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Food Tours Near Portland

Portland Food Tours

Last year, personal finance website WalletHub awarded Portland the title of America's top foodie city. This comes as no surprise to our brokers, who love to explore Portland's culinary landscape with these delightful food tours. Get a true taste of what the local area has to offer when you sign up for one of these tours. 

  • Third Wave Coffee Tours
    When it comes to gourmet coffee, the Pacific Northwest truly shines. Get your caffeine fix and more with Third Wave Coffee Tours. Go behind the scenes to learn the secrets of artisanal coffee at cafes and micro-roasters in the Pearl District, Slabtown, and other Portland neighborhoods. Satisfy your sweet tooth on the Specialty Coffee and Artisanal Donuts tour. Fitness fans can even take part in a five-mile run while learning about Portland's gourmet coffee scene. Tours last approximately two hours, and the price is $59. Visit the website for schedules and reservations. 

  • Farm 2 Fork Tours
    The farm-to-table movement has raised awareness among diners about where their food comes from. The guides at Farm 2 Fork Tours take you directly to the source, giving you an up-close and personal look at sustainable food practices. Learn to shuck oysters on the Coastal Exploration tour, watch cheese being made on the Dairy Experience tour, or visit an urban farm on the Taste of Willamette Valley tour. Customize your tour by adding a cooking class or a catered farm-to-table meal. Tours run five to six hours, and prices start at $149. Visit the website to book your reservation.

  • Portland by Mouth
    Sherri, founder and hostess of Portland by Mouth, has a goal to create a community around a shared passion for food. Visit five to six restaurants in the Buckman or Kerns neighborhoods, sampling a range of cuisines such as Cuban, Italian, and Asian. Enjoy a strolling brunch in the historic Mississippi district, savoring delicious pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and brunch cocktails. Plan on approximately three hours for each tour. Price for Buckman and Kerns tours is $89 each, while the brunch tour is $70, with alcoholic beverages included for an additional $15. Visit the website to view the calendar and make a reservation.

  • Lost Plate
    Lost Plate takes their inspiration from the city's favorite motto: "Keep Portland Weird." Their tours focus on food carts, microbreweries, and other establishments that make Portland's culinary landscape so unique. If you're looking for a romantic outing or a fun day with friends, check out the Willamette Valley Wine tour. Choose three wineries from a selection of seven to 10 locations and travel on their hop-on-hop-off shuttle. Food tours are $59 and $79 for 2.5 hours, all-inclusive. The wine tour is $79-$119 for a 6.5-hour trip and covers transportation only. Visit the website to book a tour.

  • Forktown Food Tours
    According to their slogan, Forktown Food Tours are "Designed by food lovers for food lovers." Founded in 2010, making them the longest-operating food tour company in Portland, Forktown supports local businesses by promoting an appreciation for the city's culinary culture. Tour options include "classic" Downtown, "eclectic" Mississippi Avenue, and "global" Division Street. Ready for some international food adventures? Heidi Burnette, owner of Forktown, conducts global tours in countries such as Italy, Spain, China, and Australia. Local tours include groups of two to six people, allowing for easy interaction among participants. Price is $115. Visit the website for current tour availability.

  • BeerQuest 
    Portland's reputation for first-class coffee is rivaled only by its status as the number one craft brew city in America. BeerQuest ups the ante by offering a Haunted Pub tour, which features stops such as the infamous Shanghai Tunnels and the haunted cigar room at Kells Irish Pub. Tours are led by local historians and ghost hunters, who provide colorful stories of paranormal activities. Price for the two-hour tour is $39. Visit the website for the full schedule. 

Portland is the place to be. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for all your real estate needs and for assistance moving to the area. 


Try These 9 Burger Spots Near Seattle

Burger Spots

The Emerald City is home to its fair share of culinary legends, and our brokers know you'll need a good meal to keep your energy high when you're visiting Seattle homes for sale. For an unforgettable twist on an American classic, you shouldn't overlook this city's take on the good, old-fashioned burger.

From high-end gourmet restaurants to drive-in chains born and raised right here in Washington, you will have plenty of options when it comes to the classic combo of a burger and fries. There's something here for everyone, and your favorite is always on the menu.

Let's drop in on just a handful of the most noteworthy burger spots near Seattle:

  1. The West Seattle Swinery – 3207 California Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA 98116
    The West Seattle Swinery made its name as a butcher and still bills itself as Seattle's #1 meat shop. This "local mom and pop meat shop" sits side by side with its own comfortable restaurant. An award-winning Swinery Burger is the headliner here, boasting a third of a pound of authentic Painted Hills beef.

  2. Harry's Fine Foods – 601 Bellevue Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102
    Harry's Fine Foods is one of the linchpin restaurant and bar combos in Seattle's always sought-after Capitol Hill neighborhood. Whether you're in the mood for dinner, happy hour, or a weekend brunch, quality burgers with meat from local producers are here for you to enjoy.

  3. Dick's Drive-In – 115 Broadway East, Seattle, WA 98102
    With locations all throughout Seattle, Dick's Drive-In may be the most popular chain in the city. Don't let that fool you into thinking you are getting a "same old, same old" burger. Dick's is a local institution for a few good reasons, including the super-specialized and always satisfying menu, now 70 years running.

  4. Katsu Burger – 6538 4th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108
    Katsu Burger is a Japanese-inspired burger bar where the familiar beef patty gets traded in for slabs of katsu. It's a true Seattle success story, building its brand to eight locations. Some of them include a sushi bar or a full Japanese restaurant menu, while others (such as this one) focus exclusively on the burgers.

  5. Great State Burger – 2041 7th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
    When you want a Washington spin on the cheeseburger you crave, you need to look no further than Great State Burger. Tempting its eager guests with burgers, fries, and shakes done right – served up with a side of fun – it is Washington's answer to the mainstay burger drive-through.

  6. Shake Shack – 2115 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
    Beloved by college students, Shake Shack is popular for its gourmet spin on all the old standbys. You can find a Shake Shack in more than half of all states, but it has a unique place in Seattle food lore. Try out the "concretes," milkshakes that bite back – or visit the official Shake Shack food truck before or after hours.

  7. Taurus Ox – 1523 East Madison Street #101, Seattle, WA 98122
    Taurus Ox means no nonsense when it comes to some of the best burgers in Seattle, rated 4.8 after hundreds of Google Reviews. Its roots are in Laotian cuisine, furnishing you with lots of unexpected pairings and striking flavors to go with a classic or "Asian fusion" burger of your choice.

  8. Rain City Burgers – 6501 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115
    Rain City Burgers is the perfect place to go to watch the big game with a few dozen friends. Savor all the fast-paced action and excitement as you wrap your mouth around quality burgers themed around some top local sports teams. You can complete the winning roster with your preference of tater tots or sweet potato fries.

  9. Mean Sandwich – 1510 Northwest Leary Way, Seattle, WA 98107
    Don't be intimidated by the name: Mean Sandwich is home to a slew of "can't miss" burgers. One or two quarter-pound patties, reliable American cheese, and your pick of specialty toppings sit on a Tribeca Oven bun paired with "fried-baked" potatoes. It's a mouthful!

There are many culinary delights to discover in the Seattle area. Ready to make this area your home? Contact us to find out more about Seattle real estate today.


Budget-Friendly Portland Spots

Portland Attractions

Do you want to save money while enjoying everything Portland has to offer? Our brokers have a suggestion or two that may be just what you're looking for. Portland's vibrant community has plenty to offer, and you can fill a weekend near Portland homes for sale without spending a single cent.

Let's take a closer look at some of the many fun and budget-friendly places you can enjoy around Portland:

  • Forest Park – See Website for Location Details and Access Points
    At more than 5,000 acres, Forest Park is a unique natural oasis in the midst of Portland. Six times bigger than New York City's famous Central Park, it operates as a refugee for hundreds of local wildlife species. There are more than 40 access points to choose from, and visitors will find more than 80 marked trails. Every trail is open to visitors on foot and dogs on a leash. Some areas accommodate bicycles and horses.

  • Washington Park – 4033 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
    Thought of as the signature park of greater Portland, Washington Park is filled with some unexpected perks and amenities. It is the site of the Hoyt Arboretum, the International Rose Test Garden (typically blooming between May and October), and the Oregon Zoo. The Oregon Zoo alone is home to 2,000 animals from more than 200 global species, including lions, tigers, and lots more.

  • Oregon Rail Heritage Center – 2250 Southeast Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
    Oregon Rail Heritage Center is a 100% free attraction managed by the nonprofit Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation and its volunteers. The centerpiece of the permanent exhibits is the set of three historic locomotives, which have been carefully preserved. All three of these vintage steam engines were originally owned by the City of Portland, and the oldest one dates back to 1905.

  • Oregon Historical Society – 1200 Southwest Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
    Safeguarding Oregon's rich and varied history for generations to come is the mission here at the Oregon Historical Society. Itself a historic institution established back in 1898, and it is only steps from the current location of the Portland Art Museum. It is constantly offering an array of permanent and temporary exhibits.

  • Portland International Rose Test Garden – 400 Southwest Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
    There are more varieties of roses than virtually any other kind of flower grown in the United States, and the reason is the many horticulturists who are tirelessly working to develop new breeds. The results are here to shine at the Portland International Rose Test Garden, where visitors can see (and smell) more than 10,000 bushes. The collection represents about 650 distinct rose varieties, and it peaks in June.

  • Pioneer Courthouse Square – 701 Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
    The hub of public life in Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square is known and beloved as "Portland's living room." It is totally free to visit, and there's always something going on, so you will want to check out the website to review the latest event calendar. Concerts such as the PDX Live Series, known as "Signature Events," are held on a regular basis. Variety shows, operas, DJs, and more can be found every week.

  • Tom McCall Waterfront Park – 98 Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204
    Tom McCall Waterfront Park is where to discover the seasonal Portland Saturday Market, which runs from March through December every year. Now in its 49th year, it's a favorite among local vendors and attracts about 150 every week. You'll marvel at the rich assortment of arts and crafts, produce, pantry staples, and gifts, with a selection that's uniquely Portland. Live music takes place almost every day.

  • Powell's City of Books – 1005 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97209
    A Portland classic that carries on the tradition of the local bookshop, Powell's City of Books is a place where you can still spot unexpected finds and rare first editions even big e-retailers can't match. The world's largest independent bookstore, Powell's is an experience: it spans an entire city block and has about one million volumes under one roof. 

Want to learn more about Portland real estate? Contact us today to get started.


Seattle History: Queen Anne Landmarks

Queen Anne Neighborhood

Situated on the highest of Seattle's iconic seven hills, Queen Anne is known for its remarkable buildings and landmarks. In fact, the neighborhood is named for one of its more prominent architectural styles. 

When our brokers want to show off Seattle to visitors, these memorable landmarks are on the viewing list.

  • Ballard-Howe House - 22 W. Highland Dr., Seattle, WA 98109
    The name of Ballard-Howe House pays tribute to the building's history and its two notable owners. After Martin D. Ballard traveled to the Pacific Northwest via the Oregon Trail, he built his stunning Colonial/Georgian Revival home on Queen Anne's south slope. Upon his death in 1907, the home was purchased by attorney James B. Howe. Today, Ballard-Howe House has been converted into an 18-unit apartment community.

  • Climate Pledge Arena - 334 1st Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109
    Seattle residents know Climate Pledge Arena as the site of countless musical and sporting events. But through a series of name changes and renovations, the building has been a significant part of Queen Anne's history. The Washington State Pavilion and the Space Needle were the two major highlights of the 1962 World's Fair. Since the city purchased the arena in 1964, it has served as home to Seattle's various basketball and hockey teams, including the Supersonics of the NBA and the Kraken. In its current iteration as Climate Pledge Arena, the building is making news of another sort as the world's first net zero-carbon certified arena.

  • C. H. Black House & Gardens - 615 W. Lee St., Seattle, WA 98119
    As founder of Seattle Hardware Co., Charles H. Black was one of the city's more prominent citizens. In 1909, Black built what would become known as C. H. Black House & Gardens. The Tudor-style home included 33 rooms across 11,600 square feet. Landscaping was designed by the prestigious Olmsted Brothers firm, which created NYC's Central Park as well as Seattle's impressive park system. A unique feature of the home is the stable on the north side, which was connected to the main house by an underground tunnel.

  • George Washington Memorial Bridge - Aurora Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
    While the official name of this landmark is the George Washington Memorial Bridge, most people refer to it simply as the Aurora Bridge for the street where it's located. During the dedication ceremony in 1932, President Herbert Hoover used a telegraphic key in Washington, D.C., to unfurl the flags along the bridge. The 3,000-foot span crosses Lake Union to connect the Queen Anne and Fremont neighborhoods. People love to pose alongside the Fremont Troll, a whimsical 18-foot sculpture lurking under the north end of the bridge. On the south end sits Canlis, Seattle's most iconic restaurant, known for its sweeping panoramic views. 

  • Kobe Bell - 301 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109
    As the centerpiece of its namesake memorial garden, the Kobe Bell stands as a sign of international friendship. During activities for the 1962 World's Fair, the bell was donated to Seattle by its sister city, Kobe, Japan. In accordance with traditional Japanese style, the Kobe Bell has no clapper. Sounds are produced by clanging a large attached log against the bell's exterior.

  • Queen Anne Library - 400 W. Garfield St., Seattle, WA 98119
    Dating back to 1913, the majestic Queen Anne Library was built using funds donated by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Plans for the library initially led to bitter infighting within community groups regarding the proposed location. Eventually, they settled on the current spot on W. Garfield St. The Tudor Revival-style building has undergone several updates and renovations, including the addition of five stained glass mural windows in the central reading room. During the most recent remodel in 2007, the entire building was repainted and recarpeted, while technology services and equipment received a major upgrade.

