Bennion & Deville Weekend Roundup: December 20-22

It’s that time of year when kids are finishing up with school, winter break is just about to start, and the holidays are in full swing. In order to make entertaining easier during this season here are our top picks for some fun this weekend.

The Lights of Christmas Nightly Festival 
Bennion & Deville Fine Homes, Seattle christmasThe Lights of Christmas Nightly Festival, located at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, WA, is sure to please the entire family. Only an hour from Kirkland, The Lights of Christmas Nightly Festival boasts over a million lights. This event will continue to go through this weekend (December 20-22) and next weekend (December 26-29). Festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will go on until 10:00 p.m. The festival will have many attractions, such as music, theater, crafts, pony rides, a petting farm and even Polar Express Train Rides. Guests will have time to shop, enjoy a dinner theater and even visit with Santa Claus. The price is $11 for seniors, military, and children under 13 years old, and $15 for ages 13-59. This weekend’s lineup includes:

  • Friday, December 20: In the Spotlight Dance and Andy & Joy
  • Saturday, December 21: Monroe Concert Band and Jerry Miner
  • Sunday, December 22: Premiere Dance Center and Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band
  • December 29 the Warm Beach Camp event will be “Choose Your Own Price,” there will be no minimum requirement for entrance into the event.

Shoreline Solstice Stroll 
Bennion and Deville Fine Homes IncThe Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is hosting the Shoreline Solstice Stroll this weekend. Located only 20 minutes from Capitol Hill, this once a year event begins Friday, December 20, and ends Sunday, December 21. The event is open from the beginning of sunset at 4:30 p.m. and will end at 9:00 p.m. on both days. This year Cynthia Knox, the creative director of the SummerSet Arts Festival, has partnered with the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden to create art especially for the Stroll. Enter a magical world of delicate orbs, giant flowers, and a “hobbit hive” in this one of a kind setting. The Garden will be providing warm beverages and cookies for everyone to enjoy. There is no fee for this event, however donations are requested and greatly appreciated. Come and light up the longest day of the year!

Burke Museum: Fish & Shells
Bennion & Deville Windermere Seattle Real Estate AgentsIf you are looking to break up the holiday festivities the Burke Museum may just have what you’re looking for. Throughout the month of December they will have a special display of fish and shells that are not typically available to the public. This special exhibit is thanks to Dr. Phillip and Sandra Nudelman who donated around 100,000 shells, making this event possible and will be available on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of the month. The Museum is located 15 minutes from Queen Anne. General admission is $10.

We hope you enjoy the rest of the holidays with family and friends. Don’t forget to purchase tickets to your favorite New Years Eve event before it’s too late!

Happy Holidays from the Bennion and Deville team!

Seattle Holiday Roundup: Seasonal festivities & entertainment

Santa is soon coming to town so the Bennion & Deville Fine Homes team has lined up some of the holiday’s most festive happenings so we scrapped our weekend roundup this week for some more cheery celebrations to mark your calendars with!

11/23-12/4 – Festival of Trees Celebration
A treat for children and adults alike, Seattle Children’s Hospital uniquely themed and decorated designer Christmas trees will be on display for 2 weeks at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel so if you find yourself downtown be sure to drop in for some ooing and aaahing.
Free, Fairmont Olympic Hotel.
More Info Here

11/26-1/1 – 21st Annual Gingerbread Village
Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village Bennion & DevilleOne of this lists true treats (get it?), the Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Seattle hotel will be bringing nursery rhymes to larger-than-edible-life this year as the culinary team teams with local architectural firms.  Take a stroll through, watch your little guys squirm to keep their hands to themselves and vote for your favorite at the end!
Free, 7 days/week, 24 Hours/day.
More Info Here

Photo via Seattle Curbed

11/27 – The Jimi Hendrix Birthday Tribute Concert
Although this rock legend and “Seattle born guitar-god” has been gone almost 40 years ago, his legacy lives on and his music remains as popular as ever.   This event will help raise money for The Hendrix Music Academy, an organization that provides music education to King County’s at-risk youth.
7:30 p.m. $20, The Vera Project.

