Monthly Archives: January 2014

Wine tasting – RED WINE & CHOCOLATE

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We’re heading over to Yakima Valley, Washington, for a wine tasting tour, the annual RED WINE AND CHOCOLATE tour.  We’re going straight to the source, the vineyards of some great wines, in Yakima Valley.

Now, wine has become a common concept in the Northwest, with over 750 wineries in Washington State alone.  Oregon also has many many wineries, making the Pacific Northwest a destination for a wine loving traveler.

And what could be better, wine tasting, paired with chocolates?  Yes! What a great idea!

So come join our wine tasting tour, coordinated with the Red Wine and Chocolate program that occurs every February in Yakima Valley.

Our tour begins at 8:30 AM and goes to about 8:00 PM.  We travel from Seattle across the mountains, so it’s really two great opportunities in one.  Scenery, and wine.

Visit our website for more details and check out our other fun tours.  http://www.cherylsnwtours.com.

Get an inside look at the Pacific Northwest.

pdf linkWine and Chocolate 2014

green grapes

green grapes

Knight Hill wine

Knight Hill wine

Wine barrels

Wine barrels

Yakima appelation

Yakima appelation

grapes

grapes

Nature Tour Northwest, Majestic Bald Eagles

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January 18 and again January 19, 2014 we will visit the Skagit Eagle Festival. Bald Eagles come by the hundreds from Canada to munch on the Salmon that spawn up the Skagit River.

(excerpt from skagiteagles.com) If you haven’t visited eastern Skagit County in awhile or ever, January is the month to do it! The annual Skagit Eagle Festival offers a chance to get an amazing glimpse of mother nature — eagles, of course, but also salmon, elk and other wildlife. In addition, the festival celebrates the heritage, history and joyous spirit of the people who live in these small communities.

(excerpt from concrete-wa.com website)  The Skagit Eagle Festival is a month-long celebration during eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. Activities take place in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount every Saturday and Sunday in January. The festival features a variety of free tours, walks, and educational programs where you’ll learn not only about these majestic birds, but also about a variety of wildlife and the beautiful areas along the Skagit River where they live or return each year.

In January 2013, we started out at the interpretive center to listen to a 30 minute explanation of the eagle situation, then we went on a short, flat trail walk to the river.  We saw eagles!  Then we went to the hatchery for a free tour of the fish containers and learned about the process of growing and managing the salmon.   Then we stopped at 2 places where the local festival people had telescopes sited on individual eagles so we could see them close up.  It was really a nice, relaxing day.  That worked up an appetite, and on the way home we stopped for lunch at a great local place on the roadside.   And we’ll do it all again soon!

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Eagle and Spawning Salmon Tour – Saturday January 18, 2014

Visit our website for more tours around the Northwest. www.cherylsnwtours.com

Okanogan

Mountains

photo www.skagit.eagle.org

photo www.skagit.eagle.org

Eagle Nest

Eagle Nest

Young Eagle

Young Eagle

The Skagit River

The Skagit River

A guided walking tour

A guided walking tour