Being a coastal city, Bellingham is stunning to say the least. With magnificent parks, scenery, landscapes, and more, Bellingham is perfect for those that absolutely love nature. But of course, like any good city in Washington, Bellingham also has a ton of fun stuff to do. The city is not only about sitting back and enjoying the views, there are also great events and activities which are great for all types of people to enjoy. Activities such as amazing shopping, dining at delicious eateries, biking, bird watching at Birch Bay state park, exciting gambling at the Slo Pitch sports bar and casino or the casino at Silver Reef, fishing at Lake Whatcom, golfing, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, walking through gorgeous art galleries, spending time at local museums, spending a night out at the theater, checking out some live music at Wild Buffalo or Boundary Bay brewery, and much, much more! There are also great bars, coffee houses, wine bars, and distilleries in the fun city of Bellingham!
For anyone that loves to celebrate, this city is definitely your place. There are Oktoberfest events held every fall and St. Patrick's Day celebrations which occur annually. There is also the polar bear plunge that is held every January, the Spring craft and antique show held in March, the Northwest raspberry festival in July, the Bellingham Bay marathon held in September, and of course, loads of events held in November and December geared towards the holidays such as the allied arts holiday festival, the Fairhaven holiday festival and art walk, Lynden’s lighted parade, the annual ring of fire and hope, and the holiday port festival and gingerbread house contest. There is no doubt that no matter what month it happens to be, you can guarantee that there will be several fun and interesting events happening in the beautiful city of Bellingham, Washington.
Located in the Cascade mountains of central Washington, Leavenworth is a charming bavarian-style village that offers attractions for all ages. The city is like taking a trip back in time with alpine-style buildings, restaurants, and bars, as well as food line Front Street and The Nutcracker Museum. With a unique and kitschy culture, Leavenworth is truly a storybook-type city, and is worth a visit just for the old-style architecture alone. Many people seem to absolutely love the scenery in Leavenworth so much that they to decide to get married in one of the many chapels in the city. Some of the most popular locations to get married include the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Silvera Vineyards which overlooks the Cascade mountains and the Wenatchee River, Icicle Village Resort, Beecher Hill House which is a restored 100 year-old estate, Pine River Ranch which has 23 acres of land, Ohme Gardens, and many more!
Some leading attractions in Leavenworth include wine tasting at the many vineyards in the city such as Cascade Farmlands, Eagle Creek Winery, and Baroness Cellars; having some outdoor fun by birdwatching, snowboarding, boating, camping, climbing, fishing, golfing, sledding, horseback riding, sleigh rides, paddle boarding, skiing, rafting and kayaking, skateboarding, zip lines, wagon and carriage rides, mountain biking, and more; and checking out some great attractions such as award-winning spas, parks, museums, gardens, taking some old-time photos, etc.
And of course, the city of Leavenworth is incredible for its wealth of bavarian dining as well as many other types of cuisine. Some noteworthy restaurants in the city include Andreas Keller, which has live music playing regularly, Mana restaurant, which is a real fine-dining establishment, the Gingerbread factory, which is a city landmark for over 20 years, The Loft, which is known as one of the hottest nightspots in town, and Kingfisher restaurant and wine bar, which is set on the banks of icicle creek, and serves dishes with fresh and organic ingredients.
Yakima Valley, with 300 days of Sunshine, what’s not to love? The city of Yakima Valley, located in Washington state is a true wine country in every sense of the word. The city boasts over 120 different wineries in just a 70 mile span. Over half of Washington’s wine grapes are produced in Yakima Valley, and due to it’s great climate, the city is perfect for cultivating all types of wine perfectly. There are five main areas in Yakima Valley which are known for their top-rated wineries, and they include Yakima, Rattlesnake Hills, Prosser, and Red Mountain.
The city of Yakima Valley is also home to several hop-growing areas which are vital to the process of creating a tasty mug of craft beer. According to the World Food and Travel Association, Yakima Valley was named as the “best beer experience” for the year 2017. The city is responsible for growing over 75% of the nation’s hop crops! And, if you are looking for a great beer festival, the Fresh Hop Ale Festival in Yakima Valley is the place to go! The festival was named one of the top ten beer festivals in the country.
