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August
8

Plan a Lake Day Near Portland

Portland Lake Day

While Portland features fantastic forests and stunning mountain views, the city is also surrounded by incredible lakes. When our brokers seek a day of activity or relaxation, they head for these lakes around Portland that fill either need. 

  • Blue Lake Regional Park - 21224 NE Blue Lake Rd., Fairview, OR 97024
    It's water, water everywhere at Blue Lake Regional Park, only minutes from Fairview homes for sale. The namesake lake, with its swimming beach and fishing spots, is the main attraction. Kids can romp in the activity-filled splash pad, while everyone can enjoy walks around three additional ponds and wetlands, with opportunities to spot birds and wildlife. Challenge family and friends to games of basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, horseshoes, or disc golf. Be sure to visit the Natural Discovery Garden before or after your leisurely picnic lunch. Park hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily through September 14. Admission is free, but there is a $5 parking fee per car.

  • Vancouver Lake Regional Park - 6801 NW Lower River Rd., Vancouver, WA 98660
    One of the many benefits of Vancouver homes for sale is proximity to Vancouver Lake Regional Park. The sprawling, 190-acre grounds lie on the west shore of beautiful Vancouver Lake, which itself covers 2,300 acres. Swimming, windsurfing, canoeing, and kayaking are popular activities on the lake, which hosts a number of rowing competitions each year. Work up an appetite with a lively game of sand volleyball, then settle in around the picnic tables and barbecue grills for lunch. Take a stroll along park trails for scenic views of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams. Vancouver Lake Regional Park is open daily from 7 a.m. - dusk. There is no admission fee, but parking is $3 per car. 

  • Buck Lake - Mt. Hood National Forest
    Discover (or rediscover) the joys of a good old-fashioned swimming hole at Buck Lake. This dog-friendly secluded spot, deep within Mt. Hood National Forest, is so serene that you'll forget you're near Sandy homes for sale. Fed from rain and snow melt, Buck Lake's crystal-clear, aquamarine waters create a calming ambiance that's perfect for relaxation. Not ready to leave? Primitive campsites are available. There is no admission fee or restricted hours.

  • Timothy Lake - Mt. Hood National Forest
    Mt. Hood National Forest doesn't have just one lake to stop at. There are 150 lakes to choose from! While you're enjoying your Clackamas County outdoor adventure, make sure to visit Timothy Lake, which is the largest lake in the national forest. This lake offers fantastic views of the mountain, plus there are ample fishing opportunities if you decide to bring your fishing gear along for your lake day. Trout and salmon are common in this lake. Plus, the nearby campsites make it so you can stay as long as you'd like. In fact, there are over 260 designated camping spots to choose from around the lake, making this one of the largest camping spots in the whole state. Reserve a camping spot online, so you're all set for a relaxing nature retreat.

  • Trillium Lake - Government Camp, OR 97028
    Breathtaking Trillium Lake, just a short drive from Government Camp homes for sale, is as pretty as the flower that shares its name. With majestic Mt. Hood reflected on the water, people enjoy non-motorized boating, swimming, and trout fishing on the 63-acre lake. Trillium Shoreline Trail, a two-mile pet-friendly boardwalk path that circles the lake, makes a nice walk that's easy enough for families. Plan your visit to include sunrise or sunset for some Instagram-worthy photos. Film and book lovers frequently make a side trip to Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark approximately 10 miles away. Dating back to the 1930s, the resort served as a location in the movie version of The Shining. If you prefer less ghostly quarters, Trillium Lake also features a campground. A day-use pass for Trillium Lake is $10.

Outdoor adventures are one of the many things people love about living near Portland. Do your summer plans include buying or selling a home around Portland? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to get started.

August
1

National Thrift Shop Day: Stop By These Seattle Shops

Thrift Shops

With so many small businesses and nonprofits operating in the area, Seattle homes for sale are never far from great thrift store finds. 

In addition to traditional thrifting brands, you'll also find a variety of vintage clothing boutiques that use eco-friendly practices.

All of this makes Seattle the perfect place to enjoy National Thrift Shop Day. It takes place on Wednesday, August 17 this year, and there is plenty of time to get ready for a day full of shopping. Our brokers know that it isn't always easy to decide where to start an exploration of beautiful Seattle, so we have a few pointers for you to enjoy as you plan your day.

Let's take a closer look at some of Seattle's top thrift stores:

  • Goodwill Seattle – 1400 South Lane Street, Seattle, WA 98144
    Goodwill Seattle is a local storefront operated by one of the most trusted names in America's nonprofit scene. Shopping and donating help to fund free education and job training programs focused on Seattle adults. Besides the clothing, Goodwill Seattle is also known for a vast assortment of art, including pieces from local artists. Major sales of 30% to 50% off take place on a regular basis here.

  • The Barn Owl – 2611 Northwest Market Street (Rear), Seattle, WA 98108
    The Barn Owl recently celebrated the opening of a new location, but its original Seattle store is still the most popular. You can get lost for hours here thanks to the racks and racks of authentic vintage clothes. Where else in Seattle can you find Elvis merchandise side by side with original Garfield toys, cups, and clocks? What's old is new again at The Barn Owl, and there is always something more to encounter.

  • Bon Voyage Vintage – 110 South Washington Street, Seattle, WA 98104
    Bon Voyage Vintage will dazzle your senses with its range of products. It goes beyond standard thrift store finds to include candles, sleep spray, and other products promising unique sensory experiences. The focal point of the clothing is in local designers, particularly those working in styles inspired by the 1980s. Handmade gifts and vintage photography round out the intriguing selection.

  • Assistance League Seattle – 1415 North 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
    Assistance League Seattle operates a full spectrum of programs intended to support students who are at risk or disadvantaged. Proceeds from its thrift store help to support these initiatives, like "Operation School Bell," which provides basic clothing assistance to kids who might otherwise drop out. Visit the shop on Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays to shop for a cause. You can even browse the racks online.

  • Lucky Vintage – 5424 Ballard Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107
    Located alongside Lucky Dry Goods, the flagship location of Lucky Vintage is always busy with shoppers. From t-shirts and sweatshirts to designer dresses, this vintage brand is known for the bold and fanciful. It also sponsors fun and exciting events throughout the year. If you can't make it to the shop in person, its Etsy store and full online gallery will help ensure you don't have to miss out on any precious finds.

  • Pretty Parlor – 119 Summit Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102
    Pretty Parlor is an iconic Seattle corner boutique that offers vintage clothing and accessories for both women and men. It also has original designs that are constantly changing, plus a bridal collection. As a mainstay in the area since back in 2001, it has a dedicated following where you'll find Audrey Hepburn-inspired "fancy" fashion.

One-of-a-kind shops are just one of the many things locals love about life in Seattle. Ready to make this area your home?

Contact us to discover more about all Seattle has to offer.

July
11

Explore Portland: Get to Know the Pearl District

Portland Pearl District

Get to know the glittering jewel of Portland's incredible neighborhoods. Our brokers share their favorite must-see places in the chic and historic Pearl District.

History of the Pearl District

While the word "pearl" conjures up images of a shiny, polished gem, Portland's Pearl District was originally a gritty area that was home to railroads, warehouses, and industrial buildings. In the mid-1980s, urban renewal began transforming the neighborhood into a popular district known for art galleries, charming boutiques, and trendy restaurants.

At one time, the district was known simply as the Triangle, but a search began for a more satisfying name. The Rose Arts Magazine presented a list of suggestions, and the Pearl District ended up gaining favor as a reference to the artists who were setting up studios in warehouses being converted to lofts.

Activities

  • Jamison Square - 810 NW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    Green spaces were a major part of the plan for the Pearl District, and the best-known may be Jamison Square. This pocket-sized park, just under one acre, is a favorite of families because of its centerpiece fountain. Designed to replicate a tidal pool, the fountain features a waterfall that cascades into a continually refilling basin. Park hours are 5 a.m. -  midnight daily. 

  • First Thursday - NW 13th Ave. & NW Irving St., Portland, OR 97210
    First Thursday
    is one of three monthly art walks held in Portland. Artists are on hand at Pearl District galleries to discuss their work, as well as selling their pieces at street stands. Live music and refreshments complete the picture. Hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. and admission is free.

Shops

  • Powell's City of Books - 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209
    Founded in 1971, Powell's City of Books is a true Portland landmark. The store takes up an entire city block with nine color-coded rooms that encompass more than 3,500 different sections. Book lovers from around the country flock to the Rare Book Room, which includes autographed first editions and other items of interest. Powell's is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Recycled Chic Boutique - 239 NW 13th Ave., Suite 209, Portland, OR 97209
    It's no surprise that Portland residents want to look stylish while still observing their commitment to the environment. Recycled Chic Boutique offers a thoughtfully curated selection of gently-used designer clothing and accessories, from casual streetwear to high fashion. You're likely to find brands such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, and Jimmy Choo represented. Hours are noon - 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Dining

  • Fuller's Coffee Shop - 136 NW 9th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    Tradition is alive and well in the Pearl District at Fuller's Coffee Shop. This old-school diner opened in 1947 and still retains the delightful retro ambiance. Instead of booths or tables, take a seat at the classic U-shaped counters with swivel stools. Breakfast is served all day, as well as comfort food favorites such as BLTs, burgers, and egg salad sandwiches. Fuller's is open 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily except Sunday when starting time is 8 a.m. 

  • Oven and Shaker - 1134 NW Everett St., Portland, OR 97209
    Pizza may be considered casual food, but it's serious business at Oven and Shaker. Chef Cathy Whims, a multiple James Beard award nominee, was inspired by numerous trips to Italy. Oven and Shaker's pizza begins with their signature 70-year-old sourdough starter and features fresh local ingredients for the toppings. Pies are hand-tossed and fired in a Milanese wood-burning oven that was transported brick-by-brick from Europe. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Entertainment

  • Portland Center Stage - 128 NW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    From its origins as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage has grown to become one of the top 20 regional theaters in the country. In addition to plays, Center Stage hosts events such as art exhibits, improv shows, and live music. 

  • The Big Legrowlski - 812 NW Couch St., Portland, Or 97209
    At The Big Legrowlski shows are on every night, featuring the best local musicians, open jams, and dance parties with top DJs. Hours are 7 p.m. - midnight Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. - midnight Wednesday through Saturday. Showtime is 7 p.m. Cover charge runs $5-$10, with no cover for open jams.

No one knows Portland homes for sale like our cheerful and experienced brokers. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to learn more.

July
5

Try out These New Restaurants in Seattle

Seattle Restaurants

Seattle established itself long ago as one of America's leading foodie cities. And while that reputation remains unchanged, the restaurants that define Seattle's dynamic culinary scene are always changing. With that in mind, our brokers are eager to share their favorite new restaurants that you'll need to try soon!

  • Bunsoy - 2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
    Savor the bold, flavorful cuisine of the Philippines in all its glory at Bunsoy, a new restaurant in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Located a stone's throw from these Seattle homes for sale, Bunsoy is a labor of love for chef and owner Rhabbie Coquia, who cooked at numerous other establishments in the Seattle area before striking out on his own. Coquia grew up in Manila and brings a lifetime of experience to vibrant dishes like oxtail Kare Kare, salmon Sinigang, and Dungeness crabs with Balaw sauce. 

  • WeRo Korean Kitchen - 5210 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
    Another exciting new Ballard eatery, WeRo Korean Kitchen, puts a modern twist on authentic Korean cuisine. The menu features Korean fried wings and Jjajang Dupbop (pork shoulder with black bean sauce, served over rice with mushrooms and vegetables) alongside vegetarian-friendly offerings like the Tofu Ssam Platter. The founder of WeRo Korean Kitchen, Wes Yoo, began his business as a small pop-up takeout operation right before the beginning of the pandemic. Thanks to its immediate popularity, the restaurant now has a beautiful brick-and-mortar location.

  • The George - 411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101
    A newly-minted modern brasserie located inside the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, The George has a lot to live up to. After all, the Fairmont's dining room first opened in 1924, and The George is the latest in a long line of unique eateries to fill this space. The cuisine could best be described as Pacific Northwest-French, and most of the ingredients are locally sourced. Seafood dishes like bouillabaisse and geoduck sashimi are among the menu's highlights. The George also provides a truly spectacular dining space, and the bar serves next-level cocktails.

  • Jackalope Tex Mex & Cantina - 4868 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
    Surrounded by Seattle's vibrant Columbia City neighborhood, Jackalope Tex Mex & Cantina opened its doors in 2021. The restaurant is co-owned by Seattle barbecue veterans Jack Timmons and Graham Ayers, who have crafted a menu that highlights flavors from both sides of the border. Dishes like chicken verde enchiladas and Texas brisket tacos represent the bold, flavorful quality of Tex Mex at its finest, while other dishes—like fish tacos and fajitas made with local rockfish—have a distinctly Pacific Northwest flair. Jackalope also has a stylish bar area, which serves an excellent selection of tequila and mezcal. 

  • Money Frog - 1449 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
    Money Frog is a new spot on Capitol Hill, opened by the inventive culinary minds behind beloved Seattle eateries Taurus Ox and Hangry Panda. Though it would seem reductive to call Money Frog's cuisine Asian fusion, it's evident that Korean, Taiwanese, and Laotian influences are all present. It all adds up to a vivid melting pot of flavors. The obvious menu standouts are the chicken-fried frog legs, but simple dishes like cucumber salad, flash-fried green beans, and soft shell chili crab are equally enticing. Many dishes are vegan/vegetarian or can be made so upon request.

  • Maíz - 1914 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
    You'll learn more about corn than you ever knew there was to know at Maíz, a fresh and colorful new tortillería serving Mexican dishes in Pike Place. Corn is the star of the show here, or more specifically, nixtamal is the star of the show. It refers to the process of nixtamalizing, during which unique varieties of small-batch Mexican heirloom corn are boiled with mineral lime, cooled, soaked, washed again and again, and finally ground into the dough used to make tortillas in a rainbow of colors. Those tortillas are then paired with a dizzying array of fillings to create tacos, tamales, sopas, and gorditas to suit every palate.

  • El Cubano - 19920 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133
    Sometimes, something as seemingly simple as a Cuban sandwich is really all you need. That being said, even in Seattle's diverse culinary world, an authentic, classic Cubano sandwich isn't always easy to find. That's a problem that Shoreline's El Cubano aims to rectify. Opened in 2021 by Cuban-born Geo Rodriguez and his wife Kim Gianotti, El Cubano serves its namesake sandwich as it should be: Loaded with roasted pork, hickory-smoked ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, and mayo-mustard sauce on toasted Cuban bread and heat pressed to perfection. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Seattle. 

June
20

Stop by These Waterfalls Near Seattle

Seattle Waterfalls

There are plenty of nature retreats near the Seattle area, and perhaps one of the most visually stunning is hiking to a waterfall. Summer is the perfect time to view these exquisite works of art in Mother Nature's portfolio. Our brokers love having easy access to these spectacular waterfalls within a short distance from Seattle homes for sale

  • Snoqualmie Falls - 6501 Railroad Ave. SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98024
    Snoqualmie Falls, named for the Salish word meaning "moon," has been a popular tourist draw since the early 1800s. But it gained a whole new level of national attention when the majestic cascades appeared in the opening credits of David Lynch's groundbreaking TV show Twin Peaks, much of which was filmed around Snoqualmie homes for sale. Take in the view of the 270-foot falls from the pet-friendly observation deck or follow the scenic trail down to the base. Parking and viewing area are open daily from dawn until dusk.

  • Shoreview Park - 17229 3rd Ave. NW, Shoreline, WA 98133
    You don't even have to leave metro Seattle to see waterfalls. When you're short on time but craving a dose of nature, head to Shoreview Park, right down the street from Shoreline homes for sale. Leashed dogs are welcome on the 1.5-mile Boeing Creek Loop that features gentle waterfalls in the midst of the serene setting. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

  • Wallace Falls State Park - 14503 Wallace Lake Rd., Gold Bar, WA 98251
    If you're seeking quantity and quality, look no further than Wallace Falls State Park, not far from Gold Bar homes for sale. The namesake falls include three separate tiers anchored by the Middle Falls, which drop 260 feet with additional cascades adding another 100 feet. Both Upper and Lower Falls have more than 200-foot drops as well. For the best views, take Fido along on the 5.6-mile round trip Woody Trail route. A one-day park pass is $10, and hours are 8 a.m. - dusk daily.

  • Olallie State Park - 51350 SE Homestead Valley Rd., North Bend, WA 98045
    Olallie State Park is known for its abundance of waterfalls, but the showstopper by far is Twin Falls. The stair-stepping tiers give the appearance of two separate waterfalls. Old-growth trees, some of which are more than 400 years old, add to the magical ambiance. Follow the Twin Falls trail to a set of stairs leading to the Lower Falls viewpoint, then continue on to a bridge that spans the canyon for a viewpoint of the Upper Falls. The pet-friendly park, just minutes from North Bend homes for sale, is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. - to dusk, and a one-day pass is $10.

  • Bridal Veil Falls - Hwy. 2, Index, WA 98256
    Once you see Bridal Veil Falls for the first time, you'll instantly understand how it got its name. Seven tiers cascade over numerous granite slabs for a total drop of more than 1,300 feet from top to bottom. The "bridal veil" effect occurs courtesy of a 100-foot rock face where water sprays out into a mist that replicates the look of delicate tulle. Due to the size, it's not possible to see the falls in their full length, but there are amazing views on the adjoining trail that's open to leashed dogs. Entry requires a Northwest Forest Pass, which is $5 for the day or $30 per year. Be sure to purchase ahead of time, as there is no way to buy a pass on-site near Index homes for sale.

  • Carkeek Park - 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle, WA 98177
    Looking for some family-friendly waterfall sites that accommodate "hikers" with shorter legs and less stamina? Pet-friendly Pipers Creek Trail at Carkeek Park, located in Seattle's Broadview neighborhood, is an easy route for any age. Kids will have fun spotting the small waterfalls along the creek, and you may even have a bonus sighting of salmon navigating the waters. Afterward, the little ones can enjoy some time at the salmon-themed play area. Carkeek Park is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. - to 10 p.m., and there are no admission fees.

Whether you prefer urban or outdoor delights, you'll find them in the Seattle area. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for experienced help with all your real estate needs.

May
23

5 Tips for Creating a Reading Spot in Your Home

Home Tips

Reading is an excellent year-round activity for family members of all ages to enjoy. Plus, the Pacific Northwest is home to many local bookstores full of books to add to your summer reading list. While summer reading is certainly enjoyed outdoors, an indoor reading nook makes it so you can enjoy your new favorite novel even when it is raining. 

After you've stocked up on new reads, follow these tips for creating a cozy reading spot in your home. 

  1. Select a Quiet Spot with Minimal Distractions
    Most people prefer to read in a quiet, serene environment so that they can focus on their book and won't be distracted by typical household sounds. If you're worried that your home is lacking sufficient space for a designated reading space, one idea is to turn a closet into a reading nook by adding a built-in bench. Or, if you have an area that you aren't sure how to use, like a built-in seat or a storage area under your stairs, this is an excellent spot for your reading nook. Another option is to set up your reading nook outside. A deck, porch, or shade tree are excellent spots to transform into a reading nook. Once you find your ideal spot, decide how you want to store your books. Floating shelves, a designated bookcase, and a utility cart are all options for housing your reading materials. If you need to house your books in a different location than your reading nook, a metal utility card works especially well because you can roll the books to and from your nook and their permanent storage area. 

  2. Make Your Reading Nook Cozy and Comfortable
    A comfortable reading nook just begs you to spend hours curled up with your favorite book. Outfit the space with furniture and accessories that are pleasant to use, like overstuffed chairs, soft beanbags, a chaise lounge chair, a recliner, a love seat, a hammock, an egg chair, plush throw pillows, soft blankets, or comfy floor cushions. If your nook is outside, add a waterproof storage chest to conveniently store pillows, blankets, and cushions when you aren't using them. 

  3. Add Decor
    Your reading nook should incorporate decorative items that make you happy to use the space, like your favorite scented candle, fairy lights, fun photos or interesting artwork, wall decals, flowers, and plants. For an extra special literary twist, add elements from your favorite novels, such as wall art with quotes from a book you love. 

  4. Make Sure Your Space is Functional
    It isn't sufficient for your reading nook to merely look nice; it needs to include elements that ensure it's a terrific fit for your needs. For example, you might like to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a snack while you read. You'll appreciate having a side table in your reading nook so that you're not trying to balance a tray on your lap while you read. Or, perhaps your reading nook is outside on your deck. When the weather is too hot, you find that the heat distracts you from your book. Consider adding a small tabletop fan so that you can quickly cool your reading space when the temperature inches upward. You should also confirm that you have ample lighting to illuminate your book so that you don't strain your eyes. A task lamp with soft light is an excellent addition that ensures you have sufficient illumination. There are even rechargeable task lamps available if your nook doesn't have an electric outlet that's easily accessible. 

  5. Banish Clutter from Your Reading Nook
    Not only does clutter make your reading nook less inviting, but it can distract you from your book. Make it a rule to never let clutter accumulate in your reading space by giving everything a home and always putting an item back where it belongs. If items still have a way of finding a spot in your reading nook, despite your best efforts, one option is to add a stylish bin or basket so that you can store the clutter out of sight until you're through reading and ready to put it away or dispose of it.

Want a home with more space for your books or for a larger reading nook? Or a home where you can enjoy your favorite hobbies year-round? Our brokers can help! Contact us today to begin your search! 

May
9

Portland Saturday Market: Shop Local in Portland's Old Town

Portland Saturday Market

The Portland Saturday Market is a local treasure in the area around our Portland homes for sale. With a history dating back nearly 50 years, it's easy to see why. This gathering of local vendors is a remarkable achievement. Let's take a closer look at the Portland Saturday Market and see what keeps it drawing so much attention after all these years. 

History

The Portland Saturday Market began in 1974 as a small gathering of local vendors interested in selling their wares to people in their community. This type of market was common in the early 1970s, reflecting high levels of interest in crafts like macrame, tie-dye, and crochet. 

The market started small, but it was a beloved local tradition that many hoped to see expand in the coming years. Eventually, it attracted the attention of Bill Naito, a major investor in Portland's economic development. Naito supported the endeavor, and the market was given permission to use a plot of land in the city's downtown core each weekend. This land is currently known as 2 SW Naito Parkway and sits between Waterfront Park and Ankeny Plaza. The space is marked by a large curving golden sign designating it as the official market location. 

After nearly 50 years, the Portland Saturday Market is currently the largest continuously running outdoor market in the US. It is open on Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sundays from 11 AM to 4:30 PM. It is also open for the entire week before Christmas to give shoppers a chance to pick up any last-minute gifts they need. The market typically takes a short break between Christmas and early March to account for the cold Oregon weather at this time.

Currently, the Portland Saturday Market boasts over 400 vendors, attracts 750,000 visitors per year, and is responsible for around $12 million in annual sales. 

Shopping, Lunch, and More

The Portland Saturday Market is well-known for its impressive selection of craft items. Visitors can purchase items like skirts, scarves, earrings, greeting cards, stickers, prints, and more. All items sold at the market are handmade by craftspeople from all over the Pacific Northwest. The same vendors are usually present from week to week, so if you like a particular vendor's wares, you can always come back for more. 

Visitors can also purchase food and drink from the fleet of food trucks that drives into the event space every weekend. Many people stop by the market just to enjoy a delicious lunch from one of these businesses and enjoy the market's laid-back bohemian atmosphere. Our brokers have been known to stop in for a bite between showings! 

During the first Sunday each month from July to October, the market hosts special kids' activities for the local children. These include puppet shows, crafting demonstrations, and other entertainment. The market also receives some grant funding from Metropolitan Arts Commission in recognition of its role in promoting the work of local artists. It's a great place to go if you want to become better acquainted with the work of artists in this famously creative area. 

The Fun Continues Online

In an effort to expand its reach and comply with social distancing requirements, the market has also set up an online store. Shoppers can purchase items from the market directly on the organization's website. This site is constantly updated with the latest wares, making it a great place to get a preview of what you'll find in the market in person that week. Each seller manages the listings for their own products, and some may take orders for custom items if contacted in advance. 

Most sellers ship their wares to addresses in Portland and the surrounding area. Some sellers may ship items to farther locations upon request. Be sure to ask sellers about shipping availability and costs before placing an order.

Make Portland Your Home Today

The Portland Saturday Market is more successful than ever, and it's very likely that it will continue to grow in the coming years. If you're interested in living closer to this thriving small business community, contact us today. We'll help you find the perfect Portland home for your needs and budget. 

April
18

Where to Find Little Free Libraries in Seattle

Seattle Libraries

The Little Free Library movement has been gaining popularity in cities all around the country, but few places have embraced it with more enthusiasm than Seattle. All around the city, you'll find Little Free Libraries where you can freely exchange books with friends and neighbors. Find something new and exciting to read while supporting a good cause in the process. Our brokers have more information on what Little Free Libraries are all about and where you can find some of the many Little Free Libraries in Seattle.

What is a Little Free Library?

The Little Free Library (LFL) movement started with simple goals, to provide a way for communities to freely exchange books and foster a love of reading in communities all around the country. In order to accomplish this goal, charters are issued to people who want to set up a Little Free Library in their neighborhood. Most Little Free Libraries come in the form of book exchange boxes holding a few dozen books, which are open for all to enjoy. You can download the LFL app or check the interactive map to help you easily find libraries close to you. It's also easy to register online if you're interested in setting up a new LFL in your own neighborhood near Seattle homes for sale.

Little Free Library Locations in Seattle

  • Essentia Seattle – 2008 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
    The employees at the Essentia mattress store in Seattle include many who enjoy a good book, so the team at the store came together to set up a Little Free Library to share that love of reading with everyone who happens to stop by. This LFL is located in the Belltown neighborhood, surrounded by other shops, salons, dining destinations, and residential properties.

  • Cayton Corner Park – 1625 19th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
    The Friends of Cayton Corner Park are hard at work designing and building a new park at the corner of 19th Ave. and Madison for everyone in the community to enjoy. They've set up an LFL in a temporary location that will be there throughout the construction process of the new park and plan to find a more permanent location for the LFL once Cayton Corner Park is officially ready to open to the community.

  • Center for Wooden Boats – 1010 Valley St., Seattle, WA 98109
    Interested in borrowing books with a nautical theme? One of the more distinctive Little Free Libraries in Seattle can be found at the Center for Wooden Boats, where the library exchange box is built from the bow of an old wooden rowboat. Fittingly, you can find this LFL on the docks in Lake South Union, and it's open for borrowing during regular business hours for the Center for Wooden Boats.

  • Alison Marti Little Free Library – 211 Howe St., Seattle, WA 98109
    Created in honor of a parent who instilled a love of reading in her children, the Alison Marti LFL is all about sharing that love of reading with the next generation of young bookworms. This LFL is regularly stocked with fresh children's books, from old, classic books that have been passed down for generations to the latest releases in children's literature. Stop by to grab a book to read to your own kids or donate a book for other children to enjoy.

  • Bagley Blues Little Free Library – 3812 Bagley Ave N., Seattle, WA 98103
    One of quite a few Little Free Libraries along Bagley Ave., the Bagley Blues LFL offers a unique perk. Along with a great rotating selection of different books, this library is built next to an herb garden in planters. The library's owner encourages visitors to take home a few sprigs of fresh herbs for themselves, along with a book.

  • John Hay Jaguars – 2235 12th Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119
    Constructed and signed by the 2020 fifth grade class from John Hay Elementary, the John Hay Jaguars LFL is a great example of the creativity that goes into building so many of the Little Free Libraries in Seattle. It includes a beautiful glass window, a shingled roof, and a red coat of paint to match the school's colors.

Ready to find a home close to all of the art, culture, and community spirit Seattle has to offer? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA, area.

February
28

5Ks to Run in the Portland Area

Portland Running

Running can be done anywhere, at your own pace, and with no special equipment, making it a nearly perfect form of exercise. Grab your running shoes and take in the amazing scenery at these upcoming 5K runs near Portland homes for sale

  • Rock Creek Trail 5K - Rock Creek Trail, NW West Union Rd. at NW Kahnetta Dr., Portland, OR 97229
    Why wait for a special occasion to work on your times? The weekly Rock Creek Trail 5K offers a chance to run in a beautiful setting while getting to know others in the community. Register online before your first run and receive a scannable barcode that can be used to track your results. Walkers and joggers are welcome to join in. Race time is 9 a.m. every Saturday, and there are no entry fees.

  • Shamrock Run - Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 NW Naito Pkwy., Portland, OR 97204
    Get ready for that green beer by burning some calories at the Shamrock Run. 2022 marks the 44th year of this signature event, which begins and ends at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, with its stunning city views. Along with a 5K, events include a 1K, 8K, 15K, half marathon, and walk to accommodate participants at all levels. Before the race, check out the Shamrock Fitness Fair, taking place at the Oregon Convention Center on Friday and Saturday. First start time is 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. Entry fees range from $40-$70.

