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Three Ways to Enjoy Free Entry to Seattle Museums

Categories: American Classic News, Lifestyle, Washington | Posted: December 5, 2018

Winter evenings in Seattle can be a bit dark, the sun sets early and yes, it sometimes rains.,Use it as an excuse to go get some culture, museums create engaging conversations with warm lighting, bright colors and inspiration. It might be just the thing to brighten your winter nights and help you to make some new friends or bring old ones closer.

Seattle has a brilliant variety of interactive museums that will keep you and your company chatting away and enjoying yourselves no matter what the topic.

Living in Seattle is wonderful, but with all of the recent growth and thousands of people moving here it’s gotten a bit pricey, between crossing the bridge, parking and entrance fees, date and family nights out can be a hindrance. There is a reprieve for families and singles looking to spend an evening at the museum.

The Seattle Public Library system allows people with a library card to reserve free museum passes to 15 locations, including the Woodland Park Zoo and the Seattle Aquarium. Each pass is good for 2 or more people depending on which location you visit and you can revisit each museum once a month for free with your library card.

Library passes used for the Center for Wooden Boats also come with one free hour of a row boat rental (in season) to paddle around on Lake Union.

The King County Library System cards provide museum passes to eight locations for free, including the Seattle Aquarium and the Kids Quest children’s museum in Bellevue.

If the Seattle library passes are booked out, you’re still in luck. Several museums offer free days on the first Thursday of every month, most museums stay open late on these days to give you the most of your free entry!

 

  • Center for Wooden Boats at Lake Union is always free to enter, come enjoy the exhibits and water views year-round. The Center for Wooden Boat members can come on the third Friday of almost every month to hear professional speakers tell their tales of adventure and experience. It’s a great way to network and meet others with similar taste in boating.
  • Frye Art Museum is always free and with a rotating gallery it’s worth stopping by every so often to see what’s new.
  • Klondike Gold Rush Museum is free and run by the National Park Service, come find out how Seattle historically aided the gold rush in Alaska and while you’re here pick up maps and advice on National Parks to explore.
  • SAM or Seattle Art Museum is open for first Thursdays, with half priced access to special exhibits. If you don’t want to brave the crowds, other days are by donation. You can still come visit for a minimal fee if you’d rather see other locations on first Thursday.
  • Asian Art Museum is currently closed for renovations, but check back, they’ll open up with a fresh look in 2019. They participate in first Thursdays and are open for families free of charge on first Saturdays.
  • Museum of Flight, free on first Thursdays, is rated number four of 420 things to do in Seattle on tripadvisor, this one’s a crowd favorite. You’ll want plenty of time to enjoy the museum, with several buildings, floors and hands-on exhibits. Many of the planes are open for visitors to crawl around the interior.
  • Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) free on first Thursdays, another rave-worthy museum that’s great for kids and adults. Four floors of history and stellar views from the top, lend views of Lake Union, come learn more about your home town. This is a huge museum and will keep you occupied for hours.
  • Living Computers Museum + Labs free on first Thursdays, don’t let the website fool you this museum is for adults and kids alike and is very popular. Robots, 80’s arcade games, vintage video games, this place is an interactive technology heaven it will bring you back through memory lane and teach your kids a bit about the recent past while keeping the lesson fun and interesting.
  • Northwest African American Museum free on first Thursdays, find out more about the history of African Americans in the Northwest in this intimate museum and you’re welcome to do a little digging in the genealogy center while you’re at it.
  • Henry Art Gallery free first Thursdays and every Sunday located in the University District. Henry is an interesting contemporary art gallery, with interactive exhibits for children.
  • Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) free on First Fridays, come out on a different night to enjoy the arts and rotating exhibits through Bellevue. With special Saturday activities for families and children and occasional free family days.

First Thursdays are a lot of fun, but they can be very busy, if you have time during the day it’s a good time to come or between seven and nine once the crowds thin out.

Public transit is always a good idea, but especially for first Thursdays, it can help with your enjoyment of the museums when you don’t have to troll around looking for a parking space.

It’s easy to get hung up on day to day living and forget about the treasures we have right here in our own town, don’t forget to be a tourist and enjoy the city where you live with all of it’s treasures.

11 Winter Art Walks to Warm Your Creative Spirit this Winter in Seattle

Categories: Community Spotlight, Seattle, Washington | Posted: November 26, 2018

There are just shy of a dozen art walks that keep on dazzling through the winter in Seattle neighborhoods, they don’t board up and hide away during the rainy season. Local businesses open their doors to create warm, dry and inviting locations to come and enjoy the art scene. During the Holiday season it’s a great opportunity to find unique artwork for your home or a friend’s while benefitting a starving artist in the process.

