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Win an Eco Lounge Chair and the Ultimate Green Summer Picnic Set!

by , 07/05/11

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The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and we can’t wait to spend some time outdoors enjoying backyard barbecues, picnics, and other forms of fun in the sun! To celebrate the season, we’ve teamed up with Branch and Room & Board to offer you the chance to win an awesome picnic set (worth $68) and an Emmet eco lounge chair (worth $399) – the perfect package for summer relaxation. The super comfortable Emmet Chair is constructed from 100% recycled HDPE plastic, and the Picnic Set contains everything you need to serve up a fantastic al fresco summer meal. All you have to do to win is tell us your favorite picnic spot, so enter today!

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3. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW: Tell us your favorite green picnic spot – where would you go to enjoy a beautiful sunny summer day? Whether you prefer a woodland retreat or a get-together at a local lake or beach, submit your response below and make sure to tell us the specific location! Alternately, you can submit a recipe for your favorite vegetarian picnic meal. We’ll pick the comment we like best and announce the winner in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

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The Emmet Lounge Chair from Room & Board is constructed from 100 percent recycled HDPE — each chair is made from the equivalent of 400 recycled milk jugs that are post-industrial and post-consumer recycled. The chair is also manufactured in Duluth, Minnesota and includes a bottle opener under the right arm for conveniently opening bottles without the hassle of getting up!

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Setting up a sustainable picnic has never been easier with the compostable Picnic Kit with Tote set from Branch, which includes plates and utensils made from organically-grown bamboo, as well as Tumblers by WASARA (suitable for hot or cold beverages), recycled-paper napkins, and a couple of compostable waste bags for easy cleanup. It all comes packed in a beautiful recycled-cotton tote bag. Kit includes service for 8 – just add friends, food, and drink!

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  1. leahb July 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    we love to picnic at our pond!

  2. keast July 1, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    My favorite picnic spot on a sunny summer day is at the local beach. There are views of mountains, volcanoes, and the bluff. Lots of interesting rocks to find, and always a breeze. My two labs love to go along for a romp in the water!

  3. greymase July 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    The Atacama Desert…I can pretend I am on Mars and my crumbs are a rare treat for creatures that usually have to fight hard for every scrap!

  4. zoekyklos July 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I love going to the local parks, grilling, eating with family, and then hunting for cool wildlife to photograph.

    thank you!

  5. dmcalgaro July 1, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I like to have picnics with my kids and hubby down by our lake. We have a childrens picnic table and a bench set up down there. When the water is low we put a sheet on the ground. When hubby is at work I just sit at the kids picnic table with the kids.

  6. ukelele July 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Love this green website!:)I love picnics, and in La there’s so many hidden places to enjoy. One of my favourite is at Point Dume, Malibú, is os brethtaking and keep you out of the city, besides, is a great place to watch whales during the December-March migration time!!Don’t miss it.Enjoy!Tamara

  7. RachelDawn July 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    We like to bike the Valley Forge Trail here in PA, and stop for a picnic lunch along the way!!

  8. Bruce Johnson Bruce Johnson July 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    We like to invite friends and family to our home on the western shore of Lake Michigan about 10 miles south of Sheboygan for a walk/run on the beach (it’s rarely warm enough to swim before August), sailing, volleyball, a game of horseshoes, cookout, and s’mores around the campfire before viewing neighboring fireworks displays to the south. The same type of experience can be had at nearby Wisconsin State Parks, Kohler-Andrae to the north or Harrington Beach to the south.

    Those Loll chairs have been admired for years and would work equally well on our deck watching the sunrise or around the campfire under the stars.

  9. TileLady July 1, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I would picnic on the beach at Presque Isle in the Fall when no one else is around.

