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Travel Talk: Bainbridge Island – The Dining and Shopping

ferry ride to Bainbridge Island WAOn our second day of traveling in Washington state, we rose early and took a ferry over to Bainbridge Island from Seattle.  The views were beautiful, but the wind was ffffreezing cold!  Once outside the car on the island I inhaled, and the strong smell of evergreens was absolutely amazing. (I wish I could put a scratch-and-sniff in this post so you could experience it!)  I thought Highlands, NC had the market on that scent, but Bainbridge Island was like 10 times the scent of Highlands!  I just kept sniffing and sniffing and sniffing trying to take it in. 🙂

Blackbird Bakery Bainbridge Island exteriorOur first stop was Blackbird Bakery.

Blackbird Bakery large menuWe were excited to check it out because we had read so many good reviews of it.

Blackbird Bakery spring drinksJust look at all the gorgeous cakes and pies they had on display in that case…

Blackbird Bakery cakesAnd all the muffins and cookies and other treats!
(Are you getting hungry yet?)

Blackbird Bakery pastries

Blackbird Bakery selections

Here was our breakfast that morning (for all 3 of us – not just me!)  Everything was sooooo good!  If you go to Blackbird, be sure to try the Downtowner croissant.  It had a caramelized vanilla sugar that was delicious.  (We went back 3 times – in one day! 🙂 )

Blackbird Bakery breakfast treatsBakeries must be big business on Bainbridge because right down from Blackbird was Coquette Bakery Cart…

Coquette bakery cart Bainbridge Islandand right around the corner in the other direction was Bainbridge Bakers.
(And I believe there may even be 7 other bakeries on the island!)

Bainbridge Bakers Bainbridge IslandThere were also a number of cute cute shops there.
Furnish Bainbridge had furniture, accessories, and a good selection of Dash and Albert rugs.

Furnish Bainbridge shop Bainbridge Island

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Another pretty shop was Plum, located up on a courtyard deck.  They carried home decor items, apparel, and some gift items as well.

Plum Bainbridge Island

If I could give an award for “most charming shop” on the island, it would definitely go to Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. I don’t know how to knit, but I just loved the place!

Churchmouse Yarns and Tea Bainbridge islandI even called our daughter at college from there to ask what kind of tea she wanted me to bring her. 🙂

Churchmouse Yarns and TeaLook!  They had Emma Bridgewater pottery!

Churchmouse Yarns and Tea basketsWouldn’t all of this just make you want to knit?!

Churchmouse Yarns and Tea knitting suppliesSuch beautiful displays.

Churchmouse Yarns and Tea yarnIt is a community place where people can meet, take lessons, or just visit.
(Yes, I loved those black gingham chair cushions. 🙂 )

Churchmouse Yarns and Tea meeting tableAnd wasn’t this a clever way to display those wonderful botanical prints?

Churchmouse Yarns and Tea botanicals

Churchmouse is located right behind Blackbird Bakery.  Across the street and down a bit is Salt House Mercantile.

Salt House Bainbridge Island

I could have spent all my shopping money in there.  They had great pillows, table linens, aprons, and tote bags.  (Unfortunately, my suitcase had no room in it for much of anything else. 🙁 )

Salt House Mercantile Bainbridge Island

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Two doors down from Salt House is Hitchcock Deli, where we stopped for lunch.  Hitchcock is supposed to be one of the best restaurants on the island, and Hitchcock Deli is sort of like their little sister deli.

Hitchcock Deli Bainbridge IslandIt was very busy at lunch.  In fact, there were no tables available so we ending up eating at an outside table across from Churchmouse Yarns.

Hitchcock DeliI ordered a corned beef-on-rye, and I wish I could say that I enjoyed it, but the meat was very very tough.  So I definitely would not order it again.  My husband and son both had other sandwiches.  (One had egg salad, and the other had roast beef.)  They both loved theirs, so it was just the corned beef that was the problem.  (I even had my husband try out my sandwich, and he agreed that it was not good.)

