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Travel Talk: A Sunday in Seattle

Sitka and SpruceWell we have finally made it to the last day of our trip to the Pacific Northwest.  (If you have been following along on this adventure I thank you bunches! 🙂 ) One of our son’s favorite “experiences” is the Sunday brunch at a Seattle restaurant named Sitka and Spruce.  Because he wanted us to enjoy it as well, we drove back from the Columbia River Gorge on that Saturday night.  The next morning we drove over to Melrose Market where the restaurant is located.

Melrose Market in Seattle


Melrose Market is a charming upscale place inside old automobile buildings that were constructed in the 1920’s.  There are only about 8 or 9 occupants in it and an event area that can be rented for weddings.  As you enter you see Rain Shadow Meats on the left with its varied selection of provisions.

Rainshadow Meats Seattle

Across from it is sandwich shop, Homegrown.
(I hope we can try out one of their sandwiches on our next trip to Seattle.)

Homegrown Seattl

Homegrown Seattle WAA few steps from Homegrown is The Calf and Kid, a small cheese shop, and above it – located in a tiny loft – is Butter Home, a gift and home accessories store.

Butter Home Seattle WA

 Small but cute!
(This is half of the shop.)

butter home SeattleWalking a little further into the market you see a bar and a flower shop.

Melrose Market Seattle

Maigold and Mint flower shop SeattleMarigold and Mint sells cookbooks and flowers that have been harvested from its farm located 30 miles outside of Seattle.

Marigold and Mint SeattleThe bar for Sitka and Spruce is right beside the flower shop.

Sitka and Spruce bar

Its gift shop area is right across from the bar.

Sitka and Spruce gifts SeattleInside Melrose Market you will find two other bars, a “shellfish deli,” and a shop that carries a selection of men’s and women’s clothing plus some furniture, but what we wanted on that Sunday morning was the brunch at Sitka and Spruce.

Sitka and Spruce interiorI was thrilled when they seated us at the counter right beside the kitchen. 🙂  We were able to watch all of the dishes being prepared right beside us.  Such fun!

Sitka and Spruce kitchen

This is not a restaurant where you and your friends/family each order your own plate of food.  Instead, you all decide on a dish (or 5, in our case!) that you want to try together.  They prepare it, bring you a few plates, and then you all share in that dish.  So it is a tasting menu.

Sitka and Spruce menu for brunchWe decided to start with the house-made croissant served with its lick-your-bowl-clean dark chocolate sauce. (Who needs butter when you have chocolate like that?!)

Sitka and Spruce croissant and chocolate sauceNext we ordered the herb frittata with a mesclum salad on top.  My son and I both loved it, but my husband was not as big a fan.

Sitka and Spruce herb frittata SeattleThat was followed by the duck leg confit with pickled seeds, and it was quite delicious.  (My husband’s favorite in fact.)

Sitka and Spruce duck leg confitOur son had tried their pain perdu on previous meals at Sitka and Spruce, and he did not have to twist my arm to order it. (Who would turn down French toast?!)  This was my favorite of the brunch.  Of course. 🙂

Sitka and Spruce pain perduAnd we managed to go for one last plate – the rhubarb tart with meringue.

Sitka and Spruce rhubarb tartWhen we finished, the chef told us that we had “made a good showing with all of our plates.”  Yes, 5 dishes for 3 people, probably was a “good showing!”

We left Melrose Market that morning (in the rain again) and walked a bit past acclaimed pizza restaurant, Serious Pie (another place on my list for “next time.”)

Serious Pie SeattleNext to it is the amazing coffee “palace” that Starbucks has built there.

Starbucks Reserve SeattleIt houses their roasting and tasting rooms, a coffee book library, several places to eat and of course a few coffee bars.  If you love coffee, then this Starbucks Reserve is your heaven.

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Ten minutes later in our walk we arrived at General Porpoise – a coffee and doughnut shop.
(Yes, I know we just finished a big meal.  It will make sense in a minute.)

General Porpoise SeattleBoth of our sons love General Porpoise, and they were adamant that we try a few of their doughnuts before leaving Seattle. When we walked in though, it wasn’t the doughnuts that caught my eye, but the…lettering on everything! I loved it!

General Porpoise doughnuts in Seattle

General Porpoise Seattle doughnutsThe heck with choosing a flavor, I just wanted to check out all the chalkboards! LOL

General Porpoise doughnut menu SeattleEven the refrigerator door was cute…

General Porpoise refrigerator Seattle

as was the set up for beverages.

General Porpoise beverage space SeattleOkay, it was time to order doughnuts.
Too hard to choose just one so we got one of each….

