So you’re moving to Shoreline, Washington? Congratulations! You’re going to love it here. To help you get settled in, we’re here to give you a little virtual tour of your new town and introduce you to all the best spots you’ll definitely be frequenting. From coffee and dining to shopping and weekend activities, this is your guide to living in Shoreline, WA. 

Shoreline Shopping

When settling into a new home, it’s important to know where to go to stock your pantry and pick up all the odds and ends to furnish your new place. The first place you’ll need to know about is Central Market, the top of the line when it comes to grocery stores in Shoreline, WA. Central Market has everything you need, from fresh and organic produce to a meat market and self-serve deli. The store also offers a hot bar with a variety of options, making it a favorite lunch spot for Shoreline residents. Venturing into Seattle a bit, Northgate Mall has a variety of stores sure to keep you entertained and help you find everything on your list: from Barnes & Noble and Bed, Bath & Beyond to Ulta Beauty and Nordstrom Rack, Northgate has you covered.

 

Shoreline Coffee & Food

Once you’ve finished your shopping trip, you’ll need to relax with a great cup of coffee. Lucky for you, there are quite a few coffee shops in Shoreline, WA, starting with Black Coffee Northwest. Reviewers describe their Black Coffee experience as “worth the wait” and “pleasantly satisfying.” Up next is Cafe Aroma, a Shoreline coffee shop with a drive thru, inside seating and even a children’s play area. Sunshine Espresso is another well-reviewed coffee shop in Shoreline, with customers saying they would gladly go out of their way to come back for another drink. When it comes to dining in Shoreline, WA, you have a variety of options to choose from. If you’re in the mood for pasta, Spiro’s is the place to go. For more of the comfort food route, there’s Scott’s Bar & Grill and Leena’s Cafe. If quality Italian cuisine is what you’re after, Saltoro is your go-to, and the Saffron Grill is your stop for Indian and Mediterranean dining. 


Shoreline Activities 

When it comes to fun things to do in Shoreline, WA, Richmond Beach is your new favorite hang out. The Saltwater Park is a great place to watch the sunset, enjoy a beautiful view and walk trails. Likewise, the Richmond Beach Community Park has playgrounds for your children to enjoy. Another fun weekend outing in Shoreline is the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, which features a four-acre public garden that’s home to over 2,000 species of plants and over 40 types of birds. If you’re in the mood for more walking, Boeing Creek Park offers two miles of trail, complete with an artificial lake. 


We hope this introductory list gives you a good place to start but there’s nothing like going out on your own and seeing everything this neighborhood has to offer. We hope you come to love Shoreline as much as we do! Subscribe to our blog or follow us on Facebook or Instagram for more features and tips on Shoreline living.

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Your Guide to Living in Shoreline, WA

From coffee and dining to shopping and weekend activities, this is your guide to living in Shoreline, WA.

With warm weather hanging around for a while longer, it’s not too late to find your favorite beach spot in your new Shoreline home. The Shoreline, Washington area has some of the best beaches around, and we’ve gathered a few of our favorites here to give you a head start on finding your go-to summer hangout.


Richmond Beach Park

With plenty of amenities to make your time by the water enjoyable, Richmond Beach Park is a must-visit. The park’s off-leash dog area is open seasonally between November 1 and March 15, with open water access and a playground available year-round. The beach has picnic areas available for reservation, in addition to public art for viewing and unpaved trails for exploration.


Marina Beach Park

On the outskirts of Shoreline, Marina Beach Park is a fun spot in Edmonds, WA. The park consists of one mile of shoreline, with nearly fifty park and open space sites and over two-hundred acres of room for recreational options. In close proximity to the bus stop, Marina Beach features a playground, picnic area, dog-friendly park, volleyball sand court and bbq stands. Whatever your waterfront plans, Marina Beach Park is the place to be.


Carkeek Park Beach

With stunning views of Whidbey Island, Kitsap Peninsula and the Olympic Mountains, Carkeek Park Beach lies only a short drive from downtown Seattle. Over 200 acres of park and beach combine to make this spot the go-to for any kind of outdoor adventure. The park also has the option of getting involved in education programs by way of volunteer teaching and outdoor work parties on the property.


Golden Gardens Park

Boasted as North Seattle’s premier beach experience, Golden Gardens Park is located over in Ballard and is some of the best sand you’ll find on the Puget Sound. Whether you’re fishing, boating or just wanting to lay around by the water, Golden Gardens is a place you’ll visit once and no doubt keep coming back to for all your fun in the sun. The park has forested trails that cover a variety of spectacular views and an off-leash dog area, though no dogs are permitted on the beach itself. 


Secret Beaches

Is there anything more fun than a secret beach? Scattered throughout Seattle, you’ll find mini hidden beaches and nature preserves to explore. The natives call them street ends, short for Shoreline Street Ends, and they came to exist by way of quite an interesting history (which you can read here). Some of the favorite secret beaches are nestled by Cove Park, Weather Watch Park, E Highland Drive, Myrtle Edwards Park and a number of others, all found on this list


Whatever beach you choose to visit this summer, the main thing is to have tons of fun in the sun and soak up every bit of the summer that’s left before Washington fades into fall! 

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Catch the Current: Beaches You’ll Fall in Love With Near Shoreline, WA

We’ve gathered a few of our favorite beaches in Shoreline to give you a head start on finding your go-to summer hangout.