Hitchcock Deli corned beef on ryeFor dinner we had thought about going to Hitchcock, but we decided to try some place different instead. Cafe Nola is located on the other side of Salt House, and it was right down the street from the inn where we were staying so we walked there for our evening meal.  Its French Toast and brunch had been featured on Giada’s Weekend Getaway a number of years ago.

Cafe Nola exterior Bainbridge Island WAsource

The inside decor was cozy and had a European vibe, but because the weather was so wonderful, we asked to dine in their outside seating area.

Cafe Nola Bainbridge Island

My husband’s salmon was quite delicious!

Cafe Nola salmon Bainbridge IslandMy son and I both ordered the Picadillo Tacos.  While the dish was well prepared, and all the accompanying sides were very fresh tasting, neither of us cared for the meat.  (It tasted like chili…not what we were expecting in a taco.) Next time, I want to try their beet salad, and my son might get their steak.

Cafe Nola tacos Bainbridge IslandOf course no trip to Bainbridge Island would be complete without going to this place…

Mora Iced Creamery Bainbridge Island WA

Mora Iced Creamy.
So after we finished dinner, we walked across the street and down a block for our dessert there.

Soooo many yummy sounding choices
(and they let you sample all you want!)

Mora

I had a difficult time choosing between the Espresso Mocha and the Swiss Chocolate.

Swiss chocolate ice cream at Mora Bainbridge Island, WA

Swiss Chocolate with its chocolate shavings and swirled dulce de leche won.
It was chocolate heaven. 🙂

Now please don’t think that all we did on Bainbridge Island was eat. (I mean we did do a lot of it, but that wasn’t everything. 🙂 ) Remember, this post was about the dining and shopping there.  We did plenty of sightseeing, and that will the topic for the next post.  I have been sewing and sewing and sewing for the last few days (drapes for 6 windows!) but I am finally finished with that big project, so hopefully blogging will be back to a little more regular schedule.

See you soon with an inn and some beautiful houses on Bainbridge Island.

Until next time…

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maria - June 14, 2016 - 9:17 pm

I hope you’ll visit my hometown of Edmonds, WA on one of your visits! Bainbridge is a great town!! Glad you are enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Seattle area!

Jean - June 14, 2016 - 9:18 pm

Fabulous information – I’m adding this for a day trip this summer!

Leslie Anne Tarabella - June 14, 2016 - 9:22 pm

You always find the cutest places to shop! Each one was better than the one before. And those cakes . . . !!! Oh dear. What a great time you must have had.

Vicki - June 14, 2016 - 10:10 pm

Oh, what a wonderful vacation! I would love to visit there! Would love the ice cream and I want to see the Emma Bridgewater pottery. I hope you bought a piece!

Jane - June 14, 2016 - 11:17 pm

My husband and I went to Seattle and Bainbridge island a few years ago. We loved it, too! I remember going into the tea and knitting shop. We ate lunch at a place called Nola’s. Thanks for the memories!

Kathy - June 14, 2016 - 11:45 pm

I could almost smell it…but then, I know that smell. How fun! The shops reminded me of the shops in Highlands. At least that is what I was picturing. Oh, my…all of those bakeries and your meals looked delicious. (Anita, did you see how those botanical prints were displayed???) Anita and I have discussed that, Kelly. (Anita owns the coolest shop ever in Richmond, Virginia called Very Richmond Gifts.) And, Kelly, I bet you would not be surprised to learn that my favorite ice cream is Swiss Chocolate Almond! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

Tricia - June 15, 2016 - 12:19 am

Hi Kelly. Brainbridge Island sounds like a perfect gem, all those bakeries and cute decor shops. I know I would have over indulged.

