VISITORâ€™S GUIDE Snoqualmie Valley 2017
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. And that’s notwithstanding the “Twin Peaks” fever that has made this area even more exciting in the past year. 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.
5: Where to start; North Bend and Snoqualmie Visitors Centers 6: North Bend; Things to see, things to do
20-21: Calendar of Events 22: Elk in the Valley; where to see the resident herd
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: Birdwatching wonders; , year-round
24: Fall City; Artsy at home on the river
19: Snoqualmie Valley Trail map; Connecting the Valley
30: Carnation; Visit the farm, soak in smalltown vibes
26: Golf Courses; Take a swing at local public courses 27: Let us entertain you; Live theater and legendary performers 28: Dog Parks; Take your dog on vacation, on or off-leash
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 38: Find yourself in the real Twin Peaks
Cover: The sun sets over Mount Si, giving the local landmark a warm glow in this photo by Diane Kalvelage, a winner in the 2017 Valley Record Photo Contest. This page: Gliding along the Snoqualmie in a kayak, another photo contest entrant Jane Bowers captured this photo of a serene summer day on the river.
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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...when in Snoqualmie...
Snoqualmie Visitor Information Center & Art Gallery of SnoValley When exploring Snoqualmie, your first stop should be the Snoqualmie Visitor’s Center, located at 8130 SE Railroad Ave. It is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily through Labor Day. Fall hours will be the same through December, but the gallery will be closed on Mondays. Here, you’ll find options for the visitor as well as a busy art studio featuring classes and local artists. Ask for hints on local attractions, from sites of interest to Twin Peaks fans, to dining and shopping destinations, recreation areas and other local treasures. Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce representatives will also be working onsite at the Snoqualmie Falls observation area during the summer
The Art Gallery of SnoValley at 8130 SE Railroad Avenue, Snoqualmie, will serve as the Snoqualmie visitors center starting Memorial Day weekend, through December.
season, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., interacting with Falls visitors.
...when in North Bend...
Visit www.artgalleryofsnovalley.com, or call (425) 213-9321.
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. Year-round hours at the center are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday. 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) performed most nights at Piccola Cellars, 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 ever-popular Georgia’s Bakery (georgiasbakerycafe.com), the historic McGrath Hotel, now home to Brickyard Brewing on North Bend Way, 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. Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave S 9. Twede’s Cafe, 137 W North Bend Way 10. Piccola Cellars, 112 W Second St
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Get outside, bike, kayak or hike and explore. 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 winter film festival, leading up to the international Banff Film Festival.
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Find your farmers
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 12th year at Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. The weekly market is open Thursday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m., June 8 through Sept. 7, 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 the shows lined up this summer: June 8 Paul Green Jazz & Blues June 15 Norman Baker & the Backroads June 22 Charlatones June 29 Pat McHenry July 6 The Fabulous Murphtones July 13 True Romans July 20 3 Trick Pony July 27 Michele McNany Aug. 3 Winterlings Aug. 10 Nick Drummond Aug. 17 Amigos Nobles Aug. 24 Ranger and the Re-Arrangers Aug. 31 Joy Mills Band Sept. 7 Eastside Jam For the full farmers market schedule, visit www.siviewpark.org/ farmers-market.phtml.
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 special events. It’s a food-and-farm 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. Visit www.carnationfarmersmarket.com for more information.
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Above: The North Bend Farmers Market, opening Thursday, June 8, features a wide selection of produce and baked goods, plus hand-crafted items such as soy candles and jewelry. Below: Carnation Farmers Market puts on a children’s Maypole dance for opening day festivities.
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Ride into history
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Steam trains are running at the Northwest Railway Museum on special weekends, thanks to the museumâ€™s steam restoration program.
