Friday, October 13, 2017

Afternoon Cream Tea in Florence, Oregon

Lovejoy's Restaurant & Tearoom, Florence, Ore. (Julianne G. Crane)
What could be more perfect than lunch on the Oregon Coast with a longtime woman friend you met while RVing the Gulf Coast of Texas? Only one thing--lunch with TWO women friends you met while RVing in Texas. The fact that we were able to linger over afternoon tea at a cozy British-style tea shoppe was frosting on the scone.

Warm reception at Lovejoy's Tearoom (Julianne G. Crane)
Recently Jimmy and I were attending an RV Rally in Florence, Oregon, with longtime RV friends Sherian and Lee Shriver of Ohio.

Late one overcast afternoon while walking through Florence's old downtown, Sherian and I were hankering for something sweet and stumbled onto Lovejoy's Tearoom when we spotted the word "scones" painted on the outside of the building.  Stepping inside, we learned it had a full lunch menu and we decided to return the next day.

3 RVing women Sherian - Julianne - Jacque meeting for tea.
Sherian and I had been reminiscing about other RVers we met at the Sandollar RV Park in Rockport, Texas, and I remembered that solo RVer Jacque Green was traveling somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. I sent her a quick text asking: 'Where are you?'  Within moments she responded that she was at the Thousand Trails RV Park in Florence -- holy moly !!!!  She was staying in the park immediately next door to where we were camping. I called her and she quickly agreed to meet us for lunch at Lovejoy's.

On right RVers Jacque Green (Okla.) & Sherian Shriver (Ohio)

Lovejoy's Restaurant & Tearoom

Decorated in a warm, relaxing English country decor, the tearoom features softly draped curtains, flowery tablecloths along with lots and lots of tea cups and tea pots lining the walls.

Jacque ordered Bangers and Mash (English style sausage with Bisto gravy and homemade mashed potato) for $9.50. "It was very good especially for someone who had been eating her own cooking for a long time," said the fulltime solo RVer. Sherian order Squash Soup ($7 a bowl) that "was very good," she said.

I was longing for a traditional English Cream Tea that I remembered from my trips to Great Britain. The 'Devonshire Tea' ($9) selection included a pot of tea (I opted for the Yorkshire Gold) and a scone served with preserves and clotted cream. I was a tad disappointed in the single scone (I had anticipated two) it was a bit dry and pricey for the size. That said, I will return to this charming tea shoppe that features a menu offering an array of English and Scottish favorites.

Selection of British teas, jams, biscuits

There are specials that change weekly. The amazing variety of teas are excellent and served in a "proper tea pot," neatly covered with a tea cozy.

"It is a perfect place to go to on a cold early fall day," said Jacque.  "A wonderful place for women to meet," added Sherian.

For a peaceful atmosphere and hot authentic British teas, this is one of the best "tucked away treasures" on the Oregon Coast.

Tea pots, tea towels for sale.

If you go:

Lovejoy's Restaurant and Tearoom
195 Nopal St.
Florence OR 97439
541-902-0502
lovejoysrestaurant.com
Hours: Tues-Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lovejoy's is located just off the main street in Old Town Florence and a few short blocks away from the no-frills Port of Siuslaw Campground and MarinaSee below for information and reviews on this and other RV Campgrounds and Parks.

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Text and photos: Julianne G. Crane
To read more articles about the RV lifestyle by Julianne G Crane, go to RVWheelLife.com

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ketchikan offers history, shopping, kayaking all within easy reach of Alaska Ferry dock.

Ketchikan, Alaska, harbor. (Julianne G. Crane)
Ketchikan, the southeastern most city in Alaska, is located in the midst of "the Tongass National Forest, a 17-million acre rainforest full of lush cedar, Sitka spruce, waterfalls, and wildlife." It sits at the entrance to the famed Alaska Inside Passage and has a population of about 8,000.

Notorious Creek Street, in historic Ketchikan. (Julianne G. Crane)
Technically, the only way to get to “The Salmon Capital of the World” is by sea. The city is located on Revillagigedo Island, which is a five-minute ferry ride from the international airport.

This Alaska town has long been a popular destination with RVers because it is a year-round port-of-call for the Alaska Marine Highway System (1-800-642-0066).

Julianne G. Crane pointing out Dolly's
Ketchikan is best known for three things: "feisty salmon, idyllic scenery, and an incredibly rich Alaska Native culture." ... Oh, and maybe Creek Street and 'Dolly's House.'

During Ketchikan's "rough-and-tumble Prohibition days, Creek Street ... actually a boardwalk built over the water...was the red-light district, a hot-bed of bars and brothels. Today it is the heart of the city's shopping and arts scene."

Jimmy Smith walking by Dolly's House
At the height of the Gold Rush, Ketchikan’s red-light area on Creek Street had around 30 bordellos. Dolly’s House tells the story of those rough and ready pioneering days -- "Where both men and salmon come upstream to spawn."

"Dolly Arthur was one of Ketchikan’s better known madams, operating from the 1930s until prostitution was outlawed in Ketchikan in the 1950s. Today her parlor and boudoir are preserved as a museum filled with memorabilia, commemorating the roaring days of the early 20th century." -- Viator.com

Jimmy taking photos of travelers. (Julianne G. Crane)
Tongass Historical Museum
629 Dock St., Ketchikan, AK
907-225-5600

This is a small city-run museum where visitors can peruse displays highlighting the town's history. Rare artifacts and historical photographs tell the authentic tale of Ketchikan as a Native fish camp, gold and copper mining center, fishing port, timber town, cannery site, transportation hub, and lively community. Just outside the museum there is a large totem pole called "Raven Stealing the Sun."
Admission: Adults: $3 Children 12 and under: Free. Admission is charged May through September.

For other cultural activities, including museum and historical destinations, click here.

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Tongass National Forest offers RV camping areas.  Click here for more information.

Text and photos: Julianne G. Crane
To read more articles about the RV lifestyle by Julianne G Crane, go to RVWheelLife.com

Research sources: Visit-Ketchikan.com; Holland America Cruise brochures, Tongass National Forest website; Viator.com.