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March
14

7 Things to do in Old Town Chinatown

Chinatown

You never run out of interesting things to see and do in Portland. Old Town Chinatown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers some truly unique attractions in the Portland area. Our brokers love telling people about Portland and all it has to offer! Be sure to check out these 7 places in Old Town Chinatown. 

  1. Lan Su Chinese Garden - 239 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209
    A nod to Portland's Chinese heritage, the Lan Su Chinese Garden is a tranquil botanical garden in the heart of Old Town Chinatown. The garden was founded in 2000 in partnership with the city of Suzhou, which is Portland's sister city in China. In addition to its magnificent stonework and lush assortment of native Chinese plants and trees, the Lan Su Chinese Garden includes an authentic Chinese tea house, which is surrounded by beautiful foliage and water features. The garden is just minutes from many Portland homes for sale

  2. Portland Saturday Market - 2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
    Held every Saturday from March until Christmas, the Portland Saturday Market is the oldest continuously-operated outdoor market in the United States. Since 1974, it's been Portland's best destination for art, crafts, and freshly made food. The market overlooks the Willamette River, between the west side of the Burnside Bridge and the Old Town Archways. More than 250 vendors make visiting the Portland Saturday Market a fun, colorful, ever-changing experience. 

  3. Portland Oregon White Stag Sign - 70 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209
    The Portland Oregon White Stag Sign is easily one of the most iconic and often-photographed landmarks in Portland. The instantly-recognizable neon sign is perched atop the White Stag Building, overlooking the Burnside Bridge. Although it has changed a handful of times over the years since the sign was first illuminated in 1940, it remains one of the city's must-see attractions. You always know it's Christmastime in Portland when the White Stag sign is given its red nose for the season! 

  4. Portland Union Station - 800 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
    Portland was a major West Coast boomtown in the late 1800s, and its rapid growth was spurred on even more by the arrival of the railroads. The Portland Union Station has served as the city's primary rail hub since it opened its doors on Valentine's day in 1896. To this day, it's an active railway station in addition to being a link to Oregon's past. Portland Union Station is known for its Romanesque clock tower, which is a fixture of the Old Town Chinatown skyline. 

  5. Dan and Louis Oyster Bar - 208 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97204
    There are plenty of places in Old Town Chinatown to grab a drink and a bite to eat, but none offer a taste of Portland's history quite like Dan and Louis Oyster Bar. This beloved local watering hole and eatery has been in the same location since 1907 when it was first opened as City Oyster Co. by Louis C. Wachsmuth. The name was changed to Dan and Louis Oyster Bar after a newspaper article noted that Louis' son Dan was always there working. It's still one of the best places in Portland to enjoy happy hour drinks and shuck a few oysters. 

  6. Voodoo Doughnut - 22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
    If Dan and Louis Oyster Bar represents Old Portland, then Voodoo Donut must represent New Portland. Offering an eclectic assortment of colorful, flavorful pastries, Voodoo Donut was a hole-in-the-wall joint known only to locals until 2009, when it blew up after being prominently featured on The Amazing Race. They're known for creative offerings like their raspberry-filled Voodoo Doll donut, complete with a pretzel "stake" through its heart. A lot of their donuts are vegan as well. 

  7. Oregon Maritime Museum - 198 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
    The Oregon Maritime Museum is a unique, must-visit attraction on the Portland Waterfront. This floating museum is housed inside the Sternwheeler Portland, a historic steam-powered sternwheel tugboat docked on the Old Town Chinatown waterfront in the Willamette River. The fully-restored craft dates back to the turn of the 20th century, and its the last operational ship of its kind in the United States. The ship is open to the public on guided group tours and houses a wide range of artifacts and memorabilia in addition to the Sternwheeler itself. 

Looking for more information on Portland's distinctive neighborhoods and historic districts? Contact us today to learn more about life in Portland, and talk to our brokers about finding your dream home in the Portland area. 

March
7

St. Patrick's Day Events Near Seattle

Seattle Events

Ireland is over 4,000 miles away from Seattle homes for sale, but that distance vanishes on St. Patrick's Day. Celebrate the luck o' the Irish by donning your finest green outfit and joining our brokers at these exciting holiday events around Seattle. 

  • St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl - SPIN Seattle, 1511 6th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
    St. Patrick's Day in Seattle is so big that one day alone can't contain it. You can enjoy not one but two St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawls across two weekends. Gain cover charge-free access to participating venues, along with a number of great drink specials. Start the crawling at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, and 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. Tickets are $15-$45.

  • St. Patrick's Day Dash - Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109
    Offset the calories from all the green beer at the annual St. Patrick's Day Dash. For the 38th year, participants of all ages and levels of experience will head out on the 5K route that begins and ends at Seattle Center. Groups will be based on whether you plan to dash, jog, or walk. Kids 10 and under can complete the 1K Leprechaun Lap on the Center grounds and still join the family for the 5K. Race time is 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, with the Post Dash Bash keeping the fun going until noon. Registration fees are $50 for the 5K and $25 for the 1K, which includes a free shirt.

  • Erin Go Baroque - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 111 NE 80th St., Seattle, WA 98115
    Ireland has given the world some of the most lyrical and heartfelt folk music ever. Spend an evening immersed in Celtic music and culture at Erin Go Baroque on Friday, March 11. Soprano Natalie Ingrisano joins fiddler Brandon Vance and Henry Lebedinski on harpsichord and guitar for some traditional reels, Strathspeys, jigs, marches, and sonatas. Admission includes a tasting of five premium Irish whiskies. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $40.

