Lynnwood, Washington is known around the Puget Sound for world-class shopping and dining. There’s something for everyone. As we celebrate Black History Month, here is a list of Lynnwood’s Black-owned businesses to add to your next visit:
Restaurants, Catering &Beverage
7600 196th Street SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Bantaba African Restaurant
19417 36th Avenue W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Ezell’s Fried Chicken
3925 196th Street SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Wine tasting experiences highlighting BIPOC winemakers and underrepresented regions based out of Lynnwood, WA.
Sound Sports Performance and Training
6812 196th Street SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Health, Beauty & Wellness
Bliss Health & Wellness
18420 33rd Avenue W
Lynnwood, WA 98307
J’Monique Creations the Salon
19031 33rd Avenue W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Mrs. Douglas Braids
17214 Highway 99
Lynnwood, WA 98037
Shimmer Skin Lash & Tan
2027 196th Street SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
The London Lounge
18420 33rd Avenue W
Lynnwood, WA 98037
Lynnwood strives to be a community where all are welcome. Lynnwood Mayor and City Council recently adopted this year’s Black History Month theme, Black Health, and Wellness. The city is committed to being a safe, welcoming, and equitable place in which All are Welcome and all belong.
When you think of a visit to Lynnwood, Washington, what first comes to mind is probably shopping, dining, and exploring north of Seattle. You may not be thinking outdoor recreation right away. But with the 18-hole Lynnwood Golf Course open year-round, and 17 scenic golf courses in Snohomish County, your next visit to Lynnwood could actually be a golf getaway!
Whether you’re traveling to Lynnwood exclusively to golf in the Pacific Northwest, or simply adding golf to an already packed itinerary, you won’t run out of things to do.
Photo credit – Lynnwood Golf Course
Golf in Lynnwood, Washington – Where to Stay
Wherever your first tee-time might be, Lynnwood is the place you’ll want to book your hotel room for your golf getaway. Whether you are looking for a room or a suite, an indoor or outdoor swimming pool, a continental or full cook-to-order breakfast, there are over 1,000 rooms and suites to choose from, priced as much as 40% lower than neighboring Seattle.
If you’re traveling with the family, there is plenty in Lynnwood to keep them occupied while you tee it high and let it fly. From shopping at Alderwood Mall to splashing around in the indoor water park at the Lynnwood Recreation Center. You can even join the family for 18 holes of mini golf at High Trek Adventures, which is an aerial adventure park with ziplines and 70 challenges!
Lynnwood Golf Courses
Make your first tee-time at Lynnwood Golf Course, where the combination of tight fairways and hole layout will test the skills of any golfer. Open year-round, with a full-service pro shop that includes merchandise and rentals, you don’t even have to remember to pack your clubs if you don’t want to!
In addition to the Lynnwood Golf Course, there are 17 scenic golf courses in Snohomish County to choose from, as well as the Snohomish Valley Golf Center where you can work on your game, rain or shine. Seattle and Bellevue are both a reasonable driving distance (by car, not your actual driver), and feature dozens more courses to explore.
Dining and Recreation for your Golf Getaway
Just as there’s a golf course for every handicap in and around Lynnwood, there are hundreds of Lynnwood restaurants to try, with something for everyone! From Italian to Seafood, Greek to Vietnamese, familiar establishments, and family-owned gems to discover, Lynnwood’s food scene offers a ton of variety at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Sneak into Cafe Ladro for a delicious Seattle roast coffee to fuel your morning tee-time, and grab a pastry from their in-house bakery to enjoy on your drive to the golf course. After your round, hit Yeh Yeh’s Vietnamese Sandwiches (one of our favorite hidden gems) for lunch. Squeeze in another 18-holes before the sun sets, then make plans for a delicious dinner at a familiar mainstay like the Cheesecake Factory at Alderwood Mall.
Mix it Up – Wine, Beer, and Distilling
We can think of no better way to take the edge off a challenging round than by visiting Temple Distilling. Plan ahead and make an appointment to visit this award-winning gin distillery outside of their standard Saturday hours (12 pm-5 pm). Sample their traditional London dry style gin and navy strength gin. Then take a bottle or two of each home so you can enjoy a 19th-hole worthy cocktail wherever you are!