Karen - June 15, 2016 - 6:50 am

I had forgotten that you went to Bainbridge Island, and when I read the title, I wondered if you would mention Churchmouse Yarns. Thank you for the lovely tour of this charming shop. I am a knitter and subscribe to their newsletter, the shop is just as I imagine and more! Oh how I’d love to sit on one of those black & white cushioned chairs, sip tea and knit one of their patterns in a luscious yarn, a girl can dream!

Bonnie Auld - June 15, 2016 - 9:17 am

Kelly, although I’ve never thought about visiting some of the places you share, I surely have enjoyed going on your visits with you. Your pictures and comments make me feel as if I am there, and I continue to enjoy the highlights of your trips…wondering if I should add one or two of these places to my bucket list.

anita - June 15, 2016 - 10:07 am

Thank you for sharing your trip. I have been wanting to go to Seattle for some time and this post may just encourage me to do so. Going to wonderful restaurants is just part of the fun! Glad all your technical computer issues have been solved!

Dawn - June 15, 2016 - 10:57 am

Kelly,

Thank you for the e-trip. I always enjoying seeing where you go, what you eat and what you do. Thanks for sharing. I cant wait to see what is next.

Marianne in Mo. - June 15, 2016 - 12:26 pm

Love shopping and eating with you! 😉 Less money spent and no calories, but you sure had me drooling! Ha! Love the smell of evergreens, especially when it’s humid. First time I experienced that was in Banff, Alberta. Pure heaven, I too wish I could bottle it and bring it home.
Drapes for six windows – wow, that’s a lot of labor! But if it’s half as hot there as it is here, you may as well be inside doing projects!
Thanks for the visit to Bainbridge!

Gina - June 15, 2016 - 2:37 pm

What a fun place to visit! I would love the shops and especially the bakeries!! 😀 Now, I am craving chocolate ice cream! 😉

Rosemary - June 15, 2016 - 4:06 pm

Thanks for sharing all of this Kelly …from the scent of the evergreens as you stepped off the boat …. I feel as though I was actually there with you. I hope you don’t mind!! 🙂 Bainbridge Island seems like my kind of place. So many great places to eat . I can imagine strolling around, wandering in and out of the shops and wishing I had brought an extra suitcase to transport everything home!
Once again, many thanks for all the great photos. Your photographs are so much better than any guide book I’ve bought.
Take care …hope you’re having a great week.
I keep meaning to ask, we’re visiting Disney in October …are we likely to see your daughter or is she working behind the scenes. I hope you don’t mind me asking.
Rosemary

DiAnne - June 15, 2016 - 4:36 pm

Kelly,
One thing I liked in Seattle was watching the coming and going of the ferries on the water. All those bakeries and shops in Bainbridge are just so perfect. Love the colorful chalkboard.
This area of the world is just beautiful. When you go back take the high speed ferry to Victoria, BC and go to the Buchart Gardens. I like the story of the gardens, the people who created them. Next time I go I will have to go to Bainbridge. The flowers at Pikes Market are so gorgeous and reasonably priced as I remember.
Thanks again for taking us along with you.
DiAnne

Garden, Home and Party - June 15, 2016 - 6:00 pm

Hi Kelly,

Your post makes me want to plan a trip to see my friend on Bainbridge. I love the island and eating, while important, is the second best thing for me. The homes, if you drive around are so wonderful. I always make my friend take me on a driving home tour.

I’m sorry you had a couple of dud meals, but I’m with you, if I lived on the island I’d definitely take up knitting so that I would have an excuse to visit Churchmouse every week!
xo,
Karen

Barbara Livdahl - June 15, 2016 - 7:16 pm

How fun to read about your day on “my” island! My hubby’s office is a block behind Cafe Nola so you sure we’re in our neck of the woods. We live on the north end of the island so I tend to pop over the bridge to Poulsbo often. My sons/families live there so you can understand. 😁

Carol - June 15, 2016 - 8:06 pm

Looking forward to getting over to Bainbridge again soon.

Linda - June 17, 2016 - 10:13 am

I don’t really sew but think I could do straight lines! I would love to see detailed instructions, and pictures if possible on making drapes. Will you give us a tutorial on making drapes?