  • Wagner Floating Home - 2770 Westlake Ave. N, #10, Seattle, WA 98109
    Queen Anne's landmarks aren't restricted to dry land. The Wagner Floating Home is a symbol of a lifestyle seen in a few cities. Originally docked on Lake Washington, the home was towed to its current spot on Lake Union in 1938. Dick Wagner, an architect by trade and passionate sailor, purchased the home in the 1950s. Wagner and his wife Colleen, an accomplished artist, turned their home into the Center for Wooden Boats, a museum documenting the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest. While the CWB has since grown into three other sites, the floating home was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Want to learn more about what makes Seattle homes for sale so special? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable brokers.


Hidden Gems in Portland


Portland homes for sale are smack dab in the middle of one of America's most unique and vibrant cities. Portland has long been known for following the beat of its own drum, and you'll find this reflected in all the city has to offer – from businesses to nonprofits, historic sites, and parks.

You truly can explore Portland every day for a year and only scratch the surface. Our brokers think that's one of the most exciting parts of living in The City of Roses, but it can also be a lot to take in. So, we have a selection of just a few local "hidden gems" to get you started.

Let's take a closer look at a few of the places that make Portland what it is:

  • Multnomah Whiskey Library – 1124 Southwest Alder Street, Portland, OR 97205
    Multnomah Whiskey Library has a distinctly Portland take on the tapas craze, but the small plates aren't the stars of the show. Instead, you'll find more than 1,500 different drinks to choose from. Whiskey is only the beginning, and new spirits are joining the selection regularly.

  • Academy Theater – 7818 Southeast Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215
    Academy Theater is a "movie palace" that transports you back to the golden age of cinema in plush splendor. Showings typically include one recent popular release along with two classic comedies. The food and drink selection runs the gamut from theater mainstays to coffee, tea, and spiced apple cider.

  • Red Light Clothing Exchange – 3590 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR 97214
    Red Light Clothing Exchange is just one example of the many clothing exchanges all throughout Portland, and easily one of the most popular. Open Thursday through Monday, it is now in the process of developing a digital gallery where you can browse its inventory online for the first time.

  • World Foods Portland – 9845 Southwest Barbur Boulevard, Portland, OR 97219
    Not to be confused with the much larger chain of a similar name, World Foods Portland is a family-owned and operated specialty store that includes a grocery and deli. With two locations throughout Portland, each open from 8 a.m. to late, fresh fare is always close at hand.

  • The Green Microgym – 828 Southeast 34th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
    The Green Microgym has a unique way of keeping its members motivated. It's "green" because of its low carbon footprint – the lights are powered by the energy produced as visitors work out. As you work out, you're doing your part to power the building (including that all-important air conditioning system.)

  • Rimsky-Korsakoffee House – 707 Southeast 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
    Featured in the Atlas Obscura series of offbeat travelogues, Rimsky-Korsakoffee House (or just "Rimsky's" to its friends) has been called the best coffee in Portland. Hard to find unless you know where to look, it holds special surprises based on the composer each indoor table is named for.

  • Glowing Greens PDX – 509 Southwest Taylor Street, Portland, OR 97204
    Want to enjoy some golf, but it's too hot or cold outside? Glowing Greens PDX has you covered with a unique miniature golf experience. In these arcade-like surroundings, decked out with pirate and alien decor, you'll find some surprisingly challenging shots to land and fun prizes to win.

  • Mother Foucault's Bookshop – 523 Southeast Morrison Street, Portland, OR 97214
    Mother Foucault's Bookshop calls on you to buy local with its classic used bookstore experience. On top of the opportunity to get lost in the stacks, you can meet local authors, enjoy their readings, and even get an autograph or two. Readers in search of a community will love it.

Ready to learn more about life in Portland? Contact us to learn more about the Portland, OR area.


Adventures Near West Seattle

West Seattle

The original settlers of Seattle landed at Alki Beach in 1851, giving West Seattle a permanent place of honor in the city's history. There's always something new to discover, and our brokers share some of their favorite activities and attractions around this unique neighborhood.

  • Jack Block Park - 2130 Harbor Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98126
    Ports are not usually thought of as recreational areas, but Jack Block Park is tucked in a corner of the Port of Seattle's Terminal 5. Named after a former Port Commissioner, the 15-acre park includes a walking path, pier, and play area. Be sure to visit the 45-foot observation tower, which offers expansive views of Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle along with adjacent port activities. Cool off with a dip at the public beach. Jack Block Park is open daily from dawn to dusk. 

  • Alki Kayak Tours - 1660 Harbor Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98126
    West Seattle is surrounded by water, so it's not surprising that some of the best vantage points come from a boat. The guides at Alki Kayak Tours provide entertaining and educational narration for a variety of expeditions. View West Seattle and Elliott Bay at sunset or under a full moon, or head to Blake Island for an overnight adventure. Improve your skills with their kayak and stand-up paddle board classes. If you want to venture out on your own, rentals of kayaks, SUP boards, and cruiser bikes are available by reservation. Hours are noon - 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekends.

  • Alki Point Lighthouse - 3201 Alki Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116
    Lighthouses are often associated with the New England coast, but Alki Point Lighthouse is one of eight that are located on Puget Sound. This active and fully automated navigation aid is managed by the U.S. Coast Guard. Free public tours are given each Sunday afternoon through Labor Day, with the first time at 1 p.m. and last time at 3:45 p.m. Even when the lighthouse is closed to the public, it's a wonderful subject for Instagram-worthy photos.

  • Alki Beach Park - 2665 Alki Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116
    When you picture a traditional summer outing in your mind, chances are it looks a lot like Alki Beach Park. This scenic stretch of shoreline is a magnet for anyone who wants to partake in outdoor activities, whether it's running and volleyball or just soaking up the sun. There's boat access for kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards. The bathhouse is actually an art studio, and the park hosts the annual Alki Art Fair along with a number of art markets. Landmarks include a miniature replica of the Statue of Liberty and a monument to the first settlers in Seattle. Complete the picture with a classic bonfire in one of the fire pits that are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, when park hours are 4 a.m. - 10 p.m. Alki Beach is open until 11:30 p.m. during the rest of the year.

  • Marination Ma Kai - 1660 Harbor Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98126
    After spending all that time on the water, you're probably ready for a culinary adventure! Feel the island breeze in your hair as you dine on the Hawaiian-Korean fusion fare at Marination Ma Kai. When the Marination food truck gained a devoted following among Seattle foodies, owners Kamala and Roz added the beachside restaurant on Alki. Tacos are the signature item, but customers are also passionate about the kimchi fried rice. Marination's Nunya Sauce, so called because the ingredients are "nunya business," is so treasured that it's sold by the jar. Relax on the patio or eat inside during those notorious rainy Seattle days. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Ampersand Cafe - 2536 Alki Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116
    Locals in the know turn to Ampersand Cafe for high-quality coffee and creative drinks. Their small-batch, hand-roasted beans come from Seven Coffee Roasters, an artisanal company in Seattle. Customers keep coming back for their favorite specialty lattes, such as rosewater cardamon and mac nut brittle. Muffins, biscuits, scones, and baguettes are freshly baked on-site each morning. Try the Hawaiian breakfast sandwich, featuring nori, egg, and your choice of Spam or avocado. Ampersand is open daily from 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Whether you're a single urban professional or you're raising a growing family, there are many great Seattle homes for sale to fit your lifestyle. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to learn more.


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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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! 


Dine on the Rooftop at These Seattle Restaurants


Seattle is known as the "Emerald City" thanks to the lush greenery that surrounds it, especially the many amazing forests. Seattle homes for sale benefit from these unique surroundings and much more: Strong local businesses, a vibrant cultural scene, and some of the best dining in the region.

Our real estate agents know Seattle has a reputation for rain, but you'll also have "can't miss" rooftop dining opportunities. While many of them are available only in spring and summer, some covered and climate-controlled rooftop patios have recently opened for dining all year around.

The Seattle skyline is even more striking with the right view, so check out these local restaurants where seasonal rooftop dining is on the menu:

  • The Mountaineering Club – 4507 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
    Perched on the grounds of the Graduate Seattle hotel in the famous University District, The Mountaineering Club has ample seating with full views of both the city and the mountains. Oysters on toast are a favorite, along with a curated selection of handcrafted cocktails. Delivery is also available.

  • Rooftop Brewing Company – 1220 West Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98119
    The rooftop patio of the Rooftop Brewing Company is outfitted with full picnic table dining, great for meeting up with friends. Complimentary board games will help you pass the time, and you can even bring your favorite canine. An assortment of food trucks provides diverse options for lunch or dinner.

  • MBar – 400 Fairview Avenue North, Floor #14, Seattle, WA 98109
    MBar gives you the chance to see Lake Union and the Space Needle at the same time! This spot will delight all of your senses with the beautiful surroundings and a lavish menu. Middle Eastern cuisine such as kebabs and mezze are always ready for you, along with a robust pairing menu of tasty beverages.

  • Mezcaleria Oaxaca – 422 East Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122
    Mezcaleria Oaxaca has a rooftop patio designed to protect you from the sun while still giving you the unimpeded views you crave. It's one of the largest spaces on this list, with room for several full parties at once. A specialty bar accessible only from the roof offers a variety of exclusive cocktails.

  • Terra Plata – 1501 Melrose Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
    Led by executive chef Tamara Murphy, Terra Plata celebrates Central and South American cuisine with mouthwatering dishes like Peruvian chicken and roasted pig. With its covered and heated roof deck, Terra Plata can accommodate outdoor dining at times when other restaurants would not.

  • Fog Room – 1610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
    The crown jewel of the Charter Hotel, Fog Room is one of the best places to go for views of Downtown Seattle – with the Great Wheel right at center stage. Food offerings run the gamut from artisanal cheese and snack plates to lobster rolls, roasted king salmon, and New York strip steak, among many others.

  • The Nest Rooftop Bar – 110 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA 98101
    The Nest Rooftop Bar is a popular stop for those exploring Pike Place Market. Its panoramic view overlooks Puget Sound and the iconic Olympic mountains. With a sprawling 3,500 square feet of space, there are plenty of seating options. You can enjoy the view from inside with the floor-to-ceiling windows.

  • Frolik Kitchen and Cocktails – 1415 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
    Last but not least, among rooftop hotel restaurants, Frolik Kitchen and Cocktails is at the peak of the Motif. Its patio creates a relaxing atmosphere with fire pits and lawn games. Frolik has become known for its occasional partnership with Mixtape Pasta, a local sensation you shouldn't miss.

  • Monsoon – 615 19th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112
    Monsoon brings rooftop dining to a higher level – figuratively and literally – with its chef-driven take on Vietnamese food. Saigon Dungeness pepper crab is the #1 menu item, a mainstay that has been around since the opening of Monsoon Seattle almost twenty years ago.

  • Maximilien – 81A Pike Street, Seattle, WA, 98101
    Take your French cuisine higher with Maximilien, a charming eatery to stop at when you're enjoying a day out in Pike Place Market. Perhaps best loved for its brunch, it is the vision of Chef Christian Potvin, whose storied career began at age 16 when he apprenticed at Le Meaban in France.

Coldwell Banker Bain is here to help you get to know Seattle. Contact us to discover more about Seattle homes.


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. 


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. 


National Barbecue Month: Seattle BBQ Spots

Seattle BBQ

Seattle is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, and there is a growing number of local restaurants making their mark with authentic and flavorful BBQ. Join our brokers and celebrate National Barbecue Month in May with a meal or two at these great BBQ spots. 

  • Pecos Pit - 2260 1st Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98134
    The legend of Pecos Pit began with a modest carryout window in SoDo that was beloved by Mariners fans and workers at nearby businesses. Iconic Seattle restauranteur Gerry Kingen took over in 2010 and opened a sit-down outpost in West Seattle with the same hearty sandwiches and creative side dishes. There's also a spinoff, Pike's Pit, located in historic Pike Place Market. SoDo hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. West Seattle is open daily from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Bitterroot - 5239 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
    Bitterroot is dedicated to the three B's: BBQ, beer, and bourbon. Their smoked meats are prepared with a dry rub, allowing you to apply your own choice of four housemade BBQ sauces. The beer and whiskey list has been carefully curated to provide perfect complements to the food. Bitterroot is also the temporary home of Mammoth, their sister BBQ spot, serving up appropriately-named sandwiches such as the Sabertooth, a take on a Cuban sandwich with pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and Dijon mustard. Hours are 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Wood Shop BBQ - 2513 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98144
    Matt Davis of Kansas and James Barrington of Texas created a happy medium of regional favorites with the tasty food at Wood Shop BBQ. Meats are prepared in a smoker with the whimsical name of Brad Pit, using hickory wood from the Ozarks and post oak wood from Texas. Wood Shop has also developed a reputation for serving what some have called the best mac and cheese in the state. Can't make it to the restaurant? Their food truck makes regular stops at establishments around Seattle homes for sale. Wood Shop is open from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Jones Original Barbecue - 4417 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126
    Located in a small, blink-and-you'll-miss-it storefront off the West Seattle Bridge, Jones Original Barbecue is worth the trip. Their primary claim to fame is the sweet/hot sauce, which comes in mild, medium, and hot varieties you can take home by the bottle. Their rib, pork, brisket, and chicken dinners come with a generous half-pound of meat and two sides. Heartier appetites or undecided customers go for the combos, including your choice of any or all of the different meats. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Lady Jaye - 4523 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116  
    Lady Jaye describes the vibe of their restaurant as "Anthony Bourdain meets Clint Eastwood." This perfectly sums up their blend of traditional BBQ and contemporary sensibilities. Cletus, a 2,500-pound smoker, constructed from an old air tank found at an archery factory in Walla Walla, is Lady Jaye's MVP. The menu features upscale dishes such as prime bulgogi short rib melt, smoked tofu chili, and smoked Delmonico cheesesteak. Don't miss the baked odds & ends black-eyed peas, flavored with all the bits and pieces left behind in Cletus. Lady Jaye is open 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Lil Red Jamaican BBQ & Soul Cuisine - 4225 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118
    Barbecue goes global at Lil Red Jamaican BBQ & Soul Cuisine. The bold flavors of Jamaica marry well with tangy American BBQ. The menu offers jerk chicken and pork, cooked low and slow over a grill with a marinade that gets heat from Scotch bonnet peppers. Lil Red is also the rare BBQ restaurant that incorporates seafood, prepared escovitch-style with a topping of onions, bell peppers, Scotch bonnet peppers, and vinegar. Hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

No matter how long you've lived here, there's always something new to discover in Seattle. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for experienced help with all your real estate needs. 


