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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Cullen House

Hello dear friends!
{I hope this week finds you doing well!}
You will never guess where I was this past weekend...or maybe you will, since you probably read the title! ;)

My husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary, staying in Forks, Washington, situated in the Olympic Peninsula.
{Well, technically our anniversary on July 6, but this is the weekend we went away to celebrate it!}
Now for those of you who love the Twilight book series {or the movies} you will recognize Forks as the town the books were set in. I must confess, I had only read three pages of the first book prior to our visit, so when we got there I didn't even know that "Cullen" was Edward's last name!

The bed and breakfast we stayed in is lovingly referred to as The Cullen House, not because the home in the book was modeled after this home, but because it became quite apparent after the fact, that the two were a lot alike!

Twilight fans can tour the house for a small fee, and many come here for love of the books and movies...

I love {LOVE} the room we stayed in, called "Sunset". I am trying to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes this room so lovely, and how I can add a bit of this loveliness to our room at home! {You know, the one that is STILL not completed!} ;)
As you can see, the wallpaper is a burnt orange, which is different from the whites and grays in my own home...

But it was absolutely gorgeous in this room, with thick white molding around the windows and doors! The room felt like "home". :)

Just look at those old, paneled doors! {Sigh.}

As we neared Forks, we drove past Cresent Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever seen! This picture did not capture the beauty of it!

There are so many things to do in the Olympic Peninsula, too! About 40 minutes away from Forks is an actual rain forest that you can hike through~ the only rain forest in North America, actually.

It was beautiful!

And if you like the ocean, that is under an hour's drive away, too! We only saw it as we were driving past, but that's okay~ we plan on coming back here! :)
If you ever should visit Forks, we would highly recommend the Miller Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast, aka The Cullen House!

You can find out more about it here, as well as see pictures of the many rooms they have!
{I also want to say thank you to my friend Robin over at The Robin's Nest, for all of her great suggestions on "must-see places" around the area!} It was so helpful, as we really knew nothing about anything over that way! :)
Well, that's all for me tonight! I hope you each have a beautiful Thursday, and thank you so much for stopping by! :)
Blessings to you~


GoldenValley50 said...

What a beautiful part of the world! That lake reminds me so much of the beautiful lakes we saw in New Zealand. So pleased you had such a wonderful anniversary celebration (our anniversary is the 4th July!) I will definitely be adding Forks (and that gorgeous B&B) to my bucket list. ;)Sharyne

Patty Marker said...

How fun to visit Forks. I've read the book series and would love to see the inn you stayed at and the quaint little town. The room looks so cozy and I love the quilt over the bed. I'm glad you had a good vacation. Patty

michelle said...

How fun and so beautiful!!! I just love the area the US and I hope to one day get out there. I love the sign on the front door, how cool is that. :)

Unknown said...

How awesome to have visited Forks. The room you stayed in looks so cozy and comfy!

Robin Beck said...

Oh, I'm so happy you had such a wonderful time Jenni! Cresent lake is beautiful isn't it? It's almost impossible to catch it's beauty with a camera. I love that you stayed at the Cullens-We have never stayed in a B & B before.
While you were checking out Forks we were at Ocean Shores and the Point Defiance Zoo with all the grandkids, such a great week!
We will be heading over to Forks in the next couple of weeks with my brother. Can't wait!

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

Jenni, Congrats on your 15th anniversary! Forks looks like an amazing place to visit! The Cullen House looks so lovely and charming.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Deborah said...

It is just beautiful there!
So glad you had such a great time!!!
Beautiful images you've captured!
Happy Anniversary :)

Deborah xo

Burlap Luxe said...
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Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Jenni
Is it to late to tell my friend Happy Anniversary!
What a peaceful retreat, and romantic getaway!
I wish we had a local B&B in our town, we have a bit of a drive to one!
Have you ever wanted to open a bed and breakfast of your own? I bet you would be great at it. Maybe one that invites families you could have a craft room where kids could create all the crafty things stored in your beautiful head :)

I will look forward to what next you will be posting! hard to top a perfect romantic week-end :) right!!

Mel said...

congratulations! That looks like such a neat place to visit.

Tiff said...

Congratulations Jenni, on such a big anniversary! I haven't had.a chance to email you back, but know that I loved to hear from you and have been thinking of you in Forks! I have read all the books, I wanted to read them before I let my daughter read them, so I am very familiar with the place!!! My daughter wishes she was there too! Hope you have had a wonderful break! X

Angie - Big Bears Wife said...

How cool!!! Happy Anniversary!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a great trip! Happy Belated Anniversary!