We found this small artist studio/shop while wandering around Coupeville one day. She's tucked into a pier on the waterfront. Her specialty is taking your color photos and turning them into beautiful large watercolors. The walls are filled with examples of paintings she's done. I would love love love to be able to buy a painting of my kids. She has different prices depending on how many people are in the image, if you want a full body/ half body/ or head and shoulders only and if you want a background. She is very good at what she does! She also sells photographs from local artists and herself.
We stayed here on a ladies' overnight retreat and had a wonderful time. We took the rooms that are in the detatched garage. That gave us two bedrooms which each slept two, a small kitchen and dining room and a living room with a full out couch, as well as one full bathroom and one half bathroom. There didn't seem to be a "theme" to the decorating, it was just like a typical home. One drawback for people with limited mobility is that one bedroom and the living room is upstairs. Everything was clean. There were magazines and books to read, games to play, a tv with vcr for movies and we didn't use any of it. We enjoyed looking out the living room window at the shipping lanes of Puget Sound. We enjoyed listening to the silence outside! It's a make your own breakfast with items they stock in the kitchen. The eggs come from their own chickens and the bread is freshly homemade. We were very happy with our stay and would love to go back some time.
Attic Secrets tea room smells great and is nicely decorated in a ruffled victorian theme. They have a garden room tucked in the back that has white lattice on the walls and silk plants and it's my favorite. You're seated at small tables tucked pretty closely together. They have lots of different kinds of teas to try and several menu choices that will give you tea and a three tiered bakery rack filled with goodies. The more you pay, the more goodies you get. I've found that for the most part, their food is nicely presented but tastes like it came from a mix, not from scratch. That being said, I absolutely love their pecan chicken salad sandwich! I usually get it with a green salad with poppy seed dressing and I am one happy woman! The sandwiches all come with a cookie on the side.
This Snohomish County park is reached on foot or by bike by way of a meandering paved trail along a dike near the Snohomish River, or the more gravel access road that skirts the edge of the sewer lagoon. We usually go to the island on the dike and come back on the gravel road. The path is level and we have spotted lots of heron and otters as we?ve traveled it. Once you read the island, you need to park your bike and continue on foot. The island was once used as a farm and a decrepit but picturesque barn and rusting tractor remain. There are boardwalks and paths that take you deeper in to the island. Mount Pilchuck seems to tower over you on a clear day. There are a few interpretive signs and pit toilets. No running water.
PROS: paved level bike trail
CONS: sewer lagoon can be smelly if the wind isn't in your favor!
This gem of a park is perched high above the Everett waterfront in North Everett. There is a nice children?s playground with updated play equipment and benches for parents to sit on. There is a fence on the far side of the playground to prevent kids from wandering off. There is a separate, smaller play structure for toddlers. My kids love the contraption you stand on and spin yourself silly with. There is a nearby large picnic shelter, drinking fountain, and flush toilets. There is a lot of grassy area in the shade of big decidious trees which is very under-utilized. There are tennis courts and baseball fields. The south end of the park has a display garden with nice interpretive signs. This park can be chillly on an overcast day when the wind comes in off the water. It has a large parking lot.
PROS: fun playground, very nice display gardens
I grew up in the area going to the Woodland Park Zoo and never gave the name a second thought. The zoo is actually located in a huge park, Woodland Park to be exact! The park spans two sides of Hwy 99 and reaches to Green Lake. On the zoo side of the park, you?ll find a beautiful rose garden, the zoo, and a playground tucked into the Northwest corner. The play equipment is a bit dated but I?ve rarely found crowds here! On the other side of Highway 99, you?ll find grassy fields, forested trails, tennis courts, baseball, soccer, BMX bike course, horseshoes, bocci fields, picnic shelters, and flush toilets. There are several parking lots scattered around the perimeter of the park. If you don?t park near the feature you want to take advantage of, it could be a long walk. Cascade orienteering club sponsers a few orienteering meets at the park and they?re a great way to familiarize yourself with all it has to offer. They do one at night right around Halloween called a vampire-o. Some participants are given red flashlights and their goal is to shine their light on you and swap your punch card for their red light, turning you into a vampire.