General Porpoise doughnuts Seattlefor Monday’s breakfast. 🙂
(Did you really think we were going to put away 5 doughnuts after that meal?)

General Porpoise doughnuts to goWe walked back to Melrose Market, hopped in the car, and then drove to the very touristy Seattle Center.

Seattle Center

This is the International Fountain, and in the distance you can see a choir that was performing there at the time.

Seattle Center International Fountain and performing choirThen it was time for these Seattle tourists to do the thing all Seattle tourists do…
The Space Needle. 🙂

Space Needle SeattleAfter paying for our admission, we walked inside and found a gift shop…

Space Needle gift shopcomplete with fudge. 🙂

Space Needle fudgeAll around the walls were boards with the history of the Space Needle’s construction for the 1962 World’s Fair.  Here are just a few:

Space Needle history 1

Space Needle history 2

Space Needle history 3

Space Needle history 4But what you go there for is the view, of course.
This is what you see after taking the elevator up to the observation deck.

Space Needle view 1Seattle from 520 feet up in the air.

Space Needle view 2And then back down the elevator and over to Chihuly Gardens and Glass.

Chihuly exhibitThe huge pieces of handblown glass were amazing and should be appreciated for their artistic merit, but for some reason, when I was looking at them, all I could think of was…Disney’s Little Mermaid movie. (Guess I am still a child at heart. 🙂 )

This one made me think of Ursula.

Chihuly exhibit SeattleThe music to Under the Sea kept going through my head as I looked at this one.

Chihuly exhibit Seattle 2And Kiss the Girl went with this scene in my imagination.
(The boat is life size folks, so those glass balls were quite large!)

Chihuly exhibit boat

Okay, enough with my juvenile art appreciation.  All of the “flowers” on the ceiling in the conservatory were glass.

Chihuly exhibit Seattle 3

Chihuly exhibit Seattle 4The garden outside also had huge glass displays.

Chihuly garden exhibit 2 Seattle

Chihuly garden exhibit 1 Seattle

Chihuly garden exhibit 3 Seattle

Chihuly garden exhibit 4 SeattleWe left Chihuly Gardens and went to a store that was my one shopping request for the city – Ted Kennedy’s big shop – Watson Kennedy. (Thank goodness there was a North Face store right across the street for the guys!)

Watson Kennedy storefront SeattleThey only allowed one – yes, just one! – photograph inside the shop. 🙁

Watson Kennedy interior Seattle(But I took several of their windows outside. 🙂 )

Watson Kennedy store window displayEverything in the shop is arranged by color – which I loved!
It made for great vignettes.

Watson Kennedy store front

Watson Kenney window displayAnd that brings us to the end of our trip in Seattle – well almost.  I have just one more little Seattle photo to share next time, and it goes with an entirely different kind of post.  Thank you again for reading all about our travels as we enjoyed our adventure on the other side of our beautiful country.  (And thank you to our son, Will for being such a great “tour guide” for us!) I hope you will be back for that post, and I hope you have a relaxing weekend (especially in this heat!)  Can you believe school started back here yesterday??? Crazy.

Until next time…

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Karol Iberg - July 30, 2016 - 12:02 pm

I’ve always wanted to go to Kennedy Watson. I envy your visit.
It was such a beautiful store with soooo many different accessories that could fit in any and every style of home. It would be dangerous to my bank account if we lived in Seattle!

Karol - July 30, 2016 - 12:04 pm

OOPS! Watson Kennedy.
No worries! I knew exactly what you meant. 🙂

md white - July 30, 2016 - 1:41 pm

Shared on my fb page! Heading back to Seattle (actually Edmonds) for a quick visit. If we have time, I might just visit some of these great places! Thanks for the tour of the Great Northwest!
Oh wow! Thank you so much for sharing the post on your facebook page! I hope you do get to enjoy some of the places on your next trip.

Louvina - July 30, 2016 - 1:46 pm

Loved this post!! So interesting and full of everything we gals on here like!! The food, the stores, the chalk writings,the views and everything touristy!! Once again your post gave me an excuse to sit awhile and take a break from all the sprucing up we are doing here! Crown molding being ordered and new white doors coming soon! I also made reservations for the helicopter tour in Destin for our Sept trip. Seaside and Water Color here we come from the air to see a bird’s eye view !! So excited! Wish you could join us!! Can you believe $5 a minute!! Yep! Up up and away!!:)
Glad you did Louvina! You needed a break from all your many projects, so I am happy to provide you a few minutes of entertainment. 🙂
I know your September trip to that area will be fabulous. I wish I could join you. Seaside is one of my happy places! (But my fear of heights would probably keep me out of that helicopter.) You go right ahead and enjoy it though!

