Finding the Perfect PacWest Christmas Tree

This is our second year of spending Christmas in Seattle and so for the second year in a row, we decided to get our Christmas Tree from Keith and Scott Tree Farm in North Bend. This year, we brought our friends (and recent Chicago transplants) Greer and William along with us.

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The Keith and Scott Tree Farm is a family owned and run farm set in a tranquil spot along the  Middle Fork Snoqualmie River with Mount Si looming as a backdrop.

The farm has acres of several different types of trees you can cut ranging from Douglas Firs to Noble Firs to Turkish Firs. All the trees are priced the same, no matter how large or small they are.

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Upon arrival, we were met by one of the owners on horseback. Her horse was so sweet and friendly, we had to remind ourselves to break away from petting the horse in order to return to our true mission!

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The tree farm has everything you need, from cutting implements to hot cider and a warm fire to keep you warm while on the search.

Cutting tools available for anyone, so, no need to bring your own!

Cutting tools available for anyone, so, no need to bring your own!

A wonder fire kept everyone warm, sharing stories of this years special tree

A wonder fire kept everyone warm, sharing stories of this years special tree

Warm cider is always on hand

Warm cider is always on hand

We then made our way into the trees in search of the perfect tree.

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After a bit of searching Chad and I decided we would opt for a lovely pre-cut Noble Fir. Though it’s not as fun as cutting your own, some of the best trees have been pre-cut, so, don’t pass them by.

Our tree!

Our tree!

William and Greer, however, were determined to get the full PacWest experience. William even brought his own saw.

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Upon finding their tree, William set to the task of cutting it. I was amazed how quickly he felled the fir!

As part of the service, the tree farm will bail your tree for you after cutting the perfect stump for your tree stand.

Cleaning it up

Cleaning it up

Bailing it

Bailing it

The people who run this tree farm could not be nicer. The (mainly) boys (and some girls) they have working to help bale the trees and load them to your cars are so polite and hard-working. We are always impressed by their manners and work ethic! If you want to support a great family with really great kids who haul your tree, bag it, tie it to your car and then say “thank you”, this is the place for you.

Great kids! Great work ethic! Great manners!

Great kids! Great work ethic! Great manners!

This is our second year going to the Keith and Scott Tree Farm and we can’t imagine going anywhere else.  The farm is full of charm, families sharing in an annual tradition and an amazing collection of trees, so you wont be disappointed.

Wood for the fire

Wood for the fire

Except for the lack of snow on the ground, the whole experience was like a scene from a picture book on fantastic PacWest Christmases. We headed home, tree on our roof, excited to finally kick-off the Christmas season.

View from the sun-roof

View from the sun-roof

And the end result – a perfect tree for our home!

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Directions:

From Seattle, travel East on I-90 to North Bend. Take Exit 31 and go lef at the end of the exit (roundabout) onto Bendigo Blvd. Go straight through three stoplights and take a right at the 4th stoplight onto North Bend Way. Drive about 1/4 mile, through another roundabout. Take a left at the Ranger Station, onto Thrasher Road. Follow the road around as it turns to the right. You will see signs for the Tree Farm, which will be at the end of this road.

Hours:        Check their website (www.kandstreefarm.com) for seasonal hours.

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