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Red Cow | Happy Hour in Seattle

Red Cow | Happy Hour in Seattle

There’s a sign for happy hour everywhere you turn in Seattle. Some are deals and some are duds. What we stumbled upon the other day was an awesome deal. We’re talking about happy hour at Red Cow in Madrona. Tove and I met with some friends and family for drinks the other evening. We were getting ready to part ways, and we voiced how hungry we were. So being the great family that they are, they pointed us to happy hour across the street at the Red Cow. Their selling point: steak and frites for just $10. Uh…sold! If you don’t know Red Cow, here are some quick facts: it’s an Ethan Stowell restaurant, and it’s labeled as a “classic French brasserie.” Google even goes as far as calling it “upscale.” Yes, the prices can get a little lofty on the dinner menu, but the happy hour deals were right on the mark for us. No, you’re not getting plates for a dollar or anything like that. It’s a best...

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The Harvest Vine | Spanish-Style Tapas in Seattle

The Harvest Vine | Spanish-Style Tapas in Seattle

When it comes to travel, one of my favorite food experiences is eating tapas in Spain. Small plates, tasty food, sangria and wine, and incredible energy — how can it get any better? Luckily, you don’t have to fly thousands of miles to enjoy that. There’s an awesome place for tapas in Seattle: The Harvest Vine. Located in Madison Valley (map), The Harvest Vine is a small, neighborhood restaurant with great food and a great atmosphere. There’s a lively buzz just like you find at a tapas joint in Spain. The slogan on The Harvest Vine website even boasts “Tapas in Seattle: A Basque kitchen where collaboration meets craft and strangers become friends.” We definitely suggest sitting at the bar (it’s first come first serve) and watching the chefs make their masterpieces behind the counter. You can ask them questions about what they’re making, how they’re preparing it, etc. The Harvest Vine serves decent sized portions for a small plate, tapas restaurant. One of the cooks told us they typically...

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Ken Griffey Jr. Statue at Safeco Field

Ken Griffey Jr. Statue at Safeco Field

Several Major League Baseball stadiums honor their all-time great players with statues. Go to Fenway Park and you’ll see a statue of Ted Williams. Wrigley Field features a statue of Ernie Banks (among others). So it’s only fitting the Seattle Mariners have a statue of Ken Griffey Jr. at Safeco Field. You can find the Ken Griffey Jr. statue outside the home plate entrance of Safeco Field. It sits on the corner of Edgar Martinez Dr. and Dave Niehaus Way (map). The bronze statue was unveiled on April 13, 2017, and it features Ken Griffey Jr. with his famous follow through swing. Ken Griffey Jr. isn’t just one of the Mariners’ greatest players — he’s one of the best to ever play baseball, period. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016, receiving 99.32% of the votes, which is the highest mark ever. Ken Griffey Jr. was also inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame that same year. His number 24 is also retired by the...

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Snoqualmie Falls | One of Seattle’s Top Attractions

Snoqualmie Falls | One of Seattle’s Top Attractions

There’s no shortage of natural beauty around Seattle. That’s why people love to call our area home, and millions of visitors flock here every year. There’s the Puget Sound, surrounding mountains, and to get more specific – places like Snoqualmie Falls. Snoqualmie Falls is located 29 miles east of Seattle (map). It takes a little effort to drive there, but it’s definitely worth checking out. With more than 1.5 million visitors per year, it’s one of the region’s most popular attractions. Fans of the television show Twin Peaks might recognize the falls from the original series, which was shot in the area. There’s good reason so many people trek to Snoqualmie Falls. The waterfall drops 268 feet (a full 100 feet more than Niagara Falls), and typically runs at an average width of 100 feet. But that’s one of the best things about Snoqualmie Falls: it’s never the same experience twice. Depending on recent rain and snow, current weather conditions, and/or the time of year — the falls are always...

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Borst Lake | Mount Si Reflection in Snoqualmie

Borst Lake | Mount Si Reflection in Snoqualmie

It’s amazing how an unassuming place can create such beauty. That’s what happens at Borst Lake in Snoqualmie. On a nice day, the water creates a perfect reflection of Mount Si in the distance. First things first: where the heck is Borst Lake? This isn’t a place many people talk about; let alone even know about. Borst Lake (not Fort Borst Lake in Centralia) is located 29 miles from Seattle in Snoqualmie. To keep it simple — here’s a map. There is no hiking involved. Borst Lake is right next to the road. There’s not a parking lot, so just use one of the pull-offs near the lake. NOTE: Snoqualmie Falls is just a mile up the road from Borst Lake, so you can easily visit both locations in a single adventure. It’s hard to find much information on Borst Lake. I’ve honestly only stopped there once before, but it was a stunning sight. On a still day, Mount Si reflects perfectly in the water. That’s about all I know...

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Wenatchee Crest Snowshoe at Blewett Pass

Wenatchee Crest Snowshoe at Blewett Pass

Longtime KOMO-TV news anchor Dan Lewis is a guest contributor to Seattle Bloggers. Since his retirement from television, he’s found a passion for hiking, snowshoeing, and traveling. If he can go somewhere with his camera — that’s where you’ll find him. Not to mention, he’s also Tim’s dad. In this post, Dan writes about his experience on the Wenatchee Crest snowshoe. Wenatchee Crest is located at Blewett Pass. At first, I thought it was too far away from Seattle — but it’s not really. From downtown, the drive is just a little more than an hour and a half. From the eastside, say Sammamish or Issaquah, it’s 1:15. And if you’re looking for a winter wonderland, this definitely fits the bill. The views are unlimited and awesome. On a clear day you’ll be able to see Mount Rainier to the south, Glacier Peak to the north, the Enchantments to the west, and for most of the trail you will have views of the Wenatchee Mountains. The day I went...

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