Sandy - July 30, 2016 - 1:50 pm

Thank you for sharing pictures of your trip. I thoroughly enjoyed them, knowing I probably won’t ever have the pleasure of visiting these sites. It’s really getting ridiculous for schools across the country to start this early, the beginning of August. If I had my way, no school would begin until the day after Labor Day. This comment comes from a retired teacher with thirty-seven years of experience.
You are quite welcome Sandy! Thank you for reading and enjoying the posts.
I am soooo with you on schools starting too early! August is pretty bad, but July is just plain ridiculous! I argued about that for years – to no avail. The savings the school boards could make in energy costs by not going to school at this very hot time of year would be major.

Donna - July 30, 2016 - 1:55 pm

Keep Seroius Pie on your list…add Dahlia Bakery for the coconut creme pie bites…in fact ANY of Tom Douglas’ restaurants…love Chihuly too…love me some Seattle…the underground tour is very good also!! thanks for letting me remember!!
I had told my son on this trip that we should go to Dahlia specifically for that coconut creme pie. (My husband LOVES coconut creme pie.) We simply ran out of time to do everything. It is at the top of my list for next time! We will have to check out the underground tour then too. I did not even know they had one of those!

mari1017 - July 30, 2016 - 2:14 pm

I enjoyed every stop and post of your trip to Washington, Kelly! I’ve never made it that far up the West coast, so it was wonderful to see this area of our great country, especially through your lens and words 🙂 Glad you had a good time, and isn’t it always wonderful when you know you will be returning for a second visit??? Love that! Enjoy your weekend!
I’m so glad you did Mari. 🙂 You need to make a trip there so that you can enjoy all of that area. It IS wonderful that we will be visiting there again. I will have a list of places to visit ready for that trip!

DiAnne - July 30, 2016 - 2:52 pm

WOW! Another fantastic post about one of my favorite cities. How lucky you are to have your son show you all the places he loves! Then, how lucky are we that you share it all with us. The food looks yummy. I can almost smell the coffee. I love a beverage frig with a clear glass door. The chalkboards are beautiful.
Seattle would be a fun place to spend a month or two. I can’t wait to go back.
Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing this beautiful journey.
Yes, we were very lucky to have our son show us around! (He was an awesome tour guide. 🙂 ) Wouldn’t it be great if we could put “scratch and sniff” on our computers?! Then you really could smell the coffee.
Thank you for reading all the posts from the trip DiAnne. 🙂

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - July 30, 2016 - 2:53 pm

Seattle is such a fabulous and fun city, great tour. Looks like you guys had a great time.
We did have a very good time there Marty! And the city really is a lot of fun. 🙂

Gail - July 30, 2016 - 4:13 pm

You are the very best blogger ever! In the midst of this world we now find ourselves living in, you are indeed a breath of fresh air. Thank you for taking us on this fabulous journey to the Northwest. I may never get there in my lifetime but I feel I have had this awesome opportunity to go right along with you. The glass garden was gorgeous and it was almost like I could taste the food you photographed. Thank you again sweet traveler. You always make my life a bit brighter!
Goodness what super nice compliments Gail! Thank you very much! I’m glad I could “take you along” with us as we traveled, and I hope that one day you get to experience it yourself. It is a wonderful area of our diversely beautiful country.

Marianne in Mo. - July 30, 2016 - 5:40 pm

Once more I drooled at the food pics, wowed at the stops along the way, and felt as though I walked along with you in the rain. You always let me in with your descriptions and photos, so I feel I am there.
We got the tour of Chihuly art when it came to our botanical garden quite a few years back. I took so many pictures of each piece, because I knew I would only have the one chance to experience it. ( One was the boat filled with glass orbs! ) The garden still has some orbs that float in the reflecting pond, and some spiky pieces. Love the detail. I can see you humming Disney themes as you walked along! 😉
Thanks for the tour and especially the food! 🙂
Thank you for your very sweet comment Marianne. 🙂 I appreciate you for reading and taking the time to write here. How fun that you got to see the Chihuly art at your botanical gardens! I believe Chihuly is currently showing at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (which my mom wants to tour very soon.)

At Rivercrest Cottage - July 30, 2016 - 5:40 pm

You make me want to move back to the Seattle area, which we happily left 14 years ago. Looks like a lot has changed…for the better.
It probably has grown tremendously in 14 years! You might not even recognize areas that you went to back then.

