2015 Favorites

On this last day of 2015 and you look back on the year, what was your favorite part of it?  Was it a vacation or trip?  A new person (or pet) in your life?  A chance at a new career path?  Did you run your first half marathon?  Spent more time outdoors in nature?

As I update my 2016 calendar for the new year ~ Question: what was my favorite experience of 2015?  Answer: in May… a 5-night trip to Las Vegas.  We did it up VERY well!!!

My Top 16 list of other 2015 outings (in no particular order) are:

  1. Spending the final day of the US Open at Chambers Bay golf course with my dad and husband
  2. Drinking some very fine wine
  3. Enjoying theater.  Favorite: Phantom of the Opera or Mamma Mia
  4. Enjoying concerts.  Favorite Indoor Concert: Candlebox or Muse. Favorite Outdoor Concert: Afrodisiacs at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park
  5. Taking the Victoria Clipper for a weekend to Oak Bay/Victoria BC to catch up with friends
  6. Road trip to Ocean Shores
  7. Road trip to Leavenworth
  8. Flight to Dallas, TX for the Seahawks/Cowboys game and to meet up with my brother/family.  AT&T Stadium is amazing. Pecan Lodge. Iron Cactus.
  9. A dinner boat cruise on the waters of the Anacortes/San Juan Islands area via Mystic Sea Charters and Hellam’s Vineyard
  10. Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square … finding new shops (like Watson Kennedy, Clementines, Fleurt, Timothy De Clue) and restaurants (like London Plane) nearby
  11. Snoqualmie Falls #optoutside adventure
  12. Visiting Chihuly Garden and Glass along with dinner at Sky City and taking in the Puget Sound views via the Space Needle
  13. Tailgating and attending Seattle Seahawks games.  Go Hawks!
  14. Attending a day full of action of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament at Key Arena
  15. Road trip in a Mercedes-Benz convertible to get a pedicure at Tip Top Nails in North Bend
  16. Taste ~ Road trip to visit a friend and check out Dirty Oscar’s Annex and Corina in Tacoma. Honorable mention: Vista Lago Restaurant in Kirkland

And being thankful for other places and people not mentioned here.

What is on your list for 2016?

Oak Bay in April

Oak Bay, a suburb of Victoria, British Columbia … a fabulous place to live and visit.  When I say live I mean it’s a community where you have surf, sand, arts, history, and can enjoy an active lifestyle or a leisurely one. Downtown Victoria is just 10 minutes away where you’ll find all the pleasures of a British city as well as a harbor town. Shopping, restaurants, gardens, and more.  And getting here is simple… helicopter, ferry, float plane, boat.

The first mention should be for the Oak Bay Community Arts Society. The Studio Tour happens twice a year, in April and November.  The artist’s showcase their craft in their home – it is a self-guided tour.  You’ll find photography, paintings, abstract and architectural designs, hand-dyed fabrics, and calligraphy just to name a few.  A pamphlet can be found at http://www.oakbayartists.com  The other annual event is the Bowker Creek Brush-Up Art Show & Sale in August.

Cycle, run, walk, kayak the beautiful coastlines and parks that surround the neighborhoods here.  Wildlife and nature abound as well as the incredible views you’ll experience.  I can recommend Willows Beach (fun to see the variety of dogs from October 1 to April 30) and Cattle Point.  A popular tree in the area is the Garry Oak. The history of Oak Bay has a colorful mix of Edwardian architecture and a glimpse of the Songhees First Nation.   https://www.oakbay.ca/explore-oak-bay/outdoor-activities/public-beaches

And for a taste, stop in at The Snug Pub at the luxurious Oak Bay Beach Hotel.  Enjoy fish & chips and other fine cuisine.   The Snug Pub is Victoria’s first neighborhood pub dating back to 1954.  http://oakbaybeachhotel.com/dining/snug-pub/

Just go.

http://www.oakbaytourism.com/ http://www.tourismvictoria.com/

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