City of Anacortes Residential Spring Clean Up May 13

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From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, the City of Anacortes will hold a Residential Spring Clean Up at its Operations Facility located at D Avenue and 37th Street.

Get your household cleaning done and bring your residential garbage and yard waste at no charge!

The gate to the facility will close promptly at 12 p.m. so it is advised to arrive early to ensure you can drop off your items and two forms of ID are required.

For more information about fees and items being accepted, click here.

Skagit Humane 2nd Chance Program

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Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC (JGA) is proud to assist with the launch of the Shelter Animal 2nd Chance program in conjunction with the Humane Society of Skagit Valley (HSSV). The Shelter Animal 2nd Chance program helps dogs and cats of the Humane Society of Skagit Valley who are in need of medical attention to be able to provide them with a second chance to become eligible for adoption.

“We are proud to partner with the Humane Society of Skagit Valley and Shelter Animal 2nd Chance to ensure each animal receives the necessary medical treatment to become adoptable,” said Jean Groesbeck, owner of Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, an Anacortes-based real estate firm licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain. “We are a pet-friendly office and we know the joy a pet brings to our daily lives. We encourage those seeking to adopt a dog or cat to visit the Humane Society of Skagit Valley.”

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“We are grateful for our partnership with Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC and its sponsorship of our special needs pets to assist with their adoption,” said Janine Ceja, Director, Humane Society of Skagit Valley. “Nearly 2,500 animals come through our doors annually. As a nonprofit, we rely on donations to provide our animals with the treatment they need and are so appreciative of those who donate or volunteer their time with us.”

Currently JGA and HSSV are working to raise money for Ruby, an adult female Australian Shepherd dog that was brought into the shelter needing orthopedic surgery, which is currently seeking financial assistance for her operation and rehabilitation. To make a donation in support of the Shelter Animal 2nd Chance fund for Ruby please do so through the go fund me page.

You can also make an in person or mail donation to Skagit Humane : 18841 Kelleher Road Burlington, WA 98233. Please make sure to write in the memo Ruby so that your donation goes directly to her. You can also stop by our office: 809 7th St in Anacortes to drop off your donations.

On behalf of the Skagit Humane Society and Jean Groesbeck & Associates, we would like to thank you for taking the time to read about this important cause.

Anacortes, WA Day Trips and Activities

Anacortes Day Trips

 

Anacortes, WA is home to many summer events. Surrounding the city, however, are several beautiful day trip destinations- many of which are perfect for the whole family!

Anacortes Kayak Tours
“The San Juan Islands and surrounding areas boast some of the most abundant wildlife viewing and scenic vistas in Washington State”. Sea kayaking is a unique way to truly experience the San Juan Islands. Tour lengths can be five hours, three hours, and one and a half hours- there really are options for almost every age!
For more info click here.

Whale Watching
If you prefer to view your surroundings from a vessel a bit larger than a kayak, hop on one of the whale watching tour. They typically last half of the day, giving everyone the opportunity to take in the San Juan Islands and learn about the history of the Puget Sound.

Old Town Anacortes
Summer is the perfect time to truly get to know Anacortes; visit the Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning, then take the opportunity to walk through the Old Town district and browse the shops on Commercial Avenue. There is no shortage of boutiques, antique shops, book stores, and coffee shops to browse. You can even take a short walk to the marina and enjoy watching the boats coming in and going out.

Deception Pass State Park
If you’ve only driven across the bridge and haven’t actually gone into the park, you need to! Pack a lunch from the Farmer’s Market and go exploring around the park. There is a swimming and picnic area for the family, and miles of hiking and biking trails. You can even take advantage of clamming and crabbing during certain times of the year.
For information and directions click here.

Museums
Did you know that Anacortes is home to two unique museums? If you are looking for ways to teach the kids about local history (or become more familiar with it yourself), check out the Anacortes Maritime Heritage Center & W.T. Preston museum. Learn about Anacortes’ history of fishing, exploration, and overall establishment.
For more information click here.

Ferries
When was the last time you took a ferry for fun? If you are new to the area or have been cooped up all winter, take advantage of the summer months to explore one of the many surrounding islands. Guemes Island, Orcas, San Juan, Lopez, or Shaw Island are all home to beautiful scenery, delicious food, and endless outdoor activities. You can even take a ferry up to Vancouver Island- just be sure to bring passports!

Day Hikes
Spend time outside on one of the beautiful trails just minutes from town! Take a look at our Outdoors in Anacortes post to find the perfect activity for you.

