Linda's Guidebook

Linda & Rod

Linda's Guidebook

1) Food scene
Mouth-watering BBQ (and 2 blocks away!)
Brank's BBQ & Catering
13701 24th St E
Mouth-watering BBQ (and 2 blocks away!)
Amazing breakfasts, huge portions.
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The Buttered Biscuit
1014 North Street
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Amazing breakfasts, huge portions.
Craft coffee, gluten-free food options, live music
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CRAFT.19
1201 W Main St
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Craft coffee, gluten-free food options, live music
Dixie's Home Cookin
15717 Main St E
El Charro Grill Mexican Restaurant
15422 Main Street East
Offers good, covered outdoor eating area that is COVID compliant. Visit website at https://www.farm12.org/ to “grab a table” in advance of arriving to save time waiting in line during peak times or call in for pickup.
Farm 12 Restaurant & Events
Offers good, covered outdoor eating area that is COVID compliant. Visit website at https://www.farm12.org/ to “grab a table” in advance of arriving to save time waiting in line during peak times or call in for pickup.
Tasty wood-fired pizza
Farrelli's Pizza, Sumner
15007 Main St E
Tasty wood-fired pizza
Half Lion Brewing Company
1723 W Valley Hwy E
Comfort food
Hometown Charm Cafe
1012 Main St
Comfort food
Amazing burgers and hand-made shakes
Main St Dairy Freeze
1402 Main St
Amazing burgers and hand-made shakes
The best Italian restaurant around
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Mama Stortini's Restaurant & Bar
3207 East Main
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The best Italian restaurant around
Not in Sumner, but one of our family’s personal favorites. Kids like the browned butter and matithra cheese, I like the meat sauce mixed with the browned butter and mathirhra cheese and my husband likes the spaghetti and meatballs. It’s a hit all around.
The Old Spaghetti Factory
1250 Pacific Avenue
Not in Sumner, but one of our family’s personal favorites. Kids like the browned butter and matithra cheese, I like the meat sauce mixed with the browned butter and mathirhra cheese and my husband likes the spaghetti and meatballs. It’s a hit all around.
Comfort food, craft brews, happy hour
RIVERS EDGE CAFE
13624 Valley Avenue East
Comfort food, craft brews, happy hour
This is a destination experience dining location. Food is AMAZING!!
Secret Garden Gift Shop & Tea
1711 Elm Street East
This is a destination experience dining location. Food is AMAZING!!
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Sorci's Italian Cafe and Enoteca
1012 Ryan Avenue
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Trackside Pizza
1114 Main St
Great food! Offers COVID compliant outdoor seating and takeout.
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The Windmill Bistro
16009 60th St E
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Great food! Offers COVID compliant outdoor seating and takeout.
2) Meal Delivery - Convenience
Make meals easier while on extended travel with a meal delivery service.
FlexPro Meals delivers no-fuss individually proportioned, fresh-made meals each week that can be easily microwaved and eaten. Works for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Flex Pro Meals
5706 Troost Avenue
FlexPro Meals delivers no-fuss individually proportioned, fresh-made meals each week that can be easily microwaved and eaten. Works for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Chef cooked, healthy individual meals delivered to you. Pick from meal plans from 4-12 meals per week ranging in price from $8.50-$12.50 per meal.
Freshly
8704 Bollman Place
Chef cooked, healthy individual meals delivered to you. Pick from meal plans from 4-12 meals per week ranging in price from $8.50-$12.50 per meal.
3) Grocery Stores
Has just about everything, including organic, gluten free, health supplements and a pharmacy
Fred Meyer
1201 Valley Ave
Has just about everything, including organic, gluten free, health supplements and a pharmacy
Great for the budget conscious
WinCo Foods
6621 166th Ave E
Great for the budget conscious
4) Unique Shopping
Designer and higher quality thrift shop boutique. You’ll be amazed at what you find here. It’s worth a stop.
Blue, A Goodwill Boutique - Sumner
926 Main Street
Designer and higher quality thrift shop boutique. You’ll be amazed at what you find here. It’s worth a stop.
Five 12 Apparel
909 Main Street
Fleurish Home, LLC
Our daughter’s favorite local bookstore.
A Good Book
1014 Main Street
Our daughter’s favorite local bookstore.
Inta Vintage
1109 Main Street
Junkers Nest
1002 Main St
Find just about everything from restaurants, shopping and a movie theater.
Kent Station®
417 Ramsay Way
Find just about everything from restaurants, shopping and a movie theater.
