Northwest Tours

Oregon Coast tour

We took an Oregon Coast Tour from Seattle recently, and had some great experiences.  Oregon has a beautiful coast line, and we saw sea lions, seals and pups, eagles, falcon, and deer along the trip, plus seastacks, caves, and fantastic rock formations on the beaches.

We also explored some wonderful attractions along the way and had so much fun!  We did a group dune buggy ride in the Oregon Dunes, at Florence. Taking 14 of us, it was a safe, slow, and well narrated 1 hour dunes-to-ocean-tour.  We also visited the Sea Lion Caves, America’s largest sea cave and actually has a bunch of sea lions in there!  We visited a lighthouse in a fantastic location on the coast, and did some wine tasting in the Willamette Valley at Rex Hill and Duck Pond.

Overnight we stayed first in Lincoln City at the Surftides, a great hotel on the beach with easy access to the sand and surf.  Hot tub, indoor swimming pool and wet/dry sauna really got us off to a great relaxing time.  The second night in Florence we stayed at the Driftwood Shores Resort, which was also on the ocean with a nice path to the beach.  They allow fires on the beach!  Night 3 we stayed in Astoria at the River Walk Inn.  They are doing some updating on this hotel and the location on the marina is a relaxing location.  We bicycled along the river walk path for some nice viewing, and hit the karaoke bar that was within walking distance from the hotel.

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Waterfalls in the Northwest

Recently we took a trip across the mountain passes to see waterfalls in the Northwest and the autumn colors.  We were delighted with the sights!  November 2015 in the Northwest had considerable rain, and there were waterfalls all up and down the mountain passes, along the main highways!

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waterfall Mt. Rainier

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Waterfall Stehekin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We don’t usually travel in November, as it’s getting darker and colder, and everyone tends to start the indoors program, but I must say, November is the time to go seek waterfalls.  The abundance of rain made every waterfall spectacular.  Tiny streams were floods of water, white bubbling amazement.  Deception Falls and Bridal Veil Falls were beyond exclamation! I’m telling you, it was overwhelming, the amounts of water roaring down the streams.  We were unable to capture many of these falls due to the weather and driving conditions.  Here are some waterfall photos taken earlier this year.

We invite everyone from everywhere to join us on a tour. We offer private tours to many Northwest Regions; day excursions of varying length, road trips across Washington, and overnight trips cover multi states in the Northwest.  We cover history, heritage, and geology in a fun, simple way.  Join us sometime, we’d love to meet you!   www.cherylsnwtours.com.

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Waterfall Snoqualmie

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Waterfall Mt. Rainier

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Snoqualmie waterfall

Stehekin waterfall

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waterfall stream

waterfall stream

upper before falls

upper before falls

Mt. Rainier falls

Mt. Rainier falls

 

Christmas Leavenworth from Seattle

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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.

Oktoberfest from Seattle

Oktoberfest from Seattle to Leavenworth is quickly upon us, and we’re gearing up!  The leaves should be changing up on Stevens Pass as we cruise through the valleys, foothills and the Cascade Mountains.  Oktoberfest from Seattle in Leavenworth is an annual ritual for some, and we’re inviting others!  Join in on the fun.  Visit the beer tent, walk and shop around the Alpine Village, or take the trail down along the river for the autumn respite.

Leavenworth is a wonderful replica of an Alpine Village in Europe.  Very quaint, you’ve got to see this.  Holding several festive events annually, Oktoberfest is one of many worth experiencing.  You might check out our December tour when we come for the Christmas Lighting.  It’s incredible.

We’ll leave Seattle at 9:00am and cross Stevens Pass to Leavenworth, arriving at noon. Upon arrival in Leavenworth you’ll see the parade and for you beer drinkers, the mayor tapping the keg.  The price is $125 per person and includes one beer or soft drink in Leavenworth, snacks and bottled water in route, transportation and taxes, and some fantastic information and fun stories on the ride there and back. Not to mention the beautiful mountain scenery.

