Category: Attractions

A Late Summer Big Party Near Hotel in Everett

Mukilteo’s Biggest Party of the Year

Mukilteo which means “good camping ground,” is a waterfront city in Snohomish County, Washington. It is one of the most affluent suburbs of Seattle, just 15 minutes away from Everett. Every year, around this time in late summer, the city hosts the biggest party of the year on the weekend after Labor Day – the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival. It’s now the event’s 52nd offering and no less than 20,000 people come to its beach setting every year.

On September 8, 9, 10, 2017, the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival brings the community together with entertainment & celebration. The setting is in and around the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park on the shores of Puget Sound and is a 1950s constructed filled tideland and a continuous public beach access.

There’s a long list fun stuff to do, great buys and great eats, and entertainment value like nowhere else. The grand fireworks display here is considered one of Snohomish county’s biggest shows. The best news is that – it’s all FREE! Look and see what’s in store.

The community based festival includes a 5k and 10k Run-A-Muk Race, now legendary with more than a thousand participants. This event has been previously held last August 26. There’s a parade, tennis tournament, fishing derby, and lots of live entertainment, including a Battle of the Bands that now has a growing fan base. There are arts and crafts booths and children’s activities like rock climbing, trampoline and movies.

The Mukilteo Marketplace bring out the region’s famous crops and produce, while artisans showcase anywhere from glass art to jewelry to bath soaps. The Avenue of Food is the delightful stroll down gastronomic selections from the region’s popular eateries and from homemade delicacies.

The Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival is co-sponsored by the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association and the City of Mukilteo.

Premier Community Event Near You

Even former Snohomish County residents come back to Mukilteo for this great festival. They surely love their old town. And you, too, will love Mukilteo. Stay at our Everett hotel and be near the party of the year.

No Art As Fresh As This Near Hotel in Everett

FRESH PAINT: Festival of Artists at Work

Purchase art fresh off the easel during Everett’s waterfront art festival presented by the Schack Art Center. Remember that the Schack is an admission-free visual art center dedicated to promoting and celebrating the arts for the enhancement of community life. This August 18 and 19, from 10am to 5pm, stroll down the entire length Port of Everett Marina for your best art buys. More than 100 artists booths with painting, pottery, glass, jewelry, photography and a lot more will be showcased.

The title of this festival is Fresh Paint.

What’s best about this is that admission is free. The whole length of the promenade will be filled with artist booths, turning the marina into a huge outdoor studio and sidewalk gallery. Every participating artist will be demonstrating and sharing their art with guests. However, there will be four dedicated demonstrations areas to enjoy both days.

There will be glassblowing demonstrations, the glassblowers are a festival favorite at Fresh Paint. See pottery demonstrations as well; the Northwest Clay Club will have artists demonstrating pottery techniques. There are woodcarving demonstrations, too. Watch artists from Quilceda Carvers of Marysville, Washington as they share the art of woodcarving with festival visitors. Finally, lapidary demonstrations. Watch rock carving – see the art of stone carving and grinding during the festival.

It’s not just all art. There’s live music and entertainment at two stages. Food galore from several marina restaurants and festival food booths. Plus there’s the annual Fresh Paint Float Find on Jetty Island, where visitors can find and keep colorful glass floats hidden on the jetty beach.

Fresh Paint is made possible in part from the City of Everett Hotel/Motel Tax Fund and the Snohomish County Hotel/Motel Tax Fund. Enjoy the festival without hunting for parking, ride Everett Transit to Fresh Paint.

Staying At Quality Inn and Suites

While there may be festival-suggested hotels, know that just 16 minutes away (or 9.8 miles) via I-5 S is your remarkably affordable hotel, Quality Inn and Suites. We offer full amenities at cost you’ll love so you can better enjoy the fabulous Fresh Paint festival.

A 100 Year Old Welcome Fest Near Hotel in Everett

A Yearly Welcome in Snohomish

From July 12th to the 16th 2017 expect loads and loads of fun for families at the historic district of Snohomish via the annual Kla Ha Ya Days Festival. People come in droves to celebrate Kla Ha Ya Days. It’s a tradition more than a hundred years old. The native word Kla Ha Ya means welcome and Snohomish welcomes you all to experience old fashioned summertime fun and enjoy the town.

