Here is a recipe for making the most of the LAST day of your MOMcation in Seattle:
Step 1: Book a room at Sunset Hill Bed & Breakfast.
Saying good morning to the girls at the Sunset Hill Bed & Breakfast (an urban farm with their own chickens and honey bee hives).
Step 2: Visit Chihuly Garden & Glass at the foot of Seattle’s famous Space Needle.
Unique view of Seattle’s famous Space Needle.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Step 3: Chase bees! The bumble bees in the gardens captured this Mom’s interest a little more than the glass actually did.
Step 4: Overwhelm your senses with a visit to Pike Market. A heavenly bowl of Chowder at Pike Place Chowder is a must!
Experience the overwhelming sights, smells, tastes and sounds at Pike Market.
Indulge in an irresistible Holy-Shit peach and purchase as many packs of Cabernet Chocolate covered cherries from Chukar as you can possibly afford and carry home.
Step 5: Begin your Chihuly stalking adventure at the Northwest Outdoor Center on West Lake Union. Rent a kayak and paddle on towards Chihuly’s Boat House!
Northwest Outdoor Center on West Lake Union. My hosts Lori & Doug at Sunset Hill B & B were the ultimate sources of helpful information. Even the guy I rented the kayak from commented that few people even know the exact location of this infamous Boat House I am seeking.
Step 6: Don’t let a little rain discourage your spirit of adventure. If you hang in there, it will blow over in no time.
Don’t let the rain showers send you packing. Wait it out, and soon enough you can begin paddling. I ended up waiting an hour and a half.
That’s better! It’s time to go for it!
Step 7: Enjoy the view!
These houseboats are seriously cool! I could live here! Don’t mind getting a little soggy along the way. This is Seattle after all.
Chihuly’s Boat House is straight ahead toward that bridge!
Step 8: Pause for a moment of gratitude.
At this point on my journey I was already feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude to my husband for his sacrifice so that I can enjoy a MOMcation. Happening upon this boat put an exclamation on those feelings, especially as the light began changing….
Notice the blue sky and the clouds opening up?
So close! Paddle on!
I can’t believe I’m doing this. Am I really stalking Chihuly by kayak? I’m normally pretty level headed…lol But this takes my glass geekiness to a whole other level.
Step 9: Victory!
There it is! Chihuly’s Boat House on Lake Union, Seattle, WA. The heavens have seemingly opened up as I hear glorious angels sing their chorus. A thousand points of light glisten softly off the water…Thank you Lord for this moment I will treasure in my memory and this incredible end to my MOMcation!
Paddling on back to Northwest Outdoor Center, another rainstorm begins. Thankfully no lightening! It was pure joy sharing the water with countless sailboats who were apparently practicing for a big race the following weekend. What an unexpected treat! I heart Seattle!
Step 10: Pair your juicy peach with a fine bottle of Nectar Creek Honeywine Mead as you fall asleep to the delightful sounds of chickens.
Enjoying my HS peach with a special bottle of Mead (with a nod and wink to Anne Nye) on my last night in Seattle. The perfect end to a day of Bee Chasing, Market Walking, and Chihuly Stalking!