Festival

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

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

 

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

July Lavender Festival

Sequim Lav Festival

CherylsNWtours Lav Fest

The July Lavender Festival in Sequim, WA is fast approaching.  We will ride the coach or van from Seattle on Sunday July 19 for a fragrant, fun day on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

Flowers galore, most of them different varieties of lavender, will be growing in massive rows in the farms and fields.  Buy some in pots to bring home at this July Lavender Festival in Sequim.

Pick up locations include Auburn at I-5, downtown Seattle, Mukilteo, and Kingston.

Join us July 19 for the July Lavender Festival in Sequim.  For more information visit www.cherylsnwtours.com or lavenderfestival.com, then call us to book your ride!

You will have an on-board tour guide who will share information along the way.

Book your tour today.  Only $89 per person for a full day, and includes a refreshing ferry ride across Puget Sound.

Call us for more information 206 353-3330 or email cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com.

 

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

 

 

 

TULIP FESTIVAL 2015 tour

close up

close up

Spring is super early this year in the Pacific Northwest, and the Tulip Festival 2015 is gearing up!  The daffodils are in full vibrant bloom, and the fields are ablaze in yellow.  The tulips are starting to open, and it’s perfect now to take a tour!

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2015 is beginning a week early this year, and we are offering a tour now, on MARCH 28, 2015.  If you have not seen the fields, you really should go see it.  We offer a full day package that includes transportation, tour guide, breakfast basket, entry into 2 farms, lunch on your own in an historic town, and maybe even see some migratory eagles, snow geese, or trumpeter swans.

Let us take care of all the details, and you just sit back and enjoy the day.  No parking stress, no driving stress, no waiting in lines for tickets! The tulip festival 2015 is waiting for you.

Come on, get an inside look at the Pacific Northwest.

Seating is limited, so book your seat today!  206 353-3330, cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com.

 

 

rainy 2015 tulip field

last year, a rainy season

pink tulip

pink tulip

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!

Nature Tour Northwest, Majestic Bald Eagles

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January 18 and again January 19, 2014 we will visit the Skagit Eagle Festival. Bald Eagles come by the hundreds from Canada to munch on the Salmon that spawn up the Skagit River.

(excerpt from skagiteagles.com) If you haven’t visited eastern Skagit County in awhile or ever, January is the month to do it! The annual Skagit Eagle Festival offers a chance to get an amazing glimpse of mother nature — eagles, of course, but also salmon, elk and other wildlife. In addition, the festival celebrates the heritage, history and joyous spirit of the people who live in these small communities.

(excerpt from concrete-wa.com website)  The Skagit Eagle Festival is a month-long celebration during eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. Activities take place in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount every Saturday and Sunday in January. The festival features a variety of free tours, walks, and educational programs where you’ll learn not only about these majestic birds, but also about a variety of wildlife and the beautiful areas along the Skagit River where they live or return each year.

In January 2013, we started out at the interpretive center to listen to a 30 minute explanation of the eagle situation, then we went on a short, flat trail walk to the river.  We saw eagles!  Then we went to the hatchery for a free tour of the fish containers and learned about the process of growing and managing the salmon.   Then we stopped at 2 places where the local festival people had telescopes sited on individual eagles so we could see them close up.  It was really a nice, relaxing day.  That worked up an appetite, and on the way home we stopped for lunch at a great local place on the roadside.   And we’ll do it all again soon!

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Eagle and Spawning Salmon Tour – Saturday January 18, 2014

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Okanogan

Mountains

photo www.skagit.eagle.org

photo www.skagit.eagle.org

Eagle Nest

Eagle Nest

Young Eagle

Young Eagle

The Skagit River

The Skagit River

A guided walking tour

A guided walking tour

Northwest Winter Tours

3 NORTHWEST WINTER TOURS

HOLIDAY TOWN LIGHTING. December 2014. $65. Offering six trips this year, Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC has partnered with Clipper Vacations for a bigger than ever trip across the mountain passes to this fun annual event. A continental breakfast basket starts off your day, and we share tidbits of Northwest history along the way. Pre arrival you will be provided with suggestions and directional information to get you going on your fun-filled day.

If you have not been to to this festival before, you’ll experience holiday music all day in the street, shops oozing with festive holiday gifts, and holiday decorations everywhere. Maybe you’ll want to try the roasted chestnuts -on an open fire-, some cider, or maybe some spiced wine. There is a play you can see, sleigh rides across town, fund-raisers at the church, and more. You’ll see thousands of lights on the buildings, trees, and streetlights; Leavenworth, WA, does it up spectacularly and turns it on just before 5:00pm. Visit http://www.christmaslightingfestival.com/ for each day’s activities. We pick up at several Seattle area locations. Departures begin around 9:00am, returning approximately 8:30pm. Visit www.clippervacations.com and www.cherylsnwtours.com for more information.

EAGLE AND SALMON VIEWING, a nature tour. January 2014. $89. You’ve got to see this. Hundreds of young and old eagles migrate from Canada each year to the Skagit River to feast on the spawning salmon. This is a two-part tour. Eagles. There are hundreds in the area, and you are sure to see many. You’ll love this, even if you are not a ‘bird watcher”. There’s a brief presentation very worth your time to familiarize yourself with Skagit Valley and its nature programs, and then you’re off to the river to locate eagles. The second part of this tour: The Salmon Spawning experience. You’ll visit the local hatchery and see the salmon’s final destination (and their original birthplace). These are non-farmed northwest salmon, in the real world. Hot lunch of your choice included at a local restaurant on the way home. This tour is in conjunction with the Skagit Valley Eagle Festival.

RED WINE AND CHOCOLATE. February,2014. You’ll venture to Yakima area appellations, to the actual vineyards of northwest wineries. The vineyards are beautiful, peaceful, and are less crowded than during the growing and harvesting months. Not just wine tasting, you’ll also indulge in sampling chocolates of various styles, including truffles, wedges, and bars, some paired with wines to show the versatility and balance of the wine. Box lunch included.

For more information, visit www.cherylsnwtours.com, email us at cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com, or call 206 353-3330.