VISITOR’S GUIDE Snoqualmie Valley 2016
A supplement to the Snoqualmie Valley Record
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Welcome to the Snoqualmie Valley
The Snoqualmie Valley really is a special place, with more to discover and explore than any one publication could cover. Look inside and discover your next destination, or maybe a handful of them. Whether it’s the amazing outdoor recreation, the vigorous farming community or the charming shops and restaurants that brings you here, we’re sure you’ll find your own something special about the Valley. To help you explore, we’ve got maps, URLS, phone numbers, local lore and more. Use these resources to start your adventure. Again, welcome, and enjoy.
5: Where to start; North Bend and Snoqualmie Visitors Centers 6: North Bend; Things to see, things to do 9: Farmers Markets; Food, music and fun all summer 12: Northwest Railway Museum; ride into history 13: Snoqualmie Falls; Breathtaking views 14: Historic Downtown Snoqualmie; Shop, eat, explore 18: Thrift Stores; Bargains in every Valley City 19: Snoqualmie Valley Trail map; Connecting the Valley 20-21: Calendar of Events 22: Elk in the Valley; where to see the resident herd
24: Fall City; Artsy at home on the river 26: Golf Courses; Take a swing at local public courses 27: Snoqualmie Casino; See the stars 28: Dog Parks; Take your dog on vacation, on or off-leash 30: Carnation; Visit the farm, soak in small-town vibes 31: Camlann Medieval Village; Step into 1736 England 32: Valley Farms; Pick your own berries, pet the animals 34: Snoqualmie Ridge; Neighborhood makes its own fun 36: Restaurants; Burgers, steaks, ethnic and international food at every price point. 37: Beer and Wine: Brewers and vintners in the Valley
Cover: A plane flies over the sunset on the Tolt River Bridge near Carnation, in this shot from reader Karen Schmoll, winner of the 2016 Valley Record Photo Contest.. This page: Fog covers the Valley, leaving Mount Si clearly visible above it. This photo was shot by a drone, piloted by George Conway.
The 2016 Snoqualmie Valley Visitor’s Guide is a publication of the Snoqualmie Valley Record P.O. Box 300, Snoqualmie, WA 98065 • (425) 888-2311 • www.valleyrecord.com Publisher - William Shaw; Editor - Carol Ladwig; Advertising Sales - David Hamilton; Staff writer - Evan Pappas; Production - Wendy Fried Written permission from the publisher is required for reproduction of any part of this publication.
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Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Center When exploring Snoqualmie, your first stop should be the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce office and Visitor’s Center, located at 38767 S.E. River St. It is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Here, you’ll find options for the visitor as well as information on local businesses and job opportunities. Staff offer hints for local attractions, from sites of interest to Twin Peaks fans, to dining and shopping destinations, recreation areas and other local treasures. Visitor Information Center representatives will also be working onsite at the Snoqualmie Falls observation area during the summer season, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., interacting with Falls visitors.
Located in a charming historic bank building, the Snooqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce is a first stop for visitors to Snoqualmie.
The Snoqualmie Visitor’s Center is open year-round inside the historic, scenic former Snoqualmie State Bank, at the corner of Falls Avenue and River Street. A rotating selection of local
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artwork and photography on display inside is curated by the Snoqualmie Arts Commission. Learn more at www.snovalley.org, or call (425) 888-6362.
North Bend Visitor Information Center & Mountain View Art Gallery The Visitors Information Center and Mountain View Art Gallery are operated by the North Bend Downtown Foundation. It’s a great place for those visiting the area to access information on local attractions and history. Hours at the center are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed on Monday and Tuesday. The VIC is also the venue for small boutique events and local artists to show their art works within the Mountain View Art Gallery and Plaza. For more information, call (425) 292-0260, or find the North Bend Visitor Info Center and Mountain View Art Gallery on Facebook. Perched on Bendigo Boulevard at the gateway to the city, the North Bend Visitor Information Center features local information and local artists in rotating shows, in one convenient stop.
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Things to see...
Whether it’s shopping at the city’s outlet mails (www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/north-bend), visiting Twede’s Cafe (www.twedescafe.com) and other “Twin Peaks” TV landmarks, live jazz (www.jazzclubsnw.org) or the mountains that brings you to North Bend, you’ll find more than enough to complete your day in this city of 6,700 people. Discover hidden gems in the downtown shops, some of them local or regional landmarks like the restored North Bend Theatre (www.northbendtheatre.com), the historic-restoration-award-winning Georgia’s Bakery (georgiasbakerycafe.com), the historic McGrath Hotel, former home of Boxley’s Place on Main Street, or the Si View Community Center (www.siviewpark.org), added in 2015 to the National Register of Historic Places. Spend a fascinating afternoon going through old photos and newspapers at the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum any time of year.
1. North Bend Premium Outlets, 461 South Fork Ave SW 2. North Bend Theatre, 125 Bendigo Blvd N 3. Valley Center Stage, 119 W North Bend Way 4. Si View Community Center, 400 SE Orchard Dr 5. Snoq. Valley Historical Museum, 320 Bendigo Blvd S 6. North Bend Library, 115 E 4th St 7. North Bend Railroad Depot, 205 McClellan St 8. Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave S 9. Twede’s Cafe, 137 W North Bend Way, 10. Compass Outdoor Adventures, 201 W North Bend Way
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Get outside, bike, kayak or hike and explore the area’ Catch a ride to a trailhead from Compass Outdoor Adventures, or catch a train at the North Bend Depot. The Jazz Walk is an annual night of live music in more than 20 venues, in April.
SUMMER Give rock-climbing a try at the climbing rock in Torguson Park then hit the trail to try the real thing. Celebrate summer at the Downtown Block Party in July or the hometown favorite Festival at Mount Si, in August at Si View Park.
The annual Blues Walk in September brings hundreds of live bluesmen and -women into downtown. In November, the North Bend Theatre hosts its own film festival, leading up to the international Banff film festival.
North Bend Block Party 2015 - Mary J Miller
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North Bend events, clockwise from top: Bicyclists frequently pass through the Valley on rides; the North Bend Premium Outlets bring shoppers throughout the year; Jay Thomas plays at the North Bend Jazz Walk; couples are put to the ultimate test in the Festival at Mount Si’s wife-carrying contest.
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Going to market
Summertime brings out the best in local food and family fun in area farmers markets
he best of the Valley, from live entertainment, fresh food and produce to unique gifts can be found Tuesday and Thursday evenings at both ends of the Valley.
