Of all the places I’ve visited in and around Seattle, Tacoma continues to surprise me the most. I’ve driven through it countless times on road trips down I-5, and you see so much of it from the road, it’s easy to assume you’ve experienced the city in its entirety. But if you head off the freeway and explore, you’ll see the best Tacoma has to offer. There are hidden gems everywhere in this town.
If there’s one place in the entire Seattle metro area I visit more than anywhere else, it’s Bellevue. My niece and I both love it, and frequently find ourselves in and around Bellevue Square on the weekends for a bite to eat or something new for our wardrobe. Eating, shopping, recreation… there’s a little bit of everything, and a lot of opportunity, for everyone.
Community, Home Life, Local Real Estate, Decorating, Entertaining, Holidays, Great Places To Live
During the holiday season, the Mount Baker Community Club holds its biennial Home Tour, this year to be held December 5th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting at the Clubhouse at 2811 Mr. Rainier Drive. The Home Tour allows the public to get a special glimpse inside six of its older stately homes, as well as its newer modern homes, and enjoy the festive decorations and magic with friends, complete with warming holiday treats and tea at the Clubhouse. Guests can walk the tour or use free shuttle transportation.
Hidden in the rolling hills just east of the hustle and bustle of the city is Duvall, a place that’s over 100 years old and still maintains the same small-town charm and appeal since it was incorporated in 1913. 7,500 folks call this quaint location home, and with so much beautiful scenery and lots of friendly people, it’s no wonder!
“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” These words, attributed to Gandhi, phrase eloquently what we’re all aware of. Like countries, every city has its own culture, which is shaped and sheltered by the personalities of those who call it home. While we may have contrasting experiences and beliefs, they blend together to create an almost tangible sense of home – one that you’d be hard-pressed to make us give up.
Imagine living on an island just a beautiful ferry ride away from all the amenities of a big city. You have an amazing view of Puget Sound, and the distinctive Seattle skyline. And yet you live in a quiet community with only 24,000 residents, and everything you'd ever need. On Bainbridge Island, you get the best of both worlds, and the town truly has it all.
The Pacific Northwest is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Lush forests and countless green trees cover rolling hills, surrounded by water just about everywhere you go. Many cities and neighborhoods are gorgeous, but few surpass the beauty of Anacortes, a quaint, charming community on the water.
When you drive through part of a city routinely, you think you’ve seen it all. I’d traveled north on I-5 so many times, I felt like I’d experienced Everett entirely. What I didn’t realize is Everett has 19 established neighborhood associations, a world-class sports and entertainment arena, dozens of schools, the world’s biggest building (by volume) and the largest public marina on the west coast.
Few destinations offer historic and small-town friendliness right across a bridge from a big city, but Gig Harbor is exactly that; a quaint community with just over 7,000 people, pristine views, art, culture, and the perfect waterfront setting.
Washington State has over 300 golf courses, and I’ve probably played on (maybe) a dozen of them. I’ve never had the pleasure of playing on one by the water, such as beautiful Chambers Bay in the Tacoma suburb University Place, where the U.S. Open begins Thursday, June 18. Tiger Woods (wearing 4-year-old Nike shoes), Jim Furyk, and Phil Mickelson will join dozens of other professionals and amateurs from around the world to compete for the championship.