The weather was gorgeous, and I'm glad we didn't head out at 7:00 a.m. as we had planned, because when we got there (a short hour and a half or so after leaving home), the double doors to the dining room were closed. Thankfully I thought to inquire about the brunch at the front desk, because it turns out we were in luck - but 30 minutes too early! That gave us time to meander through the grand hall and check out the freshly re-mortarted fireplaces, refinished floors, and even explore the upper reaches of the hall, which we hadn't realized three years ago were accessible. (It's a great place to people watch, if you're ever there...most people don't even look up that high!)
Brunch was great, as was the service. We left there horrifically stuffed, of course, but happy for having done it. After driving around some and stopping at the scenic viewpoints for photos, we headed home, still stuffed but happy, and inspired by the beauty we saw all around.
Some photos for your enjoyment. Next up...the NWHCA Scottish Highland Show at the Puyallup Fair on Friday!