Delicious Summer Recipes

Summer Recipes

 

With fresh food and outdoor cooking possibilities, this is the best time to start experimenting with those recipes you’ve been hanging onto all winter long.

So take advantage of the amazing Anacortes Farmer’s Market, and try one of our favorite summer recipes!

Lasagna Stuffed Peppers from Peace + Love + Low Carb
Try wrapping these in tinfoil and cooking them on the grill!

Hawaiian Chicken Skewers from Foodie Crush
Who doesn’t love a good kabob?

Grilled Cinnamon Peaches from Tasty
If you haven’t grilled peaches on a summer evening, you haven’t experienced summer. Check out this 37-second video to find what you’ve been missing!

Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple from The Recipe Critic
There are no words to adequately describe how good this really is.

Perfect Grilled Steak with Herb Butter from Iowa Girl Eats
Because perfectly cooked steak deserves to be eaten outdoors.

Marinated Grilled Summer Veggies + Sausage from Whole & Heavenly Oven
If you don’t have room to spread them out on the grill as the recipe instructs, create a tinfoil “bag” and just remember to rotate it so everything cooks evenly.

50 Pasta Salad Recipes from Country Living
No grilling involved, but definitely a crowd favorite.

Grilled Foil Ranch Potatoes from Favorite Family Recipes
Yum.
And a bonus: How to Grill a Pizza from Simply Recipes– because one has to give it a try.

June Events in Anacortes, WA

 

June Events
Anacortes and the Skagit Valley are home to some amazing events in the spring and summer months. Use our list of Anacortes area events to see how you can keep yourself and your family entertained over the coming months!

Tulip Country Bike Tours
These guided bike tours offer an up-close experience through the best areas in Skagit County! Country Cycling offers a variety of summer tours through areas otherwise likely unseen, however you can also request a custom tour that is tailored to your groups’ interests!
Visit www.CountryCycling.com for more info.

Anacortes Farmers Market
The Anacortes Farmers Market is “a Saturday tradition featuring locally grown food and locally produced products”. Visit the market any Saturday at The Depot (7th & R Avenue, Anacortes, WA) between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
Visit www.AnacortesFarmersMarket.org for more info.

Saturday June 4th – Kids Fishing Derby
Open to children 13 years of age and younger, the Kids Fishing Derby will be taking place at Heart Lake in Anacortes, WA from 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. There is no cost; just bring your fishing gear and have fun! Registration will take place the morning of the event.
Visit www.GoAnacortes.com for more information.

Saturday June 4th & Sunday June 5th – Anacortes Waterfront Festival
“The Anacortes Waterfront Festival is all about letting your inner sailor embrace life on the water”.

Located at the beautiful Cap Sante Marina (1019 Q Avenue in Anacortes, WA), the Waterfront Festival is a chance to take advantage of what makes Anacortes special!

Some of the events at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival include:
• Free Boat Rides: The first boat heads out at 10:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday, with sign-ups beginning at 9:45 AM. Drop by the gazebo by the Marina office for details!
• Quick and Dirty Boat Building Demonstration: teams work on Saturday to build boats out of limited materials then compete by demonstrating floatability. Registration details are on the festival website!
• Milk Carton Derby: Awards will be given for Most Creative Derby Vessel, First Crew Across the Finish Line, Most Creative, and It Floats!
• Trail Tales: self-guided walking tours of the waterfront.
• Model Boat Show
• All Corvette Car Show
Visit www.Anacortes.org for more details, registration information, and even more great events!

Bark in the Park
Bark in the Park is the best Anacortes event for dog lovers! Bring your dogs to Storvik Park on June 18th and give them a chance to walk in the parade with other dogs, participate in the peanut butter eating contest, watch the Agility Demonstration and more!
Visit www.CityOfAnacortes.com for details and event schedules!

Outdoors in Anacortes, WA

Outdoors in Anacortes

Fidalgo Island is a Pacific Northwest treasure possessing many outdoor opportunities that need to be experienced. Because of this, we’ve turned to Experience Anacortes to bring you the best trails and places to visit while spending time outdoors in Anacortes.

Cap Sante Park
Primarily a vista point, this 37 acre forested promontory affords an excellent view of the the marina, the City of Anacortes, March Point, Fidalgo Bay, Mt Baker and the Cascades.
Directions here.