PROS: lots to do
CONS: dated kids playground
The Plant Farm has recently re-located down the road from the former location and with the relocation has come an upgrade in the experience of shopping there. They have a huge greenhouse containing their annuals and hanging baskets where the check outs are. It?s warm and light filled in there. They?ve got a new fish pond with a bridge over the middle filled with colorful fish. I like shopping here because I can count on their plants to perform. I?ve bought the same plant from here and Lowe?s as an experiment and both were given the same treatment but the Plant Farm plant was much larger and more vigorous. A lot of their shrubs and trees are grown right on the farm so you know you?re getting a specimin that?s accustomed to life in the Pacific Northwest, not something grown in sunny warm California. With each purchase, you earn plant bucks which you can turn in during special plant bucks redemption times to get plants for cheaper. The one thing they?re still lacking is flush toilets. There are two pit toilets in the parking lot.
I have lived in Snohomish County all my life and growing up, this park was the one I longed to play at. There are big grassy fields filled with lots of tiny daisies. Now I know they?re weeds, but as a kid they?re beautiful. There is a nice play structure, totally updated from when I was a kid. It?s your typical plastic and metal contraption that forces the kids to do lots of climbing and moving to get to the slides. There is a smaller play structure for for toddlers. One thing I like about this play ground as an adult is that there is a fence in a half circle shape which keeps kids from disappearing out the back. The park has miles of trails to explore. Cascade Orienteering club (cascadeoc.org) usually has an orienteering meet once a year. These are a great opportunity to explore the trails and practice using a map. They always have a course that?s suitable for families. If you?re into geocaching (treasure hunting with a GPS, geocaching.com) you?ll find a few caches in the park. The park also has horse shoe pits, tennis, a baseball field, an aquatic center, a covered picnic area and a family farm with petting zoo and pony rides in the summer. Forest Park is the crown gem of the city of Everett parks system. There are lots of events that happen at the park, check out www.ci.everett.wa.us/default.aspx?ID=11 for a calendar of events. If there?s a big event going on, it can be difficult to find a parking space near the play ground but there?s always parking down by the ball fields. The park has running water and flush toilets.
We love this seasonal park! The park opens soon after the 4th of July and usually closes Labor Day weekend. It wouldn?t feel like a complete summer if we didn?t make at least one trip to the Jetty. Jetty Island is reached by means of a free five minute passenger ferry ride from the 10th street boat launch on the Everett waterfront. Once on the Jetty, you have to walk about 10 minutes across the sand to the West facing beach. The water here is warm and shallow. The sun warms the sand which warms the water and makes for pleasant wading. It?s hard to believe you?re at the cold Puget Sound when you?re enjoying Jetty Island. There is always a bit of a breeze to keep the bugs away. From the island, you can watch the ferries crossing from Mukilteo to Whidbey Island. You can hear the sea lions that lounge on the navigational buoys. There is no water or food services on the island so come prepared. The only bathroom are floating pit toilets on the dock when you get to the island. Bring your sand toys! The rangers offer guided walks and programs each day. The schedule is posted on the island when you get off the dock. The Jetty is only open Wednesday- Sunday. Plan to get there early if you want your pick of return times. There are several geocaches (www.geocaching.com) on the island.
CONS: if you don't live in the city of Everett, get there early to get a ferry
Driving by this place, it doesn?t look like much. An old log home with the logs painted yellow and cars parked everywhere. Going inside, you?ll find lots of antiques decorating the tables and walls. The lighting is soft and the night I went, a piano player played and sang. I had the Ciappino and was very happy with it. I was camping at the KOA and didn?t want to pay for my kids to eat food here that they wouldn?t like so I got it to go. They were very accomodating. The ciappino contained salmon, some kind of white fish, prawns, mussels, scallops, clams, a cracked crab leg all swimming in a sllighly spicy tomato broth. It was very delicious. It came with a slab of toasted garlic bread for mopping up the sauce, I could have used twice the bread. The only drawback in the dish was it contained two mussels (my favorite shellfish) and botjh had failed to open. If I?d stayed to eat it at the restaraunt, I?d have notified the waitress. Since I got it to go, I was stuck without mussels. The salad that accompanied the meal with great. Mixed greens topped with thinnley sliced red onion, olives, grape tomatoes (sliced in half to make it easier to eat), kidney and garbanzo beans, red and green bell pepper, green and yellow zuchini, blanched broccoli and cauliflower, and an amazing spear of carrot which tasted pickeled with a touch of cinnamon. It was an outstanding salad! For dessert, I had the chocolate rush cake. Two layers of flourless chocolate cake with whipped chocolate mousse between the layers. Thinly frosted with more of the mousse and then enrobed in chocoalte ganache. The chocolates used must have been great quality because the flavor was amazing! I also grabbed a bag of chocolate covered caramels which I?ve been enjoying. The caramel is very tasty and the dark chocolate is an excellent counterpoint to the sweet, buttery caramel. I will definately be back here the next time I?m in t he area!