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Eastern Washington Wine Comes West to Seattle

Categories: Lifestyle, Seattle, Washington | Posted: August 6, 2018

Washington is the second largest producer of wine in the United States, with wines currently exported to 40 countries and all 50 states. Over 50,000 acres of vineyards currently grow in Washington State, with 70 varietals and 14 unique growing regions. Washington brings diversity to the table from all over the world, from sweet gewürztraminers to famous dry Cabernet.

Currently there are over 900 wineries in the State, with a new one opening about every 30 days. Washington State wines are booming, with inexpensive land prices in comparison to California, giving boutique and at home hobby vintners a chance to play.

Washington is making a name for itself in the world wine market with diverse and affordable wines. Move over Napa, for people who are tired of the bloated prices and packed hotels, there are local alternatives.

Stay in town and try out different wineries every week, leaving you more time between tastings to remember your favorites. Several of the tasting rooms carry wine from more than one winery so you can enjoy the ambiance of each unique tasting room instead of packing tastings into a rushed vacation weekend.

What makes Washington wines unique is the way the vintners are mixing grapes from different regions. Several wineries source their grapes from several different vineyards, fusing them into truly unique blends.

 

Wineries to Visit

Visit the Domanico Cellars tasting room in Ballard. This family owned winery turns the tasting into an event with beer offered for non-wine lovers, painting nights offered weekly, rotating food trucks and an open event space.

For the least amount of movement, but the highest number of small wineries, head out to the Tasting Room Wines of Washington in Pike Place Market. Providing tastings for eight different wineries in one beautiful location, this is an unforgettable, all encompassing experience.  In addition, these rooms offer local brews and small tasting plates with occasional dancing and live music evenings.

Another Pike Place tasting room is White Heron Cellars on the 5th floor with a view overlooking the bay and The Great Wheel. Check out the Northwest Tastings Wine Bar;for only $5 you can sample seven wines, while enjoying a sampling of chocolate truffles for only $3. Also offering a variety of small plates, this is a peaceful place to escape the hectic crowds of the market. Catch a beautiful sunset over the bay or watch the traffic zoom by while taking in the scenic view.

Charles Smith Wines Jet City is the brain child of Charles Smith, a prolific winemaker with currently 5 labels that have earned their renowned prestige.  His K Syrah Powerline Estate was picked by Wine Spectator in 2017 as the second-best wine in the entire world. At only $45 a bottle, it is definitely worth taking home a few bottles to share with family and friends. Taste it for yourself at his Jet City tasting room held in a large, industrial style building with exposed rafters, a colossally tall front door and floor to ceiling windows. Located next to the Boeing Airfield, stay entertained while sipping by watching planes land outside the massive windows. Not only is this a tasting room, it is also an in-house winery with two tasting rooms containing both an up and downstairs. On a clear day, look out for a view of Mt. Rainier. With 8 different bottles around $20 each, this award-winning winery is both impressive and affordable.

 

Warehouse Wineries

In the heart of South Seattle, check out Sodo Urbanworks, an eclectic space with many thriving  businesses. Don’t let the warehouse vibe confuse you, this place is home to 9 funky tasting rooms and a brewery. Try a large variety of Washington wines all within walking distance of one another. A pleasant stop on the way from downtown to SeaTac, start or end your vacation on a high note.

Bartholomew Winery, located in SODO, is situated in the rustic old Rainer beer brewery. Bartholomew isn’t afraid of playing around; with little known and lesser used grape varietals, this spot features some interesting blends.

Eight Bells Wineries is open exclusively on Saturdays, and is located in Seattle’s Roosevelt area, about a mile from the University of Washington. Eight Bells was started by a group of 3 friends and hobbyists with varied backgrounds and a passion for wine. Named after boating terms, these guys appear to have some stories to tell.

The Estates Wine Room, located in Pioneer Square offers tastings and small plates from three wineries in Eastern Washington in a chic downtown location.

Efeste has a tasting room next to SAFECO field with friendly and knowledgeable staff in a small, cozy space.

You can make a day or a half out of it and take a Taylor Tasting Tour. Impress out of town guests with a safe ride around the city to the tasting rooms of your choice or leave it up to the professional tour guides who will customize a tour for you.

Most of the rooms are available for parties, private events and tastings. Keep these on your radar for a professional way to impress new clients or host a party.

With locations expanding the Greater Seattle Area, these spots are driving distance from most neighborhoods. Enjoy a tasting before a game, after work, for a date night or after visiting a museum.

Visit a new room every month and you’ll have years before you run out of tasting rooms to try out, always leaving something to look forward to.