North Bend Farmers Market
The North Bend Farmers Market is a summertime tradition, celebrating its 11th year at Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. The weekly market is open Thursday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m., June 9 through Sept. 8, offering fresh produce, berries, honey, flowers, botanicals, baked goods, seasoning mixes, organic teas and hand-crafted items from art prints to yard décor, and prepared foods including wood-fired pizza, Bedouin style kabobs, Asian foods, shaved ice, kettle corn and Belgian waffles. A much-loved part of the market, the summer concert series features local musicians in free concerts at the park’s picnic shelter, starting at 6 p.m. June through August, 5:30 p.m. in September. All concerts are free. Bring the family, lawn chairs or a picnic blanket, meet friends and enjoy great summer tunes at the park. Here’s a look at some of the shows lined up this summer: June 9 - Mount Si High School Jazz Band, then Michele McNany June 23 - Amigos Nobles, flamenco July 21 - Ian McFeron Band July 28 - Ranger & The Re-Arrangers Aug. 23 - The Ginger Ups Aug. 25 - Recess Monkey For the full farmers market schedule, visit www.siviewpark.org/ farmers-market.phtml.
The North Bend Farmers Market, opening Thursday, June 9, features a wide selection of produce and baked goods, plus hand-crafted items such as soy candles and jewelry.
Carnation Farmers Market In the lower Valley, the long standing Tuesday Carnation Farmers Market kicks off every season with the popular Maypole dance, plus live music and lots of special events. It’s a food-andfarm only market, so you’ll find plants, produce and wonderfully unique goods produced by local artisans. The market runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, May through October, in downtown Carnation. New for the 2016 season are community roots days, which featuring cooking demonstrations and educational activities. The local doctor’s office will have a booth, providing nutrition information in addition to the weekly “Take a walk with the Doc” event. Housed under a majestic timber-frame structure designed, milled, and hand-crafted by local artisans, the Carnation Farmers Market is sponsored by Sno Valley Tilth and operates in partnership with the city of Carnation.
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Ride into history
Where in the region can you ride in a living history exhibit? At the Northwest Railway Museum, with historic depots in downtown Snoqualmie and North Bend, and, starting this year, all points in between. The museum recently opened its 2014-built Train Shed to visitors, who can explore some of the restored train cars in the museum’s vast collection. There are still many cars on display along the Heritage Trail, a walking path along the train rails from the Snoqualmie Depot to Snoqualmie Parkway. Earlier this year and next to the Train Shed, the museum also broke ground on its new Railway Education Center, a facility that will be open to visitors year-round, whether or not the trains are running. Train rides start in early April and continue on weekends through October. The historic Snoqualmie Depot is open to visitors daily. Inside the Northwest Railway Museum, you can experience how railroads influenced settlement and everyday life in Washington. Explore train cars, exhibits and a Victorian-era depot while following in the footsteps of more than 1 million travelers who have passed through its doors since 1890. At the Train Shed, join a docent-led tour, featuring the 1898-built railway chapel car 5 “Messenger of Peace,” a caboose built at a sawmill during the height of World War II, and a massive locomotive used by Weyerhaeuser Timber to log the forests near Mt. Rainier. File Photos
Above: Thomas the Tank Engine smiles along with the children coming up to take pictures with the train. Left: Weekend train rides offer a trip to Snoqualmie Falls and stunning views of the Snoqalmie Valley.
Also look for the museum’s steam engines, now under restoration on the site. Two engines are in the process of being restored and the museum generates excitement for its steam program by borrowing a steam engine to pull special Steam Trains on special weekends throughout the year. Nothing brings more excitement to the museum, though, than the sell-out Day Out with Thomas event, two weekends in July. The Day Out festivities feature Thomas the Tank Engine, the animated little engine from children’s books. Find a multitude of opportunities for fun in the museum’s special events: Day Out With Thomas, Mother’s, Father’s and Grandparent’s Day weekends, Snoqualmie Railroad Days Festival, Halloween Train and Santa Train. Learn more about the Northwest Railway Museum at www. trainmuseum.org.
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Every year, more than 1 million people flock to Snoqualmie Falls. Just a short walk from a busy highway, visitors can take in the dramatic vista of cliff walls and falling water, hear the mighty 278-foot cataract and feel the spray of its mists.
Visit the Falls Snoqualmie Falls is accessible from two public parking lots just off State Route 202 about a half-mile northwest of downtown Snoqualmie. Travelers on Interstate 90 can access S.R. 202 from exit 25, by traveling on Snoqualmie Parkway north over Snoqualmie Ridge, or take the historic loop through downtown Snoqualmie via exit 27, eastbound.
Ancient history The falls were sculpted by huge glaciers that covered Puget Sound eons ago. The river had been moved from its ancient bed by ice and gravel, and when the ice melted, it could not seek its natural level because of bedrock encountered at the lip of what we now call Snoqualmie Falls. For the Snoqualmie Tribe, who have lived for centuries in the Snoqualmie Valley, the waterfall is central to its culture. The tribe believed it was the place where the first man and woman were created by Moon the Transformer. The mists rising from the base of the waterfall are said to connect heaven and earth. Above: Photo by Jack Miller; Below: Photo courtesy of PSE; Inset: File photo
Above: A 275 foot cascade of boiling water, Snoqualmie Falls attracts more than 1 million visitors each year. This photo was an entry from Jack Miller in the Valley Record’s annual reader photo contest Below: The train rails pass by Puget Sound Energy’s museum, opened in 2015. Inset: A plant turbine on display at the museum opening to the public this summer, dwarfs visitors.
What to do? There’s more to do at the Falls than getting soaked by the spray. Hike a trail, watch for wildlife, picnic on the visitors center’s grounds. Visit the landmark Salish Lodge and make dinner or spa reservations. Hike down to the lower viewpoint from the new hiking trail and boardwalk. Or try to spot the nesting peregrine falcons on the rock faces. Snoqualmie Falls is home to a family of peregrine falcons. These fast birds prey on the many other creatures who live at or visit the falls. Try to spot them on their perches.
