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Motor Coach tour to Christmas Town Leavenworth

An annual ritual, our Motor Coach tour to Christmas Town Leavenworth is one of our most popular motor coach tours. We go on Sunday, not Saturday, and avoid the congestion of the masses of people going on Saturday. Really, Sunday you get in to your restaurants in nearly 1/2 the time as it takes on Saturdays. Wait 1.5 hours on Saturday, but maybe just walk in on Sundays.

Sign up at www.cherylsnorthweststours.com You’ll find the tour on the home page, right side. $82.00 plus 10% tax per person. Children $45.00 plus tax.

Our Motor Coach tour to Christmas Town Leavenworth is special: We pick up at 2 or 3 locations before crossing the pass. We play holiday music, do Christmas puzzles and holiday trivia on the way over, and provide free snacks and water for everyone. We even hold a free raffle drawing for a surprise gift. Once in Leavenworth, you’ll have all day to play, and there might even be snow!

Leavenworth building

Leavenworth building

Sleighride

Sleighride

Gazebo

Gazebo

Who is this??

Who is this??

Inside restaurant

Inside restaurant

Mr and Mrs

Mr and Mrs

At night

At night

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Holiday cheer, wine tasting, and brew pubs are hot spots for adults, and young children revel while sledding in toboggans on the mini-hill right in town. There’s plenty of shopping, too, and many many restaurants to choose from for lunch.

After the lighting at

 

 

approximately 4:30pm, take your time, then return to the coach for the second half of your Motor Coach Tour to Christmas Town Leavenworth.  More snacks, and a holiday movie await you, for a relaxing, memorable day you’ll remember always.

Join us December 10 or December 17, 2017, we’d love to meet you and include you in our holiday festivities aboard our Motor Coach tour to Christmas Town Leavenworth.

 

 

Guided Trail Hikes near Seattle

For light hikers and non-hikers who want to see waterfalls, our trail hikes tour, called Waterfalls,  Mountains and Bavaria, is perfect! We took this tour twice on one week. One day it rained, the other day very sunny.

When we meet, I’ll ask you your preferences and your interests about this tour. Do you like the trails? Do you just want to see waterfalls without walking far? Depending on your preferences, we’ll shift our focus for you, to spend more time on the trails, or more in the Bavarian Alpine Village of Leavenworth, with lots of shops and restaurant choices in this European-style town. If you only want the trail hikes, we can take out Leavenworth altogether and add in a 3rd trail instead. Let’s begin!

Deception Falls

Deception Falls

We have 2 versions of this tour, following is the Clockwise version.

Wallace Falls, outside Sultan on US Highway 2, is the perfect trail for an introduction to our State’s beautiful outdoors. Approximately a 2 mile walk, there are 3 falls and a lot of babbling brook -and river viewpoints to mesmerize you along the way. The first falls, Lower Falls, is an easy walk with only a few roots to maneuver. We turn back at this point for the non-hikers, and you feel like you’ve had the full trail because the views are so spectacular. Middle Falls, further on the trail, has a few short switchbacks but worth every step, and Upper Falls at the end is breathtaking. The entire walk is beautiful with mosses and greenery, the river, and many chirping birds.

Bridal Veil Falls, near Mount Index and across the valley from the Bigfoot Espresso Shop, is easy to see through the trees in April while the leaves are just budding out. A huge, tall waterfall, this falls is viewed from a distance on our tour, but very pretty non-the-less. There are several choices for trail hikes on this tour.  Even here, if you want.

Cheryl Deception Falls

Cheryl Deception Falls

Deception Falls

Deception Falls

July Snoqualmie Falls

July Snoqualmie Falls

March Snoqualmie Falls

March Snoqualmie Falls

Deception Falls on Stevens Pass continues our Waterfalls and Mountains Tour in full force.  The flow is so strong it takes you by surprise with it’s roar. We start with a walk over the bridge and river, where the roar of the water makes it impossible to hear each other talk without shouting. We then walk downstream to a lower falls area, where you see interpretive signs and the serene backdrop of the river and the woods. This trail has such beautiful views of the river, the flora, and natures dams of downed trees and rocks. One of the last known White Pine trees in the Pacific Northwest is on this trail.

