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Crab Cruise &Tulips – Skagit Valley

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

April 16 One Day Only

Seating still available.

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 of cracked crab is included and you also get chicken, and other items.

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.

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

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

Room for more!

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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

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

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!

sledding

sledding

the street no snow

the street no snow

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

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.