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No trip to Snoqualmie is complete without a trip to Snoqualmie Falls, and from there, it’s short trip into historic downtown for lunch, shopping, 4 3 and marvels both historic and modern. Take a trip into history aboard one of the Northwest Railway Museum’s renovated train cars, or look to the future with a tour of Snoqualmie’s green1 built City Hall, a symbol of the city’s commit2 ment to stronger environmental stewardship. 6 Across the street from City Hall, you’ll find the local American Legion post and on its grounds, the Valleywide veterans memorial honoring fallen soldiers from all past U.S. wars. Snoqualmie is the new town that sprung up from the old mill town of Snoqualmie Falls, just down the road, so history is revered here. Buildings such as the Woodman Lodge, Sigillo Cellars’ Mignone building — you hear its old alarm sounding every day at noon — and the Chamber of Commerce offices, have been painstakingly restored. The award-winning Snoqualmie Trains start running Don’t miss Day Valley School District operates district ofOut with Thomas from the Northwest fices in the original Snoqualmie High School in July. Celebrate Railway Museum building. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Snoqualmie Valley Chamber Visitor’s Center, 38767 SE River St Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 SE River St Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King Street Snoqualmie Valley School District Office, 8001 Silva Ave SE Mount Si High School & Stadium, 8651 Meadowbrook Way SE Snoqualmie Veterans Memorial, 38625 SE River St. Centennial Field Park, 39903 SE Park Street
every April. Hop on board for a trip to the Falls and stunning views of the Valley, or get out into the woods for some outdoor adventure.
the city’s heritage in August, at the three-day Railroad Days event. Later in the month, at Meadowbrook Farm, the second annual Battle of Snoqualmie will be re-enacted.
When school starts, the heart of the community is found Friday nights at Mount Si stadium. Snoqualmie does the holidays in style, with a Santa Steam Train, tree lighting and synthetic skating rink.
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Go thrifty at consignment shops Thrifty visitors to the Valley can spend hours in its many thrift stores. There’s at least one in every city in the Valley, and at least one thing that makes each of them stand out. Search for hidden treasures and support a good cause at these popular spots:
Jayne’s Mercantile 226 E. North Bend Way, North Bend (425) 888-0247 www.jaynesmercantile.com Jayne’s Mercantile is a consignment shop for women’s apparel and accessories run by owner Shannon Jayne. Jayne has been running the shop for two years. If an item doesn’t sell it is donated to a local charity. The shop was originally for children, men and women, but because of space limitations and shoppers requests, Jayne’s naturally changed to focus on women’s wear.
Trinkets & Treasures 4206 336th Place S.E., Fall City (425) 441-8471 www.trinketsandtreasuresfallcity.com A community gathering place specializing in antiques, furniture, art, and all things home decor, Trinkets and
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Above: Jayne’s Mercantile owner Shannon Jayne shows a customer around her shop, which focuses on women’s apparel. Below: A sampling of the dishes and housewares available at the Mount Si Senior Center thrift store
Treasures also has fishing lures, books, and various “fun and fancy items,” says owner Kelly Sanchez. Since starting the shop, Sanchez has watched it grow into “a community business,” with more than 200 consignors, plus donations. From furniture to photographs, Sanchez said her favorite pieces to stock in the store are art. Float traffic can find such
essentials here as sunscreen, flip-flops and sunglasses.
Boomerang 411 Main Ave S. North Bend 425-888-3434 www.mtsiseniorcenter.org/thrift-store. html Officially, it’s the Mount Si Senior Center Thrift Store, but the bustling little shop attached to the senior center is becoming better known as Boomerang. The nickname was chosen because the shop keeps items in regular circulation, and does it fast. With limited storage space, the store has to keep prices low and inventory moving. Entirely volunteer-run, the 12-year-old shop has grown into a reliable source of funding for the senior center. The shop specializes in clothing, decor, and craft supplies. “If you need or want it, we probably have it,” is the shop’s motto.
Re-In-Carnation 31845 W. Commercial St., Carnation (425) 333-0023 www.snovalleysenior.org/ThriftStore. aspx Re-In-Carnation is the SnoValley Senior Centers Thrift store, supporting programs and services since 2009. The shop, run entirely by volunteers, specializes in home decor and clothing, but also have collectibles, jewelry and one room dedicated to children’s clothes and toys.
Wild Hare Vintage 8050 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie (425) 954-3722 www.wildharevintage.org Snoqualmie is becoming upcycler central and Wild Hare Vintage is one of the reasons for that. The shop on Railroad Avenue specializes in re-purposing vintage and antique items.
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Valley events through the seasons There is always something happening somewhere in the Valley. Mark your calendar with the following special events.
May Go Fish: Mount Si Fish and Game Club hosts its annual free Kids Fishing Derby starting at sunrise on the first Saturday in May, at the ponds at the Snoqualmie Police Station. Top anglers in various age groups receive prizes. Fun Run: Cinco de Mayo Halfmarathon and 8K fun runs are the first Saturday in May. Learn more at www. runsnoqualmie.com. Live theater: Valley Center Stage puts on a community theater show each May. Visit www.valleycenterstage.org.
June Bike Rodeo: Snoqualmie Police host the annual bike safety rodeo in both Snoqualmie and North Bend in early June. Learn more at www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us/ Departments/Police.aspx. North Bend Farmer’s Market: Fresh produce, live entertainment at the North Bend Farmers Market and Summer Concert Series, 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, June through September at Si View Park. Visit www.siview.park.org. Fall City Days: Start the summer at Fall City Days, Saturday, June 11, with a morning fun run and parade, Duck Derby, watermelon-eating contest, live music and car show. Visit www.fallcity.org/fallcity_days. html.
July Fourth of July: Celebrate America’s birthday, Carnation style, with a hometown parade, fun run and walk, and the Sno-Valley Senior Center’s famous ‘Strawberry Shortcake Feast.’ Spend the afternoon listening to live music riverside and then catch the fireworks. Visit www.carnation4th.org. OR, spend the day on Snoqualmie Ridge with a parade and events at Snoqualmie Community Park. Thomas the Tank: Thomas the Tank Engine visits Snoqualmie at Northwest Railway Museum’s Snoqualmie Depot, July 15 to 17 and 22 to 24. Thomas and his popular storybook character friends host. Locals, Order tickets online at www.trainmuseum.org. Relay for Life: Join the fight against cancer July 9 at North Bend’s Torguson Park. Learn more at snovalleyrelay. org. Downtown Block Party: North Bend’s Block Party returns Saturday, July 16 and 17 in downtown. Two stages host to a bevy of local bands. Sunday, Legends Car Club hosts a car show. Twin Peaks Festival: “Twin Peaks,” the television drama created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, was filmed in the Valley. Fans celebrate the series every summer with the Twin Peaks Festival. Visit http://www. twinpeaksfest.com.
