bacon, Beecher's Flagship cheese, and caramelized onions. Honest Biscuits is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and weekends from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Pike Place Chowder - 1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
    When a clam chowder wins competitions on both coasts, you know it has to be good. Pike Place Chowder has earned cook-off championships in Newport, RI, Westport, CT, and Monterey, CA. In 2018, after conducting a nationwide study, Yelp proclaimed the restaurant's New England clam chowder to be the most popular dish in America. Their prize-winning chowder and six other varieties are available for carryout, along with their authentic lobster, shrimp, and Dungeness crab rolls. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

Pike Place Market is just minutes from many incredible Seattle homes for sale. Want to learn more? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain.


Pacific Northwest Fall Foliage Tour

Pacific Northwest Fall

Is it possible that Pacific Northwest scenery can get even more spectacular? While we love this area in all seasons, there's something extra special about the fall. See Washington and Oregon dressed up in their fall colors at these beautiful locations as recommended by our brokers.

  • Kubota Garden - 9817 - 55th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118
    Two words used most often by people to describe dog-friendly Kubota Garden: "hidden gem." Namesake Fujitaro Kubota and his son Tom envisioned their property as a public space to be enjoyed by all. In 1987, the City of Seattle purchased the land to complete that mission. More than 140 varieties of Japanese maples fill the garden with brilliant fall hues, while the waterfall and fish pond add a touch of Zen. Kubota Garden is open daily from sunrise to sunset, and admission is free.

  • Washington Park Arboretum - 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., Seattle, WA 98112
    Set in 230 lush acres on the shores of Lake Washington, the Washington Park Arboretum offers something different with each visit. Themed gardens, such as Rhododendron Glen and Azalea Way, highlight specific plants and landscapes. Take a canoe or kayak out on Union Bay for a chance to spot hawks, owls, and other magnificent birds. Kids have fun learning about nature while they complete the fall scavenger hunt. There's no charge to visit the Arboretum, which is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. 

  • Discovery Park - 3801 Discovery Park Blvd., Seattle, WA 98199
    Framed by the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascades in the east, Discovery Park features some of the more spectacular scenery around. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest city park in Seattle, and it provides a welcome oasis to the surrounding urban hustle and bustle. Surrounded by sand dunes, cliffs, and forest groves, you'll feel like you're in another world. Park hours are 4 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily.

  • Lincoln Park - 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136
    Tucked inside West Seattle, one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, is Lincoln Park. While it's much smaller than many of the other city parks, Lincoln Park has a wide variety of attractions that make it a favorite destination for families. Features include 4.6 miles of walking paths, 3.9 miles of biking paths, picnic shelters, and a renovated play area. Fall is a prime time for spotting orcas, seals, sea lions and porpoise out on Puget Sound. Lincoln Park is open seven days a week from 4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

  • Pittock Mansion - 3229 NW Pittock Dr., Portland, OR 97210
    In 1853, 19-year-old Henry Pittock heeded the call to "go west, young man." After moving from Pittsburgh to Portland, Henry became a successful businessman and built Pittock Mansion. Today, the stately home serves as a museum dedicated to the legacy of Henry Pittock and the story of Portland's development over the years. The 46-acre grounds include trails for viewing trees, flowers, and panoramas of the city skyline and the Cascade Mountains. Pittock Mansion is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. except for Tuesday, when doors open at noon. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for ages 6-18.

  • Hoyt Arboretum - 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland, OR 97221
    When Portland purchased 189 acres of land for $10 in 1922, the property was earmarked for development. Thanks to the efforts of key supporters, the land became the home of Hoyt Arboretum. More than 2,300 different tree species from more than six continents can be seen on the grounds, which is a greater number than any other arboretum in the country. Twelve miles of hiking trails provide opportunities to view Japanese maples, redwoods, flowering dogwoods, and many rare species. Watch for hawthorne fruits, magnolia cones, and snowberries, which take center stage during fall months. Hours are 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, and there is no charge for admission.

  • South Park Blocks - 1436 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97201
    Don't have time for a day trip? Just head downtown to the South Park Blocks, a charming green space just north of Portland State University. The 12-block area was one of the city's first parks, dating back to 1852, and the tree-lined corridor is still a popular spot to enjoy a slice of nature. Mosaics, sculptures, and other artworks along the way add to the visual appeal. Park hours are 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.

Whether you're looking for natural or urban delights, the Pacific Northwest has it all. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for help with all your real estate needs.


Portland Microbreweries for Your Next Pint

Portland Microbreweries

As home to nearly 70 breweries, more than any other city in the world, Portland has been a vibrant part of the craft beer movement since the early 1980s. What better place to be during Oktoberfest? Our brokers raise a toast to these microbreweries throughout the Portland area. 

  • Upright Brewing - 240 N. Broadway, Portland, OR 97227
    What does brewing beer have in common with composing music? According to Upright Brewing, both activities are methods of "exercising creativity and craft" in ways that defy categorization. In keeping with the musical theme, Upright Brewing designs each beer label to look like an album cover. Pair your beer with a sandwich or snack from adjoining PBS Café. Tasting room hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.

  • Ruse Brewing - 4784 SE 17th Ave., Portland, OR 97202
    The spirit of Portland runs through the DNA of Ruse Brewing. Inspired by the city's culture of creativity, founders Shaun and Devin made community support the primary element of the company's vision. Ruse Brewing teams up with local artists and musicians to create specialty brews for beer releases and other events. The cozy taproom, filled with natural light and wood accents, gives off a major Pacific Northwest vibe. Hours are 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Back Pedal Brewing - 1425 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209
    Back Pedal Brewing is using its space to host a pop-up from Road Beers PDX. Enjoy a beer in the taproom or place an order to go for brands from one of Road Beers' many partner breweries. The taproom is open Wednesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from noon - 8 p.m.

  • Threshold Brewing & Blending - 403 SE 79th Ave., Portland, OR 97215
    Jarek and Sara Symanski, owners of Threshold Brewing & Blending, aren't content to simply brew a great beer. They love to experiment with unexpected flavor profiles. Check out the tart funk of farmhouse-style beers or the assertiveness of bourbon-forward dark beers. Be sure to go hungry and try the zapiekanka. Jared brought the unique open-faced mushroom and cheese baguette sandwich from his native Poland. Stop in with the whole family, including four-legged members, after viewing Portland homes for sale. Hours are 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Culmination Brewing - 2117 NE Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232
    Culmination Brewing
    bridges beer's past and present with classic flavors that are updated to appeal to modern tastes. They generously promote the local beer industry by collaborating with other breweries to create some of their flavors. Miami Nice provides a food menu of vegan Cuban cuisine, such as empanadas, croquetas, and yuca fries, that's so tasty. The taproom is open 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Zoiglhaus - 5716 SE 92nd Ave., Portland, OR 97266
    The amusing and memorable name of Zoiglhaus is actually deeply rooted in German brewing tradition. Zoigl brewing dates back to the Middle Ages when towns had a communal brewhouse where people would take turns making and serving their personal beers. Fast-forward to Portland today, where Zoiglhaus aims to foster that same sense of community. Food such as Bavarian pretzels and jägerschnitzel reflects the same German influence. Hours are 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily. 

  • Breakside Brewery - 820 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211
    Since opening in 2010, award-winning Breakside Brewery has grown from a modest pub to a large regional operation with five metro-area locations, as well as a sixth coming soon in Beaverton. Breakside has gained a devoted following thanks to creative flavors such as their version of the classic Black & Tan, with notes of whiskey, milk chocolate, and caramel. Two years ago, Breakside proudly became one of only a few employee-owned breweries across the country. Breakside is open seven days a week from noon - 9 p.m.

There's something new to discover every day around Portland. If you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to learn more. 


Restaurants with a View in Seattle

Seattle Restaurants

Seattle is one of America's most scenic cities, and many of the area's best restaurants combine fresh, fantastic food with the sort of spectacular views that you can only find in the city. Whether you're interested in waterfront scenery or a stunning, bird's eye view of the city skyline with the mountains as a backdrop, you'll find it close to home in Seattle. Our brokers have all the details on where to dine with a view.

  • Ray's Boathouse & Cafe – 6049 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
    With a convenient location near Seattle homes for sale and gorgeous waterfront views, Ray's Boathouse & Cafe offers two distinctive dining areas for your enjoyment. The Boathouse is an elegant setting serving fresh sea to plate fare sourced from local Seattle purveyors, while Ray's Cafe is a more casual dining setting, with a beachfront bar serving some of the finest local wines and spirits.

  • Graduate Seattle Mountaineering Club – 4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    Take a quick hike up to the 16th floor of the Graduate Hotel to enjoy dinner and drinks with a view at the Graduate Seattle Mountaineering Club. Soak in panoramic views of the Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier, and the Puget Sound from the outdoor seating area while you sample fresh, local fare. Just be sure to plan ahead because reservations are required for the Mountaineering Club.

  • Westward – 2501 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
    Situated on the northern shores of Lake Union, Westward offers a quaint, beachside dining experience that's sure to impress. The menu here features imaginative takes on your favorite seafood dishes, along with oysters that are as fresh as it gets. Beachfront brunches are also available every Saturday and Sunday morning at Westward.

  • Matt's in the Market – 94 Pike St., Suite 32, Seattle, WA 98101
    Located in the heart of the bustling Pike Street Market, Matt's in the Market is a popular dining destination, bar, and event space. If you're looking for a restaurant where the wine list is just as spectacular as the views, this is a great place to visit. There are a ton of fantastic selections to enjoy, both from some of the most revered winemaking regions in France and from many of the Seattle area's most highly rated vineyards.

  • Daniel's Broiler – 808 Howell St., Seattle, WA 98101
    For a classic Seattle steakhouse experience, try a visit to Daniel's Broiler, an upscale steakhouse located on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency Seattle. The downtown location of Daniel's Broiler features a bar/restaurant setting, with all of your favorite steakhouse appetizers and entrees. All of the steaks served here are USDA Prime cuts, while the in-house Rickhouse Whiskey Bar serves more than 150 different whiskey selections from around the world.

  • Marination Ma Kai – 1660 Harbor Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98126
    In the mood for some unique dining choices? Head to the beautiful outdoor seating area at Marination Ma Kai to enjoy some amazing views of the harbor and Seattle skyline while you sample the fare from an imaginative Asian-Mexican fusion menu. As the name suggests, all of the meats served at Marination Ma Kai are carefully marinated in unique house marinades and seasoned to perfection. It's also a casual dining spot, perfect for grabbing a relaxing meal with friends or your special someone.

  • Elliott's Oyster House – 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56, Seattle, WA 98101
    Voted America's number one oyster house by Food & Wine, Elliott's Oyster House offers stunning waterfront views to match its amazing menu. In addition to a menu featuring all of your favorite seafood standards cooked to perfection, Elliott's Oyster House has a separate menu just for oysters. Choose from a dozen varieties of fresh, carefully selected oysters, all chosen from the best local sources. Private dining is also available in the Elliott Bay Room, ideal for celebrating special group occasions with stunning views of Elliott Bay all around you.

  • The White Swan Public House – 1001 Fairview Ave., North Seattle, WA 98109
    Searching for the best upscale pub fare in an inviting, relaxing atmosphere? The White Swan Public House combines the best of both worlds, with an expansive outdoor patio seating area located on the waterfront. The dinner menu here features a mix of oysters, seafood entrees, and classic pub dishes. You can also stop by on any weekend morning for a full brunch menu that offers a little bit of everything.

Whether you're searching for the perfect view, the ideal location, or a little bit of everything, our team is here to help you find your next home in Seattle. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.


Bookstores in Seattle for Book Lovers Day

Bookstores Seattle

August 9th is National Book Lovers Day, and our brokers honestly can't think of a better place than Seattle to celebrate this particular holiday. We happen to have some of the greatest independent bookstores in the country, and we're excited to share some of our favorites in honor of National Book Lovers Day!

  1. Ophelia's Books - 3504 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    A strong case could be made that Ophelia's Books is Seattle's most fun bookstore for those who like to browse. Packed to the gills with secondhand books spanning genres and decades, Ophelia's spans three levels, with enchanting spiral staircases that lead you up to each new floor of literary wonders. Located conveniently to countless Seattle homes for sale, the shop also has cozy couches where you can sit and read, and there's a good chance you'll be visited by one of the live-in cats. 

  2. Phinney Books - 7405 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    Phinney Books
    opened its doors in 2014 and quickly established a reputation for offering a well-chosen selection featuring all the latest and greatest from the literary world. The shop's owner and noted bibliophile Tom Nissley, an eight-time Jeopardy! champion who knows a thing or two about books. The staff is always friendly and happy to help you find your next great read.

  3. Twice Sold Tales - 1833 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
    Nestled in Seattle's endlessly enjoyable Ballard Neighborhood, Twice Sold Tales is the sort of bookstore that warrants repeated visits. That's because, as its punny name suggests, Twice Sold Tales is a used bookstore, and its shelves are always being replenished with new and fascinating volumes. Be careful when you open and close the door not to let the shop's resident cats out!

  4. Couth Buzzard Books - 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    A bookstore that's also a coffee shop—what could be more Seattle? Couth Buzzard Books is one of the city's favorite bookstores not just because it has a great selection of books (and great espresso) but because it's a warm, welcoming space that makes you feel like you're right at home. Their shelves are packed with literary treasures, and the staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. Couth Buzzard's cafe sells coffee and light bites and often hosts live music.

  5. Elliott Bay Book Company - 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
    A mainstay of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, Elliott Bay Book Company is more than a bookstore. It's a hub for the local literary community, with a vast selection of reading materials in every genre and discipline. They frequently host compelling live author readings, and the adjoining Little Oddfellows Cafe is a beloved local hangout for bookish types.

  6. Secret Garden Bookshop - 2214 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
    Another Ballard neighborhood staple, Secret Garden Bookshop, sells all kinds of books, but children's books are their real specialty. This is a fantastic place to find books for kids and young adults, and there's a good chance all your own childhood favorites are here (including the 1911 novel from which the shop takes its name). Best of all, Secret Garden's location on Market Street puts it within walking distance of some of the city's best shops, galleries, and cafes. 

  7. Madison Books - 4118 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112
    Opened in 2019, Madison Books is one of Seattle's newest bookstores, but it's quickly become a trusted source of new reading material in the Madison Park neighborhood. Situated on a picturesque tree-lined street, Madison Books carries a superb selection of new titles, with lots of cozy nooks where you can settle in and flip through the pages. We also love the irony that this bookstore was opened by two former Amazon employees!

  8. Magus Books - 1408 NE 42nd St, Seattle, WA 98105
    A fixture of the University District for some 40-odd years, Magus Books has been buying and selling used books since 1978. Their space looks like one would expect from a used bookstore near a college campus: floor-to-ceiling shelves overflowing with books, stacks of stray volumes threatening to topple over. It's a treasure trove of the old, rare and unusual. Magus Books is a great place to find early editions and collectible books.

Contact us today to learn more about the great independent businesses that thrive in Seattle, and be sure to ask how our brokers can help you find your Washington dream home. 


Outdoor Movies Now Showing Near the Portland Area

Outdoor Movies

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy an outdoor movie with friends, and there are a wide variety of options available to watch outdoor films in the Portland area. Many local communities make movies available for free in weekly events at popular local parks, and some even offer the classic drive-in movie experience. If you're planning to enjoy an outdoor movie, remember that it's wise to bring your own seating, along with some snacks and drinks. Our brokers have the details on 5 communities in the Portland area showing outdoor movies this summer.

Outdoor Movies Now Showing Near the Portland Area

  • Rooftop Cinema at Lloyd Center – 2201 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232
    Some of the usual outdoor movie events near Portland, OR homes for sale have been put on hold for summer 2021, but the Rooftop Cinema at Lloyd Center is still here to offer a movie experience unlike any other. There are different movies showing every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in August, with the schedule trimming down to every Saturday and Sunday in September. Be sure to order your tickets ahead of time because advance tickets get priority seating on movie nights.

  • Lake Oswego Movies in the Park – 200 1st St., Lake Oswego, OR 97034
    Millennium Plaza Park is one of the most popular parks near Lake Oswego, OR, homes for sale, and it's also where you'll find the Movies in the Park series this summer. The next big movie on the schedule is "Moana," which will be showing on August 10. While this event is totally free to attend, registration is required. Make sure that you register beforehand and that everyone in your group is registered in order to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

  • West Linn Movies at Tanner Creek Park – 3456 Parker Rd., West Linn, OR 97068
    Enjoy a busy schedule of family-friendly movies on Wednesday nights when you attend West Linn Movies at Tanner Creek Park. August features a busy schedule of movies at Tanner Creek Park, with "Moana" showing on August 4, the classic "The Goonies" on tap for August 11, and "Toy Story 4" to wrap up the summer movies series on August 18. The movies begin shortly after dusk and are free for everyone to enjoy. Stop by after checking out West Linn homes for sale

  • Vancouver Friday Night Movies in the Parks – New Location Every Friday
    The parks near Vancouver, WA homes for sale will be popular destinations for movie lovers all summer long, with the Friday Night Movies in the Parks series happening in a different park every weekend. Upcoming movies include "Wonder Woman 1984" at Washington School Park (August 6), "Frozen II" at Hearthwood Park (August 13), "Onward" at Bagley Community Park (August 20), and "Scoob!" at Oakbrook Park (August 27). There's no admission fee, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own seating and snacks.

  • North Clackamas Drive-In Movies – 7300 SE Harmony Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97222
    Head south of Portland and get the best of both worlds by enjoying an outdoor movie from the comfort of your own car when you visit the North Clackamas Drive-In Movies series in Milwaukie. The series takes place on Saturday nights throughout the summer, with movies starting around dusk. Make sure to register ahead of time if you plan to attend this event, then get ready to enjoy movies like "Night at the Museum," which is playing on August 7 at the North Clackamas Aquatic Park.

Searching for a home close to all of the outdoor attractions and fun community events around Portland? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Portland, OR area.


Interior Design Trends: Cottagecore Home Decor

Home Decor Tips

Part of homeownership is getting to redecorate your place and make it a reflection of your style. As you consider various trends to add to your home, you may come across one that is becoming more and more popular, known as cottagecore, which is a home decor journey to a cozier time. If the homes you are asking our brokers to show you are perfect for adding these design touches, you're on your way to having a cottagecore inspired home. Follow these tips below.

  • Take Inspiration From the Past
    As we mentioned before, cottagecore embraces simple living from the past. How you incorporate this blast from the past is completely up to you! Maybe you'll go all out with this decor style, and only use muted tones and wall art. Or maybe you prefer to just make your couch and blankets follow this style. Add antiques or just books and knick-knacks that have been in the family for a while. Your cottagecore inspired room provides a perfect setting to display them.
  • Embrace Simplicity
    Technology is all around us, and this design style offers a retreat from it. This could be part of the reason this trend is becoming so popular! Part of embracing cottagecore home decor means unplugging and highlighting simple living. When incorporating cottagecore interior design trends, necessary technology will often be hidden in various clever ways. That way your TV isn't a jarring addition next to your woven blankets and simple artwork. Stay away from the cold, sleek surfaces that are more popular in modern decor. Instead focus on incorporating elements such as wooden features, the natural textures of organic materials, and the cozy atmosphere they bring. 
  • Take Cues From Nature
    To embrace nature with your decor, the interior of the home should blend with your home's exterior. Accomplish this by using muted colors, natural materials, house plants, and fresh or dried flowers. One way to bring the outdoors into your decor is to possibly add in a small herb garden. Herb gardens are easy to add to your office or kitchen because they take up minimal space and don't require a large amount of upkeep. An indoor herb garden can provide just the right touch to a cozy kitchen. You'll also have delicious fresh herbs to take your cooking to a whole new level. 
  • Add Vintage Touches
    Part of embracing the past means that antiques are a huge part of this design style! Don't worry, though. You can obtain the vintage look without spending a huge amount of money on antiques. To get the look you're seeking, focus on lines, wooden frames, and natural textures. Consider a trip to your local antique shop and scope out options there that you can add to your current decor. Or look at upcycling your current furniture with different stains or upholstery. 
  • Have a DIY Attitude
    A cottagecore style means you can also highlight your crafty side! Show off your creations and use them as a part of your decor. Have you learned to embroider or sew and have pieces that would look good in your living room? Find a rustic frame and proudly hang it on your wall. It's not just arts and crafts you can display. Did you recently start a garden? Store your homegrown fruits and veggies in wire baskets on the kitchen counter. Not only do these methods add to the decor of your home, but it also helps highlight your interests and hobbies in a new way!

Our team can help you find a home for you to decorate with your favorite home decor style. Contact us when you're ready to start your search for a new home in the area.


What Outdoor Home Features Add Value

Home Features As our brokers will tell you, most homebuyers make up their minds about a home before they take a look inside. No matter how much money, time, and effort you put into styling your home's interior, it will be much harder to sell your house if the exterior does not charm potential buyers. First impressions are everything when it comes to real estate. A buyer is more likely to move on to the next home if your home's exterior is not well-kept and lacks features that offer recreational benefits.

As you prepare your home for the selling process, you may want to consider exterior upgrades that could add value to your home today and in the future. Find out which investments make the most sense with this list of popular outdoor home features that boost property value, marketability, and appeal.

  • New Siding
    For a very modest investment, you may find that refreshing the exterior of your home by repairing or restoring your siding will greatly improve the structure and appeal of your home. Consider pressure washing your siding to remove dirt and debris. If your siding has chipping paint, giving a fresh coat of paint can help create a welcoming curb appeal. If cleaning and resurfacing your siding is still not enough, a full siding replacement may be the most efficient and cost-effective way to improve the value of your home.

  • Outdoor Kitchen
    Installing an outdoor kitchen allows for entertaining on an ambitious level. Ultimately, it's important to ensure the space is completely functional. Think of a fully equipped outdoor kitchen with electricity, plumbing, gas, and a roof for shelter. Specialty appliances like burners, ovens, sinks, grills, wine coolers, refrigerators, dishwashers, icemakers, and pizza ovens add sophistication to the space.

  • Windows and Doors
    While outdoor home features that involve entertainment and recreation are a major selling feature, so are ones that add functionality and lifetime value to your home. Upgrades such as windows and doors are well worth your investment. Installing energy-efficient window panes is one way to add value to your home. Swapping your front door for a steel unit with casing, window panels, and new hardware is another great way to make an impressive entryway that sets the tone for the rest of the house. While you're at it, consider a new set of door hardware, doorbell, door knocker, lighting, and house numbers to complete the front door makeover.

  • Landscaping
    Luscious landscaping will increase your home's value and increase the chances of winning the hearts of your potential homebuyers before they even get inside your home. If your home's landscaping is outdated, overgrown, or just needs a refreshing new look, consider giving it a modern and clean look. Beautiful ways to boost your home's value include adding stone planters, installing a natural flagstone walkway, mulching, and planting various shrubbery, perennials, blooming annuals, and a sizeable tree.

  • Outdoor Lighting
    Lighting is one of those features that homeowners often forget when adding value to their home's exterior. Outdoor lighting deters burglars, ensures guests arrive at your door safely, and creates a magical ambiance in your yard. Opt for stylish, architectural lighting to highlight the features of your home, as well as carefully designed landscape lighting to allow for the shrubs, flowers, and trees to be enjoyed at night.

  • Firepit
    There's hardly a backyard that won't benefit from the warmth and functionality of a beautifully installed firepit. Even if you don't live in a cold climate, a firepit creates an outdoor oasis right in your backyard. It also provides a space to share stories and create delightful memories. And when it's time to sell your home, you will realize a 60 to 70% ROI on a permanent, gas-powered firepit. Be sure to check with local authorities and your HOA about any restrictions.

  • Deck or Backyard Patio
    Wooden decks and covered patios are some of the most appealing exterior renovation projects that are certain to add value to your home. These features provide the perfect setting to grill in the afternoon, sunbathe, entertain, and relax with the family in the evening. Most people prefer big yards with plenty of grass and landscaping, so a small patio is more desirable. Patios can be made from concrete, hardwood, tile, brick, or flagstones. 

Adding outdoor home features can vastly improve your ability to relax outside in your home, boost curb appeal, and increase your home's resale value. But it's important to research before starting any project. For more information on home improvement, contact us today.


Picnic Spots Throughout Seattle

Picnic Spots Throughout Seattle

With a city surrounded by water and mountains, is it any wonder that outdoor dining is so popular in Seattle? Pack a basket or grab some carryout and visit one of these amazing picnic spots around Seattle recommended by our brokers

  • Waterfall Garden Park - 219 2nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98104
    An urban picnic area may sound like an oxymoron, but Seattle is full of such unconventional delights. Waterfall Garden Park is tucked into an unobtrusive 60-by-80-feet spot in historic Pioneer Square. Until 1975, the site held the headquarters of United Parcel Service. Today, the charming park includes a 22-foot man-made waterfall and a dual-level patio with tables and chairs, making it a wonderful place for a lunch hour picnic or reading break. Park hours are 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. daily.

  • Green Lake Park - 7201 E. Green Lake Dr., Seattle, WA 98115
    The area around Green Lake Park features some of the most desirable Seattle homes for sale, and it's not hard to see why. Who wouldn't want to live just down the street from a beautiful three-acre lake surrounded by lush green space? The neighborhood is full of great restaurants, delis, and sandwich shops where you can pick up a picnic-friendly meal. Work up an appetite or work off some calories with swimming at the lifeguard-patrolled beach or a walk along the 2.8-mile path that circles the lake. Bring along a guidebook to identify the numerous birds and waterfowl you're sure to see. Green Lake Park is open 24/7.

  • Dr. Jose Rizal Park - 1007 12th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144
    Seattle has one of the most iconic skylines in the country. Take in some incredible views of downtown and Puget Sound during your picnic at Dr. Jose Rizal Park on Beacon Hill. With nearly 10 acres of grounds, including reservable picnic areas, the park can accommodate groups of any size. Be sure to bring Fido along and spend some quality time at the off-leash dog area. Park hours are 4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., seven days a week.

  • Gas Works Park - 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
    When someone in Seattle says, "Go fly a kite," people immediately head to Gas Works Park. The 19.1-acre site, once the home of the Seattle Gas Light Company plant, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Kite-flying on the park's spacious hills is a local ritual, while remnants of the original facility are incorporated into a play barn that's a favorite of families. Watch seaplanes land and take off from Lake Union against the backdrop of the downtown skyline. Gas Works Park is open daily from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Washington Park Arboretum - 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., Seattle, WA 98112
    Nature is on display in all its glory at Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre extravaganza of gardens, wetlands, and wooded areas. The grounds contain 5,500 different plants from all corners of the world, including one of the top Japanese maple tree collections. Choose your favorite points of interest and create your own walking tour along the numerous trails. Print one of the seasonal scavenger hunts from the website and see how many items kids can find. Leashed dogs are welcome at the arboretum. Hours are dawn - 8 p.m. daily, and admission is free.

  • Carkeek Park - 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle, WA 98177
    Washington state is known for apples because of spots like historic Piper's Orchard in Carkeek Park. Six miles of trails lead to the orchard, as well as spectacular views of Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mountains. The salmon-themed playground plays tribute to another notable product of the state. Check out the tide pool beach at low tide, when you can walk hundreds of feet out into Puget Sound. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  • Woodland Park Rose Garden - 750 N. 50th St., Seattle, WA 98103
    With 2.5 acres filled with nearly 3,000 roses, Woodland Park Rose Garden is perfect for a romantic picnic for two or a delightful family outing. The garden is one of only two dozen American Rose Test Gardens in the country, displaying new hybrids before they're available to the public. Fun fact: since the garden went pesticide-free in 2006, the flowers have been used to feed animals in adjoining Woodland Park Zoo. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, and admission is free.

Picnics don't get more exclusive than the ones you hold in the backyard of your Seattle home. Have questions about buying or selling real estate? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for cheerful and experienced help.


Test Your Knowledge at These Portland Trivia Nights

Think you have what it takes to be a trivia champ in the Portland area? Grab your family and friends and join our brokers in showing off your knowledge at these great trivia nights near Portland homes for sale

  • Schmizza Pub & Grub - 320 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    Could there be a better name for trivia hosts than Geeks Who Drink? With a slogan of, "Useless knowledge means everything," this national company brings their British pub-style trivia show to Schmizza Pub & Grub each Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Teams compete in seven rounds of eight questions each, with cash and other prizes for the winner. Be on your toes for bonus questions when you can score extra treats. Keep your brain cells fueled with one of Schmizza's two-dozen specialty pizzas, such as Alligator Pie, topped with alligator sausage, red peppers, onions, tomatoes, and feta. Regular hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors close at 8 p.m.

  • Chill N Fill - 5215 N. Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203
    Looking for a place to unwind after a long day of work? With its casual decor and relaxing ambiance, Chill N Fill has created a classic neighborhood gathering spot. You're sure to find a favorite beverage from more than 30 rotating taps of craft beer, wine, cider, and kombucha. If that's not enough, Chill N Fill also carries a wide selection of local bottled beer, wine, and cider. Stop in Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. for team trivia hosted by Rain Brain, an award-winning local quizmaster. Get a head start and test yourself with sample questions on Rain Brain's website. Don't forget to fill your growler before you head home! Regular hours are noon - 11 p.m., seven days a week. 

  • Rose City Book Pub - 1329 NE Fremont St., Portland, OR 97212
    Whether you want to socialize or just curl up with a good book, Rose City Book Pub has you covered. This cozy shop combines the best qualities of a bookstore with a European-style bistro, serving appetizers and light meals along with beer and wine. In addition to interactive Zoom trivia on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Rose City Book Pub hosts author readings, live music, and various cultural events. Regular hours are noon - 10 p.m. daily.

  • The Old Barn - 9656 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR 97219
    You won't find any live animals or haystacks, but The Old Barn is definitely a comfy place to kick back with friends. Watch the game on one of 20 TVs or try your hand at video poker. Seafood lovers flock to The Old Barn on the second Friday of each month for Dungeness Crab Day, with a menu showcasing the iconic Pacific Northwest shellfish. Wednesday night trivia at 6:30 p.m. is hosted by Last Call. Sign up for their newsletter to get a list of answers to random questions that may or may not turn up at The Old Barn. Regular hours are 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. weekends.

  • Jolly Roger - 5627 SW Kelly St., Portland, OR 97239
    Nestled in the venerable John's Landing neighborhood, Jolly Roger was originally Stanich's West until Rob and Starr Jackson purchased and remodeled the restaurant in 2008, reopening under its current name. According to their slogan, "No one has more fun than we do," and that's especially true during Wednesday night trivia at 8 p.m. Local quizmaster Bridgetown Trivia is the host, and with teams of as many as 35 players allowed, the proceeding can get rambunctious. Bridgetown uses a variety of question styles, including puzzles, pictures, music, and fill-in-the-blank. Regular hours are 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily except Sunday when closing time is 10 p.m.