  • TulipFest Run - Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn, OR 97013
    Colorful fields of flowers form an incredible backdrop for the TulipFest Run. This annual event is hosted by Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, a charming spot that's just minutes from Woodburn homes for sale, as part of their Tulip Festival. In addition to the race, the six-week extravaganza includes hot air balloons, wine tasting, kids' activities, artisan craft booths, and food vendors. Choose from 5K and 10K run/walks and a half marathon, with a start time of 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. Entry fees are $45 for the 5K and 10K and $65 for the half-marathon.

  • Couve Clover Run - Vancouver Waterfront Park, 695 Waterfront Way, Vancouver, WA 98660
    "Couve" is a Portuguese word that translates to "spring greens." Usually, it refers to cabbage, but at the Couve Clover Run, "spring green" is the dress code. Participants are invited to don green attire, with a prize awarded for the most festive costume. The course passes by historic Officer's Row, Fort Vancouver, and other notable points right down the street from Vancouver homes for sale. Race distances are 3, 7, and 10 miles. Mark your calendar for 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 20. Entry fees range from $20-$90.

  • Oregon Brewery Running Series - Various locations
    With Portland's status as the epicenter of the craft beer industry, it was only a matter of time before these two favorite pastimes paired up in the Oregon Brewery Running Series. Multiple runs are scheduled monthly from February through November, with each one starting and ending at one of the top breweries around Portland. These non-timed fun runs are intended to promote family-friendly fitness activities, so they're perfect for novice runners. Unwind afterward with live music, giveaways, and other entertainment at that event's sponsoring brewery. Upcoming runs include Von Ebert Brewing on Saturday, March 5, and Oregon City Brewing on Saturday, March 19. Entry fees are $30, with season passes and multi-event packs available. 

  • Spring Classic Duathlon - Vancouver Lake Regional Park, 6801 NW Lower River Rd., Vancouver, WA 98660
    If you like variety in your workouts, the 38th annual Spring Classic Duathlon is for you. An invigorating 12-mile bike run is bookended by two 5K runs. Solo events include a 5K, 10K, and half marathon. Last year, the Duathlon returned to its original home at Vancouver Lake Regional Park, with its inspiring views of the lake along with Columbia River and Mount Hood. The post-race reward is a free beer and meal. The Spring Classic takes place at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 24. Entry fees are $20-$180.

  • Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon - 9827 NE Sunderland Ave., Portland, OR 97211 
    It's a fiesta of fun at the Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon, a popular spring tradition in Portland. The course, which follows alongside the scenic Columbia River, includes 5K and 10K runs as well. Festivities are scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 30. There are two types of registration packages, with early entry fees from $25-80 until March 4.

Need help buying or selling a home? Our brokers can help every step of the way! Contact us today at Coldwell Banker Bain.

February
7

Winter Outdoor Activities Near Seattle

Seattle Outdoors

Do you love to experience the great outdoors? Winter is the perfect time to explore some of the vast natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and the great thing about Seattle homes for sale is that you won't have to travel far to find outdoor adventures. Whether you're interested in snow sports, hiking, outdoor art installations, excellent local parks, or other outdoor adventures, there is something for you in the Seattle area. Our brokers have all of the key info on some of the best winter outdoor activities to enjoy around Seattle.

Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing

  • The Summit at Snoqualmie – 1001 WA-906, Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
    The closest ski resort to Seattle, The Summit at Snoqualmie, only takes about 30 minutes to reach from the city with easy access via I-90. If you're new to skiing/snowboarding, are looking for a resort where your kids can learn, or you want to fit in a few quick runs without traveling far from the city, this resort is an excellent option. Most of the runs here fall into the intermediate category, providing a fun, accessible challenge for beginners or a relaxing day on the slopes for anyone who's more experienced.

  • Stevens Pass Resort – US-2, Skykomish, WA 98288
    Are you a more experienced skier or snowboarder, or someone looking for a little more variety than you'll find at smaller mountains? Then a trip to Stevens Pass Resort, which is located about 1.5 hours from Seattle, is more than worth the effort. With more than 35 runs to explore, including an excellent terrain park, this resort offers something for everyone. Kids and anyone new to skiing or snowboarding will find the lessons here very helpful. There's even night skiing available when you're in the mood to squeeze in a few runs after work.

  • Crystal Mountain – 33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Crystal Mountain, WA 98022
    While it's the farthest resort from Seattle on our list, Crystal Mountain also offers the most runs by far and the most challenging trails for experienced skiers and snowboarders. This resort packs in nearly 60 trails, most of them intermediate, advanced, and expert levels, with a few beginner trails sprinkled in to make the mountain accessible for everyone. There are also ample RV and camping sites available when you want to take a quick vacation without traveling too far from home in Seattle.

Seattle Area Parks to Explore in Winter

  • Bellevue Botanical Garden – 12001 Main St., Bellevue, WA 98005
    Long a local favorite near Bellevue homes for sale, the Bellevue Botanical Garden is the perfect place for an outdoor winter walk. In addition to the gorgeous gardens and the spectacular Ravine Experience, Bellevue Botanical Garden offers some great classes and lectures all winter long. Stop by for experiences like the Evergreen Botanicals in Winter art class, Houseplants 101, Educator Workshops, and many more.

  • Kubota Garden – 9817 55th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118
    Originally the private garden of renowned Japanese landscaper Fujitaro Kubota, Kubota Garden was designed in 1927 with an innovative mix of Japanese design concepts and plants from the Pacific Northwest. Now part of the Seattle public park system, Kubota Garden is a great place to visit when you're in the mood for some quiet contemplation in nature this winter. While the flowers won't be in bloom, the evergreens add color to the landscape of rolling hills, streams, ponds, and bridges.

Outdoor Art and Other Adventures

  • Olympic Sculpture Park – 2901 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
    Located in downtown Seattle, the Olympic Sculpture Park is a public park operated by the Seattle Art Museum, which includes a unique outdoor sculpture museum that covers 9 acres with a diverse collection of modern and contemporary art. With views of the Salish Sea and the Olympic Mountains on clear days, this park is the perfect place to get a taste of nature without leaving the city. This park is also connected with the Elliot Bay Trail, allowing you to take a winter nature walk for as long as you'd like, with beautiful views all around you.

  • Woodland Park Zoo – 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
    For family fun on a winter day, try bundling up and making a trip to the Woodland Park Zoo. Winter is an excellent time to visit the zoo, with smaller crowds and many exciting experiences to enjoy. Woodland Park Zoo strongly recommends purchasing tickets online in advance, so be sure to plan ahead when you decide to visit.

Ready to buy or sell your next home close to all of the amazing outdoor experiences around Seattle? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.

January
24

Broadway Performances in Portland You Don't Want to Miss

Portland Theater

Portland has a vibrant live theater scene packed with popular plays, musicals, and more that are performed in interesting venues with rich histories. The 2022 calendar is filled with exciting performances, so you're sure to find several that appeal to you.
  
Our brokers are excited for all the performances taking the stage in Portland. Here are a few in 2022 you don't want to miss:

  • Anastasia - Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St. (corner of SW 3rd Ave. and Clay St.), Portland, OR 97201
    Keller Auditorium, which was built in 1917, hosts a wide range of performances, including Broadway productions, ballets, operas, and family events. It's a spacious venue that's known as a workhouse in the arts community because of the large number of events that are held there. From February 8-13, 2022, the venue hosts Anastasia a critically acclaimed Broadway production that's filled with romance and adventure. Set in the twilight of the Russian Empire and the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, a young woman, seeks to solve the mystery of her past. She's pursued by a Soviet officer who wants to silence her and helped by a dashing conman and a loveable former aristocrat. Although it incorporates elements of the classic film, this production of "Anastasia" presents a more historically accurate version with a more nuanced narrative.

  • Freestyle Love Supreme - Portland Center Stage at the Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    Experience Freestyle Love Supreme a truly unique show, with Portland Center Stage from April 8-May 1, 2022. Portland's largest theater company, Portland Center Stage, calls The Armory home. This historic building was constructed in 1891 and retains a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Due to the improvisational nature of this hip-hop musical phenomenon, no two shows are ever alike. Direct from Broadway, the experience is from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, and Anthony Veneziale. Performers take suggestions from members of the audience and use them as inspiration for a freestyle, hip-hop improvisational comedy ride. The show was the subject of the Hulu documentary "We Are Freestyle Love Supreme" and has been praised as one that "puts you in your happy place" by The Washington Post. It has also been Grammy-nominated.
      
  • Hamilton - Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St. (corner of SW 3rd Ave. and Clay St.), Portland, OR 97201  
    Hamilton is perhaps the most buzz-worthy, critically-acclaimed musical in years, and it's coming to Portland's Keller Auditorium from April 13-May 1, 2022. The book, music, and lyrics were written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and this story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton has impacted culture, politics, and education. Miranda has described it as "America then, as told by America now." It tells Hamilton's story in two acts that also focus on other historical figures who influenced his life. With a score that blends genres including hip-hop, R&B, pop, soul, and traditional Broadway tunes, "Hamilton" has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Awards.

  • Beethoven & Brahms - Portland'5 Center for the Arts, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
    From Feb. 19-21, 2022, Grammy Award-nominated German pianist will play with the Oregon Symphony for the first time at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Lovingly referred to as "The Schnitz," the venue features Italian Rococo Revival architecture that's been beautifully restored. The program features classic giants Beethoven and Brahms, with an early Beethoven concerto and Brahms' Third Symphony, a strong, robust piece. The program features Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2, and Brahms' Symphony No. 3, as well as his Hungarian Dance No. 1. Mario Venzago will conduct the program.

  • Hadestown - Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St. (corner of SW 3rd Ave. and Clay St.), Portland, OR 97201
    Hadestown a Tony Award-winning musical that intertwines two mythic tales, will be presented on July 19-24, 2022. From the love of Orpheus for the beautiful Eurydice to the story of King Hades and his wife Persephone, the new musical is a timeless love story. It's by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and directed by Rachel Chavkin and has received high praise in many prominent media outlets, including The New York Times, which described it as "Sumptuous. Gorgeous. As good as it gets." Variety praised it as "Spellbinding. Hadestown, for a while, makes the whole world forget its troubles."

Contact us to see Portland homes for sale or to sell your home. We've been helping people buy and sell real estate in the Pacific Northwest since 1972 and know it's a great area to call home. 

January
10

Hidden Gems: Portland Parks to Visit

Portland Pocket Parks

Each year, visitors flock to the Pacific Northwest to take in the region's fabled sights. Even so, there are a number of delightful pockets of land, or pocket parks, around Portland homes for sale that manage to stay under the radar. Our brokers let you in on some of their favorite hidden gems in Portland.

  • Lovejoy Fountain Park - SW 3rd Ave. & Harrison St., Portland, OR 97204
    Need some time to get away from a hectic workday? Lovejoy Fountain Park is a secret oasis that sits below street level in the heart of downtown. The park's namesake, Asa Lawrence Lovejoy, was one of the earliest developers of the frontier town that became known as Portland. Life Magazine once described the park as "a piece of wilderness transplanted," with its centerpiece fountain and tree-lined borders. Lovejoy Fountain Park is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. - midnight.

  • Poet's Beach - South Waterfront Park, 2001 S. River Dr., Portland, OR 97201
    With a name like Poet's Beach, this hidden gem should be on everyone's must-see list. Located in South Waterfront Park, Poet's Beach sits on the west bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Marquam Bridge. The beach itself is small, but it offers some spectacular views. Swimming is allowed during summer, although there are no lifeguards on duty. Park hours are 5 a.m. - midnight daily.

  • Kelley Point Park - N. Marine Dr. & Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203
    Hall Jackson Kelley, a transplant from New England, was one of the more vocal supporters of the Pacific Northwest in the 19th century. He failed in his efforts to create a city at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, but the spot ultimately became Kelley Point Park. Situated on an isolated point of land, across from Sauvie Island, the dog-friendly park is worth a visit for the beautiful views from the vista point. Hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  • Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge - SE 7th Ave. & Sellwood Blvd., Portland, OR 97202
    Take the whole family on an outing to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, a fascinating real-life classroom that's the first facility of its kind in Portland. The 163 acres of meadows, wetlands, and woodlands support a wide range of fish and wildlife, including many that have been designated as "special status." Kids will have fun spotting quail, woodpeckers, great blue herons, and others from more than 175 species of birds that live on the grounds. Oak Bottom Wildlife Refuge is open daily from 5 a.m. - midnight.

  • Two Plum Park - 4057 NE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97212
    At less than half an acre in size, Two Plum Park is truly a blink-and-you'll-miss-it parcel of land. But this tiny park, just big enough for a walking path and playground, serves as an enduring tribute to the power of community. When King neighborhood resident Joe King grew tired of the overgrown lot down the street, he started cleaning it up himself. Others joined in the project, and they ultimately convinced the city to turn it into a park, named for the two plum trees that grow there. Hours are 5 a.m. - midnight daily.

  • Leach Botanical Garden - 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97236
    Leach Botanical Garden
    is the culmination of two love stories. Married in 1913, John and Lilla Leach remained together until John's death in 1972. During their long and successful marriage, Lilla discovered an interest in botany, which she pursued at their "Sleepy Hollow" home on Johnson Creek. The couple bequeathed the property to the City of Portland to be maintained as a botanical park and museum. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

  • Wishing Tree - 2954 NE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97212
    While it may not technically fit the definition of a park, the Wishing Tree certainly merits a visit. In 2013, owner Nicole Helprin wrote out some wishes and hung them on the tree before leaving for a trip. Upon her return, she found the entire tree covered in wishes from others. The tradition continues to this day, and tags and markers are available to add your own wishes.

No matter what your lifestyle or background, you'll feel right at home in Portland. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for help with your real estate needs. 

December
6

Bend: One of the Best Small Towns to Buy a Vacation Home

Bend Vacation Homes

Chances are that over the last eighteen months, your home has also become your workplace. So what do you do when you need a getaway? Our brokers share the many compelling reasons why Travel + Leisure just named Bend, OR as one of the "8 Best Small Towns to Buy a Vacation Home in the U.S."

What Makes Bend So Wonderful?

  • Beautiful Weather
    Bend has the highest average number of sunny days in Oregon. While the Pacific Northwest has a rainy reputation, Bend averages 11 inches of rainfall per year, less than one-third of the national average of 38 inches. According to BestPlaces, the most comfortable months in Bend are July, August, and September, which is prime vacation time.

  • Outdoor Playground 
    No matter what your choice of outdoor activities, you'll find it within convenient access in Bend. Are you an adrenaline junkie? Mt. Bachelor, just 20 miles away, is one of the top spots for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. If you prefer a more moderate pace, there are plenty of trails for hiking, running, and mountain biking. Water lovers have the Deschutes River and nearby lakes for swimming, fishing, boating, and paddle sports.

  • Charming Downtown Area
    Bend's quaint, delightful downtown area is essentially unchanged since the city was founded in 1905. Instead of skyscrapers and national retailers, you'll see historic buildings, charming independent shops, and an eclectic mix of restaurants. For those times when you want the big city, Portland is only a three-hour drive away.

  • Easy to Navigate
    Leave the car at home. With a Walk Score of 90 out of 100, Bend earns the coveted designation of "Walker's Paradise." The city is also a recent recipient of the SILVER level award from the League of American Bicyclists, which is given to communities deemed most bicycle-friendly. 

  • Stunning Scenery
    When it comes to visual surroundings, variety is definitely the word for Bend. Its prime location between the desert to the east and mountains to the west means you're treated to an endless display of picturesque landscapes. You may find yourself becoming an early riser just to see the sunrises, and there are few things more romantic than a sunset in Bend.

Things to See and Do in Bend

  • Mt. Bachelor - 13000 SW Century Dr., Bend, OR 97702
    At 9.065 feet, Mt. Bachelor isn't the tallest mountain in Oregon, but it's definitely the most popular, with nearly half a million visitors per year. Mt. Bachelor's skiing season runs from mid-November through May, making it one of the longest in the country, but it's also active during summer when people head out for hiking and mountain biking.

  • Drake Park - 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend, OR 97701
    Downtown Bend is home to Drake Park, a scenic spot alongside Mirror Pond on the Deschutes River that's perfect for a brisk walk, fishing, or some time with a good book. The park is also a gathering spot for events such as Bend's July 4th celebration. Pack a lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic tables. Park hours are 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  • Bend Ale Trail
    The Pacific Northwest is one of the major outposts of the craft beer movement, and in Oregon, Bend is second only to Portland in quantity and quality of breweries. Founded in 2010, the Bend Ale Trail was first in the West and second in the nation. The trail is divided into seven distinct territories, encompassing more than two dozen breweries. Get a digital or old-school passport and win prizes for each territory you complete.

  • Tower Theatre - 835 NW Wall St., Bend, OR 97703
    Dubbed "Bend's Living Room," the Tower Theatre is the epicenter of the city's cultural and entertainment scene. Events cover the full spectrum, including concerts, movies, plays, and dance. The calendar for 2022 includes Judy Collins, "Friends: The Musical Parody," and "The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute." 

  • McMenamins Old St. Francis School - 700 NW Bond St., Bend, OR 97703
    In Bend, when someone talks about going "back to school," it's a good thing. McMenamins Old St. Francis School is a 1936 Catholic schoolhouse converted to a lively entertainment complex including a hotel, brewery, pub, movie theater, and concert hall. When you visit, be sure to check out the broom closet on the third floor of the Art House for entry to a secret bar!

Which of the amazing Bend homes for sale is your perfect vacation getaway? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for friendly and knowledgeable help with your search.

November
8

Dine at Portland's Food Carts

Portland Food Carts

Los Angeles may claim to have started the food truck craze, but Portland has truly embraced the trend. With more than 500 trucks, or "carts," as they're referred to by locals, Portland's food cart scene has drawn raves from Bon Appétit, CNN, and other national sources.

Our brokers spotlight some of their favorites among the exciting food carts found just minutes from Portland homes for sale.

  • Yoshi's Sushi - Multnomah Village French Quarter, 3518 SW Multnomah Blvd., Portland, OR 97219
    So you're viewing Portland homes for sale and you get a craving for sushi. What to do? Pick up the phone and call Yoshi's Sushi. Owner/chef Yoshi Ikeda shows that you don't have to go to a glitzy, upscale restaurant to get fresh, high-quality sushi. Customers rave about the nigiri, especially salmon and hotate, or scallop. Yoshi's is open Tuesday through Saturday for phone orders only, with lunch served from noon - 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

  • Jojo - 3582 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97202
    Chicken sandwich wars are raging among fast-food outlets everywhere, and many will declare JoJo to be the clear winner. Their fried chicken sandwiches come in four different varieties, and the star is the Fried Chicken Melt. Two slices of toasted shokupan bread hold a patty topped with American and Cheddar cheeses, Crystal hot sauce, house ranch, coleslaw, and chives. Jojo is open daily from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Viking Soul Food - 4255 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215
    It's called Viking Soul Food, but their Scandinavian-inspired dishes will definitely satisfy your taste buds as well. Owners Megan and Jeremy put their own spin on dishes from Megan's childhood, such as the Norwegian meatball wrap that was sampled by Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Save room for a lingonberry lefse wrap, stuffed with plump lingonberries and smooth cream cheese. Hours are noon - 8 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 8:30 p.m. 

  • Tierra del Sol Oaxacan Cuisine - 7238 SE Foster Rd. #1, Portland, OR 97206
    Mexico's famed street food makes it a natural fit for a food truck. Located in the lively Portland Mercado, Tierra del Sol Oaxacan Cuisine offers classic dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The showstopper is the tlayuda, a 14-inch corn tortilla piled with chicharrons, black beans, queso Oaxaca, and veggies. Meat is optional, and the tlayuda comes packaged in a pizza box. Tierra del Sol is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • MF Tasty - 3927 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227
    MF Tasty grew out of another food trend, when husband-and-wife Eric and Nicole operated a secret supper club in Phoenix, AZ. After moving to Portland, the couple opened a food cart serving "Southwest inspired, Portland made" dishes. The menu changes each week, but typical offerings include pumpkin-spiced risotto, harissa-BBQ glazed "beetloaf," and their award-winning chorizo mac & cheese. Follow them on Instagram to view the current menu. Hours are 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

  • Birrieria La Plaza - 600 SE 146th Ave., Portland, OR 97233
    Hard to improve on perfection, but birria-style takes tacos to another level. Birreria La Plaza cooks the flavorful dipping consome for hours to bring out all the seasonings and spices. Owner Oracio Hernandez's secret weapon is his mother, Doña Sofia, and the recipes she learned growing up on a farm in Jalisco, Mexico. Cheese lovers go for the combo that includes one each of quesotaco, mulita, vampiro, and quesadilla. Hours are 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Stretch the Noodle - 223-269 SW Washington St., Portland, WA 97204
    A visit to Stretch the Noodle rates high on both food and entertainment factors. On most days, you can watch chef Xuemei Simard practice the esteemed art of noodle-pulling as he folds, twists, and stretches dough into delicate strands. Every dish is made to order, and well worth the wait. Try the biang-biang noodles, a wide noodle with hot oil, black vinegar, and garlic sauce, topped with a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Stretch the Noodle is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Erica's Soul Food - 803 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, ME 97216
    Authentic down-home Southern cuisine comes to Portland via Erica's Soul Food. Comfort food classics such as meatloaf, pimento cheese fries, and shrimp & grits will make you forget you're on the West Coast. Check out the Soul Bowls, mash-ups of Southern favorites like the Grandma, with meatloaf, cornbread, black-eyed peas, and cabbage. Erica's is open Wednesday through Sunday, with lunch served from noon - 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Find out why everything's coming up roses in Portland. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to learn more.

November
1

9 Things to do in Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square

Seattle homes for sale have lots of things going for them. The city is famous for its culinary delights, its rich history and culture, and the seemingly never-ending number of parks you'll find nestled between the world-class amenities and unique landmarks. Our brokers say there's no other place like it.

One of the truly special things about Seattle is Pioneer Square, among the most vibrant historic districts in the Pacific Northwest. These days, it's home to art galleries, cafes, and even a handful of technology startups.

Let's take a look at some of the terrific things to do and see throughout Pioneer Square:

  1. Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park – 319 2nd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
    Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park is a reminder of Seattle's remarkable history as one of the most important ports of call for those heading to adventure in Alaska in the 1890s. Its collections include a variety of artifacts from the period, as well as diaries and journals kept by real Klondike explorers.

  2. The Underground Tour – 614 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
    The Underground Tour is one of the most famous Seattle tours around, giving you a fun way to explore the interconnected tunnels of the Seattle Underground. On top of heading this 75-minute, group, and family-friendly event with a humorous bent, organizer Bill Speidel leads seasonal paranormal events.

  3. Iron Pergola and the Tlingit Indian Totem Pole – 100 Yessler Way, Seattle, WA 98104
    Iron Pergola and the Tlingit Indian Totem Pole are two striking landmarks located right in the heart of Pioneer Square. The Totem Pole first arrived in 1899; the current Pole is a reproduction of the original artifact. The lavish Iron Pergola, originally a cable car stop, was erected in 1909.

  4. The Ninety – 406 Occidental Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104
    See the Seattle Sounders, the popular local soccer team, at their home at The Ninety. Located at the Sounders' front office headquarters, it's the gathering place for diehard fans. Known for a wide range of events and plenty of Sounders exhibits, it also provides plenty of opportunities to meet with players.

  5. Occidental Square – 117 South Washington Street, Seattle, WA 98104
    Occidental Square is an urban oasis in the center of the district, offering abundant shade from beautiful London Plane trees. Bocce courts, ping pong tables, and an all-new children's play zone installed in 2019 provide plenty of opportunities for fun and relaxation.

  6. King Street Station – 303 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104
    The historic King Street Station is one of the most stylish Amtrak stations still in service today. Dating back to May of 1906, its clock tower was based around the celebrated San Marco bell tower of Venice, Italy. It was built by Reed and Stem, the same firm responsible for New York City's Grand Central Terminal.

  7. Waterfall Garden Park – 219 2nd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
    Waterfall Garden Park is a serene location that sits upon the original site of the American Messenger Company, now UPS. Its 22-foot man-made waterfall and the double-decker patio, complete with tables and chairs, make it one of the most striking of Seattle's many pocket parks.

  8. Merchants Cafe – 109 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104
    Merchants Cafe has the distinction of being Seattle's oldest bar and restaurant, having operated since 1890. Known for tons of raucous fun whenever the Seahawks are playing, its menu is packed with fan favorites like Doc Maynard's prawns, Tacoma taquitos, and the 1962 Seattle Fair chicken sandwich.

  9. Comedy Underground – 109 South Washington Street, Seattle, WA 98104
    Comedy Underground has played host to some of modern comedy's foremost greats – many of them before they were greats. Names like Mitch Hedberg, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, and even Jerry Seinfeld himself have taken the stage. On any given night, you'll also see local comics just starting out.

There's so much to see and do when you live in the Seattle area! Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to find out more about Seattle real estate.

October
11

Fall Finds at Pike Place Market

Pike Place MarketPike Place Market is such a cherished part of Seattle that offers fantastic food options in every season. Our brokers are especially fond of the fall treats that can be found at the market. Plan your next trip to Pike Place Market and be on the lookout for these fall finds.

  • Ellenos Yogurt - 1500 Pike Pl., Seattle, WA 98101 
    Ellenos Yogurt is a classic Greek food that ended up in the Pacific Northwest by way of the Land Down Under. Yvonne, a flight attendant who fell in love with the yogurt on the job, convinced father and son Con and Alex to leave their home in Australia and bring their incredible yogurt to Seattle. Fall marks the return of their popular pumpkin pie yogurt, loaded with pieces of real pie. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors close at 5 p.m.  

  • Cobb's Gourmet Popcorn - 1500 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
    As fall brings shorter days and the inevitable Seattle rain, it's a great time to hunker down with Netflix or Amazon Prime. And what's a TV and movie night without popcorn? Cobb's Gourmet Popcorn makes their popcorn from scratch with butter, sweet cream, real vanilla, and other fresh, high-quality ingredients. Go classic with Brown Butter and Sea Salt, or try Vanilla Salted Caramel for some sweetness. Be sure to look for the seasonal varieties that "pop" up from time to time. Cobb's is open noon - 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • Made in Washington - 1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
    It's never too early to start holiday shopping. Give the gift of the Pacific Northwest with the unique items at Made in Washington. Build your own gift basket featuring iconic Northwest brands such as SeaBear Smoked Salmon, Fran's Chocolates, and Fisher Fair Scone Mix. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

  • Simply Seattle - 1600 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
    Even non-sports fans are buzzing about professional hockey's return to Seattle this fall, after an absence of nearly a century. Show your team spirit with a jersey, cap, or other official Kraken gear from Simply Seattle. The shop features a full selection of items representing all the city's pro and collegiate teams, including the gone-but-not-forgotten Seattle Supersonics. Have a TV buff on your gift list? They'd love a Grey's Anatomy hoodie, coffee mug, or keychain. Simply Seattle is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • MarketSpice - 85A Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101
    Spend a cozy fall afternoon curled up with a warm throw, a good book, and a comforting cup of MarketSpice tea. Not surprisingly, Washington apples play a starring role in MarketSpice's fall flavors, including Apple & Cinnamon and Caramel Apple. Brighten your home with candles in the shop's signature cinnamon-orange scent and other delightful aromas. Treat the kids with a hot chocolate mix in gourmet flavors such as mint, raspberry, and vanilla. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., seven days a week.

  • Honest Biscuits - 1901 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98101 
    Enjoy a hearty Southern classic made with a Pacific Northwest spin at Honest Biscuits. Founder Art Stone drew on his experience baking biscuits with his grandmother in North Carolina, tweaking the recipe to reflect his own life experiences. Their classic Butterhole Biscuit, made with high-quality local ingredients, is also available in a gluten-free version. Go for the gusto with their signature biscuit, the MacGregor, studded with Bavarian Meats bacon, Beecher's Flagship cheese, and caramelized onions. Honest Biscuits is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and weekends from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Pike Place Chowder - 1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
    When a clam chowder wins competitions on both coasts, you know it has to be good. Pike Place Chowder has earned cook-off championships in Newport, RI, Westport, CT, and Monterey, CA. In 2018, after conducting a nationwide study, Yelp proclaimed the restaurant's New England clam chowder to be the most popular dish in America. Their prize-winning chowder and six other varieties are available for carryout, along with their authentic lobster, shrimp, and Dungeness crab rolls. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

Pike Place Market is just minutes from many incredible Seattle homes for sale. Want to learn more? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain.