Cheri - July 31, 2016 - 8:57 am

Kelly, You definitely saw more of Seattle and the area than we did the two times we were there. I think I need to bring you with me when vacationing. Thanks for the tour.
How funny! Just take the blog posts with you when you return on your next trip, and you’ll have “me” along with you. 🙂
Thank you for reading Cheri!

Karen - July 31, 2016 - 2:36 pm

I have been to Seattle and enjoyed some of the same things you did and it brought back memories! The Space Needle, for example. I could not stay outside on top very long before turning a bit “green”.. Would love to see the glass place you saw! I enjoyed the flowers and the growing things there. Thank you so much for the sharing you have done–super enjoyed it all!!
Yay! I’m so glad you have enjoyed the same fun places Karen, but I am sorry the Space Needle’s height got to you. NOT fun, I know.
You need to make another trip back to see the glass museum

Vicki - July 31, 2016 - 9:47 pm

Another great tour! I have never been to that part of the country and I found your post to be very entertaining! Sounds like you will be going back over time. My daughter lives in the Washington, DC area and we try to do something new each time we go. She has lived there now for 6 years and my husband worked in the area for years so it is getting harder to find something new. Lol! Sometimes a new restaurant fits the occasion. My husband loves restaurants and good food.

I like the picture above of Butter Home. Can you tell me what those little cones mounted on the boards are for?

Thanks for sharing your travels. We all feel like we have been somewhere special and it helps others make plans for themselves, as well.
I think you have a great travel plan for touring Washington, Vicki. Sounds like a lot of fun! (I love new restaurants too.) I’m afraid I don’t know what the boards with the cones are for. I thought perhaps they were for flower arrangements – like the cones are vases, but I’m not sure.
Thanks for following our trip.

Tricia - August 1, 2016 - 8:49 am

Hi Kelly, such fun to read another trip report. The glass works would have been absolutely stunning to see in person. Such beauty.
I can’t even begin to fathom what went into making all that glass in the museum! It was unbelievable. Thank you for following along through all the posts on the trip Tricia.

Kris - August 1, 2016 - 11:41 am

As a Seattle native glad you visited, Watson Kennedy is my favorite store there’s one in pike place market tucked away in a cute brick courtyard totally different vibe! Come back you caught the rain but normally it’s perfect this time of year
Kris in Seattle
The rain was not heavy, but I know it would have been even more beautiful if the sun had been shining. Loved Watson Kennedy and could have stayed in there for hours on end. We visited the smaller shop as well, and it was cute! (But not nearly as much selection.) We will definitely plan another trip for a sunnier time. 🙂

Gina - August 1, 2016 - 4:18 pm

Never enough time to see everything or eat at all the great places! Haha, or enough money!! 😉 What a spectacular trip! I have enjoyed it. 🙂
So very true Gina! (especially the money part! LOL) Thank you for reading and following us as we traveled to the Pacific Northwest.

Anita - August 2, 2016 - 10:15 am

Sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Such wonderful shops! I just spent a few days in San Diego, what beautiful weather, not used to the heat! And…..I went to my very first baseball game in the U.S.A!!! Had such a blast, I want to go to another one!
How fun! I am so glad you got to experience a ballgame here, Anita. 🙂 Nothing like it. Sorry about the heat…it seems to be in plentiful supply everywhere in our country this summer!

Garden, Home and Party - August 2, 2016 - 12:34 pm

I loved this series of posts. I’ve been peppering my friend Linda with requests to visit some of the places you’ve shown us on my next visit. I can always rely on you to find some worthwhile stops in any city or state.
Have a great remaining summer, aren’t you happy you’re retired?!
It was a looooong series, so thank you for following it, Karen! Linda lives in such a beautiful area. Thank you for getting her recommendations for us. Yes, I am super happy to be retired – especially since school started here last week!

Kaye Ann - August 2, 2016 - 2:04 pm

I’ve so enjoyed your (our) trip!!! It was lovely.
Thank you Kaye Ann. I am so glad you did! 🙂

CINDY hattersley - August 5, 2016 - 11:52 am

Loved the Seattle tour. LOVE Watson Kennedy. There are so many more wonderful shops and restaurants since our last trip. Now I want to go again!!

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MY MOUTH IS STILL WATERING! - August 6, 2016 - 7:38 pm

You had an awesome trip, Kelly. Are you happy to be back at home now? I know you enjoyed being with your son, as well. We actually start back to school later than usual this year. Kids don’t come until August 29th! That hasn’t been the case for many, many years!

