Issaquah is next to Lake Sammamish, about 8 minutes by car and 30 minutes from Snoqualmie Pass. With the lake and mountains, the location is quite ideal.
We are also about a 25-minute drive from Seattle when traffic. Buses go directly to Seattle or you can park at the Park & Ride which is not far away.
We are in the middle of the mountains and several parks are within walking distance of this shopping street. Each park has play areas for children.
The salmon hatchery an attraction. Every year, a festival brings together tens of thousands of visitors from neighboring states. This festival, for children and adults, celebrates the return of salmon to their place of birth to spawn. In terms of schools, there are Issaquah Valley Elementary, Issaquah Middle School, and Issaquah High School. And there are several kindergartens on Newport Way. And, of course, the French Immersion School of Washington is also nearby.
On Front Street, there must be at least fifteen restaurants with different budgets.
– Montalcino Ristorante Italiano (typical Italian family cuisine with mom in the kitchen and the son out front) The pasta with its lobster tail is a real delight – Average budget.
– Fins Bistro: typical American with a tendency to seafood. Crab cakes are delicious. The brunches are apparently a treat. Budget rather high.
– Rogue Issaquah Brewhouse: Typical American, makes their own beer. Always full at night from 5 p.m. My favorite: A kind of croque-monsieur with cheese, honey, and bacon and a side of sweet potato fries! The fish & chips is also very good. The kid’s menu is interesting. Affordable budget.
Numerous shops on Front Street: clothing, hairdressers, food supplements, music lessons, art classes, art exhibitions, etc. Olde Town is definitely a district dedicated to art.
We love Fisher Meat, one of the best butchers in the area and we like to go to Yummi Yogurt for coffee or ice cream.
We are also a stone’s throw away from the Gilman Village, a nice little outdoor mall, and the huge Issaquah Commons shopping center.
There is a historic district with its small-town hall and police station, a historic train station with a visit to its small museum and a Shell station which has remained in its original state and which is now a cultural center where many events are organized.
The Darigold (dairy supplier) is at the entrance of the city, typical building with its paintings on the wall, but also the theater: Village Theatre and its excellent program that meets great success.
From Rainier Street when the sky is clear, we can admire a view of Mount Rainier between Squak and Cougar Mountains! This city really deserves to be known, but not too much, that’s what gives it all its charm.