August North Bend’s big party: The Festival at Mount Si honors the community spirit of North Bend as it preserves the past, celebrates the present, and embraces our future. For more information and a full list of the events, visit www. festivalatmtsi.org. Snoqualmie Railroad Days: More than seven decades of local tradition and railroad heritage are behind Snoqualmie’s Railroad Days, a weekend of fun that includes parades, rail history demonstrations, live music and family entertainment. There’s also a firefighter pancake breakfast, fun runs and a classic car show. Visit www. trainmuseum.org for the full schedule of the weekend’s events. Paint Out: Painters take their easels into the open air at the Snoqualmie Plein Air Paint Out during Railroad Days. Visit www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us. Boeing Classic Champions Tour: Top pro golfers on the PGA Champions Tour compete for a $2 million purse at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Get tickets at www.boeingclassic.com.
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August (continued) Battle of Snoqualmie: The Washington Civil War Association presents historic re-enactments all weekend. Hear the crash and boom of the artillery. Feel the weight of the rifles and packs that the soldiers carried. Meet the fine ladies in their gorgeous dresses. Watch as battles are reenacted, and honor the 700,000 Americans who died as a result of the war. Learn more at http://battleofsnoqualmie. com.
North Bend Blues Walk: Downtown North Bend venues host blues legends and local talent in a pedestrian festival. Visit www. northbendblueswalk. com for tickets, map and schedule.
October Halloween at Si View: Si View Community Center is home to the full spectrum of Halloween celebration, from the silly—pick a floating pumpkin from the Si View patch — to the spooky harvest carnival celebration, to the downright scary haunted house. Learn more at www.siviewpark. org. Community Theater: Valley Center Stage in North Bend launches a new season of shows. Learn more at www. valleycenterstage.org.
Night on a Dark Trail: Spooky, entertaining Halloween trail walk at Snoqualmie Ridge is for youth, teens and adults. Visit www.nightonadarktrail.weebly.com for more information.
October to November Mountain Film Series: Starting in early October, North Bend Theatre, downtown North Bend, shows films from its annual Mountain outdoor series each Sunday afternoon, through December. Visit http://northbendtheatre.com for a full schedule.
December Tree Lightings: Community celebrations happen in Fall City, Snoqualmie and North Bend. Hear carolers, meet Santa, and try skating on Snoqualmie’s synthetic ice rink. Banff Film Festival: North Bend Theatre hosts the Banff Film Festival, a renowned screening of the best mountain and outdoor recreation oriented films in the world. Visit www.northbendtheatre.com. Santa Train: Ride the train with Santa, starting Thanksgiving weekend. Learn more at www.trainmuseum.org. Holiday Bazaar: Buy holiday gifts and enjoy a full day of entertainment by local young talent. The bazaar features hand-crafted goods, carolers, and the Si View dance program.
Spring Train rides: Northwest Railway Museum starts its season of weekend train rides in April.
Each Saturday and Sunday through October, the Northwest Railway Museum offers scenic rides through the Cascade Foothills to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. Visitors explore train cars, exhibits, and a Victorianera depot while following in the footsteps of more than 1 million travellers who have passed through its doors since 1890. Arbor Day: Snoqualmie celebrates National Arbor Day, at the Railroad Park Gazebo. N o r t h Bend Jazz W a l k : North Bend Jazz Walk: Downtown North Bend venues host jazz legends and local talent in a festival that spans three city blocks in the North Bend Jazz Walk. The Jazz Walk grows every year — the 2016 event was the largest to date. Visit www.northbendjazzwalk.com for tickets, map and schedule.
Sallal Grange hosts contra dances on the third Friday of each month, at the Grange Hall, open mic night on the first Friday of the month, and a community game night on the last Wednesday of each month. For the full schedule, visit www. sallalgrange.org. For the latest information about area events, visit: Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce - www. snovalley.org; City of Snoqualmie - www. cityofsnoqualmie.gov City of North Bend - www. northbendwa.gov; Si View Parks - www.siviewpark. org.
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Elk in the Valley Snoqualmie Valley, particularly Meadowbrook Farm, located between North Bend and Snoqualmie, is home to a large, healthy herd of elk, estimated at more than 500 in population in a recent census. The animals are protected on most public and private land, and by a hard-working group of volunteers in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley Elk Management Group. Elk in the Valley are descended from a group of Rocky Mountain Elk, imported to the area in 1913. They are ruminants, eating mainly grasses, berries and young cedar treetops. Early morning and late evening are generally the best times to view elk — from a distance. Although they call the Valley home, the elk remain wild animals, and can be aggressive, particularly in June during calving season and in the fall’s mating season. Many days, you can view the elk from your car, as they graze the fields around Meadowbrook Farm. Try this route, skirting about 2,000 acres of open space, for viewing elk. Scenic drive: From the North Bend Tourist Information Center, head west to S.R. 202, on the way to Snoqualmie. After
Viewing Elk (from http://wdfw.wa.gov) • Elk are primarily crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk); early morning and late evening are best times to observe them.
Top: Traffic backed up on S.R. 202 on a fall morning in 2013 as a bull elk crossed the highway. Cars are the worst predator elks face in the area; roughly 50 elk a year are killed by cars. Left: Two elk pose for a photo for Bill Cottringer’s entry in the 2016 Valley Record reader photo contest.
crossing the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River, turn right onto Boalch Avenue and follow it to the four-way stop at Meadowbrook Way Southeast. Turn right at the stop and cross the one-lane Meadowbrook Bridge. Continue on Meadowbrook Way as it
turns into Southeast Reinig Road, and continue to 428th Avenue Southeast. Turn right on 428th and wind your way back into North Bend. Or, take a small detour to look for mountain goats on Mount Si: Turn right onto Southeast 92nd Street, and go a quarter-mile, then pull over
• When temperatures are mild, elk may be observed feeding in short bouts throughout the day. When not hunted, elk adapt well to humans and find lawns and golf courses excellent places to graze. • A good time of year to observe elk is in fall. In late September and October, bulls are battling over females and are not as concerned about being seen. • The best way to view wild elk is to find a meadow, or other open grassland they have been using and to wait quietly nearby. • In winter, look for pits dug in snow where elk have been pawing for food, or for crisscrossing tracks in the snow typical of foraging elk.
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Things to see ... Home to iconic landmarks like a 1934 totem pole, a 100 year-old roadhouse and an even older hop drying shed, Fall City is a busy and beloved community along the Snoqualmie River, near the confluence with the Raging River. Farms and trails surround the town, where people say “If you’re lucky enough to live in Fall City, you’re lucky enough.”