About a 20-minute drive from Lynnwood, you’ll discover Woodinville wine country, home to over 140 wineries. A day of wine tasting is a great way to break up your golf getaway. We love Woodinville for the diversity of its offerings. Taste wine from the Columbia Valley, Walla Walla, even the Puget Sound AVA, in one convenient location.
From convenient, budget-friendly lodging to family-friendly activities, shopping, dining, and more, Lynnwood is the ultimate home-base for your next golf getaway. Start planning your adventure for a golf getaway any time of year, and look forward to your best rounds, and best vacation, yet.
The holidays are right around the corner. Make a holiday getaway to Lynnwood the highlight of your season! A shopping destination in its own right, Lynnwood is a great place to tackle your 2021 Holiday Shopping “Nice List.” And located just 16 miles north of Seattle and a day-trip-length drive from other popular Pacific Northwest destinations, you might just want to make Lynnwood home base while you explore all that the region has to offer.
Perhaps the most notable destination in Lynnwood is the Alderwood Mall. It is the largest indoor/outdoor shopping center in the region. And with everything from department and electronic stores to specialty boutiques and well-known clothing retailers, Alderwood Mall is perfect if you want to shop local while also getting the perfect gift for even the hardest-to-shop-for person on your list.
Make a Day of it: Dining and Entertainment
You can’t power shop without adequate fuel. Alderwood Mall offers everything from snacks and drinks to sit-down dining. Start your day with a nutritious smoothie from Emerald City Smoothie in The Village, hit the food court to refuel at lunchtime for Thai food to-go from Lai Thai Restaurant, and enjoy world-famous seafood at Anthony’s for dinner.
A day of shopping is all the more enjoyable when you can kick back with your feet up afterward. Do that with a holiday film to entertain you – Alderwood Mall even has an onsite movie theater.
Support Local: Surprise & Delight!
Want to keep your holiday shopping a little less mainstream and a little more “shop local”? Plan your visit in November and check out the Snohomish “Harvested Holiday Market” on November 13, 2021. This one-day-only event features over 150 local farmers, artisans, food makers, food trucks, and more! Stock up for Thanksgiving and get your holiday shopping done all in one place. Food trucks and a coffee/espresso trailer will be located outside so you can grab a bite to eat before, during, or after your shopping experience.
You might also enjoy the Edmonds Holiday Market. Held outdoors every Saturday throughout November and December, this is a naturally distanced way to get meaningful gifts for your loved ones while being delighted by holiday wonder! More than 50 vendors will ensure a bustling market, bringing everything from cured meats, preserved foods and cheeses, to baked goods and sweets so your holiday entertaining will be wow-worthy. Check off your holiday shopping list, too, with wine, jewelry, pottery, and many specialty gift items. Eat, shop, and be merry in Edmonds with their wonderland of lights, music, holiday wreaths and greetings on shop fronts, and visits by Emily the Holiday Elf.
Temple Distilling in Lynnwood is a hidden gem, offering an intimate craft cocktail bar and tasting room adjacent to the distillery warehouse. Sit down at the bar and look out at the copper stills as you taste through their portfolio of five gins and a limoncello, or try one of the rotating cocktails that are always complex and delicious. Temple Distilling’s Chapter One London Dry and Navy Strength Gins have won multiple awards, including a Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Spirits Competition and several Best in Class top spots in other international blind taste tests. Their Woodcut Barrel Rested Gin was named one of the Top 100 Spirits in the US in 2016 by Wine Enthusiast. Come see what the hype is all about!
The tasting room is open on Fridays from 4-7, Saturdays from 12-5, and Sundays from 12-5. They also take appointments throughout the week. And if you’re traveling with kids or your quarantine pet, good news! Temple Distilling is family and pet friendly.
Visiting family in the Pacific Northwest? Stay in Lynnwood!
The holidays can be stressful enough. If you’re traveling to the Pacific Northwest for the holidays to visit family, you’ll likely arrive a little stressed out. Unwind, unpack, and make yourself at home in one of our fantastic lodging properties instead of the guest room at your in-laws’ place. You can arrive for family dinner and holiday festivities refreshed and relaxed. Then you’ll return to a tidy room, freshly-made bed, and complimentary amenities provided by Lynnwood’s fantastic hospitality partners.
