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Seattle Museum Memberships That Make Great Gifts

Museum Memberships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Small Business Saturday: How to Support Small Businesses This Holiday Season

Small Business Saturday

During the holidays last year, shoppers chose to support small businesses more than ever before by skipping online shopping and chain stores to do their holiday shopping locally. So let's do even better this year, and show the Seattle area small businesses some love for the holidays. Our brokers have the details on why and how to support small businesses this holiday season.

Why Small Businesses Deserve Your Support During the Holidays

If you're like most people, then you probably already have some favorite local small businesses where you love shopping. It's nice to go to a place where people know your face, name, and preferences as soon as you walk through the door. Small businesses provide the opportunity for local artists, artisans, farmers, restaurateurs, and business people to share their unique wares with the public.

Small businesses are also integral to local economies in every neighborhood, and Seattle is no exception. Thriving small businesses create jobs, drive local spending, and provide a level of personalized service that you can't find anywhere else. Many small business owners are also very dedicated to raising funds for local charities, supporting community events, and giving back to the communities that help them thrive.

How to Support Small Businesses for the Holidays

There are so many reasons both big and small to support small businesses for the holidays. Your support means so much to these businesses, and doing your holiday shopping locally is also a great way to find one-of-a-kind gifts that you won't find anywhere else. But how do you show your support? Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Show Up and Browse to Find That Special Something
    We all know how easy it is to browse a big, online retailer to find generic gifts, but it's hard to find that spark of inspiration for a truly special gift when you shop online. Whether you already have a gift idea in mind or you want to find a unique gift for someone who's hard to shop for, visiting small businesses to browse and make a purchase is a great way to get inspired for your holiday shopping.

  • Start Your Shopping Early and Be Patient
    Starting your holiday shopping early provides a variety of benefits for small businesses, and can make your life easier too. It provides revenue for small businesses when they need it most, and allows them to prepare your order before the busiest holiday shopping times. So get out there to start shopping before Black Friday, and be patient while small businesses get your order ready in time for the holidays.

  • Support Small Businesses by Showing Your Love Online
    After you're done shopping at your favorite small businesses, why not show them some love online? Leaving positive reviews on Yelp and Google is a great place to start because those reviews really help small businesses gain exposure online. You can also shout out and link to your favorite small businesses on social media, to help all of your connections find the best local places to shop for the holidays.

  • Try Dining Out or Ordering a Meal Kit for a Holiday Meal
    Eliminate the stress of cooking for the holidays and support a small business in the process by visiting a restaurant for a holiday meal. You can dine out at a restaurant that's open for in-person dining, or order a meal kit from a local restaurant that makes it easy to whip up a world-class meal at home with minimal effort.

  • Be a Friendly Customer and a Generous Tipper
    When you visit a small business to do some shopping or eating, make sure to treat the staff well. And if you can afford it, a generous tip can make a big difference.

Are you searching for a home located close to all of your favorite Seattle small businesses? Our local real estate team is here to help you find the perfect match among the many Seattle homes for sale. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.


Brunch Options for Mother's Day in Seattle

Brunch in Seattle

Mark your calendars. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9th! After a challenging 2020, one of the things our brokers are most excited about is the re-opening of some of our favorite Seattle restaurants this spring. If you're looking for a great place to take your mom for brunch on Mother's Day, we definitely recommend these great Seattle eateries:

  • Portage Bay Cafe - 391 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
    One of Seattle's most beloved brunch spots, Portage Bay Cafe, is known for their fresh sandwiches and bowls, as well as a breakfast bar stocked with organic, local, and sustainable sources ingredients. They make some killer omelets and French toast, too, making it a prime Mother's Day spot. We love the South Lake Union location, which is a short walk from downtown, but Portage Bay Cafe also has several additional locations throughout the city, all convenient to many Seattle homes for sale

  • Fat's Chicken and Waffles - 2726 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122
    One of Seattle's best destinations for hearty Southern-inspired comfort food, Fat's Chicken and Waffles is a cozy, stylish little cafe with an atmosphere that—much like its menu—feels like a quirky take on what you'd see at an old-fashioned Southern joint. Their brunch menu is packed with tasty favorites like shrimp and grits with eggs and biscuits with andouille sausage gravy. And it almost goes without saying that their fried chicken and waffles are amazing. 

  • Tilikum Place Cafe - 407 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121
    Tilikum Place Cafe is a European-style bistro nestled in the historic heart of Belltown. It's a treasured neighborhood eatery with an eclectic menu of seasonal favorites. Their offerings are ever-changing depending on what's in season, but you can always count on anything your order being handcrafted from the freshest local ingredients. Cafe Tilikum is a cozy space with just a few tables, so reservations are always a good idea, especially on popular brunch days like Mother's Day. 

