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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sleighbells Ring, Are You Listenin’?

No, I’ve not lost my calendar or mind, but the recent snow storm that battered Western Washington and Oregon caused me to miss a trip to one of my favorite NW spots—Sleighbells, located in Sherwood, Oregon.

At least twice per year—more if I can wangle it—I turn the Zonker, my screaming yellow Neon, South to Mt. Angel, OR and my best friend’s home. From her house in the cute village of Mt. Angel we fan out into the Oregon countryside visiting shops and farms in what has to be some of the prettiest landscape in the NW. Mother Nature cancelled our December get-together, but did not squelch Christmas altogether. We will be opening gifts, having our Christmas, and visiting the tea room at Sleighbells.

Those of you familiar with the Beach Basket Christmas store in Gig Harbor can get a mental picture in your mind, then triple it, add a Christmas tree nursery and a tea room and you have Sleighbells. I am not so out of the Christmas spirit that I won’t enjoy yummy tea food and a good browse around their shelves and shelves of Christmas decorations. After all there are only 358 shopping days until Christmas and only 348 by the time I get there!

Sleighbells is open year ‘round so even if you get near Sherwood on a summer jaunt, consider stopping. I will give you a review of their tea after the fact, but having been there before I am assured of a wonderful time.


Lorraine Hart said...

Looks lovely Stephanie! I hope you have a wonderful time.

Stephanie Frieze said...

It's always the right time to celebrate friendship, as you well know, Lorraine. Being postponed just gives more time for anticipation!

Jo said...

Have a fantastic time, though that goes without saying. Love the pictures.

Stephanie Frieze said...

My hope is that the weather cooperates and that we don't get any snow until late January!

Lorraine Hart said...

You forgot to touch wood when you said that Stephanie!

Stephanie Frieze said...

I shall carry my walking stick so I'm touching wood at all times!