Top Ten Stories of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at the most popular 425 magazine stories of the year.

1. Kenmore’s Seaplane Kitchen & Bar Opens Nov. 12

The long-awaited Seaplane Kitchen & Bar opened in Kenmore on Nov. 12. It has a rustic, “Alaskan lodge” vibe and menu offerings ranging from sharable snacks to veggies and salads to big plate items.

2. Home Run Home

When the bright lights of Safeco Field dim, and the bat and glove are put away, (now former Mariners second baseman) Robinson Cano retreats to his stylish home in Bellevue.

3. 425 Women to Watch 2018

The tapestry of our workforce was built on women who were dedicated to moving the needle forward and making America stronger and more adaptable for the next generation. This year’s Women to Watch are grounded as change-makers who weren’t satisfied with the status quo.

4. The Influencers

Social media has transformed the way we connect with each other. Now, ordinary people can draw a vast following and touch millions of lives. This story highlights a handful of local influencers. Without social media, it’s possible we wouldn’t ever know their names.

5. Modern Meets Farmhouse

Our 2018 Northwest Idea House is everything you love about any well-designed home — it’s light and bright. It’s wide open and perfect for entertaining, yet cozy and comfortable enough for family movie nights. It shines with simple charm mixed with classic elegance, and it’s full of smart solutions, new products, and conveniences galore.

6. A Family Affair

The Brazen family’s Central Bar + Restaurant, which opened in the fall of 2017, adds to the flourishing landscape of the Bellevue dining scene.

7. Staycationing in Southport

It’s impossible not to feel the stress of life lifting off your shoulders while reclined in an Adirondack chair, with a glass of wine in hand, sitting just feet from Lake Washington at the new Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport.

8. Up a Creek

“Wine and Food on the River” is a series of rafting trips up the Grande Ronde or Snake rivers in northeast Oregon, facilitated by Grant Richie, owner of the Minam Store, Motel, and Raft Rentals.

9. 20 Amazing White Elephant Gifts Under $20

Going to a white elephant gift exchange this year? This list includes everything you need to impress, and humor, your friends this holiday season.

10. Welcome to Paradise

Korsmo Construction of Tacoma is heading up a $24 million renovation to preserve the annex of Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier National Park, so that 100 years from now, thousands will continue to enjoy the inn’s historic beauty, as we know it today.

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