Art walks have grown in the last few years, and although most cities usually host one or two a month, Seattle is a particularly artistic town and has 11 during the “off” season!

During these events, businesses all over the neighborhood will open their doors to display art work created by local artists. Coffee shops, banks, restaurants, theaters, salons and any other participating business stay open late and often play live music while offering wine and small bites for free while exhibiting local artwork. The artist is usually on hand to talk about their work and sometimes will take custom orders.

Meet up with friends, bring your kids and enjoy the walk from place to place. Each neighborhood art walk happens once a month, the below links will bring you to a map of participating venues.

And best of all they’re completely free.

 

  • Pioneer Square Art Walk, First Thursday with free parking from 5 – 10:00 p.m. in the Frye, Butler or 450 Alaskan parking garages, just pick up a voucher at one of the participating businesses. The Central District walk boasts that it was the very first art walk in the entire United States, it has now become a Seattle tradition 37 years old.

 

  • Freemont Art Walk, First Fridays from 6 – 9:00 p.m. Freemont, is known locally as a very artistic neighborhood and their art walk shows its stuff with poetry readings, paintings, photography, sculpture, all forms of art in one funky area with a rotation of food trucks to keep you fueled up for art viewing.

 

 

  • The West Seattle Art Walk second Thursday of every month, from 5:00 p.m. to “late” focuses on paint and print art. Local bars and restaurants will have extended happy hours and art walk specials on this night, so take advantage, and get a drink to warm you between paintings.

 

 

 

 

  • Ballard Art Walk on the Second Saturdays featuring live music and art demonstrations in downtown Ballard.

 

  • Uptown Art Walk – Queen Anne, Third Wednesdays from 3 – 9:00 p.m., the website isn’t completely up to date, but this is a reoccurring third Wednesday event.

 

 

  • Magnolia Art Experience, Last Saturday of varying months, from 4 – 7:00 p.m. Be sure to check the link for specific months, December is excluded.

 

Great art happens year-round and can be particularly inspired in the winter when you have more time to think, read and introspect. Come out and bring your family for free inspiration.

14 Festive Holiday Markets in and Around Seattle

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Lifestyle, Seattle, Washington | Posted: November 1, 2018

Holiday Markets in Seattle are often an amazing experience, a place to connect with people who care about their craft. They offer an old-fashioned charm and experience of hand picking the perfect gift for someone you love while enjoying time together with friends or family.

Buying local gives a sense of place, love and care that comes from picking a gift straight from the artist’s hands, from people who are proud of their products. So we recommend supporting local Washington state artisans and giving a gift to remember. Here are some markets that we’d recommend picking up that perfect holiday gift. Most of the Markets are free and they’re all child friendly. The best thing about homemade goods from the Markets is that you can often customize gifts if you have something (or someone) special in mind.

 

  • Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar November 3 & 4 from 9 – 3:00 p.m. Located at the Swedish Club 1920 Dexter Ave N. Seattle Come enjoy all things Scandinavian at this bazaar. If you don’t find gifts you will find lots of Scandinavian food and Viking inspired drinks. Two floors of vendors will be there with unique, Nordic gifts.
  • Gobble Up November 17, 10 – 6:00 p.m. Located at the Bell Harbor Conference Center 2211 Alaskan Way, pier 66, Seattle. This is the event to get all of your shopping done in one place. Since everyone loves eating, you can’t go wrong. Gobble up is a one day only, free event with food, condiments and specialty items for the kitchen made from fellow Pacific Northwesterners. If you’re buying for friends and family across the country, it’s the place to go for local flavor.
  • Magic in the Market November 24, from 11 – 6:00 p.m. Located at Pike Place Market. It wouldn’t be a list of markets without the mother of all markets. This is the 23 year of the Christmas market. Santa will be available for photo opportunities, live music, hot apple cider and hot chocolate, local shopping, a tree lighting and cookie decorating at the Atrium Kitchen from 12 – 2:00 p.m. for kids under 12.
  • Holiday Market at Westlake Park Every Friday- Sunday from November 23 – December 23, from 12 – 5:00 p.m. Located at Westlake Park 401 Pine Street Seattle. Located right in the heart of downtown, the Market at Westlake is a nod to German Christmas markets. Vendors offer handmade items with quality and love in every piece. Enjoy a lovely afternoon outdoors during the holiday season.
  • Victorian Christmas Market November 28 – December 2 Wednesday & Thursday 10 – 8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 – 9:00 p.m. Sunday 10 – 6:00 p.m. Located at the Washington State Fairgrounds110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup. Buy tickets online or bring cash for the front gate. Just 30 minutes South of Renton the Victorian Christmas Market is going on its 31st year in business. 500 market stalls will be open, food, wine and holiday music will fill the festival with performers on stage, concerts, Christmas lights and actors in period costumes.
  • Enchant Seattle Open almost every day from November 23 – December 30th from 4 – 11:00 p.m. Located at Safeco Field 1250 1st Ave S. Seattle, buy your tickets ahead of time. This is an exciting event, with ice skating, Santa Claus, dinner and drinks, live entertainment, over 90 holiday vendors and a massive Christmas light maze to wow your kids. This event might become a new tradition.
  •   Geek Craft Expo Seattle Holiday Market November 24 & 25 Saturday 10 – 5:00 p.m. Sunday 10 – 4:00 p.m. Located at Magnuson Park Hangar 30, 6310 Northeast 74th Street, Seattle. Register for free online or it’ll cost you $2 at the door. This market is perfect for the nerd in your life, and who doesn’t have a little nerd in them? Buy local from people with personality, over 100 creative vendors are all in one place with funny, fresh ideas for your holiday list. Cosplay is encouraged, and free craft tables will be set up, for kids.
  • For a special adventure take a weekend and a scenic 2 hour drive, or even better take a beautiful, snow covered train ride, to the town of Leavenworth for the Christmas Tree Lighting. November 30, December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, Leavenworth is a Fairytale Bavarian style town in the heart of the Cascades. You’ll be transported to the alps in this German town lit up with Christmas lights and a Bavarian Christmas Market. Gluhwein (mulled wine), Holiday performances, roasted chestnuts, live holiday music, sleigh rides, and Santa Claus himself. It’s a great place to take the kids for a weekend they won’t forget, they can even go sledding right in the middle of town. Book your hotel stay soon, they go quickly.
  • Shop-O-Rama Local Artist Craft Fair December 1, from 11:30 – 3:00 p.m. Located at the Wing Luke Museum 719 S. King St. Seattle in the Chinatown International District. Join for the first ever local artist fair. Santa will be available for photos during the market’s opening.
  • The Urban Craft Uprising 2018 Winter Show December 1 & 2 Saturday from 10 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday 10 – 5:00 p.m. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall 301 Mercer Street, Seattle After 14 years this show is going strong full of handcrafted products, from local artists. Come find jewelry, bags, wallets, toys, housewares and anything else you can think of. It’s free to enter and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a door bags for the first to enter, but you have to come early to stand in line for this popular event.
  • South Lake Union Winter Market December 5 & 6 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Van Vorst Plaza 426 Terry Avenue North Seattle, Free to enter. Another great Urban Craft Uprising Event one week after the big winter show. This event is open for two days and with a rotation of different vendors each day.
  • Winter Night Market December 7 from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. December 8 from 12 – 8:00 p.m. Magnuson Park Hangar 30,6310 Northeast 74th Street, Seattle Located inside an airplane hangar, 100 local, handmade vendors, live music, street food and a show welcoming the winter solstice. Free entry, suggested donation of only $1. Per person will benefit a local charity.
  • Makers Market Dec 8, 12 – 6:00 p.m. Located at Inscape in SODO 815 Seattle Blvd S, Seattle Come the studios open up to the public with a juried Makers Market with over 30 artists and craftsmen. Find hand-made clothing, jewelry, and more creative gift ideas.
  • Winter Feast and Holiday Bazaar December 16, from 10 – 4:00 p.m. Located at the Freemont Sunday Market 3401 Evanston Ave North, Seattle. Find over 100 local vendors and holiday activities. Nice handmade ideas for everyone on your list. And don’t forget yourself, this is a street food bonanza with a killer line up of food trucks and stalls, come hungry.

 

Come out and enjoy a winter day with family and friends while finding something special for the people you love. Buy local and contribute to the hard work of a local artist.

Bellevue Open House Event This Weekend!

Categories: American Classic News, Bellevue, Events, Washington | Posted: October 22, 2018

Join us this Weekend for the Bellevue Open House Event!

