Featuring a tour of the New Dungeness Lighthouse
• Tour 2 lighthouses
• View the tulip fields in La Connor
• Visit the towns of Friday Harbor and Port Townsend
• Crew gratuities and cocktails before dinner included
• 13 meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches 4 dinners
• Round trip airfare to/from Seattle
• Door-to-door airport service
• 2500/2600 Gold Passport Points
Fly from Sacramento to Seattle and travel by motorcoach north to La Connor. View the beautiful tulip fields before boarding the Island Spirit to meet Captain Jeff and his wonderful crew. A late lunch is provided on the ship. Cruise through scenic Deception Pass, named by Captain George Vancouver when he explored the territory. Look for marine mammals and enjoy views of the 175 San Juan Islands. Arrive in Friday Harbor this evening. It’s the county seat and the hub of island commerce and shopping. A wonderful dinner is served followed by a sinful dessert. An evening movie will be shown in the lounge. On board the Island Spirit – 4 nights (L,D)
This morning visit shops and galleries and enjoy a hosted visit to the Whale Museum to learn about the three local Orca Whale pods that return to the San Juan Islands each season. Later this afternoon we cast off to enjoy a wildlife search of the area. The New Dungeness lighthouse is a very special place. Built in 1857, it provides navigation safety to vessels entering Puget Sound and is available to tour. Captain Jeff is a lighthouse volunteer and a member of its association. Tonight we anchor in the bay behind the light. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a morning visit to the lighthouse and meet the weekly keepers of the light. Their job is to give tours, paint, mow the lawn and do small improvements and/or repairs. Will you walk up the 72 stairs to the lighthouse platform and step out into the weather? It is hearty exercise for the hearty at heart. Most folks have to walk 10 miles to visit the lighthouse. Not us! We will enjoy a beach landing with the crew of the Island Spirit. Captain Jeff will bring a special boat to land right on the beach up close and personal. Later today we weigh anchor. We are bound for Port Townsend and another lighthouse tour. (B,L,D)
This morning our docent will lead a tour to Fort Warden and the Point Wilson Lighthouse. Fort Warden is the site of the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman.” Established in the early 1900’s, the army artillery corps set up gun emplacements here to protect Puget Sound and Seattle. The guns are quiet but memories abound. Later today there is time to shop and enjoy Port Townsend. Tonight we’ll cruise south for a new anchorage close to Seattle in the Poulsbo area. (B,L,D)
Enjoy breakfast as we cruise to Seattle where we transit the Hiram Chittenden Locks. The locks lead us from the salt water of Puget Sound to fresh water above. Your captain narrates during the transit. Disembark after lunch for the airport and your flight home to Sacramento. (B,L)
Our always popular Day at the Races includes a buffet lunch and seating in the enclosed Turf Club at Golden Gate Fields by beautiful San Francisco Bay in Berkeley. Enjoy the races from a comfortable table with betting windows conveniently nearby and television monitors throughout the dining room. We’ll arrive to get settled before post time and the first race.
Two 3-night hotel stays anchor this itinerary, full of “rarely or never before visited on a Sports Leisure tour” attractions/destinations. One stay is in a historical city, one in a historical property. Allow us to offer some clues as to your destinations: There is dinner one night in an exclusive club, and at one point in your travels, you’ll ponder where to cross the river. You’ll meet a prince and a general, and learn of some fictional characters from a place called “Downton Abbey” you may enjoy.
Considering the calendar, fall foliage could come into play, but the big question is, “Will they be better inside or out?” The colors we mean. Both hotels are named for famous American families. Visit a historic but new castle (How can it be both?), explore the halls of a famous house of learning.
Like holiday gifts, mystery tours come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and you never know what the surprise is until they are “unwrapped.” Enjoy an evening or afternoon out with a lovely meal followed by a holiday-inspired performance. Theatre? Musical? Concert? Maybe Mark has hired a group of musicians to entertain you on a street corner in Vallejo? Maybe YOU’RE the entertainment! You’ll just have to wait until the holidays to find out! Our Friday trip includes an evening performance. The weekend trips are matinees. And with any Sports Leisure trip, getting there will be half the fun! .
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