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Free Yoga this Summer in and around Seattle

Categories: Community Spotlight, Lifestyle | Posted: July 16, 2018

For over 5,000 years people have been practicing yoga, and while some may consider it a work out fad, yoga is meditative experience that anyone, at any age, can enjoy. It has grown in popularity over the last 10 years, which is good news when it comes to finding the studio and level that’s right for you. With over 100 varieties, no two teachers or classes are the same.

Tough Yoga

Power flow, hot yoga and Vinyasa or all three combined are popular and tend to register with high intensity athletes who prefer a tough, fast moving work out. If you prefer calmer, pose holding yoga, Hatha, Iyengar or Yin are just some of the options. Here poses are held for longer giving you time to perfect your stretch, think and relax.

Meditation Yoga

Historically yoga is a mind body practice bringing people within themselves to meditate in the moment. Teachers often tell classes to stay present. Take this time that you set aside for yourselves, forget anything outside of the room, no to do lists or thoughts about work. This is time for you and only you. Much needed quality time with yourself. The side effects of a calmer demeanor, focus and a toned body are all just icing on the cake.

Yoga for Health

It is still work however, yoga works every muscle in the body. In a beautiful way, sometimes you don’t realize it, sometimes you do.  But the great thing is that you will leave the room a calmer person inside and out. Especially helpful on the road. Not only does it make you feel great, but it also prevents injury by strengthening muscles and speeds recovery.

As you might expect from an active city like Seattle, yoga here abounds and provides a fantastic way to keep in shape and stay social during the darker months.

Yoga to Meet People

It’s also a great way to make new friends with other yogis. There are over 38 yoga MeetUp groups whether you prefer yoga in the forest, with a beer afterward, with meditation, after a run, on the East side or even naked (yes there is actually a group for that).

Summer is a great time to try it out with several free options in the parks, just one more way to enjoy the sunshine.

Pricing

Prices and classes vary greatly. Every class and teacher are different, it’s worth your time to shop around to find the perfect studio and teacher or teachers for you. It’s best to start with a live class before jumping onto YouTube. Often teachers will help with slight adjustments to your form changing the muscles worked and the entire feeling of the pose. This is a huge benefit for beginners that you won’t get from online teachers. The majority of studios have considerable deals on new student discount packages to help you find the perfect place on the cheap. Free events are generally geared towards all skill levels, just bring a mat, towel and water bottle.

Free Summer Yoga Events;

The Seattle Center offers free Gentle Yoga for beginners now through August every Wednesday at 11:30 am.

Kirkland Library  offers two days of yoga Sunday July 29th at 2:00 pm register here and Saturday August 11th at 1:30 pm register here

Cascade Playground in South Lake Union has free yoga on the lawn from now through September every Saturday at 12:00 pm with extra mats available for free.

Seattle Art Museum, come try out Hatha, Vinyasa or open yoga classes free on Saturdays from now through August classes offered at 9, 10:30 & 11:00 am.

Freeway Park, on Wednesdays in August (with the exception of the 15th) The Washington Athletic Club is hosting Community Yoga from 12-1:00 pm.

Join a yoga community book club, held at Aditi Yoga and Bodywork Studio. Bring your own vegetarian dish, including your own plate and cup to reduce waste. Every fourth Friday of the month from 7:15-8:30 pm.

There’s sure to be a type of yoga that you’ll love. Give it a try, you might be surprised at how healthy and peaceful you feel afterwards.

Things to Do On Labor Day Weekend in Seattle

Categories: American Classic News, Events, Seattle | Posted: July 3, 2018

September opens the door to crisp weather, changing leaves and abundant ripened apple orchards. Although the fall season doesn’t really set in here in Western Washington until October. The United States has celebrated Labor Day for over 100 years. It’s a celebration of the economic achievements of American workers.

Get out and celebrate this well-deserved holiday, you’ve earned it. Traditionally a barbeque is the way to go. Pick a park any park there, are 163 listed here! There is no excuse for not getting out and about in King County. This place is a recreation dream. Choose a park, pick a grill and enjoy yourself. Better yet, bike on out there, toss the kids in the bike trailer, and find a new trail.

Let’s start out with THE event of the weekend, Bumbershoot. Seattle’s largest, annual music and arts festival. Make sure you check out the very impressive line-up, featuring 100 bands! Artists, comedians, yoga in the park, rock art (album cover artists), a smattering of Seattle’s best restaurants, dancers, theater and a film festival. Spotify even offers bumbershoot playlists  available on the website to rev yourself up for the real thing. From August 31-September 2, you’ll need Monday to recover.