11/29-12/3 – Christmas Ship Festival

Photo via West Seattle Herald
Image courtesy of West Seattle Herald

This Northwest tradition has been drawing Seattleites out of their cozy abodes, donning scarves and Starbucks red cups since 1949.  Watch from land or lake for a cheery celebration of twinkly lights, choirs singing carols on ships, and all around festiveness as crowds gather on shores around bonfires to anticipate the arrival of the ships.
Photo via west seattle herald.com
More Info Here

Seattle Nordstrom Santa Lane Bennion & Deville Fine Homes Inc.
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11/29-12/24 – Nordstrom Santa Lane
Visit and take photos with Santa in his workshop outside the downtown Seattle Nordstrom at 500 Pine St.  Lucky kids in line will be treated to candy canes and cocoa, but if you’re on the fly, pop by the window and hear him “Ho, Ho, Ho,” to wishful kids in his grotto.
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11/29 – Macy’s Holiday Parade & Star Lighting
Macy's Parade, Bennion & Deville Seattle Fine HomesThis year’s parade begins at Seventh and loops through downtown with over 25 floats, 650 costumed characters, marching bands and other entertainers that welcome Santa coming to town, in very grand style – not to mention that it may be a welcome shopping break for worn out Black Friday bravers.  The Macy’s star will be lit for the season at 5pm with a fireworks display to follow!
9:00am-10:00am, 4th & Pine

11/29-11/31 – Seattle Center Winterfest
Seattle Center presents a winter wonderland of lights, an ice rink, ice sculpting, winter train & village, lively weekend performances.
More Info Here

11/29 – Carolers at Seattle Center Winterfest

11/29-12/29 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
A scroogy Seattle tradition to drive home the real meaning of the Christmas season and what’s really worth celebrating.  Dubbed “The Granddaddy of all holiday shows” by The Seattle P-I, this one is a must!
(Every Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun until Dec. 29th)
ACT Theatre, $27 & higher
More Info Here

11/29-1/4 – Wild Lights at Woodland Park Zoo
Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 2.59.43 PMA totally wild winter lights festival created in thousands of LED lights.
5:30-8:30pm, Woodland Park Zoo.
More Info Here

12/1 – Seattle Marathon Race Day
For all the brave souls that have spent the last several months training, or those who are simply looking to shed their extra thanksgiving load, the Seattle Marathon kicks off at 8:15 on Sunday morning at 5th and Harrison and will wind its way through city from downtown, over the I-90 floating bridge, along scenic Lake Washington Boulevard, and back through the Arboretum and Capitol Hill towards Memorial Stadium. Good luck runners!
More Info Here

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Seattle’s Best: Bennion & Deville Picks for Fine Dining and Entertainment in the Emerald City

Here at Bennion & Deville we’re strong believers in the idea that there’s no better place to live than Seattle. Not only is Seattle a great place to buy real estate (Seeking city & mountain views? Lake front? A plentiful abundance of neighborhood coffee shops?- we can check all these boxes), the city is rich with culture and the arts, never lacking in weeknight or weekend entertainment options. So rich, in fact, that there are far too many things to do and see in just one weekend. With a number of plays and comedy troupes coming to Seattle this fall, and an abundance of fine cuisine, we’ve narrowed it down to a few more picks for entertainment starting this weekend.

A Night at the Bathhouse Theatre with The Habit Comedy Troupe

Bob Bennion WindermereNamed Seattle’s best comedy group, “The Habit” is back with another original play this November. The group, which began performing together in 1995 at the University of Washington writes and directs its own comedy shows each year. “The Habit 13,” which marks the troupe’s 13th show, will open on Friday, November 15 and continue through December 1this year. Audiences can look forward to comedic sketches about passive aggressive astronauts, bomb defusing robots and the vagueness of our founding fathers in this year’s performance.