  • Geoffrey Castle's St. Patrick's Day Celebration - Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett, WA 98201
    Looking for a family-friendly holiday activity? After a day of viewing Everett homes for sale, plan on an evening at Geoffrey Castle's St. Patrick's Day Celebration. Even your teenagers won't be able to resist clapping along as electric six-string violinist Geoffrey Castle displays his incredible skill. Geoffrey brings his energetic show to Historic Everett Theatre for the 15th time on Thursday, March 17. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $25-$30.

  • Blarney Stone Pub - 1416 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
    The Emerald City meets the Emerald Isle at the Blarney Stone Pub. This pet-friendly, Irish-themed sports bar features a menu of traditional dishes, such as shepherd's pie and corned beef & cabbage, made with fresh Northwest ingredients. In addition to a full selection of Irish whiskies, the bar stocks Guinness and Harp on tap. Hours are 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and noon - 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday. 

  • T.S. McHugh's - 21 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109
    If you've never been to T.S. McHugh's, St. Patrick's Day is the perfect time for your first visit. This iconic Seattle pub, open since 1990, has a warm, welcoming ambiance that includes dark wood decor and historic memorabilia. T. S. McHugh's is right across the street from Seattle Center, making it a perfect spot before or after a Kraken game or a show at the Seattle Rep. Dine on ale-battered fish and chips, Irish potato skins, and bangers & mash paired with a pint of Guinness or Harp. Hours are 3 p.m. until close Tuesday through Sunday.

Ready to celebrate every season in the Pacific Northwest? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for answers to all your local real estate questions.

December
13

Seattle Museum Memberships That Make Great Gifts

Museum Memberships

The season of giving is nearly upon us, so what could be better than giving the gift of knowledge and exciting experiences? Our brokers know that there are so many outstanding museums around Seattle, and gifting a membership is a great way to support local museums while giving a fun, unique gift that someone on your shopping list can enjoy all year long. Find some inspiration for your holiday shopping, with these 6 excellent museum memberships near Seattle that you can gift this holiday season.

  • Seattle Art Museum – 1300 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
    For the art lover on your list, it's hard to top a membership to one of the most popular museums near Seattle homes for sale. A membership to the Seattle Art Museum provides 12 months of benefits, including unlimited admission to SAM and access to a variety of special exhibitions throughout the year. They'll also enjoy savings at the SAM gift shop, early access to select new exhibitions, and special member-only programming. That programming includes popular lecture series from art experts and deep dives behind the scenes that will show how some of the amazing art on display was created.

  • Museum of Pop Culture – 325 5th Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109
    The Museum of Pop Culture is a great choice for creators, artists, educators, and anyone who just loves to learn more about the pop culture that has shaped our history. There are a ton of gift membership options available, from single memberships to memberships fit for an entire family including kids. All memberships include unlimited access to the museum, discounts for museum events, expedited entry to events, and discounts at the gift shop. Higher-level membership perks can include free gifts, invitations to exclusive happy hours at the museum, parking passes, and even private tours of the museum.

  • Burke Museum – 4300 15th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    Searching for the perfect gift for a family that loves learning? A membership to the Burke Museum at the University of Washington could be just the thing. The museum's three floors cover contemporary culture, biology, archaeology, and paleontology, with fascinating exhibits for all ages. You can build a customized gift membership package for an individual or a whole family, adding additional members as needed. In addition to unlimited museum access, members get access to fun member-only events like behind-the-scenes tours, along with discounts at the gift shop and cafe. 

  • Seattle Children's Museum – 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109
    For families with younger kids, a membership to the Seattle Children's Museum provides a full year of family fun. You can choose a base membership that provides year-long access to the museum for one named adult and child, or a flex membership that allows your favorite family to bring an additional guest each time that they visit. No matter which membership you choose to gift, the member will have 12 months of access to the museum, invitations to special events for members, the chance to attend exhibit openings, and discounted prices for scheduling their own special events like birthday parties at the museum.

  • The Museum of Flight – 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
    Anyone with a love of aviation is sure to enjoy a membership to The Museum of Flight, one of the best places in the world to learn about both the history and future of aviation. There are a variety of benefits depending on the membership level that you choose, but even the most affordable memberships offer great perks. Every membership includes unlimited admission for two adults, a subscription to the museum's quarterly magazine, discounts on nearly all purchases at the museum, access to exclusive events, and free admission to a variety of other local attractions through the Partners of the West Museum Program.

  • Cascade Bicycle Club – 7787 62nd Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115
    Do you have someone on your list who loves to explore Seattle on their bicycle? While it's not a museum, like others on our list, there's still plenty to learn and do with this membership! The Cascade Bicycle Club has been around since it was founded by a small group of bicycle enthusiasts in the 1970s and offers some excellent perks for members. Gifting a membership grants access to special discounts on all of the rides, classes, and camps that the club offers. Members also gain access to the Cascade Bicycle Club community space, and discounts at nearly 20 partners around Seattle.

Are you searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the amazing museums and attractions around Seattle? Let our team help you find the perfect match. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.