Come on out of your basements gamers because there’s an event for you too! Pax West is the bumbershoot of gaming with thousands of the newest video games available to view, discuss and test out including virtual reality. Hurry and get your tickets, as of now Friday – Sunday are already sold out, hurry to get tickets for Monday before they’re gone as well.

Head South to Puyallup for the opening weekend of the Washington State fair, with an impressive list of big name concerts this year, rodeos, veggie and fruit growing competitions, games, rides, food, shows, farm animals, shopping, demolition derbies, monster trucks and art. Keep the family very busy this weekend with something for every age group.

If you’re bummed about missing the U.S. team in the World Cup this year, we have something to celebrate too. The Seattle Sounders have almost a cult following here in Seattle. Matches are entertaining from the home stadium, for a far better price than a flight to Russia. Come watch your hometown Sounders beat the Sporting Kansas City on Saturday September 1st. Tickets start at only $17.

For some unconventional Labor Day ideas;

Moss Bay rents kayaks and paddleboards to take out on Lake Union. If you’ve never tried kayaking before tours are available. Being out on the water without a motor is relaxing and serene. Enjoy the end of summer from a calm, happy place on the lake.

PopSUP gives yoga classes and rented paddleboards. What a way to spend the end of summer by communing with the lake in the last of summers rays. Lake Union is the perfect place for a calm, wave free paddle without giving up beautiful city views. Check out the space needle upside down from a floating down dog. It’ll make for an interesting photo opp.

Try out a Seattle Brewery Walking Tour.  A good guide will show you the city and all its little holes and pockets. Even if you’ve lived here for years, learn new facts about town and its brewery magic. Come meet Tim and find out why he has glowing 5-star reviews.

Take a staycation tour with a local. Vayable is a little-known gem of a site that connects people with local tour guides. The guides are regular people, with day jobs that use this site to meet and connect with new people, show their secrets and make a little cash on the side. Guides truly love and enjoy demonstrating all the things that Seattle and its surroundings have to offer. It’s a fun way to find new places that you might walk by every day and never knew were there. Pick a passion and there will be someone there to show you whether it’s a hidden beach, navigating a possibly intimidating China town or finding local art galleries and museums. Labor Day is a great excuse to celebrate local knowledge and be a tourist in your own city.

Take a boat ride there are several companies to choose from. Argosy cruises offers dozens of options for cruising around town including a wine cruise. Waterways Cruises and Events offers dinner and sunset cruises. For a more intimate ride, choose Canderé Cruising for private day sails and sunset cruises with your closest friends.

Alkai and Golden Gardens parks have firepits for bonfires! Enjoy the crisp September air on the beach and cozy up with your loved ones next to a fire while watching the sunset behind the water and the city. It doesn’t get better than that.

High up in the Motif hotel lives Frolik a beautiful, swanky, rooftop bar. Unlike most cocktail, rooftop bars this one is a little bit more playful with led ping pong and bean bag tosses. Friday August 31st come join in on an outdoor viewing of Napoleon Dynamite at sundown while sipping a movie inspired cocktail.

Be a tourist in town and check out Pike Place Market. There is always something new to find tucked in and hidden away in the corners, with dozens of options from markets to restaurants. Maximilien is a rooftop, Parisian style bistro located above Pike Place market with a dazzling view of the sound. An open-air patio will allow you to soak in the sunset while appreciating an ever changing, seasonal, local menu inspired by cafes in Paris.

No matter what you decide to do on Labor Day you won’t be strapped for options.

 

The Ultimate Guide to the 4th of July in Seattle

Categories: American Classic News, Events, Lifestyle, Seattle, Washington | Posted: June 25, 2018

4th of July in SeattleIndependence Day is quickly approaching so we collected some of the most popular and interesting 4th of July events to attend in and around Seattle for 2018.  You can choose from one of the hundreds of parks to barbeque, enjoy water sports, view fireworks and eat some great food while sleeping in your nice soft bed at night, or you could join thousands of campers celebrating around the Puget Sound relaxing in tents or enjoy the comfort and convenience of enjoying the holiday in the city.