October
4

Pacific Northwest Fall Foliage Tour

Pacific Northwest Fall

Is it possible that Pacific Northwest scenery can get even more spectacular? While we love this area in all seasons, there's something extra special about the fall. See Washington and Oregon dressed up in their fall colors at these beautiful locations as recommended by our brokers.

  • Kubota Garden - 9817 - 55th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118
    Two words used most often by people to describe dog-friendly Kubota Garden: "hidden gem." Namesake Fujitaro Kubota and his son Tom envisioned their property as a public space to be enjoyed by all. In 1987, the City of Seattle purchased the land to complete that mission. More than 140 varieties of Japanese maples fill the garden with brilliant fall hues, while the waterfall and fish pond add a touch of Zen. Kubota Garden is open daily from sunrise to sunset, and admission is free.

  • Washington Park Arboretum - 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., Seattle, WA 98112
    Set in 230 lush acres on the shores of Lake Washington, the Washington Park Arboretum offers something different with each visit. Themed gardens, such as Rhododendron Glen and Azalea Way, highlight specific plants and landscapes. Take a canoe or kayak out on Union Bay for a chance to spot hawks, owls, and other magnificent birds. Kids have fun learning about nature while they complete the fall scavenger hunt. There's no charge to visit the Arboretum, which is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. 

  • Discovery Park - 3801 Discovery Park Blvd., Seattle, WA 98199
    Framed by the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascades in the east, Discovery Park features some of the more spectacular scenery around. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest city park in Seattle, and it provides a welcome oasis to the surrounding urban hustle and bustle. Surrounded by sand dunes, cliffs, and forest groves, you'll feel like you're in another world. Park hours are 4 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily.

  • Lincoln Park - 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136
    Tucked inside West Seattle, one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, is Lincoln Park. While it's much smaller than many of the other city parks, Lincoln Park has a wide variety of attractions that make it a favorite destination for families. Features include 4.6 miles of walking paths, 3.9 miles of biking paths, picnic shelters, and a renovated play area. Fall is a prime time for spotting orcas, seals, sea lions and porpoise out on Puget Sound. Lincoln Park is open seven days a week from 4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

  • Pittock Mansion - 3229 NW Pittock Dr., Portland, OR 97210
    In 1853, 19-year-old Henry Pittock heeded the call to "go west, young man." After moving from Pittsburgh to Portland, Henry became a successful businessman and built Pittock Mansion. Today, the stately home serves as a museum dedicated to the legacy of Henry Pittock and the story of Portland's development over the years. The 46-acre grounds include trails for viewing trees, flowers, and panoramas of the city skyline and the Cascade Mountains. Pittock Mansion is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. except for Tuesday, when doors open at noon. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for ages 6-18.

  • Hoyt Arboretum - 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland, OR 97221
    When Portland purchased 189 acres of land for $10 in 1922, the property was earmarked for development. Thanks to the efforts of key supporters, the land became the home of Hoyt Arboretum. More than 2,300 different tree species from more than six continents can be seen on the grounds, which is a greater number than any other arboretum in the country. Twelve miles of hiking trails provide opportunities to view Japanese maples, redwoods, flowering dogwoods, and many rare species. Watch for hawthorne fruits, magnolia cones, and snowberries, which take center stage during fall months. Hours are 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, and there is no charge for admission.

  • South Park Blocks - 1436 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97201
    Don't have time for a day trip? Just head downtown to the South Park Blocks, a charming green space just north of Portland State University. The 12-block area was one of the city's first parks, dating back to 1852, and the tree-lined corridor is still a popular spot to enjoy a slice of nature. Mosaics, sculptures, and other artworks along the way add to the visual appeal. Park hours are 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.

Whether you're looking for natural or urban delights, the Pacific Northwest has it all. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for help with all your real estate needs.

September
7

Restaurants with a View in Seattle

Seattle Restaurants

Seattle is one of America's most scenic cities, and many of the area's best restaurants combine fresh, fantastic food with the sort of spectacular views that you can only find in the city. Whether you're interested in waterfront scenery or a stunning, bird's eye view of the city skyline with the mountains as a backdrop, you'll find it close to home in Seattle. Our brokers have all the details on where to dine with a view.

  • Ray's Boathouse & Cafe – 6049 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
    With a convenient location near Seattle homes for sale and gorgeous waterfront views, Ray's Boathouse & Cafe offers two distinctive dining areas for your enjoyment. The Boathouse is an elegant setting serving fresh sea to plate fare sourced from local Seattle purveyors, while Ray's Cafe is a more casual dining setting, with a beachfront bar serving some of the finest local wines and spirits.

  • Graduate Seattle Mountaineering Club – 4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    Take a quick hike up to the 16th floor of the Graduate Hotel to enjoy dinner and drinks with a view at the Graduate Seattle Mountaineering Club. Soak in panoramic views of the Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier, and the Puget Sound from the outdoor seating area while you sample fresh, local fare. Just be sure to plan ahead because reservations are required for the Mountaineering Club.

  • Westward – 2501 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
    Situated on the northern shores of Lake Union, Westward offers a quaint, beachside dining experience that's sure to impress. The menu here features imaginative takes on your favorite seafood dishes, along with oysters that are as fresh as it gets. Beachfront brunches are also available every Saturday and Sunday morning at Westward.

  • Matt's in the Market – 94 Pike St., Suite 32, Seattle, WA 98101
    Located in the heart of the bustling Pike Street Market, Matt's in the Market is a popular dining destination, bar, and event space. If you're looking for a restaurant where the wine list is just as spectacular as the views, this is a great place to visit. There are a ton of fantastic selections to enjoy, both from some of the most revered winemaking regions in France and from many of the Seattle area's most highly rated vineyards.

  • Daniel's Broiler – 808 Howell St., Seattle, WA 98101
    For a classic Seattle steakhouse experience, try a visit to Daniel's Broiler, an upscale steakhouse located on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency Seattle. The downtown location of Daniel's Broiler features a bar/restaurant setting, with all of your favorite steakhouse appetizers and entrees. All of the steaks served here are USDA Prime cuts, while the in-house Rickhouse Whiskey Bar serves more than 150 different whiskey selections from around the world.

  • Marination Ma Kai – 1660 Harbor Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98126
    In the mood for some unique dining choices? Head to the beautiful outdoor seating area at Marination Ma Kai to enjoy some amazing views of the harbor and Seattle skyline while you sample the fare from an imaginative Asian-Mexican fusion menu. As the name suggests, all of the meats served at Marination Ma Kai are carefully marinated in unique house marinades and seasoned to perfection. It's also a casual dining spot, perfect for grabbing a relaxing meal with friends or your special someone.

  • Elliott's Oyster House – 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56, Seattle, WA 98101
    Voted America's number one oyster house by Food & Wine, Elliott's Oyster House offers stunning waterfront views to match its amazing menu. In addition to a menu featuring all of your favorite seafood standards cooked to perfection, Elliott's Oyster House has a separate menu just for oysters. Choose from a dozen varieties of fresh, carefully selected oysters, all chosen from the best local sources. Private dining is also available in the Elliott Bay Room, ideal for celebrating special group occasions with stunning views of Elliott Bay all around you.

  • The White Swan Public House – 1001 Fairview Ave., North Seattle, WA 98109
    Searching for the best upscale pub fare in an inviting, relaxing atmosphere? The White Swan Public House combines the best of both worlds, with an expansive outdoor patio seating area located on the waterfront. The dinner menu here features a mix of oysters, seafood entrees, and classic pub dishes. You can also stop by on any weekend morning for a full brunch menu that offers a little bit of everything.

Whether you're searching for the perfect view, the ideal location, or a little bit of everything, our team is here to help you find your next home in Seattle. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.

July
12

Picnic Spots Throughout Seattle

Picnic Spots Throughout Seattle

With a city surrounded by water and mountains, is it any wonder that outdoor dining is so popular in Seattle? Pack a basket or grab some carryout and visit one of these amazing picnic spots around Seattle recommended by our brokers

  • Waterfall Garden Park - 219 2nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98104
    An urban picnic area may sound like an oxymoron, but Seattle is full of such unconventional delights. Waterfall Garden Park is tucked into an unobtrusive 60-by-80-feet spot in historic Pioneer Square. Until 1975, the site held the headquarters of United Parcel Service. Today, the charming park includes a 22-foot man-made waterfall and a dual-level patio with tables and chairs, making it a wonderful place for a lunch hour picnic or reading break. Park hours are 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. daily.

  • Green Lake Park - 7201 E. Green Lake Dr., Seattle, WA 98115
    The area around Green Lake Park features some of the most desirable Seattle homes for sale, and it's not hard to see why. Who wouldn't want to live just down the street from a beautiful three-acre lake surrounded by lush green space? The neighborhood is full of great restaurants, delis, and sandwich shops where you can pick up a picnic-friendly meal. Work up an appetite or work off some calories with swimming at the lifeguard-patrolled beach or a walk along the 2.8-mile path that circles the lake. Bring along a guidebook to identify the numerous birds and waterfowl you're sure to see. Green Lake Park is open 24/7.

  • Dr. Jose Rizal Park - 1007 12th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144
    Seattle has one of the most iconic skylines in the country. Take in some incredible views of downtown and Puget Sound during your picnic at Dr. Jose Rizal Park on Beacon Hill. With nearly 10 acres of grounds, including reservable picnic areas, the park can accommodate groups of any size. Be sure to bring Fido along and spend some quality time at the off-leash dog area. Park hours are 4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., seven days a week.

  • Gas Works Park - 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
    When someone in Seattle says, "Go fly a kite," people immediately head to Gas Works Park. The 19.1-acre site, once the home of the Seattle Gas Light Company plant, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Kite-flying on the park's spacious hills is a local ritual, while remnants of the original facility are incorporated into a play barn that's a favorite of families. Watch seaplanes land and take off from Lake Union against the backdrop of the downtown skyline. Gas Works Park is open daily from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Washington Park Arboretum - 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., Seattle, WA 98112
    Nature is on display in all its glory at Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre extravaganza of gardens, wetlands, and wooded areas. The grounds contain 5,500 different plants from all corners of the world, including one of the top Japanese maple tree collections. Choose your favorite points of interest and create your own walking tour along the numerous trails. Print one of the seasonal scavenger hunts from the website and see how many items kids can find. Leashed dogs are welcome at the arboretum. Hours are dawn - 8 p.m. daily, and admission is free.

  • Carkeek Park - 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle, WA 98177
    Washington state is known for apples because of spots like historic Piper's Orchard in Carkeek Park. Six miles of trails lead to the orchard, as well as spectacular views of Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mountains. The salmon-themed playground plays tribute to another notable product of the state. Check out the tide pool beach at low tide, when you can walk hundreds of feet out into Puget Sound. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  • Woodland Park Rose Garden - 750 N. 50th St., Seattle, WA 98103
    With 2.5 acres filled with nearly 3,000 roses, Woodland Park Rose Garden is perfect for a romantic picnic for two or a delightful family outing. The garden is one of only two dozen American Rose Test Gardens in the country, displaying new hybrids before they're available to the public. Fun fact: since the garden went pesticide-free in 2006, the flowers have been used to feed animals in adjoining Woodland Park Zoo. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, and admission is free.

Picnics don't get more exclusive than the ones you hold in the backyard of your Seattle home. Have questions about buying or selling real estate? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for cheerful and experienced help.

July
6

Test Your Knowledge at These Portland Trivia Nights

Think you have what it takes to be a trivia champ in the Portland area? Grab your family and friends and join our brokers in showing off your knowledge at these great trivia nights near Portland homes for sale

  • Schmizza Pub & Grub - 320 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    Could there be a better name for trivia hosts than Geeks Who Drink? With a slogan of, "Useless knowledge means everything," this national company brings their British pub-style trivia show to Schmizza Pub & Grub each Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Teams compete in seven rounds of eight questions each, with cash and other prizes for the winner. Be on your toes for bonus questions when you can score extra treats. Keep your brain cells fueled with one of Schmizza's two-dozen specialty pizzas, such as Alligator Pie, topped with alligator sausage, red peppers, onions, tomatoes, and feta. Regular hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors close at 8 p.m.

  • Chill N Fill - 5215 N. Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203
    Looking for a place to unwind after a long day of work? With its casual decor and relaxing ambiance, Chill N Fill has created a classic neighborhood gathering spot. You're sure to find a favorite beverage from more than 30 rotating taps of craft beer, wine, cider, and kombucha. If that's not enough, Chill N Fill also carries a wide selection of local bottled beer, wine, and cider. Stop in Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. for team trivia hosted by Rain Brain, an award-winning local quizmaster. Get a head start and test yourself with sample questions on Rain Brain's website. Don't forget to fill your growler before you head home! Regular hours are noon - 11 p.m., seven days a week. 

  • Rose City Book Pub - 1329 NE Fremont St., Portland, OR 97212
    Whether you want to socialize or just curl up with a good book, Rose City Book Pub has you covered. This cozy shop combines the best qualities of a bookstore with a European-style bistro, serving appetizers and light meals along with beer and wine. In addition to interactive Zoom trivia on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Rose City Book Pub hosts author readings, live music, and various cultural events. Regular hours are noon - 10 p.m. daily.

  • The Old Barn - 9656 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR 97219
    You won't find any live animals or haystacks, but The Old Barn is definitely a comfy place to kick back with friends. Watch the game on one of 20 TVs or try your hand at video poker. Seafood lovers flock to The Old Barn on the second Friday of each month for Dungeness Crab Day, with a menu showcasing the iconic Pacific Northwest shellfish. Wednesday night trivia at 6:30 p.m. is hosted by Last Call. Sign up for their newsletter to get a list of answers to random questions that may or may not turn up at The Old Barn. Regular hours are 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. weekends.

  • Jolly Roger - 5627 SW Kelly St., Portland, OR 97239
    Nestled in the venerable John's Landing neighborhood, Jolly Roger was originally Stanich's West until Rob and Starr Jackson purchased and remodeled the restaurant in 2008, reopening under its current name. According to their slogan, "No one has more fun than we do," and that's especially true during Wednesday night trivia at 8 p.m. Local quizmaster Bridgetown Trivia is the host, and with teams of as many as 35 players allowed, the proceeding can get rambunctious. Bridgetown uses a variety of question styles, including puzzles, pictures, music, and fill-in-the-blank. Regular hours are 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily except Sunday when closing time is 10 p.m.

  • Cascadia Tap House - 13619 NW Cornell Rd., Portland, OR 97229
    Stumptown Trivia, the newest player on the Portland quizmaster scene, has gained fans with their lively trivia nights. You'll find them at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at Cascadia Tap House. Raffle prizes give you additional chances to win. Sip on one of the many local and regional craft beers, wines, and ciders available at Cascadia as you nibble on chips and salsa, artisan pretzels, and other favorite bar snacks. You're also welcome to bring in food from one of the restaurants around the mall. Regular hours are 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Buying or selling a home in Portland is no trivial pursuit. When you need the right answers, contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain.

June
14

Nature Photography Day: Picturesque Parks Around Portland

Parks in Portland

Portland regularly ranks among the most beautiful cities in the United States, in large part thanks to its incredible natural scenery. What better place to celebrate Nature Photography Day on Tuesday, June 15? Our real estate agents will be taking their cameras to these stunning parks that are just minutes from Portland homes for sale.

  • Leach Botanical Garden - 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97236
    Called Portland's "little jewel," Leach Botanical Garden is named after the couple who bequeathed their property to the city. Lilla Leach, an award-winning botanist, wanted their beloved home to live on as a garden and museum. The 16-acre grounds, once known as "Sleepy Hollow," are full of stunning flowers, trees, and plants that make for amazing photo opportunities. Admission is free, although donations are welcome, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Peninsula Park - 700 N. Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR 97217
    Peninsula Park has a colorful past as the site of a roadhouse and horse-racing track. After the grounds were purchased by the city in 1909, architects designed the park in conjunction with Portland's "City Beautiful" movement. Many of the original features, including the century-old fountain that forms the pet-friendly park's centerpiece, remain. Peninsula Park is open daily from 5 a.m. - midnight.

  • Mt. Tabor Park - SE 60th Ave. & Salmon St., Portland, OR 97215
    When it comes to urban landscapes, volcanoes don't often come to mind. Portland is one of a handful of cities that include an extinct volcano within their limits, and this cinder cone is the basis for Mt. Tabor Park. A number of paved and unpaved trails wind through forests and meadows and, alongside former reservoirs, turned reflecting pools. Make it to the top, and you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding lands. There's also an off-leash area where Fido can get some exercise. Park hours are 5 a.m. - midnight, seven days a week.

  • Waterfront Park - 98 SW Naito Pkwy., Portland, OR 97204
    If you're looking for photogenic scenes of nature, how could you go wrong with a place called Waterfront Park? At one time, developments such as Harbor Drive cut city residents off from the Willamette River. In the late 60s, Governor Tom McCall spearheaded the creation of Waterfront Park, which now officially bears his name. While they don't technically count as nature, the bridges along the waterfront are a popular draw for visitors. Waterfront Park is open daily from 5 a.m. - midnight.

  • Lan Su Chinese Garden - 239 NW Everett St., Portland, OR 97209
    Mother Nature makes her presence known throughout the world. Enjoy a unique international perspective at Lan Su Chinese Garden, a collaborative effort between Portland and Suzhou, its sister city in China. In addition to combining elements from the names of both cities, Lan Su translates to "Garden of Awakening Orchids." Heavily influenced by Chinese traditions dating back two centuries, the garden is a harmonious blend of art, architecture, and nature. Kids will have fun with interactive scavenger hunts, photo challenges, and quizzes. Enhance your visit with the mobile app that provides facts about Lan Su's history and culture. Admission is $12.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids between 6-18. Lan Su is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day but Wednesday.

  • Washington Park - 400 SW Kingston Ave., Portland, OR 97210
    Can't get enough of Portland's iconic roses? Head to Washington Park, home of the city's International Rose Test Garden. The breathtaking display comprises more than 10,000 rose bushes, representing more than 610 different varieties. In 2006, the IRTG received the prestigious Garden of Excellence Award from the World Federation of Rose Societies. Don't miss the Frank Beach Memorial Fountain, honoring the man credited with coining the nickname "City of Roses." Hours are 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily, with free public tours conducted at 1 p.m. each day between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

  • Pittock Mansion - 3229 NW Pittock Dr., Portland, OR 97210
    Built in 1914 as the home of Portland's first "power couple," Pittock Mansion is a fascinating look at the city's transformation over the years, but the 46 acres of grounds around the estate are worth the trip by themselves. Hikers flock to the trails and their remarkable vistas of the Portland skyline from high up in the West Hills. The Pittock Mansion grounds are maintained as a public park open until 9 p.m. daily.

Portland is the quintessential Pacific Northwest city with a blend of natural beauty, history, and culture. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for experienced help with all your local real estate needs.

June
7

Upcycle Your Furniture With This Guide

Upcycle TipsUpcycling has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with more people looking for ways to reuse materials and save money. It is a great way of transforming unloved, outdated, or unused pieces of furniture into something fresh, unique, and perfectly suited for your space. The good thing about upcycling is that no previous skills are required, and there are really no limits to what you can create. Upcycling is not just a cost-effective way of breathing new life into your old furniture, but it's also a great way to expand your creativity and reduce your impact on the environment. Our brokers have put together their top tips, which will help you create your ultimate upcycling adventure.

  1. Choose Your Furniture Piece
    The first step in your upcycling adventure is to choose what you want to upcycle and the purpose you want the improved piece to serve. You may have some old furniture lying about in the house that needs a new look, or maybe you've seen something in a thrift store or garage sale that would be perfect with a little creativity. Either way, you want to make sure the piece can easily be upcycled at just a fraction of the price if you bought it new.


  2. Make Sure the Piece is Structurally Sound
    It's important to look beyond the surface or the idea you have in mind when choosing a piece of furniture for your upcycling project. You don't want to spend time on something that will become useless or fall apart the next day. Look at the joints and structure of the piece before you buy or start the transformation. Good bones are important for extended use.


  3. Keep Your Eyes Peeled
    Be imaginative when you see old pieces. Almost every item can be an upcycling opportunity, no matter how it looks on the surface. Something might look ugly at first glance, but you have to look past the flaws to find the potential. 


  4. Plan Ahead
    Whether you're upcycling a small stool or a complete dining set, you can definitely help yourself by preparing ahead of time. Have an end goal for your project and ensure you have all the tools and supplies needed to do the job. Give your piece a quick wash, sand it down and wipe it to get a smooth surface and get the perfect finish. Paint might hide many problems, but if your furniture has dents, holes, peeling paint, or scratches, these will be visible when painted over.


  5. Don't Get Carried Away
    While it's exciting to get started on transforming your furniture, you'll end being frustrated if you bite off more than you can chew. Choose something simple, like a small table that needs painting, and don't rush.


  6. Paint and Make Perfect
    If you're not after that distressed furniture look, a fresh coat of paint can go a long way in breathing some new life into your furniture piece. If your piece looks old and dated, a little sanding and paint may be all that you need to achieve a unique and stylish addition to your home. Make sure you use good quality brushes that give good coverage and don't leave bristles in your work.


  7. Get That Distressed Look
    Old dressers, drawers, cabinets, or cupboards are ideal for distressed looks if that's your style. Sand down the furniture and use chalk paint for a matte or chalky finish. Chalk paints are also great for covering a dark stain. Once you've applied the paint, sand the surface for a distressed look that will add character to the piece. Target the areas that would see the most wear and tear, like the edges.


  8. Try Stenciling
    Stenciling is an easy step to full personalization. It's a way to get creative and add a personal touch to your furniture. You can find stencils online or designs yours if you have the right equipment. Use a stencil brush to stamp your creativity onto the furniture piece and add a coat of wax for protection. Don't worry if your work doesn't turn out as expected, you can always stencil or paint over it again.


  9. Don't Forget the Little Touches
    Perhaps you've decided to upcycle a piece of furniture that has knobs on it. Replacing the knobs with some creative pieces can make a huge difference to your piece. You can use anything from door knockers to big keys or just any piece that catches your fancy. And even though you're going to replace your knobs, it's good practice to remove the old ones to make sure your paint job is a clean and smooth as possible. It will also save time if the new ones are smaller and there's a space with no paint.

If you're planning to sell or buy in the area, our team can help make the process easier for you. Contact us today.

May
25

Mini Golf Courses in Portland the Kids Will Love

Portland mini golf

The weather is warming up, and the kids are bouncing off the walls. Wondering what to do with them? How about a fun, family-friendly round of miniature golf? 

There are many great indoor and outdoor courses in the Portland area to enjoy a round of mini golf! To help you prepare for summer, we asked our brokers which courses their families enjoy the most. Here are their recommendations. 

  1. Glowing Greens: 509 SW Taylor St., Portland, OR 97204
    Want to get out of the house right now? You don't have to wait for great weather to enjoy a round of mini golf at Glowing Greens. This indoor blacklight course is conveniently located in downtown Portland, not far from some of the best Portland homes for sale. The 13-hole course is appropriate for all ages and features 3D artwork, moving pirates, and more! It takes about 45-minutes to play through the course, making it the perfect family adventure or a great way to start off date night. If you're looking for a fun night out for the adults, you'll be glad to know the facility also has ax throwing, escape rooms, and a beer and wine pub!

  2. Laser Blasters: 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Suite 172 Vancouver, WA 98662
    While you're in the area looking at Vancouver homes for sale, you're sure to notice the Vancouver Mall where you'll find Laser Blasters. This fun location offers laser tag, virtual reality, escape rooms, and mini golf. Both adults and kids are sure to love the cool blacklight effects of this safari-themed, 14-hole mini golf course. You can also purchase combination tickets that allow you to play both mini golf and laser tag for one affordable price. 

  3. Chipper's Woods Miniature Golf: 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202
    The Oaks Park Amusement Park offers locals and visitors various rides, midway games, and mini golf. While it's a ton of fun to visit the entire park, you can also enjoy the Chipper's Woods miniature golf course on its own. The whole family is sure to enjoy playing an 18-hole round of mini golf under the oak trees. The course also offers incredible views of Portland's West Hills and the Willametter River. 

  4. Clutch Putt: 700 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97233
    Adults and families alike enjoy visiting Clutch Putt Mini Golf. This 18-hole mini golf course is quite simple, yet each hole is unique enough to keep things interesting. It offers a fun, friendly atmosphere for players of all ages. Since the course is covered, you can play rain or shine. They also serve beer, wine, and hard cider and have a food cart. 

  5. Hollywood Mini Golf: 1510 Northeast 37th Ave., Portland, OR 97232
    Part mini golf course and part art gallery, Hollywood Mini Golf provides an exciting experience you're sure to love! This course "challenges guests to see things through a different lens." You never know what you're going to find when you visit this super-unique indoor course. In addition to mini golf, they also have games like ping pong, pinball, foosball, cornhole, and more. This is the perfect location for a rainy-day adventure that's sure to keep everyone entertained!

  6. Eagle's Landing: 10220 SE Causey Ave., Happy Valley, OR 97086
    Whether you're looking for a great mini golf course or 27 holes of the real thing, you'll find it at Eagle's Landing. This golfing facility is geared towards players of all skill levels. The 36-hole mini golf course is equal parts fun and challenging. You'll love the scenic views and the holes that strategically curve in and out of mountains, trees, waterfalls, fountains, and more. The facility also offers a par-three course that's modeled after a European pitch and put course and a 9-hole soccer golf course. When you're done playing, we suggest taking the scenic route home. There are many beautiful Happy Valley homes for sale nearby, and you may find the perfect one for you and your family. 

          If you're looking for a family-friendly place to call home, the Portland area is perfect for you! There are many great homes for sale, and our experienced brokers would love to help you find your dream home. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started! 

          April
          26

          Campgrounds Near Portland for a Weekend Getaway

          Portland Campgrounds

          Portland homes for sale have a lot going for them! World-class shopping and dining, a diverse economy, and unmistakable local culture will have you exploring the city for years to come. But everyone needs to take some time out in nature, too – and the opportunities around Portland are abundant.

          Our brokers want to make sure you know all about them!

          Portland is the heart of the Pacific Northwest. No matter what outdoor activities interest you, you are in good company. Hiking, biking, backpacking, and fishing are all well-loved by the local community. The chance to see mountain and forest settings alike draws visitors from all over.

          Portland residents are looking for weekend getaways in the great outdoors. State and national parks beckon within a short drive. You can choose a new one every weekend and still have plenty to explore!

          Here are a few of the outstanding local sites for your next outdoor excursion:

          1. Portland Fairview RV Park – 21401 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Fairview, OR 97024
            An RV adventure can make for a truly unique camping experience. Portland Fairview RV Park is one of the top RV parks in the region. It welcomes day-trippers as well as weekly and monthly residents. Just eight miles east of Portland, it offers a pristine respite along ancient evergreens and a babbling brook. A fitness center and pool round out the amenities.

          2. Jantzen Beach RV Resort – 1503 North Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217
            Another premium RV park right here in your Portland neighborhood, Jantzen Beach RV Resort distinguishes itself with its exceptional customer service. Amenities for all ages include a basketball court, game room, playgrounds, fully stocked clubhouse, a heated pool, and a fitness center. It's pet-friendly, so the four-footed members of the family can join in on all the fun.

          3. Mt. Hood National Forest – 16400 Champion Way, Sandy, OR 97055
            Just 20 miles east of Portland, Mt. Hood National Forest is without a doubt one of the truly iconic natural features of both Oregon and Washington state. With more than 1 million acres of remarkable land around Oregon's highest peak, it has all manner of camping: From primitive backcountry sites to tents, cabins, and even day-use sites around Mt. Hood proper.

          4. The Cove (Timothy Lake) Campground at Mt. Hood – See Website for Precise Directions
            The Cove is a popular campground complete with an outdoor amphitheater. Visitors seek it for picnicking, swimming, fishing, and as a base for long-haul hikes. It sits right on the serene Lake Timothy, with boat ramps available at campgrounds all around the area. Trout are stocked in the lake several times a year, and anglers have landed some record rainbow trout.

          5. Triangle Lake Horse Camp at Mt. Hood – See Website for Precise Directions
            If your horse likes to camp as much as you do, Triangle Lake Horse Camp is the place for you to be. Beautiful Triangle Lake is the setting for this hilly, horse-friendly locale, with eight sites available throughout the season. Picnic tables are available and campfires are permitted, but the "mane" attraction is the opportunity to visit with your horse.

          6. Bonney Crossing Campground at Mt. Hood – See Website for Precise Directions
            At the foot of the Badger Creek Wilderness, Bonney Crossing Campground is the place for a "bonny" good time in a captivating landscape. It is frequented by hikers going to Badger Creek Trail, anglers, and equestrians. Badger Creek itself is known for a staggering amount of trout and strong kokanee fishing throughout most of the year.

