Kirkland Classic Car Show

A favorite annual summer event returns to downtown Kirkland this weekend. The Kirkland Classic Car Show hosted by the Downtown Association and Legends Car Club.

PRE-EVENT CELEBRATION
SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015 4:30 p.m. TO 11 p.m.
THE KIRKLAND CLASSIC CAR SHOW INVITES YOU TO: “ROCK THE NIGHT AWAY”
BEER GARDEN/MUSIC

OFFICIAL CAR SHOW

SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015
10:00 a.m. TO 7 p.m.
CAR SHOW 10 a.m. TO 4 p.m.
BEER GARDEN/MUSIC 11 a.m. TO 7 p.m.
LIVE BANDS 4 p.m. TO 7 p.m.

More information at www.kirklandclassiccarshow.org

Don’t Miss Kirkland Uncorked

Don't miss #KirklandUncorked this weekend, July 17th-19th!

Great food, wine, cooking demonstrations, and street fair all benefiting Homeward Pet Adoption Center.

Cougar Crest: A True Estate Winery

Located in the Walla Walla Valley in Redmond, Cougar Crest was established in 2001. The winery is recognized as one of the most popular places to grow grapes in the state, and Cougar Crest offers customers the opportunity to join a wine club and receive discounts as well as other special offers. The property features a tasting room and three vineyards where the grapes are grown on-site. Local wine favorites include Dedication Seven Red wine and Dedication 4 as well as Cougar Crest’s reserves. Varietals include Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and more.

The knowledgeable staff is available to provide a unique wine-tasting experience and to help answer any questions that guests may have. The ambience is welcoming and relaxing, and no winery would be complete without a bar in front of a wide selection of wines. Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or you’d like to try experimenting with a new taste, Cougar Crest can provide wine-tasting opportunities for everyone.

Cougar Crest
14366 Redmond Road NE
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 398-9999
www.cougarcrestwinery.com
www.yelp.com/biz/cougar-crest-redmond

4th of July Fun!

Seattle has always been one of the best areas to enjoy the 4th of July (at least in our opinion!), and this year is proving to be no exception!

Komo News has put together a great list of all the festivities going on this July 4th weekend, and rest assured there is plenty to do!! You can find the link to their article here and if you have a favorite that you recommend over all the others, we'd love to hear about it in the comments below! The Bellevue Family 4th is always one of our favorites!

It's never too early to plan, as these events tend to fill up quickly, so have a game plan in place, and get ready for some FIREWORKS!!

Washington Brewer’s Festival!

This Father's Day weekend (June 19th – June 21st), the Washington Beer Commission is presenting its 10th Annual Washington Brewer's Festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond! This 3 day event will feature over 400 beers from over 105 Washington breweries, and is a fantastic chance to chat with your favorite local brewers or discover some hidden gems that you've never heard about. The event on Friday is 21 and up only, however Saturday and Sunday are open to all ages, and will feature games and activities for kids and adults alike!

More information and tickets can be found at the official event website here: http://washingtonbeer.com/festivals/washington-brewers-festival.php

With Marymoor Park only a short 15-20 minute drive from Kirkland itself, what better chance to spend an afternoon listening to live music and discovering your new favorite beer, especially with how fantastic our Washington weather has been lately! We'd love to hear about your experience in the comments below, whether you go this year, or have gone in the past, and we may even see you there!

Ride Around the Sound!

Looking for a fun activity this summer which combines both adventure and some great exercise in the sun? Well, we have you more than covered! Ride Around the Sound is an annual charity bike ride with proceeds benefiting the American Lung Association, and the bike route itself takes you all the way from downtown Seattle to the Bremerton Ferry Terminal in Kitsap County, where a huge celebration will be waiting for you!

The ride itself costs $35-$40 to join, with the proceeds going to the American Lung Association (ALA), however not only does it give you an amazing excuse to explore the towns and cities surrounding the ENTIRE Puget Sound itself, but there are also plenty of checkpoints along the way to grab a drink and socialize with other bikers, as well as that huge party for all of the participants and the ALA itself at the end!

So if you have a bicycle, need an excuse to get one, or are looking for an opportunity to give back while getting an amazing workout, head over to www.ridearoundthesound.org and sign-up for a spot TODAY!! We might even see you there!

Sip Tea Procured From a Tea Master at Smacha in Bellevue

Jason Chen launched a business selling wholesale tea in the late '90s, which eventually evolved into Smacha, an authentic tea house in Bellevue, about 15 years later. It wasn't that simple, though. During that time he became a tea master and traveled the world experimenting with teas and procuring the best ingredients from the right locations. His care and expertise comes through in every cup, according to those who frequent Smacha.

Regulars recommend having a seat at the bar, where you can enjoy the soothing indoor waterfall. Feel free to chat with a staff member behind the counter, who'd be happy to come up with some recommendations based on your preferences. Then, you can watch him or her as they craft a pot of cup of tea especially for you. They're also trained in the tea-growing process, and they can tell you about the region in which the tea you chose originated. If you'd like to recreate this experience at home, Smacha offers an extensive selection of tea and teaware for purchase.

Smacha
14603 NE 20th Street
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 643-2117
smacha.com
www.yelp.com/biz/smacha-bellevue

Opening Day at The Market

The Market at the Pavilion at Marina Park in Kirkland is officially open for the 2015 season!

Finally it's that time of year again! The Kirkland Wednesday market is back at the Marina Park from June 3rd to September 30th, and there are plenty of things lined up.

Not only do they have all the favorite vendors coming back but they also have some new vendors setting up their stalls. There will be some great live music to look forward to as well, so don't miss out!

Come along and soak up the sun surrounded by delicious food including fresh fruit and veggies.

Farmer’s Market Fun!

At long last, it's that time of year again; when local farms set up stands, and tasty, fresh produce is only down the road. That's right, farmers markets are BACK in the Eastside, and we've got a list of the big three for you so you won't ever be left wondering where to go for the freshest ingredients that taste so good you'll swear you grew them yourself! There is currently a major market in Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond, so no matter where your summer adventures take you in the area, there will always be a market close by! You will find all of the information on the markets below, and we'd love to hear about your experiences at each of them in the comments! Have a favorite market? A favorite stand? Let us know!

Without further ado:

-Redmond Saturday Market
When: Saturdays from 9AM-3PM until Oct 27th
Where: 7730 Leary Way NE, Redmond, WA 98052

-Kirkland Wednesday Market
When: Wednesdays from 2PM – 7PM starting June 4th until Sept 24th
Where: 328 Parkplace, Kirkland WA 98033 (Right along the waterfront at the park!)

-Bellevue Farmers Market
When: Thursdays from 3PM-7PM until October 15th
Where: Bellevue Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue WA 98004

Happy eating and who knows, maybe we'll even see you there!

Bellevue Downtown Park: A Beautiful Oasis

Bellevue Downtown Park lets you get away from it all in downtown Bellevue. The park has plenty of amenities, like a playground, running trails, and a pond with a waterfall. Blow off some steam solo by going for a stroll, run, or bike ride, or head over with a group of friends to play Frisbee in the open field. Plenty of benches are available if you'd prefer to sit and people watch. Bring a picnic to enjoy the beautiful views while enjoying lunch. Check out the many events held in the summer, like movies in the park and Fourth of July activities. In the winter an ice skating rink is available.

It's open dawn to 11 p.m. every day.

Bellevue Downtown Park
10201 NE 4th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 452-6885
www.ci.bellevue.wa.us/downtown_park_and_rose_garden.htm
www.yelp.com/biz/bellevue-downtown-park-bellevue

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