By far the most popular and one of the greatest fireworks shows in town is The Seafair Summer Fourth located at Seattle’s Gasworks Park. It’s a family friendly festival with events and games all day, including a pie eating contest, sack races and tug of war. Live music and a beer garden are also available. When it’s time for fireworks you can watch on the lawn for free with the masses or pay for VIP passes where you are guaranteed a view with lawn chairs provided. The fireworks can also be viewed from Lake Union Park.  To let you in on a local secret, the best view is from the water. Rope in a friend with a boat, find a rental or bring one yourself, it’ll be worth it to see the explosions of color reflected on Lake Union with city lights in the distance.

For those of you over 21 and looking for a party on the water, buy tickets now for the 4th of July Boat Party, there’s only space for 150 people so the sooner you have your tickets the better. Two floors, a dance floor, champagne table service and an amazing view of the fireworks over Lake Union. Dance the night away while cruising around Lake Union and Lake Washington. Another place to enjoy some drinks at but on dry land is the swanky mbar is hosting a rooftop party. The event tickets are $80 and include an appetizer buffet and a rooftop view of Lake Union’s famous fireworks.

Want to celebrate the night before?. Since July 4th is a holiday, then you’ll need somewhere to celebrate after work on July 3rd. Nectar Lounge in Fremont is hosting a Jai Ho! Dance Party: Red, White and Bollywood. If that name doesn’t get you to go I don’t know what will. Indian style music and including a dance class is sure to be a fun and entertaining evening.

For East side dwellers, Bellevue Downtown Park is the place to go for fireworks. A family friendly day starts early and will give you plenty of time to enjoy the park. A fun zone area is set up for the kids, live music and food are available before the remarkable fireworks show. Celebrate Kirkland has events scheduled for the family starting as early as 10 am. Kids can decorate for a parade starting at 11:30. Stay for food, picnics and music. Fireworks will be at Marina Park at 10:15 pm. The City of Sammamish and Microsoft have teamed up together to create an enjoyable evening starting at 6:00 pm with lots of food trucks, giveaways, games for kids and adults and of course fireworks. In Renton the party starts early at 9:00 am with an all-day volleyball tournament. Located at the Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park which is a destination in itself covering 57 acres and located on Lake Washington. Bring your boat to enjoy the 25-minute fireworks show from the lake at 10:00 pm.

Looking for a dog friendly 4th of July event around Seattle? The 4th of July isn’t only for humans, start the day off right with a good deed and a fun morning. Grab your dog and head to Four on the Fourth Dog Jog and Walk, tickets are $20 benefiting the humane society in Bellevue. If you don’t yet have a dog, not to worry, look for a big yellow bus full of furry friends needing a good home! Help your new friend declare independence from the humane society’s kennel. Afterwards is a doggie costume contest and a bounce house for your two-legged kids.

A word to the wise; although fireworks can be bought easily throughout the state of Washington they are banned by most cities in the area. If you’re caught lighting them off you can receive a large fine. Please check here for your local laws.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

5 Ways New Homes Help Conserve Energy in the Summer

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: June 19, 2018

Summer’s finally rolling around, and we all know what that means: crazy high energy bills from blasting the A/C. But if you’re living in a home built within the last few years, those costs may not actually be so high.

Did you know that newer homes tend to be more energy efficient? This is true for new homes even without investing in smart thermostats or high-end appliances. Homes built in the last five years tend to have better insulation, are constructed with higher-end materials, and often have state-of-the-art ventilation systems to improve air quality.

1. Energy-Efficient Window Panes
New homes are often built with double- or triple-pane windows, which can help prevent heat from coming through or going out. Since many older homes were constructed with single-panes, sunlight beaming through those windows can raise those cooling costs. With a new home, you won’t have to worry about keeping your drapes closed – let all that sunshine in!

2. Cooler Lightbulbs
No, we’re not talking about multi-colored or glow-in-the-dark bulbs. Energy-efficient light bulbs can keep your home cooler than traditional ones. Did you know that 90% of the energy coming off of regular light bulbs is wasted as heat? Many newer homes come equipped with CFLs and LEDs, offering a cooler lighting option for homeowners.

3. Improved Insulation
We mentioned this one before. Newer homes have better insulation, which helps keep your home cool longer. Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is much easier with improved insulation, meaning you’ll run that air conditioner less with a newer home.

4. More Efficient Home Appliances
New appliances perform now better than ever with highly efficient systems that offer features like quieter operation and moisture control. These high-performing appliances quickly cool down your home and then switch off, saving you money and keeping your new home at its optimal temperature longer.

