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Day Trip: DeFuniak Springs, FL (houses & shopping)

As promised, here is the continuation of my trip! I had taken so many pictures I wanted to break this up a bit, in case you were only interested in one part, or didn’t have time for one massive post. It is also a bit difficult to organize this section, but I’ll start with the houses and move into the shopping, because there are a lot of houses to go through and I loved so many of them! I will try my best not to repeat any, unless I think they were amazing enough to warrant that. I had to take a few different ones of each house because that pesky sun and the trees kept making them completely un-see-able.

This one is probably my favorite house. I love the spire(turret?) and it’s absolutely beautiful with its trim and fencing. (I don’t know house terms, why should I, I just know this is gorgeous and I want to live here.)

and from the front

lovely

off white

storybook glen

columns (or pillars?)

stately from the side

more pillars

cute brick house, can't blow it down

This next house warrants a little bit of explanation, because it was absolutely amazing, first of all, and second because it was for sale by owner and they must be basically the nicest people ever because they have a drinking fountain outside for whoever is walking by to use at their discretion. You’ll see.

gorgeoooous

side-ish view

for sales

how sweet

in case you couldn't read

animals hiding in the bushes!

framed by trees

duplicated I know

pointy

brick-y

nice spire (tower?)

sweet gate

bricks again

big brick house (lovely)

cute chimney

yellow and proud

plants for privacy

orangey

This house had the cutest mailbox.

so cute

it's for letters

it was also for sale

this one was under construction

two decks

similar

trees and gate

Whew! That was a lot of houses. Even though this is a small town, this wasn’t all the houses in the area, but just some of my favorites. I hope you enjoyed seeing them! Now, onto the shops.

just a cute building

First, here’s Nook and Cranny, a shop of odds and ends and consignment shoes/clothes.

nook and cranny

door knobs

ram (astrology?)

red lamp

reminds me of the south

painting

birds

frame and boxes and things

delicate

I found the Herald!

And here’s the Big Store.

The Big Store

what the big store entails

so much pink!

ROOK (it's a game and my last name)

such a pretty sofa

bed frame

Jim Beam mirror

antique stove/oven

Shirley Temple

the huge piano

I also encountered the Little Big Store.

little big store

I also worked my nerve up to go into the health store. Up until that point, I hadn’t been in a shop where I was the only potential customer.

health store?

As far as a “food” store, I would not classify it as such. They did have a few food items, but the majority of the store was packed with supplements, vitamins and the like. I’m sure it’s a useful resource in the area as they carry many things exclusively for the area and promise satisfaction, but I didn’t find anything of particular interest (coming from a larger area) and this was the only store in which I was essentially ignored and not pleasantly greeted. Oh well!

I did not manage to get a picture of it, but I loved the local bookstore and purchased 6 items for only $11 from a great selection of new and (mostly) used books. That was probably my favorite shop in the area, but didn’t look like anything special from the outside. Looks can be deceiving, so when visiting a small town, be sure to just give things a try!

Looks like it’s time to go!

time to go! (I'm cheesy)

Maybe I’ll take the train!

maybe I'll take the train

Hope you enjoyed! Goodbye!

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa

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Day Trip: DeFuniak Springs, FL (The Lake, churches and library + food)

Hope you like long posts because this is going to be one! I went to DeFuniak Springs, FL today as a day trip, over from Tallahassee. And I hope gorgeous old houses are just your cup of sweet tea (or whatever you like to drink) because they sure are mine! (NOTE: I AM ONLY INCLUDING THE LAKE, CHURCHES AND LIBRARY IN THIS POST, AS WELL AS FOOD. SOON, I WILL POST THE HOUSES AND OTHER BUILDINGS INCLUDING STORES.)

First, a little background on the area. Feel free to skip this and head on down to the rest of the post, because I did not spend a lot of time researching, and am rather quoting semi-directly the pertinent information from a pamphlet I got in town that is distributed by the DeFuniak Springs Visitors Bureau Inc. There is a small visitor’s center in town (it’s not hard to find, it’s right by the Little Big Store and just off circle drive around the lake) but it’s only open on Sautrdays. However, their pamphlets are available outside.

