Jennifer’s guidebook

Jennifer

Jennifer’s guidebook

Outdoor rec
Duthie Hil Park is like Disneyland for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. You just need a bike and a helmet. REI in Issaquah rents bikes.
Duthie Hill Park - southwest parking lot
26100-26156 SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd
Duthie Hil Park is like Disneyland for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. You just need a bike and a helmet. REI in Issaquah rents bikes.
Soaring Eagle Park is where local mountain bikers and equestrians go to trail ride and avoid the crowds. Miles of trails through forested wetlands. Gets muddy in rainy seasons.
Soaring Eagle Trail Head
Soaring Eagle Park is where local mountain bikers and equestrians go to trail ride and avoid the crowds. Miles of trails through forested wetlands. Gets muddy in rainy seasons.
Poo Poo is a really great trail almost straight up Tiger Mountain for amazing views of the Issaquah Valley, Mt Rainer, and Cascade Foothills. When you get to huge view point about 10 min further is the take off place for paragliders. Super fun to watch! Moderate strenuousness. Dogs on leashes okay.
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Poo Poo Point Trailhead
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Poo Poo is a really great trail almost straight up Tiger Mountain for amazing views of the Issaquah Valley, Mt Rainer, and Cascade Foothills. When you get to huge view point about 10 min further is the take off place for paragliders. Super fun to watch! Moderate strenuousness. Dogs on leashes okay.
Wonderful 6 mile climb from Issaquah-Fall City Road across from Duthie Hill Park west parking lot. Great for riding (horses or bikes) or hiking. At the top, walk down to Issaquah Highlands neighborhood and have dinner before taking an Uber back to the car. If you don’t have time or energy for the whole hike, it is worth it to hike in a little ways (Mike-o Bridge) and turn around. Dogs on leash welcome. To get there park at duties hill west parking lot, walk on trail next to road away from parking lot entrance on south side (still Issaquah fall city road). Cross road to access trailhead. It is a 10 min walk to trailhead from parking lot. Look out for bikes!
Grand Ridge Park
26727 SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd
Wonderful 6 mile climb from Issaquah-Fall City Road across from Duthie Hill Park west parking lot. Great for riding (horses or bikes) or hiking. At the top, walk down to Issaquah Highlands neighborhood and have dinner before taking an Uber back to the car. If you don’t have time or energy for the whole hike, it is worth it to hike in a little ways (Mike-o Bridge) and turn around. Dogs on leash welcome. To get there park at duties hill west parking lot, walk on trail next to road away from parking lot entrance on south side (still Issaquah fall city road). Cross road to access trailhead. It is a 10 min walk to trailhead from parking lot. Look out for bikes!
Great hiking trails and interpretive visitor center. Learn where Seattle’s water comes from. This is also the parking place to leave your second car if doing the awesome 40 mile gentle slope backcountry downward bike ride starting from Hyak, through the mile long pitch black former train tunnel (bring headlights and jackets), down the John Wayne Trail. Amazing full day adventure.
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Rattlesnake Ridge Trail
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Great hiking trails and interpretive visitor center. Learn where Seattle’s water comes from. This is also the parking place to leave your second car if doing the awesome 40 mile gentle slope backcountry downward bike ride starting from Hyak, through the mile long pitch black former train tunnel (bring headlights and jackets), down the John Wayne Trail. Amazing full day adventure.
Absolutely our favorite family hike. Dogs on leashes okay. Need Forest Pass for parking.
Denny Creek Trail
Absolutely our favorite family hike. Dogs on leashes okay. Need Forest Pass for parking.
Rent a kayak or canoe from the dock on Lake Washington at the REI Boathouse and paddle your way into a maze of channels hidden inside the city of Bellevue. See turtles and otters, herons and ospreys.
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Mercer Slough Nature Park
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Rent a kayak or canoe from the dock on Lake Washington at the REI Boathouse and paddle your way into a maze of channels hidden inside the city of Bellevue. See turtles and otters, herons and ospreys.
A bit of a climb but my goodness, what a view. A great hike. For a little more challenge, check out Mt Si trail. Annual Discover Pass required (can purchase at Fred Meyer). Dogs on leash okay.
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Little Si Trailhead
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A bit of a climb but my goodness, what a view. A great hike. For a little more challenge, check out Mt Si trail. Annual Discover Pass required (can purchase at Fred Meyer). Dogs on leash okay.
