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This is a map of various locations we've featured in our posts or wanted to draw attention to for some other reason. Looking for routes? You can find them on our routes page.
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November 28, 2023

Wiley Slough Area

The Wiley Slough and Skagit Wildlife area are a possible place to find wintering swans. Note: area is closed for renovations through November 2023.
21905 Mann Rd, Mount Vernon, WA 98273, USA
Mount Vernon
98273
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December 14, 2023

Wick Heritage Museum

Historical museum in Wick.
20 Bank Row, Wick KW1 5EY, UK
Wick
KW1 5EY
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November 3, 2023

Whale Watching

The address here is the one for Orcas Island Eclipse Charters or Orcas Island Excursions, but other whale watching opportunities abound in the San Juan Islands.

You may see orcas, humpback whales, or just have a lovely boat ride.
8368 Orcas Rd, Eastsound, WA 98245, USA
Eastsound
98245
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March 25, 2024

Western Red Brewing Poulsbo

Western Red Brewing Poulsbo is one of the town's many small, craft, breweries. It has a nice taproom on Jensen Way near downtown Poulsbo.

They occasionally have game nights or pizza events.
19168 Jensen Way NE Box 2905
Poulsbo
98370
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March 25, 2024

Viking Ice Cream

You might not even be aware of Viking Ice Cream Poulsbo. It's "Forge" is located in a strip mall off Viking way. Visitors are more likely to buy ice cream at Island Cool when they visit town due to the location.

But you may have encountered it if you:

  1. Live here

  2. Have gone to VikingFest (and as aside, I seem to recall the ice cream being called Viking FEAST and note that this has changed. Or was that my imagination?)

  3. Have shopped in a few of the local retailers that carry it (Red Apple grocery next door to the "Forge" does).


So if you want some authentic Poulsbo ice cream, I recommend it. My favorite is the pumpkin, which you can only get seasonally.

If you visit the Forge, they are open odd hours, generally around 11:00 but check the door as the sign may make it look like they're not open.
20373 Viking Ave NW
Poulsbo
98370
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April 4, 2024

Verksted Gallery

The Verksted gallery is an artists' cooperative gallery in Poulsbo which means it has an eclectic variety of art, photography, ceramics and is a great place to find a gift!

One thing I love here is the collection of small (guitars? ukeleles?) stringed instruments made out of cigar boxes.
18937 Front St NE
Poulsbo
98370
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March 25, 2024

Valhöll Brewing

Valhöll Brewing Poulsbo is one of the city's many small craft breweries. They feature a very nice small seating area.

It's easy to notice this one. The building may be a bit nondescript but you'll notice the huge Viking logo on the front.

I'm not a beer drinker, but my spouse reassures me that their beer is very good.
18970 3rd Ave NE
Poulsbo
98370
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November 28, 2023

University Bookstore

University Bookstore likes to boast of their (deserved) title of being Seattle's oldest bookstore. They started out in UW's Denny Hall in 1900 and have been in their present location since 1924.
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
Seattle
98105
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October 12, 2023

Underground Hygge: The Hobbit House in Orondo

Of the Washington State Hobbit Houses listed in this post, this is the winner for most-Hobbitish. Nestled in the hillsides of Orondo, WA, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, it’s extremely private and has all the right features for living as a Hobbit…
We wrote more about it in this post and this post.
294 Mountain Spg Rd, Orondo, WA 98843, USA
Orondo
98843
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December 14, 2023

Ullapool Viewpoint

Viewpoint overlooking the loch in Ullapool and one of the "official passport" stops on the NC500 route.
VW77+8J Leckmelm, Garve, UK
Ullapool
IV23 2RH
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42 thoughts on “Places”

  1. I’m not adding this to the main post as it’s not in Washington State…but I’m hoping to get going with my rooftop tent this summer and take a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway…we’ll see. If I do, I may need to take a brief detour to visit this little Hobbit hole that I found in Northern California. It’s tiny at 300 feet…but the toadstool in front is a nice touch 🙂

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  2. I don’t have any walking issues but I love trekking poles! So good for balance and stability. I’d always use two over one, as that way both sides are balanced. Once you get into a rhythm they also provide a good workout because of the muscles you use with them, so I definitely think they’re worth it (and that’s a good case for using two – you don’t want mismatched sides)

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    • Thanks for supporting my cause! Yes, I think they add to the workout — they give my upper body a bit extra when I use them (and it needs it!)