Warm Up With Ramen in Portland

Ramen restaurants

Spring is here in Portland, but there will still be some chilly days where you'll need comfort food to help you warm up! Ramen is flavorful and inexpensive, putting it high on the list of comfort foods as ranked by our brokers. When you need a meal to satisfy your body and soul, head to one of these great ramen spots near Portland homes for sale.

  • Afuri Izakaya - 923 SE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97214
    Afuri Izakaya is one of the more popular ramen restaurants in Tokyo. When it came time to open their first location outside Japan, they passed up international hubs like London, New York, and Dubai in favor of Portland. The owners found that Mount Hood's ecosystem, much like the namesake Afuri mountain, produces pure spring water that's ideal for making ramen. Afuri's signature yuzu shio broth is flavored with Japanese citrus and salt for perfect balance. Hours are 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Ramen Ippo - Nob Hill Carts, 1845 NW 23rd Pl., Portland, OR 97210
    After Japanese native Daisuke Kondo worked as a sushi chef in Las Vegas for 15 years, he turned to a childhood favorite when opening his own business with Ramen Ippo. The headliner is paitan broth, flavored with chicken, but the menu includes vegetarian and vegan options as well. Thanks to the success at Nob Hill Carts, Ramen Ippo just opened a second cart at 6200 SE Milwaukie Ave. Hours at Nob Hill are 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. daily.

  • Boke Bowl - 1028 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214
    As a monthly pop-up in 2010, Boke Bowl was in the vanguard of the ramen craze. After a year, they had developed enough of a following to open their brick-and-mortar location. The hearty ramen dishes are supplemented with whimsical sides and desserts, such as PB&J steamed buns and "Boke Twinkies," made with miso and butterscotch. Boke Bowl is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Mirakutei - 536 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
    With a name that translates to "a place to eat and enjoy," Mirakutei doubles down on iconic Japanese cuisine by offering a wide selection of sushi and sashimi. Pair your bowl of sapporo ramen, characterized by its buttery flavor, with one of dozens of specialty sushi rolls. Customer favorites include the Trail Blazer, with shrimp tempura, crab salad, and avocado, and the Hello Kitty, a California roll topped with tuna, yellowtail, and salmon. Mirakutei is open seven days a week from noon - 9 p.m.

  • Boxer - 1668 NW 23rd Ave., Portland, OR 97210
    Founders Micah Camden and Katie Popp earned their culinary chops with burgers and donuts before turning to the fast-casual concept with Boxer. Customers rave about the spicy red miso and tonkotsu shio broths, both topped with pork belly, while vegetarians love the yellow coconut curry broth with broccoli rabe, pickled shiitake, corn, and scallions. Boxer recently expanded its menu to include sushi, sashimi, and craft cocktails. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

  • Kinboshi Ramen - 609 SE Ankeny St. A, Portland, OR 97214
    Marukin, the local outpost of a Japanese chain, has been reincarnated as Kinboshi Ramen under its Portland owners. Kinboshi's claim to fame is being the first to bring hakata-style ramen, with its creamy pork broth and thin, straight noodles, to the area. The menu also includes several vegan broths made with organic soy milk known as tonyu. Try the Tebasaki chicken wings, a recent addition that's made a big splash. Kinboshi is open daily from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Kayo's Ramen Bar - 3808 N. Williams Ave. #124, Portland, OR 97227
    Kayoko, owner, and namesake of Kayo's Ramen Bar, learned to cook at the tender age of 8 while her parents were busy running their department store in Osaka, Japan. When Kayoko moved to Portland, she put her skills to use with her innovative ramen restaurant. Kayo's specialty is light, clear, and thin assari-style broths. Each bowl is finished with one of 17 incredible sauces made fresh every day. The lighter broth means you'll have room for a slice of the delicious Japanese-style Basque cheesecake. Kayo's is open Monday through Saturday, with lunch served from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Hapa PDX Ramen & Whiskey - 3848 SE Gladstone St., Portland, OR 97202
    It's island love times two at Hapa PDX Ramen & Whiskey. Their signature G-Special bowl is a mash-up of Tokyo ramen and Hawaiian plate lunches. The ginger ale and sake highball is a popular choice from the sophisticated cocktail menu. Lunch runs from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and dinner is 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. every day but Tuesday.

Life in Portland is wonderful in all seasons. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for answers to all your real estate questions.


Local Shopping in the Alberta Arts District

Alberta Arts District

Are you searching for a unique shopping experience near Portland homes for sale? You won't have to look far for a historic shopping area that embodies the true spirit of Portland. Our brokers would like to introduce you to the Alberta Arts District!

The Alberta Arts District sits along Northeast Alberta Street in Northeast Portland, crossing parts of the highly desirable Vernon, Concordia, and King neighborhoods. Its energetic and eclectic vibe is powered by its lively community of artists and entrepreneurs.

Throughout the year, many live musical events are focused on the Alberta Arts District, and it's a great place to stop for a bite to eat with many delicious restaurants to choose from. As you explore the storefronts, you'll encounter vibrant murals, sculptures, and a whole lot more. There's always something new to see and do.

Let's look at some of the best places to do some local shopping in the Alberta Arts District:

  • Amelia – 2230 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211
    Amelia is a boutique that focuses on feminine flair with a vintage aesthetic. The unique, limited edition products are often not available anywhere else. In addition to clothes, you'll find necklaces, earrings, nail care products, fragrances, candles, art, and crystals.

  • Antler Gallery – 2728 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211
    Now celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Antler Gallery features the works of local artists from all over Oregon, as well as national and international pieces. Nearly 60 creative visionaries call Antler Gallery their artistic home. It also holds a fascinating collection of limited edition and rare prints.

  • Pie Footwear – 2916 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211
    Locally owned and operated, Pie Footwear is a shoe store catering to women and men with a distinctive Portland style. Its inventory includes "zero drop" footwear you'll barely feel on your feet. Pie is also well known for its line of vegan footwear. Many of its products are handmade right in the local area.

  • Ecovibe – 1906 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211
    Ecovibe will delight you with its selection of kitchenware, decor, and art. It also has a veritable forest of local house plants and air plants sorted by need, size, and type, complete with a potting service located right on site. Local chocolates and candies like honey meltaways will also be an extra sweet addition to your shopping experience.

  • Grasshopper Boutique – 1816 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland OR 97211
    From babies to growing tweens and teens, Grasshopper Boutique is where to find fun and educational toys, games, and books to expand young minds. Clothes, puzzles, art supplies, and musical instruments just for the little ones are also stocked in abundant supply, so imaginations can really soar.

  • Frock – 1439 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211
    Frock is a magical place for vintage and handmade fashions and accessories. Working with local designers, it has a seasonal bent, closing its doors four times each year only to spring back into action with all-new offerings and even entire product lines.

  • Blendily - 1532 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211
    Say goodbye to the chemicals in your skincare routine and support local when you shop at Blendily. All of their products are handmade in their stores, plus they put an emphasis on using plants from their own garden. Their homemade products include a selection of serums, soaps, and aromatherapy products. The Alberta Street store is their second location with another one in the Seattle area.

There is always something new to check out in the Portland area. The Alberta Arts District is a fantastic place to do some shopping and offers a glimpse into some of the makers and artists who call the area home! Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to learn more about life in the Portland area.


7 Things to do in Old Town Chinatown


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


St. Patrick's Day Events Near Seattle

Seattle Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Get To Know Seattle With These Food Tours

Seattle Food Tours

There are so many wonderful places where you can get to know Seattle, from markets and museums to stunning, Instagram-worthy waterfront destinations. But what could be a better way to learn about a city than to explore its culture of cuisine? The famed, internationally-inspired dining scene around Seattle homes for sale offers so many options that it can be hard to know where to start, which is why food tours are such a great way to get to know both the city and its dining destinations. Our real estate agents have the details on some of the best food tours that will take you all around Seattle.

Savor Seattle Food Tours – 1916 Pike Place Market #12-480, Seattle, WA 98101

Based in the historic, world-famous Pike Place Market, Savor Seattle Food Tours is one of Seattle's top-rated food tour companies, with a variety of expertly guided walking tours of the market that you can enjoy anytime and even a special Gourmet Kayak Expedition to beautiful San Juan Island.

  • Pike Place Market Signature Tour
    If you're new to Seattle, then you're probably already excited about the prospect of visiting Pike Place Market and experiencing the country's oldest continuous market for yourself. The Pike Place Market Signature Tour will give you an excellent first taste of the sights, sounds, and flavors of the market. This two-hour tour features more than 12 tastings around the market and is also family-friendly.

  • Pike Place Market VIP Early Access Tour
    Even if you're already familiar with Pike Place Market, you may have dreamed of visiting the market with no crowds and feeling like you have the place to yourself. The Pike Place Market VIP Early Access Tour allows you to do just that, getting priority service and tastings at some of the markets best food vendors with a small group size of a dozen or less. Enjoy outstanding breakfast food, experience Pike Place Market before the crowds arrive, and take advantage of special VIP perks like a demonstration of the bean-to-bar process for making chocolate.

  • Gourmet Kayak Expedition to San Juan Island, WA
    Looking for a more outdoorsy food tour? The Gourmet Kayak Expedition will take you on a journey to San Juan Island, which is located between Seattle and Vancouver Island. Spend your days kayaking around the islands, sipping some of the best local wines from the Seattle area, and enjoying delicious dining at every stop. This tour lasts for three days, and space is limited so it's worth reserving your place ahead of time.

  • Private Tours
    Interested in having a private tour with your own group of friends, family, or colleagues? Savor Seattle also offers Private Tours for groups ranging in size from 12 to 60 people to a variety of popular dining locations around the city.

The Emerald Palate Seattle Food Tours – Seattle. WA

Pike Place Market is an excellent place to start your journey, but what about when you want to explore some out-of-the-way, less famous destinations where the food is no less amazing? The Emerald Palate is a Seattle-based food and lifestyle blog that offers a selection of detailed, self-guided tours that will take you all around the city. Find the spots that the locals love, and discover some fantastic neighborhoods that tourists don't even know to visit.

  • Ballard Food Tour
    Seattle's artistic Ballard neighborhood offers more than just great culture to explore. It's also home to a vibrant, diverse collection of local restaurants with something to suit every taste. The 40-page, self-guided Ballard Food Tour features more than 20 excellent restaurants, including pictures, suggestions on what to order, and even interviews with restaurant staff. If you want to dine like a local, this tour will help you feel right at home.

  • Fremont Food Tour
    A truly unique neighborhood, Fremont is definitely a place that you'll want to explore as you get to know Seattle. The Freemont Food Tour checks in at 39 pages and also features 20 local restaurants to visit. The Emerald Palate updates all of its self-guided tours every month, so you'll always be able to stay up to date on the best places to dine around Seattle.

  • Food Tour Bundle
    Can't decide which tour to choose? You can always try both, save with a bundle, and discover more than three dozen of Seattle's best-hidden gems. The Food Tour Bundle is perfect for anyone looking to find restaurants they'll enjoy visiting again and again in some of Seattle's best neighborhoods.

When you're ready to buy or sell your next home close to all of the amazing dining experiences around Seattle, our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.


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. 


Explore Food Halls in Seattle

Food Halls Seattle

It's no exaggeration to say that Seattle is the city that turned the food hall into an art form, thanks to the legendary Pike Place Market. But that's not the only amazing food hall around the city! Whether you're a dedicated foodie shopping for the perfect ingredients for your next creation or you're searching for fresh, expertly prepared food inspired by cultures from around the world, the food halls of the Seattle area have you covered. Our brokers have the delicious details on 7 of the best food halls to visit in Seattle and nearby communities.

  1. Pike Place Market – 85 Pike St., Seattle, WA 98101
    When you're talking about food halls near Seattle homes for sale, there's only one place to start. Pike Place Market is a world-famous destination for food, shopping, and fun, with a history that stretches back more than 100 years. Pike Place Market brings together local restaurants, food vendors, farmers, craftspeople, specialty food purveyors, and live performers to create one of the best places on the planet to enjoy some shopping. There's also a busy schedule of programs and signature special events, so you'll always have something new to see at Pike Place Market.

  2. Melrose Market – 1531 Melrose Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
    It may not be quite as famous as Pike Place Market, but Melrose Market has earned a loyal following thanks to its fresh ingredients, delicious meals, and great deals. Melrose Market is home to 10 local vendors selling locally sourced ingredients, fresh, delicious prepared meals, unique home goods, and fine spirits. With its emphasis on local vendors, Melrose Market is a great place to find out what's going on in the neighborhood.

  3. Spice Bridge Global Food Hall – 14200 Tukwila International Blvd., Ste. 141, Tukwila, WA 98186
    Interested in exploring cuisine inspired by diverse cultures from around the world? Spice Bridge Global Food Hall is well worth the trip, with a lineup of vendors that emphasizes women of color, immigrant, and refugee chefs. Sample dishes from international cultures, enjoy a packed schedule of special events, and support a great cause in the process. Be sure to check the schedule ahead of time if you're looking for a particular vendor, as the lineup rotates each day with fresh options.

  4. Lincoln South Food Hall – 500 Bellevue Way NE Floor 2, Bellevue, WA 98004
    In the mood for an outstanding meal near Bellevue homes for sale, but not quite sure what you want to eat? Lincoln South Food Hall has you covered with an eclectic collection of dining options and many of the Pacific Northwest's favorite craft beer selections on tap. Stop by for a gourmet meal from Barrio Luchador, Burger Brawler, or What the Pho, then head to the bar to find your perfect pairing.

