“Yulefest” in Ballard.


November 20 – 21, 2010

The Nordic Heritage Museum invites everyone to begin the holiday season at this year’s YULEFEST on Saturday and Sunday, November 20 and 21, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. This popular Nordic Christmas celebration offers hundreds of hand-crafted gifts, a jubilee of Scandinavian musical performances, and traditional Nordic cuisine that will inspire holiday cheer. Santa will also be visiting the Museum for YULEFEST.

Traditional Scandinavian entertainment will feature fiddlers, singers, folk dancers and more. Shop hand-crafted gifts from our many Nordic-inspired vendors, and enjoy Scandinavian food and drink available at several locations in the Museum. The Nordic Café offers open-faced Scandinavian sandwiches, Æbleskiver, krumkake, and lefse, among many other exciting traditional foods. And don’t miss Goodies to Go where you can purchase Scandinavian treats by the dozen! In the Bodega, enjoy special Scandinavian beverages such as glögg—hot spiced wine, a traditional beverage of the holiday season—and a selection of Nordic beers. The Kaffestuga offers coffee, cookies, and pastries for sale. FREE children’s crafts and activities as well as Santa photos will also be found at YULEFEST. Appropriate for all ages. No reservations needed.

Cost: Suggested donation: $3 adults, $1 children under 12, children under 5 free, limited parking available: suggested donation $2. A donation of a non-perishable food item for the Ballard Food Bank is welcome.

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Picasso in Seattle

Picasso has arrived!

The Seattle Art Museum is excited to present a landmark exhibition of the work of Pablo Picasso, the most radical and influential artist of the 20th century. The exhibition presents iconic works from virtually every phase of Picasso’s legendary career, documenting the full range of his unceasing inventiveness and prodigious creative process.

Visit the official site here:


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Places we love: “Columbia Gorge Riverside Lodge”

Right on the Columbia River and very affordable.

We head for the Columbia Gorge Riverside Lodge whenever we get the chance, even if it is only for 24 hours!  This is the only place “on” the Columbia river for 50 miles, or so and is in the nicest town in the world–Stevenson, Washington.  The rooms are themed and we love the “Far East” and “Outback” rooms.  We just can’t say enough about this place that is very affordable and located in an area with spectacular geography, and sightseeing opportunities.

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An Honored Guest at Treat House: Sibylle Noras

Treat House had the distinct honor to host Sibylle Noras during her visit to Seattle.  She is well known for her Snow Leopard blog and travels.  You can find more info about Sibylle and her blog below:

Hi, my name’s Sibylle Noras and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve been supporting snow leopard conservation for years and in the 1990′s I worked on an Earthwatch Snow Leopard conservation project in the Himalayas of Ladakh, India. I spent three weeks tracking a snow leopard. Sadly I never saw her, but I’m sure she saw me. The closest I came was to find snow leopard scat (poo) – that was an exciting day!

Recently I returned from a snow leopard habitat research project in Russia and you can read the “Diary  Searching for Russia’s Last Snow Leopards” here.

When not working on snow leopard conservation advocacy I run a small business with two self contained holiday houses providing accommodation (vacation rentals). One is the beautiful Treetops at Wye River, on Australia’s magnificent Great Ocean Road. The other is a stylish house called Alto, accommodation Richmond on the edge of downtown Melbourne city. We welcome visitors from all over the world.

Together with many wonderful people from all over the globe this website and blog aims to bring news about endangered snow leopards to as many people world wide as possible.  We can make a difference to the future of this endangered cat and the often poor villagers and herders who share its remote habitat. Help save a snow leopard today.


“Saving Snow Leopards” website donated this beautiful limited edition print by British wildlife artist, Martin Aveling, to the Australian Himalayan Foundation fundraising dinner. It raised $1500! Well done to all bidders.

Snow leopards live in one of the most extreme places and climates on earth, it is a beautiful testament to the resilience of animals. Let’s all help to give them a future in the wild.

Contact – if you have a snow leopard story or photo to share please send me an email

sibylle (at) snowleopardblog (dot) com


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Here’s a wonderful little store in Ballard: Mon Petit Shoe

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“Fishermen’s Terminal” Home of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch”

Visit “Fishermen’s Terminal” for great seafood restaurants, incredible fish market, and home of  Discover Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” series.  Weekend mornings, don’t miss the great breakfast at Schnook’s Restaurant. As soon as you arrive you are greeted with fresh baked cranberry scones with honey butter.  Enjoy the incredible views of working Alaska boats in the harbor in front of you.  Visit “Wild Salmon Seafoods” just next door and purchase some seafood for the trip home.  We always send friends and family home with “Salmon Candy” a delectable thick and sweet Salmon Jerky.  Just a across the Ballard bridge and about 5 minute drive from Treat House Vacation Rental.

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Pike Place Market

No trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to Pike Place Market.  Watch a show on Seattle and it usually opens up with a fishmonger tossing a fresh Salmon across the counter to another worker on the market floor.  We never get tired of this place and hope you get a chance to visit.

Here’s the link:

Pike Place Market

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