          7. McNeil Campground at Mt. Hood – See Website for Precise Directions
            McNeil Campground is one of the standout sites around Mt. Hood. Visitors praise its location along the scenic Sandy River, as well as its size: With 34 spots, there's usually plenty of room, even though it doesn't take reservations. It stands at the crossroads of many hiking trails. Coho salmon, steelhead, and chinook are just a few local fish that can be your "catch of the day."

          These may be popular picks, but there's always more to discover here in the Portland area. With Coldwell Banker Bain, you can get the expert advice you need. To learn more about local real estate opportunities, contact us today.

          April
          19

          Seattle Food Specialties and Where to Order Them

          Seattle PhoIf you're looking at Seattle homes for sale, prepare for delicious cuisine.

          Seattle has a rich and diverse culinary heritage our brokers know as one of the things that make the Emerald City unique. Seattle flavors have been shaped by remarkable Pacific seafood as well as the many immigrants from all over the world who have helped to make Seattle what it is today.

          Over time, Seattle has become famous for dishes originating across the globe, from its unique take on Chinese dumplings to its unbeatable burgers, hot dogs, and much more.

          Let's drop in on some of the restaurants that offer true Seattle classics:

          1. The Walrus and The Carpenter – 4743 Ballard Avenue, Seattle, WA 98107
            The Walrus and The Carpenter isn't just one of the most surreal scenes from Alice in Wonderland – it's also the #1 place for oysters, a long-time Seattle favorite. Now with outdoor seating and convenient online reservations, The Walrus and The Carpenter serves up sophisticated seafood and wine pairings that epitomize the Pacific Northwest. Other delights on the menu include scallop crudo, smoked coho, grilled sardines, and steak tartar.

          2. The Pho Bac – 1240 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144
            With no less than four locations throughout the Seattle area, The Pho Bac is a leading purveyor of short rib pho. Pronounced fuh, this Vietnamese dish is a soup containing broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat. While chicken is the mainstay approach to pho, The Pho Bac expands the palate with a curated shortlist of new takes. Now in its second generation, it is one of Seattle's best-known family-owned businesses.

          3. Dahlia Bakery – 2001 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
            Famous for its delicious triple coconut cream pie, a Seattle staple, Dahlia Bakery also stocks delectable artisan breads, handmade pastries, and desserts. You'll want to come back frequently since everything here is small batch and the menu changes regularly. There are also classic breakfast sandwiches, including the bacon and egg and veggie varieties and lunch specials.

          4. Dick's Deluxe – 12325 30th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98125
            No list of Seattle favorites could be complete without mentioning Dick's Deluxe, which since 1954 has been the city's go-to hamburger joint. Known far and wide for its fresh burgers, real potatoes, and hand-dipped shakes, Dick's has various drive-in and food truck locations. There are also ice cream sundaes, cones, and root beer floats that are perfect for the kids. No matter where you are in Seattle, a location isn't far away.

          5. Sushi Kashiba – 86 Pine Street, Suite 1, Seattle WA 98101
            "Omakase" loosely means "chef's choice," and Sushi Kashiba owner Shiro Kashiba has been called Seattle's "sushi grandmaster." There may be no better place in Seattle to enjoy the classic omakase sushi bento box, which includes an eclectic mix of sushi rolls, sashimi, and other Japanese lunch foods arranged by Chef Kashiba. With ample cuts of fish in brilliant colors, it plates as good as it tastes.

          6. Mee Sum Pastry – 4343 University Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
            For maximum flavor, Seattle's famous curry beef hom bow, known elsewhere as bao, must be made fresh each morning. When you visit Mee Sum Pastry, you might even have the chance to watch. In the bustling University of Washington area, this is one of the foremost places for Taiwanese cuisine with a Seattle spin. You can also savor a full assortment of other beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and vegetarian-friendly entrees.

          7. Rain City Hot Dogs – 2700 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
            The classic take on a Seattle Dog includes cream cheese and sauteed onions – and that's the marquee meal here at Rain City Hot Dogs. One of the highest-rated hot dog experiences in town, it also offers full-service catering. Every dog on the menu can be customized with your choice of a quarter-pound all-beef hot dog, a spicy Louisiana-style hotlink, or a veggie dog. Don't miss out on the Smoky PB&J!

          8. Chinook's at Salmon Bay –1900 West Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98119
            Copper river salmon flown in from Alaska have become a hallmark of some of the best Pacific Northwest dishes, and Chinook's at Salmon Bay is widely hailed as one of the best places in Seattle to enjoy the iconic fish. From its Fishermen's Terminal location, fish scarcely gets any fresher than this. Enjoy an afternoon or evening right on the waterfront patio and have lunch, dinner, or selections from the seasonal Oyster Festival menu.

          Coldwell Banker Bain is here to help with your Seattle real estate needs. Contact us to learn more today.

          April
          12

          9 Reasons to Live Near a National Park

          National Park

          National parks are a true American treasure, handed down from one generation to the next.

          The Pacific Northwest has so many wonderful national parks to visit, or better yet, live near. 

          Stunning Crater Lake National Park is less than half a day's drive from Portland homes for saleOr explore 73 miles of Pacific Coast at Olympic National Park, roughly a two-hour drive from Seattle homes for sale

          Our brokers share nine top benefits of living near a national park. Do some of these surprise you? 

          1. More Opportunities for Quality Family Time
            In today's families, both kids and parents are likely to have fast-paced schedules that have them moving in different directions. Even gathering around the dinner table can be hard. National parks offer accessible hours along with a wide variety of activities and attractions to suit everyone. Simply packing a picnic lunch to enjoy after a pleasant hike is a relaxing getaway. Admission fees are nominal, with several free days during the year, to fit any budget. And most parks are pet-friendly so that Fido can tag along!

          2. Low-Cost Outdoor "Health Club"
            Do you pay ever-increasing membership dues to a conventional health club to fight for a parking spot and wait in line for a treadmill or elliptical machine? National parks are incredible open-air "fitness centers" that aren't confined by four walls and a roof. Available activities range from hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing in the summer to cross-country skiing, sledding, and snowboarding in the winter.

          3. Good for Mental and Emotional Health
            Physical fitness is only part of the equation for overall health. Spending time around nature has been proven to reduce stress and depression. In one study conducted in 2015, researchers examined the brain activity of two groups of people who took 90-minute walks, with one group in a natural setting and the other in an urban setting. The group from the outdoor setting had lower activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is where negative self-talk usually occurs. 

          4. Greater Earning Power
            According to experts, areas with national parks tend to have a thriving tourist industry, which in turn creates more jobs and better financial opportunities.

          5. Promotes Childhood Development
            In another revealing result from the OSU study, researchers discovered that kids under the age of 5 who lived near national parks were 10 percent taller than their peers who lived further away. While this is no guarantee for your child's height, there's no question that youngsters who have frequent exposure to nature gain physical and mental benefits, such as the development of cognitive skills that help with classroom learning.

          6. Less Risk of Natural Disasters
            When you respect Mother Nature, she returns the favor. Forested areas in national parks remain untouched, which allows the trees to protect water sources. In addition, the West Coast is vulnerable to flooding, landslides, and other natural disasters that endanger the environment, along with humans and animals. Protected habitats stabilize the surrounding land, reducing the risk of such devastating incidents. 

          7. Eco-Friendly Access to Nature
            There has been a long struggle finding a balance between outdoor activities that are enjoyable and accessible without causing damage to the environment. National parks provide a venue to spend time outdoors with minimal impact on our natural resources.

          8. Maintains Biodiversity
            Over the years, society mistakenly believed that natural resources were infinite. Fishing, hunting, mining, and other practices were conducted with no thought about their long-term effects. Sadly, a number of ecosystems and animal species are now endangered today due to this behavior. National parks create protection for wetlands, forests, and other ecosystems and endangered animals such as gray wolves. 

          9. Strengthens Friendships and Social Interactions
            How often do you attempt to plan an outing with friends and spend most of the time debating over dinner, a movie, or a ball game? A lively walk or vigorous bike ride on the trails of a national park are activities everyone can agree on. Being outdoors is also a great way to escape the pressures of daily life and focus on communicating with friends and loved ones.

          Want to learn more about the parks around the Pacific Northwest? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for more information.

          February
          8

          Fall in Love With a Book at These Portland Shops

          Portland Book Stores

          There's nothing like a good page-turner to help get you through the cold winter months. Luckily, here in Portland, we're blessed to have some of America's best bookstores nearby. 

          When you're looking for a new and exciting book to lose yourself in, be sure to check out some of our real estate agents' favorite Portland bookstores!

          1. Broadway Books - 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
            One of Portland's great independent, locally owned book stores, Broadway Books has been supplying the local community with page-turning books since 1992. Located a stone's throw from many Portland homes for sale, Broadway Books offers an ever-changing selection of both new and used books and is known for supporting local authors by giving them ample shelf space. They have a reputation as one of the best bookstores in town thanks to their service and selection. 

          2. Powell's City of Books - 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
            America's largest independent new and used book store, Powell's City of Books is a Portland icon that continues to offer a staggering selection of reading material, just as it has been since the 1970s. Whatever you like to read—from science fiction to romance, literary fiction to graphic novels, autobiographies to cookbooks—you'll find it here. In addition to its original vast space on Burnside, Powell's also has two additional locations at Cedar Hills Crossing and on Hawthorne.

          3. Mother Foucault's Bookshop - 523 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
            To call Mother Foucault's Bookshop old school would be an understatement. The shop prides itself on having "no computers, no email, no voicemail, just magnificent books." Well, they certainly do have magnificent books. With a focus on vintage, early-edition, and rare books, this cozy shop overlooking Portland's inner southeast industrial district has one of the city's most unique and well-curated literary collections. 

          4. Books with Pictures - 1401 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
            Hey, comic books are books too! At Books with Pictures, you'll find one of Portland's best selections of them, ranging from mainstream superhero comics to graphic novels and unique indie and small-press comics. They also offer a vast inventory of back issues and vintage comics, with a friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you find anything you're looking for. 

          5. Backstory Books & Yarn - 3129 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
            A quirky independent bookstore on Portland's historic Hawthorne Boulevard, Backstory Books & Yarn always offers something unexpected. With a focus on crafting, nautical books, illustration, and African-American literature, it's a unique spot to find unexpected stories and new projects (yep, they also sell yarn). The owners are always happy to buy, sell, and trade, so this is also a great place to pass your own gently-used volumes on to the next generation. 

          6. Booktique - 4 Monroe Pkwy Suite D, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
            Nestled in the small city of Lake Oswego, Booktique is a cozy used bookstore that offers an eclectic selection of paperbacks, records, DVDs, and other media. All sales go toward supporting the Lake Oswego Public Library. This is a great place to find something unexpected or to donate your own gently-used books to a good cause. Booktique is located less than 15 minutes from Portland and a stone's throw from these Lake Oswego homes for sale.

          7. A Children's Place - 1423 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212
            A Children's Place has been encouraging kids to get more into reading for more than 40 years. They're Portland's oldest independent children's book store, offering an incredible selection of books for children and young adults, along with games, cards, and toys. They also have a friendly and knowledgeable staff who can help you find the perfect book for your youngsters. 

          Contact us today to learn more about all the opportunities Portland has to offer, and be sure to talk to our agents about how we can help you find your dream home in Portland and the surrounding areas!

          February
          1

          Order Valentine's Day Takeout from These Seattle Restaurants

          Seattle Takeout

          You might think it's impossible to celebrate Valentine's Day when you can't go out on the town. But who says you have to leave the house to have a romantic evening?

          Light some candles! Open a bottle of wine! And order takeout from one of our real estate agents' favorite restaurants in the Seattle area. 

          1. Spinasse - 1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
            Few places in Seattle do high-end Northern Italian food quite like Spinasse. Their hand-made pasta alone earns them a place among Seattle's finest eateries. Spinasse is just minutes from many Seattle homes for sale and is currently offering curbside pickup and delivery. 

          2. Jak's Grill - 14 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027
            A no-frills, no-nonsense steakhouse known for its Nebraska beef, Jak's Grill is Seattle's carnivore heaven. Jak's Grill is located in Issaquah, about 20 minutes from the heart of Seattle and within walking distance of many Issaquah homes for sale. A second location is open in West Seattle, and both locations offer delivery and curbside pickup. They also offer freezer packs, so you can cook your own date-night dinner at home and show off your champion grilling skills. 

          3. Archipelago - 5607 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
            The fresh, vibrant Filipino-American flavors at Archipelago are truly one of a kind and perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day. Using ingredients sourced from local Seattle markets and regional Filipino and Filipino-American farmers, Archipelago offers an ever-changing menu that relies on the ingredients that are seasonally available. Archipelago's take-home menu changes weekly, with each week's offerings announced on Tuesdays. 

          4. Shiro's Sushi - 2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
            There may be no better meal for a romantic dinner than sushi. And you'd have a hard time finding a better place to get it than Shiro's Sushi, a fixture of the Belltown food scene. Shiro's makes sushi prepared the traditional Tokyo way but using seafood sourced from right here in the Pacific Northwest. One of Seattle's most respected sushi restaurants, Shiro's offers takeout and local delivery through various delivery services.  

          5. Mamnoon - 1508 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
            At Mamnoo, you can expect to get authentic, traditional Middle Eastern cuisine... with a modern twist. Call ahead for curbside pickup or delivery, and be sure to check their website for their regularly updated menu. To-go options and specials change almost daily, but there's always a meat entree as well as a vegetarian alternative. Mamnoo also offers what they call "Mama Family Meal," rotating to-go feasts inspired by the most-loved dishes that the chefs prepare for the staff before their shifts. You can even order beer, wine, or cocktail kits to go with it!

          6. Monsoon Seattle - 615 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
            The elevated Vietnamese cuisine at Monsoon Seattle is truly extraordinary, packing a dizzying array of flavors. Monsoon's two locations in Seattle and Bellevue each offer takeout, along with the option of curbside pickup. Delivery is available through third-party delivery services. Monsoon's menu features all of the restaurant's classic flavors (including their signature clay-pot catfish), along with a few surprises (like cocktails to go). 

          7. RockCreek Seafood & Spirits - 4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
            A relatively new addition to Seattle's ever-vibrant seafood scene, RockCreek Seafood & Spirits has quickly become a hot destination in the Fremont neighborhood. Their seafood is brilliantly fresh, expertly prepared, and globally sourced. Expect a menu packed with specialties like kona kampachi from Hawaii, striped bass from the East Coast, and crabs and mussels from right here in Washington. RockCreek is currently open for delivery Tuesday through Saturday. 

          8. Assaggio Restaurant - 2010 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
            Assaggio has been under the same ownership for more than 25 years, and it shows. They have the kind of time-honored recipes that feel as though they've existed for generations. This is authentic Italian food at its finest, with a simple yet rich menu packed with staples like lasagna with house-made noodles and penne vodka with imported pancetta. Call ahead to place an order for takeout. 

          Seattle is a unique place to call home, and it's a city that still offers a wealth of opportunities. Contact us to learn more about life in Seattle, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in Washington today.

          January
          11

          Your Guide to Portland's Historic District

          Portland Historic District
          When most people think of American history, the East Coast gets most of the spotlight. But that's not the only area in the country where you can see beautiful historic buildings. Our brokers love The City of Roses, not only because it has a culture blooming with innovation, but that its rich history is so well preserved and celebrated. Walking around some areas of Portland provides an exceptional glimpse into the past, especially when strolling through the historic district of Irvington.

          Historic Irvington

          Irvington only recently received placement on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. This sprawling area includes over 2,800 structures in Portland's largest historic district. A massive wave of new construction occurred just after the 1905 Louis and Clark Centennial Exposition. More than half of all structures built between the turn of the century and 1970 have wooden exteriors made from local timber. The rate of growth increased as the decades passed: 14 percent of Irvington was completed in the first decade, 25 percent during the 1910s, and 40 percent during the '20s.

          Although nearly 3,000 buildings were constructed, only 2 percent of them are used for public or commercial use, such as churches and schools. The remaining 98 percent are all homes. Most of these homes have federally protected characteristics, ensuring that the district's charm is not sacrificed for a more modern aesthetic. This includes the protection of structures from unnecessary demolition and development. Plus, there's a prioritization of environmental-friendly practices within historic districts. Many of these buildings are "green" even in their maintenance, and mature trees have a smaller chance of being removed due to construction needs.

          What to do in Irvington

          Whether you're a local or just visiting, a stop in Irvington is always a great way to spend the day in Portland. Here are a few of our favorite places in and around the Irvington historic district:

          • Irving Park — 707 NE Fremont St., Portland, OR 97212
            A lovely green space to the north of Irvington, Irving Park is a 16-acre century-old park perfect for a mid-afternoon picnic.


          • TwentySix Café — 2723 NE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97212
            Fuel up with morning coffee, wind down with a cocktail, or enjoy a few small plates for lunch at the artsy TwentySix Café.


          • Irvington Tennis Club — 2131 NE Thompson St., Portland, OR 97212
            If you love tennis, the Irvington Tennis Club has four indoor and two outdoor courts to get a match going.


          • Zama Massage Spa — 2149 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
            Pamper yourself with relaxation at the Zama Massage Spa with a menu of full-body treatments like massages and pedicures.


          • The Wishing Tree — 2954 NE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97212
            View wishes others have made or make your own by attaching your heart's desire to this wonderful Wishing Tree.


          • Portland Story Theatre — 3333 NE 15th Ave., Portland, OR 97212
            Settle in for a riveting performance at Portland Story Theatre, a nonprofit hosting local productions.

          So Much More History to Explore in Portland

          Irving is far from the only historic district in Portland. In fact, there are nearly two dozen other locations deemed historic districts, including:

          • Alphabet
          • East Portland, Grand Avenue
          • Halprin Open Space Sequence
          • Kenton Commercial
          • King's Hill
          • Ladd's Addition
          • Laurelhurst
          • Mount Tabor Parks
          • Mount Tabor Reservoirs
          • New Chinatown, Japantown
          • Peacock Lane
          • Rocky Butte Scenic Drive
          • Skidmore Fountain/Old Town
          • South Portland
          • 13th Avenue
          • Washington Park Reservoirs
          • Willamette National Cemetery
          • Yamhill

          Portland is also home to six conservation districts: Eliot, Kenton, Mississippi Avenue, Piedmont, Russel Street, and Woodlawn. With so much diverse history throughout Portland, you can spend years uncovering fascinating places, interesting figures from the past, and impressive landmarks that once helped mold this city into an icon of the Pacific Northwest.

          Would you love to call Portland home? Then we would love to help you! Contact us today to schedule tours of our Portland homes for sale throughout Irvington and other historic districts.

          December
          21

          Interior Design Trends to Watch in 2021

          Seattle Interior Design Trends

          The year is coming to an end, but for many homeowners, there is no end in sight to the amount of time they'll be spending indoors. The extraordinary increase in work from home and learn from home have turned the house into an office, a school, and a social space for entertaining. As we move into 2021, our brokers understand that a change of scenery might be necessary. Here are a few burgeoning interior design trends for you to consider in 2021.

          1. Warm Color Schemes
            So much time spent indoors has made us all look a little too long at our walls. While some colors like blues seemed bright, some homeowners discovered that these cooler colors are invoking the blues. A change of paint is in order for 2021, with homeowners adopting warmer or neutral colors to create a more inviting space. Colors that stimulate the mind, such as blues, greens, and yellows, may be used only in workspaces like offices.


          2. Low-Cost Chic
            The "chic" style is quite diverse, and it's headed to a home near you. Some will opt for a Shabby Chic or French County Chic style that mixes vintage or antique furniture with contemporary pieces to create an elegant space. Homeowners will be scouring garage sales and flea markets into the New Year to find live-in pieces that are worn with refinement.


          3. Timeless Traditional Style
            There's a reason classic traditionalism is both "classic" and "traditional." It's such a timeless look that it's easy to integrate into any space. More importantly, it's an effective way to try something new without going all-in on a more eccentric décor style, such as the chic or ultra-modern design. The symmetry and harmony that a classic traditional style brings to a room also creates a feeling of order and control to a space.


          4. Sustainable Modern Pieces
            Although home renovation budgets are tighter than ever for some homeowners, many are still committed to sustainable living. 2021 will continue to see sustainable designs with a modern touch. Whether utilizing recycled and repurposed materials or adopting the latest bioplastics, an interior designer will seek to incorporate materials with a low impact on the environment.


          5. Global Inspiration
            Wanderlust is higher than ever, which means we shouldn't be surprised to see a global influence in many interior designs. Natural materials like woods, glass, and stone will come together with earthy, neutral tones to make the space feel more at one with nature. Some homeowners may also integrate regional décor, such as those inspired by wildlife or global cultures.


          6. Industrial Interior Style
            With so many homeowners utilizing their spaces for work and school, the industrial style is becoming increasingly popular. This style prioritizes multipurpose and open spaces through both form and function. Clean, crisp lines define the parameters of the space with multi-use furniture like dining room tables that double as workspaces filling the area.


          7. Modern Rustic Styles
            The rustic style is quite popular in many regions, and we should expect to see this style given a modern touch in 2021. These homey interiors are warm and welcoming for guests and owners alike. Redesigned classical pieces or redefined "traditional" pieces give these spaces a blend of old and new for the homeowner who seeks a style that screams "today."


          8. Creative Storage Spaces
            Chances are high that most homeowners either have too much stuff or not enough space. As we roll into 2021, some homeowners will carry over the minimalist trends from the last two years, but others will instead seek to maximize storage opportunities. Installing shelving or refashioning closet spaces to organize items more efficiently can instantly enhance storage.


          9. Wallpapered Ceilings
            If you're surprised that wallpaper has made a comeback over the years, then you'll be even more so knowing the wallpapering the ceiling is shaping up to be a hot 2021 trend. Though it sounds strange, it actually adds dimension to the room and challenges the design status quo by mixing patterns. It also allows homeowners to inject a little character into their spaces without it dominating all four walls.


          10. Indoor/Outdoor Living
            One interior design trend that bleeds into the exterior, homeowners are opting to maximize their indoor/outdoor living spaces. Using furniture and furnishings typically staged for interiors, homeowners are creating multi-use spaces on their patios and balconies that are comfortable, convenient, and ready for diverse usage.

          Do you envision a brand-new home in 2021? Let us help you with your search. Contact us today to schedule a showing of our latest Seattle homes for sale.

          December
          14

          Gift Board Games from these Portland Shops

          Board Game Shops

          Our brokers are hard at work this holiday season, helping motivated buyers in the Portland area find the homes they want. But everyone should slow down during the holidays and spend time with loved ones – and often, searching for the ideal holiday gifts is a part of the enjoyment.

          Here's a holiday tip: Board games are having a renaissance!

          Yes, with more people spending time indoors, board games are a fun and fast-paced alternative to a computer or video games that everyone can take part in. And there truly are games for everyone, from children of all ages to adults looking for a more sophisticated experience.

          While some games only get played once or twice, others have real staying power. They can even form the backbone of a new family tradition. If you're hungry for something new on game night, you're in luck: The Portland area is replete with shops where you can explore board games, card games, and RPGs.

          Let's take a look at some of the most popular places to buy and play games:

          1. Versus Board Games – 12551 Southwest Main Street, Tigard, OR 97223
            Tigard homes for sale are some of the best around, and Versus Board Games is just one of the many delightful reasons why. Here, you'll be swept into a veritable wonderland of board games, Lego sets, Dungeons & Dragons, 2D and 3D puzzles, graphic novels, and toys. Versus maintains plenty of used games in great condition so that you can start your collection off right at an affordable price.

          2. Finnegan's Toys & Gifts – 820 Southwest Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205
            Found a short walk from some of the top dining and shopping in Portland, Finnegan's Toys & Gifts is conveniently situated in the Stevens Building. It dazzles visitors with a wondrous assortment of classic toys for all ages and interests. In addition to a full selection of board games and puzzles, you'll also find activity books, art supplies, cars and trucks, dolls, costumes, and STEM toys.

          3. OC Geeks & Games – 1656 C Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045
            Located in the Southridge Shopping Center, OC Geeks & Games calls itself "the Home of Tabletop Gaming in Oregon City." Dedicated to board games, collectible card games, role-playing games, and miniatures, it is more than just a store. Its goal is to build a vibrant and inclusive gaming community for players of all ages. Free Family Board Gaming Day takes place regularly. All this and it's convenient to Oregon City homes for sale, too.

          4. Cloud Cap Games – 1226 Southeast Lexington Street, Portland, OR 97202
            Not far from Portland homes for sale is Cloud Cap Games, the perfect place to get a running start learning some of the most popular games around. It rents board games and holds lessons in playing Magic: The Gathering or the Pokemon collectible card game. The staff will be glad to introduce you to party games, family-friendly games, or whatever else your heart desires.

          5. The Portland Game Store – 922 North Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR 97217
            The Portland Game Store boasts a slew of traditional board games as well as mind-bending challenges like Warhammer (40,000 and Fantasy), Blood Bowl, Crisis Protocol, and Malifaux. It also has 80 board game titles for rent, just right for enjoying a marathon week of family entertainment. Magic: The Gathering aficionados should look at the buy list to trade in their old cards for cash.

          6. Red Castle Games7160 Southeast Foster Road, Portland, OR 9720
            Red Castle Games provides a formidable library of games and plenty of rare and in-demand singles for collectible card decks. Locals can enjoy next-day delivery on their orders or get walk-up curbside service. The Red Castle Games staff also teach teamwork, empathy, and storytelling for students aged to up 17 years old with their online-only D&D Academy.

          7. Guardian Games – 345 Southeast Taylor Street, Portland, OR 97214
            Guardian Games will spark your imagination with its array of fun and creative games. Taking its stock from the best publishers, including independent game creators, its range of games is one of the biggest in Portland. Collectible card game tournaments are held monthly, and shoppers are encouraged to try games out. There's even space to work on your miniatures or convene your role-playing group.

          With a vibrant culture, strong economy, and some of the best dining and shopping, the Portland area is a place you'll be happy to call home. To find out more or get started, contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain.

          October
          19

          Plan Your Visit to Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo

          Woodland Park Zoo

          Lions, tigers, and bears — oh my! Seattle is home to those species and so many more, thanks to the Woodland Park Zoo. Located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, the zoo is committed to teaching guests the importance of conservation.

          Woodland Park Zoo — 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103

          History of Woodland Park Zoo

          Woodland Park Zoo is a beloved Seattle site, a destination that locals and visitors alike cherish. Our brokers included! After over a century of providing men, women, and children of all ages with an educational and immersive wildlife experience, it's hard to believe that once upon a time, this green space was once just a simple park along Seattle's Greenlake. Developed into a traditional English garden in the late 1800s by Englishman Guy Phinney, a large house, rose garden, pump house, and deer park once called this space home.

          Seattle's first zoo was housed in at Leschi Park and owned by the Lake Washington Cable Railway. After Phinney's death, the City of Seattle purchased Woodland Park, and the animals were donated as the zoo's first residents when it was founded in 1899. The park was then divided into "Lower" and "Upper" Woodland Park after the construction of Aurora Avenue. It wasn't until 1967 that the first zones of the children's zoo were opened. Since then, Woodland Park Zoo has continued to grow, making room for countless new animals and educational and interactive opportunities!

          Woodland Park Zoo Exhibits

          So what can you and your family expect during your visit to the Woodland Park Zoo? The real question is, how can you experience everything in just a single day? With more than 1,100 animals from over 300 diverse species, the zoo features 92-acres of diverse natural habitats. Explore these amazing areas and discover the wonders of the animal world right in Seattle's backyard. Exhibits include:

          • African Savanna: Journey into the African Savanna for a view of lion, giraffe, hippos, zebras, ostrich, and monkeys.

          • Ambassador Animals: Meet the stars of the show — the Woodland Park Zoo ambassadors. Mammals, birds, and reptiles are ready to make your acquaintance.

          • Assam Rhino Reserve: One of the most popular exhibits, the Assam Rhino Reserve, also features the Asian Brown Tortoise and Demoiselle Crane to keep the one-horned rhino company.

          • Australasia: Enjoy a bird feeding experience at the Willawong Station after you spot snow leopards, emu, kookaburra, and wallaby.

          • Molbak's Butterfly Garden: Opening up again for the Spring season, Molbak's Butterfly Garden lets over 500 butterflies take flight. The Microsoft Pollinator Patio is open year-round.

          • Humboldt Penguin Exhibit: Don't let the name fool you, this penguin exhibit features Humboldt Penguins native to Chile and Peru.

          • Northern Trail: Hike into the chilly Northern Trail to the Taiga Viewing Shelter and Tundra Center to feast your eyes on Steller's sea eagles, snowy owls, bears, wolf, and elk.