  • Cascadia Tap House - 13619 NW Cornell Rd., Portland, OR 97229
    Stumptown Trivia, the newest player on the Portland quizmaster scene, has gained fans with their lively trivia nights. You'll find them at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at Cascadia Tap House. Raffle prizes give you additional chances to win. Sip on one of the many local and regional craft beers, wines, and ciders available at Cascadia as you nibble on chips and salsa, artisan pretzels, and other favorite bar snacks. You're also welcome to bring in food from one of the restaurants around the mall. Regular hours are 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Buying or selling a home in Portland is no trivial pursuit. When you need the right answers, contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain.


Nature Photography Day: Picturesque Parks Around Portland

Parks in Portland

Portland regularly ranks among the most beautiful cities in the United States, in large part thanks to its incredible natural scenery. What better place to celebrate Nature Photography Day on Tuesday, June 15? Our real estate agents will be taking their cameras to these stunning parks that are just minutes from Portland homes for sale.

  • Leach Botanical Garden - 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97236
    Called Portland's "little jewel," Leach Botanical Garden is named after the couple who bequeathed their property to the city. Lilla Leach, an award-winning botanist, wanted their beloved home to live on as a garden and museum. The 16-acre grounds, once known as "Sleepy Hollow," are full of stunning flowers, trees, and plants that make for amazing photo opportunities. Admission is free, although donations are welcome, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Peninsula Park - 700 N. Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR 97217
    Peninsula Park has a colorful past as the site of a roadhouse and horse-racing track. After the grounds were purchased by the city in 1909, architects designed the park in conjunction with Portland's "City Beautiful" movement. Many of the original features, including the century-old fountain that forms the pet-friendly park's centerpiece, remain. Peninsula Park is open daily from 5 a.m. - midnight.

  • Mt. Tabor Park - SE 60th Ave. & Salmon St., Portland, OR 97215
    When it comes to urban landscapes, volcanoes don't often come to mind. Portland is one of a handful of cities that include an extinct volcano within their limits, and this cinder cone is the basis for Mt. Tabor Park. A number of paved and unpaved trails wind through forests and meadows and, alongside former reservoirs, turned reflecting pools. Make it to the top, and you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding lands. There's also an off-leash area where Fido can get some exercise. Park hours are 5 a.m. - midnight, seven days a week.

  • Waterfront Park - 98 SW Naito Pkwy., Portland, OR 97204
    If you're looking for photogenic scenes of nature, how could you go wrong with a place called Waterfront Park? At one time, developments such as Harbor Drive cut city residents off from the Willamette River. In the late 60s, Governor Tom McCall spearheaded the creation of Waterfront Park, which now officially bears his name. While they don't technically count as nature, the bridges along the waterfront are a popular draw for visitors. Waterfront Park is open daily from 5 a.m. - midnight.

  • Lan Su Chinese Garden - 239 NW Everett St., Portland, OR 97209
    Mother Nature makes her presence known throughout the world. Enjoy a unique international perspective at Lan Su Chinese Garden, a collaborative effort between Portland and Suzhou, its sister city in China. In addition to combining elements from the names of both cities, Lan Su translates to "Garden of Awakening Orchids." Heavily influenced by Chinese traditions dating back two centuries, the garden is a harmonious blend of art, architecture, and nature. Kids will have fun with interactive scavenger hunts, photo challenges, and quizzes. Enhance your visit with the mobile app that provides facts about Lan Su's history and culture. Admission is $12.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids between 6-18. Lan Su is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day but Wednesday.

  • Washington Park - 400 SW Kingston Ave., Portland, OR 97210
    Can't get enough of Portland's iconic roses? Head to Washington Park, home of the city's International Rose Test Garden. The breathtaking display comprises more than 10,000 rose bushes, representing more than 610 different varieties. In 2006, the IRTG received the prestigious Garden of Excellence Award from the World Federation of Rose Societies. Don't miss the Frank Beach Memorial Fountain, honoring the man credited with coining the nickname "City of Roses." Hours are 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily, with free public tours conducted at 1 p.m. each day between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

  • Pittock Mansion - 3229 NW Pittock Dr., Portland, OR 97210
    Built in 1914 as the home of Portland's first "power couple," Pittock Mansion is a fascinating look at the city's transformation over the years, but the 46 acres of grounds around the estate are worth the trip by themselves. Hikers flock to the trails and their remarkable vistas of the Portland skyline from high up in the West Hills. The Pittock Mansion grounds are maintained as a public park open until 9 p.m. daily.

Portland is the quintessential Pacific Northwest city with a blend of natural beauty, history, and culture. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for experienced help with all your local real estate needs.


Mini Golf Courses in Portland the Kids Will Love

Portland mini golf

The weather is warming up, and the kids are bouncing off the walls. Wondering what to do with them? How about a fun, family-friendly round of miniature golf? 

There are many great indoor and outdoor courses in the Portland area to enjoy a round of mini golf! To help you prepare for summer, we asked our brokers which courses their families enjoy the most. Here are their recommendations. 

  1. Glowing Greens: 509 SW Taylor St., Portland, OR 97204
    Want to get out of the house right now? You don't have to wait for great weather to enjoy a round of mini golf at Glowing Greens. This indoor blacklight course is conveniently located in downtown Portland, not far from some of the best Portland homes for sale. The 13-hole course is appropriate for all ages and features 3D artwork, moving pirates, and more! It takes about 45-minutes to play through the course, making it the perfect family adventure or a great way to start off date night. If you're looking for a fun night out for the adults, you'll be glad to know the facility also has ax throwing, escape rooms, and a beer and wine pub!

  2. Laser Blasters: 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Suite 172 Vancouver, WA 98662
    While you're in the area looking at Vancouver homes for sale, you're sure to notice the Vancouver Mall where you'll find Laser Blasters. This fun location offers laser tag, virtual reality, escape rooms, and mini golf. Both adults and kids are sure to love the cool blacklight effects of this safari-themed, 14-hole mini golf course. You can also purchase combination tickets that allow you to play both mini golf and laser tag for one affordable price. 

  3. Chipper's Woods Miniature Golf: 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202
    The Oaks Park Amusement Park offers locals and visitors various rides, midway games, and mini golf. While it's a ton of fun to visit the entire park, you can also enjoy the Chipper's Woods miniature golf course on its own. The whole family is sure to enjoy playing an 18-hole round of mini golf under the oak trees. The course also offers incredible views of Portland's West Hills and the Willametter River. 

  4. Clutch Putt: 700 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97233
    Adults and families alike enjoy visiting Clutch Putt Mini Golf. This 18-hole mini golf course is quite simple, yet each hole is unique enough to keep things interesting. It offers a fun, friendly atmosphere for players of all ages. Since the course is covered, you can play rain or shine. They also serve beer, wine, and hard cider and have a food cart. 

  5. Hollywood Mini Golf: 1510 Northeast 37th Ave., Portland, OR 97232
    Part mini golf course and part art gallery, Hollywood Mini Golf provides an exciting experience you're sure to love! This course "challenges guests to see things through a different lens." You never know what you're going to find when you visit this super-unique indoor course. In addition to mini golf, they also have games like ping pong, pinball, foosball, cornhole, and more. This is the perfect location for a rainy-day adventure that's sure to keep everyone entertained!

  6. Eagle's Landing: 10220 SE Causey Ave., Happy Valley, OR 97086
    Whether you're looking for a great mini golf course or 27 holes of the real thing, you'll find it at Eagle's Landing. This golfing facility is geared towards players of all skill levels. The 36-hole mini golf course is equal parts fun and challenging. You'll love the scenic views and the holes that strategically curve in and out of mountains, trees, waterfalls, fountains, and more. The facility also offers a par-three course that's modeled after a European pitch and put course and a 9-hole soccer golf course. When you're done playing, we suggest taking the scenic route home. There are many beautiful Happy Valley homes for sale nearby, and you may find the perfect one for you and your family. 

          If you're looking for a family-friendly place to call home, the Portland area is perfect for you! There are many great homes for sale, and our experienced brokers would love to help you find your dream home. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started! 


          Walkability: About Portland's Walkable Neighborhoods

          Portland Walkable Neighborhoods

          Portland maintains an impressive Walk Score year after year, meaning it's convenient for residents to ditch the car when it's time to run errands or head out the park. Portland is full of quirky-cool neighborhoods that are just steps away from shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. The streets are lined with pristine sidewalks and flourishing trees that make it easy to explore on foot the sights, sounds, and tastes available in Portland. To get a sense of which Portland neighborhoods offer the best pedestrian experience, our brokers have rounded up the ones with the highest ratings on Walk Score.

          1. Peal District – Walk Score 98
            Once an area occupied by railroad yards, industrial buildings, and warehouses, the Peal District has been transformed into an award-winning example of urban renewal. This upscale neighborhood boasts the highest walk score in Portland. The area is full of crosswalks and bustling streets lined with locally owned boutiques, acclaimed restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, and unique home stores. The Pearl District is also home to Powell's Books, the largest used book store in the country. You'll find various living spaces, from newly constructed condos to funky warehouses that have been renovated to accommodate modern living.

          2. Downtown – Walk Score 97
            The second most walkable neighborhood is Downtown Portland, the center of the city and home to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and Portland State University. Downtown has an energetic vibe with an abundance of places to explore. In fact, many residents live just steps from their workplaces. You won't find many single-family homes in Downtown Portland. It's mostly loft-style condos, traditional apartments, and new construction condos.

          3. Old Town – Walk Score 96
            Also known as Chinatown, Old Town is the Downtown neighborhood's next-door neighbor and the oldest neighborhood in Portland. It's home to the lovely Lan Su Chinese Garden and the first location of the popular Voodoo Doughnut. It also has an array of beautiful historical architecture and hosts the iconic Portland Oregon sign. And there's plenty to do, with shopping, dining, and entertainment options, either directly in the neighborhood or a few blocks away. When you include a Bike Score of 98, a Walk Score of 95, and a Transit Score of 92, Old Chinatown offers many ways to explore the city.

          4. Hollywood – Walk Score 94
            This well-established Portland neighborhood is known for having all your necessary conveniences just a few steps away. It was named after the Hollywood Theatre, which is located in the center of the neighborhood. Bungalows and craftsman homes surround the many businesses, including grocery stores, shops, restaurants, and boutiques grouped together in the center of the neighborhood. Residents enjoy convenient access to Hollywood Farmer's Market, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's, located just off Sandy Boulevard, the district's main arterial road.

          5. Goose Hollow –Walk Score 93
            Located on the east side of Downtown, Goose Hollow boasts a unique mix of historic and modern. It's filled with turn-of-the-century architecture and is one of Portland's best communities for a tour of history. In addition to great dining and shopping options, this neighborhood also has scenic spots and entertainment for the whole family, including the Oregon Zoo and Washington Park. Goose Hollow is a great place for first-time buyers looking for a more affordable alternative to neighborhoods like Downtown and the Pearl.

          6. Northwest District – Walk Score 93
            This popular Portland neighborhood provides an ideal location for commuters. Situated northwest of downtown, the vibrant Northwest District has an abundance of attractions, including shops, restaurants, a renowned ice cream chain, and an urban forest reserve, within walking distance. All year long, locals and visitors line up at Salt & Straw for a taste of some local homemade ice cream. There's a slew of fantastic shopping options along 23rd Street, but if you want to escape city life, head to Forrest Park for verdant views. 

          7. Boise – Walk Score 92
            This quaint neighborhood in North Portland has become an in-demand area. Activity in Boise centers on Mississippi Street, a trendy tree-lined street with local eateries, shops, breweries, bars, boutiques, and more. Close to Williams Avenue, you'll find a combination of new condominiums, sparkling apartments, and historic homes boasting character and attractive curb appeal. Boise has the Portland funky vibe, but the streets are lined with beautiful trees, sidewalks, and well-maintained landscaping that provide a picturesque setting for your stroll.

          8. Sunnyside – Walk Score 91
            Sunnyside is essentially comprised of two smaller neighborhoods: Belmont and Hawthorne. Belmont is known for its hipster, boutique-y vibe, while Hawthorne, also known as Funky Hawthorne, has various vintage stores. Hawthorne Street and Belmont Street get lots of traffic as residents and visitors pop in and out of local coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants, markets, and other specialty stores, which are within walking distance from anywhere in Sunnyside. The neighborhood is also close to Mt. Tabor Park, featuring miles of hiking trails.

          Looking for Portland homes for sale? We would love to help you find your dream home among Portland's walkable neighborhoods. Contact us for more information on real estate in Portland.


          Seattle Food Specialties and Where to Order Them

          Seattle PhoIf you're looking at Seattle homes for sale, prepare for delicious cuisine.

          Seattle has a rich and diverse culinary heritage our brokers know as one of the things that make the Emerald City unique. Seattle flavors have been shaped by remarkable Pacific seafood as well as the many immigrants from all over the world who have helped to make Seattle what it is today.

          Over time, Seattle has become famous for dishes originating across the globe, from its unique take on Chinese dumplings to its unbeatable burgers, hot dogs, and much more.

          Let's drop in on some of the restaurants that offer true Seattle classics:

          1. The Walrus and The Carpenter – 4743 Ballard Avenue, Seattle, WA 98107
            The Walrus and The Carpenter isn't just one of the most surreal scenes from Alice in Wonderland – it's also the #1 place for oysters, a long-time Seattle favorite. Now with outdoor seating and convenient online reservations, The Walrus and The Carpenter serves up sophisticated seafood and wine pairings that epitomize the Pacific Northwest. Other delights on the menu include scallop crudo, smoked coho, grilled sardines, and steak tartar.

          2. The Pho Bac – 1240 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144
            With no less than four locations throughout the Seattle area, The Pho Bac is a leading purveyor of short rib pho. Pronounced fuh, this Vietnamese dish is a soup containing broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat. While chicken is the mainstay approach to pho, The Pho Bac expands the palate with a curated shortlist of new takes. Now in its second generation, it is one of Seattle's best-known family-owned businesses.

          3. Dahlia Bakery – 2001 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
            Famous for its delicious triple coconut cream pie, a Seattle staple, Dahlia Bakery also stocks delectable artisan breads, handmade pastries, and desserts. You'll want to come back frequently since everything here is small batch and the menu changes regularly. There are also classic breakfast sandwiches, including the bacon and egg and veggie varieties and lunch specials.

          4. Dick's Deluxe – 12325 30th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98125
            No list of Seattle favorites could be complete without mentioning Dick's Deluxe, which since 1954 has been the city's go-to hamburger joint. Known far and wide for its fresh burgers, real potatoes, and hand-dipped shakes, Dick's has various drive-in and food truck locations. There are also ice cream sundaes, cones, and root beer floats that are perfect for the kids. No matter where you are in Seattle, a location isn't far away.

          5. Sushi Kashiba – 86 Pine Street, Suite 1, Seattle WA 98101
            "Omakase" loosely means "chef's choice," and Sushi Kashiba owner Shiro Kashiba has been called Seattle's "sushi grandmaster." There may be no better place in Seattle to enjoy the classic omakase sushi bento box, which includes an eclectic mix of sushi rolls, sashimi, and other Japanese lunch foods arranged by Chef Kashiba. With ample cuts of fish in brilliant colors, it plates as good as it tastes.

          6. Mee Sum Pastry – 4343 University Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
            For maximum flavor, Seattle's famous curry beef hom bow, known elsewhere as bao, must be made fresh each morning. When you visit Mee Sum Pastry, you might even have the chance to watch. In the bustling University of Washington area, this is one of the foremost places for Taiwanese cuisine with a Seattle spin. You can also savor a full assortment of other beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and vegetarian-friendly entrees.

          7. Rain City Hot Dogs – 2700 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
            The classic take on a Seattle Dog includes cream cheese and sauteed onions – and that's the marquee meal here at Rain City Hot Dogs. One of the highest-rated hot dog experiences in town, it also offers full-service catering. Every dog on the menu can be customized with your choice of a quarter-pound all-beef hot dog, a spicy Louisiana-style hotlink, or a veggie dog. Don't miss out on the Smoky PB&J!

          8. Chinook's at Salmon Bay –1900 West Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98119
            Copper river salmon flown in from Alaska have become a hallmark of some of the best Pacific Northwest dishes, and Chinook's at Salmon Bay is widely hailed as one of the best places in Seattle to enjoy the iconic fish. From its Fishermen's Terminal location, fish scarcely gets any fresher than this. Enjoy an afternoon or evening right on the waterfront patio and have lunch, dinner, or selections from the seasonal Oyster Festival menu.

          Coldwell Banker Bain is here to help with your Seattle real estate needs. Contact us to learn more today.


          9 Reasons to Live Near a National Park

          National Park

          National parks are a true American treasure, handed down from one generation to the next.

          The Pacific Northwest has so many wonderful national parks to visit, or better yet, live near. 

          Stunning Crater Lake National Park is less than half a day's drive from Portland homes for saleOr explore 73 miles of Pacific Coast at Olympic National Park, roughly a two-hour drive from Seattle homes for sale

          Our brokers share nine top benefits of living near a national park. Do some of these surprise you? 

          1. More Opportunities for Quality Family Time
            In today's families, both kids and parents are likely to have fast-paced schedules that have them moving in different directions. Even gathering around the dinner table can be hard. National parks offer accessible hours along with a wide variety of activities and attractions to suit everyone. Simply packing a picnic lunch to enjoy after a pleasant hike is a relaxing getaway. Admission fees are nominal, with several free days during the year, to fit any budget. And most parks are pet-friendly so that Fido can tag along!

          2. Low-Cost Outdoor "Health Club"
            Do you pay ever-increasing membership dues to a conventional health club to fight for a parking spot and wait in line for a treadmill or elliptical machine? National parks are incredible open-air "fitness centers" that aren't confined by four walls and a roof. Available activities range from hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing in the summer to cross-country skiing, sledding, and snowboarding in the winter.

          3. Good for Mental and Emotional Health
            Physical fitness is only part of the equation for overall health. Spending time around nature has been proven to reduce stress and depression. In one study conducted in 2015, researchers examined the brain activity of two groups of people who took 90-minute walks, with one group in a natural setting and the other in an urban setting. The group from the outdoor setting had lower activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is where negative self-talk usually occurs. 

          4. Greater Earning Power
            According to experts, areas with national parks tend to have a thriving tourist industry, which in turn creates more jobs and better financial opportunities.

          5. Promotes Childhood Development
            In another revealing result from the OSU study, researchers discovered that kids under the age of 5 who lived near national parks were 10 percent taller than their peers who lived further away. While this is no guarantee for your child's height, there's no question that youngsters who have frequent exposure to nature gain physical and mental benefits, such as the development of cognitive skills that help with classroom learning.

          6. Less Risk of Natural Disasters
            When you respect Mother Nature, she returns the favor. Forested areas in national parks remain untouched, which allows the trees to protect water sources. In addition, the West Coast is vulnerable to flooding, landslides, and other natural disasters that endanger the environment, along with humans and animals. Protected habitats stabilize the surrounding land, reducing the risk of such devastating incidents. 

          7. Eco-Friendly Access to Nature
            There has been a long struggle finding a balance between outdoor activities that are enjoyable and accessible without causing damage to the environment. National parks provide a venue to spend time outdoors with minimal impact on our natural resources.

          8. Maintains Biodiversity
            Over the years, society mistakenly believed that natural resources were infinite. Fishing, hunting, mining, and other practices were conducted with no thought about their long-term effects. Sadly, a number of ecosystems and animal species are now endangered today due to this behavior. National parks create protection for wetlands, forests, and other ecosystems and endangered animals such as gray wolves. 

          9. Strengthens Friendships and Social Interactions
            How often do you attempt to plan an outing with friends and spend most of the time debating over dinner, a movie, or a ball game? A lively walk or vigorous bike ride on the trails of a national park are activities everyone can agree on. Being outdoors is also a great way to escape the pressures of daily life and focus on communicating with friends and loved ones.

          Want to learn more about the parks around the Pacific Northwest? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for more information.


          Helpful Tips for Arranging a Gallery Wall

          Gallery Wall Tips

          Few things personalize your house as much as the displays of artwork on the walls. As our brokers take you on tours, let your imagination soar and envision how you can make the space your own with your personal collection.

          As much a work of art as the pieces they contain, the process of creating a gallery wall may seem daunting. But by following some basic guidelines, the display you design will be a wonderful visual focal point.  

          1. Gather Inspiration 
            Before you begin, seek ideas from magazines or online platforms. As you see layouts you find aesthetically pleasing, make note of the elements you like the most. Collect photos so that you can examine them later for details. You'll find a variety of options from symmetrical to asymmetrical, small groupings of three items to ten or more, rigidly themed to eclectic. The choices are yours based on what you find attractive.  

          2. Curate your Artwork 
            As you are curating your pieces, remember that you are not restricted to paintings and photographs. Clocks, mirrors, and shadow boxes of meaningful items can breathe life into the exhibit, expanding the texture and flavor of the display. You can coordinate disparate items by putting them in matching frames if that is the style you prefer.  

          3. Determine the Location
            Did we say wall? We should probably have said walls. You are not limited to one space by any means. You can hang artwork down a stairway or behind the table in the dining room. The goal is to create a home where the colors, furniture, and architecture blend into a cohesive environment. You may find beautifully designed homes in which the artwork carries your eyes around corners and from one room to the next.  

          4. Consider Color and Scale 
            In considering the groupings within your collection, pay close attention to the overall color schemes and the sizes of each object. If you have several prints or paintings, for example, that are all from a similar color palette, grouping them in the same display will create a harmonious well-ordered feeling to the entire room. But gallery walls are meant to be a bold invitation to look deeper into the artwork, so if your taste runs more to wildly different colors and styles, that's OK. Just remember to anchor them together in some fashion, such as matching frames, to avoid a haphazard appearance. It is important to remember scale when you are matching artwork to your furniture. Neither should overshadow the other. The same holds true to the array itself. It's all about maintaining balance.  

          5. Measure Carefully 
            It's important to know the exact amount of space you have available before you map out a final arrangement. It's a good idea to place furniture and lighting before you measure. You don't want your perfect design hidden by a lamp or the sofa. Think about whether other focal points will detract from the vision you wish to create. Fireplaces, big-screen television sets, and sometimes even windows can draw the eye away from your gallery wall. Make certain that your arrangement works around these larger items.  

          6. Create a Mock-up 
            Once you have a plan in mind, it's time to test your layout. Begin with the largest item. This is your anchor piece. Work smaller pieces around it. If you have a particular look that you found in your initial research and you want to mimic it, arrange your pieces accordingly. If you prefer your own design, now is the time to try it out without risking unnecessary nail holes in the paint. If you look at one designer's ideas, you'll find very strict guidelines, such as avoiding putting the largest piece in the dead center of the display. The next article you read will have a lovely picture of a large painting encircled by smaller pieces. There are no rules other than the ones you chose to follow. When you're happy with the pattern, you may find it helpful to take a picture of your final layout to use as a reference as you hang the objects. Make a paper template of each piece and mark where the nail hole should go. Tape the templates to the wall. Nail through the marks and strip away the paper. Hang your collection, and voila! Your gallery wall is complete.  

          Looking for the perfect home to decorate with your favorite artwork? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain, and we'll be happy to lead the way.  


          11 Home Organization Apps You'll Enjoy Using

          Home Organization AppsWith so much going on these days, even the most organized people can become overwhelmed when it comes to maintaining a home and family. Luckily, today's technology can help make it a little bit easier. With so many productivity apps on the market, you can really leverage your smartphone to help you make it through the day. We were talking home organization tips with some of the owners of these homes for sale and we heard so many great recommendations for innovative home organization apps. 

          1. Evernote
            This award-winning app is essentially a cloud-based notebook. Use Evernote to take notes, make to-do lists, or save drawings, photographs, or other media. Best of all, you can access your content from any device or location. The app offers a free version that sets data capacity limits, or you can purchase a paid plan for more storage.

          2. Sweepy
            Staying on top of chores is one of the most tedious aspects of homeownership, but with apps like Sweepy, it's really not so bad. Sweepy allows you to enter chores into the app, prioritize them, assign them to family members, and maintain a calendar of activities. With Sweepy, every one can simply open up the app and quickly see what chores need to be done. 

          3. Todoist
            When it comes to to-do lists, few apps can compete with Todoist. This organization app helps you maintain complete control over your projects and goals. With an emphasis on mental well-being, the app was created to help you transfer your tasks from your head to your mobile phone and is great for any busy family.

          4. Cozi Family Organizer
            This useful organizer app has an incredibly simple interface and is made specifically for "crazy busy families". With Cozi, you can see the calendar for each family member, share grocery lists, and even post notes. It also has a built-in recipe planner to make dinner a breeze. Best of all, this app is completely free!

          5. 24me
            This award-winning app is more like a personal assistant that can really help make your day more productive. One of the best parts about 24me is it's incredibly easy to use. The app features a calendar, to-do list, and a notepad, so you can keep track of all your home cleaning and maintenance chores in one place. The app also automatically organizes your schedule and sends personal reminders to keep you on track.

          6. Time Timer
            If you're struggling with time management, then it might be worth checking out Time Timer. This super simple app features a visual, colorful timer that can be set with a swipe of a finger. The app allows you to set multiple timers for the various tasks throughout your day. The end result: complete transparency about how you're spending your time.

          7. Jour 
            One of the most important aspects of home organization is maintaining mental well-being. Jour is less of a notebook and more of a journal that promotes mental health. Jour helps you track your feelings on a day-to-day basis and offers therapeutic techniques to help improve your mood. With so much going on in our day to day lives, it's important to monitor your mental health.

          8. S'moresUp
            Looking for an app to help make parenting a little easier? Give S'moresUp a try. This app lets you track your kid's chore progress, assign rewards, track savings, and even schedule play dates. S'moresUp actually makes chores more fun, and really can help you to stay on top of your kid's activities.

          9. Happy Plant
            Do you frequently forget to water your plants? You won't any longer if you download the Happy Plant app. This app combines plant care with gamification in a way that will help you remember to give your plants the love they need. The app also lets you upload pictures of your plants and create cool time-lapse videos that show them grow over time.

          10. YNAB
            If your organizational struggles are related to finance, then a good budgeting app might be just what you need. We recommend YNAB (You Need A Budget). With a personal finance smartphone app, your budget will travel right along with you. This budget app will not only help you reach your financial goals, it even integrates with Amazon's Alexa, so you can get real-time verbal updates on your progress.

          11. Productive
            Keeping your home organized starts with building good habits, which is why we recommend Productive. This app is focused on helping you build life-changing routines through reminders and schedule planning. Not only does Productive let you enter goals, it allows you to measure your progress on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. 

          Our real estate agents are experts at home organization, and they love using smartphone apps to help plan their day. Contact us today for more recommendations on how to keep your home organized!


          Fall in Love With a Book at These Portland Shops

          Portland Book Stores

          There's nothing like a good page-turner to help get you through the cold winter months. Luckily, here in Portland, we're blessed to have some of America's best bookstores nearby. 

          When you're looking for a new and exciting book to lose yourself in, be sure to check out some of our real estate agents' favorite Portland bookstores!

          1. Broadway Books - 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
            One of Portland's great independent, locally owned book stores, Broadway Books has been supplying the local community with page-turning books since 1992. Located a stone's throw from many Portland homes for sale, Broadway Books offers an ever-changing selection of both new and used books and is known for supporting local authors by giving them ample shelf space. They have a reputation as one of the best bookstores in town thanks to their service and selection. 

          2. Powell's City of Books - 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
            America's largest independent new and used book store, Powell's City of Books is a Portland icon that continues to offer a staggering selection of reading material, just as it has been since the 1970s. Whatever you like to read—from science fiction to romance, literary fiction to graphic novels, autobiographies to cookbooks—you'll find it here. In addition to its original vast space on Burnside, Powell's also has two additional locations at Cedar Hills Crossing and on Hawthorne.

          3. Mother Foucault's Bookshop - 523 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
            To call Mother Foucault's Bookshop old school would be an understatement. The shop prides itself on having "no computers, no email, no voicemail, just magnificent books." Well, they certainly do have magnificent books. With a focus on vintage, early-edition, and rare books, this cozy shop overlooking Portland's inner southeast industrial district has one of the city's most unique and well-curated literary collections. 

          4. Books with Pictures - 1401 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
            Hey, comic books are books too! At Books with Pictures, you'll find one of Portland's best selections of them, ranging from mainstream superhero comics to graphic novels and unique indie and small-press comics. They also offer a vast inventory of back issues and vintage comics, with a friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you find anything you're looking for. 

          5. Backstory Books & Yarn - 3129 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
            A quirky independent bookstore on Portland's historic Hawthorne Boulevard, Backstory Books & Yarn always offers something unexpected. With a focus on crafting, nautical books, illustration, and African-American literature, it's a unique spot to find unexpected stories and new projects (yep, they also sell yarn). The owners are always happy to buy, sell, and trade, so this is also a great place to pass your own gently-used volumes on to the next generation. 

          6. Booktique - 4 Monroe Pkwy Suite D, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
            Nestled in the small city of Lake Oswego, Booktique is a cozy used bookstore that offers an eclectic selection of paperbacks, records, DVDs, and other media. All sales go toward supporting the Lake Oswego Public Library. This is a great place to find something unexpected or to donate your own gently-used books to a good cause. Booktique is located less than 15 minutes from Portland and a stone's throw from these Lake Oswego homes for sale.

          7. A Children's Place - 1423 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212
            A Children's Place has been encouraging kids to get more into reading for more than 40 years. They're Portland's oldest independent children's book store, offering an incredible selection of books for children and young adults, along with games, cards, and toys. They also have a friendly and knowledgeable staff who can help you find the perfect book for your youngsters. 

          Contact us today to learn more about all the opportunities Portland has to offer, and be sure to talk to our agents about how we can help you find your dream home in Portland and the surrounding areas!


          Order Valentine's Day Takeout from These Seattle Restaurants

          Seattle Takeout

          You might think it's impossible to celebrate Valentine's Day when you can't go out on the town. But who says you have to leave the house to have a romantic evening?

          Light some candles! Open a bottle of wine! And order takeout from one of our real estate agents' favorite restaurants in the Seattle area. 

          1. Spinasse - 1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
            Few places in Seattle do high-end Northern Italian food quite like Spinasse. Their hand-made pasta alone earns them a place among Seattle's finest eateries. Spinasse is just minutes from many Seattle homes for sale and is currently offering curbside pickup and delivery. 

          2. Jak's Grill - 14 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027
            A no-frills, no-nonsense steakhouse known for its Nebraska beef, Jak's Grill is Seattle's carnivore heaven. Jak's Grill is located in Issaquah, about 20 minutes from the heart of Seattle and within walking distance of many Issaquah homes for sale. A second location is open in West Seattle, and both locations offer delivery and curbside pickup. They also offer freezer packs, so you can cook your own date-night dinner at home and show off your champion grilling skills. 

