Puget Sound Journals

Around the Sound

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An August 2002 trip to Puget Sound by Re Carroll

Whidbey Island Photo, Puget Sound, Washington More Photos
Quote: A trip to Washington State wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Puget Sound area. The contrast between Seattle’s sophistication and the relaxing and laid back lifestyle of the islands is just part of what makes The Sound so intriguing to visitors and the quintessential Washington destination.

La Quinta Inn & Suites

Hotel | "La Quinta Inn & Suites"

La Quinta Inn & Suites Photo, Puget Sound, Washington
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We hadn’t stayed in this chain before, but we arrived at night and the lit bell tower, reminding me of a California mission, looked inviting. We didn’t have a reservation but had no trouble getting a room and the check-in process was pleasant and efficient.Our large room had two queen size beds, a small table and two large, comfortable chairs. The light furniture was a nice contrast to the green and rust color scheme. The bathroom was small but had all the standard amenities, including a coffeemaker, and I especially liked the lighted, full-length mirror outside the bathroom door. We wondered if the room might be noisy since we were right behind the airport terminal, but the windows must ha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2003

La Quinta Inn & Suites
2824 S. 188 Street
Puget Sound, Washington
(206) 241-5211

Sharp's Roaster & Ale House

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Restaurant | "Sharp's Roaster & Ale House"

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We first tried this place a number of years ago and were happy to see that it is still around, and judging by the wait for tables, still going strong.Their specialty, and just about everything on the menu, is freshly roasted meats--chicken, pork, turkey, and beef and it’s quite obvious the minute you get in the door. Near the waiting area are large, glass-enclosed roasting spits and the aroma of the meat as it cooks always gets my taste buds working overtime.Since roasting is a healthy way to cook, there are lots of low-fat dinners such as Almost Fat-Free Teriyaki Turkey served with rice or one of Jim’s favorites--No Sin Turkey with fresh orange cranberry relish and double-steamed veggies ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2003

Sharp's Roaster & Ale House
18427 Pacific Highway
Puget Sound, Washington
(206) 241-5744

Stanford's Restaurant & Bar

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Restaurant | "Stanford's Restaurant & Bar"

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We really lucked out when we chose Stanfords for lunch.It has been around since 1990 and is located in a busy retail area, not far from the Southcentre Shopping Mall. Although the restaurant is large, it’s divided into smaller sections with four booths on each side of an aisle so it doesn’t feel like a warehouse. Dark wood, brick, gleaming brass railings and lots of windows, and green plants give it a cozy feel.The extensive menu is pretty eclectic. Appetizers include Tex-Mex chicken egg rolls, Southwest chicken layer dip, and grilled Portobello mushrooms. Entrées include salads, burgers, sandwiches, steaks, prime rib, pasta, pizza, seafood, and many vegetarian selections. Basically, some...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2003

Stanford's Restaurant & Bar
17380 Southcenter Pkwy.
Puget Sound, Washington
(206) 575-7454

Made in Washington

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Attraction

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Southcenter Mall is conveniently located about 15 minutes from Seattle, off I5 at the Southcenter Parkway exit--talk about easy to find! The mall has close to 500 restaurants, services and stores, including the biggies like Nordstrom’s, Bon Marche, J.C. Penney, Mervyns, and Sears, but our favorite is Made in Washington. It showcases the best of items made in Washington--clothes, dishes, food, wines, art--everything from the sublime to the ridiculous. Even when I’m not looking for anything specific, I enjoy browsing through their extensive selection of top-quality merchandise and usually end up with a few goodies.We bought a package of Space Noodle pasta ($6) and smoked salmon pasta sauce ($7) whic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2003

Made in Washington
Southcenter Mall
Puget Sound, Washington

Whidbey Island

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Attraction

Whidbey Island Photo, Puget Sound, Washington
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Located at the northern edge of Puget Sound, Whidbey is approached via the Deception Pass Bridge. With the Strait of Juan de Fuca on one side and Saratoga Pass on the other, this is one of the most popular and scenic places on the island for pictures. Whidbey is home to a large U.S. naval air base which is restricted to visitors, but many people park along the side of the road to watch the planes take off and land. Whidbey has more than its fair share of parks, and the island is a mecca for those into camping and hiking. It can get quite crowded, especially in the summer when reservations for camping spots are a MUST. The most popular park is Deception Pass State Park and its sandy beaches and e...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2003

Whidbey Island
Whidbey Island
Puget Sound, Washington

San Juan Island

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Attraction | "San Juan Islands"

San Juan Island Photo, San Juan Islands, Washington
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Located near Whidbey Island in the northern part of the Sound are 172 islands that make up the San Juans. Most of the islands are accessible only by private boat, but four can be easily visited on a Washington State ferry from Anacortes or on day tours via Anacortes or Bellingham.Of the four, Orcas, largest of all the islands, is home to the Rosario Resort which was built in 1909 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Occupying a good portion of Orcas is Moran State Park, Washington’s fourth largest and home to Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juans. If you’re here on a clear day, you can see many of the other islands and the Cascade Mountains on the mainla...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2003

San Juan Island
P.O. Box 1330
San Juan Islands, Washington 98250
(888) 468-3701