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From family-friendly to date-worthy, Kent offers it all: sports, entertainment, bike trails, parks, a vibrant beer and food scene, shopping and more. Learn where the locals like to eat, drink and play, and find out some of Kent’s best-kept secrets. Planning your Pacific Northwest vacation? Kent’s the perfect basecamp for all your adventures. Get the most out of your vacation with tips on travel packages, great deals and seasonal itineraries.

Get a taste of fall in Kent

It’s fall, and that means crisp days and seasonal selections on the menu. As we settle into sweater weather, check out the tastes of fall in Kent, Washington.
October 18th, 2017

The grill is covered until next summer, and dining al fresco is a fond memory. As the season changes, so do restaurant menus. Think apples, cinnamon, pumpkin, butternut squash and smoky meats. From savory to sweet, here are just a few places to bite into some delicious autumn fare in Kent.  

  • Enjoy a cozy afternoon/evening by the fire at Reds Wine and Craft Beers at Kent Station. Get your fall fix with honey-glazed roasted squash with polenta, candied pecans and gorgonzola; potato gnocchi with roasted squash, goat cheese and parmesan; or a wine-poached pear salad. Reds has the perfect seasonal brew or Washington wine to pair with your fall feast.

  • Macrina Bakery and Cafe has been a fixture in the Seattle area since 1993, and was named one of the best bread bakeries in America by Bon Appétit Magazine. Stop by Macrina’s Kent location to get a taste of the café’s seasonal offerings, including pumpkin and mascarpone ravioli with walnut-pecorino sauce, and pumpkin and roasted kale quiche.

  • M Bakery & Deli specializes in European-Fusion sweet and savory pastries and sandwiches. Want a taste of Europe and fall all rolled into one delicious handful? Try the fresh-baked applewood-smoked ham and provolone cheese Piroshki. 

  • Paolo’s Italian Restaurant has been making delizioso Italian food in Kent for 27 years. Take the fall chill off with a bowl of classic corn chowder. Or go all in and order the pumpkin ravioli with walnut cream sauce and dried cranberries. Be sure to check the website for menu updates and specials.

  • Nothing says fall like fresh-baked apple pie. Kent’s Pie Lab Bakery has some of the best you’ll ever taste. Go for a traditional recipe, or try a pie loaded with apples soaked in Fireball whiskey, bite into a salted caramel apple pie, or opt for maple, bacon and apple—because everything is better with bacon. Double your fall fix and pick up one of Pie Lab’s delicious pumpkin pies, adorned with flaky-crust leaves. Check in daily to find out what other sweet and savory selections Pie Lab is cooking up.

Embrace the season, grab your sweater and head to Kent for some tasty fall food. And find out more about all there is to see and do in Kent. 

Drink local: Kent-made brews, wines and spirits

In the market for some homegrown beer, wine and spirits? You can find and taste them all in Kent, Washington.
October 11th, 2017

Washington state has a bounty of breweries, wineries and distilleries. And Kent is home to some of the best. Whether you yearn for a bold seasonal brew, a hearty Washington red or a delicate nutty liqueur, you’re sure to find something to please your palate.

Airways Brewing
Airways Brewing owners and brewers Alex and Dione Dittmar offer two locations in Kent to gather and enjoy the great taste of Airways. Check out the new double IPA, the 2017 Citra Fresh Hop and the Tickle Der Zwickel Festbier for fall. The award-winning Jumbo Juice IPA is always a crowd favorite.

For the 21-and-over bunch (and their pups), Airways Brewing Tap Room and Brewery is a great place to sit, relax, socialize and have a pint or two. (Open Tuesday-Saturday)

If you want to pair those delicious brews with some great food, stop by family-friendly Airways Brewing Bistro in historic downtown Kent. The menu features locally sourced ingredients. (Open daily)

Ducleaux Cellars
Decleaux Cellars may have started as a hobby, but this boutique winery is making a splash with its small-batch offerings, including its One Night Stand rosé and Love and Chaos red blend. Visit the tasting room where owners Chris Dukelow and Toby Turlay are happy to share their love of wine and their story, including the winery’s humble beginnings in a garage.