What about Lunch! Depending on your decisions, we’ll proceed to Leavenworth or another trail. Leavenworth has such great history and large selection of restaurants to choose from, as well as unique shopping opportunities.

Snoqualmie Falls, the grandest of the grand, also has a trail walk. You view the falls at the top, overlooking the canyon where you are humbled by this 268 foot drop falls. The mist of the falls, according to Indian lore, assists the deceased Snoqualmie Indians to meet their maker. Some days you see the peregrine falcons who live across the canyon. Explore the gift shop if you wish. This summer we saw a mother black bear with her two cubs just down the trail.

Join us!  We’d love to show you this trail hikes tour.  www.cherylsnwtours.com  or call 206 353-3330.

Olympic Peninsula Tour

No Elk sightings today on this Olympic Peninsula Tour, but the woods were alive with fresh water from the recent rains. You can feel the peace of the woods after a rain. The whole forest in Hoh, Lake Quinault, and Lake Crescent feel alive and breathing, deep and calm.

We did see 4 black tail deer, cows, horses, an eagle, some hawks, ducks, and a couple of slugs today. I know, cows and horses? Well, we never know when we’ll see actual wild life, so we watch for whatever we can see in the animal kingdom! Oddly, we have to look hard to find slugs. You’d think they’d be everywhere, but no, they hide well. The black ones and the Banana slugs.

The Olympic Peninsula has many rivers, which were higher due to the season. The Hoh river is quite full of glacial til, leaving the river a milky gray/teal color. it was very very pretty.

The Elwah river and the Hoh both have lots of new trees downed in the river bed, and the Hoh river has re-routed itself within the usual wide riverbed boundaries. It’s fun to see the changes each year.

Ruby Beach, on the Pacific Ocean, also has a new look. Every spring we show up to find the massive over-sized driftwood moved and shifted from the winter storms, and we get to find new ways to get to the beach. Today we decided to look at the beach from the cliff, then travel to Kalaloch where access is easier. Grey Whales were just past the breakers!  Kalaloch’s beach has more sand than drift wood. Of course we grabbed an espresso at the Kalaloch grocery before our journey back to Seattle, via Aberdeen and Olympia. Join us on a tour!  www.cherylsnwtours.com or cal

trail sign

trail sign

Halloween rock!

Halloween rock!

Sword Fern

Sword Fern

Kalaloch Beach

Kalaloch Beach

Olympic Mountains

Olympic Mountains

Deception Pass a Tour to Remember

Actually a water “Passage” not a Pass, our Deception Pass Tour is another of our unique Northwest tours, and takes 6-7 hours.

From Seattle, you will travel North to Mount Vernon, and cross the famous Skagit Valley with its highly nutrient soil. This valley provides a plethora of vegetables, berries, and flowers.

Once through the valley, Deception Pass is the next destination, with it’s beautiful Bridge.  The Deception Pass Bridge is a very popular destination in the Northwest. The views are breathtaking, of North Puget Sound and the Straight of Juan de Fuca. The bridge itself has a fun story of its own, which we’ll share, then invite you to walk across the bridge, or ride with us in our comfortable SUV.  The walk is pretty exciting -and beautiful- and so is the drive.

Once across, we suggest taking a .9 mile trail to the beach, where driftwood, sand, and waves greet you at the shore, along with seagulls and other shore birds.  The Naval Air Station nearby sometimes has fly-byes of various military planes, and sometimes it feels like an airshow.  Other times it is very quiet with no airplanes, which is a wonderful and peaceful experience, listening to the waves lap on shore.

