Chasing the Perfect Pour: 4 Great Snohomish Breweries

There is a beverage that suits every season. Some enjoy a glass of lemonade on a sunny day, others feel comfort in a warm cup of tea during the winds of winter.

But ask around the area, and you’ll encounter many kindhearted folks who believe it’s always the right weather for an expertly crafted beer from one of the many Snohomish breweries.

Thus, chasing after the perfect pour in Snohomish becomes something of an all-season event. Whether you’re a fan of lagers, IPA’s, stouts, or even have a strong preference for ciders, there’s a place for you to enjoy good company and take a load off from your day.

As your local Snohomish brewery experts, we’d like to guide you to your next most delicious pour at one of our exceptional local breweries. Here are a few of our favorites, in no particular order!

1|  Audacity Brewing

Audacity Brewing is first up on our list, boasting a menu that’s every bit as adventurous as the brewers themselves. The Audacity owners describe themselves as having a “willingness to take bold risks.”

They bear a simultaneous respect for the history and tradition of brewing, while offering their own unique take on the art, creating unique beers for the community to enjoy.

As the beer menu at any brewery rotates fairly quickly, it would be difficult to make specific recommendations for you on a beer… since it could be gone by the time you get there!

But at the time of writing this, one of our favorites is the Morning Mood which is a tasty stout made with maple syrup and local Velton’s coffee. It’s the perfect beer for a little coffee boost as the days get shorter and shorter heading into winter.

You can learn more about Audacity Brewing at their website or by swinging by their taproom at 1208 10th St Ste C Snohomish, WA 98290.

2|  Sound to Summit Brewing

Next up on our list of Snohomish breweries is the spacious and innovative Sound to Summit Brewing.

Sound to Summit is an exceptional brewery that puts a great emphasis on sourcing local ingredients. One of their freshest tasting beers is the Lager 180 which, fittingly, sources all its ingredients from within 180 miles of the brewery. Doesn’t get much more local than that!

The brewery’s namesake plays an echoing role with many of their beers, which often are named after major bodies of water or mountains in the area. Everything from the depths of the sound to the peaks of the summit!

Sound to Summit also has a heated patio and delicious food on their menu, so it’s a great place to stop for a while and enjoy some laughter with your friends or family. Plan your next visit! Take a look at their website here or make a pit stop off of Bickford at 1830 Bickford Ave Ste 111 Snohomish, WA 98290

3|  Spada Farmhouse Brewery

A relatively new addition to the main historic downtown Snohomish area, Spada Farmhouse Brewery is quickly becoming a local favorite.

The interior of the brewery is well-suited for gatherings of any size, with a cheerful patio open during the nicer months of the year (or if you’re brave enough to bear the cold). Their tap list changes regularly, but they almost always offer something with superb citrus notes.

We’d argue that Spada Farmhouse has some of the tastiest food on this list, and they’re a great beginning to an evening of enjoyment along 1st Street in Snohomish.

Make a point of checking them out. Have a look at their atmosphere and menu on their website here or take a walk up to pay them a visit at 709 1st Street Snohomish, WA 98290.

4|  Hammered Dwarf Cider

Looking to bring a little bit more fantasy into your weekend out? Look no further than the Hammered Dwarf Cidery just off the main drag of Snohomish.

Though not a true Snohomish brewery (in the sense that there is no beer) we’d be remiss not to include a cider option for those who have sensitivities to beer or gluten intolerance.

Hammered Dwarf’s menu is filled with all kinds of fun and inspired ciders that trace their roots to fantasy elements. Fans of Tolkien and similar fantasy authors will feel right at home here.

What’s more is that they primarily brew their cider using traditional cider apples. The result is that their ciders can be drier and boast more complex flavors than ciders that normally use culinary apples.

Find out more about Hammered Dwarf here, or go have your own unexpected journey there at 9029A 112th Dr SE Snohomish, WA 98290.

The Best Breweries in Snohomish

Listing out only four breweries/cideries barely scratches the surface on what Snohomish has to offer. We highly recommend that you check out as many as you can to see which one suits your mood and tastes the best.