Washington State Hiking Recommendations Near Seattle

Categories: American Classic News, Lifestyle, Washington | Posted: August 2, 2018

Washington State is arguably the most beautiful state in the country.  With some of the most diverse scenery and ecosystems on the continent, every season has its perks with non-stop outdoor options.  The beauty of the State and National Parks here are unparalleled, and until the last few years, were relatively undiscovered. Sweeping vistas, waterfalls, and forests with canopies of lush green ferns, soft scented pine needles, wild mushrooms, and cool crisp air permeate the forests of Western Washington.

Aside from the sweeping scenery, there are plenty of fishing opportunities throughout the trails. Pitch your tent waterside, toss in a line and catch your dinner while watching the sun descend over the water.

Not only is there salt-water fishing, but crab, clams and oysters are abundant in season at over 100 State parks in Washington State;twenty of which are within one to two hours of the Seattle Area. Photographs will not do these parks justice, plan a visit to see the sweeping vistas, craggy cliffs, rushing rivers and placid waters for yourself.

With miles of shoreline, trails and water, hiking in Washington can become a bit of an addiction. You might end up needing that four-car garage to hold all of your outdoor gear once you get the bug. Your sense of well-being, happiness and health will all thank you.

One of the many great things about these parks is that they are relatively inexpensive to visit.  An annual Discover pass is only $30, while most day passes range from $5-10 allowing access to trails, picnic areas and parking all without breaking the bank. Look out for the several free park days offered every year.

Recreational possibilities are abundant with a large number of the parks containing beaches, camping and fire pits. Several have stroller and wheelchair friendly trails with self-guided interpretive walks.

State Parks are not exclusively for those wanting to rough it; keep the parks in mind if you’re planning a wedding, retreat, conference, or a family vacation. There are luxurious vacation homes available with sweeping views if you enjoy the outdoors, but aren’t willing to camp. For those seeking an adventurous weekend outing, Cabins and yurts are available in several campsites. Many of the parks are for day use only with barbecue shelters large enough to accommodate company gatherings or family reunions.

Each park has its own character, all known for something different giving them a unique charm while drawing in visitors with individualized interests.

If you’re willing to book out a bit, reserve the entire Cama Beach State Park cabins, located on an island accessible by car and available year-round. Only an hour North of Seattle, it’s an easy getaway from the city for a reunion or wedding on the beach to remember.

Blake Island is a peaceful island, close to the city with views of Mount Rainier and Seattle. It’s accessible only by boat, keeping it a private oasis for an escape from the noise of the city.

Even horses have a place to go at Bridle Trails State Park located between Kirkland and Redmond. Bring your horse for a day to enjoy 28 miles of wide trails and 4 arenas with ample running space.

Saltwater State Park is only two miles from the freeway situated between Seattle and Tacoma. As one of the most popular parks in the state, it is worth knowing about as a welcome break if ever caught in traffic on the stretch of Interstate 5. Take the scenery in, watch the salmon spawn, or go diving at an underwater reef just off the coast. This beach is protected from shellfish harvesting in order to keep an untouched natural environment for divers.

Flaming Geyser State Park is located next to the Green River and is popular amongst model plane enthusiasts as it boasts a large field ideal for model airplanes. Stay to enjoy an interactive walk explaining the namesake. The walk reveals a group of past geysers whose methane supply has since dried up leaving behind clues of their past, labeled with stories of their former glory.

The Federation Forest State Park is 574 acres of old growth forest set aside to save the trees from deforestation. This park has a handful of trails and is home to large trees including Douglas firs, western hemlock, and western red cedar.

Known for water recreation, Dash Point State Park is a popular place for skim boarding when the tide is out.

The Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail is a bicyclists dream. A 110-mile trail each way connects with others for a ride all the way to Idaho if the timing allows for it. The trail starts in North Bend and ends in the Palouse region of Eastern Washington for a smooth ride along an old railway. Pack up the panniers for an epic bicycle adventure while camping along the way.

Lake Easton State Park is known for being close to the city for a quick jaunt to a sunnier climate. This park is great  for a quick break, and is open year-round with snow in the winter. Come to enjoy cross country skiing, snow shoeing and even dogsledding.

Olallie State Park is packed with waterfalls, mountain biking trails, and walking trails. With over 20 miles of back country trails, this is an exciting and beautiful escape for all to enjoy.

While this list could go on, these awesome of our favorites with unique activities and attractions. Make it a goal to visit Washington State Parks; you won’t regret it!

The only thing better than a long day at the park is a well-earned micro-brew afterwards. So, go out and earn it…

 

*Be sure to get a Permit for watercraft, and licenses are needed before fishing or shellfish harvesting in all State Parks.