What’s in store?

A grand parade and a street fair are the highlights, joined by fun contests, a car show, a fun run, and a carnival. But there are lots more to expect. The brightly costumed and decorated parade will be held along 1st Street from Ave D to Maple starting at 10:30 am on Saturday, July 15. The street fair, also on July 15, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, displays some of the best shopping through the nearly 100 crafts and commercial booths and still more – fabulous antique stores, art galleries, boutiques, salons, diverse stores, bars and restaurants, and eco-friendly businesses. The street fair is located on historic Union, Glen, Pearl and Cedar Streets in Downtown Snohomish.

Apart from a carnival, a 5k to 10k fun run, and a car show, families will also enjoy a magical, musical and traveling circus, outdoor movies, a soccer tournament, skydiving demonstrations, bingo games, and kids’ contests like Baby Crawl and The Treasure Hunt, or those endless eating contests for ice cream, pie, and watermelon. Food courts are around to taste regional dishes and the main stage’s musical numbers to enjoy

The Kla Ha Ya Days Festival has grown to become one of the largest and most popular festivals in Northwest Washington, attracting visitors and locals throughout the region. Folks who are environmentally conscious, health-focused, family-minded, and community-oriented find the festival along the famed Snohomish river really awesome.

The Kla Ha Ya Days Festival (KHYDF) is a nonprofit organization that produces an annual local festival, to welcome people throughout Northwest Washington to celebrate the community’s beauty, and goodwill of Snohomish. Proceeds from the KHYDF’s activities support Snohomish-based community organizations with programs and services for youth and families.

Kla Ha Ya-ing Just Nearby

Spend those fantastic, five welcome days with us at Quality Inn and Suites, your hotel in Everett. Stay close to the action and entertainment with the family yet come home to a warm bed, a shower and a great breakfast. Make it your tradition, too.

Celebrating 4th of July near Hotel in Everett

The Colors of Freedom Fly over Everett on the 4th

The 4th of July comes to Everett and Everett celebrates with the ultimate parades, epic fireworks and tons of fun and festivities throughout the day. If you’re visiting, see here what’s in store for you.

There will be two highlights of the Everett celebration – a parade and fireworks. See the Colors of Freedom Parade which starts at 11 am. Be at Colby & Wetmore Aves, between Wall St. & 26th St, bring a lawn chair and grab a front row seat for the best show ever. Watch the colorful and vibrant marching bands parade the streets amid bands playing and confetti. See dance & drill teams, giant puppets, stilt walkers, clowns, and creative floats. There’ll be flags, hats, noisemakers, and so many Uncle Sams.

And then, the much-awaited Thunder on the Bay Fireworks. At 10:20pm, the Everett skies will light up above Port Gardner Bay and 3 viewing areas are provided – Legion Memorial Park (Festival Lawn at Alverson Blvd), Grand Avenue Park and Everett Marina District. There’ll be live music, food vendors, events for kids, beer gardens and more. The event will be simulcast over radio, so there’s no missing a heart beat.

Throughout the day, expect more fun on-going around Everett through community events. Watch family fun races in the Yankee Doodle Dash at the Everett Family YMCA, starting at 830am. Get half-price admissions at the popular Imagine Children’s Museum from 10am to 4pm. Enjoy open skating at XFINITY Community Ice Rink with their Fire on Ice event from 815am to 315pm.

From noon to 4pm, meet the officers of the Everett Police Station in Wetmore Avenue. See their crime-solving equipment, join the kids’ activities, meet Colby the Crime Dog, and win a prize. Police and fire vehicles will be on display along Wetmore Ave.

Come to Fun in the Sun Street Fair at the First Baptist Church from noon to 3pm. Enjoy their inflatables, pony rides, live music and antique car show. Free cotton candy, snow cones, prizes and more! Then, by 7pm, come for an Aquasox Baseball game at the Everett Memorial Stadium for some fun, baseball, Patriot Hat auction and post-game fireworks.

The 4th of July is one very busy day in Everett, where the fun never stops.