          3. Archipelago - 5607 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
            The fresh, vibrant Filipino-American flavors at Archipelago are truly one of a kind and perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day. Using ingredients sourced from local Seattle markets and regional Filipino and Filipino-American farmers, Archipelago offers an ever-changing menu that relies on the ingredients that are seasonally available. Archipelago's take-home menu changes weekly, with each week's offerings announced on Tuesdays. 

          4. Shiro's Sushi - 2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
            There may be no better meal for a romantic dinner than sushi. And you'd have a hard time finding a better place to get it than Shiro's Sushi, a fixture of the Belltown food scene. Shiro's makes sushi prepared the traditional Tokyo way but using seafood sourced from right here in the Pacific Northwest. One of Seattle's most respected sushi restaurants, Shiro's offers takeout and local delivery through various delivery services.  

          5. Mamnoon - 1508 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
            At Mamnoo, you can expect to get authentic, traditional Middle Eastern cuisine... with a modern twist. Call ahead for curbside pickup or delivery, and be sure to check their website for their regularly updated menu. To-go options and specials change almost daily, but there's always a meat entree as well as a vegetarian alternative. Mamnoo also offers what they call "Mama Family Meal," rotating to-go feasts inspired by the most-loved dishes that the chefs prepare for the staff before their shifts. You can even order beer, wine, or cocktail kits to go with it!

          6. Monsoon Seattle - 615 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
            The elevated Vietnamese cuisine at Monsoon Seattle is truly extraordinary, packing a dizzying array of flavors. Monsoon's two locations in Seattle and Bellevue each offer takeout, along with the option of curbside pickup. Delivery is available through third-party delivery services. Monsoon's menu features all of the restaurant's classic flavors (including their signature clay-pot catfish), along with a few surprises (like cocktails to go). 

          7. RockCreek Seafood & Spirits - 4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
            A relatively new addition to Seattle's ever-vibrant seafood scene, RockCreek Seafood & Spirits has quickly become a hot destination in the Fremont neighborhood. Their seafood is brilliantly fresh, expertly prepared, and globally sourced. Expect a menu packed with specialties like kona kampachi from Hawaii, striped bass from the East Coast, and crabs and mussels from right here in Washington. RockCreek is currently open for delivery Tuesday through Saturday. 

          8. Assaggio Restaurant - 2010 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
            Assaggio has been under the same ownership for more than 25 years, and it shows. They have the kind of time-honored recipes that feel as though they've existed for generations. This is authentic Italian food at its finest, with a simple yet rich menu packed with staples like lasagna with house-made noodles and penne vodka with imported pancetta. Call ahead to place an order for takeout. 

          Seattle is a unique place to call home, and it's a city that still offers a wealth of opportunities. Contact us to learn more about life in Seattle, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in Washington today.


          Your Guide to Portland's Historic District

          Portland Historic District
          When most people think of American history, the East Coast gets most of the spotlight. But that's not the only area in the country where you can see beautiful historic buildings. Our brokers love The City of Roses, not only because it has a culture blooming with innovation, but that its rich history is so well preserved and celebrated. Walking around some areas of Portland provides an exceptional glimpse into the past, especially when strolling through the historic district of Irvington.

          Historic Irvington

          Irvington only recently received placement on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. This sprawling area includes over 2,800 structures in Portland's largest historic district. A massive wave of new construction occurred just after the 1905 Louis and Clark Centennial Exposition. More than half of all structures built between the turn of the century and 1970 have wooden exteriors made from local timber. The rate of growth increased as the decades passed: 14 percent of Irvington was completed in the first decade, 25 percent during the 1910s, and 40 percent during the '20s.

          Although nearly 3,000 buildings were constructed, only 2 percent of them are used for public or commercial use, such as churches and schools. The remaining 98 percent are all homes. Most of these homes have federally protected characteristics, ensuring that the district's charm is not sacrificed for a more modern aesthetic. This includes the protection of structures from unnecessary demolition and development. Plus, there's a prioritization of environmental-friendly practices within historic districts. Many of these buildings are "green" even in their maintenance, and mature trees have a smaller chance of being removed due to construction needs.

          What to do in Irvington

          Whether you're a local or just visiting, a stop in Irvington is always a great way to spend the day in Portland. Here are a few of our favorite places in and around the Irvington historic district:

          • Irving Park — 707 NE Fremont St., Portland, OR 97212
            A lovely green space to the north of Irvington, Irving Park is a 16-acre century-old park perfect for a mid-afternoon picnic.

          • TwentySix Café — 2723 NE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97212
            Fuel up with morning coffee, wind down with a cocktail, or enjoy a few small plates for lunch at the artsy TwentySix Café.

          • Irvington Tennis Club — 2131 NE Thompson St., Portland, OR 97212
            If you love tennis, the Irvington Tennis Club has four indoor and two outdoor courts to get a match going.

          • Zama Massage Spa — 2149 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
            Pamper yourself with relaxation at the Zama Massage Spa with a menu of full-body treatments like massages and pedicures.

          • The Wishing Tree — 2954 NE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97212
            View wishes others have made or make your own by attaching your heart's desire to this wonderful Wishing Tree.

          • Portland Story Theatre — 3333 NE 15th Ave., Portland, OR 97212
            Settle in for a riveting performance at Portland Story Theatre, a nonprofit hosting local productions.

          So Much More History to Explore in Portland

          Irving is far from the only historic district in Portland. In fact, there are nearly two dozen other locations deemed historic districts, including:

          • Alphabet
          • East Portland, Grand Avenue
          • Halprin Open Space Sequence
          • Kenton Commercial
          • King's Hill
          • Ladd's Addition
          • Laurelhurst
          • Mount Tabor Parks
          • Mount Tabor Reservoirs
          • New Chinatown, Japantown
          • Peacock Lane
          • Rocky Butte Scenic Drive
          • Skidmore Fountain/Old Town
          • South Portland
          • 13th Avenue
          • Washington Park Reservoirs
          • Willamette National Cemetery
          • Yamhill

          Portland is also home to six conservation districts: Eliot, Kenton, Mississippi Avenue, Piedmont, Russel Street, and Woodlawn. With so much diverse history throughout Portland, you can spend years uncovering fascinating places, interesting figures from the past, and impressive landmarks that once helped mold this city into an icon of the Pacific Northwest.

          Would you love to call Portland home? Then we would love to help you! Contact us today to schedule tours of our Portland homes for sale throughout Irvington and other historic districts.


          Interior Design Trends to Watch in 2021

          Seattle Interior Design Trends

          The year is coming to an end, but for many homeowners, there is no end in sight to the amount of time they'll be spending indoors. The extraordinary increase in work from home and learn from home have turned the house into an office, a school, and a social space for entertaining. As we move into 2021, our brokers understand that a change of scenery might be necessary. Here are a few burgeoning interior design trends for you to consider in 2021.

          1. Warm Color Schemes
            So much time spent indoors has made us all look a little too long at our walls. While some colors like blues seemed bright, some homeowners discovered that these cooler colors are invoking the blues. A change of paint is in order for 2021, with homeowners adopting warmer or neutral colors to create a more inviting space. Colors that stimulate the mind, such as blues, greens, and yellows, may be used only in workspaces like offices.

          2. Low-Cost Chic
            The "chic" style is quite diverse, and it's headed to a home near you. Some will opt for a Shabby Chic or French County Chic style that mixes vintage or antique furniture with contemporary pieces to create an elegant space. Homeowners will be scouring garage sales and flea markets into the New Year to find live-in pieces that are worn with refinement.

          3. Timeless Traditional Style
            There's a reason classic traditionalism is both "classic" and "traditional." It's such a timeless look that it's easy to integrate into any space. More importantly, it's an effective way to try something new without going all-in on a more eccentric décor style, such as the chic or ultra-modern design. The symmetry and harmony that a classic traditional style brings to a room also creates a feeling of order and control to a space.

          4. Sustainable Modern Pieces
            Although home renovation budgets are tighter than ever for some homeowners, many are still committed to sustainable living. 2021 will continue to see sustainable designs with a modern touch. Whether utilizing recycled and repurposed materials or adopting the latest bioplastics, an interior designer will seek to incorporate materials with a low impact on the environment.

          5. Global Inspiration
            Wanderlust is higher than ever, which means we shouldn't be surprised to see a global influence in many interior designs. Natural materials like woods, glass, and stone will come together with earthy, neutral tones to make the space feel more at one with nature. Some homeowners may also integrate regional décor, such as those inspired by wildlife or global cultures.

          6. Industrial Interior Style
            With so many homeowners utilizing their spaces for work and school, the industrial style is becoming increasingly popular. This style prioritizes multipurpose and open spaces through both form and function. Clean, crisp lines define the parameters of the space with multi-use furniture like dining room tables that double as workspaces filling the area.

          7. Modern Rustic Styles
            The rustic style is quite popular in many regions, and we should expect to see this style given a modern touch in 2021. These homey interiors are warm and welcoming for guests and owners alike. Redesigned classical pieces or redefined "traditional" pieces give these spaces a blend of old and new for the homeowner who seeks a style that screams "today."

          8. Creative Storage Spaces
            Chances are high that most homeowners either have too much stuff or not enough space. As we roll into 2021, some homeowners will carry over the minimalist trends from the last two years, but others will instead seek to maximize storage opportunities. Installing shelving or refashioning closet spaces to organize items more efficiently can instantly enhance storage.

          9. Wallpapered Ceilings
            If you're surprised that wallpaper has made a comeback over the years, then you'll be even more so knowing the wallpapering the ceiling is shaping up to be a hot 2021 trend. Though it sounds strange, it actually adds dimension to the room and challenges the design status quo by mixing patterns. It also allows homeowners to inject a little character into their spaces without it dominating all four walls.

          10. Indoor/Outdoor Living
            One interior design trend that bleeds into the exterior, homeowners are opting to maximize their indoor/outdoor living spaces. Using furniture and furnishings typically staged for interiors, homeowners are creating multi-use spaces on their patios and balconies that are comfortable, convenient, and ready for diverse usage.

          Do you envision a brand-new home in 2021? Let us help you with your search. Contact us today to schedule a showing of our latest Seattle homes for sale.


          Gift Board Games from these Portland Shops

          Board Game Shops

          Our brokers are hard at work this holiday season, helping motivated buyers in the Portland area find the homes they want. But everyone should slow down during the holidays and spend time with loved ones – and often, searching for the ideal holiday gifts is a part of the enjoyment.

          Here's a holiday tip: Board games are having a renaissance!

          Yes, with more people spending time indoors, board games are a fun and fast-paced alternative to a computer or video games that everyone can take part in. And there truly are games for everyone, from children of all ages to adults looking for a more sophisticated experience.

          While some games only get played once or twice, others have real staying power. They can even form the backbone of a new family tradition. If you're hungry for something new on game night, you're in luck: The Portland area is replete with shops where you can explore board games, card games, and RPGs.

          Let's take a look at some of the most popular places to buy and play games:

          1. Versus Board Games – 12551 Southwest Main Street, Tigard, OR 97223
            Tigard homes for sale are some of the best around, and Versus Board Games is just one of the many delightful reasons why. Here, you'll be swept into a veritable wonderland of board games, Lego sets, Dungeons & Dragons, 2D and 3D puzzles, graphic novels, and toys. Versus maintains plenty of used games in great condition so that you can start your collection off right at an affordable price.

          2. Finnegan's Toys & Gifts – 820 Southwest Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205
            Found a short walk from some of the top dining and shopping in Portland, Finnegan's Toys & Gifts is conveniently situated in the Stevens Building. It dazzles visitors with a wondrous assortment of classic toys for all ages and interests. In addition to a full selection of board games and puzzles, you'll also find activity books, art supplies, cars and trucks, dolls, costumes, and STEM toys.

          3. OC Geeks & Games – 1656 C Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045
            Located in the Southridge Shopping Center, OC Geeks & Games calls itself "the Home of Tabletop Gaming in Oregon City." Dedicated to board games, collectible card games, role-playing games, and miniatures, it is more than just a store. Its goal is to build a vibrant and inclusive gaming community for players of all ages. Free Family Board Gaming Day takes place regularly. All this and it's convenient to Oregon City homes for sale, too.

          4. Cloud Cap Games – 1226 Southeast Lexington Street, Portland, OR 97202
            Not far from Portland homes for sale is Cloud Cap Games, the perfect place to get a running start learning some of the most popular games around. It rents board games and holds lessons in playing Magic: The Gathering or the Pokemon collectible card game. The staff will be glad to introduce you to party games, family-friendly games, or whatever else your heart desires.

          5. The Portland Game Store – 922 North Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR 97217
            The Portland Game Store boasts a slew of traditional board games as well as mind-bending challenges like Warhammer (40,000 and Fantasy), Blood Bowl, Crisis Protocol, and Malifaux. It also has 80 board game titles for rent, just right for enjoying a marathon week of family entertainment. Magic: The Gathering aficionados should look at the buy list to trade in their old cards for cash.

          6. Red Castle Games7160 Southeast Foster Road, Portland, OR 9720
            Red Castle Games provides a formidable library of games and plenty of rare and in-demand singles for collectible card decks. Locals can enjoy next-day delivery on their orders or get walk-up curbside service. The Red Castle Games staff also teach teamwork, empathy, and storytelling for students aged to up 17 years old with their online-only D&D Academy.

          7. Guardian Games – 345 Southeast Taylor Street, Portland, OR 97214
            Guardian Games will spark your imagination with its array of fun and creative games. Taking its stock from the best publishers, including independent game creators, its range of games is one of the biggest in Portland. Collectible card game tournaments are held monthly, and shoppers are encouraged to try games out. There's even space to work on your miniatures or convene your role-playing group.

          With a vibrant culture, strong economy, and some of the best dining and shopping, the Portland area is a place you'll be happy to call home. To find out more or get started, contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain.


          National Espresso Day: Coffee Shops in Seattle

          Coffee Shops Seattle

          Does your day not truly begin before your first cup of coffee? When you live in the Seattle area, that's no problem! With National Espresso Day around the corner, now is a great time to find out all that your local coffee shops have to offer. Our brokers have the details on 8 of the best coffee shops around Seattle, where you can find your favorite hot drinks and so much more.

          1. Dubsea Coffee – 9910 8th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98106

            Searching for a neighborhood coffee shop close to Seattle homes for sale? Try Dubsea Coffee, where you'll find a warm, welcoming atmosphere at a shop that strives to make every visitor feel like a part of the neighborhood. Dubsea Coffee offers a delicious lineup of coffee, tea, espresso, and so much more. There's also a great selection of food available, brought in from some of your favorite local dining spots. 

          2. Union Coffee – 2407 E Union St. Suite B, Seattle, WA 98122

            Whether you're in the mood for a unique coffee creation or something simple and familiar, the team at Union Coffee has you covered. Enjoy a fresh lineup of new drinks for every season, along with specialty coffees that are always on the menu. There are plenty of espresso varieties available and a great selection of tea when you're in the mood for something different. You'll also find plenty of delightful homemade pastries and other treats to pair with your coffee.

          3. Seattle Sunshine Coffee – 5508 35th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105

            If you're looking for a coffee shop specializing in all things espresso, then Seattle Sunshine Coffee should be near the top of the list. The team at Seattle Sunshine Coffee is made up of espresso experts who know exactly how to create your favorite hot drinks. There's also a full lineup of tasty sandwiches, along with sweet treats from some of your favorite local bakeries.

          4. Slate Coffee Roasters – 602 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

            Interested in brewing your own espresso and coffee creations at home? Then be sure to check out the selection at Slate Coffee Roasters, which brings flavors from around the world directly to your door. Slate Coffee Roasters sells coffee beans, brewing equipment, and so much more, with subscription options available so that you'll always have something new to try.

          5. Elm Coffee Roasters – 240 2nd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98104

            With two cafes in Seattle and delivery options available anywhere in the city, you can always find fresh espresso at Elm Coffee Roasters. You can order a wide variety of coffee-related products online from Elm Coffee Roasters, including brewing equipment and coffee from around the world. Or you can stop by the shop for an expertly crafted drink from a team that truly knows and loves their coffee.

          6. Caffe Vita Roasting Co. – 1005 E Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122

            In the mood for cold brew? Caffe Vita Roasting Co. has you covered, with boxed cold brew on tap that you can enjoy anytime from the comfort of home. Caffe Vita has 8 coffee shops located throughout the Seattle area, making it easy to find an espresso anywhere in the city. Or you can order from the online shop, where you'll find professional-quality brewing equipment along with an extensive collection of coffee and tea.

          7. Third Culture Coffee – 80 102nd Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

            When you're craving coffee close to Bellevue homes for sale, make the quick trip to Third Culture Coffee. With a full lineup of ethically sourced coffees, delicious teas, and coffee-infused cocktails, Third Culture Coffee has the right drink for every occasion. Third Culture's flagship location in Bellevue is filled with locally created art and a friendly staff that loves to serve your favorite drinks.

          8. Mercurys Coffee Co. – 8506 122nd Ave. NE, Kirkland, WA 98033

            Mercurys Coffee Co. is located near Kirkland homes for sale, with convenient online ordering so that your coffee is always waiting for you when you arrive at the shop. All of the coffee sold at Mercurys is 100 percent organic, and Mercurys locations have won "Best in Western Washington" awards year after year. 

          Living in the Seattle area means that you're never far from your next great cup of coffee, and our team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.


          Local Art Galleries to Explore in Portland

          Portland Art Galleries

          Did you know that National Go to an Art Museum Day takes place every year on November 9th? Thousands of art museums around the world participate in this special day, and every year features a different, unique theme. The Portland area has long shown strong support for local artists, with a huge selection of local art galleries that showcase talented artists from Portland and beyond. Now is a great time to visit some of Portland's best art galleries and museums. Our brokers have the details on 6 amazing places to view art around Portland for National Go to an Art Museum Day this year.

          1. Pearsons Art Gallery – 20890 S Hwy. 99E, Portland, OR 97045

            Start your tour of art galleries near Portland homes for sale with a trip to Pearsons Art Gallery, which features a truly unique collection of art that you won't find anywhere else. Pearsons Art Gallery is all about wood carvings, statues, sculptures, centerpieces, and so much more to decorate your home. If you're looking for a custom-made piece of art that you'll be proud to display in your home, this is a great place to visit. There are tons of pieces available pre-made in the gallery, and the owner (and artist) can also create custom pieces to suit your needs.

          2. Village Gallery of Arts – 1060 NW Salzman Rd., Portland, OR 97229

            A Portland non-profit with a commitment to showcasing the work of local artists, the Village Gallery of Arts has been a hub of the Portland art scene for more than 50 years. This is a fun place for any art lover to visit, with fantastic local art on display and a wide variety of community classes available to help you create art of your own. The gallery here features exhibits from Portland-area artists working in various media, with work from more than 100 local artists on display.

          3. Froelick Gallery – 714 NW Davis St., Portland, OR 97209

            You never know what you might find when you visit the Froelick Gallery, and that's part of the fun! Froelick Gallery has been a popular Portland art spot for more than 25 years, with rotating exhibitions from a diverse group of artists. Much of the work you'll see here was created in the Pacific Northwest, with a sprinkling of work from artists in Tokyo, as well. The gallery is open by appointment and accepts walk-in visitors if you happen to arrive when someone is present to let you into the gallery.

          4. Caswell Sculpture – 903 E Historic Columbia River Hwy., Troutdale, OR 97060

            Owned and operated near Troutdale homes for sale by the husband-and-wife team of Rip and Alison Caswell, Caswell Sculpture is a must-see for anyone who loves bronze statues. The Caswells have traveled around the world to find inspiration for their art, and much of their work is based on nature. The gallery also features a fascinating collection of photography and bronze sculptures of people, both famous and obscure. There are even sculptures of university mascots, which you can find both in the gallery and on the grounds of some famous local universities.

          5. Portland Art Museum – 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205

            When you're in the mood for the classic Portland art experience, start your journey at the Portland Art Museum. With more than a century of experience displaying local art, the Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. When you visit, you'll find an extensive collection of new exhibitions, long-term collections, films, and educational programs. Tour the expansive museum at your own leisure, or enjoy a guided tour from one of the friendly, knowledgeable staff members at the museum.

          6. Three Rivers Artist Guild – 613 7th St., Oregon City, OR 97045

            With a commitment to showcasing the work of Oregon City artists, the Three Rivers Artist Guild is your source for great art near Oregon City homes for sale. Three Rivers Artist Guild features exhibit rotations that vary with each month, so there's always something new to see. The strong commitment to local artists means this is an excellent place to see work from emerging artists who haven't had their work displayed in other galleries. Each month features work from 30 to 40 new artists, so be sure to check back often to see all that the Oregon City art scene has to offer.

          When you call Portland home, the region's vibrant, legendary local art scene is always just a short trip from your front door. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Portland, OR area.


          7 Storage Ideas To Help Eliminate Clutter in Your Home

          Get Rid of Clutter

          Raise your hand if your home could use a little organization. Don't worry, most of us have at least one or two areas of our house that are hot spots for collecting clutter. Our brokers know that when space is limited, you need to get creative with your cleaning and organization. Try these seven storage ideas to help you eliminate clutter and better organize your home.

          1. Eliminate Your Junk Drawer
            While it may seem counterintuitive, getting rid of your junk drawer is an excellent way to actually get rid of clutter. Your junk drawer is a haven for clutter, but most of these items can find a home elsewhere. Flashlights, batteries, Scotch tape, and miscellaneous tools should be relocated to other areas. With an entire drawer now empty, you've freed up space for other clutter. For instance, if your junk drawer is in your kitchen, you can now use that extra space to organize items that are cluttering up your kitchen countertops.

          2. Create a Command Center
            Another popular area for clutter is the space where you and your family immediately place your belongings when entering the house. Whether it's a dining room table, kitchen countertop, or living room, this center of clutter can be eliminated by creating a command center. This organized area will be a space to charge your devices and place your keys, mail, or similar items. Many homeowners also place a calendar and notepads in their command center to ask as a central-space for the family to track appointments, manage schedules, and keep track of to-do lists.

          3. Install Closet Organizers
            Did you know you could gain the versatility of a custom-built closet without breaking the bank? There are plenty of ways you can install affordable organizational tools in your closet to help cut down on clutter around your bedroom. Hang an additional clothes rack in the closet, consider adding shelving against the lower wall for shoes, and use bins on the top shelf to contain miscellaneous clothing items you don't often use, such as seasonal pieces. You can also use door hangers on the back of the closet door to hang hats and scarves. By enhancing your closet for maximum storage, you can say goodbye to the clutter of clothing that sits atop your furniture.

          4. Purchase Furniture with Built-In Storage
            One great storage hack to hide miscellaneous clutter is to purchase furniture that has storage built-in. There are many coffee tables and end tables that offer concealed storage spaces. There are even loveseats, couches, and lounge chairs that also have hidden compartments. These hidden storage spaces are perfect for packing away blankets, remotes, coasters, and other items that tend to clutter up coffee tables in the living room.

          5. Use Under the Bed Storage
            Your couch isn't the only piece of furniture that you can use to conceal your clutter. The space beneath your bed is a great place to hide your clutter if you keep it tidy and organized. Purchase short yet wide storage containers that can easily slide underneath your bed. These boxes are great for hiding away items. Since you can potentially fit many storage containers under the bed, it's best to use it for possessions that you won't want to access often. Winter coats, special shoes, holiday décor, and miscellaneous items that just can't seem to find a proper home can be concealed easily under your bed without cluttering up your room.

          6. Don't Neglect Concealed Clutter
            As you're trying to cut down on the visible clutter around your home, you need to remember that the goal is to keep all spaces less messy. Although your pantries and kitchen cabinets are storage spaces, they can easily become cluttered eyesores every time you open the door. One way to easily organize these spaces is to purchase trays, baskets, racks, and lazy Susans can instantly help you keep spices, sauces, snacks, and other food or food prep items organized.

          7. Utilize Luggage & Baggage
            Take a look inside your closet, and you'll notice that you've had extra storage spaces all along! Your seldom used luggage, purses, and other baggage can act as additional storage for clutter. If nothing else, you can use larger bags to conceal smaller bags, thus freeing up closet space for other items to call home.

          Are you searching for Portland homes for sale with plenty of storage space? We can help. Contact us today to schedule a private tour.


          Plan Your Visit to Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo

          Woodland Park Zoo

          Lions, tigers, and bears — oh my! Seattle is home to those species and so many more, thanks to the Woodland Park Zoo. Located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, the zoo is committed to teaching guests the importance of conservation.

          Woodland Park Zoo — 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103

          History of Woodland Park Zoo

          Woodland Park Zoo is a beloved Seattle site, a destination that locals and visitors alike cherish. Our brokers included! After over a century of providing men, women, and children of all ages with an educational and immersive wildlife experience, it's hard to believe that once upon a time, this green space was once just a simple park along Seattle's Greenlake. Developed into a traditional English garden in the late 1800s by Englishman Guy Phinney, a large house, rose garden, pump house, and deer park once called this space home.

          Seattle's first zoo was housed in at Leschi Park and owned by the Lake Washington Cable Railway. After Phinney's death, the City of Seattle purchased Woodland Park, and the animals were donated as the zoo's first residents when it was founded in 1899. The park was then divided into "Lower" and "Upper" Woodland Park after the construction of Aurora Avenue. It wasn't until 1967 that the first zones of the children's zoo were opened. Since then, Woodland Park Zoo has continued to grow, making room for countless new animals and educational and interactive opportunities!

          Woodland Park Zoo Exhibits

          So what can you and your family expect during your visit to the Woodland Park Zoo? The real question is, how can you experience everything in just a single day? With more than 1,100 animals from over 300 diverse species, the zoo features 92-acres of diverse natural habitats. Explore these amazing areas and discover the wonders of the animal world right in Seattle's backyard. Exhibits include:

          • African Savanna: Journey into the African Savanna for a view of lion, giraffe, hippos, zebras, ostrich, and monkeys.

          • Ambassador Animals: Meet the stars of the show — the Woodland Park Zoo ambassadors. Mammals, birds, and reptiles are ready to make your acquaintance.

          • Assam Rhino Reserve: One of the most popular exhibits, the Assam Rhino Reserve, also features the Asian Brown Tortoise and Demoiselle Crane to keep the one-horned rhino company.

          • Australasia: Enjoy a bird feeding experience at the Willawong Station after you spot snow leopards, emu, kookaburra, and wallaby.

          • Molbak's Butterfly Garden: Opening up again for the Spring season, Molbak's Butterfly Garden lets over 500 butterflies take flight. The Microsoft Pollinator Patio is open year-round.

          • Humboldt Penguin Exhibit: Don't let the name fool you, this penguin exhibit features Humboldt Penguins native to Chile and Peru.

          • Northern Trail: Hike into the chilly Northern Trail to the Taiga Viewing Shelter and Tundra Center to feast your eyes on Steller's sea eagles, snowy owls, bears, wolf, and elk.

          • Temperate Forest: Venture into the temperate forests, the same types of forests found in our region.

          • Trail of Adaptations: Watch unique nocturnal animals like sloth, meerkat, and Komodo dragons frolic around at night.

          • Tropical Asia: The Trail of Vines and Banyan Wilds showcase Asia's tropical locals like tigers, bears, pigs, otters, and orangutan.

          • Tropical Rainforest: Featuring an Outdoor Tropical Rainforest and Indoor Tropical Rainforest, this area is home to Jaguar Cove. Animals like lemur, gorillas, anacondas, monkeys, ocelots, and tarantulas are waiting to welcome you.  

          Whether you're a long-time fan of the Woodland Park Zoo or this is your first visit, your family will love spending a day learning about wildlife from around the world.

          The zoo has been welcoming back guests and has made several changes due to COVID-19. Plan your visit and learn about their latest policies on their website. 

          If you're looking at Seattle homes for sale, you'll be excited to discover that the Woodland Park Zoo has a great relationship with its surrounding community. Contact us today to tour homes in this neighborhood!


          National Seafood Month: Where to Get Fresh Seafood in Seattle

          Seafood in Seattle

          What could be better than a day dedicated to enjoying all of your favorite seafood? National Seafood Month, of course! Whether you want to cook your own feast or enjoy a prepared meal with some of the best seafood in the world, you won't find a better city than Seattle to satisfy your seafood cravings. Our brokers are ready to dig into National Seafood Month, and we've got all the details on how to connect with Seattle's legendary seafood scene.

          1. Mutual Fish Company – 2335 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144

            Serving the region since 1947, Mutual Fish Company is your one-stop-shop for fresh seafood of all kinds close to Seattle homes for sale. Mutual Fish Company has been owned and operated by the same family for three generations, with a commitment to quality that you can taste in every bite. They offer fresh-caught fish from across North America, a large selection of live seafood including fresh lobster, and a full line of Asian groceries at the fish market, perfect for adding new flavors to your next meal.

          2. Seattle Fish Company – 4435 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116

            When you're looking for the catch of the day, Seattle Fish Company has you covered with pickup, delivery, and dine-in service by the grill. No matter what you need for celebrating National Seafood Month, you can find it at Seattle Fish Company. There are specials on fresh seafood every day, with delivery available within the city and beyond. The Seattle Fish Company Grill is open every day for dine-in and takeout, with a mouth-watering selection of freshly prepared meals. Be sure to check out the daily soup specials, which include a smoked salmon chowder that you won't want to miss.

          3. Pike Place Fish Company – 86 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101

            Located in the historic Pike Place Market, Pike Place Fish Company has been serving up fresh seafood for more than 90 years. If you're looking to pick up everything you need for your seafood celebration in one place, then you can't top the selection at Pike Place Market. You can order from Pike Place Fish Company for pickup, including a drive-thru, contactless pickup option, or have your food delivered anywhere in Seattle. 

          4. Pure Food Fish Market – 1511 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101

            Looking for variety when you shop for seafood, all in one location? Pike Place Market is home to multiple fantastic seafood spots that you can visit in one convenient trip, including Pure Food Fish Market. This market specializes in salmon, halibut, crab, and shellfish and features other fresh catches from around the world. You can also find some great recipes at Pure Food Fish Market, along with all of the ingredients you'll need to make your favorite dishes.

          5. Jack's Fish Spot – 1514 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101

            While you're at the market, stop at Jack's Fish Spot to enjoy great dine-in service in a classic seafood setting, or pick up something fresh to take home for your culinary creations. If you're looking for a little help in cooking your seafood, this is a great place to visit. The team at Jack's Fish Spot is happy to tell you how they create their own meals with detailed recipes or provide general advice for which types of flavors work best with your favorite types of seafood.

