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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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!
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