Collectibles, Treasures, and More…
by Sarah Lopez
We used to call it junk store browsing. It’s more fashionable to call the treasures you will find in downtown Arlington collectibles. The quaint little town has a nice mix of collectible stores on the main street (Olympic Avenue), making an outing with mom, or your friends, a perfect way to spend time together. My mom is a regular; she likes to frequent these stores, checking in for any new items. And she has a favorite store, rightly named “My Favorite Things.” Before heading in we park the car at Legion Park across the street!
Shops Not to Miss
My Favorite Things is predominately antiques. You will recognize items from your childhood, knick-knacks galore. Super pretty pink glassware. Cute yard items. Things that you still need today or want to share with your adult children, like cast-iron pans. After visiting My Favorite Things:
- Head north on Olympic Avenue. If you are into new home décor items, country-style, walk into the front door of Arlington Hardware to browse.
- Continue on your loop, to Third Street and you will find Sassafras, Vintage, and Gifts. If you are looking for gifts, they can help. Cards, jewelry, dog lover items, seasonal décor, and many country signs.
- A few doors down at 311 Olympic Avenue is Bits and Pieces. A true second-hand store (I know lots of you love a good buy)! The store is full of used items, clothes, furniture, books, etc.
- Rustic Vintage is next door. This is a pretty showcase of antique furniture and houseware and other items. The displays are beautiful.
Last Stop, Katelyn’s Korner
- The next stop is Katelyn’s Korner. This is another of my mom’s favorites. She has collected several “live edge” cutting boards here. Katelyn’s Korner also has baby blankets, glassware, and other assorted items including crocheted washcloths (my favorite).
- Head up the sidewalk to Flowers by George. This is another beautiful shop with fresh flowers, new home décor, and small gifts, plus an espresso bar.
- At the corner of 5th Street, you will find “Found It” a small used clothing boutique with many other items.
- Cross the street to Country Rose and Fauxy Furr Vintage. Country Rose has new items, candles, jewelry, clothing, country signs, and more. Check out Fauxy Furr’s upcycled cowboy boots.
- Restrooms? stop by theLab@Arlington, an old service station, where the city has public restrooms. 404 N Olympic Avenue, or the Depot visitor center at Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Avenue.
- Before you head home with your treasures, grab lunch or a bite to eat at either the Bluebird Café or the Centennial Bar and Grill, both located between 4th and 3rd Street on this Olympic Avenue loop.
Do It For the ‘Gram: Best Places for Fall Foliage Photos in Arlington
Fall is a time when cozy sweaters adorn shop windows, candles smell of pumpkin spice, and shopping carts are filled with cozy blankets, seasonal pillows, and fall décor. Colors of orange, scarlet, and gold dress Arlington on rainy days which pair well with warm apple cider and visits to the pumpkin patch. If you’re looking for that perfect spot to take a photo in Arlington this fall, here are a few ideas:
Charge up your phone at Moe’s Coffee before grabbing a delicious pumpkin latte and heading to walk the Centennial Trail! The trail will lead you to the walkable Haller Bridge, which is built over the Stillaguamish river. The Haller Bridge is an excellent place for a great fall photo opportunity.
Get your best Instagram shot located in our beautiful historic downtown. Set foot along Olympic Avenue, and you will find a set of colorful painted Arlington Wings that serve as the perfect fall IG backdrop.
Next, head to Legion Park, where you can find the fall trees twinkling with lights under the Autumn sky. Did you know at Legion Park we have an Outdoor Eatery? You can grab a bite to eat at one of our participating restaurants and enjoy a meal under the trees!
While at the park, don’t forget to take a fun photo underneath the Arlington sign at the historic Depot. The fall colors against the red historic depot are breathtaking! If you are looking for things to do in Arlington, The Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce (located at the Depot) can guide you in the right direction.
Visit one of Arlington’s famous farms this fall for that perfect harvest photo. Pick out your favorite pumpkin or fall décor at one of our family-friendly farms and take your best family photo! To view a list of farms to visit this fall, click here.
Photo Credit: Biringer Farm
If you want professional photos taken this fall either downtown or at a nearby pumpkin patch, check out Meet Me in Arlington for fall family photos by Gray Mountain Photography.
See even more ideas on discovering the outdoors on Meet Me in Arlington for hikes and trails that are sure to IG worthy fall pics. Share the Fall Love: Take a photo at your favorite historic Arlington location and tag @MeetinArlington # MeetMeinArlington.
Whether you’re of Irish heritage, or simply want to channel your inner leprechaun, we welcome you to check out our events and activities in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!
️ St. Patrick’s Day 5K/10K
Register here for the Shamrock n’ Roll Run! Ready to re-engage those New Year’s Resolutions?
- Sign up for the 5K or 10K and bring a friend!
- Groups of 15 or more will get a discount.
- The first 300 paid registrations will get a custom etched glass, finisher medal, and a coupon to enjoy a free beverage afterward at Elemental Cider.
- 100% of all proceeds from the race benefit adults with developmental disabilities served through Eagle Wings Disability Ministries.
When: Saturday, March 12, 2022, 10:00 AM
Where: Across the street from the Arlington Boys and Girls Club
️ Sip n’ Shop 5K
- Run, walk, jog, move forward… any pace is a great pace!
- We will start in the parking lot behind Moe’s for a pre 5K stretch and intros at 5:15 pm! Grab a yummy drink from Moe’s or The Lounge before the 5K for a little extra pick me up!