          6. East Anchor Seafood – 1126 34th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

            Open every day with fresh seafood arriving each morning, East Anchor Seafood is sure to have what you need to celebrate National Seafood Month in style. This shop offers a selection of specialty groceries, perfect for bringing the best out of your fresh seafood. You can also enjoy a glass of wine, sample local craft beers, and pick up freshly prepared seafood from the chefs at East Anchor Seafood.

          7. Taylor Shellfish Farms – 1521 Melrose Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

            With more than a century of experience and multiple locations throughout the Seattle area, you can always count on Taylor Shellfish Farms for world-class shellfish close to home. The Melrose location offers delivery, curbside pickup, and dine-in service with limited capacity. They specialize in shellfish – especially fresh oysters. You can also shop online and have fresh seafood delivered directly to your door.

          Searching for a home that allows you to enjoy fresh Seattle seafood anytime? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.


          Historic Sites You Can See Around Portland

          Historic Portland Sites

          When most people think of Portland, our lively culture, delicious food, and gorgeous Pacific Northwestern backdrop often come to mind. Though the City of Roses is far younger than many cities on the East Coast, Portland still has a rich, fascinating history that is worth exploring. Founded way back in the 1840s, Portland's diverse history is accessible through our many museums, landmarks, memorial sites, and protected areas. If you're searching for a glimpse into Portland's past, our brokers encourage you to visit these interesting historical sites.

          1. Shanghai Tunnels – 120 NW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97209
            Portland's Underground, also known as the Shanghai Tunnels are located in Old Town Chinatown. Beneath the buildings, a series of interconnected tunnels running all the way to the waterfront. Sadly, most of the tunnels have collapsed, preventing anyone from uncovering a clearer definition of their intended use. However, these tunnels are often sited through local lore to have been used to smuggle illegal goods from ships to the shore. 

          2. The Pittock Mansion – 3229 NW Pittock Dr., Portland, OR 97210
            The Pittock Mansion
            is a historic house museum that was once the home of The Oregonian owner, Henry Pittock. As he built his financial empire in real estate, banking, railroads, and more, his wife used their wealth to start and support countless organizations benefiting the people of Portland, including the Martha Washington Home and the Ladies Relief Society. The mansion was acquired by the city and restored to act as a museum dedicated to this interesting piece of Portland's early history.

          3. Waterfront Park – 98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
            Waterfront Park
            is a relatively new site for the city, with its ideation beginning in the early 1900s. It wasn't until 1974 that ground broke on this park, but it was well worth the wait as its been a popular social spot for Portlanders ever since. This park features many historical landmarks such as the Battleship Oregon Memorial, which was constructed to honor the retired ship that served our country in the late 1800s. The Founder's Stone is also on-site, which acts as a tribute to the city's founders who actually flipped a coin to determine whether the city would be named Portland or Boston. The Japanese American Historical Plaza is also within Waterfront Park, which honors the Japanese Americans of the Northwest who served in the United States military during World War II.

          4. Oregon Holocaust Memorial – 95205 SW Washington Way, Portland, OR 97205
            The Oregon Holocaust Memorial is located outdoors in Washington Park. This memorial was dedicated in 2004 to the many residents of Portland and Washington that have had relatives who died in the camps; their names are engraved on the memorial wall. A soil vault panel, filled with soil and ash from six camps, sits alongside bronze tokens representing the everyday objects left behind as individuals from across Europe were transported to the camps.

          5. Ankeny Plaza – 2 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97204
            Ankeny Plaza
            was one of the first public spaces in Portland and contains a number of historical features. Located in Old Town Chinatown, this plaza is surrounded by buildings built in the mid-1800s and contains the oldest public art sculpture: Skidmore Fountain. Meant to act as a drinking fountain for men, dogs, and horses, this 14-ft bronze piece of art continues to be a public space where Portlanders and their animals can come to cool off.

          Are you searching for an older, charming home in Portland that you can call your own? Our team can help! Contact us today to tour our listings of Portland homes for sale.


          Where to Pick Your Own Produce Near Portland

          Portland Farms

          When you want the best, pick it fresh. That could be the motto at any of the many great farms around Portland where you can pick fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables with your whole family. Heading to a farm is a great way to enjoy the early fall weather, get out of the house, and stock up on your favorite produce. As the calendar flips to fall, you can expect new and different opportunities at your favorite farms. Our brokers have the details on 5 great farms around Portland where you can pick your own fresh fruit and vegetables.

          1. Douglas Farm – 15330 NW Sauvie Island Rd., Portland, OR 97231
            Many of the most visited farms around Portland homes for sale are located on Sauvie Island, and Douglas Farm is no exception. This farm has been in the same family for five generations, offering an excellent selection of fruit and veggies that you can pick yourself. Reservations may be required, so be sure to check the website before visiting. The farm will provide picking boxes for you to stock up on their farm. Current produce available for picking includes beans, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and many varieties of cucumbers.

          2. Albeke Farms – 16107 S Wilson Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045
            You can find plenty of great farms near Oregon City homes for sale, too! Albeke Farms, located close to the city, specializes in berries of all types, along with peaches, apples, and a smaller selection of vegetables. This farm is open every day from Thursday through Sunday during the late summer/early fall picking seasons. Call ahead to find out what crops are available for picking, and plan on bringing home plenty of fresh produce. 

          3. The Pumpkin Patch – 16511 NW Gillihan Rd., Portland, OR 97231
            One of the Portland area's largest farms, The Pumpkin Patch offers u-pick produce and so much more. Open for 52 years, this farm is a great spot to visit with the whole family, with a cafe, corn maze, animal barn, and tons of autumn activities. You can cut your own flowers from the beautiful blooms located on the property. Be sure to stop by the market as well, where you can find an excellent selection of freshly prepared farm-to-table food to take home. Their market is stocked up on 50 in-season fruits and vegetables grown on their farm and picked daily. 

          4. Bella Organic – 16205 NW Gillihan Rd., Portland, OR 97231
            If you're searching for a great selection of certified organic produce in Portland, then it's hard to top Bella Organic. This farm offers all of your favorite berries, along with corn, tomatoes, and pumpkins in the early fall. There is also a winery on-site with tastings available, and a corn maze that offers fun for all ages. The farm store and food pavilion are great places to stop and recharge with a fresh, delicious meal in between picking. Looking for fall activities besides locally grown produce? Be sure to check out their haunted corn maze for a memorable October weekend. 

          5. Topaz Farm – 17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd., Portland, OR 97231
            Family run and filled with activities for visitors of all ages, Topaz Farm is a great place to go picking this year. This farm is open every day and offers fresh, delicious outdoor dining on-site in addition to u-pick produce. Kids especially love to meet friendly farm animals and learn about farming from the team at Topaz Farm. Check out their website to learn about what's in season and plan ahead for their family-friendly events coming up during the fall months. 

          Fresh, local produce and fantastic food are just part of the package when you call Portland home. Ready to find your next home? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Portland, OR area.


          Local Glass Blowing Studios in Seattle

          Seattle Glass Blowing Art Studios

          Seattle is a city that's bustling with a unique creativity that's seen in everything from our architecture and art to our food and literature. So many Seattleites unlock their artistic passions when they discover a new hobby that acts as a perfect outlet for their creativity. If you're searching for a new pastime, our brokers encourage you to give glass blowing a try at one of these local glass blowing studios in the Seattle.

          1. Seattle Glassblowing Studio – 2227 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
            The Seattle Glassblowing Studio is an interactive art gallery where locals and visitors can learn about the glassblowing process, purchase custom made pieces, and even learn how to create their own glasswork. They've recently reopened their classes with limited enrollment to ensure maximum safety. Some lessons can be completed in as little as 15 minutes by glassblowers as young as five years old while other classes and private lessons can take one to three hours and are designed for adults and children aged 11 or older. 

          2. Glasshouse-Studio – 311 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98104
            was founded at the beginning of the northwest glass movement in the early 1970s. As the oldest glassblowing studio in the entire northwest, Glasshouse-Studio is the ultimate destination for those who absolutely love the art of glassblowing. We encourage you to tour their fascinating studio, speak with their talented artists, and view a live glassblowing demonstration before taking a piece home.

          3. Pratt Fine Arts Center – 1902 S. Main St., Seattle, WA 98144
            The Pratt Fine Arts Center is one of the best places in the Emerald City to unleash your love of all things art. Among their other offerings, Pratt facilitates interesting classes ranging from introductory workshops for new beginners to Master Artist classes for the trained artist. Glassblowing, glass casting, flameworking, cold working, bead making, kiln glass, and glass fusing classes are all available for adults over 18 or children 16 and over with exceptions. You can take a 3D tour of Pratt's studio on their website to learn about the equipment used and discover what possibilities await your first lesson.

          4. MoltenWorks – 12602 NE 178th St., Suite A, Woodinville, WA 98072
            If you're looking to get out of the city, take a quick trip up to MoltenWorks in Woodinville. Their two studios are now accepting registration for their glass blowing classes. Open studio sessions, Sip 'N Fuse classes, Ornament Workshops, and other workshops are designed for adults while they also have special kids classes for ages seven and above. If you don't feel comfortable attending classes in person, you can pick up one of their at-home glass kits.

          5. Blowing Sands Glass Studio – 5805 14th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
            Although their glass blowing lessons are currently on hold due to the coronavirus, the pandemic hasn't stopped Blowing Sands Glass Studio from creating masterpieces. Staples of the Ballard Arts Community, Blowing Sands specializes in unique décor including custom lighting fixtures and other pieces designed on commission. Glassblower David Smith brings his quarter-century of experience to every piece, creating a one-of-a-kind work of art that looks wonderful wherever it finds a home. Their gallery is currently closed, but you can shop Blowing Sands' creations online and arrange convenient curbside pickup.

          6. Avalon Glassworks – 2914 SW Avalon Way, Seattle, WA 98126
            A favorite spot for shopping in Luna Park, Avalon Glassworks has been making and selling their own gifts and décor since the early 1990s. Their selection of artwork is inspired by the Northwest landscape, creating unique pieces that encompass the region's natural beauty. If you would prefer to learn more about the glass blowing process without actually getting a hands-on lesson, a stop at Avalon Glassworks will yield enlightening conversations with their creators. Located next to The Spot coffee shop, a stroll through Avalon Glassworks is a must when visiting Luna Park. You can also browse their selection of glassworks on their website.

          Would you love a new home to display your glass blowing creations in? Contact us today to tour our spacious Seattle homes for sale.


          Where to Find Food Trucks in Seattle

          Seattle Food Trucks

          It's no secret that Seattle is a haven for phenomenal food trucks, but with so many wonderful options, you may be wondering where exactly the best mobile meal stations are parked around the city. Never fear, our brokers are here to help you track down some of the tastiest grub in the Emerald City. We've gathered a top five list of food trucks commonly found in neighborhoods like Central District, Belltown, and Capitol Hill. From barbeque and burgers to poke and hot dogs, here are a few of our favorite food trucks that you should check out around Seattle.

          1. Wood Shop BBQ – BBQ
            Bringing an interesting take on Kansas City and Central Texas barbeque to the Pacific Northwest, Wood Shop BBQ has made a name for themselves as Seattle's best BBQ. Brisket, smoked chicken, pulled pork, and pork spare ribs are available to order by the pound. You could also enjoy their brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, and portobello machaca on a toasted brioche bun with pickles and buttermilk slaw on the side. We prefer to savor their juicy meats by diving into one of their amazing Mac & Cheese bowls. 

          2. Sam Choy's Poke To The Max – Hawaiian
            Although Seattle is closer to Hawaii than many other American cities, you don't need to hop a plane to taste amazing Hawaiian food. Sam Choy's Poke To The Max is ready to bring their Hawaiian grinds to your curb! Award-winning chef Sam Choy, known as the God Father of Poke, has taken his creation out of the restaurant and into the streets with his Poke To The Max food truck. Poke can be seared or served fresh in a rice plate, in a salad, or in a wrap. If you're not digging poke, you can order other salads, wraps, and sandwiches with chicken, pork, or beef.

          3. Macho Burgers – Burgers
            If you're looking for a great burger, head down to Macho Burgers. Served with Cascioppo Brothers Meats, you can get everything from a Classic Bacon and Cheese to their Macho-Macho Burger stacked with bacon, cheese, peppers, lettuce, onions, and their special sauce. Cod Burgers and Fish & Chips are available if you don't fancy beef, and there is also a Chipotle Black Bean Veggie Burger with salsa, mushrooms, and cheese. Gluten-free buns are also available, and with the option to nix the bacon and cheese on the Mushroom Bacon Swiss Burger, Macho Burgers can accommodate many dietary preferences. If you love their South of the Border Burger, then you've got to find their sister food truck Macho Tex Mex Enchiladas – their enchiladas, bowls, and taco salads are fantastic!

          4. Big Dog's – Hot Dogs
            Hot dogs are quintessential street food and even though plenty of carts know how to grill a sausage, only Big Dog's is Washington's #1 Hot Dog Food Truck! Voted the best hot dog and food truck in King 5's Evening Magazine, Big Dog's invites you to go Beef Mode with their 100% all-beef ¼-pound dogs served on a steamed stadium roll. Run a Blitz with cheddar cheese sauce, chopped onions, BBQ sauce, and crushed potato chips or call upon the Sea-Dog filled with roasted garlic, chili aioli, jalapenos, and crumbled bacon. 

          5. Mo Pockets – Chinese
            Fans of noodles and potstickers should head down to Bellevue for amazing Chinese street food served up by Mo Pockets. This exceptional food truck has cold spicy or sesame noodle bowls, as well as their signature Mo Pockets filled with pork, beef, chicken, or veggies. Potstickers and popcorn chicken make great sides but it's the house-brewed fresh milk tea that really hits the spot.

          Are you searching for a home in one of Seattle's most desirable neighborhoods? Contact us today to browse Seattle homes for sale in Bellevue, Capitol Hill, Eastlake, Fremont, Queen Anne, SoDo, and more!


          All About the Seattle Japanese Garden

          Seattle Japanese Garden

          Get out of the house and enjoy the beautiful sites at the reopened Seattle Japanese Garden. This serene space located in Washington Park is the perfect place to relax your body, calm your mind, and let your soul absorb the beauty, wonder, and peacefulness that this park projects. Whether the Seattle Japanese Garden is one of your favorite spots in the Emerald City or if you've only heard about it but have never been, our brokers believe that now is a great time to support this city landmark.

          60th Anniversary of the Seattle Japanese Garden

          One reason you should visit the Seattle Japanese Garden is that it just celebrated its 60th anniversary on June 5th. Opened in 1960, the Seattle Japanese Garden is recognized as one of the best Japanese-style gardens on the continent. This charming garden features elements of Japan's many diverse landscapes. This special occasion is known as "kanreki", which marks a rebirth or return to childhood. Throughout the year, the Seattle Japanese Garden will commemorate this anniversary with special activities.

          The Seattle Japanese Garden is Reopen for Visitors

          Seattle Japanese Garden – 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112

          • Hours
            Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM-7 PM during August
            Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM-6 PM during September

          • Admission
            $8, Adults 18-64 
            $4, Ages 6-17, 65+, and College Students
            Free, Ages 0-5

          After closing in accordance with local guidelines regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Seattle Japanese Garden happily welcomed back its first visitors on July 14th. The Seattle Japanese Garden has made a few temporary changes to ensure the safety of visitors and staff alike.

          • The Seattle Japanese Garden has implemented a new timed ticketing system that requires visitors to purchase their tickets in advance online. These tickets will be purchased for a specific timeslot and cannot be changed or refunded.  

          • Face coverings are required for all guests ages 5 and above.

          • Paths throughout the garden will now be one-way only.

          • Many areas and pathways will be closed until further notice, including the Tateuchi Community Room, the azumaya, various bridges, various platforms, and the Shoseian Teahouse.

          • Tours and tea ceremonies are not offered at this time.

          • You cannot bring in your own food or beverages, with the exception of your own drinking water as water fountains within the Seattle Japanese Garden are closed.

          • Your group size cannot exceed five individuals, including children.

          Planning Your Visit to the Seattle Japanese Garden

          Although these temporary changes may place limitations on how visitors can engage with the Seattle Japanese Garden, you can still have a wonderful experience even if it's your first visit. 

          How to plan your visit:

          • Plan your visit well in advance to ensure that you can secure a ticket for the day you desire.

          • Research the history of the Japanese-style garden and learn about the importance of the Seattle Japanese Garden.

          • Be sure to eat a meal prior to your arrival and consider bringing a bottle of water for each person in your group.

          • When you arrive, grab a brochure at the entrance so your group can complete a self-guided tour of the grounds.

          • Follow all guidelines including wearing your mask at all times and progressing through the garden according to the marked paths.

          • Most importantly, make sure to take a moment to sit and admire the beauty of each varied landscape of Japan certain areas represent.

          Types of Plants at the Seattle Japanese Garden

          Japan is a country with diverse geography, containing varied landscapes including mountains, islands, the sea, rivers, lakes, forests, and waterfalls. As you stroll the Seattle Japanese Garden, you'll encounter these unique regions of Japan and view some of the flora and fauna that call this country home. Some of the gorgeous species you'll find throughout the Garden include:

          • Japanese forest grass
          • Chinese silver grass
          • Bamboos
          • Miscanthus
          • Cherry trees
          • Japanese spicebush
          • Western red cedar
          • Arnold azalea
          • Osmanthus
          • Japanese camellias
          • Hinoki
          • Water lilies
          • Japanese iris
          • Corylopsis
          • Lily of the Valley shrub
          • Cryptomeria japonica
          • Koto no Ito

          The Seattle Japanese Garden is one of our favorite spots in the city. Recently reopened, we encourage you to visit this tranquil park before the summer ends. If you're interested in browsing Seattle homes for sale while you're in the area, feel free to contact us to schedule a tour.


          Take a Stroll in the Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor

          Salmon Bay

          Living in Seattle means that you're never far from natural beauty, and the Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor is one example of why that's the case. The corridor is located within the city but has been preserved so that visiting feels like a trip to the wilderness. It's a place where you can see nature, discover local wildlife, and watch the great migration of salmon in action throughout the year. Ready to start exploring? Our brokers have you covered, with our guide to the sights you'll see and the activities that you can enjoy along the scenic Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor.

          • An Urban Wildlife Corridor in Seattle
            The Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor is conveniently located close to Seattle homes for sale, running along Seaview Avenue by the water. Salmon Bay itself is located on the edge of the Puget Sound, just past the Ballard Locks and the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Visitor Center. It's an estuary on the boundary where freshwater meets saltwater, which is a recipe for a bustling area of wildlife, activity, and natural beauty. 

          • How Salmon Bay Got Its Name
            As you likely have guessed, Salmon Bay received its name because you will often find a diverse selection of salmon navigating the waters. What you may not know is that Salmon Bay is a key point on the migration path of many types of salmon, from the endangered chinook to the ubiquitous sock-eye. You can also find rare species like the steelhead and the coho. The migration happens from March through October, so there will be ample opportunities to spot your favorite fish throughout the year.

          • A Haven for All Types of Wildlife
            While the salmon is a key attraction for visitors interested in spotting wildlife, the abundance of fish also attract many of the other types of birds and animals native to the area. When you visit, you might find a bald eagle perched majestically along the waterway, or a spectacular blue heron swooping down to catch a meal from the water. There are even sea lions along Salmon Bay, and you can often find them feasting on fish during the migration seasons. Whether you're interested in watching birds, spotting fish, or observing local ecosystems in action, there's so much to see on the Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor.

          • Start Your Journey at Discovery Park
            The Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor runs from the Environmental Learning Center at Discovery Park to Golden Gardens Park along the Sound. The Environmental Learning Center is the perfect place to start your journey, with information on the Wildlife Corridor, the species that you'll see, and the extensive efforts made to preserve the area. You can explore some of the miles of trails located within Discovery Park, or head straight to the Wildlife Corridor for the main attraction. Along the way, you'll find signs telling you about the ecosystems and wildlife you will encounter.

          • Watch Salmon Climb the Fish Ladder at the Ballard Locks
            If you're visiting the Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor during the migration season, then you may be treated to one of the most impressive displays that nature can offer. Stop at the fish ladder, located at the Ballard Locks, to watch salmon make the uphill climb to the top of the ladder and set off toward their next destination. There are viewing areas that allow you to get very close to the fish, including the young salmon, using specially constructed slides to move in the opposite direction of migrating adults.

          • End Your Day with a Picnic at Golden Gardens Park
            At the end of the Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor, you'll find beautiful Golden Gardens Park, which offers views of the Puget Sound, Salmon Bay, and all of the wildlife that calls the area home. The park is located in a restored wetland, which attracts birds, mammals, amphibians, and a wide variety of fish. There are picnic areas perfect for enjoying a meal after your stroll, and if you visit at the right time, you may be able to watch sea lions enjoy their meal while you enjoy your own.

          If you want all of the advantages of urban living while remaining connected to nature, then you will truly love living in Seattle. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.


          Where to Order Your Tea with Bubbles Around Portland

          Bubble Tea Cafes Portland

          Coffee is a great morning pick-me-up, but if you're looking for a refreshing mid-day treat, bubble tea is the best beverage to hit the spot! A Taiwanese beverage that looks as unique and incredible as it tastes, bubble tea is a blended tea featuring milk, fruit, fruit juice, and the signature tapioca pearls known as "bubbles." 

          Our brokers love bubble tea, and we know you will too. Head to one of our favorite bubble tea cafes around Portland and make your day a little bubblier!  

          1. Bubble Bubble Tea — 11723 SW. Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton, OR 97005
            After moving to Portland from Taiwan, owners Robin and Francie craved an authentic cup of bubble tea. They opened Bubble Bubble Tea in 2001 and have traveled back to Taiwan many times over the last two decades to give Portland's tea drinkers the best cup of authentic bubble tea in town. Milk tea, hot milk tea, green milk tea, and smoothies are on the menu, but we suggest trying their Snow Bubble Smoothie. This blended and non-caffeinated sweet and creamy smoothie can be made in 25 different flavors. A Snow Bubble Smoothie is the perfect mid-day pick-me-up to keep you energized for a day full of Beaverton homes for sale showings.

          2. Tea Bar Pearl — 1055 NW. Northrup, Portland, OR 97209
            Quality over quantity, that's the goal of Tea Bar. Their curated menu is made fresh to order without the use of artificial flavors, powders, or dyes. Many of their beverages are certified organic, use locally sourced ingredients, and their boba are made using grade A tapioca pearls. Purchase one of their reusable canteens, and they'll reward your sustainability efforts with a free drink. Swing by when you're touring Portland homes for sale and discover your new favorite hangout spot.

          3. Tea Chai Te on Burnside — 616 E. Burnside, Portland, OR 97214
            For almost 20 years, Tea Chai Te has offered a selection of more than 120 high-quality teas. This has made them so popular that they've appeared frequently on the hit TV show Portlandia. This Portland staple is a must-visit destination for locals and visitors alike. With so many options, allow one of their 'TEAm members' to make a suggestion. House brewed Happy Mountain Kombucha, and bubble teas are on deck, as well as 75 organic teas and 15 uniquely handcrafted chai blends. 

          4. 5 Flavor Café — 14740 NW. Cornell Rd. #160, Portland, OR 97229
            Don't let their name full you — 5 Flavor Café can mix up twenty-six different tea varieties. Choose a classic like a Thai milk tea, HK milk tea, or their house milk tea. Sip on a specialty tea like the Pretty In Pink Jasmine tea with strawberry, Adzuki Cream house black milk tea with cream cheese mousse, or the Indigo Honey matcha milk tea with lavender, honey, and matcha pudding. Better yet, mix your own beverage by blending a tea, milk, and topping together to create your perfect boba tea.

          5. Braganza Tea — 9585 SW. Washington Square Rd., Portland, OR 97223
            Spend any time in the Pacific Northwest, and you'll stumble upon Braganza Tea at your favorite mall. As the most successful bubble tea company in the region, their growing team also serves up milk teas, iced teas, and smoothies. As you're searching for Portland homes for sale, stop by the Washington Square Mall for a bubble tea.

          6. 22 Below — 4155 Rickey St. SE., Salem, OR 97317
            Mix a Taiwanese drink with a Thai snack at 22 Below. Rolled ice cream is a new Thai preparation method for this classic dessert. A liquid ice cream base is poured into a pan at -22 degrees, ingredients are added, the mix is spread into thin sheets, then rolled into delicious spirals. They also serve up flavored soda with popping boba bubbles, brewed milk teas, refreshing shaken drinks, and amazing Boba Smoothies. These caffeine-free smoothies are topped with your choice of nearly a dozen tapioca toppings. A Boba Smoothie is the perfect beverage to cruise with when you're touring Salem homes for sale.  

          The bubble tea cafes are just one of the many reasons Portland is a sweet area to call home. For assistance buying homes for sale around Beaverton, Salem, and Portland, contact us today!


          National Ice Cream Month: Where to Get Ice Cream in Seattle

          Seattle Ice Cream

          Summer in Seattle is the best time of the year, thanks in part to National Ice Cream Month falling in July! What better way to enjoy the sunshine than to slurp up a few fresh scoops from Seattle's finest ice cream parlors? Our brokers encourage you indulge in your craving and check out these amazingly unique local ice cream shops around town.

          1. Shug's Soda Fountain & Ice Cream – 1525 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
            The soda fountain was the coolest place to grab a malt, a shake, or an ice cream cone back in the day. Shug's Soda Fountain has decided to bring back this classic sweet spot with a modern twist. You could also add a little soda and make a float; we suggest the Shugsicle which is made with orange soda and vanilla ice cream. With make-your-own-sundaes, ice cream cocktails, and beer floats on the menu, Shug's is a sweet place for kids and adults alike.

          2. Full Tilt Ice Cream – 4759 Brooklyn Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98105
            Live music, pinball, arcade games, beer, and ice cream – what more could you want? Full Tilt offers a fun environment for people of all ages to come together and have a great time. They have 16 awesome flavors like Coffee Oreo and Blue Moon, while on the vegan side they offer classic vanilla and chocolate. Join their Pint of the Month Club and you'll get access to 12 months of unique ice cream flavors that are only available to members. Full Tilt could very well be the ultimate place to celebrate National Ice Cream Month.

          3. Sweet Alchemy – 4301 University Way NE., Seattle, WA 98105
            At Sweet Alchemy, their meticulous ice cream makers pride themselves on using only the best ingredients from local farms for their small-batch ice creams and waffle cones. How meticulous are they? Sustainability and organic practices are top priorities and they're committed to only serving the freshest ice cream. Believe it or not, some of the milk used was taken from a local cow just days before it became your sweet treat.

          4. Husky Deli – 4721 California Ave. SW., Seattle, WA 98116
            For almost 100 years, Husky Deli has been providing West Seattle with everything from grocery staples and deli items to fresh sandwiches and delicious ice cream. Husky has you covered if you want to make National Ice Cream Month last for the rest of the year. They have nearly 60 different ice cream flavors between their Husky Regular, Husky Gourmet, Husky Premium, and Husky Girl Scout Cookie varieties. Available by the half-gallon, we have a feeling we'll be stopping by Husky's every week of National Ice Cream Month to try a new flavor.

          5. Parfait Ice Cream – 2034 NW 56th St., Seattle, WA 98107
            Don't let the name fool you – parfait in French means "perfect" and that's the best way to describe the frozen flavors at Parfait Ice Cream. Made from scratch, this farm-to-table creamery grows and creates their own ingredients. They offer eight different signature flavors throughout the year, including classics like Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, and Milk & Cookies. Their dozens of chef-inspired seasonal flavors include Ginger Snap, Pumpkin Spice, Rosemary Almond Brittle, and Lavender Summer Berry. Looking for a dairy-free flavor? Their plant-based flavors include Coffee Candied Almond, Cherry Chip, and six other delicious sorbets. Best of all, they even sell their pints at local Seattle grocery stores so you can give into your sweet tooth every time you make your weekly food run.

          6. Frankie & Jo's – 1411 NW 70th St., Seattle, WA 98117
            Ice cream made from plants? At Frankie & Jo's, you're going to radically shift the way you think about ice cream. Instead of using artificial ingredients, house-made cashew milk, and coconut milks are used as bases while organic sugars, seasonal vegetables, herbs, fruits, and superfoods are added into the milk. The result? Amazing ice cream that makes a positive impact on people, plants, and animals. While their seasonal flavors vary, they have everyday ice cream flavors like Brown Sugar Vanilla, Salty Caramel Ash, Chocolate Tahini Supercookie, everyday date flavors like Date Shake and Chocolate Date, and an everyday sorbet flavor of Beet Strawberry Rose. Try one scoop and you'll realize that plant-based ice cream is a sweet way to end the day.

          Would finding a home in the center of Seattle put the cherry on top of your summer? Contact us today and let us show you all of our sweet Seattle homes for sale.


          International Yoga Day: Yoga Studios Around the Seattle Area

          International Yoga Day in Seattle

          Get ready to say "Om" – International Yoga Day is on Saturday, June 21st, and our brokers want you to breathe in serenity and breathe away your worries. Although International Yoga Day is only a few years old, yoga's history dates back to over 5,000 years ago. For centuries, the practices of yoga have spread from India and evolved around the world. Today, an estimated 20 million people practice yoga, including many of our very own Seattleites. Whether you're new to yoga or have been practicing this healthy activity for years, we encourage you to connect your mind, body, and soul with help with virtual classes from these Seattle yoga studios.  

          1. The Grinning Yogi – 345 15th Ave. E, Suite 102, Seattle, WA 98112
            The Grinning Yogi
            wants to celebrate you in your present state. While their classes are designed to help improve your mind, body, and soul, the instructors at The Grinning Yogi believe that you are perfect just the way you are! They support and accept their students as they are, teaching self-love and compassion through every lesson. Some of the most qualified and extensively trained yogis in all of Seattle are part of The Grinning Yogi team.

          2. Urban Yoga Spa – 1900 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
            While Urban Yoga Spa is one of the best places in Seattle to get a rejuvenating yoga workout and delicious cup of freshly roasted coffee, you can still receive their amazing instruction from home with their Yoga LIVE videos. Their daily live classes are available online to those who make a kind donation to either the Urban Flow Class, Urban Hatha Class, or Urban Sculpt Class. If you're new to the area, consider supporting them by purchasing a gift certificate that you can use in their studio, spa, or coffee house when they reopen to the public.

          3. Breathe Hot Yoga – 3750 SW Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98126
            Breathe Hot Yoga
            wants you to live your life to its fullest potential. If hot yoga in the studio isn't your ideal environment, you can conveniently take virtual classes at home. Browse their public library of videos, available 24/7 and updated multiple times each week, or sign up for their live-streaming classes. 

          4. Seattle Yoga Arts – 1540 15th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
            Seattle Yoga Arts
            brings body nourishing, soul-satisfying, sanity supporting yoga into your living room with their online-based classes. Their diverse offering of workshops, teacher trainings, and special events are designed to help you reach your wellness goals. If you're interested in private lessons, you can also schedule one-on-one training sessions with the majority of their teachers.