          • Temperate Forest: Venture into the temperate forests, the same types of forests found in our region.

          • Trail of Adaptations: Watch unique nocturnal animals like sloth, meerkat, and Komodo dragons frolic around at night.

          • Tropical Asia: The Trail of Vines and Banyan Wilds showcase Asia's tropical locals like tigers, bears, pigs, otters, and orangutan.

          • Tropical Rainforest: Featuring an Outdoor Tropical Rainforest and Indoor Tropical Rainforest, this area is home to Jaguar Cove. Animals like lemur, gorillas, anacondas, monkeys, ocelots, and tarantulas are waiting to welcome you.  

          Whether you're a long-time fan of the Woodland Park Zoo or this is your first visit, your family will love spending a day learning about wildlife from around the world.

          The zoo has been welcoming back guests and has made several changes due to COVID-19. Plan your visit and learn about their latest policies on their website. 

          If you're looking at Seattle homes for sale, you'll be excited to discover that the Woodland Park Zoo has a great relationship with its surrounding community. Contact us today to tour homes in this neighborhood!

          October
          5

          National Seafood Month: Where to Get Fresh Seafood in Seattle

          Seafood in Seattle

          What could be better than a day dedicated to enjoying all of your favorite seafood? National Seafood Month, of course! Whether you want to cook your own feast or enjoy a prepared meal with some of the best seafood in the world, you won't find a better city than Seattle to satisfy your seafood cravings. Our brokers are ready to dig into National Seafood Month, and we've got all the details on how to connect with Seattle's legendary seafood scene.

          1. Mutual Fish Company – 2335 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144

            Serving the region since 1947, Mutual Fish Company is your one-stop-shop for fresh seafood of all kinds close to Seattle homes for sale. Mutual Fish Company has been owned and operated by the same family for three generations, with a commitment to quality that you can taste in every bite. They offer fresh-caught fish from across North America, a large selection of live seafood including fresh lobster, and a full line of Asian groceries at the fish market, perfect for adding new flavors to your next meal.

          2. Seattle Fish Company – 4435 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116

            When you're looking for the catch of the day, Seattle Fish Company has you covered with pickup, delivery, and dine-in service by the grill. No matter what you need for celebrating National Seafood Month, you can find it at Seattle Fish Company. There are specials on fresh seafood every day, with delivery available within the city and beyond. The Seattle Fish Company Grill is open every day for dine-in and takeout, with a mouth-watering selection of freshly prepared meals. Be sure to check out the daily soup specials, which include a smoked salmon chowder that you won't want to miss.

          3. Pike Place Fish Company – 86 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101

            Located in the historic Pike Place Market, Pike Place Fish Company has been serving up fresh seafood for more than 90 years. If you're looking to pick up everything you need for your seafood celebration in one place, then you can't top the selection at Pike Place Market. You can order from Pike Place Fish Company for pickup, including a drive-thru, contactless pickup option, or have your food delivered anywhere in Seattle. 

          4. Pure Food Fish Market – 1511 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101

            Looking for variety when you shop for seafood, all in one location? Pike Place Market is home to multiple fantastic seafood spots that you can visit in one convenient trip, including Pure Food Fish Market. This market specializes in salmon, halibut, crab, and shellfish and features other fresh catches from around the world. You can also find some great recipes at Pure Food Fish Market, along with all of the ingredients you'll need to make your favorite dishes.

          5. Jack's Fish Spot – 1514 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101

            While you're at the market, stop at Jack's Fish Spot to enjoy great dine-in service in a classic seafood setting, or pick up something fresh to take home for your culinary creations. If you're looking for a little help in cooking your seafood, this is a great place to visit. The team at Jack's Fish Spot is happy to tell you how they create their own meals with detailed recipes or provide general advice for which types of flavors work best with your favorite types of seafood.

          6. East Anchor Seafood – 1126 34th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

            Open every day with fresh seafood arriving each morning, East Anchor Seafood is sure to have what you need to celebrate National Seafood Month in style. This shop offers a selection of specialty groceries, perfect for bringing the best out of your fresh seafood. You can also enjoy a glass of wine, sample local craft beers, and pick up freshly prepared seafood from the chefs at East Anchor Seafood.

          7. Taylor Shellfish Farms – 1521 Melrose Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

            With more than a century of experience and multiple locations throughout the Seattle area, you can always count on Taylor Shellfish Farms for world-class shellfish close to home. The Melrose location offers delivery, curbside pickup, and dine-in service with limited capacity. They specialize in shellfish – especially fresh oysters. You can also shop online and have fresh seafood delivered directly to your door.

          Searching for a home that allows you to enjoy fresh Seattle seafood anytime? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.

          September
          21

          7 Ways to Improve Your Fall Landscaping

          Fall Landscaping

          Autumn has arrived in the Pacific Northwest! Our brokers love everything about the fall season. The exciting fall festivals, the crisp and cool breeze, and the ways the changing leaves fill our streets with color makes us wish the season would last all year. When it comes to caring for your outdoor spaces, fall is a wonderful time to complete necessary upkeep. Here are seven ways you can improve your landscape this fall.

          1. Embrace the Season
            The one downside to the fall season is that it seems to fly by which is why you shouldn't wait to embrace the season. Every September, you should begin putting up your fall decorations. Head over to the pumpkin patch for a few gourds, grab a hay bale or two, and consider setting out another seasonal lawn décor. Not only will you be able to enjoy it longer, but waiting until mid-October may offer slim pickings for pumpkins and another natural seasonal décor.

          2. Be Careful not to Fall into Bad Habits 
            As much as you may love allowing gorgeous fall leaves to grace our lawns, you must remember that it's important to not let fallen leaves overrun your lawn. Fallen leaves can grow mildew which can then kill your grass. Rake your yard at least once a week so you can preserve the grass underneath for the following spring.

          3. Loosen Soil and Spread New Seed 
            Raking leaves isn't the only way to prepare for a lush, healthy spring. Many homeowners make the mistake of neglecting their lawn in the fall when they should actually be giving it more attention than in the summer. Your grass should be watered until the end of October and adding fertilizer in the late-fall will help keep it healthy. Spread some new grass seed to protect against weeds and consider aerating your lawn once every few years to keep it resilient.

          4. Prepare for Other Seasons
            Although fall may seem like the end of your lawn maintenance duties for the year, it's actually a great time to start preparing for year-round success. The autumn season is the perfect opportunity to begin planning your long-term landscaping. Consider planting plants that will root over the winter, including bushes and trees. You can also plant perennials to make your spring seasons extra colorful. Don't forget that part of the fall season can clog up your gutters and prevent water from draining properly, too. Unclog your gutters in the late-autumn so that water will drain to your lawn properly over the next few months.

          5. Don't Forget to Focus on Hardscaping 
            With so many things on your to-do list, landscaping duties can be hard to juggle. Unfortunately, many homeowners forget to add hardscape maintenance to their lists as well. Your driveways, walkways, and other hardscape areas need attention too. As you create your to-do list, make sure you're addressing these areas so that they continue to look attractive, retain their integrity, and remain safe for you and your guests to use.

          6. Make Sure You're Not Neglecting Your Lawn Equipment or Home's Exterior 
            Your lawn equipment and your home's exterior directly impact your landscaping. As you complete your lawn care duties for the year, fall is the best time to clean and care for your equipment like the mower, trimmers, and hand tools. Remember that soil, debris, and moisture that sits dormant on your lawn tools can damage them as they sit unused during the winter. When your lawn maintenance is complete, take a step back and notice elements of your exterior that deserve attention. 

          7. Consider Tackling a Few Exterior Projects
            If you've considered enhancing your outdoor spaces, fall is the perfect time to tackle these projects. Installing a swimming pool, summer kitchen, fire pit, or outdoor entertaining area in the fall delivers a huge benefit. While you may not want to add more projects to your to-do list, imagine how relaxing it will be to enjoy these new features the moment spring arrives. Consider investing in your home during these transitional months so you can enjoy your new amenities throughout the year.

          Are you searching for a new house this fall? Let us help you find a cozy place to call home. Contact us today to begin touring our best Seattle homes for sale that you'll absolutely fall in love with!

          September
          14

          Historic Sites You Can See Around Portland

          Historic Portland Sites

          When most people think of Portland, our lively culture, delicious food, and gorgeous Pacific Northwestern backdrop often come to mind. Though the City of Roses is far younger than many cities on the East Coast, Portland still has a rich, fascinating history that is worth exploring. Founded way back in the 1840s, Portland's diverse history is accessible through our many museums, landmarks, memorial sites, and protected areas. If you're searching for a glimpse into Portland's past, our brokers encourage you to visit these interesting historical sites.

          1. Shanghai Tunnels – 120 NW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97209
            Portland's Underground, also known as the Shanghai Tunnels are located in Old Town Chinatown. Beneath the buildings, a series of interconnected tunnels running all the way to the waterfront. Sadly, most of the tunnels have collapsed, preventing anyone from uncovering a clearer definition of their intended use. However, these tunnels are often sited through local lore to have been used to smuggle illegal goods from ships to the shore. 

          2. The Pittock Mansion – 3229 NW Pittock Dr., Portland, OR 97210
            The Pittock Mansion
            is a historic house museum that was once the home of The Oregonian owner, Henry Pittock. As he built his financial empire in real estate, banking, railroads, and more, his wife used their wealth to start and support countless organizations benefiting the people of Portland, including the Martha Washington Home and the Ladies Relief Society. The mansion was acquired by the city and restored to act as a museum dedicated to this interesting piece of Portland's early history.

          3. Waterfront Park – 98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
            Waterfront Park
            is a relatively new site for the city, with its ideation beginning in the early 1900s. It wasn't until 1974 that ground broke on this park, but it was well worth the wait as its been a popular social spot for Portlanders ever since. This park features many historical landmarks such as the Battleship Oregon Memorial, which was constructed to honor the retired ship that served our country in the late 1800s. The Founder's Stone is also on-site, which acts as a tribute to the city's founders who actually flipped a coin to determine whether the city would be named Portland or Boston. The Japanese American Historical Plaza is also within Waterfront Park, which honors the Japanese Americans of the Northwest who served in the United States military during World War II.

          4. Oregon Holocaust Memorial – 95205 SW Washington Way, Portland, OR 97205
            The Oregon Holocaust Memorial is located outdoors in Washington Park. This memorial was dedicated in 2004 to the many residents of Portland and Washington that have had relatives who died in the camps; their names are engraved on the memorial wall. A soil vault panel, filled with soil and ash from six camps, sits alongside bronze tokens representing the everyday objects left behind as individuals from across Europe were transported to the camps.

          5. Ankeny Plaza – 2 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97204
            Ankeny Plaza
            was one of the first public spaces in Portland and contains a number of historical features. Located in Old Town Chinatown, this plaza is surrounded by buildings built in the mid-1800s and contains the oldest public art sculpture: Skidmore Fountain. Meant to act as a drinking fountain for men, dogs, and horses, this 14-ft bronze piece of art continues to be a public space where Portlanders and their animals can come to cool off.

          Are you searching for an older, charming home in Portland that you can call your own? Our team can help! Contact us today to tour our listings of Portland homes for sale.

          September
          28

          Where to Pick Your Own Produce Near Portland

          Portland Farms

          When you want the best, pick it fresh. That could be the motto at any of the many great farms around Portland where you can pick fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables with your whole family. Heading to a farm is a great way to enjoy the early fall weather, get out of the house, and stock up on your favorite produce. As the calendar flips to fall, you can expect new and different opportunities at your favorite farms. Our brokers have the details on 5 great farms around Portland where you can pick your own fresh fruit and vegetables.

          1. Douglas Farm – 15330 NW Sauvie Island Rd., Portland, OR 97231
            Many of the most visited farms around Portland homes for sale are located on Sauvie Island, and Douglas Farm is no exception. This farm has been in the same family for five generations, offering an excellent selection of fruit and veggies that you can pick yourself. Reservations may be required, so be sure to check the website before visiting. The farm will provide picking boxes for you to stock up on their farm. Current produce available for picking includes beans, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and many varieties of cucumbers.

          2. Albeke Farms – 16107 S Wilson Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045
            You can find plenty of great farms near Oregon City homes for sale, too! Albeke Farms, located close to the city, specializes in berries of all types, along with peaches, apples, and a smaller selection of vegetables. This farm is open every day from Thursday through Sunday during the late summer/early fall picking seasons. Call ahead to find out what crops are available for picking, and plan on bringing home plenty of fresh produce. 

          3. The Pumpkin Patch – 16511 NW Gillihan Rd., Portland, OR 97231
            One of the Portland area's largest farms, The Pumpkin Patch offers u-pick produce and so much more. Open for 52 years, this farm is a great spot to visit with the whole family, with a cafe, corn maze, animal barn, and tons of autumn activities. You can cut your own flowers from the beautiful blooms located on the property. Be sure to stop by the market as well, where you can find an excellent selection of freshly prepared farm-to-table food to take home. Their market is stocked up on 50 in-season fruits and vegetables grown on their farm and picked daily. 

          4. Bella Organic – 16205 NW Gillihan Rd., Portland, OR 97231
            If you're searching for a great selection of certified organic produce in Portland, then it's hard to top Bella Organic. This farm offers all of your favorite berries, along with corn, tomatoes, and pumpkins in the early fall. There is also a winery on-site with tastings available, and a corn maze that offers fun for all ages. The farm store and food pavilion are great places to stop and recharge with a fresh, delicious meal in between picking. Looking for fall activities besides locally grown produce? Be sure to check out their haunted corn maze for a memorable October weekend. 

          5. Topaz Farm – 17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd., Portland, OR 97231
            Family run and filled with activities for visitors of all ages, Topaz Farm is a great place to go picking this year. This farm is open every day and offers fresh, delicious outdoor dining on-site in addition to u-pick produce. Kids especially love to meet friendly farm animals and learn about farming from the team at Topaz Farm. Check out their website to learn about what's in season and plan ahead for their family-friendly events coming up during the fall months. 

          Fresh, local produce and fantastic food are just part of the package when you call Portland home. Ready to find your next home? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Portland, OR area.

          September
          8

          Local Glass Blowing Studios in Seattle

          Seattle Glass Blowing Art Studios

          Seattle is a city that's bustling with a unique creativity that's seen in everything from our architecture and art to our food and literature. So many Seattleites unlock their artistic passions when they discover a new hobby that acts as a perfect outlet for their creativity. If you're searching for a new pastime, our brokers encourage you to give glass blowing a try at one of these local glass blowing studios in the Seattle.

          1. Seattle Glassblowing Studio – 2227 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
            The Seattle Glassblowing Studio is an interactive art gallery where locals and visitors can learn about the glassblowing process, purchase custom made pieces, and even learn how to create their own glasswork. They've recently reopened their classes with limited enrollment to ensure maximum safety. Some lessons can be completed in as little as 15 minutes by glassblowers as young as five years old while other classes and private lessons can take one to three hours and are designed for adults and children aged 11 or older. 

          2. Glasshouse-Studio – 311 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98104
            Glasshouse-Studio
            was founded at the beginning of the northwest glass movement in the early 1970s. As the oldest glassblowing studio in the entire northwest, Glasshouse-Studio is the ultimate destination for those who absolutely love the art of glassblowing. We encourage you to tour their fascinating studio, speak with their talented artists, and view a live glassblowing demonstration before taking a piece home.

          3. Pratt Fine Arts Center – 1902 S. Main St., Seattle, WA 98144
            The Pratt Fine Arts Center is one of the best places in the Emerald City to unleash your love of all things art. Among their other offerings, Pratt facilitates interesting classes ranging from introductory workshops for new beginners to Master Artist classes for the trained artist. Glassblowing, glass casting, flameworking, cold working, bead making, kiln glass, and glass fusing classes are all available for adults over 18 or children 16 and over with exceptions. You can take a 3D tour of Pratt's studio on their website to learn about the equipment used and discover what possibilities await your first lesson.

          4. MoltenWorks – 12602 NE 178th St., Suite A, Woodinville, WA 98072
            If you're looking to get out of the city, take a quick trip up to MoltenWorks in Woodinville. Their two studios are now accepting registration for their glass blowing classes. Open studio sessions, Sip 'N Fuse classes, Ornament Workshops, and other workshops are designed for adults while they also have special kids classes for ages seven and above. If you don't feel comfortable attending classes in person, you can pick up one of their at-home glass kits.

          5. Blowing Sands Glass Studio – 5805 14th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
            Although their glass blowing lessons are currently on hold due to the coronavirus, the pandemic hasn't stopped Blowing Sands Glass Studio from creating masterpieces. Staples of the Ballard Arts Community, Blowing Sands specializes in unique décor including custom lighting fixtures and other pieces designed on commission. Glassblower David Smith brings his quarter-century of experience to every piece, creating a one-of-a-kind work of art that looks wonderful wherever it finds a home. Their gallery is currently closed, but you can shop Blowing Sands' creations online and arrange convenient curbside pickup.

          6. Avalon Glassworks – 2914 SW Avalon Way, Seattle, WA 98126
            A favorite spot for shopping in Luna Park, Avalon Glassworks has been making and selling their own gifts and décor since the early 1990s. Their selection of artwork is inspired by the Northwest landscape, creating unique pieces that encompass the region's natural beauty. If you would prefer to learn more about the glass blowing process without actually getting a hands-on lesson, a stop at Avalon Glassworks will yield enlightening conversations with their creators. Located next to The Spot coffee shop, a stroll through Avalon Glassworks is a must when visiting Luna Park. You can also browse their selection of glassworks on their website.

          Would you love a new home to display your glass blowing creations in? Contact us today to tour our spacious Seattle homes for sale.

          August
          3

          All About the Seattle Japanese Garden

          Seattle Japanese Garden

          Get out of the house and enjoy the beautiful sites at the reopened Seattle Japanese Garden. This serene space located in Washington Park is the perfect place to relax your body, calm your mind, and let your soul absorb the beauty, wonder, and peacefulness that this park projects. Whether the Seattle Japanese Garden is one of your favorite spots in the Emerald City or if you've only heard about it but have never been, our brokers believe that now is a great time to support this city landmark.

          60th Anniversary of the Seattle Japanese Garden

          One reason you should visit the Seattle Japanese Garden is that it just celebrated its 60th anniversary on June 5th. Opened in 1960, the Seattle Japanese Garden is recognized as one of the best Japanese-style gardens on the continent. This charming garden features elements of Japan's many diverse landscapes. This special occasion is known as "kanreki", which marks a rebirth or return to childhood. Throughout the year, the Seattle Japanese Garden will commemorate this anniversary with special activities.

          The Seattle Japanese Garden is Reopen for Visitors

          Seattle Japanese Garden – 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112

          • Hours
            Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM-7 PM during August
            Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM-6 PM during September

          • Admission
            $8, Adults 18-64 
            $4, Ages 6-17, 65+, and College Students
            Free, Ages 0-5

          After closing in accordance with local guidelines regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Seattle Japanese Garden happily welcomed back its first visitors on July 14th. The Seattle Japanese Garden has made a few temporary changes to ensure the safety of visitors and staff alike.

          • The Seattle Japanese Garden has implemented a new timed ticketing system that requires visitors to purchase their tickets in advance online. These tickets will be purchased for a specific timeslot and cannot be changed or refunded.  

          • Face coverings are required for all guests ages 5 and above.

          • Paths throughout the garden will now be one-way only.

          • Many areas and pathways will be closed until further notice, including the Tateuchi Community Room, the azumaya, various bridges, various platforms, and the Shoseian Teahouse.

          • Tours and tea ceremonies are not offered at this time.

          • You cannot bring in your own food or beverages, with the exception of your own drinking water as water fountains within the Seattle Japanese Garden are closed.

          • Your group size cannot exceed five individuals, including children.

          Planning Your Visit to the Seattle Japanese Garden

          Although these temporary changes may place limitations on how visitors can engage with the Seattle Japanese Garden, you can still have a wonderful experience even if it's your first visit. 

          How to plan your visit:

          • Plan your visit well in advance to ensure that you can secure a ticket for the day you desire.

          • Research the history of the Japanese-style garden and learn about the importance of the Seattle Japanese Garden.

          • Be sure to eat a meal prior to your arrival and consider bringing a bottle of water for each person in your group.

          • When you arrive, grab a brochure at the entrance so your group can complete a self-guided tour of the grounds.

          • Follow all guidelines including wearing your mask at all times and progressing through the garden according to the marked paths.

          • Most importantly, make sure to take a moment to sit and admire the beauty of each varied landscape of Japan certain areas represent.

          Types of Plants at the Seattle Japanese Garden

          Japan is a country with diverse geography, containing varied landscapes including mountains, islands, the sea, rivers, lakes, forests, and waterfalls. As you stroll the Seattle Japanese Garden, you'll encounter these unique regions of Japan and view some of the flora and fauna that call this country home. Some of the gorgeous species you'll find throughout the Garden include:

          • Japanese forest grass
          • Chinese silver grass
          • Bamboos
          • Miscanthus
          • Cherry trees
          • Japanese spicebush
          • Western red cedar
          • Arnold azalea
          • Osmanthus
          • Japanese camellias
          • Hinoki
          • Water lilies
          • Japanese iris
          • Corylopsis
          • Lily of the Valley shrub
          • Cryptomeria japonica
          • Koto no Ito

          The Seattle Japanese Garden is one of our favorite spots in the city. Recently reopened, we encourage you to visit this tranquil park before the summer ends. If you're interested in browsing Seattle homes for sale while you're in the area, feel free to contact us to schedule a tour.

          July
          13

          Where to Order Your Tea with Bubbles Around Portland

          Bubble Tea Cafes Portland

          Coffee is a great morning pick-me-up, but if you're looking for a refreshing mid-day treat, bubble tea is the best beverage to hit the spot! A Taiwanese beverage that looks as unique and incredible as it tastes, bubble tea is a blended tea featuring milk, fruit, fruit juice, and the signature tapioca pearls known as "bubbles." 

          Our brokers love bubble tea, and we know you will too. Head to one of our favorite bubble tea cafes around Portland and make your day a little bubblier!  

          1. Bubble Bubble Tea — 11723 SW. Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton, OR 97005
            After moving to Portland from Taiwan, owners Robin and Francie craved an authentic cup of bubble tea. They opened Bubble Bubble Tea in 2001 and have traveled back to Taiwan many times over the last two decades to give Portland's tea drinkers the best cup of authentic bubble tea in town. Milk tea, hot milk tea, green milk tea, and smoothies are on the menu, but we suggest trying their Snow Bubble Smoothie. This blended and non-caffeinated sweet and creamy smoothie can be made in 25 different flavors. A Snow Bubble Smoothie is the perfect mid-day pick-me-up to keep you energized for a day full of Beaverton homes for sale showings.

          2. Tea Bar Pearl — 1055 NW. Northrup, Portland, OR 97209
            Quality over quantity, that's the goal of Tea Bar. Their curated menu is made fresh to order without the use of artificial flavors, powders, or dyes. Many of their beverages are certified organic, use locally sourced ingredients, and their boba are made using grade A tapioca pearls. Purchase one of their reusable canteens, and they'll reward your sustainability efforts with a free drink. Swing by when you're touring Portland homes for sale and discover your new favorite hangout spot.

          3. Tea Chai Te on Burnside — 616 E. Burnside, Portland, OR 97214
            For almost 20 years, Tea Chai Te has offered a selection of more than 120 high-quality teas. This has made them so popular that they've appeared frequently on the hit TV show Portlandia. This Portland staple is a must-visit destination for locals and visitors alike. With so many options, allow one of their 'TEAm members' to make a suggestion. House brewed Happy Mountain Kombucha, and bubble teas are on deck, as well as 75 organic teas and 15 uniquely handcrafted chai blends. 

          4. 5 Flavor Café — 14740 NW. Cornell Rd. #160, Portland, OR 97229
            Don't let their name full you — 5 Flavor Café can mix up twenty-six different tea varieties. Choose a classic like a Thai milk tea, HK milk tea, or their house milk tea. Sip on a specialty tea like the Pretty In Pink Jasmine tea with strawberry, Adzuki Cream house black milk tea with cream cheese mousse, or the Indigo Honey matcha milk tea with lavender, honey, and matcha pudding. Better yet, mix your own beverage by blending a tea, milk, and topping together to create your perfect boba tea.

          5. Braganza Tea — 9585 SW. Washington Square Rd., Portland, OR 97223
            Spend any time in the Pacific Northwest, and you'll stumble upon Braganza Tea at your favorite mall. As the most successful bubble tea company in the region, their growing team also serves up milk teas, iced teas, and smoothies. As you're searching for Portland homes for sale, stop by the Washington Square Mall for a bubble tea.

          6. 22 Below — 4155 Rickey St. SE., Salem, OR 97317
            Mix a Taiwanese drink with a Thai snack at 22 Below. Rolled ice cream is a new Thai preparation method for this classic dessert. A liquid ice cream base is poured into a pan at -22 degrees, ingredients are added, the mix is spread into thin sheets, then rolled into delicious spirals. They also serve up flavored soda with popping boba bubbles, brewed milk teas, refreshing shaken drinks, and amazing Boba Smoothies. These caffeine-free smoothies are topped with your choice of nearly a dozen tapioca toppings. A Boba Smoothie is the perfect beverage to cruise with when you're touring Salem homes for sale.  

          The bubble tea cafes are just one of the many reasons Portland is a sweet area to call home. For assistance buying homes for sale around Beaverton, Salem, and Portland, contact us today!

          July
          6

          National Ice Cream Month: Where to Get Ice Cream in Seattle

          Seattle Ice Cream

          Summer in Seattle is the best time of the year, thanks in part to National Ice Cream Month falling in July! What better way to enjoy the sunshine than to slurp up a few fresh scoops from Seattle's finest ice cream parlors? Our brokers encourage you indulge in your craving and check out these amazingly unique local ice cream shops around town.

          1. Shug's Soda Fountain & Ice Cream – 1525 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
            The soda fountain was the coolest place to grab a malt, a shake, or an ice cream cone back in the day. Shug's Soda Fountain has decided to bring back this classic sweet spot with a modern twist. You could also add a little soda and make a float; we suggest the Shugsicle which is made with orange soda and vanilla ice cream. With make-your-own-sundaes, ice cream cocktails, and beer floats on the menu, Shug's is a sweet place for kids and adults alike.

          2. Full Tilt Ice Cream – 4759 Brooklyn Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98105
            Live music, pinball, arcade games, beer, and ice cream – what more could you want? Full Tilt offers a fun environment for people of all ages to come together and have a great time. They have 16 awesome flavors like Coffee Oreo and Blue Moon, while on the vegan side they offer classic vanilla and chocolate. Join their Pint of the Month Club and you'll get access to 12 months of unique ice cream flavors that are only available to members. Full Tilt could very well be the ultimate place to celebrate National Ice Cream Month.

          3. Sweet Alchemy – 4301 University Way NE., Seattle, WA 98105
            At Sweet Alchemy, their meticulous ice cream makers pride themselves on using only the best ingredients from local farms for their small-batch ice creams and waffle cones. How meticulous are they? Sustainability and organic practices are top priorities and they're committed to only serving the freshest ice cream. Believe it or not, some of the milk used was taken from a local cow just days before it became your sweet treat.

          4. Husky Deli – 4721 California Ave. SW., Seattle, WA 98116
            For almost 100 years, Husky Deli has been providing West Seattle with everything from grocery staples and deli items to fresh sandwiches and delicious ice cream. Husky has you covered if you want to make National Ice Cream Month last for the rest of the year. They have nearly 60 different ice cream flavors between their Husky Regular, Husky Gourmet, Husky Premium, and Husky Girl Scout Cookie varieties. Available by the half-gallon, we have a feeling we'll be stopping by Husky's every week of National Ice Cream Month to try a new flavor.

          5. Parfait Ice Cream – 2034 NW 56th St., Seattle, WA 98107
            Don't let the name fool you – parfait in French means "perfect" and that's the best way to describe the frozen flavors at Parfait Ice Cream. Made from scratch, this farm-to-table creamery grows and creates their own ingredients. They offer eight different signature flavors throughout the year, including classics like Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, and Milk & Cookies. Their dozens of chef-inspired seasonal flavors include Ginger Snap, Pumpkin Spice, Rosemary Almond Brittle, and Lavender Summer Berry. Looking for a dairy-free flavor? Their plant-based flavors include Coffee Candied Almond, Cherry Chip, and six other delicious sorbets. Best of all, they even sell their pints at local Seattle grocery stores so you can give into your sweet tooth every time you make your weekly food run.