Tasting room open Friday and Saturday.

Sidetrack Distillery
Sidetrack Distillery offers a true farm-to-bottle experience. Everything that goes into Sidetrack’s award-winning, fruit-based spirits happens right on Larry and Lucy Persons’ six-acre Lazy River Farm—from planting and harvesting to distilling and bottling. Raspberry and walnut liqueurs are farm and fan favorites. Visit, sip and take a tour to see what this craft distillery is all about. 
Open Saturdays and by appointment.

Soos Creek Wine Cellars
Soos Creek Wine Cellars winemaker David Larson has been quietly producing high-quality red wine in Kent since the 1980s. Soos Creek has garnered considerable accolades and awards for its handcrafted, small-production wines, including 90+ ratings from noted wine critics. The vineyard is closed to the public, but you can order wine online or find out what the buzz is about at Reds Wine Bar at Craft Beer at Kent Station. This cozy purveyor typically serves (and sells out of) Soos Creek Wine Cellars selections.

Quench your thirst, and find out more about all there is to see and do in Kent. 

Carpinito Brothers in Kent serves up a bounty of fall fun

Pick a pumpkin, get lost in a Big Foot maze and taste the sweetest corn around. Carpinito Brothers in Kent, Washington, is your destination for harvest fun.
October 5th, 2017

Kent locals know there’s nothing that says fall like Carpinito Brothers. Family owned and operated for more than five decades, this iconic Kent Valley farm, produce stand and so much more provides a harvest experience that will delight kids of all ages.  

Plan a visit to the 25th annual Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, open Sept. 29 through Oct. 31, and prepare yourself for a bounty of fun. 

  • Pick a pumpkin. Skip the grocery store produce bin and pick your pumpkin fresh from the patch. Be sure your phone has plenty of memory for photos. With Mount Rainier as a backdrop, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more scenic spot to capture the moment. 

  • Navigate a legendary corn maze. Regular visitors look forward to the innovate maze designs Carpinito Brothers creates each fall. This year’s Big Foot-shaped labyrinth will keep you guessing at every turn. Regardless of which path you choose, don’t worry. This family-friendly maze isn’t hiding any scary stuff.

  • Piglets, cows and goats, oh my! The Farm Fun Yard features a bushel of animals and activities. Rope a cow, walk a goat or swim in a sea of golden corn kernels. That’s just for starters.

  • Hop on for a hay ride. This tractor-drawn hayride meanders through lush farmland. Settle atop a bale and enjoy a slice of peace and tranquility.

  • Bring your appetite. Bite into a roasted ear of Carpinito Brothers corn, dig into a bag of popped kernels fresh from the kettle, or savor other tasty food and beverages.

Wait, there’s more

After a day on the farm, be sure to visit Carpinito Brothers produce stand. And by "stand" we mean a store packed to the brim with farm-fresh goodies, including corn fresh from the fields. Be sure to stroll the expansive garden and nursery, too.

Find a little piece of fall paradise in the Kent Valley, and find out more about all there is to see and do in Kent. 

Great snapshot spots in Kent

Attention shutterbugs. From wilderness to wildlife and a patch full of pumpkins, Kent, Washington, offers some excellent places to get that perfect photo.
September 27th, 2017

Keep your eyes open for wildlife at Soos Creek Trail, capture photos of fall fun or snap shots of the colorful leaves changing in the parks.

Whether you’re looking to snap some fun Instagram pics, capture a stunning shot of Mount Rainier in just the right light, or create unforgettable milestone memories, let Kent be your backdrop. Here are a just a few spots to visit with your camera.

Create an iconic fall memory
Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is the place to set up some awesome autumn-themed shots. Plop the tot in a field for an adorable photo gift for grandma, or capture an artsy frame full of pumpkins.     

Take it from a pro
When it comes to great settings, local professional photographers give Clark Lake Park a big thumbs up. Grassy meadows and loads of trees make this an ideal setting for senior pictures, engagement photos and nature shots.   

Snap some wilderness in the city
Lake Fenwick Park offers gorgeous fall colors and a serene lakeside setting. Trek the walking trails and keep your eyes peeled for stunning tree-framed lake views along the way.

