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The First-timer’s Guide to Bothell

You’ve decided that your next vacation spot is Bothell, WA, but you don’t know where to start when it comes to planning places to stay, restaurants to try, and trails to hike. We’ve got you covered.

Read on for our full guide of hotels, local shops, eateries, and more.

Hotels to stay in

It isn’t hard to find a Bothell hotel where you can kick off your boots and fully relax! For your first trip to Bothell, we suggest staying at Country Inn and Suites by Radisson or McMenamins Anderson School. Both boast their own unique flair — Country Inn and Suites has an outdoor pool and modern rooms, while McMenamins Anderson School leans into its history with vintage vibes and quirky bars on its grounds.

Discover our full list of hotels in the area.

Shops to visit

It’s no vacation without a little shopping! Support Bothell’s local businesses by checking out the shops that line Main Street and beyond. Refresh your wardrobe at Marlowe Boutique and CoCapsules, discover artisanal wares at Sankara Imports, find your next favorite book at Wanderlust Book Lounge, take home some vintage decor from First and Main Design Market, and more.

With so many shops in Bothell, bring back a souvenir to remind you of your first trip to Bothell — and the many more you’ll take in the future!

Restaurants to try

We wouldn’t blame you if you only came to Bothell to eat — our restaurants will surely make your mouth water! If you’re looking for farm-to-table fare, we suggest dining at The Cottage. For an explosion of Indian, Pakistani, and Mediterranean flavors, try Bay Leaf Bar & Grill. Ta Joia serves up Korean-Brazilian bowls, and Zulu’s Board Game Cafe offers a unique dining experience that allows you to play board games while feasting on their inspired American fare.

Check out our guide to our international restaurants for even more dining recommendations. 

Bars to visit

There’s no shortage of bars to visit in Bothell, especially when we’re at the center of craft brew culture. For an intimate, cocktail-focused spot, we recommend Kro Bar. And for the beer-heads out there, you can’t go wrong with The Hop and Hound, Beardslee Public House, or Foggy Noggin.

Trails to hike

Don your most comfortable walking (or hiking!) shoes when you visit Bothell. We’re home to a number of parks and trails, each with their own beautiful views. For the quintessential Bothell experience, we suggest wandering through Sammamish River Trail, North Creek Trail, or Wayne Golf Course Park

Check out our full guide to the parks and trails in and near Bothell.

Local events to attend

If you can, book your trip to overlap one of our local events. Throughout the year, we’ve hosted a number of memorable soirees, including our Making Local Markets, McMenamins live music and events, Summer Nights in Bothell, and more.

Check out our Events page to stay up to date on our upcoming local and featured events.


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