When I feel like getting away for an afternoon to just relax, one of my favorite places to go is Country Village in Bothell, Washington. It is a collection of over 48 unique shops in a natural setting with meandering garden paths that lead past the gift shops, antique stores and restaurants.
The original building, the Ericksen two-story farmhouse (pictured below) dates back to 1901. The property changed hands in 1921 and the new owner, Alma Green, operated a variety of businesses, including a chicken ranch and a profitable still during prohibition. In 1981, the house was renovated and now houses Whitehouse Antiques and Candy Shoppe. Over the years, additional buildings were added that house the individually owned shops.
The last time we visited Whitehouse Antiques, I found the exact table that I had been looking for to complete my recent office re-do. It was the perfect size and has a drawer and an area for storage. Just one problem, it was black and all the furniture in my office is white. No problem, luckily I have the perfect husband who is always willing to paint whatever I drag home.
Adding to the natural setting of the Country Village, is the pond complete with ducks and the colorful chickens that roam free.
One of the shops I enjoy looking through each time I visit Country Village is Cranberry Cottage where I can find new and vintage home decor, furniture and gifts. On my last visit, they were gracious enough to allow me to photograph some of their displays to share with you.
I hope you enjoyed coming along with me on our visit to Country Village. I always look forward to seeing what new treasures I will find the next time I visit.
Do you have a favorite place you like to go when you want to relax and get away?
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- Time Travel Thursday - Brambleberry Cottage