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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

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

Glass Blowing Experience

Come have a Glass Blowing Experience with us!  We will pick you up at your hotel and take you to a glass blowing facility in Seattle where you’ll make your own glass blown piece. This is a private tour, no waiting for your turn. Here, you get some information about glass blowing before actually getting to it.  Start with choosing your item to make:  A bowl, pumpkin, glass float, or paperweight, and you choose your own colors.

This hands on activity is a favorite in Seattle, where the glass blowing experience is not too common but glass blowing companies abound.  Come make your personal item on our tour, and have a memory you’ll love sharing!  Visit our website at for booking.

After the glass blowing experience we headed over to Theo’s chocolates where they have free samples, and while in Fremont, we provided a drive-by art tour seeing a variety of art pieces, including Waiting for the Interurban, the Troll, the Missile, Vladamir Lennon, three billy goats gruff, and others.

Then back to the hotel we went, and because the glass is so hot still, we will get our works of art tomorrow.  You can personally pick it up, or we will have it shipped to your home.  Come have some fun with us.



getting glass

getting glass

glass bowl

blowing glass bowl

green pendant

green pendant

glass bowl

glass bowl

Suquamish Indians-Chief Seattle

We respect the Indians in Seattle and we recently  visited the Suquamish Indian Reservation. Not from India, our local Native Americans have been here over 10,000 years.

Our Indians in Seattle are both in Seattle and all across Washington State.  We crossed Puget Sound and drove across Bainbridge Island to the Kitsap Peninsula.  Our private tour with only 2 guests made for a great day, even with the fog so thick across Puget Sound you could see nothing!  Luckily the fog cleared during the day for some great photos on the ferry ride back.

Chief Seattle’s Grave is in a small cemetery facing Puget Sound to the East.  The small church graveyard has been here a long time, and is inviting to see the Chief’s grave.  Daughter Mary is also buried here, and we had time to visit and contemplate.

The Suquamish Museum too is small, but they have created an amazing huge package of history in this small space.  Our docent lead tour was great, and Jillian, one of the local Indians in Seattle, did an outstanding job sharing each exhibit. She even shared some photos on her phone with her fishing, clamming, and in beautiful Native attire.

Lunch at the Clear Water Casino was sumptuous.  Everything was fresh, full of flavor, and we savored every morsel, where the buffet was a delight for our visual sensors and taste buds.  Suquamish means ‘place of clear water’, so the Clear Water Casino is an appropriate name.  We stopped at Kiana Lodge and the beach, where the water was so clear, and seashells of clams, snails, and oysters covered the beach.

Ferry ride

Ferry ride

Quiet Cottage

Kiana cottage

Lavender Gardens Tour

Lavender is abundant in the Pacific Northwest. We have such great soil perfect for Lavender. There are Lavender farms in the San Juan Islands, WA and several in Sequim, WA, Salem OR, Hood River Oregon, and throughout the NW region. An interestingly varied flower from plant to plant, each smells a little different and burst into color in July, typically.

Our tour takes you to Sequim for the Lavender Festival, Sunday July 19, 2015. You’ll visit at least 3 different farms and Lavender in the Park on this full day excursion. An added bonus, you get to ride on a ferry boat to get there!

Tour date and time:  July 19, 2015, 7:30am departure from Seattle, return approximately 6:00 pm.

Snacks and bottled water included.

As is normal with all Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC tours, we share local history, geology, and heritage along the way to get a real feel for the Pacific Northwest.  Not too much, just enough to learn and have fun.

We hope you’ll join us on this relaxing and enjoyable journey across Puget Sound to the Olympic Peninsula for the Lavender Festival in Sequim. For more information, visit the Sequim Lavender Festival website and book with us at Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC to get you there on day trip.

And be sure to check out other great tours with Cheryl’s Northwest Tours.

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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 to get registered.

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


Christmas Tour

Trees after dark










Call 206 353-3330 or write to reserve your space!

Seattle bi-lingual guides

Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC grew in 2014, and added additional bi-lingual guides to the team.  Now with 9 guides and 6 languages, the bi-lingual guides team is enthusiastic and ready to serve the world with our fun and informative Northwest tours.  The languages we currently offer include Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, French, German, and English.  MOF cust in lobby


Safeco Field sign


BeSAMSUNG sure to contact Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC for your tour needs when coming to Seattle, the tours always include local history and heritage, some geology, and a lot of fun facts as you visit the great Northwest and Seattle, with its wonderful sights, sounds, and smells.



Chinatown Dragon