northwest tours

PACCAR Technical Center and Tulips Tour

Open only 1 day a year to the public, you’re invited to visit the PACCAR Technical Center. Fun awaits, and you’ll have a few hours to explore on your own inside this secured-access truck testing facility.  Climb inside Kenworth trucks, see how they test windshield resistance, and see automated door slamming equipment as they run tests.  Fun and lots to see and do!  Hot dogs and other quick foods available for lunch, or bring your own.

You’ll also be right in the middle of the Tulip Fesival in Skagit Valley. Here you’ll visit both  major tulip flower bulb producers, Tulip Town and Roozengaarde.  The largest bulb growing area in the Unites States, it is beautiful when the flowers bloom.  With early, mid, and late blooming bulbs (all within a few weeks) you are sure to see flowers in bloom (but Mother Nature decides).

Date:  April 8, 2017
Price:  $89 per person plus tax

You receive a comfortable ride via coach, you’ll have an on-board tour guide.  Snacks and bottled water included.  Box lunch from Ingallina’s available for advance purchase for $20, or purchase food at either of the tulip farms or at the PACCAR Technical Center.

Another super bonus is that you get dropped AT THE FRONT DOOR of both tulip farms, and GET RIGHT IN.  No waiting in lines, no parking and walking issues.  Fast, easy, convenient!

This PACCAR Technical Center and Tulips Tour begins in the Seattle area with 3 convenient pick up locations: Star Lake Park and Ride, downtown Seattle Grand Hyatt, and Northgate Park and Ride.

Visit http://cherylsnorthwesttours.com/seasonal-tours.php and scroll down to the Tulips and Trucks Tour to book your tour today!

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like orange?

like orange?

wavy rows

wavy rows of flowers

 

 

Crab Cruise &Tulips – Skagit Valley

TULIPS & CRAB CRUISE in the Skagit Valley.  A new and different way to see the flowers and yet do something new!

April 16 One Day Only

Due to the boat requirements, we must book this tour by February 3.

We want crab and we need you!  go to http://cherylsnorthwesttours.com/seasonal-tours.php  then scroll down to the Tulips and Crab Cruise tour, and book today!

We begin this Skagit Valley tulip tour from Seattle, and travel to La Conner, where we meet the boat and set out for a two and a half hour boat cruise on Puget Sound.  Lunch is included and you get cracked crab, chicken, and more.

Upon your return to the dock, you’ll continue to the two famous tulip farms, Roozengaarde and Tulip Town.  You may know, Skagit Valley is the largest tulip producer in the entire United States.

Oh and I must mention, you get to skip the lines to get tickets, and you get dropped off at the gate!  Now more parking and walking and waiting.  Boom, you’re in!

Rather than do the usual 2 farms and lunch in a nearby town, try something new this year!  We’d love to experience this and get local, fresh crab as our lunch.  We need 10 people at time of publishing, so come on, let’s do this!

See some beautiful islands, feast on crab, then feast your eyes on the flowers!

$179 /per person, plus tax ~ all inclusive tour

Again:   Must book by Feb 3, 2017

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avoid this mess

avoid this mess

Swinomish channel

Swinomish channel

bigger than my hand

bigger than my hand

festival garden

festival garden

what a backdrop

what a backdrop

like orange?

like orange?

wavy rows

wavy rows of flowers

Ocean Beaches Tour- Long Beach Peninsula

New!  Ocean Beaches Tour to Long Beach Peninsula. This tour is loaded with activities, with the main background theme the Pacific Ocean.

This Northwest Adventure is one of the finest, and you’ll have 3 days and 2 nights, October 13-15, 2017 to relax and enjoy all the Washington Coast has to offer on the Long Beach Peninsula.  You really should book this tour!

Friday, beginning with the drive from Seattle to the ocean, you will stop for lunch midway in a great ale house, then continue to Long Beach, with time to relax before dinner.  Dinner is at a wonderful restaurant, then s’mores on the ocean beach. The hotel we’re staying is the Adrift Hotel and Spa.