Now that you’ve gotten settled into your new Current Shoreline home, it’s time for the best part: decorating! Whether you’re starting from the ground up or just need to refresh a few pieces, we’ve gathered a list of the best Shoreline furniture stores to help make the shopping process fly by so you can get on to the fun! Stop by these furniture stores in Shoreline, WA, today to stock up on some great pieces for your home.

Nest Bedding

The first thing you’ll need for your new home is a comfy bed and all the things that go along with it. Nest Bedding is the perfect place to find everything you’ll need for that home-sweet-home kind of sleep each night. From mattresses and bed frames to bedding and pillows, Nest offers organic and natural products that come with a 100-night risk free trial to ensure you love your new bed. Stop by now and take advantage of their fall sale! 

Banana Furniture 

Seattle’s Banana Furniture is another great shopping destination for all your furniture and household needs. Boasting a selection of “heavenly” sofas, sectionals, chairs, dining tables, coffee tables, mirrors and more, Banana Furniture has pieces at 65% less than high-end retailers. The store’s showroom is currently open, but due to Covid-19 concerns, they ask that you schedule a private appointment to come by and find the furniture of your dreams. 

Underhill’s Furniture

A family-owned furniture store, Underhill’s is the spot to find beautiful furniture at unbeatable prices. With same-day delivery, Underhill’s is committed to helping you find all the pieces you need to make your home comfortable and stylish without breaking the bank. With a selection of furniture to fill every area of your home in stock, you’ll find whatever you’re searching for at Underhill’s.

Renew Home and Decor

If consignment shopping is more your vibe, Renewworks Home and Decor Everett is the place for you. With a unique variety of pieces that will make your home a stylish reflection of who you are, Renew has over 650 consigners bringing in new items every week. As a social enterprise of HopeWorks that assists formerly homeless gain job skills through paid internships, Renew Home and Decor is shopping you can really feel good about. 

Furniture World

As their name suggests, Furniture World is the go-to place for beautiful and affordable furniture of all kinds. From bedroom sets to kitchen dining options and a wide variety of sofas from a great selection of manufacturers and brands, Furniture World offers “styles designed to inspire.”

Mor Furniture for Less

Over in Lynnwood, WA, Mor Furniture for Less is the largest family-owned furniture chain on the West Coast. A company that understands the value of family and the importance of loving your home, this store has everything from bedroom sets to office entertainment furniture. To top it off, Mor Furniture also offers the furnishings like area rugs, shelf displays and wall hangings. 

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Get Your Walls Talking: Upgrade Your Home With New Furniture

Whether you’re starting from the ground up or just need to refresh a few pieces, we’ve gathered a list of the best Shoreline furniture stores to help make the shopping process fly by so you can get on to the fun! Stop by these furniture stores in Shoreline, WA, today to stock up on some great pieces for your home.

Whether you’re looking for a new spot for date night or in search of a fun place to grab a bite with friends, we’ve got you covered with a list of the best restaurants in Shoreline, WA. These places offer the best food in North Seattle paired with an inviting atmosphere that creates a memorable dining experience. 


Blackbird Cafe and Bar

Formerly known as Hill’s Restaurant, Blackbird Cafe and Bar is a Shoreline staple that serves coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour selections. With a “warm and welcoming” setting, Blackbird’s menu is sophisticated while carrying a “comfortable downtown feel.” 


North City Bistro

Touted as Seattle’s “hidden gem,” North City Bistro has a fantastic selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts alongside their extensive menu of wines and cocktails. Whatever you’re in the mood for, North City Bistro has something for you. 


Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina

A restaurant inspired by the rich cuisine of Guadalajara, Santa Fe’s food is prepared with fresh and local ingredients from the northwest. Offering an authentic taste of Mexico, they bring regional flavors and colors into old recipes and techniques. As a “friendly neighborhood spot,” Santa Fe has the cuisine and the atmosphere to make your next dining experience an enjoyable one. 


Spiro’s Pizza and Pasta

A family-owned and run business, Spiro’s Pizza and Pasta is the result of Jim, Sia and Evan Voltsis’ dream and hard work. First opened in 1993 as a small kitchen in Richmond Beach and followed by the Shoreline location in 1995, Spiro’s is known as a “gathering place where friends become family.” Serving a selection of subs, pastas, pizzas, salads and calzones, this spot is sure to become a favorite for you and your family. 


Pagliacci Pizza

Another Seattle pizza favorite, Pagliacci Pizza is hand-tossed and locally sourced. Founded back in 1979, Pagliacci’s business mission is simple: to create the best possible pizza in the Greater Seattle area. With a heart for making customers feel like family and a goal of making every dining experience great, Pagliacci Pizza is where quality food and friendly service collide.


Todo Mexico

You can never have too many tacos! Part of the Shoreline cuisine scene since 1998, Todo Mexico brings a taste of Mexico to the Seattle area. With delicious Mexican dishes, hand-crafted cocktails and a daily happy hour menu, Todo is a great spot for lunch and dinner. 


Which of these delicious spots will you try next? Let us know in the comments and we’ll see you back here next month for another blog post. 

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A Foodie's Guide to the Best Restaurants in Shoreline, WA

Whether you’re looking for a new spot for date night or in search of a fun place to grab a bite with friends, we’ve got you covered with a list of the best restaurants in Shoreline, WA.

Winters in the Pacific Northwest have some of the best weather for your favorite outdoor recreational activities. In addition, Shoreline, Washington is perfectly located for when you’re itching to get out and shred down some fresh powder. But, what about the days where you don’t feel like setting that early wake-up call, lugging around all the gear, or making the exciting drive to the mountain and the long and exhaustive one back? Well, here are some fun indoor activities around Shoreline to keep you entertained and warm while you rest between your cruises down the mountain.