Independence Day Fun Nearby

You’re not missing your own 4th of July celebration where you’re from, if you find yourself in Everett. Staying at Quality Inn, you are never far from the true meaning of celebration. We got lots of that here.

The World of Wildlife at the Port of Everett

Looking for Wildlife at The Port

The Port of Everett is a natural deep-water port located 25 miles north of Seattle on the Puget Sound.
The port operates the largest public marina on the West Coast, and just like any state port, it aims to efficiently move goods into and throughout Washington state and the world. It brings jobs, businesses and tourism into the community and region.

The marina has more than 2,300 recreational boating slips and a 13-lane boat launch facility. It is protected by Jetty Island, a man-made beach, and offers more than 5,000 lineal feet of guest moorage strategically located around restaurants and activities throughout the marina. The beach draws more than 50,000 visitors a year.

It has a waterfront access where you can walk along the warm sand, play in the water and explore the nature trails of the two-mile island. You can also make use of the free ferry but should have reservations.

Jetty Island is home to more than 45 bird species including osprey, hawks, eagles, ducks, and other distinct aquatic birds, like cormorants. It serves as a wildlife preserve for many species of waterfowl and juvenile salmon On occasions, lucky visitors may see seals surfacing or lounging near the water’s edge or even see gray whales during their spring migration.

Another point in the port that is considered a great location for wildlife lovers is Union Slough. Located in the Snohomish River estuary, this 24-acre estuarine marsh mudflat habitat creates a home for native species. Find the endangered Chinook salmon, shorebirds, and Dungeness crab by the marshes. A walkway surrounds the mitigation site, which allows visitors and spectators to view the numerous water birds and wildlife that inhabit the restored wetland area.

Also, visit the Waterfront Parks and open spaces to watch for various birds and seals while having a picnic. You can fish off the pier near the boat launch while taking in the sights and sounds of the waterfront. There are many points at The Port of Everett to watch nature at its best.

Wildlife in the City

No need to go far for a nature trip while in Everett. Oggle at wildlife and go bird-watching while staying at our hotel in Everett . The Port of Everett is just 15 to 16 minutes away. So bring the family and enjoy the marina and all its offerings. Our friendly hotel staff will always be on hand to help you get there.

Music and Crowds near Hotel in Everett

Music at the Marina Invites

The months of June, July and August generally bring sunny clear skies over Everett. The cooler evenings, though, are an excuse to sing and dance the hours away. Come to the marina on Thursdays or Saturdays and the crowds will just blow you away. Experience Music at the Marina.

Though admission is free, bring cash for things you can’t do without while enjoying a concert – wine, beer and lots of local food. The setting, overlooking the water – the Port Gardner Landing – wonderful location and impressive architecture which won awards. Port Gardner Landing is a three building mixed-use redevelopment of Everett’s Southeast Marina, including the 36-room Inn and two buildings containing office, restaurant and retail uses.

On Thursday and Saturday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30, Port Gardner Landing comes alive with the best summer dance party and great music provided by select bands. See performers rock their particular genre; the list covers a wide spectrum of music styles . There’s reggae, blues, industrialized country, pop, rock, rock & soul and rock & blues.

There’s Celtic-Bluegrass, Latin folk, swing, psychedelic funk, and harmonic blues. These are just your Thursday performers. Saturdays play country/rock, Brazilian world rhythms, funk & soul, tropical Latin Salsa, electronic pop, reggae/rock, Americana, and upbeat alternative folk.

You can choose to have dinner at Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant, stage-side, or go for your local food truck serving pizza, BBQ, burgers, and other grilled delights. And yes, grab a glass of wine or beer at the Marina Beer Garden. If you want to stay overnight, do so at the inn and listen to the concert from their patio.

And if you are part of the picnic crowd and just want to relax in their lovely park lawn, be sure to bring your chairs and blankets, sans the alcohol. The place is ADA accessible, plenty of parking, with public restrooms, and allows you to bring your leashed dogs.

Love crowds? Then it’s Music at the Marina for you. This popular summer concert series draws crowds like you’ve never seen. Thursday nights draw the biggest crowds – 600 plus, while Saturday nights draw 300 plus.

