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Two Interesting Days Exploring Bothell, Washington, USA 

Article & photos by Lenora A. Hayman


 Bothell Washington, just 20 minutes drive from Seattle, proved to be an interesting place to visit.  It is located in both the King and Snohomish Counties.  While visiting there,  I experienced outdoor adventures, gourmet dining, and a vintage wine walk.



Bridge in park at Bothell’s Landing



 After a 3 hour drive from Vancouver B.C. our group bedded down for 2 nights at The Hilton Garden Inn in Bothell. It was fun having beds with knobs at the side to twist and create either a soft or hard mattress. I noticed too, that the wheelchair accessible rooms, also had signs in Braille for the visually impaired. Each night, after a full day of sightseeing, I calmed my sore feet, relaxing in their heated, indoor salt water swimming pool and whirlpool. At the hotel’s welcoming reception, the family-owned Open Road Wine Company paired their handcrafted viognier, with the honeysuckle and peach nose, with Chef Navi Mudaliar’s lamb with fig spread..



Hilton Garden Inn, Bothell, Washington


Fortunately for us, it was only a 10-minute walk from downtown Bothell to a branch of the University of Washington, co-located with the Cascadia Community College. Murals and works of art are displayed there, including Norie Sato’s  Bothell Codex situated on a plaza, in the shape of an open book made of flagstone.  It is etched with symbols of lines of text. One page has the letters used by geneticists delineating the complexities of DNA and the other page is a field of 1’s and 0’s, representing the building blocks of the binary code.


A viewing platform allowed us to see part of the 58-acre wetlands, one of the largest floodplain restorations in the Pacific Northwest that was farmland, when bought from the Truly family in 1994, to create the campus. Beaver, deer, egrets, red-wing blackbirds and crows are thriving and they also won the Salmon-Safe Certification for being careful with what is tossed into the Sammamish River.



Kelly Snyder & Conor McEnulty  at Wetlands platform, University of Washington, Bothell.


 Our evening meal was at the Pasion Tequila, a Mexican family restaurant. Murals with a Mexican theme included a copper etching of a jimador (harvester) cutting a blue agave pina to make tequila, surrounded the diners.  My crab filled enchilada, sautéed with tomatoes and onions and topped with green sauce, melted cheese, sour cream and avocado slices went well with the shredded cabbage salsa, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and lime juice.



Pasion Tequila Restaurant, Bothell.


 Time was a priority the next morning, so we headed for  Peter and Leida Kaskes’ Dutch Hillcrest Bakery for a quick latte, a bacon maple bar, an apple fritter or an almond croissant, before dashing off to Whats Sup Stand-Up Paddle & Surf at Bothell Landing.  Owner Steve Holmes as a child in Honolulu, Hawaii, experienced this surface water sport where the surfer uses a paddle to move through the water while standing on a surfboard. While the group, safely learned to stand up from a crouching position and paddle along the Sammamish river, I strolled through the park at Bothell Landing viewing the Bothell Historical Museum in the 1893 William Hannan House. Wm. Hannan’s wife Mimi was the daughter of the Postmaster and his wife, Robert and Mary Ann Bothell Campbell. Adjacent is Bothell’s first one-room school house, a bell tower and the Beckstrom log cabin that housed a family of 10. The New Mom’s Stroller Fitness Club was happily exercising nearby as I strolled over the arched foot bridge and along the Sammamish river trail viewing the visiting Canada geese.



Jessica Dawson with Whats Sup Stand-up Paddle & Surf on Sammamish River, Bothell.


We next drove to the Yakima Fruit Market and Nursery. In the prohibition days, this site was the Blue Swallow Inn, a Roadhouse with a bar and dance floor downstairs and supposedly 10 wee bedrooms upstairs for other “commercial transactions”! Later it became the home of Ken and Marie Lynch who sold produce on their doorstep. In 1950 Yakima Fruit Market and Nursery was  erected and Doug Poage bought it and now his son Stuart and wife Karin Bagnall Poage have owned it for 26 years. Hanging fuchsia baskets cascaded over birdfeeders, watering wands, citrus flavored green tomatillo peppers, walla walla sweet onions and jars of Anna's raspberry creamed honey.




Karin Bagnall Poage  co-owner of Yakima Fruit Market-Bothell’s oldest retail business.