A few other honorable mentions to check out are Haywire, SnoTown, and Lewis & Main. Do you have a hidden Snohomish brewery of your own to share? We want to know! From all of us at Gilpin Realty, we wish you hours of merriment and fond memories this holiday season. We’re here to help with your every housing need here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Coffee in Snohomish WA: Serving Up Joy

In our most recent blog post, we took a look at several of our favorite breweries and cideries here in Snohomish. But what about the coffee in Snohomish WA?

Surely, there’s no such thing as a bad time to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, and the coffee shops in Snohomish have you covered whenever that time arises in your day.

Particularly as we head into the holiday season (peppermint mochas and pumpkin spice lattés, anyone?) it’s a great time to pay a visit to a tried-and-true Snohomish coffee shop or discover a brand new hangout entirely.

Here’s a breakdown of several places to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in Snohomish, WA.

1.   Looking Glass Coffee

We’ll have to kick off this blog post with our own time-tested favorite coffee shop in Snohomish. Looking Glass Coffee on 1st Street fuses the perfect combination of open and spacious atmosphere with coffee drinks that help you feel nice and cozy.

As coffee shops in Snohomish go, Looking Glass places a strong emphasis on community engagement, often featuring live music or entertainment on certain days of the week.

If coffee isn’t quite your cup of tea (see what we did there), there is also a charming selection of gifts at the front of the coffee shop which presents a strong enough reason to pay a visit!

If you’re newer to the area or just haven’t ventured to Looking Glass yet, be sure to add it to your list. Check out their website here or talk a walk up the road to say hi at 801 1st St Ste 201 Snohomish, WA 98290.

2.   Proper Joe Coffeehouse

Do you know where the expression “cup of Joe” originated from? The term’s origins date back to 1913 and were derived from Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels’ famously stringent prohibition of alcohol consumption aboard naval vessels.

The ban on alcohol naturally led to more coffee consumption among crew members, thus the term “a cup of Joe” was born, paying a cheeky homage to the man who instituted the policy.

With that little history lesson out of the way, enter the Proper Joe Coffeehouse at the other end of 1st Street from Looking Glass. Proper Joe is a charming little coffeehouse with delicious drinks, a cozy atmosphere, and scrumptious pastries.

We particularly enjoy their coffee on a rainy day during the year (which as you know happens in the Pacific Northwest). But there’s never a wrong weather pattern to stop in and enjoy a proper cup of joe!

You can swing by to check them out at 1101 1st St, Snohomish, WA 98290.

3.   Panther Grounds Espresso

Named as a tribute to the Snohomish High Panthers, the Panther Grounds Espresso is the ideal spot when you need your coffee and you need it now!

A quick and quaint little coffee hut, Panther Grounds has dazzled community members with its excellent service, deliciously smooth coffee, and wide selection of bagels. Because what’s a morning coffee without a bagel, anyway?

Also, even though reviews are so subjective, Panther Grounds does have the unique privilege of boasting a 4.8/5 on its Google reviews… so it’s clearly not just us that have been won over by their excellent coffee and service.

Next time you need to grab a cup but are on your way to your next adventure, be sure to check out Panther Grounds Espresso on 11320 92nd St SE, Snohomish, WA 98290.

Coffee Shops in Snohomish WA

We clearly have a lot of love for the coffee shops in Snohomish WA, as well as the many cultural installations of the area as a whole.

Snohomish is a tight knit community that cares deeply about its residents, heritage, and future. We always are happy to introduce people to the area and help them connect with a part of it that resonates with them.

If you need help finding your next home in the Snohomish area or seek to make a housing transition, we can help. Click here to get in touch with us today.

Our Favorite Snohomish Parks

Parks offer the community a much-needed reprieve from the constant buzz of densely populated urban areas. They’re the ideal place to gather, play, and relax into a more natural state of mind.

Fortunately, the State of Washington is filled with countless beautiful parks. As a Snohomish real estate brokerage, we thought we’d share a few magnificent parks that are a stone’s throw away from our office!

Here’s a few of our favorite Snohomish parks that are perfect for any interest or occasion.


1.   Willis D. Tucker Community Park

First up on the list is a beautiful park just up the hill headed toward Bothell. Willis D. Tucker Community Park is a sprawling, well-maintained landscape packed with features.