  • Café Pettirosso - 1101 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
    Originally founded as a coffee cart in the '90s, Café Pettirosso moved quickly into a brick-and-mortar location, and after a few changes over the years, has become one of the best brunch spots in Seattle's Capitol Hill area. They offer a little bit of everything, from a pastry and espresso bar to fresh-squeezed juices and craft cocktails. The brunch menu at Café Pettirosso is full of great options like seasonal omelets and duck confit hash. 

  • El Parche Columbiano - 11740 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
    With a vibrant atmosphere and colorful Columbian cuisine, El Parche Columbiano is arguably the best place in Seattle to find authentic South American fare. They serve every meal of the day in their fun, funky space, but the breakfast and brunch staples are some of our favorites. Traditional Columbian breakfast dishes like Calenta'o (rice and beans served with arepas and eggs any style) are fresh and delicious. El Parche Columbiano also makes some of the best empanadas you're ever likely to taste.

  • OLMSTE(A)D - 314 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
    A hip hangout in Capitol Hill known for their daily brunch and craft cocktail menu, OLMSTE(A)D is a fun neighborhood hangout spot. The food here tends to get classified as new American cuisine, but OLMSTE(A)D draws inspiration from all over the globe, with fresh and flavorful brunch dishes like rich, spicy shakshuka and thick-sliced brioche French toast. Brunch is served every day until 2:45 PM.

  • Le Pichet - 1933 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
    Nestled amid the hustle and bustle of Seattle's famed Pike Place Market, Le Pichet is a welcoming little French-style bistro and bar. It's a quaint, cozy place to enjoy morning coffee or a glass of wine in the evening in their open sidewalk dining area. Their menu abounds with French breakfast and lunch specialties, from expertly prepared egg dishes to sandwiches on fresh-baked baguettes. Le Pichet also offers splendid charcuteries and cheese boards, and their house-made ice cream is to die for. 

Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in the Seattle area, and be sure to ask our team how we can help you find your dream home here. Seattle is a truly unique and special place to call home, with great dining options for Mother's Day or just any old day!


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!


11 Fireplace Maintenance Tips for Your Home This Winter

Fireplace Maintenance

Nothing warms you up quite like a crackling fireplace on a brisk winter day. But if you're like most homeowners, your fireplace probably hasn't been touched since last spring. That could be a problem. 

Our brokers want to help ensure your cozy fireplace is safe year-round. Here's what you need to know about enjoying your fireplace safely this winter. 

  1. Keep Combustible Materials Away from the Fireplace
    It might sound like a no-brainer, but it's easy to forget how flammable carpet can be until a hot ember rolls onto it. Anything that burns should be kept at least 2 feet from the opening of your fireplace. Be sure to keep combustibles well away from the lintel (the metal bar across the top of the fireplace opening). Get a non-flammable mat to put in front of the fireplace in case a spark escapes.

  2. A Fireplace Is Not a Furnace
    Unlike your central HVAC, modern fireplaces are not intended to provide long-term heat to an entire home. They're meant for short-duration fires—no more than 5 hours at a time. A fireplace should never be used to replace your furnace. 

  3. Maintenance Is Essential
    A poorly-maintained fireplace and chimney is a recipe for disaster. You should have your chimney and fireplace professionally cleaned and inspected at least once a year. The best time to do so is at the end of the burning season in spring, but if you did not have yours serviced this spring, you should absolutely have it done before using the fireplace again this winter.

  4. Check the Chimney
    Even if you had your fireplace properly cleaned at the end of the last season, you should always check the chimney before burning anything. Chimneys can become blocked by birds' nests and debris, which pose a fire hazard and can cause smoke to back up into your living space. Regular chimney check-ups are also essential to keep track of creosote buildup. Creosote buildup inside the chimney is a leading cause of chimney fires, and your chimney should be swept if creosote builds up to 1/8-inch thickness or more. 

  5. Glass Open, Screen Closed
    The best way to keep a fire going and avoid potential mishaps is to keep the glass doors of your fireplace open. This allows the natural airflow to take smoke up the chimney. Leave the screens in place to prevent sparks and embers from popping out of the fireplace and into the room. 

  6. Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
    Everyone should have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their home. But they are even more important if you have a fireplace. Be sure to test each alarm at the beginning of the heating season and make sure they all have fresh batteries. 

  7. Open Up the Window
    By opening a window before you get a fire going—even just a crack—you'll keep the room from getting smoky. The open window creates a natural airflow that helps smoke go up the chimney instead of into the room. 

  8. Test the Air Flow Before You Start a Fire
    Before starting a fire, light a match and let it go out in the fireplace. Watch to see if the smoke travels upward into the chimney or outward into the room. If it's the latter, there may be a chimney blockage. 

