Locus Wines Opens a New Tasting Room

Leave the stale crackers and obscure wine tasting behind and experience Locus Wines’ newly dedicated tasting room in Occidental Square.

While wine tasting can be intimidating for many, Ton Yazici and Rich Burton, co-founders of Locus Wines, have mastered the design of wine and food and will have you buying bottles for your own holiday table.

The pair has emphasized the way that wine and food compliment each other and take a dining experience to a different level.

“We are experts in drinking wine,” Yazici jokes, “and we drink wine primarily when we are eating. It’s from personal experience that we feel that the food and wine are so intertwined and people deserve that experience.”

The Seattle-based winery has hosted many tasting events since its beginning in 2012 that included food pairings. Now its first dedicated wine tasting room will feature those pairings exclusively.

 “When you have a good pairing, the wine elevates the food and the food elevates the wine, and that’s the foundation of what we have tried to achieve,” Yazici says.

Sipping on the 2016 Locus Sud – a red blend of Grenache, cinsult, and syrah – might leave a slight acidic taste on your tongue. But when paired with the eggplant caprese that was carefully curated by Yazici, you are suddenly sent on a smooth, creamy delight that has you reaching for your glass of red.

The 2016 Locus Rose is a perfect addition for your holiday table after you’ve tasted its perfect compliment to a turkey breast and cranberry relish bite.

The flavors of the grapes can age and change so differently and so frequently that it requires an aspect of adaptation for Yazici and Burton that may not be the case for other tasting rooms.

“The menu will change every few months or weeks even because the seasons change. I have the luxury of tasting the wine so I can see the change but I can’t just rest on one recipe that I created because I may not be able to serve it in a few months,” Yazici says.

As the winemaker, Burton relishes in the ability to bring European white varietals and bold Washington red wines to the public at a reasonable price.

 “We wanted to do something new but we wanted to do it right, and we were not going to just create another tasting room where you try five wines, pay your 10 dollars and go, he says. “We wanted to recreate what we were doing at our release parties where we provide this welcoming place where you experience this intersection of food and wine. We really wanted to create an experience for everyone.”

Visit the clean, inviting space in Occidental Square for a night of wine and food pairings that everyone will find approachable and delicious.Locus Wines will be open Wednesday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and for more information, including events and wine club options, visit

Delille Cellars has a Swanky New Tasting room

DeLille Cellars, one of Woodinville’s founding wineries, has opened their beautiful new tasting room and retail tower at Hollywood Station. This past weekend they celebrated the opening with a party and guests enjoyed DeLille wines, cheese pairings and live music while getting a first look of the private tasting rooms, library room, third-story rooftop deck with views of Mount Rainier, and mezzanine overlooking the winemaking facility and barrel room.
“We are excited to open our doors and showcase DeLille’s new home,” said CEO Tom Dugan. “This will mark the first time since 1998 that we’ve had our winery and retail operations under one roof, and with the adjacent access to winemaking and a unique three story tasting room tower, we’re very excited to welcome wine club members and guests to share connections, create joy and experience our passion for Washington wine.”

“With our new home at Hollywood Station, we now have space ideally suited to present our world-class wines, our history, and approach to winemaking,” added Jason Gorski, DeLille’s director of winemaking.  “It has been incredibly rewarding to repurpose the iconic Redhook Brewery and I hope it will continue to be a hub for the local community and a beacon for wine lovers.”
DeLille Cellars is a prominent player in developing Washington State as a premier wine region and they look to continue elevating the Washington wine experience through this endeavor which unites all of their operations under one roof for the first time since 1998. All three levels of the new building will offer predominantly seated tasting experiences for a variety of guests and group sizes, with the main level open to the public and the upper floors available for wine club members and their guests, in addition to space for corporate dinners and events after hours. To book your tasting and learn more

Luxury Hotel coming to Muckleshoot Casino

Twenty-four years after opening a casino which would set the standard for gaming in Washington State, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe will once again redefine expectations with the addition of a luxury resort at Muckleshoot Casino. 

Anticipated to open in the second quarter of 2021, the 18-story, 400-room hotel tower will offer sweeping views showcasing the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Sixty percent of the accommodations will allow for stunning panoramas of Tahoma, the native name for Mount Rainier, while other rooms will showcase the majesty of the Olympic mountain range.

Beyond the comfort of their plush retreats, guests will be able to enjoy an indoor, climate-controlled pool, pamper themselves with signature spa treatments, and more. A supervised play area and arcade will provide peace of mind for parents seeking respite of a different kind. Additionally, dining will reach new heights with a rooftop, fine-dining restaurant.  

