North Bend

Nestled in the foothills 30 minutes east of Seattle, this charming town is adding to its downtown di
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Cruising along Interstate 90, many travelers never bother to search beyond North Bend’s massive outlet mall and fast-food corridor. But those who do go deeper have long enjoyed iconic outdoor destinations such as Mount Si, arguably the most popular day hike in the state, and locally beloved diners such as Twede’s Café (137 W North Bend Way; 425.831.5511; twedescafe.com), made famous by the ’90s television series Twin Peaks. Now, old standbys along North Bend Way in downtown are getting a boost from new nightlife hot spots, adrenaline-junkie adventure companies and startlingly good dining choices to create an all-star ensemble at the gates of the Cascades.

fuel up

While not officially open until 7 a.m., third-generation baker Joe McKeown often greets customers with monstrous doughnuts by 6 a.m. at George’s Bakery and Cafe (127 W North Bend Way; 425.888.0632), now in its 89th year of business. Next door at the Euro Lounge Café (129 W North Bend Way; 425.677.4727), Romanian native Sinacia Yovanovich makes fresh crêpes using his grandmother’s 100-year-old recipes.

get equipped

Pro Guiding Service (108 W North Bend Way; 425.888.6397; proguiding.com) owner Martin Volken leads everything from backcountry-ski excursions and technical mountaineering courses out of his recently expanded shop.

go explore

Running parallel to North Bend’s main thoroughfare is the Snoqualmie Valley Trail, a bike pathway through beautiful scenery on its way to the thundering Snoqualmie Falls. After the hike, recharge with fresh pico de gallo-topped tacos at L Taco (202 North Bend Way. N; 425.831.0402.ltaco.com).

hit the town

After sundown locals head to the town’s new jazz club, Boxley’s (101 W North bend way; 425.292.9307; boxleysplace.com). Families love the North Bend Theatre (125 Bendigo Blvd. N; 425.888.1232; northbendtheatre.com). Built in 1941, the 35mm theater is one of the state’s last in operation.

Score Edgy Cotton Basics at Downtown's Do The Extraordinary

Score Edgy Cotton Basics at Downtown's Do The Extraordinary

Downtown apparel and accessories shop DTE offers a little something extra
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An in-store vault opens to reveal secret speakeasy, Blind Tiger

The newest retail outpost from fashion collaborators Justin Kercher and former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander is offering downtown shoppers the opportunity to “Do The Extraordinary.” Taking over the 6,000-square-foot space on Sixth Avenue and Olive Way that previously housed European Antiques, Do The Extraordinary (DTE) opened last fall and is a lifestyle boutique for men and women offering locally designed, handmade, ready-to-wear clothing and accessories for the fashion-forward Seattleite. The brand’s edgy cotton basics come in black, white and various shades of gray, and include muscle T-shirts and sporty sweats for men, and tunics and dresses for women.

“DTE is really about the customers and creating an experience,” Kercher says. The space combines influences of the Seattle outdoors with urban design. Blow-torched sequoia tree tables and painted antlers flank vintage couches and hand-poured cement floors. Hidden behind the cash register area, speakeasy Blind Tiger, designed by Kercher and his family, is set up for private events and intimate concerts featuring local bands and DJs. DTE’s fall lineup includes several album release parties as well as a fall/winter fashion show.

The store’s upcoming events will “take [the retail experience] to another level,” says Kercher. Downtown, 1810 Sixth Ave.; dotheextraordinary.com