          5. Be Luminous Yoga – 900 Lenora #128, Seattle, WA 98121
            Unlimited live yoga sessions are yours to enjoy with Be Luminous Yoga. For less than $40 a month, you can practice yoga anytime, anywhere with their world-wide yoga community. Not only can you take traditional yoga classes from home, but you can also undergo yogi teacher training virtually as well. Take International Yoga Day to the next level and join their Bloom BLY summer challenge. Running from June 15th until August 31st, their annual summer challenge gives you the opportunity to win a free six-month membership!

          6. Yoga On Beacon – 3063 Beacon Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144
            If you'd like to keep up with your regular yoga routine indoors, all you need is your mat and a computer to take Yoga On Beacon's classes. All of their classes are offered virtually through Zoom, which are available to join. If you aren't able to make a specific live session timeslot, you can still sign up for that class and view it as a recording after the session. 

          7. Spira Power Yoga – 2332 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116
            Work up a sweat with the unique mindfulness-based power yoga classes offered through Spira Power Yoga. Their M3B Principles of Movement, Mindfulness, Meditation, and Breathing will help you manage stress, build strength, and increase your flexibility. Spira Power Yoga has created a one-of-a-kind yoga community that is exceptionally inclusive, even outside of the studio. On their website, you can take advantage of some resources, including Live-Stream classes, on-demand lessons, a blog, podcast, guided meditations, audio classes, and more!

          Are you looking for a new space to stretch out and feel at peace? We can help. Contact us today to search our Seattle homes for sale.


          Seattle Bakeries to Try for National Doughnut Day

          Seattle Bakeries

          Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when you're checking out Seattle homes for sale. You need to keep your energy up, and what better way than with the classic combination of a doughnut and coffee?

          Seattle's many small bakeries will tempt your taste buds any time of year, but they're even better as we approach National Doughnut Day. Taking place on Friday, June 5, it's the perfect time to stop by for a fresh dozen with curbside service or place an order for delivery.

          Yes, you've probably noticed that big national chains usually have deals on National Doughnut Day. For those lucky enough to be here in the Emerald City, however, our brokers say nothing beats a local bakery.

          Here are some of Seattle's top doughnut stops:

          1. Raised Donut – 1101 23rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
            Raised Donuts is dedicated to "raising the doughnut bar" with a full selection of classic doughnuts alongside specialty flavors you won't find anywhere else. Mixed, cut, and fried fresh each day, the doughnuts are topped with a glaze made from scratch. Some recent specials include the mango basil doughnut, guava coconut, and the gluten-free Thai tea mochi.
          2. Top Pot Doughnuts – 1206 Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98104
            Top Pot Doughnuts will satisfy your cravings with more than 40 flavors available each and every day. Seasonal choices like the peppermint snowdrift and orange marmalade cake truly stand out here. Whether you order takeout or delivery, you can also savor hand-roasted, small-batch coffees from decaf to the eye-opening "El Presidente."
          3. Mighty-O Donuts – 1400 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
            The Mighty-O Donuts storefront at Capitol Hill is open for business while two other locations are temporarily closed, so stop on by! Call in or set up an online order: You can enjoy the whole menu, such as the seasonal cookies and cream doughnut, raspberry riot, or nutty chocolate. You always have your choice of vanilla cake or chocolate cake as your delicious doughnut base, too.
          4. Family Donut Northgate – 2100 North Northgate Way Suite F, Seattle, WA 98133
            Family Donut Northgate is the taste you've been waiting for! A family-friendly and family-owned bakery with a focus on doughnuts and coffee, it's well-loved in the community. One reason is the fast, friendly service. Another, the unbeatable maple bacon doughnuts. It's active in supporting local first responders and hospitals with doughnuts, too.
          5. General Porpoise Doughnuts – 1020 East Union Street, Seattle, WA 98133
            Like Mighty-O, General Porpoise Doughnuts has a flagship Capitol Hill location ready for your visit. Every General Porpoise doughnut is made using fresh eggs. Seasonal jams, jellies, creams, and custards make sensationally fresh flavors. Creatively crafty concoctions abound, like peanut butter and jelly, date shake, the delectable rose cream, and kid-favorite chocolate marshmallow.
          6. Donut Factory – 4336 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Suite F, Seattle, WA 98105
            Sitting right in the heart of the University District, Donut Factory pumps out confections with "industrial strength" flavor. But don't let the name fool you: These individually handcrafted doughnuts are great to look at and a delight to eat! Fancy doughnuts can be rushed straight to your door, from chocolate rainbow to cinnamon, coconut, and many more.
          7. Half and Half Doughnuts – 516 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122
            Seattle's famous Pike Street is home to many iconic businesses. One of them is Half and Half Donuts, a true taste of Seattle. Now featuring a fun and convenient online ordering system, Half and Half has grab and go doughnuts along with savory pastries, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and tea. For a true delight, don't miss out on a coffee-caramel filled doughnut.

          For expert advice on buying a Seattle home, contact us today.


          7 Local Portland Restaurants for Takeout

          Portland Takeout

          Shelter in place orders may have all of us spending more time at home, but that doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy a great meal from some of your favorite Portland restaurants. With dine-in service off the table for the immediate future, ordering takeout, curbside pickup, or delivery from local restaurants is a great way to keep things fresh at home while supporting your favorite dining spots during a challenging time for small businesses. Ready to skip cooking tonight? Our brokers have you covered, with our guide to Portland restaurants offering takeout.

          1. Miss Delta – 3950 N Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227

            As a long-time favorite located close to Portland homes for sale, you'll find that Miss Delta has everything you need to enjoy a great family meal at home. The restaurant specializes in Southern fare of all types, from jambalaya to po-boys. Miss Delta is currently offering takeout service via curbside pickup every day of the week, with orders placed online or by phone. With classic comfort food and delicious desserts, you're sure to find something to love on the menu. If you can't make it out for takeout, Miss Delta is also offering delivery options.

          2. Ecliptic Brewing – 825 N Cook St., Portland, OR 97227

            When you can't sit down at your favorite Portland pub, why not bring a little piece of the pub home with you? Ecliptic Brewing, known for its truly unique spins on all of your favorite styles of beer, is also a great place to grab a bite. You can still order takeout from the pub every day during lunch and dinner hours, with a menu that will appeal to everyone in your family. 

          3. Andina – 1314 NW Glisan St., Portland, OR 97209

            The kitchen at Andina is still turning out all of the Peruvian flavors that you know and love, with takeout available for dinner seven nights per week. Planning a stay at home date night? Andina is offering a meal deal for two, with your choice of two appetizers and entrees for an affordable price. You can order online, and gift cards are also available with some proceeds going to support restaurant staff who are unable to work at this time.

          4. G-Love – 1615 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209

            Billed as Portland's first-ever "reverse steakhouse," G-Love is a popular bistro that specializes in vegetarian and vegan fare. The team at G-Love keeps things fresh by partnering with a local farm, located an hour south of Portland, for all its ingredients. With a focus on sustainability, leftover ingredients are even sent back to the farm to be used as compost. You can order an extensive selection of menu items for takeout from G-Love, along with wine bottles and even cocktail kits to go with your meal.

          5. Carne – 2512 NE Broadway St., Portland, OR 97232

            While the popular live music scene at Carne is on hold for the time being, this Latin steakhouse is still offering all of your favorite meals for takeout and delivery. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday during dinner hours, with special deals on meals for two and family meals. With steak, seafood, sangria, and tons of delicious appetizers, you're sure to find something to love on the menu at Carne.

          6. Yonder – 4636 NE 42nd Ave. Suite A, Portland, OR 97218

            Offering a mix of classic Pacific Northwest cuisine infused with the Southern flavors made famous in Charleston, Yonder is currently offering takeout from Tuesday through Saturday every week. The menu is packed with comfort food favorites, including fried chicken, that's as good as you'll anywhere in the country. With online ordering now available, it's easy to order your favorites for dinner anytime.

          7. Top Burmese – 413 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209

            When you're craving a delicious vegan meal, it's hard to top the selection of authentic Burmese cuisine available at Top Burmese, which is currently offering takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery seven days a week at both of its local restaurants. The menu here is filled with fantastic curries, soups, noodles, and so much more. 

          When you call Portland home, you're never far from your next world-class meal from a beloved local restaurant. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Portland, OR area.


          Things to do with Your Kids over Spring Break in Portland

          Portland Spring Break

          Is it time for spring break already? If you're searching for fun, family activities to enjoy with your kids over spring break, you're in luck. The Portland area is filled with amazing attractions for families with kids, as our brokers and so many long-time residents can attest. Prepare for an unforgettable spring break filled with family memories, with our guide to 6 great things to do with your kids this spring in Portland.

          1. Japanese Garden – 611 SW Kingston Ave., Portland, OR 97205
            Portland homes for sale
            make it easy to find fun, cultural activities to keep your kids entertained over spring break, thanks to fascinating attractions like the Japanese Garden. The Japanese Garden is an excellent mix of fun, education, and culture. Kids will love exploring the exotic, beautifully arranged plants in the garden, connecting with outdoor art, and climbing to the cultural village. At the cultural village, you'll find world-class Japanese architecture, with buildings featuring Japanese art and different activities for every season. Stop by on the right day, and you might find a unique live performance or demonstration from Japanese culture.
          2. Oregon Zoo – 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97211
            What could make for a better family outing than a day at the zoo? Enjoy the spring weather while you explore the vast Oregon Zoo, where there's always something new and exciting to see. The 64-acre zoo features five large exhibit areas, each highlighting wildlife from different parts of the world. Exhibits include forests, the Great Northwest, Asia, Africa, and much more. Nearly every day, you'll find a new performance, concert, educational talk, or special exhibit at the zoo. There's also plenty of food available, along with scenic, quiet places to rest when you spend a full day exploring.
          3. North Clackamas Aquatic Park – 7300 SE Harmony Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97222
            You don't have to wait for summer to enjoy a family day at the pool close to Milwaukie homes for sale, thanks to the wonderful North Clackamas Aquatic Park. The Aquatic Park is home to Oregon's largest wave pool, and that's just the start! Kids love spending time racing down the various water slides at the facility and climbing the tall rock wall. There's a toddler splash zone for younger kids, along with multiple pools for swimmers of all ages. Kids can learn the ropes of pool safety with regular swimming classes, and adults love the aquatic exercise classes offered at North Clackamas Aquatic Park.
          4. Evergreen Museum – 500 NE Captain Michael Smith King Way, McMinnville, OR 97128
            Family fun is never far from your front door around McMinnville homes for sale, and the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is one of the top family attractions in the area. The museum offers educational tours, where kids can learn about the history of aviation in a fun, engaging setting, or you can participate in a family scavenger hunt that will bring you to every corner of the museum. If you're planning a group event for spring break, kids can even spend the night at the museum! Of course, every day, there are amazing exhibits to see, on everything from early aviation to space flight technology.
          5. World of Speed – 27490 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville, OR 97070
            With a convenient location close to Wilsonville homes for sale, the World of Speed Motorsports Museum mixes education and entertainment in a way that kids love. Interactive exhibits at World of Speed are especially popular among children, including racing simulators that allow kids to feel what it's like to be behind the wheel of a real race car. The Starting Line Club is perfect for younger children, allowing them to learn about the science of vehicle manufacturing and racing in a fun, hands-on way.
          6. Quarterworld – 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97215
            Does a day of new and retro arcade games sound like fun for you as it would be for your kids? Then it's time for a trip to Quarterworld, which is part arcade, part museum, and 100 percent family fun. Quarterworld is filled with all of your favorite arcade games from childhood. You won't find a better selection of classic pinball games anywhere in Portland, while Quarterworld also features delicious food and drink to keep everyone in your group at the top of their game.

          No matter the season or occasion, there is always a fresh, fun family activity to enjoy when you call Portland home. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Portland, OR area.


          Read Across America Day: Local Bookstores in Seattle

          Seattle Bookstores

          The benefits of reading go far beyond the classroom, and Read Across America Day is the perfect opportunity for people of all ages to get lost in a great book. Of course, this holiday is primarily geared toward children, which is why it falls on March 2 – aka the birthday of Dr. Seuss – every year, or on the Friday before if March 2 falls on a weekend. 

          Whether you have a young child or you're looking to reconnect with your love of reading, our brokers are happy to report that Seattle neighborhoods are filled with local bookstores where you can celebrate Read Across America Day this year.

          1. Secret Garden Books – 2214 NW Market St., Seattle, WA 98107
            Secret Garden Books
            has been among Seattle's favorite independent bookstores since 1977, making it easy to shop for both rare books and the hottest new releases close to Seattle homes for sale. This is a great spot to celebrate Read Across America Day as well, with book clubs for kids age 8 to 12, teens, and adults of all ages. Secret Garden Books is also home to the unique Young Readers Society, where children from 10 to 12 years old can discuss their favorite books once per month with no parents allowed. The book selection here is excellent, and Secret Garden places a special emphasis on stocking a diverse selection of books for children.
          2. Elliott Bay Book Company – 1521 Tenth Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
            With book clubs, author events, a quaint cafe, and a huge selection of books, Elliott Bay Book Company has been serving Seattle with pride since 1973. The experienced staff at Elliot Bay Book Company loves to help passionate readers of all ages find books that appeal to their interests, and you'll find a rotating selection of staff picks whenever you choose to visit. Do you have a young child who loves stories? Stop by every Saturday for Children's Storytime, geared toward kids age 2 and older.
          3. Ophelia's Books – 3504 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
            There's nothing like browsing the stacks of a used book store to find a hidden gem, and Ophelia's Books matches a diverse selection with a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Help boost the collection at Ophelia's by selling your old books, then pick up something new to fill your shelves. Ophelia's also offers a unique selection of hand-bound notebooks and accessories, perfect for inspiring kids who enjoy writing just as much as they enjoy reading.
          4. Phinney Books – 7405 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
            If you're interested in shopping for new releases across an eclectic collection of genres, then Phinney Books may be the spot for you. This small bookstore is focused on new books, including an excellent selection of children's books perfect for encouraging reading from a young age. If you or your child love learning more about the history of the Northwest, this is a great place to shop. Sign up for the weekly newsletter to get excellent book recommendations, and stop by every Friday morning during Children's Storytime for enthusiastic readings of childhood classics.
          5. Paper Boat Booksellers – 6040 California Ave. SW, Ste. A, Seattle, WA 98136
            With Family Reading Time every Saturday morning, loads of book clubs and frequent author events, the team at Paper Boat Booksellers believes in the power of building community through reading. The Middle Readers Book Club, for readers ages 8 through 13, is the perfect place to get kids interested in reading and connect them with other children who share the same passion. Parents are welcome to drop kids off, hang out at the shop, or quietly observe the book club in action.
          6. Laughing Elephant – 3645 Interlake N, Seattle, WA 98103
            The Laughing Elephant ranks among Seattle's most unique bookstores, with a business focused on recreating classic children's books and other texts, including the amazing images that those classic books contain. If you're looking for a truly unique gift for the youngster who loves reading, this is a wonderful place to shop. The Laughing Elephant also stocks a huge selection of cards, holiday items, notebooks, stickers, and prints, all of which draw inspiration from classic children's literature.

          Living in Seattle makes it easy to connect with literature, art, and culture, with so many neighborhoods that still know the value of a beloved local bookstore. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.


          Bend: A Top Brewery City in the US

          Bend Breweries

          Spend a bit of time hanging around Bend, and you'll quickly notice that the area is home to a huge collection of local breweries. While the quantity is nice, it's the quality of local breweries that sets Bend apart from most cities around the country. Bend now ranks as one of the best areas in the entire country for craft brewing, adding to the reputation of Central Oregon as one of the nation's real brewing hotspots. Our brokers have all of the exciting details on where to enjoy brews around Bend.

          • Silver Moon Brewing – 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend, OR 97730
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            put you in the heart of a dynamic brewing community, thanks to great local breweries like Silver Moon Brewing. Established at a time when Bend was home to just two other breweries, Silver Moon remains one of the best spots in the city. Like most breweries in the area, Silver Moon Brewing starts with freshwater from mountain snow-melt for its beers, then builds complex flavors from that strong base. The Silver Moon Pub is a relaxed, inviting drinking destination, where you're likely to find a few new friends in addition to some excellent local brews.

          • GoodLife Brewing Company – 70 SW Century Dr., Bend, OR 97702
            Enjoy a taste of the good life, with the diverse menu of locally brewed craft beers from the GoodLife Brewing Company. While some breweries specialize in creating sweet or sour beers, the team at GoodLife Brewing is all about balance. Beers here are never too sweet or bitter, but every brew is still packed with flavor. Ales are the signature style at this brewery, and the GoodLife Bierhall is the perfect place to enjoy these delicious local brews alongside an excellent meal.

          • Bend Brewing Company – 1019 NW Brooks St., Bend, OR 97703
            If you're looking to enjoy an amazing craft brew in a classic pub atmosphere, be sure to take some time for the excellent Bend Brewing Company. Like Silver Moon Brewing, the Bend Brewing Company was one of the three original breweries in Bend. The team here has been creating hoppy, flavorful IPAs for 25 years, and even with increased competition remains one of the best breweries in the city. The Bend Brewing Pub is a popular hangout for locals and visitors alike, with a casual atmosphere, extensive food offerings, tons of TVs, and friendly, personal service.

          • 10 Barrel Brewing Co. – 62950 NE 18th St., Bend, OR 97701
            With 20 taps featuring the best local brews and an unmatched menu of pub food, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. will always be one of Bend's favorite spots to enjoy a cold beer. The pub is located at 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Headquarters and features stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and the local scenery around Bend. Sample one of the many year-round brews available, or stop by during each season to check out a fresh selection of seasonal beers. You can even schedule a brewery tour to go behind the scenes.

          • Worthy Brewing – 495 NE Bellevue Dr., Bend, OR 97701
            Local breweries are often great supporters of the communities where they do business, and Worthy Brewing truly goes the extra mile to be a valued part of the community. Of course, the beer and atmosphere are fantastic, too! Everything at Worthy Brewing, from the beers to the delicious food on your plate, is created with the freshest local ingredients. Worthy Brewing maintains a garden where many ingredients are sourced and partners with local farms for the rest. The result is a brewery celebrating everything that makes Bend so special.

          • The Ale Apothecary – 30 SW Century Dr. Suite 140, Bend, OR 97702
            Searching for something unique for your next brew? The Ale Apothecary brews every batch in handmade oak barrels and sources every ingredient locally to create flavors that you won't find anywhere else. With a commitment to all-natural brewing techniques and a reverence for the bounty that local land supplies, the team at the Ale Apothecary creates unique brews that keep regulars coming back for more. 

          If you love fresh, unique local brews, then you'll feel right at home in Bend. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.


          Florists in the Seattle Area for Valentine's Day Bouquets

          Seattle Florists

          The florists of Seattle work year-round to make their bouquets reflect the natural beauty surrounding the Emerald City. Valentine's Day is the ultimate opportunity for these talented florists to showcase their creations with stunning bouquets of every flower imaginable. When our brokers want to give a gorgeously designed bouquet, we turn to these seven Seattle florists.   

          1. Seattle Flowers — 600 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
            Delivering Seattle's finest flowers since 1947, Seattle Flowers is your reliable floral destination for Valentine's Day or any other occasion. Their staff strives to go the extra mile so that your special someone feels every ounce of love you wish to give them. Offering floral arrangements, gift baskets, plants, and much more, Seattle Flowers will be your first choice for flowers when you're ready to spruce up one of our Seattle homes for sale on move-in day.

          2. Ballard Blossom — 1111 NW 85th St., Seattle, WA 98117
            A Northwest Tradition since 1927, Ballard Blossom knows flowers better than anyone in the city. For nearly a century, Ballard Blossom has delivered more than simply flowers. They've sent loved ones gifts of happiness, love, congratulations, and gratitude. They're ready to send your valentine a fantastic vase of flowers this Valentine's Day. The Yellow Rose Bouquet with Chardonnay, Sweet Citrus Bouquet, and Color Me Happy bunch are exceptional ways to show someone you care. Although Ballard Blossom does deliver, you could also stop by and pick the freshest bouquet.

          3. Hansen's Florist — 5963 Corson Ave. S., Suite 190, Seattle, WA 98108
            Since the 1940s, generation after generation of Seattle's men and women have ordered Valentine's Day flowers from Hansen's Florist. Not only do they guarantee that you'll get the freshest flowers offered, but they can also provide same-day and even worldwide delivery. Hansen's Florist has you covered for all of your floral needs, all year long, all around the world.

          4. Seattle Flower Lab — 2600 California Ave. SW., Seattle, WA 98116
            How do you make the best flowers in the area even better? You let the experts at the Seattle Flower Lab use their innovative techniques to create an unbelievable arrangement. You'll be happy to know that the Seattle Flower Lab delivers flowers in Seattle, Bellevue and to over 30 other zip codes so they'll have no trouble getting a bouquet order to your special someone no matter where they live.

          5. Pike Place Flowers — 1501 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
            You're probably already familiar with Pike Place Market, home of Pike Place Flowers. Taking care of the needs of downtown Seattleites seven days a week, Pike Place Flowers is a staple of the area and has been voted the Best Flowers Shop in town. We suggest that all of our new and potential Seattle homeowners explore Pike Place Market for Valentine's Day gifts and grab a bouquet of freshly cut flowers from Pike Place Flowers.

          6. Lawrence the Florist — 224 105th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
            If there's one name in Bellevue who's synonymous with fine floral arrangements, it's Lawrence the Florist. "Not your typical florist," expert designers and consultants have honed their craft at Lawrence the Florist since the 1970s. Every bouquet in their shop, including their popular 'Lawrence Originals', is stunning — but they up their level of impressiveness with their curated gift baskets. All of their baskets can be customized to fit the desires of your valentine, such as a Northwest Foods Basket or a Junk Food Basket. If you're buying one of our Bellevue homes for sale around Valentine's Day, let Lawrence the Florist put together a homecoming basket and bouquet for your family!

          7. DeLaurenti Florist — 15100 SE 38th St., Bellevue, WA 98006
            For nearly half of a century, the award-winning floral designers of the DeLaurenti family have proudly created bouquets to make your family feel loved. As a full-service florist and gift shop, this family-owned establishment is a Bellevue hallmark that will ensure every stem and pedal of your bouquet wows your valentine in ways that they'll never forget. Be sure to stop and smell the roses at DeLaurenti Florist.

          Our brokers can help you find a dreamy home around Seattle and Bellevue. Contact us today to get started with your home search!


          Coldwell Banker Bain Releases Annual 2019 Pacific Northwest Market Report for Puget Sound, SW Washington and Oregon Regions

          Coldwell Banker Bain, a leading provider of real estate brokerage services throughout Washington and Oregon, and a market leader in home sales in 2019,* releases its 2019 annual market report providing a variety of statistics for the sale of homes in neighborhoods and counties throughout the Puget Sound region and SW Washington and Oregon, as well as for segments including luxury and condos. This report reflects activity between Jan 1, 2019 and Dec 31, 2019.**


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          *According to final 2019 statistics derived from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service data (NWMLS), Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) and Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon (MLSCO).

          **Information and statistics derived by CB Bain from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS), Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS), and Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon (MLSCO) each quarter. Statistics not compiled or published by the NWMLS, RMLS, or MLSCO.



          National Hot Chocolate Day: Portland Cafes for Hot Chocolate

          Portland Cafes

          Now that winter has settled in around Portland homes for sale, it's time to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day on Friday, January 31. Indulge your love affair with chocolate by sipping a warming cup of hot cocoa at one of these amazing neighborhood cafés.

          1. Cacao - 414 SW 13th St., Portland 97205
            Expand your horizons with a visit to Cacao, which makes three basic drinking chocolates: dark French, Venezuelan milk chocolate with cinnamon, and spicy dark with ginger and coconut milk. Hot chocolate is available in 100 percent pure dark unsweetened chocolate and several other varieties, including vegan and sugar-free options. Cacao is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

          2. Moonstruck Chocolate Co. - 6600 N. Baltimore Ave., Portland 97203
            The owners of Moonstruck Chocolate Co. chose the name as a reference to the magic and wonder we find in both the moon and chocolate. Moonstruck's decadent chocolates are infused with fresh Pacific Northwest flavors. All products are handmade on-site at Moonstruck's factory store underneath Portland's iconic St. Johns bridge. Hot chocolate comes in five delicious flavors, including mint and cinnamon. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

          3. Creo Chocolate - 122 NE Broadway, Portland 97232
            What could be more fun than eating a delicious chocolate bar? How about designing your bar at Creo Chocolate? "Creo" translates as "I believe" in Spanish and "I create" in Latin, and both elements are a part of this delightful chocolate shop in the Lloyd District. The owners of Creo partner directly with farmers in Ecuador to support the workers and provide the highest quality chocolate to customers. Take the one-hour Make-a-Bar Tour for $20, or go in-depth with the two-hour Chocolate 101 class for $50. Creo's sipping chocolates, which can be enjoyed hot or cold, are made with the same chocolates used in their bars. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

          4. Alma Chocolate - 140 NE 28th Ave., Portland 97232
            At Alma Chocolates, their goal is to nourish the soul by pleasing the taste buds. Alma's chocolate products are made with real vanilla, organic butter, and cream, and fresh herbs. But aside from the top-quality ingredients, no two batches are the same as they're infused with the individuality of the person who crafts them. Looking for unique treats to savor along with your hot chocolate or chocolate chai tea? Reese's meets Asian flavors with the Thai peanut butter cup. Layers of milk chocolate, peanut butter, ginger, coconut, lime, and chili are topped with a dash of volcanic sea salt for the ultimate in sweet-and-savory. Visit Alma Chocolate from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Sunday.

          5. Cup & Bar - 118 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland 97232
            If there's one thing the Pacific Northwest is more passionate about than chocolate, it's coffee. Local favorites Trailhead Coffee Roasters and Ranger Chocolate Company joined forces to open Cup & Bar, Portland's first coffee and chocolate tasting room. This cozy café is a perfect place to catch up with a friend over a snack or light meal with a cup of hot chocolate or a mocha latte. Liven up your weekends at one of Cup & Bar's many art, music, literary, or fund-raising events. Cup & Bar is open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. seven days a week.

          6. Woodblock Chocolate - 1715 NE 17th Ave., Portland 97212
            Jessica and Charley Wheelock met through a mutual love of antique restoration and woodworking. Once they discovered an interest in another type of craftwork, Woodblock Chocolate was born. The family business has grown from making chocolate in their home kitchen to a charming manufactory/café in Portland's Irvington-Broadway district where you can get a first-hand look at the process. Woodblock Chocolate is known for its trademark enfleurage products, in which chocolate "rests" alongside an aromatic product such as tea, coffee, or hops to absorb the fragrance. Hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends.

          For a deeply satisfying experience buying or selling a Portland home, contact us and let our brokers go to work for you.


          7 Crossfit Gyms in Seattle to Help You Get Fit

          Crossfit Seattle

          Does your workout program include SMART goals? Experts agree you have a better chance of reaching your goals if they're specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.

          CrossFit is a popular exercise style that checks off all those boxes with a variety of challenging activities leading to overall fitness. Our brokers have the inside scoop on seven top CrossFit gyms around Seattle, where you can get your conditioning on.

          1. CrossFit Hinge - 1412 S. Henderson St., Seattle 98108
            Zach Filer and Adrianna Kara, co-owners of CrossFit Hinge, believe fitness should be accessible to all. Their 206 South non-profit organization provides sliding-scale memberships for adults and free programs for teens, so income isn't a barrier to good health and conditioning. In addition to group classes, private training is available to help you attain your goals. Classes are offered seven days a week.

          2. CrossFit Felix - 2211 5th Ave., Seattle 98121
            Whether you're a serious bodybuilder or weekend warrior, CrossFit Felix has the tools to help you succeed. The convenient downtown location makes it easy to fit in a class before or after work or even on a lunch break. Intimidated by super-buff instructors? In their bios, CrossFit Felix coaches share their least favorite moves, so they become more relatable. Choose from a wide range of individual passes and multi-session packages to fit any schedule and budget.

          3. Foundation CrossFit - 1415 12th Ave., Seattle 98122
            With its beginning in bare-bones classes at Green Lake Park, Foundation CrossFit is a grassroots operation. After moving to a modest facility on Lake City Way, Foundation CrossFit eventually settled in its current location with 6,500-square-feet of space and an extensive collection of state-of-the-art equipment. The unique Mobility/Recovery class is great for easing back into workouts post-injury or developing flexibility to avoid tight, sore muscles. Find out if Foundation CrossFit is for you by attending one of their free Community CrossFit classes that are open to the public.

          4. Ballard CrossFit - 6419 15th Ave. NW, Seattle 98107
            Do you enjoy dancing the night away at the club? Build strength and endurance with a different type of "clubbing" at Ballard CrossFit. Have fun doing handstands, ring work, and rope climbs in the Gymnastics Club or perfect your Olympic lifts in the new Barbell Club, starting in early 2020. Both clubs run six weeks with a fee of $89 for members and $150 for non-members. Practice your new-found skills during open gym time Monday through Saturday. Learn healthy eating habits through Ballard CrossFit's nutrition challenges and 1x1 coaching.

          5. CrossFit Amped - 399 114th Ave. NE, Bellevue 98004
            The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "amped" as "full of energetic excitement and enthusiasm." That term perfectly expresses the feeling you'll have after a session at CrossFit Amped, just down the street from Bellevue homes for sale. CrossFit Amped is committed to matching you with a fitness program suited to your individual needs and skill level. Sign up for a free beginner's class on Saturdays at 11 a.m. to see how workouts are scaled to fit each student. CrossFit 101 is a three-week series of classes designed to bridge the beginner's class and full-on CrossFit sessions. Choose group classes or private instruction. 

          6. Elliott Bay CrossFit - 2211 3rd Ave., Seattle 98121
            Elliott Bay CrossFit has a mission to foster a close-knit community of dedicated and supportive athletes around Seattle homes for sale. With 30-minute one-on-one On-Ramp sessions, coaches make sure newcomers are safely focused on accurate mechanics before dialing up the intensity. Supplement your CrossFit routine with yoga classes to keep muscles supple while developing mental and spiritual well-being. Take advantage of Elliott Bay's free trial week to get a first-hand look at how they operate. Once you decide to join, select from several options with no long-term commitments required.

          7. CrossFit Deliverance - 4535 Union Bay Place NE, Seattle 98105
            It's never too early to learn good health and fitness habits. On the first Saturday of each month, CrossFit Deliverance offers Family Day when parents and kids can work out together. For only $249, the comprehensive Foundations Series includes everything you need to get a running start. Along with two months of unlimited group classes, you receive one-on-one fitness and nutritional coaching in addition to a customized meal plan.

