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Food scene - Issaquah’s Gilman Village
Issaquah’s Gilman Village includes a mix of over 40 small stores and restaurants, and other businesses. The buildings that house most of the business were salvaged from old farm and mining land around the Issaquah Valley and give the areas its old world charm.
Gastropub for the 21 and over crowd. Creative cocktails and great food with outdoor seating available. The burgers and the fried zucchini bahn-mi bring us back every time.
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The Black Duck Cask and Bottle
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Gastropub for the 21 and over crowd. Creative cocktails and great food with outdoor seating available. The burgers and the fried zucchini bahn-mi bring us back every time.
A great lunch stop - Simple and fresh menu of sandwiches, soups and salads, all made from scratch daily, including in-house baked bread. The decor takes you back in time - the women’s restroom even has a claw foot tub from when this building served as a boarding house for coal miners. It’s your lucky day if they have the potato dill soup. CASH ONLY!
The Boarding House
317 NW Gilman Blvd
A great lunch stop - Simple and fresh menu of sandwiches, soups and salads, all made from scratch daily, including in-house baked bread. The decor takes you back in time - the women’s restroom even has a claw foot tub from when this building served as a boarding house for coal miners. It’s your lucky day if they have the potato dill soup. CASH ONLY!
Our favorite coffee shop in the area, serving drinks and light food (bakery items, prepared sandwiches, etc.) Patio seating available and they have a small kids play area.
Issaquah Coffee Company
317 Northwest Gilman Boulevard
Our favorite coffee shop in the area, serving drinks and light food (bakery items, prepared sandwiches, etc.) Patio seating available and they have a small kids play area.
Food Scene - Olde Town Issaquah / Front Street
Easily our favorite place to dine and hang out, Issaquah’s Front Street boasts a variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets in a cute setting reminiscent of Issaquah’s history as a mining town. After enjoying your meal, grab a frozen yogurt from Yum-E-Yogurt and enjoy a walk around the old Issaquah Train Depot or play at the park behind the train station.
Chef Edna serves up some really special & unique dishes with a Portuguese flair. Try Grandma’s Portuguese Bread.
Max's World Cafe
212 Front St N
Chef Edna serves up some really special & unique dishes with a Portuguese flair. Try Grandma’s Portuguese Bread.
21 and over only. Great salsa selection and outdoor seating available. Try the jalapeño infused bacon with peanut dipping sauce and the street corn.
El 42 Cantina
38 Front St N
21 and over only. Great salsa selection and outdoor seating available. Try the jalapeño infused bacon with peanut dipping sauce and the street corn.
Upscale bar food, with some outside seating. Our favorite blackened salmon sandwich in town.
Sunset Alehouse
20 Front Street South
Upscale bar food, with some outside seating. Our favorite blackened salmon sandwich in town.
Jak’s steakhouse does not take reservations and gets busy. Put your name in & enjoy a stroll down Front Street or hang out in the lively bar while you wait. Jak’s serves the best mojito in town
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Jak's Grill
14 Front St N
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Jak’s steakhouse does not take reservations and gets busy. Put your name in & enjoy a stroll down Front Street or hang out in the lively bar while you wait. Jak’s serves the best mojito in town
We rate Sunset’s food over this, but Levitate wins for ambiance with a fun outdoor back patio and open front window for people watching. They serve the Impossible Burger for any plant-based food fans (Call ahead – they often run out!)
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Levitate Gastropub
185 Front St N
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We rate Sunset’s food over this, but Levitate wins for ambiance with a fun outdoor back patio and open front window for people watching. They serve the Impossible Burger for any plant-based food fans (Call ahead – they often run out!)
New in 2019, Khao San has the most extensive menu of authentic Thai. We also think Coconut Thai is pretty great.
Khao San
100 Front St S
New in 2019, Khao San has the most extensive menu of authentic Thai. We also think Coconut Thai is pretty great.
For a special meal, Montalcino serves up some rich and authentic Italian dishes. Advanced reservations required. Many weekend nights, there is live music in the wine bar next door.
Montalcino
15 NW Alder Pl
For a special meal, Montalcino serves up some rich and authentic Italian dishes. Advanced reservations required. Many weekend nights, there is live music in the wine bar next door.
Inventive seafood, with an excellent oyster selection. Quicker options include Dominoes Pizza and Subway
Krawbar Restaurant
80 Front St N
Inventive seafood, with an excellent oyster selection. Quicker options include Dominoes Pizza and Subway
Indian food in an upscale environment at reasonable prices. They have a great lunch buffet!
Bukhara Bar & Grill (Indian Restaurant)
131 Front St N
Indian food in an upscale environment at reasonable prices. They have a great lunch buffet!
Local Hikes/Sights
The Issaquah Alps offer so many awesome hikes. All of these options are less than an hour from our property.
