Christmas Leavenworth Lighting

It’s time again for planning your Christmas getaway, and the Christmas Leavenworth Lighting tour is a great way to get in the holiday spirit!

On December, 11, 2016, Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC is providng a deluxe, premium tour to Leavenworth, WA, to visit the world-class holiday event -Christmas Lighting Festival.

Departing at 8:00am from Northgate, 8:30am from Seattle Sheraton, and 9:10am from the Star Lake Park and Ride (I-5 @ S 272nd St), this tour is a full day of fun and festivities.

Our tour, Christmas Leavenworth Lighting, includes a deluxe motor coach with a tour director to share the what-to-do information before arrival in Leavenworth.  On the way over, enjoy holiday music, Christmas trivia, sing-along (3-4 songs) a free raffle drawing, and breakfast items to munch on.

You’ll have 5 hours in Leavenworth to shop, play, and eat, with Holiday cheer and festivities all around you.  Maybe even sledding for the kids if weather permits!  Bring your sled if you have one, or buy one there and bring home with you.  At 4:30 the final parade begins, with the whole town ablaze by 5:00 in brilliant lights and colors throughout the village.

The trip home is relaxing after all the excitement, with a holiday movie for your enjoyment and an evening snack as we bring you safely back to your starting location.

Visit our website to reserve your seat!  Seating limited, so don’t hesitate!  www.cherylsnwtours.com/ and scroll down to the Christmas Leavenworth Lighting tour.  For a 10% discount, contact kamron@cherylsnwtours.com and mention you read the blog!

We offer private and group tours all year, so check our website for fun tours anytime!  http://www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com.

trees in color

Trees in color

day on the street

day on the street

nice lights

nice lights!



the street no snow

the street no snow

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


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 cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com to reserve your space!


It’s that time again, Christmas, and, the Leavenworth Town Lighting festival! Time to get nostalgic and visit one of the most festive towns in America: Leavenworth, Washington.

Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC will cover all the details, you just show up and play.  We depart the Seattle area around 8:30am from several area locations and arrive in Leavenworth around noon.  Mid afternoon you are welcome to rejoin the bus and guide to drop off any purchased you don’t want to carry around, then venture back out to explore more of this fun European-style town.  They light up the entire town around 4;30-5:00, and at 5:30 you’ll re-board the bus for the ride back, and enjoy a holiday movie on board to get you in the mood for the holidays.

Leavenworth Hotel Christmas lights

Leavenworth Hotel

The tour includes a continental breakfast basket and bottled water, transportation, and a tour guide to help you plan your day. You’ll enjoy a relaxing day at the Leavenworth Town Lighting, a place like an alpine Bavarian resort-style town, with shopping, chestnut eating, sleigh rides, see a play, or just people watch.  Until the lights come on, then you’ll be in awe!  Partnered with Clipper Vacations, you are sure to have a great time.

On the way

The drive there

tree lights

Leavenworth tree lights

Santa & Mrs. Claus

Santa & Mrs. Claus

Often this town has snow, with the elevation of 1,171 ft (357 m).  Nestled in a valley against the Cascade Mountains, the town is beautiful. So bring your sled if you’re inclined to slide down the kiddy hill, dress warm, and enjoy the beauty of Bavaria and the great Pacific Northwest at the Leavenworth Town Lighting.

Contact cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com to make your reservation or get more details.  Get an inside look at the Pacific Northwest with Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC.

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.


Oktoberfest in the Pacific Northwest

Oktoberfest – A beer connoisseur’s paradise!  Our Northwest Oktoberfest is festive, like the real Bavarian Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany!  Ours is held in, well, October, not September like the actual Bavarian Festival.  Activities might include enjoying bratwurst and other delicious sausages, shopping, and sightseeing.  It might also include savoring the delicious local beer and micro brew selections (yeah!).  Maybe hang out with the local bands that will entertain you all day.  What ever you do, don’t miss the Keg Tapping Ceremony at 1:00 pm.  This is when Leavenworth’s Mayor will honor a Bavarian Tradition of “tapping the keg”.  Then plan on hanging around to hear the music of Musikkapelle Leavenworth and other musical groups from the US and Germany.

Visit www.leavenworthoktoberfest.com  for all the fun-filled details!

Not into beer?  That’s okay!  There are many things to do to celebrate autumn and our own beautiful Bavaria.  The town is along the Wenatchee River where you can relax and meander along the foot paths.  Or munch your way through town, or visit the railroad history museum.  How about a wine-tasting crawl, shopping, or people watching.  And who doesn’t love traveling through the Cascade Mountains?  From Seattle to Leavenworth the view is breathtaking.

Cheryl’s Northwest Tours offers this day trip on October 12, 2013.  Our tour departs two locations in/near Seattle at 9:00am and returns approximately 8:00pm.  You’ll have time to check out all the activities.  We make a stop both directions to stretch your legs on the 3 hour trek across our beautiful Cascade Mountain range.

Visit www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com to register for this tour on line, and to see what else is going on that might interest you.  We offer a variety of festival tours each year.  We also provide history and heritage tours of the Pacific Northwest throughout the year.  Come get an inside look at the Pacific Northwest!


Leavenworth Town Lighting Festival

It’s time for the Leavenworth Town Lighting Festival in a winter wonderland.

This Festival is fun and delights all your senses with shopping, dining, and playing in the snow (if there is snow, of course).  Some of the many things to do include sleigh rides, watch a Play, sing carols, and visit the Church bazaar.  Hot Spiced Wine and Hot Apple Cider and roasted chestnuts  are popular treats during this festival. Bring the sleds for the kids just in case, and come have a great day in Leavenworth!

We depart Seattle between 8:30-9:30 AM via deluxe motor coach, and arrive in Leavenworth before noon. Continue reading

Autumn is here

Hi, it’s been a while since my last post.  The time passes so quickly!  We’ve been to Okanogan County is past month to visit the terrific Molson Town and Museum, where there is a lot of history collected in the old school house.  We also visited the Okanogan County Heritage Museum, in Okanogan, WA.  That was a great museum too!


As for tours, we’re gearing up from the Oktoberfest, in Leavenworth!

See you soon.  Cheryl