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November
28

Get to Know Spokane's Cork District

Spokane Cork District

Did you know that Washington is the second-largest wine-producing state in the country? Spokane's Cork District has developed into one of the best places in all of Washington to enjoy the bounty of local wineries, vineyards, and wine shops. Our real estate agents have all of the delicious details on some of the places you can look forward to visiting when you spend the day exploring Spokane's Cork District.

  • V du V Wines – 12 S. Scott St., Spokane, WA 99202
    With a convenient location near Spokane homes for sale and a reputation for producing unique, vibrant wines, V du V Wines has developed into an outstanding urban winery. The tasting room features a charming, inviting atmosphere, and V du V Wines produces all of its outstanding wines on-site. If you love their wines, the V du V Wine Club offers free tastings, great discounts, and special release events for members.

  • Barrister Winery Tasting Room – 203 N. Washington St., Spokane, WA 99201
    With a fairly new location in downtown Spokane but many years of experience producing award-winning wine in Washington, the Barrister Winery Tasting Room is a great destination for a night on the town. Enjoy live music in the tasting room every Wednesday and Friday evening, along with a busy schedule of special events all year long.

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars – 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd., Spokane, WA 99217
    One of the first wineries to be established in Washington, Arbor Crest Wine Cellars has thrived for so long in part due to its amazing location. The tasting room is located at the top of a cliff, with stunning views of the Spokane Valley below. Arbor Crest's ranking as "one of the 50 producers every wine lover should know" by Wine Spectator tells you everything you need to know about the quality of wines produced here.

  • Vino! A Wine Shop – 222 S. Washington St., Spokane, WA 99201
    With a fantastic selection of both locally and internationally produced wines, Vino! A Wine Shop offers a little something for everyone. In addition to the wine selection available for purchase, you can enjoy wine tastings on the weekends, wine education classes, wine dinners, and a wine of the month buying club. It's a great place to discover new wines or find your old favorites.

  • Winescape – 6011 E. 32nd Ave., Spokane, WA 99223
    If you'd like to enjoy a rustic, rural winery experience without traveling far from downtown, you're sure to love a visit to Winescape. The Winescape Tasting Room and Production Facility is located on a 14-acre farm that will make you feel like you've been transported to a different, more relaxed era. Stop by to enjoy a tasting, take in the scenery, and get to know the small team that produces Winescape's distinctive, authentic Washington wines.

  • Bridge Press Cellars – 39 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane, WA 99201
    Located in a historic downtown Spokane building which was first built in 1911 and has been lovingly restored to create an amazing atmosphere, Bridge Press Cellars is an excellent destination when you're in the mood for a side of entertainment with your wine. You'll frequently find live music or comedy shows among the many fun events hosted in the tasting room.

Our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Spokane, WA area.

November
21

Decorate Your Home Safely this Season

Decorate Safely This Holiday Season

Delta Media Group


Decorating for the holidays is one of the fun perks of being a homeowner, because your whole property becomes a blank canvas. Decorating is a great opportunity to get in the spirit of the season, show off your sense of style, and get your kids (even more) excited for the holidays. No matter how you choose to decorate your home this holiday season, just remember that it's also important to keep home safety in mind as you deck the halls. We've put together 5 decorating tips to help keep your home safe, without cramping your holiday decorating style.

  1. Check It Twice – Holiday lights are among the most popular decorations, and for good reason! They're bright, beautiful, and can transform the look of your entire property. Before you start stringing up those lights, however, be sure to check for any signs of wear. If there are broken lights or exposed wires, it's time to purchase some new outdoor holiday lights. Remember that outdoor lights are exposed to the elements, so even minimal signs of wear can pose a risk.  Bonus Tip: If you're in the market for new lights, try LED lighting rather than incandescent bulbs. LED lights are more energy efficient, burn cooler than incandescent bulbs, and come in just about any color you can imagine.

  2. Don't Overload Outlets – Overloading a single outlet is a fire risk, even if you're plugging in new, energy efficient decorations. Avoiding tangled wires is also good for holiday decorating safety, and it's easier to do when you use multiple outlets. Always plug decorations into outlets with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, which are designed to shut down the circuit automatically if certain signs of electrical danger are detected.

  3. Indoor/Outdoor – That giant, inflatable Santa Claus won't fit in your living room, so it's probably a safe bet that he can be used outside. But not every decoration makes the distinction so clear. For any decorations that rely on electricity, always check whether they're rated for outdoor use before you plug them in outside. This is a great step to take care of while you're shopping for decorations, as the necessary info should be available right on the packaging.

  4. Rooftop and Ladder Safety – For many homeowners, the holiday season is one of the few times each year when we take our ladders out of long-term storage and venture onto our rooftops. Stay safe by taking your time, having a plan, and wearing sturdy boots (or sneakers) with strong treads. If you do plan on climbing on your roof or using a ladder to decorate, never do so alone. Make sure there's someone on the ground to "spot" you and aid if you run into trouble.

