Katie Raynor


Belltown Crush 2015 PosterThough the Cascade Valley may not be as well known as the Columbia Valley or Walla Walla in the Washington wine world, the area comprising Lake Chelan, the Wenatchee Valley, and Leavenworth is one of our state’s most unique wine regions and is home to more than 50 wineries. The annual Belltown Crush party gives you the opportunity to taste wines from 15 Cascade Valley wineries at a festive event at Bell Street Park, also featuring food trucks, live music, a grape-stomping competition, a pig roast by Bell + Whete, and an on-site wine store. Activities for kids will be available as well, including a bouncy house and face painting. Net proceeds from the event will go to Plymouth Housing Group. Tickets for the August 23 event are $25, and include 10 tasting tickets for the wine garden. Buy your tickets here!

Here are the 15 great wineries that will be participating in the event:

Baroness Cellars
Castle Vineyards
Chateau Faire Le Pont
Eagle Creek Winery
Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards and Winery
Icicle Ridge Winery
Icicle Brewery
Jones of Washington Winery
Legend Cellars
Plain Cellars
Rocky Pond Winery
Silvara Vineyards
Stemilt Creek Winery
Voila Winery


Belltown view
View toward Lake Union

This 19th-floor condo is now available for sale in in Belltown! Enjoy beautiful east-facing views of Downtown and the Cascades, plus a partial view of Lake Union from every room in the unit and from the large deck. The open kitchen features stainless steel appliances, dark wood cabinets, gorgeous granite counter tops, and a pantry. This unit has high ceilings throughout, and the spacious living room has space for a dining table. The bedroom has two closets for added storage. This building has 24/7 security and concierge, great amenities with a large outdoor area, and air conditioning. Enjoy great views with all Belltown has to offer! Click here for more information about this unit.


Beds: 1

Baths: 1

Square feet: 637


Join the Friends of Bell Street Park tomorrow, February 13, at the Belltown Community Center to discuss upcoming projects at the park and to enjoy wine and appetizers with your friends and neighbors. Choose your favorites from the top 20 projects selected and give your input on goings-on at the park for the next five years. The event will run from 6:00-8:00 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to grab happy hour at one of our many great Belltown restaurants before heading to the community center, located at 415 Bell St.

Belltown CC

Join your Belltown Community Council this Wednesday, February 11, for an update on neighborhood issues and to enjoy some delicious food from Belltown’s own Buckley’s. Here’s what’s on the agenda for the night:

  • Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (L.E.A.D.) Update: A pilot program that allows law enforcement officers to direct low-level drug or prostitution offenders in Belltown to social services instead of jail time.
  • Update on the Affordable Living Committee from Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark.
  • Update on the Public Realm Study from Steering Committee Chair Jane Zalutsky. Find out how you can help plan connections between Belltown, Denny Triangle, and Uptown.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Belltown Community Center (415 Bell St.).

If you work or live downtown, you’ve no doubt seen one of the many Metropolitan Improvement District ambassadors in their yellow jackets keeping our sidewalks and streets clean. But these ambassadors do more than just remove graffiti and sweep up leaves; members of the MID Outreach Team help homeless men and women find access to social services, and serve as familiar faces for those living on the streets downtown.

Since October they have partnered with the Seattle Union Gospel Mission to give free haircuts to those most in need. Mike, an ambassador who is also a certified barber, came up with the idea, and since the program began more than 60 haircuts have been given to men and women at the UGM. Mike and fellow ambassador Decloran offer the service every first and third Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the downtown men’s shelter on 2nd Avenue.

So, next time you see one of our ambassadors braving the cold and rain on our downtown streets, give them an extra smile and thank them for what they do! And visit the Union Gospel Mission’s site to find out about how you can help our citizens in need.