“Walton County was created in 1824. The census of 1920 reported the county population as 12,119, the 1980 census was 23,000 and the census of 1990 was 27,759. There are three incorporated towns in Walton County. DeFuniak Springs, Paxton and Freeport. Since early days farming has been an important occupation of the majority of the residents in Walton County. The historic downtown area is home to Lake DeFuniak, a naturally round lake that is approximately one mile in circumference and perhaps fed by a small natural spring. The lake is surrounded by beautiful homes and three churches, along with the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood and the Walton-DeFuniak Library, which is the oldest continuously operating library in the state of Florida.”

We can get started with my walk around Lake DeFuniak, which was very pretty (and I ended up walking around it twice, once on the path near the lake and the other time around the sidewalk to look at all the buildings!)

palm tree and lake, very Floridian

big, pretty, Lake DeFuniak!

play area

boardwalk with seating area

fountain at the lake

cute place for a picnic!

fancy cutouts of people from the past, everywhere!

Now, enough of the lake, let’s move onto the buildings! (I told you this would be a super long post)

Here is one of the three churches that surround the lake.

First United Methodist Church

fancy blue sky church

Across the street is the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood! Followed by another nearby church.

brotherhood hall, for the bros

here's the hall

nearby church

Next, I’ll show you the library. I was excited to go on a Friday because the library is open 9-5 M-F and closed on the weekends. I had read that they had a collection of antique weaponry, and was pleasantly surprised to see it hanging above the bookshelves on the walls! The library is beside the lake and included in the circle drive walking tour pamphlet. It also features a really cute reading garden.

cutest library!

super cute

extra extra read all about the library!

weapons oh my

axes?

fancy clock

weaponry!

armor?

love this picture

entrance to the reading garden

library reading garden (so cute!)

little reading corner

golden ragwort

Stoke's Aster

fountains

rosemary!

Next, I’ll show you where I ate. I chose Ed’s, not that there were many choices in the area, but I had read great things on Yelp!

Ed's super full parking lot of mostly trucks

 

nom nom

I had a cheeseburger combo meal with crinkle cut fries and a peanut butter milkshake for only $8.01!

MALISA? Who is that...

picnic at the park

This *may* be the best milkshake I’ve ever had. Honestly. I really loved it. However, the fries and burger were just average. Better than regular fast food, but not super unique or great. I think I should’ve tried their famous Pub Burger but I had trouble finishing all of this by myself!

Thank you for reading and in a new post, very soon, I will show you all the tons and tons of houses I know you’re craving. πŸ™‚

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa


Pike Place: A day in Seattle

My family decided to go downtown Seattle to complete some Christmas shopping and generally do some walking and looking around. It was fun and a nice welcome-back-to-Seattle/Washington activity. Be warned: LONG POST.

The first shop we stopped in was Cicada, which was so pretty. It’s a bridal store in downtown Seattle. We noticed the dresses and had to pop in and look around. Although we made it clear we were just looking, the salespeople were very friendly and told us that the prices listed on the tags (tucked inside the dress) include alterations, which prices at bridal shops typically do not. Also, FYI, they’re having a 40% off sale on their 2012 sample dresses for December. Here’s one of my favorite dresses…

gorgeous wedding dress

After that we headed down to the market and a few of our favorite standard shops with their own separate storefronts. I thought I’d add in a few of the stores and restaurants we didn’t stop in as well, just to give a general picture of the area. One of these is Crepe de France, which looked delicious…

Crepe de France

crepe de france menu

One of the places I always recall when I think about Pike Place Market is The Great Wind-Up. For some reason I can’t open the website on Google Chrome when I try… but maybe you’ll have better luck. Essentially it’s a shop full of wind-up toys & gag gifts and it’s completely adorable. The space is small, but not an inch is wasted. They even have a testing area for kids (or really anyone) to try out the toys.

View from across the hall

Tah-dah! Such a cute shop

Mr. Bacon toy

Stick-on Mood Mustaches

toy testing area

toys to test!

Me with the Christmas pig and my rain jacket

Friendly flying squid

Here’s the Mt. Townsend Creamery. We didn’t go in but it looked great!

