This waterfall at the end of Princess Louisa Inlet in British Columbia is just beautiful. We hiked to the top and Tom got this great photo.Pin It
Because I am pretty opinionated (my friends and family are all nodding their heads) and because I just like to share cool ideas, we are starting this “stuff we love” page and will be randomly sharing…well. Stuff we love. Some may be travel-related but some will just be stuff we think is particularly great in some way and that you might like as well. We will not share anything we have not personally used and loved. If you order from the Amazon links, we will get a small commission. Thanks.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I absolutely hate washing my face. In the shower is no big deal but when it comes to washing off your makeup to go to bed, I hate everything about it. The water splashed all over the sink, the fact that it usually does not take all your makeup off, blah, blah, blah.
Then I discovered these cleansing cloths. They are absolutely the best item I have in my makeup drawer. They don’t require any water, just pull one out of the package, swipe it all over your face and done. They take off your makeup and, at the same time, exfoliate and smooth your skin making it baby soft. You can use them on any type of skin and they are supposed to even help with fine lines and wrinkles and I can always help with fine lines and wrinkles – who can’t?
One of the best things about these cloths is that they are wonderful for travel. Just tuck a package in your suitcase and you have everything you need to clean your face without carting along jars, tubes, or creams. I have been using them for a couple of years now and I recommend them unreservedly. Try them!
You won’t find Broadway shows, expansive swimming pools, or numerous theme restaurants on the yacht “Safari Quest” with Un-Cruise Adventures, but that’s just the way the passengers on this small luxury yacht like it. With cabins for just 22 passengers and crew, the yacht is the perfect size for comfort and retains the ability to cruise into secluded inlets and coves that larger ships will never explore. And with a 2:1 ratio of crew to passengers, the level of attention each and every one of the passengers receives is amazing.
Departing from Seattle, this cruise was all about “gunkholing”, a boating term that refers to shallow or shoal water cruising, meandering from place to place and mooring overnight in sheltered coves. In addition, the line seeks anchorages to view wildlife, hike and kayak or just enjoy amazing views. We were astonished by the incredible beauty of the hidden Princess Louisa Inlet with the roaring Chatterbox Falls plummeting from hundreds of feet up the mountain into the water. After kayaking ashore, then hiking up the waterfall, we were even more impressed.
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It was the view that made us fall in love with the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort.
Our room was great, the resort was gorgeous, the pools were incomparable, the beach front was lovely – all of that added to the love but it was the view from our room that had us completely smitten.
We had stayed at two other equally wonderful resorts on our girlfriends getaway so far but even though they were, indeed, perfectly lovely, neither one offered us a view.
And we are fans of the view.
We were packing up at the previous location the day before our visit, feeling a little sad that this was going to be our last resort and we would be heading home the next day. Very, very sad. We decided one night at the Omni was just not going to suffice. So we added two more nights.
And we were so glad we did.
Unfortunately, we were checking in on a Sunday when their sales and marketing people were not in their office, the front desk knew nothing about a travel writer visiting, and the quite pleasant girl at the check in desk was not at all sure she could put us in a room with a view for the extra days and she might have to charge us extra or we might have to move after one night and things were getting complicated and we were getting a little frazzled.
She was not getting frazzled at all, we were the ones getting frazzled. We seriously wanted a view but we didn’t want to have to pack up and move to another room after one night. She efficiently and calmly went to get someone to help.
That person turned out to be the even more efficient Gray Rains, the Assistant Front Office Manager who smiled, clicked a few keys on the computer, pulled a rabbit out of a hat, did a few card tricks – OK, not really, but he got us into a room with a view for no extra charge and assured us he would talk to the sales people on Monday and straighten everything out. He did exactly that. The sales people called me on Monday and everything was just fine.
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Butchart Gardens, located on Vancouver Island, is an absolutely gorgeous location. Flowers bloom everywhere in dozens of colors and there are fountains, walking paths, and lovely views of the water. Tom got this shot of a hidden cove.Pin It
Seattle is one of the best places in the world to visit if you want a green, healthy, organic experience. From a hotel with an expansive and growing green grass roof (no kidding!) to the well-known Pike Place Market, where you can select flowers so fresh they may still glisten with morning dew, this beautiful city has a great deal to offer for environmentally conscious visitors. Fresh seafood from the surrounding waters, locally produced wines and brews, fresh cheese, bakeries highlighting local ingredients and restaurateurs focused on farm-to-table cuisine combine to create a foodie’s paradise. They don’t call it the Emerald City for nothing!