          6. Frankie & Jo's – 1411 NW 70th St., Seattle, WA 98117
            Ice cream made from plants? At Frankie & Jo's, you're going to radically shift the way you think about ice cream. Instead of using artificial ingredients, house-made cashew milk, and coconut milks are used as bases while organic sugars, seasonal vegetables, herbs, fruits, and superfoods are added into the milk. The result? Amazing ice cream that makes a positive impact on people, plants, and animals. While their seasonal flavors vary, they have everyday ice cream flavors like Brown Sugar Vanilla, Salty Caramel Ash, Chocolate Tahini Supercookie, everyday date flavors like Date Shake and Chocolate Date, and an everyday sorbet flavor of Beet Strawberry Rose. Try one scoop and you'll realize that plant-based ice cream is a sweet way to end the day.

          Would finding a home in the center of Seattle put the cherry on top of your summer? Contact us today and let us show you all of our sweet Seattle homes for sale.

          June
          15

          International Yoga Day: Yoga Studios Around the Seattle Area

          International Yoga Day in Seattle

          Get ready to say "Om" – International Yoga Day is on Saturday, June 21st, and our brokers want you to breathe in serenity and breathe away your worries. Although International Yoga Day is only a few years old, yoga's history dates back to over 5,000 years ago. For centuries, the practices of yoga have spread from India and evolved around the world. Today, an estimated 20 million people practice yoga, including many of our very own Seattleites. Whether you're new to yoga or have been practicing this healthy activity for years, we encourage you to connect your mind, body, and soul with help with virtual classes from these Seattle yoga studios.  

          1. The Grinning Yogi – 345 15th Ave. E, Suite 102, Seattle, WA 98112
            The Grinning Yogi
            wants to celebrate you in your present state. While their classes are designed to help improve your mind, body, and soul, the instructors at The Grinning Yogi believe that you are perfect just the way you are! They support and accept their students as they are, teaching self-love and compassion through every lesson. Some of the most qualified and extensively trained yogis in all of Seattle are part of The Grinning Yogi team.

          2. Urban Yoga Spa – 1900 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
            While Urban Yoga Spa is one of the best places in Seattle to get a rejuvenating yoga workout and delicious cup of freshly roasted coffee, you can still receive their amazing instruction from home with their Yoga LIVE videos. Their daily live classes are available online to those who make a kind donation to either the Urban Flow Class, Urban Hatha Class, or Urban Sculpt Class. If you're new to the area, consider supporting them by purchasing a gift certificate that you can use in their studio, spa, or coffee house when they reopen to the public.

          3. Breathe Hot Yoga – 3750 SW Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98126
            Breathe Hot Yoga
            wants you to live your life to its fullest potential. If hot yoga in the studio isn't your ideal environment, you can conveniently take virtual classes at home. Browse their public library of videos, available 24/7 and updated multiple times each week, or sign up for their live-streaming classes. 

          4. Seattle Yoga Arts – 1540 15th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
            Seattle Yoga Arts
            brings body nourishing, soul-satisfying, sanity supporting yoga into your living room with their online-based classes. Their diverse offering of workshops, teacher trainings, and special events are designed to help you reach your wellness goals. If you're interested in private lessons, you can also schedule one-on-one training sessions with the majority of their teachers.

          5. Be Luminous Yoga – 900 Lenora #128, Seattle, WA 98121
            Unlimited live yoga sessions are yours to enjoy with Be Luminous Yoga. For less than $40 a month, you can practice yoga anytime, anywhere with their world-wide yoga community. Not only can you take traditional yoga classes from home, but you can also undergo yogi teacher training virtually as well. Take International Yoga Day to the next level and join their Bloom BLY summer challenge. Running from June 15th until August 31st, their annual summer challenge gives you the opportunity to win a free six-month membership!

          6. Yoga On Beacon – 3063 Beacon Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144
            If you'd like to keep up with your regular yoga routine indoors, all you need is your mat and a computer to take Yoga On Beacon's classes. All of their classes are offered virtually through Zoom, which are available to join. If you aren't able to make a specific live session timeslot, you can still sign up for that class and view it as a recording after the session. 

          7. Spira Power Yoga – 2332 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116
            Work up a sweat with the unique mindfulness-based power yoga classes offered through Spira Power Yoga. Their M3B Principles of Movement, Mindfulness, Meditation, and Breathing will help you manage stress, build strength, and increase your flexibility. Spira Power Yoga has created a one-of-a-kind yoga community that is exceptionally inclusive, even outside of the studio. On their website, you can take advantage of some resources, including Live-Stream classes, on-demand lessons, a blog, podcast, guided meditations, audio classes, and more!

          Are you looking for a new space to stretch out and feel at peace? We can help. Contact us today to search our Seattle homes for sale.

          June
          8

          Control Weeds in Your Portland Garden with These Tips

          Portland Garden tips

          National Weed Your Garden Day is observed on June 13 each year to help remind gardeners to spend a few extra minutes combatting weeds. These unwanted plants can take over your Portland garden if you don't keep on top of them, and in addition to crowding out your plants, they'll take much-needed water and nutrients away from the soil.

          Our brokers suggest the following ways to combat weeds:

          1. Design Your Garden to Control Weeds
            A well-designed garden can help deter weeds from taking hold in the first place. Start by using mixed ground covers, so you don't have bare soil, which tends to provide a better growing environment for weeds. Choose plants that can be spaced closer together so they'll crowd out weeds, and make sure they're of different heights. This will help shade the soil and keep weeds out.

          2. Use a Layer of Paper 
            Remove any existing weeds and add a layer of paper before topping it with a layer of mulch to help keep sunlight from reaching weed seeds. Spread a layer of newspaper pages (not the glossy ads) about eight inches thick or use a single layer of paper grocery bags over your soil and moisten it, so it stays in place.

          3. Apply Mulch
            After adding a layer of paper in your garden, apply mulch. Straw is usually a good weed-free choice, and it doesn't need to be overapplied. Two to three inches is a good amount to let your plants thrive while deterring weeds.

          4. Deprive Weeds of Water
            Put drip or soaker hoses beneath your mulch to ensure that your plants get enough water while depriving nearby weeds of water. Keep an eye out for perennial weeds like bindweed, however, since they can thrive if they receive drip irrigation.

          5. Use Tools When Needed
            Your hands often work well for pulling up weeds, but you can also get help from a few weeding tools that will give you a little more power. Cutting and scraping tools let you chop stems from their roots, and fishtail or taproot weeders work well for prying roots from soil. And if you're trying to sever young weeds from in between rows of your vegetable garden, try an oscillating hoe. Move its blades back and forth to eradicate weeds. And whichever method you use to remove weeds, make sure to remove the entire root system, since some weeds can grow back if even a tiny piece is left behind.

          6. Use Fertilizer Strategically 
            Spreading fertilizer over your garden beds may help your plants grow, but it can inadvertently do the same thing for weeds. Instead of applying fertilizer to the whole area, target plant foods on the root zones of your plants and only use the amount the package recommends. 

          7. Take Special Care with Young Plants
            If you have newly emerging seedlings, make sure to give them extra protection from weeds for the first four weeks of their lives. Otherwise, they'll have to compete with weeds for space, soil nutrients, and moisture and a time when they're at their most vulnerable, and they'll find it harder to thrive.

          8. Keep Your Lawn Mowed
            Keeping your lawn regularly mowed will help reduce the chances that weeds will invade not only your lawn but also your garden. Pay particular attention to the edges and keep them mowed low.

          9. Weed Regularly
            Weeding isn't something you can occasionally do. Taking just 5 or 10 minutes a day to keep up a weeding routine can make it easier to maintain your garden. It should be a part of your regular gardening routine, so every time you're checking or watering your plants, make sure to keep an eye out for new weed seedlings and remove them before they have a chance to grow any further.

          Contact us to learn more about how to win the ongoing battle against weeds in your Portland garden. A beautiful flower or vegetable garden can enhance your enjoyment of your home, and when you're ready to sell, it can make your home stand out in a positive way when compared with other Portland homes for sale.

          May
          18

          Best Apps to Help You Stay Connected with Friends and Family

          Apps for Staying Connected

          The more time we're forced to spend apart, the more important it is to find ways of staying connected. Our brokers have been practicing social distancing just like everyone else, and we've discovered that it comes with its challenges. Luckily there are a few apps to help you stay connected with those you care about most.  

          Try these apps for staying close while social distancing:

          1. WhatsApp
            A longtime favorite for those who need to keep in touch with international family and friends, WhatsApp is proving more useful than ever. With text messaging, audio, and video call functions, WhatsApp is a versatile tool that syncs with Apple and Android devices, as well as Windows PCs. It's also free, secure, and works anywhere in the world.
          2. Zoom
            Best known as a business meeting tool, the popularity of Zoom has exploded. A lot of that has to do with an increased need for virtual business calls and meetings, but Zoom's utility for social gatherings has also been made clear. Want to throw a virtual party with everyone, you know? The app can host up to 1,000 video participants and 10,000 viewers in a single session. 
          3. Netflix Party
            We're living through a golden age of bingeing your favorite movies and TV shows. But if you miss having your friends by your side while you devour the latest season of Stranger Things, Netflix has a solution. That solution is Netflix Party, a Google Chrome extension that allows you to sync up your Netflix account with other users' accounts, With Netflix Party, you can watch movies and TV shows in sync with your friends while using the in-app group chat function. 
          4. Skype
            A classic in the video messaging world, Skype is still the go-to app for many friends and family members to stay connected. Skype can connect up to 50 people in a chat, and it's free for basic video and instant messaging. You can also call landlines for a small fee, so you can keep up with family members who might be a little bit "off the grid."
          5. StageIt
            A platform for musicians to stream live performances, StageIt has been around for years but flew mostly under the radar until quarantine made live concerts a thing of the past. Now it's one of the best places to watch your favorite recording artists, catch a live stream by your friend's band, or even broadcast your own songs to the world via webcam. StageIt also has a feature that lets you "tip" the artists, providing much-needed revenue for musicians.  
          6. Houseparty
            The idea behind Houseparty is to recreate the atmosphere of, well, a house party. With functions for one-on-one and group video chatting through mobile and desktop apps, Houseparty hosts up to eight people at a time, encouraging the vibe of an intimate gathering with your closest friends. The app also includes screen-sharing capabilities and the ability to play interactive games like Quickdraw, which is kind of like an online Pictionary. 
          7. FaceTime
            Apple users are no strangers to FaceTime. The app comes pre-loaded on any Apple device— smartphones, desktops, tablets—and allows you to video chat with friends and family members around the world. These days, a lot of us are using it to talk to people just down the street, and it works for that too. It'll even work on a cellular connection alone if you're not connected to the internet. The only downside is that it only works on Apple devices. 
          8. Words With Friends 2
            This classic online word came has been keeping friends connected for years (at any given time, there are over 57 million live Words With Friends Games being played). And with the recent launch of the updated Words With Friends 2, the classic app has new social features like co-op play, which creates even more opportunities to show all your friends how many words you know. 

          At Coldwell Banker Bain, we're all about connections, whether it's staying in touch with family, making new friends, or connecting our clients to the perfect Seattle homes for sale. Contact us today to learn more. 

          May
          11

          7 Local Portland Restaurants for Takeout

          Portland Takeout

          Shelter in place orders may have all of us spending more time at home, but that doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy a great meal from some of your favorite Portland restaurants. With dine-in service off the table for the immediate future, ordering takeout, curbside pickup, or delivery from local restaurants is a great way to keep things fresh at home while supporting your favorite dining spots during a challenging time for small businesses. Ready to skip cooking tonight? Our brokers have you covered, with our guide to Portland restaurants offering takeout.

          1. Miss Delta – 3950 N Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227

            As a long-time favorite located close to Portland homes for sale, you'll find that Miss Delta has everything you need to enjoy a great family meal at home. The restaurant specializes in Southern fare of all types, from jambalaya to po-boys. Miss Delta is currently offering takeout service via curbside pickup every day of the week, with orders placed online or by phone. With classic comfort food and delicious desserts, you're sure to find something to love on the menu. If you can't make it out for takeout, Miss Delta is also offering delivery options.

          2. Ecliptic Brewing – 825 N Cook St., Portland, OR 97227

            When you can't sit down at your favorite Portland pub, why not bring a little piece of the pub home with you? Ecliptic Brewing, known for its truly unique spins on all of your favorite styles of beer, is also a great place to grab a bite. You can still order takeout from the pub every day during lunch and dinner hours, with a menu that will appeal to everyone in your family. 

          3. Andina – 1314 NW Glisan St., Portland, OR 97209

            The kitchen at Andina is still turning out all of the Peruvian flavors that you know and love, with takeout available for dinner seven nights per week. Planning a stay at home date night? Andina is offering a meal deal for two, with your choice of two appetizers and entrees for an affordable price. You can order online, and gift cards are also available with some proceeds going to support restaurant staff who are unable to work at this time.

          4. G-Love – 1615 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209

            Billed as Portland's first-ever "reverse steakhouse," G-Love is a popular bistro that specializes in vegetarian and vegan fare. The team at G-Love keeps things fresh by partnering with a local farm, located an hour south of Portland, for all its ingredients. With a focus on sustainability, leftover ingredients are even sent back to the farm to be used as compost. You can order an extensive selection of menu items for takeout from G-Love, along with wine bottles and even cocktail kits to go with your meal.

          5. Carne – 2512 NE Broadway St., Portland, OR 97232

            While the popular live music scene at Carne is on hold for the time being, this Latin steakhouse is still offering all of your favorite meals for takeout and delivery. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday during dinner hours, with special deals on meals for two and family meals. With steak, seafood, sangria, and tons of delicious appetizers, you're sure to find something to love on the menu at Carne.

          6. Yonder – 4636 NE 42nd Ave. Suite A, Portland, OR 97218

            Offering a mix of classic Pacific Northwest cuisine infused with the Southern flavors made famous in Charleston, Yonder is currently offering takeout from Tuesday through Saturday every week. The menu is packed with comfort food favorites, including fried chicken, that's as good as you'll anywhere in the country. With online ordering now available, it's easy to order your favorites for dinner anytime.

          7. Top Burmese – 413 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209

            When you're craving a delicious vegan meal, it's hard to top the selection of authentic Burmese cuisine available at Top Burmese, which is currently offering takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery seven days a week at both of its local restaurants. The menu here is filled with fantastic curries, soups, noodles, and so much more. 

          When you call Portland home, you're never far from your next world-class meal from a beloved local restaurant. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Portland, OR area.

          May
          4

          How to Host a Virtual Game Night in Seattle

          Virtual Game Night Seattle

          Who's ready for a much-needed game night? Any night can be a virtual game night with a little help from easy-to-use technologies. Our brokers love game nights and thanks to technology there are many ways to host a virtual game night from the comfort of your home. Here's what you'll need for your own virtual game night in Seattle.

          Tech Needed for Virtual Game Night

          Before you decide which games you and your friends will play virtually, you must understand the different ways in which you can play these games online. There are essentially two ways to play games online — through video chat or through a dedicated game server. Both of these options feature free-to-use and pay-to-play functionalities. Video chat is as simple as it sounds — you'll use a video chatting system to play the game. The other option, a dedicated game server, involves playing a game through a third-party system.

          How to Use Video Chatting to Host Game Nights Online

          To use video chatting, you'll need a webcam and a video chatting service. There are a variety of video chat services that you can download on your computer, including Zoom, Skype, BlueJeans, and WebEx. All of these have mobile versions as well. Most Apple devices, like iPhones and iPads, also have their own video chatting service known as Facetime.

          When you gather your friends, they all must have the same application to play together. For instance, one person who only has Zoom cannot play with another person who only uses Skype. You can play a variety of games via a web conference with or without physical board games. A game like charades or Pictionary can be played without legitimate board games. Even if a few of your party guests do not have a webcam, all of these video chatting apps have text boxes, so those with video can draw or act out while those without can answer via text.

          Of course, there are many ways that you can play physical board games from afar. If all players each own a physical copy of the board game, they can play together and mirror the moves of each player. Here are a few favorites that are in many home game cabinets:

          • Monopoly: Imagine it, you and your friends can pause the game one night and easily continue it another night so you can play it down to the last dollar!
          • Clue: The classic who-dun-it is a quick and simple game that never gets old.
          • Risk: Similar to Monopoly, Risk requires time and patience.

          How to Use Dedicated Game Servers to Host Game Nights Online

          Playing traditional games via video chat can be loads of fun, but playing online with friends is perhaps even more fun through dedicated game servers. Any time you play a game online — via the computer, mobile phone, or gaming system — you're connected to the game's server. There are hundreds of games available to play online through game consoles like PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo DS, and thousands of other games available on the computer. For gaming systems or mobile games, all players must own or download the game. Here are a few of our picks:

          • For game consoles: Fortnight, Jackbox Games, Minecraft, Rocket League, Halo, and Animal Crossing.
          • For mobile phones: Words With Friends, Pokemon Go, and Best Friends Stars.
          • For computers: Ticket to Ride, Decurse, Sea of Thieves, and Stardew Valley.

          Tips for a Memorable Virtual Game Night in Seattle

          Just because you don't have guests over doesn't mean you shouldn't still create a party atmosphere. Encourage everyone to wear comfortable clothing and enjoy their favorite snacks while you play. Consider keeping your phone on silent so that you can be focused on having fun with your friends.

          Another fun "online" game you can play with your family is to pick out your dream home in our listings for Seattle homes for sale. You can even contact us to schedule a virtual viewing!

          April
          27

          Home Improvement Projects You Should Leave to the Professionals

          Home Improvement Projects

          Our brokers always help our clients get the best selling price they can when it comes to Portland homes for sale. Targeted renovations can help you raise your asking price. Even if you have only a few weeks before you go on the market, you can make a big difference.

          Many small DIY projects can go a long way in preparing your home for sale. For example, a quick coat of exterior paint takes years off a home's appearance. General cleaning and decluttering are also essential to staging the home.

          But there are some renovations and repairs that should be left to the pros.

          When it comes to these larger home improvement projects, the risks of doing it yourself far outweigh the rewards. 

          Call the experts on these home improvement projects:

          1. Electrical Work
            Standards are very high for who can legally perform electrical work. That includes things like adding or removing fixtures and sockets. Amateur electrical work can make a home uninsurable, requiring the seller to start all over again with professional help.
          2. Any Form of Plumbing
            Done right, bathroom and kitchen remodels can raise a home's selling price substantially.Plumbing experts should always handle pipework. Leaks, flooding, and even burst pipes can result if anything is overlooked during the project.
          3. New Additions
            Any time you want to add square footage to your home, it's time to call trusted local contractors. With years of experience, they can handle all the permitting, zoning, and other issues. When an addition is done without a permit, the city can order you to tear it down almost any time after it is discovered.
          4. Adding a Deck
            A few years back, there was a DIY decking craze. You will still find many vendors out there who claim it's easy to add a deck with a kit. While a deck can be a smart move, it takes weeks to do even with all the materials at the ready. The results are almost never as good as professional work.
          5. Roofing Work
            Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It helps keep your family healthy and safe. Even the home's foundation relies on a sound roof. Today's buyers often shy away from roofs older than 15 years – and they tend not to trust amateur roofing work, either.
          6. Tree Removal
            Each tree removal project is different. Even if you are used to pruning the tree safely, you can't be sure how deep the root system goes. If the tree is near your home, there's also a risk of harm to the foundation. Professional work is both faster and safer.
          7. Fresh Flooring
            Sometimes, even deep cleaning isn't enough to make a floor look new again. Carpet, in particular, may need to be replaced. While some carpets are designed for easy installation, most carpets and virtually all other flooring require an expert's touch. This will protect your investment in premium flooring, too.
          8. Elaborate Lawn Care or Landscaping
            This one is a toss-up. If you are experienced in managing your lawn to bring out its beauty, then, by all means, enjoy yourself. However, professional landscapers can ensure your lawn will look its best through the time it's on the market and minimize maintenance for the future.
          9. Installing New Windows
            Nothing beats natural light when it comes to showing off a home's unique charm. Unfortunately, it's tougher than it looks to install windows. It is even more tricky on the second story of a home. Luckily, the average window lasts 15-20 years before it needs to be replaced.
          10. Foundation Repairs
            Cracks in the foundation, warped windows, and "stair-step" cracks near doors can signal serious problems with the foundation. It's crucial to realize that the cracks you can see are usually just the tip of the iceberg. Often, a damaged foundation requires leveling, which takes plenty of specialized equipment.

          When it comes to those last few renovation projects, the consequences of a mistake are severe. Likewise, many of the projects above come with a significant safety risk. Only experts, who have plenty of experience and all the right tools, should be trusted with them.

          When the dust settles, Coldwell Banker Bain is here to help you sell your home. To learn more, contact us.

          April
          13

          Seattle: Enjoy an Orchestra Performance Anytime

          Seattle Orchestra

          There's nothing like enjoying a rousing orchestra performance, and you don't have to be at the concert hall to catch an amazing show. Staying home and staying safe doesn't have to mean missing out on listening to talented musicians. Our brokers have searched the globe to find seven orchestras and operas from around the world that are offering free online performances during these times.

          1. Seattle Symphony Orchestra
            Long a popular choice for a night on the town near Seattle homes for sale, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra was one of the first to offer free shows online. Their YouTube channel is packed with clips of songs from the best live performances of the 2020 season and years past, along with quick trips behind the scenes to show what orchestra life is like. If possible, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra will also be streaming live concerts on certain dates, so check back often to see when you might catch a full-length live performance. On the Seattle Symphony Orchestra website, meanwhile, you'll find a huge collection of encore performances, recordings, and "behind the stage" videos to enjoy.

          2. London Symphony Orchestra
            Starting with its first performance in June of 1904, the London Symphony Orchestra has been delighting audiences from across the world. The orchestra has performed countless times for royalty and features new shows regularly at the famed Barbican concert hall. Thanks to the power of the internet, now you don't have to be anywhere near London to see a show. The London Symphony Orchestra features a robust collection of recorded performances, many of which are currently available for free. 

          3. The Metropolitan Opera
            New York's world-famous Metropolitan Opera has been producing incredible performances for more than a century, ever since the first opera house opened on Broadway in 1883. And the music won't be stopping, even with coronavirus precautions in full swing. There will be streams of encore performances every night on the Met website, with a focus on shows from the past 20 years. 

          4. Berlin Philharmonic
            The Berlin Philharmonic has long been ahead of the game with its digital offerings, which include a detailed virtual tour of the Philharmonie Berlin concert venue. While the physical concert hall is closed, the Berlin Philharmonic has committed to bringing the music to you, instead. You can log into the digital concert hall to redeem your free, 30-day pass, and explore all that this storied orchestra has to offer. There are more than 600 concerts available, along with bonus videos, documentaries, and so much more.

          5. Detroit Symphony Orchestra
            If you wish to explore a wide range of different orchestral music, then the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is more than worth a look. Their website features a huge array of recorded performances, with easy sorting options by composer, genre, and orchestra season. Catch up on shows that you missed during prior seasons, relive your favorite performances from the comfort of home, and learn more about your favorite performers with the interview series. 

          6. Opera North
            One of the UK's most famous performing companies, Opera North, has made its stunning performance of Wagner's The Ring Cycle available for free online. Get lost in a story of gods, giants, dragons, and spectacular cities. Along with the performance, the website includes detailed information on each scene to help you learn more about this classic work. The Ring Cycle is a story about gods, but also the relationships between family members. Opera North frames the performance as only they can, and now it's available for the world to see.

          7. Budapest Festival Orchestra
            Overseen by director and founder Ivan Fischer, the Budapest Festival Orchestra has organized an aptly named series of "quarantine Soirees" featuring performances filmed at the organization's Rehearsal Hall. The performances feature music from Bach to Bozza, with a little Mozart in between. There are new live streams available from the Rehearsal Hall nearly every day.

          The art, culture, and music of Seattle is always available to be enjoyed. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.

          March
          9

          Things to do with Your Kids over Spring Break in Portland

          Portland Spring Break

          Is it time for spring break already? If you're searching for fun, family activities to enjoy with your kids over spring break, you're in luck. The Portland area is filled with amazing attractions for families with kids, as our brokers and so many long-time residents can attest. Prepare for an unforgettable spring break filled with family memories, with our guide to 6 great things to do with your kids this spring in Portland.

          1. Japanese Garden – 611 SW Kingston Ave., Portland, OR 97205
            Portland homes for sale
            make it easy to find fun, cultural activities to keep your kids entertained over spring break, thanks to fascinating attractions like the Japanese Garden. The Japanese Garden is an excellent mix of fun, education, and culture. Kids will love exploring the exotic, beautifully arranged plants in the garden, connecting with outdoor art, and climbing to the cultural village. At the cultural village, you'll find world-class Japanese architecture, with buildings featuring Japanese art and different activities for every season. Stop by on the right day, and you might find a unique live performance or demonstration from Japanese culture.
          2. Oregon Zoo – 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97211
            What could make for a better family outing than a day at the zoo? Enjoy the spring weather while you explore the vast Oregon Zoo, where there's always something new and exciting to see. The 64-acre zoo features five large exhibit areas, each highlighting wildlife from different parts of the world. Exhibits include forests, the Great Northwest, Asia, Africa, and much more. Nearly every day, you'll find a new performance, concert, educational talk, or special exhibit at the zoo. There's also plenty of food available, along with scenic, quiet places to rest when you spend a full day exploring.
          3. North Clackamas Aquatic Park – 7300 SE Harmony Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97222
            You don't have to wait for summer to enjoy a family day at the pool close to Milwaukie homes for sale, thanks to the wonderful North Clackamas Aquatic Park. The Aquatic Park is home to Oregon's largest wave pool, and that's just the start! Kids love spending time racing down the various water slides at the facility and climbing the tall rock wall. There's a toddler splash zone for younger kids, along with multiple pools for swimmers of all ages. Kids can learn the ropes of pool safety with regular swimming classes, and adults love the aquatic exercise classes offered at North Clackamas Aquatic Park.
          4. Evergreen Museum – 500 NE Captain Michael Smith King Way, McMinnville, OR 97128
            Family fun is never far from your front door around McMinnville homes for sale, and the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is one of the top family attractions in the area. The museum offers educational tours, where kids can learn about the history of aviation in a fun, engaging setting, or you can participate in a family scavenger hunt that will bring you to every corner of the museum. If you're planning a group event for spring break, kids can even spend the night at the museum! Of course, every day, there are amazing exhibits to see, on everything from early aviation to space flight technology.
          5. World of Speed – 27490 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville, OR 97070
            With a convenient location close to Wilsonville homes for sale, the World of Speed Motorsports Museum mixes education and entertainment in a way that kids love. Interactive exhibits at World of Speed are especially popular among children, including racing simulators that allow kids to feel what it's like to be behind the wheel of a real race car. The Starting Line Club is perfect for younger children, allowing them to learn about the science of vehicle manufacturing and racing in a fun, hands-on way.
          6. Quarterworld – 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97215
            Does a day of new and retro arcade games sound like fun for you as it would be for your kids? Then it's time for a trip to Quarterworld, which is part arcade, part museum, and 100 percent family fun. Quarterworld is filled with all of your favorite arcade games from childhood. You won't find a better selection of classic pinball games anywhere in Portland, while Quarterworld also features delicious food and drink to keep everyone in your group at the top of their game.

          No matter the season or occasion, there is always a fresh, fun family activity to enjoy when you call Portland home. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Portland, OR area.

          March
          2

          Read Across America Day: Local Bookstores in Seattle

          Seattle Bookstores

          The benefits of reading go far beyond the classroom, and Read Across America Day is the perfect opportunity for people of all ages to get lost in a great book. Of course, this holiday is primarily geared toward children, which is why it falls on March 2 – aka the birthday of Dr. Seuss – every year, or on the Friday before if March 2 falls on a weekend. 

          Whether you have a young child or you're looking to reconnect with your love of reading, our brokers are happy to report that Seattle neighborhoods are filled with local bookstores where you can celebrate Read Across America Day this year.

