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July 31, 2018

Best Kitsap County Breweries

  Breweries Near Kitsap County HomesNothing goes better with a hot summer day or afternoon watching the game like a cold one.

Here in Kitsap County, we consider ourselves to be lucky to be home to a long list of breweries with a selection of custom brews that are sure to knock your socks off.

No matter what your taste buds prefer, there is a brewery in Kitsap County that is serving-up something perfect for you.

Here are just a few of our favorites. Try them one at a time, or make a day of it with a grand tour of them all.

Slaughter County Brewing Company

The Slaughter County Brewing Company is a locally operated brewery offering a variety of crafted beers. The brewhouse features a large bar area and dining area, as well as, places to enjoy some bar-styled fun like pool. The atmosphere is upbeat, and the waterside location makes it even more pleasurable. The beers are seasonal as is the food offerings. Many people come here regularly because the brewery is very active in the community and supports many local events.

What People Are Saying About Slaughter County Brewing Company

“The server was really friendly, and the beer was excellent. I ordered a pizza which was really tasty! This place is great! It has pinball, pool tables and a sort of pirate theme. I would definitely go here again!” - Jessie

Silver City Brewery / Taproom

One of the most popular breweries in the city, the Silver City Brewery features 20 different beers at all times. The brewery runs a happy hour every day except Sundays and Mondays. On those two days, Happy Hour is all day long. Unlike many other breweries that offer a line of food, the Silver City Brewery is a bring your own food brewery because they do not prepare any food on location. The brewery also offers tours for $10 which include a pint of beer at the end and a keepsake pint glass. Money well-spent!

What People Are Saying About Silver City Brewery

“The best restaurant in Kitsap! The brew list is large and amazing! The food is delicious, and the monthly specialty menu always keeps me on my toes to try something new!” - Eli

Rainy Daze Brewing

Rainy Daze is a very small brewery tucked back in Poulone that has developed a “cult” following. Rainy Daze has stated that their craft beers are all about the taste. Many people have gone so far as to call the founder a “mad scientist” because he is continually experimenting with flavors to create the ultimate beer. Rainy Daze has won several local and national awards for their unique brews. Customers can enjoy any of the Rainy Daze beers at their brewhouse which is open every day. Be one of the lucky ones to try a new flavor or get a last chance beer when a batch is almost gone.

What People Are Saying About Rainy Daze

“We've never had a bad beer, and they have gone out of their way to make the new tasting room their own. The old Sound Brewing tasting room can still be recognized, but this place is definitely all Rainy Daze. So many good IPAs and the Pale Stout is fantastic! Take a few hours to try several.” - Jason

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Posted in Kitsap County
July 30, 2018

Best Wine Bars In Seattle

Find Wine Bars in SeattleWhether you need to wind down after a long day at the office or are looking for a new place to sneak away with that someone special for a few hours, a wine bar will fit the bill.

Although Seattle is most famous for its coffee, it is also home to some truly phenomenal wine bars where you can lazily sip some vino and enjoy some gourmet eats.

Here is a collection of three of the top-rated wine bars in Seattle according to locals and tourists alike. Be sure to try them all!

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar

Purple is a Café and Wine Bar like no other. It is a magnificent looking café that provides you with wines from all around the world. The wines are complemented with some of the top-rated foods from the Northwest, making it the ultimate dining experience. Purple is trendy and now has three different locations throughout the area. The stunning interiors of the Purple Café and Wine Bar only compliment the superior wines and excellent foods that you enjoy while there. The café asks for reservations for parties of 15 or more.