Muckleshoot Casino General Manager Conrad Granito states, “The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has a history of innovation and leadership in Indian gaming. This logical evolution of their well-respected casino brand acknowledges consumer desires for a one-stop entertainment destination where fun, relaxation and dining beyond anything the market currently offers is just steps away.”

The hotel resort at Muckleshoot Casino will be the pinnacle of an exciting expansion already underway which completely re-envisions the gaming destination. The first phase of the project will add a 20,000-square-foot, technologically advanced events center, a trio of fast-casual dining destinations, a high-energy center bar, and more. Smoke-free gaming at Muckleshoot Casino, already the most offered in the state, also will increase. Additionally, a carefully curated cultural gallery will celebrate the history and journey of the Muckleshoot Tribe. The completion of the expansion’s first phase is expected in spring 2020. 

Once the full transformation is unveiled one year later in 2021 with the debut of an anticipated Four Star resort, Muckleshoot Casino will take its reputation as the “Biggest and Best in the Northwest” to an unparalleled level with 157,000 square feet of continuous gaming, 29,000 total square feet of event space, more than a dozen dining choices, and much, much more.

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Leavenworth: A Peek at Midweek

As popular as Leavenworth is, the middle of the week brings a bit of a slower pace and a touch more access to the region’s many romantic as well as family-friendly attractions. And that gives last-minute planners an opportunity to impress their loved ones with the perfect vacation. So why not set your sights on midweek?

Discover the same amazing variety of delicious food and drink, the same blue skies and outdoor adventures, and the entire village at full hum. Choose village lodging with friendly staff to greet you in small, boutique hotels downtown, charming cabins and vacation homes on the river, or opulent luxury accommodations that intertwine with nature. Check in, then head into the heart of Leavenworth. It’s an easy stroll to enjoy the charm of a tiny village filled with amenities like brimming flowerpots, shops, parks, restaurants, and live music in the Gazebo. 

If you’re in the mood for another kind of pedestrian adventure, explore trails that access the nearby mountains and rivers. Fall hikes in Icicle Canyon are considered some of the best in America, and the autumnal color along Highway 2 and the trails adjacent to Lake Wenatchee is glorious. Midweek, the woods will be a little quieter, bringing you closer to the tranquility of nature. Choose from a selection of spa opportunities to put the finishing touch on deep renewal.  

Never forget your taste buds when you visit Leavenworth! The wineries, cideries, and breweries proudly offer outstanding tastes and bottles to take back to your room or home for holiday meals. The wave of farm to table has taken root, creating a broad array of food choices from Bavarian, to brew pub, to locally sourced bistro.  

Visiting midweek will have you living a little more like a local. Discover the amazing Farmer’s Market on Thursdays, and throw your beach blanket out on Barn Beach or enjoy the local musical talent in the evening. Make plans today to take the road less traveled and bag a midweek stay in Leavenworth. 

 For information on places to stay and things to do in Leavenworth, visit

Girlfriends’ Autumn Getaway

Nothing says fall fun like a girls trip to Bellevue. From shopping to dining to outside adventures, this weekend escape offers plenty of options.

For your weekend stay, check into the brand-new Hilton Garden Inn. It’s conveniently located downtown just minutes from great shopping, dining and more. This clean, bright, modern hotel includes a stylish lobby, conference rooms, and a pool and balcony overlooking the city.

Satisfy your appetite at The Lakehouse at Lincoln Square South. Dining at this farmhouse-chic restaurant will make you feel like you are enjoying a delicious meal at your friend’s lake house. Its fresh seasonal menu, which changes every six weeks, will keep you coming back.

Stroll around and enjoy shopping, mingling and more at Bellevue Square. Take in the sunset views at Meydenbauer Bay Park. Kayaking rentals are available.

Chef Joel Handshuh says he loves to cook “by inspiration.” And that inspiration comes from the freshest foods available. The Lakehouse menu offers a lovely pairing of thoughtful cuisine and cocktails that will tantalize your taste buds. The restaurant also serves breakfast and lunch weekdays and brunch on the weekends.

Stop in for a bite and a distinctly different sip at Third Culture Coffee. This artistic and globally themed shop features hot and cold brew from around the world. Ask about the avocado and kaya toast. A well-known snack in Singapore and Malaysia, kaya is akin to a coconut jam.

At Central Bar + Restaurant, Sundays are fun days with DJ music and games. Any day of the week, you can take in the upbeat, hip and lively atmosphere, with menus to match for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We loved the cauliflower appetizer and the Buddha bowl for a fresh option.