A must-see. Visitors can choose from an easy park and walk across the street to an upper view of the falls, or moderate .7 mile hike to the bottom of the falls. The Attic at Salish Lodge is a great place for a post-hike lunch and usually has a shorter wait than the full restaurant on the main level. Free unless you park in the lot adjacent to the falls. Free parking across the street. 17 miles from our property
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Snoqualmie Falls
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A must-see. Visitors can choose from an easy park and walk across the street to an upper view of the falls, or moderate .7 mile hike to the bottom of the falls. The Attic at Salish Lodge is a great place for a post-hike lunch and usually has a shorter wait than the full restaurant on the main level. Free unless you park in the lot adjacent to the falls. Free parking across the street. 17 miles from our property
2.6 miles round trip. Stop at the mid-way view point for an easier hike or go all the way to the falls for more of a challenge. Usually a good bet for a year round hike, but can have some icy spots in the winter. Requires a Discover Pass. ($10/day) 27 miles from our property
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Twin Falls Trailhead
Southeast 159th Street
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2.6 miles round trip. Stop at the mid-way view point for an easier hike or go all the way to the falls for more of a challenge. Usually a good bet for a year round hike, but can have some icy spots in the winter. Requires a Discover Pass. ($10/day) 27 miles from our property
A little further out, Franklin Falls is worth the drive. 2 miles in and out, this is a relatively easy trail that lets you get up close with a waterfall. In nice weather, bring a towel to enjoy a dip at the end of the trail. 46 miles from our property
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Franklin Falls Trailhead
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A little further out, Franklin Falls is worth the drive. 2 miles in and out, this is a relatively easy trail that lets you get up close with a waterfall. In nice weather, bring a towel to enjoy a dip at the end of the trail. 46 miles from our property
Accessed from the Alpental ski area parking lot, this is recommended in summer only. 7.2 miles round trip this hike takes you to a beautiful alpine lake. Stop at the top to enjoy the view, or descend to the lake for a cool swim and lunch spot. This is our favorite "date hike" in the area when we don't have the littles in tow. 45 miles from our property
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Snow Lake Trailhead
Alpental Access Road
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Accessed from the Alpental ski area parking lot, this is recommended in summer only. 7.2 miles round trip this hike takes you to a beautiful alpine lake. Stop at the top to enjoy the view, or descend to the lake for a cool swim and lunch spot. This is our favorite "date hike" in the area when we don't have the littles in tow. 45 miles from our property
4 miles round trip leads to an amazing view. Picnic at the lake afterward.
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Rattlesnake Lake
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4 miles round trip leads to an amazing view. Picnic at the lake afterward.
Get there early to get a parking spot. Watch paragliders launch from the top of the mountain. From the Chirico Trail 3.8 miles round trip with a challenging 1760 ft. elevation gain. For a longer hike, start near old town. 5.1 miles from our property (the Chirico Trailhead!)
Poo Poo Point Trail
Get there early to get a parking spot. Watch paragliders launch from the top of the mountain. From the Chirico Trail 3.8 miles round trip with a challenging 1760 ft. elevation gain. For a longer hike, start near old town. 5.1 miles from our property (the Chirico Trailhead!)
Seattle Downtown Scene
A must-do for anyone coming to the Seattle area for the first time. We love to go mid-morning and eat our way through the market. Favorite stops include Beecher’s Cheese, Pike Place Fish Market, Ellenos Yogurt and Piroshki Prioshki. The original Starbucks is also down there – worth a photo op, but the inside is nothing out of the ordinary and not worth the long line.
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Pike Place Market
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A must-do for anyone coming to the Seattle area for the first time. We love to go mid-morning and eat our way through the market. Favorite stops include Beecher’s Cheese, Pike Place Fish Market, Ellenos Yogurt and Piroshki Prioshki. The original Starbucks is also down there – worth a photo op, but the inside is nothing out of the ordinary and not worth the long line.
Home to The Chihuly Garden and Glass, MoPOP (Museum of pop culture), The Pacific Science Museum, the Space Needle and more. Combination attraction passes available for those who want to see it all. All locations (except the Chihuly museum) are kid friendly and fun for all ages.
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Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
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Home to The Chihuly Garden and Glass, MoPOP (Museum of pop culture), The Pacific Science Museum, the Space Needle and more. Combination attraction passes available for those who want to see it all. All locations (except the Chihuly museum) are kid friendly and fun for all ages.
Great for kids or any marine lover on a rainy day. Close to other waterfront attractions including the Big Wheel. For a hassle-free lunch, the aquarium café on the second floor is pretty good.
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Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way
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Great for kids or any marine lover on a rainy day. Close to other waterfront attractions including the Big Wheel. For a hassle-free lunch, the aquarium café on the second floor is pretty good.
Great photo op of the space needle and generally beautiful views of the sound. There is a small playground down the long set of stairs, but this is primarily a viewpoint. Get Mt. Rainier, the Space Needle, sports stadiums, shipyard and mountain ranges all in one shot.
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Kerry Park
211 West Highland Drive
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Great photo op of the space needle and generally beautiful views of the sound. There is a small playground down the long set of stairs, but this is primarily a viewpoint. Get Mt. Rainier, the Space Needle, sports stadiums, shipyard and mountain ranges all in one shot.