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - August 8, 2016 - 3:21 pm

Hi Kelly! How are you? Thank you so much for your travelling posts! It’s an amazing way for people like me who live so far away to discover all these hidden treasures and beautiful areas in the US!
I wish you a beautiful day!

Travel Talk: Columbia River Gorge and Beyond!

Columbia River Gorge drive 1We have almost made it to the end of our adventure in the Pacific Northwest.  Today, I want to share our “Oregon day” with you.  Both of our sons had traveled the Historic Columbia River Highway and told us it was an amazingly beautiful drive with numerous waterfalls and places to hike.  So that was our itinerary for our last Saturday.

Columbia River Highway Oregon


(Do you see how many waterfalls are there??)

We left Seabrook, Washington under cloudy skies, and unfortunately, by the time we made it to the Columbia River, rain began to fall…and fall…and fall. 🙁  Regardless, it was an amazing area to visit.

Columbia River Gorge drive 2

Our first stop along the way was  Vista House at Crown Point.

Columbia River Gorge drive 3It was built in 1918 as a rest stop at the request of female travelers and as a memorial honoring Oregon pioneers.  Over the years, with constant exposure to the elements, the building began to deteriorate, but in 2004 Vista House was restored. Inside we found local artwork, a gift shop, and even an espresso bar!

The view of the river from there was simply beautiful.

Columbia River Gorge drive 4We drove on after taking in all those views, and our next stop was Latourell Falls.

Columbia River Gorge drive 5One of many waterfalls we saw that day.

Columbia River Gorge drive 6 Latourell FallsAt some point we followed a trail (in the rain 🙁 ) through wildflowers.  I think perhaps this was Shepperds Dell.

Columbia River Gorge drive 7A bit further down the road was Wahkeena Falls.

Columbia River Gorge drive 8Now remember, this was a Saturday, and this is a major tourist drive because of all the waterfalls, so there were many many people around.  Don’t let the no-people-in-the-photos fool you.  I just tried hard to find ways to get the pictures without other tourists in them. 🙂

Columbia River Gorge drive 9But I am afraid I could not do that at Multnomah Falls Lodge, the next place on our route.  It sees over 2.5 million visitors each year, and the falls are the #1 visited natural attraction in the state of Oregon.  So it was quite crowded – even in the rain.  The lodge is not actually a place to stay overnight, but there was a nice restaurant located inside.

Columbia River Gorge drive 10 Multnomah Falls LodgeYou can see why it was so crowded.  Multnomah Falls are the highest falls in Oregon and one of the highest in the mainland United States. (I’ve read 2nd or 4th, so I am not sure.) And that bridge!  Can you imagine what went into constructing the Benson Footbridge across the lower falls back in 1914?  Amazing.

Columbia River Gorge drive 11 Multnomah FallsIt was raining pretty hard at this point, so we decided to not stop at any other falls and just drive on to the town of Hood River, Oregon – a town that both my husband and son kept telling me I would love.  And just a bit of trivia for you – Hood River is the windsurfing capital of the United States.  (You needed to know that, right? 🙂 )

downtown Hood River Oregon


Well… we arrived in Hood River at 5:05 p.m.  And guess what.  All the shops had closed at 5:00.  Needless to say, I was disappointed. We did walk around the empty town and look in some shop windows, and yes, I would have loved it.

This was the one night of our trip that I had not made any plans for overnight accommodations.  I was not exactly sure where we would be at that point – still touring the Columbia River Gorge, visiting Portland, or back in Seattle.  So we decided to start making our way back in the direction of Portland.  We crossed over the river at the Bridge of the Gods.

Columbia River Gorge drive 13 Bridge

This is what it looks like on a sunny day.

Bridge of the Gods Columbia River ORsource

And if you have read Wild or seen the R-rated movie, you will remember that this bridge is the last stop for Cheryl Strayed (played by Reese Witherspoon in the movie) on her Pacific Crest Trail adventure.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

There is a great article about all the film locations from the movie here.  It really showcased the natural wonders of Oregon.

Still not sure where we were going to spend the night, we stopped at Skamania Lodge, 45 minutes from Portland, to see if they had any available rooms.

Skamania Lodge entrancesource

They did, so my husband, our son, and I discussed what to do for the evening.  Skamania Lodge would be gorgeous.  It had a pool, a golf course, a spa, and an outdoor hot tub.

Skamania Lodgesource

 It had that wonderful view from so many of its rooms.  

Skamania Lodge lobbysource

And it had a fine restaurant.