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Tour historic landmarks like the Fall City Masonic Lodge or the hop shed in Fall City Community Park (www.fallcity.org/historical). If the heat is on, you may just opt for a leisurely float down the Snoqualmie River — put in at the Plum Boat Launch, take out when you reach downtown Fall City. The unincorporated town enjoys a thriving arts community; check out the colorful corner that is the Fall City Arts Park downtown (www. fallcityarts.com), take in a show at the outdoor Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater (www. foresttheater.org) or stop at the Raging River Cafe (www.theragingrivercafeclub.com) for live music, most nights. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Fall City Library, 33415 SE 42nd Pl Fall City Park, 4099 Fall City-Carnation Rd SE Raging River Cafe, 33723 Redmond-Fall City Rd Fall City Fire Dept. (Fire Dist. 27) 98024, 4301 334th Pl SE Tubing take-out, 33700 block of Redmond-Fall City Rd SE Farmhouse Market, 33521 Redmond-Fall City Rd SE Fall City Masonic Lodge, 4304 337th Pl SE, Fall City Fall City Hop Shed at Fall City Community Park
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Find a local farm and watch food grow, or coo to the baby animals. Any time of year is a good time for golfing in Fall City, which boasts two spectacularly scenic courses, Mount Si and Twin Falls.
SUMMER Fall City Day, a traditional festival with parade and rubber ducky derby is the start of summer. Watch the hometown semipro Northwest Honkers baseball team at Fall City Park all season.
Meet artists in their studios in the Snoqualmie River arts tour. Find more art downtown and in December, count down to the tree lighting —for the many plum trees along the river and S.R. 202.
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Celebrating 51 years of family friendly theater in Fall City! SFFT is an outdoor theater and park located in Fall City, but there’s more to SFFT than fantastic theater performances! Join us in 2016 for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!
Be entertained under a canopy of trees in the outdoor amphitheater, revel in the view of Snoqualmie Falls, and enjoy dinner after the show. The experience is one you will find nowhere else – art on the stage and in the kitchen, all while enjoying a beautiful Northwest summer. Other events include Easter Egg Hunts and annual Wreath Making event. Or, become a member of SFFT and enjoy benefits like fishing, camping, and hiking!
Fall City Day fun includes a rubber ducky derby down the Snoqualmie River, with volunteers waiting to wrangle the ducks back to shore.
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The Twin Rivers Golf Course in Fall City offers golfers an advanced level of play and beautiful natural surroundings, close by in Fall City.
Going to the greens Whoever said that golf was “a good walk spoiled” probably never tried the game here. The Snoqualmie Valley is home to a number of public and private courses. Play amid spectacular scenery in every city in the Valley:
North Bend Cascade Golf Course 14303 436th Avenue SE North Bend, WA 98045-9666 (425) 888-4653 http://www.cascadegolfcourse.com Cascade Golf Course is a nine-hole public course, offering play for all levels, from beginners to experienced golfers. Games usually take about two hours for nine holes, four hours for a full 18. Play takes a little longer if you stop to admire the elk herd that occasionally passes through the scenic course.
Fall City Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course 35109 Southeast Fish Hatchery Road Fall City, WA 98024-8601 (425) 441-8049 www.snoqualmiefallsgolf.com This 18-hole course has some of the best conditions in the Valley. Great for all ages, the course is guaranteed to stay green all summer. Twin Rivers Golf Course 4446 Preston Fall City Road Southeast Fall City, WA 98024-5707 (425) 222-7575 www.twinriversgolfcourse.com This advanced 18-hole course offers not only a great game, but players will also enjoy its natural surroundings. Post-game, enjoy a great view of Mount Si on the back deck.
Blue Heron Golf Course 1810 W Snoqualmie River Road NE Carnation, WA 98014-8102 (425) 333-5015 http://theblueherongolf.com Formerly the ‘Carnation Golf Course,’ this iconic local landmark, renovated by
avid golfers, provides an enjoyable golfing experience. Try out the well-maintained fairways and manicured greens. Or sit back and relax at the Blue Heron Bar & Grill.
Snoqualmie Mount Si Golf Course 9010 Boalch Avenue SE Snoqualmie, WA 98065 (425) 391-4926 www.mtsigolf.com A 27-hole golf course, Mount Si offers the usual 18 holes but has recently added a nine hole pitch-and-putt course. Players are all ages on this classic woodland golf course, featuring views of Mount Si in every part of the course.
Private Clubs The Snoqualmie Valley scenery has also become home to several private golf clubs, such as the Jack Nicklausdesigned PGA course on Snoqualmie Ridge. The TPC hosts the Boeing Classic each year in August. Learn more about the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge at http://www.tpcsr.com.
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See the stars in Snoqualmie Snoqualmie Casino is Seattle’s closest full-service casino. Nestled in a spectacular Northwest setting, the casino combines breathtaking views in a sophisticated gaming setting complete with 55 classic table games – including Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat – 1,700 state-of-the-art slot machines and a 5-table poker room. Snoqualmie Casino also serves up high quality amenities such as a cigar lounge, popular concert venue featuring all-star acts and diverse dining in five restaurants. The casino also plays host to some of the biggest names
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June 4 Craig Wayne Boyd June 11 Jerry Jeff Walker June 24 & 25 Purple Reign July 9 Sara Evans July 22 Blondie July 24 Kansas Aug. 11 Trace Adkins Aug. 14 Huey Lewis and the News Aug. 25 Olivia Newton-John Aug. 28 Melissa Etheridge
Live theater lives in the Valley The Snoqualmie Valley is home to live theater all year long. North Bend’s Valley Center Stage and Fall City’s Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater both provide unique experiences and keep the art of live theater alive in the Valley.
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Valley Center Stage’s mission is three-fold: to present quality productions and entertainment; to offer the joys of live theater to local residents with opportunities to participate from both sides of the stage – both as audience and volunteers who want to create a vibrant community theater. Its founding mission is to promote the
work of theater educator, Viola Spolin whose teachings make theater accessible to everyone. Valley Center Stage is located at 119 North Bend Way, North Bend (on the second floor of the Mason Lodge) and is handicapped accessible. Visit the website at www. valleycenterstage.org for more information.
Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater The outdoor family-oriented theater venue is surrounded by 95 undeveloped acres of woods, meadows and streams, with a picturesque view of Snoqualmie Falls within a five minute
Actors Rachel Friedley and Rochelle Wyatt rehearse their scenes of the Valley Center Stage’s production of “The Lion in Winter.”
walk of the parking area. The land provides the setting and sustainment for theater productions, while the shows provide funding for stewardship and maintenance of the land, providing a refuge for wildlife displaced by urban
development, as well as providing outdoor recreational opportunities for members and guests. For more information visit their website at www.foresttheater.org.