Focus in on water, mountains and more
Take your pick of photo ops at Lake Meridian Park. Catch Mount Rainier reflected in the water, capture a lush sunset or snap dragon-boat racers in action.  

Capture some wildlife 
If you want to zoom in on some wildlife, particularly the flying kind, take a ride or stroll along Soos Creek Trail. The seven-mile paved path passes through of trees, wetlands and open spaces. 

Get the picture? Find out more about all there is to see and do in Kent. 

Champion Seattle Thunderbirds take the ice in Kent

Cheer on the championship home team. The Seattle Thunderbirds start their 2017-18 season Sept. 23 at accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington.
September 20th, 2017

Eager for the puck to drop? Rest easy, fans. The Seattle Thunderbirds major junior ice hockey team begins its 2017-18 regular season Sept. 23 at accesso ShoWare Center

Fresh off winning the 2017 Western Hockey League Championship, the T-birds are ready for another epic season on the ice. 

Welcome home, champs!

The Sept. 23 home opener is a big night for players and fans. Festivities begin at 4 pm with a Party on the Plaza outside ShoWare Center. Stop by for food, music and beverages from the beer garden. At 5 pm, welcome and cheer the 2017 WHL champs as they arrive for the 7:05 pm game. 

To honor the historic 2016-17 season, the Thunderbirds will raise the Western Conference Champion and Western Hockey League Champion banners in a special pregame ceremony. Attendees will also receive a 2017 WHL Champions window cling.

A season packed with action and events

Along with action-packed ice hockey, the Thunderbirds plan to offer loads of home-game events and promotions this season for fans. Here are just a few:
  • Eight 2-for-Tuesday Nights feature two-for-one tickets, $2 specials on concessions and two-for-one beer prices

  • Three Pub Nights offer fans a package that includes 10 tickets, 10 hats and 10 beers for just $220

  • 50/50 raffles will be held during three games, with guaranteed prizes from $5,000 to $10,000

  • The much-beloved Chuck-a-Puck will once again happen at every home game. Fans can purchase foam pucks that are simultaneously lobbed from the stands toward the open sunroof of a car driven onto the ice. If you hit the car, you win a prize, and may be entered to win a big pot of money at the end of the season. 
When you toss in easy access, free parking, a sanely-priced array of food and beverages, and the intimate feel that comes with a 6,500-seat arena, how can you lose?

Whether you’re a diehard ice hockey fan, a sports junkie looking to branch out, or in the market for a fun family or date night that won’t break your budget, make plans now to see the Seattle Thunderbirds in action this season. Season tickets and single-game tickets are on sale now. 

Find out more about all there is to see and do in Kent. 

Kent is a Seahawks-lovers paradise

Hey, gridiron fans. It’s football season, and that means your Seattle Seahawks are racking up yards and TDs. Load up on the face paint and catch all the action in Kent, Washington.
September 13th, 2017

Do you have 12th Man pride? Kent, Washington is the place to watch all the Seahawks action. 

Are you ready for some football? Kent is the place to catch the action. Take in a Seahawks-themed car show, meet up with friendly fans to watch a game, or kick-off your trek to the stadium with some Kent tailgating. 

HAWKtoberfest 2017. Celebrate the Seahawks at Kent’s annual car show Saturday, Sept. 24. It’s free and fun for the whole family. Enjoy Seahawks-themed cars, a live DJ, kids’ activities and more. Sponsored by the Kent Downtown Partnership

Catch the fun 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Meeker Street in historic downtown Kent.

Game-day viewing. Want to watch the game with fellow 12s, delicious food and tasty game-day beverages? Kent has several hot spots to cheer the Hawks. Here are just a few:

  • Gator’s Sports Bar and Grill. Thirty-one HD flat-screen TVs bring you all the on-field action. Looking to throw a viewing party or celebrate a special occasion? Gator’s is happy to accommodate.

  • JP’s Taproom. When you root for the local team, enjoy some local fare. This taproom prides itself on serving fresh, local and healthy food, along with a huge selection of Northwest (and beyond) beer and wine on tap for thirsty fans.