Originally named after the first County Executive in Snohomish County, the park is home to the Park Division’s main administrative offices.

Within its 84 acres, you’ll find lots of room to roam, an off-leash dog area, an amphitheater, volleyball courts, and much more.

The park itself is tucked away in the residential areas of Silver Firs and Snohomish Cascade, making it a tranquil getaway without going too far.

You can learn more about the park by clicking here. And here is the address for easy navigation! 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish, WA 98296.


2.   Lord Hill Regional Park

Lord Hill Regional Park’s history began when Mitchell Lord purchased 80 acres on the hill back in 1879. He raised horses, cows, sheep, and hogs. The property was ultimately secured by the Parks Department through reconveyance, helping to shape it into the park that so many enjoy today.

The park is a lush evergreen forest spanning 1,463 acres just adjacent to the Snohomish River. Within its landscape are countless trails for hiking, horseback riding, and adventures galore.

Lord Hill is known as an ideal Snohomish park for equestrian activity with ample space for up to 25 horse trailers. Whether you’re looking for a ride or a hike, Lord Hill is a must-visit destination.

Learn more about Lord Hill Regional Park here and grab the address for your navigation! 12921 150th St. SE, Snohomish, WA 98290.


3.   Centennial Trail

While not technically a Snohomish park in the literal sense of the word, Centennial Trail is a mainstay pipeline that begins in Snohomish and runs all the way up to the Skagit County line.

Exceptionally popular as a biking, hiking, and equestrian trail, its 30 miles are paved for all levels of accessibility. For riders in the community, there is a soft surface equestrian path that runs alongside the paved trail.

Centennial Trail is a perfect place to begin your next adventure, with over 12 trailheads along its 30 miles to choose from.

Centennial Trail is tried and true and a must visit Snohomish park. Learn more about it here.


Parks Where you Can Use your Discover Pass in Snohomish County

Taking a moment to zoom further out than just Snohomish, there are loads of parks that are open for you to visit if you’re equipped with a Discover Pass.

A Discover Pass is your ticket to Washington’s great outdoors. For $30 a year, you can enjoy all that the parks across the entire state have to offer.

Here is a list of several Discover Pass-ready state parks in Snohomish County (and nearby) that we recommend you take the time to visit, hike, and explore.

Make sure you take time to check out Mount Pilchuk and Wallace Falls especially.


Plan Your Next Adventure

Exploration on trails isn’t the only adventure you can have in Snohomish! There’s much more to explore and experience, with surprises around every corner. If you’re looking to learn more about life in Snohomish County and beyond, let us be your guides.

What is a bear market in real estate?

Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!

Whether it’s happening now or sometime in the future, you’ll likely encounter the phrase “bear market” as it relates to any financial market…including real estate.

Understanding what a bear market is is quite a bit like anticipating heavy weather conditions. You’ll want to know what you can expect so that you can prepare appropriately.

In our never-ending quest to make all of our clients savvy real estate investors, we’ll talk today a bit about what a bear market is in real estate.


Bears vs. Bulls

A bear market in real estate is technically defined as any period of time in which the values of a given asset (like a house or a stock) fall 20% from a recent high.

The name originates from the humble bear’s general nature of being skittish and easily startled. When a bear market dawns, the bears are timid about making investments because they fear that things could get worse.

Juxtaposed against this is the rip-snorting bull market. The equal opposite of a bear market, a bull market is a period of time in which the values of a given asset have risen 20% from their previous high.

Investopedia states that the “commonly accepted definition of a bull market is when stock prices rise by 20% after two declines of 20% each.”

Bulls charge forward, bears retreat backward. Now you’ve got the basic hang of the animal kingdom!


What does a bear market in real estate mean

When a bear market in real estate rears its head, it means that the power balance between buyers and sellers is on the move.

Ultimately, buyers have a powerful influence on the flow of the market. When there are ample buyers looking to scoop up a property, either as a primary residence or an investment, the values of those properties (especially when limited) are going to be driven greatly higher.

This is essentially what we have experienced for the last couple of years in the greater Snohomish County real estate market.

Now, with mortgage rates rising up, the market is losing some of its momentum. Naturally, buyers are keener to wait this “season” out and see if better mortgage rates will return.

