Seattle- The Emerald City in the Evergreen State of Washington
The Suburban Seattle Area is located in King County; a land of Puget Sound shores, lakes, valley lowlands, and forested Cascade Mountains.
You will find that we are each in different but distinct and unique areas with a close proximity to Seattle. Our bed and breakfasts surround Seattle like a chain beginning at the Kent valley to Maple Valley, and up to Mercer Island which is surrounded by Lake Washington with the I-90 bridge connecting it to Seattle or continuing the link northeast to include Bellevue, Redmond and Woodinville. Traveling from the eastside of Seattle, all bed and breakfast locations offer easy access to downtown Seattle via two bridges over Lake Washington.
Come visit, explore, savor and enjoy our beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Maple Valley has its roots in a rural lifestyle with many wonders of nature close at hand. Mount Rainier is in the very near distance. Lake Wilderness Park provides guests with canoeing, fishing, swimming, tennis and a very popular skateboard park near by. The area is rich with trails of maple, and conifers. You can hike or bike 16 miles along the Cedar River Trail on an old railroad right-of-way along side the scenic Cedar River.
Improved Highways SR18 and SR169 serve Maple Valley. Highway 18 Northeast takes you directly to I-90 and Snoqualmie Falls in just 20 minutes. Continuing East on I-90 you are “On the Slopes” of Snoqualmie Pass, where night skiing in the Seattle, King County area has been a tradition for over 50 years. When the snow melts you can even hike the famous Pacific Crest Trail.
Biking along the 16 miles of the Cedar River Trail
Mercer Island is surrounded by Lake Washington with the I-90 Bridge connecting it to Seattle or Bellevue just 10 minutes away. Mercer Island has over 475 acres of parklands and open space. There are 22 parks offering recreational opportunities from waterfront parks, with excellent swimming beaches, fishing piers, a public boat launch, and even horse trails. This connecting island maintained a quiet privacy by putting a “lid” over the freeway and thus acquiring a huge new park.
A new attraction is a playground in Mercerdale Park. A special area is dedicated to roller bladers or skaters. During the summer there are free open-air concerts in the park. We enjoy a number of family-style restaurants including pizza and pasta. This is indeed a very special place to live and visit.
|City of Redmond
Redmond is located on the north end of Sammamish Lake, 15 miles east of Seattle and offers visitors many opportunities for recreation, arts, entertainment, and health and fitness activities for everyone. Redmond has 21 developed parks, consisting of over 1000 acres and 17 miles of developed trails.
Marymoor Park in Redmond
Marymoor Park has some very impressive features including a climbing wall, a radio-controlled airplane field, the velodrome oval bike track, jogging paths and picnicking sites. Multi-purpose trails start in the park that connects to the Burk-Gilman Trail, the Puget Power Trail through Farrel McWhirter Park, the Interurban Trail and others. Bicycle races are held every Friday night from April through November. Redmond is known as the Bicycle Capital of the Northwest.
Woodinville, a great destination! Tourist-oriented with lots of activities and attractions to amuse and challenge you. Enjoy Hot Air Ballooning, spas, trails, and equestrian recreation. We are home to the Redhook Brewery, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and the Columbia Winery.
Our downtown Woodinville is pedestrian and bicycle friendly and offers many retail shopping, restaurants and business services. Visitors can’t resist the world famous Molbak’s Nursery and Greenhouse, and our seasonal Farmers Market. In July and August the place to be in downtown Woodinville is De Young Park- home to the lunchtime De Young Concert Series on Thursdays.
“Country living, city style” is Woodinville’s official slogan. It is noteworthy that Woodinville has more horses per capita than any other community in Washington State and is home to many fine stables and bridle trails. The Sammamish Valley Trail winds along the Sammamish Slough providing a scenic route from Redmond through Woodinville to Seattle Gas Works Park for walkers, bikers or equestrian riders.
Molbak’s Nursery and Greenhouse is visited by over a million people each year.
Centrally located in the valley, Kent is just 15-minutes from a variety of regional activities and amenities of the Puget Sound area. Sea-Tac International Airport is just “over the hill” and Seattle proper is just “up the road”. Kent is the place to stay and enjoy golfing at many area courses with the beauty of Mt. Rainier in the background. Kent’s Riverbend Golf Course is pictured here.
“Connection to fun!” Kent has an active arts community and is famous for it’s annual Cornucopia Days, Canterbury Faire and Fourth of July Splash events. Enjoy a diverse range of dining opportunities.Soos Creek Trail
This trail is a popular place for skateboarders, roller bladers, joggers, bicyclists, dog walkers, and nature enthusiasts. Soos Creek is a beautiful wetlands area providing a home to ducks, geese, frogs, minnows, cattails, willows, butterfly bushes, and skunk cabbages. The parks department sponsors walks in season such as “Owl Prowl” and “Migratory Tropical Birds”
Welcome to Bellevue, a major center for cultural and economic activity in the Puget Sound area’s Eastside communities The city of Bellevue is located about three miles east of Seattle and about ten miles west of the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Outdoor recreation is available, both in the city and at nearby lakes, mountains and parks.
Bellevue Square features over 200 of the nation’s finest stores and local boutiques and draws16 million visitors a year. It is considered to be the premier shopping destination in the Northwest, and one of the best shopping centers in the nation.
Meydenbauer Center hosts hundreds of events every year and certainly contributes to defining Bellevue as the cosmopolitan “hub” of East King County with first-class attractions, restaurants, museums, shopping, and parks