Highland Ice Arena 

When you’re looking for a real winter-themed activity to keep the blood flowing and feet moving, the well-known Highland Ice Arena is the go-to! Located right here in the Shoreline community, this ice skating arena has been family-owned and operated since 1962 and holds two separate ice rinks. With open skate sessions, private lessons, a pro skate shop and repair (for those more seasoned athletes), and so much more - this family-friendly spot is just filled with memories waiting to be made. 


Whirlyball Seattle

For a larger group activity, Whirlyball Seattle is bound to bring the heat on any rainy day. Whirlyball is described as “a combination of Basketball, Hockey and Jai-Alai played while riding an electrically powered machine… called a WhirlyBug.” While the Whirlybug may resemble the commonly known ‘bumper car’, it and the game are far from the same. With the Whirlybug’s unique design, all of your friends and family will be able to enjoy some time on the court. In addition to a full-service kitchen, party packages, and much more - fun is just beginning!


HIVE Virtual Reality

If you’re looking to jump into another world, visit HIVE Virtual Reality. Just north of Shoreline, their adventures are designed for 2 to 5 people (with room to split larger groups). They have a variety of choices from VR escape rooms, quests, and arcade styles, so their “highly immersive gaming experience” is the perfect virtual indoor playground for almost everyone.


The Herbfarm

Hungry? Well, beginning in 1974 as a few extra chives sold along the side of the road and graduating to the current day exquisite meal experience, The Herbfarm has become a staple in both the Shoreline community and Pacific Northwest food scene. Once touted as “The No. 1 destination restaurant in the world” by National Geographic, this elegant dining event hosts a 9-course dinner served with 5 or 6 matched wines and “draws its inspiration from the rhythms of the seasons.” A pre-dinner Wine Cellar Open House and tour of the outdoor garden are just the beginning of this meal you and yours will likely never forget. 


Spin Alley Bowling

Food, fun, and games for the whole family are what you’ll find at Spin Alley Bowling. This local Shoreline community bowling alley is “all about having fun”! The center offers a retro arcade, multiple big screen TV’s, a full restaurant and bar, and a whopping 16 lanes of what they deem “bowling goodness”. Make a reservation and gather your league because a classically fun time is assured for everyone who steps in their doors.



Which of these unique activities in Shoreline will you be trying out? Let us know in the comments and we’ll catch you back here next month for another blog post!

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Indoor Fun: Unique Activities Around Shoreline, WA to Brag About

Here are some fun indoor activities around Shoreline, WA to keep you entertained and warm while you rest between your cruises down the mountain.

With warm months just around the corner, vacation plans are starting to form and folks are gearing up for all their big travel adventures. However, if you’re not looking to break the bank on flights, hotels, car rentals, etc., perhaps a staycation will be the shoe that fits just right this season. Luckily, with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to do in and around the Shoreline, WA area all you need is a minor change of scenery to really make it special. So, here are a few of our favorite bed and breakfast spots in and neighboring the Shoreline area that are perfect for your Springtime staycations. 


Cecil Bacon Manor

As stated on their website, Gemütlichkeit - “a German-language word used to convey the idea of a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer.” That is the atmosphere you’ll find at the Cecil Bacon Manor in the historic Harvard-Belmont Landmark District of Seattle. With 8,000 square feet of living space and 11 different rooms and suites, you’ll enjoy a modern accommodation experience all within a classic setting. With the Manor being a short distance from the Capitol Hill district, downtown Seattle, Volunteer Park and all kinds of shopping, dining, and unique attractions, you can enjoy getting to know your hometown in a new light. 


Hideaway Lodge Bed & Breakfast

For those who don’t want to travel very far but want to feel far away, the Hideaway Lodge Bed & Breakfast in Woodinville will be the ideal spot. Surrounded by 3½ acres of evergreen woods and gorgeous rustic gardens, this spot will have you feeling secluded and tucked away from the hustle and bustle, yet it’s no more than 5 minutes away from some of Washington’s famous wineries, breweries, cideries, and spirits tasting rooms! So, if you’re looking for a mini staycation surrounded by nature, a guaranteed 5 p.m. glass of wine, and access to dog care for your favorite four-legged friend, the Hideaway Lodge is the place for you! 


Greenlake Guest House

A welcome basket with fresh baked cookies, snacks, a bottle of local wine, and a complimentary breakfast are just the beginning for your stay in this 1920 Craftsman-style bed and breakfast in north Seattle. Containing 5 updated rooms - each with a private bath - and stunning views of the lake and surrounding park, you’ll feel hidden away from the world all but 10 minutes from downtown Seattle. Want to take a stroll or a nice jog around the lake? Just walk out the front door! Want to head out for a nice lunch or dinner? Great! The Greenlake Guest House is within easy walking distance to local restaurants. So, make a reservation today and enjoy all the charming accommodations at this top-rated Seattle bed and breakfast. 


Cottage Lake Bed and Breakfast

A hot tub, fire pit, a couple of kayaks, and - of course - a full continental breakfast make up just a few items in store for your stay at the Cottage Lake Bed and Breakfast. Run by John and Beth since 1978, this classic B & B sits in the heart of wine country in Woodinville and offers gorgeous views of the lake with nature nearly at your fingertips. It is perfectly located and offers you a chance to see and know all that wine country has to offer - plus some discount wine passes! Experience the area during the day and then enjoy coming back to a peaceful home-away-from-home.  


