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The Best Wine Finds in Belltown under $15

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One of the many pleasures of staying in a vacation rental is coming home after a long day of sight-seeing adventures and relaxing with your loved ones over a home-cooked meal with local ingredients or scrumptious take-out paired with a great glass of wine. Though Washington State is known for its many wine regions, it can be hard to know where to get an enjoyable bottle of wine in the city that won’t take a chunk out of your traveling budget. We’ve scoured Belltown and Pike Place to come up with a list of wines that are delectable, pair with many culinary possibilities and are budget-friendly.


Belltown Market: 2424 1st Avenue (Located on the ground floor of our Belltown Court property): This corner store has a small wine selection that features one of our favorite picks. Famega Vihno Verde ($9.99) a Portuguese wine is about as easy drinking as wine can be. It’s very crisp and a touch effervescent. It is quite refreshing on its own but pairs well with seafood and creamy pasta dishes like local favorite Beechers Handmade Macaroni and Cheese (at 1600 Pike Place.) http://www.beechershandmadecheese.com/


Newtown Market: 2801 Western Avenue #B (Located across the Street from our AVA property): This corner market has an extensive wine selection and is laid out nicely with detailed labels describing the wines and their suggested pairings. Though most of the wines tend to be a bit over-priced, we were pleasantly surprised to find a great hearty red for under ten bucks. Baron de Furies Garnacha & Syrah ($9.99) is a Spanish wine made from 100% Garnacha old vine grapes. Though not a Washington wine, what’s a vacation without trying something new? Its full body will stand up to heavier meat dishes like steak and lamb while its smooth berry-tinged bite is delicious on its own.


Pike and Western Wine Shop: 1934 Pike Place (Located four blocks from our Newmark Tower property and within walking distance to all our Belltown properties.): This wine store has been serving the Pike Place community since 1975. Originally started to be a champion of Pacific Northwest wines, it features a great selection curated from around the world. Though many of their local wines are priced above $15.00, they showcase a whole section of budget-friendly imports. Moulin de Ferrand from Bordeaux Savingnon Semillon is priced right at $8.99. It goes well with steamed mussels and lightly dressed fresh oysters. One local favorite is Idilico Albarino ($14.99) from the Yakima Valley. It’s citrus notes and clean finish pair well scallops, shrimp and light salads. For a few dollars more, you can enjoy a truly local standout. Bainbridge Vineyards Muller-Thurgau ($17.99) is another crisp white wine that will pair beautifully with a variety of shellfish and will compliment halibut and rockfish. http://pikeandwestern.com/


Pear Delicatessen and Shoppe: 1926 Pike Place (Located two doors down from Pike and Western Wine Shop, near our Newmark Tower property): Vandori Pinot Grigio is a refreshing, not overly citrus white wine that will pair well with almost everything from green salads to Pacific Northwest seafood. It’s priced divinely at $7.00 at this Pike Place adjacent deli. The shop also offers a good selection of bubby priced under $15.00. We sampled the Dibon Brut Cava and found it crisp and light and well worth it’s $11.00 price tag. You can also find a nice assortment of cheeses, chocolates and deli meats to accompany your vino. For a fuss-free lunch or dinner you can also purchase a variety of salads, sandwiches and their signature dishes. Shop early as the deli is only open until 6PM. http://www.pearatpikeplace.com/

Cost Plus World Market: 2103 Western Avenue (Located within walking distance of all our Belltown and Pike Place properties): The wine selection at this World Market location is extensive and features a variety of local as well as imported finds. They also have sales, member pricing and multiple wine purchase discounts. Charles Smith, the legendary Washington winemaker is a renegade known for his drinkable wines and daring labels. Kung Fu Riesling ($14.99) has a dry, crisp finish that makes it perfect on its own or a good pairing with creamy cheeses. Airfield Estates from Yakima Valley also feature some great labels. Bombshell Red ($15.99) is a compilation of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. It pairs well with cheesy lasagna and elevates grilled burgers. Its Kitschy label and smooth jam-like taste also make it a great vacation souvenir to bring to the folks back home. https://stores.worldmarket.com/wa/seattle/2103-western-avenue.html

Nightlife, Seattle style!

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Seattle’s Night Life Scene: Capitol Hill

Seattle has a eclectic night life culture that moves from club scene to jazz bars to gay clubs and just about everything in between.  We invite you to a few of our favorites on Capitol Hill. These are either walking distance or a short Lyft ride a way from ALL of our properties, so enjoy! 

Q Nightclub:

With more of a lounge vibe on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and a nightclub atmosphere on Fridays and Saturdays, Q Nightclub in Capitol Hill never disappoints.