Kissed By Chloe
1018 Main Street
My Big Sisters Shoes Boutique
919 Kincaid Avenue
Off the Beaten Path
1109 Main Street
Pamela's On Main
A Picket Fence
1006 Main St
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Puyallup Farmers' Market
319 South Meridian
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My Pampered Life Seattle
919 Kincaid Avenue
Simple Tidings & Kitchen
1115 Main Street
Sparrow & Nightingale's
1008 Main Street
SugarBabies
926 Main Street
VanLierop Garden Market Ltd
1020 Ryan Ave
Whispering Hills Market LLC
1003 Main Street
5) Hikes and Parks
Get outside with hikes and parks. Go to <<https://www.wta.org/go-outside/hikes >> or download the WTA Trailblazer app for more trails in the area
Cal Magnusson Trail
28106 Southeast 472nd Street
Franklin Ghost Town
A Magical Hike on the Gnomes Trail in Maple Valley is fun loop within a network of trails called Henry Ridge in Maple Valley. This whole area is so pretty it feels like a fairy tale, which is probably why many of the trails sport names like Once Upon a Time, Lil’ Red and The Lorax. Get more information about Gnomes Trail at this website below before heading out: https://www.soundsfunmom.com/2017/11/15/take-a-magical-hike-on-the-gnomes-trail-in-maple-valley/
Gnomes Trail
A Magical Hike on the Gnomes Trail in Maple Valley is fun loop within a network of trails called Henry Ridge in Maple Valley. This whole area is so pretty it feels like a fairy tale, which is probably why many of the trails sport names like Once Upon a Time, Lil’ Red and The Lorax. Get more information about Gnomes Trail at this website below before heading out: https://www.soundsfunmom.com/2017/11/15/take-a-magical-hike-on-the-gnomes-trail-in-maple-valley/
Lake Tapps Park
2022 198th Avenue East
Great hike!
Pinnacle Peak Park
26838 Southeast 481st Street
Great hike!
Local botanical garden. Beautiful! Highly recommended. There is even a nature trail down to a cold spring.
PowellsWood Garden
430 S Dash Point Rd
Local botanical garden. Beautiful! Highly recommended. There is even a nature trail down to a cold spring.
The Ruston waterfront in Tacoma is a cool drive lined with unique places to enjoy the water, eat and shop. Get out and walk the path along the beach. It’s a great place to enjoy an afternoon.
Ruston
The Ruston waterfront in Tacoma is a cool drive lined with unique places to enjoy the water, eat and shop. Get out and walk the path along the beach. It’s a great place to enjoy an afternoon.
This hike offers great views, but be ready for a steady climb the whole way.
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Mt. Si Trailhead
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This hike offers great views, but be ready for a steady climb the whole way.
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Tiger Mountain Trailhead
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Victor Falls
The Skookum Flats hike is one of our family’s favorites and it’s located just past Enumclaw off HWY 410. Choose between a shorter or longer river walk through old-growth forest to a 250-foot cascading waterfall. The Skookum Flats Trail meanders alongside the White River between the Dalles and Silver Springs Campgrounds, just outside the northeast entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. As the name suggests, Skookum Flats involves little in the way of elevation gain, taking hikers on a gentle tour through old-growth forest, past mossy rocks and fallen trees, with plenty of river views. If you opt for the shorter, 4.2 mile hike with just 100 feet of elevation gain, begin from the trailhead on FR 73 just beyond the bridge. Once you're on the trail, head south, following the river upstream. If you're after a longer hike, start from the trailhead on FR 7160 and begin your hike northward, heading downstream. From either direction, the trail is wide and mostly free of rocks and roots, making it an ideal outing for all abilities.
Skookum Flats - North Trailhead
The Skookum Flats hike is one of our family’s favorites and it’s located just past Enumclaw off HWY 410. Choose between a shorter or longer river walk through old-growth forest to a 250-foot cascading waterfall. The Skookum Flats Trail meanders alongside the White River between the Dalles and Silver Springs Campgrounds, just outside the northeast entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. As the name suggests, Skookum Flats involves little in the way of elevation gain, taking hikers on a gentle tour through old-growth forest, past mossy rocks and fallen trees, with plenty of river views. If you opt for the shorter, 4.2 mile hike with just 100 feet of elevation gain, begin from the trailhead on FR 73 just beyond the bridge. Once you're on the trail, head south, following the river upstream. If you're after a longer hike, start from the trailhead on FR 7160 and begin your hike northward, heading downstream. From either direction, the trail is wide and mostly free of rocks and roots, making it an ideal outing for all abilities.
So nice that you can go visit a rainforest right outside our back door! Go see the unique wonders of this temperate rainforest.
Carbon River Rainforest Trail
So nice that you can go visit a rainforest right outside our back door! Go see the unique wonders of this temperate rainforest.
