Hobbits, anyone?

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a bit of a J.R.R. Tolkien fan.  I love The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. My brothers are the same. We’ve each read the books, ahem, a few times. And we went together to see the movies. I even sent them quiz questions for a week before the movie premiere. 🙂

Since I have yet to determine a way to visit Hobbiton, in Auckland, New Zealand, that doesn’t involve a 14+ hour plane trip (which I may still make one of these days), I have to get my thrills locally.

I haven’t been there yet, but there’s a hobbit house in Washington State. And, get this, it’s an airbnb rental! If you want to read more about it and see pictures, check this blog:


Recently, I found out there was a real, live, hobbit house within easy driving distance, at The Brothers Greenhouses. So on a nice, sunny, warm day in mid-October…yes, Washington State gets sun in October…we took a drive with friends to check it out. And it was a blast. It’s tiny inside, not fully built out, but the door and the ambiance were amazing. After touring the tiny home, we sat enjoying the sun, then strolled through the many greenhouses filled with plants, as well as the gift shop, with all sorts of little hobbit and fairy village trinkets to purchase.


I did purchase a little something for my tiny whiskey-barrel hobbit house. A miniature whiskey-barrel (not pictured). 🙂 A little memento to make me smile. This was so much fun.


Oh, and just as exciting…okay, maybe more exciting, my newest romance novel, Rudy’s Heart, released last week. You can find out more about it on my website.

Have a wonderful November, everyone. And, for those who celebrate the U.S. Thanksgiving, have an awesome, tryptophan-filled, tummy-stuffed day!

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7 responses to “Hobbits, anyone?

  1. Wow, looks like a great place to visit. I added Brothers Greenhouse to my spring list. I also took a look at the AirB&B looks interesting but I’m getting a little to old to go that rustic at least for a night stay.

    Congratulations on the release of Rudy’s Heart. It’s a great read.

  2. Really cute place! Looks like fun and the air bnb looks fun, too. I tried to read the Hobbit in middle school and couldn’t get past page 8. LOL
    Tryptophan is a great sedative. Enjoy yours too! Jillian

    • It was a fun, sunny adventure. And I promise, I won’t tell my brothers you couldn’t finish the Hobbit. That might be a tough pill to swallow. Lol. Happy Thanksgiving you and your family, Jillian.

  3. Wow! Love the Hobbit house. I totally enjoyed reading the Lord of the Rings books years ago but didn’t enjoy the recent films much although the New Zealand locations were brilliant. Somewhere I would love to visit. 🙂

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