  • Mama Stortini’s at Kent Station. A roomy bar, delicious food and array of beer, wine and signature cocktails add up for a big win. You’ll really score on Sunday game days. Mama Stortini’s offers happy hour all day. 
Prefunc in Kent. If you’re going to the game, make Kent Station your food and drink destination. Toast the team with something tasty from Agave Cocina and Cantina, or grab some pregame fuel from Dilettante Mocha Cafe

Leave the car in the adjacent parking garage and skip the downtown Seattle gridlock and crazy parking prices. King County Metro and Sound Transit offer hassle-free transportation options from Kent to downtown Seattle, including special Seahawks trains for select games.  

Serve up some tasty Seahawks treats. If home is where you cheer on the Hawks, dazzle your guests with Seahawks-themed cookies and cakes. Sweet Themes Bakery specializes in custom treats that will win over fans of all ages.

Pumped up? Find out more about all there is to see and do in Kent.

Experience Kent like a local

Wondering where the folks in Kent, Washington, go to shop, dine, play or just hang out? See the city through a local’s lens.
August 30th, 2017

Live like a local by stopping to sip at Reds Wine Bar in Kent, or explore kid-friendly activities all around the city. 

There’s no shortage of things to do in Kent. And there’s no better way to experience all this dynamic city offers than by hanging out with the locals. Here are 10 ways to act like a local in Kent. 
  1. Experience an urban village. Locals don’t schlep to a concrete mall for retail therapy and entertainment. Kent Station offers fun stores, restaurants and a 14-screen AMC movie theatre. Want to relax like a local? Book a massage at Hand and Stone.

  2. Take a spin on the ice. From wobbly beginners to competitive athletes, Kent Valley Ice Centre is a popular spot for the Kent crowd. If ice isn’t your scene, make a hit at the batting cages or play a round of mini golf.  

  3. Dine, a la Kent. Sit down for breakfast at Maggie’s on Meeker, or grab some Kent-brewed beer and locally sourced food from Airways Brewing. Kent’s vast international fare reflects the community’s vibrant diversity. Thai Chili and Fil Cuisine are local favorites.

  4. Test your trivia knowledge. Bring your knowledge and thirst to Reds Wine Bar and Craft Beer for Tuesday-night trivia. Show off your local knowledge and order glass of red from Kent’s Soos Creek Wine Cellars. Name-drop Kent-born Macklemore for good measure.

  5. Walk or bike a trail. When Kent locals seek a little nature Zen, they head to Soos Creek Trail. The seven-mile paved trail offers a blend of woods and open space, and stunning views of Mount Rainier. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.

  6. Shop (and dine) at a mega Asian mall. Great Wall Shopping Mall is THE place for Asian food, groceries and specialty items. Anchor store 99 Ranch is the largest Asian grocer in the US. Imperial Garden Seafood Restaurant is a go-to spot for dim sum.

  7. Take a swing at the local course. Riverbend Golf Complex, owned and operated by the City of Kent, features a championship 18-hole course, nine-hole par-three course, driving range and mini golf. Added bonus: Eye-popping views of Mount Rainier.

  8. Get some farm-fresh veggies. Carpinito Brothers has been serving Kent for more than 50 years. Pick up fresh fruits and veggies at the mondo produce market, stroll the garden center and nursery, or have some fall fun at Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch.

  9. Cheer the Seahawks with fellow 12s. Looking for a lively spot to watch the Seattle Seahawks in action? Sam's Sports Bar features 36 TVs, great pub grub, and beer and spirits to suit every fan.

  10. Take a walk on the art side. Art is big in Kent, and every third Thursday of the month the locals come together downtown to celebrate. Third Thursday Kent features artists in action, entertainment, food and free art activities. Start walking from Rusty Raven Studio
Come to Kent and hang out with the locals. And find out more about all there is to see and do.

Five days of fall fun in Kent

As leaves begin to turn and the air leans to crisp, it’s a perfect time for fall travel in the Pacific Northwest. Make Kent, Washington, your home base for five days of autumn fun.
August 23rd, 2017

Fall fun is upon us—from pumpkin patches to hiking through the changing leaves. (Photo courtesy: Carpinito Brothers)

Kent offers a bushel of fall fun, including shopping, tasting and outdoor activity. And Kent’s central location and affordable, family-friendly accommodations put you within easy reach for a September getaway. 