Tour the featured 4,204 sq.ft Hemlock home plan includes 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a Den, a Recreation Room, a Snack Room, a Covered Porch, and a 3 Car Tandem Garage. This event will provide visitors with an opportunity to tour this beautiful move-in ready home and be inspired by the latest in home design, functionality and style from American Classic Homes.

When: Saturday, October 27 & Sunday, October 28th
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: 10245 SE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

We look forward to seeing you at our brand new Bellevue Open House Event this weekend and feel free to grab some family or friends to bring along with you. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own home private tour, please give us a call at (206) 557-6211 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

Want to learn more about this move-in ready home? Click here to view the listing for this home, see images, and to get more details.

 

Driving Directions:

• Heading south on I-405 S

• Take exit 13A for Northeast 4th St

Turn right onto NE 4th St

Turn left onto Bellevue Way NE (Pass by MOD Pizza on the right)

Continue straight onto Bellevue Way SE

Turn right onto SE 6th St

• The Home will be on the left

 

Mercer Island: Open House Event This Weekend

Categories: American Classic News, Events, Open House, Washington | Posted: October 17, 2018

Join us this weekend for the Open House Event at our brand new Mercer Island home from 1pm-4pm.

This stunning Mercer Island home offers 5 bedrooms and 3.75 bathrooms spread over 3,639 square feet and 2 stories of spacious, luxurious living. This beautiful craftsman inspired home has stunning details such as rich millwork, stonework, 10′ ceilings on the main level, an amazing covered patio and more.

When: Saturday, Oct. 27th & Sunday, Oct. 28th
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: 3622 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Feel free to grab some family or friends and be inspired by the latest in home design, functionality, and style from American Classic Homes. We look forward to seeing you at this stunning open house event this weekend!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own home private tour at a more convenient time for your, please give us at (206) 557-6308 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

Want to learn more about this move-in ready home? Click here to view the listing for this home and to get more 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

 

 

 

 

 

Tantalize Your Taste Buds Celebrating Seattle Restaurant Week: Oct. 21 – Nov. 8, 2018!

Categories: American Classic News, Events, Lifestyle, Renton, Sammamish Plateau, Seattle, Washington | Posted: October 9, 2018

It’s that time of year again to enjoy Seattle Restaurant Week, this is when the culinary scene gets to strut their stuff by wooing new customers lining the doorways excited to taste their fare.

This is the week where you can sample three course meals from over 165 restaurants all over Seattle and the surrounding areas. With so many locations, you’re sure to have at least one participating restaurant in your neighborhood. For $33 you can enjoy a three-course dinner, many of which are also offering $18 two-course lunches. Twice a year, Seattle restaurants open their doors in the spring and fall for restaurant week, it’s their way of celebrating food, customers and to thank you for being loving patrons, while vying for your attention and hoping to win the hearts of new regulars at the same time.

Participating Restaurants cover the board in variety, price point and ambiance on a regular day, but for this week, they all offer the same deal. All participants are required to offer prix fixe dinner options sometimes regularly priced at $40. This is a great way to try out a new location that might normally be a little pricey and decide whether or not it’s worth the value for you to come back.

Come out on a weekday to experience it from October 21-November 8, 2018, it should actually be called Restaurant Three Weeks. Spanning 3 weeks on the calendar, the deals are open from Sunday through Thursday evenings, not covering Sunday brunch. Three weeks of specials gives you more opportunity to sample more menus and locations. Reservations are highly suggested, this is a very popular event and it is important to reserve your seat ahead of time, or you possibly could be waiting for hours for popular dinner spots.

Seattle has always been known as the culinary hub of the Northwest, but with the recent population boom, more than ever before it’s attracting top talent when it comes to chefs and the restaurant scene. Hundreds of restaurants have opened their doors in the past few years creating a lot of competition and tons of dining options.

One of the best things about living in a big city is the variety of cuisines from everywhere, what better time is there to try out a new corner of the globe, without leaving your neighborhood? Try out Vietnamese food in Capitol Hill at Monsoon Seattle, or go to Spain at Tango Restaurant and Lounge for tapas. Come see what all the hubbub is about at the Barking frog in Woodinville and stay for wine tasting while you’re there, or visit one of many participating French restaurants, located in almost every neighborhood. Check out the SRW website for a listing of all participating restaurants categorized by neighborhood, lunch, dinner, cuisine, vegan, vegetarian or gluten free. With so many options it’s easy to find a place no matter what dietary restrictions your party has.

Some restaurants are still in the process of updating their menus for this event, so check back for added locations and updated menus.

