Monday, May 6, 2013

Port Townsend

 Point Wilson Lighthouse

Last Wednesday, Brian and I took the ferry from Edmonds and headed over to Port Townsend for the day.

We arrived just in time to have lunch at our favorite place, The Silverwater Cafe.

David and Allison have owned the Silverwater since 1989.  They built the restaurant with the idea of bringing people together to enjoy good food, good wine and great friends.

I am not sure when Brian and I found it, but we loved it so much that we brought our friends here and they "borrowed" it from us for their wedding reception.

We especially love the little table by the wood burning stove in the winter, but the sunlight streaming in the windows on a warm spring day was just as lovely.

Here is our fabulous lunch.....

 Tiger Prawn Chop Salad

 Spaghetti "special" with fresh Swiss chard, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms and shaved parmesan

 Amaretto Peach Pie with a 10 year tawny port

Before we headed back to West Seattle, we drove along the waters edge to Fort Warden State Park for a few pictures.

Remember the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman"?  Remember the last scene where they graduate?  I am sitting on the steps of the building where they received their wings.  Shots from the movie were filmed all over the park and the city of Port Townsend.

On a whim, I saw a sandwich style board on the side of the road (as we headed back to the ferry) for the FinnRiver Farm and Cidery. I've loved cider since I first tried it in England many many years ago so the opportunity to try some local cider was too good to pass up.

We had the most amazing private tasting with owner, Crystie who shared her passion for their farm (including hens, chickens and goats) and a wonderful assortment of artisan hard ciders and spirited wines. We excitedly brought home their wonderful seasonal cider, honey meadow and a dozen fresh farm eggs!

It's a beautiful location, set on a 33 acre certified organic farm, including a restored salmon stream. They share the farm with migrating salmon and swans; eagles and herons and rich soil which helps them produce some amazing produce.  Please check them out if you are in the area.

It was a beautiful day and a wonderful adventure.