Snohomish Washington was named one of the top ten coolest small towns in america by budget travel magazine. It’s a quaint but bustling town with no shortage of things to do and places to visit; on First Street you’ll find antique and vintage shops, historical architecture, bars and restaurants, all bordering the Snohomish river to the South. Here are some of our favorite things to do in old downtown Snohomish.
Events & Activities
Downtown Snohomish has events of all kinds happening year round. Check out https://www.historicdowntownsnohomish.org for up to date info on current events and shows. Below are some of our recommended must-see shindigs:
- Check out the Easter Parade on April 20th; anyone with an Easter bonnet is encouraged to take a float ride and take part in the parade.
- In the month of May, ABATE and the Sky Valley chapter put on one of the largest motorcycle shows in the puget sound. You’ll find hundreds of bikers, live music and street vendors.
- May through September, you’ll find the Snohomish Farmers market featuring farm-fresh produce, delicious packaged foods, arts, crafts & even ready-to-eat foods.
- In October, you’ll find the zombie walk, where you can bring the kids down First St for a trick-or-treating walk through all the shops and enjoy the Halloween decorations. Shop owners provide free candy while supplies last.
During the holidays you can bring your kids to get photographs with Santa or Gnomes, chase the Grinch out of Snohomish, spectate mobile christmas light shows put on by local car and motorcycle clubs or enjoy some fine wine and shop on the Sippin’ & Shoppin’ Wine Walk! Event info below:
Sno-Gnome in the Shops
December 1 – 22, 12pm – 3:00pm
Sun, Dec 1st – Looking Glass Coffee
Sat, Dec 7th – Center Public House-a NonProfit Pub
Sun, Dec 8th – Maple+Moss Boutique
Sat, Dec 14th – Jehan’s
Sun, Dec 15th – Mimi’s A Shabby Chic Country Boutique
Sat, Dec 21st – Spada Farmhouse Brewery
Sun, Dec 22nd – My Eclectic Home
Chase The Grinch Out of Snohomish Fun Run
December 8, 9:00am
Freestyle Lighted Cruise through Downtown Snohomish
December 21, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Downtown Snohomish is renowned for its vintage and antique shops. It’s the perfect place to wander around and get different sights each time you visit. There are also many specialty and craft shops to drop by in between. Here are some of our favorites:
902 First St
Your ultimate destination to BUY, SELL, & TRADE contemporary & vintage fashion!
903 First St
This shop has one of the largest lineups of tea we’ve ever encountered! Whether you’re looking for traditional english breakfast, dragon tea, an herbal variety or aren’t sure what you’re looking for, this tea shop has everything.
1116 First St
A beautiful two story shop, carrying antiques, gifts & home & garden decor. The staff are always welcoming and helpful.
115 Avenue D
Burning Pottery has been a family business since 1983. Visit their showroom for hand made, high fired porcelain dinnerware, stoneware planters, vases and wall art.
Annie’s on First
1122 First St
A vintage store offering a great selection of new and vintage finds for the garden and home. Annie’s has affordable prices and accommodating staff. This is another flagship store in downtown Snohomish that is a must see.
There are a lot more retail locations worth mentioning. Check out https://www.historicdowntownsnohomish.org/retail for the full list!
Bars & Restaurants
Downtown Snohomish has no shortage of nightcaps and eats for all types of pallets. All the locations are within walking distance and perfectly paired with the historic scenery. Below are some of our go-to spots:
1020 First Street | Suite 104
Enjoy all-organic grilled sandwiches, homemade soups, burgers, smoothies, juices, salad bar, and a great kids menu. Food allergy friendly with many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices. The buffalo burger is a must try!
Double Barrel Wine Bar & Lounge
108 Avenue A
Wine bar and restaurant offering an eclectic lounge atmosphere with a full menu, wine by the glass, bottle and flights. For you oenophiles out there, they have a sommelier on site, wine club, wine education classes, entertainment, and private event venue.