Beat the Heat this Weekend at Renton River Days

Categories: Events, Renton | Posted: July 26, 2018

With temperatures heating up this weekend be sure to stop by the 33rd Annual Renton River Days from Friday,  July 27 to Sunday, July 29, 2018.

Beat the heat while spending time with family, friends, and neighbors at one of the summer’s most action-packed events. With a wide variety of events and amenities, this is a weekend hotspot accommodating those of all ages.

Events include: a lively parade, special features for kids, arts and crafts, recreation, food, and stage entertainment.

Located in Liberty Park, there are free shuttle services available for pick-up and drop-off at two locations: Renton Memorial Stadium (Logan Ave. N.) and at Liberty Park (Bronson Way N.) near the tennis courts.

Check out the schedule of events with the links below.

Link to Homepage: RentonRiverDays.org

Link to Festival Schedule: Click Here for the Renton River Days Festival Schedule.

Master Suite Design Trends You’ve Got to Check Out

Categories: Home Design Trends | Posted: July 26, 2018

Master bedrooms are a calming space in your home. It’s where you spend most of your time, especially when you want to relax. You can let your style run free here, independent from the aesthetics of the rest of your home. Or you can think of your master suite as your personal spa, a place for relaxation and comfort. No matter what you want to do, here are some new design trends you’ll definitely want to try out.

Enhancing Your Bedroom Aesthetics from Above

Just a few years ago, accent walls were the hottest trend. You may even have one in your home right now. Accent walls let you add a pop of color or texture to an otherwise uniform room. But as with all trends, it’s started to fade in popularity, even prompting some designers to ask if the accent wall is dead!

There’s a new trend in town – and all you need to do is look up. Decorative ceilings are all the rage this year. You’ve got a lot of options with this: colorful paint, decorative ceiling tiles, architectural elements, faux beams or tray ceiling give the illusion of depth. Think of it as your master bedroom getting a fifth wall.

Organizing Your Master Closet Like A Pro

You finally got that walk-in closet of your dreams. It has space for everything you need. The only problem? These spaces can quickly descend into chaos. That’s why today, closet organization has almost become an art form. It’s inspired countless trends in minimalism shelving design, seasonal outfit sorting, and more. What are the latest organization trends?

  • Adding closet drawers to tame the clutter and keep things out of sight
  • Double-up closet rods for twice the hanging space
  • Optimizing closet nooks and corners with shelves
  • Building shoe racks at the bottom of your closet (you’re not using that space anyway!)

Turning Your Master Bathroom into a Relaxing Spa

Every master bathroom needs a place to shower or bathe. Whether you’re a quick-shower-after-a-morning-run type of person or an after-work-bath-with-red-wine relaxer, you need something that fits both your lifestyle and your bedroom’s aesthetic. Do you want a walk-in shower? A stand-alone bathtub? Some people would rather have a larger shower, while others want a tub-shower combo.

But have you ever considered both? More and more people are adding both a walk-in shower and a soaking tub to complete their master suite. If you have the space for it, this option gives you the best of both worlds. As a bonus, a standing shower and soaking tub give your master bathroom a wonderful spa-like quality.

Doubling Sink Space for Half the Stress

We’re back to your master bathroom with this trend. This time we’re focusing on the vanity – or in this case, a double vanity. If you’ve ever had to share a single sink, drawer, and mirror with a significant other, you know the situation is not…ideal. This new design trend seeks to prevent any squabbling over space: double or side-by-side vanities. Each offers your own quiet space – a separate sink, drawer, and counter room.

Whichever you choose may depend on the size of your master bathroom. If you’ve got the space, why not use it? Double or side-by-side vanities can add a dramatic or elegant element to the room. It’s a perfect way to optimize extra bathroom space.

Take the time to perfect your master oasis. After all, it’s a place just for you to enjoy!

Free Yoga this Summer in and around Seattle

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

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

Tough Yoga

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

Meditation Yoga

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

Yoga for Health

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

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

Yoga to Meet People

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

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

Pricing

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

Free Summer Yoga Events;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Shiplap or Not to Shiplap? Three unexpected ways you can use shiplap to personalize your home

Categories: Home Design Trends | Posted: July 15, 2018

If you don’t already know about shiplap, let’s get you acquainted. Shiplap is a type of wooden board traditionally used as siding on barns, sheds, and other buildings. Since it’s often used on the outside of buildings, shiplap has grooves for pieces to fit tightly together. Recently, shiplap has become an extremely popular building material, thanks to HGTV’s Fixer Upper and the hosts’ love of it.