Tickets are available on The Habit’s website now. This show has been rated PG-13; something to consider if you plan on taking the entire family.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles”

This comedic Sherlock Holmes tale of brash Canadian, Henry Baskerville is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seat. As the dark mystery behind Baskerville’s inherited British mansion unfolds before their eyes, can play-goers decipher the clues in this classic Victorian whodunit before the famous detective himself?Bob Bennion Seattle Real Estate

“The Hound of the Baskervilles” will run from November 15 through December 15. Tickets for the three hour performance range from $15 to $45 and are available on Seattle Repertory Theatre’s website.

“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” the Musical

Don’t miss your last chance to catch the Broadway touring version of “Pricilla, Queen of the Desert” as is makes its final stop in Seattle this weekend. Full of sequins, neon colors and platform shoes, this tale of three friends is sure to entertain with its mix of down-to-earth stories and over-the-top musical numbers to hits including the classic “I Will Survive.”

The show will be held at the Paramount Theater through Sunday, November 17. Tickets range in price from $25 to $70 and are available online now.

Brunswick and Hunt Farm-To-Table Pop-Up Dinner

The team behind Brunswick and Hunt invite you to join them for a six course feast, sampling some of Seattle’s finest foods and drink in celebration of their highly anticipated restaurant opening in 2014.  The dinner will take place at Altura at 6 p.m. on November 7 and include dishes like Oxtail and Mushroom Toasts, Autumn Braised Chicken and Double Chocolate Cake with a smoked chocolate ganache, butter bourbon pudding and crabapple compote. Each course comes with its own specially selected drink pairing for the finest dining experience. Tickets for the event are $90 and are available online now.

With so many great things to choose from, how could you go wrong? For more great weekend options, check out Seattle Met’s website here and stay tuned for our next Bennion & Deville Weekend Roundup.

Bennion & Deville’s Seattle Weekend Roundup: Pike Place Market & Beyond

Pike Place Market & BeyondBennion and Deville Fine Homes, Pike Place Market Seattle

One of the most unique aspects of Seattle is its thriving culinary scene. Because the Northwest coast is home to some of the freshest ingredients, from fish to locally grown produce, there is a sense of pride in the way the people of Seattle pick, prepare, and most importantly consume our food. Whether it’s picking from the heaps of internationally acclaimed restaurants to try or preparing a meal for the family at home, we all know the effect that a great meal can have on ourselves and the community, especially as our appetites seem to kick into gear as the days grow shorter. Foodies and casual diners alike know and are loyal to their favorite spots in the city, but Seattle has long been recognized as city willing to dive into new cuisines which has produced a burgeoning restaurant scene with new eateries popping up almost every week.  This weekend, you can be sure to catch some of the Bennion and Deville team at a few of these great culinary events taking place this weekend.

Pike Place Market
Bennion & Deville Fine Homes Inc Seattle PhotosEstablished in the early 1900s, and continuing just as strong today, Pike Place Market is one of the city’s most historic and unique landmarks. As the premier “people’s market” of Washington, Pike Place ushers in hundreds of locals and tourist alike, looking for an authentic market experience. Farmers from across the state bring their goods here, enriching the food community with a wealth of healthy options to satisfy all tastes.  With the growing trend of honest, authentic cooking, and farm to table concepts using the bounty of Northwest goods, the market hosts many events that attract people from all walks of life to enjoy one of Seattle’s proudest landmarks.

Arcade Lights
This weekend, Pike Place will welcome over 60 local brewers and culinary artisans to share their talents at Arcade Lights on Friday, October 18. For the food and beverage connoisseur, this “celebration of artisan food, beer & wine” is the best event lined up this weekend. Pre-sale Tickets & 21+ tickets are on-sale today for $28 and $35 the day of the event. This is a can’t miss opportunity for anyone looking for a unique, exciting experience in Seattle this weekend.Bob Deville, Bob Bennion Windermere, Pike Place Market Seattle

Music Roundup
If you’re looking for a good concert Friday through Sunday, the city ushers in a few of today’s best and most notorious acts.

