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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

 

 

 

 

 

Bring the Outside in for Elegant, Uncultivated Autumn Decorating Ideas

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Home Design Trends | Posted: October 15, 2018

Thanksgiving is around the corner and before you go running off to the craft store, take a look at the outdoor bounty around you. All of your fall decorating needs can be found from the great outdoors, pumpkin patches and with a few things around the house.

If you don’t already have a pumpkin on your doorstep it’s time to get at least one. Put pumpkins on small tables, benches, over turned wooden apple picking buckets, chairs or even cake stands to add height, color, dimension and style to flat surfaces. In the last few years we have seen an incredible increase of variety, colors, shapes and sizes of gourds and pumpkins. French Fairy tale pumpkins have made it to most pumpkin farms and retailers stateside over the past few years and match a variety of home colors. White pumpkins, and warty orange and green pumpkins can bring color and texture to your doorstep.

The wonderful thing about decorating for fall is that the simplest decorations are the most beautiful. Store bought decorations, are pretty, but in the PNW it’s more rewarding to find your own. Go foraging for acorns, branches, leaves and grasses. Bring the outdoors in for some of the most perfectly beautiful, and inexpensive décor.

Centerpiece for Thanksgiving Ideas

A simple sprig of wheat or rosemary tied with a nametag and a raffia bow make the perfect centerpiece on your plate for Thanksgiving.

Bring home acorns from the giant oak trees surrounding Green Lake, pour them around a candle in a crystal candle holder or vase, or even just place them on a dinner plate with a wide candle in the center. Find things around the house to compliment your outdoor findings, look at the glass throughout your house with a new perspective, drinking glasses, vases, platters, candle holders and lanterns can all be used. Mixing in different shapes and sizes will add interest. Popcorn kernels, pinecones, lentils, or any type of bean can be used in place of the acorns giving alternatives to match to your décor.

Put pumpkins and gourds of different sizes on table tops and mantles. Use wooden blocks or risers to create height and interest.

Preserve Autumn Leaves for Decor

Preserve colorful fall foliage in a glycerin solution, this method is perfect for creating soft, pliable leaves as if they’d just fallen off the tree, or leave them on the branch to use in vases. Mix 1-part glycerin with 2-parts water and submerge leaves in the solution. Not much is needed, just enough to cover the leaves and branches. Put a weight on top, for instance a plate on top to hold the leaves under the solution and leave it for 2-6 days. When you pull out the leaves, dry them with a paper towel. You can then glue them onto a Styrofoam wreath form for the front door, sprinkle them across your thanksgiving table and over the mantle and they’ll stay looking beautiful for 6 months.

If you’re not afraid of a little glitter mess, sponge paint Elmer’s glue onto the leaves and sprinkle them with orange, gold and brown glitter for sparkly fall leaf beauty.

A long wooden board down the center of the table can become an elegant canvas to decorate with colorful gourds, small orange pumpkins, tall white or cream-colored pillar candles, colored leaves and cedar greens. Neutral colored candles can be left out and reused for Christmas. Weave stripped birch branches throughout the candles for a pretty, rustic look. Birch branches are bendy and can be easily manipulated to swirl around obstacles. If you have a small round or square table, cut tree rounds will make a perfect place for your centerpiece.

Is there anything better than a beautiful fall garland?

Create a darling acorn garland, thanks to the neighborhood oak tree. Very carefully drill a small hole through the top of the acorn making sure to drill through the cap and center if they’re still intact, if they aren’t you’ll first have to glue the top onto the nut. Then just string them up, this is an entertaining task for children who’ll love to help out. You can string the garland over chandeliers in the dining room, over the mantle and door frames. Leave them up for Thanksgiving and Christmas, they can also be hung on the Christmas tree.

If you want an even easier garland without the drill, string up your preserved fall foliage, or better yet, colorful silk leaves. Silk leaves will last for next year and hold up to wear and tear. Waxed twine or hemp rope is grippy and will hold the leaves in place. Thread a string onto a needle with a wide eye and pull it through each leaf twice so the leaf will stay front facing. Delicately string all of the leaves until you have a long, colorful garland you can hang around the house or over your front door.

