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The Best Ways to Exercise This Winter

Getting and Staying Fit in Spokane

 

If you’re feeling bogged down with the winter blues, you aren’t alone. It’s that time of year when the snow seems like it will stick around forever, and getting outdoors might not be too high on the list. But between the yucky weather and all those christmas cookies you ate, you might be thinking – it’s time to hit the gym!

 

If running or lifting weights just isn’t your thing, you’re in luck! Spokane is known for the active, healthy, and adventurous lifestyle it affords – take advantage of that this winter to get your rear in gear with these winter-approved activities! 

 

In the Studio

 

If you’re looking for indoor activities but are more of the class over team type, you might find yourself at home in one of Spokane’s various studios. The City of Spokane offers classes all winter long in a variety of indoor activities. A few options are from the city’s 2020 winter catalogue are:

 

Basic Yoga

With programs starting in January and March, this 6-week class is bound to get your body in motion! Yoga is more than simple stretching; the practice of working through the various asanas strengthens and stretches your muscles at the same time. Perfect for those who have been sitting on the couch all winter, spend too much time in front the computer for work, or just want a happier, healthier body!

 

Beginner’s Aikido

For those who want to learn martial arts in a supportive and friendly dojo environment, Beginner’s Aikido is the perfect place to start. The City of Spokane offers a 4 week program that teaches etiquette, footwork, falls, and basic movements. There are class options for beginners of all ages, so be sure that you register for the correct age group!

 

Adult HipHop Dance

This four-week dance class teaches students how to express themselves through street-style dance moves. Classes are provided in a supportive and family-friendly environment, and classes are available for everyone 14 and over. 

 

Pilates & Barre

While there aren’t any official city-sponsored pilates and barre programs starting in February, there are a plethora of local options! Pilates and barre are some of the best activities you can do to strengthen and tone your body. The strength gained from these activities helps practitioners stay strong and sturdy for day to day functions, at every age.

 

Try this Yelp Top 10 List for some well-rated local options.

 

In the Pool

 

Just because it’s snowing outside doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the pool! In fact, swimming is a great way to get exercise in the winter. The low impact nature of water allows you to strengthen muscles and loosen up joints with movements that might otherwise be painful or not possible. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a soak in the jacuzzi afterwards?

 

North YMCA

With a six-lane, 25-yard pool, you can swim your way to fitness! The North YMCA also features swimming lessons, water fitness classes, and free swim time for kids. Tired of swimming laps? Enjoy the recreational pool, lazy river, jacuzzi, and sauna. Take note that the pool hours are slightly different than regular Y hours, so be sure to check their schedule. 

 

On the Slopes

 

If you’re looking to embrace the snow rather than avoid it, then you’ll want to check out the snow sports available in Spokane.

 

Snowshoeing

The City of Spokane offers a variety of snowshoe hikes. You can choose from a whole host of options, including night hikes, sunrise hikes, conservation hikes, and adventure hikes. Snowshoeing is a great way to see Spokane in a different light while also getting a killer leg day workout!

 

Skiing

Thanks to there being three great ski locations nearby, you have your choice of snow sports, all within driving distance from Spokane. 

 

The City of Spokane offers classes in cross-country and beginner’s skiing. For those already skilled in the sport, there are advanced level groups and treks hosted by the city and by the local ski resorts. 

 

Want to know what’s even better than the already awesome skiing and snowboarding opportunities in Spokane? The City of Spokane is looking for volunteers in their Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) program. Volunteers get discounted skiing and snowboarding, and get the reward and satisfaction of helping those in their community with disabilities – sweet!

 

Therapeutic Recreational Services

 

The City of Spokane offers a whole host of therapeutic recreational activities for those with disabilities. These diverse, inclusive, and fun activities are the perfect way to get out of the house, socialize, and work both body and mind. Check out these city-hosted options:

 

TRS Day at the Theater

Spokane Children’s Theater and Christian Youth Theater will be putting on light-hearted and laughter-filled productions of classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and The Three Musketeers.

 

spokane basketball teamsTRS Skiing/Snowboarding Lessons

These one-on-one lessons are adaptive and taught by trainers with PSIA certifications. Lessons teach mono and bi skiing methods for those who need to ski in the sit down position, adaptive snowboarding, and three- and four-track (outriggers) for amputee/balance deficits. There are also lessons available for those with vision or sensory impairments.

