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Bend Breweries

Spend a bit of time hanging around Bend, and you'll quickly notice that the area is home to a huge collection of local breweries. While the quantity is nice, it's the quality of local breweries that sets Bend apart from most cities around the country. Bend now ranks as one of the best areas in the entire country for craft brewing, adding to the reputation of Central Oregon as one of the nation's real brewing hotspots. Our brokers have all of the exciting details on where to enjoy brews around Bend.

  • Silver Moon Brewing – 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend, OR 97730
    Bend homes for sale
    put you in the heart of a dynamic brewing community, thanks to great local breweries like Silver Moon Brewing. Established at a time when Bend was home to just two other breweries, Silver Moon remains one of the best spots in the city. Like most breweries in the area, Silver Moon Brewing starts with freshwater from mountain snow-melt for its beers, then builds complex flavors from that strong base. The Silver Moon Pub is a relaxed, inviting drinking destination, where you're likely to find a few new friends in addition to some excellent local brews.

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Tour Sleepless in Seattle Locations

"You make a million decisions that mean nothing, and then one day you order take-out, and it changes your life."

Such is the story of a man and a woman in the iconic romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle. This 1993 hit starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

A romcom that still holds a special place in our hearts nearly 30 years later, Sleepless in Seattle, places the Emerald City front and center on the silver screen. Our brokers suggest venturing to these seven Seattle hot-spots featured in Sleepless in Seattle.

  1. Pike Place Market — 85 Pike St., Seattle, WA 98101
    Scene: Sam's son, Jonah, first meets his dad's new girlfriend, Victoria, at Pike Place Market.
    Perhaps the most famous Seattle attraction aside from the Space Needle, Pike Place Market is a bustling center of culture located on a beautiful stretch of waterfront. Opened over a century ago, nine acres of space feature farmer's markets, crafts markets, seafood markets, food stalls, restaurants, shops, and more. Don't just grab a photo as a souvenir — be sure to stroll the alleyways of the market and taste everything!

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black cabinetsNow that both the festive holiday season and dreary January are in the rearview mirror, it's a great time to give our homes a serious once-over and consider if an update is in order. With 2020 not just a new year but the start of a new decade too, there's no time like the present to open the book on a new look.

As you know, design trends come and go, like swallows to Capistrano. And sometimes just as quickly. Still, it's instructive to know what's in, what's out and what's likely to stand the test of time. With that in mind, here are some of the design trends for 2020 that we can't get enough of.

Green is the new black. Whether you splash it on the wall or incorporate it in your choice of accents – think houseplants – green is popping up all over. Dusty greens seem to be the current favorites; from olive to pistachio these muted tones provide just the right pop of color in more neutral interiors. Houseplants, once the darlings of the '70s, are still having a moment, though this time the fiddle-leaf fig that was everywhere in 2019 is being upstaged by rubber plants, money plants or snake plants.

Black is back. And it's bigger than ever. black cabinets (uppers, lowers or both), countertops, sinks, tile and appliances suggest the near-decadelong reign of the all-white kitchen is coming to an end. When paired with white, you've got the alpha and omega of the color spectrum, and the effect couldn't be more striking. Black chairs with white throw pillows, black and white marble, black floors nestled against white walls. Wow.

Back to the future. With traditional and vintage styling now in vogue, along with a newfound appreciation for patina, it seems that age is all the rage these days. From spooled legs and spindles on chairs, to wood paneling (rendered in a slimmer profile and installed at interesting angles), to floral wallpaper (it's big, it's bold), to canopy beds and more, it's Throwback Thursday every day. Plus, this uptick in the use of antiques and secondhand furnishings straddles the line between vintage and eco-friendly. Keeping stuff out of landfills is as chic as it is enviro-conscious. It's a win-win.

Cozy is the new neutral. Put another way, hygge is breaking out all over. Hygge, the Danish word that describes the Scandinavian concept of coziness and warm conviviality that create a sense of peace and contentment, took the U.S. by storm in 2016. For a while, it seemed everybody was getting hygge with it. This year we're seeing it show up in fabrics, such as shearling, soft mohair, some leathers and, most particularly, velvet – the perfect blend of luxury and comfort. Plus, you'll soon be seeing fatter, curvier shapes in upholstered pieces like sofas and occasional chairs. What better place to curl up with a cup of [tea/coffee/hot chocolate] and a good book?

Go big or go home. Geometric patterns, oversize florals, statement tiles – they're bold and beautiful and infusing our homes with a liveliness not seen since the Memphis movement in the '80s. Understatement has its place, to be sure. But an eye-catching backsplash or a gloriously wallpapered ceiling are right on trend now. If you've been itching to take a step on the wild side, go for it.


Portland Brunch Hotspots

You already know that Portland has a legendary culinary scene, but have you considered brunch? PDX has a brunch hotspot to suit every taste. From the finest French-inspired cuisine to the home-cooked joys of eggs, meat, and potatoes, it's easy to satisfy your brunch cravings close to home in Portland. Our brokers love local meals, and we've got the details on 7 of the best brunch destinations around Portland.

  1. Tasty n Alder – 580 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
    make it easy to enjoy all of the delicious brunch destinations on our list, including the lovely Tasty n Alder. In the evening, Tasty n Alder is known as one of Portland's top steakhouses, and the brunch menu more than equals what you'll find at dinnertime. Executive chef John Gorham, who owns a variety of top-rated restaurants around the city, has created a brunch menu that incorporates cooking styles that he has learned while traveling the world. Mix in a huge selection of craft cocktails, and you have the perfect brunch destination close to Portland homes for sale.

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Seattle Florists

The florists of Seattle work year-round to make their bouquets reflect the natural beauty surrounding the Emerald City. Valentine's Day is the ultimate opportunity for these talented florists to showcase their creations with stunning bouquets of every flower imaginable. When our brokers want to give a gorgeously designed bouquet, we turn to these seven Seattle florists.   

  1. Seattle Flowers — 600 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
    Delivering Seattle's finest flowers since 1947, Seattle Flowers is your reliable floral destination for Valentine's Day or any other occasion. Their staff strives to go the extra mile so that your special someone feels every ounce of love you wish to give them. Offering floral arrangements, gift baskets, plants, and much more, Seattle Flowers will be your first choice for flowers when you're ready to spruce up one of our Seattle homes for sale on move-in day.

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