Now is the time to start making plans for your Spring and Summer get-aways, even if they are just a few miles from your own front door here at The Current. Do you plan on checking out one of these charming spots? Are there any more that didn’t make it on the list? Let us know in the comments and we’ll see you again next month for another blog post! 

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Springtime Staycations | Perfect Bed & Breakfast Spots In and Around Shoreline, WA

Here are a few perfect bed and breakfast spots in and around the Shoreline area that are ideal for your Springtime staycations.

Spring is that in-between season where everything comes back to life with a breath of fresh air after a long winter. This means it’s the perfect time to refresh any old routines for the changing weather, daylight, and time. As self-care is such a hot topic nowadays, and with good reason, why not take a look at your current routine (or maybe even lack thereof) and see if there are any adjustments that can be made? Before we jump into the warmer and busier months of summer with beach trips, happy hours, hikes, and other spring activities, here are a few essential tips to elevate and maintain your at-home self-care routine this spring.


Make Time:

The most important thing in having a self-care routine (even all year round) is deliberately carving out time in your schedule just for yourself. Setting aside even just a few minutes a day can be a real game-changer - from lowering the risk of depression to allowing your body to heal itself and boost your immunity! Putting that daily, or weekly, self-care a little higher on the to-do list will only aid in improving your mind and body so the burden of the remaining items on that list is slightly less. 


Keep It Fresh:

These extra daylight hours that come with Spring in the Pacific Northwest can definitely be considered a benefit when it comes to self-care. Look into using the extra time to get outside for an evening jog or walk. We’ve all heard the benefits of working out outdoors; sleep improvement, free vitamin D, stress reduction, and much more, so find a regular time and start taking advantage! Also, now is the time when weekly markets start popping up around Shoreline, so adding some seasonally fresh avocados, strawberries, or spinach is sure to not only enhance your meals but it’s a perfect chance to stock up on great local ingredients for some consistently fresh fruits and vegetables. 


Detox and Reward:

Maybe you just want to start getting in the habit of turning off your phone 30 minutes before bed for better sleep or perhaps you could build in a 1, 2, or 3-day total digital detox to help your overall mental health - either way, taking a step back from the screen should be included in your self-care routine. The effects of performing the detox are nearly only positive and are likely to be the cherry on top in the long run.  

Also, don’t forget to give yourself the praise you deserve. Buy some gorgeous spring flowers or take some time to really pamper yourself with an at-home spa day. Just don’t forget your daily reminder to smile. Self-care can sometimes be hard to prioritize when life is always busy, so it’s okay to reward yourself for taking care of yourself. No matter what, with these essential tips, you’re sure to create a routine that works right just for you. 

Still not sure what to do with the extra sunlight, fresh fruit, and no phone? Check out some of the great beaches near Shoreline we wrote about and kick off that self-care routine the right way!

A bathtub set up with coffee and water as part of a home self-care routine.

Essential Tips to Elevate Your At-Home Self-Care Routine This Spring

Here are a few essential tips to elevate and maintain your at-home self-care routine this spring.

Whether you are looking for a new spot for that quick after-work happy hour or a great patio for those sunny weekend days this spring, we’re here to help you find the perfect breweries around Shoreline, WA. Here are our favorite local brewery spots to grab a drink only 15 minutes away or less from your front door here at The Current!

Monka Brewing Co - 10 minutes away 

Perfectly balanced, high-quality beer in a clean, welcoming environment is what you’ll find here at Monka Brewing Co. Named after one of the co-owners first children who could not pronounce “grandma”, this locally owned favorite boasts a full menu, merchandise, and promises to continue to experiment with rotating small-batch brews so there is always something to look forward to. 


Hemlock State Brewing Co. -  12 minutes away

What started as a hobby by three avid home-brewers has turned into a bustling brewery loved by many. With a rotating tap list and connections with some of the best local food trucks, there is something for everyone. So, grab your favorite four-legged friend and head over to their taproom where the beer is great and the atmosphere is even more special. 

Diamond Knot Brewpub @ MLT - 15 minutes away

Named after the inspirational story of the Diamond Knot shipwreck, Bob Maphet, and Brian Sollenberger have created a place where they hope to change “the world and the public’s perception of how amazing beer can taste”. With 600 barrels brewed each month and a menu ranging from nachos to pizza pies, this is soon to be your next go-to!


Lantern Brewing - 12 minutes away

“Brilliant beer for the enlightened drinkers” is both the tagline and quality you’ll find here at Lantern Brewing. This independent and locally owned small brewery uses the best of local Washington ingredients from grains to fruits and vegetables in order to create their great-tasting beer. Also playing host to a rotation of food trucks, you’re nearly guaranteed to fall in love with the entire vibe of this place. 


Which of these local spots will you be trying first? Let us know in the comments! If you’re looking for some more recommendations, be sure to check out our guide to some of the best restaurants in and around the Shoreline, WA area.

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Brew It Up | A Guide To The Best Breweries in Shoreline, WA

Here are our favorite local brewery spots to grab a drink only 15 minutes away or less from your front door here at The Current.

With summer just around and corner, the warmer days are becoming more and more frequent. It is almost no surprise that to kick off the season, June is National Camping Month! Luckily, the Shoreline, Washington area here in the Pacific Northwest has some of the best campgrounds to spend all your summer days enjoying the great outdoors. So, we’ve gathered a list of our favorite campground sites near Shoreline that you’re guaranteed to love checking out this season. 


