I was a very lucky girl this weekend - Jon surprised me for our 4 year anniversary and took me on a staycation in Ballard! This is a pretty big deal, since Jon HATES Ballard. (He thinks it is too hard to get to, full of hippies, and you can never find parking… all of which…are true. BUT STILL…!) I love Ballard, especially the restaurants and the Farmer's Market, so none of these things matter to me. Every time we go there, I think I have always commented on this cute little boutique hotel called the Ballard Inn in the heart of Ballard, and this is where we ended up staying this weekend. (Awww…!) Considering how much Jon hates Ballard, this was very nice of him. (Apologies for the sappiness of this post…)
|The inside of the Ballard Inn - isn't it adorable?|
|The score was 60 to 60, respectively...|
|I had the scallops, and Jon had the pasta. Yum!|
So pretty! It's also our first snow in the Seattle area, which really sets us apart from the rest of the country…! The Ballard Inn is right outside the Ballard Farmer's Market, which is my favorite Farmer's Market in Seattle, so we had to take some time to walk around. Seabreeze Farms is one of our favorite vendors at this market (they also go to the University District farmer's market), so we bought some milk and meat from them. Seabreeze is a local organic farm on Vashon Island, and we were lucky enough to enjoy a Farm-to-Table dinner with them this past summer. It was amazing, and now we try to buy from them whenever we can. Definitely check them out - you will notice the difference in their products!
Finally, we finished off our Ballard extravaganza with some tea from Miro. Apparently they also have roiboos tea latte's - although not the way that the Cederberg Tea House makes them - but it was still a great way to relax after walking around on the snowy streets of the Farmer's Market.
|Artistic display of the Farmer's Market sign while having tea. :)|
Now here we are - back in good old West Seattle. I know plenty of people think that Staycations are silly, but I adore them, and this was my first one in Ballard! Big thanks to my man for making it happen, and I hope some people are introduced to the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. It might be hard to get to (IE not next to any freeways), but it's worth the trip! Just watch out for the hippies. (Just kidding…!) :)