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Around the Sound in Sumner, WA

April 17, 2011 7:02 PM

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About 35 miles from Seattle is the little town of Sumner, WA.  The downtown has a Main Street, and since the ’70s its downtown association has been working to restore the vitality of the city’s main corridor. Sumner’s earliest settlers grew berries, hops, rhubarb and daffodils.  Residents will proudly tell you that Sumner is the Rhubarb Pie Capital. For a small town in Western Washington, there’s plenty to see and do.

Fourth Saturday History Walk 
Sumner Downtown Association Office
906 Kincaid Avenue
Sumner, WA 98390
253.720.9846
http://www.sumnerdowntown.com
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Every fourth Saturday from April through July, walk along the Sumner streets, learning about the history of the city, its buildings and people. In September, there will be a History Mystery Wine Walk. You’ll be able to sample wines from some of Sumner’s 17 unique wine venues.

The Secret Garden Tea Room
1711 Elm Street
Sumner, WA 98390
253.826.4479
http://www.sgtea.com

After years operating the tea room in Belleuve, in 2006, The Secret Garden Tea Room opened in the Herbert Williams House in Sumner. The house was built in 1890, and is in the National Historic Register. Close to 70 kinds of tea are offered, along with delicious lunches, desserts, and of course high tea. If you’d like to take your mother to tea for Mother’s Day, there is a special four-course high tea with a commemorative china cup and saucer to take home. There are two seatings on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, at 10:00am and 4:30pm. Be sure to call in advance to make your reservations.

Berryland Cafe
1101 Main St
Sumner, WA 98390
253.863.4567

Nolan and Lola Burslie have owned the restaurant (open Monday thru Saturday) for the past 15 years. Lola still bakes her mouth-watering rhubarb pies daily – after all, Sumner is the Rhubarb Pie Capital. Located in the old Farmer’s State Bank building, built in 1903, Berryland isn’t just famous for its pies – it was nominated for Western Washington’s Best Breakfast of 2010. Try the biscuits and gravy or homemade cinnamon rolls. If you come for lunch, you might have to stand in line, but when you’re seated, order the chicken fried steak – it’s worth the wait.  Oh, and take home some of Lola’s preserves for tomorrow’s toast.

Windmill Gardens and Bistro
16009 60th Street East
Sumner, WA 98390
800.628.6516
http://www.windmillgarden.com
http://www.windmillbistro.com

The Windmill Gardens began as the dream of John and Ansje DeGoede in 1968, who raised cut flowers like tulips and daffodils. In the years since, the Windmill Gardens has become acres of greenhouses, a retail center, florist, gardens, and bistro. A windmill imported from Canada was erected in the gardens, which is a popular wedding location. With over 30,000 bulbs blooming in spring, and a summer filled with perennial favorites, just coming to see the flowers is worth the trip. Stop for a casual lunch during the week. Windmill Bistro has fabulous salads, homemade clam chowder, sandwiches and burgers. Or come on the weekend for an all day breakfast, with blueberry pancakes, steaming oatmeal, or steak and eggs. Fish and chips, Dungeness crab melt, or prime rib French dip can satisfy your appetite.

Sugar Babies
1114 Main St
Sumner, WA 98390
253.299.6221
http://www.shopsugarbabies.com

Want a high-end diaper bag, or the same shoes for your baby that the celebrities’ tikes are wearing? For all the latest trendy clothes and gear for tots and expecting moms, you’ll find a huge variety at Sugar Babies in Sumner. A small consignment section can be found, as well as all the must-have strollers, nursery decor, blankets and toys for that special little one in your life.

Today’s Country Store
1008 Main Street
Sumner, WA 98390
253.826.6646
http://www.todayscountrystore.typepad.com

For lovers of everything shabby chic, vintage and French country, this is your store. Home accessories, jewelry, furniture, dishes and garden decor, it’s a compilation of the best of old and new. Nearly every month there is a different event, and the store is decked out for each season of the year, so you always have decorating ideas for your own home.

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