Thunderbird RV & Camping Resort

What do mountain views, swimming pools, hot air ballooning, and NASCAR all have in common? They’re each one of the many fun activities and opportunities at the Thunderbird RV & Camping Resort. This resort is located on the gorgeous Skykomish River and is open year-round housing 92 separate campsites. Choose from a variety of yurts or cabins to rent for a peaceful night's sleep after a long day of taking advantage of their many amenities; from a playground, mini golfing, fishing, or time out on the nearby river or the lake. If you’re looking to enjoy some time outdoors without having to pack much more than a change of clothes, this is the place for you. 


Flowing Lake Park & Campground at Leckie's Beach

Not looking to travel far from home? No worries! Located just 40 minutes away from your front door at The Current is Flowing Lake Park & Campground; also known as Leckie’s Beach. This popular park offers a choice of 4 cozy cabins or 48 different campsites, which are a mix of partial utility (water/power), drive-up non-utility, and hike-in non-utility sites. These beautiful grounds also host amenities from a boat/fishing dock, playground, picnic tables, an amphitheater, and more. Due to its popularity, however, reservations are recommended especially for the summer months, but the campgrounds are open all the way until November. So head out just for the day, or stay a night or two and enjoy the lush greenery and fresh air. 


Tolt MacDonald Park & Campground

A fisherman's dream is located just under an hour away from your Shoreline home here at The Current. Tolt MacDonald Park & Campground is a 575-acre gorgeous sanctuary where the Snoqualmie and Tolt Rivers meet in Snoqualmie Valley. With additional amenities like mountain biking, a ball field, play equipment, an amphitheater, and much more, there is a little something for everyone! As well as room for everyone since the park features six yurts overlooking the river as well as campsites for RVs, tents, and two large-group campsites. Getting out to explore the 12 miles of forested and riverside trails and coming back to your site for some roasted marshmallows is sure to be a great start to your adventure here.  


Gold Basin Campground

Finally, if you’re looking for a more grounded camping experience, Gold Basin Campground is where you should go. This local favorite has 99 separate reservable non-electric sites, including one large-group site that can host up to 75 guests! Sitting near the banks of the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River, the area features many hiking trails to experience the serene yet wild aspects of the Cascade region. Guests will also have access to great open spaces, picnic areas, showers and flush toilets, and firewood for those evening s’mores. With Gold Basin being the largest campground on the Mountain Loop Highway, there are plenty of opportunities to explore and enjoy the great outdoors that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. 


Do you plan on doing any camping this summer season? Be sure to snap a few photos if you visit any of these campsites and tag us on social media @thecurrentshoreline. If you’re not looking to travel but still want a change of scenery, be sure to check out our blog on staycations right here in town! We’ll see you back here next month for another blog!

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Your Guide To The Best Campgrounds Near Shoreline, WA

The Shoreline, WA area has some of the best campgrounds to spend all your summer days enjoying the great outdoors. Here is a list of our favorite campground sites that you’re guaranteed to love checking out this season.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we could not agree more. Luckily, there are so many great breakfast spots that surround us in our Seattle community. This area is full to the brim with tasty breakfast cafes, restaurants, and places to really kick off your mornings the right way. Here is a round-up of some of our favorite spots in and around our Shoreline neighborhood. 


Aurora Borealis

Noted as one of Shoreline's best new restaurants, this family-friendly (until 10pm) spot plays host to tasty food, drinks, games, and live music and performances. With free games like darts, shuffleboard, ping pong, and more, there is fun for the family before, during, or after your delicious meal. Even better? This spot is less than 5 minutes from your front door here at The Current.


Leena’s Cafe

Severing since 1993 and per their own tagline, Leena’s Cafe is where good friends meet! This lovely spot serves up a classic diner fare with a Greek twist. This family-owned and operated place even puts its own heritage flourish on some of your breakfast favorites, from omelets to scrambles. You’ll love soaking up a bit of history with your delicious meal. 


Drumlin

Sister of the popular Ridgecrest Public House, this new spot shines as a place for all ages with even more room, more taps, more events, and more food. If you’re looking for not only a great meal but also a photogenic experience, this is sure to be your next go-to spot. Choose from two onsite food trucks or their in-house options - ranging from house cinnamon rolls to breakfast burritos. 


FloAnna’s Diner

Looking for a local Shoreline causal diner atmosphere? FloAnna’s Diner is where you should be heading! This family diner services up all of your favorite American classics. It also has a fun recurring Greek Night on the first Thursday of every month! You and the family are sure to enjoy the whole experience. 

These are just a few of our favorite breakfast options in and around Shoreline, WA! Plan on checking one out sometime soon? Snap a photo and tag us on social media at @thecurrentshoreline. Come back next month for a new blog about our Shoreline community! In the meantime, if you’re looking to start filling your summer calendar, here are some of our favorite outdoor campgrounds

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Your Guide To The Best Breakfast Spots in Shoreline, WA

Seattle is full to the brim with delicious breakfast spots. Here is a round-up of some of our favorites 10 minutes or less from your front door!

Summer is in full swing and the weather is prime for getting out to explore all that the Shoreline, WA area has to offer! However, sometimes after a long day out in the summer sun, the last thing you want is to be standing over your stovetop or blasting that oven for a meal. So, here are a few of our favorite recipes that won’t heat up your space here at The Current and will have your taste buds begging for more while keeping you cool the rest of the season! 