 It was time for lunch and fortunately The Preservation Kitchen Restaurant was next door. This 1916 Kaysners’ Estate was the former Bothell Mayor’s home. In the 70’s it was the French restaurant Gerard’s de Lyon. Present owners Gary and Susan Southwick renovated the Mayor’s house in the front and transformed the coach house into a bar. Gary, Susan and Chef Jason Northern promote food from local producers and wines from Woodinville and Eastern Washington.



New Mom’s Stroller Fitness Club in park at Bothell’s Landing


 During lunch our server Angela Holmes poured the food friendly Woodinville Des Voigne Cellars 2008 San Remo Sangiovese, a dark ruby wine with its aromas of  Santa Rosa plum and red cherries. Our smoked Duck Rillette (similar to pate) was a nice starter with the capers and cornichons. New to me were the Washington Duchilly hazelnuts, oblong rather than round and sweeter than the Barcelona and Ennis hazelnuts accompanying the Oregonzola blue cheese from Oregon in our Arugula salad. We tasted 3 delicious entrees, the sous vide chicken breast, cooked in a vacuum-sealed pack in a controlled heated water bath, the prosciutto wrapped Oregon, Carlton Farms pork tenderloin and wild boar ragu, a boar shoulder with ragu meat sauce, pappardelle fettuccine and parmesan-reggiano cheese. Our dessert had a dark chocolate torte with peanut butter dust and bubbles of blueberry, lemon and coke floats.


 After this perfectly, harmonious pairing of food and wine, a quick stroll on opening day at the Farmers’ Market in the Country Village of 40 shops and restaurants was appropriate. I spotted clowns “Zero and wife Somebuddy” who perform at the on-site Adventure Children’s Theatre,   The combination of the aromas of  the huge bouquets of flowers  and the Trimmed Wick mango soya soap was an aromatic treat for the senses  as I passed through the market.



Clown Zero at Country Village, Bothell.


 We also stopped at the downtown area, to learn how the 100-year old city of Bothell with a $150 million investment, is revitalizing the area centered on Main St. and the Sammamish River.


 At 5:00p.m., with glass in hand, my companions and I did the Vintage Bothell Wine Walk, sipping wine from 16 of the region’s wineries while popping into some of the Main St. shops and viewing Bothell’s  sepia coloured  Historic Mural on Festival Street.



Sepia coloured Historic Mural in Bothell.



Later we listened to a live band at the Grazie Italian Ristorante, where I can recommend the jumbo coconut prawns and their tempting dessert tray.



Server Eric Giraud with  Grazie Ristorante Italiano desserts.


 Next morning at the Alexa’s Café and Catering, with its brick walls decorated with brightly painted flowers , we fortified outselves with a mouthwatering crab benedict and smoked salmon scramble before driving over to the Woodinville Warehouse Wineries.-the home of over 100 wineries, breweries, meaderies and distilleries. Some wineries are “estate grown” where the wine is produced by the owner of both the vineyard and the winery, others are working wineries with fermenting barrels and tasting bars, and others, tasting rooms only, that offer wine made elsewhere.




Copper etching-harvesting blue agave for tequila –Pasion Tequila Restaurant, Bothell.



We only had time to visit 3 wineries. Efeste owners, Daniel Ferrelli, Kevin Taylor and Patrick Smith and winemaker Brennon Leighton offered their 2011 Evergreen Riesling with mineral notes, Granny Smith apple, orange and persimmon aromas.



 Owner Doug Long of Obelisco Estate poured the 2009 Electrum Cabernet, a deep purple colour with hints of cinnamon, cocoa, raspberry and cherry and well deserving of winning Double Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.



Wine tasting at David & Cindy Lawson’s Covington Cellars at Woodinville Warehouse Wineries.


Covington Cellars owners, David and Cindy Lawson, winemaker Morgan Lee and Trinity, the Resident Chef offered a jovial, sit-down food with 4 wine pairings in the barrel room.  Breaded cornbread with the citrus, pineapple and grassy 2010 Blanc, BBQ meatballs with the earth, leather, berries and vanilla notes of the 2007 Reserve Syrah, black bean soup with the Asian spiced, black current 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and a Gorgonzola cheese and chocolate coated ball with the black current and sandalwood 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.


Bothel  provided good food, excellent wines, and some interesting activities during our brief visit.  Why not plan a happy getaway yourself in Bothell?


Story and Pictures by Lenora A. Hayman



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