Monday, February 13, 2017
Shelley the Cat at the Sylvia Beach
Our first night was spent in the Sylvia Beach Hotel. I can’t think of a better place to start our literary travel across the USA.
The Sylvia Beach Hotel is an author themed Bed and Breakfast in Newport, Oregon where the rooms are named for famous writers and decorated in their narrative styles.
Rooms include: Ken Kesey, Jules Verne, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare (Yeah!) Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Virginia Woolf. Oh yes, there’s even a J.K. Rowling / Harry Potter room. Edgar Allen Poe was euthanized to make way for the boy wizard. (Pictured above is the James Joyce mural painted in the lobby).
We stayed in the Dr. Seuss and the Shakespeare, but also spent considerable time in the Colette huddled around the fireplace. Oh... why around the fireplace, you ask? Because we fell in the ocean!
Actually, it was more like a giant wave snuck up while we were standing on the shore taking a ridiculous group picture and knocked us all into the water, drenching us in frozen salty surf. We popped up immediately hooting and howling and screaming for warmth.
Which we found, nestled by the fire and comforting ourselves with one of the many books in the library upstairs….
And I believe a puzzle or two was pondered.
Then my kids tormented Shelley the house cat by hugging her silly.
Afterward we sat on deck chairs and laughed, retelling the story over and over: Who falls in the ocean while standing on dry land? What a long laugh we had while the sun dropped over the sea. Socks hanging to dry over fire grates. Soggy jeans and jackets on chairs facing the flames. Crackling sparks and hearty wood chopped on stone. Shelley the cat curled up in my lap. When it was finally dark we ventured inside, turned our backs on the ocean again and sat facing the fire without fear of retribution.