Consider these five days of fall fun. Plan to stay or choose to come back for a visit. It’s up to you.

Welcome to Kent
Here are just a few ideas to entertain you: 

1. Explore the local landscape
From eclectic and trendy shopping options, to fall-themed fun and outdoor exploring, there’s no shortage of things to do in Kent.
  • Stroll Kent Station, a charming urban village featuring fashionable retail, restaurants and a multiplex theatre. Nearby historic downtown offers a fun and funky mix of thrift and antique stores, galleries and specialty shops.
  • Celebrate the season at Carpinito Brothers. Visit this market, garden center and farm for pumpkin picking, corn maze, hayrides and farmyard activities. 
  • Indulge in a delicious slice of fall at Pie Lab Bakery. The apple pie is a winning combination of Washington fruit and crust made from scratch using Grandma Dora’s recipe. 
  • Get back to nature. From lakes to trails, and dozens of parks and urban forests, Kent offers loads of opportunities to experience the great outdoors. 

2. Taste the liquid harvest
Nothing says Washington like wine, craft beer and spirits. Sample some of the best, made and poured in Kent (check websites below for hours of operation).
  • Airways Brewing beer is served at some of the finest bars and restaurants in Washington and Oregon. But there’s no place like home when it comes to this award-winning Kent brewer. Stop by Airways Brewing Tap Room and Brewery for a taste, or pair your brew with Northwest fare at Airways Brewing Bistro.
  • Ducleaux Cellars offers handcrafted, small-batch batch reds and whites produced from some of Washington state’s finest grapes.
  • Sidetrack Distillery offers a true farm-to-bottle experience. Sidetrack produces award-winning, fruit-based spirits from fruit and nuts grown on site.
  • You can’t visit Kent’s Soos Creek Winery, but you can taste their highly rated and acclaimed Washington reds at Reds Wine Bar and Craft Beers.
Venture out from your Kent basecamp
Having fun? It doesn’t have to end. Stay the night in Kent and opt for one or all of these Pacific Northwest adventures. Convenient transit options from Kent make it even easier. Before grabbing a bus, train or light rail, be sure to start your morning right with a fall-flavored muffin from Kent’s Wild Wheat Bakery Café and Restaurant

3. Do the Puyallup
The Washington State Fair in Puyallup is one of the top 10 largest fairs in the U.S., and less than 20 miles from Kent. With midway rides, animals, exhibits, concerts and more food than you can imagine, the Fair packs a wallop from morning to night. 

4. Trek to higher elevations
With smaller crowds and mild weather, fall is one of the best times to visit Mount Rainier.

5. Spend an autumn day in Seattle 
Kent is close to some of the region’s most popular spots, which makes it an ideal place to stay to explore and discover the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Space Needle and Museum of Flight are family favorites. The Sound Transit center at Kent Station and nearby Link light rail stations make it easy to get there.

Your five days of fall fun are waiting. Check out more things to see and do in Kent.

Creative in Kent

Travel shouldn’t just be about visiting a place. It’s about creating an experience. Tap into the lively art scene in Kent, Washington.
August 16th, 2017

Add to your collection by dropping by Rusty Raven Studio, or get hands-on at art lessons throughout the city. 

Stroll a gallery, invest in a future Frida Kahlo or create a masterpiece of your own. Kent’s art scene is vibrant and bustling. Here are a few ways to get creative—and be inspired—in Kent.