Saturday, you’ll start the morning with razor clams and eggs at the famous 42nd Street Diner, and yes, you can choose something else.  Following breakfast, you’ll visit historic Oysterville for a tour of oyster farming followed by a visit to an art gallery.  Then to get a little more physical, you’ll go horseback riding on the beach, whether permitting. If unfavorable weather, you’ll instead visit the Cranberry Museum/Bogs area near Long Beach.  There’s time for rest before dinner and your day is not rushed at all.  The plan is to have fun and do some exploration.

Dinner is at the Shelburne Inn, on the National Historic Register, known for their creative 3-course meals, combining Northwest flavors with Old-World traditions and organic foods.

Sunday begins with breakfast at Cottage Bakery, then you’re off to Ilwaco, a fishing community, to visit the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and tour Ilwaco’s waterfront area.

This area is well known for being the end of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  They found the ocean!  You’ll visit the very well done Interpretive Center, the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, the National Park, and the Northhead Lighthouse today, then we have to head back.

This tour is all inclusive (except for 2 lunches).  Included in the price: Hotel accommodation, breakfasts, dinners, and entry to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Northhead lighthouse, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, the National Park, and the State Park. Price also includes costs for guest speaker at Oysterville, horse back riding, and Carriage Museum.

There’s so much packed into this ocean beach tour, and we hope you’ll join us!  You can find booking access at http://cherylsnorthwesttours.com/seasonal-tours.php scroll down to Long Beach Peninsula.  For more information, contact us at cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com.

beach logs

beach logs and lighthouse

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Long Beach

Long Beach

oysters

oysters

view from lighthouse

view from lighthouse

longest beach sign

longest beach sign

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 cherylsnorthwesttours.com 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.

paperweight

paperweight

getting glass

getting glass

glass bowl

blowing glass bowl

green pendant

green pendant

glass bowl

glass bowl

Private Mount Rainier Tour

Our Private Mount Rainier Tour from Seattle covers all you can ask for and more for a mountain tour!  You get to see all sides of Mount Rainier as you travel all the way around it, we don’t go up and back the same way.

Trail hikes, waterfall trails, a canyon, and fast-flowing rivers will get your spirit active.  We provide a map and trail suggestions, and the Visitors Center can provide even more trail ideas, maps, gift shop, mountain animals to look for, geology, and more to help coordinate your time at Paradise.  Box canyon, near remnants of lava, are showcased along-side the trail, easy to see, get to, and enjoy.  Even a view of Mount Adams can be seen on a clear day.  Some waterfalls are right by the parking area, so no walking at all.

We offer tours for both hikers and non athletic visitors on our Private Mount Rainier tour; anyone who wishes to see the beauty and grandeur of our Cascade Mountains.  We modify the tour as we go along just to keep you having fun, and often make wow! stops for photos.

We also make several brief stops on our Private Mount Rainier tour to see unusual and interesting sights along the way (you’ll love it!) and to stretch our legs during the drive to and from the actual mountain roads. You ask, we stop.

Lunch is included at a restaurant along the way, unless you want more time on the trails.  In that case you’ll eat at the Visitors Center or we’ll pick up sandwiches and chips to eat on the way.

Can’t wait to meet you!  Call Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC at 206 353-3330 or book on line at cherylsnwtours.com.  We have limited availability due to these being private tours, but we’ll watch for you!

tunnels

tunnels

rocks

rocks

main mtn shot

main mtn shot

Narada top

Narada

Christine Falls

Falls

long waterfall

long waterfall

Rainier meadow

Rainier meadow

Oregon Coast tour

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.