  5. Matchbox Food Hall – 2329 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116
    With 5 restaurants serving sandwiches, salads, wraps, and pizza along with one outstanding bar, Matchbox Food Hall is sure to satisfy your craving for a delicious meal close to home. Fresh, healthy food is the name of the game at Matchbox Food Hall, where you will find Forge Pizza, Sway Sandwich Co., Carrera Taqueria, Chop Salads, and Boxcar Bakery. Shep's Tavern is where you'll find an extensive collection of craft cocktails, as well as locally crafted beer and wine.

  6. Uwajimaya Seattle – 600 5th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98104
    For Asian cuisine, ingredients, and sweet treats, it's hard to top the experience at Uwajimaya Seattle. Part specialty grocery store, part food court, this local chain has 4 locations in Seattle and nearby communities. The flagship Seattle location covers more than 35,000 square feet, with a grocery store and large food hall all in one place. The food hall at Uwajimaya Seattle has 10 unique dining options, with more always being added. Grab a great book from Kinokuniyana Bookstore – also located in-house – then head to the food hall to enjoy some fresh, authentic Asian cuisine while you read.

  7. City Hall Farmers Market – 600 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
    While it may not be housed indoors like the other food halls on our list, the popular City Hall Farmers Market offers many of the same perks as some of the city's most famous food halls in an airy, inviting outdoor setting. The City Hall Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday morning and early afternoon. It brings together local farmers and food vendors to share their wares with the public, with a different selection depending on which time of year that you visit.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to visit your favorite Seattle food halls anytime? Let our team help you find the perfect match. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.


National Hot Tea Month: Tea Rooms and Shops in Seattle

Tea Shops in Seattle

Seattle might be famous for its coffee, but don't forget about its tea. No city does warm beverages quite like Seattle, and tea is no exception.

January is National Hot Tea Month, so there couldn't be a better time to visit your favorite local tea shop in Seattle and unwind with your favorite blend. Tea is proven to reduce stress, plus it's loaded with antioxidants making it a perfect wintertime beverage.

Whether you're looking to stock up on your favorite loose leaf tea or simply want to warm up in a cozy teahouse on a rainy day, there are so many great independent tea shops around town. Here are some favorite destinations from our brokers:

  • Perennial Tea Room - 1910 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
    Located in a small alley in Pike Place Market, Perennial Tea Room is Seattle's most popular tea destination. This cute tea shop has all of your favorite fine loose leaf teas from around the world, in addition to a wide assortment of tea-related gifts, accessories, and books. Looking to try something new? The staff is incredibly helpful and can help you find a tea that aligns with your tastes. If you love shopping around Pike Place Market, there are some incredible Seattle homes for sale nearby. The shop is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

  • Steepologie Teas - 3420 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    Steepologie Teas has 6 locations around Seattle, each offering over a hundred varieties of loose leaf tea as well as tumblers, infusers, mugs, and pots. This store has so many great gifts, so it's easy to find something perfect for the tea lover in your life. Enjoy a fresh cup inside the shop or take it on the go. Steepologie Teas is open daily from 11 am to 7 pm.

  • Taiwan Oolong Shop - 1704 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
    For some authentic oolongs and teas straight from Taiwan, visit Taiwan Oolong Shop. This store stocks dozens of varieties of high-quality products, and the inventory is constantly changing, so you'll want to stop back. All oolongs and teas are unblended, single estate pickings, and with a friendly, helpful staff, it's easy to find something you love. Stop by Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.

  • Miro Tea - 5405 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
    At Miro Tea, you'll find 150 exceptional teas from around the world -- each meticulously sourced based on taste, appearance, and quality. The shop's ability to find high-quality products has earned it a reputation for being one of Seattle's top tea destinations. Buy your tea to go or enjoy a cup in the store's onsite cafe, which also serves delicious snacks. The shop is only daily from 8 am to 8 pm.

  • Tea Republik - 4527 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    You'll find an extensive selection of loose-leaf specialty teas, black teas, green teas, white teas, and more at Tea Republik, a cozy teahouse located in the University District. This is a great place to stop in and enjoy a warm cup of tea on a rainy day. Tea is delicious, and the service is friendly and helpful. Store hours are 10 am to 10 pm daily.

  • Queen Mary Tea - 2912 NE 55th St, Seattle, WA 98105
    Queen Mary Tea is the ultimate Seattle destination for tea lovers, and it's truly a unique experience. The Queen Mary Tea Room is the oldest independently owned tea room in America and has a true Victorian elegance. The attached tea shop features one of the largest selections of loose lea tea in the city, along with wonderful teaware, tableware, treats, and gifts. Stop by Wednesday through Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.

  • Friday Afternoon Tea - 4228 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
    This family-owned, geeky-themed tea shop offers all your favorite loose leaf teas, custom blends, and gifts. In addition to some great products, Friday Afternoon Tea serves as a great community gathering spot. The store hosts a CommuniTea book club as well as Custom Blending appointments. The shop is cute, bright, clean, and definitely worth visiting. Store hours are 10 am to 6 pm daily.

Seattle has a strong beverage culture, so it's no surprise the city is home to some of the country's best tea shops. For more recommendations on local businesses, contact us today.


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.


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.


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.


Portland Microbreweries for Your Next Pint

Portland Microbreweries

As home to nearly 70 breweries, more than any other city in the world, Portland has been a vibrant part of the craft beer movement since the early 1980s. What better place to be during Oktoberfest? Our brokers raise a toast to these microbreweries throughout the Portland area. 

  • Upright Brewing - 240 N. Broadway, Portland, OR 97227
    What does brewing beer have in common with composing music? According to Upright Brewing, both activities are methods of "exercising creativity and craft" in ways that defy categorization. In keeping with the musical theme, Upright Brewing designs each beer label to look like an album cover. Pair your beer with a sandwich or snack from adjoining PBS Café. Tasting room hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.

  • Ruse Brewing - 4784 SE 17th Ave., Portland, OR 97202
    The spirit of Portland runs through the DNA of Ruse Brewing. Inspired by the city's culture of creativity, founders Shaun and Devin made community support the primary element of the company's vision. Ruse Brewing teams up with local artists and musicians to create specialty brews for beer releases and other events. The cozy taproom, filled with natural light and wood accents, gives off a major Pacific Northwest vibe. Hours are 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Back Pedal Brewing - 1425 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209
    Back Pedal Brewing is using its space to host a pop-up from Road Beers PDX. Enjoy a beer in the taproom or place an order to go for brands from one of Road Beers' many partner breweries. The taproom is open Wednesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from noon - 8 p.m.

  • Threshold Brewing & Blending - 403 SE 79th Ave., Portland, OR 97215
    Jarek and Sara Symanski, owners of Threshold Brewing & Blending, aren't content to simply brew a great beer. They love to experiment with unexpected flavor profiles. Check out the tart funk of farmhouse-style beers or the assertiveness of bourbon-forward dark beers. Be sure to go hungry and try the zapiekanka. Jared brought the unique open-faced mushroom and cheese baguette sandwich from his native Poland. Stop in with the whole family, including four-legged members, after viewing Portland homes for sale. Hours are 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Culmination Brewing - 2117 NE Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232
    Culmination Brewing
    bridges beer's past and present with classic flavors that are updated to appeal to modern tastes. They generously promote the local beer industry by collaborating with other breweries to create some of their flavors. Miami Nice provides a food menu of vegan Cuban cuisine, such as empanadas, croquetas, and yuca fries, that's so tasty. The taproom is open 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Zoiglhaus - 5716 SE 92nd Ave., Portland, OR 97266
    The amusing and memorable name of Zoiglhaus is actually deeply rooted in German brewing tradition. Zoigl brewing dates back to the Middle Ages when towns had a communal brewhouse where people would take turns making and serving their personal beers. Fast-forward to Portland today, where Zoiglhaus aims to foster that same sense of community. Food such as Bavarian pretzels and jägerschnitzel reflects the same German influence. Hours are 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily. 

  • Breakside Brewery - 820 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211
    Since opening in 2010, award-winning Breakside Brewery has grown from a modest pub to a large regional operation with five metro-area locations, as well as a sixth coming soon in Beaverton. Breakside has gained a devoted following thanks to creative flavors such as their version of the classic Black & Tan, with notes of whiskey, milk chocolate, and caramel. Two years ago, Breakside proudly became one of only a few employee-owned breweries across the country. Breakside is open seven days a week from noon - 9 p.m.

There's something new to discover every day around Portland. If you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to learn more. 


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.


Bookstores in Seattle for Book Lovers Day

Bookstores Seattle

August 9th is National Book Lovers Day, and our brokers honestly can't think of a better place than Seattle to celebrate this particular holiday. We happen to have some of the greatest independent bookstores in the country, and we're excited to share some of our favorites in honor of National Book Lovers Day!

  1. Ophelia's Books - 3504 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    A strong case could be made that Ophelia's Books is Seattle's most fun bookstore for those who like to browse. Packed to the gills with secondhand books spanning genres and decades, Ophelia's spans three levels, with enchanting spiral staircases that lead you up to each new floor of literary wonders. Located conveniently to countless Seattle homes for sale, the shop also has cozy couches where you can sit and read, and there's a good chance you'll be visited by one of the live-in cats. 

  2. Phinney Books - 7405 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    Phinney Books
    opened its doors in 2014 and quickly established a reputation for offering a well-chosen selection featuring all the latest and greatest from the literary world. The shop's owner and noted bibliophile Tom Nissley, an eight-time Jeopardy! champion who knows a thing or two about books. The staff is always friendly and happy to help you find your next great read.

  3. Twice Sold Tales - 1833 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
    Nestled in Seattle's endlessly enjoyable Ballard Neighborhood, Twice Sold Tales is the sort of bookstore that warrants repeated visits. That's because, as its punny name suggests, Twice Sold Tales is a used bookstore, and its shelves are always being replenished with new and fascinating volumes. Be careful when you open and close the door not to let the shop's resident cats out!

  4. Couth Buzzard Books - 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    A bookstore that's also a coffee shop—what could be more Seattle? Couth Buzzard Books is one of the city's favorite bookstores not just because it has a great selection of books (and great espresso) but because it's a warm, welcoming space that makes you feel like you're right at home. Their shelves are packed with literary treasures, and the staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. Couth Buzzard's cafe sells coffee and light bites and often hosts live music.

  5. Elliott Bay Book Company - 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
    A mainstay of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, Elliott Bay Book Company is more than a bookstore. It's a hub for the local literary community, with a vast selection of reading materials in every genre and discipline. They frequently host compelling live author readings, and the adjoining Little Oddfellows Cafe is a beloved local hangout for bookish types.

  6. Secret Garden Bookshop - 2214 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
    Another Ballard neighborhood staple, Secret Garden Bookshop, sells all kinds of books, but children's books are their real specialty. This is a fantastic place to find books for kids and young adults, and there's a good chance all your own childhood favorites are here (including the 1911 novel from which the shop takes its name). Best of all, Secret Garden's location on Market Street puts it within walking distance of some of the city's best shops, galleries, and cafes. 

  7. Madison Books - 4118 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112
    Opened in 2019, Madison Books is one of Seattle's newest bookstores, but it's quickly become a trusted source of new reading material in the Madison Park neighborhood. Situated on a picturesque tree-lined street, Madison Books carries a superb selection of new titles, with lots of cozy nooks where you can settle in and flip through the pages. We also love the irony that this bookstore was opened by two former Amazon employees!

  8. Magus Books - 1408 NE 42nd St, Seattle, WA 98105
    A fixture of the University District for some 40-odd years, Magus Books has been buying and selling used books since 1978. Their space looks like one would expect from a used bookstore near a college campus: floor-to-ceiling shelves overflowing with books, stacks of stray volumes threatening to topple over. It's a treasure trove of the old, rare and unusual. Magus Books is a great place to find early editions and collectible books.

Contact us today to learn more about the great independent businesses that thrive in Seattle, and be sure to ask how our brokers can help you find your Washington dream home. 


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.


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.


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!


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.


Where to Get Farm-Fresh Produce in Portland

Portland Produce

It's springtime in Portland, and life is good. There are countless reasons why our brokers are always excited about spring's return, but one of the biggest reasons is the unbeatable farm-fresh produce. 

Oregon is home to some of America's greatest and most diverse growers. You can find their crops every week at these Portland area farm stands and farmers markets. Check them out, and enjoy some fine spring weather while you're out there!

  1. Bella Organic Farm - 16205 NW Gillihan Rd, Portland, OR 97231
    One of Portland's largest farms, Bella Organic Farm, offers everything from fresh vegetables at their farm stand to you-pick apples and berries. They even have their own winery and cider mill in-house. Although popular in fall for their pumpkin patch and corn maze, the farm has fresh offerings year-round, with dozens of crops that change with the seasons. The farm is located on Sauvie Island, just minutes from many Portland homes for sale

  2. Portland Farmers Market at PSU - 1803 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201
    The Portland Farmers Market has grown to include six markets at different locations on different days, but their flagship market at Portland State University is still arguably the favorite. It's been going strong every Saturday, year-round, since 1992. There may be no better place in Portland to find farm-fresh produce, along with local goods of all kinds. More than 100 vendors bring everything from locally cured cheeses and fresh-baked bread to handmade crafts and local honey and jams. 

  3. Side Yard Farm and Kitchen - 4800 NE Simpson St, Portland, OR 97218
    Established in 2009, Side Yard Farm and Kitchen is a 1-acre urban farm, music venue, supper club, and catering business in Portland's NE Cully Neighborhood. They offer online and in-person markets where you can pick out your produce, as well as a "Garden Start" CSA subscription, which includes a selection of seedlings you can start in your own garden every month. Pick-up is every Wednesday and Friday. 

  4. Fox + Bear Urban Farm - 10524 NE Morris St, Portland, OR 97220
    A small farm with a mission to help bring a closeness and connection with the earth to city folk of Portland, Fox + Bear Urban Farm grows hand-tended, organic produce in small batches. Available in the form of CSAs and occasionally through local markets, their produce is always of the highest quality, and the care that goes into growing it is plain to see. 