Get up close to art
Whether you’re looking to acquire or just admire, Kent offers these art-filled options:  
  • Centennial Center Gallery showcases local artists and rotating exhibits. Now showing through August 24—the annual Kent Summer Art Exhibit, featuring dozens of works by Washington state artists. 
  • Kent Third Thursday Art Walk features local artists, live music and free kids’ art activities. Artists and art lovers will enjoy food truck fare that showcases Kent’s delicious global cuisine. Start your walk at Rusty Raven Studio, 212 1st Ave. S.  
  • The eclectic Rusty Raven Studio showcases independent local Northwest artisans specializing in contemporary mediums. Do you have a budding artist in residence? Rusty Raven hosts free kids’ art activities the first Saturday of the month.
  • Creativity has no boundaries in Kent. Public art installations are scattered throughout downtown and in Kent’s parks and outdoor spaces
Feed your inner artist
For artists and aspiring artists, these two bustling Kent studios will help kick your right brain into action:
  • Artists of all ages can try their hand at drawing, painting, sewing and more at Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons. Brush up on your forte or explore a new medium without breaking your budget. 
  • Along with classes and events, Create! provides equipment and space for artists to create alongside other artists. The studio cafe serves coffee, wine, beer and food from Kent’s Alki Bakery. Creativity needs to be fueled.
(Psst, artists 21 and older. Both studios offer create-and-sip events. Because everyone is a master after a glass or two of wine.)

Feeling inspired? Find out more about all there is to see and do in Kent.

Tap into Kent's historic side

How did Kent, Washington, make the leap from growing hops to making moon buggies? Find the answer and more at the Greater Kent Historical Society Museum.
August 9th, 2017

Take a step back in history at the Greater Kent Historical Society Museum. Explore the period rooms, or go on your own self-guided journey downtown to experience the historic side of Kent.

Kent’s history is as rich as the Green River Valley soil. Did you know lettuce was such a big deal the city threw a huge party every year to celebrate it? That’s just a taste of what you’ll discover at the Greater Kent Historical Society Museum (855 E. Smith St.). Plan a visit and find out how Kent came to be. Here are a few highlights to whet your curiosity:

  • These roots run deep. The town was named for Kent County, England, a major hops producer. Think aphids are a problem in your rose garden? They wiped out Kent’s hops crops in the early 1890s.

  • But where’s the HDTV? The museum features seven period rooms that let you imagine life at the turn of the 20th century.

  • We grow sports legends, too. Morris "Red" Badgro was raised on the family farm in Kent. The Pro Football Hall of Famer was an NFL legend in the 1930s.

  • Where were you when man first drove on the moon? In the 1960s, Kent’s abundant farm land made way for innovation, including the Boeing Aerospace Center. The famed Apollo Lunar Rovers were built there during the 1970s.

Explore historical Kent in August

In August, you can experience even more of Kent’s historic side through special exhibits and tours of the city’s oldest homes, businesses, sites and cemeteries. Learn more about the free Experience Historical Kent celebration. Or venture out on your own with this handy guide.

Raise a toast to the old days

During your visit, take time to explore more of what’s old and new in Kent, including historic downtown. The hops crops may be long gone, but you can still ponder that time in Kent’s history over a Mosaic Hoppy Pilsner and some Northwest fare from Airways Brewing and Bistro
Find out more about all there is to see and do in Kent.

The Unique Tastes of Kent

Kent, Washington has something for every palate, including authentic global fare, unique bites and sips, and some truly imaginative cuisine.
July 26th, 2017

Benson Curry Pizza is a fusion of tastes from India and Italy. Kent offers unique flavors throughout the city—from Hawaiian cuisine to authentic Mexican tastes. (Photo: Yelp)

Hungry for something different? Kent offers a world of restaurants and specialty shops that reflect the bountiful flavors of this diverse and vibrant community. Here are just a few of the unique tastes you can find in Kent.

Althea’s Louisiana Cajun Seasonings and Spices. Looking to create the perfect etouffe? This specialty market carries more than 1,000 seasonings and spices and other products from New Orleans and the South.

Asadero Sinaloa. This popular Mexican steakhouse serves up prime Sonoran beef, homemade tortillas, and fire-roasted and stone-ground salsas. The restaurant has drawn attention from the Food Network and national media, and recently expanded to Seattle’s burb of Ballard. Kent is where it all began.

