Yet another belated post…
This past summer we enjoyed a week long stay from my dad better known as, Pa!!! Ava LOVES Pa!!! It was so nice to get to spend some quality time and an excuse to get out and about for a week. We hit lots of hot spots: Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Whidbey Island and West Seattle. Except for Whidbey they were all first time experiences for Ava and I…what fun! I was a bit disappointed with the aquarium but so thrilled with the zoo that we walked away with a family pass! Whidbey Island is always a good time from the ferry ride to my favorite french inspired lunch hot spot, Prima Bistro. Ava even got to enjoy her first ice cream cone! West Seattle was fabulous; views and food! We hit an amazing bakery, Bakery Nouveau, and if you are in the area is is definitely worth a stop by…YUMMY!!! Larry and I even took a good friend up on a babysitting proposition and headed out with Pa for dinner on the town. Now I do love food but the restaurant we hit was beyond incredible! Hidden in a strip mall two doors down from a Subway was Sitka and Spruce one of my top five restaurants of all time! They will soon be moving to a new location up on Capital Hill for better location but trust me when I say that the food needs no changing! Thanks Pa for an amazing visit we, and especially Ava, look forward to your next visit!
Seattle Aquarium: Fostering a love of fish!
Woodland Park Zoo: She barely slowed down for some animals but had a blast! These were her favorites.
YUMMY, messy fun!
View from West Seattle
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With both my parents in town we decided to make the trek out to wine country, Woodinville, Washington. Now it is really not that far, about 25 minutes, yet Larry and I still had not made the effort in our now almost two years in the Seattle area…sad. Not quite Napa but still well worth the drive.
Our first stop was to Willows Lodge a very charming inn where I would not mind spending some more time… just look at the bathtub! Perhaps this tub is found in a room beyond my price range but I am willing to look into it! Willows also houses two very well reviewed restaurants; The Herbfarm and The Barking Frog. The Herbfarm renowned for its totally local northwest cuisine in a nine course, four hour fixed price dinner menu. The restaurant was incredibly charming and romantic but I have heard that since they lost their original chef perhaps not quite worth the price tag? The Barking Frog is directly next door and warmed by a lovely fire surrounded by a large ceramic counter top. The prices were reasonable and the food was delicious!
After an incredible lunch and touring the gardens and grounds, we headed out for a little wine tasting. There are actually quite a few wineries in the area, several in interesting buildings and locations. So, we will have to return to further explore. This afternoon however, we tasted at Château St. Michelle and Colombia Winery. Belly happily full, the wine… tasty and the afternoon presented some good photo opportunities of Ava! Win, Win, Win!
Grammy and Grandpa's helpful hands
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