Cranberry Lake Area
This site, found near the city center, is heavily forested and contains Cranberry Lake (approximately 27 acres) and several other small lakes and bogs. The site varies in terrain from flat to steep slopes. An extensive trail system is found in this area.
Directions here.

Heart Lake Area
(off Campbell Lake Road, onto Heart Lake Road)
Formerly a state park, Heart Lake was transferred to the City in 2002, and incorporated into the Anacortes Community Forestlands. The trails here welcome hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers, so be sure to share the trail and keep your eyes open (there are some specifically for hikers only).
Directions here.

Deception Pass State Park
A 4,134 acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three different lakes. Breathtaking views, old growth forests, and abundant wildlife can be seen all over the park.Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Deception Pass State Park, and click here for the Rosario Headlands &Lighthouse Point hiking guide. Kukutali Preserve, also part of Deception Pass State Park, is jointly owned and managed by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and Washington State Parks. Open for day use only.
Directions here.

Washington Park
This site is located at the very west end of the city on Rosario Strait and contains a wide variety of facilities. The site is divided into two basic parts: a day use area consisting of a boat launch, picnic shelters, restrooms, children’s play equipment and open play area. Overnight camping area consisting of 68 campsites for RVs and tents, with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Only about 41 of the 200 acres are developed but a 2.3 mile paved road runs through the entire park for use by cars, joggers, bicyclists and walkers.
Directions here.

Mount Erie Park
Mt. Erie is a 160 acre Park. At the top of Mt. Erie, elevation 1,270 ft, choose from four viewing areas and be rewarded with spectacular views in every direction. Mt. Erie is, the highest point of Fidalgo Island and is part of the former Anacortes watershed. There is a small parking area and a road to the top of Mt. Erie. Trails from this area lead into a portion of the 1400 plus acres of the Anacortes Forest Lands.
Directions here.

Anacortes Events: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Held from April 1st-30th the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival has been a destination event for residents of the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years. Each year, visitors from all 50 states flock to the Skagit Valley in celebration of the spring season and to enjoy the marvels that Mother Nature has to offer.

As tulip fields are scattered throughout the valley, the festival does not take place in one particular venue and there are many activities that comprise the festival itinerary. From Wine Tasting to Boat Shows and Photo Ops, the Skagit Valley is proud to offer the Tulip Festival as a family-friendly way to truly get to know the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Tulip Town
15002 Bradshaw Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Open now through April 30th
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily
Indoor Flower and Garden Show, Landscape Murals, Face Painting, Kite Flying and Kite Shop, Tulip Town Café.
www.TulipTown.com

RoozenGaarde Events
15867 Beaver Marsh Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Open now through April 30th
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM daily

Admission: $5/person, $4 with military ID. Children 5 & under are no charge.
Parking is free. Note: RoozenGaarde admission ticket provides free access to all parking lots in the RoozenGaarde/WBC tulip fields on the day of purchase. Parking areas will be marked with RoozenGaarde signs.

Tulip Prolic and Parade
Activities begin at Gilkey Square La Conner, WA

April 11th, 2016
Parade begins at 2:00 PM

Bring the whole family and enjoy farm animals, clowns, marching bands, and tons of tulip fun!

If you are thinking of moving anywhere in Skagit County, this is the best time to visit and experience the unique beauty of our region. If you have questions on area information, neighborhoods or market statistics, please call, text or email us today! Our team of dedicated real estate brokers are here to help.

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April Events in Anacortes

April Events

Spring is the perfect time to experience Anacortes, Washington! Among other local treasures, Skagit County is the home of the Skagit Tulip Festival which offers fun events and beautiful scenery for all ages.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (Skagit County- various venues)
April 1st through 30th

Acres of blooming tulip fields, concerts, seafood, self-guided bicycle tours, art shows, and more.
www.TulipFestival.org

Burlington Downtown Artwalk (Burlington)
April 1st through 30th

Local art will be displayed in beautiful downtown Burlington.