Benson Curry Pizza. What happens when you fuse the tastes of India and Italy? Amazing pizza. Tikka curry, tandoori chicken and butter chicken curry are house favorites. Benson also offers loads of vegetarian, gluten-free and Halal options.  
Fil Cuisine. This is a prime spot for families and the take-out crowd seeking real-deal Filipino cuisine. Try the Halo Halo, a mix of sweet red beans, sweat potatoes, banana, jack fruit, coconut palm, crushed ice and milk—topped with purple yam ice cream.   
Saimin Says. From macadamia nut pancakes to spicy spam musubi and Hawaiian-style noodles swimming in a house-created broth, a meal at Saimin Says is the next best thing to visiting the islands.    

Serenity Moon Tea. This gem offers authentic Chinese loose tea, and custom blends to suit your tastes and needs. You’ll want to take time to taste, learn the history and culture of tea, and get tips on how to brew the perfect cup. 

Thai Chili. This long-time Kent favorite features classic Thai dishes and contemporary alternatives, including unique vegetarian, gluten-free and fusion recipes.

That’s just a nibble. Check out all the great places to eat and drink in Kent.

Find the Unexpected in Kent

Guaranteed you don’t know everything about Kent, Washington. Get out your calendar and plan for a summer full of surprise.
July 12th, 2017

A hidden mural. Internationally acclaimed landscape art. Dragons racing on the water. These four unique sites will surprise you.
  1. The intersection of earth and art
    Millcreek Canyon Earthworks Park is the gateway to an internationally renowned collection of landscape art. The Earthworks tour, accessible via bike or car, allows visitors an up-close look at this unique collection of artist-created earth sculptures.

  2. Indoor pickleball…and some history to boot
    Kent is the perfect place to partake in the Washington-born sport of pickleball. Pickleball Station is the only indoor facility in the state, and the only place period where you can visit the Pickleball Museum. Take a gander at original equipment from the 1960s and learn about pioneers of the sport.

  3. Dragon boaters
    Lake Meridian is a water-sport paradise and home waters for the Kent Dragon Boat Association. You can catch dragon boaters in action—or be a part of it—at team practices. These folks are passionate about the sport and always welcome new paddlers.  

  4. Tiny park, big mural
    Don’t blink. A dramatic mural covering two building walls frames a small downtown Kent pocket park in the 200 block of 1st Avenue South. The Middle Garden borrows images of European gardens to depict the Green River’s journey through the Kent Valley. It’s just one of many public art installations scattered throughout Kent.
You never know what’s in store for you in Kent. Find out more about all there is to see and do.

Beat the Heat at 10 Cool Spots in Kent

When temps rise, Kent, Washington has just the spots to cool off.
July 5th, 2017

Finally. It’s summer in the Pacific Northwest. And that means warm days and loads of much-deserved sunshine. But sometimes, it’s not always so fun in the sun. Here are 10 great ways to keep cool in Kent.

  1. Get all wet at the spray park at Town Square Plaza.

  2. Take a dip from the dock or catch up on your beach reads at Lake Meridian Park.

  3. Escape indoors and enjoy some big-screen action at AMC Kent Station 14.

  4. Chill with your pup at dog-friendly Airways Tap Room & Brewery. Award-winning Jumbo Juice IPA is on tap, along with unlimited water for your pal. 

  5. Take the whole family for a spin at one of the coolest ice rinks around. Kent Valley Ice Centre offers loads of public skating sessions through the summer.

  6. Sit fountainside at Kent Station with an iced mocha from Diletantte Mocha Cafe or a creamy shake from Cold Stone Creamery.

  7. Launch a kayak on cool and calm waters at Lake Fenwick Park

  8. Visualize Sicilian breezes while you enjoy a scoop or two from Rita's Italian Ice and Frozen Custard.

  9. Imagine yourself speeding on the water at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum.

  10. Get under a big umbrella with a frosty margarita or cerveza at Agave Cocina and Cantina.

There’s no wilting necessary when you visit. Find out all the ways to keep cool this summer, along with many more things to see and do in Kent.

Take a Hike in Kent

Lace up the light hikers. Kent, Washington is a great place to log some trail time.
June 28th, 2017

The Pacific Northwest is a hiker’s paradise. And you don’t have to leave the city limits to hit the trail. In Kent, you’ll find miles of trails, complete with mountain views, waterside routes, tree-line paths and plenty of wildlife. 

From solo hikes to family treks and Fido-friendly routes—just make sure Fido is on a leash—Kent has plenty of options. Here are just a few.

