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Exploring Montrose

Art, Theater, Museums and Buffalo Bayou Park Who knew that Montrose would become one of the most eclectic artsy enclaves in Houston? Chock full of indie shops, thrift stores and ethnic eateries, it’s also the place to find a cutting-edge art scene defined by next-gen eccentricities. Stages Repertory Theater It should come as no surprise that Stages Rep ended

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Holiday Season in Houston

When it comes to the holiday season, Houston has a mind of its own. Always ready to think outside the box, Houston-ites paint the town with a multicolored brush – from icy rainforest kingdoms to Chinese lanterns and Texas-German Christmas markets. Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival When the Tomball neighborhood decks out for the holidays, you

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Changing Seasons at Kelsey Creek Farm

Like many dichotomies that define the eclectic side of Bellevue, Kelsey Creek Farm fits as naturally as towering skyscrapers in this cosmopolitan enclave of Eastside ingenuity. And rightfully so. The farm staked its claim in downtown Bellevue in the 1930s, long before terms like “urban core” and “The Bellevue Collection” even existed. Kelsey Creek is

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Botanical Bellevue: Not Just Flowers

Concerts, Lit Lectures, Living Labs and Garden of Lights It’s no surprise that Bellevue does botanical like it does everything else – really well. Flowers are just the beginning in the Bellevue Botanical Garnden’s 53-acre “urban refuge” of living plant collections, restored forests and natural wetlands. It’s also a hotbed of cultural curiosities ranging from live-music

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Bellevue’s Hidden Beach Parks

We’ve all heard of Seattle-area beaches like Golden Gardens or Alki – but Bellevue? Well, there’s a reason you don’t know about the semi-secluded beach parks tucked away on the eastern shores of Lake Washington: nobody wants to give away their secret coastal cubbyholes. But these charming beach spots with access to the lake are

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Secret Shopping in Bothell

Boutiques, Antiques and Thrift-Store Heaven Sprawling malls and upscale shopping venues string colorfully along the Eastside and northern suburbs, but Bothell has somehow managed to retain its historic small-town ambiance without the company of retail giants. That leaves plenty of room for unique boutiques, antique shops, thrift stores and even a custom crystal shop. Antiques   Nearby

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Bothell to Woodinville Wineries

Cycle, Kayak or Ride-Share Washington State holds sway as the second-largest wine-producing region in the United States, with more than 800 winemakers. At least 100 of them happen to be in Woodinville, just 2.5 miles from Bothell and a 15-minute bike ride along the Sammamish River slough. Make it a wine-tasting day by cycling, kayaking or

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Arts Alive: Bothell Galleries and Museums

Since its early logging days, Bothell has harbored an eclectic arts scene. Starting with woodcarvers making their marks on everything from statues to totem poles and hand-carved banisters, the mentality of “recreating nature” still survives today. Here’s a few of the best galleries and museums in Bothell, along with some pretty impressive “living history” collections from

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