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Ferries and Towns of Puget Sound
Ride ferries, walk the streets of unique small towns, enjoy a room with a view, explore a national park.
Fly non-stop to Seattle then settle in for brunch at Anthony’s (with a view) near the airport. The afternoon ferry ride to Bainbridge Island is the second longest (35 minutes) and one of the most scenic on the sound. Suquamish is the home of the late Chief Seattle, the Native American who convinced his people to accept the coming of white settlers. Visit the museum, the Chief’s grave and hear his unique story.
Your lodging for four nights is at the beautiful Clearwater Casino Resort, overlooking the waters of Puget Sound. Dinner is at your leisure and there are several choices on property. Walk along the sound, sit outside near the fire ring in the evening, it’s really one of the most wonderful accommodations in our entire catalog. The tour days are of reasonable length, so you’ll have time to relax and enjoy this beautiful resort. (BR)
Just down the road from our waterfront home is Poulsbo. Founded by Scandinavian immigrants in the 1880’s, today it’s a popular tourist destination. We’ve arranged a short guided walking tour, along with a visit to Sluy’s, the town’s legendary bakery, where you can pick out a FREE treat!
Port Gamble is another colorful little spot in the Pacific Northwest. The old mill town has been restored and is a National Historical Landmark. Our stop includes time for pictures and browsing. Dinner is in Poulsbo with a decidedly local twist, as the Sons of Norway Hall hosts us for this evening’s dining and entertainment. (FB,D)
More ferry rides and a lighthouse today! Travel to the waterfront village of Port Townsend and hear of its bawdy history before boarding the ferry to Whidbey Island. Arriving on Whidbey, travel to the south end of the island for another ferry, this one the short ride from Clinton to Mukilteo on the mainland. Lunch is at Ivar’s, overlooking the water. Take the short walk to the lighthouse and climb to the top if you wish, for the keeper’s view. The ferry takes us from Edmonds to Kingston and then our coach brings us back to the resort for a relaxing evening. (FB,L)
Off to visit Olympia National Park this morning, featuring a stop at Hurricane Ridge. Back down at sea level, two stops in quaint Sequim, for lavender and lunch. Eat at a popular diner downtown and then visit Purple Haze Lavender. Take some home if you wish, or sample their other products. Ice cream laced with lavender is included! (FB,L,D)
Today you will travel south to Bremerton for the longest scenic ferry trip across the sound. First, an important stop. There is a small memorial here, honoring some of the first Japanese-Americans to be taken away to internment camps from Bainbridge Island. Their story is told here and it’s an important one. Back in Seattle, Pike Place Market opened in 1907. It’s one of the oldest continuously operated farmer’s markets in the country. Spend some time looking for treasures and enjoy lunch on your own before we head to the airport and our late afternoon flight home. (FB)
|B||Generally a limited buffet or menu|
|FB||Full buffet or choice of menu|
|BR||Brunch, often buffet-style|
|L||Lunch, often several menu options|
|HT or AT||High or Afternoon Tea|
|D||Dinner, often several menu options|