Your next stop is in Coupeville, an historic town you will love. We’ve included lunch with this tour to further your local experience along Puget sound.  The view is tranquil, overlooking the pier and Puget Sound.  You’ll find you are fully immersed with the region, just what the doctor ordered! (Actually, no doctors orders needed).

Next, you’ll visit Admiralty Head lighthouse and Fort Casey, the last stops on the island. These are remnants of a military fort built in 1901 and are very interesting with beautiful scenery.  Finally, you’re off to the Clinton Ferry Dock.  The ferry portion of this tour is as fun as all the other experiences, with 30 minutes of water travel before reaching the mainland. From there it’s a short ride back to Seattle.

Come join us on this unique Northwest Tour.  Book today at www.cherylsnwtours.com.

trail sign

trail sign

Madrona shedding

Madrona tree- shedding

Fort stairs

Fort stairs

Fort from parking lot

Fort from parking

on the Cannon

on the Cannon

Bridge view West

Bridge view West

beach and bridge

beach driftwood and bridge

Admiralty Head Lighthous

Admiralty Head Lighthouse

Mount Saint Helens

Yesterday we visited Mount Saint Helens, during that fall storm of 2016. It was beautiful, the deciduous trees in yellow and orange, and the evergreens were green as ever. Our first stop was to the Silver Lake Visitors Center, and it is very worth the stop.  The movie they show of the eruption is actual video from 1980, and shows the amazing destruction of the blast and the aftermath.

the window

Johnston Ridge window

the road view

On the way to Johnston Ridge

colorful trees

colorful trees

some trees

some trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Forest Learning Center was closed, but is a great place to stop in the summer.

Nine miles from Johnston Ridge, we came across many waterfalls, and boy the water was gushing. The 2016 October storm brought so much rain, we were lucky to see the run-off with all its splendor. Once at Johnston Ridge, we got out of the SUV to find the wind much worse than we thought. The wind speed must have been 25-40 miles an hour; it literally blew us around as we walked up to the Visitors Center. Maybe they should put in a meter to measure wind speed when this happens, that would be fun!

Once inside, the winds were unnoticeable. The real tree trunk, photos, and interactive displays were intriguing, and let us get a full understanding of the destruction. This volcano, Mount Saint Helens, is still very active. Here at Johnston Ridge, they also had a movie, and it was more detailed using technology. They enhanced the actual footage from a photographer taken back in 1980, and give the viewer a deeper understanding of the entire landscape changes following the blast. My, it makes one think. Mount Saint Helens today was not visible, but that was okay, the rest was amazing!

The day from start to finish was 9 hours, with a nice relaxing hot lunch included.

I recommend this Mount Saint Helens trip late spring to mid fall, and you can get there with us, at Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC.  We offer private tours, and also group tours in our  SUV. If you have more than 6 guests, we also use a Mercedes Sprinter van or a motor coach, and if you have one arranged, we can simply join you with your group and take the work out of your day!

We offer a large variety of nearby and regional tours.  I invite you to visit our website http://www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com for more wonderful excursions that will enlighten and intrigue.

Oregon Exploration and History

We recently did an Oregon Exploration with a trip from Seattle through Western Oregon. If you’re a history buff, you’ll love this! Our first stop in Oregon City was as historic as I had hoped, and I loved the museums, the river, churches, and yes, breweries too. I just finished the book Bell on the River, written by a nun originally from Canada near the East coast to join/start a mission. She and others persevered to Vancouver, WA in the early-mid 1800’s via boat & land, through the Panama Canal -before it was there- on this journey to the Pacific Northwest. There are only tidbits of information actually about the Pacific Northwest in the book, but enough to get me to Oregon City myself.

