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Ways of Whales Workshop- Whidbey Island Orca Event

Learn about Orca Whales at this one-day-a-year whales workshop. For your information we share this excerpt from Whidbey-Camano Islands website:
Orca Network’s annual Ways of Whales Workshop will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:00 am until 4:30 pm at the Coupeville Middle School Performing Arts Center, 501 S. Main St, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA.
The 2018 Ways of Whales workshop features presentations on a wide variety of cetaceans, from blue and humpback whales to the endangered Southern Resident Community of orcas and their primary prey Chinook salmon.
You’ll need to take the Mukilteo – Clinton ferry to get on the Island, unless you come from the North, through Deception Pass. Who knows, maybe you see some Orcas on the way!

January 20 @ 10:00 am4:30 pm      $35

 for more information: http://www.orcanetwork.org
Whale book-Grannys Clan

Whale book-Grannys Clan

2 orcas

Orca Whales

Orca Whales

Whales feeding in Alaska-John Weeber

Whales feeding in Alaska-John Weeber

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.

 

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.

 

Lake Chelan – Stehekin Tour

A Lake Chelan – Stehekin Tour was just completed, and it was great! We left Seattle at 9:00am and crossed Snoqualmie and Blewett Passes on our way to a wine tasting at Wine Girls Winery. Great wines. I personally enjoyed the smokey taste of the grapes in the My Derby Wife red, compliments of the 3 fires in 2012 in the area.

After wine tasting we arrived at Campbell’s Resort and commenced swimming in the pool and lake.  The pool was warm, the lake was cold! Dinner at Campbell’s was very good, then we took a walk through town and across the bridge before heading over to the hot tub.

Our Lake Chelan – Stehekin Tour continued in the morning we made our way to the Lady of the Lake for our 4 hour boat ride to Stehekin. My it’s beautiful and rugged out there.  Stehekin staff welcomed us with open arms and great food, then we took the bus to Highbridge and Rainbow Falls. One cannot describe Rainbow Falls, other than amazing, and wet! It felt like it was raining, and we got drenched, yet 20 feet away we were toasty and warm.  We did manage to visit the bakery before they closed, then relaxed on the deck at the restaurant and grocery store before getting ready for dinner.

The meals in Stehekin are really impressive. I’m telling you! Out there, they do a great job of providing a tasty, interesting, varied menu for meat eaters and vegetarians. We appreciated the voucher system with our group of 8.

With time on our own for several hours the next day before the 2:00 boat shoved off, we had plenty of time for kayaking, hiking, and fishing. Even the Visitors Center with the Rangers was interesting.

Next time we’ll probably add another day to this trip so we can relax and take in all the nuances. For this Discovery tour, though, it was perfect.  Thank you Campbell’s Resort staff and Stehekin for your help in planning this fun outing.

Visit www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com for more fun trips to explore the Great Pacific Northwest.

 

Stehekin Restaurant

Stehekin Restaurant

Our group

Our group

On the boat

On the boat

some of the gang

some of the gang

boat and bus!

boat and bus!

View from Stehekin

View from Stehekin

 

 

Lake Chelan Stehekin Overnight Tour

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A new addition to our tours, we’ve added several overnight excursions.  May 30-June 1, 2015 try our Lake Chelan Stehekin Tour. In Eastern WA, Lake Chelan is approximately 50 miles (80 km) long and 1486 feet (453 m) deep, in the Northeast North Cascade Mountains. The third deepest lake in the US, this lake is beautifully landscaped with forests and hills. Lake Chelan Stehekin is a wonderful day or overnight retreat.  The town of Chelan sits on the South end of the lake, and Stehekin on the North end. Stehekin is only accessible by boat, plane, hiking, or horseback.

You begin the Lake Chelan Stehekin tour with a ride from Seattle over a mountain pass from Seattle to Chelan, about a 4 hour drive. You stop for lunch just past the midway mark.  You’ll stay the first night in a wonderful resort hotel with hot tub, pool, great food and accommodations, all on the beach of this lovely lake.  In the morning you transfer to the dock and take a boat ride to Stehekin, arriving in time for lunch.  We’ve arranged a tour to Rainbow Falls and a talk with a naturalist, and the hotel rooms view the lake from the North. Stehekin is somewhat rustic with little to do if you aren’t in to nature. It’s a great, peaceful getaway.

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For more overnight and day trip suggestions, visit our website www.cherylsnwtours.com or email cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com.

Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan from Stehekin-David Ansley

Boat ride to Stehekin

Boat ride to Stehekin

 

Campbells Resort

Campbells Resort-on beach

Stehekin Lodge

Stehekin Lodge

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

 

 

Mount Saint Helens – Mount Rainier

Mount Saint Helens – Mount Rainier in the same day!  Not common, since Mount Saint Helens – Mount Rainier are both a few hours from everywhere, but we managed it simply and without a lot of driving at one time.  This tour is perfect for those traveling from Portland, OR or Seattle, WA. It is not a day trip, it is a two night 3 day trip with time to relax, enjoy, and take the time at each stop to learn the mighty power of the volcanoes and how the landscapes became what they are.

a Rainier valley

Rainier valley

Rainier viewpoint

Rainier viewpoint

the Mountain

the Mountain

Day 1, we travel into the Pacific Northwest mountains to Mount Saint Helens – Mount Rainier and stay in a small town just 45 minutes from our first trail.  Driving through beautiful lush mountain foothills, meadows and valleys, we enjoyed seeing horses, cows and alpacas on our way to the first stop.  Arriving, we checked into our hotel and had dinner next door in a cute, quaint restaurant that had steamed clams on the menu!  The chicken fried steak was very tasty.

