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Insider Tips to Make the Most of Your Bothell Trip

When planning a vacation to another city, it’s always helpful to get tips from a local — here at Bothell, that’s where we come in.

Read on to discover eight insider tips that will make your next trip to Bothell fun-filled and stress-free.

1. Make your restaurant reservations ahead of time

One of the best parts about planning a getaway? Picking which restaurants you’d love to try! Save yourself from dreaded wait times and make reservations to some of our popular restaurants, like Amaro Bistro and Kro Bar, before you arrive.

2. Book your hotel through Sip & Stay

Take advantage of our Sip & Stay package and book a one- or two-night stay at our participating Bothell hotels. You’ll receive discounts to the hotels, which include Country Inn & Suites by Radisson and McMenamins Anderson School, and automatically receive up to two complimentary Passports to Taste. Bring these Woodinville Wine Country Passports to the participating wineries for unforgettable wine tastings!

3. Get in line early for T55 Patisserie

It’s no secret that the line for the delectable, Southeast Asian-inspired French pastries at T55 Patisserie is worth it. If you show up at the wrong time, you could wait in line for at least an hour!

Bring a friend and line up at least a half hour before the bakery opens to ensure that you’re one of the first of the day to try the desserts. The renowned eatery is open from Thursday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4. Watch a murder of crows at dusk

This Bothell-specific phenomenon might not be known to others outside of our city, but the murder of crows is a sight to see. Every evening, thousands of crows fly to roost at the North Creek Wetlands near the University of Washington Bothell campus. Designate some time to witness the spectacle at sunset before you head to dinner in town.

5. Bring your bike to Bothell, if you can!

Did you know that Bothell is a bike-friendly city? Pack your favorite two-wheeler and plan out a route you’d love to explore. Better yet, sign up for our Beers & Gears Passport, which offers exclusive discounts on craft beers and flights at spots near the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River Trails.

6. Visit during an event

Whether it be a celebration downtown or a soiree with our local businesses, there’s nothing like a Bothell event. Take a look at our Events page to see what we’ve got coming up before you pick the dates of your trip, so you don’t miss out on one of our next fetes!

7. Take advantage of our discounts

Sign up for one (or a few!) of our special offers and promotions, and you’ll instantly receive discounts on Bothell restaurants, wineries and breweries, shops, and more. Check out our Offers page to see all of our current packages — most of them are delivered directly to you via text and email.

8. Shop for souvenirs at McMenamins Market

Stumped on what souvenirs to buy for friends and family (and yourself, of course!) before you head home? Make a pit stop at The Market at McMenamins Anderson School, where you’ll find McMenamins beer, wine, cider, spirits, apparel, and other gear — perfect mementos from your trip to Bothell.


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