Monday, September 6, 2010

Day Tripping and Chocolate!

Welcome to those stopping in from:
Tuesday Tag-Along
Sunday was a beautiful Northwest day and we decided to take a day trip around our lovely Puget Sound. Like Dorothy learned the hard way in "The Wizard of Oz", sometimes what you're looking for is right in your own backyard. So we headed over to Whidbey Island , about 30 miles north of Seattle. We crossed Deception Pass with its breathtaking view:
and then headed south to the town of Coupeville for lunch at a really lovely place called The Front Street Grill. Coupeville is the second oldest town in Washington. The waterfront is home to wonderful shops featuring talented local artisans. After lunch and ice cream at Kapaws Iscreme ( Coffee Almond Fudge yum!) we headed south to Langley, another very artsy town.

I resisted temptation to break my "Stashbusting September" commitment when we stopped at Greenbank Farms and Winery, a sustainable marketplace featuring local artisans, one of whom was there dropping off her newly dyed yarns while we watched another spinning raw wool into yarn.

 Throughout the property are art pieces by local artisans like these:

Finally, we made our way to Langley, another seaside town filled with incredible art galleries and shops and this should come as a surprise to exactly no one that my favorite shop of the day was this one:
The Chocolate Flower Farm itself is a nursery  just outside of Langley where they specialize  in "chocolate" (dark colored) plants and rare perennials. They've been featured on HGTV and have a store in the town of Langley called The Garden Shed. You don't have to live here to visit the store because they have a virtual tour here.

 They sell all kinds of wonderful goodies but their special specialty is there line of CHOCOLATE CANDLES and Chocolate infused bath and body products. The store of course smells divine. And I don't think I broke my Stashbusting September commitment by buying these:
Chocolate Candle and Chocolate Mint Tea

It was a perfect way to spend the day. Happy Labor Day everyone.


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a fun day...I love those little day trips where you have a great time and then you can go home and relax!

Rachel (Diary of a Recovering Chocoholic) said...

I love taking day trips. It looks like you hada great time, and I bet those candles smell fabulous

Christine said...

Listen, I totally would have bought myself something else that was not craft related simply because I couldn't-lol! You deserve it, I am so proud of you...

scrapwordsmom said...

Looks yummy and beautiful!!

Didn't you participate in the 31 Days Challenge? I have a sweet little something to give you. email me at with your addy!


Melissa said...

It is tricky, isn't it?

Melissa said...

P.S. I can almost smell that shop.

Fiona Designs said...

Yum - love the name of your blog. I am your newest follower from Tuesday Tag-Along. Would love a follow back at:


Angela Livingston said...

New Follower from Tuesday Tag-Along


Recaptured Charm said...

LOVE the name of your blog! I am so craving chocolate right now. Thanks for visiting and following along too!

Be Colorful Coastal said...

Thank you for stopping by BeColorful and linking up. Your comment made me laugh.
I just ran across you via Simpsonized Crafts.
I find your post here special because I was born in the Puget Sound area. My dad was in the service and I was an army brat. For some crazy reason they came back to the midwest. My mom has told me several times that she wishes they had stayed out there. Looking at your gorgeous pictures, I can see why. Stunning.

Dawn Lopez said...

Hi there, we are your newest followers! We hope you will come visit us at, Have a great day =)

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