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Dog Days Visitors to the Snoqualmie Valley don’t have to leave their canine companions behind. The Valley includes a number of trails that allow leashed dogs to roam with their masters, plus a couple of off-leash or dog-friendly parks. Take your dog on the trail or let him romp at these dog-friendly venues:
Three Forks Dog Park
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With an open meadow giving all dogs free range to run and play, File Photos Three Forks Off Leash Dog Park, Above: Dogs run wild at the 2016 doggie Easter egg hunt at Three Forks Off-Leash Dog Park. Below: A located in the Three Forks Natural family plays fetch with their ball-crazy puppy in the Carnation dog park. Area park, is both owner- and dogfriendly. There are eight acres of open space for dogs, picnic tables for visitors, water access, and access to the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. Clean-up bags are available.
Iron Horse Trail and State Park
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Miles of trails await you and your pooch pal at Iron Horse State Park. Clip on the leash and get ready to walk or run in the 1,600-acre park, lined with more than 100 miles of trails built on old railway lines. The former railroad turned public recreation corridor gives visitors the time to enjoy spectacular scenery, bird watching and wildlife. It is supported by Railsto-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization working to build a network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors.
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Views, hikes, and a brilliant blue lake are only the beginning at this popular park a short drive from Seattle. Bring leashed four-legged friends on one of the many trails around the lake, or up the steep hike to Rattlesnake Ledge for a panoramic 270-degree view.
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Don’t leave canine friends behind when you picnic in the 574-acre Tolt-McDonald Park. Leashed dogs are welcome in the park and on the 500-foot suspension bridge that crosses the Snoqualmie River and provides views of the river and Cascade foothills. For a chance to stretch your legs follow the trail past the ball fields to Carnation’s home-grown off-leash park, eight acres of fenced-in grass that your dog will love.
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Handcrafted Homes in Carnation
The Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum greets visitors on Bendigo Boulevard in North Bend.
Visit history Home of the Snoqualmie people for thousands of years, the Snoqualmie Valley has a vibrant history that is shared at the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum.
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Although it’s growing, Carnation still considers itself a 4 3 small farming community and farms are a big part of 1 life in the small town. Tractors can be found on Main Street most of the year, but especially during the Great Carnation Fourth of July parade, and opening day of the Carnation Farmers Market (carnationfarmersmarket. org) each spring is much anticipated. The city is surrounded by farms, including Remlinger, famed for its pies and family activity center and the former Carnation Farm, “Home of Contented Cows” de6 cades ago, but now home to Camp Korey, a member of 5 the Serious Fun network. Carnation also features one of the jewels in the King County Parks system, Tolt-MacDonald Park, with tent 2 and RV camping close to town, plus more exotic yurts 7 and container camping across the picturesque wooden footbridge that leads into the hundreds of acres of forested trails. Across the highway from Tolt-MacDonald Park is Fresh new veggies Get to Carnation another hidden gem, Carnation’s Valley Memorial appear in fields and early on the Fourth, Park, complete with trees, tennis courts and a skate at the Carnation then get out of your bowl. 1. Carnation Farmers Market, corner of Bird Street and Stossel Avenue 2. Carnation Fire Department, 3600 Tolt Ave 3. Carnation City Hall/Police Dept., 4621 Tolt Ave. 4. Sno Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave. 5. Valley Memorial Park, 31999 Blanche St 6. Tolt-MacDonald Park, 31493 NE 40th St 7. Tolt Middle School, 3740 Tolt Avenue 8. Carnation Library, 4804 Tolt Ave
Farmers Market. Browse the shops for everything from new tools to vintage cars. Explore the confluence of the Tolt and Snoqualmie Rivers.
car. The city closes the highway for the parade and street festival. Timber is in July, a familyfriendly music festival. Watch for the U-pick farm signs as you drive.
Pick your pumpkins at any number of local pumpkin farms and do the same for your Christmas trees come December. The Carnation Tree Farm, with a historic renovated barn, is a popular destination.
2015 Carnation Fourth of July Parade - File photo
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See, hear and taste medieval ways at Carnation’s Camlann Village
Step into 1376 England at Camlann Medieval Village, a living-history museum project, tucked away between Carnation and Duvall. The village is open every weekend, May through September. The village encourages field trips with a class, demonstration and optional lunch, but classes are open to the public as well. A regular village weekend means demonstrations and events, including medieval blacksmithing, textile production, spinning and craft shops such as the Cidre Mille, which demonstrates apple pressing, or the Clothier Shoppe, which rents medieval clothing to wear on your Camlann visit. The local restaurant, Le Bors Hede Inne, is open year-round, Tuesday through
Young visitors try their hand at the ancient techniques of pressing apples at Camlann. Sunday by reservation. The menu features food such as Fenberry Pye, Sanc Dragon, and Blamanger. Diners are entertained by singing minstrels, with lute accompaniment. Five festivals are scheduled each year, which include knightly combat and
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A day on the farm Come to the farm, there are plenty to see in the Valley. Whether you are looking for a u-pick, a they-pick or a CSA program, you will find many choices, plus animals to meet and maybe even feed.
First Light Farm
Carnation A six-acre organic farm in Carnation, First Light aims to be a welcoming place where families come to enjoy the beauty of the Valley, learn to harvest their own dinners, or grow their own vegetables. Produce and local honey are for sale at the farm stand and Soil to Supper members can harvest vegetables any day of the week. Visit www.upickseattle.com.
Zoe Perkins, 10, and Abigail Vanvleet, 11, plant ocean spray during Cynthia Hodgins’s class at Oxbow Farm. Oxbow welcomes school groups throughout the year.
Carnation Remlinger Farms is well known for its u-pick berries and pumpkins, park, picnics, and farmers market. Shop at the market, or pick your own produce while you’re there. Visit www.remlingerfarms.com.
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Fall City On the Washington State Heritage Barn Register, the 100-year-old Baxter barn offers tours and education programming. Visit the miniature donkeys, horses, cows, turkeys,
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3) Jubilee Farm 229 W. Snoqualmie River Road NE, Carnation, WA 425-222-4558
7) Local Roots Farm 11707 262nd Ave NE, Duvall, WA 206-679-9512
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chickens, bunnies and a pig. Tour the 2.50-acre property, check out the historic barn. Visit www.baxterbarn.org.
