Bainbridge Island, Western Washington

Bainbridge Island is a short ferry rider from Seattle, but a world apart. Stroll along the main street (Winslow Way), stopping at the lovely, small Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (free). Browse the many local shops, including a fabulous book store (see link below), clothing shops, a toy store, a shop specializing in yarns and teas, novelties, antiques … have fun exploring! Also, walk along the beautiful Waterfront Trail.

As you stroll, check out restaurants for lunch or dinner and relax over coffee or ice cream (don’t miss Mora Iced Creamery).

My favorite restaurants include Restaurant Marche (fabulous French cuisine), Doc’s Marina Grill (on the water) and Café NOLA.

There are several good coffee shops, my favorite being Pegasus, next to Doc’s Marina Grill, where you can relax in a comfortable setting, savor their fabulous coffee and enjoy a pastry or lunch.

Bainbridge Island is perfect for a quick getaway from Seattle as a walk-on ferry passenger. Or you can drive onto the ferry, spend a day or weekend exploring Bainbridge Island and continue westward to the Viking town of Poulsbo and from there continue to the Olympic Peninsula. Enjoy your journey.

 

Photos ~ Bainbridge Island, WA

A Favorite Bookstore ~ Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island, WA

Bloedel Reserve ~ Bainbridge Island, Washington

 

Port Townsend, Washington

Olympic Peninsula’s Port Townsend has retained its small town charm. As you stroll along the waterfront, browse the many unique shops and note the interesting architecture.

My favorite restaurants include Silverwater Café, The Fountain Cafe and Doc’s Marina Grill (on the water).

In Season (May-Sep), you can go on a full day whale watching tour including a two hour visit to Friday Harbor. Every September, the town hosts the Wooden Boat Festival.

You can take the ferry to nearby Whidbey Island (great place to explore) where you can continue your journey (to Seattle or Anacortes and the San Juan Islands) or after touring Port Townsend, you can continue your drive west to Port Angeles and the Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest. It’s a gorgeous area for you to explore and create memories.

Photos ~ Port Townsend, WA

A Favorite Bookstore ~ Imprint Bookstore, Port Townsend, WA

Travel Memoir ~ Nepal

Traveling solo to Nepal in the mid 1980’s was the first time that I encountered the beautiful word “Namaste.”  Instinctively, I knew that it was far more than a simple greeting. A guidebook translated “Namaste” as “I welcome the gods that dwell within you.”

Another translation I found: “I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are one.”

When I hear “Namaste” or see it in print, I think not only of the various translations but also of the fabulous time I spent in Nepal and the many beautiful people whom I met.

I think fondly of a smiling father proudly showing me his young son and the waiters who had such delight when I ordered native food and drink and of people on a local bus giving up their seats for visitors to their country. Read more

Gig Harbor, Washington

Updated Aug 22, 2018 ~ Hazy, smokey day due fires in eastern Washington. Unhealthy air quality. Mt Rainier not visible.

 

April 11, 2018

Kitsap Peninsula’s Gig Harbor has retained its small town charm. Walk about the harbor ~ gaze at Mt. Rainier in the distance ~ explore the local shops and art galleries ~ check out the local coffee shops & restaurants, including Il Lucano (fabulous, Italian), Cutter’s Point (local artisan roasted coffee), Green House, Morso, Tide’s Tavern and Devoted Kiss Café ~ rent a kayak, take a gondola ride, walk Cushman Trail. Located near Tacoma (take time to explore  Point Defiance Park), Bremerton (ferry to/from Seattle) and Port Orchard, Gig Harbor is a terrific stopover when exploring the Pacific Northwest.

 

Photos ~ Southport & Wilmington, NC

Approximately 75 miles north of Myrtle Beach, you will find the southern end of the beautiful Outer Banks. Enjoy exploring and finding your special place.

My favorite restaurants in the area include ….

 

Myrtle Beach, SC ~ Photos

Explore Historic Charleston

Always ranked very high on any list of the world’s best cities to visit (“Top 10” of Travel and Leisure’s 2018 list), Charleston has much to offer you when you visit. You will feel comfortable walking about, browsing the shops and enjoying the local cuisine, beaches and golf courses. Here are some of my favorite things to do:

  • Walk about the beautifully preserved historic area and waterfront
  • Enjoy the quiet of an early morning saunter
  • Contemplate Charleston’s history as you visit Fort Sumter
  • Tour the preserved mansions and gardens
  • Stroll the cobblestone streets
  • Admire the many beautiful flower boxes
  • Gaze at the narrow passageways between homes
  • Marvel at the beautiful gardens, fountains
  • Take a horse-drawn carriage tour
  • Feel the history
  • Dine at local restaurants (Magnolia’s and Eli’s Table are my favorites)
  • Visit any time of the year, as Charleston is a feast for all seasons

Historic Charleston, SC ~ Photos

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