Top Ten Stories of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at the most popular South Sound magazine stories of the year.

1. Diamond Heiress’ $11 Million Home for Sale in Tenino

High upon a hill in Tenino stands an out-of-this-world custom home built by the heiress to the De Beers diamond fortune. It hit the market earlier this year at a mere $11 million.

2. 2018 Best of the South Sound

Thousands of readers voted for their favorite restaurants, bars, gyms, stores, wedding venues, businesses, services, and so much more. Here are this year’s winners of the Best of the South Sound.

3. McMenamins Elks Lodge is Officially Under Renovation

Construction began on the long-awaited McMenamins Elks Lodge in March of this year. The historic Tacoma building will open on April 24, 2019.

4. Monkey Business

Each year in a shroud of secrecy, Ms. Monkey hides stamped glass balls — or Monkeyshines — all over Tacoma for her fans to find and treasure. Meet the woman behind the monkey mask.

5. Modern Meets Farmhouse

Our 2018 Northwest Idea House is everything you love about any well-designed home — it’s light and bright. It’s wide open and perfect for entertaining, yet cozy and comfortable enough for family movie nights. It shines with simple charm mixed with classic elegance, and it’s full of smart solutions, new products, and conveniences galore.

6. Your Guide to South Sound Burgers

Greasy, saucy, and quintessentially American: Nothing hits the spot like a good burger. We searched high and low for some of the best burgers this area has to offer. Then we shared what we found.

7. Dog-Friendly Patio Bars and Restaurants in the South Sound

The only thing better than drinking a glass of wine outside on a patio, is drinking a glass of wine outside on a patio with a dog or three. These South Sound restaurants and bars not only have killer patios, they’re dog-friendly, too.

8. Locust Cider Opening Taproom in Tacoma

Earlier this year, Woodinville-based Locust Cider announced it would open a new taproom in Tacoma. Then in July, the company officially started serving its delicious cider in its new 6th Avenue space.

9. Meet the Makers

The South Sound region shines as a hub for artists and craftsmen who are keeping antiquated trades alive. In this story, we highlight local creators who build, sew, craft, and sell some of the most interesting creations.

10. Sailing in Style on the New Victoria Clipper V

Victoria Clipper Vacations added a new high-speed ferry to its fleet this year. Passengers on the new vessel can sit in business class seats, dine on hot food, and watch for whales from the ship’s massive windows.

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