  10. TileLady July 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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  11. e.blonigen July 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Any excuse to enjoy nature, friends, and fresh food!
    Porobello mushroom burgers!
    Ingredients
    * 4 portobello mushroom caps
    * 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    * 2 tablespoons olive oil
    * 1 teaspoon dried basil
    * 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    * 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    * salt and pepper to taste
    * 4 (1 ounce) slices provolone cheese
    Directions
    1. Place the mushroom caps, smooth side up, in a shallow dish. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, basil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pour over the mushrooms. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or so, turning twice.
    2. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
    3. Brush grate with oil. Place mushrooms on the grill, reserving marinade for basting. Grill for 5 to 8 minutes on each side, or until tender. Brush with marinade frequently. Top with cheese during the last 2 minutes of grilling.

    serve with fresh arugula salad and tomatoes on toasted bread
    ~enjoy!

  12. deepseas July 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    My favorite escape is Lake Casitas in Ojai, CA with family and friends. We pack up the trailer, tents, bikes and rubber boat for a weekend of sun, fun and relaxation. With over 400 camping sites, we can choose the site that fits our needs. There’s some of the BEST bass fishing around! The lake is a wild life sanctuary and bird preserve where all wild life is protected. Over 125 species of birds have been sighted at Lake Casitas. It’s one of the most beautiful, recreational environments in California and the park staff are friendly.

    http://www.casitaswater.org/department.php?url=lake-casitas-recreation-area

  13. sueno July 1, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I would love to spend some time with the family in beautiful West Virginia. From the mountains to the many lakes, streams and waterfalls you can find it all in WV. Shopping in quaint towns and walking miles long rain trails. You cannot go wrong while visiting this wild and wonderful state! You cannot get any greener!

  14. akozdron July 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    We live in Houston and the best spot for our family to picnic is the new Discovery Green park downtown.

  15. elizawaye July 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Pt Willunga, South Australia-any time of year! Although you can’t really beat a picnic of convenience in your backyard, on the lawn.

  16. allimba July 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    My favorite picnic spot on a beautiful sunny summer day is on my dock. The gentle cool breeze mixed with a sunny day is the best way to relax. Combine that with good food and a gentle rocking of my bobby dazzling dock makes this my favorite place for a good meal.

  17. organicmommyluv July 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I love a picnic at Pilot Knob in Forest City, Iowa! It’s a state park with awesome nature trails and an old look out tower you can climb up. Pioneers used it as they made their way across the prairies! I love this place most because my grandparents went there every year for their anniversary. We would all get together and play to celebrate. My grandma loved to picnic! She has since passed, but we still go every year.

  18. lillianreid July 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    My favorite picnic spot is in Oregon, far away from me. Sitting on the coast by the Peter Iredale shipwreck with a little bit of fog and some good friends. The sun starts to set and the shipwreck’s rusted metal shell turns burnt orange in the light, the sea churning a beautiful steel gray.

  19. nikkimcn July 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Anywhere my friends and sweetie are, especially if it is high up on Thayer hill in WNY! On a clear day you can see Canada, Buffalo NY and Erie Pa over Lake ERie!

  20. itsybitsy July 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    My favorite picnic spot is at my local park. Its in a grotto surrounded by so much greenery, and is always so lovely regardless if its rainy , grey and foggy.

  21. cinderellen July 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Grand Canyon North Rim!

  22. martinezbm July 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    AHHHH! The Lake! But there are so many!! Specifically, Apple Canyon Lake in Illinois. A Man-made lake with a dam. Fishing, woods, hiking, swimming,boating – and the fireworks over the water – pure heaven. But I mustn’t forget friends and family must also be present for the ultimate picnic experience.

    Yep – the lake!

  23. hltoyola July 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    My favorite picnic place in in the Wilderness Lodge area inside Disney World in Orlando, FL. Pass the camping area and there is a small beautiful beach looking to what used to be Treasure Island. We loved.

  24. akchu July 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Nice clean lines. Love the fire-pit setup!

  25. MaureenRE July 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    My favorite picnic spot is the top of Mount Townsend in the Olympics (WA). After hiking through old growth forest, fields of wildflowers and cascading creeks, you reach the summit which provides expansive views of the Puget Sound, Seattle the the snow-capped peaks of the Olympics. Be prepared to be approached by curious chipmunks who are anything but shy, looking to share your meal!