Carnation Oxbow is a 25 acre mixed vegetable, tree fruit and berry farm bordering an ‘oxbow’ lake, hence the name. They’ve been farming and running CSA’s for 14 years. Visit the farm and explore the Children’s Garden. Pick up fresh produce at the farm stand or native plants at the farm’s nursery. Visit www.oxbow.org.
Carnation Jubilee Farm sitsbetween the Snoqualmie River and one of the most scenic drives in the state, West Snoqualmie River Road. Stop in during the spring or fall harvest tours, or bring the kids to pick out a pumpkin in fall. Visit www.jubileefarm.org.
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Things to see... With a population of more than 13,000 and a third of that under the age of 18, Snoqualmie is a family-focused community, especially in the newest neighborhoods on Snoqualmie Ridge. The city has been one of the fastest growing communities in the state for two decades, and much of that growth, including two elementary schools, a new library, police and fire stations, hospital and YMCA community center, has occurred on the Ridge. Center Boulevard is aptly named, with a variety of restaurants, the library, and a huge community park at the end of the street. Although it’s part of the city of Snoqualmie, the Ridge also celebrates its own identity with a Snoqualmie Valley Block Party, Fourth of July festivities and Ridge-wide events organized by the Residential Owners Association. One thing that makes the master-planned neighborhoods here special is the proliferation of parks, more than 35 of them, plus maintained trails, hundreds of acres of open space and access to regional trails and outdoor recreation. Snoqualmie is the official “Home of the Boeing Classic,” the annual PGA Champions Tour. It also has the distinction of having been named the “Greenest Town in Puget Sound” by PSE for resident participation in the Green Power program and will be installing solar panels on the Snoqualmie Community Center. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Snoqualmie Library, 38580 SE River St Snoqualmie Police Station, 34825 SE Douglas St. Snoqualmie Community Park, 35018 SE Ridge St Gateway Gas & Deli, 8030 Douglas Ave SE Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35018 SE Ridge St
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Get up early and take the kids fishing at the Snoqualmie Police Department’s annual kids’ fishing derby in early May. Or capitalize on other people’s spring cleaning by shopping for treasures at the Snoqualmie Ridge community wide rummage sale.
Find movies and concerts in the park all summer at Community Park. Bring the family to the July 4 parade or join the fun at the annual Tanner Jeans Bike Rodeo. In August, the Boeing Classic, part of the PGA Champions Tour, arrives at the TPC Snoqualmie.
Better than a haunted house, this community event haunts the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. Night on a Dark Trail features dozens of performers in a Halloween show with song-anddance numbers, a true plot, and full production value.
Center Boulevard on Snoqualmie Ridge - Jim Reitz Photo
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Open: Mon. 10-9 • Tues. - Thurs. 9-9 • Fri. 9-6 Sat. 8-5 • Sun. 11-5
Since 2003,Snoqualmie Valley Transportation has been your local bus company
Where old becomes new again Mon-Fri • 10am-4pm 411 Main Ave S North Bend All proceeds benefit Mt. Si Senior Center
We provide door-to-door and fixed route service to the general public in the Snoqualmie Valley.
WE CONNECT PEOPLE WI TH PLACES. We get people to appointments, the grocery store, jobs, and their favorite activities and entertainment. This helps people stay socially active, helps employers, helps local businesses, helps the environment and helps our community.
WE WORK FOR YOU . We make sure people get where they want to go in an easy, friendly and inexpensive way.
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Where to Eat The Valley has fare to fit every appetite, from the upscale fast food found at Scott’s Dairy Freeze, to the fine dining of the Woodman Lodge & Spa, plus everything in between.
North Bend Bar & Grill Often voted a local favorite, North Bend Bar and Grill is famed among cyclists for its breakfasts and burgers. (425) 888-1243 • 145 E. North Bend Way, North Bend
Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory The Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory serves up staple sandwiches, plus fresh soups, “grab-and-go” salads, and of course fudge, caramel corn, saltwater taffy, chocolates and ice cream. (425) 888-0439 • 8102 Railroad Ave, Snoqualmie
Raging River Cafe & Club Fall City’s gathering place, the Raging River Cafe is the place to go for burgers, bar food, pasta and prime rib and even pizza. Breakfast is ready at 6:30 a.m. and the there’s live music most nights. (425) 222-6669 • 33723 Redmond-Fall City Rd., Fall City
Scott’s Dairy Freeze When a burger joint has been in business for more than 60 years, you know it’s doing something right. That’s Scott’s, a North Bend fixture, and winner of the Valley’s vote for Best Burger for 14 years running.
Top: Candy Factory owner Terry Willingham, with his daughter, Ally, and wife Geralyn. Right: Staff at Scott’s Dairy Freeze celebrate their 60th anniversary in 2011. The restaurant was sold in 2016, but remains a favorite stop for families after a day of outdoor recreation.
Gianfranco’s Ristorante Italiano Open for dinners only, this family-run restaurant specializes in Southern Italian cuisine and uses seasonal, local flavors to create delicious meals.
Copperstone Spaghetti Restaurant
(425) 888-2301 • 234 E North Bend Way, North Bend
(425) 888-6621 • 8150 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie
Copperstone Family Spaghetti Restaurant is designed to be affordable and welcoming to families. (425) 888-2207 • 8072 Railroad Ave Snoqualmie
Specializing in food from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, Caadxi Oaxaca has a large menu which includes chile relleno, carne asada, tamales, and molé, one of Oaxaca’s specialties.
More than 28 long rolls are on the menu, plus nigiri and non-sushi items. Bring the family or your friends and watch the game at the bar.
For takeout and delivery, Frankie’s in North Bend is the Valley favorite. Locals voted it the Best Pizza in the Valley for the past 10 years. (425) 222-4800 • 249 Main Ave S., North Bend
Sno Falls Brewpub The Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company proudly serves its products at the Taproom, alongside sandwiches, salads, pizza and pastas. There’s always weekly trivia games and live music on the weekends.
(425) 434-9587 • 8030 Railroad Ave S.E., Snoqualmie
The Woodman Lodge
(425) 292-9362 • 320 S.W. Mt. Si Blvd, North Bend
Pete’s Club Grill and Pub
The Woodman Lodge Restaurant and bar, located in downtown Snoqualmie, features steaks and pasta in a historic old lodge, circa 1890.
Pete’s Club Grill and Pub is both hometown tavern and a great riding destination for motorcyclists. There’s Harley-friendly parking right in front, plentiful beer, and outdoor seating.