Spend the day, relax, and take in the changing seasons.  We’ll depart at 5:30pm back to Seattle, arriving at approximately 8:30.

Come on, and get an inside look at the Pacific Northwest with Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC.  www.cherylsnwtours.com.

For more information, write Cheryl at cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com.

 

Cool building

Town facility

Bratwurst!

Bratwurst!

Some folks!

Locals and Tourists

Gondola Ride Mountain Tour

Our Gondola Ride Mountain tour in the Pacific Northwest is a great trip to the Crystal Mountain summit and restaurant in the summer, and a wonderful ski lift in the winter.  In the Cascade Mountain Range, the view at the summit is a perfect top-of-the-world experience to see active and not-so-active volcanos in their own back yard.  Mount Adams and Mount Rainier seem almost close enough to hit with a rock.

Our tour takes you by motor coach through farms, valleys, meadows with flowers, hay and grasses, rivers, horses and barns, then into the woods and forest we go, with alpine meadows and trees.  We sometimes see eagles, deer and fox during our drive.

The Gondola Ride Mountain tour Departs at 9:00am sharp downtown Seattle at Denny and Fairview Streets, and returns at 4:00pm.

$109 per person, this fully inclusive tour includes the Gondola Ride, transportation, on-board-guide, lunch, 1 adult beverage or soft drink, bottled water en route, and taxes too.

Come join the fun on this local excursion to visit a wonderful local ski resort and ascend on the Gondola Ride to view Mount Rainier, the 14,410 foot, 25 glacier mountain in Washington State.

Gondola flyer 2015

Gondola flyer 2015

For more tour suggestions, visit www.cherylsnwtours.com or email Cheryl herself, at cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com.

Gondola View

Gondola view

Gondola

Gondola

Mt. Adams

Mt. Adams

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier stream

Mt. Rainier stream

Alpine Inn Restaurant

Alpine Inn Restaurant

Lake Chelan – Stehekin Tour

A Lake Chelan – Stehekin Tour was just completed, and it was great! We left Seattle at 9:00am and crossed Snoqualmie and Blewett Passes on our way to a wine tasting at Wine Girls Winery. Great wines. I personally enjoyed the smokey taste of the grapes in the My Derby Wife red, compliments of the 3 fires in 2012 in the area.

After wine tasting we arrived at Campbell’s Resort and commenced swimming in the pool and lake.  The pool was warm, the lake was cold! Dinner at Campbell’s was very good, then we took a walk through town and across the bridge before heading over to the hot tub.

Our Lake Chelan – Stehekin Tour continued in the morning we made our way to the Lady of the Lake for our 4 hour boat ride to Stehekin. My it’s beautiful and rugged out there.  Stehekin staff welcomed us with open arms and great food, then we took the bus to Highbridge and Rainbow Falls. One cannot describe Rainbow Falls, other than amazing, and wet! It felt like it was raining, and we got drenched, yet 20 feet away we were toasty and warm.  We did manage to visit the bakery before they closed, then relaxed on the deck at the restaurant and grocery store before getting ready for dinner.

The meals in Stehekin are really impressive. I’m telling you! Out there, they do a great job of providing a tasty, interesting, varied menu for meat eaters and vegetarians. We appreciated the voucher system with our group of 8.

With time on our own for several hours the next day before the 2:00 boat shoved off, we had plenty of time for kayaking, hiking, and fishing. Even the Visitors Center with the Rangers was interesting.

Next time we’ll probably add another day to this trip so we can relax and take in all the nuances. For this Discovery tour, though, it was perfect.  Thank you Campbell’s Resort staff and Stehekin for your help in planning this fun outing.

Visit www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com for more fun trips to explore the Great Pacific Northwest.

 

Stehekin Restaurant

Stehekin Restaurant

Our group

Our group

On the boat

On the boat

some of the gang

some of the gang

boat and bus!

boat and bus!