Hosting a holiday get-together? Consider the Lynnwood Convention Center!
From larger company parties to smaller holiday family reunions, the Lynnwood Convention Center makes the perfect venue for events large and small. If you have been dreaming of hosting a larger holiday gathering but were concerned about being cramped for space, the Lynnwood Convention Center offers a variety of spaces and event packages that will ensure the utmost safety for your event and the utmost enjoyment for your attendees.
Whether visiting for leisure, visiting for business, or visiting family, a stay in Lynnwood during the holiday season will be safe, enjoyable, and affordable. We look forward to giving you a festive holiday welcome.
Come rain or shine, Lynnwood and the surrounding area offers attractions throughout the year. A visit to Lynnwood places you in a well connected hub of activity, exposing you to attractions from the Pacific Northwest in almost every direction. Situated just 16 miles north of Seattle and four miles from Marina Beach Park, Lynnwood is a great jumping off point to many highlights. This post showcases excursions to go to while lodging in Lynnwood, but make sure to check out Lynnwood’s Hidden Gems for things to do closer to home base.
Sacred summer days are the perfect season to whale watch! There are wildlife tours from Edmonds only 5 miles west of Lynnwood. Orcas, Humpbacks, and Minkes are most common during the summer months.
Want to experience the great outdoors in their natural surroundings? Wallace Falls State Park (photo on right) takes you 45 minutes outside of town where you’ll find 9 different waterfalls on a 5.6 mile loop. It’s a great excursion for beginners and the seasoned hiker alike.
A 30-minute drive from Lynnwood will deliver you to the stunning Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Over 53 acres of gardens are cultivated to represent the flora and fauna of Washington State.
Another great outdoor experience is hiking around Mount Rainier (below). It is just over a 2 hour drive and the majestic mountain (and possible elk or marmot sightings) will make you want to stay forever.
Many think of traveling in the summer, but why limit yourself to a short season? With autumn comes the vibrant transition of leaves and scenery that almost looks fiery. And with fall comes… Oktoberfest! The state hosts many different festivals throughout the first weekend of October, whether you’re looking for a classic Munich-style or something different.
Want to take it a bit slower? Avid golfers tend to ignore seasons, however autumn is prime golfing time in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy perfectly manicured courses with landscapes coming alive with color. We’re fans of Lynnwood Municipal Golf Course.
Snoqualmie Falls (right) is a very popular spot to get away from the city. It is 45 minutes east of us here in Lynnwood and would make a great afternoon trip.
Washington is home to thousands of acres of vineyards and award-winning wine regions left and right. The harvest season in the winemaking world is bustling with action and the enjoyment of the fruits of the vintners’ labor. Drive 25 minutes or less and you’ll find yourself in the beautiful Woodinville wine region. Glass half-full here!
Come winter, there isn’t a sight quite like the city of Seattle. Decorated to the nines with what seems like no streetlamp untouched, the holiday spirit is tangible. Bundling up with a stellar cup of coffee and strolling the streets to shop for loved ones (or yourself!) and maybe even a cup of clam chowder near Pike Place Market seals the deal on a beautiful winter vacation.
The Alpine Village of Leavenworth (left) is another magical place to visit during Christmas time. It is a bit of a longer drive (at a 2-hour distance), but so worth it. They have lights on everything, a reindeer farm (open year-round), a fun sledding hill for the kids, outdoor seating with heaters at many of their unique restaurants, and they have lots of interesting and unique shops including the coolest Christmas store ever (open all year round)!
Visitors to Washington state eagerly await the countdown until March arrives. Why, you might ask? The Seattle Mariners play at T-Mobile Park! Whether you are seeking a VIP experience with seats close to home base or a more leisurely afternoon soaking up sunshine on the lawn with a beer in hand, springtime and baseball season go hand in hand.
