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

Redmond’s Micro-Mecca

Micro-Breweries have become one of the most iconic staples the Pacific Northwest has to offer. They have become so popular in fact that they are now popping up almost everywhere. I think it's important that we recognize and appreciate good craft beer, but I also think we should know our surroundings and understand our proximity to some of the best micro-breweries in the state of Washington, if not the United States.

My passion for good beer started the day I had my first sip of Mac & Jack's African Amber (I was at least 21). Its distinct bold taste sent a little shiver down my spine… I knew I wasn't in the Colorado Rockies anymore. Ever since, I have made it a mission to taste anything new, anything I've never heard of before on my quest to find the perfect beer. I've tasted many a beer in my day and yet I'd still consider myself a novice connoisseur. Just when you think you've tried it all, you stumble upon that new brewery that you'd never heard of and that shiver returns to your spine.

Through my many pints and added lb's I have discovered that some of the best beer in the United States is a 20 minute drive from us here at the Estates at Cougar Mountain. Redmond has proven to be the Mecca of my beer-ventures. I keep coming back to two micro-breweries: Mac & Jack's Brewery (right next to Marymoor Park) and Black Raven Brewing Co. (off Willows Road.). As I have been planning my wedding with my fiancée for next June, my one job is to take care of the beer and wine arrangements. Each of these breweries will have their best offerings (in my personal opinion) on tap at my wedding.

Mac & Jack's African Amber is where it all started for me. It is a Northwest Classic that helped establish the Pacific Northwest as a micro brewery powerhouse and led the way for many unfiltered, dry hopped Ambers to come. Feel free to check out Mac and Jack's website or go grab a growler or a keg from their brewery! (Their Two Ton IPA isn't bad either…)

17825 Northeast 65th St
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 558-9697

The second signature beer I will be selecting for the big day will be Black Raven Brewing Companies Trickster IPA. This is my personal favorite as far as beers go right now. At 6.9% Alcohol by Volume (or ABV,) this beer is just like your older brother. You love it to death, but sometimes it kicks your butt. It is one of the hoppiest beers I've had and I love hops! Feel free to pop in to the Black Raven Tap Room to try out everything they have on tap. They are open seven days a week and offer up pints, growlers and kegs at the taproom. Check out their website.

14679 NE 95th St
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 881-3020

Please taste responsibly,

~The Staff