· comments  · 06-9-2011 · categories:links · travel ·
Jordan Ferney | Oh Happy Day!: La Droguerie. Jordan found this amazing shop in Paris after getting a little lost.
Help me find a weekend retreat somewhere in the Pacific Northwest | Ask MetaFilter.
dukebecky: loving locally. Favorite things around Boston, I love lists from locals.
Jordan Ferney | Oh Happy Day!: How to Get to the Paris Flea Market.
Cross-Border Shopping Guide: Canada | Serious Eats. Excellent list of Canadian foods you can bring back home with you.
Paris on a Rainy Day over at Julia Sweeney’s blog. I love this modern staging of the famous painting, though the cars make me sad.
36 hours in my Silicon Valley « Fishy thoughts. Troutgirl takes on the NYTimes 36 hours and gives better suggestions. I’m keeping these for when we return to visit.
· comments  · 04-12-2011 · categories:links · travel ·
· comments  · 02-25-2011 · categories:links · travel ·
Last weekend we headed out for a little weekend adventure on nearby Guemes Island. It’s a tiny place with only a few hundred residents. In the winter there is nothing to do there except walk on the beach and stare into a fire, which was exactly what we hoped for.
We started with brunch in our own neighborhood. Our usual place had a very long wait so we wandered over to Lottie’s Lounge where we found amazing food.
I got the cheesy grits. They are made with heavy cream and cream cheese. Uh huh. Yum. There is some healthy spinach hiding underneath, I promise. They also offer the cheesy grits as a side. If you are there for brunch and don’t try the cheesy grits I will challenge you to a duel.
Then it was off to the island. The Guemes Island Resort is the only place to stay on the island save renting a vacation home. The resort is a small collection of cabins on the water and has been a resort since the 1940s, they keep the spirit of the small getaway really well. It felt welcoming but intimate, well loved and well kept. Like a secret, or perhaps a Catskills resort that you just assume everybody already knows about.
In the summer there is clamming, crabbing, boating, bonfires and exploring the island by bicycle. In the winter there is pretty much just walking along the beach and gazing at the view until it’s dark and time to go inside and make a fire. (Until one ventures out in pajamas and Wellies with flashlights to gaze up at the breathtaking view of the stars through the break in the clouds.)
I like it so much I spent a lot of time considering not telling you about it.
They have a wood fired heated Dutchtub on the grounds, shown above, that you can rent by the day all to yourselves. Dutchtubs are awesome and they regularly defy scale in photographs. The one above would easily accommodate four people even if it possibly looks like it could be a photo of a cereal bowl left on a rocky beach.
The resort has a little camp store that sells well curated beer, wine, food, soap, Slow Loris stuff and a few vacation essentials (flip-flops, sunglasses). Between Anderson’s (see below) and this I am confident to suggest that should somebody, say, decide they could not bear the thought of going back to the grind and instead they, say, immediately took the ferry to Guemes they would have everything needed to be fed and comfortable even if they were to “accidentally” break their car in a way that might take, say, a week or more to repair.
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· comments  · 02-9-2011 · categories:travel ·
Passports & Visas, Design Mom. Gabrielle is documenting how she went about moving her large family to live in France for a year, it’s very helpful and inspiring.
Central Park Nature, a detailed map of the park, via Kottke.
Sprizee :: A simple girl replete with complications: Exploring Paris. A collection of great advice and guides on Paris, including my own set of posts. (Thanks!)
Secret of Paris by Prêt à Voyager and Secret of Paris by Little Brown Pen over at Jordan Ferney | Oh Happy Day! While Jordan is settling into her apartment in Paris she’s gathered people to give their favorite Paris secrets.
Back in the States : All & Sundry. This is a note to myself to rent the cabin Sundry Mourning recommends here. At least, in March when it’s open again.
Top 10 Private Islands – Sunset.com. “Patos Island is the San Juan you haven’t heard of—probably because the only way to get there is to charter a boat to its unnamed beaches and seven campsites ($12/night). Walk the 1.5-mile forested loop trail, check out the tidepools, pick blackberries, or just relax on a bluff.” This? Sounds perfect. Wonder if they have glamping.
Winter Vacation in the Pacific Northwest | Ask MetaFilter. I’m using this for day trip ideas.
Recommendations for All-Inclusive Caribbean Resorts? | Ask MetaFilter.
· comments  · 02-5-2011 · categories:links · travel ·
On my way to the Altitude Design Summit I was sitting in the central terminal and listening to the conversations of the people around me because they all seemed to be talking about the sculpture we were sitting beneath. It’s called Landing, it’s enormous, and it inspired my Christmas tree ornament mobile. It was created by Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schechter, is made of 2800 individual sculptures suspended from the ceiling depicting a snow goose landing on water, the image is mirrored in the water below. As you walk around it the image changes, being a clearer outline from various points.