1206 First Street
You can’t stroll through downtown Snohomish around lunch time without trying Christa’s fresh made Sandwiches; they also have delicious soups & salads with fresh local ingredients, charcuterie from their cheese shop, large selections of bottled wines and beers. Enjoy on site baked goods made daily! Nomnomnom…
First & Union Kitchen
101 Union Avenue
Open for Brunch, lunch and dinner, Thursday through Sunday, 8am to close. Enjoy a wide menu selection, large portions and a full bar. They’re one of the better breakfast locations in town; Perfect if you spent the night and had too many glasses at Double Barrel Wine Bar the night before.
Looking Glass Coffee
801 First Street | Suite 201
The Seattle area is known for its coffee; Looking Glass is no exception. This homestyle coffee lounge is alluring for both it’s handcrafted espresso and cozy setting. You’ll be surprised with their array of pastry options as well.
913 First Street
Head down to the Oxford Saloon for live music, cold beer, and some savory-gut-bomb bar food. All the bartenders are super friendly and fun to chat with. YOu can’t really go wrong with their gourmet mac & cheese!
Spas & Relaxations
Need some R&R while you’re visiting downtown Snohomish? Whether you need to get your hair or nails done or get a relaxing massage, we have you covered. Here are some great locations:
Mariposa Day Spa
901 First Street | Suite 1B
Mariposa Day Spa offers full facials, massage, spa packages, shared experiences such as girlfriend getaways and couples massage. Perfect after a hard day of antiquing, wine tasting and dining out.
The Vault Hair Lounge
1009 First Street | Suite 203
Pampering you from the moment you walk in the door, the Vault Hair Lounge greets you with coffee and comfortable seating. They have highly trained stylists who are always up on the hottest trends. Enjoy a view of the Snohomish river while you transition to a fresh new look.
Wax & 40 Lashes
902-1/2 First Street | Suite 4
Here you’ll find Bellevue/Seattle level, top-notch service without having to head down south. You’ll leave looking like a star! All the staff are professional, extremely welcoming and friendly.
Hotels & Lodging
Snohomish has many establishments to stay the night in, within walking distance of First St. Most of them follow suit with the vintage relics of the town.
Countryman’s Bed & Breakfast
119 Cedar Avenue
Countryman’s feels like a home away from home; it’s cozy with a wood burning fireplace and lots of breakfast options in the morning.
Historic Snohomish Getaway
One block from First St, the newly remodelled Getaway, was built in 1904. The rooms are fully loaded with a refrigerator, toaster, microwave, coffee maker, plates and silverware.
INN at Snohomish
323 2nd Street
The INN has been in business since 1993, offering an old-town cozy feeling; you even get a real old-fashioned key for your room. Not everything is antiquated however. You’ll get free wi-fi and jetted tubs in some rooms.
1012 4th Street
At Adam’s Manor, they’ve remodelled and are using the south wing of their 13,000ft home for overnight guests. 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, Living Room, Kitchen and Dining Room are available for use. For an extra charge you can also rent the ballroom and salon.
Pine Avenue Carriage House
414 Pine Avenue
Pine Ave Carriage House on Facebook
Pine Avenue Carriage House has been beautifully decorated and is available to book through AirBnB. It’s a bed and basket house giving you a samples of local coffee/teas and baked goods, seasonal items and a welcome present!
Although they aren’t on the main strip, the below locations are worth mentioning if you decide to venture out in search of more adventurous things to do.
Snohomish Balloon Ride
9900 Airport Way
Take a ride in a nine story multi-colored hot air balloon and take in the breathtaking views of the Snohomish valley. They have shared flights from sunrise to dusk for you and up to 8 friends.
9906 Airport Way
If you like heights but balloons aren’t quite scratching your adventurous itch, head over to Skydive Snohomish for a large dose of adrenaline. They have instructor led tandem jumps for newbies and classes for folks that are looking to solo-dive.
Thanks for reading! If you find yourself needing to buy or sell a home in downtown Snohomish or the Seattle area in general, let us know. Team Sno-King brings over 15 years of real estate brokerage experience in the Seattle housing market.
Have a wonderful holiday!!
-Your friends over at Team Sno-King.