Spring Garage Sale: Antiques & More (Mount Vernon)
April 8th-9th
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
$3 per person
$3 onsite parking

Join more than 140 vendors at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon and search for antiques while listening to live music and enjoying food from local vendors.
www.SkagitCounty.net

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival
April 9th
Noon – 5:00 PM

Taste your way through local wineries and restaurants.
www.Anacortes.org

Tulip Frolic and Parade (La Conner)
April 9th
2:00 PM

Farm animals, clowns, bands, mascots, and fun for the whole family!
www.TulipFestival.org

Tulip Festival Street Fair (Mount Vernon)
April 15th-17th
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

www.MountVernonDowntown.org

Art in Bloom (Anacortes)
April 15th though 23rd

Works from regional artists will be displayed at the Anacortes Arts Festival’s off-season show to take place at the Depot Arts Center. The show will feature painting, photography, sculpture, and fine crafts.
www.AnacortesArtsFestival.com

These are great events that demonstrate the true community feeling of Anacortes and Skagit County as a whole. If you are considering moving to the area, these events are sure to entice you to embrace the beautiful Pacific Northwest lifestyle.

Are You Ready To Own Your First Home? (Part 2)

 

 

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Last week we shared with you Part 1 of : “What to consider when buying a home”. We went over the first steps to take before looking for your dream home in Anacortes or Skagit County.  So now you found your dream home for sale and are ready to make an offer. Now what? Here is Part 2…

Making and Submitting an Offer

Once you’ve found your dream home for sale, your Jean Groesbeck & Associates LLC  real estate broker will  complete a purchase and sale agreement to make an offer to buy your perfect home.  We will walk you through financing, insurance, title and escrow companies, and all that goes into making an offer. Your real estate broker will then present the offer to the listing agent or directly with the seller in person if possible.  Once your offer is accepted, the purchase and loan process begins.

Escrow

A lot is involved in this step, but don’t worry. We’re here to help you!  This is when financing, home appraisal, inspections, and possible further negotiations occur.  You usually will sign closing documents prior to the day of closing at the escrow company of your choice. As closing day gets near, you will have begin to plan your move with ample time.

Moving

Moving is a process that often takes much longer than people expect.  Will you move yourself, or hire movers?  Will you be bringing every piece of furniture you own?  Make sure it will fit in the new spaces.  Consider having a yard sale!  Your real estate broker will give you moving tips and if available a checklist for moving. This will make moving so much easier and stress free!

Closing

On the day of closing you usually get the keys by 9 PM  unless something different is specified in purchase and sale agreement. This day you are officially a home owner and now it’s time to move into your new dream home!

We will do everything we can to make the home buying process as easy as possible. We want to make your home buying experience enjoyable and the transaction flawless!  We believe that purchasing a new home should be fun and you deserve to have the best local real estate broker that can make this happen.

Call, text or email us anytime with any questions you have on buying a new home in Anacortes, Whidbey Island or Skagit County. We are here to help!

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

809 7th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221

December Events in Anacortes

Can you believe December is already here?

Jingles & Santa ! Happy Holidays from Anacortes Living!

December is my favorite month of the year because it is the best time to buy a new home and spread the holiday cheer! December comes with so many exciting local events! It’s a great time of year to bring the community together and meet new people.

That being said— you will not want to miss any of the lovely local events going on throughout December in Anacortes, WA.

December 4th we had our annual tree lighting ceremony officially kicking off this lovely holiday season. If you missed this, don’t worry many more events are soon to come!

December 6th, Anacortes school district is putting on a gingerbread house contest. Guests can join the festivities with crafts and snacks for sale and children are welcome to join in on the gingerbread house fun.

December 11th-12th, Wonderland Walk is being held at Washington Park. Take a walk through the festively lit park created and inspired by different local groups.

December 16th brings another must see.The 5th annual Celtic Christmas celebration! Watch the Seattle Irish Dance company along with several different live bands.

The Jingle Bell Dash will be held December 19th this year, make sure to bring your kids! Santa will be waiting at the finish line.

Finally, Habitat for Humanity is looking for Christmas volunteers to help with constructing houses during this holiday season.

Christmas is such a busy time of year! I know I have been rushing around decorating the house, preparing for visitors and finding the perfect presents for my loved ones!

With all the excitement sometimes safety and the idea that this time can pose any threats can be put off. Here are some tips to help keep your home happy and fire-safe this season. Don’t forget your pets! We have some great pet information for keeping your furry friends safe during the winter season.

From the farmers markets and boating activities in the summertime to the holiday festivals, Anacortes is an amazing place to live. These events help make a close community that is wonderfully inviting and friendly. Don’t miss out on your chance to live in a place you’ll love!

Never heard of Anacortes? Well, if you’ve ever considered Washington, Anacortes is a great place to start your search!

See what Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC. can do for you at how we can help.

Call us today for a free consultation. Let us show you how our 5 Star Real Estate Services can make a difference in buying or selling a home.

Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or 360-941-3734

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