Roche Harbor’s 130th Anniversary

Roche Harbor is celebrating its 130th Anniversary. That’s 1886 – 2016.  For the month of May, the  Hotel de Haro is offering 30% off reservations at Hotel De Haro.  Some rooms and suites have received a facelift too.  Explore and enjoy!

http://www.rocheharbor.com/ https://www.facebook.com/rocheharbor

Note: I know from personal experience that May is a fabulous month to visit, stay, dine, shop, experience nature or see the art and history of this romantic island resort. See July 2013 post for more info.

La Marzocco Cafe Seattle

If you are an espresso lover or if you like the finer things in life, you’ll want to head to La Marzocco Cafe and Showroom ~ its first cafe in Seattle which opened this month at Seattle Center in KEXP’s new headquarters.  Check out the company history and see the display of high-end commercial and home espresso machines.  Also, you’ll benefit from trying coffee from a variety of guest roasters from around the world.

For more information on La Marzocco and La Marzocco Cafe and Showroom, see http://www.seattletimes.com/business/retail/la-marzoccos-cafe-aspires-to-curate-the-coffee-experience/

The 1st Full Day of Spring

It’s the first full day of spring 2016. It’s a mix in the Pacific Northwest…rain, grey skies, and yet the the trees and flowers are budding and blooming.

Did you see that Easter next year will be on April 16th?   But, it is not the latest date on record. http://www.snopes.com/holidays/easter/easterdate.asp

A Spring Verse from http://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-spring-2016-vernal-equinox

One swallow does not make a spring.

Bluebirds are a sign of spring; warm weather and gentle south breezes they bring.

In spring, no one thinks of the snow that fell last year.

Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.

Spring-time sweet!
The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.

 

Project 562

An inspiration plenty.  The Hibulb Cultural Center is showcasing the Project 562 exhibit….ends June 11th!  Matika Wilbur is presenting an extraordinary exhibition of portraits of Native Americans devoted to the protection of the sacred and the natural.  In three words… beautiful. inspirational. powerful. There are 562+ tribal nations in the United States.  View the exhibit and check out project562.com

http://www.hibulbculturalcenter.org/

Northwest Washington weekend

Spending time in Northwest Washington, even in winter, will make your weekend or weekday a good one.  It’s March and at this time of year you’ll see budding trees and flowers as you make your way from one city (or town) to another.  You just might experience a rain and wind storm too.

Start the weekend off right with a wine tasting at Hellams Vineyard in La Conner and go in search of daffodil fields.  Enjoy a tasty dinner at A’Town Bistro in Anacortes. End the weekend with a day in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

While in Friday Harbor, stop in at San Juan Island Cheese for sparkling wine and the World Board.  The cheeseboards and lunch plates  are delicious at this small family-owned local cheese counter and lunch bistro.  Sip wine, taste cheese, eat lunch, eat in or take it to go.

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So Satisfied.

Elwha watershed = booming with life

A road (and ferry) trip to the Olympic Peninsula is on the list.

The Elwha watershed is booming with new life, after the world’s largest dam removal. Read more…

http://projects.seattletimes.com/2016/elwha/

Join reporter Lynda V. Mapes for a discussion about the Elwha dam removal, hosted by the Seward Park Audubon Center. March 8th event is sold out but a second date is tbd. http://m.bpt.me/event/1376853

16 for 2016

So, it’s the start of the new year ~ what do you want to see and do this year?  Here are 16 (for 2016!) that you might want to consider:

  1. Visit Deception Pass and the Rosario Beach/Bowman Bay area
  2. Head East from Seattle to Suncadia Resort ~ taste, relax, play
  3. Snoqualmie Falls
  4. Stay at Fort Flagler State Park
  5. Wine tasting in Walla Walla ~ make a long weekend of it as there is much to taste
  6. Explore the Kalaloch area of the Washington Coast
  7. Vancouver, British Columbia
  8. Attend at least (6) six festivals or fairs (ex: Washington State Fair, Poverty Bay Wine Festival, Bumbershoot, Fremont Fair, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Bellevue Arts & Crafts Fair, Issaquah Salmon Days, Ellensburg Rodeo, Bremerton Blackberry Festival, Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, Taste Washington… just to name a few).
  9. Take a hike and see Silver Falls at Silver Falls State Park in Silverton, OR.   It’s just short of 4 hours reach.
  10. Run/Walk a 5-K
  11. Haven’t been camping in awhile? Maybe this is the year.
  12. Take more pictures (and less selfies)
  13. Visit (and support) the beautiful area of the Methow Valley.  Winthrop, Twisp, Mazama and more… the activities and beauty abound.
  14. Go crabbing in the waters near Anacortes
  15. Leavenworth ~ take in Oktoberfest, Christmas Lighting Festival or visit anytime of the year
  16. Do it Local.  See: an Everett Silvertips hockey game.  Hear: local musicians. Smell: the fresh air of a nearby beach or park. Taste: a meal at a new restaurant or food truck.  Touch: shop at a neighborhood boutique.

Priorities

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule  your priorities. ~ Stephen Covey

Happy New Year 2016!

What are your priorities for this new year?  If something isn’t working, change it. Ask yourself, would it be better if I did it differently?