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Downtown Kirkland in the Halloween Spirit

Happy Halloween!! Enjoy this montage of photos from the downtown door decorating contest. 

Bonus: There's a little "Where's Waldo" for you too- can you spot the doorstep where somebody left their lunch? (I swear it wasn't me...)


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Heathman (winner)----> IMG_4965             IMG_4965  <------Via Lago (runner up)

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When the Rain Comes, we SHOP!

What perfect timing for the Nordstrom Rack to be opening in Totem Lake this week.  Because when I'm not baking pumpkin bread (aka:consuming, another problem entirely) I've already switched over to my gray sweaters, dark nail polish and wooly hats.  Why not shop for shelter from the rain and dare-I-say, a little holiday gift giving? Official opening is Oct 26th with the VIP Opening Party a few days prior.  Super excited for this addition to our backyard! Steve perhaps not as much, he may be weary of the dangers this proximity presents for our Nordstrom card.  Tips to the wise, if you happen to have a scooter, Mini Cooper, or Smartcar  (or bus pass?) you are far more likely to be able to navigate this nimble parking lot. Hours are Mon-Sat 10-9 and Sun 11-8.  Happy shopping!

Right next door the Trader Joe's at  12520 Totem Lake Blvd is hot and happening already. 8am-9pm.  If you have kids, don't forget to send them searching for the hidden 'frog' in the store so they can win a prize.  My teenagers still think this is hilarious?! 


October Tricks and Treats!

Hween 2017

Oct 13th -- Swing by  the Art Walk which will kick off at 5pm with the City of Kirkland receiving an award from the American Planning Association for the design of Park Lane. We landed on this year's Great Places in America list, as one of the five streets in the nation to win in the 'Greatest Streets' category. 

Oct 23rd-- is judging week for the downtown merchants and restaurants, all of WITCH are encouraged to participate in a "Monster Door" contest.  Businesses can decorate their doors and windows in a monster theme, using whatever decor they can find.   There is no cost for anyone to participate, and they will be judged on their creativity and effort.  I'll be on the  panel of judges along with Jim Gatens from the Kirkland Reporter, and Rob Butcher from Kirkland Views.  So you should know that Heath Bar or Sour Patch Kids are my faves in case I accept bribes.  Not likely.  But just in case.

Oct 27th--The adult Halloween parade is happening from 6pm-9pm. Early birds  meet at 5 at the Heathman Hotel for the Zombie Wine Walk (the last one is Nov 17th!). You need tickets for this one, but it's well worth it! ($25-35). The best zombie costumes will be crowned as Kirkland's Zombie King and Queen, and receive a gift certificate to Trellis restaurant! 

Oct 29th--Mark your calendars for Sunday Oct 29th for a kids Halloween parade that will wind through downtown Kirkland.  Meet at Marina Pavilion at 1:45 and start parading at 2pm. Don't forget your pooch, there's a contest for dogs AND children before the parade begins. Hit up the local business for some treats from 3-6.

Oct 31st-- the REAL Halloween trick-or-treating takes place. Stop by downtown participating merchants from 3-6pm- teal balloons indicate peanut-free options and the orange balloons out front means they might have peanuts in their treats. 

Kudos to the KDA and the Chamber for scaring up a spooktacular October for us.

Autumn Favorite

My friend Gail and I were in the car together the other day and decided that this is our favorite Kirkland tree of the season.  It just stands proudly by itself exploding with color and makes me smile every time I drive by. Do you know where it is? Should we give it a name?  Seems deserving of one. 

Send me pics of your other faves and their locations kirklandweblog@gmail.com.



The Melody Lynne Vineyard Tasting Room & Wine Bar


IMG_4703Instinct tells me to swat the lights away so I can read the words

That's a mouthful!  I like to call it TMLVTRWB for short. :-)

Roll out the welcome mat for the much-anticipated opening of our newest wine-pouring hideaway.  Melody Lynne's at 106 Kirkland Ave is right next to George's and when Steve and I popped in for a glass of wine and some nibbles before dinner, there were a good number of people sitting at the tables and cozied up to the faux fireplace.  One friend told me she sat in one of  those seats and they even had a lap blanket available for her.  Nice touch!   Steve and I ponied up to the bar, and were immediately given some tastings to try. We loved the friendly and open demeanor of the staff that was encouraging us to pour some more or try other samples. Don't have to twist my arm!   There were so many choices it was difficult to decide, so I just went with the first one that sang my name (Cedar River 'Confluence' on that day).  There seems to be a little something for everyone.... chard, riesling, rose, sauv blanc, viognier (oh how I love viogniers), white blend, champagne, cab franc, cab sauv, merlot, petite syrah, pinot noir, red blends.  And the font on the menu is big enough that you can forget your glasses at home and still happily order your favorite vino.  TMLV grows the grapes on their eastern Washington vineyard and then buys back the wine that blossoms from them.   Full circle.

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A secret squirrel told me there's a rooftop deck- but I didn't even notice this option when I was inside. Next summer when the sun re-surfaces, I'll be on the lookout for that.  Melody Lynne's had an opening party on September 12th and they blew it out with a live band up on the roof playing for the streets of Kirkland.  Love them already, right?  There's some outdoor patio seating and the front accordian-style doors have been open to take advantage of that open air connection with downtown Kirkland.  Despite being new, somehow the charming, rustic atmosphere of this gem feels like it's been a part of Kirkland for a while.  Kind of like an old soul if it were human- deep, wise, kind, authentic.  They do serve some light appetizers/snacks (no full kitchen).  We wanted to feel good about ourselves that day so we went for the veggie and hummus plate (photo). 

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Most importantly-Happy hour is 3-6! Hours of operation are open Tues-Thurs 3-9, Fri 2-9, Sat 12-9, Sun 2-7 (closed Mon)

Visit their FB page. 425-822-8300. see you at the bar!