Italian Summer Rolls

Whether you’re looking to make a quick appetizer or snack, to a full plated meal, these Italian summer rolls are perfect for nearly every summer occasion. This Pickled Plum recipe comes together in 20 minutes or less and only requires 6 main ingredients, so no need to break the bank or sweat over this tasty no-bake option. So, gather the ingredients below, click the link above for a few instructions, and enjoy!


Ingredients:

1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 tablespoon Bertolli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 large purple radishes (julienned (cut into sticks))

1 cup basil leaves

6 rice paper wrappers


For the dressing:

1/4 cup Bertolli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

8 kumquats

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt (or more, to taste)

freshly ground black pepper (to taste)


Peach Green Smoothie

Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening! This tasty smoothie from What The Fork is perfect for everything from a light meal on-the-go to a great snack any time of the day. What’s even better? It comes together in just a few minutes and has the most basic instructions: 


  • Add the coconut milk, peaches, spinach, vanilla, and honey to a blender. Blend for a few minutes until smooth. Add the water as necessary to reach desired thickness.

  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


So, take advantage of some of the great local farmers' markets here in Shoreline, grab some fresh peaches, and enjoy a drink perfect for those warm summer days and nights.


Ingredients:

1 C coconut milk

1 C frozen peaches

1 C fresh baby spinach, packed

1 clementine, peeled with as much of the white removed as possible

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 Tbsp raw honey (or more to taste)

1/4 -1/2 C water


(Click the title link above for more details on this healthy and delicious drink!)


Pasta Salad (with Black Beans and Avocado Dressing)

Who doesn’t like pasta? This recipe from Eating Well is perfect for the warm summer season and can even be customized to be gluten-free if needed. Perfect for a family dinner or a picnic at the park, you’ll have everyone coming for seconds with this dish! Click the link above after you gather your ingredients for detailed instructions on how to prepare this easy meal!


Ingredients:

8 ounces whole-wheat fusilli (about 3 cups)

1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes

½ cup canned black beans, rinsed

½ cup corn, fresh or frozen (thawed)

½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

¼ cup diced red onion 

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


Dressing Ingredients:

½ ripe avocado

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons lime juice 

1 small clove garlic, grated

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon cumin


Were you inspired to make any of these summertime recipes? If so, snap a photo and share it with us on social media. Tag us at @thecurrentshoreline on Instagram, and be sure to visit our blog again for more food and adventures in the Shoreline, Washington area.

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Keep it Cool | Recipes For Those Hot Summer Days in Shoreline, WA

Here are a few of our favorite recipes that won’t heat up your space and will have your taste buds begging for more while keeping you cool this summer.

The first day of fall is right around the corner, which means summer is coming to an end and the school year is soon to be in full swing. So, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the last bit of that gorgeous Pacific Northwest summer. Luckily for us, Shoreline offers plenty of options for you and the family to fill your weekends! Here are a few of our favorite activities around Shoreline, WA to enjoy with friends and family while the sun is still shining! 


Woodland Park Zoo

You almost certainly can’t go wrong with a trip to the zoo! From the Northwest Trail to the African Savanna, you and the family are in for quite a time while discovering the various exhibits. With over 900 animals and 250 different species spread out across 92 acres, you’ll learn something new with every step. Plus, each admission supports Woodland Park Zoo’s goal to save animals and their habitats. Be sure to also check out their events page for more information on all of the specials they have!


Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion & Pool

If those classic Shoreline cloudy days start coming in early but you’re still looking for something active for the family, the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion & Pool is likely to be your first stop! This large center offers open pool swims and classes, dance programs, fitness classes, an indoor playground, and much more! You and the whole family could fill an entire weekend with different activities and still not get to everything. The classes can fill up quickly, so be sure to check their various schedules, but there is sure to be something for everyone!


Laser Tag Live

Finally, if the friend group wants to brave the Washington elements no matter the season, or if there is a birthday in the family coming up soon, Laser Tag Live is the perfect activity! They call it “Live” as it is meant to feel like living out your own computer or video game. Setup very similarly to paintball, except with no paint or projectiles, everyone will want to get in on the action! 


Were you inspired to check out any of these last-minute summer activities? If so, snap a photo and share it with us on social media. Tag us at @thecurrentshoreline on Instagram, and be sure to visit our blog again for more food and adventures in the Shoreline, Washington area. 

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End Of Summer Family Fun | Activities in Shoreline, WA For The End Of Summer

Here are a few of our favorite activities around Shoreline, WA to enjoy with friends and family while the sun is still shining!

The first day of fall came and went as fast as the blink of an eye and Shoreline, WA has officially found itself in the peak fall season. Leaves are a rainbow of autumn colors, raincoats are coming out of the closet, and those tasty fall flavors are hitting the shelves. If you haven’t gotten into the new season yet, one of the best ways to do so is to start tasting it! So, to help you get into the fall spirit, here are a few of our favorite recipes that will bring the season right to you!


Creamy Wild Rice Soup

Nothing says fall like a classic bowl of soup. This Creamy Wild Rice soup with all the flavors of the season is a perfect way to kick it off. Feel free to customize it to your liking, but this recipe is sure to be a household favorite. It’s easily storable and could provide you with meals for weeks to come! Plus, it only takes about 35 minutes to make so it’ll be easy for you to whip this up at the last minute if needed! Take a look at the ingredients below, head to the link for all the details, and enjoy your first meal of fall!