  5. Topaz Farm - 17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd, Portland, OR 97231
    Formerly known as Kruger's Farm, Topaz Farm is a 130-acre family farm on Sauvie Island that grows organic, no-spray produce. You can browse their fruits and veggies at their farm stand, along with offerings from other nearby farms. The crops change with the seasons, so there's always something new and fresh to get excited about. Topaz Farm also hosts live concerts and farm-to-plate dinners throughout the warmer months. 

  6. Hollywood Farmers Market - 4420 NE Hancock St, Portland, OR 97213
    Offering produce and other local goods from farmers throughout the region, the Hollywood Farmers Market is a staple of Portland's Hollywood Neighborhood. And while you can certainly find an abundance of fruits and vegetables hare, their ever-changing lineup of vendors also includes everything from local bakers, brewers, and distillers to fishers, coffee roasters, and growers of all kinds. The market takes place on the first and third Saturdays of every month, year-round. 

  7. Coquine - 6839 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215
    A beloved neighborhood restaurant in Southeast Portland's Mt. Tabor area, Coquine came up with some cool new ideas when indoor dining went away in 2020. Using the connections they had already developed with local farmers, they started putting together CSA-inspired farm boxes for their customers. It was a big hit. You can craft your own box using the form on their website, choosing among many fresh vegetables, eggs, meat, dairy products, and numerous other offerings. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Portland area. From freshly grown goodies to wild scenery and unique culture, it's a truly special place to call home. Our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home in the Portland area. 


Bakeries in Portland for Pi Day

Portland Bakeries

Sunday, March 14th is Pi Day, the annual celebration of the mathematical constant. While you could solve some math equations to celebrate, another option is to enjoy a slice of the dessert that shares its name. 

Our real estate agents are in favor of the second option. If you agree, you might see us at one of these awesome bakeries and pie shops in the Portland area on March 14th!

  1. The Pie Spot - 521 NE 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
    The folks at The Pie Spot got their start selling pies at local Portland street fairs and farmers markets in 2009, and their tasty offerings took off in a big way. They now have two brick-and-mortar locations in the city, including this 24th Ave. hot spot just minutes from many Portland homes for sale. They offer amazing pies, both sweet and savory, specializing in meal-sized hand pies and seasonal specialties like brown butter pecan, blueberry ginger, and brandy apple crumble.

  2. Pacific Pie Company - 1520 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
    Have you had Australian pasties? They're tasty, savory hand-held pies that might contain any number of fillings, and man, are they good. Pacific Pie Company is Portland's leading purveyor of these savory Down-Under favorites, and they offer options for every meal. Go ahead and grab a green chili, egg, cheddar, potato pasty for breakfast, or maybe a spinach and feta pasty for lunch. Better yet, get both, and follow it up with a beef and mushroom stout pasty for dinner. Yum.

  3. Petunia's Pies & Pastries - 610 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
    Try to rid yourself of any preconceived notions you might have about vegan and gluten-free baked goods. At Petunia's Pastries, everything on the menu is vegan and gluten-free. And you know what? If they didn't tell you ahead of time, you would never know. Everything in this hip, adorable bakery is absolutely delicious, from the breakfast pastries to the cheesecake. And, of course, the pies or to die for. Their menu rotates seasonally, but rest assured, they always have multiple pie flavors on deck, and you can't go wrong. 

  4. Lauretta Jean's - 3402 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
    You'll find every dessert under the sun at Lauretta Jean's, but the pies are, without a doubt, the stars of the show. Bourbon pecan, key lime, heirloom apple, chocolate cream, tart cherry—you name it. They're known around town for having the butteriest, flakiest, most delicious crusts around. Plus, they serve breakfast, lunch, coffee, beer, and wine. What else could one possibly need?

  5. Sizzle Pie - 624 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
    The pizza is definitely a type of pie. Maybe the best type of pie. And as it happens, Sizzle Pie has become Portland's favorite spot for pizza, so much so that they've grown to include half a dozen locations throughout the city. The downtown spot on Burnside is still our favorite, though, and whether you're looking for a whole pie or a quick slice, you're sure to be satisfied. Sizzle Pie is also famous for making one of the best vegan pizza pies around. 

  6. Wilde Pies - 2036 S Vermont St, Portland, OR 97219
    Every pie is unique at Wilde Pies. Every pie is custom-made from scratch and either readied for pickup or delivered right to your door. They offer plenty of classic pies available year-round, like apple, pecan, lemon meringue, coconut cream, and pumpkin. But others—like strawberry rhubarb, cranberry gingersnap, and fresh peach—are made using local, seasonal ingredients, so get them while you can! Vegan, gluten-free, and Keto-friendly options are available, and special requests are welcome. 

  7. Baker & Spice - 6330 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97239
    Founded in 1998, Baker & Spice is one of Portland's best bakeries, hands down. They make pies of practically any kind you could think of, including sweet pies, savory pies, hand pies, full-size pies, and specialty pies for any holiday or occasion. Of course, if you prefer to order an entire pie and take it home with you, you could hardly be blamed. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Portland. It's truly a one-of-a-kind place to call home, and our team is ready to answer any questions you may have about finding your dream home in the Portland area. 


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!


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.


Healthy Dining Options You Can Find Near Seattle

Seattle Healthy Dining

It's that time of year again -- the time when everyone starts to think about changing their habits and getting healthier in the New Year. Luckily, there are plenty of great local restaurants that serve healthy fare. Having a go-to list will help make the transition so much easier! 

We recently asked our brokers for recommendations. Here are a few of their favorites. 

  1. Eve Freemont: 704 North 34th St., Seattle, WA 98103
    Popular restaurant Eve Freemont is committed to serving clean, wholesome food that's good for the body and the soul. They're known for their globally-inspired, locally-produced menu that features items like Bibimbap and Bison Burgers. If you're looking for a clean-eating restaurant with a hip, modern vibe and a unique variety of food options, this is it.
  2. B-Side: 421 E. Thomas St., Seattle, WA 98102
    For a healthy breakfast or lunch, you can't go wrong with B-Side. This small, quaint restaurant offers classic items like breakfast sandwiches and eclectic items like house-made pickles, rice bowls, kombucha, and 24k Beer (Ranier with spicy fermented carrot juice). They're open daily from 8 am to 2 pm and are within walking distance from some of the best Seattle homes for sale. They also have a walk-up window and accept Google Pay for extra safety and convenience.
  3. Plum Bistro: 1429 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
    Capitol Hill's most loved vegan restaurant since 2009, Plum Bistro, has made a major reputation for itself. Here you'll find artful, upscale dishes that even carnivores love. They serve brunch, lunch, and dinner, as well as tasty drinks and desserts. We recommend trying the General Tso's Cauliflower, Buffalo Portobello Burger, or "Northwest at its Finest" -- made with herb-roasted mushrooms and black truffle sweet potato gnocchi. In addition to the Bistro, the Plum family also includes Plum Chopped, Sugar Plum, Pantry by Plum, and the Plum Truck.
  4. Mamnoon: 1508 Melrose Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
    An award-winning Middle Eastern restaurant, Mamnoon offers a modern version of traditional classics. The menu changes seasonally, giving you a steady stream of new, healthy dishes to try. We recommend the Mama Family Meal, which is $40 and has plenty of food for two people. This option allows you to choose a meat or vegetarian entree, seasonal salad, rotating side, and rich and tasty labneh. These specials change all the time and are a great way to explore their delicious menu.
  5. Harvest Beat: 1711 N. 45th St., Seattle, WA 98103
    Voted Best Vegan Restaurant in 2019 by Restaurant Guru, Harvest Beat offers healthy, vibrant food while also supporting local farmers and foragers. At this time, they've suspended in-house dining and are only offering food to go. However, the meals are still incredible! They serve lunch and dinner and items like cookies, hummus, and pickled vegetables from their market. For a truly memorable experience, try their five-course dinner menu to go. 

  6. Marination: 2000 6th Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
    Known as Seattle's sauciest food truck since 2009, Marination offers Hawaiian-Korean curbside cuisine. They now have multiple locations, including Marination Ma Kai in West Seattle (1660 Harbor Ave. SW), Marination 6th & Virginia, and Super Six (3714 Hudson St.). Also, keep an eye out for "Big Blue," their mobile food truck. No matter which location you visit, you'll love the delicious and flavorful menu options. This includes a huge variety of unique tacos like Miso Chicken, "Sexy Tofu," and Kalua Pork. They also offer sliders, kimchi fried rice, salads, fried foods, and lunch plates. Visit once, and we promise you'll find yourself craving it again and again.
  7. Homegrown: 999 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
    Not only do the folks at Homegrown offer delicious, healthy food, they also are on a mission to reduce their environmental impact by ensuring all of their ingredients are sustainably sourced. If you want to take good care of your body and the planet, you'll feel great about ordering from them. The seasonal menu features tasty options like carrot sweet potato soup, spicy braised tofu bowls, grass-fed steak, and blue sandwiches.

  8. Bounty Kitchen: 7 Boston St., Seattle, WA 98109
    Seattle vegan and vegetarian restaurant Bounty Kitchen is a modern neighborhood cafe offering a chef-driven menu with a focus on healthy eating. They serve brunch all day, every day, as well as salads with layers of flavor and texture, noodle bowls, grain bowls, and more. 

Is a new home on your 2021 wish list? If so, we can help! We've got lots of great listings available, so don't delay. Contact us today to get started. 


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.


National Espresso Day: Coffee Shops in Seattle

Coffee Shops Seattle

Does your day not truly begin before your first cup of coffee? When you live in the Seattle area, that's no problem! With National Espresso Day around the corner, now is a great time to find out all that your local coffee shops have to offer. Our brokers have the details on 8 of the best coffee shops around Seattle, where you can find your favorite hot drinks and so much more.

  1. Dubsea Coffee – 9910 8th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98106

    Searching for a neighborhood coffee shop close to Seattle homes for sale? Try Dubsea Coffee, where you'll find a warm, welcoming atmosphere at a shop that strives to make every visitor feel like a part of the neighborhood. Dubsea Coffee offers a delicious lineup of coffee, tea, espresso, and so much more. There's also a great selection of food available, brought in from some of your favorite local dining spots. 

  2. Union Coffee – 2407 E Union St. Suite B, Seattle, WA 98122

    Whether you're in the mood for a unique coffee creation or something simple and familiar, the team at Union Coffee has you covered. Enjoy a fresh lineup of new drinks for every season, along with specialty coffees that are always on the menu. There are plenty of espresso varieties available and a great selection of tea when you're in the mood for something different. You'll also find plenty of delightful homemade pastries and other treats to pair with your coffee.

  3. Seattle Sunshine Coffee – 5508 35th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105

    If you're looking for a coffee shop specializing in all things espresso, then Seattle Sunshine Coffee should be near the top of the list. The team at Seattle Sunshine Coffee is made up of espresso experts who know exactly how to create your favorite hot drinks. There's also a full lineup of tasty sandwiches, along with sweet treats from some of your favorite local bakeries.

  4. Slate Coffee Roasters – 602 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

    Interested in brewing your own espresso and coffee creations at home? Then be sure to check out the selection at Slate Coffee Roasters, which brings flavors from around the world directly to your door. Slate Coffee Roasters sells coffee beans, brewing equipment, and so much more, with subscription options available so that you'll always have something new to try.

  5. Elm Coffee Roasters – 240 2nd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98104

    With two cafes in Seattle and delivery options available anywhere in the city, you can always find fresh espresso at Elm Coffee Roasters. You can order a wide variety of coffee-related products online from Elm Coffee Roasters, including brewing equipment and coffee from around the world. Or you can stop by the shop for an expertly crafted drink from a team that truly knows and loves their coffee.

  6. Caffe Vita Roasting Co. – 1005 E Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122

    In the mood for cold brew? Caffe Vita Roasting Co. has you covered, with boxed cold brew on tap that you can enjoy anytime from the comfort of home. Caffe Vita has 8 coffee shops located throughout the Seattle area, making it easy to find an espresso anywhere in the city. Or you can order from the online shop, where you'll find professional-quality brewing equipment along with an extensive collection of coffee and tea.

  7. Third Culture Coffee – 80 102nd Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

    When you're craving coffee close to Bellevue homes for sale, make the quick trip to Third Culture Coffee. With a full lineup of ethically sourced coffees, delicious teas, and coffee-infused cocktails, Third Culture Coffee has the right drink for every occasion. Third Culture's flagship location in Bellevue is filled with locally created art and a friendly staff that loves to serve your favorite drinks.

  8. Mercurys Coffee Co. – 8506 122nd Ave. NE, Kirkland, WA 98033

    Mercurys Coffee Co. is located near Kirkland homes for sale, with convenient online ordering so that your coffee is always waiting for you when you arrive at the shop. All of the coffee sold at Mercurys is 100 percent organic, and Mercurys locations have won "Best in Western Washington" awards year after year. 

Living in the Seattle area means that you're never far from your next great cup of coffee, and our team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.


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.


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.


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
    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.


Where to Find Food Trucks in Seattle

Seattle Food Trucks

It's no secret that Seattle is a haven for phenomenal food trucks, but with so many wonderful options, you may be wondering where exactly the best mobile meal stations are parked around the city. Never fear, our brokers are here to help you track down some of the tastiest grub in the Emerald City. We've gathered a top five list of food trucks commonly found in neighborhoods like Central District, Belltown, and Capitol Hill. From barbeque and burgers to poke and hot dogs, here are a few of our favorite food trucks that you should check out around Seattle.

  1. Wood Shop BBQ – BBQ
    Bringing an interesting take on Kansas City and Central Texas barbeque to the Pacific Northwest, Wood Shop BBQ has made a name for themselves as Seattle's best BBQ. Brisket, smoked chicken, pulled pork, and pork spare ribs are available to order by the pound. You could also enjoy their brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, and portobello machaca on a toasted brioche bun with pickles and buttermilk slaw on the side. We prefer to savor their juicy meats by diving into one of their amazing Mac & Cheese bowls. 