Lisa - June 17, 2016 - 11:20 am

Oh,I’m so happy for you to get to travel now that you & your husband have retired. Enjoy every minute. Have you seen the retro camping gear in the June issue of Country Living? I know you’ll love it as much as I do. Love the look of 40’s & 50’s style summer cabins & lodges.Think “On Golden Pond”

Angela - June 18, 2016 - 9:18 pm

I to would love some sort of tutorial for the curtains. Looking forward to see what rooms you made them for.

At Rivercrest Cottage - June 18, 2016 - 11:10 pm

Hope you made it down the road to a lovely little town we used to live in…Poulsbo WA. Reading your post I’m amazed how much has changed on Bainbridge. It was a sleepy little town when we left the area in 2002. I loved seeing all the new places and especially the bakeries. Makes me really want to go back for a visit.

Travel Talk: Seattle, Washington Day 1

Pike Place MarketI’ve not been playing hooky for a week.  Instead, I have been having MAJOR tech problems with the blog.  So major I had to hire some help from an internet security company.  (If you need website protection, talk to the kind folks at Wordfence. They are professional, efficient, and patient with people like me who know nothing about computers.)  Besides those problems, I was also getting so much comment spam coming through that I had to remove the option for leaving comments on posts that are more than 5 days old. But hallelujah I think we have everything back to normal now!  So let’s travel today. 🙂

When we first started planning our trip to visit our son, I thought we would spend each night at his apartment in Bellevue (right outside of Seattle) and we’d spend our days exploring nearby areas. As we got further into the planning and into conversations with him, it became apparent that plan was not the best one.  There were too many places to see that were too far away to be day trips.  So the plan changed.  We actually ended up making somewhat of a roadtrip out of our time there – mostly on the Olympic Peninsula, but we did manage to see a bit of Seattle on our first and last days of the trip.  So today, I want to share a bit of Seattle with you.

Where was the very first place this Southern girl wanted to visit after we were picked up at the airport?  Pike Place Market of course! 🙂  I could have stayed there all day just looking at the buckets full of those gorgeous flowers! (and the fish, and the produce, and…well…everything else!)

Pike Place flowersBut I didn’t. 🙂  We went to lunch at Place Pigalle, a charming restaurant right behind the market (not an easy one to find though.)  Thank you for the recommendation Karen!

Place Pigalle restaurant Pike Place MarketYou can take a look at the menu.

Place Pigalle restaurant menu SeattleThese were truly the views from the windows by our little table.

Place Pigalle view

We could not have had a better view. 🙂
Place Pigalle table viewOur son ordered the duck confit.

Place Pigalle duck confitI had a beet salad that was delicious,

Place Pigalle beet saladand my husband had the roasted chipotle chicken sandwich.

Place Pigalle roasted chipotle chicken sandwichAfter lunch we explored the streets around the market.

Pike Market street shopsLots of colorful produce stalls lined the walks.
Franks Produce Pike Market

 I hopped over a block or two to visit the smaller Watson Kennedy shop at the Inn at the Market.

Watson Kennedy Courtyard of the Inn at the MarketThey only allowed one photograph inside.
(Yes, I obeyed the rules. 🙁 )
Watson Kennedy Courtyard of the Inn at the Market interior

Then I walked back over to the market where my son and husband were enjoying some interesting drinks at Rachel’s Ginger Beer.

Rachels ginger beer Pike Place Market

Emily over at Jones Design Co. had recommended Beecher’s cheese to me, but we were still too full from lunch to try any.  I’ll try it on our next trip there.

Beechers Cheeses Pike PlaceWe did check out THE original Starbucks.

the original StarbucksWhen we finished shopping at the market, we drove back to our son’s apartment, dropped off our luggage, and then drove a bit to Chism Beach Park there in Bellevue.  It had lovely trails…

Chism Beach Trail Bellevue WAand a nice waterfront area.