    My favorite vegetarian picnic meal is Summer Bread Salad (but I love anything with capers!):

    Summer Bread Salad

    ¾ c. extra virgin olive oil
    ¼ c. red wine vinegar, seasoned rice vinegar, or a combination
    1 large garlic clove, pressed
    1 c. chopped fresh basil
    ¼ c. chopped parsley
    Juice of ½ lemon
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    4-5 c. Roma tomatoes, or ripe beefsteak tomatoes cut into ½ inch dice
    2 c. diced English cucumber
    1 med. yellow pepper, diced
    ½ c. good quality black olives (Nicoise if you don’t mind the seeds)
    ¼ c. capers, drained
    Finely sliced red onion or leek

    In a large bowl, mix olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, a pinch of the basil, parsley, salt & pepper. Whip to incorporate with a wire risk. Add prepared tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell
    pepper along with capers and olives. Stir to mix. Fold in croutons and remaining basil. Let sit about 30 minutes. Garnish with sliced red onion or leeks.

    Preheat oven to 425.
    Slice and remove crusts from Como bread, baguettes or Sour White Round. Cut into ½ to ¾-inch cubes. For each quart of cubes mix ¼ c. extra virgin olive oil and 1 large clove of garlic, pressed in a large bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    Add cubed bread and toss quickly to distribute oil evenly. Add dried Italian seasoning or other mixed herbs. Spread in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake until dry and only slightly brown. Cool and store in an airtight container.

    Enjoy!

  26. maryg July 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    My favorite beach spot is at any one of the beaches on the California Coast!! They are gorgeous and very family friendly!!

  27. amymccarty1985 July 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I agree with the others. The best place would be in my own yard with my beautiful family :) Nothing feels more natural and spiritual connecting like placing in the grass with my daughter.

  28. nsparr July 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I was going to say the Portland Waterfront… But the Oregon Coast is definitely neck and neck with the waterfront. Very different picnics, but both amazingly lovely! =)

  29. DianneA29 July 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    My favorite place to picnic is along the side of the beautiful Hillsbourough River in Florida. It’s peaceful, gorgeous, and most importantly in these parts, in the shade! :) I wish much love to all :)
    Best,
    Dianne

  30. ashleygv July 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Growing up I’d lover to go to Bridgeport along the Yuba River in California and bring a picnic to eat while lounging on the beach. Awesome spot, clear water, so clear you could see the fish swimming at the bottom. :)

  31. monkeycat July 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    We live near the beach, so that is our favorite place near West Palm Beach. MacArthur Beach State Park is also a favorite place to picnic: http://www.macarthurbeach.org/

  32. mary jo July 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I’ll always enjoy a picnic here in my hometown on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. In the spring I can watch the abundance of bald eagles that have hung around after winter (they weren’t a common part of my childhood like they are for my children). Maybe better, is to watch the barges travel the river. Each barge carries the same cargo as 60 semitrucks and each towboat pushes 12 to 15 barges. It’s amazing.

  33. mtmenger July 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Beach picnic on Cape Cod !*!*!

  34. artesanojewels July 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I can spend all day picnicking at Beasley Park on the Gulf of Mexico, enjoying our emerald green water and sugar white sand!

  35. wendy s July 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    We love to try different places for our picnics. Anything near the water is always a favorite. We live in Chicago, so we love to be on Lake Michigan.

  36. Mkokopelli July 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    My favorite picnic spot is at the botanical gardens. I love sitting on the hills watching the fountains flow , bees buzz by, and all of the beautiful flowers around me. I also love picnics in bed with my 4 yr old. ;)

  37. joshuart July 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I need this lounge chair

  38. starrynite106 July 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    My favorite picnic spot is Cove Island Park in Stamford, Connecticut. http://photo.accuweather.com/photogallery/2010/5/500/748a6cf6a.jpg The location has a lot of history with my family and I can recall having picnics and fishing when I was younger quite often during the summertime.

  39. sarah3582 July 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    To be honest, it doesn’t matter where, as long as I’m surrounded by fun friends. (Oh, and have a cold one in my hand.)

  40. jdsmeak jdsmeak July 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I love to picnic on the granite rocks of the Canadian shield, overlooking Lake Opeongo in Algonquin Provincial Park. Hearing the Loons and seeing the waves lap up against the rocks is incredible!

