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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

Trees after dark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call 206 353-3330 or write cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com 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

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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

 

 

Whale Watching: Gray’s arrive Puget Sound

Each spring, approximately 10 migratory gray whales enter Puget Sound on their way from Mexico to the Baring Sea. This is the perfect time to go whale watching, especially in March, April and May.

Whale Watching - Gray Whales in Puget Sound

photo: WhidbeyComanoIsland.com website

There are many ways to experience this annual event. One is to drive to Langley, WA, on Whidbey Island, and look from the shore, either from on the cliff or from the lower marina level.  You’ll be able to watch the whales feed and travel between Whidbey and Camano Islands.  Another option is to take a boat ride.  There are several options available from the island.  Jet boats start at 2 locations.  There is also the 100 foot Mystic Sea, and Clipper Vacations whale watching tours to Langley.  Many sightings have been made from Washington State ferries, however the ferries do not seek out the whales, so the Clipper or other boat excursion will offer a more probable whale experience.

The gray whales usually visit from March through May each year, and several of them are repeat visitors.  A few new whales join the pod each year.  Whales have individual identities, and can be identified by their barnacle markings, size, and injuries.  Each whale in the pod has a number and an individual name, and new visitors are added to the records.

For more information, visit info@whidbeycamanoislands.com  and  http://www.whidbeycamanoislands.com/thingstodo/outdoor_adventure/graywhales/.

Cheryl’s Northwest Tours offers tours across the Pacific Northwest and have several excursions around Puget Sound.  Our staff will be happy to develop a tour for your group either by land or by combining with one of the boat tours.  Give us a call at 206 353-3330 or email cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com for more information.