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2015

Hotel

Cedarbrook Lodge underwent a $16 million expansion in summer 2014. The boutique hotel now has 63 new rooms, a spa and 49 more parking stalls. The expansion includes a five-story guest-room building and a 3,550-square-foot spa along with a heated outdoor whirlpool. A custom cedar panel will slide over the top when the pool is closed, creating a terrace patio.

Artemis Hotel will be a four-star, 238-room luxury hotel at 22406 Pacific Highway S. in Des Moines. The Artemis is expected to open by the end of 2015 The eight-story hotel complex, hospitality & entertainment facility is expected to carry a Sheraton flag.

Hyatt Place coming to SeaTac: Scheduled to open in early 2016, the hotel will feature 150 rooms, adjacent to nearby Angle Lake Park. Amenities will include a pool, fitness room and 2,500 to 3,500 square feet of meeting space. Following a significant $9 million renovation by owner, SeaTac Airport Hospitality, LLC, the 260-room Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport, formerly Holiday Inn Seattle Airport, is now open. More.

Home2 Suites by Hilton is slated to open in Tukwila in the Summer of 2015. This award-winning mid-tiered Hilton extended stay property will open 139 rooms. More.

A 140-room Residence Inn by Marriott is being developed on Angle Lake.

17-story hotel/housing complex coming to Tukwila: The building will be the highest in the city at about 180 feet tall and comprise approximately 170 hotel rooms and 280 residential units, according to city documents. The developer is building the tower at 223 Andover Park E., the former Circuit City site.

New development: Construction of a $30 million, 1,050-stall parking garage and plaza is scheduled to begin this fall, and the garage will open in 2016, along with the Angle Lake light rail station. The City of SeaTac's plan for the area is a 10- to 12-story residential, retail and office project that also could have a hotel.

Facilities

The dining hall at Des Moines Beach Park– a popular attraction – was recently upgraded with an $850 million grant from the Washington State Historical Society.

Attractions

Round 1 Entertainment now open at Westfield Southcenter. It features bowling, privet karaoke rooms, billiards and an arcade.

Virtual Sports is the next level of laser tag. Now open in Tukwila.

Odin Brewing Tap Room is now open in Tukwila.

Olympic Outdoor center now offers kayak rentals and paddle board rentals at the Redondo Beach location. At the Des Moines Marina location, there is even more to offer, including: 

• Kayak and paddleboard rental
• Kayak and paddleboard tours
        o Wildlife tour
        o Sunset tour
• Kayak and paddleboard classes
        o Paddleboard Yoga
        o Beginner kayak and
paddleboard
        o Youth Classes

Seattle Southside Visitor Centers now sell tickets to The Museum of Flight, iFly, S2 matches as well as several tours.

Transportation

Tukwila Station is now fully renovated and in use by riders of Sounder and Amtrak trains as well as buses. The 18-month renovation included adding more parking, permanent platforms and shelters, a pedestrian plaza with public art along with bicycle lockers and a bike cage. The work also includes a new access road to Strander Boulevard/Southwest 27th Street in Renton.

FlightCar, the world's first peer-to-peer car sharing company to operate at airports, expanded operations to includeSeattle-Tacoma International Airport. FlightCar, which already operates in three other major U.S. cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston, enables its customers to enjoy free airport parking and earn extra cash by renting out their unused cars to other approved members. FlightCar pays car owners when their car is rented, based on the mileage the car is driven. Read more 

Events

Des Moines Farmers Market now runs a Wednesday market. These Sunset Markets happen every Wednesday from 3-7pm in July and August. There are over 30 vendors and plenty of Food Trucks. After shopping and eating visitors can walk into the beach park and enjoy the Des Moines Art Commission’s free summer concerts at 7pm.

Heirloom Tomato Festival in September at Cedarbrook Lodge. Held - as tradition and weather allowing - on Cedarbrook's Evergreen Lawn will be the Fifth Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival. Participating will be chef/restaurant partners preparing tasty tomato treats at their outdoor booths. Products and representatives from other popular vendors and distributors will also be available. Plus live entertainment!

Seattle Sounders FC's second team S2 plays regular season USL games at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Game tickets are available at Seattle Southside Visitor Centers.

The Poverty Bay Wine Festival returns to where it all began at the Des Moines Beach Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, March 5-6. Sample wines from over twenty of Washington State's finest wineries. It will be a lively atmosphere with entertainers and strolling musicians, but this year's event will be all about the wine, with a wine tasting competition, a wine toss and a more relaxed atmosphere for meeting and learning from some of the best winemakers around.

Unique Ideas

iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Copperleaf Restaurant's farm-to-table menus, located on 18 acres of wetlands at the Cedarbrook Lodge

Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden's unique history of a garden salvaged from an airport expansion.

 

Upcoming Events

Seafair Hydroplane Races & Air Show (Seafair Weekend) Jul 31 - Aug 02, 2015. Featuring the Albert Lee Cup, Boeing Air Show w/ the Blue Angels, Graham Trucking Cup & GRAND PRIX WEST SEAFAIR HYDROPLANE RACES!
Music in the Park - Seatac Summer Concert Series Jul 31 - Aug 07, 2015. Enjoy "Music in the Park" with a picnic dinner, family and friends at Angle Lake Park or Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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