Don’t let the unassuming exterior fool you, Q Nightclub has an absolutely beautiful interior. Q Nightclub was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the AIA award-winning architects behind such projects as the iconic Apple Cube on New York’s Fifth Avenue, Pixar Studios Headquarters, and Seattle City Hall, to name a few.

With local, national, and international acts booked 4 nights a week every night is different at Q. The last performer for their Haute Sauce series was acclaimed producer/DJ Metro Boomin’ who has produced Platinum selling hits for a long list of artists including Drake, Future, Kanye West, Big Sean, Post Malone, The Weeknd, and Future.

Sugar Hill:

Located in Capitol Hill, Sugar Hill combines Thai street food with a Hip Hop lounge atmosphere. Inspiration for the name Sugar Hill came from a song by rapper AZ and you’ll find musical influences everywhere. Menu items, interior decorations, and walls of vinyl records all paying tribute to hip hop. Co-owner Ahn Nguyen, who used to bartend at local favorite Momiji, occasionally makes guest appearances behind the bar serving up themed drinks like the Diddy Roc, Pusha T, and Teq Lime.


The Thai street food is just as good as the music and drinks at Sugar Hill. My personal favorite is the Moo Ping which is marinated pork sirloin skewers served with spicy tamarind sauce. With everything from Thai tea ice cream, to winter melon soup, fried chicken skin, fried tofu, and sticky rice, delicious food is all over the menu.

With a DJ spinning classic hip hop and R&B ever night of the week Sugar Hill is always a great choice for a fun night out.

Rockbox:

Located next to Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill, Rockbox is a Japanese-style karaoke bar with a full bar and a variety of snack options for food. Japanese style karaoke is a bit different than your standard American karaoke. Rather than a big open room with a small stage in one corner, damp binders with pages of songs and splashes of booze, and random strangers taking turns butchering your favorite songs, Japanese style karaoke is sung in karaoke box.


Rockbox has 11 private karaoke boxes of varying sizes and a party room for up to 35 people making it the perfect spot to work on your Bon Jovi vocals. On Tuesday to Sunday from 4 pm to 1 am a small plate menu from Cure is served. There isn’t anything that would be considered a full size meal, but crostini’s, soup, sandwiches, and charcuterie plates with baguette from Le Panier are all delicious snack options. The duck fat popcorn and sriracha chex are great items on the everyday snack menu as well.


The karaoke boxes are paid for with an hourly per person fee, and there is free karaoke in the bar area. Each karaoke has a screen for lyrics, and a digtal controller to queue up songs for you and your group. You can also use an app to browse the entire library of music and add songs to your list. Although you don’t need to book a karaoke box in advance, its best to call ahead of time and make a reservation as rooms can fill up fast on weekends.

The best karaoke is a perfect mix of alcohol and actual vocal talent. If you’re lacking in the vocal talent category Rockbox has some great drinks to boost your karaoke skills. The sake sangria is a nice light fusion of Japanese and Spanish drinks. If you are looking for something stronger try the salaryman, a mixed drink with midori, vodka, gin, rum, sour, and a splash of sprite.

Make it a Seahawk's Weekend in Seattle

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A Seahawks Game Makes an Excellent Excuse to Visit Seattle this Fall.

Looking to make a trip to a game this year?  Excellent division match-ups with the 49ers, Rams, and Cards beckon,  along with home games versus Andrew Luck and the Colts, as well as the Texans, Washington, and the Eagles. Football at the Clink is an experience unique in football, and should be on every fans bucket list.  What makes it great, if you are coming in from locally, or across the country, a football weekend in Seattle can be so much more than just football.

First Off, Let's Talk Football!

If your reading this, I assume your priority is the football game.  Great news!  All of our properties are walking distance or a short Lyft away from the stadium.  Parking around the Clink is jaw-dropping expensive, so this will easily save you $50 or more.  Public transportation is also an option.  SoundTransit will take your from Westlake Station or University Street station right to Centurylink.  In addition, just about any bus heading south on Third Avenue will get you close.  Just as the bus driver as you board to confirm.

You will NOT be able to buy tickets at the box office.  Seahawk games sold out in April,  Your best vbet for after-market tickets is  NFL Ticket Exchange. Plan to pay more than face value, I am sorry to say.

Once inside, there is plenty to do and eat.  Check out Touchdown City, right under the stadium on the southend.Itopens three hours before each home game and features contests, games, skill tests, a beer garden and the possibility of getting an autograph from a former player. Blue Thunder will play outside Touchdown City as "mood music" to get the crowd jazzed and ready to go!