  41. handenkel July 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Nothing says comfort like 400 milk jugs!! I would love a hug from Emmet.

  42. Laneyblue July 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I live in the most gorgeous place in the world, Port Townsend WA. We have an old fort here, Fort Worden, that has officers’ quarters that can be rented for vacations, Peninsula College and is where the fight scene in “An Officer & A Gentleman” was filmed! There is also a beautiful sandy beach, one part of which has camping spaces, and that is where I would go for a picnic. You can see three islands, Whidbey, Indian & Marrowstone from the beach and it is one of the most peaceful and relaxing spots I know.

  43. piepie July 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Lanikai Beach on Oahu!

  44. elyseh July 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    If I could travel there on a vehicle fueled by sunshine, I think my favorite place to picnic would be on the West side of Catalina Island near Little Harbor close to sunset. Its a little slice of mother nature heaven just off the CA coast, 23 mi from LA. Set up some chairs or just lay out a blanket and enjoy an early dinner-picnic. Then, for the grande finale, get a glass of water to sip on, a bowl of fresh berries, and listen to the waves roll as we watch the sunset slowly give way to twinkling stars, a full moon, and a peaceful (and beautifully dark!) night.

  45. angelverse July 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    We like to take the kids hiking and stop along the trail for a picnic, preferably by a stream so the dog can cool off while we eat : )

  46. thidwick July 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Beautiful chairs!

  47. hovaard July 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    i would go to my latest council ring firepit design

  48. rkdkor July 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Anywhere in Laguna Beach, CA!

  49. pete.kane July 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Best picnic location by far – my brother’s place on the Connecticut River. There’s great tree canopy to give you shade. His beach spot has a fire pit that we gather around at night. Also has docks so we jump in the boats for a ride along the river or to stop at one of the little river islands.

  50. captain July 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I enjoy a picnic down by a small river, under the trees. Just next to a bend in the river, so that we can watch the river run by on two sides. :)

  51. Crbyard July 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    The backyard and local park are our favorites. Poolside picnics would be even better with these prizes!

  52. aleshab July 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    My favorite picnic spot is any place off of the beaten path in Golden Gate Park. Golden Gate Park is my favorite place in the world.

  53. beshara July 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    My favorite picnic place in the whole world is in the big dome building at the Lama Foundation retreat center, on Lama Mountain, New Mexico, near Taos. We had a sunrise Japanese Tea ceremony there, in front of a huge octagonal window, with a spectacular view of the majestic Rio Grand river valley 2000 feet below as the pink orange and red hues of the sun peeked over the Sangre de Christo mountains. The outer spaciousness of this huge view was mirrored in our hearts, as we and the sun woke up together, and the tea water gently rumbled to us, and in us, letting us know it was time to whisk it into the powdered green tea, in our miraculously -salvaged- from- the- fire tea bowl. Pure magic!

  54. abalosa12 July 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    My family’s favorite place to picnic is on the beach at Point No Point, WA. We love spending time together and enjoying nature. The last time we went, we saw a pod of short-finned pilot whales swim by and two eagles soar overhead. It was amazing!

  55. JuanGonzalez26 July 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    My favorite picnic spot is Goleta Beach right outside beautiful Santa Barbara, California. It’s a beautiful green hill with warm sand and a nice pier to escape to. Even better, it’s right outside my school (UCSB) so it’s just a breezy bike ride away. A picnic set and fun chair would sure make this college grad on a budget happy, and I’ll promise to share with my friends : )

  56. Kitty32504 July 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    My favorite place to picnic is out on beautiful Pensacola Beach — which is fortunately only 15 minutes away!

  57. afnbroadcaster July 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    This is a sweet set up!

  58. thelight July 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    A small clearing in a dense forest in upstate New York. the ground is covered with a soft moss, the air is fresh, and the world is alive.

  59. reikomat July 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Relaxing at the pristine beach of Shikinejima, Japan with these chairs will be fabulous!

  60. zukeeper July 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Anywhere in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park http://www.sleepingbeardunes.com/
    panoramic views, wilderness, lakes, a real gem!