5. Solar Panels
This one may be cheating a little – not every new home comes equipped with solar panels. However, solar panel installation in the U.S. nearly doubled in 2016 with over 1.3 installations across the country. With the energy saving potential (up to $30,000 over a 20 year period!) it’s no wonder many new home builders are investing a little up front for some pretty hefty savings down the road.

There are many advantages to buying a new home, like improved ventilation and air quality, but in the summertime, those benefits really shine. You can keep your home cooler and your energy costs lower with a newer, more energy-efficient house.

Mercer Island: Open House This Weekend!

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Open House, Real Estate News, Seattle | Posted: June 15, 2018

Discover what luxurious living is all about at our brand new Mercer Island Open House Event this weekend!

When: Saturday, June 23rd & Sunday, June 24th
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: 3622 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

We look forward to seeing you at our brand new Mercer Island Open House this weekend, feel free to grab some friends and be inspired by the latest in home design, functionality, and style. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own private tour before or after the weekend event, please give us a call at (206) 557-6308 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

View the Mercer Island Home’s listing page here to view additional home photos and floor plan details.

Driving Directions:

  • From I-90 W
  • Take exit 7 for Island Crest Way 0.2 mi
  • Turn left onto Island Crest Way 0.3 mi
  • Merge onto Island Crest Way 0.6 mi
  • Turn left onto 84th Ave SE 95 ft
  • Turn left to stay on 84th Ave SE
  • The Home can be found at 3622 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Mercer Island: Open House Event This Weekend

Categories: American Classic News, Events, Open House, Washington | Posted: June 14, 2018

Discover what luxurious living is all about at our brand new Mercer Island Open House Event this weekend!

When: Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: 3622 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

We look forward to seeing you at our brand new Mercer Island Open House this weekend, feel free to grab some friends and be inspired by the latest in home design, functionality, and style. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own private tour before or after the weekend event, please give us a call at (206) 557-6308 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

View the Mercer Island Home’s listing page here to view additional home photos and floor plan details.

Driving Directions:

  • From I-90 W
  • Take exit 7 for Island Crest Way 0.2 mi
  • Turn left onto Island Crest Way 0.3 mi
  • Merge onto Island Crest Way 0.6 mi
  • Turn left onto 84th Ave SE 95 ft
  • Turn left to stay on 84th Ave SE
  • The Home can be found at 3622 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

 

 

 

2018 Seattle Beer Festival List

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Events, Kirkland, Seattle, Washington | Posted: June 11, 2018

What’s a Seattle summer like without a beer festival? Luckily you don’t have to find out. The Pacific Northwest is famous for its beer and there is no shortage of small batch brew pubs in and around Seattle. Not only are there dozens of beers brewed here, but even the hops are local! In fact, Yakima, WA valley grows 75% of hops for the entire country. So we recommend supporting local businesses by trying some of our fantastic beers. Home to many beer festivals throughout the summer, we have gathered some information for you to select from!

 

Washington Brewers Festival

Bring dad out for Father’s Day weekend and celebrate Washington breweries. With 100 breweries available and over 500 beers to choose from, the hardest part of the day will be deciding which ones to drink.  In addition, there will be live music, food trucks and activities for the kids including face painting, crafts, balloon animals and root beer. Friday night is just for adults, but kids are welcome Saturday and Sunday. $30 tickets $35 at the door includes 8 tasting tokens. June 15, 4-9:30pm June 16, 11-8:00pm June 17, 11:30-5:30pm. Run on in for early admission, take part in the Washington Beer Run. Located at Marymoor Park 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond, WA.

 

Seattle International Beer Fest

It would be a shame to miss this event, check out the link for a list of over 100 breweries from around the world. Tickets include beer tokens to be exchanged for beer! Keep your beer glass and wristband and come back all weekend. A wide variety of food and a schedule of live music will be available. July 6 & 7 12-10:00pm July 8, 12-7:00pm. Located at the Seattle Center Fisher Lawn and Pavilion, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA.

 

Summer Ale Fest

This festival is on July 15th from 6-9:00pm and is located at Within Sodo 2916 Utah Avenue South, Seattle. Tickets are $30 and  include unlimited 2oz tasters and snacks.

 

Bremerton Beer Festival

Live music, local food and over 30 local brews focusing on fruit infusions. Make this fest an adventure by taking the ferry to Bremerton. No car necessary, the festival is just off the boat. Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door only $15 with a military ID and includes 6-5 oz tastes. Located at Bremerton Boardwalk 100 2nd St. Bremerton, WA.

