Discover the Natural and Historic Charm of Anacortes

 

Find out on the latest Neighborhoods program how Anacortes offers residents and visitors their own slice of paradise.

Volunteer efforts have transformed the Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve from a wetlands area to a beach combing and bird watching destination. This preserve also includes a fully paved pathway for multiple users on the Guemes Channel Trail.

Washington Park also offers lots of room to roam on its 228 acres complete with camping facilities, boat launch, picnic and playground area, and a scenic two-mile loop for a leisurely walk or jog.

Referred to by owner Frank Michaud as a “hometown emporium”, The Store is a neighborhood bakery, deli, wine shop, and café that has won over customers worldwide with its muffins and unique selections.

Learn how seafood processing played an important economic role in elevating Anacortes as the salmon canning capitol of the world at the Anacortes Museum. The museum’s largest artifact, the W.T. Preston, is a national historic landmark that was brought to Anacortes after a long career of service in the Puget Sound as a snag boat. April-October you can go back in time as a crew-member on the W.T. Preston and experience a piece of maritime history.

Part bar, restaurant, grocery, and a tiny part gas station - Anderson’s General Store and Restaurant on Guemes Island has it all. Anderson’s has become the perfect place for one-stop shopping or a delightful evening dinner served by four-star chef, Ryan Howser – serving honey caviar, ahi tuna poke and more.

Anacortes’ annual festivals bring the community together in the heart of their lively downtown. Popular festivals include the Waterfront festival and the Arts festival where more than 250 artisans transform 6 city blocks the first weekend in August.

With trails and beaches to explore, stunning views, and a vibrant downtown with unique shops and eateries, Anacortes has something for everyone.

Below you’ll find links to some of the other places featured on the show:

The city of Anacortes

Majestic Inn and Spa

Centralia – A Classic and Close-Knit Community

 

The unique history and friendly community of Centralia was recently featured on Comcast Neighborhoods. Although the town may be known for its premium outlet stores and central location between Seattle and Portland, this close-knit community is proud to share its landmarks and events that turn many visitors into regulars.

Built in 1861, the home of early settlers Joseph and Mary Borst has become a public attraction on the north bank of the Chehalis River. Offering free monthly tours of the stately mansion, the Borst Home gives Centralia visitors a glimpse into Northwest life in the 19th century.

The Olympic Club Hotel and Theatre also boasts the unique history of Centralia with a pub that was once owned by prohibition bootlegger Jack Sciutto. Whether it is the pub’s false-bottom barrels that were used to hide alcohol during prohibition, or the theatre that allows visitors to have some drinks while taking in a movie, the McMenamin’s owned Olympic Club is a one-of-a-kind 1920s experience.

The Centralia community is doing their part to preserve the intriguing and rich history of the city by restoring the splendor and décor of the 1930s Fox Theatre. Offering classic movie series like Grease and Citizen Kane, the Fox Theatre invites the community to be a part of its revival, even allowing you to purchase your own seat with a permanent donation plaque in a name of your choice!

Centralia hosts a fun Fourth of July celebration beginning in Borst Park with a free pancake breakfast with city council members, followed by a 4th of July parade, a destruction derby, and then a fantastic fireworks show. What was once known as the hub city of southwest Washington, Centralia has become a unique and small community for many to call home.

Below you’ll find links to some of the places and events featured on the show.

Centralia College

Evergreen Playhouse

Centralia Car Show

Berry Fields Café

Monroe Charms and Excites on the Latest “Neighborhoods”

 

The latest Comcast Neighborhoods features Monroe, a small town with charm, energy, and excitement.

Host, Sabrina Register takes viewers to the Monroe Historical Society to learn a bit about the town’s history and even get a glimpse of original jail cells from 1908.

Sky River Bakery, a popular neighborhood sweet stop, also adds to the small town charm of Monroe with pastries like traditional butter horns, muffins, and an “outstanding” raspberry white-chocolate scone.

The Evergreen State Fairgrounds is also a prominent Monroe attraction that has become a cultural and historical asset to Snohomish County for its exciting year-round events. Including, Evergreen Speedway NASCAR races, the Evergreen State Fair, concerts and more.

Monroe is a fast growing area with events and attractions that make for modern and traditional experiences for residents and visitors.

Below you’ll find links to some of the places featured on the show.

Monroe, Washington

Monroe Historical Society

Sky River Bakery

Evergreen State Fairgrounds

Evergreen Speedway

Western Heritage Center

The Reptile Zoo

Columbia City Shows off its Historic and Hip Side on the Latest “Neighborhoods”

 

This Comcast Neighborhoods program features Columbia City, a diverse and historic community in southeast Seattle. Here are some highlights from the show:

Lottie’s Lounge, a unique meeting spot in the heart of Columbia City, has become popular for its twist on an espresso lounge and bar, serving coffee, food and cocktails.

Ark Lodge Cinemas has been a community landmark since 1921 when it was originally the Columbia Hotel. Now, the neighborhood cinema has become a family friendly and accommodating place for the residents of Columbia City and the Rainier Valley. Designating certain screenings each week to parents with infants and those who are deaf or hard of hearing, Ark Lodge Cinemas is truly devoted to serving its community.

Various consignment shops and lifestyle stores such as Hunt and Andaluz, also add to this trendy urban village, offering residents quirky gifts and good finds.

Located in the Central District of Seattle, The Northwest African American Museum goes beyond offering high quality exhibitions and community events. Major Gifts Officer Barbara Earl Thomas, says the museum “serves to complete the cultural tapestry of our region” and is a place where the public is invited to talk about issues of this century along with preserving the connections between the Northwest and people of African descent.

Whether it is the exciting nightlife of its different lounges and festivals, or the quaint shops, cinemas, and inspirational museums, Columbia City is a must-visit neighborhood with a special place for everyone. Below you’ll find links to some of the places and events featured on the show.

Columbia City, Washington

Lottie’s Lounge

Ark Lodge Cinemas

Hunt

The North West African American Museum

Columbia City Farmers Market

Columbia City Beat Walk

The Royal Room

Tukwila Takes Flight on This Month’s Neighborhoods Program

This month’s Neighborhoods show features Tukwila, a fascinating place whose school district is believed to be one of the most diverse in the country. Below the video you’ll find links to some of the people and places featured on the show.

City of Tukwila

iFLY Seattle

Juba Restaurant

Raisbeck Aviation High School 

Tukwila Community Center

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