          1. Secret Garden Books – 2214 NW Market St., Seattle, WA 98107
            Secret Garden Books
            has been among Seattle's favorite independent bookstores since 1977, making it easy to shop for both rare books and the hottest new releases close to Seattle homes for sale. This is a great spot to celebrate Read Across America Day as well, with book clubs for kids age 8 to 12, teens, and adults of all ages. Secret Garden Books is also home to the unique Young Readers Society, where children from 10 to 12 years old can discuss their favorite books once per month with no parents allowed. The book selection here is excellent, and Secret Garden places a special emphasis on stocking a diverse selection of books for children.
          2. Elliott Bay Book Company – 1521 Tenth Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
            With book clubs, author events, a quaint cafe, and a huge selection of books, Elliott Bay Book Company has been serving Seattle with pride since 1973. The experienced staff at Elliot Bay Book Company loves to help passionate readers of all ages find books that appeal to their interests, and you'll find a rotating selection of staff picks whenever you choose to visit. Do you have a young child who loves stories? Stop by every Saturday for Children's Storytime, geared toward kids age 2 and older.
          3. Ophelia's Books – 3504 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
            There's nothing like browsing the stacks of a used book store to find a hidden gem, and Ophelia's Books matches a diverse selection with a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Help boost the collection at Ophelia's by selling your old books, then pick up something new to fill your shelves. Ophelia's also offers a unique selection of hand-bound notebooks and accessories, perfect for inspiring kids who enjoy writing just as much as they enjoy reading.
          4. Phinney Books – 7405 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
            If you're interested in shopping for new releases across an eclectic collection of genres, then Phinney Books may be the spot for you. This small bookstore is focused on new books, including an excellent selection of children's books perfect for encouraging reading from a young age. If you or your child love learning more about the history of the Northwest, this is a great place to shop. Sign up for the weekly newsletter to get excellent book recommendations, and stop by every Friday morning during Children's Storytime for enthusiastic readings of childhood classics.
          5. Paper Boat Booksellers – 6040 California Ave. SW, Ste. A, Seattle, WA 98136
            With Family Reading Time every Saturday morning, loads of book clubs and frequent author events, the team at Paper Boat Booksellers believes in the power of building community through reading. The Middle Readers Book Club, for readers ages 8 through 13, is the perfect place to get kids interested in reading and connect them with other children who share the same passion. Parents are welcome to drop kids off, hang out at the shop, or quietly observe the book club in action.
          6. Laughing Elephant – 3645 Interlake N, Seattle, WA 98103
            The Laughing Elephant ranks among Seattle's most unique bookstores, with a business focused on recreating classic children's books and other texts, including the amazing images that those classic books contain. If you're looking for a truly unique gift for the youngster who loves reading, this is a wonderful place to shop. The Laughing Elephant also stocks a huge selection of cards, holiday items, notebooks, stickers, and prints, all of which draw inspiration from classic children's literature.

          Living in Seattle makes it easy to connect with literature, art, and culture, with so many neighborhoods that still know the value of a beloved local bookstore. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.

          February
          17

          Tour Around Seattle: Sleepless in Seattle Filming Locations

          Tour Sleepless in Seattle Locations

          "You make a million decisions that mean nothing, and then one day you order take-out, and it changes your life."

          Such is the story of a man and a woman in the iconic romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle. This 1993 hit starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

          A romcom that still holds a special place in our hearts nearly 30 years later, Sleepless in Seattle, places the Emerald City front and center on the silver screen. Our brokers suggest venturing to these seven Seattle hot-spots featured in Sleepless in Seattle.

          1. Pike Place Market — 85 Pike St., Seattle, WA 98101
            Scene: Sam's son, Jonah, first meets his dad's new girlfriend, Victoria, at Pike Place Market.
            Perhaps the most famous Seattle attraction aside from the Space Needle, Pike Place Market is a bustling center of culture located on a beautiful stretch of waterfront. Opened over a century ago, nine acres of space feature farmer's markets, crafts markets, seafood markets, food stalls, restaurants, shops, and more. Don't just grab a photo as a souvenir — be sure to stroll the alleyways of the market and taste everything!

          2. The Athenian Seafood Restaurant & Bar — 1517 Pike Pl., Seattle, WA 98101
            Scene: Sam and his friend, Jay, eat lunch while discussing relationships.
            Located within Pike Place Market, this restaurant and bar has a special plaque signifying the stool on which Tom Hanks' character sat in the scene. The Athenian has been in Pike Place Market since 1909, and you'll discover why when you try one of their fresh seafood dishes.

          3. Inn at the Market — 86 Pine St., Seattle, WA 98101
            Scene: Although they do not go into this boutique hotel, Sam and his friend Jay walk beneath the Inn at the Market's awning.
            Inn at the Market, located steps away from Pike Place Market, offers 76 rooms and suites providing visitors with direct access to the food, views, and culture found by the Seattle waterfront. If you're in town searching for Seattle homes for sale, stay at the Inn at the Market to get a true taste of the area.

          4. Lake Union — 860 Terry Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109
            Scene: Sam and his son live on a houseboat, docked on beautiful Lake Union.
            This freshwater lake is a fantastic place for outdoor recreation, including kayaking, paddle boarding, and boating. Head out onto the water and admire the great Seattle skyline or sit along the shore and enjoy a relaxing picnic surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

          5. Gas Works Park — 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
            Scene: Alone on his houseboat, Sam watches New Year's Eve fireworks over Gas Works Park.
            This 19-acre park is a perfect place for families to play. Gas Works Park is located on the north shore of Lake Union, allowing you to hit two scenic Sleepless in Seattle spots in one stop!

          6. Alki Beach — 1702 Alki Ave. SW., Seattle, WA 98116
            Scene: Annie secretly watches Sam and his son, Jonah, play on Alki Beach.
            Seattle's closest beach, Alki Beach Park, is roughly two-miles long, offering visitors and locals alike a place to enjoy the outdoors all year long. With great views of the Seattle skyline and Bainbridge Island, Alki Beach is a wonderful place to relax after a long day chasing the scenes from Sleepless in Seattle.

          7. Dahlia Lounge — 2001 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
            Scene: Annie hires a private investigator who follows Sam to a location where he's having a date with Victoria. 
            Considered the quintessential Seattle restaurant experience, Dahlia Lounge is known as the epicenter of Seattle's local, organic, and sustainable food movement. This delicious dining destination opened by Tom Douglas offers fresh tastes from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, the original restaurant location, as seen in Sleepless in Seattle, has moved, which means it doesn't resemble the movie's scene any longer. Still, they have one of the best menus in the downtown area, making it a must-visit for your Seattle tour. Enjoy Dungeness crab cakes, local oysters, and their delectable triple coconut cream pie — without a private investigator spying on you as you eat.

          Would you like to live near these famous Seattle locations? Contact us today, and we'll give you a tour through the best Seattle homes for sale.

          January
          27

          National Hot Chocolate Day: Portland Cafes for Hot Chocolate

          Portland Cafes

          Now that winter has settled in around Portland homes for sale, it's time to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day on Friday, January 31. Indulge your love affair with chocolate by sipping a warming cup of hot cocoa at one of these amazing neighborhood cafés.

          1. Cacao - 414 SW 13th St., Portland 97205
            Expand your horizons with a visit to Cacao, which makes three basic drinking chocolates: dark French, Venezuelan milk chocolate with cinnamon, and spicy dark with ginger and coconut milk. Hot chocolate is available in 100 percent pure dark unsweetened chocolate and several other varieties, including vegan and sugar-free options. Cacao is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

          2. Moonstruck Chocolate Co. - 6600 N. Baltimore Ave., Portland 97203
            The owners of Moonstruck Chocolate Co. chose the name as a reference to the magic and wonder we find in both the moon and chocolate. Moonstruck's decadent chocolates are infused with fresh Pacific Northwest flavors. All products are handmade on-site at Moonstruck's factory store underneath Portland's iconic St. Johns bridge. Hot chocolate comes in five delicious flavors, including mint and cinnamon. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

          3. Creo Chocolate - 122 NE Broadway, Portland 97232
            What could be more fun than eating a delicious chocolate bar? How about designing your bar at Creo Chocolate? "Creo" translates as "I believe" in Spanish and "I create" in Latin, and both elements are a part of this delightful chocolate shop in the Lloyd District. The owners of Creo partner directly with farmers in Ecuador to support the workers and provide the highest quality chocolate to customers. Take the one-hour Make-a-Bar Tour for $20, or go in-depth with the two-hour Chocolate 101 class for $50. Creo's sipping chocolates, which can be enjoyed hot or cold, are made with the same chocolates used in their bars. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

          4. Alma Chocolate - 140 NE 28th Ave., Portland 97232
            At Alma Chocolates, their goal is to nourish the soul by pleasing the taste buds. Alma's chocolate products are made with real vanilla, organic butter, and cream, and fresh herbs. But aside from the top-quality ingredients, no two batches are the same as they're infused with the individuality of the person who crafts them. Looking for unique treats to savor along with your hot chocolate or chocolate chai tea? Reese's meets Asian flavors with the Thai peanut butter cup. Layers of milk chocolate, peanut butter, ginger, coconut, lime, and chili are topped with a dash of volcanic sea salt for the ultimate in sweet-and-savory. Visit Alma Chocolate from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Sunday.

          5. Cup & Bar - 118 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland 97232
            If there's one thing the Pacific Northwest is more passionate about than chocolate, it's coffee. Local favorites Trailhead Coffee Roasters and Ranger Chocolate Company joined forces to open Cup & Bar, Portland's first coffee and chocolate tasting room. This cozy café is a perfect place to catch up with a friend over a snack or light meal with a cup of hot chocolate or a mocha latte. Liven up your weekends at one of Cup & Bar's many art, music, literary, or fund-raising events. Cup & Bar is open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. seven days a week.

          6. Woodblock Chocolate - 1715 NE 17th Ave., Portland 97212
            Jessica and Charley Wheelock met through a mutual love of antique restoration and woodworking. Once they discovered an interest in another type of craftwork, Woodblock Chocolate was born. The family business has grown from making chocolate in their home kitchen to a charming manufactory/café in Portland's Irvington-Broadway district where you can get a first-hand look at the process. Woodblock Chocolate is known for its trademark enfleurage products, in which chocolate "rests" alongside an aromatic product such as tea, coffee, or hops to absorb the fragrance. Hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends.

          For a deeply satisfying experience buying or selling a Portland home, contact us and let our brokers go to work for you.

          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.

          January
          6

          Low Carb Dining in Seattle for a Healthy 2020

          Low Carb Dining Seattle

          The Seattle area is home to an amazing collection of truly unique local dining destinations, serving up healthy, feel-good food with a personal touch. Many of Seattle's local restaurants are also deeply involved in the community, raising funds, aiding local charities, and participating in community events. Our brokers know the Seattle dining scene, and we've got the inside scoop on 8 great spots where you can enjoy low-carb dining in style.

          1. Bop Box – 5633 Airport Way S., Seattle, WA 98108
            Whether you've already experienced the amazing flavors of Korean cooking or you're trying it for the first time, Bop Box offers everything you need to get in touch with this unique culinary culture. Serving bibimbop, a traditional, "one-pot" Korean meal, Bop Box combines fresh veggies, unique toppings, and classic touches to create low-carb meals that you won't soon forget. The menu also features a variety of healthy vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, all made with the freshest ingredients.

          2. Umma's Lunch Box – 1301 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
            Itching for some healthy, authentic Korean food, but not sure exactly what you want? That's no problem when you visit Umma's Lunch Box, which ranks as one of the most popular lunch buffets in the country. With a huge selection of traditional Korean fare and a reputation for quality, Umma's is a place where you can enjoy as much healthy food as you please. There are options galore on the menu for vegan, vegetarian, paleo, carnivore, and of course, low-carb diners.

          3. Ironsteak – 628 S Weller Street Seattle, WA 98104
            Ironsteak brings a unique presentation to the table – literally. Everything at this popular local spot is served on customized iron plates, and the cooking experience is interactive. Your plate helps cook the food, and you choose how long the fresh beef, salmon, veggies, and sauces on your plate are cooked. 

          4. Hole in the Wall Barbecue – 215 James St., Seattle, WA 98104
            If you're searching for a slow-cooked, perfectly seasoned barbecue close to Seattle homes for sale, then you'll find few better options than Hole in the Wall Barbecue. Dig into all of your traditional barbecue favorites, including brisket, pulled pork, chicken, turkey, and ribs. Best of all, many of the items on the menu are low in carbs.

          5. FOB Poke Bar – 220 Blanchard St, Seattle WA 98121
            Seattle is home to a variety of great restaurants that serve traditional Hawaiian favorites, and FOB Poke Bar is focused entirely on one of the most famous dishes from the islands. With fish fresh off the boat every day and a huge selection of toppings, sauces, sides, and veggies, FOB Poke Bar is the perfect place to create a healthy meal.

          6. Bowl Gogi – 500 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
            Bellevue has plenty of its own healthy, delicious dining spots, including Bowl Gogi. Pick a bowl with customized ingredients, or order one of many specials on the menu. Experience a culinary tradition that dates back more than 500 years.

          7. The Grill King Korean BBQ – 17540 Aurora Ave. N, Shoreline, WA 98133
            Some of Washington's best Korean barbecue is waiting for you just around the corner from Shoreline homes for sale, at the Grill King Korean BBQ. The menu here is packed with all of your Korean BBQ favorites, with seasoned meats, traditional side dishes, and an endless list of garnishes. Custom-order your favorite Korean BBQ meal, or stop by for the all-you-can-eat buffet to try some of everything.

          8. MOD Pizza – 1302 6th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
            A true Downtown Seattle legend, MOD Pizza has grown into a nationwide business without ever forgetting its local roots. Healthy dining is a big part of those roots, as MOD Pizza offers healthy pizza options and plenty of salads for the carb-conscious diner. Everything is made to order on the spot, and the assembly-line style of food prep means your meal is ready in minutes. Grab a salad made from healthy, local ingredients, or try a pizza with a low-carb crust that's packed with flavor.

          Are you ready to live in a city that has an endless variety of healthy dining options, suited to your lifestyle? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle 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!

          December
          9

          Holiday Happenings in the Portland Area

          Portland Holiday Events

          Whether you've lived in Portland for years or have only visited for a weekend, you already know that the City of Roses is full of fun events throughout the year. The winter season is no different as the city hosts dozens of holiday happenings that will fill your schedule with tidings of great joy. If you want to immerse yourself in holiday cheer, be sure to mark these fun festivities on your calendar throughout December!

          1. The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition — The Square 701 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97204 | Dec 13
            Do you love singing holiday songs? Then you've got to head to Portland's Living Room for the sixth edition of the yearly Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. Once held downtown in the 90s, this free event returned to Portland a few years ago and is reestablishing itself as one of the best family-friendly festivities in town. Come down for a listen or warm up your pipes and enter into the contest with your favorite holiday tune!

          2. George Balanchine's The Nutcracker — Keller Auditorium 222 SW Clay St., Portland, OR 97201 | Dec 7 – 26
            One of the most iconic ballets to ever grace the stage, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, will dance its way into Portland for most of December. Presented by the Oregon Ballet Theatre, twelve performances will take place at the Keller Auditorium, including some performances for those with auditory or visual limitations. A classic story that every theatre lover should attend, buy your tickets to The Nutcracker before they are sold out.

          3. Judy Collins Holidays & Hits — Aladdin Theater 3017 SE Milwaukee Ave., Portland, OR 97202 | Dec 17
            For over half of a century, singer Judy Collins has entertained thousands with her blend of contemporary and folklore songs. She makes her way to the Aladdin Theater this winter for an evening of Holidays and Hits. This all-ages event is sure to get even the most curmudgeonly of Portlanders in the holiday spirit.

          4. A Christmas Carol The Musical — Winningstad Theatre 1111 SW Broadway Ave., Portland, OR 97205 | Dec 5 – 22
            Can you call it Christmas without hearing the story of A Christmas Carol? Our brokers believe that the Charles Dickens classic is a must-see for every man, woman, and child to celebrate during December. The Winningstad Theatre is putting on a production of A Christmas Carol The Musical from early December leading up to Christmas. This refreshing variation of the traditional stage play brings music and song to the timeless story as Ebenezer Scrooge learns a powerful life lesson and the true meaning of Christmas.

          5. Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market — Oregon Convention Center 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97232 | Dec 14 – 15
            Get your holiday shopping list completed at the Oregon Convention Center. The Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art and Craft Market returns with over 250 vendors selling handmade gifts. Jewelry, candles, bath and body care products, stationery, framed art, and so much more are on display. The perfect gift for your friends and family members is waiting for you at this exciting holiday marketplace.   

          6. Comfort & Joy: A Classical Christmas — Oregon Symphony 909 SW Washington, Portland, OR 97205 | Dec 18
            With a week left until Christmas, the Oregon Symphony wants to give you an evening of good cheer that will last into the New Year! The Comfort & Joy: A Classical Christmas special concert brings the community together for a happy celebration of the holiday season. Hear classic Christmas songs and sing along with your seasonal favorites.

          With so many fun festivities around town, who wouldn't want to move into one of our fabulous Portland homes for sale? Contact us today to learn everything you need to know about buying and selling homes in the City of Roses!

          December
          2

          Local Shopping in Seattle for the Holiday Season

           

          Local Seattle ShoppingThe holidays are just around the corner — have you completed your shopping list yet? Our brokers love visiting the unique locally-owned stores throughout Seattle for one-of-a-kind gifts that our families and friends will cherish for years to come. If you're still searching for the perfect present for your loved ones, stop by one of these shops around Seattle.

          • LUCCA Great Finds — 5332 Ballard Ave NW., Seattle, WA 98107
            We've all got someone on our shopping list that has impeccable taste, and thankfully, LUCCA Great Finds is perfect for brilliantly designed gifts. They have a fabulous selection of home goods, stationery, bath and body care products, candles, and gifts for children. We love their home décor, especially their holiday-themed decorations that range from Christmas to Halloween and everything in between. Need a few holiday cards as well? Lucca Paperworks designs and prints their own greeting cards, which complement their unique offerings spectacularly.

          • Golden Age Collectibles — 1501 Pike Place #401 Lower Level, Seattle, WA 98101
            Calling all superhero fans! The world's oldest comic shop is located right in Seattle! Golden Age Collectibles has everything you need to spoil your child (or your loved one who celebrates their inner child). They've got tons of cool pop culture items like toys, games, photographs, movie scripts, novelties, and, of course, loads of comic books! Fly in and browse their heroic selection. Not sure which item would make the perfect gift? Tell the helpful staff which fantasy, sci-fi or superhero characters your friend or family member loves, and they'll direct you to the best collectibles.

             
          • The Pacific Northwest Shop — 2702 North Proctor St., Tacoma, WA 98407
            The Pacific Northwest Shop has region-specific gifts sure to please. Their locally sourced shop has specialty foods, drinks, clothing, books, DVDs, gift boxes, children's items, and bath and body goods. Unique offerings include glass pieces made by local artisans, gourmet food, huckleberry products, handcrafted Native American jewelry, and the best local coffee you've ever tasted. Whether you're buying for someone locally or shipping across the country, gifts from the Pacific Northwest are sure to please.
             
          • Magic Mouse Toys — 603 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
            Fill a child's holiday with joy and cherish the wide smile they get when opening a gift from Magic Mouse Toys. This 6,000 sqft toy store is a dream come true for children and adults alike. Their two-storied shop is stocked with stuffed toys, books, puzzles, board games, costumes, and collectibles. Each item was hand-selected by their "Professional Children" to fill their Fantasy Emporium with the best toys. Magic Mouse Toys will even gift wrap your purchase for you so you'll be ready to give the gift of childhood to your special someone!

             
          • Red Wagon — 4218-B East Madison St., Seattle, WA 98112
            Do you have a young one of your holiday shopping list that loves toys? Then head over to Red Wagon, the specialty toy store that has kept children in the Emerald City smiling for the last decade. Their selection includes everything from toys and games to books and puzzles. Located in Madison Park, Red Wagon has a gift for kids of all ages! 

             
          • The Endless Knot — 2300 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
            Every woman has a style all their own, and The Endless Knot is here to enhance that style with their contemporary clothing, handmade jewelry, and accessories. Take a trip to Belltown and browse their diverse collections, which include brands like Dex, HashTag, Rebel Designs, See U Soon, Six Crisp Days, and Current Air.

             
          • Butter Home — 1531 Melrose Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
            Looking for a gift that's fun and functional? Butter Home has you covered. This cozy shop has a lovely collection of items that you won't find in corporate chains. From hand-printed paper goods to jewelry handcrafted by talented designers, Butter Home features well-made, thoughtful gifts. You can browse some of their inventory online, but be sure to shop in-store as limited production items are only available in their brick-and-mortar location.

          Would you like to spend next year's holiday season in a new house? Contact us today, and we'll show you the best Seattle homes for sale.

          October
          28

          Portland Outdoors: 8 Spots for Year-Round Hiking

          Portland Hiking Trails

          There are endless ways to enjoy life in Portland, Oregon. It's a hub for food, coffee, live music, and culture, but our brokers are also grateful to live in a place with a wonderful climate and spectacular natural scenery. That makes it one of the best places in the U.S. for hiking and outdoor adventure in any season. 

          The Portland area offers year-round hiking opportunities. Whether you're looking for a challenging trek or an easy afternoon stroll, these are some of our favorite all-season hiking destinations near Portland homes for sale.

          1. Tryon Creek State Natural Area
            How many major metropolitan areas can claim to have a full state park within the city limits? Portland does, and we're proud of it! Tryon Creek State Natural Area spans 658 acres and contains 8 miles of hiking trails, 3 miles of horseback riding trails and a 3-mile paved bike path. The entire area is packed with incredible scenery that feels miles away from city life. The 5.7-mile Outer Loop Hike is a great place to start. 

          2. Columbia River Gorge
            Spanning the border between Washington and Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Northwest. Despite the damage done by the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, the gorge remains one of the region's premier hiking destinations. Many miles of trails are still intact, even as the forest along the Columbia gradually recovers. The Latourell Falls Loop is one of the most picturesque hikes in the gorge, just a short drive from Portland. The 2.4-mile trail offers an amazing view of the 224-foot single-plunge Latourell Falls. 

          3. Springbrook-Iron Mountain Loop
            An easy 3.4-mile loop hike, the beautiful Springbrook-Iron Mountain Loop connects quiet neighborhood streets and serene woodlands just north of Oswego Lake. You can access the loop from the trailhead on Sunleaf Drive, right around the corner from many Lake Oswego, OR homes for sale. The trail meanders through neighboring Springbrook Park and Iron Mountain Park, utilizing old railroad beds and passing through rich Pacific madrone and Oregon white oak forests. 

          4. Marquam Trail
            Stretching 5.8 miles through several city parks, the Marquam Trail traverses some of the most secluded forests in the Portland area. It's an out-and-back hike that gains 1,100 feet, making it a moderately challenging trek, but it's well worth the effort. The Marquam Trail begins at Marquam Nature Park and reaches its terminus at Council Crest, the highest point in Portland. There you can take in an awe-inspiring view across the city to the Cascade Range, including Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier.

          5. Molalla River State Park
            Nestled at the confluence of the Willamette, Molalla and Pudding rivers just a few miles from these Oregon City, OR homes for sale, this 567-acre park is a popular destination for fishing and kayaking. For hikers, one of the main attractions at Molalla River State Park is the 2.5-mile loop formed by portions of the Riverside Trail and Pond Loop Trail. This easy route traverses the riparian forest and reclaimed agricultural land, offering sweeping blufftop views across the Molalla River. 

          6. Forest Park
            Forest Park is by far the biggest park in Portland, encompassing 5,200 acres of public woodlands. It's a fantastic opportunity to experience the classic feel of a Pacific Northwest forest without leaving the city limits. Forest Park includes more than 80 miles of trails along the eastern slope of the Tualatin Mountains, including the iconic 30-mile Wildwood Trail.

          7. Mt. Hood National Forest
            The graceful, snow-capped slopes of Mt. Hood are an unmistakable fixture of the Portland skyline. Visiting Mt. Hood National Forest, just over an hour from the city, gives you a chance to get up close and personal with the famed mountain. The National Forest includes hundreds of miles of trails, including a section of the legendary 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. For a more manageable day hike, check out the Old Salmon River Trail, which zig-zags through the lush old-growth forest at the base of Mt. Hood. 

          8. Angel's Rest
            It is commonly said that the most challenging hikes offer the most magnificent views, and the trip to Angel's Rest can attest to that. Although this out-and-back hike is only 4.8 miles round-trip, its steady incline can be taxing. The view back to the city of Portland is truly breathtaking. 

          Contact us today to learn more about life in Portland, Oregon. Whether you're looking for a great hike or a perfect cup of coffee, our city delivers. Our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home and live life to the fullest in the Portland area. 

          October
          14

          An Inside Look at Living in Lake Oswego

          Lake Oswego Living

          Few places in the United States offer stunning scenery comparable to the Pacific Northwest. Oregon is a gem of this region, offering limitless views from the sea to the mountains. Lake Oswego is a fantastic community of fewer than 40,000 residents who surround the beautiful Oswego Lake. Although it's only a few miles away from Portland, Lake Oswego leaves the hustle and bustle of the city behind and instead provides an intimate atmosphere. Featuring a growing arts and culture scene, tons of outdoor recreation opportunities and a tight-knit community that makes even visitors feel right at home.

          Our brokers have watched dozens of men and women fall in love with the charm of Lake Oswego, and we know you will too. Here are a few of the amazing experiences that await those who live along Oswego Lake.

          An Inside Look at Living in Lake Oswego

          The highly educated and entrepreneurial residents of Lake Oswego are mostly married couples who have children that attend one of the area's great schools. The Lake Oswego School District has one of the highest graduation rates in the region as well as some of the highest performance ratings. Several private primary schools, as well as both private and public colleges and universities, are also within a short drive from home.

          Lake Oswego brings its community together at every opportunity possible. Throughout the year, a diverse array of free community events take place around town. Summertime is filled with multiple concert series while all of the warmer months feature a farmer's market in Millennium Plaza Park. Other great, family-friendly activities include:

          • Daddy Daughter Dinner Dances
          • Movies in the Park
          • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies
          • First Tuesday Music Series
          • Third Tuesday Author Series
          • Second Wednesday Performing Arts Series

          These wonderful events unite friends, families, and neighbors for holidays, happenings, and special occasions all year long!

          Outdoor Living in Lake Oswego

          Lake Oswego is perfectly positioned between the shores of the Pacific Ocean and the forests of Mount Hood. Those who love outdoor adventures, recreation, or even a simple stroll surrounded by nature will enjoy all of the natural splendor the Lake Oswego area has to offer. Oswego Lake is the namesake of the city, and the Willamette River joins this serene body of water. The City of Lake Oswego also features some natural areas and trails for local use. Over 460 acres of parks and nearly 24 miles are yours to explore. Lake Oswego's location provides close proximity to other great natural spaces throughout Oregon such as Mt. Hood National Forest and Tillamook State Forest.

          Dining in Lake Oswego

          Not only are the views incredible in Lake Oswego, but the food is also truly delightful as well! Lake Oswego is not without several delicious dining destinations that will satisfy any appetite. From steakhouses and sushi bars to sandwich shops and sports bars, any taste you crave can be found in town.

          • Best Breakfast: La Provence — 16350 Boones Ferry Rd., Lake Oswego, OR 97035
            This small French bakery and bistro is your go-to spot for a balanced breakfast. Choose one of their breakfast favorites like the Wild Northwest Salmon Hash or Warm Berry Crepes. Their Seasonal Specials change regularly, so be sure to give them a look to see what new and exciting items are on the menu. With coffee, tea, and a handful of brunch beverages ready to order, breakfast at La Provence is a fantastic way to start your day.

          • Best Dinner: Oswego Grill — 7 Centerpointe Dr., Lake Oswego, OR 97035
            If you want upscale, elegant dining at a casual price, make a reservation for dinner at Oswego Grill. Their scratch-made food includes seasonal features sourced from local farms. Start with a yummy seafood appetizer then move onto their Traditional Fried Chicken Dinner, Stuffed Salmon or Top Sirloin before ending with a delectable dessert of donuts, cakes or sundaes.

          • Best Café: Blue Moon Coffee — 220 A Avenue #100, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035
            Get your coffee fix at downtown's Blue Moon Coffee. They'll fill your cup with the best Stumptown Coffee and espresso-based beverages you need to keep your day moving. Open seven days a week Blue Moon Coffee is a charming café where you can meet and mingle with other locals.

          • Best Brewery: FlyBoy Taproom — 15630 Boones Ferry Rd. Suite 1A, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035
            It's no secret that Oregon has a top-notch beer and FlyBoy Taproom has a rotating tap of beer to help you relax after moving to Lake Oswego. Stop by and sample their latest brews, catch the day's sports game and hang out with the friendly people that call Lake Oswego home.

          Living in Lake Oswego

          Lake Oswego is a peaceful, laid-back city that's family-friendly and offers men and women of all ages countless activities to engage in. There are a wide variety of Lake Oswego homes for sale that our brokers would love to show you. Contact us today, and you'll be living leisurely in Lake Oswego in no time!

          September
          23

          10 Things to Know About Living in Kent Washington

          Kent Washington

          Just a short drive from Seattle, homebuyers are heading to Kent, to escape the hustle and bustle of its nearby "big sister." Kent ranks at the top of the list of fastest-growing cities in King County. Kent is a dynamic, growing community, with a population of just under 130,000 people and plenty for residents of all ages to do for fun. Living in Kent makes it easy to explore all that King County has to offer. Our brokers know Kent, and we've put together ten things you need to know about life in the city.