 

TRS Basketball, Powerlifting, Dance, and Swimming Lessons

These multi-week courses provide adaptive lessons for those with a variety of abilities and impairments. While most classes are currently in session, new courses are starting every few weeks. Be sure to check back in February and March for new course openings!

Relocate to Spokane

 

We think that Spokane is the greatest city in the world, and these are only a few of the reasons why! We also have the best hiking, camping, gambling, and sports! Want to know more about why you should relocate to Spokane? We’ve got lots of spooky and shocking history, out of this world farmer’s markets, lakefront property, and a flourishing wine culture

 

The Real Estate Agent Spokane Team

Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team, transferred to real estate after a 30+ year career as a paralegal (Certified Legal Assistant). Her combined experience in law and real estate makes her a tour de force in contracts and negotiations.

Wendy Smith, team member, has lived all over the country before finding her forever home in Spokane. Wendy pairs her real estate experience with a background in customer service to provide an exemplary client experience for both buyers and sellers. 

The Real Estate Agent Spokane Team is dedicated to sharing and promoting everything great about Spokane! We believe that Spokane is the best city in America, and there are so many reasons why. That’s why we dedicate our blog, Facebook, and YouTube channel to highlighting the best that Spokane has to offer. Be sure to follow along with us for more insider updates on events, dining and nightlife, and outdoor activities in Spokane.

 

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The Best NYE Parties in Spokane 2019

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner! The opportunity to welcome a new decade is something that only happens a handful of times in our lives, and you probably won’t want to miss this one.

 

For many, New Year’s is a time to realign priorities that may have wandered over the course of the year. For others, the holiday is simply a time to reign in the New Year in style, starting things off with a toast and a midnight kiss for good luck. Whether you’re looking for a family friendly affair or the party of the decade, we’ve got your best 2019 NYE parties in Spokane, in no particular order!

 

Puttin’ on the Ritz (by the Spokane Symphony)

Where: The Historic Davenport Hotel

When: 9:00pm – 1:00am

 

Arguably one of the priciest parties in town, Puttin’ on the Ritz is sure to be worth it. Even at $150 a ticket, the event sold out last year, and may well do the same this year. You’ll want to be sure to get your tickets in advance. This event will feature live Big Band music, an Elvis impersonator, door prizes, a three-course meal, no-host bars, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Admission: $150 online using the link above.

 

spokane nye partiesLil Sumthin’ Saloon’s Grand Opening and NYE Party

Where: Lil Sumthin’ Saloon

When: 9:00pm – 2:00am

 

This combo event is a great way to ring in the New Year while also supporting the opening of a new local business. Lil Sumthin’ Saloon is a Texas themed bar that will be officially opening on New Year’s Eve. To launch, they’re throwing a party unlike anything else you’ll find in Spokane this NYE. 

 

In addition to live music, they’ll also be hosting a cowpoke costume contest (complete with a $100 prize and plaque on the wall for the winner). Uncle Nearest Distillery is partnering in the party, so expect creative cocktails to sip while you enjoy art displays from Latinx Artes. You’ll also receive a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Admission: $5.

 

80’s New Year’s Eve

Where: Lucky You Lounge

When: 9:00pm – 12:00am

 

If you’re more Atari than XBox, then Lucky You Lounge has the perfect party for you. Get out your scrunchies and fishnet tank tops for this themed event – 80’s attire is encouraged. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes, because there will be an 80’s cover band playing all the classics. Admission: $10 online using the link above. 

 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Riverfront Park

Where: Riverfront Park 

When: 8:00pm – 12:00am

 

This family friendly event includes two fireworks displays and two light shows. The first light show will take place from 8:00-9:00pm, and will culminate in a 12 minute fireworks display. This is perfect for families with younger children who want to participate in the NYE celebrations in Spokane without totally throwing off sleep schedules. The Ribbon Skate Park will also have extended hours, staying open until 10:00pm on NYE.

 

There will be a second light show from 11:00-Midnight, with a fireworks display starting at midnight to celebrate the arrival of 2020. Admission: free. 

 

Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party

Where: The Big Dipper Spokane

When: 7:30pm – 1:00am

 

Roaring 20s is a common theme in New Year’s parties this year (and with good reason!), but the party at The Big Dipper Spokane is sure to be one for the ages. The Big Dipper will have two bands – Random Generation and GS3, so dancing is definitely on the table (but not literally on the table, please). There will also be a no-host bar and free champagne toast at midnight. This is a limited space event, so be sure to reserve tickets in advance. Children are allowed at this event. Admission: $15 online using the link above. 

 

Where will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve this year? Let us know in the comments below!