You could also think of a bear market in real estate as being a brief “hibernation” period (to keep it on theme).


Are we in a bear market right now?

Technically speaking, we are not in a bear market until values of homes fall 20% lower than their local high.

Going off of this definition, we are not currently in a bear market. Home values have stayed remarkably stable, and although they have trended downward, we are a long way from 20% below their local top.


How should I prepare for a bear market?

Should the bears decide to go and hide in their dens, it doesn’t mean that you have to follow behind them.

Being prepared for a bear market in real estate is as simple as having your house in order.

It’s always important in any investment to not over leverage yourself. If you’re comfortable with your monthly mortgage payments, then it’s a great period of time to just hang tight and see what the season brings.

If you’re feeling tense about your monthly mortgage and are looking for a move, it is by no means a bad time to list your home and consider an alternative plan.

And if you’re a cash investor looking for stronger deals in the market (and less competition), this may just be your best season yet.

Whatever your real estate goals are, we’re here to help. Our team of professional agents has all the experience and know-how to get you where you need to go—bears, bulls, and beyond.

Choosing a Snohomish Bakery for Your Next Event

The city of Snohomish has a distinctly bustling, artisan feel at every turn of the road. Why, you can barely walk more than 10 feet through the historic downtown area without a sweet smell wafting through the air.

More than likely, such a scrumptious aroma is emanating from one of Snohomish’s many bakeries — filled with nothing but pure deliciousness.

Sampling fare from each Snohomish bakery is a pastime all its own. But what about when you want to share the goodness with your friends at an upcoming event?

Snohomish’s baking scene has everything that you need to keep everyone congregating around the dessert table at your next event. Here are some of Gilpin Realty’s favorite Snohomish bakeries and our top recommended savories and sweets!


1. For Savory Fare in Snohomish: First & Union

Perhaps your upcoming event calls for something more on the savory side of life. If that’s the case, the Snohomish Bakery at First & Union should be your “first” choice.

A time-tested classic of Snohomish (and literally located at 101 Union Ave), it’s a great place to pick up savory dishes alongside sweet treats.

You can find their full menu here, but here’s a few of our favorites for group breakfasts and lunches:

  • Croissant sandwiches
  • Daily rotating quiches
  • Breakfast burritos
  • All manner of pastries!

The Snohomish Bakery at First & Union is a great place to pick up delightful dishes for your next event. We highly recommend it!


2. For the Sweeter Side of Life: Simply Sweet

We should all stop to enjoy the sweeter things that life has to offer.

And there is perhaps nothing sweeter than the cupcakes and cookies you’ll find at Simply Sweet.

Simply Sweet has been a part of the Snohomish bakery scene since 2010. Not only are they a great place to pop in on a weekend for a treat just for yourself, but they cater events of all sizes and occasions.

Weddings, showers, parties, and even small gatherings. They strive to “make your celebration something sweet, and one to remember!”

While the cupcakes are a major highlight for most visitors, don’t forget to sample their French macarons, cakepops, and fabulous cakes. They’re guaranteed to be a hit!


3. For a Homemade Delight: Snohomish Pie Co.

It would be hard to go any further discussing the Snohomish bakery scene without a shout out to the Snohomish Pie Co.

Dare we say that their pies teeter on being “world famous”? Delicious to the very last bite, their menu is extensive:

  • Regular pies
  • Cream pies
  • Piescream (you read that right)
  • Pie shakes

It’s hard to resist, we know. But we won’t tell anybody if you pick up a personal pie… (not like we’ve never done it).

The Snohomish Pie Co, like many Snohomish storefronts, is also one of the friendliest establishments you can visit.

There’s a distinctively warm, homey atmosphere when you walk in. Perfect for taking a bite into nostalgia… or picking up a few pies to celebrate your next birthday, backyard BBQ, or sporting event.


4. For Gluten Free: Grain

No matter what your dietary restrictions may be, everybody reserves the right to enjoy a tasty dessert.

With that in mind, we highly recommend the grandiose Grain Artisan Bakery + Market for any of our gluten-free eaters out there.

The fine folks at Grain offer a highly polished gluten free bakery Snohomish experience, with all of your favorite confectionary concoctions, without the trouble that gluten brings to the table.