There are many benefits to using shiplap both inside and outside your house – it’s inexpensive and easy to install. But there are aesthetic reasons as well: it doesn’t require much (if any) finishing, it adds a design element on its own, and it’s easy to fix or paint. Here are three unexpected ways you can incorporate shiplap into your new home.

For the Kick Wall of the Kitchen Island

As you move into a new space, adding personalized touches really brings rooms together and helps you feel at home. The kitchen is no different; you want to find the perfect backsplash, cabinet hardware, and dish towels. Updating your kitchen island’s kick wall is another way to add character to your kitchen. Consider using shiplap to add style here with minimal effort. As a bonus, shiplap is easy and affordable to replace, just in case someone gets crazy and kicks it a little too hard.

As an Accent Wall in Your Living Room

Adding an accent wall in your home is a fun way to add a splash of color to a room. But have you ever considered replacing the color with a new texture? Shiplap’s horizontal lines and effortless look adds a subtle style to your living room. You may even find it easier to match (and change up) your décor with an accent shiplap wall than you would with a vibrant color.

Surround Your Fireplace

Nothing makes a living room feel warm and cozy like a fireplace. But it can be hard to match a traditional brick or dark wood fireplace with the rest of the room. Why let the fireplace dictate the room’s aesthetic? Shiplap offers an affordable alternative that can easily be painted or decorated to fit your room. With the addition of shiplap, you can add incredible farmhouse style to your entire home.

It’s incredible how quickly shiplap can transform a room. Whether you’re adding a new texture or style, or using it as an affordable building material alternative, the versatility of shiplap is undeniable. You may be a longtime fan of Fixer Upper (and already a shiplap convert) or may be entirely new to the material. There are so many ways to use shiplap in your new home, it’s clear why those hosts love it so much. Look into it – maybe you’ll find an entirely new way of incorporating shiplap into your new home.

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.

 

Tame the Chaos in Your New Home -Tips for Turning Your Entryway into an Organized Drop Zone

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: June 29, 2018

You’re in the process of moving into your new home. Boxes of furniture and clothes and plates sit stacked all over the place, hopefully in the right rooms. Each time you walk in or out, running errands or bringing in bags from a Target run, you (or your kids) tend to leave things behind. Shoes, backpacks, jackets, stacks of mail. Pretty soon, you’ve got piles of random stuff cluttering the front room in your home. It’s not a pretty sight that greets you when you’re coming in from the garage. If this is sounding familiar, don’t worry! You can tame this chaos by turning that entryway into an organized drop zone.

Make a Decree: What Should Stay, What Should Go

This is the entryway from your garage into your home, and everything in it should have its own place. Don’t let this room become a repository for all things you can’t fit anywhere else – decide what should stay here, and what needs to go. For example, it makes sense to store coats and boots here, especially in the cold months when you and your family need to bundle up before going outside. But unpacked boxes or library books? It doesn’t make sense to store those things here. Once you’ve decided what should stay here and what should be taken into the house, it’ll be easier to keep this place tidy.

Hang Hooks to Hold Jackets and Scarves

If your entryway includes a closet, that’s great! But if you don’t have a dedicated place to hang coats, consider adding some hooks to the wall. You can find a wide array of attractive, stylized hooks at most hardware stores, making it easy to match them with your home’s décor. Hanging jackets on hooks is undoubtedly better than heaping them in a pile on the ground.

Extra Tip: If you have young kids, be sure to hang some hooks at the right height for them! Encourage them to hang up their own coats and scarves when coming into the house.

Keep Your Keys Handy

How many times have you gotten halfway out the door only to realize you can’t find your keys? Keep these important items in one place and give yourself one less thing to worry about. Find a designated spot for your keys, wallet, sunglasses, and anything else easily misplaced. You can opt for a low table, a key bowl, or smaller hooks. Keeping these items in the entryway to your garage goes a long way in taking the chaos of your home’s “drop zone.”

Add a Bench and Take a Seat

Nobody wants to stand in the entryway while holding groceries trying to kick off a pair of shoes. Adding a bench to this room actually does double duty here. You can use this bench to set down whatever you’re holding (great if you’re trying to snag all those bags in one trip!) and it’s also handy to sit on while taking off or putting on boots in cold or rainy weather. Consider using the space below your bench for extra storage as well. This is perfect if the room off your garage isn’t very spacious.

The most important thing in organizing your entryway, or any room in your new home, is consistency. Prevent this room from descending into chaos by planning ahead, making it easy to put designated items away, and keeping your most important belongings in one place. You can even add potted plants, artwork, or decorative pillows to brighten the room that greets you. Soon you’ll have a highly organized and tidy drop zone, setting the tone for your new home.

The Ultimate Guide to the 4th of July in Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

5 Ways New Homes Help Conserve Energy in the Summer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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