  61. lindafox5 July 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    There is a beautiful peninsula in Madison, Wisconsin called Picnic Point. It juts out into Lake Mendota, and has beautiful trees, hiking trails and a little beach. You can picnic around one of the five firepits, or on the beach if you prefer. If you haven’t been to Madison, it is situated on an isthmus between two large, beautiful lakes. The University of Wisconsin campus is gorgeous, and wraps around one side of the lake all the way to Picnic Point. It’s a great place to stargaze at night with wine and an assortment of Wisconsin cheeses, or to have a full-on picnic during the day with a little kayaking and some critters scuttling around the leaf piles.

  62. rosejones July 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    The Oregon Coast is the best place to picnic. Mother Nature at her best.

  63. ggruhl July 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Absolutely lovely chairs! I can see them sitting on the beach at our cottage, the water lapping on the shore and me enjoying some bubbly champagne as the sun goes down, lounging in eco green comfort!

  64. erdengell July 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    My favorite vegetarian recipe to bring along to a picnic is Deviled Eggs

    Aside from being a nice way to use up leftover hard-boiled eggs, deviled eggs are easy to make, convenient to eat, and tasty to boot.
    Yield 12 halves
    Time 30 minutes
    Tools

    saucepan (large enough to hold six eggs on bottom)
    2 medium bowls
    knife
    plate
    2 spoons

    Ingredients

    6 eggs
    ¼ c mayonnaise
    1 T soy sauce
    1 t dry, yellow, or Dijon mustard
    2 T red onion, minced
    dash salt
    paprika and/or minced parsley

    Directions Place the eggs in the pot and cover with cold water. Once water simmers, cook for 8-10 minutes. Drain the eggs, place in a bowl of cold water, remove one, tap lightly all over until shell cracks, and peel. If it gets too hot to handle, just hold it underwater for a few seconds and try again. (You may need to add more water to the bowl to keep it cold). Peel all of the eggs, then cut in half length-wise. Arrange on a plate.

    Pop the yolks out of each half and place in the other bowl, being careful not to break the egg whites. Mash the yolks, then stir in mayonnaise, soy sauce, mustard, onion, and salt.

    Take a spoonful of yolk mixture, and use the other spoon to scrape it into one of the egg white holes. Repeat with remaining yolk and whites. If you have some yolk left, just add a bit more to the deviled eggs that don’t have enough.

    Sprinkle with paprika and/or parsley, and serve.

  65. tiffie555 July 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    zuma zero – beautiful cliff behind, wide beach, lovely water, ocean breeze to heal my cancer fighting body. Would have the kids spend half hour cleaning any trash they see as a gift to our mother earth (and me)!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  66. Dolce Dreams July 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    What awesome chairs, they would be perfect in my yard! An amazing giveaway!

  67. beatleboymatt July 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Our own backyard complete with kiddie pool would be the best place for a shaded picnic.

  68. jillettinger July 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    With the gorgeous Emmet Lounge Chair and Picnic Kit with Tote set, the ultimate picnic would actually be on my front porch here in Los Angeles.

    Since the whole point of picnicking is to relax and enjoy, there’s really no reason to go much farther than home(…ok, maybe we would venture off of the porch and into the yard to give the ants a fair chance at hijacking our super yummy organic homemade eats).

    We so often leave our homes to find ways to relax and connect with nature elsewhere, but making that happen at home is most important and rewarding. With a great chair and all my picnic needs right alongside, the yard would transform itself into a natural paradise every day of the year.

  69. angevege July 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    My favorite picnic spot is a small island in the middle of the Wacissa River in north Florida. While in college, I took a summer course entitled “H2UH-OH” that was offered by my (hardcore environmentalist) photography professor. We learned to canoe & paddled a different river every Friday for 13 weeks. We also collected trash along the riverways & used that material for a “found object” art show at the end of the summer. We camped overnight at a… well, a sandbar, really.. I will never forget the experience. in spite of the crocs, skeeters, etc… AMAZING!