 

The Real Estate Agent Spokane Team

 

The Real Estate Agent Spokane Team is dedicated to sharing and promoting everything great about Spokane! We believe that Spokane is the best city in America, and there are so many reasons why. That’s why we dedicate our blog, Facebook, and YouTube channel to highlighting the best that Spokane has to offer. Be sure to follow along with us for more insider updates on events, dining and nightlife, and outdoor activities in Spokane.

 

Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team, transferred to real estate after a 30+ year career as a paralegal (Certified Legal Assistant). Her combined experience in law and real estate makes her a tour de force in contracts and negotiations.

 

Wendy Smith, team member, has lived all over the country before finding her forever home in Spokane. Wendy pairs her real estate experience with a background in customer service to provide an exemplary client experience for both buyers and sellers. 

Why and Where to Thrift Shop in Spokane

Thrifting for the Win: The 5 Best Places to Thrift Shop in Spokane 

 

Thrift shopping is amazing! Thrifting isn’t just a fun, affordable way to find unique, high quality, and at times, downright quirky items. Thrift shopping is also good for the local economy and the environment! Don’t believe us? Consider these stats:

  • Goodwill’s sales topped $94 million in 2017, and thrift shopping has continued to grow over recent years, in spite of a “healthy” economy (which usually causes a downturn in thrift shopping)
  • In 2018, 1 in every 278 Americans received their job placement through Goodwill
  • The independent, “for profit” thrift store market is also growing, meaning more thriving small businesses – the backbone of the American economy!

 

Experts have cited a more eco-conscious shopping base, primarily driven by Millennials, for the increase in thrift shopping. For reference: 

  • Goodwill recycled or resold 58 million TONS of goods in 2017
  • Salvation Army recycled or resold 4.3 million TONS of textiles in 2017
  • In 2015 the greenhouse gases from textile production were more than the emissions of all flights and maritime shipping combined
  • According to Hasan Minhaj, “If everyone bought one used item this year instead of new, it could save nearly 6 pounds of CO2 emissions – that’s equivalent to removing half a million cars off the road for a year.”

 

So, there you have it. Thrift shopping is fun (who doesn’t love the hunt?!), it’s good for the economy, and it helps to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That’s what we like to call a win-win-win! That’s why we’ve compiled this handy list of the 5 best places to thrift shop in Spokane (in no specific order):

 

  • Fringe & Fray – If you’re on the prowl for high quality, name brand clothing and accessories at a great price, Fringe &thrift stores spokane Fray definitely needs to be on your checklist. This thrift shop focuses on quality and only buys undamaged, (and usually) name brand items. This is thrifting at its peak – like-new items at like-used prices. If you’re looking to resell your clothes for cash or store credit, you’re in luck! Just swing by M-F from 2:00-6:00pm or from 10:00-6:00 on Saturdays. Photo Credit: Fringe & Fray on Facebook

    1325 W 1st Ave, suite 102

          Spokane, Washington

 

  • Boulevard Mercantile – The massive two story building that houses Boulevard Mercantile is almost immediately antique shops spokanerecognizable by most Spokanites, thanks to its classic red brick construction and iconic mural. If you’ve never been inside, you’ll be blown away by the huge selection of unique home goods upstairs, including ornaments, furniture, decor, and ugly Christmas sweaters. Downstairs, you’ll find a selection of vintage clothes like flannel shirts, military jackets, shoes, and boots, along with a solid vinyl collection. The staff is friendly and the owners are often on site to help you find that special something.

    1905 N Monroe St.

          Spokane, Washington 99205

 

  • Chosen Vintage – With an eclectic mix of clothing from a range of decades, Chosen Vintage is bound to have what vintage shops spokaneyou’re looking for. The fan base of Chosen would describe themselves as vintage shoppers more so than thrifters, and the prices and quality of the clothing available reflects that mindset. Chosen Vintage might not be your cheapest option, but you’ll struggle to find a better selection in the vintage clothing space, making it a great choice for discerning vintage fans. Photo Credit: Chosen Vintage on Facebook

    7 W Main.

          Spokane, WA 99201

 

  • Tossed and Found – This fun and spunky shop boasts a collection of antique and modern finds. Most of what you’ll antiques shops spokanefind at Tossed and Found is home goods, decor, and furniture, with a smattering of clothes and odds ‘n ends. A quick scroll through their Facebook account (link above) shows pieces from a variety of styles and time-periods, including classic antiques, industrial, Mid-Century, western, shabby, and farm. As an added bonus, Tossed and Found is offering extended hours, opening on Sundays, now through Christmas. Photo Credit: Tossed and Found on Facebook