          1. A Mix of Small Town Style and Big City Amenities
            Are you searching for a city with all of the perks of urban life but skipping the traffic and population density of larger cities? Kent homes for sale offer an appealing alternative to other nearby cities, with an urban layout and a small-town feel. That's especially evident downtown, where you'll find locally owned businesses that treat regulars like family. Kent also boasts all of the outdoor beauty of scenic, smaller communities with its collection of parks and outdoor spaces that make it easy to connect with nature in the city.

          2. A Piece of Kent Is Still on the Moon Today
            Make that three pieces, to be precise! Kent played a key role in the Apollo missions to the moon, building three of the rovers that astronauts used to explore the lunar surface. All three of those Lunar Rovers remain on the surface of the moon today, providing a constant reminder of what makes Kent special.

          3. The King County Annexation Initiative Helps Kent Grow
            Kent is part of the King County Annexation Initiative, which aims to add unincorporated areas to existing city limits. This program benefits both Kent and the areas annexed by the city. Unincorporated areas gain the benefit of being part of an incorporated city, while the city benefits through growth, new attractions, and new residents.

          4. Get a Great Workout at the Kent Community Center
            Whether you're looking for a workout or the perfect place to host a local event, the Kent Community Center has you covered. The Community Center features ten large meeting spaces, two full-size gyms for basketball, exercise facilities, lockers, showers, and dedicated areas for exercise classes.

          5. Kent's Park System Is Second to None
            In addition to the Community Center, Kent is home to a huge collection of parks to suit every interest. There are more than 75 parks and outdoor facilities in Kent, including playgrounds, public parks, skate parks, trails, green spaces, waterfront areas, and recreation facilities. Many of the local parks host sports leagues and a wide variety of other community events.

          6. International Cuisine and Delicious Local Dining
            When you're looking for great dining, downtown Kent is the place to be. The city is home to a diverse collection of international dining spots, with flavors from around the world. Try an authentic Thai meal at Banyan Tree, sample food from around the globe at Ubuntu Street Cafe, or dive into delicious desserts at Punjab Sweets.

          7. Living in Kent Means Easy Access to Three Great Cities
            You won't have to travel far to find all of the attractions and services you need. Kent is smack dab in the middle between Seattle and Tacoma. So living in Kent makes it easy to explore everything that our corner of Washington has to offer.

          8. Easy Access to Highways and Public Transportation
            In addition to offering a central location, Kent provides easy access to highways and public transportation to get you where you need to go. King County Metro Transit will take you directly to downtown Seattle, and it's easy to commute on your own on Interstate 5 and other major highways. The Sounder Commuter Rail also has stops in Kent, so you have plenty of choices for transportation.

          9. The Downtown Partnership Brings New Attractions to Kent
            Kent's downtown is already a popular gathering place, and the Downtown Partnership helps makes sure that there's always something new to try in the city. The partnership was formed to revitalize downtown Kent and has been doing great work for decades.

          10. Local History Is All around You in Kent
            Kent has a long, unique history dating back more than 200 years, and the Kent Historical Society does a fantastic job of chronicling local history. You can visit the history museum, or stop by the society's booth at the popular Kent Farmers Market.

          Are you ready to start shopping for a home that allows you to enjoy all of the things that make life in Kent so unique? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Kent, WA area.

          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.

          Find Your Home in Redmond with Coldwell Banker Bain 

          Redmond Washington Home for Sale

          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.

          July
          15

          10 Favorite Food Carts in Portland

          10 Portland Food Cart

          Portland Food-On-Wheels: 10 Favorite Food Carts

          Call us biased, but some of our Brokers think Portland has the tastiest food carts in America. Food carts (aka trucks) are a staple in our local Portland community.  

          Depending upon who you talked to, Portland's first food trucks came into the picture as early as 1910 with Joseph Gatto selling from a horse-drawn cart. Fast forward to 2019, and you'll find nearly 600 food carts in our city with the aroma of food enticing hungry passersby to flock to their neighborhood. 

          Food carts have a style all their own that adds to the charm of Portland. Food carts are a huge part of our culture in Portland, and their popularity only continues to grow throughout our neighborhoods. Recently, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study named Portland as one of the five friendliest cities across America for food trucks.  Our city's food-friendly attitude invites new entrepreneurs to build their food cart businesses here and add to our "food-omenon."

          If you're searching for Portland homes for sale, you'll want to try out some of our restaurants on wheels.

          Our Favorite Portland Food Trucks

          Many locals use apps like Food Truck Fiesta, Eat St., and Roaming Hunger to track their favorite trucks. For the most part, each cart has a weekly rotation so you can always find them.

          Let's say hello to ten of the top food trucks in the city:

          1. Gracie's Apizza – 8371 North Interstate Avenue, Portland, OR 97217
            Gracie's Apizza is a fusion of New Haven and Portland pizza with genuine wood-fired pies served from an iconic little red van. You can find Gracie's ranging throughout many Portland neighborhoods, from Kenton to Hillsborough. The mozzarella is always made fresh.
          2. Gumba – Northeast Alberta Street and Northeast 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97211
            Gumba operates out of an unassuming cart led by local celebrity Jesse Martinez, the former sous chef of elegant Bar Mingo. With partner Robin Brassaw, he creates hand-crafted pasta dishes you have to see to believe. From beef short rib to Pizza Mondays, it runs the gamut of flavors.
          3. Matt's BBQ – 4233 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland, OR 97217
            You'll spot Matt's BBQ in Prost Marketplace, where top food carts hang out. The headliner is a simple yet succulent barbecue, but there are many Tex-Mex meals to choose from. Start with The Whole Shebang for a taste of all the meats and three side dishes.
          4. MF Tasty Food Truck – 3925-3927 North Williams Avenue, Portland, OR 97227
            MF Tasty Food Truck is the brainchild of chef-owner Eric Gitenstein, known for his delectable paella of the week. Cheesy quesadillas, cart-made chorizo, and other beloved Mexican-American bites can be enjoyed to go or under the covered seating area nearby.
          5. Kee's #Loaded Kitchen – 3625 Northeast MLK Jr. Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212
            Kiauna Nelson is an Internet sensation who rose to prominence with Kee's #Loaded Kitchen after teaching herself to cook and earning a business degree. Here, she serves up daily specials fresh. Check out her social media to learn what they are each day.
          6. Hapa PDX Ramen 6035 Northeast Halsey Street, Portland, OR 97213
            Your ramen craving will be cared for with Hapa PDX Ramen, which has brought the savor of Hawaiian-style ramen to Portland. Its G-Special Ramen is not to be missed: It combines pork and chicken broth, sprouts, spinach, pork belly, and a sprinkling of shiitake mushrooms.
          7. Wolf and Bear's – 113 Southeast 28th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
            With nearly ten years of experience behind it, Wolf and Bear's is lauded as the top Portland food truck for Middle Eastern food. It has two locations in Portland and is known for its extensive vegetarian-friendly menu. Classics like falafel and hummus are always on hand here!
          8. Wild North – 930 Southeast Oak Street, Portland, OR 97214
            Right outside Basecamp Brewing, Wild North serves up wood-fired cuisine from a refurbished Pyro Pizza cart. Local ingredients come together in spectacular ambitious dishes like whiskey lamb bone marrow topped with mushroom gremolata. Don't miss out on the clam chowder.
          9. Viking Soul Food – 4255 Southeast Belmont Street, Portland, OR 97215
            Authentic Scandinavian delights await you at Viking Soul Food! Rounding off nine years of experience, it pairs heaping helpings of meatballs with smoked salmon and hot seafood chowder. Wash everything down with a cold, refreshing lingonberry iced tea.
          10. Burger Stevens – 6238 Southwest Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97239
            What about the old-fashioned burger? Grab one at Burger Stevens, home of chef Don Salamone – a veteran of multiple Michelin-starred restaurants. His cheeseburger may well be the best in Portland thanks to its Creekstone ground beef.

          Portland Food Cart Flavors

          The flavors of Portland will tempt your taste buds, and the city's fleet of lunch trucks grows by the day. Why not get started on your road to a Portland home you'll love? To find out more or get started, contact us today. We look forward to helping you.

          July
          1

          July 4 Celebrations in Portland and Seattle

          Portland July 4 events

          Our Brokers are getting ready to enjoy another spectacular 4th of July around Portland and Seattle. When it comes to Independence Day, our area goes all out: We have some of the most memorable events anywhere in the United States.

          No matter whether you've just moved in or you're still looking around, you'll enjoy the warm welcome that these two cities and their surrounding communities can offer. There's something for everyone around the 4th of July. From kids to adults, everyone will be left wide-eyed!

          Looking for the best way to enjoy the holiday? We are taking a look at 10 events throughout our Pacific Northwest communities:

          Seattle july 4

          1. Seafair Summer Fourth – 2101 North Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
            Situated at Gas Works Park not far from Seattle homes for sale is the Seafair Summer Fourth celebration. This 4th of July favorite is one of the biggest fireworks displays in the area. You'll thrill to a custom musical score while enjoying brews from the beer garden and some of the city's most beloved food trucks. Live entertainment will be on hand, too!

          2. Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July – 440 Central Way, Kirkland, WA 98033
            Hosted by the Kirkland Downtown Association, which ensures a vibrant community and thriving business scene around Kirkland homes for sale, the Kirkland 4th of July is a sight to behold. Kicking off at 4 p.m. on Independence Day, it features a parade and fireworks show. It's touted as the biggest one-day event in Kirkland and is a high point of everyone's year.

          3. Everett's Colors of Freedom Celebration – 10410 19th Southeast #100, Everett, WA 98208
            Everett homes for sale will light up thanks to Everett's Colors of Freedom Celebration. The day-long affair begins with an eye-popping parade through the downtown area at 11 a.m., followed by a festival at famous Legion Park. The evening culminates with fireworks that sparkle over Port Gardner Bay. Organizers encourage you to bring a blanket and picnic!

          4. Point Ruston Independence Day 5K –  North 37th & Vassault Street, Tacoma, WA 98421
            Time for a race! Pass by some of the best Tacoma homes for sale as you participate in the yearly Point Ruston Independence Day 5K. This fast, flat, downhill course will challenge race veterans and give newcomers a taste of our local excitement. Anyone is welcome to participate at any speed, from power walking to running. It starts at 8 a.m. sharp near Vassault Park.

          5. Bellevue Four on the 4th – 10820 Northeast 10th Street Bellevue, WA 98004
            Bellevue Four on the 4th is a fun way to get exercise and meet new friends: Billed as a "dog walk and jog," it allows your canine companions to come with you for a non-competitive 4K event. After the race, there'll be music, a pet costume contest, photo booths, and vendors of all kinds. All participants receive a goodie bag. It's just a few blocks from Bellevue homes for sale.

          6. Waterfront Blues Festival – 98 Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204
            Get a taste of the blues at beloved Tom McCall Waterfront Park, where the Waterfront Blues Festival will be returning for another year. Performances will run for four full days from July 4th to the 7th, ranging across four big stages. There'll be food, merchandise, riverboat rides, and a whole lot more. It's just one more reason to pick Portland homes for sale.

          7. Oregon Z00 - 4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
            The Oregon Zoo will honor Independence Day by offering free admission for military veterans, active military personnel and first responders (active police, firefighters and EMTs), as well as up to four family members who accompany them. Families of deployed military personnel also will be given free admission.  Buying a home in Portland means you will be part of a community that believes in giving back.

          8. 70th Annual Lake Oswego Lions Club July 4th Pancake Breakfast - George Rogers Park, 611 S State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
            Kick off your July 4 celebration at 7:00 a.m. at the 70th Annual Lake Oswego Lions Club July 4th Pancake Breakfast.  Your breakfast menu includes all-you-can-eat of the "best pancakes west of the Mississippi," sausage, juice and live music. All proceeds from the event benefit Lions projects in the local community.

          9. Star Spangled Parade and Celebration - Millenium Plaza Park, 200 1st St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
            Start your 4th of July celebration in Lake Oswego. Begin your day at the Star Spangled Parade by watching festive floats, musical entertainment, vehicles decorated in red, white, and blue and even costumed canines march down A Avenue.  The parade finishes at Millenium Plaza Park where you'll be entertained with live music from Gospel Hooligan, see a Presentation of Colors from local Girl Scouts, and if you're hungry, why not sign up for the pie eating contest.  All the fun will be happening just minutes from Lake Oswego homes for sale.

          10. Portland Craft Beer Festival - Fields Neighborhood Park, 1099 NW Overton St. Portland, OR 97209
            The Fifth Annual Portland Craft Beer Festival starts July 4 at Fields Neighborhood Park.  Travel and Leisure, Matador, and Beer Connoisseur have named Portland, as The Best Beer City in the World.  Portland is home to over 70 craft breweries.  Only Portland-area crafters are featured at the festival featuring beers, plus ciders and wine.

          There's nothing else quite like the 4th of July, but there's always something to celebrate when you live around Seattle or Portland. Our local area will wow you with its outstanding arts, culture, and a flourishing economy.

          Coldwell Banker Bain makes it easy to find your Pacific Northwest dream home. Contact us to get started.

          June
          17

          8 Favorite Fishing Holes Around Seattle

          Seattle Fishing

          Our Capitol Hill Brokers and our Seattle Lake Union Brokers live and work right here in Seattle, just like our clients and future homeowners. When we're not helping people pursue the dream of homeownership, we're enjoying all our area has to offer – including fishing.

          Seattle is known for some of the best fishing in the Pacific Northwest. When you go angling around here, you can easily catch Chinook and silver salmon. Fishing reaches its first peak in mid-October through January.

          That said, the opportunities here go well beyond the winter.

          You'll find Chinook in Puget Sound from June through August, while silver salmon are out in force from July to September. When the salmon season closes in spring and summer, then it's time to enjoy bottom fishing with one of the many professional charter boats.

          Let's take a look at some of the best places around Seattle to get a world-class fishing experience:

          Seattle Fishing Puget Sound

          1. Puget Sound
            Puget Sound is legendary, giving a glimpse of pristine, protected waters sandwiched between the breathtaking Olympic Mountains. Fishing is abundant year around, and some of the best spots are only moments from the dock. There are 1,500 miles of shoreline to explore. Autumn is when you'll find anglers from all over the country visiting in pursuit of record-breaking Chinook.

            Seattle Fishing
          2. Belvoir Place on Union Bay – 3659 42nd Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
            Renowned as one of Seattle's top fishing spots, Belvoir Place offers fishing that's both fun and convenient. Nestled right on the city waterfront, you'll have your pick of spots – although Pier 86 is one of the local favorites. It boasts a 400-foot fishing pier and a wide range of fish to hook. You'll discover skate, salmon, perch, sablefish, and various others.

          3. Green Lake Park – 7201 East Greenlake Drive North, Seattle, WA 98115
            Green Lake Park will tempt you with a social fishing experience just minutes from downtown. Yes, it's one of the more popular spots around, but that also makes it a great place to meet fellow anglers. Rainbow and brown trout can be found year-round at any time of the day or night. That's right: Green Lake Park will welcome you 24 hours a day.

          4. Fairview Park – 2900 Fairview Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102
            Situated in the neighborhood of Portage Bay, Fairview Park shows off its best opportunities from March through October. Because it is a smaller location, it's easily overlooked. Patient anglers often snag a winning catch of steelhead trout or migratory salmon.

          5. Elliott Bay – 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
            Elliott Bay and its associated marina deliver iconic fishing for visitors of all ages. It may be the best place in the city to introduce youngsters to the joys of fishing. Plus, you can get all the bait and equipment you need right at the pro shop. Between Pier 57 and Pier 59, you can test your wits against squid, Dungeness crab, rockfish, halibut, sturgeon, and (of course) salmon.

          6. Lake Washington – 5895 Lake Washington Boulevard South, Seattle, WA 98118
            The state's second largest lake, Lake Washington is a 20-mile long landmark a short distance east of downtown Seattle. It's open all year long and is dotted with prime fishing locations. The Reverend Murphy Fishing Pier, not far from Seward Park, might be its best-kept secret: It will greet you with a lovely fishing pier and one of the best Mt. Rainier views.

          7. 365 Charters – Throughout the Seattle, WA Area
            An award-winning local charter company, 365 Charters provides a fresh, exciting sport fishing experience. You can choose to fish out on Puget Sound, the Skykomish River, the Snohomish River, Skagit River, Cowlitz River, or the famous Columbia River.

          8. Adventure Charters – Throughout the Seattle, WA Area
            If you want to enjoy the best in river and bottom fishing around Seattle, then Adventure Charters may be your pick. A family-owned Seattle fishing charter, it's known for a fun atmosphere and clean, modern boats. Tours can last up to six hours.

            Seattle Fishing

          Fishing is only the very beginning of what awaits you here in beautiful Seattle, WA. With help from our experts, it'll be easier than ever for you to find the home of your dreams, secure the funding you need, and get to closing day without a hitch. It's that easy.

          If you're looking for the experienced choice in Seattle real estate, our team is here for you. We combine years of local expertise with unbeatable customer service. Our advice will help you make informed decisions every step of the way.

          Contact us to learn more about the best Seattle homes for sale.

          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.

          June
          3

          10 Best Running Spots In and Around Seattle

          Favorite Spots for Running in Seattle
          National Running Day is June 5. Our Capitol Hill Brokers and our Seattle Lake Union Brokers want you to have the opportunity to enjoy it Seattle style.

          Seattle is well known for a wide range of hiking trails and other opportunities for runners. There are clubs to join and annual races for runners of all skill levels. Whether you are a seasoned 10k athlete or just getting started, the Emerald City is the place for you.

          Let's explore some of the best running spots in and around downtown Seattle:

          Seattle Washington Park Arboretum

          1. Washington Park Arboretum – 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112
            Washington Park Arboretum offers a veritable maze of well-kept trails in beautiful natural surroundings. These trails are inviting for those who want to partake of the scenery with broad, flat paths. No worrying about hitting a tree root here.

            Seattle Running Lighthouse
          2. Discovery Park Loop Trail – 3801 Discovery Park Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98199
            Discovery Park has more than 500 acres to explore, but the Loop Trail is #1 for hiking. Discovery Park is a 2.8-mile trail that includes a remarkable overlook above the Sound. There's also a side path that can take you around the West Point Lighthouse.

            Seattle Running Green Lake Park
          3. Green Lake Park – 7201 East Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle, WA 98115
            Green Lake Park surrounds the 50,000-year old glacial lake of the same name. The path is nearly three miles long, and it's one of the most popular around. Jogging in the cool of the morning is best since crowds tend to be attracted in the later hours.

          4. Burke-Gilman Trail – Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107
            Burke-Gilman Trail is packed with more than 18 miles of jogging. It has a special place in the heart of Seattle marathon runners, who use regularly. It gets joggers acquainted with both Puget Sound and some of Seattle's best neighborhoods.

          5. Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop – 860 Terry Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98104
            Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop is where to go if you're hungry for a 10k. The majority of the trail is paved and carves past the Gas Works and Lake Union Park. You'll catch views of the world famous Space Needle and the downtown area, too.

          6. Interlaken Boulevard – Interlaken Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98112
            Interlaken Boulevard is an oasis of green in the middle of the city. You could almost forget where you are thanks to the swath of green trees on a steep, winding path. Interlaken gains quite a bit of elevation in a short span, making it a brief but challenging jog.

            Seattle Running Seward Park
          7. Seward Park – 5900 Lake Washington Boulevard South, Seattle, WA 98118
            With 300 acres of land right within the city limits of Seattle, Seward Park is situated for a lovely 2.5-mile loop around Lake Washington.

          8. Volunteer Park – 1247 15th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112
            A gorgeous park of 48 acres, Volunteer Park gives you your choice of paved or gravel paths as well as open meadows. A climb of 107 steps in the Water Tower brings you to the observation deck, the perfect place to see Mt. Rainier on a sunny afternoon.

          9. Rattlesnake Ledge – Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area, 15001 443rd Ave Southeast, North Bend, WA 98045
            Rattlesnake Ledge is a popular, well-maintained trail where you're likely to encounter other hikers. Giving a view into the highest and easternmost of the Issaquah Alps, it is a 4-mile loop that gains an astonishing 1,100 feet. An incredible view rewards those who brave it.

          10. Elliott Bay Trail – Near Elliott Bay Marina, 2601 West Marina Place, Seattle, WA 98199
            Elliott Bay Trail is a 10-mile roundtrip trail giving you a waterfront adventure between Pier 55 and Pier 66. It also sports a bike path. As an urban exploration with some on-road segments, you'll be catching an eyeful of public art plus the Olympic Mountains and the city skyline.

            Seattle Running

          Our team will help you run, not walk, to the Seattle home of your dreams. With our expert advice and excellent customer service, you could be settling in before the next big race later this year. Our deep insight into the Seattle market makes a difference. Contact us today to discover the best Seattle homes for sale.

          May
          27

          Heading Outdoors in Vancouver Washington

          Vancouver Washington OutdoorsIf you've spoken to any locals while exploring Vancouver homes for sale, you probably already know our city is considered a hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you enjoy biking, hiking, or relaxing on the beach, there's always something fun to do in Vancouver. 

          With the warm weather coming, there's never been a better time to start exploring some of the awesome outdoor adventures Vancouver has to offer. Not sure where to start? We've got you covered! Here are seven of our favorite places to connect with nature and spend a day outdoors. 

          Vancouver Outdoors

          1. Burnt Bridge Creek Trail: NW Lakeshore Ave & NW Bernie Dr, Vancouver, WA 98665
            The eight-mile paved Burnt Bridge Creek Trail is a favorite among our Brokers. It offers an excellent view of the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway and is excellent for biking, jogging, or taking a leisurely stroll. The path offers a variety of different landscapes including heavily wooded areas and grasslands.

            Vancouver Outdoors
          2. Waterfront Park: 695 Waterfront Way Vancouver, WA 98660
            Popular among both visitors and locals, Waterfront Park is one of the highlights of the new mixed-use urban development known as Waterfront Vancouver. The 7.3-acre park runs along the edge of the Columbia River and is connected to Wintler Community Park by the five-mile Columbia River Renaissance Trail.

            Spend some time exploring the walking trails, relax in the open grassy areas, and watching the little ones play on the playground. Parts of the park are still under development, and the water feature opening this spring will be another welcome addition.
          1. Esther Short Park: W. 8th & Columbia Vancouver, WA 98663
            Located right in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Esther Short Park is Washington state's oldest public square and is an excellent spot to spend some time relaxing outdoors. It offers plenty of benches, and seating in the gazebos and on the open lawn.

            Our Brokers recommend visiting the Vancouver Farmer's Market, which is held here on weekends between March and October. If you enjoy live music, you also won't want to miss the park's Summer Concert Series.

            Vancouver Beach
          1. Vancouver Lake Regional Park: 6801 NW Lower River Road Vancouver, WA 98660
            Does your idea of a good time involve relaxing on the beach and enjoying a picnic lunch? Or are you the adventurous type who prefers to windsurf, kayak, canoe, and play sand volleyball? Either way, you'll love spending the day at Vancouver Lake Regional Park. Not only is this a beautiful beach, but it also offers gorgeous views of Mount Saint Helens, Mount Hood, and Mount Adams on clear days. 

          2. Columbia Springs: 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver, WA 98683
            Beautiful and historic Columbia Springs offers educational experiences for both children and adults and an opportunity to get up-close with nature. Located on 100 acres of natural land, visitors are welcome to enjoy the walking trails, practice nature photography, or enjoy a picnic.

            The whole family is sure to love the fish feeding pond, trout hatchery, wildlife viewing decks, trail-side art, and historical displays. Columbia Springs is dog-friendly, so don't hesitate to bring your furry friend. 
          1. Vancouver Land Bridge: WA-14, Vancouver, WA 98661
            Also known as the Confluence Project, the Vancouver Land Bridge is a 40-foot wide pedestrian bridge that links the Columbia waterfront and historic Fort Vancouver. Here you can soak in the elements of Native American and European culture, learn about the indigenous plants that line the trail, and enjoy a stunning view of the Columbia River and surrounding mountains. 

          2. Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond: 1112 NE 117th St, Vancouver, WA 98685
            Salmon Creek Regional Park rounds out our list of the best places to enjoy outdoor adventures in Vancouver. This popular, family-friendly destination features a splash pad and a playground for the kids, roped swimming areas at Klineline Pond.

            Pack a cooler and use one of the six public grills to cook up some burgers and hot dogs. There are 36 picnic tables at the park as well as two covered areas that you can reserve for larger parties. 

          Vancouver OutdoorsOnce you start exploring all that there is to do in Vancouver, you'll understand why so many people love calling this city home. Are you ready to join them? Contact us today to discuss your home-buying goals and learn how we can help! 

          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.

          May
          6

          Explore Portland Using Biketown

          Portland Biketown Bike Share
          If you preferred means of travel is on two wheels, buying one of our Portland homes for sale just might be for you.  Portland has long been known as a city full of people who care about the environment and love to spend their time outdoors. Thanks to the innovative Biketown Bike Share Program, open-air travel is now easily accessible to all residents! 

          Our Portland Uptown Brokers love spending their free time biking around the city, and we're sure you will too!

          Haven't heard of Biketown yet? No worries! Here's everything you need to know about how the program works and some tips for where to go on your next cycling adventure. 

          Biketown: Giving You More to Explore 

          Biketown is a city-wide program that includes 1,000 bikes and 125 area stations. Users can choose to either pay as they go or sign up for an inexpensive monthly or annual membership.

          When you're ready to take a bike for a ride, you simply enter your code on the bike lock, hop on, and head out. When you're through with your ride, take the bike back to one of the stations, re-lock it, and you're done! 

          Because there are stations all across the city, users can easily combine Biketown, public transit, and walking to get to wherever they need to be. Whether you want to ride to the farmer's market, get in some exercise while checking out Portland homes for sale, or enjoy one of the area's great bike trails, Biketown is the way to go! 

          In honor of National Bike Month, we recommend you give Biketown a try and spend a day visiting some of the area's best bike trails. Not sure where to start? Check out this list of our favorites! 

          Wilamette River

            1. Willamette River Loop
              With some of the city's best views, the 30-mile Willamette River Loop will take you through Portland's south side and offers views of Lake Oswego and the three bridges crossing the Willamette River. The route is mostly flat, making for a relaxing ride, and there are some great breweries nearby! Want to enjoy some of the same gorgeous views without such a long ride? Opt for the six-mile route along the Willamette Greenway Bike Trail instead. 


              Sellwood Bridge

            2. Sellwood Bridge Loop
              If you're in the mood for an easy, relaxing ride, we recommend the 11-mile Sellwood Bridge Loop.  This ride offers several views of the Willamette River and is mostly on bike paths with just a few street intersections mixed in.  This is a fairly popular path, so expect to see plenty of other bicyclists and pedestrians. Short and sweet, the Sellwood Bridge Loop is the perfect ride to enjoy before heading off for a day of shopping or Sunday brunch with your friends. 


              Portland Bike Trails Mountain View

            3. Mountain View Trail
              Powell Butte Nature Park is a great place for nature enthusiasts to spend the day. With the gorgeous views of Mount Hood, you can't beat the bike ride along the 20-mile paved path known as the Mountain View Trail. There are also several other simple trails, each offering the opportunity to explore the park while enjoying grassy nooks and open fields. 


              Portland Biking Southeast

            4. Southeast Neighborhoods
              Possibly one of the most interesting rides on this list, the 13-mile Southeast Neighborhoods route begins at the iconic Salmon Street Fountain, then winds through some of the best historic neighborhoods in Southeast Portland. The homes here have plenty of charm, and you'll love riding through the tree-lined streets and off-street paths with occasional views of the river.  This route is extremely popular with both bikers and runners, so expect to share the roads with plenty of fellow outdoor enthusiasts. 

            5. Gateway Green
              Arguably one of the city's coolest parks, Gateway Green in East Portland is literally an urban island. Since it's nestled between I-84 and I-106, you'll have to navigate your way along the I-205 multi-use path to get there, but it's well worth it.  The bike trails here are a mountain biker's dream. They include a skills area where you'll find a jump line and pump track, a gravity area, and plenty of single-track trails. 

            6. Portland's West Hills
              When you're ready to take on a true challenge, our Portland West Brokers recommend trying your hand at tackling Portland's West Hills. This thigh-burning climb is only 15-miles long, but it guaranteed to push your limits.  While on the climb, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of both the mountains and downtown Portland. We promise you'll feel exhausted and starving after this ride, so plan to meet some friends at one of the local breweries when you're done! 

          Whether you enjoy outdoor adventures, an exceptional dining scene, shopping, or nightlife, you'll find it in Portland. In fact, this is more than just a city, it's truly an experience!

          There are so many things to love about living here, and we can't wait to show you around. Contact us today to get started! 

          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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