Skamania Lodge River Rock dining roomsource

But the next day was Sunday….our last day of the trip – the day we had planned to have brunch at one of our son’s favorite restaurants in Seattle and finish touring that city.  It was raining. We would have to get up early to drive back to Seattle, and we would not really get to take advantage of all the amenities at Skamania.  So we made the decision to have dinner in Portland (at a restaurant that I cannot even remember!) and then drive on to Seattle for the night.  Skamania will have to be on our list for our next trip.

Both of our sons love Salt and Straw ice cream in Portland, and we had planned to stop there after dinner.  Well we finished dinner at 9:00 p.m. and drove down the street from the restaurant to Salt and Straw.  I knew it stayed crowded most of the time, but would you believe that even at 9:00 at night the line was out the door, and about 25 people were waiting outside in the rain to get in?!  (They must have taken the photo below when the store was closed because it is never this empty!)

Portland Oregon Salt and Straw ice creamsource

Besides the fabulous taste of the ice cream itself, the big draw (I think) is all the creative flavors.  Here is a look at just part of their menu:

Salt and Straw flavors


They offer seasonal specials each month – like July is berry month, so they offer half a dozen new berry flavors just for the month.  Last Sunday was National Ice Cream day, and they gave away tokens for a free scoop of ice cream.

Salt and Straw free ice cream


We decided to forego the looooong wait at Salt and Straw and drive on back to Seattle.  Again I was disappointed, but it was just too late to wait that long for ice cream.  Salt and Straw will also have to be in our plans on our next trip.

Now take a look at what arrived at our house about a month after we returned home from our trip. 🙂


 Inside was 5 containers of Salt and Straw ice-cream shipped all the way to Georgia from Portland, Oregon!

(And all were still frozen solid!)

Salt and Straw ice cream from PortlandOur sons had shipped them as a gift to me.  After they thawed for a bit, my husband and I did some taste-testing (and out daughter got in on it too when she came home for a weekend.)  All were delicious, but the Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons was the overall winner for both me and my husband.  I could have eaten all of it in one sitting! Our daughter’s favorite was the Honey Lavender.  What a great gift that was!

Salt and Straw shipped ice creamAnd that bring us to the end of the Oregon part of our adventure.  I really feel like we did not get a true taste of the state, so I hope we will make another trip to the area soon.  When we do, we can see more of the Columbia River Gorge (hopefully on a sunny day!), shop in Hood River, stay at Skamania Lodge for several days, and go to Salt and Straw for ice cream.  I can’t wait!


There is just one post left in this adventure, and that one is coming up next with all our “tourist-y” things from our last day in Seattle. I hope to see you back here for that very soon.

Until next time….enjoy your weekend. 🙂

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Cindy - July 23, 2016 - 6:43 am

You have such wonderful and well planned trips. Beautiful. What a great gift from your boys! Kudos to them. Such a special, active family.
Thanks for sharing, Cindy
Thank you Cindy. We are trying to take advantage of all our kids’ locations while we can. 🙂 The ice cream was SUCH a fun and delicious gift!

Anne - July 23, 2016 - 7:01 am

Hi Kelly, looks like your sons are as thoughtful as you are! Thanks for sharing your trip with us. My husband and I have talked about going and we may have to do it now that I’ve seen some of the beauty of Oregon & Washington through your eyes.
Aw you are too kind Anne. I thought the boys were pretty smart to come up with that one. 🙂 You and your husband should most definitely make a trip to see Oregon and Washington. Allow at least a week to fit in as much as you can.

Tricia - July 23, 2016 - 7:12 am

Hi Kelly.

Even under an overcast sky or rain the natural beauty comes across. Hopefully on your next visit you will be able to do all the things on your list. So disappointing to not have been able to visit the shops.

Imagine receiving a gift of ice cream delivered to your door!! Your son is soooo thoughtful!

Have a great weekend! T
I agree Tricia. It was quite beautiful – rain or no rain. I hope we make a trip back to the area next year (or earlier.) Next time, I do not want to rush as much. Several days at Skamania Lodge would be great.
Yes, the ice cream was a great (and unusual!) gift.
Hope your weekend is going well. 🙂

kay - July 23, 2016 - 7:42 am

We live in flat, flat, flat NE Illinois, so those waterfalls were other-worldly to me. That ice cream treat was epic!
I guess waterfalls are not a comment sight in your flat area then Kay, are they? (We don’t have any around here either.) Those along the Columbia River were amazing!
Glad you liked the ice cream too. 🙂

Bonnie - July 23, 2016 - 7:47 am

Surprises are wonderful…and an ‘ice cream in the mail surprise’ is incredible!! How special that y’all were able to visit Oregon together. I’ve been blessed to enjoy the trip and places as you share them. I’m still wondering about the name ‘Salt and Straw’ for the ice cream shop. Do you know the history behind that?
Ice cream in the mail is certainly not a common occurrence; is it?! LOL The name comes from the history of ice cream. Salt – for the rock salt that is used when you make small batches of ice cream (like at home in an ice cream churn) and straw because long long ago when ice cream was made, they would pack the container with straw all around it to keep it frozen.
Great question Bonnie!

