Mt. Ranier, Whitbey Island and Seattle

On the way to Whitbey Island, we stopped off for lunch at the Harmon Brewery and Eatery.  We really enjoy checking out the local brew pubs in any area that we visit and they make nice places to stop for lunch.  This place was a great place to stop for lunch and a brew.  Below are some of the beers that they had on tap.

We took a car ferry across to Whitbey Island.  It was a fun little experience.

On Whitbey Island we stayed in Coupeville.  Whitbey Island is 15 by 35 miles long and 1.5 to 12 miles wide.  Coupeville is one of the towns that make up Whitbey Island.  We stayed at a bed and breakfast called the Lovejoy Inn and had one room in the main house and one in the carriage house.  The carriage house had a small deck attached to it so we spent a lot of time on it just drinking wine/beer and enjoying the view from the deck.

The town of Coupeville is very quaint and the views are simple awesome.  Here are some pictures that we took of the harbor area.

We all love lighthouses so we visited the Admiralty Head Lighthouse.  The lighthouse stood watch over the entrance to Puget Sound and guided sailing ships towards their designation.  Today it looks over Fort Casey towards the Olympic Mountains, the Port Townsend Ferry and Admiralty Inlet.

We also love lavender so when we found out that the Lavender Wind Farm was on the Island, we just had to go see it as well.  I’m not too sure the guys enjoyed it quite as much as we did, but they found some hops on the farm and got a kick out seeing that.

Of course, we had to visit the brewery on the Island.  It was called Flyers Brewery as the Whitbey Island Naval Air Station is right there.

We enjoyed this restful Island.  Next week join me as we go to our last stop on this trip; Seattle!

Mt. Ranier, Whitbey Island and Seattle

We flew into Seattle for this trip and on the way to our first stop which was Mt. Ranier, we stopped at Elliott Bay Brewery for a little lunch and a drink.  It was a great place to stop at.

After we had lunch, we continued on to Mt. Ranier.  Mount Rainier National Park, a 369-sq.-mile Washington state reserve southeast of Seattle, surrounds glacier-capped, 14,410-ft. Mount Rainier. Atop 6,400-ft.-high Sunrise, the highest point in the park reachable by car, visitors can admire Rainier and other nearby volcanoes, including Mount Adams. The park’s 5,400-ft.-high Paradise overlook offers mountain views, summertime wildflower meadows and hiking trailheads.  This place was absolutely spectacular to see!  As you can tell from my pictures below, I was obsessed with taking pictures of Mt. Ranier.

We stayed at Paradise Inn which is inside the park.  Here are a few pictures of the Inn as well as some of the animals we saw around the Inn.

This cute little deer was looking at us from our room.

The view that you see each morning when you come out of the Inn was the main reason we stayed there.  This picture below is what we saw every morning we were there.  The rooms at the Inn are very tiny, but since we were seldom in them, it didn’t bother us at all.  They have a big lobby area that we hung out in every night.

Mt. Ranier is a must see if you are in the Seattle area.  We enjoyed this stop and really wished we had booked more time here.  Next week join me as we go to our next stop; Whitbey Island.