Where in the region can you ride in a living history exhibit? At the Northwest Railway Museum, with historic depots in Snoqualmie and North Bend, plus a history campus in between. Train rides start in early April and continue on weekends through October, and as always, the museum offers more than just a train ride experience to visitors and rail fans. Nearly all regular train excursions, approximately two hours long, include a stop at the Railway History Campus, with the Train Shed Exhibit Building housing much of the museumâ€™s rolling stock, part of the railroading history of the Pacific Northwest. For an in-depth look into this history, docent-led premier tours will be available this year. These small, personally led tours include a visit to the historic 1890 Snoqualmie Depot, a shop floor visit to the Conservation and Restoration Center to see the work going on in that unique facility and a tour of the Train Shed including, for the first time, a visit inside both Chapel Car 5 Messenger of Peace and the 001 Caboose. There are also many cars on display along the Heritage Trail, a walking path along the train rails from the Snoqualmie Depot to Snoqualmie Parkway. The historic and Spellman-award winning Snoqualmie Depot is open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Nothing brings more excitement to the museum, though, than the sell-out Day Out with Thomas, two weekends in July. 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 268-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. Park in the large, free lot across the road from the park and take the pedestrian skybridge across, or spring for one of the paid parking spots near the gift shop.
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. Try to spot them on their perches. Above: Photo by Hugh Gilmartin; Others: Valley Record file photos
Above: A 268 foot cascade of boiling water, Snoqualmie Falls attracts more than 1 million visitors each year. This photo was taken during a 2015 flood on the Snoqualmie River. Below: The Puget Sound Energy Museum, open during summers, gives visitors the history of the engineering feat that created the power plant. Inset: A plant turbine on display at the museum dwarfs visitors.
Secrets of the Falls Snoqualmie Falls holds secrets beneath its waters. A century ago, workers bored tunnels beneath the bedrock and built one of the nation’s first hydroelectric power plants. Puget Sound Energy completed a huge retrofit of the power plant and surrounding grounds and opened the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Museum in 2013. Learn about the legacy of the hydroelectric project through a free tour housed. The museum opens May 27 and will be open through Labor Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
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Things to see... 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, and even some art to take home or create yourself at the Art Gallery of SnoValley, which is also the city’s visitor center. Take a trip into history aboard one of the Northwest Railway Museum’s renovated train cars (www.trainmuseum.org), or walk the museum’s Heritage Trail of rolling stock. Visit the Valley veterans memorial, just outside the American Legion Hall, across the street from Snoqualmie City Hall. The monument honors soldiers from the area, including towns that no longer exist, who served in 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 (woodmanlodge. com), Sigillo Cellars’ (sigillocellars.com)Mignone building — you hear its old alarm sounding every day at noon — and the Chamber of Commerce offices, have been painstakingly restored. The Snoqualmie Valley School District operates district offices in the original Snoqualmie High School building. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
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Trains start running from the Northwest Railway Museum 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.
Don’t miss Day Out with Thomas in July. Celebrate the city’s heritage in August, at the three-day Railroad Days event. Late summer brings hundreds or reenactors to Meadowbrook Farm, for a Civil War battle.
Take a drive through forests of color in and around Snoqualmie in the fall. Snoqualmie does the holidays in style, with a Santa Steam Train, thousands of lights, and a synthetic skating rink.
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Birdwatching Wonders By Tina Blade Contributing Writer There are as many reasons to turn your attention to the Snoqualmie River Valley’s birds as there are birds to see here. With its varied habitats of farmlands, forests, and wetlands, the Valley is a prime location for a variety of birds throughout the year. One beautiful example is the Bullock’s Oriole. As you walk the Snoqualmie Valley Trail near Stillwater on a summer morning, you hear it first—a series of raspy calls and descending whistles coming from high in the cottonwood canopy. Following the sound, you look up, and catch a flash of flame-orange and black among the leaves. Then you see it, the male Bullock’s Oriole bringing an insect to the woven pouch of nest that hangs from a branch high above the trail. Besides the Bullock’s Oriole, you might see Yellow and Wilson’s Warblers, the sky-blue Lazuli Bunting, Rufous Hummingbirds, Black-headed Grosbeaks, and the diminutive Common Yellowthroat in his bright yellow bib and black mask. You are more likely to hear than see the shy Swainson’s Thrush. Russet brown with a delicately spotted breast, it blends perfectly into the woodland shadows. Many of these birds are neotropical migrants that winter in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean, then fly north to mate, nest, and raise their young. You know it’s spring when you begin to hear them setting up and defending their territories in places like Rattlesnake Lake, Three Rivers Natural Area, Carnation Marsh Natural Area, Tolt-McDonald Park, the Stillwater Unit of the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area, and the farm fields and forests from North Bend to Monroe.