Leah Grout Images by Morgan Lucas

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10777 NE 10th St

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80 102nd Ave NE

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10475 NE 6th St

Buckle Up for the Great Race

This is the first time the Great Race, the world’s premiere old-car rally, will take place entirely on the West Coast. It will start in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, June 22, and finish in Tacoma on Sunday, June 30. The 2,300-mile adventure will bring 120 of the world’s finest antique automobiles to 18 cities in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Teams and cars from Japan, England, Australia, Canada and every corner of the United States will converge with vintage automobiles dating back as far as 1916. Cars built in 1974 and earlier are eligible. Most entries will have been manufactured before World War II. “We are pleased to be working with our friends at America’s Car Museum to host the finish of the 2019 Great Race,” says race director Jeff Stumb. The race has started and ended in Tacoma before, he says, “but this will be the first time we have the honor of holding the race in conjunction with America’s Car Museum.”

The event was started in 1983 by Tom McRae. It takes its name from the 1965 movie The Great Race. The comedy is based on the real-life 1908 automobile race from New York to Paris. The “race” is actually a time/speed/distance rally. The vehicles, each with a driver and navigator, are given precise instructions each day for every move down to the second. They are scored at secret checkpoints along the way and are penalized one second for each second either early or late. The lowest score wins.

If all goes according to plan, cars start and finish one minute apart. Organizers say the biggest challenge for the teams, other than staying on time and following instructions, is getting an old car to the finish line each day. Each stop on the Great Race is free to the public. Spectators may visit with participants and view the cars. Kids may even climb in some cars for a firsthand look.

“When the Great Race pulls into a city it becomes an instant festival,” Stumb says. “Last year we had five overnight stops with more than 10,000 spectators on our way to having 250,000 people see the Great Race during the event.” Luckily this year the event will end with the Shine Time Car Show at America’s Car Museum.

The Shine Time Car Show is free fun for the whole family. There’ll be hundreds of collector cars, plus food trucks. The Great Race will finish at America’s Car Museum on June 30 between 1:30 and 3:30pm.


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2019 Summer Escapes

Get a head start on your summer and check into all the activities happening around Puget Sound all season long. With concert series, fireworks shows and a strawberry festival, summer 2019 is gearing up to be full of fun. Here are a few highlights.


Summer in Lacey is jam-packed with festivals, concerts and other community events. On June 22–23, the Renaissance themed festival All’s Faire lets locals and tourists be Vikings, kings, queens, pirates and more. Lacey Days begins right after, running from June 24 through July 8. Events include a jazz festival, children’s entertainment series, ice cream social and the South Sound BBQ Festival. July 3 is the city’s biggest summer event: The Fireworks Spectacular and Freedom Concert. Festivalgoer sare invited to spread out chairs and blankets at Rainier Vista Community Park for the show.


Olympia is kicking off summer with the Strawberry Festival at South Bay Grange on June 15. The festival will have live music, crafts and, of course, all things strawberries. Summer celebrating will continue with Capital Lakefair beginning July 17. This five-day event includes food, entertainment, a carnival, basketball tournament and more. A stunning fireworks display will mark the end of the fair on July 21.


The Bash Music and Craft Beer Festival is on June 9 at America’s Car Museum. This is a first for Tacoma, but it’s not new to the U.S. The festival features over 100 craft beers and live music by Rancid, Pennywise and more. Tacoma’s Freedom Fair is Washington state’s largest Fourth of July event. Before the fireworks show, there’ll be entertainment and activities for the whole family, food, crafts vendors and a car show.


Rhubarb Days is an annual event and this year it is July 27–28. It’s a time for watching the pie eating contest or taking part in rhubarb racing. It also includes live music, kids’ activities and a vintage market. Every Friday in July, Sumner hosts Music Off Main, featuring several bands and celebrating music enjoyed outdoors. Fridays in August are Movies Off Main, for an evening watching a movie in the park. Sumner hosts the Classy Chassis Car Show on Aug. 11.


Summer is full of family activities in Gig Harbor. The city hosts a Summer Concert Series and Family Movie Nights. Spend an evening dancing with your loved one or enjoying a family-friendly flick in the park. July 20–21 is the 35th Annual Summer Art Festival, featuring local artists, amateur and professionals alike.


An Island Art Adventure

Drive off the mainland to the scenic island destinations of Camano Island in the Pacific Northwest. Just north of Seattle, a short trip offers locally inspired shops and restaurants, dynamic events fora variety of interests, recreation, and beach combing. Rich history and a healthy dose of local color in all medians are provided by the region’s many artists.

