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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!

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

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.

 

Activities And Hobbies To Try If You Are New To Seattle

Categories: American Classic News, Lifestyle, Seattle, Washington | Posted: May 21, 2018

Seattle is a stunning city. There is no other city in the world with views of the tremendous, white capped Olympic Mountains that jut out from behind the deep blue Puget Sound waters. There’s a reason why Seattle has so many transplants moving here from all across the world. But one thing we hear from recent transplants is “what should I learn or do to be more like a local” and “how best should I spend my time in this every changing city?” Well for one thing, there are so many opportunities and things to do in and around Seattle that we decided to create a list of recommended hobbies and activities to share for anyone wanting to learn how best to take advantage of all that Seattle and its surrounding areas offer.

We created a fun list of activities or hobbies that we recommend checking out for yourself and adopting if you truly want to become a more like a local.

 

  • Water sports: With 8 lakes in the immediate Seattle area, of which, Lake Union and Lake Washington are the largest, there’s a wide range of water sports and activities to choose from. Each body of water can offer something different, boating, water skiing, fishing, or sailing. Lake Washington and Green lake are easy accessible fresh water lakes to swim and paddle board, or on warm summer days you can lazily float on a unicorn or pizza raft instead.
  • Hiking: It would be impossible to count the hundreds if not thousands of hikes in and around the Seattle area. You can be sure that there are plenty and they are abundant for every level of hiker. Forest walks can be done year-round in the temperate climate, and you’ll almost never be far from a refreshing water source in the summer months. In the winter time prepare for rain with a poncho in your pack and always check the weather as well as the trail reports on the Washington Trail Association’s website before heading on any hike.
  • Biking: The biking trail system in Seattle and the surrounding areas is fantastic and it’s getting better and better with major plans in the works. One of the longest city trails is called the interurban trail it is made up of a North and South portion. The North runs 24 miles from Edmonds to Everett including several towns on the way. The South portion is 1 miles and runs from Tukwila to the town of Pacific. Under construction right now is a central corridor that will link all of the East side trails together, with 16.5 miles of old railroad being converted to bike trails there will soon be a way to ride from Woodinville in the North all the way to Renton in the safety of tree-lined pathways.
  • Running: If you love the outdoors then you’re in luck, there are more than enough trail options for whatever kind of environment you’re looking for. Not only are there ample urban or more rustic running trails to go to, there are also multitudes of races to choose from! There’s a race almost every single weekend, including in the mild Seattle winters. You can sometimes choose from up to 8 races in one day if you’re looking for a challenge. From 5k fun runs, trail runs and marathons there is something for every type of runner. With over 18 running clubs in the area you don’t need to train alone, join one and meet some like-minded Seattleites or new transplant
  • Get a dog: If you have yet to own a furry friend then you might be shocked to know that dogs actually outnumber children in Seattle proper. So if you are looking to grow your family with a dog then know that there are 14 recognized dog parks in Seattle that you can take advantage of. Magnuson and Westcrest parks both have over 8 acres for your dog to run. Most also offer doggie drinking fountains and special areas for small or shy dogs to feel safe and comfortable.
  • Camping: If you prefer to venture out, there are over 30 State parks to choose from all within 2 hours of the city of Seattle. Or if you’re fairly new to camping and you don’t want to leave the city to set up a tent or rent a rustic cabin then you don’t have to. Camp Long is right here in town, complete with a ropes course, fire pits and events spaces, it’s the perfect place to test your camping skills before heading out to more rustic environments.
  • Yoga: It might not surprise you that with all of the athletic adventure around Seattle there is also a thriving yoga culture. Whether you are looking for slow flow, pre-natal, vinyasa, Bikram, Yin or Kundalini there is a studio for you to shed your rush hour stress. If you’re shy to trying group yoga, you can also request private training if you choose to go that route.

 

If none of the activities listed above are your speed then you might enjoy our more relaxed approach recommendations to becoming “one of us”.  There are plenty of hobbies and activities to do in Seattle that don’t include having to plan out an entire weekend.

 

  • Beer Tasting: Seattle is one of the original cities known for its craft beer brew pubs and has more of them than you could visit in a week. No, that is not a challenge. But with fabulous outdoor seating and delicious menus, I doubt you’ll meet a beer that you don’t like. Fun fact: Eastern Washington is the Hops Capital of the World so you can be sure we know how to brew some tasty beer.
  • Wine Tasting: Washington state is known for wine, with almost 70 varietals, it is the second largest producer of wine in the United States. Over the mountains on the Eastern (dry) side of the state they know a thing or two about wine. With over a dozen tasting rooms in Seattle, the wines of Eastern Washington have come to you.
  • Board Games: You don’t have to sit in your home to play board games anymore, there are fun and interesting bars for that in Seattle. There are a handful of board game bars, with some being family or dog friendly as well. We recommend trying out Mox Boarding House or the The Raygun Lounge for the best board game bar experiences, as well as going online to check out their lively events calendars if you’re interested in tournaments.
  • Restaurants: We don’t know if eating mass quantities of food can be considered a hobby, but why not? We all eat several times a day and Seattle has such beautiful cuisines it would be a shame not to recommend attempting to try them all. Seattle’s specialties include anything with fresh fish, traditional NW chowder, Asian and other international influences. With the city growing at such a rate, chefs are coming and bringing creativity and flavors from all over the world with them.

