Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Adelaide's....Great Books, Great Coffee and Great Conversation

When I go to the Long Beach Peninsula on the Pacific coast of Washington, I soak up the beauty of the natural world and also make time to stop in at a few of the many small shops and eateries found there.  A current favorite is housed in the old Taylor Hotel, which was built in the 1800s and recently renovated by my new friend, Cyndy. 


In tribute to the hotel's proprietress, Adelaide, above, the new establishment is named after her, and though it's no longer a hotel, there's no shortage of hospitality here. 

Cyndy and her knowledgeable staff serve up great conversation, delicious espressos and wonderful pastries in the eatery side of the store; and offer a truly interesting selection of books in a very comfortable "reading room" that includes a lovely corner for youngsters. All in all, it's pretty easy to while away some hours at Adelaide's

A serendipity of my visit this past Saturday, was the discovery that Cyndy's sister, Colleen Hayward,  is an extremely accomplished encaustic painter, installation artist and sculptor. Represented by the Catherine Person Gallery in Seattle, you can see more of her beautiful work here

Hope your week is off to a great start!


Mary Zeran said...

Great stuff! I love the picture of the original owner

Gloria Freshley said...

Thanks for your visit Mary, and for your generous sharing of knowledge, ideas, and discoveries on your blog.

Sophie Munns said...

What a charming place Gloria! ...great to have such a beautiful place to get away to...the books and the space...looks like somewhere you can really relax and breath out!

bye the way... if postcard making is something you dont mind putting your mind too...Im hosting a call out to bloggers to make and send a postcard on the theme of seeds for a special week in July! An inclusive homage event...and time permitting may be of interest to a keen gardener like yourself!!

see you,

betsy best-spadaro said...

I 'heart' Adelaide's!

em said...

what a sweet spot! i hope to visit someday, i haven't been to the northwest very much at all. so much to see! thanks for sharing this!