Chism Beach Bellevue WAFrom there we headed over to Gasworks Park on Lake Union in Wallingford.
Here’s your history lesson for today:

This 20 acre point on Lake Union was cleared in 1906 to construct a plant to manufacture gas from coal – later converted to crude oil. Import of natural gas in the 1950’s made the plant obsolete. The city acquired the site for a park in 1962. The park was opened to the public in 1975. The boiler house has been converted to a picnic shelter with tables, fire grills and an open area. The former exhauster-compressor building, now a children’s play barn, features a maze of brightly painted machinery.” (from here.)

Gasworks Park SeattlePeople were relaxing everywhere.  There were picnics, kites, bicycles.  It was most definitely a laid back vibe, and I loved it. 🙂

Gasworks Park eveningAfter walking around the park a bit, we headed back to our son’s apartment to play a video game (truly!) and then it was time for dinner.  Our son’s pick for the evening was 8 Oz. in Ballard.8 Oz Burger Ballard WA

They had many interesting burgers on the menu.8 Oz Burger menu page 1And SHAKES!
yum

8 Oz Burger menu page 2Of course I just had to check out the espresso- oreo one!
(It didn’t last long. 🙂 )

8 Oz Burger espresso oreo shakeSweet potato tots were our shared appetizer.

8 Oz Burger Ballard WA sweet potato totsMy husband said this was his favorite meal of the entire trip. All of our burgers were very good (but I had a different favorite meal I’ll share with you later.)  The pickles really make the burgers at 8 Oz. to me., and the garlic fries were great.

8 Oz Ballard WA burgers and friesAnd that was our first day in Seattle.  I will have more tourist-y things from the city on the last day of our trip, but we had to get to bed early that night.  We wanted to catch an early ferry the next morning so that we could have breakfast on Bainbridge Island.  So stay tuned for an amazing bakery and some charming shops on Bainbridge coming up next.

Until next time…

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N from Va - June 8, 2016 - 3:12 am

Ooh. Love the menus and delicious details about the food. And the photo of people enjoying the park (and sun!). Can’t wait to read more.

Rosemary - June 8, 2016 - 3:58 am

Hi Kelly, good to hear from you and I’m glad that your absence was only caused by “techy” problems. I can imagine how irritating they were for you though.
I never imagined that Seattle was such a lovely city …another place to add to my ever growing list! 🙂 your meals look delicious …thanks for sharing the pictures and I love how you always include the menus too.
I’ve read about Bainbridge Island so really looking forward to hearing all about your visit there.
Take care and have a good week.
Rosemary

Gabrielle - June 8, 2016 - 4:51 am

Hi Kelly

It sounds as though you had a wonderful day in Seattle. I have a poster of Pike Market, purchased on our honeymoon, but not in Seattle, in Savannah!I went through all these posters in a framing shop, and chose it for the lovely colours. It is still not in a frame, and it was purchased 26 years ago! I may just have to pull it out and get it up on the wall.

Tricia - June 8, 2016 - 6:10 am

Hi Kelly it’s so much fun waking up to a post from you. Nice to get away from all your techy problems and visit family in another side of the country, and best of all we get to tag along for the ride, a great way to start them day!

Susie in MO - June 8, 2016 - 8:13 am

You’re in my hometown! ENJOY – I’m excited to say I will be there myself in a couple weeks – the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences national conference is in Bellevue. It is going to be very weird to stay in a hotel in a town where I used to be a kid…but even more exciting is the weekend at Cannon Beach OR prior. Hope you made it to the coast, it is breathtaking.

Debra - June 8, 2016 - 8:40 am

Talk about a feast for the senses. Looks like you and your husband are having a fun start to retirement. I bet your son loves Seattle. It looks gorgeous. My third daughter was just mentioning yesterday that she’d love a Momma/daughter trip there. I am not the greatest air passenger but a flight such as that is more doable than flying to Europe every summer as our eldest daughter does. Love the picture you took at the park and I’m with your husband… finishing with a burger…… my kind of day!