    2607 N Monroe St.

          Spokane, Washington

 

  • Rare and Retro Vintage – Part antique store, part thrift shop, and 100% awesome, Rare and Retro houses just about retro in spokaneeverything, well, rare and retro! You’ll find furniture, home goods, decor, clothing, ornaments, art, and more, all supported by an enthusiastic and creative staff. Pop in for an antique tea service set, leave with a one-of-a-kind 50’s dress and matching jewelry. Whether you’re searching for something you need or are shopping for gifts, you’ll be hard pressed to leave empty handed! Photo Credit: Rare and Retro on Facebook 

          27 W Indiana Ave.

          Spokane, Washington 99205

 

We want to know – what’s the coolest thing you’ve ever found at a thrift store?!

 

Explore Spokane with the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team!

It’s a great time to own a home in Spokane! Whether you’re looking for the perfect kitchen, a walkable neighborhood, great restaurant choices, or the best schools, we can help you find just the spot! Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home. Carrie has over 30 years’ experience as a Certified Legal Assistant (paralegal) and is an expert at contracts and negotiations. 

Wendy Smith has lived all over the country, and now proudly calls Spokane her home. Wendy transitioned to real estate with over 30 years of customer service work experience. This background helps her to provide the best possible experience for her clients during the home buying and selling process. 

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team! You can also visit us at RealEstateAgentSpokane.com

 

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The BEST Places to Share a Drink in Spokane This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a beautiful time in Spokane. The air is crisp, the scenery is snow-kissed, and your calendar is stuffed tighter with seasonal activities than a stocking after Santa swings by. 

But if you’re looking to slow things down a bit, grab a drink, and catch up with friends and family visiting from out of town, be sure to check out this month’s Best Places list – The Best Places to Share a Drink Over the Holidays:

 

The Peacock Room at the Davenport Hotel

 

The Davenport is one of Spokane’s most iconic landmarks, and makes a nice little treat, whether you’re in town visiting or you live here full time. During the holiday season, the Davenport is home to the much-anticipated Christmas Tree Elegance event each year. As you wander through the spectacular trees and bid on your favorites, be sure to keep a few bucks in your pocket to stop by the Peacock Room inside the Davenport.

 

Known equally for its breathtaking ambiance and mouth watering menu, the Peacock Room is a must try. Rest your weary bones under the namesake peacock stained glass ceiling. Be sure to order a peppermint and chocolate martini to cap off the perfect holiday excursion.

 

Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/StayDavenport/

 

Bistango’s Martini Lounge

 

spokane cocktail barsThe ambiance of Bistango’s warrants a trip in, even if the drinks weren’t incredible (but don’t worry, they are). Enjoy table seating in front of floor to ceiling windows looking out over downtown, or find your spot up at the bar. Black and copper designs in the bar top provide an elegant but warm feel, and candle lighting brings the effect home. If you prefer, warm up with a special someone in one of the red leather booths and look up into the synthetic starlight ceiling.

 

As for drinks, this is the best place to find unique holiday cocktails. Try one of their four signature holiday drinks, including the White Chocolate Peppermint Martini, the Red Velvet Martini (colored by a Bistango’s special secret sauce), Mrs. Claus (a vodka based eggnog drink with caramel), and the Spanish Coffee. 

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Bistango’s Spanish Coffee

 

If you want to impress your friends with a spectacular show, the Spanish Coffee is the way to go. They start with 151 and light it on fire – from here, your bartender will add seasoning and spices to create a colorful pyrotechnic display, finally ending by topping it off with hot coffee. The drink is served with a “burnt” raw sugar lip for a sweet but delicate finish.

Wanna see what we mean? 

 

Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/BistangoMartini/

 

 

Brandywine

 

If you’re looking to warm up with something a little more classic, Brandywine has got what you need. High up on the list of recommended drinks to try are the Port Old Fashioned and the Mulled Wine. While neither is a model of holiday beverage stereotypes, both will hit you right during the cold winter evenings. At Brandywine you’ll find people serious about wine and wine culture, in a welcoming and comfortable environment. It’s the perfect spot to grab a friend, grab a drink, and catch up together.

 

One of the coolest things about Brandywine is that they’ve always got something going on. Check out one of their Sips With Sommeliers events, or swing by to check out their Happy Hour specials. 

