North Bend

Nestled in the foothills 30 minutes east of Seattle, this charming town is adding to its downtown di

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;, 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; 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;

hit the town

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

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

This city has a thing for socks. From top toe protection to no-slip all-stars, we’ve found the best bets for restocking your sock drawer

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1.  Sock It to Me
This Portland-based company has the corner on the whimsical-sock market. Go for the women’s Shakespeare-themed “Taming of the Shoe” or the men’s Multi Player gaming sock for a silly but sophisticated fashion statement. $11.50–$12,

2.  Darn Tough
The name says it all. Based in Vermont and manufactured exclusively in the U.S., these mid-calf, micro crew hike/trek socks are sure to keep your tootsies dry and happy on a hike. The fun colors will make you even happier to take off your boots at the end of the day. $20, available at

3.  Peony and Moss
Founded by Seattle local Eva Spitzer, Peony and Moss brings the pretty with these high-quality cotton socks. We like the Scandinavian pattern knee high, but the thigh high works well with the high-booted crowd. $30–$32,

4.  Mod Socks
Bellingham’s Mod Socks pays serious homage to its Northwest roots with its “Bigfoot Loves Washington,” a women’s knee sock, and the “Bear Necessities” crew sock for men. $10,

5.  Strideline
This Seattle-based company took the city by storm with its skyline lacrosse sock. Now it has come up with a new digital ink technology that brings photo-realism and hometown pride to your feet. Get the new skyline, Husky Stadium or the Sounders sock just in time for soccer season. $16–$18,

6.  Balega
The unique left/right construction and deeper heel pocket of these crew socks make them a favorite in local specialty running shops, such as Super Jock ’n Jill. Balega’s ultralight quarter sock, $13, has been called the sheerest, lightest sock on the market and has garnered lots of hard-core running fans. Available at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, Capitol Hill, 911 E Pine St.; 206.329.1466;