They’re also fully equipped to cater events as big as weddings or as small as birthday parties.

One fun little perk they offer is their quarterly subscription box! If you fancy the idea of having cupcakes delivered to your home at a regular schedule, go no further than Grain Artisan Bakery in Snohomish.


Let Gilpin Be Your Guide

Adventures abound in Snohomish and beyond! At Gilpin Realty, we strive for our clients to feel at home, no matter where home is.

While Snohomish is our home city and headquarters, we serve the broad Snohomish County and Greater Seattle area.

When you work with Gilpin Realty, we won’t just help you find a house — we’ll help you discover a home.

Our team of seasoned professional real estate agents have all the skills needed to help you succeed, no matter what the market conditions are. We’d love to meet you. Click here to give us a call or get in touch today!

The Snohomish Farmer’s Market: 4 of our fav’s!

If you’ve spent any amount of time in or around Snohomish, it’s likely that you’ve picked up on just how many talented artisans, farmers, and craftsmen/craftswomen call this area home.

And with so many rich talents and abilities, the Snohomish farmer’s market is a proud display of everything that our talented community has to offer.

With a heritage spanning over 50 years in Snohomish, we at Gilpin Realty LOVE our local farmers market in Snohomish. And for those who may be new to the area or unfamiliar with the market, we thought we’d share with you some of our favorite spots to visit.

When does the Snohomish farmers market run?

Before we list off some hot spots in the farmer’s market, you’ll probably be wondering when you can go and visit!

If you’re reading this between May and September, then you are in luck! The Snohomish farmer’s market runs every Thursday from 3-7pm on Union & Glen Avenue in Historic Downtown Snohomish.

If you’re reading this in the off-season, fret not! You’ll have a supreme list of places to visit come May when the market comes back for the season.

4 of our favorite farmer’s market vendors

Without any further ado, here are some of our favorite farmer’s market vendors in Snohomish that you must stop by and enjoy!

1.   Hayton Farms Berries

Is there anything that tastes more like spring and summer than a fresh, tangy berry?

Hayton Farms offers some of the most delightful berry crops you can find in Snohomish County.

Originally hailing from Skagit Valley, we’re fortunate to have the Hayton Farms family make Snohomish a stop for their berry drops.

Here’s their website, if you’re looking to learn a little bit more — and be sure not to miss their blueberries!

2.   Patty Cakes Bakes

Patty Cakes Bakes became a favorite of ours at the farmer’s market this year after sampling their scrumptious sweets.

Patty Cakes Bakes offers a delightfully delicious mixture of baked classics (and their own innovations). Make sure you drop by if you’re in the mood for:

  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Breads
  • Breakfasts
  • Cupcakes
  • Cakesicles
  • Much more!

Oh, and if you have never tried a cakesicle, we highly suggest you make a point of visiting them to try one out!

3.   Wag & Wood

What would a farmer’s market be without some truly beautiful crafted pieces?

Wag & Wood offers some of the finest wooden crafted pieces for your home (and for your pet)! If you’ve ever felt like your furry friend needed something a little more elegant to enjoy their meals from, Wag & Wood has you covered.

We’re particularly big fans of their gorgeous wooden charcuterie boards and their live edge pieces!

4.   88 Cues

We can’t forget to share a good spot to grab a quick bite while you’re adventuring through the Snohomish farmer’s market!

There are so many excellent food vendors to visit, but we’ll share just one of our favorites here.

88 Cues offers some of the most delectable foods available at the market, always hot off the grill!

Be sure to pop on by if you find yourself in the mood for:

  • Chicken Adobo
  • Pork Belly Adobo
  • Pancit
  • Lumpia
  • More!

You really can’t go wrong with their menu. Find your next tasty favorite!

Discovering Snohomish and Beyond with Gilpin Realty

The Snohomish farmer’s market is but one of many superb things to enjoy about life in Snohomish County (and but one of many farmer’s markets in general!).

Whether you’re new to the area, relocating, or just seeking to get better acquainted with all that our beautiful region has to offer, Gilpin Realty can help.

Our team of experienced agents is equipped with everything needed to find you the ideal spot to call “home” in this serene part of the State of Washington. Click here to get in touch with us today!