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Monday, July 24, 2017

Escaping the heat

Hubby and I made a little trip to Washington State for 5 days and thought I would share our trip with you.

My plan was to spend all our nights in the Silver Cloud Inn which is right on the Puget Sound. We spent one night and although the view was nice the train across the street that was required to blow its whistle many times every time it crossed the train crossing kept us awake most of the night. Hubby informed me in the morning.....we were moving! Had no idea where but I had planned on driving up to Gig Harbor just for a nice drive so we checked out and away we went.....

This is a map of the west side of Washington and as you can see there are many towns around the Puget sound.
We drove and drove and stopped in a little town called Poulsbo. We had been there before many years ago and I really like it because it had a Scandinavian feel to it. It has become much more commercialized but still a pretty place.
Can you read Poulsbo on the top of the clock?
A fitting mural.

Off we went and headed all the way up to Port Townsend at the very top and these were our views all along the way...............................................

So pretty and cool and more trees than you can even imagine.

We arrived at Port Townsend and out of frustration I told hubby just pull over right here so I could get the gps working and lo and behold it was a cute little Bistro so we went in and had a wonderful lunch. I asked the bartender if she could recommend a hotel that had a restaurant and bar and we went with the second one she mentioned called  The Old Alcohol Plant back down in Port Ludlow (about six miles south from where we were). Oh my did we hit the jackpot on this one. Out of the way, so quiet and unique and pretty...Originally built in 1910 it ran 24 hours a day sending all its alcohol to San Francisco servicing many ships but eventually went belly up and stood abandoned for 65 years when it was then turned into this lovely hotel. However it closed in 2011 and I do not know when it re-opened but I sure hope it is able to stay open for years to come.

Lots of little sitting areas

The restaurant
How about our vase on our table..
and oh the view....

There were very few people here so we got super service and had freshly caught halibut for dinner that was to die for. I tell you I was in heaven here but of course there was more to see so after a fantastic free breakfast of made to order bacon and eggs we decided to go all the way around the end of the state and take a peek at the Pacific ocean.

A peak is about all we got on our long drive as there were trees all along the way. We spent the night in a place called Ocean Crest Resort which was down above the 101 sign on the map and in the first point. The only thing I really liked here was the flowers along the walkway...

This one is taken from underneath as the flowers hung down.

It was a nice enough place but rather snooty and very overpriced for what they offered. I didn't take any pictures of the ocean because it was so depressing. The tide was out and I mean like a long way out and it was very dark and dreary. Not like the pacific coast that you would think of with big rocks and crashing waves.

Next morning we refused to eat breakfast at the hotel again and drove till we found an old fashioned McDonalds:) in a little town called Ocean Shores. Our next and last stop was at Little Creek Casino Resort just above Olympia. This place was huge and we stayed in the new section which had only been open 1 month! The best part was dinner. They had a little place called "The Seafood bar". It was a really small bar setting in the shape of a "u" and this was the menu..
Best sea food ever!!! and very friendly people.

Too soon it was time to go home and I snapped this picture as we were leaving..

See the raven on the top of the fountain? He was eating a clam:)

Made it home safe and sound and it was only 104 when we arrived instead of 120 and today (Mon.) it is only 94. We are having our monsoon season.....a treat if it includes rain and not dust:)



Tired Teacher said...

Your trip sounds like it was wonderful. I love how you and your husband find the neatest places to stay. The old plant looks and sounds divine.

I'm glad you made it home safely.

Carole said...

Interesting places. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Michelle said...

I love seeing your trip and it sounds great. Glad you were able to escape the heat!

Linda said...

What an amazing trip! I have been in that area with Amber back in our Synchro Swim Meet Days when we saw the USA one pool at a time! We were able to linger in any given area since I homeschooled her and used those extra days as field trips.
Internet has been sketchy here at the ranch but I do have to tell you how much I love reading your Buckskin Bessie: Her Lost Letters!

Granny Annie said...

Now that I have a new truck and OnStar you might just have inspired me to take off on an adventure. I envy your travel so much.

Debbie said...

This sounds like a fun trip, 5 days is often the perfect amount of time to be away!! Pretty pictures, you know I love the mural....and I don't like snooty hotels either!!

Good you were able to beat the heat !!!!!!

phann son said...

Oh if only there was such a place on earth.