Gorgeous glowing glass & gardens in Seattle, Washington


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Say you decide to visit the Pacific Northwest.  Say you find yourself in Seattle, Washington.  Say you find yourself with a full afternoon to explore the bustling city.  Where might you visit?  What might you do?

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Many folks head straight for the Space Needle.  You could travel up-up-and-away if you like, marveling at the view from the Observation Deck.  Oooh and ahhh about the city.  Pretend you’re an eagle with an eagle’s eye view of the Puget Sound, deep evergreen forests, tall skyscrapers, the majestic Mount Rainier.


Or you could opt to stay with sturdy feet on the earth, avoiding the long Space Needle lines.  You might choose to buy tickets to Chihuly Garden and Glass and admire Dale Chihuly’s inspired and amazing glass creations.

Which is what my daughter and I decided to do last week during our girl’s road trip in the Pacific Northwest.

Green guy

We drove up from Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her fiance and two cats.

She gifted me this trip last summer on my 60th birthday, and we’ve spent the entire year planning it.  (We traveled to Europe after she graduated from college, so it looks like we’re even now.)

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Aren’t these glass creations gorgeous?

Can you imagine the talent and dedication it takes to create these beauties?

To learn more about Chihuly’s life and art please explore here or here.

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After you walk in the darkened museum rooms, you stroll through an atrium to the gardens outside.

Glass sculptures nestle among beautiful flowers.

It feels like one could wander inspired through the gardens for most of the afternoon.



Red guy


Kiah and tree

However, we just kept taking photos of the beauty, delighted that we had the opportunity and leisure to explore.


Just wanted to share a few pictures from our first day in Seattle.  From there we traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, and San Juan Island off the coast of Washington.  It was a trip of a lifetime!



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I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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31 Responses to Gorgeous glowing glass & gardens in Seattle, Washington

  1. Carol says:

    Beautiful! I feel like I’ve been there now.

    • Kathy says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed, Carol. Just wondering–have you ever been to Seattle, Vancouver BC, or San Juan Island? Since you live somewhat in the vicinity?

  2. Oh, I’ve always wanted to visit that glass works! Your photos are stunning! I have a good friend on San Juan Island…who used to live on Beaver Island! Such a small world! I’m so glad you had a good time, and that it was shared with your daughter. That adds to the special memories of a place, doesn’t it?

    • Kathy says:

      Cindy, I imagine as an artist you have heard of Dale Chihuly before. I had not heard of him until last week. As for your friend on San Juan Island–how cool! You should go visit. 🙂 I actually met a fellow on the island who moved there from Rogers City 30-40 years ago. His wife is the local vet on the island. And sharing the trip with Kiah–you are right, priceless.

  3. Bonnie says:

    The glass creations are awesome. The ones in the garden…..I’m finding it hard to come up with words to express the beauty. What creative talent. It sound as though you had a wonderful trip overall.

    • Kathy says:

      Bonnie, it was a great trip. Glad you enjoyed the photos. The art was incredible; you have to admire a guy like that. Still have lots of pics from the overall trip–we’ll see if another blog is born or not. Thanks for stoppin’ by!

  4. dorannrule says:

    Wow! Those glass art photos are fabulous and I am sure even better “in person.”

  5. Robert Thompson says:

    I enjoy reading your Blog

  6. Robin says:

    Looks like it was a wonderful trip! I love Chihuly’s creations. I’ve been to see some of them in a conservatory in Columbus, Ohio, and it seems like they look a little different every time I see them. The art doesn’t change, of course. Just my vision of it. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Isn’t it fascinating, Robin, how our view can change and we see things like this in new lights, in different ways? Thanks for reminding me of that! And glad you’ve seen Chihuly creations in person.

  7. javsimson says:

    Wow! I keep seeing pictures of collections and exhibitions of Chihuly glass sculpture, but I’ve never seen them in person. Great photos!!

    • Kathy says:

      Javsimson, it seems like a lot of people know who Chihuly is. Glad to hear you enjoy the photos. The little camera didn’t do half bad trying to capture a bit of the essence.

  8. Laurie Galia says:

    We saw Dale Chihuly’s exhibit at the Meijer Gardens.
    It was my first exposure to his stunning work. It has a magical feel! I would love to see his beautiful glass sculptures again. Thank you for sharing.

    • Kathy says:

      Laurie–you’ve described it perfectly. It does have a magical feel. I am glad you enjoyed this. Thought some people might like seeing it.

  9. Lori says:

    Saw you were there on facebook. What a wonderful trip to take. I am claustrophobic, so an elevator to the top of the needle would not sound fun to me. My husband is fascinated with glass blowing, so it seems that the glass exhibit would have been where we would’ve headed. It looks awesome.

    So glad you were able to enjoy a girls trip with your daughter. I thought she lived in New York. Was that your son? Loved the photos. That picture of the space needle looks exactly like a perspective I would’ve taken it from.

    • Kathy says:

      Lori, yes, I did post one picture on Facebook, but really wanted to share more. Yes, it does sound like you would have been headed there, too. Interesting that neither of us are interested in the needle.

      Kiah did live in NYC until 3-4 years ago (or 5? Goodness can’t remember exactly without looking it up!) Then she moved to Portland, Oregon. Our son lived in San Diego until 1.5 years ago, and then moved to New Jersey, just across the river from NYC. No wonder you’re a little confused. 🙂

  10. dawnkinster says:

    So beautiful! We saw his work in a similar setting in 2010 at the Meijer Gardens near Grand Rspids.

  11. Gorgeous is right! Reblogging to sister site “Timeless Wisdoms”

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  13. sherrysescape says:

    Oh, I really, really loved the Chihuly Garden, too!

  14. Wow! The glass creations are stunning! Thanks for introducing me to Dale Chihuly’s works.

  15. Reggie says:

    I’ve never seen such extraordinary breathtaking glass sculptures before! Wow….!

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