January
13

Event Spotlight: Portland Seafood and Wine Festival

Portland Seafood Festival

No matter the season, you're never far from fresh, local seafood or a fine glass of locally produced wine when you call Portland home. The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival is an annual celebration of the area's amazing local culinary scene, with food, drink, and fun for the whole family. Our brokers are ready to dig in, and we've got all the details on what to expect from this year's Portland Seafood and Wine Festival.

Dates: January 31 – February 1, 2020

Location: Oregon Convention Center – 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival is a huge gathering, taking place at the Oregon Convention Center with more than 90,000 square feet of event space. Portland homes for sale offer easy access to countless great restaurants, and this festival is a chance to sample many of the best local spots in one convenient location. A portion of the proceeds from the two-day event goes toward supporting the Oregon Chapter of the National MS Society.

There will be tons of fresh seafood, along with wares from local distilleries, wineries, and craft breweries. The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival is also a family-friendly event, with face painters, balloon artists, and plenty of other fun activities to keep younger visitors entertained.

Seafood Spotlight: Local Restaurants Participating

The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival features nearly 200 local businesses, with something to suit every taste. We'll touch on a few of the top local restaurants and wineries participating in the event.

  • Asiatico Asian Fusion Sushi
    Family owned and operated since opening in 2011, Asiatico Asian Fusion Sushi has been voted best sushi in Lincoln County nearly every year since opening its doors. If you're looking for fresh, local sushi presented in ways you won't find in every sushi restaurant, then this is the place to be.

  • Pacific Crab Company
    The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival takes place in the heart of Dungeness Crab season, and the Pacific Crab Company is sure to have fresh, local crab prepared in just about any way you can imagine. With a no-frills focus on quality and decades of experience preparing fresh Oregon seafood, the Pacific Crab Company is constantly coming up with delicious, new ways to serve all of your seafood favorites.

  • Hapa Food Company
    With founders raised on Oahu and in-depth knowledge of Hawaiian culinary culture, Hapa Food Company will be serving up unique dishes that you'll find at the festival. Armed with a long list of old-fashioned family recipes that have been passed down for generations, Hapa Food Company brings the best of Hawaiian cooking to Oregon.

Wineries to Watch: Wineries Participating

  • Bluebird Hill Cellars
    Established in 2014 by husband and wife team Neil and Sue Shay, Bluebird Hill Cellars is committed to producing outstanding small-batch, hand-crafted wines. The team at Bluebird Hill believes in blending both the art and science of wine-making, creating each wine based on the character of the grapes that their small vineyard produces each year.

  • Denison Cellars
    With a long list of award-winning wines and a constant commitment to quality, Denison Cellars produces some of the best wine in all of Oregon. This winery creates a variety of dark, fruity, flavorful wines, and has received top ratings from many major wine publications. Pinot Noir is the focus here, with winemakers Tim and Denise Wilson drawing inspiration from wineries across the world.

  • Potter's Vineyard
    Winemakers Bill and Sandy Sanchez got the idea to start their winery while on a trip to Italy, then spent the following years learning everything they could about the process of producing top-rated wine. The result is Potter's Vineyard, where the dream of a husband and wife team has become a reality. Potter's Vineyard specializes in producing Oregon Pinot Noir, but branches out into a variety of other styles, as well.

The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival is a perfect example of why the city is such a fantastic place to call home, especially if you love great food. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Portland area.

December
5

Holiday Events Throughout The Pacific Northwest

holiday sparkles

With Thanksgiving and its turkey now just a memory, we're firmly in the thick of the holiday season. December's ticking away at a rapid clip, but before you get mired in a tangle of tinsel, gift wrapping or kransekake baking, have some fun first! There's so much going on this time of year it's hard to choose. Here are a few ideas we just couldn't resist.

Portlanders really know how to get into the spirit, or should we say spirits, this time of year? At the  Holiday Ale Festival in downtown Portland, nearly 50 craft brews and ciders will be on tap, along with food, merchandise and more (Dec. 4-8). On the other hand, what could be more fun than 300 tubas gathered together in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square to play Christmas carols and other seasonal songs at Tuba Christmas (Dec. 14)? You'll see more than three ships go sailing by at this year's Christmas Ships Parade, where for two weeks fleets of festively decorated vessels will cruise the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, much to the delight of the onshore crowds (Dec. 5-22). A trip to the zoo is family fun any time of year, but ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo ups the ante with a display of more than 1.5 million bulbs that turn the animal kingdom into a magical wonderland (through Jan. 5). Seattle has its Candy Cane Lane, but Portlanders head to Peacock Lane, where residents there have been festooning their Tudor-style homes in holiday garb since the 1930s. Drive through or park nearby and stroll at your leisure. Free hot chocolate and cider will be on hand, though a donation is appreciated (Dec. 15-31).

In Bend, there's an interesting onstage sequel to Pride and Prejudice, the Jane Austen classic, in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, presented by the Cascades Theatrical Company. Set two years after the original novel and focusing on middle sister Mary, the play has been called "an unstuffy, highly entertaining and warm-spirited work," by the Chicago Tribune (through Dec. 15). In the Old Mill District, local choirs sing their hearts out and fill the air – and shops and restaurants in the outdoor mall – with holiday spirit (through Dec. 21). The Old Mill District is also the site of the annual menorah lighting in celebration of Hanukkah, with music, food, Hanukkah gelt (chocolate coins) and more (Dec. 22). Pack up the kids and head to Gingerbread Junction at Sunriver Resort, where amazing candy and cookie creations have been dazzling holiday visitors for nearly a quarter century (Dec. 6-Jan. 4).

