Monthly Archives: April 2014

RAIN FOREST at Quinault 2014

We visited the Rain Forest at Quinault April 21-22, 2014 and WOW, what a great place!  There are three rain forests on the Olympic Peninsula: Lake Quinault is in one of them.  Queets and Hoh are the other two.

We stayed at the Lake Quinault Lodge, and, it has beautiful grounds.  Across the street are walking/hiking trails that are not difficult with a slight incline and very worth the trek to see the falls.

We traveled from Seattle on Monday, April 21, arriving in about 3.5 hours.  And we were STILL able to see 3 waterfalls before dinner.

Waterfalls:  There are an abundance of beautiful waterfalls nearby.  The furthest one we visited was .6 miles of wonderfully groomed trails, and the trails themselves are in abundance too, so you can walk all over the rain forest.  Two of the waterfalls are at the road, you just park your car and there they are.

We also saw the WORLDS LARGEST SPRUCE tree, estimated at 1000 years old.  Look at my photo included in this blog, it’s huge!

We also visited the Rain Forest Resort, just up the road from the Lake Quinault Lodge, and I must say, we will be staying there next time!  Rustic and more modern cabins, with kitchens or without, the lake views are better and more to my liking with privacy, cozy surroundings, and nostalgia.  The Management is what sets this place apart and above the neighbors: Friendly, helpful, and personable.  Plus a great restaurant and actual lounge with animal heads on the walls.  It was a good, happy experience at the Rain Forest Resort.

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This tour was one of our DISCOVERY tours.  We offer them all year, along with our other tours and festival trips.  We suggest you check out our website and join us sometime.


WHALE watching tour San Juan Islands

​Whale watching in the Pacific Northwest.  May 17, 2014 we head off to Bellingham to catch the San Juan Cruises tour to seek out orca and minke whales in the San Juan Islands.
Whale Watching Adventure Cruise with Cheryl's Northwest Tours

Whale Watch Adventure Cruise 2014


SATURDAY MAY 17, 2014                 Register by May 6


No other whale watch offers as much as our Whale Watching Adventure cruise in the San Juan Islands. For the same price that other companies charge for just a whale watching tour, San Juan Cruises offers you  extraordinary value in an all day tour that includes:

Fully narrated tour and whale watching with one of the highest success rates in the Northwest

  • Free Northwest wild salmon and BBQ chicken lunch with a variety of side dishes and dessert
  • Full bar with Northwest wines, beers and cocktails
  • 2 hour shore visit in picturesque Friday Harbor on San Juan Island
  • Deluxe 100’ tour vessel with ample indoor & outdoor seating
  • A whale sighting guarantee 
  • On board breakfast and snack options
  • Easy to find – just 2 miles west of Interstate 5 with easy parking 
  • Only 90 minutes from downtown Seattle

Departs Bellingham at 9:30 am Returns to Bellingham at 5:30 pm

To keep the cost down, we have not added any additional fees to what San Juan Cruises charges!  If you need a ride up to Bellingham, we have a vehicle going.  The fee is $22 per person in addition to the boat ride.

Register by May 6 for this fun day event!
  206 353-3330  or
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An Inside Look at the Pacific Northwest


Tulip Festival 2014 Skagit Valley, WA

Tulip Festival time is here again!  A super indicator that spring is official, the Pacific Northwest loves this festival.  Our locals come back year after year for the fun and beauty of the Skagit Valley ablaze in flowers.

The tulip festival hosts not only tulips!  First there’s the daffodils, which bloom first.  Then the tulips, in their hundreds of colors display.  Then the iris.  So as mother nature decides when and how long the flowers bloom, you are sure to see some beautiful flowers and fields in bloom.

We’ll also check out the alpaca farm, near the tulip farms.  If the animals are out, it’s pretty fun.  Wool for sale, or pet an alpaca!

The tulip festival is month long, through April, so whichever tour you can come on, you are sure to see pretty flowers in the fields, and in the farm displays!

This year we have varied the lunch location, so depending on which day you take our tour, you can see something new.   La Conner, the familiar lunch location, is a quaint and fun historic town on the water, and always a fun choice.  Or choose the Mount Vernon Street Fair day, the Kiwanis Salmon lunch-at-the-park day, or the PACCAR tech plant Sunday tour.   Whatever your interest, we’ve got you covered for a fun day of flowers and other things to see in Skagit Valley.

So come on, get an inside look at the Pacific Northwest! We welcome you to join us on one of our Saturday or Sunday Tulip Festival tours.

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