Monthly Archives: February 2016

Tulip Fields Tour

Our Tulip Fields Tour is an annual visit to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Spend the day with us, we provide transportation, tour guide, snack basket, bottled water, entry into 2 farms, field stops for photos, allow time for lunch and shopping in the historic town of La Conner,  and you may even see some migratory eagles, snow geese, or trumpeter swans.  Held in April, flowers galore brighten the landscape in beautiful patches across Skagit Valley.

You’ll visit Tulip Town, also known as the Skagit Valley Bulb Company Inc. and Roozengaarde, also known as the Washington Bulb Company.  These 2 farms grow more tulips than anywhere in the nation.  Between the two, they have created over 92 different colors and shapes of tulips and even ship their bulbs to Holland, the world’s best-known tulip region.

We have planned tours scheduled for April 9, April 16, and April 30, each for $89 per person, which includes taxes.  If you need a different date, we can accommodate with a private tour for $109 per person plus tax, minimum 2 guests for a private tour.

Let us take care of all the details, and you just sit back and enjoy the day.  No parking frustrations, no driving stress, no waiting in lines for tickets! The Tulip Fields Tour is waiting for you.  Sign up today to assure your seat. http://www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com.

Here is a link to the Tulip Festival growers page to learn more about this great tour, http://www.tulipfestival.org/growers then email us at to reserve your seat cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com.

Come on, get an inside look at the Pacific Northwest.

wavy rows

pink and red wavy rows

orange bunch

orange bunch

colorful fenceline

old fence and flowers

yellow tulip

Enormous yellow tulip

Red Wine and Chocolate Tour

Holmes Harbor entry

Holmes Harbor entry

We did a new Red Wine and Chocolate Tour last weekend, a celebration coinciding with Valentine’s Day.  Instead of going to Eastern Washington’s vineyards, we went to Washington’s 3rd AVA in Puget Sound.  Specifically Whidbey Island.  We visited Holmes Harbor Cellars, Blooms Winery, Spoiled dog Winery and Comforts of Whidbey.  All four provided Red Wine and Chocolate, some of the chocolates were amazing.  The truffle at Holmes Harbor was large and scrumptous with a raspberry chocolate cream center, the salted caramel and chocolate mousse at Spoiled Dog were melt-in-your-mouth delights.  Comfort had nice dark chocolate and a delicious apricot treat to pair with a white wine, and Blooms

Bicycle

Bicycle

Boy statue w dog

Boy statue w dog

Ferry view lighthouse

Ferry view lighthouse

Grape vines winter

Grape vines winter

Parking Lot Park

Parking Lot Park

Spoiled Dog building

Spoiled Dog building

The group

The group

had a dark chocolate.

The wines were unique and in my 0pinion tasted different than the Eastern Washington wines; and they should.  The soil is different in each of Washinton’s AVAs, plus Puget Sound vineyards grow some different grapes altogether.  So we had a nice change of tastings, and a very different landscape.

Starting in Renton and then Seattle, we traveled to Mukilteo, where the ferry ride was perfect.  We arrived early; the tasting rooms don’t open until 11:00am, so we did a little driving around and landed at Greenbank Farms.  Though they were not participating in the Red Wine and Chocolate program, they offer daily wine tasting from a variety of local Puget Sound AVA wineries.  So we began, and it was a nice experience.  $1 per tasting for 1 oz, and 1 oz was a large serving.  We also visited 2 art stores with unique and very interesting works from locals.  Some of the Native American art work was fantastic. I especially liked the wood carved leaf pieces, they look just like leaves but are made from wood pieces and driftwood.  Also the glass blown pieces of bright colors for the garden were terrific.  Oh, we found a cheese shop at Greenbank, too.

Then off to more wine tasting.  All the wineries were well marked on the road and on the map, and not very far apart.  We found beautiful and interesting tasting rooms, tasted good wines and chocolates, and snacked on cheese all day between wine tastings.  We were spoiled.  Thank you Whidbey and Camano Islands.  For more fun Northwest Tours, visit http://www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com.