  2. Sam Choy's Poke To The Max – Hawaiian
    Although Seattle is closer to Hawaii than many other American cities, you don't need to hop a plane to taste amazing Hawaiian food. Sam Choy's Poke To The Max is ready to bring their Hawaiian grinds to your curb! Award-winning chef Sam Choy, known as the God Father of Poke, has taken his creation out of the restaurant and into the streets with his Poke To The Max food truck. Poke can be seared or served fresh in a rice plate, in a salad, or in a wrap. If you're not digging poke, you can order other salads, wraps, and sandwiches with chicken, pork, or beef.

  3. Macho Burgers – Burgers
    If you're looking for a great burger, head down to Macho Burgers. Served with Cascioppo Brothers Meats, you can get everything from a Classic Bacon and Cheese to their Macho-Macho Burger stacked with bacon, cheese, peppers, lettuce, onions, and their special sauce. Cod Burgers and Fish & Chips are available if you don't fancy beef, and there is also a Chipotle Black Bean Veggie Burger with salsa, mushrooms, and cheese. Gluten-free buns are also available, and with the option to nix the bacon and cheese on the Mushroom Bacon Swiss Burger, Macho Burgers can accommodate many dietary preferences. If you love their South of the Border Burger, then you've got to find their sister food truck Macho Tex Mex Enchiladas – their enchiladas, bowls, and taco salads are fantastic!

  4. Big Dog's – Hot Dogs
    Hot dogs are quintessential street food and even though plenty of carts know how to grill a sausage, only Big Dog's is Washington's #1 Hot Dog Food Truck! Voted the best hot dog and food truck in King 5's Evening Magazine, Big Dog's invites you to go Beef Mode with their 100% all-beef ¼-pound dogs served on a steamed stadium roll. Run a Blitz with cheddar cheese sauce, chopped onions, BBQ sauce, and crushed potato chips or call upon the Sea-Dog filled with roasted garlic, chili aioli, jalapenos, and crumbled bacon. 

  5. Mo Pockets – Chinese
    Fans of noodles and potstickers should head down to Bellevue for amazing Chinese street food served up by Mo Pockets. This exceptional food truck has cold spicy or sesame noodle bowls, as well as their signature Mo Pockets filled with pork, beef, chicken, or veggies. Potstickers and popcorn chicken make great sides but it's the house-brewed fresh milk tea that really hits the spot.

Are you searching for a home in one of Seattle's most desirable neighborhoods? Contact us today to browse Seattle homes for sale in Bellevue, Capitol Hill, Eastlake, Fremont, Queen Anne, SoDo, and more!


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!


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.


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.


Seattle Bakeries to Try for National Doughnut Day

Seattle Bakeries

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when you're checking out Seattle homes for sale. You need to keep your energy up, and what better way than with the classic combination of a doughnut and coffee?

Seattle's many small bakeries will tempt your taste buds any time of year, but they're even better as we approach National Doughnut Day. Taking place on Friday, June 5, it's the perfect time to stop by for a fresh dozen with curbside service or place an order for delivery.

Yes, you've probably noticed that big national chains usually have deals on National Doughnut Day. For those lucky enough to be here in the Emerald City, however, our brokers say nothing beats a local bakery.

Here are some of Seattle's top doughnut stops:

  1. Raised Donut – 1101 23rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
    Raised Donuts is dedicated to "raising the doughnut bar" with a full selection of classic doughnuts alongside specialty flavors you won't find anywhere else. Mixed, cut, and fried fresh each day, the doughnuts are topped with a glaze made from scratch. Some recent specials include the mango basil doughnut, guava coconut, and the gluten-free Thai tea mochi.
  2. Top Pot Doughnuts – 1206 Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98104
    Top Pot Doughnuts will satisfy your cravings with more than 40 flavors available each and every day. Seasonal choices like the peppermint snowdrift and orange marmalade cake truly stand out here. Whether you order takeout or delivery, you can also savor hand-roasted, small-batch coffees from decaf to the eye-opening "El Presidente."
  3. Mighty-O Donuts – 1400 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
    The Mighty-O Donuts storefront at Capitol Hill is open for business while two other locations are temporarily closed, so stop on by! Call in or set up an online order: You can enjoy the whole menu, such as the seasonal cookies and cream doughnut, raspberry riot, or nutty chocolate. You always have your choice of vanilla cake or chocolate cake as your delicious doughnut base, too.
  4. Family Donut Northgate – 2100 North Northgate Way Suite F, Seattle, WA 98133
    Family Donut Northgate is the taste you've been waiting for! A family-friendly and family-owned bakery with a focus on doughnuts and coffee, it's well-loved in the community. One reason is the fast, friendly service. Another, the unbeatable maple bacon doughnuts. It's active in supporting local first responders and hospitals with doughnuts, too.
  5. General Porpoise Doughnuts – 1020 East Union Street, Seattle, WA 98133
    Like Mighty-O, General Porpoise Doughnuts has a flagship Capitol Hill location ready for your visit. Every General Porpoise doughnut is made using fresh eggs. Seasonal jams, jellies, creams, and custards make sensationally fresh flavors. Creatively crafty concoctions abound, like peanut butter and jelly, date shake, the delectable rose cream, and kid-favorite chocolate marshmallow.
  6. Donut Factory – 4336 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Suite F, Seattle, WA 98105
    Sitting right in the heart of the University District, Donut Factory pumps out confections with "industrial strength" flavor. But don't let the name fool you: These individually handcrafted doughnuts are great to look at and a delight to eat! Fancy doughnuts can be rushed straight to your door, from chocolate rainbow to cinnamon, coconut, and many more.
  7. Half and Half Doughnuts – 516 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122
    Seattle's famous Pike Street is home to many iconic businesses. One of them is Half and Half Donuts, a true taste of Seattle. Now featuring a fun and convenient online ordering system, Half and Half has grab and go doughnuts along with savory pastries, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and tea. For a true delight, don't miss out on a coffee-caramel filled doughnut.

For expert advice on buying a Seattle home, contact us today.


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.


7 Ways to Support Local Businesses in Seattle

Local Businesses in Seattle

Small businesses do so much to support the communities that they're a part of, and during times like these it's crucial for communities to show the same support in return. With so many small businesses in Seattle forced to change their business models, stop serving customers in person, or drastically limit hours due to coronavirus precautions, your favorite local businesses need your support now more than ever. Even though visiting local businesses in person has become difficult, there's still plenty you can do to help! Our brokers know how important Seattle small businesses are to every neighborhood, and we've put together 7 ways that you can support your favorite local businesses right now.

  1. Support Neighborhood Restaurants by Ordering Takeout or Delivery
    While they currently cannot serve dine-in customers, many restaurants located near Seattle homes for sale are still turning out great food from the kitchen. You just might have to pick it up in a different way than usual. There are a ton of Seattle restaurants still offering delivery, takeout, or drive-thru service, so it's easy to support your favorites while getting access to great promotions in the process. Remember that tips are a major part of the income for many service workers, and tipping can go a long way. Even though you can't dine in, you can still leave a tip when you pick up your food in order to help the staff.

  2. Remember That Online Storefronts Are Always Open
    Retailers are feeling the pinch just as much as restaurants, and supporting your favorite shopping spots is simple even if you can't visit in person. Many local small businesses also offer online shopping and local delivery, so you can order your favorite items without ever leaving home. Even if you're just picking up basic necessities like groceries, ordering online and having them delivered helps you stay safe while supporting the community in the process.

  3. Be Patient and Remember That Small Businesses Are Doing the Best They Can
    Small businesses are doing everything they can to adapt to an ever-changing situation, and staffs are being stretched to their limit. When you do visit a local business or order something online, remember that the business is doing the best it possibly can to serve you. That may require patience because things can take a bit longer than usual, but it's worth it to support small businesses during trying times.

  4. Share on Social to Encourage Others to Shop
    If you're trying to find ways to support small businesses, you likely have friends who would do the same! Make it a point to share on social media when you shop at local small businesses, and point your online connections to businesses who are still serving customers. Many people want to show support but don't know how, so your sharing can make a big difference.

  5. Buy Gift Cards from Your Favorite Local Businesses
    Want to support your favorite businesses, but don't have anything you need to buy right now? Purchasing a gift card is a great way to infuse some cash into small businesses, and show your confidence in the local economy. You can hang on to the gift card for a rainy day, give it away as a gift, or donate it.

  6. Leave Online Reviews to Promote Small Businesses
    Just like with social sharing, online reviews are an extremely important part of the marketing mix for small businesses. So many people rely on reviews as a significant factor when choosing where to shop, so why not help out your favorite Seattle businesses by leaving a positive review online? It only takes a few minutes of your time, it helps other people find the businesses that you love so much, and it's an easy way to show your support.

  7. Avoid Visiting Businesses If You're Not Feeling Well
    While there's plenty you can do to help small businesses, it's just as important to remember what not to do. If you're not feeling well, regardless of whether you've visited a doctor, it's best to stay home, stay safe, and help the community stay safe, too. 

When you're ready to experience the community spirit of Seattle for yourself and find your next home in the city, our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.


5 Greenhouses in the Seattle Area

Greenhouses in Seattle

There's nothing quite like spending a warm, spring day with your hands in the soil, tending to a garden that will bring you joy throughout the coming seasons. Gardening has many health benefits, from reducing stress to burning calories, along with the incredibly satisfying feeling of watching all of your hard work come to life. As our brokers can tell you, a beautiful garden can also be a big help when selling your home, since curb appeal is a key component in making the all-important positive first impression. No matter what draws you back to your garden each year, rest assured that Seattle has greenhouses with everything you need to exercise your green thumb.

  1. Swansons Nursery – 9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98117
    It's never hard to find supplies for your garden close to Seattle homes for sale, thanks to great local greenhouses like Swansons Nursery. The team at Swansons Nursery loves helping gardeners of all experience levels bring out the best in their gardens, with seminars, clubs, classes, or simply friendly advice when you come in to shop. Swansons Kids' Club is perfect for connecting aspiring young gardeners with nature, while the cafe at Swansons offers fresh food from farm to table. Of course, you'll also find a huge selection of plants, gardening supplies, and art for your garden.
  2. West Seattle Nursery – 5275 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98136
    Looking to turn gardening into a family activity? The West Seattle Nursery & Garden Center offers a robust program for gardening with kids, including a monthly gardening club and a large supply of gardening tools that are designed with children in mind. Adults love West Seattle Nursery too, thanks to the friendly, knowledgeable staff and a great selection of rare plants. West Seattle Nursery also offers consulting services for planning your garden, equipment rentals to help with your big gardening projects, tool sharpening to get your equipment ready, and classes to expand your gardening knowledge.
  3. Urban Earth Nursery – 1051 N 35th St., Seattle, WA 98103
    With a diverse selection of plants and a friendly, knowledgeable staff that loves to help gardeners of all experience levels, Urban Earth Nursery is sure to have what you need to bring out the best in your garden this year. If you're aiming to create an urban garden, this greenhouse is second to none. Find a diverse collection of unusual, hard-to-find plants, along with all of the supplies you need to create a beautiful garden in any setting. Originally a nursery dedicated to drought-tolerant plants, Urban Earth Nursery has grown larger but never lost its focus on offering plants that grow well in any climate.
  4. Ravenna Gardens – 2600 NE University Village, Seattle, WA 98105
    Established in 1997 as a friendly, creative neighborhood garden shop, Ravenna Gardens has since grown into one of Seattle's favorite spots for all things gardening. Visiting the shop feels a little bit like stepping into a lush, green jungle, with plants as far as the eye can see and unique garden art around every corner. Ravenna Gardens is focused on plants that thrive in the Northwest and is happy to offer helpful tips to bring the most out of your garden. You'll also find planters, pottery, outdoor furniture, and sculptures to add that perfect finishing touch.
  5. City People's – 2939 E Madison St., Seattle, WA 98112
    No matter the season, City People's Garden Store is sure to have that special something that you've been seeking for your garden. Every season brings a fresh selection of plants at City People's, and the team here is eager to show you all of their time-tested tips for Seattle gardening. There are free gardening workshops for the community nearly every week throughout the year, with useful tips for how to tend to your garden.

Still searching for the right Seattle home where you can create the garden of your dreams? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell real estate throughout Seattle.


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.


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.


Bend: A Top Brewery City in the US

Bend Breweries

Spend a bit of time hanging around Bend, and you'll quickly notice that the area is home to a huge collection of local breweries. While the quantity is nice, it's the quality of local breweries that sets Bend apart from most cities around the country. Bend now ranks as one of the best areas in the entire country for craft brewing, adding to the reputation of Central Oregon as one of the nation's real brewing hotspots. Our brokers have all of the exciting details on where to enjoy brews around Bend.

  • Silver Moon Brewing – 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend, OR 97730
    Bend homes for sale
    put you in the heart of a dynamic brewing community, thanks to great local breweries like Silver Moon Brewing. Established at a time when Bend was home to just two other breweries, Silver Moon remains one of the best spots in the city. Like most breweries in the area, Silver Moon Brewing starts with freshwater from mountain snow-melt for its beers, then builds complex flavors from that strong base. The Silver Moon Pub is a relaxed, inviting drinking destination, where you're likely to find a few new friends in addition to some excellent local brews.

  • GoodLife Brewing Company – 70 SW Century Dr., Bend, OR 97702
    Enjoy a taste of the good life, with the diverse menu of locally brewed craft beers from the GoodLife Brewing Company. While some breweries specialize in creating sweet or sour beers, the team at GoodLife Brewing is all about balance. Beers here are never too sweet or bitter, but every brew is still packed with flavor. Ales are the signature style at this brewery, and the GoodLife Bierhall is the perfect place to enjoy these delicious local brews alongside an excellent meal.