The Teddy Bear Suite at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle is an annual holiday pleasure for kids and parents alike. But heads up: If you plan to visit the teddy bear wonderland on the weekend, be prepared for a lengthy wait in line (through Dec. 26). In Bellevue, it's a party every day on Snowflake Lane, where a nightly parade of holiday characters, dancers, lighted floats, falling snow – even Santa as the 12th Man – enliven the sidewalks between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square (through Dec. 24). After the parade, sashay over to the ice rink, strap on your skates and enjoy more than 9,000 square feet of real ice. Can't skate? Don't worry; free skating lessons are available or you can take a two-week class for $40 (through Jan. 20). Area green-thumbers are in for a seasonal treat at the Garden d'Lights, the annual holiday extravaganza of more than half a million twinkling lights shaped like plants, flowers, birds and more on view at the Bellevue Botanical Center (through Dec. 31). See you there!

October
7

Seattle Waterfront Fun - Pier 54

Seattle Pier 54

Since 1988 Pier 54 has become one of the top tourist destinations in the Seattle Waterfront. Famously home to the flagship Ivar's restaurant, the pier has become a symbol of Seattle and is a central location for a fun day on the waterfront. There is no doubt that our Brokers like to highlight how vibrant and fun a city Seattle is, and Pier 54 contributes to that atmosphere.

Waterfront Fun Begins at Pier 54 

Pier 54 is a familiar sight for commuters as it is adjacent to the ferry terminal that serves popular destinations such as West Seattle, the Olympic Peninsula, and Vashon Island. This was why it was considered such a prime location for some of Seattle's oldest businesses. These businesses include such Seattle originals as:

  • Ivar's Acres of Clams Seafood Restaurant
  • Ye Olde Curiosity Shop Museum and Gift Shop 
  • Simply Seattle Gift and Souveniers
  • Kidd Valley Burger and Shakes
  • The Frankenfurter Hot Dog Stand

While the eateries do brisk business with commuters waiting for their ferries, these businesses provide a place for visitors to fuel up and get ready for a waterfront walk.

Pier 54 Nearby Attractions

As a gateway to the entire waterfront. Pier 54 is next to some of Seattle's most popular tourist attractions. Pier 55 features a variety of shopping opportunities such as the Seattle T-Shirt Company and Frankly Sweets, but it all revolves around Argosy Cruises. Argosy provides sightseeing trips in the Puget Sound that includes historical tours, shore excursions, and even whale-watching opportunities. After these day trips, many visitors like to refresh themselves at the Eliott Oyster House on Pier 55. 

Alaskan Way Makes the Waterfront Come Alive

As tourists continue down Alaskan Way past the Seneca Street and UnIvarsity Way intersections, the waterfront opens up not only to higher traffic but also in terms of dIvarsity of opportunity. Pier 57 is the heart and soul of the waterfront and possibly the most fun you can have with a view of the Puget Sound. Along with a boarding point for City Sightseeing Seattle tour buses, there are opportunities to see the city from a higher vantage point at Wings over Washington. There is also a full and vibrant arcade called Miner's Landing that includes:

  • The Seattle Great Wheel (Giant Ferris Wheel)
  • Vintage Carousel 
  • Games and Prizes
  • The Crab Pot Restaurant
  • Ice Creamery
  • Pirate's Plunder Novelty Gift Shop 

Make it a Day at the Seattle Aquarium

The massive Seattle Aquarium takes up Piers 59 and 60 and has just as much fun packed into it. A visit to the Seattle Aquarium will allow you to learn more about the beautiful marine life that calls the Pacific Northwest home. Featuring Sea Otters, Octopi, and a beautiful luminous jellyfish exhibit, it is a great place to take the entire family.

Exhibits give little ones the chance to get up close and personal with some of the more gentle creatures of the deep. While bigger kids can marvel at the 120,000-gallon exhibit and 360 degrees underwater dome. All proceeds will go toward education and conservation of the Puget Sound's marine environment. 

A Walk To Remember

This is just scratching the surface of the opportunities for fun and relaxation that the area around the southern piers of Seattle's waterfront provides for visitors to the Emerald City. Just up the hill is the many businesses of the historic Pike's Place Market and the downtown area, offering endless exploration, leisure, and shopping opportunities. For those who want to continue their journey down the waterfront, It is a beautiful walk on a summer day that is often bustling will streetside merchants and performers. On the other side of the waterfront, the Bell Harbor cruise ship terminals await for those who have been inspired to seek an ocean voyage.

The Seattle Waterfront is just one part of the gorgeous city of Seattle. Contact us to start your search for Seattle homes for sale to find the Pacific Northwest home of your dreams.

September
9

Pike Place Market - the Heart of Seattle

Pike's Place

If Seattle is the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Pike Place Market is its soul. This bustling, energetic attraction in the core of the city is virtually its own neighborhood, serving as a top draw for tourists and locals alike. 

What makes Pike Place Market such a must-see spot in one of the country's most vibrant cities? Join our brokers as they take a deep dive into the history, tradition, and appeal of Seattle's iconic marketplace.