Creamy base

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • ⅓ cup raw cashews

  • ¼ cup cooked cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

  • 2 tablespoons white miso paste

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Soup

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 bunch scallions, white and light green parts, chopped

  • 1 celery stalk, chopped

  • 1 large carrot, chopped

  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tablespoons minced rosemary

  • 1 bunch of thyme, bundled

  • 1¼ cups cooked cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more for serving

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 cup cooked wild rice

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 4 cups chopped kale

  • Chopped parsley for garnish, optional

  • Pinches of red pepper flakes, optional


Award Winning Chili 

Chili is a classic for the fall and this recipe has won awards! Need there be any more explanation? Imagine filling your space here at The Current with those savory smells! While this recipe is for those willing to play the long game, it’s worth every minute. However, this is again customizable and can be pulled together relatively quickly if you have a tight turnaround to get something on the dinner table!  


Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef, 80/20

  • 1 lb ground pork

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste

  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper

  • 1 (13.5 oz) can black beans, drained, rinsed

  • 1 (13.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained, rinsed

  • 1 (13.5 oz) can pinto beans, drained, rinsed

  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (19 oz can) red enchilada sauce

  • 1/2 cup chili powder, milld

  • 2 tsp Tapatio hot sauce, optional

  • 2 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp cayenne, optional

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 Tbsp sugar

Be sure to head to the link and check out the optional ingredients that can really level up your seasonal chili experience!


Applesauce Cake with Maple Butter Cream

No meal is complete without the sweet seasonal flavors of fall and this Applesauce Cake with Maple Buttercream is exactly what this time of year calls for - likely multiple times once you get a taste! It hits every note correctly when you think of a perfect autumn dessert recipe! It can be stored for a couple of days and will definitely be a hit at any seasonal party this year! 

Ingredients (for the cake).

  • Nonstick baking spray with flour

  • 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 2 tsp. apple pie spice

  • 1 c. granulated sugar

  • 1 c. packed light brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 c. chunky applesauce 

  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil

  • 1/2 c. milk

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 3/4 c. chopped walnuts, optional, plus more for garnish
    Ingredients (for the frosting)

  • 2 sticks of butter

  • 3 1/2 c. powdered sugar

  • 1/3 c. maple syrup 

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 1/3 c. heavy cream

For the detailed instructions, head to the link and start enjoying all of the flavors of fall in one serving!


Will you be trying any of these fall recipe favorites? If so, snap a photo of your plate and share it with us on social media. Tag us at @thecurrentshoreline on Instagram, and be sure to visit our blog again for more food and adventures in the Shoreline, Washington area. 

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Perfect Fall Eats | Recipes To Guide You And Your Taste Buds Into Fall

If you haven’t gotten into the fall spirit yet, here are a few of our favorite recipes that will bring the season right to you and your taste buds!

With Halloween out of the way, the hectic holiday season has come back around and somehow we’re still slightly caught off guard. Not to worry though, as we’re here to help you get a jump start on your upcoming holiday wants and needs. As is well known, Black Friday has become a staple for yearly gift buying, stocking up on necessities, and so much more. However, a day that has grown in popularity over recent years is Small Business Saturday. 

 

Always falling on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, this year's Small Business Saturday is November 26th, 2022. Founded by American Express, this special day is meant to be “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities”. So, hold off on spending all those Black Friday funds and get out later that weekend to throw some love at all the excellent small businesses around Shoreline, Washington. Don’t know where to start? Well, here are a few small businesses to support this holiday season in and around the Shoreline area. 


World of Collections

Do you have any comic book reading, card gaming playing, or general collectors in your life? If so, World of Collections should be on your to-do list for shopping this year. With a wide range of comic books, sports cards, card games, various collectible items, and so much more there is sure to be something that they’ll love. This local shop has been in Shoreline since 1992 and prides itself on helping its customers experience the excitement of collecting. 


Red Light Vintage

For the clothing and accessory-loving person in your life, or just perhaps yourself, Red Light Vintage is the perfect place to scratch that “new to me” itch. This locally owned business has become a favorite of the city with offerings of formal ensembles, including shoes & accessories, vintage Levi’s & shirts from obscure metal bands, and so much more dating back to the 1930s up to today! Your support here also helps them pass it along to a local community of artists, musicians, and various organizers. 


Homestead

Looking to support a local business without leaving the couch? Homestead is a local Seattle small business offering an eclectic range of vintage furniture, plants, rugs, and various home decor items. Snag yourself a fun new pot for your own plant babies or even a fun painting for a holiday gift. There is definitely something for everyone at this store, so happy shopping!  


Local Yokels

Are you or someone you know a lover of local farmers' markets here in Shoreline? If so, shopping at Local Yokels will feel just like that, except you can do so from the comfort of your own home. You can even get your items delivered as they work solely with local Washington farmers while having a new carbon-neutral footprint. Supporting this great business also immediately supports the local economy with 95 cents of every dollar spent here going right back into POC/Immigrant/Women/LBGT producers. Be sure to check out their subscription boxes as well for a great holiday gift idea!

Will you be supporting Small Business Saturday this year or checking any of these local businesses out this holiday season? If so, let us know your experience on social media and tag us at @thecurrentshoreline on Instagram, and be sure to visit our blog again for more food and adventures in the Shoreline, Washington area.

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Buy Local | Small Businesses in Shoreline, WA To Support This Holiday Season

Here are a few small businesses to support this holiday season in and around the Shoreline area.