  • Kent Valley Loop Trails offer several distinct routes and links to Kent parks and downtown. Feeling footloose? Opt for the 13-mile Eagle Loop starting at Van Doren’s Landing Park, nestled along the Green River. The mostly flat, paved trail features public art and knockout views of Mount Rainier. 

    Trail tip: Fuel up beforehand at Kona Kai Coffee.

  • The Green River Trail stretches nearly 20 miles and follows the scenic Green River from Kent to Seattle’s southern boundary. Kent offers access at Hogan Park Russell Road, Russell Woods Park or Three Friends Fishing Hole.

    Post-trail tip: Electrolytes are on tap at Airways Brewing. Try the Jumbo Juice pale ale.

  • Soos Creek Trail travels six miles through woods, wetlands and meadows. Pack the binoculars. You’re likely to see river otters, herons, eagles and more wildlife.

    Trail tip: Get lunch to go from Wild Wheat Bakery Café and Restaurant. Baked goods and cold smoked lox are made on site.

  • If you’re looking for a higher elevation and heart rate, Kent is only 30 miles from the Issaquah Alps. Pick your peak. Poo Poo Point offers a steep incline and quite a show at the top where hang gliders launch daily, conditions permitting.

    Trail tip: You’ll want a hearty breakfast before you go. Stop in at Maggie’s on Meeker for Maggie’s Mess—sautéed onions and sausage or ham over hash browns and covered in gravy.

Ready to hit the trail? Find out more about all there is to see and do in Kent.  

Make it a Memorable Fourth in Kent

Cue the fireworks and apple pie. The Fourth of July is coming and there's no better place to celebrate than Kent, Washington.
June 23rd, 2017

No matter how you choose to mark America’s birthday, Kent is the place to be on the Fourth of July. Spend the day and evening at one of the region’s biggest family-fun festivals, chow down on a super-hot hot dog, or treat yourself to some retail therapy. 

Make a splash from noon to night
The Fourth of July Splash (Noon-10:30 p.m.) on the shores of Lake Meridian is the ultimate Independence Day bash. Fill up at the food booths, enter the pie-eating contest, take a turn or 10 at the bouncy house and join in the old-time games. Live music and entertainment will be on tap, along with all the other fun that Lake Meridian Park offers—from splashing in the lake to trekking the trails. Just a reminder…the Fourth of July Splash is the only legal way to enjoy fireworks in Kent, so stick around. The sky lights up beginning at 10 p.m.  

Bite into a mandatory hot dog
Leave the grilling to the experts at The AC Tavern. Choose from a full menu of gourmet hot dogs, from the bare-bunned Naked Pooch to the ultra-creative Curt’s Sled Dog slathered in peanut butter, bacon and maple syrup. If you have a fondness for fire, order the AC Hellhound—17 inches of spicy deliciousness. Don’t worry…The AC has a slew of craft beers to help douse the flames.

Keep your cool at the spray park
The Fourth of July marks the real start of summer in the Pacific Northwest, and Town Square Plaza spray park is a great spot to keep the heat at bay. If you really want to keep your cool, stroll to nearby Kent Station and grab a shake or sundae from Cold Stone Creamery.

Celebrate in style at Kent Station
If you’re not up for all the holiday hoopla, spend the Fourth at this urban village of food, entertainment and shopping. 
•Jumpstart the day with an Americano from Dilettante Mocha Café.
•Catch a summer blockbuster stretched out in a cushy recliner at the 14-screen Kent AMC Theatre
•Satisfy your all-American appetite with a hamburger and fries from Johnny Rockets, or choose from an eclectic array of other dining options.
•Cruise the holiday sales—stores are open 11 a.m.–6 p.m. If you’re looking to log some extra Fitbit steps, stop in at Road Runner Sports for new gear and to sign up for the July 15 Adventure Run
•Raise a toast to America at Red’s Wine Bar. With all the reds and whites to choose from, you’ll have nothing to be blue about.  

With all there is to see and do in Kent, why settle for just a day? Extend your visit and spend a night or two. Many Kent hotels offer complimentary breakfast! 



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