History of Pike Place Market

During the early 1900s, Seattle was making the transition from frontier town to an urban center. The rapidly growing population created a strong demand for fresh produce, dairy products, meat, and other food items from nearby farms.

Unscrupulous wholesalers took advantage of the situation, paying farmers next to nothing and selling the goods alongside the downtown waterfront at exorbitant prices. Thanks to a proposal from City Councilman Thomas Revelle, Seattle decided to create a public marketplace where farmers could sell directly to consumers.

The fledgling market, located on newly-named Pike Place, opened for business on August 17, 1907, making it one of the country's oldest continually-operated public farmers' markets. Permanent arcades were constructed to house the vendors along with an eclectic mix of artists, activists, and eccentrics who began to gather regularly.

"Save the Market"

Sadly, the internments of World War II led to most of the Market's occupants being forced away. In 1941, Italian farmer Joe Desimone purchased the arcades and temporarily resurrected the Market, but post-WWII suburban sprawl resulted in a severe business downturn.

The Market was on the docket for demolition in the 1960s until architect Victor Steinbrueck founded a movement to "Save the Market." On November 2, 1971, Seattle voters approved a measure designating Pike Place Market as a nine-acre historic district.

Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority

Today the Market falls under the management of Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA),  a non-profit public corporation chartered by the city in 1973. In addition to maintaining the Market's physical structures and supporting its businesses, the PDA is charged with providing residential housing and services for low-income people within the district.

As part of PDA's mission, Pike Place Foundation was established in 1982. During its lifetime, the Foundation has granted more than $30 million to support the Market's Senior Center and Food Bank, Childcare and Preschool, Clinic and other neighborhood services.

The Foundation's hallmark is its mascot, Rachel the Piggy Bank, "born" in 1986. This 550-pound life-sized bronze piggy bank, located under the Market's signature sign and clock, is a favorite spot for photo opportunities and donations. Rachel's cousin Billie has held a spot of honor on the Market's waterfront since 2016. Be sure to rub their snouts for good luck!

Notable Market Vendors, Restaurants and Shops

When it comes to shopping at the Market, you can find everything from soup to nuts. Some of the vendors have taken on celebrity status.

  • Coffee legend Starbucks has become synonymous with Seattle, and you can visit the Market location where it all began.
  • Even people who have never been to the Market know about Pike Place Fish Market, aka "where they throw the fish." Nearly every mention of Seattle on national TV includes a shot of the fishmongers tossing customer purchases over to the wrapping counter.
  • Watch the artisans at Beecher's Homemade Cheese, create their award-winning products, including the Flagship variety. Beecher's has become so popular that they opened an outpost in New York City's Flatiron District.
  • Fresh ingredients call for top-quality tools and utensils. Pick up some great new gadgets at the original location of gourmet kitchen store Sur La Table. 
  • Three Girls Bakery is not only the longest continually operating business in the Market, but it's also the first business licensed to a woman in Seattle.
  • In Sleepless in Seattle, Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner famously discuss tiramisu over clams and beer at the Market's Athenian Seafood Restaurant & Bar.
  • Pike Place Chowder's soup is the best on both coasts. The soup won the title of "Best New England Clam Chowder" at Westport, Connecticut's Chowdafest four years in a row.
  • Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas claimed victory over Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto on Food Network's classic completion show. His empire includes popular Market eateries Etta's, Seatown Market Diner and Rub with Love Shack.

Seattle homes for sale may seem like a dream, but they can easily become your reality. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for experienced help with all your Seattle real estate needs.

August
5

Redmond Named 'Best Place To Live' In Washington

Redmond Best Place to Live in Washington

Redmond Is Known as the Best Place to Live in Washington

Our brokers have been fielding a growing number of questions about Redmond homes for sale, and there's no surprise why. It is the hottest place to live in the state.

That's the opinion of Niche.com, which put Redmond at the top of its list of best places to live. Redmond is making waves as one of the most desirable cities in Washington.

There's so much to love about Redmond, the biggest question is: Where to start?

Just a short drive east of Seattle, Redmond benefits from an amazing location. It has long been known as the home of Microsoft and Nintendo of America, but that's only the start of what's attracted its 65,000 residents to this "Bicycle Capital of the World."

Let's take a closer look at the secrets of what makes Redmond special:

Redmond Has a Robust High-Tech Employment Scene

Redmond Microsoft
Founded 1975, $110 billion technology giant Microsoft moved to Redmond in 1986 and remains the biggest employer in the city. Its campus on One Microsoft Way stretches over eight million square feet and easily serves more than 40,000 employees at a time.

Many other top brands also call Redmond home. Terex, a manufacturer of materials handling equipment, is the #2 local employer. Professionals can also find opportunities with AT&T, Honeywell, UPS, and – yes – Nintendo of America. Naturally, many more major companies are located in nearby Seattle.