 

Phinney Brewkilau

Come out for a fun neighborhood Tiki party with over 30 local breweries with  proceeds going toward community programs. The part will take place July 21st, 4:00-7:00 pm and will cost $25-$30 per ticket. The tickets include beer tasting and snacks. The event is located at Phinney Center: 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle WA.

 

4-Corners Brewfest

A neighborhood beer festival with 17 local breweries. The proceeds go to four local neighborhoods August 11, 3-7:00pm. Located at the Innis Arden Clubhouse 1430 NW 188th St, Shoreline, WA.

 

Hard Cider Festival

If your tastes are on the sweeter side this festival is for you. Come on over to the Hard Cider Festival to taste ciders from all over the Pacific Northwest! Buy tickets before July 31st for $30 Or $40 after $45 at the door; tickets include 8- 4oz tasting tokens. August 12, 12-4:00pm. Located at Thomas Family Farm 9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish.

 

Washington Beer BBQ

Stand by for details August 18th. Located at Lake Union Park 860 Terry Ave N. Seattle, WA.

 

Belltown Block Party

Go for breweries, wineries and cideries, live music, street food and even grape stomping. August 25, $35 early entry tickets are available at 2pm; $25 tickets from 3-7:00pm with proceeds going to Plymouth housing group providing homes to the homeless. Located at Belltown Park between 2nd and 4th Ave on Bell Street, Seattle, WA.

 

Lagunitas Beer Circus Seattle

So this one isn’t exactly a beer festival, but it deserves a mention. Have you ever been to a beer circus before? A circus with 100 performers and a roaming marching band! Taking place August 25th 12-5:00pm. Buy tickets early for only $40. This event is located at the Lagunitas Brewing Company 1550 Northwest 49th Street, Seattle, WA.

 

Fremont Octoberfest

Sunday bring the whole family including pooches, who can be entered into a dog model contest. Kids will enjoy a huge slide, bouncy house, pumpkin decorating and zucchini car racing. There’s lots of entertainment with pumpkin chainsaw carving, a street scramble scavenger hunt, enjoy the indoor beer hall or not so German big screen sport playing televisions. Grand admission is $30. With 10 tasting tokens or General admission $25 tickets for 5 tasting tokens. September 21, 5-12:00am, September 22, 12pm-12:00am September 23, 12-6pm. Located at 3503 Phinney Ave, Seattle, WA.

 

Kirkland Octoberfest

We’re still a little early for all of the information on this one, but be sure to check the link for updates. Kirkland’s beer festival is happening on September 21st-23rd

 

Seattle Fresh Hops Beer Fest

Local breweries galore, come enjoy the fall weather with a beer. Tickets $25 in advance $30 at the door October 7th 1-9:00pm. Located at Hale’s Palladium 4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA.

 

Brew at the Zoo

Enjoy a backdrop of wild animals while you drink at the zoo. With 60 breweries to choose from. Proceeds go towards zoo conservation. Tickets $34 or premium $60 include drink tokens and zoo discounts, premium tickets include 4 admission tickets to bring family or friends back at a later date October 4th 6-9:00pm premium entry at 5:00pm. Located at West Entrance 550 Phinney Ave N, Seattle or the South Entrance located at 750 N 50th Street, Seattle, WA.

 

Seattle Harvest Fest

Finish the season strong and welcome the harvest with fresh fall beers including fruit blends, spiced ales and pumpkin beers. Tickets include unlimited 2oz tasters and snacks, food trucks available for food purchases. Taking place October 11th 6-9:00pm, the tickets are $30.Located at Within Sodo 2916 Utah Avenue South, Seattle, WA.

Only you can support small beer business, it’s a tough job, but we know you’re up for the task. Enjoy!

 

Seattle Farmers Market List

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Renton, Seattle, Washington | Posted: June 5, 2018

Spring and summer are amazing in Seattle, the sun shines and the flowers are blooming, which means that it is farmer’s market season! Almost every neighborhood in Seattle has their own farmers market, each with their own flair. One of the best things about the Seattle neighborhood farmers markets are that they are often open on different days, so if you miss one you can just head to another neighborhood the next day! Not only do you always have the freshest produce available, but it’s a nice excuse to enjoy different neighborhoods, architecture, parks, gardens and restaurants close by.

Farmers markets aren’t just for zucchini anymore, they now have impressive lists of vendors, wine, beer, artisan foods, flowers, art, jewelry and a wide, evolving amount of international street food and food trucks. They often have live music and street performers for entertainment as well. We created a neighborhood Farmer’s Market day breakdown for people who want to know which farmers markets are closest to them and are open on what days.

Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Market Days and Hours of Operation:

Wednesdays

Columbia City Neighborhood Farmers Market

May 9th – October 10th  | Wednesdays 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Located at S. Edmunds St & 37th Ave S

 

Wallingford Farmers Market

May 16th – September 26th | Wednesdays 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Located in Meridian Park on Meridian Ave N & N 50th St

 

Thursdays

Queen Anne Farmers Market

June 7th – October 11th | 3:00pm – 7:30pm

Located at Queen Anne Ave N & West Crockett St.

 

Lake City Neighborhood Farmers Market

June 7th – October 4th | 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Located at 28th NE & 125th

 

Fridays

Phinney Neighborhood Farmers Market

June 1st – September 28th | Fridays 3:30pm – 7:30pm

Located at Phinney Ave N. & N. 67th St.

 

Madrona Farmers Market

May 18th – October 26th | Fridays 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Located at Martin Luther King Jr. Way & E. Union St.

 

Saturdays

Magnolia Neighborhood Farmers Market

June 2nd – October 20th | Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm (Exception of Aug. 5)

Located at Magnolia Village @ West McGraw St. & 33rd Ave W.

 

South Lake Union

May 4th – Sept 8th |  It’s an all food market Saturdays 11:00am – 4:00pm

Located at 9th & Denny

 

Night Market in South Lake Union

once a month enjoy DJ’s in the park Saturdays from 4-10:00

June 16th, July 21st, August 25th and September 15th | Once a month enjoy DJ’s in the park Saturdays from 4:00pm – 10:00pm 

Located at 139 9th Ave N

 

Surrounding Seattle Areas and Cities Farmers Markets:

Tuesdays

Crossroads Bellevue

June 5th – September 25th | Tuesdays 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Located at 15600 NE 8th St Bellevue

 

Wednesdays

Sammamish Farmers Market

May 9th – September 26th | Wednesdays 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Located at 801 228th Ave SE City Hall, Sammamish

 

Kirkland Wednesday Market

June – September  | Wednesdays 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Located at Marina Park in Kirkland

 

Thursdays

Bellevue Farmers Market

May 17th – October 11th | Thursdays 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Located in the parking lot of Bellevue Presbyterian Church 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue

 

Fridays

Juanita Friday Market

June 1st – September 28th  | Fridays 3-7:00

Located at Juanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Dr. Kirkland

 

Bothell Farmers Market

June 1st – September 28th | Fridays 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Located at 23718 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell

 

Saturdays

Redmond Saturday Market

May – October | Saturdays 9:00am – 3:00pm

Located at 7730 Leary Way, Redmond

 

Issaquah Farmers Market

May 5th – September 29th | Saturdays 9:00am – 2:00pm

Located at the Pickering Barn 1730 10th Ave NW Issaquah

 

Woodinville Farmers Market

May 5th – September 29th | Saturdays 9:00am – 3:00pm

Located at 17110 140th Ave NE, Woodinville

 

Sundays

Lake Forest Park Farmers Market

May 13th – October 31st  | Sundays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Located at Bothell Way & Ballinger Way, Lake Forest Park

 

Mercer Island Farmers Market

June 3rd – October 7th | Sundays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Located at 7700 SE 32nd St. Mercer Island

 

Farmers Markets That Are Open Year-Round in Seattle:

There are luckily five large farmers markets that are open all year long. You don’t have to get sucked down by the winter doldrums of cabbage and brussels sprouts, there are fresh organic options available all year round in Seattle farmers markets.

 

Pike Place Market – Open Every Day 9:00am – 5:00pm

Pike Place Market

The most famous of course being Pike Place Market! Open every day from 9-6:00, Sundays from 9-5:00. The only thing this market doesn’t sell is cars. You could live above and never have to leave your building. Known especially for the colorful fresh cut flowers year-round. There can also be found market stalls from around the world, over 30 restaurants, cooking classes, a cabaret, artists, theaters, bars, dance clubs, a brewery, comedy and even a cheese factory! It’s a self-contained city in itself.

Located at 85 Pike Street

 

U-District – Saturdays 9:00am – 2:00pm

Step aside New York; the U-District has everything and more. This market is amazing! Check out over 200 yelp photos from other impressed shoppers.