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Above: The Spotted Towhee is commonly found on the Pacific Northwest coast and throughout the Cascades, year round. Below: A male Pileated Woodpecker excavates a nest hole in a snag beside the trail at the Stillwater Unit of the Snoqualmie Valley Wildlife Area
Sikes Lake, Chinook Bend Natural Area and Carnation Farm Road are all prime locations for winter birding. And thankfully, when the temperatures drop, much of this can be done from the car. On a winter’s-day drive through the Valley, you can find flocks of Trumpeter and Tundra Swans and wintering ducks in local pastures and ponds. You can also see year-round and wintering raptors, including Roughlegged and Red-tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagles, and even the occasional Golden Eagle perched on wires, power poles, and snags along the road. In wooded habitats, you can hear the high, sweet calls of Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets flitting in the branches above. In the understory, the delicate song of the Pacific Wren spirals upward, almost out of the range of human hearing. And the taps of woodpeckers are ubiquitous. It’s important to remember that birds are not “on-demand” performers. To see them requires the time, focus, and patience to go where they might be, then allow whatever is present to reveal itself to you. Indeed, you might find that letting go of everyday concerns and tuning into
the bit of wildness around you can be its own reward. There’s also an undeniable thrill when your diligence pays off and you finally catch sight of a beautiful songbird carefully tending its young. Or an eagle who’s been sitting high in tall snag suddenly swooping down from its perch, grazing the surface of a lake, then rising with a freshly caught fish in its talons. This article is based on the author’s personal experiences birding in the Valley and information from A Birder’s Guide to Washington, 2nd Edition (2015), Jane Hadley, ed.
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June Fall City Days: Start the summer at Fall City Days, Father’s Day weekend, with a fun run and parade on Main Street, rubber Duck Derby on the river, classic car show at Fall City Elementary School, arts demonstrations and chalk art at Fall City Arts Park and watermeloneating contest, and live music at Olive Taylor Quigley Park. Visit www.fallcity.org/fallcity_ days.html. North Bend Farmer’s Market: Come to Si View Park for a farmers market and live music, 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, June through September at Si View Park. Visit www.siview.park.org.
July Fourth of July: Celebrate America’s birthday, Carnation style, with a hometown parade, fun run, strawberry shortcake and fireworks. All on Tolt Avenue, Bird Street and Tolt-MacDonald Park. Visit www.carnation4th.org. Red White & Boom: Set up a Fourth of July picnic in Snoqualmie Community Park for an evening of live music and a spectacular fireworks show. Thomas the Tank: Thomas the Tank Engine visits Snoqualmie at Northwest Railway Museum’s Snoqualmie Depot, July 14 to 16 and 21 to 22. Relay for Life: Join the fight against cancer the second Saturday in July at North Bend’s Tollgate Farm Park. Learn more at snovalleyrelay.org.
Theater in the Park: Si View Park in North Bend hosts a free live theater production, Sunday, July 23, for all ages. Learn more at www.siviewpark.org.
