So, do you like a cold, snowy destination or a warm, sunny beach for a mid-winter break?
We spent three days skiing at Whistler in Canada with our son and friends. What a wonderful ski village and mountain.The village walk is lined with cute little shops and restaurants to please any taste. You can ski either Whistler or Blackcomb and you have an amazing amount of runs to choose from.
If you do not ski, you can ride the gondola up and then take the Peak2peak Gondola across one peak to the other mountain peak. The Peak2peak was built for the Winter Olympics and is definitely something to experience.
It was amazing how many Europeans we met riding up on the chairs. One gentleman from Switzerland said that Whistler village was modeled after a ski resort outside of Geneva, near his home. No wonder the village has such a European feel. However, he did say that the runs in Switzerland are twice as long as the runs at Whistler. I am definitely going to have to put the Swiss Alps on my list of places to visit.
We had some great skiing, a few falls, some great meals and good times with friends! Whistler is absolutely one of our favorite places to visit.
Post a picture of your favorite winter vacation destination on our Facebook page or comment here on our blog. We would love to hear and see your favorite mid-winter vacations spots.
Etsy is an online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods.
OK, until a week ago I had never heard of Etsy. I was talking with a gal in a store and she was telling me that her daughter sells vintage clothing on Etsy. She could not believe I had never heard of the site. Well, I have been in my stay at home mom bubble for over 16 years and just coming back into the “real world”. I am sure there are many current trends I have yet to discover.
Later the same week, I was on a bus going to watch a golf tournament and all the ladies on the bus were also talking about Etsy. Well, this site must be popular if I hear about it for a second time in the same week. One of the gals on the bus has a friend, Mona, who has Kimonocards on Etsy and makes these unique silk balls. What I found so interesting is that her friend Mona travels to Japan twice a year and buys vintage silk kimonos. She then cuts them into small pieces and makes these beautiful fabric hanging balls for weddings and baby rooms. The gal on the bus helps her friend Mona cut pieces of fabric into thousands of small sizes for assembly, a long and arduous task.
If you have shopped on Etsy, let us know which vendors are your favorites, so we can check them out too. If not, check them out and see all the wonderful handmade items. Etsy.com
I look forward to meeting our friends on friendsfavz and sharing all of your favorites. – Karen
Friends Favz is all about our favorite things, experiences and people we love. I thought I would share one of my favorite people on this Valentines Day, my husband Craig. We have been married 21 wonderful years. There is never a dull moment around our household. We love to travel together, ski, boat and share time with our extended family and friends.
Who is your special valentine? Post a photo or comment on our blog or facebook page.
Friendsfavz is all about the things we love and are passionate about. Well, I love a wintery sunny day in Seattle. It seems to restore our hope that sunshine does exist and gets us out of our Seattle blues. I ventured out to the Sammamish trail today and enjoyed riding my bike along with many other Seattleites who have been hibernating for the last three months. What a glorious day! If you have never had the opportunity to walk or bike along the Sammamish trail, you can catch it in Woodinville at Wilmot park. I love riding along this trail with the Sammamish slew winding its way into Lake Washington, and the tall Poplar trees lining the pathway. The open fields and the wineries add to the ambiance that reminds me of biking and living in Sweden so many years ago. -Karen
So Seattlites and our friends in other cities, what do you do on a sunny winter weekend? Share your favorite spots with us so we can enjoy them too.