  70. Annette Regner July 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Looking forward to enjoying my prizes!

  71. Zanna July 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    My favorite picnic spot, by far, is in a tree house at dusk. My cousins, in Connecticut, have this wonderful treehouse that fits a big picnic blanket perfectly. I love getting friends, and pillows to sit on, spreading the blanket out and having a wine and cheese picnic while the sun is going down. This spot is even wonderful to have a solo picnic – bring some food up there and read amongst the branches and leaves.

  72. ecwrites July 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    A city lake with great people-watching!

  73. Julie L July 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    My favorite green picnic spot is my backyard! I have a large shade tree and a lot of gorgeous flowers growing! It’s a great place to relax and forget about the world! :)

  74. resqdogz resqdogz July 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    My favorite picnic spot would be on the shores of White Bear Lake, Minnesota… where I grew up as a child…

    My fondest memories of life happened there, and – if I could – I would return with all my rescued companion animals to frolic in the clear blue waters ‘neath a sparkling summer sun, then fall asleep in the sand… dreaming of a carefree time when the world was so much safer, so less complicated… so much kinder that the one we inhabit today…

  75. whippeteer July 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Sitting on the deck watching the sun set on the lake at my parents’ camp.

  76. whitneydale July 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I am Whitney from Seattle, Washington. I would enjoy this wonderful set up on the beautiful lake shores of Mountain lake, a woodsy glacial lake halfway up Mount Constitution on Orcas Island (of the San Juan Islands) in Washington. It is, in my opinion one of the most special places in the great wide world and any adventurer or natural beauty seeker should make a point to find this place. Pack a lunch of kale quinoa lemon salad and some iced tea, make the treck north from Seattle ride the ferry across the water, and stop by the several waterfalls on the way up the mountain. I’m letting you in on my secret, this little gem of an island is one you wont want to miss. :)

  77. sohail sohail July 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Keeping up with the spirit of fourth of July weekend, my favorite picnic spot has to be in Washington D.C. – right on the Potomac and by the monuments – it’s wonderful for sitting under a weeping willow with a friend or loved one. It is also metro accessible meaning you can stay ‘green’ by walking there!

  78. antler July 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    i love black river harbor on lake superior in the upper peninsula of michigan. excellent excellent hiking and lots of picnic choices.. including natural ground cover.. come visit. :D

  79. nhoffman July 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I would go on a backpacking trip to Castle Rock in the Santa Cruz Mountains (CA). It’s a 3 mile hike to the campground, and for the picnic, about halfway down the trail, there are some rocks that can be climbed to access a mini-cave inside a gigantic rock that still gets blasted by sunlight. I would climb up there with my date, spread a blanket, lay out the picnic goods, and munch away facing an incredible view of thousands of trees beyond the cliffside of the mountain, beautiful blue skies, and the faint rustle of wind in the air.

    My favorite vegetarian picnic meal is the grilled halloumi cheese sandwich. Halloumi is a greek cheese which is similar to mozzarella in look and feel (but not taste), but when you grill it, it doesn’t melt – it turns golden and has the most incredible flavor! Toasted sourdough (single slice per), olive oil, a dash of balsamic vinegar, halloumi cheese, slice of tomato, basil leaf, and a sprinkle of salt, pepper, & thyme.

    If I were to bring this veg dish to Castle Rock, I would also bring a small grill to have the sandwich at the perfect temperature.

  80. rixturey July 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Love the chair — hope to use it in my backyard!

  81. beachbaby July 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I want to take this bucket to Nantucket.

  82. chuck97034 July 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I have been working to restore an old and abandoned cemetery near my home that dates to the first wagon trains of the Oregon Trail arriving here (Yamhill/Carlton, Oregon) When I spend the day clearing brush, often my wife visits to bring lunch and have a picnic with our kids in a setting that hasn’t seen much human activity in more 40 years. The forested land surrounding the cemetery is full of birds and animals that visit the strange new visitors to their home.