REI is Seattle's own recreation equipment co-op. You can get all of your outdoor gear here. The Issaquah store offers rentals for hiking, camping, snowshoeing and skiing. They also have awesome classes.
REI
735 Northwest Gilman Boulevard
REI is Seattle's own recreation equipment co-op. You can get all of your outdoor gear here. The Issaquah store offers rentals for hiking, camping, snowshoeing and skiing. They also have awesome classes.
This is the REI flagship store in Seattle. Plenty of parking and lots to do inside, including play area for kids and climbing wall.
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REI
222 Yale Avenue North
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This is the REI flagship store in Seattle. Plenty of parking and lots to do inside, including play area for kids and climbing wall.
Great for groups and team events. Check out their website and make a reservation with plenty of time to spare.
YMCA Odyssey Challenge Ropes Course
18831 Northeast Woodinville Duvall Road
Great for groups and team events. Check out their website and make a reservation with plenty of time to spare.
Great shopping
Local Art Food trucks Produce
Wonderful large farmers market open Saturdays 9am-2pm April-sept. Plan on eating fresh tamales, bbq, Indian, crepes, juices, etc. flowers, local artists, fruits, veggies, meats, and breads. In historic Pickering Barn.
Issaquah Farmers Market
1730 10th Ave NW
Wonderful large farmers market open Saturdays 9am-2pm April-sept. Plan on eating fresh tamales, bbq, Indian, crepes, juices, etc. flowers, local artists, fruits, veggies, meats, and breads. In historic Pickering Barn.
Shopping center with grocery, vet, chiropractor, bank, restaurants and cleaners.
Klahanie
Shopping center with grocery, vet, chiropractor, bank, restaurants and cleaners.
Wonderful local and organic market. Cooking classes are really fun here.
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PCC Community Markets - Issaquah
1810 12th Avenue Northwest
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Wonderful local and organic market. Cooking classes are really fun here.
Historic farmhouses were moved here to create a boutique shopping as I90 freeway was being built in the 1960s. Board walks connect little shops. Be sure to check out Whitehorse Toys. Really fun place to Christmas and special birthday present shop.
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Gilman Village
317 Northwest Gilman Boulevard
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Historic farmhouses were moved here to create a boutique shopping as I90 freeway was being built in the 1960s. Board walks connect little shops. Be sure to check out Whitehorse Toys. Really fun place to Christmas and special birthday present shop.
Wanna ship brand names for cheap? In the shadow of Mt Si (another great hike), just down the road from the famous cherry pie place of Twin Peaks fame, you can find great deals this outlet store mall. We recommend you make a day of it and visit the train museum in downtown Snoqualmie, and stop for a short hike to Snoqualmie Falls at the Salish Lodge. Retro dinner at Sahra pizza and Bowling, fine dinning at Salish Lodge, or amazing hometown food at Roadhouse in Fall City are all good dinner options.
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North Bend Premium Outlets
461 South Fork Avenue Southwest
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Wanna ship brand names for cheap? In the shadow of Mt Si (another great hike), just down the road from the famous cherry pie place of Twin Peaks fame, you can find great deals this outlet store mall. We recommend you make a day of it and visit the train museum in downtown Snoqualmie, and stop for a short hike to Snoqualmie Falls at the Salish Lodge. Retro dinner at Sahra pizza and Bowling, fine dinning at Salish Lodge, or amazing hometown food at Roadhouse in Fall City are all good dinner options.
Dog adventures
Wonderful laid back park with trails, dog park and swimming access for humans and dogs. Easy bike ride from the house.
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Beaver Lake Park
2600 244th Avenue Southeast
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Wonderful laid back park with trails, dog park and swimming access for humans and dogs. Easy bike ride from the house.
Best dog park ever! Huge! Recommended for all dog lovers.
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Marymoor Off-Leash Dog Park
6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE
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Best dog park ever! Huge! Recommended for all dog lovers.
Wonderful off-leash park in the historic town of Snoqualmie. If you walk through the gate on the opposite end, you can connect to the Snoqualmie Valley trail. Cross the trail, directly opposite the dog park gate, and that will get you into a managed forest land. Follow the trails down to the river. Be careful - the Snoqualmie River is fast and cold and can easily take a strong swimmer or dog's life.
Three Forks Off-Leash Dog Park
Wonderful off-leash park in the historic town of Snoqualmie. If you walk through the gate on the opposite end, you can connect to the Snoqualmie Valley trail. Cross the trail, directly opposite the dog park gate, and that will get you into a managed forest land. Follow the trails down to the river. Be careful - the Snoqualmie River is fast and cold and can easily take a strong swimmer or dog's life.
