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Concrete, WA

Bryan and I took a weekend trip with my parents to Concrete, WA near the North Cascades back in January. We rented a cute two bedroom cabin called the Cougar Creek guesthouse from Ovenell’s Inn. Our cabin had many cougar-themed decorations, hence the name. It was the perfect size for the four of us. We enjoyed relaxing together in the living room/kitchen area below in the evening.

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The cabins are located on a 580-acre working cattle ranch. We bought steaks from the Inn. The plan was to cook them in the cabin Saturday night but they were still too frozen. When we did finally enjoy them at them a few days a later, they were delicious.

P1170156Our trip coincided with the town’s annual Skagit Eagle Festival. We took a bald eagle float tour from the Skagit River Guide Service. Our boat held 6 passengers plus our guide. The boat did have small space heaters which helped with the cold and drizzly conditions.

We saw about 40 eagles during the 3-hour float. Our guide said the peak was the end of December when they saw about 200 eagles each trip. I would definitely go back and plan for a trip in December.

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Wild Horse Wind Farm

Last April Bryan and I took a day trip to Wild Horse Wind Farm near Ellensburg. The Wind Farm has a visitor’s center called the Renewable Energy Center.

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The visitor’s center is a beautiful building with great views of the wind turbines and surrounding land. It is open April to November, weather-permitting.

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We took a guided tour of the facility and were able to go inside the base of an operating wind turbine (pictured below).

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The tour is free and it was interesting to learn about wind and solar technology. It was very windy by the visitor’s center and while on the tour, so I would recommend bringing a warm jacket. It was definitely worth the drive to see.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Bryan and I celebrated the holiday this weekend by going to A Terrible Beauty Irish Pub in Renton for dinner on Saturday night. The outside of the bar isn’t very impressive but the inside is decorated nicely with a stunning bar area. The batteries in my camera died while in the restaurant so unfortunately I wasn’t able to take any interior pictures.

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The pub had a special St. Patrick’s Day menu with all their favorite Irish dishes. Bryan and I split the Shepherd’s Pie which was topped with champ and cheese.

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The inside contained beef, carrots, peas and onions. It was delicious but I am glad we shared since it was a big serving. We sat up in the loft and enjoyed the live Irish music played below. I would definitely return here to eat. I was intrigued by the Death by Mac and Cheese on their menu; I want to try it next time I return.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Red Caboose Getaway

Bryan and I are attracted to staying in unique places while on vacation. The accommodations are an important part of the travel experience for us. One of our favorite places to stay is the Red Caboose Getaway B&B in Sequim, WA. Each caboose has a theme which is reflected throughout the interior décor. The owners, Olaf and Charlotte, have clearly put a lot of time and energy into the beautifully decorated cabooses.

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For our first trip we stayed in “The Grape Escape.” The décor was grape and wine-themed. The bathroom had a beautiful copper tub which was perfect for a relaxing soak. Included in the room’s DVD selection was The Great Escape.

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On our next visit, we stopped for only one night with my sister while on an Olympic National Park road trip. We stayed in the “Circus” caboose which sleeps up to four people. Upon our arrival, Charlotte and Olaf had spelled out our names and the words “welcome” on a magnetic board inside the caboose. While this caboose can accommodate more than two people, it is not ideal when traveling with your husband and sister. The bathroom door has a half door that doesn’t reach to the floor so neither my husband nor sister bathed while we were there due to lack of privacy.

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On our most recent trip, Bryan and I stayed in the “Western” which was decorated in western and cowboy-themed décor and complete with multiple classic Western movies to enjoy.

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While we love the themed-cabooses, the best part is breakfast. Breakfast is served in the “Silver Eagle” dining car. Each caboose has its own table (I dislike B&Bs where everyone sits at the same table so I love the Red Caboose B&B’s arrangement). Breakfast is a four-course meal which starts with warm, freshly-baked bread and ends with dessert. A small menu is at the table so you know what food you will be served. The breakfast is wonderfully made.

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My favorite part is the first-course bread. Our orange pull-apart bread was served at the table…

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A few minutes later, Bryan and I devoured it.

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I would pay just to eat breakfast here. My goal is to eventually stay in all the different themed-cabooses.

Red Caboose Getaway B&B provides a memorable experience – would highly recommend it to anyone.