Salem City Street

Salem City Street

Oregon City Church

Oregon City Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before Washington and Oregon were states, the North half of the Oregon Territory was primarily occupied by Native Americans and Great Britain. The British, now Canadians, along with Spain, Russia and others, mainly used the land to trap for furs.  The United States joined in, and the British and then-called Americans traded with the Native Americans, acquiring furs from them by trading clothes, jewelry, guns, housewares and more.

In 1846 the United States and Great Britain determined the national border would be on the 49th parallel, following the already established northern border for the central and eastern portion of the United States.  The U.S. to ‘lock in’ and hold the land, offered free land to any emigrant in the U.S. who would travel to, and live in, what is now Washington and Oregon. This was to help preserve the national boundary line. Great Britain wanted the border on the Columbia River, where Portland is. Thus, the Oregon Trail and the West was born, and the beginning of Oregon Exploration.  Please refer to history books for more information and details.

Back to our Oregon Exploration story!

Our tour in March, 2017, continued from Oregon City down to Salem Oregon. We spent the first night of our 5 day journey in Salem, a wonderful city. It was a very clean city with lots of beautiful historic buildings and lots of places to eat and shop. We stayed in the Grand Hotel Salem; it was grand indeed and in the center of town. Go see the historic district while you’re there.

We continued on to Ashland, via Jacksonville. Jacksonville had a unique life of its own.  If you like history about the West, You must go there! Jacksonville is definitely a place to visit. Old historic buildings, a brief tour of the city and a lot about the past are for you to find. The individual shops and restaurants are fairly priced and have a wonder selection of foods and goods. I was delighted at what I found in the garden shop, and the food in the Mexican restaurant delicious. I was tempted, though, at the Italian restaurant, the ambiance is fantastically historic, and the smells enticing. The town has the Britt Festival, a music venue that sounds quite similar to that in Chateau Saint Michelle Winery, in Woodinville, WA.

Restaurant Jacksonville

Restaurant Jacksonville

Park bench

Park bench

Oregon City Church

Oregon City Church

McGlothlin House sign

McGlothlin House sign

Country Store

Country Store

Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Ashland Springs

Ashland Springs

Ashland Springs lobby

 

Ashland was our next overnight stay, and the Ashland Springs Hotel in downtown was as historic and beautiful as ever. If being in the heart of things is important, you should stay here. Only a block from the

Shakespeare Festival, it was a great place to stay with a beautiful lobby and restaurant. There were many bed and breakfasts in town too. If you want to be out of town, then stay at the Ashland Hills Hotel, a retro-modern hotel with lots of amenities including pool and hot tub. Only 10 minutes away.  A flashback to the ‘70s for some of us, it was updated, yet still funky and fun, with very comfortable beds!  The city of Ashland itself is a Foody city, and boy did we indulge! All types of menu items, all types of atmospheres, it was a culinary sensation.

Next we headed to the coast, to Coos Bay, where we stayed at the Mill Casino. It’s right next to a lumber mill, and faces East on Coos Bay. The mill was never heard, but it sure smelled good as we drove by. My room was the largest I have ever stayed in, a suite in fact, with lots of windows looking out at the bay. The clear glass walk-in shower and jetted hot tub made the bathroom huge, and really got the ‘relax’ into this trip. A couple of tug boats went by for our viewing pleasure. Go try the beach, too, for more adventure.

The Mill bedroom

The Mill bedroom

Sand dunes

Sand dunes

rocky beach trees

rocky beach trees

Road Scenery mossy trees

Road Scenery mossy trees

Bridge

Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then to Portland. What a hoot. Staying at the McMenamins Crystal Hotel was an ideal location in downtown. My room was $125 per night, which was a room that shared the bathroom with other rooms. You can get rooms with bath, too. The basement had a 20 foot soaking tub, and the restaurant we had breakfast in (same building) was delicious. A little noisy, but for the price, a good stay. We walked through town all evening feeling safe and enjoyed the wonderful old buildings and architecture. The amount of restaurants full of patrons was surprising, and rivals Seattle. Does anyone eat at home anymore?