Judy - July 23, 2016 - 8:18 am

Even on rainy days, the scenery was breathtaking! You must have enjoyed your time spent there.
We really did! It was such a gorgeous area. I’m glad you enjoyed seeing it all in the post Judy.
Hope you’re having a good weekend! 🙂

Louvina - July 23, 2016 - 8:56 am

What a nice treat to have your post of this wonderful area of our country! I allowed this one “timeout” with my coffee before getting busy! Thank you for opening our eyes to many adventures a lot of us will never get to do! I was wondering about the Double Fold Vanilla ice cream? Sounds delightful! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, dear Kelly!!
I’m so glad I could give you a coffee break read for the morning. 🙂 The double fold vanilla was very good, and my husband said it almost tied with the caramel one for him. The chocolate almost tied with it for me. It had such a deep chocolate flavor!
Hope you got a lot accomplished today!

Lynne - July 23, 2016 - 9:28 am

I have enjoyed this trip along with you! I have pinned lots of the places in hopes that we will get to travel up the Washington coast into Oregon next Sept or October. We will only have 6 to 7 days. Do you think it will be possible to see a lot in that amount of time? What airport should we fly into? Thanks for your info!
I’m so glad you have enjoyed it Lynne. Thank you for pinning the photos to your Pinterest boards, and I hope you get to make that trip in the fall! We had 6 days of touring, but I think 7 would be perfect. We flew into the airport in Seattle. (The fares were better for us there.) Happy trip planning!

Marianne in Mo. - July 23, 2016 - 10:33 am

Lovely part of your trip – the overcast is supposed to make photos better, and I think it did. I had no idea there were so many falls that close together there. I admit to having little knowledge of the Pacific N.W., it seems so far from mid Missouri. I love that you took me there, as we probably will never make it there!
And to receive the wonderful gift of ice cream from your thoughtful sons must have been awesome. You raised them well! 😉
Thanks for taking me along in the rain!
I had no idea there would be that many waterfalls along that stretch of road either Marianne. We’d drive 5 minutes, and then stop for a waterfall, and then do it again and again. (A few did require a little hike to get to them.)
I hope we raised our sons well. At least we raised them to love ice cream! LOL It was a fun gift to get from them. 🙂

Sherry - July 23, 2016 - 11:52 am

Beautiful pictures, Kelly! I know what it feels like to be filled with excitement about going somewhere and things not working out as planned. At least you will get another chance. And boy, what a consolation prize you received! What sweet sons. Thank you for sharing this adventure with us. Looking forward to the next post. Have a great weekend!
Thank you Sherry. Yes, I hope we do go back soon…lots to see in Oregon that we missed. (And our middle son – the one in law school – not Seattle – says his favorite city is Portland.) 5 pints of ice cream was a great consolation prize! Thank you for coming along on the adventure. One last post to go…before we start on the next adventure. 🙂 Hope your weekend is going well!

Leslie Anne Tarabella - July 23, 2016 - 11:55 am

Those waterfalls!!! WOW. And the ice cream surprise is literally the sweetest thing!
Weren’t those waterfalls something?!! Glad you were impressed Leslie Anne. And yes, that ice cream was sweet on several levels. 🙂

Karen - July 23, 2016 - 12:31 pm

Still loving getting to be a part of your trip! Waterfalls and the woodsy pictures are my favorites. I saw some amazing ones on a trip to Montana. Sounds like a really “sweet ending” with the ice cream, too! 🙂
So glad you are still enjoying the adventure with us Karen. 🙂 There were certainly enough waterfalls for us in Oregon. I would like to make a trip to Montana one day. I have never visited it, and I know it would be beautiful. Yes, that ice cream was a sweet ending! (Quite a yummy one!)

julia - July 23, 2016 - 1:05 pm

Thanks so much for the wonderful tour! I loved seeing part of our country I’d never seen. Your sons’ gift was so thoughtful~bless their big hearts! Take care. Blessings, Julia
Julia, thank you for reading the post and taking the time to leave your comment. I’m so glad I can show you the things we see on our trips.
Yes, bless our sons’ hearts. We think they are both pretty special guys. 🙂

Design Chic - July 23, 2016 - 5:42 pm

Can’t get over the waterfalls – so beautiful! Love that your sons sent you the ice cream – even better than having it in Oregon! Happy weekend ~
It was simply amazing how many waterfalls there were in the Columbia River Gorge. I now understand why our sons were so emphatic about our seeing that stretch of road.
I agree with you that the ice cream was better than having it in Oregon. 5 pints was MUCH better than the one scoop I would have had in the shop! LOL
Happy Weekend to you too!