          From the first meeting to closing, we provide the highest level of services for buying or selling a home in Seattle. Contact us for more information.


          Low Carb Dining in Seattle for a Healthy 2020

          Low Carb Dining Seattle

          The Seattle area is home to an amazing collection of truly unique local dining destinations, serving up healthy, feel-good food with a personal touch. Many of Seattle's local restaurants are also deeply involved in the community, raising funds, aiding local charities, and participating in community events. Our brokers know the Seattle dining scene, and we've got the inside scoop on 8 great spots where you can enjoy low-carb dining in style.

          1. Bop Box – 5633 Airport Way S., Seattle, WA 98108
            Whether you've already experienced the amazing flavors of Korean cooking or you're trying it for the first time, Bop Box offers everything you need to get in touch with this unique culinary culture. Serving bibimbop, a traditional, "one-pot" Korean meal, Bop Box combines fresh veggies, unique toppings, and classic touches to create low-carb meals that you won't soon forget. The menu also features a variety of healthy vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, all made with the freshest ingredients.

          2. Umma's Lunch Box – 1301 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
            Itching for some healthy, authentic Korean food, but not sure exactly what you want? That's no problem when you visit Umma's Lunch Box, which ranks as one of the most popular lunch buffets in the country. With a huge selection of traditional Korean fare and a reputation for quality, Umma's is a place where you can enjoy as much healthy food as you please. There are options galore on the menu for vegan, vegetarian, paleo, carnivore, and of course, low-carb diners.

          3. Ironsteak – 628 S Weller Street Seattle, WA 98104
            Ironsteak brings a unique presentation to the table – literally. Everything at this popular local spot is served on customized iron plates, and the cooking experience is interactive. Your plate helps cook the food, and you choose how long the fresh beef, salmon, veggies, and sauces on your plate are cooked. 

          4. Hole in the Wall Barbecue – 215 James St., Seattle, WA 98104
            If you're searching for a slow-cooked, perfectly seasoned barbecue close to Seattle homes for sale, then you'll find few better options than Hole in the Wall Barbecue. Dig into all of your traditional barbecue favorites, including brisket, pulled pork, chicken, turkey, and ribs. Best of all, many of the items on the menu are low in carbs.

          5. FOB Poke Bar – 220 Blanchard St, Seattle WA 98121
            Seattle is home to a variety of great restaurants that serve traditional Hawaiian favorites, and FOB Poke Bar is focused entirely on one of the most famous dishes from the islands. With fish fresh off the boat every day and a huge selection of toppings, sauces, sides, and veggies, FOB Poke Bar is the perfect place to create a healthy meal.

          6. Bowl Gogi – 500 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
            Bellevue has plenty of its own healthy, delicious dining spots, including Bowl Gogi. Pick a bowl with customized ingredients, or order one of many specials on the menu. Experience a culinary tradition that dates back more than 500 years.

          7. The Grill King Korean BBQ – 17540 Aurora Ave. N, Shoreline, WA 98133
            Some of Washington's best Korean barbecue is waiting for you just around the corner from Shoreline homes for sale, at the Grill King Korean BBQ. The menu here is packed with all of your Korean BBQ favorites, with seasoned meats, traditional side dishes, and an endless list of garnishes. Custom-order your favorite Korean BBQ meal, or stop by for the all-you-can-eat buffet to try some of everything.

          8. MOD Pizza – 1302 6th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
            A true Downtown Seattle legend, MOD Pizza has grown into a nationwide business without ever forgetting its local roots. Healthy dining is a big part of those roots, as MOD Pizza offers healthy pizza options and plenty of salads for the carb-conscious diner. Everything is made to order on the spot, and the assembly-line style of food prep means your meal is ready in minutes. Grab a salad made from healthy, local ingredients, or try a pizza with a low-carb crust that's packed with flavor.

          Are you ready to live in a city that has an endless variety of healthy dining options, suited to your lifestyle? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle area.


          5 Ways to Make a New Portland Home a Reality in 2020

          Portland Home 2020

          Is purchasing a new Portland home at the top of your list of goals for 2020? We don't blame you! Portland is an amazing city to call home, and now is a great time to shop for a home in the area. Setting goals is a great place to start when buying a home, but closing the deal will require action. No matter how much or how little experience you have shopping for homes, having a plan will help. Our brokers are here to help, with five tips for making your dream of a new Portland home a reality in 2020.

          1. Make a List of Wants, Needs, and Dealbreakers
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            feature a ton of variety and having a strong idea of what you want ahead of time will make it much easier to narrow down your options. Create separate lists for what you need to have from your new home, which extra perks you want from the home if possible, and the potential dealbreakers. Then order your list by priority.

            While it will be hard to satisfy every item on your list, knowing your priorities makes it much easier to find the right home. You may find your list of priorities evolving as you visit homes, and that's perfectly normal. Revise your list as you get new information, and use what you learn to hone in on the right choice for your needs.

          2. Start Saving and Set Goals
            No matter which part of the city catches your eye and what type of home you're after, buying a new home requires a significant financial investment. Get ahead of the curve by starting to save right away, and setting aside extra cash from financial windfalls whenever possible. Set savings goals to reach throughout the year and keep progress moving in a positive direction.

            Remember, in addition to a down payment, you'll need cash to cover moving costs, maintenance, and all of the little things that come with buying a new home. Start saving an emergency fund along with saving for your down payment, so you'll be ready for anything.

          3. Clean Up Your Credit
            Securing a mortgage with favorable terms is so much easier when you have a strong credit score, and it's never too early to start cleaning up your credit when shopping for a home. Start by requesting a free copy of your credit report from the three major credit bureaus. Review your reports for any incorrect information, along with any credit issues that require your attention.

            Identify any old debts, take steps to address them, and make all payments on time moving forward. It's also a good idea to avoid opening new lines of credit.

          4. Become a Neighborhood Expert
            Portland is a diverse, vibrant city, and every neighborhood has something unique to offer. To be truly happy with your next home, it helps to pick a neighborhood that you love. Start by researching neighborhoods online, and if possible, visit the most appealing options to get a first-hand feel of what each neighborhood has to offer.

            Consider the services, attractions, and resources that you want close to home, along with the type of atmosphere that you desire from your neighborhood. Certain perks – like an excellent school district – can increase the value of homes in a neighborhood. This may mean a higher cost upfront, but homes in strong school districts also tend to hold their value. 

          5. Find the Right Real Estate Team
            No matter how much experience you have shopping for homes, no doubt finding the right real estate team will make life much easier. Ask around for referrals from trusted sources, and don't be afraid to speak with multiple agents before making your decision. Your real estate agent should be able to provide you with crucial information on local real estate trends, costs, and neighborhoods, along with answers to all of your key questions. Having a local expert on your side streamlines the process and helps ensure you find the right home for the right price.

          Whether you're looking to purchase your first home in 2020 or upgrade to a new abode, our experienced real estate team is here to help you achieve your dream. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Portland.


          Local Shopping in Seattle for the Holiday Season


          Local Seattle ShoppingThe holidays are just around the corner — have you completed your shopping list yet? Our brokers love visiting the unique locally-owned stores throughout Seattle for one-of-a-kind gifts that our families and friends will cherish for years to come. If you're still searching for the perfect present for your loved ones, stop by one of these shops around Seattle.

          • LUCCA Great Finds — 5332 Ballard Ave NW., Seattle, WA 98107
            We've all got someone on our shopping list that has impeccable taste, and thankfully, LUCCA Great Finds is perfect for brilliantly designed gifts. They have a fabulous selection of home goods, stationery, bath and body care products, candles, and gifts for children. We love their home décor, especially their holiday-themed decorations that range from Christmas to Halloween and everything in between. Need a few holiday cards as well? Lucca Paperworks designs and prints their own greeting cards, which complement their unique offerings spectacularly.

          • Golden Age Collectibles — 1501 Pike Place #401 Lower Level, Seattle, WA 98101
            Calling all superhero fans! The world's oldest comic shop is located right in Seattle! Golden Age Collectibles has everything you need to spoil your child (or your loved one who celebrates their inner child). They've got tons of cool pop culture items like toys, games, photographs, movie scripts, novelties, and, of course, loads of comic books! Fly in and browse their heroic selection. Not sure which item would make the perfect gift? Tell the helpful staff which fantasy, sci-fi or superhero characters your friend or family member loves, and they'll direct you to the best collectibles.

          • The Pacific Northwest Shop — 2702 North Proctor St., Tacoma, WA 98407
            The Pacific Northwest Shop has region-specific gifts sure to please. Their locally sourced shop has specialty foods, drinks, clothing, books, DVDs, gift boxes, children's items, and bath and body goods. Unique offerings include glass pieces made by local artisans, gourmet food, huckleberry products, handcrafted Native American jewelry, and the best local coffee you've ever tasted. Whether you're buying for someone locally or shipping across the country, gifts from the Pacific Northwest are sure to please.
          • Magic Mouse Toys — 603 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
            Fill a child's holiday with joy and cherish the wide smile they get when opening a gift from Magic Mouse Toys. This 6,000 sqft toy store is a dream come true for children and adults alike. Their two-storied shop is stocked with stuffed toys, books, puzzles, board games, costumes, and collectibles. Each item was hand-selected by their "Professional Children" to fill their Fantasy Emporium with the best toys. Magic Mouse Toys will even gift wrap your purchase for you so you'll be ready to give the gift of childhood to your special someone!

          • Red Wagon — 4218-B East Madison St., Seattle, WA 98112
            Do you have a young one of your holiday shopping list that loves toys? Then head over to Red Wagon, the specialty toy store that has kept children in the Emerald City smiling for the last decade. Their selection includes everything from toys and games to books and puzzles. Located in Madison Park, Red Wagon has a gift for kids of all ages! 

          • The Endless Knot — 2300 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
            Every woman has a style all their own, and The Endless Knot is here to enhance that style with their contemporary clothing, handmade jewelry, and accessories. Take a trip to Belltown and browse their diverse collections, which include brands like Dex, HashTag, Rebel Designs, See U Soon, Six Crisp Days, and Current Air.

          • Butter Home — 1531 Melrose Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
            Looking for a gift that's fun and functional? Butter Home has you covered. This cozy shop has a lovely collection of items that you won't find in corporate chains. From hand-printed paper goods to jewelry handcrafted by talented designers, Butter Home features well-made, thoughtful gifts. You can browse some of their inventory online, but be sure to shop in-store as limited production items are only available in their brick-and-mortar location.

          Would you like to spend next year's holiday season in a new house? Contact us today, and we'll show you the best Seattle homes for sale.


          Portland Nonprofits to Support on Giving Tuesday

          Portland Area Nonprofits

          Our brokers invite you to join us and your Portland neighbors as we recognize and participate in Giving Tuesday on December 3rd. This annual global giving movement was created to celebrate the charitable season by encouraging individuals to donate to causes that impact their communities and the world as a whole. Countless organizations throughout Oregon make our state a better place, and we ask you to consider showing patronage to these fantastic Portland charities on this upcoming Giving Tuesday.

          1. Wheel to Walk Foundation — PO Box 20146, Portland, OR 97294
            Imagine giving children with mobility disabilities the opportunity to get the most out of life with the aid of assistive mobility items and other vital services. The Wheel to Walk Foundation obtains medical equipment and services for kids 20 and younger that insurance will not provide. All donations help these individuals lead a more convenient and accessible life, including everything from taking showers with bath chairs to getting outside activity with adaptive strollers and wheelchairs.

          2. On the Move Community Integration — 4187 SE Division St., Portland, OR 97202
            For those living with disabilities, it can be difficult to live a lifestyle allowing them to frequently interact with their surroundings. On the Move Community Integration helps adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities overcome these challenges by providing them meaningful, healthful access to their community through activities. Their programs include Community Inclusion Programs that engage these adults with the environment. Supported Employment Programs help them prepare for and secure, fulfilling employment. Plus, Personal Enrichment Programs offer one-on-one attention to help build positive relationships and achieve literacy goals. Generous donations of time or money help these adults feel welcomed and embraced by their Portland community.

          3. These Numbers Have Faces — PO Box 13056, Portland, OR 97213
            There are bright minds across the world that unfortunately do not have access to the opportunities they need to change our future. Thankfully, These Numbers Have Faces work to educate and equip Africa's brightest young leaders for successful development. With only 5 percent of Sub-Saharan Africans getting able to attend a university, These Numbers Have Faces provide ongoing support for talented scholars to complete their education. Impact Circles allow donors to fund and advise these youths throughout their university career so they can have hands-on involvement in their on-going success.

          4. Fences for Fido — PO Box 42265, Portland, OR 97242
            Did you know that you can change a dog's life forever in a single afternoon? At Fences for Fido, donors build fences for families to allow their dogs the freedom to run and play outside. In less than a decade, they've unchained nearly 2,000 dogs across Oregon and Washington. Monetary donations help fund these projects, and the organization also accepts hands-on volunteers who would like to build these fences to give a dog the life they deserve.

          5. Breast Friends — 14050 SW Pacific Hwy Suite 201, Tigard, OR 97224
            Breast Friends is a support group for women with cancer, composed of women who have survived or are managing their diagnosis. They're there to ensure that no woman has to fight this disease alone. With group and one-on-one meetings, Breast Friends are there to support not only those diagnosed but their family and friends as well. Cancer is, unfortunately common. Because so many have faced this trauma before, organizations like Breast Friends can provide the emotional support patients need to improve their quality of life.

          6. Potluck in the Park — PO Box 12443, Portland, OR 97212
            Each Sunday, the volunteers of Potluck in the Park work to provide hot meals to hundreds of hungry Portland residents in need. With special events like benefit concerts and Christmas dinners throughout the year, Potluck in the Park is a unique weekly charity event that unites and nourishes the community. Your donations help serve nearly 600 meals each week, ensuring that as many men, women and children as possible go to sleep with full stomachs.

          7. PlayWrite — PO Box 13420, Portland, OR 97213
            Art is a gateway to success, happiness, and stability for many young boys and girls. PlayWrite is a unique nonprofit organization of professional actors and coaches who work with one-on-one youth that may be overcoming obstacles in their lives. Their workshops provide one-to-one interaction as these young minds are taught how to explore themselves in a new way. At the end of each workshop series, the children perform in front of a live audience. Donations support these talented young performers and help cultivate the arts and culture scene of Portland.

          We hope that you consider donating to one of these fantastic organizations on Giving Tuesday. If you'd like assistance viewing Portland homes for sale, contact us today!


          HOA Pros and Cons: Know Before You Buy

          HOA Pros and Cons

          You've browsed the listings for Seattle homes for sale, and you've finally found the house that you want to call home! However, it's in a community with a mandatory Home Owners Association, and now you've got to decide whether or not the pros and cons of an HOA meet your lifestyle. Our brokers understand that an HOA is not for everyone. Even though you may have found your dream home, certain rules and regulations required by the HOA may prevent you from living the way you desire. Let's look at the common pros and cons of HOAs.

          Pros of HOAs

          • Homeowner Associations Provide & Maintain Great Amenities
            Do you love swimming on occasion but not enough to keep up with the responsibilities of a swimming pool? Then an HOA might be for you. Along with pools, many HOA neighborhoods feature amenities like clubhouses, tennis courts, basketball courts, event rooms, pet cleanup stations, dog parks, and host events for the community. 

          • Your Home Will Likely Retain Its Value
            Buying a home is an investment that you want to protect. Because of their many rules and guidelines, homes within an HOA maintain a great appearance that makes them desirable to new buyers.

          • They Take Care Of Many Problems
            Imagine never having to mow your lawn because your HOA provides lawn care service. Imagine never having to resolve a dispute with a neighbor because the HOA mediates problems on your behalf. Many HOAs assume responsibilities for homeowners, especially those that may be tedious or unpleasant.

          • HOAs Streamline Your Monthly Bill Payments
            It's not uncommon for HOA fees to include your monthly expenses related to water, electricity, sewage, gas, and recycling or trash removal. Other costs associated with maintenance may also be rolled into the HOA fees, presenting you with fewer bills.

          Cons of HOAs

          • HOA Fees Can Be Expensive
            One of the top reasons why homeowners do not want to invest in an HOA neighborhood is because of the high fees associated. No one wants to pay for a pool or gym that they never use. Set fees can also put homeowners in an uncomfortable financial position as they have no option to stop paying these monthly dues. If you do not pay your HOA fee, they can foreclose on your home.

          • HOAs Limit What You Can Do To Your Exterior
            Imagine buying the home of your dreams only to discover that you can't install a fence, paint your front door or plant a garden. Living in an HOA involves a contractual agreement that often prevents you from making changes to your home's exterior.

          • You're Also Limited To What You Can Do
            You may be unable to use amenities or have guests over during certain times of the day or night. The rules set by the HOA must be followed, which means you may have no control over how late you can use the gym or if your children can use the pool without an adult. Although you are paying for these amenities, you still need to abide by usage rules.

          • You May Be Unable To Rent Your Home
            For many homeowners, the option of using it as a rental property in the future is an appealing thought. Unfortunately, some HOAs prevent anyone other than the owner from living in the space. This means that if you ever choose to move, you may have to sell your investment.

          • Not All HOAs Are Top-Notch
            There's always a possibility that the HOA is poorly managed or makes decisions you don't like. The hope is that you and your family are benefiting from your HOA fees. There are some instances in which homeowners feel their HOA is not going above and beyond. Your HOA can also impose assessments on residents when they need extra funding for a specific project. Just like your monthly fee, you're obligated to pay for these assessments if they arise.

          Home Owners Associations offer a lot of benefits such as stunning amenities, preserved property values, and convenient services. However, some homeowners believe that the HOA fees, lack of freedom in regards to home renovations, and inability to use this investment as a rental property overshadow the advantages.

          Do you want a home in an HOA or would you prefer a house within an open neighborhood? Contact us today, and we'll show you the best Seattle homes for sale with and without HOAs.


          8 Maintenance Tips for Your Portland Waterfront Home

          Maintenance Tips for Portland Homes

          While the City of Roses has a unique and colorful culture, one of the top reasons buyers consider Portland homes for sale is the proximity to our wonderous green spaces. Dozens of natural areas connect us with the refreshing sights, sounds, and smell of the great outdoors. Our REALTORS® are not surprised that many home buyers are searching for waterfront properties around the city. We've gathered this list of maintenance tips to help you keep your waterfront home safe and spectacular, especially as the seasons change.

          1. Insure Your Property
            Before we delve into routine maintenance, you should know how important the right insurance policy is. No matter how well you maintain your property, unexpected and uncontrollable events such as flooding can cause damage to your property. Talk to your homeowner's insurance provider to ensure that you have the appropriate coverage.

          2. Be Mindful of Humidity
            Humidity levels will change as you move from season to season, which is why it's important to stay aware of excess moisture. High humidity levels in the summer can create mold and mildew, which can continue to spread during the winter. Use a dehumidifier to reduce moisture and remove odors; also consider having a mold evaluation completed on your exterior once a year.

          3. Only Use Resilient Materials Outside
            If you're replacing your windows or constructing a boat ramp, lounging deck, and boathouse, any materials utilized outside should be designed to withstand severe weather. Metals may incur salt buildup or rust while certain woods may rot over time. When building or installing new structures, choose materials rated for variable changes in temperature and moisture levels. On all new and existing structures like decks, windows, and doors, make sure you're cleaning and inspecting their integrity regularly.

          4. Clean and Protect Your Outdoor Items
            Just as your structures can suffer from seasonal changes, your outdoor items can as well. Take care of all patio furniture by covering it when it's not in use and cleaning it regularly. Consider wrapping exterior wires with moisture-proof tape and keeping metal tools in your shed contained in sealable plastic bags to prevent them from rusting.

          5. Consider Pest Control Services
            Waterfront properties are a hotbed for animal activity including rodents, birds, and insects. Some of these creatures can wreak havoc on your home and cause significant damage to your roof, gutters, and other vital exterior elements. Invest in a pest control program that will prevent termites and other destructive animals from harming your property.

          6. Consider Landscaping Services
            Seasonal variations will cause water levels to rise and fall as well as greenery around your home to die out and regrow. To help remove all deadwood or intrusive plants from your property, invest in landscaping services that will preserve your foliage, and prevent intrusive growth.

          7. Weatherize Your Home
            You don't want to wait for winter to arrive before you realize that your home is losing heat. Enlist the help of professionals to evaluate your insulation, seal holes in your caulking, tune-up your HVAC system and assess your fireplace and chimney. By getting these areas of your home inspected before temperatures fall, you can make sure your home stays comfortable as the seasons change.

          8. Secure Your Property in the Winter
            If you only visit your waterfront property in the warmer months, you'll need to keep it secure while you're away. Turn off the gas and water. Unplug all appliances and empty your kitchen of perishable goods. Have your mail forwarded to your other address and let a neighbor know how long you'll be gone. After the home is locked up, you may consider leaving a key with a trusted neighbor so that can help you out should an emergency arise.

          If you'd like to find the waterfront property of your dreams, contact us and we'll show you all of our amazing Portland homes for sale on the water.  


          Vegan Restaurants in Seattle for National Vegan Month

          Vegan Restaurants in Seattle

          November is World Vegan Month — but that doesn't mean it's a vegan-only event! This official global celebration of cruelty-free lifestyle is an excellent opportunity for everyone to learn more about the veganism way of life. People choose a vegan diet to promote the humane treatment of animals, the protection of the environment or for health concerns.

          Although vegan dishes do not include meat, dairy, eggs, fish or honey, there's one thing vegan meals are full of — great taste! Our brokers encourage you to celebrate World Vegan Month at one of these fantastic vegan restaurants in Seattle.

          • Wayward Vegan Café — 801 NE. 66th St. Suite C, Seattle, WA 98115
            There's just something comforting about eating at a family-owned diner. Perhaps that's why Wayward Vegan Café has been a beloved part of the Seattle community for fifteen years. Get your fill of breakfast favorites with a vegan twist like the Ex-Benedict or Suns Over Seattle. Stop by for lunch or dinner for a Chico Vegan Melt, Tempeh Reuben or Pacific Phil's Quinoa Extravaganza. Not only are their items vegan, but many are also gluten-free, so those with dietary restrictions will have no trouble finding a delicious option.     

          • Plum Bistro — 1429 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
            Plum Bistro is Capitol Hill's most loved vegan restaurant. Their artful, upscale dishes display the true potential humble vegan ingredients possess. A must for Sunday brunch, Plum Bistro's brunch menu has everything from classic scrambles and French toast to plant milkshakes and breakfast sandwiches. Their lunch and dinner menus are just as fresh and tasty. Be sure to stop by during happy hour for small snack plates and drink specials.

            Head's up. There's more to Plum Bistro than meets the eye. Their main location also features Plum Chopped which functions as a food truck but is designed like a restaurant. They also have a location called Pantry by Plum Bistro at The Armory at Seattle Center, which is more of a casual vegan dining spot. Their delectable Sugar Plum sweetshop is located at both locations. Keep an eye out for the Plum Truck too, as it's often seen cruising around Seattle offering up grab-and-go vegan dishes!

          • Harvest Beat — 1711 N. 45th, Seattle, WA 98103
            If you're looking for an excellent vegan restaurant in Emerald City, Harvest Beat is hard to beat! They use the freshest local ingredients to unite the community of farmers and diners under one roof. They also strive to reduce their carbon footprint in everything they do, producing as little waste as possible. Their creative menu is influenced by whatever ingredients are in season, allowing the chef to plate a delicious meal using the best fruits, vegetables, and grains possible. Stop in for a five-course meal consisting of a soup and salad styled starter, a tantalizing appetizer, filling entrée, and a perfect dessert. They will also pair your meal with the best vegan wines or teas available.

          • Vegan Pizza Pi — 5500 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
            Finding a good vegan pizza is a top priority for every vegan eater. Thankfully, the oldest vegan pizzeria in the country is located right in Seattle. Vegan Pizza Pi's tasty menu will convince you that meatless, cheeseless pizza is fantastic. Order up their Breadstix or cheese bread starter while you decide how to top your pie. Choose a size, a sauce, and tons of fresh toppings. Many kinds of cheese are dairy-free like their House Made Cashew Ricotta or House Made Tofu Feta. Trust us. Once you bite into a pizza from Vegan Pizza Pi, you'll realize that you can still get authentic pizza taste from modern vegan ingredients.

          • No Bones Beach Club — 5410 17th Ave NW., Seattle, WA 98107
            No Bones Beach Club has one powerful slogan — "Just cause it's vegan, doesn't mean it sucks!" With locations in Seattle, Chicago and Portland, hundreds of satisfied vegans agree that No Bones Beach Club is the real deal when it comes to the best vegan food. Their colorful menu of Bites, Greens & Things, Chomps and Brunchies will make your mouth water. Buffalo Cauliflower Wings and Amazeballs mac 'n' cheese balls are perfect shareables. While the Jackfruit Flautas, Pineapple Mavericks Burger and Beet Battered Avocado Tacos are so good, you'll want to keep them to yourself.

          Even if you don't have a vegan diet, there are still choices you can make during World Vegan Month, like trying one of these great vegan restaurants. See a new side to the Seattle community you may not be acquainted with and enjoy delicious, locally-sourced, and cruelty-free ingredients. If you'd also like help shopping Seattle homes for sale, contact us today!


          Portland Outdoors: 8 Spots for Year-Round Hiking

          Portland Hiking Trails

          There are endless ways to enjoy life in Portland, Oregon. It's a hub for food, coffee, live music, and culture, but our brokers are also grateful to live in a place with a wonderful climate and spectacular natural scenery. That makes it one of the best places in the U.S. for hiking and outdoor adventure in any season. 

          The Portland area offers year-round hiking opportunities. Whether you're looking for a challenging trek or an easy afternoon stroll, these are some of our favorite all-season hiking destinations near Portland homes for sale.

          1. Tryon Creek State Natural Area
            How many major metropolitan areas can claim to have a full state park within the city limits? Portland does, and we're proud of it! Tryon Creek State Natural Area spans 658 acres and contains 8 miles of hiking trails, 3 miles of horseback riding trails and a 3-mile paved bike path. The entire area is packed with incredible scenery that feels miles away from city life. The 5.7-mile Outer Loop Hike is a great place to start. 

          2. Columbia River Gorge
            Spanning the border between Washington and Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Northwest. Despite the damage done by the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, the gorge remains one of the region's premier hiking destinations. Many miles of trails are still intact, even as the forest along the Columbia gradually recovers. The Latourell Falls Loop is one of the most picturesque hikes in the gorge, just a short drive from Portland. The 2.4-mile trail offers an amazing view of the 224-foot single-plunge Latourell Falls. 

          3. Springbrook-Iron Mountain Loop
            An easy 3.4-mile loop hike, the beautiful Springbrook-Iron Mountain Loop connects quiet neighborhood streets and serene woodlands just north of Oswego Lake. You can access the loop from the trailhead on Sunleaf Drive, right around the corner from many Lake Oswego, OR homes for sale. The trail meanders through neighboring Springbrook Park and Iron Mountain Park, utilizing old railroad beds and passing through rich Pacific madrone and Oregon white oak forests. 

          4. Marquam Trail
            Stretching 5.8 miles through several city parks, the Marquam Trail traverses some of the most secluded forests in the Portland area. It's an out-and-back hike that gains 1,100 feet, making it a moderately challenging trek, but it's well worth the effort. The Marquam Trail begins at Marquam Nature Park and reaches its terminus at Council Crest, the highest point in Portland. There you can take in an awe-inspiring view across the city to the Cascade Range, including Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier.

          5. Molalla River State Park
            Nestled at the confluence of the Willamette, Molalla and Pudding rivers just a few miles from these Oregon City, OR homes for sale, this 567-acre park is a popular destination for fishing and kayaking. For hikers, one of the main attractions at Molalla River State Park is the 2.5-mile loop formed by portions of the Riverside Trail and Pond Loop Trail. This easy route traverses the riparian forest and reclaimed agricultural land, offering sweeping blufftop views across the Molalla River. 

          6. Forest Park
            Forest Park is by far the biggest park in Portland, encompassing 5,200 acres of public woodlands. It's a fantastic opportunity to experience the classic feel of a Pacific Northwest forest without leaving the city limits. Forest Park includes more than 80 miles of trails along the eastern slope of the Tualatin Mountains, including the iconic 30-mile Wildwood Trail.

          7. Mt. Hood National Forest
            The graceful, snow-capped slopes of Mt. Hood are an unmistakable fixture of the Portland skyline. Visiting Mt. Hood National Forest, just over an hour from the city, gives you a chance to get up close and personal with the famed mountain. The National Forest includes hundreds of miles of trails, including a section of the legendary 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. For a more manageable day hike, check out the Old Salmon River Trail, which zig-zags through the lush old-growth forest at the base of Mt. Hood. 

          8. Angel's Rest
            It is commonly said that the most challenging hikes offer the most magnificent views, and the trip to Angel's Rest can attest to that. Although this out-and-back hike is only 4.8 miles round-trip, its steady incline can be taxing. The view back to the city of Portland is truly breathtaking. 

          Contact us today to learn more about life in Portland, Oregon. Whether you're looking for a great hike or a perfect cup of coffee, our city delivers. Our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home and live life to the fullest in the Portland area. 


          An Inside Look at Living in Lake Oswego

          Lake Oswego Living

          Few places in the United States offer stunning scenery comparable to the Pacific Northwest. Oregon is a gem of this region, offering limitless views from the sea to the mountains. Lake Oswego is a fantastic community of fewer than 40,000 residents who surround the beautiful Oswego Lake. Although it's only a few miles away from Portland, Lake Oswego leaves the hustle and bustle of the city behind and instead provides an intimate atmosphere. Featuring a growing arts and culture scene, tons of outdoor recreation opportunities and a tight-knit community that makes even visitors feel right at home.

          Our brokers have watched dozens of men and women fall in love with the charm of Lake Oswego, and we know you will too. Here are a few of the amazing experiences that await those who live along Oswego Lake.

          An Inside Look at Living in Lake Oswego

          The highly educated and entrepreneurial residents of Lake Oswego are mostly married couples who have children that attend one of the area's great schools. The Lake Oswego School District has one of the highest graduation rates in the region as well as some of the highest performance ratings. Several private primary schools, as well as both private and public colleges and universities, are also within a short drive from home.

          Lake Oswego brings its community together at every opportunity possible. Throughout the year, a diverse array of free community events take place around town. Summertime is filled with multiple concert series while all of the warmer months feature a farmer's market in Millennium Plaza Park. Other great, family-friendly activities include:

          • Daddy Daughter Dinner Dances
          • Movies in the Park
          • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies
          • First Tuesday Music Series
          • Third Tuesday Author Series
          • Second Wednesday Performing Arts Series

          These wonderful events unite friends, families, and neighbors for holidays, happenings, and special occasions all year long!