Cheryls Catering

Cheryls Catering

Powells Books

Powells Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last day was a straight shot back to Seattle.

Our company offers many regional tours across the Pacific northwest like this Oregon Exploration tour. Primarily Washington and Oregon, we also have a tour to visit Volcano’s in all 3 NW states, so includes Idaho. If interested in learning more, visit our website http://cherylsnorthwesttours.com.  Most of our tours are priced as private tours, but we do have several seasonal tours to festivals, mountains, the ocean and more that you can join in on at a lower price.  See our Seasonal Tours page.

 

PACCAR Technical Center and Tulips Tour

Open only 1 day a year to the public, you’re invited to visit the PACCAR Technical Center. Fun awaits, and you’ll have a few hours to explore on your own inside this secured-access truck testing facility.  Climb inside Kenworth trucks, see how they test windshield resistance, and see automated door slamming equipment as they run tests.  Fun and lots to see and do!  Hot dogs and other quick foods available for lunch, or bring your own.

You’ll also be right in the middle of the Tulip Fesival in Skagit Valley. Here you’ll visit both  major tulip flower bulb producers, Tulip Town and Roozengaarde.  The largest bulb growing area in the Unites States, it is beautiful when the flowers bloom.  With early, mid, and late blooming bulbs (all within a few weeks) you are sure to see flowers in bloom (but Mother Nature decides).

Date:  April 8, 2017
Price:  $89 per person plus tax

You receive a comfortable ride via coach, you’ll have an on-board tour guide.  Snacks and bottled water included.  Box lunch from Ingallina’s available for advance purchase for $20, or purchase food at either of the tulip farms or at the PACCAR Technical Center.

Another super bonus is that you get dropped AT THE FRONT DOOR of both tulip farms, and GET RIGHT IN.  No waiting in lines, no parking and walking issues.  Fast, easy, convenient!

This PACCAR Technical Center and Tulips Tour begins in the Seattle area with 3 convenient pick up locations: Star Lake Park and Ride, downtown Seattle Grand Hyatt, and Northgate Park and Ride.

Visit http://cherylsnorthwesttours.com/seasonal-tours.php and scroll down to the Tulips and Trucks Tour to book your tour today!

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like orange?

like orange?

wavy rows

wavy rows of flowers

 

 

Crab Cruise &Tulips – Skagit Valley

TULIPS & CRAB BOAT CRUISE in the Skagit Valley and Puget Sound.  A new and different way to see the flowers and do something new!

April 16 One Day Only

Seating still available.

We want crab and we need you!  go to http://cherylsnorthwesttours.com/seasonal-tours.php  then scroll down to the Tulips and Crab Cruise tour, and book today!

We begin this Skagit Valley tulip tour from Seattle, and travel to La Conner, where we meet the boat and set out for a two and a half hour boat cruise on Puget Sound.  Lunch of cracked crab is included and you also get chicken, and other items.

Upon your return to the dock, you’ll continue to the two famous tulip farms, Roozengaarde and Tulip Town.  You may know, Skagit Valley is the largest tulip producer in the entire United States.

Oh and I must mention, you get to skip the lines to get tickets, and you get dropped off at the gate!  Now more parking and walking and waiting.  Boom, you’re in!

Rather than do the usual 2 farms and lunch in a nearby town, try something new this year!  We’d love to experience this and get local, fresh crab as our lunch.

See some beautiful islands, feast on crab, then feast your eyes on the flowers!

$179 /per person, plus tax ~ all inclusive tour

Room for more!

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avoid this mess

avoid this mess

Swinomish channel

Swinomish channel

bigger than my hand

bigger than my hand

festival garden

festival garden

what a backdrop

what a backdrop

like orange?

like orange?

wavy rows

wavy rows of flowers

Ocean Beaches Tour- Long Beach Peninsula

New!  Ocean Beaches Tour to Long Beach Peninsula. This tour is loaded with activities, with the main background theme the Pacific Ocean.