(425) 831-2357 • 8032 Falls Ave S.E., Snoqualmie
(425) 888-4441 • 38601 S.E. King St Snoqualmie
(425) 333-4300 • 4640 Tolt Ave, Carnation
Little Si Restaurant & Lounge
Rio Bravo Tacos
Finaghty’s Irish Pub
Best known for its gourmet pizza and pasta, the Little Si has expanded its menu to include sandwiches,homemade burgers and salads.
Rio Bravo is an authentic and traditional taqueria, owned and operated by Southwest-born Chef Broc Thomson.
(425) 888-5501 • 456 S.W. Mt. Si Blvd., North Bend
(425) 888-1655 • 247 E. North Bend Way, North Bend
Atop Snoqualmie Ridge, Finaghty’s Irish Pub has the spirit of the pubs of Eire, with plenty of live, local music and movie and game nights. It’s also a local sports bar, with HD televisions. (425) 888-8833 • 7726 Center Blvd, Snoqualmie
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Breweries & Wineries
The Snoqualmie Valley is now home to a dozen wineries, sized from boutique to nationally known, plus the long-standing Snoqualmie Falls brewpub and nanobreweries bubbling up. Take a look at what the Valley is serving up in local, adult beverages.
BEER Top: Find 13 brews on tap at the Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company, along with their own root beer. Pictured is Jaime Casady pouring a draft. Right: North Bend’s Growler Station owner Craig Shertz Below: Vicky Curnutt, Sigillo Cellars tasting room manager, pours a glass of an old world red. Bottom: Piccola Cellars tasting room packed people in the venue for the 2015 Blues Walk.
The Snoqualmie Valley is home to two great local breweries. Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company, making hand-crafted brews since 1997, and North Bend’s to-go style brewery, The Growler Station. At Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company there are seven regular taps, including the famous Wildcat IPA, and several rotating taps. The taproom also serves the local specialty, Meadowbrook Farm Ale, made from wild hops around the historic Meadowbrook Farm. Availability depends on the hop harvest, so supplies are limited. The family-friendly Taproom is open all week for lunch and dinner. Snoqualmie Falls Brewery is located at 8032 Falls Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie; Call the Taproom at (425) 831-2357; www.fallsbrew.com. The Growler Station at 458 S.W. Mount Si Blvd. in North Bend, specializes in beer-to-go featuring craft beers, ciders and kombucha, a fermented but non-alcoholic drink. Buy their reusable 64-or 32-ounce Growler to fill up on anything they offer including root beer from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company. Call the Growler Station at (425) 292-0088. Snoqualmie Falls Brewery : http://fallsbrew.com The Growler Station : http://growler-station.com/northbend
WINE Unique and stylish wineries are part of the Valley’s identity thanks to the efforts of Sigillo Cellars in Snoqualmie, Piccola Cellars in North Bend, and several more in Fall City and Carnation. With grapes grown in eastern Washington, Sigillo Cellars on Railroad Avenue, Snoqualmie, serves award-winning wines made just a few blocks away. Piccola Cellars, which is located in the old North Bend Fire Station on West 2nd Street, North Bend, opens up the engine doors and lets the sun in while serving wine created at their Woodinville winery. Sample Sigillo wines for a $5 tasting fee, refundable with purchase, or sip them by the glass, flight or bottle. Buy an empty bottle, or growler, at Piccola and have it filled with your choice from the menu. Sigillo Cellars: http://www.sigillocellars.com/ Piccola Cellars: http://piccolawine.com/
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Reasons to ♥ the Valley Snoqualmie Falls
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♥ Elk are all over the
Valley, but especially visible at dawn and dusk. See the local herd at Meadowbrook Farm and Interpretive center.
♥ Kayaking for all skill
levels, from beginners to veterans, on the Snoqualmie River's Middle Fork and Rattlesnake Lake.
♥ Twin Peaks lives on in the Valley, where superfans gather every summer for the Twin Peaks Festival, sold out two years running since Showtime announced a new season of the show was coming. It was filmed right here, both times. ♥ Wineries —The Snoqualmie Valley is home to a growing number of local wineries and tasting rooms, catering to all palates. The grapes come
from Eastern Washington, but they’re blended and bottled much closer to home. Area winemakers favor the Old World styles in the Valley, but you’ll also find such modern influences as Piccola Cellars draft wine tasting room.
♥ Mount Si changes color
with the season and the time of day.
♥ Historic trains and a 120-year-old depot at the Northwest Railway Museum in downtown Snoqualmie, plus on special weekends all season, the unforgettable sound of a steam train whistle. ♥ Farmer's markets at
North Bend's Si View Community Center (Thursdays) and downtown Carnation (Tuesdays) have plenty of fresh local produce and homegrown entertainment.
♥ Vegas-style glitz at the Snoqualmie Casino. Thousands of games, a cigar bar, national comedy and music acts, boxing, and plenty of dining options can be found here.
♥ Appetites are un-
♥ Berry pies galore, plus steam train rides, a hay maze and petting zoo at Carnation's Remlinger Farms. It’s an old-fashioned way to spend the day.
Fall City's Duck Derby. Watch rubber duckies race down the river in this short, but gripping contest helping local schools.
♥ Visit a locally owned vintage movie theater and take in a show at North Bend Theatre. ♥ Amazing vistas at Snoqualmie Falls, Rattlesnake Ledge and Snoqualmie Point Park. ♥ Watch fireworks from Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation during the town's Fourth of July celebration.
leashed annually in the pie-eating contest at the Festival at Mount Si. Chefs compete in the berry dessert and chili cook-off throw-downs.
♥ Giggles for all ages at
♥ Community Spirit: We know we’re lucky to have such outstanding community volunteers here, and we go out of our way to make sure they know it, too. ♥ Floating. Local rivers provide the perfect retreat when the weather gets warm. All you need is a life jacket and an inner tube to spend a day blissfully drifting on many spots of the Snoqualmie
River. One of the most popular stretches, because of the easy access, starts below Snoqualmie Falls at the Plum 1 boat launch.
♥ The annual Boeing Classic stop on the PGA Tournament of Champions brings top golfers to Snoqualmie to compete for cash and the coolest tournament prize ever, an authentic leather bomber jacket ♥ Quirky local shops. Bubbles stream from a storefront in Snoqualmie, and another is marked with scatters of flower petals on the sidewalk. With specialty shops like Down to Earth Flowers and Gifts, the Flying Frog, Selah Gifts and Birches, there’s always something to catch your eye and make you smile as you walk the main drag.
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