As the sunnier days become more frequent, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival welcomes visitors with open arms. Just one hour north of Lynnwood, the festival runs from April 1-30 annually with tulips bursting with color on their own schedule. Millions of blooms beg for your photo-op, and enjoying their beauty is sure to be a highlight of your spring. In 2019 the festival accepted visitors from each of the 50 states and 85+ countries!
Leavenworth also offers events and festivals in spring, like Taste Leavenworth and the Leavenworth Film Festival. The drive there is beautiful and goes along the Skykomish River (above).
VISIT LYNNWOOD YEAR-ROUND
Lynnwood is a full-season and full-service destination offering you the best of the best no matter your vacation goals. And good news – if you’re ready to start planning, you’re on the right website!
Arguably one of the best parts about traveling is living like a local. When visiting a new destination, or one you have come to know and love, there’s a burning question: who has the pizza with the meltiest cheese or the moonshine cocktail you didn’t know you needed? Where is an open sauna to de-stress and relax? You’re on the road, but want to support local and truly get a taste of the good stuff. With this roundup of Lynnwood “Hidden Gems”, you can fit the bill of a local who knows the drill.
Where to Eat in Lynnwood
First up, Yeh Yeh’s Vietnamese Sandwiches. It’s a shop that may look unassuming from the outside, but one step inside, and you’re enveloped in the smell of everything heavenly. With a menu that almost makes it hard to choose, you can’t go wrong with the shrimp spring rolls. If you need a little comfort, the noodle soups might be your answer. Or how about a grilled pork sandwich with toasted bun? Bring friends and family and eat family-style to get a taste of everything.
Things to Do in Lynnwood
No single vacation destination has EVERY activity to explore, but at Back9 Parlor a simulated experience is opened to you for entertainment you may not have known before. Everything from golf, soccer, and baseball will keep your competitive edge alive while bonding with friends and family over a full kitchen and bar. A weather-proof outing isn’t out of the question here. If something a little more face to face is your style, Around The Table Game Pub offers sitting areas with room to play board games, classic and modern alike.
If quiet time is your mission, The Neverending Bookshop has a plethora of reading material to keep you occupied from a park bench at Scriber Lake or while soaking in the sauna at Olympus Spa. With a hefty collection of young adult, mystery, and science fiction titles, you are sure to discover a new favorite that will transport you to another place. Need a recommendation? Talk to Annie, the owner, who is there whenever the shop is open and is a vibrant storyteller in her own right.
Want to learn a new skill? How about a cake and dessert class at Dawn’s Candy and Cake. Private and group classes are available with a rotating calendar. That’s a sweet way to add another party trick to the arsenal!
More Lynnwood Dining Hidden Gems
Last but certainly not least are the dining options to satisfy every taste. Housemade cocktails and smoked meats from Moonshine BBQ invites you to stay awhile with outdoor dining, televisions, and mac and cheese that’ll make you melt.
Amazing community partners and A+ pizza is found at Sparta’s Pizza and Spaghetti House. Established in 1978, their recipes have stood the test of time.
Need some dessert to sweeten your stay? Jenny Cookies has a cult following, and for good reason. Stop by the Alderwood Mall location for cookies and Crispy Cubes.
A summary of Lynnwood Hidden Gems
That’s a wrap on this roundup of hidden gems in lovely Lynnwood, Washington. While it’s not impossible to hit every stop mentioned above, we recommend spreading out your adventures over the course of a few days. Weekends are typically more highly traveled. If you are seeking to live like a local, a weekday getaway might do the trick. In any case, we are thrilled to have you and welcome you to our town!
As the weather turns colder you have holiday decorations, shopping and events to look forward to in Lynnwood! You can find Santa Claus at Alderwood Mall, as well as at other local businesses for photo opportunities. Both public and private residences break out the holiday lights, wreaths and other season decor to brighten things up. There are a multitude of possible shopping destinations to keep your dollars in our local economy. If the days have gotten too short for you, know that before the holidays are over the Winter Solstice will be past with more sunlight each and every day.
Here are several things to keep in mind for spending the holiday season in Lynnwood!