Cake Stands to Decorate

Use platters, cake stands and bowls to display your fall finds and foliage on shelves and bathroom vanities. Dried Wheat bundles are simple and structural and can be used on fireplace mantles.

Simple little vases with mums cut to fit is a beautiful way of using flowers you might already have in your yard. Twigs with colored berries, soft grasses, cat tails and wild foliage can all be used with different shapes and sizes of vases, glasses and candle holders to add height, color and texture to your center piece.

For finishing touches, swap out your summer colors with fall inspired throw pillows on your couch, it’ll feel like a new room, without making any major changes. Toss a red or orange blanket over your couch for a useful, cozy vibe. Red can be left throughout the Christmas season too.

Now you’ve got the perfect atmosphere to host friends, with hot cider and get maximum enjoyment out of your home in the fall.

5 Essential Safety Items Every Home Should Have

Categories: New Homes | Posted: October 15, 2018

Accidents happen. That’s an unfortunate fact. Though it’s not fun to think about, every year people deal with unexpected disasters like kitchen fires or carbon monoxide leaks. But with a little forethought and preparation, you can keep your home and family safe. Don’t be caught off guard; make sure you’re equipped with these five essential safety items.

  1. Fire Extinguisher

This may be the most obvious safety item on our list. Every home needs at least one fire extinguisher, but preferably more. One should stay in the kitchen within easy reach in case of grease fires or a towel getting too close to your burner (it happens to the best of us!). Make sure you regularly inspect it and replace the extinguisher when it’s expired.

One last fire safety tip: make sure everyone in your home knows where your fire extinguishers are and how to use them.

For more tips on buying the right fire extinguisher, check out Apartment Therapy’s concise guide here.

  1. Smoke Detectors

You may know your smoke alarm as the thing that beeps nonstop when the batteries run out. But smoke alarms can save lives in the event of a fire. It’s best to have a smoke alarm in every room of your home.

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends testing smoke detectors about once a month and replacing their batteries once or twice every year.

Along with smoke detectors, it’s also recommended that you install carbon monoxide detectors in each room. You can purchase combination smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, which can be easier to check on each month.

  1. First Aid Kit

Like a fire extinguisher, every home should have a regularly updated first aid kit. You can purchase a pre-stocked kit or make your own. Make sure your kit includes bandages in different sizes, a pair of tweezers, adhesive tape, and antibiotic ointment.

What’s great about having a first aid kit is all your essential first aid items are in one organized place. No need to scramble around junk drawers looking for a heavy-duty bandage or gauze.

You can find a full list of recommended first aid kit supplies here, which was put together by the Mayo Clinic.

  1. Emergency Contact List

Put together a list of important contacts, including poison control, the fire department, local police station, and primary care doctors. If you have pets, include the number of an emergency 24/7 vet clinic. Keep this list in an easy-to-reach spot and always let babysitters, house sitters, and dog sitters know where to find it.

If you have kids in the house, remind them to check the list in case of an emergency.

Set a reminder to review this list regularly. It can be easy to forget to change a doctor’s number or add an updated phone number. Be proactive with this list so you’ll never be caught off guard in an emergency.

  1. Outlet Covers

Whether you have kids in the house or if kids regularly visit your home, it’s a smart idea to get covers for your electrical outlets. Children are curious and get into everything – and are therefore at a high risk of shock and burn injuries around uncovered outlets. So take away the temptation and put covers over your outlets.

Don’t live in fear of home disasters. By taking the time to prepare for the worse, you can keep your family safe. Be sure to update your safety equipment and contact list regularly, and make sure everyone knows the plan in case of emergency.

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.

Adding a Personal Touch to Your New Home’s Design

Categories: Custom Home Building | Posted: October 3, 2018

First of all, congratulations! If you’re building a house, that means you’re one step closer to living in a dream home.

Building a custom-designed home comes with a lot of challenges, especially early on. Not only is there extensive budget planning and vetting contractors, but you also need to decide on the layout and size. It can be overwhelming and frustrating, but you know it’ll be worth it in the end.

So let’s focus on the exciting parts of building your own home: adding your personal touch! Now’s the time to pull out that dream home list and start making it happen.