View from Stehekin

View from Stehekin

 

 

Lake Chelan Stehekin Overnight Tour

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A new addition to our tours, we’ve added several overnight excursions.  May 30-June 1, 2015 try our Lake Chelan Stehekin Tour. In Eastern WA, Lake Chelan is approximately 50 miles (80 km) long and 1486 feet (453 m) deep, in the Northeast North Cascade Mountains. The third deepest lake in the US, this lake is beautifully landscaped with forests and hills. Lake Chelan Stehekin is a wonderful day or overnight retreat.  The town of Chelan sits on the South end of the lake, and Stehekin on the North end. Stehekin is only accessible by boat, plane, hiking, or horseback.

You begin the Lake Chelan Stehekin tour with a ride from Seattle over a mountain pass from Seattle to Chelan, about a 4 hour drive. You stop for lunch just past the midway mark.  You’ll stay the first night in a wonderful resort hotel with hot tub, pool, great food and accommodations, all on the beach of this lovely lake.  In the morning you transfer to the dock and take a boat ride to Stehekin, arriving in time for lunch.  We’ve arranged a tour to Rainbow Falls and a talk with a naturalist, and the hotel rooms view the lake from the North. Stehekin is somewhat rustic with little to do if you aren’t in to nature. It’s a great, peaceful getaway.

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Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan from Stehekin-David Ansley

Boat ride to Stehekin

Boat ride to Stehekin

 

Campbells Resort

Campbells Resort-on beach

Stehekin Lodge

Stehekin Lodge

Summer Tours Bulletin 2015

2 summer tours 2015

2 summer tours 2015

Our summer tours bulletin is out, and we’ve got 2 great tours to take.

LAKE CHELAN. May 30, 31, and June 1, we’re going to Central Washington to visit beautiful Lake Chelan. Stay the first night at Campbell’s Resort, a local favorite destination in Chelan, on the lake, with a swimming pool and beach access. Then you’re off on a boat to cross the lake on a new adventure, Stehekin.  Accessible only by boat or airplane, this local gem is peaceful, relaxing and the hotel is again on the lake, with a view. Here, take a bus to Rainbow Falls, relax on the hotel grounds, or walk the trails, drinking in the peace and quiet.

This tour includes breakfasts and lunches, transportation, hotels, a tour guide with you throughout the tour, the boat ride, and time with a ranger to learn about the area in Stehekin.  We would love to have you join our tour, it promises to be a fun and relaxing 3 days!

LAVENDER FESTIVAL IN SEQUIM.  This annual adventure is on July 18 this year.  You’ll love this tour with all the NW elements:  A ferry ride over Puget Sound, stops at 3 lavender farms, a visit to Lavender in the Park with kiosks full of lavender plants and lavender scented crafts.  One farm has a resident peacock and sometimes you get to see the areas wild bald eagle overhead.  This tour smells so good!  Join us this year, sign up today. cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com.

See below for the tour flyers, and Visit www.cherylsnwtours.com for more adventures with Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC.

Lake Chelan overnight tour

Lake Chelan Tour

 

Sequim Lavender

Sequim Lavender Festival

 

 

 

TOURS SEATTLE 2015 Spring Bulletin

Our Tours Seattle Spring bulletin is out, now that it seems Spring is here in the Pacific Northwest!  What a refreshing way to begin 2015.  Call us to join in on one or all, each one is unique and amazing.

March 21, 2015, Visit Fort Vancouver, an historic Fort, built as a trading post for the Hudson’s Bay Company, a fur trading business.  Then to Portland, Oregon, for a 1 hour city tour with a local Oregonian, and lunch.

April, all Saturdays, Visit the largest collection of tulip fields in the United States, all in one location, Skagit Valley.  An all day trip, we leave from Auburn, Seattle and Everett to see the fields, maybe some of the 10,000 migrating Canada Snow Geese or Trumpeter Swans, and then have lunch in a quaint local town in the Skagit Valley.