          Outdoor Living in Lake Oswego

          Lake Oswego is perfectly positioned between the shores of the Pacific Ocean and the forests of Mount Hood. Those who love outdoor adventures, recreation, or even a simple stroll surrounded by nature will enjoy all of the natural splendor the Lake Oswego area has to offer. Oswego Lake is the namesake of the city, and the Willamette River joins this serene body of water. The City of Lake Oswego also features some natural areas and trails for local use. Over 460 acres of parks and nearly 24 miles are yours to explore. Lake Oswego's location provides close proximity to other great natural spaces throughout Oregon such as Mt. Hood National Forest and Tillamook State Forest.

          Dining in Lake Oswego

          Not only are the views incredible in Lake Oswego, but the food is also truly delightful as well! Lake Oswego is not without several delicious dining destinations that will satisfy any appetite. From steakhouses and sushi bars to sandwich shops and sports bars, any taste you crave can be found in town.

          • Best Breakfast: La Provence — 16350 Boones Ferry Rd., Lake Oswego, OR 97035
            This small French bakery and bistro is your go-to spot for a balanced breakfast. Choose one of their breakfast favorites like the Wild Northwest Salmon Hash or Warm Berry Crepes. Their Seasonal Specials change regularly, so be sure to give them a look to see what new and exciting items are on the menu. With coffee, tea, and a handful of brunch beverages ready to order, breakfast at La Provence is a fantastic way to start your day.

          • Best Dinner: Oswego Grill — 7 Centerpointe Dr., Lake Oswego, OR 97035
            If you want upscale, elegant dining at a casual price, make a reservation for dinner at Oswego Grill. Their scratch-made food includes seasonal features sourced from local farms. Start with a yummy seafood appetizer then move onto their Traditional Fried Chicken Dinner, Stuffed Salmon or Top Sirloin before ending with a delectable dessert of donuts, cakes or sundaes.

          • Best Café: Blue Moon Coffee — 220 A Avenue #100, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035
            Get your coffee fix at downtown's Blue Moon Coffee. They'll fill your cup with the best Stumptown Coffee and espresso-based beverages you need to keep your day moving. Open seven days a week Blue Moon Coffee is a charming café where you can meet and mingle with other locals.

          • Best Brewery: FlyBoy Taproom — 15630 Boones Ferry Rd. Suite 1A, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035
            It's no secret that Oregon has a top-notch beer and FlyBoy Taproom has a rotating tap of beer to help you relax after moving to Lake Oswego. Stop by and sample their latest brews, catch the day's sports game and hang out with the friendly people that call Lake Oswego home.

          Living in Lake Oswego

          Lake Oswego is a peaceful, laid-back city that's family-friendly and offers men and women of all ages countless activities to engage in. There are a wide variety of Lake Oswego homes for sale that our brokers would love to show you. Contact us today, and you'll be living leisurely in Lake Oswego in no time!


          Seattle Waterfront Fun - Pier 54

          Seattle Pier 54

          Since 1988 Pier 54 has become one of the top tourist destinations in the Seattle Waterfront. Famously home to the flagship Ivar's restaurant, the pier has become a symbol of Seattle and is a central location for a fun day on the waterfront. There is no doubt that our Brokers like to highlight how vibrant and fun a city Seattle is, and Pier 54 contributes to that atmosphere.

          Waterfront Fun Begins at Pier 54 

          Pier 54 is a familiar sight for commuters as it is adjacent to the ferry terminal that serves popular destinations such as West Seattle, the Olympic Peninsula, and Vashon Island. This was why it was considered such a prime location for some of Seattle's oldest businesses. These businesses include such Seattle originals as:

          • Ivar's Acres of Clams Seafood Restaurant
          • Ye Olde Curiosity Shop Museum and Gift Shop 
          • Simply Seattle Gift and Souveniers
          • Kidd Valley Burger and Shakes
          • The Frankenfurter Hot Dog Stand

          While the eateries do brisk business with commuters waiting for their ferries, these businesses provide a place for visitors to fuel up and get ready for a waterfront walk.

          Pier 54 Nearby Attractions

          As a gateway to the entire waterfront. Pier 54 is next to some of Seattle's most popular tourist attractions. Pier 55 features a variety of shopping opportunities such as the Seattle T-Shirt Company and Frankly Sweets, but it all revolves around Argosy Cruises. Argosy provides sightseeing trips in the Puget Sound that includes historical tours, shore excursions, and even whale-watching opportunities. After these day trips, many visitors like to refresh themselves at the Eliott Oyster House on Pier 55. 

          Alaskan Way Makes the Waterfront Come Alive

          As tourists continue down Alaskan Way past the Seneca Street and UnIvarsity Way intersections, the waterfront opens up not only to higher traffic but also in terms of dIvarsity of opportunity. Pier 57 is the heart and soul of the waterfront and possibly the most fun you can have with a view of the Puget Sound. Along with a boarding point for City Sightseeing Seattle tour buses, there are opportunities to see the city from a higher vantage point at Wings over Washington. There is also a full and vibrant arcade called Miner's Landing that includes:

          • The Seattle Great Wheel (Giant Ferris Wheel)
          • Vintage Carousel 
          • Games and Prizes
          • The Crab Pot Restaurant
          • Ice Creamery
          • Pirate's Plunder Novelty Gift Shop 

          Make it a Day at the Seattle Aquarium

          The massive Seattle Aquarium takes up Piers 59 and 60 and has just as much fun packed into it. A visit to the Seattle Aquarium will allow you to learn more about the beautiful marine life that calls the Pacific Northwest home. Featuring Sea Otters, Octopi, and a beautiful luminous jellyfish exhibit, it is a great place to take the entire family.

          Exhibits give little ones the chance to get up close and personal with some of the more gentle creatures of the deep. While bigger kids can marvel at the 120,000-gallon exhibit and 360 degrees underwater dome. All proceeds will go toward education and conservation of the Puget Sound's marine environment. 

          A Walk To Remember

          This is just scratching the surface of the opportunities for fun and relaxation that the area around the southern piers of Seattle's waterfront provides for visitors to the Emerald City. Just up the hill is the many businesses of the historic Pike's Place Market and the downtown area, offering endless exploration, leisure, and shopping opportunities. For those who want to continue their journey down the waterfront, It is a beautiful walk on a summer day that is often bustling will streetside merchants and performers. On the other side of the waterfront, the Bell Harbor cruise ship terminals await for those who have been inspired to seek an ocean voyage.

          The Seattle Waterfront is just one part of the gorgeous city of Seattle. Contact us to start your search for Seattle homes for sale to find the Pacific Northwest home of your dreams.


          Get the Inside Scoop about Living in Oregon City

          Oregon City

          Located at the confluence of the stunning Willamette and Clackamas Rivers, Oregon City is a beautiful place to call home. The city still celebrates its pioneer spirit and features endless natural scenery to explore close to home. Oregon City is located about 13 miles south of Portland, with a mid-sized population and tons to do for fun. You'll find ample shopping areas in the city, along with delicious dining, fascinating museums, and plenty of outdoor attractions. Our brokers know Oregon City, and we've got the inside scoop on what it's like to call the city home.

          • City Life with a Suburban Feel
            Do you enjoy the perks of an urban lifestyle, but still want a suburban feel from your hometown? Oregon City has all the trappings of a large city, with a modest population of around 35,000 residents. It offers the perfect blend of urban, suburban, and small-town living. It's no surprise that a diverse collection of buyers continually shop for Oregon City homes for sale. Enjoy world-class dining, attractions, and events, without the population density of the biggest cities.

          • Outdoor Beauty at Every Turn
            Like its neighbor to the north, Oregon City is a fantastic place to call home for anyone who loves to explore the outdoors. Visiting Willamette Falls is a must, allowing you to see one of the largest waterfalls by volume in the country first-hand. The 42 foot tall, 1,500 foot wide Willamette Falls are a shining example of the outdoor beauty you'll find all around Oregon City. The city is also home to a vast collection of scenic parks. Take the time to traverse our nature trails, play your favorite sports, spend time on the water, or even take your dog for a walk.

          • Local Museums Bring a Pioneering History to Life
            Did you know that Oregon City was the first city to be incorporated west of the Rocky Mountains? It continues to celebrate the occasion at the annual Heritage Days festival. Don't miss the opportunity to explore local heritage sites and museums during the two-day festival. The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive and Visitor Information Center is open year-round to elve deep into Oregon City's pioneering history. If you want to live in a city with a history of blazing its own trail, then there are few better places than Oregon City.

          • Delicious Dining and Craft Brews in Oregon City
            If you love locally sourced food, unique restaurants, and a robust craft brewing culture, then Oregon City is a perfect place to settle down. Restaurants in the area often have an international feel, with flavors from around the world. Grab an authentic Scandinavian meal at Ingrid's Scandinavian Food, or head to Pho Thi for all of your favorite Vietnamese flavors. Of course, you'll also find all of your familiar favorites, including some of Oregon's best pizza at Mi Famiglia Wood Oven Pizza.

            The craft brewing scene in Oregon City is just as diverse as the collection of local restaurants, with a variety of breweries, distilleries, and vineyards. Stop by King's Raven Winery to sample an excellent selection of locally crafted wines, and visit the amphitheater during the summer to enjoy drive-in movies with a glass of wine. Oregon City Brewing Company is your source for the best local brews, and great food to go with your beer. Trail Distilling was the city's first distillery and continues to produce award-winning spirits.

          • Shopping, Events, and Attractions in Downtown Oregon City 
            Whether you're looking for food, shopping, family fun, or local events, downtown Oregon City is the place to be. Enjoy a selection of special events throughout the year, from car shows to pub crawls and kid-friendly activities. Shop at a diverse collection of unique, locally owned businesses, where you can always find the perfect gift or item for your home.

          • Access to Two of Oregon's Best Cities
            There's so much to see and do in Oregon City that you'll never have to travel far from home for fun. However, with Portland located only 13 miles to your north, you'll be able to experience the best of both cities whenever you like.

          Ready to start shopping for a home of your own, where you can enjoy all that Oregon City has to offer throughout the year? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Oregon City, OR area.


          10 Things to Know About Living in Kent Washington

          Kent Washington

          Just a short drive from Seattle, homebuyers are heading to Kent, to escape the hustle and bustle of its nearby "big sister." Kent ranks at the top of the list of fastest-growing cities in King County. Kent is a dynamic, growing community, with a population of just under 130,000 people and plenty for residents of all ages to do for fun. Living in Kent makes it easy to explore all that King County has to offer. Our brokers know Kent, and we've put together ten things you need to know about life in the city.

          1. A Mix of Small Town Style and Big City Amenities
            Are you searching for a city with all of the perks of urban life but skipping the traffic and population density of larger cities? Kent homes for sale offer an appealing alternative to other nearby cities, with an urban layout and a small-town feel. That's especially evident downtown, where you'll find locally owned businesses that treat regulars like family. Kent also boasts all of the outdoor beauty of scenic, smaller communities with its collection of parks and outdoor spaces that make it easy to connect with nature in the city.

          2. A Piece of Kent Is Still on the Moon Today
            Make that three pieces, to be precise! Kent played a key role in the Apollo missions to the moon, building three of the rovers that astronauts used to explore the lunar surface. All three of those Lunar Rovers remain on the surface of the moon today, providing a constant reminder of what makes Kent special.

          3. The King County Annexation Initiative Helps Kent Grow
            Kent is part of the King County Annexation Initiative, which aims to add unincorporated areas to existing city limits. This program benefits both Kent and the areas annexed by the city. Unincorporated areas gain the benefit of being part of an incorporated city, while the city benefits through growth, new attractions, and new residents.

          4. Get a Great Workout at the Kent Community Center
            Whether you're looking for a workout or the perfect place to host a local event, the Kent Community Center has you covered. The Community Center features ten large meeting spaces, two full-size gyms for basketball, exercise facilities, lockers, showers, and dedicated areas for exercise classes.

          5. Kent's Park System Is Second to None
            In addition to the Community Center, Kent is home to a huge collection of parks to suit every interest. There are more than 75 parks and outdoor facilities in Kent, including playgrounds, public parks, skate parks, trails, green spaces, waterfront areas, and recreation facilities. Many of the local parks host sports leagues and a wide variety of other community events.

          6. International Cuisine and Delicious Local Dining
            When you're looking for great dining, downtown Kent is the place to be. The city is home to a diverse collection of international dining spots, with flavors from around the world. Try an authentic Thai meal at Banyan Tree, sample food from around the globe at Ubuntu Street Cafe, or dive into delicious desserts at Punjab Sweets.

          7. Living in Kent Means Easy Access to Three Great Cities
            You won't have to travel far to find all of the attractions and services you need. Kent is smack dab in the middle between Seattle and Tacoma. So living in Kent makes it easy to explore everything that our corner of Washington has to offer.

          8. Easy Access to Highways and Public Transportation
            In addition to offering a central location, Kent provides easy access to highways and public transportation to get you where you need to go. King County Metro Transit will take you directly to downtown Seattle, and it's easy to commute on your own on Interstate 5 and other major highways. The Sounder Commuter Rail also has stops in Kent, so you have plenty of choices for transportation.

          9. The Downtown Partnership Brings New Attractions to Kent
            Kent's downtown is already a popular gathering place, and the Downtown Partnership helps makes sure that there's always something new to try in the city. The partnership was formed to revitalize downtown Kent and has been doing great work for decades.

          10. Local History Is All around You in Kent
            Kent has a long, unique history dating back more than 200 years, and the Kent Historical Society does a fantastic job of chronicling local history. You can visit the history museum, or stop by the society's booth at the popular Kent Farmers Market.

          Are you ready to start shopping for a home that allows you to enjoy all of the things that make life in Kent so unique? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Kent, WA area.


          Pike Place Market - the Heart of Seattle

          Pike's Place

          If Seattle is the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Pike Place Market is its soul. This bustling, energetic attraction in the core of the city is virtually its own neighborhood, serving as a top draw for tourists and locals alike. 

          What makes Pike Place Market such a must-see spot in one of the country's most vibrant cities? Join our brokers as they take a deep dive into the history, tradition, and appeal of Seattle's iconic marketplace.

          History of Pike Place Market

          During the early 1900s, Seattle was making the transition from frontier town to an urban center. The rapidly growing population created a strong demand for fresh produce, dairy products, meat, and other food items from nearby farms.

          Unscrupulous wholesalers took advantage of the situation, paying farmers next to nothing and selling the goods alongside the downtown waterfront at exorbitant prices. Thanks to a proposal from City Councilman Thomas Revelle, Seattle decided to create a public marketplace where farmers could sell directly to consumers.

          The fledgling market, located on newly-named Pike Place, opened for business on August 17, 1907, making it one of the country's oldest continually-operated public farmers' markets. Permanent arcades were constructed to house the vendors along with an eclectic mix of artists, activists, and eccentrics who began to gather regularly.

          "Save the Market"

          Sadly, the internments of World War II led to most of the Market's occupants being forced away. In 1941, Italian farmer Joe Desimone purchased the arcades and temporarily resurrected the Market, but post-WWII suburban sprawl resulted in a severe business downturn.

          The Market was on the docket for demolition in the 1960s until architect Victor Steinbrueck founded a movement to "Save the Market." On November 2, 1971, Seattle voters approved a measure designating Pike Place Market as a nine-acre historic district.

          Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority

          Today the Market falls under the management of Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA),  a non-profit public corporation chartered by the city in 1973. In addition to maintaining the Market's physical structures and supporting its businesses, the PDA is charged with providing residential housing and services for low-income people within the district.

          As part of PDA's mission, Pike Place Foundation was established in 1982. During its lifetime, the Foundation has granted more than $30 million to support the Market's Senior Center and Food Bank, Childcare and Preschool, Clinic and other neighborhood services.

          The Foundation's hallmark is its mascot, Rachel the Piggy Bank, "born" in 1986. This 550-pound life-sized bronze piggy bank, located under the Market's signature sign and clock, is a favorite spot for photo opportunities and donations. Rachel's cousin Billie has held a spot of honor on the Market's waterfront since 2016. Be sure to rub their snouts for good luck!

          Notable Market Vendors, Restaurants and Shops

          When it comes to shopping at the Market, you can find everything from soup to nuts. Some of the vendors have taken on celebrity status.

          • Coffee legend Starbucks has become synonymous with Seattle, and you can visit the Market location where it all began.
          • Even people who have never been to the Market know about Pike Place Fish Market, aka "where they throw the fish." Nearly every mention of Seattle on national TV includes a shot of the fishmongers tossing customer purchases over to the wrapping counter.
          • Watch the artisans at Beecher's Homemade Cheese, create their award-winning products, including the Flagship variety. Beecher's has become so popular that they opened an outpost in New York City's Flatiron District.
          • Fresh ingredients call for top-quality tools and utensils. Pick up some great new gadgets at the original location of gourmet kitchen store Sur La Table. 
          • Three Girls Bakery is not only the longest continually operating business in the Market, but it's also the first business licensed to a woman in Seattle.
          • In Sleepless in Seattle, Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner famously discuss tiramisu over clams and beer at the Market's Athenian Seafood Restaurant & Bar.
          • Pike Place Chowder's soup is the best on both coasts. The soup won the title of "Best New England Clam Chowder" at Westport, Connecticut's Chowdafest four years in a row.
          • Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas claimed victory over Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto on Food Network's classic completion show. His empire includes popular Market eateries Etta's, Seatown Market Diner and Rub with Love Shack.

          Seattle homes for sale may seem like a dream, but they can easily become your reality. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for experienced help with all your Seattle real estate needs.


          Portland: 10 Gyms and Fitness Centers

          Getting Fit in Portland

          Portland Fitness Centers & Gyms
          Portland is known as one of the most active, healthy cities in the country, with a population that loves a good workout. Many residents ride their bikes to work and spend time exercising in the city's beautiful outdoor spaces. There are also a ton of great gyms and fitness centers in the area, whether you're looking for a traditional workout or a fresh, unique way to stay in shape. Our brokers know the benefits of a local workout, and we've got the details on ten of the best gyms and fitness centers in the Portland area.

          Portland Fitness Indoor Cycling

          1. Burncycle – 910 NW 10th Ave., Portland 97209
            With a convenient location in the Pearl District, Burncycle is the place to be when you're looking for an indoor cycling workout. There are a number of locations throughout the city, with the flagship Pearl District location featuring nearly 50 bikes in a 2,300 square foot studio. Embrace the benefits of cycling, and work out with a positive, like-minded group of exercise enthusiasts.

          2. Urban Pilates – 2915 NE Alberta St., Portland 97211
            Get ready to sweat at Urban Pilates, where you can participate in Authentic Pilates workouts designed to the specifications of Joseph Pilates himself. This facility features both equipment and workouts that stay true to the vision of the man who created the program. Enjoy energetic, challenging classes, or sign up for teacher training to become an instructor yourself.

          3. Pulse PDX – 3602 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland 97232
            Sometimes, the best workouts don't feel like a workout at all. That's definitely the case at Pulse PDX, where every workout feels like a night on the town. Pulse specializes in dance-centric workouts, which are held in a dimly lit room, with dance music and lights. It's part workout, part nightclub, and the regulars wouldn't have it any other way.
            Portland Fitness Kickboxing
          4. 9Round Fitness – 21 South State St., Lake Oswego 97034
            Looking for a workout close to Lake Oswego homes for sale? Make time to visit 9Round Fitness, where you can stay fit with engaging kickboxing workouts. 9Round is a great spot for a quick, hard-hitting workout, with classes that are sure to get the blood pumping. Fit in a 30-minute workout, and leave plenty of time to enjoy all that the city has to offer.

          5. Fulcrum Fitness – 3934 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Portland 97212
            Are you searching for an inclusive, encouraging gym where everyone is made to feel welcome? Look no further than Fulcrum Fitness, where instructors are truly invested in your health and well-being. Participate in team or small-group training, then enjoy a massage on-site after your workout.
            Portland Fitness Yoga
          6. Fuel – 826 SW 2nd Ave., Portland 97204
            Yoga is an amazing workout for both body and mind, and you'll find no shortage of top-notch yoga facilities in the Portland area. Fuel is one of the best-known yoga spots in the city, with classes ranging from beginner to expert. Get a great workout and build flexibility in an encouraging, community-focused setting.

          7. Firebrand Sports – 500 NW 14th Ave., Portland 97209
            Searching for a workout that covers all the bases, from core strength to cardio? The Lagree fitness programs at Firebrand Sports touch on every aspect of fitness, in a fun, engaging setting. Fireband also offers the challenging Triple-Threat workout, along with Urban Row classes.
            Portland Fitness Pickleball
          8. Hillendale Pickleball – 13216 Roseberry Ave., Oregon City 97045
            If you're looking for a unique workout near Oregon City homes for sale, stop by Hillendale Park to participate in the Hillendale Pickleball Club. There's a pickleball league to enjoy throughout the summer months, along with tons of courts for open play no matter the season. Learn the ropes of a new sport, and get a great workout in the process.

          9. Point Gym and Kitchen – 1115 SE Salmon St., Portland 97214
            Portland homes for sale 
            make it easy to reach many of the destinations on our list, including the popular Point Gym and Kitchen. In addition to providing a diverse variety of workouts and a huge selection of gym equipment, this spot is an excellent place to learn more about healthy eating.
            Portland Fitness Climbing
          10. The Circuit Bouldering Gym NE – 410 NE 17th Ave., Portland 97232
            Climbing is one of the most popular workouts in Portland – both indoors and outside. The Circuit Bouldering Gym, with locations throughout the city, provides the perfect place to climb indoors. With walls ranging from 8 to 17 feet and a huge variety of terrain, this is a great spot for climbers of all skill levels.

          Portland Fitness Center & Gyms Running

          Living in Portland means that you're never far from a great workout, whether you want to hit the gym or break a sweat in the great outdoors. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Portland, OR area.


          8 Great Places in Seattle for Ice Cream

          Seattle Ice Cream Shops
          Summer means different things to different people, but there's one thing we all can agree on – it's a great time to eat ice cream. If you happen to be in Seattle looking for the perfect home (and cone to cool you off), then you're in luck. You'll find some of the best ice cream shops in America right down the road from these Seattle homes for sale. Our brokers take a quick look at eight spots you'll hear locals raving about.

          Seattle Great Ice Cream Places

          1. Bluebird Ice Cream, 7400 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
            A Seattle mainstay for small-batch gourmet ice cream and house-brewed sodas, Bluebird Ice Cream is a great place for classic flavors as well unique ice cream concoctions. This locally-focused shop makes a lot of its flavors using ingredients from neighboring businesses, like Theo Chocolate Chunk and Caffé Vita Coffee. Bluebird operates a craft brewery as well, so you have the option of trying some wild beer-flavored experiments like Elysian Stout ice cream, or a float with a scoop of vanilla in a glass of Chocolate Cherry Porter. 

          2. Kurt Farm Shop, 1424 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
            This Capitol Hill gem offers ice cream made with milk from their own Vashon Island cows. The ice cream is churned to perfection, and even the flavors, like Lemon Verbena, Rose Geranium, and Triple Crown Blackberry, come from the farm. Kurt Farm Shop offers cones and pints to go, as well as custom ice cream sandwiches for private parties. 

            Seattle Ice Cream Shops
          3. Frankie & Jo's, 1010 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98101
            Seattle is one of the most vegan-friendly cities in America, so plant-based eaters have a lot of reasons to be happy in our neck of the woods. One of those reasons is Frankie & Jo's, a completely vegan and gluten-free ice cream shop where every bite is just as creamy and satisfying as the real thing. Flavors like Chocolate Tahini Supercookie and Gingered Golden Milk prove that ice cream made from plants is still very, very delicious. Head to Capitol Hill to see for yourself, or check out their second location in Ballard. 

          4. Full Tilt Ice Cream, 4759 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
            Equal parts ice cream shop, craft beer bar, and pinball arcade, Full Tilt Ice Cream delivers a complete party experience for kids and grown-ups alike. Featuring one of the best collections of new and vintage pinball machines in Seattle, Full Tilt also offers a dizzying array of ice cream flavors, from salted caramel to huckleberry. With locations in the U-District as well as Capitol Hill, Columbia City, and Ballard, there's always great ice cream nearby, no matter what part of Seattle you're in. 

          5. Rachel's Ginger Beer, 1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
            As you might guess from the name, ice cream isn't the star attraction at this iconic Seattle soda spot, but you haven't lived until you've cooled off with a ginger beer float. The ginger beer has a bit more kick than regular ginger ale, and a dollop of vanilla ice cream perfectly balances it out. Check out the original Rachel's Ginger Beer location in Pike Place Market, or visit their 12th Avenue or University Village locations. 

            Seattle Gelato
          6. Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
            With locations in Phinney Ridge and Maple Valley, Nutty Squirrel Gelato offers a locally-focused take on classic Italian gelato. With ingredients sourced from right here in the Pacific Northwest and a wide assortment of flavors both traditional and trendy, there's always something new to try. Roasted Almond, Sea Salt Caramel and Turkish Coffee are perennial favorites. 

          7. Salt & Straw, 714 E Pike St A, Seattle, WA 98122
            Seattle's local branch of Portland-based ice cream chain, Salt & Straw, offers creamy, gooey ice cream perfection in the form of a sprawling menu packed with all-time favorites and new, weird concoctions are made from local ingredients. Seasonal berry flavors like Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero and Mayer Lemon-Blueberry are highlights of the summer menu. 

          8. Seattle Cookie Counter, 7415 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
            Another great case for why vegan ice cream is as good as its dairy-based cousin, Seattle Cookie Counter got its start as a mobile dessert operation, slinging cookies and ice cream cones from the back of a VW bus, before settling down in its permanent Greenwood location. Classic ice cream flavors and rotating seasonal favorites are always on the menu, but we recommend starting with an ice cream and cookie sandwich and washing it back with a drink from the espresso bar. 

          Make Seattle Home
          Whether you're looking for the perfect ice cream cone or your next dream home, Seattle is a great place to find it. Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in Seattle, WA!


          Home Buying in Portland? Check Out These 10 In-Demand Neighborhoods

          Portland In-Demand Neighborhoods
          No matter what corner of the city you call home, there's no doubt that Portland is a fantastic place to live. The city is laid back, and filled with attractions. Residents can explore the outdoors at every turn, with a robust network of trails, bike paths, parks, and public spaces. There are so many great Portland neighborhoods to choose from, each with its own attractions, local businesses, and lifestyle. Our brokers have the details on ten of the most in-demand neighborhoods in Portland where you can find your next home.

          10 In-Demand Portland Neighborhoods

          Sellwood Bridge

          1. Sellwood Moreland
            Located on the southeastern edge of the city, the Sellwood Moreland neighborhood has long been a popular place to shop for a home in Portland. This neighborhood began life as a mill town on the outskirts of the city, before becoming part of Portland as it grew larger. Today, Sellwood Moreland maintains its small-town charm, while offering easy access to all the attractions of the big city and some of the state's top-ranked schools.

            Portland Pearl District

          2. Pearl District
            A shining example of Portland's commitment to urban renewal, the Pearl District has grown from humble beginnings into one of the hottest spots to shop for homes in the city. This neighborhood has transformed over the years and is home to some of the city's most popular restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries, and local businesses. Spend your days shopping, dining, and exploring beautiful outdoor spaces.

          3. Nob Hill
            One of the city's oldest neighborhoods, Nob Hill offers many of the charms of the Pearl District, along with a wide selection of architecture when you're shopping for a home. This neighborhood features tons of long-time local businesses, catering to the diverse demographics of Nob Hill. Explore local dining spots, shops, and more, while living in one of Portland's most in-demand neighborhoods.

          4. Goose Hollow
            Interested in the lifestyle of Downtown Portland, with a more affordable cost of living? The historic Goose Hollow neighborhood is one of the most centrally located spots in the city, with plenty to do close to home. The area features a wide variety of dwellings, from apartments to condos and single-family homes that can fit any budget.

            Portland Convention Center

          5. Lloyd District
            Looking for waterfront living without breaking the bank? The Lloyd District is located just across the river from downtown Portland, with beautiful waterfront views and loads of attractions to explore. This is where you'll find Portland's Convention Center, stadium, and the biggest mall in the city. The area has been extensively redeveloped, with tons of new businesses and dining spots to visit.

          6. Alberta
            is one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the city, with a fun, eclectic set of local businesses that reflect the neighborhood's vibrant mix of residents. The dining scene here features flavors from around the world, and there's always another fun, unique street fair coming up on the local event schedule.

            Portland Waterfront Park

          7. Downtown Portland
            If you want to have it all, look no further than Downtown Portland for your next home. This is naturally among the city's most popular neighborhoods, with a convenient, walkable layout, extensive public transportation, tons of local businesses, and a park system that makes it easy to stay active. Waterfront Park, a popular stop in the neighborhood, features fairs and events all year round, along with plenty of beautiful spots to enjoy some time outdoors.

            Mount Tabor View

          8. Mount Tabor
            With a convenient location and unmatched views, Mount Tabor has long been a desirable spot to settle down. This neighborhood offers some of Portland's most majestic mountain views, along with a popular, 195-acre public park. It's one of the city's older neighborhoods, so this is a great place to shop if you're searching for a charming home built in the early 1900s.

          9. Irvington
            Located on the northeastern side of Portland, Irvington is another fantastic spot to shop if you're searching for a historic home. This corner of the city features some of the largest lots you'll find in Portland, with homes to match. Walk the tree-lined boulevards, visit historic homes, participate in the active community association, and enjoy easy access to Downtown Portland anytime you please.

          10. Buckman
            The fun, funky Buckman neighborhood is known for its unique mix of residents, and diverse collection of homes. Shop for restored Old Portland homes that encapsulate the city's history, with a huge selection of architectural styles. Colonel Summers Park is a popular gathering place in the neighborhood year-round and features a free picnic every year where residents can get to know their neighbors in a fun, family-friendly setting.

            Wilamette Bridge Portland

          In Portland, there's a neighborhood to match every shopper and lifestyle, from quiet residential areas to bustling urban centers packed with attractions. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Portland, OR area.


          Redmond Named 'Best Place To Live' In Washington

          Redmond Best Place to Live in Washington

          Redmond Is Known as the Best Place to Live in Washington

          Our brokers have been fielding a growing number of questions about Redmond homes for sale, and there's no surprise why. It is the hottest place to live in the state.

          That's the opinion of, which put Redmond at the top of its list of best places to live. Redmond is making waves as one of the most desirable cities in Washington.

          There's so much to love about Redmond, the biggest question is: Where to start?

          Just a short drive east of Seattle, Redmond benefits from an amazing location. It has long been known as the home of Microsoft and Nintendo of America, but that's only the start of what's attracted its 65,000 residents to this "Bicycle Capital of the World."