Gwen - June 8, 2016 - 8:43 am

What a great post! I haven’t been to Seattle in years and you sure made me want to visit again! And it’s only 7:45a.m. here and you really made me hungry!:) Hope you had a wonderful time with your son and may all your computer issues be long gone.

Julie in Asheville - June 8, 2016 - 10:35 am

Hi Kelly – Like you, whenever I have computer problems a phone call for help is in order. Love the pics and hate to admit this, but I actually considered moving to Seattle just so I could shop at Pike Place Market! Your burger stop looked amazing. BTW, in an early post some months ago, folks were talking about the movie The Holiday, and I had to admit I’d never watched it. Well, that is now off my list….and I loved it. Looking forward to more pics from the State of Washington.

cindy - June 8, 2016 - 10:44 am

I have not been to Seattle in quite some time. It is such a great walking city (if the weather cooperates). I am anxious to hear about the rest of your trip!!

Kathy - June 8, 2016 - 10:55 am

Visited Seattle area when my niece and her husband were stationed at Whidbey Island – several years ago. Would love to go back again. Loved all those neat little towns surrounding the area. Thanks for sharing.

Ruth - June 8, 2016 - 11:05 am

Thanks for this! We’ve been considering a trip to Seattle, and your photos provide a better sense of its atmosphere than do the guide books and online photos I’ve perused. Seattle will have to wait until next year (this year: Boston), but you’re helping me to prepare. Happy travels! 🙂

Maria - June 8, 2016 - 11:21 am

I miss my Seattle home. But enjoying all that I can while living here in SoCal. Enjoy your time!!!

Dawn - June 8, 2016 - 11:22 am

Kelly,

I understand technical difficulties. My laptop has been with an it guy for two weeks due to a virus. I am back now and loving your Seattle trip. Thanks for sharing it with us. Those burgers look amazing but the view you had at the first restaurant looks spectacular. Keep it coming, girl!

Garden, Home and Party - June 8, 2016 - 12:30 pm

Kelly,
What a fun trip so far. I’m happy you were able to visit Place Pigalle. I will definitely try 8 Oz. next time we visit.
Can’t wait to hear about the rest of the trip.
xo,
Karen

kathy - June 8, 2016 - 12:36 pm

What a fun trip! I have wanted to visit Seattle since I read Katie’s post, “Seeing Seattle” at numbersandnails.com. All of your food looks fabulous! Did you go to the Seattle Antiques Market? I can’t wait to see your next post. I love it when you have titles like “Day 1” which implies there is more to come!

Kelly - June 8, 2016 - 1:35 pm

I love your travel posts (well, I love ALL your posts!;)the scenery, the menus etc. I typically eat my lunch while reading your posts and today as I was looking at all that gorgeous restaurant food, I wondered,”What does Kelly eat for lunch at home on a normal day?”. Care to share?:).

Sherry - June 8, 2016 - 4:24 pm

Grrrrreat post! I always said you would make a good travel agent. Thanks for sharing your trip. Can’t wait to see more. I have a friend that will be going to Seattle in July. I will definitely share this with her. At least I can travel vicariously through my friends!

Barbara Livdahl - June 8, 2016 - 4:51 pm

I live on Bainbridge Island – can’t wait to read that part of your travel stories!

Barbara Livdahl - June 8, 2016 - 4:52 pm

And my sister lives in Ballard!

Gina - June 8, 2016 - 5:06 pm

Yea! Another trip we get to follow along! 🙂 Looks fabulous so far. Beautiful views, great shopping and delicious food…haha, and of course your son, sounds perfect!

classic•casual•home - June 8, 2016 - 7:30 pm

YOUR TRIP REPORTS ARE THE BEST 🙂

Donnamae - June 8, 2016 - 8:20 pm

Oh…another trip…yippee! Love these…only problem, I get hungry after reading! All that great food….goes well with the history lessons! 😉

Marianne in Mo. - June 8, 2016 - 10:15 pm

Love travel posts! Makes me feel like I went with you! I look forward to the rest!
I saw you had posted today, but…..
I have been obsessed the last few days watching the D.C Eagle cams from the American Eagle Foundation. I don’t know why I can’t pull myself away, but I simply can’t! I highly recommend it to teachers for the classroom. Seems the kids really enjoy it.