What People Are Saying About Purple Cafe and Wine Bar

"My girlfriend took me here for a late birthday dinner, and it was my first time being there, and hands down had one of the best services there. Our waiter was tentative and patient with us. We definitely ordered more than enough food for the two of us but the quality and the flavors were delicious we barely had leftovers. We started with the Baked Brie and holy, it was SO good, that it disappeared instantly. We also had the cheese and meat with some olives which were also on point; you can never go wrong with a good charcuterie! Then split the Arugula & Radish Salad, and for our mains, we had the Maine Lobster Baked Mac & Cheese and the Roasted Alaskan Halibut. The Mac & Cheese was literally one of the best mac & cheese I've ever had, and they did not disappoint on the pieces of lobster included in it. The halibut was perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned, didn't need to add anything, which is usually rare for me. Overall experience was amazing; I enjoyed every bit of it. I would definitely recommend this place if you're looking for a cute place to celebrate or have a nice dinner out with your significant other or friends." - Joyce

Le Caviste

Le Caviste is a trendy wine bar located right in the heart of Seattle. Specializing in wines from France, the bar is designed to be a place to relax and let go at the end of the day. The wine bar has made every effort to make sure that the wines are made using organic products and sustainable farming methods. Le Caviste offers a few menu items to complement their wines. However, the focus of the bar is to relax and enjoy the specially curated wines that they offer.

What People Are Saying About Le Caviste

“YES, YES and YES !! I stopped by this place because I was looking for real food and not burgers again. And finally, I found the Graal in Seattle. Nice little location, with a sympathetic terrasse. The menu is pure as the place. The food menu is clean and easy to understand. I had "La Planche du Fermier," and it was like being home to me. The "Tome" was great, the "Pâté de Foie de volaille" a pure délice, and the "Beurre Breton," finally the best butter I found in the USA, period.” - Robert


Bottlehouse is a very unique wine bar that specializes in boutique wines from around the world and wines crafted nearby in the Northwest. They offer a rotating menu of locally sourced foods and compliments all of their wine offerings with some of the best cheese sections in Washington. This wine bar is an ideal place to relax after a grueling day at work or to gather with friends for a night out. Bottlehouse believes that everyone should be able to discover a wine that truly appeals to them and it is evident in their selection. The wine bar hosts many different events throughout the year.

What People Are Saying About Bottlehouse

“Food. Wine. Service. Atmosphere. All top notch! Came in on a Sunday night around 8pm without a reservation and was sat immediately. Had an outdoor high-top and loved the outdoor lighting and casual atmosphere. Our server Lauren was personable and very friendly. I loved the small 2 oz. wine tastes, which allowed the opportunity to try so many. We ordered the bread with ganache and chevre, which came out hot and delicious. The mac n cheese had truffle oil and was one of the best I've ever had (and I am very picky about my mac n cheese). Would definitely recommend and hope to go back next time we are in Seattle!” - Kelsey

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Posted in Seattle
July 29, 2018

Coolest Places To Grab A Cup Of Joe In Seattle

Looking for a cup of joe in Seattle?Few things can help you cure a case of the Mondays, muscle through an all-nighter, or warm you on a cold day the way a good cup of coffee can.

It’s no secret that Seattle is home to some of the best coffee in the world.

The question is, which Seattle coffee houses actually live up to that reputation?

That’s exactly what we are revealing in today’s post. Whether you are planning a quick trip to the Emerald City or are lucky enough to call this place home, you have to check out these downright delectable cups of coffee.

Milstead & Co.

Milstead & Co. is a unique coffee house that has a large following of regular customers. Designed to be airy and open, yet perfect for socializing, this coffee house offers all of the best coffee and coffee-based drinks that you can imagine. All the beverages at Milstead & Co. are handcrafted by coffee professionals that manage the coffee bar. Milstead & Co. has become so popular that they had to move down the block from their original location into a more substantial coffee house. The Milstead & Co. opens early and stays open until 6 pm every day.

What People Are Saying About Milstead & Co.

"Disclaimer: I drink my coffee black and as bitter as the petty side of my personality. That said, good coffee is actually pretty good without any added sugar, creamer , etc. and I LOVED what ordered at Milstead!