- Then at 5:30 pm, we will head out on the Centennial Trail going north for our 5k led by ATHLEISURE COLLECTIVE.
- We will end at The Lounge with smiles on our faces, stretches, drinks, dinner, shopping, and air high fives!
- You know there will be good music and good times. If you would like to participate virtually here is our playlist to enjoy on your run!
- This is a free community event to bring us together, practice self-care, and move our bodies in a healthy & safe way! We are excited to see you!
- If you can, please bring a can of food for our Food Drive for the Arlington Food Bank!
When: Thursday, March 17, 2022, 5:30 PM 8:30 PM
Where: The Lounge at Moe’s on Olympic
️ Sip and Paint Acrylics- Shamrocks
Sno-Isle Libraries is partnering with Silver Kite Community Arts to offer FREE online intergenerational workshops for the community to provide stimulating creative engagement opportunities.
Join us for a step-by-step Shamrock acrylic painting workshop with one of SilverKite’s professional teaching artists. Grab a beverage of your choice and spend an hour with us talking and making art together!
When: Saturday, March 12, 2022, 1:30 PM
Where: Online event
Register on the Silver Kite website to get your Zoom link.
️ Lilac and Grace
Lilac and Grace may be off the beaten path but they promise you won’t be disappointed with over 15,000 items in stock from Size 0 to 24w, oh my! Everything on their website is in-store ready for purchase and they ship worldwide.
Lilac and Grace is right near Skookum Brewery & Elemental Cider, so before your St. Patrick’s Day celebration stop by and check out their festive, green clothing options, perfect for the holiday!
Mon – Fri, 9-5
Sunday is by appointment just give them a call to schedule!
Ready to celebrate the luck of the Irish and all things green in Arlington? Well, you are in luck because our local restaurants and bars have made up some deliciously creative, limited-time offerings in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Check out our St. Patrick’s Day Dining Guide aimed to help you find a Guinness and some Irish grub!
️ Centennial Bar & Grill
Centennial Bar & Grill is a local, family-friendly restaurant located in downtown Arlington. Enjoy a front-row seat any day of the week to all major sporting events broadcasted on multiple TVs. Centennial has pool tables, and plenty of space to kick back and relax while enjoying lunch or dinner. Be sure to stop by on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, for an Irish-inspired menu with a pint of Guinness.
Address: 318 N Olympic Avenue, Arlington, WA
️ Steins Taphouse
For a family-friendly night out, visit Steins Taphouse. Locally owned and operated, Steins serves 32 of Washington’s finest brews, including 26 varieties of beer, 5 ciders, and a root beer on tap! They offer indoor mini-golf, it’s kid-friendly and only $4/person. Steins will be serving a Cornbeef Sandwich and hosting a Trivia Night on St. Patrick’s Day – it’s free to play and starts at 6:30 pm.
️ Hubb’s Pizza and Pasta
Hubb’s is one of Arlington’s go-to restaurants for delicious Italian food- Hubb’s Pizza and Pasta is family-owned, offering dine-in or take-out 7 days a week. They will be launching cocktails on St. Patrick’s Day so be sure to stop by and check out their brand-new drink menu, which will include something special for the holiday!
️ Hammond Bread
We welcome you to one of our newest brick-and-mortar bakeries in downtown Arlington! Hammond Bread serves up fresh baked goods, including their famous giant cinnamon rolls, homemade bread, buttercream frosted sugar cookies, gluten-free treats, cookie kits, and more. Visit Hammond Bread on St. Patrick’s Day for a tasty dessert that is sure to bring you luck!
Sugar & Spoon Cookie Dough
We are so happy that Sugar + Spoon has now expanded its food trucks all over the Pacific Northwest, including in Arlington! You can find their bubblegum pink truck parked outside of Hubb’s Pizza and Pasta with pop-ups throughout the month. Sugar + Spoon serves up edible cookie dough with seasonal flavors paired with yummy vanilla ice cream. Make sure to check out their local event schedule for the month of March!
Address: 21102 67th Ave NE, Arlington WA 98223
️ Elemental Hard Cider
Looking for a gluten-free and vegan dining option? We recommend Elemental Hard Cider, locally owned and operated, they offer handcrafted hard cider, along with an allergen-friendly food menu. Elemental ciders are reminiscent of champagne, crossflow filtered, and mildly effervescent for a clean taste. It’s no surprise why they’ve become a destination for visitors all over the Northwest. Be sure to try their stone-fired pizzas – cauliflower, rice crust, and dairy-free cheese also available! Stop by on St. Patrick’s Day for a fun twist on their favorites!
Address: 6015 180th St. NE #101, Arlington, WA 98223
️ The Restaurant at Rhodes River Ranch
Located in the foothills of the Cascades in Oso, just north of downtown Arlington, The Restaurant at Rhodes River Ranch offers home-cooked unique signature dishes, desserts, burgers, steaks, prime rib, and family meal options. Open Wednesday-Saturday for dine-in and take-out, and breakfast and brunch on Sundays, Rhodes River Ranch has an extensive menu for every appetite. We recommend their All-You-Can-Eat Fish & Chips, which is from 4-8 pm every Thursday, priced at $15/person. Be sure to make a reservation for St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy their Irish-inspired specials!
Address: 22016 Enstminger Rd. Arlington WA, 982