The Red Chair Travels spent quite a bit of time with the innkeepers and their family at Seahurst Beach located just minutes from The Guest House Bed and Breakfast. Red loved joining the kids looking for creatures, cool rocks, or really anything interesting. After a little while Red decided to take a break with the other chairs and swap stories of all of their adventures while they watched the ferries pass by Seahurst Beach. Towards the end of the day Red spent a little time wandering and reflecting back on the day and all of the fun it has had while visiting the Guest House Bed and Breakfast in Seattle Washington.. With so many new friends and fun adventures this visit will be hard to forget!
Why it is the Red Chair Travels and its tour guide Philip of course! Philip the resident tour pup from the 9 Cranes Inn wanted to make sure Red got the chance to experience the folktale in person. While Philip was explaining the coincidental incidents surrounding the Fremont Troll and the Aurora Avenue Bridge that it resides under, Red felt as if it might be watching them with its metal eye... The artists encourage people to interact with this gigantic 18 foot concrete structure, as long as they are respectful of course. It was such a unique attraction and the details were incredible, down to the crushed VW Beetle in its left hand!
The Red Chair got a chance to check out the Washington State Capitol Campus and also the really fun water fountain that sits on campus at the Heritage Park with the innkeepers of the Swantown Inn B&B! This beautiful and active building is the centerpiece of the five historic buildings on the campus. The "water jets" were a completely different story! Red saw some kids running through the fountain and decided it wanted in on the action. Waiting patiently for the stream to begin from the hole Red chose, it sat and waiting until finally (only a few seconds passed) it erupted! Such a fun day exploring the capitol.
Bell's View in the Cape Disappointment State Park, is one of the prettiest lookouts in the State of Washington! From this vantage point you can see the glorious view of the 28 mile-long Long Beach Peninsula (and on a clear day, the Olympic Mountain Range can be seen in the distance, north of the peninsula.) Obviously Red being the big lighthouse fan that it is wanted to check out the nearby North Head Lighthouse and Cape Disappointment lighthouses too. This immense park is one of five state parks on the Long Beach, Washington Peninsula. Cape D is the location of Maya Lin's Confluence Project that honors the local Chinook Indian Tribe encountered by Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery when they arrived at the Pacific Ocean. It was exciting for Red to learn that Clark and the Corps walked on what is now the Boreas Bed and Breakfast Inn property on November 19th, 1805! One last little tip, make sure you check out the innkeeper's favorite spot, Waikiki Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco, WA, you won’t regret it!
The Shelburne Restaurant and Pub features an innovative menu that showcases local, fresh ingredients but I think Red's favorite unique draw is the Fandrich & Sons grand piano named Gloria. Yes this piano has a name and it earned it! Just take a listen to the beautiful song played just for our Red Chair and you will hear how special it is. Another thing the Red Chair loved about the Shelburne Restaurant and Pub is the Art Nouveau stained glass windows that dates back to the late 1800's. This glass was rescued by innkeepers David and Laurie from a church in Morcambe, England that was due to be razed. Red just loved the atmosphere that Gloria and the beautiful stained glass provides and of course how could we not mention the absolutely delicious food!?
Washington and the wonderful hosts of the Inn at Blackberry Creek welcomed Red's arrival with open arms this past July. Thanks to the Washington Bed and Breakfast Guild, BedandBreakfast.com, and of course all of the Washington hosts the Red Chair Travels can now cross off one more state making Washington the 24th state on Red's cross country journey. Exciting right?! We cannot wait to see what is in store over the next few months, can you?
After a day spent exploring around the town of Jackson, Oregon with the innkeepers of the TouVelle House Bed and Breakfast, Red ventured out onto some of the local trails and tried its hand at gold panning and exploring some old gold mines. Red learned that although the gold rush was brief back in the 1850's, folks ultimately decided to stay because of the fertile farmland and ideal locations for orchards. Although unlucky with finding gold, the Red Chair discovered plenty of amazing wineries!
Ever heard of Geocaching? Thanks to the innkeepers of the Old Parkdale Inn Bed & Breakfast in Parkdale, Oregon the Red Chair has now become hooked! Geocaching is a fun outdoor treasure hunt and caches can be found all over the world. (I accidentally stumbled upon a cache in the town of Sandwich, MA once.) The picture featured above is one of the Red Chair's discoveries on Mt. Hood, one of Oregon's 7 Wonders and is nearby to the Old Parkdale Inn. The rules of the game: find the cache, write in the log book, leave your trinket then take another trinket to trade at the next cache you find. Maybe Red will get a chance to find more throughout its travels!
Red's final surprise while staying with Kristin at Chehalem Ridge B&B was to don the appropriate headgear and enjoy the parade at the 16th Annual UFO Festival in McMinnville, which commemorates the 1950 Trent sighting in which two local citizens witnessed and photographed a UFO. It is not every day when a piece of red furniture can put on an aluminum hat and have Princess Leia grace its seat, what an awesome day!
The Red Chair got the chance to try out the perks of farm life at the Sakura Ridge Farm and Lodge this past June, and it was loads of fun! Because Red was on a large farm, Red had to ride the John Deere Gator to get around. Red ended up coming down with "Green Fever" which is a common farmer's disease... they love all things John Deere Green. And not to mention the Gator was TONS of fun to drive around!
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