It was drizzling outside, so I went for a comforting cappuccino instead of my usual drip coffee, and it was one of the best I've ever had! Hard to explain, but the unique flavor of the coffee bean actually came through, which so rarely happens." - Joan

Analog Coffee

Analog Coffee is a very modern coffee house located in the Capital Hills area of Seattle. The spacious coffee house is designed to provide a place for everyone to relax and socialize. Analog Coffee features a wide array of coffees roasted specially by area roasting specialists. Every day you can experience something new in their shop. As an additional benefit, the coffee house only features organic milk products from a local dairy. Analog opens every day at 7 am and closes at 6 pm.

What People Are Saying About Analog Coffee

“I've lived a block away from Analog for over two years now and have been here many, many times. Often spending there all day working. It's a wonderful place. An authentic local, cozy feel and of course, great coffee. It has honestly been one of my most favorite things about living in Capitol Hill.” - David

Espresso Vivace

Espresso Vivace is a superior coffee roaster that specializes in espresso blends. The name of the company when translated means “Excited about Expresso.” The company has been rated as one of the best espressos in the world. The roasting company focuses on developing the best tasting, and it can only be described as caramel tasting coffee. Espresso Vivace is separate from their sidewalk cafes. The company has three sidewalk cafes located in Seattle where you can experience this profound cup of coffee. You can also purchase the coffee beans directly from them and ground your own espresso at home for some of the richest coffee you will ever make.

What People Are Saying About Espresso Vivace

“Hands down the best Espresso I've ever had! Being from San Diego, I thought we had great coffee until I came here...

I've tried several other coffee shops in Seattle, and most are outstanding, but Espresso Vivace takes the win! I wish I had an Espresso machine at home so I could bring it back with me!

The White Velvet drink is our favorite! I've also tried the cheddar dill scone, and that was amazing as well. Friendly staff too! A go to in Seattle for sure!” - Brittany

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Posted in Seattle
July 28, 2018

2018 Summer Events In Kitsap County

Have fun with a Rodeo in Kitsap CountyAre your kids suffering from a bad case of boredom this summer?

Are you sick of hearing them complain that there is nothing to do?

Not to worry because you live in Kitsap County where there is always something fun to do as a family.

Here is a list of several events taking place this Summer that will cure that nasty case of boredom and help you create some lasting memories together as a family.

Whaling Days

Location: Silverdale

Last weekend in July (27th-29th in 2018)

Admission: Free

Held in “old town” Silverdale, Whaling Days is a yearly event that attracts people from all over the state. This enjoyable, family-friendly festival includes everything from carnival rides and a parade to vendor booths and even a beer garden. The Whaling Days festival has many things for children of all ages to enjoy, as well as, plenty of adult fun for the parents.

Chief Seattle Days

Location: Suquamish

Dates: August 17th-19th

Admission: Free

Chief Seattle is one of the most famous Chiefs from the Suquamish Tribe. In honor of his memory, the Suquamish Tribe hosts Chief Seattle days each year on their property. The event is quite large and offers a mile long list of activities for the whole family. Enjoy canoe racing, a pow wow, a parade and a 5k Fun Run. Lots of vendors and activities will be available each day of the festival. End your day with one of the best salmon dinners you will ever eat in your life.

Kitsap County Stampede and Rodeo

Location: Kitsap County Fairgrounds

Dates: August 22nd-26th

Admission: $10 adults $7 children 6-12 5 and under free

** The fair runs special pricing days throughout the event. You may be able to go for as low as $1 per person depending on the day of attendance so plan ahead.**

The Kitsap County Stampede and Rodeo host a full line of entertainment for the family. In addition to the many different rodeo performances, the festival will feature live acts from comedians and jugglers, host carnival rides and kids entertainment areas, and have many different booths and vendors for visitors to enjoy. The Kitsap County Stampede and Rodeo is a yearly event that has continued to grow and is more than worth a spot on your calendar.

