Well, we are back from our vacation, or as the English call it, "Holiday," and we had a wonderful time. Our first nights stay was in the small island town of Anacortes where we were to catch the Ferry bright and early the next morning. The place we stayed was made up of a series of tiny cottages dotted about the hill side. Our little room was very cozy with a beautiful view overlooking a huge lawn that became the forest and eventually rolled down to the waters edge. We could see the ferry moored at the dock and the islands beyond. It was a very peaceful, quiet place filled with deer, squirrels and birds singing in the trees.
(The picture of the lawn with the Adirondack's was just outside our room).
The next morning we got up, boarded the ferry and cruised through the San Juan Islands. The ferry made several stops to take on more passengers and one of those stops was at Orcas Island. I almost booked one night in the Victorian Inn overlooking the ferry...now I'm kicking myself in the derriere for my stupidity...isn't life that way some times?
Once we reached Vancouver Island we had to find the English Inn where we'd be staying for the next three days. It was in an older neighborhood across the harbor from the Empress Hotel and just down the street from a Tim Horton's...so exciting!
As we drove through the neighborhood we came upon a stone gate and turned up the drive to find this beautiful arched driveway.
We then turned under the port cocheire and entered the massive oak doors to find a blazing fire in the old stone fireplace. Sounds romantic, doesn't it? Well, I have to admit, I may have exaggerated a wee bit as there was no fireplace, but it was beautiful all the same...a huge room with oak paneling and a massive staircase in the center of the room that led to the second floor landing...
with these gorgeous stained glass windows.
This is where the fireplace was located, with a cozy seating area and the only place in the entire Inn where you could access the internet...via a wire. The lovely apparatus on the desk was a broken computer with a note on it saying it was out of order. I found this to be a bit strange, but what else would one expect from a lovely old Inn?
(A view from the gardens)
Our room was filled with antiques and had a lovely glassed in porch with a balcony that overlooked the sunken garden and beyond to the sea, plus a claw foot tub. Hubby and I both agreed that we could stay in that room for the rest of our lives and be perfectly happy. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to go back in three years for my fiftieth birthday...unless of course one of us dies or we get raptured out of here before then...ha ha ha!!!
Anyway, there was so much to see and do and so much that we wanted to see, but didn't have time to do so another trip is definitely on the horizon.
Now I have to unpack and get some things done around my weence little cottage AND HOPEFULLY I'll be able to post about the gardens tomorrow.
Until then, I hope you all have a great day!