Plus, Seattle City Council may be staggering its councilmember elections
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Today’s Forecast

58º | Cloudy with showers | 43% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:09 a.m. | Sunset 6:47 p.m. | High tides 8:02 a.m. and 7:11 p.m. | Low tides 1:17 a.m. and 1:38 p.m.

🍁 Fall-ing in love
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This cute little treehouse is just begging for sweaters and wool socks. | Photo via Airbnb
Pumpkin spice and everything nice — Autumn is almost upon us. We’re getting distracted at work fantasizing about enjoying a steaming cup of coffee on the porch of a mountain cabin, enjoying those Fall colors.

Here are a few nearby vacation rentals that we’ve been daydreaming about a little too intensely.

Cozy Acres Cedar Falls Treehouse | ~$224 per night | Sleeps two | In addition to enjoying the beautiful fire pit in the trees (follow fire safety guidelines, please), you can also buy a Mycology Immersion add-on package to learn about mushrooms, enjoy fungi charcuterie boards, and relax with a mycology audio session in the sauna.

Whidbey Island A-Frame with Sauna | ~$154 per night | Sleeps four | If you’re feeling brave, you can go jump in the Puget Sound after steaming in the hot sauna. Or just get a kick out of the outdoor fire pit.


You can get out into nature without sacrificing any luxury here.


Photo via Airbnb

Modern style cabin | ~$386 a night | Sleeps six | Less rustic and more sleek, this Granite Falls home feels like a cabin that also attends NY fashion week.

Dragonfly Glamping Tent | ~$199 per night | Sleeps four | Head to Duvall for one of the most luxurious “tents” you’ll ever see with a pellet stove, a three-headed shower, super deep bathtub, and a velvet couch.

Beachfront Treehouse | ~$236 per night | Sleeps six | Snuggled up on Vashon Island, this wooden beachside house also comes with a cabana stocked with tables, chairs, life vests, and crab pots.


It was hard to choose a photo for this cabin because even the shower is absolutely gorgeous, but we wanted to show you the forest and nearby river.


Photo via Airbnb

Persis Tiny Cabin | ~$147 a night | Sleeps three | This Index cabin may be small, but the great outdoors just beyond your doorstep more than makes up for the tight squeeze. Also, we’re putting its shower design on our Pinterest board.
Where’s your favorite place to enjoy the fall?
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Washington State Fair | Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 24 | Times vary | Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup | $12-$60 | Enjoy rides, rodeos, rowdy concerts, and really big fried food on sticks. What more do you need out of life?
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Heavy Breathers Dog Meetup | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 9-10 a.m. | Dog Yard Bar, 1546 NW Leary Way, Seattle | $16 | Expect some interesting ASMR at this meet-up for dogs known for their loud respiratory systems like pugs, Frenchies, bulldogs, and more.
  • R-Day 2023 | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 4-8 p.m. | Georgetown, 5813 Airport Way S., Seattle | Free | Celebrate the day the great Rainier Beer “R” sign returned to Seattle with live music, a mobile museum, and lots of vitamin R.
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • Norwegian Mini Mittens | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | National Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market St., Seattle | $165 | Look, it’s going to get cold soon and you’ll need all the pint-sized hygge you can get (this class is for intermediate knitters).
  • Mending and Repair Circle | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 4-6 p.m. | Sustainable Capitol Hill Tool Library, 1552 Crawford Pl., Seattle | Free | Repair your old clothes or add a bit of flair to them with tools provided by the Capitol Hill Tool Library.
Monday, Sept. 18
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News Notes
  • Seattle City Council may soon be switching up the pacing for councilmember elections. Currently, seven of the nine council positions are up for election every four years. The new proposal would stagger elections for different districts to avoid such uneven turnover. (My Northwest)
  • $115,400 — that’s Seattle’s new median household income, the highest its ever been. This is 54% higher than the U.S. median income of $74,750. Seattle is also one of three major US cities where there are more $200,000+ earners than $50,000- earners. (Seattle Times)
  • Caffè Vita is moving out of its longtime Queen Anne location. The iconic outpost was the first for the local coffee brand that has since expanded to New York and Phoenix. Turtle Coffee — a wholesale partner of Vita’s — will take over the space. Other Caffè Vita locations can be found throughout Seattle. (Eater Seattle)
  • Seattle City Council’s economic development committee voted to raise the local hotel tax to fund tourism advertising over the next 15 years. Currently, the city charges a flat $4 rate per person staying in a hotel room. The new charge would be 2.3% of the room’s total cost if the full City Council approves it. (KING 5)
  • Belltown Vietnamese restaurant Lai Rai quietly closed after only a few months of business. Critics praised the spot’s menu for its neat blend of Asian and Western flavors, but also noted its somewhat confusing atmosphere. (Eater Seattle)
  • Microsoft is making moves. The tech company recently announced that it would not be renewing its lease at Bravern Towers in downtown Bellevue as it continues to move into its new Redmond offices. The lease is due to expire in 2025. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
  • ICYMI, Literary Arts recently announced the author lineup for the 2023 Portland Book Festival, happening on Saturday, Nov. 4. Over 80 established and emerging authors will be appearing including: Naomi Alderman, Mitchell S. Jackson, Michael Lewis, Tim O’Brien, and Viet Thanh Nguyen. Grab fest passes.*
  • It’s been a record-hot summer — and we still haven’t drank water since 1997. But this water brand makes us want to actually stay hydrated. It’s infused with fruit essences and has zero calories, diet sweeteners, and sugar, and still manages to taste great. New customers score 36 bottles for $36 + free shipping.*
Fun Fact
  • Whiskey returned 314% over the last 10 years. Invest in fine whiskeys and wines with Vinovest to diversify your portfolio and watch it age like fine wine.*
Understanding Seattle development news
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The construction along the Waterfront is certainly coming along. | Photo by SEAtoday Staff
It’s natural for us to be curious about the construction that goes on in our city. But if you’ve ever tried to dive into a design review document or attend a neighborhood planning meeting, you may have confronted some pretty confusing phrases.

Here are a few more common development-related terms and their basic definitions.

Growth Management Act, n.

A statewide piece of legislation that requires fast growing areas, like King County, to develop a plan to manage their population growth in a sustainable way. King County has its own Growth Management Planning Council — comprised of officials from Seattle, Bellevue, and the like — to help decide how the city handles its zoning and new developments.

Unincorporated/Incorporated, adj.

Incorporated towns are places that are legally allowed to have their own forms of government within the county. Unincorporated towns, like White Center, are under the direct jurisdiction of a county.
The Wrap
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From the editor
I had sooo much fun looking at all of the Beyoncé concert outfits yesterday while I was working outside in Belltown. I’m actually not sure if this concert or Taylor Swift’s had more glitter involved.

Hopefully all of you who went had a great time and made it home safely.
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