August Bike Rodeo: Snoqualmie Police host the annual bike safety rodeo, along with National Night Out Against Crime, Aug. 1 at the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA in Snoqualmie. Learn more at www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us/ Departments/Police.aspx. Festival at Mount Si: The Festival, the second weekend of August, is a three-day festival with parade down North Bend Way, plus live music, performances, contests and games -- the wife-carrying competition is a must-see -- at Si View Park. For more information and a full list of the events, visit www.festivalatmtsi.org. Snoqualmie Railroad Days: It’s an old fashioned community festival the third weekend in August, with pancakes a parade, music, artists at work, living history and children’s activities throughout historic downtown Snoqualmie, plus a classic car show Sunday. For full details, visit www. railroaddays.com. Boeing Classic: Top pro golfers on the PGA Champions Tour compete for a $2 million purse at The Club at the Snoqualmie Ridge., the third full week in August. Get tickets at www.boeingclassic.com. Gigantic Bicycle Festival: Meadowbrook Farm Park hosts a three-day music festival sponsored by The Levee Breaking. Learn more at giganticbicyclefestival.org.
Downtown Block Party: North Bend’s Block Party features two stages of live music, and activities Saturday on North Bend Way, plus a Sunday classic car show, each year in mid-July.
Twin Peaks Festival: The original “Twin Peaks” and part of the long-awaited third season were filmed in the Valley, so the annual Twin Peaks Festival returns to various locations in North Bend, Snoqualmie and Fall City each year. Visit www.twinpeaksfest.com.
Battle of Snoqualmie: The Washington Civil War Association presents re-enactments of a battle of the Civil War, Sept. 16 and 17 at Meadowbrook Farm. Living history is on display. Learn more at http://battleofsnoqualmie.com.
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with a community gathering in Gazebo Park, thousands of lights, music, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a visit from Santa.
North Bend Blues Walk: Downtown North Bend venues host blues legends and local talent in a pedestrian festival, stretching along North Bend Way, the third weekend of September. Visit www. northbendblueswalk.com.
Santa Train: Ride the train with Santa, starting Thanksgiving weekend at the Snoqualmie and North Bend train depots. Learn more at www.trainmuseum.org.
Snoqualmie Valley Block Party: Snoqualmie Ridge hosts a block party for the whole Snoqualmie Valley, with bands, kids games and demos, mid-month, on Center Boulevard on Snoqualmie Ridge.
October Harvest Festival: Si View Community Center in North Bend is home to the full spectrum of Halloween celebrations, from the silly—pick a floating pumpkin from the Si View patch — to the downright scary haunted house. There’s also a carnival going on, Oct. 21. Learn more at www.siviewpark.org. Half Marathon: Run Snoqualmie presents a half-marathon and 10K run in Fall City, the first Saturday. Visit www.runsnoqualmie.com. Night on a Dark Trail: This spooky, haunted trail is bigger than a haunted house, covering a stretch of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail with creepy scenes and performances by local volunteers The show runs for 1-2 weekends in October, and starts behind Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. Visit www.nightonadarktrail. weebly.com for tickets and information. Mountain Film Series: Starting in early October, the North Bend Theatre in downtown North Bend, runs its outdoor adventure series, the Mountain Film Festival, ending in December with the screening of the world-renowned Banff Film Festival. Visit northbendtheatre.com for the schedule.
November Holiday Festival: Snoqualmie celebrates the holidays the weekend following Thanksgiving
December Tree Lightings: Community celebrations are in Fall City and North Bend, the first weekend of December. Fall City’s festivities include a holiday market at Chief Kanim Middle School, tree lighting, Santa, and bonfire in the Arts Park. In North Bend, light the tree with live entertainment and Santa at Mt. Si Senior Center. Holiday Bazaar: Buy holiday gifts and enjoy a full day of entertainment by local young talent at Si View Community Center.
April Train rides: Northwest Railway Museum starts its season of weekend train rides on the first Saturday in April and run every weekend through October. North Bend Jazz Walk: 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 fourth Saturday each April. Visit www.northbendjazzwalk.com.
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. Fun Run: Cinco de Mayo Half-marathon and 8K fun runs are the first Saturday in May. Learn more at www.runsnoqualmie.com.