If you want to spend a little time relaxing and enjoying some of those fabulous, locally sourced foods you tasted on your foodie tour, there are plenty of restaurants in Seattle to satisfy any foodie’s desires.
Andaluca is located in the historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Seattle and is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. With a Mediterranean influence and offering seasonal salads, Northwest specialties and some fabulous local cheeses, it’s a great place for dinner. Be sure to order a platter of local cheeses.
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Because I am pretty opinionated (my friends and family are all nodding their heads) and because I just like to share cool ideas, we are starting this “stuff we love” page and will be randomly sharing…well. Stuff we love. Some may be travel-related but some will just be stuff we think is particularly great in some way and that you might like as well. If you order from the Amazon links, we will get a small commission. We will not share anything we have not personally used and loved.
Since Christmas is rolling around very quickly, I thought I would share with you my absolutely favorite gift from last year. For several reasons, including trying not to drink sodas with aspartame, I decided I wanted a Sodastream Soda Maker last year. Tom obligingly purchased one and I was delighted to open it on Christmas morning.
Our entire family was enthralled with it and we spent the morning making various concoctions using the sample syrups, figuring out just the right amount of fizz, and the right amount of syrup. For those of you who have no idea what I talking about, the Sodastream is a totally cool gizmo that carbonates plain water, then you can add a variety of syrups to the fizzy water to make your own soda. They have an amazing variety of syrups, both diet and regular, and you can make a soda that is just as good as anything you buy in a store.
It comes with two bottles and that works for us but you can easily buy more bottles if you want to keep a variety of flavors. The best thing about it is the fact that it actually stays fizzy, unlike those 2-liter bottles which lose their fizz approximately 10 seconds after you open them. It’s really easy to put the gas canister in – it just pops right in – and you can easily buy more canisters at Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond, and plenty of other stores.
You can buy the machines at a variety of locations but if you buy it from Amazon, we get a small commission. Here’s a link and I also have one over on the right. I think you will love it just as much as I do!Pin It
You might never know The Storefront Company restaurant is unobtrusively tucked away on this quiet residential street in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.
And that would be a crying shame.
Because this lovely little hidden gem has some of the most scrumptious food in the city. The only mistake we made in our entire evening of culinary delights was taking a taxi to the restaurant because we were afraid it would be difficult to park. Not used to big cities, Chicago freaked us out a little bit with the parking difficulties and expense, but there was plenty of parking available on the street. Located at the base of the historic Flatiron Building, the restaurant has a clean and contemporary design.
We were welcomed cordially into the warm and friendly restaurant which was surprisingly crowded for a week night. It didn’t take us long at all to find out why it was so crowded. The award-winning chef/partner Bryan Moscatello, provides a quite fabulous American menu which includes their in-house bakery. The restaurant offers an eight course tasting menu, a vegetarian menu, and a Kitchen Counter where guests can view all the action happening in the kitchen.
We were unsure what to order on the interesting and eclectic menu, so we turned to our helpful waiter who proceeded to bring our one delicious item after another. He suggested things we probably never would have tried on our own and we loved everything.
We started with appetizers and, quite frankly, we could easily have eaten all the appetizers on the menu and had a perfectly wonderful meal. But luckily we did not stop there.
We went to this Japanese Tea Garden on a tour of San Francisco and were just amazed at this hidden treasure in the middle of a big city.Pin It
Seattle truly lives up to its nickname; surrounded by acres of dark green forests and the clear, bright green water of Puget Sound on the West and Lake Washington on the East which sprawl on both sides of the isthmus where the city is located, from the air it’s a green paradise.
Staying Green in Seattle
But Seattle is also green in its awareness of the importance of coexisting with the environment and the city is the perfect place for a healthy girlfriends getaway. With hundreds of wonderful hotels in this city of over half a million people, it’s difficult to choose the perfect place to stay but when you consider that the Hyatt at Olive 8 was the first LEED certified hotel in Seattle, the choice becomes easier. LEED stand for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and the Hyatt at Olive 8 is in the forefront of this design movement. With everything from a green, growing grass roof to switches in the rooms which turn the electricity off and on by plugging your room key, the hotel is truly making an effort to keep our world environmentally healthy.
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