There are actually quite a few places in my city that I love, but I don’t have pictures of them (boohoo). I guess I could have grabbed the camera and biked around taking pictures today, but I was in a mood to be lazy and lounge around the house eating grilled cheese sandwiches and watching Game of Thrones. I’m allowed to spend the last few hours before the workweek being lazy, right?

Anyway, here are some of my favorite spots, in no particular order:

  • The best darn Thai restaurant ever. Not only because their food is delicious, but also because the interior is crazy-cool (must post pics sometime), they will veganize almost anything for you, the waitstaff is super-friendly, and they’ll prep orders for carryout if you call ahead.
  • The library. Oh, shocker, you say. Yeah, it’s kind of obvious, but what makes this library extra-nice is that when they expanded into a new building they made sure to include plenty of reading nooks and spots by the windows, so if you need somewhere to hang out, it’s a nice place to do so.

Oh, and this place, of which I do have a picture (yay!). This is a local hiking spot with great views of the lake and the mountains. It used to have a huge parking lot at the trailhead where you got two hours of free parking and the rest of the day at a cheapie rate, provided there was even someone at the parking booth to take your money. Half the time the booth was empty and you got to park all day for free. Then someone who probably couldn’t appreciate natural beauty if it kicked him in the teeth decided to buy the parking lot and raze it to build tennis courts for the tourists. You can still park to go use the hiking trails, you just have to do it in his conveniently located (expensive) parking garage. I’m pretty sure he would have bought the hiking trails from the city to build something there too, but they’re too hilly. Because what this world really needs is more building and less nature!

Okay, rant over. One more spot that’s actually a ways out of the city, but is too gorgeous not to include.This lake is freezing cold year round on account of being very deep, but it’s a wonderful place to swim, hike, picnic, and of course–take pictures.

What are your favorite places in your city?

18 Comments on Random Thursday: A place in my city I love

  1. The library is one of my favorite spots too! And if I had a hiking area like that, it would be heavenly. I love ice cold lakes – Lake Superior is so amazing.
    In Chicago my faves:
    Millennium Park
    The beach up by Loyola Univ
    The Art Institute
    The Botanical Gardens

    • Chicago is so beautiful. I want to go back there someday. I still have all my photos from visiting the museums as a kid!

      And those lakes–man, nothing beats a long day there! I remember wading out to knee-deep and then turning around and realizing how far I was from the shore. Quickest sprint ever for me! Good childhood memories. :)

  2. All the places sound wonderful! But for the tennis courts and buildings!
    I would love to eat at that restaurant! It sounds so delicious!
    And yeah, I loooove spending time at libraries and book stores!

  3. wow that hiking trail and lake is beautiful! Looks so peaceful. I don’t really have a favorite place in my city…I like being at home and other than that a lot of shopping and movies. My favorite place to eat is this Japanese sushi and Hibachi restaurant very close to where I live.

  4. Your list looks a lot like mine. My favorite places are made up of entirely food places and libraries lol. :D

    ~ Yun

  5. The lake photos are wonderful! Where is it? We need to go hiking tomorrow. This is awesome, btw, that you just posted about your favorite places! I just started new series “My Happy Place” – and I’d be more than happy if you joined! Just write about your happy place (it can be anything and anywhere – I want to read your story!) and send it to me with a picture, I’ll publish it on the blog and link back to you!

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