This is my favorite time of year in Arizona. Days are cooling off and there are so many things to do all over the state. The fall issue of Phoenix magazine's cover story features the 59 wine destinations in the state. I've been to many of these places and plan to see more of them although it can be a bit challenging since I don't drink alcohol. Fortunately more places are serving fun and interesting beverages which are alcohol free. Last week we traveled to the towns of Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Jerome and Prescott.
This past August I spent on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State like I did last summer and stayed in one of my my favorite places Port Townsend. This summer I went to some new places and revisited some favorite ones once again. Here are some photos of the many places on my summer tour.
My first stop before I took the ferry from Seattle to bainbridge island was Pike Place market. I wanted to go to the restaurant where Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner sat in the movie When Harry Met Sally which was filmed at Athenian cafe at Pike Place.
My first day I drove to Sequim, Washington and looked at housing developments and checked out two restaurants there: Nourish and Oak Table. I ended up having lunch at Fat Smitty's which I had driven by many times last summer. It was always crowded and I wanted to see why. There is nothing fancy to eat there, they only take cash and have great diner food. I had a fish sandwich. I got to drive on my favorite stretch of highway between Discovery Bay on and Port Townsend. I love the way the light shines on the leaves of the dense madrona trees along the highway. That evening I made my first trip of many to the Cellar Door and listened to Don Francisco and The Shaky Barbers.
Once again I practiced yoga in the light filled studio at Room to Move in Uptown, Port Townsend next to Uptown Pub. My favorite place to go was the farmers market which is held on Saturday on Lawrence Street in Port Townsend. I bought flowers every Saturday, seafood and a baked treat from Crust Pie.
I made it to one of my favorite places - Hillbottom Pie for their Caesar salad which is the best. The owner is a baker and makes fabulous pies too. Last summer and this summer I tried to get the recipe for the salad and was unsuccessful but did find out the salad is made with grana padano cheese and the croutons are made from Pane d'Amore bread. There is also anchovy paste and lots of garlic in the salad.
I had breakfast with Teresa at The Cup on Sims Way in Port Townsend. I drove to Port Ludow and looked at the homes, golf course, marina and resort. Later I drove to Port Hadlock to check out the Old Alcohol Plant there and had lunch at Scampi and Halibuts.
My friend and I took a day trip to Whidbey Island by way of the Keystone Ferry from Port Townsend to Coupeville, Washington. There we visited Bayview Farm and Garden, had lunch at Saltwater Fish and Oyster House, shopped in Langley and stopped for pie at Whidbey Pies. Teresa had summer peach and I had triple berry made with marion berries, logan berries and blueberries. Yum!
One of the highlights of August was a day trip to Victoria, British Columbia on the Coho ferry boat from Port Angeles, Washington. My friend Teresa and I walked on the ferry boat which is a 90 minute ride and spent the day sightseeing and had lunch there. We took the self directed tour of the parliament buildings, walked through the Fairmount Empress Hotel and surrounding gardens, shopped along Government Street up to Chinatown and had lunch at Irish Times at Bastion Square.
When we were in Victoria we walked by a shoe store with the most interesting and unusual footwear I've ever seen. We learned the company, Fluevog, named after the designer/owner John Fluevog, has been in business for 50 years. I need to get out more!
There are lots of artist and galleries in Port Townsend. While I was there I took the Northwinds Arts Gallery tour and was able to see the artists in their home studios. I purchased watercolor note cards at the Port Townsend Gallery on Water Street.
My last weekend there my friends came to visit from the Bellingham, Washington area. We had a lovely time going to the farmers markets, walking on the beach at Fort Worden, shopping and dining on Water Street and playing scrabble.
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