Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Here in the Pacific Northwest, the summers are beautiful, and this year is no exception! Blue skies and sunshine, clean air and it's not too hot either. It's juuuuust right, as Goldilocks would say. For my family, summertime has always been a great time to get out and visit some local spots. Here are some of my favorite summertime destinations in watercolor, pen and ink form...

Kelsey Creek Farm, Bellevue, WA

Kelsey Creek Farm is one of Bellevue's best kept secrets. (Oops! The secret's out now...) Tucked in an older residential neighborhood just a minute or two from the downtown area, I used to take my two kids here for some farm-time fun. With animals to pet, pony riding lessons, a creek to splash and play in, it's always been a favorite summertime destination. To find out how to get there, click on the link below:  http://parkstrails.myparksandrecreation.com/details.aspx?pid=23

Lake Hills Produce Stand, Bellevue, WA

Another favorite place in Bellevue is the Lake Hills Produce Stand. Fresh cut flowers and tasty, farm-fresh produce seem more fun to peruse and buy from this charming little barn, complete with it's own windmill.

Triple X Root Beer, Issaquah, WA

Thirsty? Triple X in Issaquah is a unique spot if you want burgers, fries and...oh yeah, root beer. 1950's memorabilia covers the walls and ceiling and an old fashioned Jukebox plays 50's tunes while you dine. Triple X regularly hosts vintage car gatherings...click on the link here for more info on this historic, iconic spot!

Mukilteo Lighthouse, Mukilteo, WA

I've always loved lighthouses, and Washington has quite a few. Right next to the ferry landing in Mukilteo which is just north of Seattle, is this tiny, extra-charming lighthouse... 

Alki Point Lighthouse, Seattle WA

and the Alki Point Lighthouse in west Seattle is a beautiful spot as well, especially at sunset with the Olympic Mountains in the distance. I'm planning on adding more lighthouse illustrations to my collection, so stay tuned for more! If you would like to see the original paintings that I've posted here, they are on display and for sale at the UP Front Gallery in downtown Issaquah. http://arteast.org/up-front-gallery/

Okay - I've given you some ideas for fun places to visit this summer. If you don't happen to live in this area, I encourage you to take some time this summer to get out and enjoy the beautiful places that are right in your own neighborhood. Bring your camera, the kids and a picnic lunch. I promise, you'll have a wonderful time!

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