6) Sightseeing/Activities (Local)
Things to see or do locally
Experience the very best views of Seattle from the water on one of our seven sightseeing cruises.
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Argosy Cruises - Seattle Waterfront
Alaskan Way
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Experience the very best views of Seattle from the water on one of our seven sightseeing cruises.
Seattle flourished after the Klondike gold rush. See how Seattle played a role in this historic time.
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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
319 2nd Avenue South
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Seattle flourished after the Klondike gold rush. See how Seattle played a role in this historic time.
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LeMay - America’s Car Museum
2702 East D Street
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The Museum of Glass is an amazing place to see beautiful blown glass artwork displayed as well as being made. Artwork by famous artists like Chihuly have been displayed here.
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Museu do Vidro
1801 Dock St
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The Museum of Glass is an amazing place to see beautiful blown glass artwork displayed as well as being made. Artwork by famous artists like Chihuly have been displayed here.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a 723-acre wildlife park located in Eatonville, Washington, United States. The park is home to black and grizzly bears, grey wolves, bald eagles, a cougar, wolverines, bobcats and more. Its primary feature is a tram tour which takes visitors through a 435-acre free-roam area. The park also allows guests to drive their own vehicles past bison, mountain goats, Roosevelt elk, deer, caribou, swans and more on a Wild Drive tour. Guests can also take a premier Keeper Adventure Tour and go off-road in a Jeep with a keeper and up close to wildlife.
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Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Drive East
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Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a 723-acre wildlife park located in Eatonville, Washington, United States. The park is home to black and grizzly bears, grey wolves, bald eagles, a cougar, wolverines, bobcats and more. Its primary feature is a tram tour which takes visitors through a 435-acre free-roam area. The park also allows guests to drive their own vehicles past bison, mountain goats, Roosevelt elk, deer, caribou, swans and more on a Wild Drive tour. Guests can also take a premier Keeper Adventure Tour and go off-road in a Jeep with a keeper and up close to wildlife.
Seattle landmark. See the fish fly and other local vendors. Get the classic Seattle experience that you will never forget!
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Original Starbucks
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Seattle landmark. See the fish fly and other local vendors. Get the classic Seattle experience that you will never forget!
Learn about Seattle’s unique history though this tour of the original Seattle waterfront.
Seattle Underground Tour Ticket Office
610 1st Avenue
Learn about Seattle’s unique history though this tour of the original Seattle waterfront.
A MUST SEE! A classic area landmark that never fails to provide awe-inspiring views. These falls are impressive and don’t require a hike to get to.
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Cataratas de Snoqualmie
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A MUST SEE! A classic area landmark that never fails to provide awe-inspiring views. These falls are impressive and don’t require a hike to get to.
See Sumner’s history at this historic house converted to a museum.
Sumner Ryan House Museum
1228 Main Street
See Sumner’s history at this historic house converted to a museum.
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Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Avenue
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AMAZING Zoo. So fun to just pack a lunch and go walk around for the day.
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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 North Pearl Street
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AMAZING Zoo. So fun to just pack a lunch and go walk around for the day.
Enjoy this amusement and water slide park.
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Wild Waves Theme & Water Park
36201 Enchanted Parkway South
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Enjoy this amusement and water slide park.
More than a museum, find out what it was like to be an Asian-American in the Pacific Northwest. Learn the inside story about what makes Chinatown International District unique.
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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 S King St
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More than a museum, find out what it was like to be an Asian-American in the Pacific Northwest. Learn the inside story about what makes Chinatown International District unique.
Washington State is know for its wonderful wineries and this app from the Washington Wine Commission is a great way to find nearby wineries, wine events, and wine tours.
Washington State Wine Commission
1201 Western Avenue
Washington State is know for its wonderful wineries and this app from the Washington Wine Commission is a great way to find nearby wineries, wine events, and wine tours.
7) Sightseeing/Day trips
Things to do within a day’s time
Do you want to take a ferry through the San Juan Islands? Go to https://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/scheduledetailbyroute.aspx?route=ana-sj and reserve a seat on the Anacortes ferry.
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Anacortes
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Do you want to take a ferry through the San Juan Islands? Go to https://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/scheduledetailbyroute.aspx?route=ana-sj and reserve a seat on the Anacortes ferry.
The drive up HWY 410 (just out our back door) to the top up Chinook Pass takes you through Mt Rainier National Park and provides you with many places Ali g the way to snap breathtaking photos of the mountain and surrounding foothills. Pack a lunch and some sturdy shoes and stop at the rest area at the top of the pass to explore some of the trails through the high alpine meadows and lakes for even more amazing northwest photo opportunities.