Open year-round every Saturday 9:00am – 2:00pm

Located at University Way NE between 50th & 52nd Streets

 

Capitol Hill Broadway – Sundays 11:00am – 3:00pm

Capitol Hill Broadway

Open year-round on Sundays 11:00am – 3:00pm

Located at Broadway Ave East & Pine St.

 

West Seattle – Sundays 10:00am – 2:00pm

West Seattle Farmers Market

Open year-round on Sundays 10:00am – 2:00pm

Located at SW Alaska & California Ave SW

 

Ballard Sundays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Ballard

Open year-round on Sundays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Located at 22nd Avenue NW & NW Market St.

 

There are too many amazing things at each market to list but we recommend checking out each and every one of them. Washington state’s fertile, coastal environment is rich with fresh, organic and local produce that is able to provide produce year-round. In fact, NW Washington grows 95% of the raspberries in the entire country. Combine that with abundant blueberry fields, Washington apples, plums, blackberry bushes and mild enough winters to grow root vegetables and leafy greens all year long, so you will be able to find all of your produce at a Seattle Farmer’s Market. Don’t forget to bring your reusable bags!

Where to Bike in Seattle

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Seattle | Posted: June 1, 2018

If you have never been on a bike in Seattle before or haven’t for a while, it’s time to jump aboard. Nothing creates happiness like bicycles and lucky for you, Seattle has lots of trails and bike rental options! Known as the Emerald City, Seattle is green in more ways than one. In order to keep it green, the city has a master plan to make bicycling a safe, easy option for its growing population of families and commuters.

Although the hills in Seattle can be a challenge in some areas, the trail system is well laid out taking advantage of flat land, river banks and no longer used railroads that have been converted to long stretches of relaxed and enjoyable trail systems. The trails tie areas together and save the natural environment in between. Unlike many large cities, Seattle has done a great job of preserving natural spaces, parks and waterfront, creating trails that are a liberating and beautiful way to see the city.

The best part about biking in Seattle is that you don’t even need your own bike. Just be sure to bring your own helmet, because it is required by law almost all over Washington State, and take advantage of Seattle’s bike share program. These programs provide bicycles to use cheaply and they are easily found all over the city and can be found all over the city, as they are outfitted with a tracking device. It’s as easy as turning on the app and a map will pop up showing you where the closest bikes are, find the one you desire, unlock it with the app, and off you go. The bicycles are owned by three different companies easily identifiable by their colors; Spin bikes ($2/hr) are bright orange, bright yellow are Ofo ($1/hr) or Lime bike ($2/hr $1/hr for students or University staff) which is bright green with yellow walled tires. All three can be left anywhere appropriate without blocking pedestrian paths. Often the companies will run promotions and the first ride is free!

The bike paths listed below are mostly focused in and around the Seattle metro area and its nearby neighboring cities. All of the listed bike paths are relatively flat and can easily be biked by the average rider. The absolute best map of city trails can be found right here zoom in and move around for more trails and locations. More Seattle area biking maps can be found here

 