Summer Nights and Music in Everett

If you’re staying with us at Quality Inn & Suites, we bet you’ll find time to unwind on a Thursday or Saturday night. Head to the Port Gardner Landing and enjoy Music at the Marina. Get your fill of marina nightlife before heading back to a quiet night’s sleep in your Everett hotel.

Fishing, Boating and Movies near Hotel in Everett

Family Fun Time at Silver Lake

Silver Lake is one of Everett’s neighborhoods and is heavily urbanized. Located 5.5 miles south of Everett along the Bothell-Everett Highway, Silver Lake is 104.3 acres while the watershed is 970 acres. The lake has an average depth of 24 feet and a maximum depth of 51 feet. There are three parks around Silver Lake, one of them is Thornton A. Sullivan Park on the west side of the lake and has many recreational opportunities.

This 35-acre lakeside park features swimming, limited boating, a playground and wooded trails. You will also find a picnic shelter and a waterfront access.

The Thornton A. Sullivan Park host many family fun activities as well. Take fishing, for example. Professional enthusiasts and newbies will delight in the fishing prospects of Silver Lake. During the months of April, May and June, expectations for Rainbow Trout are good, turning fair from July onwards. Prospects for fishing Rock Bass and Yellow Perch are also good but for longer, from April to September. However, if you’re lucky, you might also catch Kokanee and Largemouth Bass.

The park is also open to boating activities such as kayak paddling and hydroplane races. Because the lake is small, can be circumnavigated in only 30 minutes, boat activities are limited. Nonetheless, Silver Lake is popular for paddling for its proximity to many, it is good for beginners, and the presence of birds – gulls, red-winged blackbirds and eagles – make it a birdwatchers’ nook.

Another Thornton A. Sullivan Park attraction is the Everett Cinema Under the Stars. Enjoy a movie on the beautiful park lawn of Camp Patterson Field on a giant outdoor screen with the sky as your roof. You can bring blankets and chairs; admission is free though snacks are available on cash basis. Once a week, set on Fridays, one movie is shown after a 7:30 p.m. pre-movie entertainment. This weekly family event is put on for free by the City of Everett during the height of summer. It’s great to see 500 or so people at the outdoors enjoy a movie under the stars.

A Vacation Treat without Leaving Home

Just 3km from Thornton A. Sullivan Park in Silver Lake is your affordable and friendly hotel in Everett, the Quality Inn and Suites. Bring your brood and take time off to enjoy nature in the heart of the city. You are never too far from home.

Shop Fresh and Local near Hotel in Everett

Bigger and Bolder Market this Year in Everett

2017 marks the 24th year for the Everett Farmers Market. Opening on a Sunday, Mother’s Day, the 4th of May, the farmers market will be at the Boxcar Park on the Everett Waterfront. What’s unique about the market this time? It will feature the largest group of juried vendors in market history. There will be a total 160 unique merchants, when vendors will rotate each week to fill 100 booth spaces every Sunday. In rain or shine weather, from 11am to 4pm, the market is open until October the 15th.

Due to the success of the Farmers Market in recent years, when visitors and locals swelled to thousands, a new addition is featured this season. For market shoppers’ convenience, a loading zone was added so that people’s cars are closer to the market when loading up. There’s also a newly constructed temporary access road, improved wayfinding and parking signage, pavement improvements for wheeled visitors and re-alignment of parking areas to ease parking congestion. Parking and shopping will be breezier now. To access the market, you take either 10th street or 13th street off West Marine View Drive and follow the signs.

What great finds can be you see at this market? Aside from the seasonal fruits and veggies grown at local farms and orchards all over Washington state, treat yourself to artisan foods like cheese, wine, honey, jam, coffee and more. They offer naturally raised and pasteurized meats, eggs and poultry, baked goods and dairy products. Find mushrooms, berries, corn and other dried edibles, grocery items, fresh seafood, and flowers, bulbs and flowering plants.

See children’s toys and apparel, bags and shoes and clothes, jewelry and leather crafts, soaps and perfume, home decor and gift items, kitchen and tableware, antiques and paintings, paper products, woodwork and other artisan products.