 

Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/BrandywineBarandBottleshop/

 

291 Brewhouse 

 

Located in Nine Mile Falls, 291 Brewhouse is a great spot for sitting around with family on a cold day. Serving everything from a full coffee menu to wine, beer, and mimosas, the Brewhouse has a little bit of exactly what you’re looking for. They have a rotating beer menu and seasonal coffee drinks, making this a great spot to hang out whether you drink alcohol or not.

 

What makes 291 a great place to check out over the holidays is their calendar of events. If you’re looking for a great activity to sit and do together with a friend, RSVP for their Wine and Wreath event. Want to make a great gift for someone special (or a new decoration for your own house)? Sign up for the “Merry Christmas” Round Wood Sign Painting event. They also have live music, super cool merch, and wine by the bottle. 

 

Even for those who are a little less “hands on,” 291 Brewhouse provides a comfy ambience, high quality food, and always has the game playing on a big screen tv. 

 

Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/291brewhouse/

 

Explore Spokane with the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team!

It’s a great time to buy a home in Spokane! Whether you’re looking for the perfect kitchen, a walkable neighborhood, great restaurant choices, or the best schools, we can help you find just the spot! Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home. Carrie has over 30 years’ experience as a Certified Legal Assistant (paralegal) and is an expert at contracts and negotiations. 

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team! You can also visit us at RealEstateAgentSpokane.com

 

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Thanksgiving Recipes Inspired by the Pacific Northwest

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The Pacific Northwest is known for many things, and unique, local dishes is certainly high up on the list. And with the plethora of fresh, zesty ingredients right in our backyard, it’s no wonder that chefs across the PNW are whipping up incredible, imaginative recipes. 

When it comes to food, there is no holiday more anticipated than Thanksgiving. If you’re looking to give your Thanksgiving dinner a PNW flare, try these three inspired recipes!

 

Whipped Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread 

by Jessica @ How Sweet Eats

 

Cranberries are a classic Thanksgiving food, whether you’re making a compote, a fresh cranberry sauce, or dumping the cranberry jelly straight from the can onto your plate. And it’s hard to imagine anything more PNW than goat cheese – okay, okay, aside from coffee and microbrews, obviously!

 

When you combine these two powerhouse flavors in a creamy spread, you come out with a sensuous winter treat you’ll be making for months to come. We recommend pairing this spread with a rosemary cracker for the ultimate one-two punch.

 

Whipped Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread

  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 11 ounce goat cheese log, softened
  • a pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate arils for garnish
  • fresh rosemary for garnish
  • bread crackers and/or chips for serving

 

Instructions

  1. Place the cranberries, pom juice, sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Cook until the cranberries are simmering and breaking down. You want them to be completely broken down and sort of thick and saucy, about 10 or so minutes. Transfer it to a bowl. Let the mixture cool completely.
  2. In the bowl of your food processor, pulse the goat cheese until it starts to come together. Turn the processor on and let it blend and whip the goat cheese until smooth. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and pulse. Scrape in about 1/4 cup of the cranberry sauce mixture to start and pulse a few more times so everything gets combined. You can blend it completely so it’s smooth or you can leave it a little chunky. You can also add more cranberries if you want, but I like to serve it on the side separately too!
  3. Transfer the spread to a jar or bowl. At this point, you could cover/seal it and keep it in the fridge overnight before serving. Otherwise, serve it garnished with pomegranate arils, fresh rosemary and with crackers and bread for spreading.

 

Kale Gratin

By Brian Thomas Gallagher @ The Seattle Times

 

Kale is one of the most nutrient dense greens you can eat, and when prepared properly, it is utterly delicious – no bitter dirt taste, we promise! Because kale is so sturdy, it goes well in the Pacific Northwest, and keeps on keepin’ on well into the fall. 

 

Kale Gratin is the perfect autumnal food – warm veggies paired with cream and cheese! As an added bonus, this dish uses common ingredients and is simple to make, and that’s a Thanksgiving miracle in our book!

Kale and Cream

  • 3 bunches of lacinato kale, ribs removed
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ cups cream
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, sweat the shallots in the butter until soft.
  2. Add the kale leaves to the pan, stir to coat and cook for five minutes until soft.
  3. Add the cream and ¼ cup Parmesan over the top.
  4. Transfer to a 375-degree oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the cream thickens and starts to caramelize around the edges.
  5. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and serve.