  • Bend Brewing Company – 1019 NW Brooks St., Bend, OR 97703
    If you're looking to enjoy an amazing craft brew in a classic pub atmosphere, be sure to take some time for the excellent Bend Brewing Company. Like Silver Moon Brewing, the Bend Brewing Company was one of the three original breweries in Bend. The team here has been creating hoppy, flavorful IPAs for 25 years, and even with increased competition remains one of the best breweries in the city. The Bend Brewing Pub is a popular hangout for locals and visitors alike, with a casual atmosphere, extensive food offerings, tons of TVs, and friendly, personal service.

  • 10 Barrel Brewing Co. – 62950 NE 18th St., Bend, OR 97701
    With 20 taps featuring the best local brews and an unmatched menu of pub food, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. will always be one of Bend's favorite spots to enjoy a cold beer. The pub is located at 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Headquarters and features stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and the local scenery around Bend. Sample one of the many year-round brews available, or stop by during each season to check out a fresh selection of seasonal beers. You can even schedule a brewery tour to go behind the scenes.

  • Worthy Brewing – 495 NE Bellevue Dr., Bend, OR 97701
    Local breweries are often great supporters of the communities where they do business, and Worthy Brewing truly goes the extra mile to be a valued part of the community. Of course, the beer and atmosphere are fantastic, too! Everything at Worthy Brewing, from the beers to the delicious food on your plate, is created with the freshest local ingredients. Worthy Brewing maintains a garden where many ingredients are sourced and partners with local farms for the rest. The result is a brewery celebrating everything that makes Bend so special.

  • The Ale Apothecary – 30 SW Century Dr. Suite 140, Bend, OR 97702
    Searching for something unique for your next brew? The Ale Apothecary brews every batch in handmade oak barrels and sources every ingredient locally to create flavors that you won't find anywhere else. With a commitment to all-natural brewing techniques and a reverence for the bounty that local land supplies, the team at the Ale Apothecary creates unique brews that keep regulars coming back for more. 

If you love fresh, unique local brews, then you'll feel right at home in Bend. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.


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.


Florists in the Seattle Area for Valentine's Day Bouquets

Seattle Florists

The florists of Seattle work year-round to make their bouquets reflect the natural beauty surrounding the Emerald City. Valentine's Day is the ultimate opportunity for these talented florists to showcase their creations with stunning bouquets of every flower imaginable. When our brokers want to give a gorgeously designed bouquet, we turn to these seven Seattle florists.   

  1. Seattle Flowers — 600 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
    Delivering Seattle's finest flowers since 1947, Seattle Flowers is your reliable floral destination for Valentine's Day or any other occasion. Their staff strives to go the extra mile so that your special someone feels every ounce of love you wish to give them. Offering floral arrangements, gift baskets, plants, and much more, Seattle Flowers will be your first choice for flowers when you're ready to spruce up one of our Seattle homes for sale on move-in day.

  2. Ballard Blossom — 1111 NW 85th St., Seattle, WA 98117
    A Northwest Tradition since 1927, Ballard Blossom knows flowers better than anyone in the city. For nearly a century, Ballard Blossom has delivered more than simply flowers. They've sent loved ones gifts of happiness, love, congratulations, and gratitude. They're ready to send your valentine a fantastic vase of flowers this Valentine's Day. The Yellow Rose Bouquet with Chardonnay, Sweet Citrus Bouquet, and Color Me Happy bunch are exceptional ways to show someone you care. Although Ballard Blossom does deliver, you could also stop by and pick the freshest bouquet.

  3. Hansen's Florist — 5963 Corson Ave. S., Suite 190, Seattle, WA 98108
    Since the 1940s, generation after generation of Seattle's men and women have ordered Valentine's Day flowers from Hansen's Florist. Not only do they guarantee that you'll get the freshest flowers offered, but they can also provide same-day and even worldwide delivery. Hansen's Florist has you covered for all of your floral needs, all year long, all around the world.

  4. Seattle Flower Lab — 2600 California Ave. SW., Seattle, WA 98116
    How do you make the best flowers in the area even better? You let the experts at the Seattle Flower Lab use their innovative techniques to create an unbelievable arrangement. You'll be happy to know that the Seattle Flower Lab delivers flowers in Seattle, Bellevue and to over 30 other zip codes so they'll have no trouble getting a bouquet order to your special someone no matter where they live.

  5. Pike Place Flowers — 1501 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
    You're probably already familiar with Pike Place Market, home of Pike Place Flowers. Taking care of the needs of downtown Seattleites seven days a week, Pike Place Flowers is a staple of the area and has been voted the Best Flowers Shop in town. We suggest that all of our new and potential Seattle homeowners explore Pike Place Market for Valentine's Day gifts and grab a bouquet of freshly cut flowers from Pike Place Flowers.

  6. Lawrence the Florist — 224 105th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
    If there's one name in Bellevue who's synonymous with fine floral arrangements, it's Lawrence the Florist. "Not your typical florist," expert designers and consultants have honed their craft at Lawrence the Florist since the 1970s. Every bouquet in their shop, including their popular 'Lawrence Originals', is stunning — but they up their level of impressiveness with their curated gift baskets. All of their baskets can be customized to fit the desires of your valentine, such as a Northwest Foods Basket or a Junk Food Basket. If you're buying one of our Bellevue homes for sale around Valentine's Day, let Lawrence the Florist put together a homecoming basket and bouquet for your family!

  7. DeLaurenti Florist — 15100 SE 38th St., Bellevue, WA 98006
    For nearly half of a century, the award-winning floral designers of the DeLaurenti family have proudly created bouquets to make your family feel loved. As a full-service florist and gift shop, this family-owned establishment is a Bellevue hallmark that will ensure every stem and pedal of your bouquet wows your valentine in ways that they'll never forget. Be sure to stop and smell the roses at DeLaurenti Florist.

Our brokers can help you find a dreamy home around Seattle and Bellevue. Contact us today to get started with your home search!


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.


7 Crossfit Gyms in Seattle to Help You Get Fit

Crossfit Seattle

Does your workout program include SMART goals? Experts agree you have a better chance of reaching your goals if they're specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.

CrossFit is a popular exercise style that checks off all those boxes with a variety of challenging activities leading to overall fitness. Our brokers have the inside scoop on seven top CrossFit gyms around Seattle, where you can get your conditioning on.

  1. CrossFit Hinge - 1412 S. Henderson St., Seattle 98108
    Zach Filer and Adrianna Kara, co-owners of CrossFit Hinge, believe fitness should be accessible to all. Their 206 South non-profit organization provides sliding-scale memberships for adults and free programs for teens, so income isn't a barrier to good health and conditioning. In addition to group classes, private training is available to help you attain your goals. Classes are offered seven days a week.

  2. CrossFit Felix - 2211 5th Ave., Seattle 98121
    Whether you're a serious bodybuilder or weekend warrior, CrossFit Felix has the tools to help you succeed. The convenient downtown location makes it easy to fit in a class before or after work or even on a lunch break. Intimidated by super-buff instructors? In their bios, CrossFit Felix coaches share their least favorite moves, so they become more relatable. Choose from a wide range of individual passes and multi-session packages to fit any schedule and budget.

  3. Foundation CrossFit - 1415 12th Ave., Seattle 98122
    With its beginning in bare-bones classes at Green Lake Park, Foundation CrossFit is a grassroots operation. After moving to a modest facility on Lake City Way, Foundation CrossFit eventually settled in its current location with 6,500-square-feet of space and an extensive collection of state-of-the-art equipment. The unique Mobility/Recovery class is great for easing back into workouts post-injury or developing flexibility to avoid tight, sore muscles. Find out if Foundation CrossFit is for you by attending one of their free Community CrossFit classes that are open to the public.

  4. Ballard CrossFit - 6419 15th Ave. NW, Seattle 98107
    Do you enjoy dancing the night away at the club? Build strength and endurance with a different type of "clubbing" at Ballard CrossFit. Have fun doing handstands, ring work, and rope climbs in the Gymnastics Club or perfect your Olympic lifts in the new Barbell Club, starting in early 2020. Both clubs run six weeks with a fee of $89 for members and $150 for non-members. Practice your new-found skills during open gym time Monday through Saturday. Learn healthy eating habits through Ballard CrossFit's nutrition challenges and 1x1 coaching.

  5. CrossFit Amped - 399 114th Ave. NE, Bellevue 98004
    The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "amped" as "full of energetic excitement and enthusiasm." That term perfectly expresses the feeling you'll have after a session at CrossFit Amped, just down the street from Bellevue homes for sale. CrossFit Amped is committed to matching you with a fitness program suited to your individual needs and skill level. Sign up for a free beginner's class on Saturdays at 11 a.m. to see how workouts are scaled to fit each student. CrossFit 101 is a three-week series of classes designed to bridge the beginner's class and full-on CrossFit sessions. Choose group classes or private instruction. 

  6. Elliott Bay CrossFit - 2211 3rd Ave., Seattle 98121
    Elliott Bay CrossFit has a mission to foster a close-knit community of dedicated and supportive athletes around Seattle homes for sale. With 30-minute one-on-one On-Ramp sessions, coaches make sure newcomers are safely focused on accurate mechanics before dialing up the intensity. Supplement your CrossFit routine with yoga classes to keep muscles supple while developing mental and spiritual well-being. Take advantage of Elliott Bay's free trial week to get a first-hand look at how they operate. Once you decide to join, select from several options with no long-term commitments required.

  7. CrossFit Deliverance - 4535 Union Bay Place NE, Seattle 98105
    It's never too early to learn good health and fitness habits. On the first Saturday of each month, CrossFit Deliverance offers Family Day when parents and kids can work out together. For only $249, the comprehensive Foundations Series includes everything you need to get a running start. Along with two months of unlimited group classes, you receive one-on-one fitness and nutritional coaching in addition to a customized meal plan.

From the first meeting to closing, we provide the highest level of services for buying or selling a home in Seattle. Contact us for more information.


Vegan Restaurants in Seattle for National Vegan Month

Vegan Restaurants in Seattle

November is World Vegan Month — but that doesn't mean it's a vegan-only event! This official global celebration of cruelty-free lifestyle is an excellent opportunity for everyone to learn more about the veganism way of life. People choose a vegan diet to promote the humane treatment of animals, the protection of the environment or for health concerns.

Although vegan dishes do not include meat, dairy, eggs, fish or honey, there's one thing vegan meals are full of — great taste! Our brokers encourage you to celebrate World Vegan Month at one of these fantastic vegan restaurants in Seattle.

  • Wayward Vegan Café — 801 NE. 66th St. Suite C, Seattle, WA 98115
    There's just something comforting about eating at a family-owned diner. Perhaps that's why Wayward Vegan Café has been a beloved part of the Seattle community for fifteen years. Get your fill of breakfast favorites with a vegan twist like the Ex-Benedict or Suns Over Seattle. Stop by for lunch or dinner for a Chico Vegan Melt, Tempeh Reuben or Pacific Phil's Quinoa Extravaganza. Not only are their items vegan, but many are also gluten-free, so those with dietary restrictions will have no trouble finding a delicious option.     

  • Plum Bistro — 1429 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
    Plum Bistro is Capitol Hill's most loved vegan restaurant. Their artful, upscale dishes display the true potential humble vegan ingredients possess. A must for Sunday brunch, Plum Bistro's brunch menu has everything from classic scrambles and French toast to plant milkshakes and breakfast sandwiches. Their lunch and dinner menus are just as fresh and tasty. Be sure to stop by during happy hour for small snack plates and drink specials.

    Head's up. There's more to Plum Bistro than meets the eye. Their main location also features Plum Chopped which functions as a food truck but is designed like a restaurant. They also have a location called Pantry by Plum Bistro at The Armory at Seattle Center, which is more of a casual vegan dining spot. Their delectable Sugar Plum sweetshop is located at both locations. Keep an eye out for the Plum Truck too, as it's often seen cruising around Seattle offering up grab-and-go vegan dishes!

  • Harvest Beat — 1711 N. 45th, Seattle, WA 98103
    If you're looking for an excellent vegan restaurant in Emerald City, Harvest Beat is hard to beat! They use the freshest local ingredients to unite the community of farmers and diners under one roof. They also strive to reduce their carbon footprint in everything they do, producing as little waste as possible. Their creative menu is influenced by whatever ingredients are in season, allowing the chef to plate a delicious meal using the best fruits, vegetables, and grains possible. Stop in for a five-course meal consisting of a soup and salad styled starter, a tantalizing appetizer, filling entrée, and a perfect dessert. They will also pair your meal with the best vegan wines or teas available.

  • Vegan Pizza Pi — 5500 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    Finding a good vegan pizza is a top priority for every vegan eater. Thankfully, the oldest vegan pizzeria in the country is located right in Seattle. Vegan Pizza Pi's tasty menu will convince you that meatless, cheeseless pizza is fantastic. Order up their Breadstix or cheese bread starter while you decide how to top your pie. Choose a size, a sauce, and tons of fresh toppings. Many kinds of cheese are dairy-free like their House Made Cashew Ricotta or House Made Tofu Feta. Trust us. Once you bite into a pizza from Vegan Pizza Pi, you'll realize that you can still get authentic pizza taste from modern vegan ingredients.

  • No Bones Beach Club — 5410 17th Ave NW., Seattle, WA 98107
    No Bones Beach Club has one powerful slogan — "Just cause it's vegan, doesn't mean it sucks!" With locations in Seattle, Chicago and Portland, hundreds of satisfied vegans agree that No Bones Beach Club is the real deal when it comes to the best vegan food. Their colorful menu of Bites, Greens & Things, Chomps and Brunchies will make your mouth water. Buffalo Cauliflower Wings and Amazeballs mac 'n' cheese balls are perfect shareables. While the Jackfruit Flautas, Pineapple Mavericks Burger and Beet Battered Avocado Tacos are so good, you'll want to keep them to yourself.