Friday

  • Macy Gray brings her big personality, her even bigger voice, and a bit of funk and soul to The Crocodile
  • The Avett Brothers, who released their new cd, Magpie and the Dandelion just 2 days ago are playing at The Key Arena for some good ‘ol fashioned Americana folk sounds.

Saturday

  • The always entertaining Kanye West will be taking the stage at The Key Arena.
  • Hometown hero Chris Cornell will be playing a show at Benaroya Hall.

Sunday

  • The phenomenal composer Phillip Glass rounds out the weekend at the Kirkland Performance Center.

No matter what you choose to do this weekend, nothing ends a night better than resting in a Bennion & Deville Fine Home. While Bob Bennion and Bob Deville may not be spotted at the Kanye West show on Saturday, we feel comforted knowing that we can serve this city by providing luxury homes to the incomparable people of Seattle that make our neighborhoods and communities flourish.

Seattle Weekend Staycation Itinerary, July 26th-28th

This weekend’s schedule is so jam-packed with attractions and boasts such a stellar weather forecast that there is no reason to venture out of town if you’re seeking excitement in the greater Seattle area.  Whether you’re in the mood to get a good jog in, peruse a few arts and crafts stalls, wow crowds with your vocals, rock out with Capitol Hill‘s hipsters, bust out that Scottish jig you’ve been working on or come face to face with a 60ft inflatable Seafair pirate, this weekend’s roundup has something to offer everyone…

Capitol Hill Block Party

Capitol Hill Block Party, Bennion & Deville
Photo via www.nadamucho.com

(Fri-Sun) Music festival, food, art, vendors. Pike/Pine corridor.  Performing artists include: Flaming Lips, Dirty Projectors, Girl Talk and Hey Marseilles. www.capitolhillblockparty.com

Seafair Torchlight Run and Parade

Photo Via http://seattle.findwell.com
Photo Via http://seattle.findwell.com

(Saturday) Run starts at 6:30 pm followed by Parade, and pirates! Parade kicks off a long list of Seafair festivities! www.seafair.com

 

Bellevue Festival of the Arts

(Fri-Sun) Outdoor arts and crafts fair, music, food.  www.bellevuefest.org

Photo via www.bellevuearts.org
Photo via www.bellevuearts.org

BAM Arts Fair

(Fri-Sun) One of the largest and most prestigious art festivals in the region.  Featuring over 300 juried artists booths, performance art, live music, artist demonstrations and delicious food. www.bellevuearts.org

Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering

(Fri-Sun) Athletics, instrumentals, national dancing, Scottish foods, pubs, Celtic Arts showcases, artisans musicians and performers. www.sshga.org

Photo via www.sshga.com
Photo via www.sshga.com

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Stevens Aquafest

(Fri-Sun) Featuring Aquafest Idol, AquaRun, boat parade, car show, sports tournaments, food, drink, and entertainment. www.aquafest.org

Renton River Days

(Fri-Sun) Family festival and celebration of community.  Art show, market, food, parade, stage entertainment, kid activities at Liberty Park and parade. www.rentonriverdays.org

American Cancer Society Relay For Life

Organized overnight community fundraising walk to raise money for cancer. www.relayforlife.org

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Americana Fourth of July

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With a built in theme, history, color scheme and almost guaranteed good weather, the 4th of July holiday practically builds its own party every year.   This year, what better way to bask in this glorious weather than with a 4th of July Americana style lawn party- a holiday party inspired by the design of times gone by. Thinking road trips, country fairs, and good old-fashioned lawn games our July 4th vision this year begged for a rustic outdoor setting.