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  3. Hi! I know some visitors here have been following comment updates on this post. I just realized that logged out users were being challenged by a CAPTCHA that was impossible to capture! That’s been fixed, and the persons responsible have been sacked (not really, because that would mean…me).

    Anyways, comments are working again if you feel like leaving a comment. If I find any more hobbit houses around here, I’ll add another one myself. I am planning a hobbit house visit myself in August, and, if that actually happens (it seems like I’ve had a confluence of events that seem determined to disrupt my plans), I will post an update.

    Thanks!

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  4. It’s too bad we were not able to get this in the article but this Thursday, Friday & Saturday (15th, 16th & 17th) and the following Thursday, Friday & Saturday (22nd, 23rd & 24th) there are free performances of “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged).” It’s a hilarious performance of young Shakespeare’s first attempt at a very very very long play.

    Tickets are FREE. Show is at the City of Shoreline City Hall. Starts at 7 p.m. Due to content, rated PG-13. Would love to have you.

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  5. The close-ups are helpful, thanks. But you have only fourteen kings listed here, not fifteen. I think it’s Stephen that you’re missing, after Henry I.

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    • You’re right! How did I miss him? Thank you for pointing that out. I’m sure I have the picture in my collection somewhere. I’ll edit it as soon as I get the opportunity.

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  6. What a lovely post, Cheryl! Really enjoyed reading about these famous graves, Chief Sealth, in particular. We haven’t been to Seattle in a long time. When we revisit, would love to add these destinations. Glad we found your blog! Will check other posts as well!!
    By the way, fantastic site design!!!

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    • Thank you so much! I love visiting cemeteries — in Europe in particular, where there are much older graves. So you’re from the Bay Area? What cemeteries would you visit there? I just passed through SF this summer, but didn’t stop at any cemeteries in CA except for the one in Ferndale.

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  7. I was searching for Halloween stuff and happily came across your blog. I’m from Seattle and I love reading local blogs. Your cemetaries post really struck me. About 10-15 years ago, I went “ghost-hunting” with a friend who was involved with a group of ghost hunters. We went to a small, forgotten cemetary in Renton that had been recently discovered by Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts got permission from the city to clean up the cemetary and my friend’s group was able to get the key to the gates from the scouts (and permission to go into the place at night and hunt ghosts). I’m not really a skeptic, but I felt that this group of about 30 people were more interested in being scared then really exploring. We went at night (of course) and it was spooky – especially in one specific area of the cemetary. The cemetary had been overgrown with vegetation from 100+ years of neglect. The scouts had just started weeding and clearing away bushes all around the cemetary. The clean up was still in progress when we chose to visit; the scouts had just discovered the cemetary a few weeks before.

    It’s important to note that at the time this cemetary was in use there was a very prominent family in Renton with the last name “Monster”. You can still see that surname in and around Renton to this day. It’s also important to note that at this time (the tombstones had dates from the 1800s) families often did not name their children until they were several months old; life was harder then and the weak often didn’t survive. So when these babies died, their tombstones were engraved with “Baby” plus the last name. You can probably see where I’m going with this.

    So in this little fenced off part of the cemetary the wealthy Monster family had their graves, separated from the other tombstones. There is one headstone engraved with “Baby Monster” and it just pulls at your heart strings. The cemetary is named Saar Pioneer Cemetary – I don’t know if that’s the original name or if it was renamed after rediscovery. Because of your interest in cemetaries and because you live locally, I realize you may be familiar with this story. But I thought I’d share it with you anyway. If you aren’t familiar with this story but are interested, in the age of social media you can find many pictures and stories online of Baby Monster.

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    • Thank you for telling me about this ! No, this is a first for me; I’ve never visited Saar Pioneer Cemetery. I will definitely need to visit this cemetery next time I’m in Renton.

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  8. Just a note: I realized after I wrote this that my daughter referred to MrCheckedBaggage in her text, implying that she did NOT go carry-on only. She intended to and Chester did, in fact, fit in the overhead bin just fine, but MrCheckedBaggage, a large suitcase, ended up accompanying them on their trip so she could take things her friend in France needed and also bring things home for her (along with some very nice gifts.)