It’s a total family package where children’s activities abound, with live entertainment music, and certainly, food stalls and restaurants to pass your hunger. It’s better than before! So plot any week on your calendar and head for the market.

Not to be Missed Market Days

Staying at our hotel in Everett, the Quality Inn, gives you easy access to the Farmers Market in Boxcar Park with a wonderful view of the waterfront. Meet our friendly locals – vendors, farmers and producers – who bring you the best and the freshest of Washington.

See Good Things at the Everett Makers Market

Small Market, Big Finds

Local vendors come together for scheduled market days celebrating community life and providing broad range of specialty goods at each event. They are small business makers that craft their own goods and products to sell. Many are unique, handmade, and more importantly, locally-made.

The variety of local goods is wide and you can come away buying Everett’s very popular goodies and some great artisan wares. In past events many sold bottled fruit preserves,

This coming month, February 11th, another Everett Makers Market is going up at the all-ages, family-friendly Anchor’s Pub, Everett’s premier concert venue, bar and restaurant that plays live music and shows, serves lunch and dinner, and miles of beer selections. The brick building is located on Hewitt Street that also serves as a portion of the monthly Everett Art Walk events. On Everett Makers Market day, it will transform into a market eden for all its visitors and guests between 12 noon to 5pm. Admission is totally free!

It is dubbed the I Adore Mi Amor Market and many are awaiting surprises in store. One of the vendors participating in February is Snoco Photography that will put up a photo booth for free picture taking, The Phenix Paper Co will also be joining bringing a line of the best sweet and sassy cards, described as very funny and original. Blue Box bakery is another vendor that will showcase their unique and delicious goodies, two of them is their famous caramel bites and chocolate strawberries.

More vendors are bringing their handmade ladies’ bags, cosmetics, herbs and spices, jewelry, beads, greeting cards, hand-lettered goods, plants and planters, home decor, confections, candles, art, gourmet foods, vintage goods, pottery, creepy things, and a lot more.

Almost a Pre-Valentine Shopping near Everett Hotel

If you’re staying at our hotel in Everett around this time, you won’t miss one of Everett’s most followed events – the Everett Makers Market. You might even find a Valentine gift for your special someone here. We bet you will.

Food Trucks come to Everett

A Food Craze Comes to Everett and Stayed

Are you familiar with food trucks? They’re large trucks on wheels that sell food, including cooking them inside from scratch. They come by your street, park where people see them and people line up to grab some quick lunch, snacks or dinner. They have built-in kitchens with freezers and ovens, making sandwiches, hamburgers, french fries, and other regional fast food items. They have become quite a phenomenon, and these days are also into gourmet foods and ethnic dishes. Call it the street food industry, with food carts and food booths, they serve an estimated 2.5 billion people every day.

Food trucks are ‘hip’ and popular in metro areas, suburbs and small towns. Generally brightly colored and creatively built, they are a magnet for people from all walks of life. Food trucks can have a semi-permanent to a permanent location, and sometimes you’d find a city having its own food truck park. They offer people the chance to eat gourmet food, prepared by gourmet chefs, who are sometimes the owners of the food truck.

They are also being hired for special events and are options for weddings, school events, movie shoots, and corporate gatherings. Being mobile, they also carry advertisements and promote brands. These trucks are carefully monitored and are subject to documentation, licensing, legal procedures and sanitation inspections, all for public health and safety.

Everett was recently a testing ground for downtown food trucks to serve Friday lunch crowds – a first for the city. Three food trucks started off in Colby Avenue on a weekly base and the craze is catching on among the Everett populace – employees, families, and social media fans. They have had pizza, Asian, Mexican-style and southern California fare. It came as an offshoot of the Food Truck Festival held in Everett last August 2016 when more than 20 trucks descended on Colby Avenue for a festival.

Food Truck Explorations near Everett Hotel

Staying at our hotel in Everett, the Quality Inn, brings you close to ‘Food Truck Fridays’ in Everett. Visit Wetmore Theater Plaza and grab a bite to eat at some trucks lined up there. Or go to 1831 Silver Lake Road, newly opened for more food trucks, running weekdays from 11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm. Explore the excitement of street food in Everett – delicious and affordable.