Whether neighboring a big red barn, cabining on a shell-ridden beach or a picnicking on a picket-fenced lawn, a holiday so inherently rich in theme and character means you can keep the décor low-key (for this all-American theme, keep the look from feeling kitschy by decorating in faded or vintage shades of red, white and blue), the food simple, and the spirit of summer freedom lasting all day long.  So, string some homemade bunting, hang some tea-light laden lanterns, dust off the grill, stock up on sticks and marshmallows and dig out those lawn games to tackle this heat wave head on, eat good food and gather with friends and family.

Seattle July 4th Happenings:

For more July Fourth happenings in the greater Seattle area visit Red Tricycle’s fabulous Fourth of July Roundup.

 

Image Credits: Bunting: Amazon, Candy apples: Pinterest user Daniëlle D, Red Tin Lantern: Factory Direct Craft, Vintage Glass Coke Bottles: Coca Cola, Vintage Bowling Set: Pottery Barn, Fourth of July Table Setting: Weddings Online , United States of Americana (book) Kurt B. Reighly: Amazon, Stars and Stripes Pie: She Knows, Star Spangles Sparklers: Alibaba, Ralph Lauren Airstream: Cote De Texas, Floral Arrangement: Apartment Therapy, Vogue Cover: Vogue, Harbor napkin set in red: Anthropologie

Moodboard Mondays: Spring Entertaining

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With the impending Easter holidays just around the corner, we’ve had spring entertaining on the mind as this is a time made all the sweeter when spent with family and friends, flowers, Sunday roasts, and baskets full of chocolate.  Particularly inspired by a slightly muted vintage palette, we’re encouraging mismatched china, wrinkled linens, Robin’s egg blues, lavenders, gold accents, DIY nests, vintage whites, grays, dusty pinks, and other springtime subtleties (think birds feathers, vintage bunting, etc.).

Our spring flowers of choice include the obvious tulips, lilies, and daffodils but also pussy willow, apple blossom branches, quince branches, hyacinths, muscari, pansies, bright colored poppies, peonies, dogwood, delphinium and larkspur, and any loosely assembled arrangements that looks as though its been swept straight from the stand of a farmers market.

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Image credits (top) :spring flowers in vases marthastewart.com , vintage bunny Rip + Tan , tulips and pussy willows Frugalflower.com, bowtie 100layercake.com, peep bunting The Tortoise and the Hare

Image credits (bottom):Table 100layercake.com, Linen Easter sign potterybarn.com, macaroons in china Sugarbaker & Toad, Watercolor “Eggshells + Feathers” Trisha Hayman, dyed simple syrups A Subtle Revelry , China Plate  Sugarbaker & Toad, gold easter egg and egg cup StudioDIY.com, spring flowers in eggcups marthastewart.com, vintage hats – Josh Goleman, 100layercake.com, yellow bunting Intimateweddings on Etsy, pussy willow nest marthastewart.com

 

Thanskgiving Mood Board (& Pumpkin Musings)

It’s no question that fall has fall has graced Seattle with its presence kindly this year (its kind of dry!).  In fact we’re wading practically knee deep in foliage in our driveways, Starbucks has all of Seattle instagramming trendy coffee shots post their premature release of this year’s holiday cup, Delilah is itching to secure the Carpenter’s Christmas Collection on her repeat loop, Santa has been remodeling the downtown Nordstrom’s corner lot for several weeks now, and we are well on our way to Thanksgiving.

Although pumpkin seems to have elbowed its way to the top on every single cocktail, dinner and dessert menu in town, it (among other classic thanksgiving desserts) is often left in the bloated shadow of the post-Thanksgiving gorge.  So, in an effort to preserve our waistlines and our pumpkins, we are quite inspired to ditch the dessert this year in favor of a rustic and harvest inspired thanksgiving table top that features pumpkins in all their natural glory.  Enjoy!

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