In addition to wineries and beer festivals, Yakima Valley boasts a spectacular produce selection as well. There are over forty commercial crops grown in the city, over 90 certified organic farms which call the city home, and over 1,000 different varieties of fruits and vegetables grown. The great thing about Yakima Valley is that there are also several u-pick farms where people can come and meet the local farmers themselves and pick their own produce! Additionally, there are fun farm events that regularly occur in Yakima Valley in which people can come and enjoy themselves. Some of these events include The Apple and Pumpkin Festival at Bill’s Berry Farm, the Pumpkin Patch at Thompson’s Farm, the Prosser Farmer’s Market, the Toppenish Farmer’s Market, and the Yakima Farmers Market.
Located in San Juan county Washington, Friday Harbor is a cute small town that has a population of only 3,000 people, and was incorporated in the year 1909. Being part of the San Juan Islands, the charming city is only 1.23 miles in diameter, and only about half of the city is developed. With a slow and relaxing pace, Friday Harbor is a city that is very walkable, incredibly historic, and quaint. And since the city is located around so much water, there are several water activities to do which include whale watching, kayaking, fishing, boating, and sailing. There is also great hiking, biking, and shopping available in the city. Some other fun activities to do in Friday Harbor include paddle boarding, checking out the Arctic Raven Gallery, shopping at island studios or Waterworks gallery, visiting King’s Market, seeing a show at Island Stage Left, renting a car or moped and perusing the scenery, renting a Roche Harbor charter boat, or visiting the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA).
The city of Friday Harbor is also known for it’s wealth of amazing lodging opportunities, there are beautiful hotels, inns, and resorts, charming bed and breakfasts, and even comfortable camping areas. There are also exciting events that happen in the city of Friday Harbor all the time, so no one visiting will ever be bored. To spend time in Friday Harbor is to truly fall in love, there are lots of great little nooks, crannies, and hidden areas in the city which are fun to check out and discover. Many people simply love visiting the city of Friday Harbor for it’s amazing selection of fresh food and farm to table restaurants which include Blue Water Bar and Grill, The Market Chef, Friday’s Crabhouse, Friday Harbor House Restaurant, Duck Soup, San Juan Island Cheese, Backdoor Kitchen, and Downriggers.
A great place to live and call home, as well as visit, the city of Kirkland, located in King County, Washington, is full of beautiful homes, great neighborhoods, and exciting events and activities to do. Located on the shores of Lake Washington, there is delicious dining in Kirkland, fun outdoor recreation, and great shopping. Kirkland visitors and residents love to spend time in the many incredible local parks, work out at the fun fitness club, Ilovekickboxing, go hiking at Cross Kirkland Corridor trail, check out a show at Kirkland Performance Center, indulge at Still spa or Rubicon Float Studio, and much, much more! Some of the many local parks in the city of Kirkland include marina park, which boasts an open-air pavilion and even it’s own beach, juanita bay park, juanita beach park, bridle trails state park, 132nd square park, Doris Cooper Houghton beach park, Waverly beach park, and more. There are also lots of great bars in the city such as Flatstick Pub, Liquid Lime, and Thirsty Pub, and even a comedy club, Laugh’s Comedy Club.
With a population of over 87,000, Kirkland is not a small city by any means. It is the 6th largest city in King County, Washington, and the 12th largest city in the whole state of Washington. In the year 2014, Money magazine named Kirkland the #5 best places to live in the nation. And, residents love the city due to it’s amazing public school system, which is a draw for many families. Kirkland also has a thriving art scene complete with art galleries, performance art, public art, a sculpture gallery at Park Lane, creative art classes, and art cart, which was created and developed in order to enrich the community of Kirkland by way of various types and mediums of art. There are also art walks that regularly occur in the city such as the second friday downtown Kirkland art walk.
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