The Best Events and Attractions in Redmond

Redmond Chalkfest

No brief post can do justice to the rich diversity of Redmond, but this will get you started:

  1. Pacific NW Chalkfest – 7525 166th Avenue Northeast, Redmond, WA 98052
    Happening August 16-18 at the Redmond Town Center, the Pacific NW Chalkfest is a free and family-friendly homage to an underestimated art form. National, international, and regional chalk artists will be in attendance to create magnificent pastel masterpieces.
  2. Rockin' on the River – 8703 160th Avenue Northeast, Redmond, WA 98052
    From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, residents and visitors alike can enjoy free concerts on the green of Garden Plaza at Rockin' on the River. Concessions are provided by the Redmond Kiwanis Club. This year will showcase Heart by Heart, The Beatniks, Cherry Cherry, and High Tide.
  3. So Bazaar – 16101 Northeast Redmond Road, Redmond, WA 98052
    Happening on three Thursday evenings in August, So Bazaar transforms the downtown into an imaginative wonderland. Art, music, and food follow the themes of nature: Air, water, and fire. Lots of local vendors will be on hand with crafts and souvenirs.
  4. Microsoft Visitor Center – 15010 Northeast 36th Street, Building 92, Redmond, WA 98052
    The next best thing to working there is taking a tour of the Microsoft Visitor Center. In the tradition of some of the best museums around, it is packed with interactive exhibits. Walk through history with games, technology demos, and a surprisingly tasty assortment of on-site concessions.
  5. Black Raven Brewing Company – 14679 Northeast 95th Street, Redmond, WA 98052
    Black Raven Brewing Company is the most famous of the flavorful crop of craft breweries here in Redmond. A hip and happening taproom offers pints and growlers from an ever-rotating blend of microbrews. Though there's no food on the premises, there's almost always a lunch truck parked outside!
  6. Marymoor Park – 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast, Redmond, WA 98052
    Redmond takes care of its beautiful natural landscape, and you can see the care right here in popular Marymoor Park. A beloved destination for a day out, it sprawls over 640 gorgeous acres. Canine companions are welcome in the dog park. There's also a climbing wall and frequent concerts.

There are Institutions and Amenities You'll Love

Redmond Schools

When it comes to all the things that make up a community, Redmond consistently stands out, especially when compared to cities of similar size. It features top-ranked public schools as well as higher education in the form of the Digipen Institute and Lake Washington Technical College.

Redmond is also well-known for its remarkable level of safety. There's a strong relationship between business, law enforcement, and the community which has made it a top tourist destination as well as a choice for growing families.

Head-Turning Art and Culture

Redmond Arts & Culture

Art, culture and sports run the gamut in Redmond from contemporary galleries to street art. As you journey through the city, you'll find dozens of public art installations. The city maintains a thriving artist-in-residence program and its own poet laureate, too.

Community-centered organizations like the Redmond Historical Society and the Redmond Association of Spoken Word enjoy high participation in the city. There's always something to see and do, whether you prefer to spectate or participate.

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You've seen what Redmond has to offer, now discover it for yourself. Our team will help you every step of the way in your search for the perfect Redmond homes for sale. Contact us to learn more.

June
10

Portland Living: 9 Ways to Celebrate Dad on Fathers Day

Portland Oregon Fathers Day
Father's Day is almost here! The Brokers in our Portland Uptown and Portland West offices invite you to give Dad a special day this year by exploring everything Portland has to offer.

Getting around Portland for Father's Dad is especially easy thanks to the city's bike sharing initiative, Biketown. You can get virtually anywhere throughout the downtown area without having to use a car or public transportation. There are 125 bike stations throughout the city.

Let's look at some of the best ways to celebrate dad in Portland this year.

Portland Japanese Garden

  1. Portland Japanese Garden611 Southwest Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
    Portland Japanese Garden is a unique local attraction. Spanning a 5.5-acre space, it has fascinating landscapes and amenities to enjoy. You'll see the iconic waterfall and take in a beautiful mountain view. Plus, there are group classes and lectures to attend. Stop into the teahouse for a sip of traditional Japanese green tea before you go.

  2. Oregon Zoo – 4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
    Forty-six acres of fun await at Oregon Zoo, one of the top zoos in the region. With dozens of animal residents ranging from the bald eagle to the southern sea otter, there's always someone new to meet here. Breathtaking exhibits run the gamut from the African savanna to the chimpanzee enclosure and the ever-popular Polar Passage, home of the polar bears.

    Oregon Museum of Science and Technology
  3. Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) – 1945 Southeast Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214
    OMSI is a leading STEM museum known for its remarkable planetarium. In addition to all kinds of exciting educational programming, there are also musical shows including Laser Pink Floyd and Laser Daft Punk. Dads will love the opportunity to go on the daily submarine tour, which lets you peer through a periscope and climb a bunk in the crew quarters.

  4. Washington Park – 4033 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
    Washington Park is filled with gardens and museums, a zoo, and even a forest. You could get lost here for a whole week of Father's Days! The free shuttle service beginning in early April makes it easy to get around to all the nearby attractions. On top of the Oregon Zoo, you can visit the World Forestry Center, the Hoyt Arboretum, and the Portland Japanese Garden.

    Portland Saturday Market
  5. Portland Saturday Market – 2 Southwest Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
    Welcoming guests on Sunday as well, the Portland Saturday Market has been recognized nationwide as the largest open-air arts and crafts market in continuous operation anywhere throughout the United States. There are dozens of different shops to visit. No matter what your dad is into, you're certain to find something he will love here.

  6. Voodoo Doughnut – 22 Southwest 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
    Voodoo Doughnut is a 24-hour cash-only shop you won't want to overlook. It's cheered throughout the city for its incredible flavors. If dad's been watching his waistline, it's an excellent time to celebrate with the likes of Graham Slam, the Bacon Maple Bar, and the famous Portland Cream. There are crowds at lunch, so consider checking it out during off hours.