This Northwest Adventure is one of the finest, and you’ll have 3 days and 2 nights, October 13-15, 2017 to relax and enjoy all the Washington Coast has to offer on the Long Beach Peninsula.  You really should book this tour!

Friday, beginning with the drive from Seattle to the ocean, you will stop for lunch midway in a great ale house, then continue to Long Beach, with time to relax before dinner.  Dinner is at a wonderful restaurant, then s’mores on the ocean beach. The hotel we’re staying is the Adrift Hotel and Spa.

Saturday, you’ll start the morning with razor clams and eggs at the famous 42nd Street Diner, and yes, you can choose something else.  Following breakfast, you’ll visit historic Oysterville for a tour of oyster farming followed by a visit to an art gallery.  Then to get a little more physical, you’ll go horseback riding on the beach, whether permitting. If unfavorable weather, you’ll instead visit the Cranberry Museum/Bogs area near Long Beach.  There’s time for rest before dinner and your day is not rushed at all.  The plan is to have fun and do some exploration.

Dinner is at the Shelburne Inn, on the National Historic Register, known for their creative 3-course meals, combining Northwest flavors with Old-World traditions and organic foods.

Sunday begins with breakfast at Cottage Bakery, then you’re off to Ilwaco, a fishing community, to visit the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and tour Ilwaco’s waterfront area.

This area is well known for being the end of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  They found the ocean!  You’ll visit the very well done Interpretive Center, the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, the National Park, and the Northhead Lighthouse today, then we have to head back.

This tour is all inclusive (except for 2 lunches).  Included in the price: Hotel accommodation, breakfasts, dinners, and entry to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Northhead lighthouse, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, the National Park, and the State Park. Price also includes costs for guest speaker at Oysterville, horse back riding, and Carriage Museum.

There’s so much packed into this ocean beach tour, and we hope you’ll join us!  You can find booking access at http://cherylsnorthwesttours.com/seasonal-tours.php scroll down to Long Beach Peninsula.  For more information, contact us at cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com.

beach logs

beach logs and lighthouse

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Long Beach

Long Beach

oysters

oysters

view from lighthouse

view from lighthouse

longest beach sign

longest beach sign

Wild Eagles and Salmon

We’re offering this tour again, Wild Eagles and Salmon, a trip to the Eagle Festival in Skagit County, WA.  Known as one of the best places to see Bald Eagles in America, we invite you to join us on this Wild Eagles and Salmon excursion.  Held during the annual migration of these amazing raptors and their prey, you’ll have many opportunities to see wild eagles.  Located in the region of the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state, you will also get a great view of the landscapes in the Northwest,without the deciduous trees hiding the landscapes.

We’ve put together a fun-filled day of viewpoints to see the Wild Eagles and Salmon; well, we hope to see salmon!  Sometimes the salmon run is not very big.  Well be right by the river, and see what we can.  As for eagles, the festival puts out telescopes zoomed in for a ‘birds eye’ view of these magnificent birds, pun intended, and we will be stopping to take a look!  After a few stops, you’ll visit a salmon hatchery where many of the salmon are making their way to their final contribution to nature.  Thank you, salmon, for continuing the cycle of life in the salmon world.

This tour is scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2017.  Priced at $69 per person plus tax, you’ll enjoy a full day of fun and relaxation, beginning from downtown Seattle at 8:40am.  Parking is $12 a day or less at nearby parking lots.  We also can pick up at/near a couple park and rides.

Hop over to our website and book your seats today, before they are all gone.   www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com/eagles.

Skagit River

Skagit river

fish-egg-incubator

fish-egg-incubator

eagle in tree

eagle in tree

mountains in between trees

mountains in between trees

eagle

eagle

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tiny-church-marblemount

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eagle-sightings-annual

distant eagles

distant eagles

Eagle King5

Eagle-King5