Washington

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

 

 

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

Gondola Ride Mountain Tour

Our Gondola Ride Mountain tour in the Pacific Northwest is a great trip to the Crystal Mountain summit and restaurant in the summer, and a wonderful ski lift in the winter.  In the Cascade Mountain Range, the view at the summit is a perfect top-of-the-world experience to see active and not-so-active volcanos in their own back yard.  Mount Adams and Mount Rainier seem almost close enough to hit with a rock.

Our tour takes you by motor coach through farms, valleys, meadows with flowers, hay and grasses, rivers, horses and barns, then into the woods and forest we go, with alpine meadows and trees.  We sometimes see eagles, deer and fox during our drive.

The Gondola Ride Mountain tour Departs at 9:00am sharp downtown Seattle at Denny and Fairview Streets, and returns at 4:00pm.

$109 per person, this fully inclusive tour includes the Gondola Ride, transportation, on-board-guide, lunch, 1 adult beverage or soft drink, bottled water en route, and taxes too.

Come join the fun on this local excursion to visit a wonderful local ski resort and ascend on the Gondola Ride to view Mount Rainier, the 14,410 foot, 25 glacier mountain in Washington State.

Gondola flyer 2015

Gondola flyer 2015

For more tour suggestions, visit www.cherylsnwtours.com or email Cheryl herself, at cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com.

Gondola View

Gondola view

Gondola

Gondola

Mt. Adams

Mt. Adams

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier stream

Mt. Rainier stream

Alpine Inn Restaurant

Alpine Inn Restaurant

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

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

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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!

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