Back to the Eagles!

Kris - June 8, 2016 - 10:19 pm

Welcome to Seattle, this is my hometown and you hit a great time of year to come.

martha - June 8, 2016 - 10:24 pm

Kelly, this post brought back a lot of memories. My brother got married in Centralia, Washington 27 years ago. It was August and we were so amazed with the weather…it was August and we had left the hot, humid south to find perfection….sunny, warm and NOT humid. A few ladies at the reception were complaining about the heat…..we secretly rolled our eyes…they have no idea. We stayed out there a week driving up the coast, visiting Buchart Gardens and riding the ferry around the Soloman Islands(not sure if I spelled either of those right) The huge baskets of beautiful flowers were everywhere and it was very charming. My dear sister-in-law says we hit the jackpot as far as the weather was concerned…she says to have 7 days with no rain is very uncommon and that it can be very dreary and chilly in the summer. We left with great memories and I know you will too.
Glad you got your tech problems solved!

Bobbie - June 9, 2016 - 9:13 am

Great post. My two sons live in Redmond and I have three brothers in that area, too. I love Seattle and now I have a few new places to visit next time I go there! Thanks!

MARIANNE - June 9, 2016 - 4:47 pm

Glad you had the opportunity to visit Seattle and all the tourist places. How did you like that floating bridge as you traveled to Bellevue? I hope you were able to view Mt. Rainier as you landed into Seattle, pretty amazing. Possibly you where able to take a day hike up to Paradise which is Heaven here on earth. So as a hiker it sounds as if you are one your way to Hurricane Ridge and the Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Pennisula, for a differen kind of “moss experience.” If your husband likes to hike he will definitely becoming back to experience the North Cascades when he has a chance. Ask your son to sleuth out the opportunity to take a ferry and bike through the charming little harbor towns in the San Juans Island. Very different coastal living from the East coast beach life. Enjoy time with family.

Design Chic - June 9, 2016 - 9:07 pm

Aren’t computer problems the worst?! I love Seattle. We haven’t been in years, but, the market was a favorite, and we had a picnic at Mt Ranier which was beautiful. Enjoy your son and can’t wait to hear more!

Cindy T - June 9, 2016 - 10:45 pm

Hi Kelly! Your trip sounds amazing! We enjoyed a trip there years ago but would love to go back. Can’t wait to hear about the test of the trip! And can’t computers be annoying!😊

Kim - June 10, 2016 - 5:59 pm

We visited Seattle several years ago for a business conference followed by an Alaskan cruise. It was HOT in Seattle which was unusual. I could not believe the flower market. I sure wish we had those here and it was fun watching the fish throwing. Looks like you found some mighty good food again.

Bonnie - June 12, 2016 - 12:13 am

I so enjoy your travel posts…it’s almost like being there. Thanks for sharing your travels and special places with all of us.

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - June 12, 2016 - 1:25 pm

Hi Kelly! I’m glad that your computer problems are solved! And thank you so much for sharing your trip! There are a lot of travelling in the air these days at Talk of the House, isn’t it? 🙂 I can’t wait to discover the next posts! And these sweet potatoes tots look yummy! I’ve never tried it yet but I’m already looking online for a recipe!
xoxo
CLaire

Sally - June 14, 2016 - 2:12 pm

I will be in Seattle next week and I can’t wait to explore some of the same sites.

At Rivercrest Cottage - June 14, 2016 - 9:32 pm

thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures. I use to live in the area (Poulsbo WA) so made me a little envious.

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