Assistant Innkeeper Sarah here again. I’m happy to say that fall has arrived here in Seattle! The air is crisp, the trees are turning all sorts of lovely colors and the sun is shining magnificently (well, sometimes). This is my first autumn here in the Pacific Northwest and I must say, it has stolen my heart (you better believe I have already made applesauce, if only to fill my house with the smell of warm cinnamon-sugar!)
Here is your guide to fall activities in Seattle and beyond. First, let’s start with beer, shall we?
If you choose to go anywhere this year to celebrate beer, I recommend the Leavenworth Oktoberfest. Leavenworth is a beautiful little Bavarian town nestled into the mountains of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Imagine yourself visiting a small mountain town in Europe. Pair that with live music, bratwurst and pretzels, lots and lots of beer, and you have the recipe for a perfect fall celebration! The 2 ½ hour drive is well worthwhile as you traverse beautiful Snoqualmie Pass. Visit anytime between October 1 and 15 and you are sure to enjoy yourself.
A little too far from Seattle? Check out the Snohomish Brew Fest, located about 45 minutes to an hour north of Seattle. Tickets are $30 for general admission ($35 at the door) and include a $5 food voucher. Homemade pretzel necklaces are more than welcome too! Food will be available for purchase and it gets better: beer pong will be played! Ages 21+.
Want something for the young…or young at heart?
PUMPKIN PATCHES & ACTIVITIES:
Just outside of downtown Snohomish is a plethora of activities for the little ones. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” by picking a pumpkin at Stocker Farms, near the Country Market. Its Red Barn will be open with a giant corn maze.
If you don’t want to drive that far, head a few blocks up the street from us to the Woodland Park Zoo’s Pumpkin Bash at the Zoo on October 29 and 30 from 9:30 a.m. till 3 p.m. Kids who dress in costume get free admission with a paid adult. There will be trick-or-treating, pumpkins for the zoo animals, storytelling, and face painting (not included in admission price).
Want a little more life in your party? Check out the Fashionably Undead Prom: Under the Sea at the Experience Music Project (EMP) museum on October 22. Get your costume on and dance the spooks away with a DJ, live music by Prom Queen, a photobooth, pizza from Wicked Pies, and even an interactive yearbook game! Tickets are on sale now for $25.
If it’s good food you are looking for, we have you covered. Look for these events coming soon:
From October 9-13 and 16–20, experience as much of Seattle food culture as you can, and do it cheaply during Seattle Restaurant Week. More than 165 restaurants will feature special lunch ($18) and dinner ($32) menus for you to get a special taste of what the city has to offer. Each price includes a three-course meal.
If you want to support a charity and local farms while enjoying Seattle’s culinary delights, visit An Incredible Feast, October 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. Your ticket purchase ($125 GA, $185 VIP) supports the Good Farmer Fund providing emergency relief to farmers in Washington. Chefs from all over Seattle will pair up with farmers from neighboring counties to create a lovely food experience. Don’t miss the silent auction!
For more info about local Washington fall events, visit this website. I wish you a very merry fall season, full of apple cider, dark beer, and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!