  • Start off strong with one of Seattle’s most popular and longest rides, the Burke-Gilman Trail covers 18.8 miles. This is a well-loved trail utilized by commuters and wanderers meandering through some of the best areas in the city. Starting in Golden Gardens Park in Ballard, it skirts Shilshole Bay along the water for a mile then brings you to the Locks where the trail separates to roads for a mile. Pick it up again in Fremont and then through the University district. Keep riding to Mathews Beach Park with 100 beautiful feet of shoreline and take a quick dip to cool off from the ride. Back on the bike to Lake Forest park in Kenmore and continue all the way to Bothell. Here if you want to make an adventure out of it, you can continue onto the:
  • Sammish River Trail and head South East another 11 miles. Follow the Sammish river starting off in Bothell and travel all the way to Redmond. The trail connects with lots of other trails along the way.
  • Cheshiahud Lake Union loop, is 6-miles and connects with the Burke Gilman for part of the way in Fremont. Make a day of it and take a leisurely ride around the Lake with multiple stops along the way. Linked with 35 parks including the very interesting and pretty Gasworks park. Another fun place to check out along the way is the funky Fremont area known for its interesting art, statues and breweries including the Peddler Brewing Company where you can tune up your bike while you drink, with a bike pump and a bike parts vending machine. Or just park your bike inside while you play board games, check out the beer garden or old school movie nights.
  • SR 520 Trail-This beautiful bridge extension makes it possible to safely cross the 520 bridge by bicycle. It’s an incredible feeling to ride a bike over the afternoon parking lot enjoying glistening views of Lake Washington that you won’t appreciate from a car.
  • Alki Trail7-mile beautiful beach front trail with views of the Seattle Skyline from the West side. It follows the beach around West Seattle and wanders through piers and parks along the way. Whale sightings here are common if you’re lucky!
  • Duwamish River Trail to the Green River Trail together make up 30 miles of biking bliss running from South Seattle all the way to Kent. Connected in parts by some street riding. Both trails are connected and have occasional bridges. The Duwamish and Green Rivers are the same river, with the name change occurring when you get to Tukwila.
  • Elliot Bay Trail, 3.4 miles long, another beautiful waterside trail starting off in Magnolia Park it runs through the South of Queen Anne and ends at the Olympic Sculpture Park where you can stroll through and enjoy the views of sculptures and the Olympic Mountains. After that check out the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). From here walk your bike for safety less than a mile to Pike Place Market and enjoy local chowder on the waterfront.
  • Another great length trail is the Mountains to Sound I-90 trail, 10 miles of relatively flat trail, although the name implies otherwise. Also, a fabulous extension of the I-90 for you to fly over during rush hour enjoying the breeze that the stopped cars will not. Enjoy views of Mount Rainer and glistening Lake Washington along the way.
  • Green Lake, you can’t officially call yourself a Seattle resident until you’ve been to Green Lake. Thousands of people come every day to enjoy this beautiful park. 2.8-miles around makes a good, quick work out loop. Keep an eye out for dogs, bikes, strollers and roller skaters while enjoying this well-traveled trail. It’s easy to see why it’s so beloved with pretty views of the lake front, multiple varieties of huge old trees, BBQ’s, a wading pool for toddlers when it’s warm, diving boards, floating rafts, rowing teams, sports fields, a playground and general excitement shared by so many people. If you’re lucky you’ll spot a log covered with turtles in the lily pad area and some of the first blackberries of the season are usually found here in this sunny spot.

The many, wonderful benefits of biking can’t be over stated. Biking is good for the environment, the wallet, the waist line, your entire well-being, and your happiness. It’s difficult to get upset while riding happily past traffic or trying to find a parking spot for your pedal pusher. No parking fees or waiting for free parking days to enjoy your life. A coffee and a bicycle are all stress relief you’ll ever need.

 

Hot Tips for Outdoor Summer Living Made Easy

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: May 31, 2018

Is there anything better than a summer BBQ in the sun? When summer rolls around, it’s impossible not to get excited about pool parties, sun bathing, grilling, and playing in the backyard with your family. If you’re planning on spending some serious time outside this summer, here are some helpful tips for making your backyard THE place to be.

Grow Your Own Produce

You don’t know “fresh” until you’ve eaten a tomato straight from your own garden. Spice up salsa, freshen up pasta salad, and surprise your guests with a tasty salad of veggies you grew yourself! Plenty of plants thrive in the heat and make an excellent addition to your summer meals. Try growing some sweet potatoes, hot peppers, green beans, sunflowers, and zucchini.

Cool Down with Kiddie Pools, Sprinklers, and More!

If you don’t have a pool in your backyard, consider investing in a temporary water feature. They’re fun for all ages and a great way to cool down. You can buy kiddie pools in various sizes (some even large enough for adults to sit in), goofy sprinklers, and even hot tubs or saunas.

Add Ample Lighting for Late-Night Partying

On a 90-degree day, it’s hard to do anything but lay in the shade and drink lemonade. When it gets to be that hot, why not plan a party later in the night? Set up lighting on your deck, patio, and around the yard, and invite friends over. As the sun goes down, you and your guests will be much more comfortable.

Set Up in the Shade

Summer fun comes to a screeching halt when you and your family are burnt to a crisp. Avoid staying out in the sun for too long by setting up in the shade. If you don’t have a covered porch or trees in your backyard, invest in an umbrella or two to keep everybody nice and cool while they’re enjoying the sunshine.

Create an Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens have been all the rage lately – from traditional charcoal grills to tricked-out gas ranges and ovens. Whether your budget allows for an extravagant outdoor kitchen or just a few appliances, setting up an outdoor kitchen is a smart idea for hosts. Cooking outside is much cooler than crowding around a hot stove, and preparing food for guests is easy. Just make sure you’re keeping kids away from any open flames or heat sources.

Maximizing your backyard for the summer doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a few additions, you can set your family and friends up for a summer filled with BBQs, pool parties, and outdoor fun.

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