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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. 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: From the North Bend Tourist Information Center, head west to S.R. 202, on the way to Snoqualmie. After crossing the South Fork of
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: Two bull elk face off on a foggy morning in 2016 on Meadowbrook Farm, in this photo by Danny Raphael. Above: Traffic backs up on S.R. 203 when elk cross the highway. Cars are the worst predator elk face in the area; roughly 50 animals each year are killed after being hit by cars.
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 to have a look.
• 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 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). Take the kids to meet the animals at Baxter Barn (www.baxterbarn.org). If you just want a leisurely float down the Snoqualmie River, put in at the Plum Boat Launch, take out when you reach downtown, or just go to Fall City Floating (www. fallcityfloating.com) and let them get you there. 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
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.
Fall City Duck Derby 2016 - Valley Record Staff Photo
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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 â€œa good walk spoiledâ€? 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 plus a nine hole pitchand-putt course. Players are all ages on this classic woodland golf course, featuring views of Mount Si in every part of the course. Valley Record readers named it the Best Golf Course in 2017.
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. Learn more about the golf course at www.clubatsnoqualmieridge.com.
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Live theater lives in the Valley The Snoqualmie Valley is home to live theater all year long, with North Bend’s Valley Center Stage and Fall City’s Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater.
Valley Center Stage Valley Center Stage is an all-volunteer run community theater producing live theater in North Bend for about 14 years. The organization aims to build community through the arts and strives to be welcoming to new actors, volunteers and audience members alike. Producing an eclectic selection of plays from contemporary to classic, original works to familiar titles, the theater company seeks to engage the audience in shows
that entertain, and make people laugh, think and feel. Recent productions include “The Lion in Winter,” an outdoor kids production, and “An Evening of One Acts.” Valley Center Stage is located in a cozy, handicappedaccessible space at 119 North Bend Way, North Bend (on the second floor of the Mason Lodge). Visit www.valleycenterstage.org for 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
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Local actors hold a dramatic pause in Valley Center Stage’s 2017 production of “An Evening of One Acts.”
Falls within a five minute walk of the parking area. The land provides the setting 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 www.foresttheater.org.
See the stars in Snoqualmie
Kool and the Gang play the Snoqualmie Casino on July 14.
Nestled in a spectacular Northwest setting, the Snoqualmie Casino combines breathtaking views in a sophisticated gaming setting with 55 classic table games,
slot machines and a five-table poker room. The casino also plays host to some of the biggest names in music and comedy, with a much-anticipated sum-
mer concert schedule at its breathtaking Mountain View Plaza. See a partial schedule, right. For the full schedule and tickets, visit the website, www.snocasino.com.
June 4 Snoqualmie’s Got Talent June 11 Brilliant Summer June 30 The Commodores July 9 Happy Together 2017 July 14 Kool and the Gang July 15 Vodka Rocks July 28 Smash Mouth & Spin Doctors August 5 The B-52s August 18 Skid Row and Vixen August 27 Air Supply
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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, loAbove: A resident lounges with her pups at Snoqualmie’s Centennial Field Park, where leashed dogs are cated in the Three Forks Natural Area welcome. Below: A family plays fetch with their ball-crazy puppy in the Carnation dog park. in Snoqualmie, is both owner- and dog-friendly. There are eight acres of open space for dogs, picnic tables for visitors, water, and access to the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. Clean-up bags are available.
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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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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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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 (www.remlingerfarms.com), famed for its pies and family activity center and the Carnation Farm, “Home of 6 Contented Cows” decades ago, and community events 5 today (www.carnationfarms.org). Carnation also features one of the jewels in the King County Parks system, Tolt-MacDonald Park, with tent 7 and RV camping close to town, plus more exotic yurts 2 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 Ave 8. Carnation Library, 4804 Tolt Ave
Farmers Market. Browse the shops for everything from new tools and wools 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.
Carnation Farmer Market - 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; classes are open to the public. A regular village weekend means demonstrations and events, including medieval blacksmithing, textile production, spinning and shops such as 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 Sunday by reservation. The menu features
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Young visitors try their hand at the ancient techniques of pressing apples at Camlann. such dishes as Fenberry Pye and Sanc Dragon. Diners are entertained by singing minstrels. Festivals and feasts are held throughout year, with knightly combat, archery, and puppetry.