  9. Get Some Good Fireplace Tools
    The only objects you should use to adjust the fire are those that are designed for that purpose. A good fireplace set should include metal tongs for moving logs around, a fireplace poker, a broom for brushing away soot, and a shovel. 

  10. Empty Ashes With Care
    When ashes in the bottom of your fireplace are deep enough to touch the grate, they can impede airflow and should be removed. Shovel ash out of the fireplace carefully, and only dispose of it in a fire-resistant container. Even if the ashes seem to be completely cold, there may still be a lit ember within them that could potentially start a fire. Ashes can stay hot for up to three days. 

  11. Burn Seasoned Hardwoods
    Hardwoods like oak, maple, and ash burn hotter, brighter, and last longer than softwoods like pine, hemlock, or spruce. Woods should be well seasoned so that they don't contain too much moisture. Damp or "green" wood creates more smoke and creosote. 

Contact us today to learn more about staying safe and warm this winter. Our team at Coldwell Banker Bain is dedicated not only to helping our clients find the perfect Portland homes for sale but also to helping them enjoy their new place for a lifetime.


Pick the Perfect Tree From These Christmas Tree Farms Near Seattle

'Tis the season that the Pacific Northwest turns into a winter wonderland, and our brokers love every minute of it! One of our favorite activities throughout December is to throw on our favorite holiday sweater, grab a thermos of hot cocoa, and take a stroll through a Christmas tree farm. Whether you're searching for the perfect tree for your home or if you love surrounding yourself in Washington's wonderful outdoors, we suggest you stop by these Christmas tree farms near Seattle this winter.

  1. McMurtrey's Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm — 13925 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. NE, Redmond, WA 98052
    For nearly 50 years, the McMurtrey family has invited families to make special memories at their Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm. Serving up complimentary cider, hot chocolate, and candy canes, their farm is the perfect place to shop for local, fresh-cut Christmas trees. After you see some of our Redmond homes for sale, you can bring your children and even the dog for a few family photos in McMurtrey's winter wonderland. With small tabletop trees and large 15-footers that can be delivered to your door, McMurtrey's Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm will provide the perfect tree alongside picture-perfect memories.

  2. Olalla Valley Farms — 3655 34th Ave. W, Seattle, WA 98199
    Specializing in Nobel Firs, Olalla Valley Farms is a quaint Christmas tree lot located in the Magnolia neighborhood. Over the last 20 years, they've paired their Natural Noble Firs with Douglas Firs and Nordmann Fir trees to offer some of the most premium-quality trees near the city. A quick ride around the corner from our Seattle homes for sale, a visit to Olalla Valley Farms is one of the easiest ways to pick out and pick up your Christmas tree on a busy schedule.

  3. Seattle Christmas Tree — 3839 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
    Whether picking out your Christmas tree is the first or final step in your holiday decorating plans, Seattle Christmas Tree wants you to know that they're ready to make your holiday traditions memorable. Their Noble Firs are among the highest-quality trees in the Pacific Northwest, each of them fresh-cut, super full, and perfectly shaped for any size space. Seattle Christmas Tree also sells tree stands and tree lights, so you can conveniently find everything you need in one quick stop. Best of all, they offer free delivery within three miles so you can pick out your tree without ever leaving your cozy living room.

  4. Andy Smith Christmas Trees — 210 NW 101st & Holman Rd. NW, Seattle, WA 98177
    Pay a visit to Andy Smith Christmas Trees and walk out with the perfect fresh-cut tree for your home. Their knowledgeable staff will give you advice on how to keep your tree healthy throughout the season and how to ensure that your tree doesn't create any safety hazards for your family. Make the holidays a little more romantic around the house by grabbing some of Andy Smith's fresh mistletoe as well.
  5. Buttonwood Farm — 14500 NE 116th St., Redmond, WA 98052
    Buttonwood Farm is one of the few Christmas tree farms in the area to sell certified organic trees. No pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals are ever used, so you can rest assured that your tree is safe for everyone in your family to admire, pets included! This year, they're opening up their farm by appointment only, so make sure to schedule a visit around your Redmond homes for sale viewings.

  6. MJW Christmas Trees — 12120 NE 85th St., Kirkland, WA 98033
    If you're looking for a tree for your business or your home, MJW Christmas Trees has you covered. Their lot is near many of our best Kirkland homes for sale, but you can also shop their selection of trees, stans, wreaths, treatments, and disposal bags on their website. MJW's delivery service also includes an in-home tree set up featuring placement, pruning, watering, and clean up. As an added bonus, MJW also offers a tree removal service, making holiday clean-up a breeze and ensuring that your tree is recycled into garden mulch.

Now that you've found the perfect tree, it's time to find the perfect house to display it in. We would love to help you with your search! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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!


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!


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.

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