May 30-June 1, Visit Lake Chelan and Stehekin, (only accessable by boat!)  An overnight trip, this one will be really fun.

Tours Seattle is our way of sharing the opportunity to see sights and locations around Seattle.  We hope you’ll join us!

Call 206 353-3330 or email cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com to get registered.   www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com.

Spring 2015 tours

2015 Tours in the Northwest

Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC has organized the 2015 Tours in the Northwest program. We invite you to join us!

Listed below are our specialty tours for the year, designed to share unique Northwest sights and scenes not known to  visitors, and often not the locals, either!

January 14-ELK FEEDING TOUR.  Craig Schnebly has been feeding Rocky Mountain elk at the L.T. Murray feed station since 1988. He has seen different elk come and go, but one thing remains a constant. When the barn door opens each morning, the elk smell food and come running.  The estimated number of elk in the Yakima herd is near 10,000, and anywhere from 1,000 to 1,800 of those elk are fed hay in L.T. Murray each winter, The number of elk that show up depends on how harsh the conditions are. The more snow that accumulates, the more elk come down to feed. Kittitas County is host to two feeding stations, and the L.T. Murray feed site at Joe Watt offers a viewing area where the public is invited to come and watch the majestic animals.

Elk feeding tour

March 21-PORTLAND AND FORT VANCOUVER, WA .  Did you know that the Pacific Northwest’s first hospital, school, orchard, library, grist mill, saw mill, shipyard, and dairy were all established at the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver? Learn more about this by joining our tour to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, which includes a visit and optional tour of Portland.

Fort Vanc sign

Fort Vanc sign

Fort Vancouver

Fort Vancouver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Saturdays and more-TULIP FESTIVAL TOUR.  A spring ritual, we again trek out to view the brightly colored fields

Tulips Tour

fields ablaze

of tulips, daffodils and iris in the Skagit Valley. We swing through a bird sanctuary in search of migratory snow geese, trumpeter swans, and eagles on the way, and visit a quaint historic town for lunch.

May 30-June 1 Overnight.  LAKE CHELAN AND STEHEKIN.  Chelan, known for its warm weather and desert-like terrain is also home to Lake Chelan, a deep water lake nestled in the North section of the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade Mountains. An overnight trip, you’ll stay your first night in Chelan at a resort right on the lake.  Day two you’ll take a leisurely boat ride on the Lady of the Lake to Stehekin, a town only accessible by boat or plane. Here you’ll enjoy the peace and quiet of this little rustic community,  with hiking trails and a waterfall.

Lake Chelan Tour

July 18-LAVENDER FESTIVAL IN SEQUIM WA.  Sequim offers the largest lavender event in North America with the annual Lavender Festival in July. You will visit 3-4 farms and have time at Lavender-in-the-Park to check out food booths, lavender plant sales, lavender ice cream, lavender related crafts and more. This tour also includes a ferry ride across Puget sound.

Lavender Tour

Lavender Tour


November 7-10 Overnight.  NORTH CASCADES TOUR.  The North Cascades receive an over-abundance of snow in the winter, and the pass is closed late November until March-May sometime.  We’re planning this overnight tour to avoid the crowds while seeking the autumn experience of the majestic mountains, the amazing wilderness while we stay in a resort in the mountains.  We’ll visit a Wild West Town with wooden boardwalks and authentic western siding on the whole town before making our way back along the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers. A beautiful drive and unbelievable scenery not to be missed.

Hotel during N. Cascades tour

December 5,12,19-LEAVENWORTH CHRISTMAS TOWN LIGHTING.  This Bavarian style village is very believable to Germany and Austria, and really does it up in December with festive lighting, roasted chestnuts, holiday music, food, and merriment everywhere! Fire pits in the street help keep you warm, and you’ll immediately get in the holiday spirit here.

Leavenworth Tour

Leavenworth

Christmas Tour

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Call 206 353-3330 or write cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com to reserve your space!