Blackberry Festival

Location: Bremerton Boardwalk

Date: September 1st -2nd

Admission: Free

The Blackberry Festival is fun for everyone in the family. The festival hosts a 5K Fun Run to launch the event and then has many different activities to keep the event lively. Sample all the many different blackberry goodies offered by vendors at the festival and make sure to participate in the blackberry pie eating contest. Many different children’s activities are available on both days, and there are also many entertainment venues for music over the course of the event.

Kitsap County Park Events

Various parks throughout the county host events throughout the summer months. Everything from arts and crafts fairs to movie nights in the park can be found in this area. Check local listings for exact dates and times for these locally sponsored events.

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July 27, 2018

2018 Summer Events In Snohomish County

Life in Snohomish County is never dull!

No matter what time of year it is, there is always something to new and neat to do as a family. The summer season happens to be one of the busiest times of the year around here.

Whether you are looking for a different way to help the kids burn off some energy, or just want a relaxing way to bond and have fun, there are options available for you.

Civil War Reenactment in Snohomish CountyHere is a handful of some of the most highly-anticipated events of the 2018 Summer season. Enjoy!

Family Movies In The Park

Location: Willis Tucker Community Park

Time: 7:30pm

Admission: Free

Each Thursday in summer the Willis Tucker Community Park will host Family Movie Night. Bring a blanket or low beach chairs to sit out in the crisp night air and enjoy a family movie. Many activities take place up until show time. Movies begin around 9-9:15 pm depending on when it is dark enough to view. Popcorn and drinks are available at the park. They will be featuring fun family movies each time.

Gold Bar – Gold Dust Days

Location: Gold Bar

Time July 27-29 (3-8pm Friday, 10-8pm Saturday, 10 - 3 pm Sunday)

Admission: Free

The Gold Bar-Gold Dust festival features a unique family experience. Pan for real gold, watch a Civil War reenactment, taste foods from many different vendors, get exercise in the bouncy houses, or compete in a sack race against the firefighters. Many different local vendors are set up at the event, as well as, arts and crafts booths. A bike parade is part of the fun, and there will be a bike decorating session for kids to enjoy. The best part? The entire event is free to attend.

The Evergreen State Fair

Location: Monroe

August 23- September 3

Admission: $14.00 Adults, Kids 6-15 $10.00, Kids up to 5 Free

The Evergreen State Fair is one of the largest events in the county. The fair features carnival rides (ride bracelets available), fair competitions, concerts and a of course, a rodeo. Every day of the fair offers new and exciting things to experience, including the famous “Duck Races” and the equestrian competitions. The Evergreen State Fair also offers special admission days and has discounts available for some of the paid events. A full list of the events, shows, and pricing is available on their official website.

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July 25, 2018

2018 Summer Events In Pierce County

When you live in a place as beautiful as Pierce County, it can be hard to choose a favorite season because each one of them has so many unique things to offer.

Summer fun near Pierce County HomesSummer is a favorite for many because there are a plethora of fun, family-friendly events to keep you busy.

Although summer may be winding down, the busy schedule of events here in Pierce County.

Here is what is in store for the last weeks of the season.

Kids Kraze Festival In The Park

Location: Chambers Creek Regional Park

August 26, 2018

Time: 12-4

Cost: Free

Geared towards children ages 3-12, this festival is all about having a great time together with your little ones. There will be bounce houses, field games, vendors of all types and tons of yummy foods. An inflatable obstacle course is a must-do event, and there are also lots of arts and crafts for your kids to exercise their imaginations. Best of all, the Kids Kraze Festival is free for everyone to enjoy.

Kite Festival

Location: Chambers Creek Regional Park

August 4, 2018

Time: 10am-3pm

Cost: Free

Hosted by the Department of Recreation, this fun-filled event is all about kite flying. See some of the most incredible kites ever designed and how they fly. The first 250 kids to arrive at the Kite Festival will be able to make their own kite. Other activities will take place throughout the day as well. Many professional kite builders and flyers will also be on site for live demonstrations.