There are many local businesses based in Lynnwood. Those include clothing, novelty shops, book stores, pet stores, electronics, and more. You can remember these local businesses on Shop Small Saturday, as well as for the remainder of the holiday season. For some of these businesses the holiday season makes up an inordinately large amount of their annual earnings. Keep an eye out for establishments selling holiday trees too! And if you’re looking for a larger gift do not forget that we have several furniture stores that make their home in Lynnwood. We support local business in Lynnwood and the holiday season is a great opportunity for you to show that same support.
Alderwood Mall first opened in 1979. Since then it has been a mainstay of Lynnwood commerce with more housing planned on or near the mall property to bring in more people. Dozens of businesses lease space in the mall and it’s a way to visit many stores in a short period of time, all while avoiding the rain (and sometimes snow) outside. The mall is also fully decked out with holiday banners and other decorations and we already mentioned getting a photo with Santa (for kids or adults!). You can also take a break from the holiday shopping by catching a movie at one of two nearby movie theaters.
Eat Out Or Grab It To Go
When you get hungry on your holiday journey remember that there are several places to eat. That not only includes the mall food court and restaurants, but other stand alone eating establishments throughout the City. Many of these are locally-owned and operated with pizza, sushi, burgers, noodles, soup, pasta and more available on the menu. And do not forget you can find food trucks out and about too!
Food & Other Holiday Drives
The Lynnwood Food Bank relies on local donations to support its mission of bringing food to those in difficult times. You can help them out any time of the year, but it’s especially nice to make a donation during the holidays. You can visit their website for the latest in how to make a donation, as well as particular items that they are looking for. There are certainly other ways to support organiztaions of your choice and that are active in the area, including organization’s like Clothes For Kids and Bella’s Voice.
Lynnwood Convention Center
The Lynnwood Convention Center starts the season off with a holiday greeting card competition open to middle and high school students. This has resulted in many creative entries and final cards. Also, it’s not too early to think about 2021 events, including weddings and conferences. By the time the holiday season rolls around the Center is actively booking and planning for events well after the New Year!
This won’t be an ordinary holiday season. But in Lynnwood and its immediate surrounding areas, the holidays can still be extraordinary — with health and safety always in mind. Lynnwood’s array of holiday shopping offers an easy and fun way to check everyone off the list. But shopping is just one way to celebrate the season.
Lynnwood, just 16 miles north of Seattle, and the surrounding communities have made all kinds of changes — all to ensure everyone stays safe while still savoring this most special time of year
Save a spot at Alderwood Mall
With nearly 200 shops, department and electronic stores, specialty boutiques, and more, Alderwood Mall is the center of the Lynnwood shopping experience. This year, Alderwood is making it particularly easy to avoid the holiday rush with the new Alderwood Spot Holder program.
The program allows shoppers to avoid waiting in line by reserving a time at their favorite stores. It’s as easy as scanning a code at the front of a participating store, choosing a time to shop, and meeting at the front door of the store. In the meantime, relax and enjoy a hot chocolate or coffee. There may be no easier way to shop.
Visit with Santa, virtually
No Christmas would be complete without a visit with Santa. This year, the Alderwood Mall is making it easy with several ways to have a virtual visit with Santa.
Santa’s helpers have been hard at work decking the halls for a North Pole Virtual Visit, which features an array of experiences to choose from. Visit with Santa live from the North Pole, enjoy the reading of your favorite Christmas tale by Santa and Mrs. Claus, or have Santa send a special message to your child with a pre-recorded, personalized video.
Drive-thru The Lights of Christmas
Stanwood, a charming hamlet north of Lynnwood, is celebrating the holidays like few others with The Lights of Christmas. This year, the cherished tradition continues. Held all season long, this year will feature the same dazzling light displays that wow kids and kids at heart. But it will be a drive-thru experience to ensure the safety of all revelers.
See spectacular lights, wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus, all while listening to Christmas music from the comfort of the car.
Edmonds Holiday Market
Give the gift of something truly meaningful at the annual Edmonds Holiday Market, a traditional outdoor market filled with the products of local crafters and farmers. Held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays from Dec. 5 through Dec. 19, the Holiday Market invites all to shop local wares while staying safe by remaining socially distanced, masked and outdoors.
