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

Savor your journeys as you explore our incredible world. 

 

 

 

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

A Favorite Bookstore ~ Imprint Bookstore, Port Townsend, WA

A must browse shop as you tour Port Townsend, conveniently located on Water Street.

  • Very helpful staff
  • Good selection of books, including references and ideas for writers
  • Readings and signings
  • Writing workshops
  • “Quiet Write” rooms

www.writersworkshoppe.com

Photos ~ Port Townsend, WA