Start Walking on Sunshine Every Day

Since we’re building this home from the ground up, let’s kick this off by focusing on your flooring. Are you a big fan of gorgeous hardwood floors? Pick a wood grain and stain that you adore (and goes well with your furniture). Oak is a classic, but you have a wide array of options and designs here.

Do you like sinking into soft carpet when you wake up in the morning? Find the perfect carpet for the bedrooms and den.

Unlike with an inventory home or renting a home, you aren’t stuck with floors you can’t stand. No need to replace old carpet or scuffed tiling when you’re building your own home. Play around with different flooring materials until you find one that matches your style.

Let There Be Light

Lighting can be a polarizing thing. People don’t always agree on lighting types based on personal aesthetic or room design. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about having too little lighting or obnoxious fixtures on the ceiling.

Go as elaborate or minimal as you like here. Choose from decorative chandeliers, functional lighted ceiling fans, or recessed ceiling lights. You can even have electrical boxes installed to add cool features, like under-counter lighting in the kitchen or lit glass cabinets. Just make sure you specify all of this to your builder so that they won’t run into trouble later on.

Pick a Counter You Can Count On

Nobody’s ever said, “There’s just too much counter space in that kitchen.” When building your home, I sure hope you’re designing ample space for the kitchen counters. With that out of the way, another place to add a personal touch to your home’s design is the countertops.

There are so many options here: granite, quartz, concrete (a surprisingly popular trend), laminate, solid surfacing, and even butcher-block wood. Some look flashier than others, perfect for those of us who love hosting. Some can take a beating without wearing down, great for super active cooks or people who drop things.

Your Favorite Hardware, Everywhere

Kitchen cabinet handles, doorknobs, closet doors, window shades, and drawers… When you stop and think about it, there’s an absurd amount of hardware in every home. Though the sheer number may make a trip to the hardware store seem daunting, the personalization makes it worth the effort.

This is your home, and there are no hardware limits. You have complete control over every cabinet, every drawer, and even every door. They will all open and close with whatever hardware you like the most. Unlike with other home features, it’s not really possible to pick the “wrong” piece of hardware. A cabinet knob fits on any cabinet, and a drawer will pull out whether you’re using a brass handle or a cutout. So seriously, get a little crazy here.

These are four ways of many you can add a personal touch to your new home. Adding a bit of yourself to the design process will make the home that much more special to you and your family. So take some time and indulge yourself – it’s not every day you get to build your dream home.

22 Things to Do In Seattle For Halloween 2018

Categories: Events, Seattle | Posted: October 1, 2018

Start getting your costume together now, because Seattle is going to be on fire for Halloween! No cheap costume from a bag will do, we take Halloween seriously up here in the PNW. Not to mention there are dozens of costume contests, so you might as well shoot for the prize! If you’re an adult looking for something to do in Seattle for Halloween, you’re in luck! On Halloween weekend, Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill turn into unofficial street party pub crawls. Wander down the streets with the masses or find a place early to park it and watch the chaos wander past.

No matter what you’re in the mood for, classy or down and dirty, there is a party or 12 that you will love here, the options are endless. But, even with so many places to choose from, tickets are already selling out quickly, so pick your place and buy your tickets as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on the action.

Seattle seems to have a thing with carnivals; remember the Unicorn Bar? Well here’s a few carnival style dance parties, only this time they’re scary.

Carnevolar Located at the Emerald City Trapeze Arts, October 25, 26 & 27. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. This is a thrilling Halloween event complete with terrorizing trapeze and circus acts. After the show the dance party begins. You don’t want to be the shunned one here without a costume, the crazier and more elaborate the better.

Freaknight, Located at the WaMu Theater October 26 from 6:30-1:30 a.m. If EDM and house music are your thing, come out to Freaknight for an insane night out. Twenty-one artists will vibrate the massive dance floor. Organizers go all out with aerialist performers dressed in carnival costumes hanging from the ceiling and entertaining the crowds with circus acrobatics. Fire dancers, carnival games, rides and pyrotechnics will give you something to talk about for weeks. Make sure you come in costume or you might feel left out. Tickets are selling out quickly.

