The town of Bothell, Washington, is part of the Seattle Metropolitan Area, with the city of Seattle only 30 minutes away. The Bothell area offers shops, live entertainment, and a wide variety of outdoor activities for visitors. The town gets an average of 5 inches of rain per month during the rainy season from November to early January.
Country Village is a prime shopping center with more than 40 shops and restaurants, including Town Hall Antique Mall, Rainy Day Bears Wood Carving and a jewelry shop called "Garden of Beadin." It also has Bothell Farmers Market, a full-service day spa, wine tastings, and a glass blowing studio. Country village presents festivals and shows throughout the year, including the Bothell Music Festival in September and the World Dance and Music Festival by Ottomans in August. The park has winding paths that lead to many ideal picnic settings.
Saint Edward State Park
Originally a Native American fishing area and later a Catholic seminary, Saint Edward State Park offers visitors 316 acres of undeveloped land to enjoy year-round. Park visitors can hike Saint Edward's trails or look for eagles, otters and other animals along the 3,000 feet of Lake Washington shoreline. The park is a day-use park and closes daily at dusk. Visitors fish, swim in the on-site pool and rent boats, folding tables, chairs and outdoor heaters. The park sells day passes and annual passes. Entrance fees are waived for guests staying at a nearby hotel or campsite, disabled veterans and other state parks pass holders.
Bothell Historical Museum
The Bothell Historical Museum is housed in the William Hannan house built in 1893. Located in the Park at Bothell Landing, visitors walk on the paths created by the first settlers in Bothell. The museum is operated by the Bothell Historical Society, which was founded in 1967 to preserve the history of the Northshore area. The museum opened in 1969 to house historical newspapers and photographs. It offers different exhibits throughout the year.
Northshore Performing Arts Center
The Northshore Performing Arts Center puts on 20 performances each year, including musical and dancing acts. Live shows take place at the 600-seat theater on the campus of Bothell High School. In addition to the homegrown talent, the Northshore Performing Arts Center brings a variety of shows from around the world to the Northshore community in Bothell. The season begins in late September and ends in late May. Some past events at the Northshore Performing Arts Center have included "Roots of Hip Hop" by Rainbow Dance Theater, "The Nutcracker" by Ballet Bellevue, "International Guitar Night," the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and the Broadway play "Goodnight Gracie."
Bothell offers visitors extensive wine-tasting opportunities. Woodinville Wine Country in Bothell has over 100 wineries and tasting rooms within a few minutes from downtown Bothell. Columbia Winery, which has been producing wines from European vinifera grapes since 1962. For a small fee, the winery will guide you through tasting five different wines. At Woodinville Wine Center, the tasting fee will be applied as a credit toward a bottle of your choice. Visitors can also sip vodka, whiskey and grappa at the distilleries in Woodinville, including Pacific Distillery, Woodinville Whiskey Company, Project V Distlillery, Sausage & Co. and Soft Tail Spirits.
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