The villagers emphasize the educational value of a visit to Camlann, which is run by a non-profit educational group. Find out more about village life and the 2017 schedule at www.camlann.org.
Visit history in North Bend 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. The museum is located at 320 Bendigo Blvd. S. in North Bend and is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday, April through October and Monday through Tuesday, November through March. Call (425) 888-3200 or visit www.snoqualmievalleymuseum.org for more information. The museum has a rich collection of photographs, stories, and pioneer artifacts. View items from a turn-of-the century kitchen, see tools and toys used by people living in that era. An additional exhibit also looks at artifacts and history of the Snoqualmie Tribe.
The Museum Farm Shed provides a window display of the history of agriculture in the area. The oldest operating museum in King County, the museum grew out of the 1939 commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Washington statehood. North Bend grade school teacher Ada Snyder Hill gathered a collection of pioneer artifacts, setting up a display at school. Hill’s display was so popular with local residents that it became permanent. Hill later wrote a book “A History of the Snoqualmie Valley,” which the museum publishes. The book was re-released in 2016. The museum has been run for the last 75 years by volunteers and funded through donations. Membership is $25.
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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,
1) Baxter Barn 31929 SE 44th St, Fall City, WA 425-765-7883 2) Legacy Ranch 31925 SE 40th St., Fall City WA (425) 222-3533
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5) Full Circle Farm 31904 NE 8th St Carnation, WA 425-333-4677 6) Remlinger Farms 32610 NE 32nd St Carnation, WA 425-333-4135
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
4) First Light Farm 8617 Ames LakeCarnation Rd NE, Carnation, WA 206-719-8602
8) Oxbow Farm 10819 Carnation Duvall Rd Carnation, WA 425-788-1134
chickens, bunnies and a pig. Tour the 2.5-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 15 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 sits between 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. The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge is the official “Home of the Boeing Classic,” the annual PGA Champions Tour. The city 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 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 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 PGA Champions Tour, makes a stop at the Club at Snoqualmie Ridge.
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.
Snoqualmie Fireworks show 2016 - Valley Record File Photo
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“Imagine seeing beneath the façade of things. From the news to our relationships, there is something greater at work around us all the time” - Pastor Monty First-time Customers Only
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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, fresh soups, “grab-and-go” items, and of course fudge, caramel corn, taffy, 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 a winner of the Valley’s vote for Best Burger for 14 straight years. (425) 888-2301 • 234 E North Bend Way, North Bend
Valley Record File Photos
Top: Kia and Lyle Geels, owners of the Raging River Cafe in Fall City pride themselves on having live, danceable music most nights of the week. Right: An aerial view of the sign for Brickyard Brewing., taken at last year’s Block Party.
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. (425) 888-6621 • 8150 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie
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.
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.
(425) 222-4800 • 249 Main Ave S, North Bend
Snoqualmie Brewery & Taproom
(425) 434-9587 • 8030 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie
The Snoqualmie Brewery proudly serves its products at the Taproom, alongside sandwiches, salads, pizza and pastas. Weekly trivia and live music on the weekends.
The Woodman Lodge
(425) 888-4441 • 38601 SE King St, Snoqualmie
(425) 831-2357 • 8032 Falls Ave SE, Snoqualmie
Brickyard Brewing is North Bend’s first brewpub. In addition to their own brews they offer wine, well drinks, burgers, sandwiches and salads, plus a kids’ menu.
The Woodman Lodge Restaurant and bar, located in downtown Snoqualmie, features steaks and pasta in a historic old lodge, circa 1890.
(425) 483-2337 • 101 W North Bend Way, North Bend
Copperstone Family Spaghetti Restaurant is designed to be affordable and welcoming to families.