It’s stunning, the first time I saw it I stopped in my tracks, and when you get closer you see that the small cast objects that make up the image are varied. The goose above the water line are origami, below the water line are salmon, and depicting the various water elements are lots of different objects familiar to the Pacific Northwest.
I took a few quick pictures while I was at the airport, but I’ve borrowed some below to show the sculpture more clearly. If you’re headed through Seatac airport I recommend making your way through the central terminal (where most of the shops and restuarnts are located) to have a look.
Image credit: Ralph Helmick
Image credit: Ralph Helmick
· comments  · 01-25-2011 · categories:travel ·
· comments  · 01-13-2011 · categories:links · travel ·
Scott and I spent last Saturday doing Autumn-y things here in Seattle. First we stopped at Minea Farms, they have a hundred year old apple press and make a variety of ciders. You can taste each variety, and they even have some hot spiced cider for you to try. They also have local honey, syrups, fruit butters and apples for sale. The place is tiny but well worth a visit, they owners are really enthusiastic about what they do. The nearby South 47 farm is very popular, they have a large produce market and lots of u-pick options.
Next we visited a winery tasting room in Woodinville to pick up some wine for dinner that night, and I fell for the Hoodsport Stella Raspberry wine, it’s not too sweet and smells amazingly like fresh raspberries. We passed by a whiskey tasting room and if we’d had more time we would have stopped for that as well.
Then it was off to Snohomish valley and the corn maze at Craven Farm. It was a good corn maze, dense and tall corn, lots of curves and no dead ends. We were lost almost right away. It was great. There are two rooms you have to find and in the second room you have the option of going back the easy way, or the hard way. We took the hard way and got so lost I actually tried to pull up a Google Earth image to see if we could find our way out, but the image was taken when the spot we were standing in was still a bare field. Seeing as we were lost we had time to make some observations.
Somebody wore heels into a corn maze! The first time Scott and I visited a corn maze we came up with the the first rule: Never wear cashmere to a corn maze. I wasn’t wearing the cashmere, on our way in we passed an unhappy couple on their way out. It appeared that the girl had slipped and gotten mud on her sweater and she was not happy. So now we have Rule #2: don’t wear heels into a corn maze.
Somebody wore Coach boots! I wonder if they were rubber boots?
We saw wooly bears!
When we came into the maze a family with two teenage boys came right behind us. The boys were loud and hurried us down an aisle walking too close. They kept pulling down corn stalks and breaking them so that they would hang, sad and broken. The parents didn’t do anything to stop the boys. I didn’t like them. Later on we spotted one of the boys marking Xes into the mud to mark their way. We started rubbing them out and covering the tracks whenever we’d come across them. What? I never claimed to be a nice person. (That boy you see at the end of the row there? Not one of the culprits in question, he was younger and kinder than our victims.)
We finally made it out and headed over to the vast pumpkin patch.
Above us guy in a parachute fan came past and circled over the corn maze a few times. We joked that he was looking for all the people lost inside.
As the sun was setting some hot air balloons rose up from the horizon.
We spent some time at the pumpkin slings. If you hit a target you’d get a prize! We didn’t hit the target.
Craven Farm also has food (chili in a bag! which I think was Frito pie), coffee drinks and pumpkin donuts, roasted corn, produce, many varieties of squash and pumpkins, a hay ride, a petting zoo and lots of stuff for kids to play on. If you only have time to visit one farm I recommend this one. They even have plenty of parking.
On the way back to the car I felt drunk on fresh air. Yay autumn!
· comments  · 10-20-2010 · categories:seattle · travel ·
A few weekends ago some friends and I headed up to Jones Creek Farms to do some apple picking. They have a huge number of trees available for you to wander among and pick. You’re encouraged to take a taste of everything. It’s a lot of fun, wear shoes you don’t mind getting muddy. They have a few carts you can use if you’re planning on bringing back a huge amount of apples.
The farm is located in the Skagit Valley and you can see mountains in all directions. The day we went was overcast and misty.
I have never really shined an apple before, it really works!
We found a few of the famed Bramley trees. There weren’t many apples left for this season.
This Asian pear tasted a bit like butterscotch, it was amazing.
They have a baby cow! They also have chickens and sell cider. If you’re there ask about buying eggs and garlic as well.
· comments  · 10-18-2010 · categories:seattle · travel ·
· comments  · 09-6-2010 · categories:links · travel ·
Next month we’re headed out for a coastal road trip, we’re taking Highway 1 and Highway 101 along the coast from San Francisco to Seattle. It’s going to be epic. I would love to know if anybody has suggestions on places not to miss. I’ve scoured Ask Metafilter for suggestions on this very route and found a bunch of information – one, two, three, four and five. But have you been? Did you find something really great? Oldey timey diner? Ice cream stand? Underrated beach? Tide pools? Regional brewery? Bit of strange American history? Treasure maps?
Any suggestions are very much appreciated!
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