Keep in mind that CenturyLink is the LOUDEST stadium in the NFL. Be ready to yell and it’s not a bad idea to bring earplugs. They actually sell them at some of the concession stands, if you forgot your own, or underestimated the noise. You can actually feel the sound in your chest!

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You Won't Go Hungry!

The food at Centurylink is amazing as well.  Check out Great State Burger, local and national fave Beecher's Mac and Cheese, Elysian Brewing, Pike Place Market's own Uli's Famous Sausage and more.  Besides the usual stadium fare of hot dogs and beer, there is a Northwest wine bar, craft brews, Taiwainese dumplings, barbeque, seafood and pizza.  

Before or After the Game.

Fall is a fantastic time to enjoy the Emerald City.  Crowds have died down, the weather is at the very least comfortable, and many times glorious with clear skies.  The Pike Place Market is a pleasure with vendors having more time to enjoy interaction with visitors.  

Earshot Jazz Festival runs October 8-November 12, which makes it easy to piggyback a game with some world-class jazz from local, national and international acts.

There is a great concert line-up this fall as well.  Leslie Odom Jr plays the Moore on September 17, which coinsides nicely with the 49ers game.

Good food is always a reason to enjoy your time in Seattle, and some new and fantastic choices are out there.  For carnvores, I highly recommend Flint Creek Cattle Co..  This is located in the Greenwood neighborhood of north Seattle, so a small trek of about 20 minutes or so from downtown Seattle, but SOOOO worth it.  Close to the stadium is a fantastic, modern take on Indian food that I recommend to everyone, Nirmal's.

Join us for one, or many, of the Seahawk home games this year.  We are off to a blistering start, with a perfect pre-seaon, and the team is looking sharp and hungry.  Locals are excited for the new season, and I think this will be one of those years that you'll want to say "I was there when..."

Woof! Here come the Dawgs!

 

Come Visit in the Purple Reign!

Last season had a bittersweet ending for the University of Washington football team. Coach Peterson guided the Huskies to their best season in almost 20 years, but it ended with a loss to Alabama in the new College Football Playoff Semi-final. Despite the 24-7 score against a very tough Alabama team, the game was actually much closer than a simple 17 point deficit. Alabama had another dominant year and lost the championship to Clemson on the last play of that game. The 2017-2018 Huskies are hungry and ready for a return to the College Football Playoffs to redeem themselves after last year’s loss.

There are a few questions for this Washington football team, and lots to be excited about. Last year the Husky defense was stingy and dominant. The Husky defense was the only team in college football to hold every opponent to less than 30 points in a game, while also leading the nation with 33 takeaways. The team lost 4 defensive players to the NFL draft, but a young aggressive secondary and tough linebacker group look to earn their self-proclaimed “Death Row” moniker.

This will be an exciting season for college football fans!

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Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria arrived together as members of the same freshman class. Upon their arrival they became fast friends, and have been roommates ever since. During their early days together they promised each other that they would leave Washington the same way they arrived, together. “We grind every day together,” Bierria says. “I go to sleep when he goes to sleep. We watch film together every day at home. We spend almost every second of the day together. When we get tired, I feel like we have the same mindset — keep hunting. And don’t back down.” In 2016 linebacker Azeem Victor looked to be an early NFL draft pick. Unfortunately Victor’s junior season was cut short after suffering a broken leg. With many of their defensive teammates heading to the NFL early Bierria and Victor honored their promise and will be back together for their senior season. Bierria and Victor combine to form one of the best linebacker duos in the nation and will be key in leading the defense this year.

See College Football in one of the best settings in the country!

Photo credit The Seattle Times

On the offensive side of the ball quarterback Jake Browning finished the final 3 games of the year with an undisclosed shoulder surgery which required surgery. Although he had a great year, he seemed a bit off during the USC game, and not as sharp as usual against Alabama. Leading wide receiver John Ross left for the NFL, but the offense is ready for another big season with a healthy Jake Browning and most of the offense returning. Running back Myles Gaskin is a fast, tough runner who helps keep the opposing defense honest. With Browning airing it out, and Gaskin pounding the ball on the ground, the Huskies should have another solid year offensively. Husky Stadium was recently rebuilt and the open end of the stadium has beautiful views of Lake Washington, Mt Rainier, and the Cascade Mountains. Husky Stadium has its own Light Rail station making it an easy commute for games. This season’s home schedule features games against Montana, Fresno State, Cal, UCLA, Oregon, and the 117th annual Apple Cup against instate rival Washington State.

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