Nancy I - July 23, 2016 - 6:10 pm

Hi Kelly!
Kudos for the great travel blogs! My husband and I (and our grown kids and their kids) are all lucky to live in North Idaho, a great place for your next trip west!. Even though we’ve lived in the Northwest for years, it’s so nice to see your blog about areas we’re somewhat familiar with. You’ve shown me some great places to eat and shop at that will be on my list the next time we’re in WA. and OR. Thank you so much for sharing, and keep up the great work!
What a sweet comment Nancy! Thank you so much! And I will add Idaho to our list of possible places to visit when we plan more trips. Glad I could provide you with some places to visit too. 🙂
Have a great weekend!

marianne - July 24, 2016 - 12:56 pm

Greetings Kelly,
As an Oregonian transplanted to Seattle, WA you did a wonderful job highlighting some of my favorites destinations. I am so glad you enjoyed the wonderful falls. Hiking up and beyond where they drop is amazing too. Can you imagine what Lewis and Clark must have thought when they came floating down that massive river out to the Pacific. Next time you will need to stop in the Dalles to visit the Museum that pays tribute to them. Your young men have been raised right, congratulation Mom and Dad!
warm regards,

Garden, Home and Party - July 25, 2016 - 12:51 pm

You are in my favorite “neck of the woods” as Al Roker would say. I love the Pacific Northwest. We’ve been to Oregon but only saw a fraction of what we would like to have explored if time had permitted. You know how much I love the Seattle area. When we visited Oregon (for a wedding) we rented a car and drove to Washington. It’s an amazing coastline and I will definitely return for an in depth tour of the area someday.
Thanks for this.

Amy O'Quinn - July 25, 2016 - 1:18 pm

The Pacific Northwest has long been on my travel bucket list, and you’ve only reinforced it with all the wonderful posts and photos. I LOVE rainy weather, so I think I’d be a happy camper up there! Since reading about your trip, it’s obvious I’d get my quota of rainy days. LOL Glad you all had fun! And…you have some mighty sweet and thoughtful sons–sending the ice cream!

Gina - July 25, 2016 - 2:16 pm

Gorgeous even on a rainy day!! If only we could control the weather on our trips. 😉 And it’s always disappointing not to be able to see all the attractions/eat at the spots we wanted. Hopefully you can make another trip next year. The ice cream was such a thoughtful gift. I love the names. I’m sure they were fabulous. 🙂

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - July 26, 2016 - 5:22 pm

Hi Kelly! Thank you for sharing the beautiful pics and details of your trip! I hope that you and your family had a wonderful time together!

classic•casual•home - July 26, 2016 - 6:27 pm

What a trip! The bridge across the waterfall is amazing. That is just the most thoughtful gift…ice cream…such a thoughtful son. You are doing something right 🙂

Rose - July 28, 2016 - 8:59 am

Hi Kelly–just wondering if you’ve changed the format of your blog to a travel blog?

Barbara (WA) - July 28, 2016 - 11:40 am

Well, once again I can say I’ve been to all these places since we lived in Portland many years ago! Hubby and I met in college there. In more recent years he attended some meetings at Skamania Lodge and I got to tag along. I took long walks around the property and fell in love with the native tiger lilies in bloom. I’m happy you enjoyed this part of our nation – thanks for sharing your travels!

Arlene@Nanaland - July 29, 2016 - 8:45 am

Loved traveling along with you Kelly. I want to go to Portland after reading Portlandia and watching the tv show, Grimm.

Rosemary - July 29, 2016 - 1:57 pm

What thoughtful boys and a delicious surprise 🙂
Sorry it’s been a while Kelly…I’m way behind on commenting ..up to date reading your posts though and enjoying them as always! We’re travelling at the moment and I’ve had a problem with my eye for a few weeks which made reading and writing difficult. It seems to be settling now though.I especially enjoyed reading about all the waterfalls …loved travelling there with you! By the way I thought Stowe was beautiful! I’ll email you when I’m home. My husband and son kept saying we were on the “Kelly Tour” Good fun!:)

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