With so many restaurants participating, it can be hard to narrow down your list of where to try. If you’re looking purely for value, it’s recommended to take advantage of the relatively low prices at high end restaurants to sample locations to come back to your new favorites during regular weekends.

Our Restaurant Week Recommendations:

Aqua by El Gaucho, downtown is a great place to start with an incredible view overlooking Elliot Bay. Restaurant week is a great value to enjoy Aqua by El Gaucho and their floor to ceiling windows. Come find out what you’re missing on a regular day with fresh seafood and a view to boot.

For a classic Seattle favorite don’t miss Dahlia Lounge, known for seafood and Northwest inspired food. While you’re here add on the coconut cream pie to your prix fixe menu. You might as well find out what put them on the map as one of the best places to eat in the city.

Nell’s, found in the Green Lake neighborhood is another Restaurant week favorite, high-end dinners, known for their risottos, steaks and seafood.

RN74 is a French, PNW fusion downtown this is a dinner that you will remember. Known for its amazing, well balanced food, great service and unpretentious atmosphere. RN74 is the place to go for a laid back, delicious evening.

MKT, an Ethan Stowell restaurant, this is an intimate space with a solid menu. Famous for the Burrata, but nothing on the menu will disappoint. This is a true Seattle gem, try to book reservations if you can, it’s a small space and is very popular.

Vendemmia is another gem participating in Restaurant Week, a new American, Italian fusion, the food here is fresh, inspiring with unexpected food pairings. Highly recommended and loved in the area for good reason.

With so many amazing restaurants to choose from, just come and enjoy Restaurant Week, it’s a culinary exploration, try somewhere new with a view, don’t worry about the bill and you won’t be disappointed. You may want to stop eating now to save room for the coming flavor explosion.

A Monster List of Halloween Fun Things To Do With Your Family In and Around Seattle

Categories: Events, Lifestyle, Renton, Sammamish Washington, Seattle, Washington | Posted: September 24, 2018

Halloween is a magical time for children, they’re back at school, the leaves are changing and for one fantastic evening they can be whatever or whoever they want to be while collecting pounds of candy to boot. The Seattle area is a beautiful place for children to spend their fall season and with dozens of events happening all over the city and beyond, there’s so much more to Halloween than trick or treating.

Come along to these events where your kids can run for a cause, learn while having fun during a goopy, glowing science lesson, take an old-fashioned train ride next to a waterfall, hear storytellers spin spooky tails and watch fish and zoo animals play with pumpkins. With so many opportunities your kids can enjoy Halloween all month long and maybe will even forget about the candy.

*Don’t forget to check the websites ahead of time for fees and registration.

Seattle

  • Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo, October 27 & 28 from 9-3:00 All the zoo animals are given pumpkins to do with as they please. They can roll it around, smash it, eat it or slash it for the amusement of beasts and children. Beware of flying pumpkin guts.
  • Run Scarred Benefit for Leukemia and Lymphoma, Located in Seward Park October 28 Opening at 7:30 Come out dressed in costume for a 5k or 10k run or mosey on a 4k walk with prizes, photos, games and crafts after the race.
  • Aquarium Halloween, October 26, 27 & 28 Come watch the fish enjoy master pumpkin carving on land and in the underwater tanks. Divers will create jack o’-lanterns in the water, it’s the fish’s favorite day of the year.
  • Monster Bash Benefit for Seattle Children’s Hospital, Located in Seattle just North of Laurelhurst October 21 from 3-7:00 Come out for a carnival style event with games, snacks, crafts and ponies.

 

Bellevue

Redmond

  • Halloween Story Telling Train, October 20-21 & 27-28 from 11-4:00 Take a colorful drive out of town to Snoqualmie Falls for a unique experience your kids will always remember. Take a scenic train ride with a stop for warm apple cider. A professional storyteller will entertain your little ones with spooky railroad stories from the past.

Redmond

  • Halloween Tricks and Treats, October 31 from 4-7:00 If you prefer trick or treating through stores instead of front doors Redmond will be hosting a merchant candy give a way. Free of charge with face painters, photos and trampolines to burn off sugar rushes before bed.
  • Thrill the World, October 27 from 12-4:00 For ten years in a row participants have learned the thriller dance for this event while raising money for charities. Open to dancers age 8 and up, participants attend 4 weeks of practice classes to leading up to the performance. On dance day zombies dress the part in make-up and torn clothing and perform the dance in front of hundreds of onlookers. Come early and stay after for live music.
  • Serres Farm finally, a pumpkin patch without entrance fees, come visit a laid-back family farm growing a wide variety of colorful pumpkins to choose from. Kids can ride on a tractor with trailers painted like animals, have rubber duck races by pumping old water pumps to move their ducks faster and of course a corn maze complete with scary skeletons at dead ends.

