Festivals

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

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

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eagle

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tiny-church-marblemount

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eagle-sightings-annual

distant eagles

distant eagles

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Eagle-King5

Christmas Leavenworth Lighting

It’s time again for planning your Christmas getaway, and the Christmas Leavenworth Lighting tour is a great way to get in the holiday spirit!

On December, 11, 2016, Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC is providng a deluxe, premium tour to Leavenworth, WA, to visit the world-class holiday event -Christmas Lighting Festival.

Departing at 8:00am from Northgate, 8:30am from Seattle Sheraton, and 9:10am from the Star Lake Park and Ride (I-5 @ S 272nd St), this tour is a full day of fun and festivities.

Our tour, Christmas Leavenworth Lighting, includes a deluxe motor coach with a tour director to share the what-to-do information before arrival in Leavenworth.  On the way over, enjoy holiday music, Christmas trivia, sing-along (3-4 songs) a free raffle drawing, and breakfast items to munch on.

You’ll have 5 hours in Leavenworth to shop, play, and eat, with Holiday cheer and festivities all around you.  Maybe even sledding for the kids if weather permits!  Bring your sled if you have one, or buy one there and bring home with you.  At 4:30 the final parade begins, with the whole town ablaze by 5:00 in brilliant lights and colors throughout the village.

The trip home is relaxing after all the excitement, with a holiday movie for your enjoyment and an evening snack as we bring you safely back to your starting location.

Visit our website to reserve your seat!  Seating limited, so don’t hesitate!  www.cherylsnwtours.com/ and scroll down to the Christmas Leavenworth Lighting tour.  For a 10% discount, contact kamron@cherylsnwtours.com and mention you read the blog!

We offer private and group tours all year, so check our website for fun tours anytime!  http://www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com.

trees in color

Trees in color

day on the street

day on the street

nice lights

nice lights!

sledding

sledding

the street no snow

the street no snow

Oysters free at Oysterfest 2016

YES!  Free oysters on our Oysterfest Tour. The venue is held every year, and this year Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC is taking a trip there.  So join in, no driving needed!

We hired a coach to take you to Shelton for this fun annual event.  From Seattle we have three pickup locations: a spot in Seattle, one on I-5 at Kent, and another in Lakewood.

The shucking contest is how you get the free oysters.  You can roam around the grounds and visit the event booths, the barn and the history museum, all on the premises, while the contests are on break. Then, when they compete, you win with free oysters!  It’s quite an event to visit the WEST COAST OYSTER SHUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP.

Thank you Taylor shellfish for donating thousands of fresh oysters for this event.

To sign up, go to http://www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com and select the box (or tab) for Seasonal Tours.  Scroll down to the Oysterfest, then BOOK NOW.  A confirmation will follow.  Be sure to tell us which location you want picked up at.

the shuckers

the contest

vendors

vendors

get-ready

a booth

a booth

oyster tray

oyster tray

Lavender Festival Tour 2016

A beautiful and fragrant day, our Lavender Festival Tour takes you to Sequim’s annual Lavender Festival.  Many farms participate and you’ll visit at least 3 farms.  They’ve changed the festival up a bit, and now each farm puts on a mini festival of their own. We’ll see how this is, it should be fun!

Our Lavender Festival Tour will explore the fields, farms, and the street fair on this full day excursion across Puget Sound to the Olympic Peninsula.  Beginning at 7:45 from Seattle, we stop at Northgate if we have guests parking there, then off to the ferry.  Cross Puget Sound in about 30 minutes with fantastic views of 2 volcanos and 2 mountain ranges, then continue to the festival.  You’ll return at approximately 6:30.

Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC visits many festivals and destinations each year as public tours, where individuals are urged to come on the tour. We pick up in downtown Seattle and Northgate.  Call us for details, or visit our website. On the home page scroll down and select the Seasonal Tours box for information and reserving your seat.

You can book on-line on our website cherylsnwtours.com.  We hope you’ll join us!

Lavender

Lavender

Row of Lavender

Row of Lavender

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

Mussel Festival Tour

Mussels! Black Shellfish from Puget Sound, are the highlight of the Mussel Festival on Whidbey Island.  Our tour includes all transportation to the festival, and a ride on a Washington State Ferry across Puget Sound.  Complete with tour guide on board, you’ll learn about the Mussel Festival as well as some interesting Northwest history and geology about the area before arriving in Coupeville.  Once there, you’ll receive your chowder cards and boat ride slips, and have the day on your own to explore and taste chowders and whole mussels all over town.

Penn Cove Shellfish grow, sell, and market mussels they grow in Penn Cove, on Whidey Island.  These tender, delicious mussels are sold all over the world.  One weekend a year, Whidbey Island puts on a fun festival to eat and celebrate these seafood delights.

The Mussel Festival plan:  You get a card for a selection of restaurants around town.  There are 2, and sometimes 3 different cards with different restaurants listed. Each card has 5 or so restaurants.  You receive one card with our tour.  If you want more cards for more restaurants, they are $10 each additional.  You then go to the restaurants on your card and get free samples of their chowder.  On our tour you will also receive a slip to go out on the boat (10 minute ride each way) that takes you to the mussel pens, where the company has a representative to show you how they raise and harvest the shellfish.

Pick up locations include: Sheraton Hotel Seattle, ($8 parking at the Cheesecake Factory), Northgate and Mukilteo Ferry. This tour fee is $110, and includes taxes, transportation, chowder samples and boat ride. Only $89 if you bring 2 guests (and they pay $89 too!)

This is a very fun tour, one of our favoritesMussels Mar 12, and we hope you will join us.  Visit www.cherylsnwtours.com for more upcoming tours.

 

Christmas Leavenworth from Seattle

CNWT Seattle Times Ad

CNWT Ad from Seattle Times

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas trip to Leavenworth!  This was posted on ‘Next Door’ from a Seattle Times ad in November 2015.  We’ve been asked to make is accessible in other places too.  Tickets are 70% sold, so don’t wait to book your seat today.  www.cherylsnwtours.com.  Click on the Leavenworth photo to proceed with your reservation.

Christmas Leavenworth Lighting Tour

Our premium Christmas Leavenworth Lighting Tour is just this:  a Premium Tour to Leavenworth!

Not just a ride there and back, you’ll enjoy holiday music on the bus, local information on the route there, Leavenworth history, and get inside information on what to do, where to go, suggestions for restaurants, maps, restroom locations, crowd secrets, and more.  We provide snacks on the way there and back, bottled water, and you’ll watch a holiday movie on the way back.

Bring your sleds if so inclined to slide down the snow-covered grass in the park! Enjoy hot cider or hot spiced wine in the cider tent, shop, explore the Wenatchee River walk, and eat, drink, and be merry!

Over 5 hours in Leavenworth, the lights at 4:45-5:00 will amaze you, especially if this is your first experience to the Festival.  For those who go every year, our premium Christmas Leavenworth Lighting tour to get you there and back makes all the difference.

Get your tickets early before the tour sells out. Book on-line on our website homepage:  www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com.

Town Lights

Town Lights

town without snow

town without snow

nice day shot-

nice day shot-

horse carriage ride

horse and buddy

lighted center

lighted center

lighted trees

lighted trees