Great for kids
Online paddleboard and kayak reservations. Wonderful beach with swimming and sandcastle building areas, trails and terrific playground. You can pick up a Discover Pass for State Park Entrance for 1 Year for $30 at Fred Meyer or any local sporting goods store or pay $5 cash entrance fee. Highly recommend for families with children.
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Lake Sammamish State Park
2000 Northwest Sammamish Road
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Online paddleboard and kayak reservations. Wonderful beach with swimming and sandcastle building areas, trails and terrific playground. You can pick up a Discover Pass for State Park Entrance for 1 Year for $30 at Fred Meyer or any local sporting goods store or pay $5 cash entrance fee. Highly recommend for families with children.
Great local swimming park. Wonderful playgrounds. Great for kids.
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Pine Lake Park
2401 228th Avenue Southeast
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Great local swimming park. Wonderful playgrounds. Great for kids.
Super fun for younger kids. Pet farm animals, train ride, u-pick.
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Remlinger Farms
32610 Northeast 32nd Street
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Super fun for younger kids. Pet farm animals, train ride, u-pick.
Great park for kids, couples and dogs. Water access, stunning walks, super fun playground and dog park.
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Luther Burbank Park
2040 84th Avenue Southeast
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Great park for kids, couples and dogs. Water access, stunning walks, super fun playground and dog park.
Climb on trains! Visit the museum and try on a conductor hat. Across the street is a great sweet shop. Check website - they often offer short trainrides for kids (and adults!) up to North Bend and back. Sometimes Santa rides this train. Sometimes Thomas runs this track.
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Northwest Railway Museum
38625 Southeast King Street
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Climb on trains! Visit the museum and try on a conductor hat. Across the street is a great sweet shop. Check website - they often offer short trainrides for kids (and adults!) up to North Bend and back. Sometimes Santa rides this train. Sometimes Thomas runs this track.
Seattle Center is a great place to explore with kids. The Pacific Science center and butterfly garden is there. But by far the best, on a hot day, is to dance and play in the huge fountain. Water is cold! Bring towels and a change of clothes.
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International Fountain
305 Harrison St
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Seattle Center is a great place to explore with kids. The Pacific Science center and butterfly garden is there. But by far the best, on a hot day, is to dance and play in the huge fountain. Water is cold! Bring towels and a change of clothes.
Favorite Theatres
Issaquah is known for theatre and this theatre is the center of it all. Not too expensive and lots of fun. Our favorite date night is the theatre the 42 Cantina across the street for a late dinner.
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Village Theatre
303 Front Street North
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Issaquah is known for theatre and this theatre is the center of it all. Not too expensive and lots of fun. Our favorite date night is the theatre the 42 Cantina across the street for a late dinner.
Super fun playhouse with great productions for kids. In nice shopping and restaurant area.
SecondStory Repertory
16587 NE 74th St
Super fun playhouse with great productions for kids. In nice shopping and restaurant area.
Multiple theaters and first class productions that will delight even the youngest audience members. Baby rooms for impatient babes in arms.
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Seattle Children's Theatre
201 Thomas Street
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Multiple theaters and first class productions that will delight even the youngest audience members. Baby rooms for impatient babes in arms.
Full on production theatre. If you love musicals, you are in for a treat.
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The 5th Avenue Theatre
1308 5th Avenue
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Full on production theatre. If you love musicals, you are in for a treat.
The wonderful venue always has great shows and concerts. plan for dinner and a walk in downtown Kirkland where the sunset over Lake Washington should not be missed.
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Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Avenue
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The wonderful venue always has great shows and concerts. plan for dinner and a walk in downtown Kirkland where the sunset over Lake Washington should not be missed.
Food scene
For a very special and unusual meal, we recommend Max’s. The owner is Indian married to a Brasilian. We do not recommend breakfast here but dinner is sure to be special. Reservations recommended as this place is really small.
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Max's World Cafe
212 Front St N
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For a very special and unusual meal, we recommend Max’s. The owner is Indian married to a Brasilian. We do not recommend breakfast here but dinner is sure to be special. Reservations recommended as this place is really small.
Locally-sourced fast food. It is quick, and easy to grab for a picnic in nearby Lake Sammamish state park.
Taco Time NW
5611 221st Place Southeast
Locally-sourced fast food. It is quick, and easy to grab for a picnic in nearby Lake Sammamish state park.