Renton

  • Wild Waves Theme and Water Park – Fright Fest, Located about 25 minutes South of Renton, every weekend from September 28-October 28 The water is turned off and the park is transformed into a Halloween nightmare. There are a huge variety of events, rides in the dark, games and attractions available for kids and adults. Several haunted houses, a haunted pathway, a 3D fun house, sideshows and a magician. Most of the events aren’t appropriate for young children, but an area called Booville is set aside, gore free for kids under 12 with a carnival, games, crafts and dancing.
  • Truck-or-Treating at the Renton Community Center October 19 from 6-7:30 Sign up early, this event is only for kids under 10. Children not only get candy at this event they also get to see old fire trucks, buses, cement mixers and ambulances up close.
  • Tales that go bump in the Night at the Renton History Museum October 27 from 11-12:00 Professional storytellers will tell spooky, family friendly Halloween stories riveting young audiences and creating lasting memories off screen. After they hear the tales head down to the next event.
  • Olde Fashioned Halloween Party and Downtown Trick or Treat Event in Downtown Renton October 27 from 1-4:00 bring the kids out for trick or treating in merchant doorways. Don’t forget to dress up your dogs, there will be a doggie costume contest as well as cider, art, face painting, a cakewalk and a merchant scarecrow competition.
  • Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch Located just South of Renton, these brothers have succeeded in creating a beautiful farm with dozens of things to do. Your kids will never forget this place. They can take hay rides, get lost in the corn maze, play in their fun yard with dozens of animals, rubber duck races, feed goats, dig through a room of dried corn, slide down slides into loose hay and even practice roping wooden cows. Find your pumpkin in 20 acres of colorful plants to choose from.

Sammamish

 

Don’t forget to get outside, bring the family and some friends and enjoy October in Seattle!

Why Sammamish is One Of The Best Places To Live in Washington State

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Sammamish Homes, Sammamish Washington, Seattle, Washington | Posted: September 17, 2018

Sammamish, Washington was just awarded the honorable spot of #9 out of the top 50 Best Places to Live in America for 2018 by Time.com! And it’s not the first time Sammamish has won a place in the heart of the its residents in the USA. In 2015 Sammamish was voted the Best Suburb to Raise a Family and in 2012 it was also voted America’s Friendliest Town.

Peppered with stunning lakes and the Snoqualmie River running nearby, the towering green rolling hills of Sammamish act as a perfect escape from the big city life of Seattle. One of the many reasons the Sammamish is booming is its proximity to beautiful spaces, miles of trails, access thousands of acres of parks and some of the most pristine lakes in Washington.

Sammamish has been proved time and time again as a picture-perfect place to raise a family while keeping an easy commute around to the top leading corporate campuses.

If you look through reviews written by residents about what it’s like to live in Sammamish, you’ll see that not only do locals overwhelmingly love it here, but it’s also one of the safest neighborhoods in the entire state. It’s located a short 10-minute drive to Redmond, Bellevue, Issaquah and only 20 minutes from downtown Seattle. It’s a suburb with all of the conveniences and benefits of living next to a large city.

Sammamish is growing quickly like all of the surrounding Seattle areas, with the growth have come beautiful new community centers, a new library was recently built with floor to ceiling windows, a glassed in fireplace and even a bicycle repair station. A beautiful new YMCA was just built complete with a nursery and several pools including an Olympic sized lap pool. The popular farmer’s market is held during the summers with live music and local produce for a family friendly filled day. Sammamish has everything you need is within arm’s reach: parks, schools, lakes, nature and culture.

 

  • Sammamish Landing is the best place to swim on Lake Sammamish and allows exhilarating boating opportunities to launch your boat from the park. Unobstructed views of Mount Rainier can be seen above the lake on a clear day. Two public docs are available for swimming and docking. The East Lake Sammamish trail is located right next to the park, a paved 11 mile trail wide enough to bring the family with their bicycles to enjoy the lake while getting exorcise. Travel on your bike all the way from Redmond through Sammamish to Issaquah on this beautiful trail that was part of the rails to trails program.