For two consecutive weekends on Camano Island, more than thirty local artists will open their studios and galleries from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 21st Annual Camano Island Studio Tour.

You’ll be able to visit the artists’ in-home studios and working spaces and share the passion for art while exploring the awe-inspiring nature of the island community.

This unique event will take place on May 10-12 and May 18-19, just in time for Mother’s Day. Many artists offer demonstrations to watch and learn their processes. You will be able to speak with them directly, ask questions, get inspired, purchase gifts, and build or extend your artwork collection. The Studio Tour is free, self-guided, and features only the top artists from the island.

The tour, hosted by the Camano Arts Association (CAA), draws visitors from thousands of miles away, as well as family and friends from around the region. Art mediums include ceramics, fiber and textile wearables, art glass, jewelry, sculpture, pastels, photography, printmaking, collage, and woodworking. Tour maps can be picked up if desired at the island’s Windermere office or downloaded on Camano Studio Tour’s website.

Lodging options on the island range from nationally renowned hotels with farm-to-table dining to secret spots ideal for a quiet retreat. For more information on the 21st Annual Camano Island Studio Tour, lodging, and event calendars, visit


Weekend Stay and Play at Little Creek Resort

Fifteen minutes south of Olympia is a wonderful weekend escape.

As you approach Little Creek Casino and Resort, you are sure to notice that you and the property are surrounded by nature. You are then greeted by the warmth of the lodge-like hotel, with 1,200 newly renovated and well-appointed rooms.

Whether you are an avid golfer or just starting out, check out Salish Cliffs, the par-72 championship course that has won accolades in Golfweek magazine. The beautifully treated course will test your golf skills while exciting your senses as you traverse over 300 acres of lush bentgrass tees, fairways and greens. With stunning elevation changes and terrain, the cartonly course is challenging yet fun for all golfers.

After enjoying nature on the course, you can settle in for some food at the golf course restaurant. Salish Cliffs Grill has plenty of options for you to savor. The resort also includes the Squaxin Island Seafood Bar where fresh, locally sourced oysters are prepared in front of you, and the Island Grille serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

When it comes to relaxation, the on-site Seven Inlets Spa offers a range of luxurious treatments to choose from. The massage therapies, organic facials and body treatments incorporate Native American influences and healing elements to soothe the mind and awaken the spirit.

With golf, gaming, dining and spa all with a focus on hospitality, Little Creek Casino and Resort makes a great weekend away of play. “We offer a unique entertainment experience here and we invite guests to experience it for themselves,” says Jim Gibson, head of marketing.

For a destination weekend and a unique entertainment experience combined with warm customer service, Little Creek invites you to escape from the day-to-day and live a little.

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Hotel Interurban: Innovative and intriguing

Hazel the hospitality robot at Hotel Interurban | Image by Hotel Interurban

Located minutes from downtown Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Hotel Interurban is the newest hotel to enter the South Seattle market. Standing 19 stories high, the hotel is the tallest building in the city of Tukwila, and the tallest between Seattle and Tacoma.

When you walk into the two-story lobby, you will notice a hip, urban vibe with a unique custom-glass art installation by local artist Bryan Rubino. Throughout the chic hotel are fun pops of modern art and color to entertain. Guestrooms have a clean and contemporary design, and most upper-level rooms have a sweeping view of the surrounding area.

With a focus on technology and innovation, the hotel offers sleek modern rooms with 49-inch HDTVs in its 185 guestrooms. The custom-built canopy for vehicle and guest arrivals at the hotel entrance is made up of 60 solar panels.

The hotel also has “Hazel,” a mobile robot that can be called on to make room deliveries, such as a bottle of wine or room service or toiletries. Named for the Native American translation of Tukwila—Hazelnut—“she” is the first house robot in Washington state.

Image by Hotel Interurban

Hazel is just one of the playful and family-friendly yet innovative elements to be found at the hotel. Another is that the Hotel Interurban is completely dog-friendly.

Waterleaf, the hotel’s restaurant and bar, is described as offering “globally inspired comfort food.” Its all-day menu highlights locally sourced ingredients, served in a comfortable setting. The spacious premium bar offers seasonal craft cocktails and local and international wines and brews.

Located within walking distance of the Southcenter mall, Hotel Interurban is the perfect place to stay for a shopping weekend or family get-together to take advantage of nearby family entertainment. The hotel has intriguing elements to entertain guests around each corner.

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