Located just 40 minutes north of the Seattle metropolitan bubble lies the tranquil city of Snohomish, WA. This suburb, which belongs to Snohomish County, is situated southeast of Everett and northeast of Monroe. You’re sure to love the beautiful views of the placid Snohomish river and the surrounding farmland, where local farmers grow fresh produce for families and restaurants across Washington. If conditions are right, you might even catch hot air balloons and skydivers enjoying the views from above.
Snohomish was originally named Cadyville, after the pioneer E.F. Cady who arrived in 1860, but the city was renamed after the Native American tribe “sdoh-doh-hohbsh” a little more than a decade later. At that time, the winding Snohomish river was surrounded by thick forests of giant Douglas-fir and western red cedar trees. Today, Snohomish is a growing city with approximately 9,000 residents who are proud to call it their home.
Prepare to be charmed and delighted.
Snohomish isn’t one to make a big deal about itself, but as the residents will tell you, it’s a place with unrivaled postal code pride. The city is split into two zip codes; 98290 encompasses North Sammamish, a more rural area where the woods and natural lakes have been preserved. Zip code 98296 refers to South Sammamish, where you can find the library, several public schools, and the quaint Historic Downtown. Expect to find a tightly knit community of Snohomish locals who enjoy coming together for any opportunity, whether it’s the annual River Run or to cheer on the local high school football team. Go Panthers!
Small town, big enjoyment.
While Snohomish is making its transition from a large town to a small city, they have been wildly successful in maintaining its quaint, small-town charm that everybody loves, and guides to Snohomish would be remiss without a mention of the Historic Downtown. Historic Downtown Snohomish, centered around First Street, is so lovely it has been compared to a Hallmark movie set. For those who are filled with wonder by treasure-hunting, Snohomish is home to a well respected antique scene, where you’re likely to find unique vintage clothing, home decor, and more. We encourage you to experience its charm for yourself.
In the fall, people of all ages make it a priority to visit the neighboring farms to get the ripest and crunchiest taste of the season. Skipley Farm is known for its 280 varieties of crisp, organic apples that visitors can pick and eat directly from the trees. Swans Trail Farm offers pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and other delightful seasonal activities that are great for those with children (or a youthful spirit).
All the different ways you can be on the move.
Snohomish is ideal for those who enjoy having something green within reach at all times. Centennial Trail, a 30-mile trail that extends from Snohomish to the Skagit County Line, is the most popular outdoor attraction in the area. The trail is fantastic for however you like to move, including running, biking, and horseback riding. Along the way, you’ll find restrooms and plentiful picnic tables. This trail is used for both recreational activities and as a safe alternative for commuters.
For those journeys that take you a bit farther, Paine Field Airport is nestled between Mukilteo and Everett and represents just one of the perks of a Snohomish home address. Just 21 minutes away by car, this stylish international airport is fantastic for those who travel frequently for both business and pleasure. This small, thoughtfully designed airport has been compared to the lobby of an upscale hotel. For destinations not offered at Paine Field, the Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) Airport is 47 minutes away by car.
The art of slow living, Snohomish style.
Thoughtful, mindful ways of eating have made their home in the culture here. Snohomish is host to a fantastic farmer’s market from May to September, where you can shop local, in-season produce as well as artisanal craft goods. 2019 will also bring the area’s first-holiday market, featuring everything you might need to prepare for the season ahead.
Perhaps not unsurprisingly, many award-winning restaurants, breweries, and distilleries have made their home in Snohomish. Roger’s Riverview Bistro is renowned for its, well, view of the river, which you can enjoy if you are lucky enough to snag a seat on the patio. You’ll also fall in love with the hearty French onion soup and other comfort foods, like their clam pasta or rack of lamb. They’ll even provide you a blanket, to up the coziness.
For those who are looking to join the community in Snohomish, homes in the Historic District feature many styles from the turn of the century. Here, you’ll often see brick, stone, and wood materials that give these houses their signature cozy feel. Whether you fall in love with a Craftsman Bungalow, a Queen Anne Victorian, or a Colonial Revival, you’re sure to fall in love with the city of Snohomish.
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