November is National Gratitude Month, and we invite you to express your thanks for the things that make you happy. Redmond, Washington is known as “Geek City USA” and we are geeking out over our community, and the myriad opportunities we have to get involved and give back.
Take a day to explore our many parks and trails, and be grateful that we live in a city surrounded by lush natural beauty. Walk through one of our incredible shopping and dining districts, and be grateful for our neighbors who provide such a diverse selection of storefronts for us to shop. Or, spend quality time with your loved ones by participating in a fundraising event, giving back to the community while showing your gratitude toward the people who are meaningful to your life.
The best way to say “I appreciate you” is to give your time to someone, and share a life-changing experience together. One fun way to make memories is to take advantage of the many escape room experiences offered in Redmond.
At Quest Factor, you and your friends can become a treasure hunter, scientist, or cryptologist, and immerse yourself in unforgettable live-action experiences. Or, think outside the box and challenge your group to a series of intricate logic puzzles mixed with Virtual Reality at Conundroom Quest. Or, you can bring fantasies to life by navigating your crew through five uniquely themed rooms at Flee Escape Rooms. If you’re feeling especially grateful (and adventurous), treat your friends to all three escape room experiences in one weekend — You can thank us later.
Gather your grateful group, and get involved at one of several charitable events this month. Bring the whole gang to the fun and family-friendly Winter Pineapple Classic, where you can geek out on doing good. Show a spark of kindness at Spark Pizza, raising money for suicide prevention & awareness. You can even find balance and peace-of-mind by bringing a loved one to the Magic of Forgiveness workshop at Redmond’s Hyatt House.
End your Redmond experience by strolling along Redmond Central Connector, where you can show gratitude for the fact that we have such a cool spot to connect with friends, access Redmond Town Center, or run/ride to visit nearby neighboring cities such as Kirkland or Sammamish. Redmond is pretty great, and we’re grateful to be here.
Washington is now the leading producer of hops in the world, so it’s no wonder that our state has the Pacific Northwest’s greatest concentration of fledgling breweries. Craft beer in particular has secured a spot for itself within the brewing industry as a major player alongside established brands. Independent ownership and small-scale production are regarded by the local ethos as something valuable and worth rallying behind. It is with pride that Redmond calls itself home to four reputable breweries (and counting) and the taprooms which faithfully distribute their craft brews. But who are these special few?
Just outside of Redmond Town Center is BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. BJ’s has been in the brewing biz for 20 years, serving a selection award-winning signature beers and seasonal brews on rotation. Pair your drinks with lunch or dinner–BJ’s has an expansive menu featuring everything from tacos and pizza to fresh Atlantic salmon.
Venture farther northwest along the Sammamish River Trail and cut over to Black Raven Brewing Company. Black Raven is home to The Raven’s Nest Taproom where patrons will find beers inspired by the Old World and Pacific Northwest flavor. The Raven’s Nest is open all week long and seats about 100 in a living room-style setting; the perfect hangout for local beer lovers who want to be a part of a community while enjoying great beer.
Just north of Redmond Town Center you’ll find Bushnell Craft Brewing Company. They recently opened their Brew Barn on 5 acres in Redmond where they sustainably repurpose leftover hops to feed the farm’s chickens, pigs, and insects. Plans for an Aquaphonics system are in the works which would sustain fish and crops. All this is a precursor to opening a farm-to-table restaurant in a few years which will compliment the Brew Barn in Redmond. A Tap Room is in the works, but in the meantime, Bushnell Craft fans can find their brews at…
North of 83rd is Hop House, Redmond’s newest gastropub, which features an astonishing selection of fermented beverages including craft beer, cider, wine, mead, root beer and kombucha. Adventurous beer drinkers are sure to find something new from among their 70 taps, which comes alongside an awesome food menu. A craft spirits menu is also on the docket for Hot House, so stay tuned for that!
Head southeast of downtown to find Mac & Jack’s, a Northwest staple circa 1993. They offer a mix of year-round and seasonal ales, each finely handcrafted with their own distinct flavor. Make sure to take advantage of Mac & Jack’s free tours and tastings at 1:00 and 3:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays!
Nearby is your quirky and fun-loving friend Postdoc Brewing, famous for throwing sour and barrel-aged beers into its lineup of distinctly Northwest brews. Postdoc began in the garage of one of the owners as he completed his PhD at the University of Washington—hence the name—and flourished into a thriving local brewery. The Postdoc taproom is conveniently kid and dog friendly, so feel free to bring the whole crew!
Big Block Brewery is slated to open another taproom in the old Hi-Fi Brewing space at 14950 NE 95th St in Redmond! You can visit the Big Block Brewery website for updates.
For notable Redmond happy hours, see our happy hour roundup.
As the Bicycle Capitol of the Northwest, Redmond is home to a cyclist-friendly urban core. The city’s network of bike lanes and scenic trails make it a great place for commuters and recreational bikers to enjoy the outdoors on two-wheels. Redmond also offers bicycle education classes for adults who want to learn how to ride safely and confidently around town.
Perhaps the city’s most popular spot for cycling, the 11-mile Sammamish River Trail runs from Marymoor Park in Redmond to Blythe Park in Bothell. There, it continues on as the Burke-Gilman Trail, stretching all the way to Gasworks Park in Fremont. It’s city-spanning course makes it a great option for bike commuters who live or work near the trail. Ambitious cyclists looking for a lengthy ride can bike the additional 18.8 miles for a lovely view of Lake Union.
Within the borders of Redmond, shorter trails traverse the city. The Bear Creek Trail is 1.5 miles of flat, smoothly paved asphalt to coast along, ending at Leary Way NE and Union Hill Road NE. It joins the newly constructed Redmond Central Connector with the Sammamish River Trail, following alongside it’s namesake creek. Riders can stop by Redmond Town Center along the way for a shopping break or to grab a meal at the myriad restaurants located inside the scenic outdoor complex.
In addition to it’s bike-friendly infrastructure, Redmond also has a handful of local businesses which specialize in cycling and bicycle maintenance so you can get the most out of your ride. You’ll find Element Cycles and Trek Bicycle Redmond, two high-end road and mountain bike shops with bikes for every level of rider, in the vicinity of Downtown Redmond. Not far off is Edge & Spoke, which offers bikes (and skis) for riders and rippers alike.
Family-owned and operated for over 44 years, Redmond Cycle is conveniently located near the Sammamish River Trail. For a tune up near the Microsoft Campus, head over to Performance Bicycle in the Overlake neighborhood; their inventory is well-stocked with all manner of bike parts and accessories. Alternatively, if the prospect of pedaling great distances is holding you back, check out Pedego Electric Bikes Redmond for a bike that will make riding effortless.
For more information about riding bikes in Redmond and other great transportation resources, visit GoRedmond.com. And don’t forget—May is Bike Everywhere Month! Check our calendar for upcoming bike-related events, including the annual Redmond Bike Bash on May 18th! Celebrate bicycling with music, seminars, food trucks, and libations from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Redmond Central Connector Park between Leary Way and 161st Ave NE.
There’s nothing like a good happy hour to put the cherry on top of your day, and Redmond has plenty of restaurants offering great deals on drinks and appetizers in the late afternoon and evenings. We’ve done some of the legwork to find out which restaurants around Redmond are offering happy hour deals and have provided you with a list below. Next time you’re planning on drinks with friends or co-workers, enjoy your libations locally and check one of these places out! Happy happy houring!
Don’t see your favorite Redmond happy hour on this list? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it!