  83. Ana Toth July 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Picnic is fun anywhere with good company. Park, Beach, Backyard. <3

  84. grisceldiaz1 July 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Hi!
    My favorite picnic spot is the top of Mount Osceola in New Hampshire. It’s a hard hike up but the view is amazing! I’ve been going there every year for my b-day and a nice picnic. Nothing better than a 6.4 mile hike to celebrate one more year of life! :) I will be going next weekend, July 9th. (HaPpY b-DaY tO mE!!!)

  85. jesmuse July 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    My favorite place to picnic is under the great redwoods of Northern California. Usually this is accompanied by camping, a little hiking and a lot of lounging around chatting with friends over a campfire…preferably with Javalogs.

  86. anjellfire July 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I like to get away to my back yard. We have a huge yard and it is full of flowers and trees

  87. AsTheNight July 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    My favorite picnic spot is under the (blooming) cherry trees at the Tidal Basin (across from the Jefferson Monument) in Washington, DC.

  88. Amanda Alvarado July 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I love spending it at South Padre Island. There’s nothing like spending the say playing in the sand and surf then watching the fireworks over the bay while eating hamburgers and hot dogs!

  89. beloved_of_the_Lord40 July 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I love to pick nick with my baby daughter near the lake at Burrell Lake or at Memorial Park those 2 parks were mine & my late husband Richards favorite places to go in the summer….

  90. jenniG-P July 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    My birthday is in early June. I don’t really like parties so this year I went with a few friends kayaking/canoeing on the Potomac River in DC. We stopped at a little rock cluster and had our picnic by a waterfall. It was perfect.

  91. leck22 July 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    picnicking in the woods with filtered sunlight streaming through leaves and branches and a stream nearby. vegetarian meal – sweet potato, kale, & hummus sandwich with summer berries on the side!

  92. alainafrederick July 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I’d LOVE to sit in one of the towers on the Great Wall of China. The sounds, smells, and the looks you get are next to none. To be able to take my family there would be a dream come true and the ultimate scape for a picnic. We’d have gluten-free of course!

  93. newdomino July 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    If I could be anywhere I would picnic on top of Hawk Mountain in south-eastern PA. Sitting there on a large rock, looking down into the bright green valley where there are trees as far as the eye can see, hoping to spy a golden eagle as it migrates south; that is the ideal setting for a leisurely day outdoors.

  94. gervitsd July 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    The perfect picnic spot is the waterfall at Rocks State park in MD. There’s lots of big flat rocks to sit on and have a picnic and then you can wade in the stream and stand under the waterfall.

  95. kristina baier July 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Favorite picnic spot – The Roy H. Park Nature Preserve in Dryden, New York. Check it out: http://www.fllt.org/protected_lands/protected_lands1.php?id=42

  96. devonts July 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Happy 4th weekend!
    My favorite picnic spot, is anywhere with a view, or great company. The beach is always a winner.

  97. AndreaW54 July 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    My favorite picnic/potluck recipe is a ramen salad shared by a friend. Recipe is as follows:

    ½ c. sunflower seeds
    3 T. chopped almonds
    ½ c. sugar
    ¼ c. cider vinegar
    2 T. shoyu
    ¼ c. olive oil
    2 napa cabbage or 1 regular cabbage, or 1 napa/1 bok choy
    6 green onion chopped

    Crumble noodles, mix with sunflower seeds and almonds. Bake at 350 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Cool.

    Combine sugar, oil, vinegar, shoyu. Bring to boil at medium heat. Cool.

    Combine cabbage and onion in bowl. Drizzle with dressing. Add noodles, mix, and serve.

  98. afromplace July 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I recommend Halibut Point in Rockport, MA, Worlrd’s End in Hingham or Deveraux Beach in Marblehead, MA on a sunny weekday Or even picnic in the little known bird sanctuary on said ‘Neck’. Nearer Boston, the Belle Isle Park on the E. Boston- Revere border is beautiful and should have a gorgeous display of wildflowers.

  99. michelesonoma July 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    My favorite picnic spot is at the Valley Of The Moon Certified Farmers Market, every Tuesday in downtown Sonoma,Ca *cheers*

  100. puterbug July 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I love picnic-ing right in my own back yard, because I am deep in the woods, surrounded by National Forest! And! I want to win the lounge chair and picnic basket!

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