Whether you were ready for it or not, the holiday season is officially here and in full swing all around Shoreline, WA. School will be out for winter break any minute for the kids, and there is so much planning and organizing to be done for the month of December, it’s bound to become overwhelming! That said, the Pacific Northwest is one of the best places to be this time of year, especially the Seattle area. There is so much to do, see, and experience, it can be hard to narrow it down! When you don’t know where to start on planning all the upcoming activities and events, here are a few of our favorite ideas for a fun and joy-filled holiday weekend in and around the Shoreline, Washington area! 


Friday Night 

So the entire household is home from another long day of work, school, errands and everything in between - how are you to jump into the holiday spirit after that? One of our favorite places to begin the season is to simply go out and enjoy all the gorgeous decorations that are displayed around town. The Porchlight Parade is a perfect way to celebrate! Combining the cities of Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, and our own Shoreline, WA, a virtual map is made to mark the many holidays and traditions celebrated during the winter season, showing you where you can visit (which you can easily download here). So, grab a coat, and a scarf, and head out to discover how our local community shows its holiday spirit.


Saturday 

Whether you sleep in on the weekends or jump right out of bed to take on the day, Saturdays can be one of the best days to take advantage of all the opportunities in the area. Maybe start the day with a tasty peppermint mocha from the locally owned Gourmett Cafe - paired with a sweet treat, of course, because it’s the holidays! Then, if and when you’re in the mood for checking some gifting off the list, be sure to visit our blog on some of our favorite local small businesses to spend the afternoon in. You could then spend the evening in your cozy space here at The Current with holiday movies and hot cocoa, or even head out for the evening to a wonderful performance from the Seattle Wind Symphony and their Seasonal Sounds show! 


Sunday 

Now that you’ve had two days of holiday joy surrounding you it’s time to spread your own holiday spirit within your apartment home here at The Current. If you’re still in need of a tree, look into making the quick 30-minute commute out to Buttonwood Farm. This gorgeous family-owned and operated farm allows you to book an appointment ahead of time in order to enjoy the experience without congestion and have time for a few photo-ops! You could also spend the afternoon going through old decorations from years past to take stock of what is needed and head to a nearby Target to pick up some items. No matter how you decorate your home, adding a few holiday elements can really bring in some joy and warmth.


Bonus

As an added bonus, a nice weekday event you can squeeze in on one of your free evenings are the spectacular light displays at the Woodland Park Zoo. This year they have curated a gorgeous showing titled, WildLanterns. Show times are from 4 pm - 9 pm, so it’s a perfect after-dinner activity. For tickets and more information, visit their website here


Will you be heading out to enjoy all that Shoreline has to offer this holiday season? If you check out any of these events or activities, let us know your experience on social media and tag us at @thecurrentshoreline on Instagram! Also, be sure to visit our blog again for more food and adventures in the Shoreline, Washington area.

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A Perfect Holiday Weekend in Shoreline, WA

Here are a few of our favorite ideas for a fun and joy-filled holiday weekend in and around the Shoreline, Washington area!

Football season is one of the best times of the year and The Big Game has nearly become a national holiday, and better yet is right around the corner! Finding the perfect location to cheer on your favorite team while enjoying some good food and drinks can be annoying to research. So, don’t waste your time spending hours reading reviews or driving around town to decide, check out some of our favorite sports bars in Shoreline, WA within a 12-minute drive from your front door!


Jersey’s Great Food & Spirits - 4 minutes away.

Located just 4 minutes away, Jersey’s Great Food & Spirits is a perfect spot to catch the Big Game. With a family-friendly atmosphere, you and the crew can enjoy everything from pasta to hand-crafted burgers in between cheers. Their menu is pretty extensive, so if you’re a food lover, this is a perfect spot for you!  


A1 Hop Shop 144th - 4 minutes away

For those with any dietary restrictions who don’t want to worry about what to order, A1 Hop Shop should be your destination. This woman-owned business is also a one-stop shop for all kinds of goodies! From the bottle shop, the convenience store, or the patio in the back, you’ll enjoy spending some time here. There is everything from gluten-free options to hoppy water. So, stop in for snacks and some kombucha before heading back home, or have a pint on the back patio! 


Touchdown’s Sports Bar & Grill - 8 minutes away.

Who has 22 TVs and two 143’’ projectors to catch every angle of every game? Touchdown’s Sports Bar & Grill does! When you’re ready for the full sports bar experience, this local Shoreline, WA spot is sure to deliver. In between plays you and the gang can entertain yourselves with skeeball, shuffleboard, pool, darts, 8 pinball machines, and lots of pulltab games. There is something for everyone! 


Hellbent Brewing Company - 12 minutes away.

Located just 12 minutes away from The Current, Hellbent Brewing Co. is a good blend of a classic Seattle brewery and a laidback sports bar. If you’re looking for somewhere you bring your furry friend while you enjoy a pint and catch a few plays, this is the place for you. With award-winning beer, seemingly endless taps, and a variety of food trucks on-site, you can enjoy catching the various games in a low-key atmosphere. 


Will you be checking out any of these local sports bars for The Big Game this year?  If so, let us know your experience on social media, and tag us at @thecurrentshoreline on Instagram! Also, be sure to visit our blog again for more food and adventures in the Shoreline, Washington area.

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Catch That Brew | The Best Sports Bars in Shoreline, WA

Don’t waste your time spending hours reading reviews or driving around town to decide, here are some of our favorite sports bars in Shoreline, WA within a 12-minute drive from your front door!