Family Camp Out

Chambers Creek Regional Park

August 18-19

Cost: $19.00 Adults, $15 children up to age 17

Registration is required to reserve your spot

Come bring the whole family to have a night of fun at the park. Enjoy camping, arts and crafts, lawn games, and even Lego building activities. Make s’mores and enjoy campfire food in the evening out under the stars. This is sure to be one of those evenings that your kids talk about for months so you won’t want to miss it! Keep in mind that you will need to bring your own tent and all of your own gear. A continental breakfast is provided on Sunday morning.

Movies In The Park

These movies are at different parks each Friday night throughout the summer. Festivities begin around 5pm, and the movies show at dusk. It is always a relaxing and enjoyable evening, and the movies are always family-friendly. Some of the movies showing in July and August include Cars 3, Moana, and Sherlock Gnomes. Announcements of which park and which movie are made weekly. When in doubt, Movies In The Park is a great way to start off the weekend as a family.

Third Thursday Museum Pass

Location: Tacoma Museum District

July 20, 2018

All Day

Admission: Free

Every third Thursday in Tacoma families can enjoy free admission to all of the museums in the museum district of Tacoma. This includes the Art Museum, the Glass Museum, and The Children’s Museum. Other participants include the Americas Car Museum, the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, and the Washington State History Museum. The museums offer this free admission on every third Thursday throughout the year. Passes are available at a discounted price for access to these museums on other days of the year.

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July 23, 2018

The Undeniable Benefits Of Downsizing Your Puget Sound Home

Considering Pugent Sound Home DownsizingYou may have noticed in recent years that more and more people are tossing their oversized homes aside and opting for a more comfortable life by downsizing. This trend has grown tremendously thanks to the tiny house movement which has been sweeping the country.

Following decades where the American Dream meant keeping up with the Jones’, more and more Americans are deciding to downsize instead.

Perhaps you don’t think you could downsize, but consider these undeniable benefits of cutting back on square footage in exchange for an ironically bigger, brighter lifestyle.

So Much Savings

Have those purse strings been feeling a bit tight? One of the most impactful benefits of making a move to a smaller abode is that you will be able to save a sizable chunk of change. Plan on saving on everything from your mortgage to your utilities, and of course your taxes too. Just imagine what you could do with all of that extra cash!

Less Cleaning And Upkeep

If you are like most people, you have a long list of things you would rather do than clean or do chores around the house. The less square footage you have, the less time you will have to spend on upkeep, and the more time you will have to do what you enjoy.

More Quality Time Together

Wishing you had more quality time with the family? One of the little-known benefits of downsizing is that you will be forced into close quarters. If you are dreading that empty nest, this may be a strategic way to cram in more memories with the chicks before they fly away.

Traveling Becomes Easier

Have you been infected with wanderlust? A smaller home may be just what the doctor ordered! Not only will downsizing give you more money to spend on your adventures but it will make the entire process more manageable. A smaller house will mean less work to get it ready for your absence and cause less stress around indulging in your passion.

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July 21, 2018

3 Tips For Downsizing Your Kitsap County Home

Steps to Downsizing Kitsap homesDepending on your reasons for doing so, downsizing your Kitsap County home can be an emotional and stressful time. It can also be the first step to a happier, healthier, and more productive life.

One of the reasons that many people find themselves feeling stressed, sad, or overwhelmed during downsizing is that they didn’t know what to expect.

That won’t be the case for you, because today we are sharing our best tips for downsizing your Kitsap County home.

Planning Ahead Is Crucial

This is no time to procrastinate. As you downsize, you need to make many preparations for eliminating possessions, packing what you keep, and coordinating the move. If you are married or part of a family, take the time to make sure that you are all on the same page about what will stay and what will go. Tackling this project together as a team will alleviate the strain and help avoid hurt feelings.

Do You Really Need It?

This is a time when it is helpful to be brutally honest about your lifestyle preferences. Consider the size of your furniture, how small of a property you can actually live with, and whether specific items are valuable to you based on sentiment or the amount you paid.

