The View From Your Window Contest: Winner #134

Andrew Sullivan —  Jan 1 2013 @ 1:00pm


A reader writes:

Well, this is one of those "could be anywhere" photos. A hotel, beach, some fog, a car driving on the right-hand side of the road. Someplace coastal in North America, in other words. Don't ask me why – I don't know, really – but I'm going to say Prince Edward Island, Canada.


The overcast and the water view (it's either the Strait of Juan de Fuca or Puget Sound; Pt. Townsend juts into both) are dead giveaways. Pt Townsend is a port city, once *the* major port in Washington state (you should see the Customs House). A treasure of beautifully preserved Victorian and Edwardian-era homes and B&Bs, one of which is in this  photo.


I don't have a long description like I often read in these contests. But Mackinaw Island was my visceral reaction the moment I saw the picture. The sand, the houses, and the land jutting to he right is what gave it away to me.


Not sure, but it looks like heaven. If you've met some of my family, you'd understand why I wish I were there. Merry Christmas!

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Coronado, California? My hometown has changed a lot since I’ve been there, but the architecture is similar to the Hotel Del Coronado, which would make the distant land mass Pt. Loma.  When I went to Google Maps, I saw that what was once pristine beach on the sand is now crowded with large condo buildings for the wealthy (among them John McCain).


I believe the picture shows Bessastadir, the presidential residence on an island just off the coast of Iceland.


Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, Wisconsin? Not totally sure but it looks like the resort looking south perhaps from one of the condos south of the main building.  I grew up in Sheboygan but have never stayed there so I'm not sure exact building or window. It will probably be somewhere in Macedonia, but I'm going with my hometown.


This is a view from the lighthouse at the farthest point of Point Loma, San Diego, California, looking north toward Sunset Cliffs, and then Ocean Beach, San Diego, and onward. It may not be from the actual lighthouse, but one of the buildings in the compound. There are some tide pools just off and out to the right. There is also a very large treatment plant out there in the fog.


My wife says it is Dutch. Therefore, it is.

Quite close. The actual location, which no one guessed, is Sonderberg, Denmark. (Yes, one of our toughest contests yet.) The only reader to guess Denmark writes the following:

Somewhere on the Leeward side of Jutland is my best guess. I will guess 10 miles south of Aarhus, Denmark.

However, that reader has already won a contest – one of our earliest ones, #15, from Al Manama, Bahrain - so we have to find the second closest guess.  That would be Rügen, Germany, a location that two readers guessed.  But only one of them has correctly answered a difficult window in the past without breaking the tie, so he gets the prize this week with the following entry:

It's a small seaside hotel in a right-hand-drive country. The leafless tree says winter, but the fog and lack of snow or ice say not too cold yet, so somewhere in Europe. The wagon looks like a BMW; between the car and the architecture, I'll presume it's somewhere on Germany's Baltic coast. A shoreline is barely visible in the distance, suggesting islands or a narrow strait. My best guess without poring over Google Maps for hours is the island of Rugen, which Wikipedia says is a popular tourist destination and national park.