  7. The Pearl District
    Home to many of Portland's top bars and restaurants, the Pearl District sprawls out across more than 300 acres. Amid dozens of vendors, you'll find unique bits of Portland culture. It's not far from Powell's Book City and some of the best places to have Father's Day dinner. Plus, there are events every single week that cater to a whole spectrum of interests.

    Oaks Amusement Park
  8. Oaks Amusement Park – 98 Southwest Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
    For a family-friendly Father's Day, you can't go wrong with the Oaks Amusement Park. With its full selection of classic carnival rides, roller skating, and mini-golf, it's a local institution. One of the longest-running parks of its kind anywhere, it offers catered birthday parties and other events. Maybe you'll be celebrating Father's Day with a corn dog and cotton candy!

  9. Portland Underground Tour – 120 NW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97209
    Known locally as the Shanghai Tunnels, the Portland Underground Tour is a peek into a lost world that reflects Portland's rich history. With tours available since 1992, the nonprofit behind the action is dedicated to revealing the past in a way that's fun, exciting and informative. Dads and kids alike will enjoy the opportunity to uncover hidden secrets.

Contact us today to start your search for Portland homes for sale.

May
20

9 Things to Do in Tacoma on a Saturday

Tacoma on a Saturday
Tacoma is well-known for its lively culture, creative and friendly residents, and sophisticated options for dining, shopping, and nightlife. If you're searching for Tacoma homes for sale, you might wonder where to start when exploring first.

Since our jobs give us plenty of opportunities to learn about the area's hottest attractions, our Brokers offer this short list of nine things to do in Tacoma on a Saturday. 

Tacoma Breakfast

  1. Early-Morning Breakfast at Shakabrah Java: 2618 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA 98406
    Known as one of the best breakfast spots in town, Shakabrah Java is the perfect place for you to start your Tacoma adventure. It's busy on the weekends, so you'll want to get there bright and early. We promise that the giant pancakes, homemade corned beef hash, and great coffee make it well worth the early-morning alarm. 

  2. Spend A Few Hours Shopping on 6th Avenue: 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA 98406
    Once you've finished breakfast, spend a few hours browsing the shops on 6th Avenue. While we recommend you explore them all, some of our favorites include Cresent Moon Gifts, 9 Lives Vintage Wares, and Turntable Treasures and House of Records.

  3. Grab a Mid-Morning Pick-Me-Up at Legendary Donuts: 2602 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA 98406
    Our Brokers love making a run to Legendary Donuts for a mid-day pick-me-up, and we suggest you do the same! Stop by and grab one of the delicious concoctions that are handmade there every day.
    With exciting combinations like the Captain Jack Sparrow chocolate donut made with rum-infused frosting, and toppings including espresso beans, gummy worms, or even Captain Crunch cereal, you'll quickly understand what all the hype is about.

    Tacoma Arts Live / Pantages Theater
  4. Take In a Show at the Pantages Theater: 901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
    The Pantages Theater, part of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, as a new name, "Tacoma Arts Live." As a non-profit organization located in Tacoma, their goal is to energize the local community with live performances. Make Tacoma Arts Live a part of your next Saturday by attending one of their upcoming performances.


    Tacoma Shake

  5. Enjoy Lunch at Shake, Shake, Shake: 124 N Tacoma Ave. Tacoma, WA 98403
    For a casual lunch in a super-fun setting, head over to Shake, Shake, Shake for delicious burgers, hot dogs, and fries. Make sure you save enough room so you can have one of their delicious shakes. They come in a host of unique flavors, and if you're feeling feisty, you can even indulge in a famous boozy shake! 

    Tacoma Chihuly Bridge

  6. Walk across the Chihuly Bridge of Glass: Bridge of Glass, Tacoma, WA 98402
    The Chihuly Bridge of Glass is an addition to the Tacoma Museum of Glass and provides a pedestrian bridge to downtown Tacoma.  Just perfect for a Saturday walk in the city, the bridge crosses over major rail lines and links the Museum of Glass to Union Station and the State History Museum.

  7. Head Over to Happy Hour at Bob's Java Jive: 2102 S Tacoma Way Tacoma, WA 98409
    A day in Tacoma wouldn't be complete without a visit to the giant teapot-turned-dive-bar known as Bob's Java Jive. Here you'll find cheap drinks, friendly locals, and an unforgettable good time. This iconic building has been standing since 1927 and is a must-see for Tacoma visitors and new residents. 

  8. Dinner at Mandolin Sushi & Steak House: 3923 S 12th St, Tacoma, WA 98405
    After a full day of taking in the best of Tacoma, you'll be ready to sit down and enjoy a nice dinner. Our Brokers suggest you give Mandolin Sushi & Steak House a try as one of the last stops on your Saturday Tacoma adventure itinerary.  Start with some sushi from the extensive menu, then dive into a teriyaki entree, a hot stone pot, or a bento box combo. 

  9. Round-the-Clock Fun at Tower Lanes: 6323 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA  98406
    If you have any energy left after this amazing day, you can't go wrong with a stop at Tower Lanes. It doesn't matter what time you arrive since this bowling alley is open 24-hours a day! If bowling isn't your thing, you can also enjoy playing mini golf or billiards, or spend some time in the arcade or at the bar. 