Set on Fifth Avenue, between City Hall and the Edmonds Historical Museum, the market is home to more than 50 vendors. From wine, jewelry, pottery, and many specialty gift items to cured meats, preserved foods and cheeses, and baked goods and sweets, just about everything you’ll want for the holidays is here.
“What’s going on with Alderwood Mall?” That is a question we have received more than once. Alderwood Mall has a large, commercial footprint in Lynnwood and our wider community, as well as its stores and businesses providing a source of jobs to hundreds.
As with many other types of business, Alderwood Mall closed its doors with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. What followed was many weeks when the mall was largely closed, just like other malls in the region. If you took a walk through the surrounding parking lots you would have found a happy pigeon, seagull and Canadian geese population that quickly set up residence on the ground and nearby roofs. A few locations like Blazing Onion were open for takeout only, offering call in and pickup service. But besides those exceptions little was open for about 11 weeks.
On June 9, 2020 Alderwood Mall began a limited reopening. This started with a handful of stores opening, but has grown over time to where most are now open. You can also check on the mall’s website to see exactly what is open. This was part of Snohomish County’s shifting from Phase 1 to Phase 2 reopening, which allowed more regular storefronts (like those in the mall!) to again open their doors to customers. To help ensure safety mall management has instituted the various procedures and protocol. It helps to be aware of these before your next shopping trip and make sure to check out the mall’s website for the latest changes.
- Installation of hand sanitizer stations throughout the mall
- Crews available for frequent cleaning of doors, floors, bathrooms and other common mall surfaces
- Social distancing for shoppers (readjusted seating in the mall’s food court)
- Reduced mall hours
Alderwood mall is also requiring that all shoppers wear masks. Mall security has a supply of masks to provide if you do not have one. Curbside pickup remains an option for shoppers.
Like in other areas the pandemic has taken a toll on mall tenants with some closing permanently. However, new businesses are also set to move or open at the mall soon. That includes an Amazon 4-Star store and new restaurants.
If you visit the mall you may also notice ongoing construction on the western side, the previous site of Sears. That is an active multi-family development on the mall property, Alderwood Avalon. Like with the mall itself, construction on that project was shut down, but has restarted again in earnest. The project will bring 328 residential units and 64,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor of 2 planned residential towers. Despite losing time to the pandemic the project is scheduled for completion in 2022. You can keep track of that project over on the City of Lynnwood’s website.
As the days get longer and the weather turns sunnier there are several options to get out and have fun in Lynnwood. We previously wrote about the Interurban Trail, which runs through Lynnwood, but that is not the only way to enjoy the outdoors. In addition to the trail, Lynnwood also has several parks. We will profile these parks in this and other upcoming articles.
Stadler Ridge Park
Stadler Ridge Park is a relatively new city park, opening in 2013. The park is named after the Stadler family, one of the earlier families to settle in this part of the later city of Lynnwood. The park has many features for children and also teenagers. It is located amid adjoining neighborhood streets.
Play Equipment – There is a large structure that kids can climb, jump up on and otherwise have fun on. Several ornamental trees and animals are also on the structure. In the Winter of 2019-2020 the City renovated the structure.
Slides – A series of slides starting at the higher elevation of the park lets kids enjoy a fun and safe drop in elevation.
Picnic Tables – Did you bring lunch? You can sit at one of two tables to enjoy a meal. Clean up by throwing any trash in the available park garbage can.
Half Basketball Court – If you are too big to be running around on the playground, bring the basketball and shoot some hoops with friends.
Open Field – Grass and open space are available in the park’s central portion, just do not plan for a flat surface. The ground is hilly and descends down to the sidewalk and street.
Wooded Area – There is a smaller area of tall trees and under brush with clear paths throughout. This can be fun for children and leashed animals out on a walk.
Pathways – There are a few other paths and stairways running to and from the play equipment and other park features. A larger gravel path also winds down along the park’s southern border (that is especially popular for sledder when we get the occasional snowfall).
Location – 17428 33rd Place West, Lynnwood 98037 View Map
Access – There is not a parking lot, but street parking is often available. Sidewalk runs along the park’s eastern border while on the west there are a series of homes (there is also a paved walkway the public can use to gain access from that direction).