 

Rachel Coyle’s Pumpkin & Marmalade Cake

Brian Thomas Gallagher @ The Seattle Times

No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without a pumpkin dessert! But if you’re tired of pumpkin pie, or just want to add something different to your menu, we recommend trying this pumpkin and marmalade cake!

 

Designed by Rachel Coyle at Coyle’s Bakeshop in Seattle, this desert is bound to be a hit. For an extra local flare, pick your own pumpkin at Green Bluff and cook it down to get fresh, local pumpkin puree!

 

Rachel Coyle’s Pumpkin & Marmalade Cake

  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (3½ ounces) thick-cut orange marmalade
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1¾ cup (8 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Pumpkin seeds for garnish (optional)

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a standard loaf tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or by hand, cream together the butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition until fully incorporated. Add the vanilla and the marmalade, beat until incorporated, then add the pumpkin puree. (At this point, it’s normal for the mixture to look somewhat curdled.)
  4. Add approximately half of the dry ingredients and fold until they are almost completely blended, follow with the milk, and finish with the remainder of the dry ingredients. Fold the mixture one last time with a rubber spatula to make sure everything is well blended, but do not mix any more than necessary.
  5. Transfer batter to the prepared loaf tin, smooth the top, and top with pumpkin seeds (if using).
  6. Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs. Let cool for 30 minutes in the tin, then unmold and let cool completely on a wire rack.

 

Get Cookin’ with the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team!

It’s a great time to buy a home in Spokane! Whether you’re looking for the perfect kitchen, a walkable neighborhood, great restaurant choices, or the best schools, we can help you find just the spot! Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home. Carrie has over 30 years’ experience as a Certified Legal Assistant (paralegal) and is an expert at contracts and negotiations. 

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team! You can also visit us at RealEstateAgentSpokane.com

 

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5 Surprising Reasons to Buy a House In Spokane Right Now

Forget the Holidays, It’s Time to Buy

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It’s that time of year again – the holidays. For many, the holidays can be a big turn off from the idea of buying or selling a house. But the surprising reality is that the holidays are actually the perfect time to buy a house.

Here’s five surprising reasons why right now is the right time to buy real estate in Spokane:

1. “Days on Market” is increasing. As many people are waiting for January to buy, homes are sitting on the market longer. The factors that cause people to sell their homes don’t change much over the course of the year, such as moving out of town, needing a bigger space to accommodate a growing family, needing to downsize, or relocating for a job transfer. 

This means that people continue to list their homes year-round, and typically need to sell in a timely  manner. But buyers have a spokane buyers marketbig benefit here – there aren’t as many competing buyers in the market! This lack of competition tends to drive the number of days that a home has been listed (known as the Days on Market), upwards. This has a cascading beneficial effect for buyers, as you’ll see in the next few points.

2. List-price offers are more attractive. The increase in the Days on Market and the decrease in buyer competition has a direct effect on the offer that you, as a buyer, will submit. Prices are currently holding stable in Spokane, but you could get a better price out the door now, than you might get in January. In a buyer-competitive market (which usually begins in January and is known as a sellers’ market), buyers may be forced to over-bid (to bid over the asking price) just to have their offer considered. 

In a market with little-to-no buyer competition like we have from now until early January, buyers can offer at list price with a higher likelihood of having their offer accepted. For buyers this means that even if prices remain stable or slightly increase, you may end up paying less now than during a high competition season. 

3. Sellers are more receptive to negotiations. The holiday season is the perfect time to ask for what you want. As Days on Market go up and motivation to sell increases, your leverage as a buyer typically increases, too. 

It is a common part of every transaction to ask for what you want as a buyer, especially for things like repairs, upgrades, and concessions. The advantage you have during the holiday season is that sellers are more likely to agree to your requests. You’re also less likely to have another buyer competing against you with a more favorable (higher price, more down payment, easier financing options, or fewer requests/concessions) offer.

Take advantage of a negotiations-friendly market. Work with a real estate agent that is experienced in contracts and negotiations, who can get you the best home, for the best price, with the most favorable concessions. Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is a Certified Legal Assistant (CLA, also known as a Paralegal) with over 30 years experience in the legal field. This experience makes her an expert in real estate contracts and negotiations. 

4. Inventory in Spokane is up. The September stats released by the Spokane Association of Realtors (SAR) shows that inventory is up in Spokane. “Inventory” refers to the number of homes listed for sale at any given time, and can (and does) fluctuate over the course of the year. 

As a buyer, this is great news! Not only do you have favorable buying conditions, you’ve also got a wide selection of homes on the market to choose from. The SAR also notes that the number of “distressed homes” for sale is down. “Distressed homes” are homes that are for sale as the result of a foreclosure or similar event. A low number of distressed homes on the market can be viewed as a positive indicator of the area and the overall market health.

5. Avoid the feeding frenzy. In January, the real estate market generally experiences a dramatic increase in activity. As a buyer, increased activity means more competition from other buyers, more offers on the house you’re interested in, and less incentive for sellers to grant concessions.

In short, when competition goes up, your leverage goes down. If you’re looking to negotiate repairs, upgrades, and price, you’ll want to act now rather than in January. 

Real Estate Agents in Spokane

It’s a great time to buy a home in Spokane! If it’s time to go from renter to owner – or just time for something new, we’d love to help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking for walkability, great food choices, or the best schools, we can help you find the perfect spot! Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home. Carrie has over 30 years’ experience as a Certified Legal Assistant (paralegal) and is an expert at contracts and negotiations. 

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team! You can also visit us at RealEstateAgentSpokane.com.

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All Pumpkin Err’thang

Where to Find Pumpkin Treats in Spokane

There is no denying the power of the pumpkin this time of year. Whether you’re a fan of the gourd or not, it’s hard to resist the pull of all the tasty treats popping up around town. And with the limited availability of these pumpkin delights, why not go ahead and go crazy?!

 

Spokane is quickly establishing itself as a culinary force to be reckoned with on the state and national foodie scenes. When it comes to pumpkin flavored everything, local vendors are bringing their best. Whether you’re looking for a great pumpkin flavored coffee, pastry, or breakfast experience, you’ll find it at one of these local Spokane eateries.

 

The Shop:

 

Address

924 S Perry St.

Spokane, Washington 99202

 

The Shop serves up a whole variety of pumpkin treats, and availability can be limited so check back often to experience the whole spectrum of pumpkin foods on their menu (think pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin lattes, and more). With a super hip, relaxed vibe, you’ll want to snuggle up in a corner with a good book, a cappuccino, and a pumpkin cupcake. You will eventually have to leave, but you won’t want to!

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A selection of the offerings available at The Shop

 

The Wake Up Call

 

Address:

Choose from one of the 11 locations across the greater Spokane/Valley/CDA area

 

The Wake Up Call is the best of both worlds. You get the corporate consistency that you’d come to expect from a multi-location chain, while still maintaining everything great about a locally-owned PNW coffee shop. And they aren’t ones to skimp on the pumpkin treats, either. Aside from the classic pumpkin themed drinks, you won’t want to miss their pumpkin donuts! But be sure to get there early, as these delicious slices of heaven are known to sell out quickly. 

 

Swell Coffee

 

Address:

1604 S Sullivan Rd.

Spokane Valley, Washington 99037

 

This drive-thru coffee spot is notorious for their awesome, friendly, and studious baristas. Barely over a year old, Swell Coffee has already established a reputation for their seasonal drink menu, which is currently sporting – you guessed it! – a pumpkin latte. Swell customers rave about the customer service and how customers really are family here. If you’re looking for the true local experience, it doesn’t get any better than this. 

 

Boots Bakery & Lounge

 

Address:

24 W Main Ave.

Spokane, Washington 99201

 

Boots Bakery & Lounge is a uniquely Spokane experience. In addition to amazing breakfast combos like their pumpkin waffles (amongst SO MANY other amazing options), they also host a slew of awesome events. Check out their Hallow’s Eve Art Show and Costume Contest on October 30th, or drop into one of their Punderground events for a heck of a good time! Boots serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and spirits, and the vibe is somewhere between hipster and rustic cabin. In short, you’ll find something for everyone and the best pumpkin waffles of your life.

 

Chaps Diner and Bakery

 

Address:

4237 S Cheney Spokane Rd.

Spokane, Washington

 

Chaps Diner and Bakery describes itself as a tiny farmhouse cafe and bakery. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but you definitely will want to get there early and try their pumpkin french toast, with a strong cup of coffee. If you happen to stay for lunch and dinner too, well who could blame you? An extra fun fact about Chaps – they were featured on the Food Network for fine dining and breakfast excellence!

 

Time to Bring Your Pumpkin Treats Home

There’s no place like home, especially when it comes to eating your favorite snacks in your special corner of the couch. If it’s time to go from renter to owner – or just time for somewhere new, we’d love to help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking for walkability, great food choices, or the best schools, we can help you find the perfect spot! Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home.

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team!