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Of course we had to stop and watch the Pike Place Fish Co. guys toss around some crabs.

Pike Place Fish Co

delicious fresh seafood

I didn’t catch the sign fully (it was a blurry picture) BUT apparently Pike Place Fish Co. has the only 100% sustainable seafood in the Market. Here’s Don and Joe’s Meats.

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We stopped by Market GalbeeΒ at the market and I got a skewer of sausage and my parents got an assorted skewer of food. I wish I had been hungrier so we could’ve gotten some good Korean food and bubble tea! Maybe next time.

Market Galbee

festive menu

food case

Lowell’s Restaurant advertised cocktails and looked like a fun place to get a drink. I liked their slogan: Almost Classy Since 1957.

Lowell's

We also saw the Pike Place Bakery.

pike place bakery

looks good

yum

Also, a cute shirt! And a crab apron!

Cute shirt

apron!

And a lavender goat. πŸ™‚

and a lavender goat

Some sad social-commentary-type graffiti.

clever graffiti

We managed to get a glimpse of the Ferris wheel from a park, even though it was a cloudy day. We also saw it later at night, all lit up! Sorry about the quality especially of the nighttime pictures. We were trying to get home after a long day of being cold.

Victor Steinbrueck Park

the Ferris wheel!

and a bit closer

woo

Ferris wheel

side view

We stopped into Bavarian Meats, a German specialty shop. So many good things in this place.
Especially sausage samples.

Bavarian Meats

marzipan pigs and pretzels

We picked out a Christmas Soda for me, and my mom got one of those from the top row, which
we think is a German lemonade.

special drinks

Meats and cheeses! We picked up some of each.

lots of meat

sausages

cheeses

and desserts!

Then we headed into Piroshky Piroshky, a Russian bakery. The only place we went with a line out the door! It smelled amazing as we walked by, so we couldn’t pass it up.

Piroshky Piroshky

yum!

so amazing

piroshky~

We had to go to Le Panier (French Bakery) as well. We picked up some macarons, bread, and pastries. But no pictures! Sorry!

Le Panier French Bakery

We went around the market a bit more after and came across Pike Place Pigs. Pigs are kind of a big deal around Seattle but for the life of me I can’t remember why. Anyway, they’re everywhere.

pike place pigs

pigs!

We also went to Free People to pick up some things (yay I love them) but there are no pictures of that. Then we went to Japanese Gourmet Restaurant, and at this point my fingers were freezing so it was a good reprieve from the cold, and gave me a chance to warm my fingers up so I could take a few more pictures after we got out. We were there for Happy Hour, so we ordered a variety of food.

menu front

happy hour menu

gyoza

tempura plate

garlic beef short ribs

sesame scallops

While walking back to the car (yay parking garages) I had to stop and take a few pictures of the market all lit up.

Christmas tree~

Public Market~

I hope you enjoyed reading about my family Christmastime outing and thanks for sticking with me!

Photos by: Melissa
Post by: Melissa


Destination: Tallahassee! Alfred B. Maclay Gardens, Lofty Pursuits ice-cream & Killearn Antiques store

When my mom was visiting Tallahassee and staying here with me I decided to take her to a few of my favorite places, and one of those was the ice-cream place, Lofty Pursuits. It’s super cute, delicious, local, and it’s also attached to a toy shop. πŸ™‚

We also visited the antique shop next door, Killearn Antiques, which I’ve been near and looked inside, but had never gone into before.

Lastly, (although in timeline-reality before we did the other two things) we went to the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens and walked around there, which was pretty awesome and will be the main focus of this post. I think the entry fee was $6 for our car (and the two of us.) There is also a recreation area but we just drove through/past that.

You can see the little lizard again there, right? He does blend in very well. I always wonder if people hold the cursor over my pictures to see the text that I write for them. Try it! Just hold your mouse arrow over the picture until a little text box appears. That’s where I do most of my writing. I really liked this park, mostly for the animals we saw (and TONS of squirrels.) However, what I did not manage to get a picture of was the rather large black banded snake we saw that came out of nowhere and quickly got away before we could snap a picture of him. Very cool.

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa