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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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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!:)

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.

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!

Rose - July 28, 2016 - 8:59 am

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

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 🙂

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!

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. 🙂

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!

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.

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,

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!

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!

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. 🙂

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!)

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. 🙂

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!

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. 🙂

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!

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!

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! 🙂

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!

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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.

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!

Seabrook Washington – Part 4 – The Cottage Interiors

Anchor Down exterior Seabrook WAsource

Welcome back for the final part of the Seabrook, Washington posts!  It really really was a cute little town to visit and makes such a wonderful location for a Pacific Northwest beach vacation (or a place to live. 🙂 )  There are over a hundred homes from which to choose for your vacation home rental, and I have chosen just a few for you to see here today.  So let’s get started!

Because Emily from JDC was the one who initially got me interested in Seabrook, I want to start with the home she and her family stayed in for spring break – Anchor Down.

Seabrook WA shingled house

The oceanfront home was decorated in soothing shades of blue.  Here is the living room with the dining area and kitchen in the background.

Anchor Down living room Seabrook WAsource

Emily and her husband have 3 sons and one daughter, so I know they must have really enjoyed having the bunk room in Anchor Down.

Anchor Down bunk room Seabrook WA


If you would like to see more of Anchor Down just click on the source link below the photo above.

Next up is a cottage appropriately named A House By the Sea.

A House by the Sea exterior Seabrook WA


It sits right in front of the Beach Camp Cottages (which I sadly did not photograph while we were there. 🙁 )  Its living room is one of my favorites because it looks so “vintage nautical” in style.

A House by the Sea living room Seabrook WAsource

The kitchen is a pretty space as well.

A House by the Sea kitchen Seabrook WAsource

Again, if you would like to see more of the rooms, just click on the source link above.

Now this next one is huge.  You can take your family and all your relatives with you because it sleeps 15!  And the location is down-right amazing.  It sits on that high bluff near the Idea Houses overlooking the Pacific.  Take a look at Beach Bluff.

Beach Bluff exterior Seabrook WA


Just look at that view from one of the decks!

Beach Bluff ocean view Seabrook WAsource

The colors of the sand and water are used throughout the beautiful interior of Beach Bluff.

Beach Bluff living room Seabrook WA


Beach Bluff kitchen Seabrook WA


Beach Bluff bedroom Seabrook WAsource

Be sure you check out the rest of the house.  It really should be in a magazine (if it is not already.)

Next up is a gray shingled house that looks like it should be located on Nantucket.

Down the Hatch exterior Seabrook WA


 This one is called Down the Hatch. and there are ocean views from each of its three floors.  Again we see blue as the dominant color in the decor.  I especially love the wood ceiling and the trim on all the walls!

Down the Hatch living area Seabrook WAsource

Down the Hatch dining area Seabrook WAsource

And don’t you love the retro refrigerator in the kitchen? 🙂

Down the Hatch kitchen Seabrook WAsource

I said that Down the Hatch looked like it could be located on Nantucket, well the next cottage I want you to see is actually named The Nantucket House. 🙂 (And it too would fit right in with the gray shingled homes on Nantucket.)

Nantucket House exterior Seabrook WAsource

It is located on that bluff overlooking the ocean just like Beach Bluff, and it may be even larger than it because The Nantucket House can sleep 18 guests. Notice that the owners used green shutters on the exterior and green accents on the interior.

Nantucket House living room Seabrook WA


And there is even a green island in the kitchen!

Nantucket House kitchen Seabrook WAsource

Ocean Song is the next house I want to share with you.  The owners have thought of everything in this house.  There is even an entry with a ramp at the back to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers, and the master bathroom has a roll-in shower.

Ocean Song exterior Seabrook WA


Again, I was in love with the wooden ceilings and trimwork on the walls.

Ocean Song living room Seabrook WA


Ocean Song dining room and kitchen Seabrook WAsource

And what a fun bunk room it has!

Ocean Song bunk room Seabrook WAsource

Another home that can accommodate 18 guests is this very large one named The Beach House.  It is located on that wonderful bluff with great views of the water.

The Beach House exterior Seabrook WA


The artwork and accessories give The Beach House an old nautical look.

The Beach House living room


With its retro styled appliances, the kitchen has more of a beachy look rather than a nautical one.

The Beach House kitchen Seabrook WA


The master bedroom opens to a private deck overlooking the Pacific.
(Now that’s romantic. 😉 )

The Beach House master suite Seabrook WA


Now let’s leave the beach side of Seabrook and go over to the middle of town.  Right next to City Hall is a colorful home called The Getaway.

The Getaway exterior Seabrook WAsource

I would think if you were getting married in City Hall, it would be very convenient to be staying right next door in this cute-as-can-be cottage. Of course all those pops of red had a fan in me!

The Getaway living room Seabrook WAsource

The Getaway kitchen Seabrook WAsource

The Getaway bedroom Seabrook WAsource

The Washington House is the last home I want to share with you today.  The old military housing in Fort Vancouver, Washington’s Officer’s Row was the inspiration for its design.

The Washington House exterior Seabrook WA


It is so big, I would think it could be an inn!
With 7 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths, it can accommodate 20 guests.

The Washington House foyer Seabrook WAsource

Right from the front entrance you see the white painted paneling – all used to give the space the feeling of an old beach house.

The Washington House living room Seabrook WA


The Washington House dining room Seabrook WAsource

The Washington House kitchen


And that brings us to the close of the Seabrook, Wahington posts.  Did you like any of the rental houses?  If so, do you have a favorite?  What I really liked was all those clean white painted walls and ceilings.  (Makes me want to paint all of our stained trim here white!)  

Seabrook was not the end of our Pacific Northwest trip.  Next up we will be headed to the Columbia River Gorge with a number of gorgeous waterwalls.  I hope to see you back here for that very soon. 🙂

Until next time…

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Louvina - July 22, 2016 - 12:11 pm

Nice, nice!! I think if I can pick – why not go BIG– Ocean Bluff— where all of us could go and enjoy!! Why not?! 🙂 I liked the blues of course and the white trim. Strange how white trim was what we had back in my childhood because it was not too costly to do and then the natural wood trims came along and now I only want white trim and in the process of changing out trim and doors to white! I feel it makes everything so bright and clean looking!! I’m still working on house projects that were delayed because of schedules and health issues but back on track again!! Taking down popcorn ceiling and getting the right look with paint has been a chore! Finally after 6 shades of paint samples I decided on a color -Smokestack– grayish beige for interior walls! I best like it because it is now ordered!!:) Your blog pictures are my treat and relaxing time interlude! So hot in FL! May as well stay in and paint!! Right?! Hope you are doing well. 💕
You are sooo right about the white trim making everything bright and clean looking. It really makes a difference in a room, doesn’t it? So glad you are back on track with all your projects again. Popcorn ceilings are a major pain, so I do NOT envy you for that one. Hot hot everywhere. Yes, stay in the AC and paint. (We keep putting off starting on the outside here because it is too darn hot.)
Take care, and don’t fall off the ladder! 🙂
Kelly - July 20, 2016 - 9:22 am

Wow, what an exciting and adventurous trip you had! I love seeing the exteriors and interiors of all of these homes. I’m always drawn to clean white lines with pops of blue, so those type of photos always get my attention! I think I would enjoy staying in any of these beautiful homes!
Yes, you would enjoy staying in them Debbie. They are all so very cute! And I am with you. The clean look of blue and white can’t be beat.
Thank you for stopping in to read the post and leave your kind words here.

Carolyn - July 19, 2016 - 8:36 pm

These are all adorable! Love the traditional cottage exteriors and the casual cottage interiors. I, too, like the use of the painted wood (which I think is great for a coastal feel, but for a mountain, wooded, or lake location I still think stained or natural woodwork is nice). Hard to pick a favorite, but I loved the cozy living room of ‘A House by the Sea’ with its rock fireplace and bookshelves. Love the retro refrigerators in a couple of the others, too! Thanks for the tour!
Weren’t they?! I thought all the exteriors of every single cottage in Seabrook was cute. Loved that living room in A House by the Sea too. I’ve looked into those retro refrigerators Carolyn, but I am afraid they are quite out of our budget, but boy do they add charm to a kitchen!
Thanks for reading!

