Rose Garden, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA ~ Photos

The Rose Garden at Point Defiance Park has more than 1500 rose bushes, miniature roses, a wishing well and gazebos. The nearby Fuchsia Garden contains more than 125 varieties or upright fuchsias. The Dahlia Trial Garden is spectacular to walk through as the plants reach heights of more than 6 feet.

Benches are about for you to sit amidst the beauty of this oasis.

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Japanese Garden, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA ~ Photos

A short walk from the Duck Pond and Rose Garden is the exquisite Japanese Garden. It’s a splendid place to sit, relax and reflect on it’s beauty and simplicity.

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Duck Pond, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma WA ~ Photos

The Duck Pond is in the garden area of the Point Defiance Park. On a sunny day, the shade is very welcome. Will have posts/photos of the beautiful Japanese & Rose Gardens. Great way to spend a gorgeous day and in the Pacific Northwest, we take advantage of sunny days.

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Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA ~ Photos

Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA ~ Photos

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees. ~ Henry David Thoreau

This beautiful 700+ acre park has gorgeous woodland trails, gardens, spectacular waterfront views, a zoo and aquarium and a 5 mile drive making it easy to stop and explore. It’s especially gorgeous in summer, with the sun sparkling on the towering trees and the rippling water.

Walking about the Marina area, I was fortunate to see a seal pup north of Owen Beach. The seal was relaxing in the water and seemed to enjoy the attention of people walking by.

Along the Five Mile Drive, stop and check out the 450 year old Douglas fir (Mountaineers Tree) and be enchanted by the forest and the waterfront scenery. There is ample parking plus areas for picnics and numerous paths for hiking.

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In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike. ~ Paulo Coelho

 

A Fabulous Shop, Bainbridge Island, WA

A friend (who had never visited Bainbridge Island) and I went to Bainbridge Island for lunch (Doc’s Marina a favorite) and to walk about. Thanks to her, we visited several shops that I had not visited in a while.

A must visit is Millstream, a marvelous shop on Winslow Way, specializing in “Gifts from the Pacific Northwest.” We spent time looking at all of the beautiful displays: jewelry, clothing, cards, pottery, pillows, coasters, books about the area and gifts. All are beautifully displayed. The shop is conducive to have visitors browse all of the many treasures. I bought two coasters which will remind me of a beautiful day and we will definitely return.

What is always so important when browsing in a store is the customer service and the knowledge of the staff. Millstream get high marks with both. We spoke with Diana about the shop and also Bainbridge (how it has remained such a fabulous place, not getting built up and so crowded like so much of western Washington).

On your next visit to Seattle, I highly recommend Bainbridge Island and Millstream. Check out their marvelous website: http://www.Millstreamseattle.com

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Gorgeous Summer Day, Bainbridge Island, WA ~ Photos

Gorgeous Summer Day, Bainbridge Island, WA ~ Photos

Take the short ferry ride from Seattle. Experience “island time” with lovely walks along the Waterfront Trail and nearby parks. Relish the slower pace.

Explore the unique shops, restaurants, coffee houses (check out Pegasus) and the very popular Mora Iced Creamery. My favorite restaurants include Restaurant Marche (terrific French cuisine) and Doc’s Marina Grill. Both have outdoor seating which is marvelous on a beautiful sunny day.

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.

On each visit, I always find a unique place to explore. My next blog post will be about an enchanting shop that a friend and I discovered for the first time.

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Bloedel Reserve ~ Bainbridge Island, Washington

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

A Favorite Bookstore: Barnes & Noble, Silverdale, WA

As much as I love local, independent booksellers, I also love Barnes & Noble, especially their fabulous store in Silverdale. Enjoy the photos below …. 

  • Knowledgeable staff with great customer service
  • Comfortable surroundings, including a Starbuck’s café
  • Terrific selection of books, all genres, with ample room to browse 
  • Marvelous assortment of games, magazines, puzzles, gifts, socks, calendars, journals, cards, cd’s, dvd’s
  • A beautiful children’s section where they have readings and special events 
  • You can order online to have books delivered to the store for pickup
  • Check out their membership program for discounts on books, dvd’s, cd’s
  • Join their mailing list to learn about special events

Let me share a few favorite quotes about books:

There is no friend as loyal as a book.  –Ernest Hemingway

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.  –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. –Haruki Murakami

Some books leave us free and some books make us free.  –Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.  –C.S. Lewis

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