Chinook Pass
The drive up HWY 410 (just out our back door) to the top up Chinook Pass takes you through Mt Rainier National Park and provides you with many places Ali g the way to snap breathtaking photos of the mountain and surrounding foothills. Pack a lunch and some sturdy shoes and stop at the rest area at the top of the pass to explore some of the trails through the high alpine meadows and lakes for even more amazing northwest photo opportunities.
Access the Mt Rainier Gondola (see below for more info) in summer and skiing in winter. It’s truly a year-round destination.
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Crystal Mountain
33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd
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Access the Mt Rainier Gondola (see below for more info) in summer and skiing in winter. It’s truly a year-round destination.
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Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve
162 Cemetery Road
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The Hoh Rain Forest is located on the Olympic Peninsula. There is stunning scenery and hiking trails. Bring sturdy shoes, a rain coat, and your camera! PS - stop at the visitor center for area tips and maps.
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Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
18113 Upper Hoh Road
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The Hoh Rain Forest is located on the Olympic Peninsula. There is stunning scenery and hiking trails. Bring sturdy shoes, a rain coat, and your camera! PS - stop at the visitor center for area tips and maps.
While this is a little further away (approx 2hr drive) it is well worth scheduling a day (or weekend) trip to see this charming Bavarian-style town tucked away in the Cascade mountains along Hwy 2. Not only does the town remind you of “The Sound of Music”, but the drive to get there has scenery not to be missed. Festivals like May Day and Octoberfest are especially fun. You could also make this a weekend trip!
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Leavenworth
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While this is a little further away (approx 2hr drive) it is well worth scheduling a day (or weekend) trip to see this charming Bavarian-style town tucked away in the Cascade mountains along Hwy 2. Not only does the town remind you of “The Sound of Music”, but the drive to get there has scenery not to be missed. Festivals like May Day and Octoberfest are especially fun. You could also make this a weekend trip!
A MUST DO! Visit the tallest active volcano in the US. Drive up to Paradise lodge and hike some of the scenic trails right from the parking lot. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the spectacular views!! You can also visit without having to pay park entrance fees by driving to the too if Chinook Pass. (PS - Make sure to bring a jacket and bug spray since it can be sunny and cool at the top).
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Parque Nacional do Monte Rainier
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A MUST DO! Visit the tallest active volcano in the US. Drive up to Paradise lodge and hike some of the scenic trails right from the parking lot. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the spectacular views!! You can also visit without having to pay park entrance fees by driving to the too if Chinook Pass. (PS - Make sure to bring a jacket and bug spray since it can be sunny and cool at the top).
Available from Crystal Mountain Resort during the summer, experience beautiful views best seen only from the heights at the top of the mountain.
Mt. Rainier Gondola
33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd
Available from Crystal Mountain Resort during the summer, experience beautiful views best seen only from the heights at the top of the mountain.
WOW! Do you want to see the mountain that erupted? Now is your chance to see all the devastation and the recovery. Learn what happened here in the Northwest that fateful day back on May 18, 1980. Bring your camera and your coat. Be prepared to capture some memorable photos.
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Mt St Helens Visitor Center
3029 Spirit Lake Highway
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WOW! Do you want to see the mountain that erupted? Now is your chance to see all the devastation and the recovery. Learn what happened here in the Northwest that fateful day back on May 18, 1980. Bring your camera and your coat. Be prepared to capture some memorable photos.
See wildlife in their natural settings at this unique “drive-through” style wildlife park.
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Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Drive East
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See wildlife in their natural settings at this unique “drive-through” style wildlife park.
Do you want to see the ocean? Just 2 hours away is Ocean Shores where you can get an amazing view of the vast Pacific Ocean. The water is cold, so don't plan on swimming.
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Ocean Shores Beach
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Do you want to see the ocean? Just 2 hours away is Ocean Shores where you can get an amazing view of the vast Pacific Ocean. The water is cold, so don't plan on swimming.
One of the 3 temperate rainforests located in the Olympic National Park. Stop at the Ranger station to get visitor information.
Quinault Rainforest
One of the 3 temperate rainforests located in the Olympic National Park. Stop at the Ranger station to get visitor information.
The San Juan Islands are well known for splendid vistas, salt water shores, quiet woodlands, orca whales and one of the last remaining native prairies in the Puget Sound/Northern Straits region. Plan your visit early and enjoy the ferry ride. Better yet, make it a weekend trip and enjoy staying at one of the many local hoteliers orbed & breakfasts on the islands.
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Ilhas San Juan
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The San Juan Islands are well known for splendid vistas, salt water shores, quiet woodlands, orca whales and one of the last remaining native prairies in the Puget Sound/Northern Straits region. Plan your visit early and enjoy the ferry ride. Better yet, make it a weekend trip and enjoy staying at one of the many local hoteliers orbed & breakfasts on the islands.