 

  • The Evans Creek Preserve is 179 acres of a stunning, natural park with 3.5 miles of trails or more if you choose to weave through the different options of paths splitting off into different directions. It’s great for small children and dogs, the footpaths are an easy walk with a mingling of nature, meadows, forests, streams and hidden forest gnomes to keep the little ones on their toes.

 

  • Ebright Creek Park is a gorgeous 12-acre gem hidden in a neighborhood. With three distinct areas. You’ll find basketball and tennis courts in the front, from there you’ll find a well-built wooden walk way guiding you to a large playground and climbing wall up to a giant slide. Keep walking to find a quiet meadow and trails in the back. Two streams run through the park making peaceful bubbling noises adding to the tranquility of the space.

 

  • Pine Lake Park, is a popular, 19-acre, waterside park with a long public doc to walk along and sunbathe. The Lake is flawless and reflective, showing cedar trees along its shores. Sometimes the lake has misty mornings with low laying fog rising up above the water. Go swimming on a hot day and bring your rafts and kayaks in the summer. This is a good lake for small kids as it has designated swim spaces with shallow water and lifeguards on duty. Big shady trees give shelter on sunny days while you picnic.

 

  • Beaver Lake Park, has 83 acres of trails and fishing year-round (with a permit). This is yet another waterside gem in Sammamish. With two parking areas and street parking, it’s easily accessible. Beaver Lake Park has everything; waterside grills, shelters, ball fields, a dog park and of course, the forest. Clear your head after a long day by spending some alone time in the trees drinking in the soft breezes and scent of evergreens. With no accessible boat ramp, only boats you can carry can be brought to this tranquil spot. The small lake size means that it warms up well in the summer for swimming.

 

  • Duthie Hill Park, If you’re not into mountain biking, it’s time to start. This park is amazing! 120 acres of trails connected to three other parks making a total of 2,000 acres of trails to cover. Duthie Hill is the mother of all mountain biking parks, with beautiful guided jumps, wooden bikeways and smooth, root free bike trails under a soaring canopy of evergreens. There are regular cross-country paths here for beginning riders, so there’s no need to feel intimidated if you’re new to the scene. For advanced mountain bikers there is no end of technical jumps and turns to practice your skills. It’s open year-round, so come get nice and muddy when you need a winter pick-me-up.

 

  • Soaring Eagle Regional Park covers 600 acres, with 12 miles of trails. Make your walk in the woods as difficult or as easy as you’d like with a wide flat trail available or rolling hill options. This park is great for any form of road or mountain biking as it has paved and unpaved trails, running or hiking and if you have a horse bring her out as well. This is a popular place for equestrians. The grounds are loaded with wildlife, if you are lucky, or not you might spot a bear, cougar, mountain lion or dozens of birds that live here and pass through. Bring bear bells or a can of bear spray just to be on the safe side, but it is frequently used, so most of the animals know when to stay away.

 

  • Big Rock Park is a whimsical new park with natural themed play structures. A slide is built right into a hill, different heights of logs to jump on, tunnels are built through slopes, there’s a giant bird’s nest where you can pretend to be a bird and a hulking wood gnome built of sticks. Big Rock Park designers had beautiful visions of natural and imaginative play for kids. The trails are easy and enjoyable. Try making a woodsy scavenger hunt for your little ones, find a rock shaped like a heart and a big leaf maple tree. The city is planning to use this space as a place for educators to bring classes. It’s a fun and interesting park, feeding imaginative play in children by using the labor and education of high school students to create it.

Sammamish is an exceptional place to raise children, while adults love it here just as much. With friendly neighbors, safe neighborhoods and tons to do, it’s refreshing to know there are still places like this.

Best Bars to Discover If You Are New To Seattle

Categories: Community Spotlight, Lifestyle, Seattle, Washington | Posted: September 12, 2018

Seattle is known for its massive amount of transplants, so we want all residents (new or established)  to make themselves familiar with all that Seattle has to offer. We all work hard, so we all deserve to play hard as well, which is why we want to pass along our recommendations for the best bars to check out in Seattle.

Most “Interesting” Bar

Unicorn is a florescent carnival themed bar, it’s ridiculous in an awesome way. Who ever heard of a carnival themed bar? It’s eccentric, colorful and has large, reasonably priced, unicorn themed drinks. The menu is full of non-traditional, greasy themed bar food. A word of caution, it’s very hard to look cool while eating a corn dog, but between the taxidermy heads, pinball machines and blinding colors you might sneak by. Check the calendar for karaoke, drag queen bingo and trivia nights.