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Eat Your Heart Out

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The Perry District Dominates the Spokane Food Scene

For years, when you talked about the Washington food scene, the conversation was invariably about Seattle. But times have changed, and in the last 5-10 years, Spokane has bloomed like an onion, making headlines nationwide for its coveted status as a haven for foodies. The Los Angeles Times declared Spokane a city to “eat your heart out” in, and even the revered Wall Street Journal named Spokane as one of the top 6 small cities for foodies. 

But if you already live in Spokane, this likely comes as no surprise. The local food scene is fresher than the produce at the farmers markets, with the beer, wine, and whiskey to match. But if you’re looking for the best neighborhood for foodies to live, breathe, and eat, the Perry District will leave you covered, smothered, and ready for more. 

The Perry District is Fresh & Local

The Perry District is a must-try for hipsters and Boomers alike. Josi H.’s review on Yelp describes the Perry District as “such a quaint little slice of perfect in Spokane. It’s a getaway spot right below the South Hill.” One of the best farmers markets in the city calls the Perry District home, which sets the tone for a strong focus on local and fresh ingredients. The Thursday Market can be found at 924 S. Perry from 3:00 to 7:00 every Thursday from the start of May to the end of October. In addition to being one of the longest running markets in the city, it has also been voted Best Market 5 years in a row (wow)! Something else cool about the Thursday Market – they accept debit, credit, cash, and EBT/SNAP cards.

If you’re too exhausted after shopping at the farmers markets to actually cook any of that food, you’ll want to grab a beer and bite at one of the many local restaurants and tap houses. 

Breweries and Tap Houses in the Perry District

The Lantern Tap House is a neighborhood establishment offering craft beer, wine, and scratch-made food. Reviewers on Yelp often comment on the The Lantern’s warm, “old-world” environment, complete with 150 year old barnwood decor, a fireplace, and church pews from the 1890s.

Perry Street Brewing prides itself on being a true local brewery and taphouse, serving up Northwest-style favorites and Belgian beers, as well as local wine and cider. This brewery supports local causes and boasts a locally-focused menu. And while you’re there, be sure to try their 2016 Great American Beer Festival gold-medal winning India Pale Lager!

Manito Tap House is the perfect place to experience organic, fresh, and local food paired with your choice from over 50 local and regional beers on tap. In fact, this combination is so beloved by Spokanites and visitors alike that Manito Tap House was voted Best Tap House in Washington State!

The Grain Shed deals in everything grain related, doubling as both a bakery and a brewery. Like many restaurants in the Perry District, The Grain Shed gets all of their grains from farmers in and around Spokane, and mills them themselves, in house. The beer is great and the bread products are world class.

Meat & Seafood in the Perry District

Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops is known for using the highest quality USDA Prime, locally sourced, aged 21 to 28 days, beef. Spencer’s also offers fresh seafood and pork chops, with innovative side dishes. If you’re looking for a high-end, craft-quality meal, or want to sip  handcrafted martinis in a full service lounge, Spencer’s is the place to be.  

Wisconsinburger has one of the more unique ambiances you’ll find in Spokane, with furnishing rescued from a bowling alley. Here you’ll find all real Wisconsin cheese, whipped cheese curds, and WA aged beef, along with turkey and vegan burgers. Enjoy beer, wine, cocktails, and soda with your burger to complete the experience.

Casper Fry specializes in real Southern food, with a heavy focus on craftsmanship and quality. Harkening back to a simpler time in American food history, Casper Fry works to ensure their food is locally sourced, supporting the farmers and artisans in and around Spokane in a manner that is environmentally friendly. Great food, great ethics – that’s a win/win in our book!

The Perry District’s Got the Sauce

South Perry Pizza can’t be missed if you’re looking for handmade pizza in a comfy, fun environment. In the summer, enjoy the patio. In the winter, grab another slice to go with your bottle of wine. Either way, you’re bound to enjoy!

Allie’s Vegan Pizzeria and Cafe should be your go-to spot for vegan and vegetarian pizza that actually tastes amazing. Reviewers regularly comment on the quality of the vegan cheese, and non-vegans enjoy that Allie’s is family-owned with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Their menu also marks common food sensitivities, and offers gluten and nut free options. It’s a place where truly everyone can enjoy a quality meal.

Live (and Eat!) in the Perry District

If you’re looking at buying or selling a home in Spokane, we’d love to learn a little more about your move and help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking for walkability, great food choices, or the best schools, we can help you find it. Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

The Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home. Spokane has the house you’re looking for! 

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team!

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