  5. Clean Gutters – Since you're likely to be spending time up there anyway, it's a great idea to clean your gutters before stringing up any holiday lights. Dried leaves and plant matter in gutters can serve as kindling when a faulty wire leaks electricity. As a bonus, keeping your gutters clean is a great way to lower your risk of water-related roof damage throughout the year.

The biggest thing to remember for holiday decorating home safety is that electricity can be dangerous, especially if you're using older decorations. Check any decorations for signs of wear before putting them up, make sure that any decorations you wish to use outside are rated for outdoor use, and keep your gutters clean to reduce fire risk. And of course, don't forget to have fun!

November
14

Holiday Happenings Around Spokane

Spokane Winter

'Tis the season for family gatherings, gifts, and sparkling lights. As you plan your holiday celebrations this year, consider putting one or more community events on your schedule. Spokane has a lot to offer around the holidays. Here are some of the top celebrations our real estate agents recommend attending to get into the festive spirit.

  • The Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival: 901 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA 99210
    Hosted at The Bing Crosby Theater, the Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival is scheduled for December 10th - 11th this year. The two-day festival is a chance to see some of Bing's biggest holiday movies, including the classic White Christmas. Bing Crosby's nephew, Howard Crosby, will also take the stage for a live performance.

    Tickets for the show will be for sale on the Bing Crosby Theater's website. Profits will go to benefit the Bing Crosby Advocates, a charity dedicated to preserving Crosby's legacy and spreading holiday cheer.

  • Christmas Tree Elegance: 818 W. Riverside Ave. Mezzanine, Spokane, WA 99210
    Christmas Tree Elegance
    is a 13-day holiday celebration during which you can admire stunning, decorated holiday trees. There will also be a chance to meet Father Christmas, plus public raffle drawings each day. This year, the event lasts from November 29th - December 11th and will be held at the Historic Davenport Hotel.

    There's no charge for admission to Christmas Tree Elegance. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each, with proceeds benefiting the Spokane Symphony Associates. 

  • Pops 3: Holiday Pops: 1001 West Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA 99210
    If you've been wanting to see the Spokane Symphony in concert, this is your chance. On December 17th and 18th, they'll take the stage for their annual Holiday Pops concert at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Listen to popular holiday music performed in a whole new way.

    This festive performance will include a few numbers by the Spokane Area Youth Choir. The audience will even be invited to participate in popular carols. Single and multi-day tickets are available on the Spokane Symphony website. 

  • Northwest Winterfest: 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley, WA 99202
    Northwest Winterfest 
    is an annual celebration held at the Spokane Fair & Expo Center. It's open every Friday - Sunday from December 2nd - January 1st. Visitors can walk through the stunning displays, admire hand-painted trees, and enjoy seasonal food from local vendors. Several displays also show how different cultures around the world celebrate the holidays.

    Northwest Winterfest offers something for the whole family. Admission is $19.99 for adults and $11.99 for kids. Or, you can buy a Family Pack of tickets for just $49.99.

  • Christmas Movie Trivia Night: 315 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA 99201
    How much do you know about your favorite Christmas movies? Christmas Movie Trivia Night is your chance to find out. This trivia competition is being held at Spokane Comedy Club. It starts at 7:00 pm on December 20th.

    The trivia night will include five rounds of questions about Christmas movies, old and new. While costumes are not required, it could be fun to dress up in your Santa hat or ugly sweater for the occasion. Register on the Spokane Comedy Club website so they know how many participants to expect.

This holiday season, take a break from looking at Spokane homes for sale and attend one or more of these fun events. There truly is something for the whole family. Contact us if you need any help with your house search. Our friendly and knowledgeable agents will be happy to answer your questions along the way.

November
7

Warm Up with this Fantastic Homemade Soup!

BEST-EVER PUMPKIN SOUP 

'Tis the season to warm your body and soul with hearty comfort foods. Nothing says autumn more than a pot of wonderful, homemade soup simmering on the stove. Give this seasonal favorite a try. Pumpkin isn't just for lattes!  We think you're bound to love this soup. 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 pieces cooked bacon, chopped (optional)
  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt (optional)
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • Chopped green onion (optional)

In large pot, combine the first 8 ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered. Using a food processor or blender, puree soup in small batches. Return soup to pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream. Pour into bowls and garnish with as many toppings as desired.

November
1

Spokane Real Estate Market Report - October 2022

View our comprehensive Spokane real estate market report for the month of October!

The information in this report is compiled from a report given by the Spokane Association of REALTORS© and to the best of our knowledge is accurate and correct.

 

Download the October Market Report PDF here.

Want more info about the current real estate market? Contact us today to speak to an agent. 

 

November
1

Kootenai County Real Estate Market Report - October 2022

View our comprehensive Kootenai Country real estate market report for the month of October!

The information in this report is compiled from a report given by the Spokane Association of REALTORS© and to the best of our knowledge is accurate and correct.

 

Download the Ocrtober Market Report PDF here.

Want more info about the current real estate market? Contact us today to speak to an agent. 

 

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