Haunted Houses

The Nightmare at Beaver Lake, at Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish October Fridays & Saturdays 7-11:00 pm Sundays 7-10:00 p.m. October 30 & 31, 7-10:00 p.m. Almost a mile of haunted trails weave in and out of elaborate, unique sets created for this event each year through the haunted trees. This terrifying forest is run entirely by volunteers, mostly made up of high schoolers, but don’t be fooled, these juveniles know how to create fear. All of the proceeds go to charities, bring canned food for $1 off tickets. Get scared for a cause, you’ve got to hand it to these high schoolers, this idea is tremendously better than car washes and doughnut sales.

The Georgetown Morgue Haunted House, October Thursday-Sunday 7-2:00 a.m. with special hours the week of Halloween. The Georgetown Morgue is a true morgue that was once an operating a crematorium burning 100 bodies per day. The building has a creepy past all by itself, it once was the site of a massacre in 1968. The victims were the morgue employees including the owner, they were all forced into the crematorium and burned. Nine murders went unsolved indefinitely. The building was eventually shut down. This is creepiest location for a haunted house imaginable, no theatrical additions needed.

Spooked in Seattle Events

Spooked in Seattle is a tour company, with interesting, educational and engaging tours of the city. In addition to their regular ghost tours, they’re hosting a variety of October events including the popular Undead Cabaret Helloween, Sinful in Seattle, Professional Storytelling at a private bar, A movie Showing of 13 Ghosts and another movie showing of the silly, 90’s Hocus Pocus with an accompanying costume contest. Make sure to sign up for tickets and reservations early.

Spooked in Seattle Ghost Tours, trips leave daily from 4:00 until no one is left to go in the evening. A very popular, award winning tour with rave reviews of disturbing, funny, spooky stories from engaging tour guides about Seattle’s treacherous past.

Pioneer Square Haunted Pub Tour, come join another tour Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. Find out about some of the closed-door dealings in some of Seattle’s oldest bars. This is an adult tour with adult themes, not for Victorian types.

MoPop Events

The Museum of Pop Culture, called the MoPop has 4 Halloween events in October.

The Fashionably Undead VIII October 20, 9-1:00 a.m. with a DJ, costume contest, and enjoyment of the museum after hours with creepy haunts in the halls and funky photo booths.

Young Frankenstein Matinee October 21, 2-4:30ish Starting with a reading from the new Annotated Frankenstein, by Leslie Klinger. Stay for a matinee showing of the old classic, comedy Young Frankenstein with Gene Wilder.

Haunt Seattle October 27 & 28 from 8-1:30 a.m. Come for the costume contest, dance party and DJ’s with a bar of course. 2,000 of your closest friends are expected to come.

A Nightmare on Elm Street, October 31, Doors open at 6, the movie starts at 7:00 p.m. Start Halloween night out the right way with this horror classic that’s terrorized viewers for over three decades. Equally impressive is the place to view it. MoPop’s Sky Church room gives the feeling of being outside under the cathedral ceiling of stars with twinkling LED lights. Bring a blanket and pillows from home, pretend you’re under the stars, but if you are familiar with Freddy and his sick games, you’ll know not to dare fall asleep. Trivia games and giveaways will make it awesome. After the event just walk out the door and you’ll be only two miles from Capitol Hill or Pioneer Square right in the middle of all the fun.

Get Swanky

Noir at the Bar at the Hotel Sorento October 11, 7-9:00 p.m. If you love a good story, a classy joint and free entertainment come out to this event. A reading from crime fiction novelists in the toasty fireside room smelling rich of mahogany and tufted leather-bound chairs.

Tarot Card Tuesdays, also at Hotel Sorento every Tuesday in October, come out from 6-8:00 p.m., it’s recommended to come early as this is a busy event. Find out what your future holds then smile or cry into your cocktail depending on the outcome.

Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Bellevue October 26, 6-8:00 p.m. For entertainment that you can participate in, with dinner included. Wear a costume for a unique, interactive experience.

Second Chance Prom Halloween Masquerade and Prom at the West Seattle Golf Course October 26, 7-10:00 p.m. Class it up a bit and show them how it’s done in your fanciest face mask. If you reserve your tickets early you can come to a sipping and shopping event with dresses and costumes to choose from.