Best Relax and Game Bar in Seattle

Come play at Mox Boarding House, with an extensive library of board games available for check out, play a different game every week without filling up your closets. There are two locations with bars, restaurants, private rooms, a board game store and a family area to play. Games can build young minds, quality time with kids and friends and make long lasting memories. Gaming tournaments are hosted in stores regularly and it’s open seven days a week almost all the time.

Best Bars to Bring Groups of People

Flatstick pub, with exposed brick, colorful, cartoonish paintings, indoor mini golf, giant Jenga and foosball. Unique games called duffleboard, stick putt and cup hunter created by the Flatstick pub owners are only available here. Kirkland, South Lake Union and Pioneer Square. Each have locations that partner with different restaurants, some neighboring restaurants will deliver to your table, but all offer a great place to have large groups of people. A huge selection of draft beers from independent, local breweries line the walls. And note it’s ok to bring your dogs to the Kirkland and Pioneer square locations.

Art Marble, built in a revived 1920’s building, a beautifully restored space houses a variety of events. A bar and restaurant serving local beers and locally sourced ingredients. A 3,000 square foot game room holds pool, shuffle board, bocce ball and over a dozen other games. The best thing is, the games are completely free!  Reserve a table in a room with a round fireplace or the posh bourbon room.

Looking for an unbelievably cool bar with artwork, funky speakers, and a bathtub filled with ping pong balls that’s perfect for any instagram post? Then Spin is the place to be. And yes this ping pong bar is amazing and we love it, Spin has a small, locally sourced menu with special attention to detail is on order between games.

Go down memory lane with classic arcade machines at Add-a-Ball in Fremont. It’s a hole in the wall, a legitimate vintage arcade. Revisit 1982 when pin ball was the best game out there and realize again that it still is.

Best Artsy Bar

For a modern, artsy dive, Jupiter Bar in Belltown is your hipster hero. Huge murals from a large number of artists grace the walls and front of the building. Hilarious vintage pinball and arcade machines line the walls. You can often find DJ’s, live music or live painters, painting while you drink.

Best Dog Friendly Bar

If your dog is feeling lonely or stressed and needs a bone after a long day of terrorizing mailmen, bring her to Norms for dogs. Norms has an entire menu just for dogs including chicken feet and bacon pupcakes. Bring friends on her birthday and get the hound dog cake it serves six dogs and is gluten free for those with celiac disease.

Best Themed Bar

Octopus Bar; awesome, tiny, nautical themed bar. The patio is bigger than the inside. Not only that, but the menu is affordable, delicious and fun. The décor is eclectic and unconventional. In a big city like Seattle reminders of the city’s roots to the sea are welcome.

Best Drink Bars

Be sure to make a reservation for Canon, this little gem has beautiful décor, amazing drinks and flavorful food. It is to liquor what a great library is to books. With every bottle on display the presentation is entertainment itself, Canon has a great reputation as food and liquor artisans and it doesn’t disappoint.

Don’t get caught up by the title, the whiskey is awesome, but so is everything else at Radiator Whiskey. Tucked away upstairs in Pike Place. Mixed drinks are flavorful and well balanced. The food is equally impressive. If you’ve been wondering where to pre-order a pig’s head for your 16 friends like everyone else on a Wednesday, search no further. It’ll set you back $500, but it will leave you with a lifetime of delectable pig-headed memories, but Radiator Whiskey isn’t just dinner it’s an experience.

This is just the short list. Seattle is an artistic and culinary delight with a never-ending array of entertainment for every type of interesting person.

Join Us Today: Twilight Grand Opening in Wallingford from 5-7pm

Categories: American Classic News, Events, New Homes, Open House, Real Estate News, Seattle, Washington | Posted: September 7, 2018

Join us tonight for the Twilight Grand Opening of our Brand New Wallingford home from 5pm-7pm.

This stunning Wallingford home offers amazing views of Lake Union and Downtown Seattle as well as it has an impressive walkability score of 85! The well-thought-out Meridian floor plan features 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms spread over 4,625 square feet and 3 stories of spacious, luxurious living. This beautiful craftsman inspired home has stunning details such as rich millwork, stonework, 10′ ceilings on the main level, and more.

Feel free to grab some family or friends tonight and be inspired by the latest in home design, functionality, and style from American Classic Homes.

Where: 3632 Meridian Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
When: Friday, September 7th
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

We look forward to seeing you at our brand new Wallingford home tonight! . If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own home private tour at a more convenient time for your, please give us a call at (206) 966-6429 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

 

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