Let Us Help You Find Your Tacoma Home

Tacoma Pier

It's easy to see there's no shortage of exciting things to do in Tacoma, and this list is just the beginning! If you're looking for a trendy hotspot to call home, you've found it. 

At Coldwell Banker Bain, we have our finger on the pulse of all of Tacoma's best neighborhoods. When you're ready to start exploring your options, contact us. We'll show you how easy home-buying can be with our team on your side.

April
15

Mark Your Calendar: Portland Festivals Not to Miss

Portland's Spring & Summer Community Line-Up

Portland Oregon Festivals and Events

Portland hosts a frenzy of festivals from late spring to early fall — so many that you may have trouble keeping track of them all! Don't worry, we've got you covered! Our Portland Uptown Brokers and our Portland West Brokers have come together to help you mark your calendar with the coolest, most diverse festivals each month that you can't afford to miss!

Portland Festivals in May

Portland Cinco De Mayo

  • Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – 1020 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204 | May 3-5
    Vamos to the Portland Cinco de Mayo Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park for authentic Mexican food, beverages, live entertainment, carnival rides boxing matches and more! From a tequila tasting booth to an exotic animal exhibit, this weekend festival will be unforgettable!
  • Funklandia – 2845 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97214 | May 4-5
    Get funky at the first annual Portland Funk Music Festival! Funklandia will feature an all-star James Brown tribute as well as performances from the best regional funk groups in the genre today.

  • McMenamin's UFO Festival – 310 NE Evans St., McMinnville, OR 97128 | May 16-18
    McMenamin's UFO Festival is out of this world! For 20 years, this unique festival has brought a spaceship full of fun to Portland. An Alien Costume Ball, Alien Abduction Dash, guest speakers, movie screenings and more might just make you a believer!

Portland Festivals in June

Portland Midsummer Festival

  • Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival – 7805 SE Oaks Pkwy, Portland, OR 97202 | June 8
    Raise the Midsummer Pole with your friends and neighbors at the Midsummer Festival! This summer solstice celebration features delicious Nordic food, live entertainment, family fun and more! Don a flower crown and come dance around the Midsummer Pole!

  • Water Lantern Festival – SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. & Stark St., Portland, OR 97214 | June 8
    Float over to Laurelhurst Park for a festival that will light up your night. Water Lantern Festival brings Portland together for food, music, and fun before lighting hundreds of personalized water lanterns and setting them afloat on Firwood Lake.

  • Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts – 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, OR 97034 |June 21-23
    Located near many Lake Oswego homes for sale, the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts lets you immerse yourself in arts many mediums. View stunning creations, learn about different styles of art, attend demonstrations and get engaged with hands-on art activities.

Portland Festivals in July

Portland July 4

  • Waterfront Blues Festival - 1020 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204 | July 4-7
    Celebrate 4th of July weekend with a little red, white and blues at the Waterfront Blues Festival. Tom McCall Waterfront Park becomes the ultimate destination for four stages of rhythm and blues music. Vendors will fill the space between the stages with food and beverages to keep you grooving all weekend long.

  • Cathedral Park Jazz Festival – N. Edison St. & Pittsburg Ave., Portland, OR 97203 | July 19-20
    Jazz up your summer at the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. Grab a chair or blanket, head to Cathedral Park and spend two days listening to dynamic music and snacking on tasty treats under the St. Johns bridge.

  • The Just Add Water Festival – 128 NW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97209 | July 26-28
    The JAW Playwright's Festival at The Armory brings two days of staged readings to the Portland Center Stage. Hear readings of brand-new plays written by your friends and neighbors or settle in for eclectic performances and workshops.

Portland Festivals in August

Portland Vegan Beer and Food

  • Pickathon Music Festival – 16581 SE Hagen Rd., Happy Valley, OR | August 2-4
    Not far from Oregon City homes for sale is Pendarvis Farm, site of the Pickathon Music Festival. Camp out on the farm, hear live performances from over 60 bands, eat amazing food and drink the best coffee, beer, wine and liquor from around Oregon.

  • Pan African Festival – 701 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97205 | August 10
    Experience the culture showcased by the Pan African Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Celebrate the heritage of Pan Africans in Oregon and come together with your community to share food and conversation. This festival helps the Disapora Africans within the state build happy, sustainable futures for their families.

  • VegOut! Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival 2019 – NE Holladay St. & NE 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97232 | Aug 10-11
    Foodies unite! Over 100 vegan vendors will fill the streets and your stomach! Celebrating all things vegan, VegOut! Will also showcase speakers, live music and vendors selling vegan-friendly crafts, clothing and beauty products. 

Portland Festivals in September

Portland Rose

  • Best of NW Animation Festival – 4122 NW Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97212 | Sept 14
    With so many festivals to attend, there's a chance one might pass you by. Thankfully, the NW Animation Festival that takes place during May comes back for another round in September to showcase what the festival audience voted as the best-animated films of the year!

  • Rose City Comic Con – 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97232 | September 13 – 15
    Portland's premier pop culture event returns to the Convention Center. From comics and cosplay to fantasy and famous guest stars, Rose City Comic Con lets you indulge in the vast realm of pop culture with those who love books, movies, gaming, and sci-fi as much as you do.

Do you still have room on your calendar for more Portland festivals? Contact us today to learn more about all of the events happening between spring and fall around the best Portland homes for sale.

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