          Let's take a closer look at the secrets of what makes Redmond special:

          Redmond Has a Robust High-Tech Employment Scene

          Redmond Microsoft
          Founded 1975, $110 billion technology giant Microsoft moved to Redmond in 1986 and remains the biggest employer in the city. Its campus on One Microsoft Way stretches over eight million square feet and easily serves more than 40,000 employees at a time.

          Many other top brands also call Redmond home. Terex, a manufacturer of materials handling equipment, is the #2 local employer. Professionals can also find opportunities with AT&T, Honeywell, UPS, and – yes – Nintendo of America. Naturally, many more major companies are located in nearby Seattle.

          The Best Events and Attractions in Redmond

          Redmond Chalkfest

          No brief post can do justice to the rich diversity of Redmond, but this will get you started:

          1. Pacific NW Chalkfest – 7525 166th Avenue Northeast, Redmond, WA 98052
            Happening August 16-18 at the Redmond Town Center, the Pacific NW Chalkfest is a free and family-friendly homage to an underestimated art form. National, international, and regional chalk artists will be in attendance to create magnificent pastel masterpieces.
          2. Rockin' on the River – 8703 160th Avenue Northeast, Redmond, WA 98052
            From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, residents and visitors alike can enjoy free concerts on the green of Garden Plaza at Rockin' on the River. Concessions are provided by the Redmond Kiwanis Club. This year will showcase Heart by Heart, The Beatniks, Cherry Cherry, and High Tide.
          3. So Bazaar – 16101 Northeast Redmond Road, Redmond, WA 98052
            Happening on three Thursday evenings in August, So Bazaar transforms the downtown into an imaginative wonderland. Art, music, and food follow the themes of nature: Air, water, and fire. Lots of local vendors will be on hand with crafts and souvenirs.
          4. Microsoft Visitor Center – 15010 Northeast 36th Street, Building 92, Redmond, WA 98052
            The next best thing to working there is taking a tour of the Microsoft Visitor Center. In the tradition of some of the best museums around, it is packed with interactive exhibits. Walk through history with games, technology demos, and a surprisingly tasty assortment of on-site concessions.
          5. Black Raven Brewing Company – 14679 Northeast 95th Street, Redmond, WA 98052
            Black Raven Brewing Company is the most famous of the flavorful crop of craft breweries here in Redmond. A hip and happening taproom offers pints and growlers from an ever-rotating blend of microbrews. Though there's no food on the premises, there's almost always a lunch truck parked outside!
          6. Marymoor Park – 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast, Redmond, WA 98052
            Redmond takes care of its beautiful natural landscape, and you can see the care right here in popular Marymoor Park. A beloved destination for a day out, it sprawls over 640 gorgeous acres. Canine companions are welcome in the dog park. There's also a climbing wall and frequent concerts.

          There are Institutions and Amenities You'll Love

          Redmond Schools

          When it comes to all the things that make up a community, Redmond consistently stands out, especially when compared to cities of similar size. It features top-ranked public schools as well as higher education in the form of the Digipen Institute and Lake Washington Technical College.

          Redmond is also well-known for its remarkable level of safety. There's a strong relationship between business, law enforcement, and the community which has made it a top tourist destination as well as a choice for growing families.

          Head-Turning Art and Culture

          Redmond Arts & Culture

          Art, culture and sports run the gamut in Redmond from contemporary galleries to street art. As you journey through the city, you'll find dozens of public art installations. The city maintains a thriving artist-in-residence program and its own poet laureate, too.

          Community-centered organizations like the Redmond Historical Society and the Redmond Association of Spoken Word enjoy high participation in the city. There's always something to see and do, whether you prefer to spectate or participate.

          Find Your Home in Redmond with Coldwell Banker Bain 

          Redmond Washington Home for Sale

          You've seen what Redmond has to offer, now discover it for yourself. Our team will help you every step of the way in your search for the perfect Redmond homes for sale. Contact us to learn more.


          10 Favorite Food Carts in Portland

          10 Portland Food Cart

          Portland Food-On-Wheels: 10 Favorite Food Carts

          Call us biased, but some of our Brokers think Portland has the tastiest food carts in America. Food carts (aka trucks) are a staple in our local Portland community.  

          Depending upon who you talked to, Portland's first food trucks came into the picture as early as 1910 with Joseph Gatto selling from a horse-drawn cart. Fast forward to 2019, and you'll find nearly 600 food carts in our city with the aroma of food enticing hungry passersby to flock to their neighborhood. 

          Food carts have a style all their own that adds to the charm of Portland. Food carts are a huge part of our culture in Portland, and their popularity only continues to grow throughout our neighborhoods. Recently, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study named Portland as one of the five friendliest cities across America for food trucks.  Our city's food-friendly attitude invites new entrepreneurs to build their food cart businesses here and add to our "food-omenon."

          If you're searching for Portland homes for sale, you'll want to try out some of our restaurants on wheels.

          Our Favorite Portland Food Trucks

          Many locals use apps like Food Truck Fiesta, Eat St., and Roaming Hunger to track their favorite trucks. For the most part, each cart has a weekly rotation so you can always find them.

          Let's say hello to ten of the top food trucks in the city:

          1. Gracie's Apizza – 8371 North Interstate Avenue, Portland, OR 97217
            Gracie's Apizza is a fusion of New Haven and Portland pizza with genuine wood-fired pies served from an iconic little red van. You can find Gracie's ranging throughout many Portland neighborhoods, from Kenton to Hillsborough. The mozzarella is always made fresh.
          2. Gumba – Northeast Alberta Street and Northeast 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97211
            Gumba operates out of an unassuming cart led by local celebrity Jesse Martinez, the former sous chef of elegant Bar Mingo. With partner Robin Brassaw, he creates hand-crafted pasta dishes you have to see to believe. From beef short rib to Pizza Mondays, it runs the gamut of flavors.
          3. Matt's BBQ – 4233 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland, OR 97217
            You'll spot Matt's BBQ in Prost Marketplace, where top food carts hang out. The headliner is a simple yet succulent barbecue, but there are many Tex-Mex meals to choose from. Start with The Whole Shebang for a taste of all the meats and three side dishes.
          4. MF Tasty Food Truck – 3925-3927 North Williams Avenue, Portland, OR 97227
            MF Tasty Food Truck is the brainchild of chef-owner Eric Gitenstein, known for his delectable paella of the week. Cheesy quesadillas, cart-made chorizo, and other beloved Mexican-American bites can be enjoyed to go or under the covered seating area nearby.
          5. Kee's #Loaded Kitchen – 3625 Northeast MLK Jr. Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212
            Kiauna Nelson is an Internet sensation who rose to prominence with Kee's #Loaded Kitchen after teaching herself to cook and earning a business degree. Here, she serves up daily specials fresh. Check out her social media to learn what they are each day.
          6. Hapa PDX Ramen 6035 Northeast Halsey Street, Portland, OR 97213
            Your ramen craving will be cared for with Hapa PDX Ramen, which has brought the savor of Hawaiian-style ramen to Portland. Its G-Special Ramen is not to be missed: It combines pork and chicken broth, sprouts, spinach, pork belly, and a sprinkling of shiitake mushrooms.
          7. Wolf and Bear's – 113 Southeast 28th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
            With nearly ten years of experience behind it, Wolf and Bear's is lauded as the top Portland food truck for Middle Eastern food. It has two locations in Portland and is known for its extensive vegetarian-friendly menu. Classics like falafel and hummus are always on hand here!
          8. Wild North – 930 Southeast Oak Street, Portland, OR 97214
            Right outside Basecamp Brewing, Wild North serves up wood-fired cuisine from a refurbished Pyro Pizza cart. Local ingredients come together in spectacular ambitious dishes like whiskey lamb bone marrow topped with mushroom gremolata. Don't miss out on the clam chowder.
          9. Viking Soul Food – 4255 Southeast Belmont Street, Portland, OR 97215
            Authentic Scandinavian delights await you at Viking Soul Food! Rounding off nine years of experience, it pairs heaping helpings of meatballs with smoked salmon and hot seafood chowder. Wash everything down with a cold, refreshing lingonberry iced tea.
          10. Burger Stevens – 6238 Southwest Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97239
            What about the old-fashioned burger? Grab one at Burger Stevens, home of chef Don Salamone – a veteran of multiple Michelin-starred restaurants. His cheeseburger may well be the best in Portland thanks to its Creekstone ground beef.

          Portland Food Cart Flavors

          The flavors of Portland will tempt your taste buds, and the city's fleet of lunch trucks grows by the day. Why not get started on your road to a Portland home you'll love? To find out more or get started, contact us today. We look forward to helping you.


          July 4 Celebrations in Portland and Seattle

          Portland July 4 events

          Our Brokers are getting ready to enjoy another spectacular 4th of July around Portland and Seattle. When it comes to Independence Day, our area goes all out: We have some of the most memorable events anywhere in the United States.

          No matter whether you've just moved in or you're still looking around, you'll enjoy the warm welcome that these two cities and their surrounding communities can offer. There's something for everyone around the 4th of July. From kids to adults, everyone will be left wide-eyed!

          Looking for the best way to enjoy the holiday? We are taking a look at 10 events throughout our Pacific Northwest communities:

          Seattle july 4

          1. Seafair Summer Fourth – 2101 North Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
            Situated at Gas Works Park not far from Seattle homes for sale is the Seafair Summer Fourth celebration. This 4th of July favorite is one of the biggest fireworks displays in the area. You'll thrill to a custom musical score while enjoying brews from the beer garden and some of the city's most beloved food trucks. Live entertainment will be on hand, too!

          2. Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July – 440 Central Way, Kirkland, WA 98033
            Hosted by the Kirkland Downtown Association, which ensures a vibrant community and thriving business scene around Kirkland homes for sale, the Kirkland 4th of July is a sight to behold. Kicking off at 4 p.m. on Independence Day, it features a parade and fireworks show. It's touted as the biggest one-day event in Kirkland and is a high point of everyone's year.

          3. Everett's Colors of Freedom Celebration – 10410 19th Southeast #100, Everett, WA 98208
            Everett homes for sale will light up thanks to Everett's Colors of Freedom Celebration. The day-long affair begins with an eye-popping parade through the downtown area at 11 a.m., followed by a festival at famous Legion Park. The evening culminates with fireworks that sparkle over Port Gardner Bay. Organizers encourage you to bring a blanket and picnic!

          4. Point Ruston Independence Day 5K –  North 37th & Vassault Street, Tacoma, WA 98421
            Time for a race! Pass by some of the best Tacoma homes for sale as you participate in the yearly Point Ruston Independence Day 5K. This fast, flat, downhill course will challenge race veterans and give newcomers a taste of our local excitement. Anyone is welcome to participate at any speed, from power walking to running. It starts at 8 a.m. sharp near Vassault Park.

          5. Bellevue Four on the 4th – 10820 Northeast 10th Street Bellevue, WA 98004
            Bellevue Four on the 4th is a fun way to get exercise and meet new friends: Billed as a "dog walk and jog," it allows your canine companions to come with you for a non-competitive 4K event. After the race, there'll be music, a pet costume contest, photo booths, and vendors of all kinds. All participants receive a goodie bag. It's just a few blocks from Bellevue homes for sale.

          6. Waterfront Blues Festival – 98 Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204
            Get a taste of the blues at beloved Tom McCall Waterfront Park, where the Waterfront Blues Festival will be returning for another year. Performances will run for four full days from July 4th to the 7th, ranging across four big stages. There'll be food, merchandise, riverboat rides, and a whole lot more. It's just one more reason to pick Portland homes for sale.

          7. Oregon Z00 - 4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
            The Oregon Zoo will honor Independence Day by offering free admission for military veterans, active military personnel and first responders (active police, firefighters and EMTs), as well as up to four family members who accompany them. Families of deployed military personnel also will be given free admission.  Buying a home in Portland means you will be part of a community that believes in giving back.

          8. 70th Annual Lake Oswego Lions Club July 4th Pancake Breakfast - George Rogers Park, 611 S State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
            Kick off your July 4 celebration at 7:00 a.m. at the 70th Annual Lake Oswego Lions Club July 4th Pancake Breakfast.  Your breakfast menu includes all-you-can-eat of the "best pancakes west of the Mississippi," sausage, juice and live music. All proceeds from the event benefit Lions projects in the local community.

          9. Star Spangled Parade and Celebration - Millenium Plaza Park, 200 1st St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
            Start your 4th of July celebration in Lake Oswego. Begin your day at the Star Spangled Parade by watching festive floats, musical entertainment, vehicles decorated in red, white, and blue and even costumed canines march down A Avenue.  The parade finishes at Millenium Plaza Park where you'll be entertained with live music from Gospel Hooligan, see a Presentation of Colors from local Girl Scouts, and if you're hungry, why not sign up for the pie eating contest.  All the fun will be happening just minutes from Lake Oswego homes for sale.

          10. Portland Craft Beer Festival - Fields Neighborhood Park, 1099 NW Overton St. Portland, OR 97209
            The Fifth Annual Portland Craft Beer Festival starts July 4 at Fields Neighborhood Park.  Travel and Leisure, Matador, and Beer Connoisseur have named Portland, as The Best Beer City in the World.  Portland is home to over 70 craft breweries.  Only Portland-area crafters are featured at the festival featuring beers, plus ciders and wine.

          There's nothing else quite like the 4th of July, but there's always something to celebrate when you live around Seattle or Portland. Our local area will wow you with its outstanding arts, culture, and a flourishing economy.

          Coldwell Banker Bain makes it easy to find your Pacific Northwest dream home. Contact us to get started.


          8 Favorite Fishing Holes Around Seattle

          Seattle Fishing

          Our Capitol Hill Brokers and our Seattle Lake Union Brokers live and work right here in Seattle, just like our clients and future homeowners. When we're not helping people pursue the dream of homeownership, we're enjoying all our area has to offer – including fishing.

          Seattle is known for some of the best fishing in the Pacific Northwest. When you go angling around here, you can easily catch Chinook and silver salmon. Fishing reaches its first peak in mid-October through January.

          That said, the opportunities here go well beyond the winter.

          You'll find Chinook in Puget Sound from June through August, while silver salmon are out in force from July to September. When the salmon season closes in spring and summer, then it's time to enjoy bottom fishing with one of the many professional charter boats.

          Let's take a look at some of the best places around Seattle to get a world-class fishing experience:

          Seattle Fishing Puget Sound

          1. Puget Sound
            Puget Sound is legendary, giving a glimpse of pristine, protected waters sandwiched between the breathtaking Olympic Mountains. Fishing is abundant year around, and some of the best spots are only moments from the dock. There are 1,500 miles of shoreline to explore. Autumn is when you'll find anglers from all over the country visiting in pursuit of record-breaking Chinook.

            Seattle Fishing
          2. Belvoir Place on Union Bay – 3659 42nd Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
            Renowned as one of Seattle's top fishing spots, Belvoir Place offers fishing that's both fun and convenient. Nestled right on the city waterfront, you'll have your pick of spots – although Pier 86 is one of the local favorites. It boasts a 400-foot fishing pier and a wide range of fish to hook. You'll discover skate, salmon, perch, sablefish, and various others.

          3. Green Lake Park – 7201 East Greenlake Drive North, Seattle, WA 98115
            Green Lake Park will tempt you with a social fishing experience just minutes from downtown. Yes, it's one of the more popular spots around, but that also makes it a great place to meet fellow anglers. Rainbow and brown trout can be found year-round at any time of the day or night. That's right: Green Lake Park will welcome you 24 hours a day.

          4. Fairview Park – 2900 Fairview Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102
            Situated in the neighborhood of Portage Bay, Fairview Park shows off its best opportunities from March through October. Because it is a smaller location, it's easily overlooked. Patient anglers often snag a winning catch of steelhead trout or migratory salmon.

          5. Elliott Bay – 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
            Elliott Bay and its associated marina deliver iconic fishing for visitors of all ages. It may be the best place in the city to introduce youngsters to the joys of fishing. Plus, you can get all the bait and equipment you need right at the pro shop. Between Pier 57 and Pier 59, you can test your wits against squid, Dungeness crab, rockfish, halibut, sturgeon, and (of course) salmon.

          6. Lake Washington – 5895 Lake Washington Boulevard South, Seattle, WA 98118
            The state's second largest lake, Lake Washington is a 20-mile long landmark a short distance east of downtown Seattle. It's open all year long and is dotted with prime fishing locations. The Reverend Murphy Fishing Pier, not far from Seward Park, might be its best-kept secret: It will greet you with a lovely fishing pier and one of the best Mt. Rainier views.

          7. 365 Charters – Throughout the Seattle, WA Area
            An award-winning local charter company, 365 Charters provides a fresh, exciting sport fishing experience. You can choose to fish out on Puget Sound, the Skykomish River, the Snohomish River, Skagit River, Cowlitz River, or the famous Columbia River.

          8. Adventure Charters – Throughout the Seattle, WA Area
            If you want to enjoy the best in river and bottom fishing around Seattle, then Adventure Charters may be your pick. A family-owned Seattle fishing charter, it's known for a fun atmosphere and clean, modern boats. Tours can last up to six hours.

            Seattle Fishing

          Fishing is only the very beginning of what awaits you here in beautiful Seattle, WA. With help from our experts, it'll be easier than ever for you to find the home of your dreams, secure the funding you need, and get to closing day without a hitch. It's that easy.

          If you're looking for the experienced choice in Seattle real estate, our team is here for you. We combine years of local expertise with unbeatable customer service. Our advice will help you make informed decisions every step of the way.

          Contact us to learn more about the best Seattle homes for sale.


          Portland Living: 9 Ways to Celebrate Dad on Fathers Day

          Portland Oregon Fathers Day
          Father's Day is almost here! The Brokers in our Portland Uptown and Portland West offices invite you to give Dad a special day this year by exploring everything Portland has to offer.

          Getting around Portland for Father's Dad is especially easy thanks to the city's bike sharing initiative, Biketown. You can get virtually anywhere throughout the downtown area without having to use a car or public transportation. There are 125 bike stations throughout the city.

          Let's look at some of the best ways to celebrate dad in Portland this year.

          Portland Japanese Garden

          1. Portland Japanese Garden611 Southwest Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
            Portland Japanese Garden is a unique local attraction. Spanning a 5.5-acre space, it has fascinating landscapes and amenities to enjoy. You'll see the iconic waterfall and take in a beautiful mountain view. Plus, there are group classes and lectures to attend. Stop into the teahouse for a sip of traditional Japanese green tea before you go.

          2. Oregon Zoo – 4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
            Forty-six acres of fun await at Oregon Zoo, one of the top zoos in the region. With dozens of animal residents ranging from the bald eagle to the southern sea otter, there's always someone new to meet here. Breathtaking exhibits run the gamut from the African savanna to the chimpanzee enclosure and the ever-popular Polar Passage, home of the polar bears.

            Oregon Museum of Science and Technology
          3. Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) – 1945 Southeast Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214
            OMSI is a leading STEM museum known for its remarkable planetarium. In addition to all kinds of exciting educational programming, there are also musical shows including Laser Pink Floyd and Laser Daft Punk. Dads will love the opportunity to go on the daily submarine tour, which lets you peer through a periscope and climb a bunk in the crew quarters.

          4. Washington Park – 4033 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
            Washington Park is filled with gardens and museums, a zoo, and even a forest. You could get lost here for a whole week of Father's Days! The free shuttle service beginning in early April makes it easy to get around to all the nearby attractions. On top of the Oregon Zoo, you can visit the World Forestry Center, the Hoyt Arboretum, and the Portland Japanese Garden.

            Portland Saturday Market
          5. Portland Saturday Market – 2 Southwest Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
            Welcoming guests on Sunday as well, the Portland Saturday Market has been recognized nationwide as the largest open-air arts and crafts market in continuous operation anywhere throughout the United States. There are dozens of different shops to visit. No matter what your dad is into, you're certain to find something he will love here.

          6. Voodoo Doughnut – 22 Southwest 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
            Voodoo Doughnut is a 24-hour cash-only shop you won't want to overlook. It's cheered throughout the city for its incredible flavors. If dad's been watching his waistline, it's an excellent time to celebrate with the likes of Graham Slam, the Bacon Maple Bar, and the famous Portland Cream. There are crowds at lunch, so consider checking it out during off hours.

          7. The Pearl District
            Home to many of Portland's top bars and restaurants, the Pearl District sprawls out across more than 300 acres. Amid dozens of vendors, you'll find unique bits of Portland culture. It's not far from Powell's Book City and some of the best places to have Father's Day dinner. Plus, there are events every single week that cater to a whole spectrum of interests.

            Oaks Amusement Park
          8. Oaks Amusement Park – 98 Southwest Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
            For a family-friendly Father's Day, you can't go wrong with the Oaks Amusement Park. With its full selection of classic carnival rides, roller skating, and mini-golf, it's a local institution. One of the longest-running parks of its kind anywhere, it offers catered birthday parties and other events. Maybe you'll be celebrating Father's Day with a corn dog and cotton candy!

          9. Portland Underground Tour – 120 NW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97209
            Known locally as the Shanghai Tunnels, the Portland Underground Tour is a peek into a lost world that reflects Portland's rich history. With tours available since 1992, the nonprofit behind the action is dedicated to revealing the past in a way that's fun, exciting and informative. Dads and kids alike will enjoy the opportunity to uncover hidden secrets.

          Contact us today to start your search for Portland homes for sale.


          10 Best Running Spots In and Around Seattle

          Favorite Spots for Running in Seattle
          National Running Day is June 5. Our Capitol Hill Brokers and our Seattle Lake Union Brokers want you to have the opportunity to enjoy it Seattle style.

          Seattle is well known for a wide range of hiking trails and other opportunities for runners. There are clubs to join and annual races for runners of all skill levels. Whether you are a seasoned 10k athlete or just getting started, the Emerald City is the place for you.

          Let's explore some of the best running spots in and around downtown Seattle:

          Seattle Washington Park Arboretum

          1. Washington Park Arboretum – 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112
            Washington Park Arboretum offers a veritable maze of well-kept trails in beautiful natural surroundings. These trails are inviting for those who want to partake of the scenery with broad, flat paths. No worrying about hitting a tree root here.

            Seattle Running Lighthouse
          2. Discovery Park Loop Trail – 3801 Discovery Park Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98199
            Discovery Park has more than 500 acres to explore, but the Loop Trail is #1 for hiking. Discovery Park is a 2.8-mile trail that includes a remarkable overlook above the Sound. There's also a side path that can take you around the West Point Lighthouse.

            Seattle Running Green Lake Park
          3. Green Lake Park – 7201 East Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle, WA 98115
            Green Lake Park surrounds the 50,000-year old glacial lake of the same name. The path is nearly three miles long, and it's one of the most popular around. Jogging in the cool of the morning is best since crowds tend to be attracted in the later hours.

          4. Burke-Gilman Trail – Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107
            Burke-Gilman Trail is packed with more than 18 miles of jogging. It has a special place in the heart of Seattle marathon runners, who use regularly. It gets joggers acquainted with both Puget Sound and some of Seattle's best neighborhoods.

          5. Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop – 860 Terry Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98104
            Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop is where to go if you're hungry for a 10k. The majority of the trail is paved and carves past the Gas Works and Lake Union Park. You'll catch views of the world famous Space Needle and the downtown area, too.

          6. Interlaken Boulevard – Interlaken Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98112
            Interlaken Boulevard is an oasis of green in the middle of the city. You could almost forget where you are thanks to the swath of green trees on a steep, winding path. Interlaken gains quite a bit of elevation in a short span, making it a brief but challenging jog.

            Seattle Running Seward Park
          7. Seward Park – 5900 Lake Washington Boulevard South, Seattle, WA 98118
            With 300 acres of land right within the city limits of Seattle, Seward Park is situated for a lovely 2.5-mile loop around Lake Washington.

          8. Volunteer Park – 1247 15th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112
            A gorgeous park of 48 acres, Volunteer Park gives you your choice of paved or gravel paths as well as open meadows. A climb of 107 steps in the Water Tower brings you to the observation deck, the perfect place to see Mt. Rainier on a sunny afternoon.

          9. Rattlesnake Ledge – Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area, 15001 443rd Ave Southeast, North Bend, WA 98045
            Rattlesnake Ledge is a popular, well-maintained trail where you're likely to encounter other hikers. Giving a view into the highest and easternmost of the Issaquah Alps, it is a 4-mile loop that gains an astonishing 1,100 feet. An incredible view rewards those who brave it.

          10. Elliott Bay Trail – Near Elliott Bay Marina, 2601 West Marina Place, Seattle, WA 98199
            Elliott Bay Trail is a 10-mile roundtrip trail giving you a waterfront adventure between Pier 55 and Pier 66. It also sports a bike path. As an urban exploration with some on-road segments, you'll be catching an eyeful of public art plus the Olympic Mountains and the city skyline.

            Seattle Running

          Our team will help you run, not walk, to the Seattle home of your dreams. With our expert advice and excellent customer service, you could be settling in before the next big race later this year. Our deep insight into the Seattle market makes a difference. Contact us today to discover the best Seattle homes for sale.


          Heading Outdoors in Vancouver Washington

          Vancouver Washington OutdoorsIf you've spoken to any locals while exploring Vancouver homes for sale, you probably already know our city is considered a hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you enjoy biking, hiking, or relaxing on the beach, there's always something fun to do in Vancouver. 

          With the warm weather coming, there's never been a better time to start exploring some of the awesome outdoor adventures Vancouver has to offer. Not sure where to start? We've got you covered! Here are seven of our favorite places to connect with nature and spend a day outdoors. 

          Vancouver Outdoors

          1. Burnt Bridge Creek Trail: NW Lakeshore Ave & NW Bernie Dr, Vancouver, WA 98665
            The eight-mile paved Burnt Bridge Creek Trail is a favorite among our Brokers. It offers an excellent view of the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway and is excellent for biking, jogging, or taking a leisurely stroll. The path offers a variety of different landscapes including heavily wooded areas and grasslands.

            Vancouver Outdoors
          2. Waterfront Park: 695 Waterfront Way Vancouver, WA 98660
            Popular among both visitors and locals, Waterfront Park is one of the highlights of the new mixed-use urban development known as Waterfront Vancouver. The 7.3-acre park runs along the edge of the Columbia River and is connected to Wintler Community Park by the five-mile Columbia River Renaissance Trail.

            Spend some time exploring the walking trails, relax in the open grassy areas, and watching the little ones play on the playground. Parts of the park are still under development, and the water feature opening this spring will be another welcome addition.
          1. Esther Short Park: W. 8th & Columbia Vancouver, WA 98663
            Located right in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Esther Short Park is Washington state's oldest public square and is an excellent spot to spend some time relaxing outdoors. It offers plenty of benches, and seating in the gazebos and on the open lawn.

            Our Brokers recommend visiting the Vancouver Farmer's Market, which is held here on weekends between March and October. If you enjoy live music, you also won't want to miss the park's Summer Concert Series.

            Vancouver Beach
          1. Vancouver Lake Regional Park: 6801 NW Lower River Road Vancouver, WA 98660
            Does your idea of a good time involve relaxing on the beach and enjoying a picnic lunch? Or are you the adventurous type who prefers to windsurf, kayak, canoe, and play sand volleyball? Either way, you'll love spending the day at Vancouver Lake Regional Park. Not only is this a beautiful beach, but it also offers gorgeous views of Mount Saint Helens, Mount Hood, and Mount Adams on clear days. 

          2. Columbia Springs: 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver, WA 98683
            Beautiful and historic Columbia Springs offers educational experiences for both children and adults and an opportunity to get up-close with nature. Located on 100 acres of natural land, visitors are welcome to enjoy the walking trails, practice nature photography, or enjoy a picnic.

            The whole family is sure to love the fish feeding pond, trout hatchery, wildlife viewing decks, trail-side art, and historical displays. Columbia Springs is dog-friendly, so don't hesitate to bring your furry friend. 
          1. Vancouver Land Bridge: WA-14, Vancouver, WA 98661
            Also known as the Confluence Project, the Vancouver Land Bridge is a 40-foot wide pedestrian bridge that links the Columbia waterfront and historic Fort Vancouver. Here you can soak in the elements of Native American and European culture, learn about the indigenous plants that line the trail, and enjoy a stunning view of the Columbia River and surrounding mountains. 

          2. Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond: 1112 NE 117th St, Vancouver, WA 98685
            Salmon Creek Regional Park rounds out our list of the best places to enjoy outdoor adventures in Vancouver. This popular, family-friendly destination features a splash pad and a playground for the kids, roped swimming areas at Klineline Pond.

            Pack a cooler and use one of the six public grills to cook up some burgers and hot dogs. There are 36 picnic tables at the park as well as two covered areas that you can reserve for larger parties. 

          Vancouver OutdoorsOnce you start exploring all that there is to do in Vancouver, you'll understand why so many people love calling this city home. Are you ready to join them? Contact us today to discuss your home-buying goals and learn how we can help! 


          9 Things to Do in Tacoma on a Saturday

          Tacoma on a Saturday
          Tacoma is well-known for its lively culture, creative and friendly residents, and sophisticated options for dining, shopping, and nightlife. If you're searching for Tacoma homes for sale, you might wonder where to start when exploring first.

          Since our jobs give us plenty of opportunities to learn about the area's hottest attractions, our Brokers offer this short list of nine things to do in Tacoma on a Saturday. 

          Tacoma Breakfast

          1. Early-Morning Breakfast at Shakabrah Java: 2618 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA 98406
            Known as one of the best breakfast spots in town, Shakabrah Java is the perfect place for you to start your Tacoma adventure. It's busy on the weekends, so you'll want to get there bright and early. We promise that the giant pancakes, homemade corned beef hash, and great coffee make it well worth the early-morning alarm. 

          2. Spend A Few Hours Shopping on 6th Avenue: 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA 98406
            Once you've finished breakfast, spend a few hours browsing the shops on 6th Avenue. While we recommend you explore them all, some of our favorites include Cresent Moon Gifts, 9 Lives Vintage Wares, and Turntable Treasures and House of Records.

          3. Grab a Mid-Morning Pick-Me-Up at Legendary Donuts: 2602 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA 98406
            Our Brokers love making a run to Legendary Donuts for a mid-day pick-me-up, and we suggest you do the same! Stop by and grab one of the delicious concoctions that are handmade there every day.
            With exciting combinations like the Captain Jack Sparrow chocolate donut made with rum-infused frosting, and toppings including espresso beans, gummy worms, or even Captain Crunch cereal, you'll quickly understand what all the hype is about.

            Tacoma Arts Live / Pantages Theater
          4. Take In a Show at the Pantages Theater: 901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
            The Pantages Theater, part of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, as a new name, "Tacoma Arts Live." As a non-profit organization located in Tacoma, their goal is to energize the local community with live performances. Make Tacoma Arts Live a part of your next Saturday by attending one of their upcoming performances.

            Tacoma Shake

          5. Enjoy Lu