Even if you don't have a vegan diet, there are still choices you can make during World Vegan Month, like trying one of these great vegan restaurants. See a new side to the Seattle community you may not be acquainted with and enjoy delicious, locally-sourced, and cruelty-free ingredients. If you'd also like help shopping Seattle homes for sale, contact us today!


Portland: 10 Gyms and Fitness Centers

Getting Fit in Portland

Portland Fitness Centers & Gyms
Portland is known as one of the most active, healthy cities in the country, with a population that loves a good workout. Many residents ride their bikes to work and spend time exercising in the city's beautiful outdoor spaces. There are also a ton of great gyms and fitness centers in the area, whether you're looking for a traditional workout or a fresh, unique way to stay in shape. Our brokers know the benefits of a local workout, and we've got the details on ten of the best gyms and fitness centers in the Portland area.

Portland Fitness Indoor Cycling

  1. Burncycle – 910 NW 10th Ave., Portland 97209
    With a convenient location in the Pearl District, Burncycle is the place to be when you're looking for an indoor cycling workout. There are a number of locations throughout the city, with the flagship Pearl District location featuring nearly 50 bikes in a 2,300 square foot studio. Embrace the benefits of cycling, and work out with a positive, like-minded group of exercise enthusiasts.

  2. Urban Pilates – 2915 NE Alberta St., Portland 97211
    Get ready to sweat at Urban Pilates, where you can participate in Authentic Pilates workouts designed to the specifications of Joseph Pilates himself. This facility features both equipment and workouts that stay true to the vision of the man who created the program. Enjoy energetic, challenging classes, or sign up for teacher training to become an instructor yourself.

  3. Pulse PDX – 3602 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland 97232
    Sometimes, the best workouts don't feel like a workout at all. That's definitely the case at Pulse PDX, where every workout feels like a night on the town. Pulse specializes in dance-centric workouts, which are held in a dimly lit room, with dance music and lights. It's part workout, part nightclub, and the regulars wouldn't have it any other way.
    Portland Fitness Kickboxing
  4. 9Round Fitness – 21 South State St., Lake Oswego 97034
    Looking for a workout close to Lake Oswego homes for sale? Make time to visit 9Round Fitness, where you can stay fit with engaging kickboxing workouts. 9Round is a great spot for a quick, hard-hitting workout, with classes that are sure to get the blood pumping. Fit in a 30-minute workout, and leave plenty of time to enjoy all that the city has to offer.

  5. Fulcrum Fitness – 3934 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Portland 97212
    Are you searching for an inclusive, encouraging gym where everyone is made to feel welcome? Look no further than Fulcrum Fitness, where instructors are truly invested in your health and well-being. Participate in team or small-group training, then enjoy a massage on-site after your workout.
    Portland Fitness Yoga
  6. Fuel – 826 SW 2nd Ave., Portland 97204
    Yoga is an amazing workout for both body and mind, and you'll find no shortage of top-notch yoga facilities in the Portland area. Fuel is one of the best-known yoga spots in the city, with classes ranging from beginner to expert. Get a great workout and build flexibility in an encouraging, community-focused setting.

  7. Firebrand Sports – 500 NW 14th Ave., Portland 97209
    Searching for a workout that covers all the bases, from core strength to cardio? The Lagree fitness programs at Firebrand Sports touch on every aspect of fitness, in a fun, engaging setting. Fireband also offers the challenging Triple-Threat workout, along with Urban Row classes.
    Portland Fitness Pickleball
  8. Hillendale Pickleball – 13216 Roseberry Ave., Oregon City 97045
    If you're looking for a unique workout near Oregon City homes for sale, stop by Hillendale Park to participate in the Hillendale Pickleball Club. There's a pickleball league to enjoy throughout the summer months, along with tons of courts for open play no matter the season. Learn the ropes of a new sport, and get a great workout in the process.

  9. Point Gym and Kitchen – 1115 SE Salmon St., Portland 97214
    Portland homes for sale 
    make it easy to reach many of the destinations on our list, including the popular Point Gym and Kitchen. In addition to providing a diverse variety of workouts and a huge selection of gym equipment, this spot is an excellent place to learn more about healthy eating.
    Portland Fitness Climbing
  10. The Circuit Bouldering Gym NE – 410 NE 17th Ave., Portland 97232
    Climbing is one of the most popular workouts in Portland – both indoors and outside. The Circuit Bouldering Gym, with locations throughout the city, provides the perfect place to climb indoors. With walls ranging from 8 to 17 feet and a huge variety of terrain, this is a great spot for climbers of all skill levels.

Portland Fitness Center & Gyms Running

Living in Portland means that you're never far from a great workout, whether you want to hit the gym or break a sweat in the great outdoors. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Portland, OR area.


8 Great Places in Seattle for Ice Cream

Seattle Ice Cream Shops
Summer means different things to different people, but there's one thing we all can agree on – it's a great time to eat ice cream. If you happen to be in Seattle looking for the perfect home (and cone to cool you off), then you're in luck. You'll find some of the best ice cream shops in America right down the road from these Seattle homes for sale. Our brokers take a quick look at eight spots you'll hear locals raving about.

Seattle Great Ice Cream Places

  1. Bluebird Ice Cream, 7400 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    A Seattle mainstay for small-batch gourmet ice cream and house-brewed sodas, Bluebird Ice Cream is a great place for classic flavors as well unique ice cream concoctions. This locally-focused shop makes a lot of its flavors using ingredients from neighboring businesses, like Theo Chocolate Chunk and Caffé Vita Coffee. Bluebird operates a craft brewery as well, so you have the option of trying some wild beer-flavored experiments like Elysian Stout ice cream, or a float with a scoop of vanilla in a glass of Chocolate Cherry Porter. 

  2. Kurt Farm Shop, 1424 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
    This Capitol Hill gem offers ice cream made with milk from their own Vashon Island cows. The ice cream is churned to perfection, and even the flavors, like Lemon Verbena, Rose Geranium, and Triple Crown Blackberry, come from the farm. Kurt Farm Shop offers cones and pints to go, as well as custom ice cream sandwiches for private parties. 

    Seattle Ice Cream Shops
  3. Frankie & Jo's, 1010 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98101
    Seattle is one of the most vegan-friendly cities in America, so plant-based eaters have a lot of reasons to be happy in our neck of the woods. One of those reasons is Frankie & Jo's, a completely vegan and gluten-free ice cream shop where every bite is just as creamy and satisfying as the real thing. Flavors like Chocolate Tahini Supercookie and Gingered Golden Milk prove that ice cream made from plants is still very, very delicious. Head to Capitol Hill to see for yourself, or check out their second location in Ballard. 

  4. Full Tilt Ice Cream, 4759 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    Equal parts ice cream shop, craft beer bar, and pinball arcade, Full Tilt Ice Cream delivers a complete party experience for kids and grown-ups alike. Featuring one of the best collections of new and vintage pinball machines in Seattle, Full Tilt also offers a dizzying array of ice cream flavors, from salted caramel to huckleberry. With locations in the U-District as well as Capitol Hill, Columbia City, and Ballard, there's always great ice cream nearby, no matter what part of Seattle you're in. 

  5. Rachel's Ginger Beer, 1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
    As you might guess from the name, ice cream isn't the star attraction at this iconic Seattle soda spot, but you haven't lived until you've cooled off with a ginger beer float. The ginger beer has a bit more kick than regular ginger ale, and a dollop of vanilla ice cream perfectly balances it out. Check out the original Rachel's Ginger Beer location in Pike Place Market, or visit their 12th Avenue or University Village locations. 

    Seattle Gelato
  6. Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    With locations in Phinney Ridge and Maple Valley, Nutty Squirrel Gelato offers a locally-focused take on classic Italian gelato. With ingredients sourced from right here in the Pacific Northwest and a wide assortment of flavors both traditional and trendy, there's always something new to try. Roasted Almond, Sea Salt Caramel and Turkish Coffee are perennial favorites. 

  7. Salt & Straw, 714 E Pike St A, Seattle, WA 98122
    Seattle's local branch of Portland-based ice cream chain, Salt & Straw, offers creamy, gooey ice cream perfection in the form of a sprawling menu packed with all-time favorites and new, weird concoctions are made from local ingredients. Seasonal berry flavors like Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero and Mayer Lemon-Blueberry are highlights of the summer menu. 

  8. Seattle Cookie Counter, 7415 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    Another great case for why vegan ice cream is as good as its dairy-based cousin, Seattle Cookie Counter got its start as a mobile dessert operation, slinging cookies and ice cream cones from the back of a VW bus, before settling down in its permanent Greenwood location. Classic ice cream flavors and rotating seasonal favorites are always on the menu, but we recommend starting with an ice cream and cookie sandwich and washing it back with a drink from the espresso bar. 

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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, 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.


12 of Portland's Coolest Concerts, Shows, and Plays This August

Portland August Entertainment

August Events in Portland to Fill Your Month with Fun

Our Brokers know there is always something fun to see and do here in Portland. When you choose Portland homes for sale, you'll be in the midst of a thriving live theater and entertainment scene. Things kick into full gear in August!

From world-renowned bands to Broadway divas and headlining comedians, everyone is in on the act. That means no matter what you're in the mood for, there's something out there you'll love.

Let's check out the top concerts, shows, and plays in Portland in August:


Weird Al Yankovic-McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

  1. Weird Al Yankovic – 1332 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97209
    The king of musical comedy and loving pop culture homages comes to Portland's McMenamins Crystal Ballroom on Wednesday, August 14. Weird Al is known for his brilliant parodies and energetic on-stage antics. Portland is one of his favorite places to perform!
  2. Feist – 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
    Appearing at the Oregon Zoo at 7 p.m. on August 13, indie pop sensation Feist and popular piano group Rhye will hit the stage. You've seen Canadian-born Feist appear throughout North America and Europe. The Portland show is part of one of her biggest tours to date.
  3. The B-52's – 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
    Also popping in at the prestigious Oregon Zoo is The B-52's. Known for their unique rock sound drawing influences from the 50s and 60s, they created such perennial hits as Love Shack and Roam. They're sure to reprise some fan favorites at six o'clock, August 6.
  4. Mumford & Sons – 1 North Center Street, Portland, OR 97227
    Arriving at Moda Center on August 5, Mumford & Sons is an award-winning British band. With a focus on folk-rock incorporating elements of bluegrass and alternative, they are perhaps best known for their chart-topper Little Lion Man.


Sinbad Helium Comedy Club

  1. Kathleen Van De Veere – 1422 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201
    Performer Kathleen Van De Veere will treat audiences to a night of Broadway at The Old Church Concert Hall on Wednesday, August 7. This one-woman show includes a live band and three hours of unforgettable performances.
  2. Flying Lotus – 10 NW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
    Los Angeles-based rapper Flying Lotus is known for the exceptional visual stage design that helps power every one of his performances. Virtual worlds of color and light will draw you into the experience as you enjoy his experimental hip-hop and alternative sound at the Roseland Theater this August 10.
  3. Sinbad – 510 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
    Coming to life on stage at Helium Comedy Club, legendary comedian Sinbad offers a night to remember on Saturday, August 31. Sinbad balances a quick, witty, lighthearted style with some of the best crowd work in the business. You might find yourself ready to stand up and cheer.
  4. Marc Maron –1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214
    Marc Maron is known for everything from a one-man show on divorce to a successful stint on morning radio. Now, Maron brings his musings to Portland's Revolution Hall for two days in mid-August.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Keller Auditorium

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – 222 SW Clay Street, Portland, OR 97201
    Running at the nationally-known Keller Auditorium from August 13 through 18, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an iconic tale. Reimagined for the stage with breathtaking visuals, sets, and costumes, it's like no other version you've seen before.
  2. Hair – 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
    Appearing in August at the Brunish Theater is Hair. An exuberant, musical celebration of counterculture and creativity, Hair is as relevant today as it was for its original audience back in 1967.
  3. How I Learned to Drive – 7515 North Brandon Avenue, Portland, OR 97217
    Side-splitting comedy and high drama will both be in attendance in How I Learned to Drive at Portland's Twilight Theater Company. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play is an endearing look at a young woman's journey to survive and flourish under challenging circumstances. Warning for mature themes.
  4. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – 128 N 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
    On August 12 at 7 p.m., Gerding Theater at The Armory will host this hilarious and touching look into the young loves of kids spelling their way through the competition. It's put on by Anonymous Theater, where actors do not meet each other before the performance.

Portland's amazing culture is just one more reason you'll love living here. Coldwell Banker Bain makes it easier than ever to find your dream home in Portland and our surrounding areas. Our team of experienced real estate experts knows the Portland market inside and out.

Portland August Entertainment

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How To Buy a Home in Seattle: Team Diva Guides the Way

how to buy a home team diva

For you, buying a house is not just ticking off another box on the list – it's personal. Because owning your own home means you get to decide which colors to paint the wall, how many dogs you get to have (backyard permitting), and which tree you'll build your kid's tree fort in. Having a place of your own isn't just the quintessential American Dream, it's the dream you've kindled For. Ever. But you live in Seattle and have heard the horror stories about too few houses for sale and sky-high prices. Now, you're afraid your dream may never come true.

Well, don't give up. Buying a home in Seattle is a lot like buying a home anywhere else, only different. Yes, the market here is a tight and prices are above the national average but that doesn't mean you're destined to a lifetime of renting. Coldwell Banker Bain's Team Diva know the ins and outs of the local market and what it takes to be successful in landing the home of your dreams. It starts with education, yours, so they've put together a complete guide, A to Z called, appropriately, How to Buy a Home in Seattle. In it you'll discover:

  • How to determine your home-buyer personality
  • How to find the right real estate agent for you
  • Steps to get your financing in order
  • How to make a winning offer
  • What to do when you're under contract (and why it's not the time to buy a car)
  • And more …

Whether you're ready to buy a house or just curious about the process, this comprehensive guide is for you. Never have the steps to buying a home in Seattle been laid out so clearly. See for yourself.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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