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    • I had a great time — very cold and rainy when I was there, but I was prepared! And, yes…very busy. I was there over a bank holiday weekend and it seems everyone goes to York to party.

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    • Yeah, I like messing around with video, but I don’t necessarily putting my face and voice on things. I plan to do more video posts in the future…I just may not be in them as much as possible! ?

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  9. Love reading about visitors’ experiences at Stonehenge! Always new things to discover and see this one-of-a kind adventure through other people eyes! Now wish we visited Woodhenge and Old Sarum during our tip to Stonehenge as well!

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  10. There are 2 issues I have found after 2 years of using the Pro 2-3 time a week with carbon kayaks. First, the cheap material between each bar flattens and then your kayak is pressing on metal. Second, if you kayak rests on the two humps near where the pistons are they will dent your boat.

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    • Thanks, and good point! I’ve only been using the Hullavator with rotomolded plastic and thermoform kayaks and, so far, haven’t had issues. But I’m not a 2-3 times a week kayaker! For me, it was the easiest way I found to take the kayak out on my own.

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  11. WOW! What a phenomenal show this was that showcased how someone can have a stunning PNW garden! I loved the natural elements of the fungi, the cedar wood planks and the moss that surrounded many of these spaces making it feel like a true PNW fairy tale garden. Excellent photos!

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    • Thanks! It’s a treat getting to go to their previews…but I wish I’d gone back for the rest of the show. It’s amazing what these designers, gardeners, and landscapers dream up and accomplish each year!

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  12. This event is June 23rd, not May 5th. The May 5th event is the Emerald City Ride, also hosted by Cascade Bicycle Club, so I think someone mixed them up.

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      • Well that’s a bummer, that must have happened just within the past day or so. BTW – I appreciate your work here to consolidate these events onto one calendar. They are oddly more difficult to find individually, particularly for someone like myself who is relatively new to biking.

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  13. Wow, it is uncanny how this trip overview mirrors a fall cruise we have coming up — same cruise, including the three-day extension at the start. We would also describe ourselves as introverts.

    We also will be first-timers who have always preferred self-planned trips and have similar concerns about being on Viking’s agenda. We are getting older and unpacking>touring>repacking>relocating… repeat, repeat, repeat is getting harder. So, we thought we’d try another style of travel.

    Based on this overview of pros and cons, I won’t be surprised if we too ultimately consider this a life list item checked off and go back to something closer to what we have always done: do our own thing. We’ll see.

    Thanks for this. It was very meaningful for us.

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    • Hi David,
      Thanks for the nice feedback!
      We enjoyed many aspects of our trip — my husband really would like to do one again. For me, I have other things on my life list — though I’d love to be able to do their Antarctica cruise! Have a great time on your trip!

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  14. Hey, so this is definitely not overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The Columbia River Gorge is a specific section of the Columbia River where it flows on the Southwestern edge of Washington…

    It’s overlooking the Columbia River, but not the Gorge.

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  15. Jeez, but I’ve searched for some mention of “Pompeii on Elliot Bay” on the internet for years. I started at UW starting in 1972 after having move to Seattle for college. I was in Terry Hall and have no idea how I actually saw this gem but two parts are emblazoned in my memory.
    Cheese Whiz (ie cheese in a pressurized can like whipped cream)… future archeologists theorized that, given the instability of weather in the PNW, cheese in a can was invented to speed the process of picnicking because the heavens could open at any moment so cheese and crackers had to happen quickly.
    The second topic was child discipline machines. (Camera shows children on Seattle Center amusement park rides screaming) “In this barbaric time, unruly children were strapped into machines of discipline until they learned his to behave.”
    Last very tentative memory was the moment of eruption where a fake manhole pops out of the street in a small jet of steam.
    I hope it’s available some day. It’s a gem.

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    • I hope so, too! I regret that for a while it WAS available from the station and I was going to get it for my husband as a holiday gift. But I didn’t and the next time I checked they said they were changing their archives and didn’t know if or when it would be available again. That was a while back, so I might put checking on it on my to-do list.

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