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Red Wine and Chocolate Tour

Holmes Harbor entry

Holmes Harbor entry

We did a new Red Wine and Chocolate Tour last weekend, a celebration coinciding with Valentine’s Day.  Instead of going to Eastern Washington’s vineyards, we went to Washington’s 3rd AVA in Puget Sound.  Specifically Whidbey Island.  We visited Holmes Harbor Cellars, Blooms Winery, Spoiled dog Winery and Comforts of Whidbey.  All four provided Red Wine and Chocolate, some of the chocolates were amazing.  The truffle at Holmes Harbor was large and scrumptous with a raspberry chocolate cream center, the salted caramel and chocolate mousse at Spoiled Dog were melt-in-your-mouth delights.  Comfort had nice dark chocolate and a delicious apricot treat to pair with a white wine, and Blooms

Bicycle

Bicycle

Boy statue w dog

Boy statue w dog

Ferry view lighthouse

Ferry view lighthouse

Grape vines winter

Grape vines winter

Parking Lot Park

Parking Lot Park

Spoiled Dog building

Spoiled Dog building

The group

The group

had a dark chocolate.

The wines were unique and in my 0pinion tasted different than the Eastern Washington wines; and they should.  The soil is different in each of Washinton’s AVAs, plus Puget Sound vineyards grow some different grapes altogether.  So we had a nice change of tastings, and a very different landscape.

Starting in Renton and then Seattle, we traveled to Mukilteo, where the ferry ride was perfect.  We arrived early; the tasting rooms don’t open until 11:00am, so we did a little driving around and landed at Greenbank Farms.  Though they were not participating in the Red Wine and Chocolate program, they offer daily wine tasting from a variety of local Puget Sound AVA wineries.  So we began, and it was a nice experience.  $1 per tasting for 1 oz, and 1 oz was a large serving.  We also visited 2 art stores with unique and very interesting works from locals.  Some of the Native American art work was fantastic. I especially liked the wood carved leaf pieces, they look just like leaves but are made from wood pieces and driftwood.  Also the glass blown pieces of bright colors for the garden were terrific.  Oh, we found a cheese shop at Greenbank, too.

Then off to more wine tasting.  All the wineries were well marked on the road and on the map, and not very far apart.  We found beautiful and interesting tasting rooms, tasted good wines and chocolates, and snacked on cheese all day between wine tastings.  We were spoiled.  Thank you Whidbey and Camano Islands.  For more fun Northwest Tours, visit http://www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com.

 

Mussel Festival Tour

Mussels! Black Shellfish from Puget Sound, are the highlight of the Mussel Festival on Whidbey Island.  Our tour includes all transportation to the festival, and a ride on a Washington State Ferry across Puget Sound.  Complete with tour guide on board, you’ll learn about the Mussel Festival as well as some interesting Northwest history and geology about the area before arriving in Coupeville.  Once there, you’ll receive your chowder cards and boat ride slips, and have the day on your own to explore and taste chowders and whole mussels all over town.

Penn Cove Shellfish grow, sell, and market mussels they grow in Penn Cove, on Whidey Island.  These tender, delicious mussels are sold all over the world.  One weekend a year, Whidbey Island puts on a fun festival to eat and celebrate these seafood delights.

The Mussel Festival plan:  You get a card for a selection of restaurants around town.  There are 2, and sometimes 3 different cards with different restaurants listed. Each card has 5 or so restaurants.  You receive one card with our tour.  If you want more cards for more restaurants, they are $10 each additional.  You then go to the restaurants on your card and get free samples of their chowder.  On our tour you will also receive a slip to go out on the boat (10 minute ride each way) that takes you to the mussel pens, where the company has a representative to show you how they raise and harvest the shellfish.

Pick up locations include: Sheraton Hotel Seattle, ($8 parking at the Cheesecake Factory), Northgate and Mukilteo Ferry. This tour fee is $110, and includes taxes, transportation, chowder samples and boat ride. Only $89 if you bring 2 guests (and they pay $89 too!)

This is a very fun tour, one of our favoritesMussels Mar 12, and we hope you will join us.  Visit www.cherylsnwtours.com for more upcoming tours.

 

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!

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