Day 2, the hotel provided a continental breakfast, then we were on our way to Longmire for an easy 30 minute trail hike among Douglas Fir and Wester Red Cedar trees.  The museums are enlightening here.  Onward to Paradise for lunch in the Lodge and then time to wander the trails and visit waterfalls, the trails are paved quite a ways out before switching to dirt.   The movie in the visitor center is worth seeing.

stream at Rainier

Mountain and stream

We then made our way down Mount Rainier and through beautiful farms, fields, and small towns including Mossyrock and Morton.  Our next stop was Patty’s Place for lunch just short of mile marker 19 on the road to Mount Saint Helens, Johnston Ridge.  Wow, what a difference from Mount Rainier!  Weyerhauser planted 16,400,000 trees to replace those blasted by the explosion on May 18, 1980.  Before they planted, they cleared out 480 truckloads of downed trees per day.  So what we saw were small, 30-35 year old trees, mainly Douglas fir and Noble fir.  The Noble fir are very different in look than the Douglas fir, with their branches horizontal rather than more vertical. In contrast, Mount Rainier has 100-700+ year old trees!  We stayed in a simple but nice motel along I-5 (with indoor swimming pool) where we had a variety of choices  nearby for dinner.

Cheryl St. Helens

Cheryl and Mount St. Helens

landscape Helens

Landscape around Mount St. Helens

Day 3, after another good continental breakfast, we begin our trek back to Seattle, 2 hours away.  We stop at the Mount Saint Helens visitors center at Silver Lake for one last movie and another trail excursion, then home bound.

This trip is a great way to explore some great Pacific Northwest Volcanoes and see some amazingly beautiful Pacific Northwest mountains and landscapes.

We  hope you’ll join us sometime for one of our tours!  visit www.cherylsnwtours.com for an extensive list of Northwest excursions.

RAIN FOREST at Quinault 2014

We visited the Rain Forest at Quinault April 21-22, 2014 and WOW, what a great place!  There are three rain forests on the Olympic Peninsula: Lake Quinault is in one of them.  Queets and Hoh are the other two.

We stayed at the Lake Quinault Lodge, and, it has beautiful grounds.  Across the street are walking/hiking trails that are not difficult with a slight incline and very worth the trek to see the falls.

We traveled from Seattle on Monday, April 21, arriving in about 3.5 hours.  And we were STILL able to see 3 waterfalls before dinner.

Waterfalls:  There are an abundance of beautiful waterfalls nearby.  The furthest one we visited was .6 miles of wonderfully groomed trails, and the trails themselves are in abundance too, so you can walk all over the rain forest.  Two of the waterfalls are at the road, you just park your car and there they are.

We also saw the WORLDS LARGEST SPRUCE tree, estimated at 1000 years old.  Look at my photo included in this blog, it’s huge!

We also visited the Rain Forest Resort, just up the road from the Lake Quinault Lodge, and I must say, we will be staying there next time!  Rustic and more modern cabins, with kitchens or without, the lake views are better and more to my liking with privacy, cozy surroundings, and nostalgia.  The Management is what sets this place apart and above the neighbors: Friendly, helpful, and personable.  Plus a great restaurant and actual lounge with animal heads on the walls.  It was a good, happy experience at the Rain Forest Resort.

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This tour was one of our DISCOVERY tours.  We offer them all year, along with our other tours and festival trips.  We suggest you check out our website and join us sometime.  www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com.

 

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!

 

Lavender Festival – July 21, 2013

Lavender Festival!

Fields and fields of blooming lavender!  July in the Pacific Northwest boasts an abundance of purple fields.  And fragrant, too.  Sequim Washington has great year-round weather which allows for wonderful local farms full of produce and flowers.  July brings the Lavender Festival and the Sequim Lavender Farm Faire.  You can find lavender in so many ways, such as live plants, seeds, in crafts like sachets, dried bundles, in beverages, and more!  One of the farms has a male and female peacock in a fensed area, and we’ve seen eagles overhead. Many farms have kiosks on their farms with vendors who offer jewelry, food, crafts, baskets and other fun, festive items. An easy way to get there is with Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC.  A simple bus ride and sometimes a ferry provides a convenient and fun way to get there.  No parking a mile away, and avoid the crowded driving conditions. No worries, just fun, Complimentary snacks and water provided.  Learn about the festival, its history, and what to do while you are there while on your way.  The annual Lavender Festival in Sequim, Washington, kicks off July 20, 2013 and runs through the weekend.  Some links to visit include:

http://www.sequimlavenderfarmersassociation.org/  –  http://www.lavenderfestival.com/

For tour information, check out the PDF

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  Lavender Festival Tour – July 21, 2013

 

And remember, the flowers are in bloom all month in July, so you can go on your own any time you want to most of the farms throughout July.

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