Bank On Built-Ins And Creative Storage

If keeping as many of your possessions as possible is important to you, you’re going to need to get creative and clever about built-in storage and other solutions. Look for properties that feature more built-in storage than usual, like a traditional craftsman. When it comes to things like the kid’s rooms, look for trundle and bunk beds that allow you to make the most of every square inch of space.

Ready To Pull The Trigger And Downsize?

There are so many ways that downsizing can upgrade your quality of life. Whether you’re tired of maintaining that oversized property, want to save money, or prefer to live a more simple existence, downsizing will work wonders for your happiness!

If you are considering downsizing or are ready to pull the trigger and want more information, contact one of our Kitsap County real estate brokers.

Posted in Kitsap County
July 19, 2018

How To Stay Sane While Buying And Selling A House At The Same Time

Manage Buying and Selling Your Home Remember how easy it was when you bought your very first home? How excited you were?

If you are like most people, it probably never occurred to you back then how much more you would have on your plate when the time came to sell that house and move on to your next home.

There is no doubt about it; playing the role of both buyer and seller is more complicated than when you’re just one or the other.

However, it is far from impossible.

Follow these simple tips to simplify the insanity and keep your cool while you make this proud transition.

Make Sure You Know The Market First

Before you dive into the deep end, make sure you have all of the facts. Consult with your trusty real estate broker and have them review the current market conditions with you, so you don’t wind up losing money on both ends of the deal.

Put Some Thought Into Your Schedule

Is your schedule more hectic than ever? Throwing yourself into a double-sided transaction may push you over the edge. Remember, there is a lot of work in getting a house ready for market, and even more involved in finding the perfect house. Not to mention, the effort it takes to actually move. If you don’t have the time to do everything yourself, you need to make sure that you will be able to afford to pay people that can do it all for you.

Consider The Financials

If you plan to sell first, the process will be much simpler and straightforward because you will have the funds you need for a smooth close on your new home. If you plan on buying first, be sure you do so with the help of an experienced real estate broker to reduce your financial risks and limitations. You also have the option of a rent-back agreement which will allow you to rent your current house from the new owners after you close if you need a little time to move.

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July 17, 2018

Budget-Friendly Ways To Stage Your Seattle Home & Get It Sold Faster

Seattle Home Staging on a BudgetWe have told you plenty of times before that staging your house is a big-time must if you want to get the best possible price and get the deal done quickly.

However, we also know that not everyone has a steep budget to go all out on staging.

Not to worry! Just because you can’t afford to spend a fortune on staging does not mean that you can’t still make some strategic adjustments to help maximize your profits. Here’s what we suggest.

Roll Up Those Rugs

Do you have gorgeous hardwood floors that you are hiding under area rugs? Roll them up! Buyers swoon over original hardwood floors, and they deserve to be shown off. Not to mention, if your rugs are even slightly tattered or dirty, they will turn off potential buyers during showings.

Replace Wall Art & Hide Family Photos

Replace your wall art with mirrors which reflect light, give the appearance of larger rooms, and add an element of luxe to the overall decor. Remember, your taste is not necessarily the taste of others. Your art can be a distraction to buyers, and family photos can make it harder for them to picture your house as their future home.

Update Your Dusty Old Lampshades

Are your lampshades a bit on the musty side? No buyer wants to see that. It may sound insignificant, but small details can make for a big difference. For very little money you can upgrade those old, dusty shades with clean, modern ones.

Remember To Flip The Switch

Before potential buyers arrive for their showing, take a moment and turn all the lights on and show them that you have nothing to hide. The brighter and warmer a house is, the more appealing it will be to buyers. It doesn’t hurt to open all of the shades and curtains too while you are at it.

Set The Table

It may sound silly but setting the table can actually help your odds of getting an offer. This is especially true if your dining room table is not in the best of shape. Use a runner or tablecloth and set a few places to disguise that tattered table and help buyers imagine themselves sitting down there for family meals.

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