Tricia - July 16, 2016 - 6:58 am

Just stunning, all of them. Oh to dream:)
Oh yes….they certainly had me dreaming!

Vicki - July 15, 2016 - 8:38 pm

My favorite is the last home. I love older homes and history and that home looked like it had a history.
That one did have the character of an older home Vicki. I don’t know if it was the architecture or the accessories they used in their decor, but whatever it was, it certainly did give that home character.
Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

Gina - July 15, 2016 - 2:11 pm

When I think of “coastal” I think of the east, but these homes are very “coastal” and very beautiful!! They are way prettier than the houses we’ve stayed in through the years. 😛 I love how white and bright and clean looking they are too. Each one is decorated perfectly too. Haha, I don’t think you will be painting yours any time soon. 😉 Can’t wait “to visit” the Columbia River Gorge next!!
I’m like you Gina…I think East Coast when I think of coastal. I think these homes would probably fit on any beach area beautifully (but they still remind me of New England. 🙂 )
And you are right…we won’t be painting ours anytime soon…but I can always dream of building another one, right?
Columbia River Gorge is coming right up (just wish it hadn’t been raining when we were there.)
Have a great weekend!

Margaret - July 15, 2016 - 12:05 pm

All the homes were beautiful.
I feel as though I toured the town with you.
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for following along Margaret! I’m so glad you liked the houses!

Garden, Home and Party - July 15, 2016 - 11:35 am

I feel as though I’ve actually visited this charming town. I would love more than one of the houses you’ve shared here today. Down the Hatch is lovely, but I also love Cottage by the Beach. Do I have to choose just one? 🙂
You need to go see it in person Karen. You would love love love it!! And no, you do not have to choose just one. Everywhere we turned there was another beautiful home. 🙂

Bonnie - July 15, 2016 - 10:25 am

I couldn’t pick just one…I thought they were all lovely! They each had aspects that drew me in and made me feel like it would be a wonderful place to have a relaxing time away from home. Thanks for sharing, Kelly!
Yes, picking just one is hard when they are all so pretty! It would be so nice to vacation there. I want to try out the restaurant when we go back. (Of course!) Thank you for reading and following along with us on our travels.
Hope your weekend is wonderful. 🙂

Karen - July 15, 2016 - 9:33 am

A House by the Sea had my vote until I got to The Getaway, because I love red. They are all great in their own ways and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to glimpse “behind closed doors.” Thanks again!
Hard to choose, wasn’t it Karen?! LOL They really do have some cute cottages and pretty homes there in Seabrook. Thank you for stopping by to visit the blog today. I appreciate it!

Katrina - July 15, 2016 - 9:25 am

Oh goodness … Those are some of the prettiest rooms I’ve ever seen! Your trip just looks fabulous!
I LOVE white trim. In fact, of all the millions of things we needed to do in October when we moved, the first thing I sweet talked my husband into doing was painting all the woodstained trim white.
I can’t wait to see your waterfall pictures. My town is called the Land of Waterfalls.
I would love to visit all the places you have shown us. What a great trip! I am so happy you are really living it up! Isn’t retirement just awesome?!
I thought they were so pretty too Katrina. Our trip was a very good one….would love to be going back – especially to see our son. 🙂
I love white trim too and am really thinking hard about putting in some white around here, but I know we have to paint the exterior so that will probably get all my painting desires out of my system! LOL White makes such a difference in brightening up a space; doesn’t it? I’m so glad you were able to paint all that trim in your home project!
Retirement has been busy busy busy! My father was just saying that we have been on the road too much, but you never know when your health is going to stop you from traveling, so we are trying to fit in as much as we can now.
You should make a west coast trip Katrina. So good to hear from you! I hope your weekend is a good one. 🙂

Kay - July 15, 2016 - 7:47 am

Omigosh — they were all outstanding, + my fave is the house with all the red. That exterior! I really have a thing for red window sashes. Meanwhile, I wondered if they had smaller cottages +/or carriage houses for just the 2 of us.
Yay! I’m so glad you liked them Kay. Red just makes houses look so happy I think. 🙂 And they most definitely DO have small rental cottages – quite a few in fact. Check out The Crow’s Nest and also The Ladybug – just to name a couple. The Ladybug is oceanside, so it has a great location.
Happy Friday!

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