Prohibition Sucks; a Vampire Speakeasy Located at Factory Luxe October 26 & 27, 7:30-12:00 a.m. For an elegant, vampire themed speakeasy style evening come out for fancy vampire cocktails and delicious appetizers. With singing and dancing entertainment, a black-tie event enjoy yourself while raising money for honey bees.

Amazon Symphony Orchestra Halloween Spooktacular Located in the Amazon Meeting Center October 19, 7-9 p.m. Come out to enjoy a free night at the symphony curtesy of Amazon. Mystical, spookily beautiful music will be played with an emphasis on Halloween vibes including music from Harry Potter. Costumes are expected, and contests will be held.

More Dancing

Bollywood Scream, at Club Contour October 27 & 28, 10-1:30 a.m. Rock out to Bollywood music while in costume for the 5th annual Bollywood bash. The only Bollywood Halloween in town.

Hip Hop Halloween Boat Party, Nothing says Halloween like Hip Hop, and it wouldn’t be a holiday in Seattle without at least one boat party. So, take your Dramamine and head aboard for a Spooktacular party (that one hasn’t been over used has it?) October 27. Tickets are selling out quickly, don’t get left on shore! 

Events

Halloween Hell Harvest located in the Ballard Underground October 19, 8-9:30 p.m. Switch it up a bit and come out to find out what horror comedy means. Nine comics will be performing with horror trivia, prizes and a bar of course. It’ll be anarchy.

Halloween Pub Crawl October 20 & 21 Noon-2:00 a.m. Awe, the best for last…This is an epic 14-hour pub crawl! You’ll travel around pubs with a small city of 1,000 people starting at noon. Be sure to pace yourself or this could turn ugly. Don’t bring your boss. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll pee your pants, and you’ll definitely leave with more friends than you came in with. Prices go up the longer you wait, so buy tickets NOW.

Now you’re ready for Halloween in Seattle.

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!

The Benefits of Building a New Home vs. Buying a New Inventory Home

Categories: Home Design Trends, New Home Selections, New Homes | Posted: September 21, 2018

Imagine buying a home and immediately moving in, no waiting for paint to dry or for the builders to finish up final touches. For people buying ready-to-move-in inventory homes, this is a wonderful benefit.

But some home buyers desire the customization that comes with designing their perfect home and overseeing the construction. These folks are fine with the wait because the final product is often as close to a dream home as possible.

Neither of these options is necessarily better than the other. It truly depends on what’s important to you and your family. If you’re looking to move and aren’t sure which option is right for you, take a look at some of these benefits of each. It may help you with the decision.

Benefits of Building Your Dream Home

Location, Location, Location

When buying an inventory home, you don’t have much say over the location. After all, the building’s already there. You can’t just move it. When you build your own home, you can choose where to live. It’s up to you.

Do You Have a Handy Friend?

Okay, this benefit may not be for everyone. But handy friends can come in, well, handy when building your own home. You can save money by calling in favors from friends and family who have construction, electrician, or plumbing experience.

Ready-To-Go Inventory Home Benefits

Move-In Ready

This one may seem obvious, but you can’t overstate how great it is to find a beautiful home and move in right away. As soon as you close the sale, you can start packing up boxes and shipping them over.

Lower Cost

One significant benefit of purchasing an inventory home is the cost savings. Since you’re not paying for contractors, materials, or labor, you’re already saving money. An inventory home is already built, so you don’t have to worry about construction going over budget. That’s a big win.

Way Less Stress

When shopping for inventory homes, your biggest worry is finding the right place for your budget and style. When building a house, you’re likely worried about everything. With so many building projects going on at once, the whole thing can be incredibly stressful.

Maybe you’re looking to move right away and want to put your savings towards other expenses (a new furniture set or landscaping, perhaps?). Or maybe you’re not looking for the added stress of overseeing a 6-9 month construction project. Either way, go for a ready-to-move-in inventory home. You’ll be ready to move as soon as you close the sale without any of the added hassle.

Whatever you choose, there’s really no wrong answer. You’ll love your new home no matter what.

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.

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