German Beers, Hot Pretzels and Singalongs Are on the Menu at Berliner Pub

Germans call beer “flussiges brot”— liquid bread. For them it’s a simple necessity, a pleasure that ranks with air, water, and good friends. That’s the attitude at the Berliner Pub in Renton. The monumental beer list would pass muster in Munich itself. From bocks and doppelbocks to lagers, Hefeweizens, and Pils, everything is authentically German: strong and surprising, born of centuries of tradition.

Naturally, there are hot soft pretzels with stone ground mustard and plenty of cheese, schnitzel, wurst, and potato salad on the menu. There are a few burgers, but not much American pub fare. With dark wood, friendly service, and a crowd that’s known to break into song, Berliner Pub is almost like a ticket across the Atlantic. Happy Hour is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., every day.

Berliner Pub
222 Main Avenue South
Renton, WA 98057
(206) 793-6437

Indulge in a Treat from Confetti Cupcakes

Indulge in a sweet treat from Confetti Cupcakes in downtown Issaquah. This little bakery turns out artfully decorated desserts that regulars tout as moist, flavorful, and appealing to the eye. Although around 15 flavors are offered, there are only a handful to choose from on any given day, so arrive early for the best selection. Regular flavors include chocolate chip cookie, German chocolate, red velvet, coconut, and raspberry.

Confetti Cupcakes is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Visit Confetti's website to learn more about this Issaquah bakery!

Confetti Cupcakes
4 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 369-2225

Nightmare at Beaver Lake

There's something disturbing in the woods of Sammamish.

Every year at the end of October a fearsome shadow falls over Beaver Lake Park. A group of demented, dedicated volunteers crawl out to assemble an event that will leave you screaming. Nightmare At Beaver Lake is the Seattle area’s largest indoor/outdoor haunted house.

Fear follows as you wind through a trail of terror nearly a mile long that leads you to a dreadful haunted house…

Click here for more information, dates & times & to purchase tickets.

Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming in America

Hey Gang,

This looked pretty interesting so I thought I'd pass it along. Thursday, November 6th from 6pm – 9pm there will be a screening of "Growing Cities" at Blakely Hall in Issaquah, WA. Looks like a really cool movie on sustainability and how things are trending back to the "grow it yourself" mentality of decades past.

Check it out!

Choose From Over 17,000 Toys at White Horse Toys

Forget the big box store for your next children’s gift purchase; instead, head to White Horse Toys in Issaquah for a toy they’ll enjoy for more than an hour. This independent toy shop specializes in unique and educational items for infants through big kids. The large selection boasts over 17,000 toys ranging from puzzles and science kits to dolls and toy cars.

The helpful staff will help you pick out the perfect gift for a difficult-to-shop-for youngster. Prices are reasonable, and there is always free gift-wrap. Explore the website to learn more about the brands carried here.

White Horse Toys
317 NW Gilman Boulevard
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 391-1498

Fall Fun!

Fall is upon us and honestly here at the office, it's our favorite season of all! Leaves are a changin', footballs getting into full swing and there is that certain crispness in the air you can only get here in the Pacific Northwest! Here is a compiled list of our favorite activities and must-do's!

Remlinger Farm – Just good old fashioned Fall fun for the whole family!
32610 N.E. 32nd ST
Carnation, WA 98014

Grizzly Ciderworks – Delicious adult beverages!
(425) 298-5760
Brewing Cider out of Woodinville, WA

Road Trip to Leavenworth, WA
Takes a couple hours or so, but with the leaves changing color and no snow in the pass, now is the time to get this day trip squared away!

Fox Hollow Family Farm – Another family friendly day trip right here in Issaquah! Lot's going on in October at Fox Hollow. Check out their webpage for more info!

Nightmare at Beaver Lake – The coolest haunted house around, located up on the Sammamish Plateau. You can buy your tickets now, but the haunted house doesn't open until October 17th! This one is a must see!

Bob's Corn- Family Friendly, or an after hour adventure without the munchkins! Bob's Corn Maze in Snohomish will not disappoint!
11907 Elliott Road
Snohomish, WA 98296

Sammamish Farmers Market

There are only a couple weeks left to go and enjoy the Sammamish Farmers market at the Sammamish Commons. The market will end for the year on October 1st and will re-open next spring. Go pick up some locally grown and harvested goodies before it's to late!

Issaquah State Salmon Hatchery: Learn about the Outdoors

When you need a free outdoor activity, head to the Issaquah State Salmon Hatchery. Proudly run by the nonprofit Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (F.I.S.H.), the hatchery preserves this iconic fish of the Northwest and its amazing journey.

Children and adults enjoy learning about the life of salmon from their trek from the sea upstream to spawn. The hatchery has several viewing points including a bridge spanning the creek, plus glass windows in the ladder and holding ponds that allow visitors to watch the fish’s journey upstream.

The best time to visit is in the fall, when the salmon are making their trip. Volunteers are on hand to answer questions and lead free tours during the season. If your children really enjoy learning about nature, consider signing them up for one of F.I.S.H.’s educational summer camps.

Issaquah State Salmon Hatchery
125 W. Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-1118

Like Tea? Check Out Experience Tea!

This week's highlight focuses on Experience Tea, a small shop in downtown Issaquah that provides classes and group events to those looking to gain knowledge on different types of teas and to explore the many tastes different teas have to offer! Join shop owner Roberta as she expands your knowledge and offers up tasty treats! This Saturday there will be a "Tea Discovery" class that starts at 10am. Be there or be square…

195 Front St. N Issaquah, WA

Paint Your Own Ceramics at Mudhouse Pottery Painting

Make a unique gift for a loved one at Mudhouse Pottery Painting in Issaquah. This paint-your-own pottery studio is a gem with affordable prices, a wide selection, and friendly staff.

Customers appreciate the variety of ceramics that range from simple mugs to large platters. There are plenty of colors, stencils, and brushes to get the look you want. Compared to other studios, Mudhouse tends to be a bit cheaper, making it ideal for children. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy pottery painting; adults can get in on the fun, too! If you want to improve your skills or learn ceramic painting techniques, consider taking one of the classes for adults and children.

Mudhouse Pottery Painting
317 Northwest Gilman Boulevard
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 677-7334