 

Seattle is a bustling city with something for everyone to enjoy, even your furry friends.

 

 

 

What To Do If Your Power Goes Out In Seattle

Categories: Seattle | Posted: October 16, 2017

If the power goes out, are you prepared? As the seasons change, it’s a great time to get ready for storms and potential power outages. Puget Sound Energy has web and mobile tools to help you report and track power outages.

You should also make sure to bookmark NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to get local weather updates from to stay up to date.

Builder Partnerships Names American Classic Homes Winners of Customer Satisfaction Achievement Award for a Third Year in a Row

Categories: American Classic News, Home Builder Awards, New Homes, Recognition of Home Builders, Seattle | Posted: March 21, 2017

Denver, Co. – American Classic Homes, a New Home builder based in Mercer Island, Washington was awarded Highest Distinction in Customer Satisfaction in the Builder Partnerships Achievement Award for Customer Satisfaction for the third year in a row.

“In these days of increasing demand for homes, builders must be focused on customer satisfaction, and the best builders are,” says Monica Wheaton, CEO of Builder Partnerships. “The Builder Partnerships Achievement Award for Customer Satisfaction recognizes those companies that have high standards, company culture, and processes in place to deliver what is most important to home buyers—quality construction and a great buying experience. American Classic Homes certainly fits that bill.”

To assure a high integrity process, Builder Partnerships put together a team of industry experts, including Chuck Shinn of Builder Partnerships, Littleton, Colorado; Charlie Scott of Woodland, O’Brien and Scott, St. Paul, Minnesota; and Carol Smith of Home Address, Colorado Springs, Colorado to be part of the Evaluation Committee for the award. To be considered for this recognition, applicants needed to have at least 88% of its home buyers say they were willing to refer the company to friends or family. Once clearing that hurdle, the company’s customer service and referral rate were further evaluated in an in-depth review of its processes and documentation. Builders scoring at least 100 points on their evaluation scores earned Highest Distinction.

American Classic Homes has built a strong culture focused on customer satisfaction that permeates the company. In addition, it has worked hard to build processes that encourage suppliers and trade contractors to support that effort, and the final beneficiary is the home buyer.

The Builder Partnerships Achievement Award differentiates itself from other recognitions in two key areas. First, it is an independent and cost-effective customer satisfaction measurement that is available to all builders, not just those in certain markets or of a certain size.

Second, the award does not rank one builder against another but recognizes all builders who achieve a benchmark of customer satisfaction, which gives home buyers a truer measure of a company’s quality.

 


About Builder Partnerships: Builder Partnerships is a member organization focused on providing management training and consulting to help builders improve their performance and profit.  Currently we represent approximately 550 builders in the United States and Canada who have projected about 75,000 homes built collectively this year.  With over 75 manufacturer and service providers associated with our group, Builder Partnerships also manages streamlined, competitive incentive programs and works to strengthen relationships between builders, manufacturers and other service providers in the industry. www.BuilderPartnerships.com

About Woodland, O’Brien & Scott: Woodland, O’Brien & Scott is one of the housing industries original customer satisfaction survey and consulting firms. The Principal Partners of Woodland, O’Brien & Scott have more than 60 years of first hand homebuilding experience and utilize this experience along with proprietary surveys, and software to identify client strengths, weaknesses, provide benchmarking services, and identify client performance improvement opportunities. Learn more about Woodland, O’Brien & Scott at www.woodlandobrien.com or by contacting Charlie Scott at CharlieS@woodlandobrien.com.

About Home Address: For more than 30 years, Carol Smith and Home Address have provided home builders with practical insights and proven techniques that cut to the heart of any service issue. Smith’s methods have helped hundreds of builders develop better service expertise, establish a stronger position in a challenging market and win genuine customer loyalty.

For more information or media inquiries about the Builder Partnerships Achievement Awards, please contact Monica Wheaton, CEO, Builder Partnerships, monica@builderpartnerships.com Phone: 800-456-7865. Web:  www.BuilderPartnerships.com

Hot Spot Home Buying Map

Categories: American Classic News, Seattle, Washington | Posted: January 16, 2017

Here at American Classic Homes we know that making a move can be a big decision. Some of the biggest details to consider are things like the average cost of either purchasing or renting a home (depending on which is a better option of you), the ability to commute, and the cost of living. Using data from Trulia and Expatistan, we took a look at some of the biggest US cities with major appeal that are considered ‘Hot Spots’ to live in and then we created this map portraying where those cities rank within these major decision factors. We hope this tool helps you decide what the next place you should call “home” is!