Little Si Restaurant & Lounge
Best known for its gourmet pizza and pasta, the Little Si has expanded its menu to include sandwiches,homemade burgers and salads.
(425) 888-5501 • 456 SW Mt. Si Blvd, North Bend
(425) 888-2207 • 8072 Railroad Ave, Snoqualmie
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. (425) 292-9362 • 320 SW Mt. Si Blvd, North Bend
Pete’s Club Grill and Pub 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) 333-4300 • 4640 Tolt Ave, Carnation
Finaghty’s Irish Pub 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 bubbling up of new brewpubs from the longstanding Snoqualmie Falls Brewpub to one on Snoqualmie Ridge and another in North Bend. Take a look at what the Valley is serving up in local, adult beverages.
Beer The Snoqualmie Valley is home to a growing number of breweries, but it all started with the Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company (fallsbrew.com) in downtown Snoqualmie. Also on the scene in the past few years are No Boat Brewing Company (noboatbrewing.com) on Snoqualmie Ridge and Brickyard Brewing (brickyardbrewing.com) in downtown North Bend. There’s also a growler-filling station, appropriately named The Growler Station (growler-station.com/northbend) in North Bend.
Top: Piccola Cellars in North Bend packed people in for the Blues Walk. Above: Vicky Curnutt, pours a glass of an old world red at Sigillo Cellars tasting room in Snoqualmie. Left: North Bend’s Growler Station owner Craig Shertz. Bottom: Jaime Casady pours a draft at the Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company, Snoqualmie.
All the breweries are family friendly and you can find more than beer at each location. Sno Falls and Brickyard each serve traditional brewpub fare from their in-house kitchens, and No Boat features a rotating schedule of food trucks. Snoqualmie Falls Brewery • (425) 831-2357 • 8032 Falls Ave SE, Snoqualmie Brickyard Brewing • (425) 483-2337 • 101 W North Bend Way, North Bend No Boat Brew Company • (425) 292-0702 • 35214 SE Center St #2, Snoqualmie The Growler Station • (425) 292-0008 • 458 SW Mt. Si Blvd, North Bend
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 (sigillocellars. com) on Railroad Avenue, Snoqualmie, serves award-winning wines made just a few blocks away. Piccola Cellars (piccolawine.com), located in the old North Bend Fire Station on West 2nd Street, North Bend, hosts live music from JazzClubsNW most nights. Wildflower Wine Shop in North Bend (wildflowerwineshop.com) specializes in Washington wines, with a particular love for those from the Valley. Sigillo Cellars • (425) 292-0754 • 8086 Railroad Ave, Snoqualmie Piccola Cellars • (425) 486-9463 • 112 W Second St, North Bend Wildflower Wine Shop • (425) 292-0647 • 228 W North Bend Way, North Bend
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Find yourself in the real ‘Twin Peaks’ Twin Peaks is a strange and magical place that lives in the hearts and minds of fans across the world, but you have to believe in Twin Peaks to find it on the map. The fictional town in the cult television show is a blend of many places in the Snoqualmie Valley, and the greater Seattle area, where the original series was shot. Yet each Valley town lays claim to its own spot in the Twin Peaks geography. While Snoqualmie has the iconic Great Northern Hotel (Salish Lodge & Spa), the former site of the Twin Peaks sign and the Twin Peaks Sheriff ’s Department (DirtFish Rally School), North Bend is home to the revered Double R Diner (Twede’s Cafe, 137 W North Bend Way, North Bend) still famous for its cherry pie and coffee. To find The Roadhouse, just go to the Fall City Roadhouse (4200 Preston Fall City Rd, Fall City), a few miles down S.R. 202 from the Great Northern. Wherever you are in Twin Peaks, enjoy your stay.
Map courtesy of the Salish Lodge & Spa
Guests at Snoqualmie’s Salish Lodge & Spa can take a self-guided tour of many “Twin Peaks” locations with this map, provided by the hotel.
Double R Diner, Twin Peaks, 2014 - Valley Record File Photo
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