Good for breakfast but sometimes a wait.
12th Avenue Cafe
775 Northwest Gilman Boulevard
Good for breakfast but sometimes a wait.
Our favorite local Thai food, with Noodle Boat a close second. They do takeout
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Similan Thai Cuisine
5704 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
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Our favorite local Thai food, with Noodle Boat a close second. They do takeout
Our favorite authentic Mexican food. Homemade everything.
Taqueria El Rinconsito of Bellevue
2255 140th Avenue Northeast
Our favorite authentic Mexican food. Homemade everything.
Open late, lots of variety of salsas. Very good food. Must be 21 or older.
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El 42 Cantina
38 Front St N
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Open late, lots of variety of salsas. Very good food. Must be 21 or older.
Wonderful Italian restaurant run by a local family. Perfect for Romantic dinners.
Nicolino Ristorante Italiano
317 NW Gilman Blvd
Wonderful Italian restaurant run by a local family. Perfect for Romantic dinners.
Our favorite Lebanese fusion restaurant. Great for groups and romantic dinners. Save room for Frankie’s and Joes ice cream a short walk away.
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Mamnoon
1508 Melrose Avenue
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Our favorite Lebanese fusion restaurant. Great for groups and romantic dinners. Save room for Frankie’s and Joes ice cream a short walk away.
Absolutely the best Ethiopian food in the area - worth the 40 min drive. You can call ahead and get made to order gluten-free injera.
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Enat Ethiopian Restaurant
11546 15th Avenue Northeast
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Absolutely the best Ethiopian food in the area - worth the 40 min drive. You can call ahead and get made to order gluten-free injera.
Dairy free and sugar free ice cream. It’s made with cashew milk and dates. Try the Jamocia Almond Fudge.
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Frankie & Jo's Capitol Hill
1010 E Union St
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Dairy free and sugar free ice cream. It’s made with cashew milk and dates. Try the Jamocia Almond Fudge.
A culinary vegetarian experience. Expensive but unique and beautifully plated. Great stop after visiting the Seattle Arboretum.
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Cafe Flora
2901 East Madison Street
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A culinary vegetarian experience. Expensive but unique and beautifully plated. Great stop after visiting the Seattle Arboretum.
Our absolute favorite vegetarian restaurant for any meal. Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner will not disappoint. Be sure to try baked goods.
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Sunlight Cafe
6404 9th Ave NE
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Our absolute favorite vegetarian restaurant for any meal. Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner will not disappoint. Be sure to try baked goods.
Looking for a special breakfast? Athur’s is a special place with unusually complex breakfast foods.
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Arthur's Breakfast to Bar
2311 California Ave SW
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Looking for a special breakfast? Athur’s is a special place with unusually complex breakfast foods.
Great local restaurant. Try the variations of mac-n-cheese.
The Roadhouse Inn
Great local restaurant. Try the variations of mac-n-cheese.
Be sure to make reservations and come hungry. This is a traditional Indian thali restaurant with many courses. They will make gluten free chapatis out of buckwheat if you ask.
Rajdhani Thali Restaurant
670 NW Gilman Blvd
Be sure to make reservations and come hungry. This is a traditional Indian thali restaurant with many courses. They will make gluten free chapatis out of buckwheat if you ask.
Pakistani food at it's best. Call 1-2 hours ahead for takeout and check if they are back to doing indoor dining post covid.
Naan N Curry Issaquah
Pakistani food at it's best. Call 1-2 hours ahead for takeout and check if they are back to doing indoor dining post covid.
Yummy bakery for celebrations of all kinds.
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Yummy bakery for celebrations of all kinds.
Family favorite for Dim Sum.
Dough Zone Dumpling House
1580 NW Gilman Blvd
Family favorite for Dim Sum.
Spa and self-care
Excellent Chinese reflexology chair massage. $40 an hour + $10-20 tip (recommended). Tell Mandy Jennifer sent you.
Bliss Massage Spa
5712 East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast
Excellent Chinese reflexology chair massage. $40 an hour + $10-20 tip (recommended). Tell Mandy Jennifer sent you.
Excellent yoga studio. Several locations nearby. You can get a punch card.
Hot Yoga Experience
608 228th Avenue Northeast
Excellent yoga studio. Several locations nearby. You can get a punch card.
Great restaurant but even better spa.
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Salish Lodge & Spa
6501 Railroad Avenue
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Great restaurant but even better spa.