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Island Hopping on Three of Washington's San Juan Islands

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6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Jun 17 — Jun 22, 2013

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Type: Inn

Description: You will stay in a stylishly renovated local Inn, proudly preserving the comfortable simplicity of its classic motor inn structure completely renovated with natural design choices and a full complement of modern, more upscale features and amenities. Inn amenities include heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, dry sauna, and limited exercise facilities open year round. The Spa at Earthbox is on site and available for massage, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures. Rooms at the Inn have 2 queen sized beds, a mini-fridge, complimentary WiFi, and private baths. The Inn is easy walking distance (1-3 blocks) from all of the Friday Harbor amenities and just 3 blocks from the waterfront. Earthbox Inn & Spa provides complimentary courtesy shuttle from the ferry landing. To reserve a space on the courtesy shuttle, please call 1-800-793-4756. Reservations for the Inn shuttle will be accepted between 30 days – 7 days prior to your program start date. (Please note that courtesy shuttle is available only at limited day times (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and may not be available when Inn staff is limited. For other ferry arrivals and when courtesy shuttle is not available, taxis are readily available at the ferry landing for the short ride to the inn (approx $5-8).

Contact info:
410 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-793-4756
web: www.earthboxinn.com

Room amenities: All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, cable TV, free WiFi, coffee maker, microwave, mini-refrigerator, hair dryer, and free off-street parking.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, jacuzzi / sauna, full-service day spa, conference room, coin-op self-laundry on-site, free beach cruiser bicycle rentals, and limited exercise facility on-site. Courtesy shuttle from ferry dock, seaplane dock, or local airport upon request. *Please note: courtesy shuttle is only available during limited times of the day (8 am - 5 pm) and may not be available when hotel staffing is limited. Taxi cabs are also available for approximately $5-$7.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies by season.
Please call Earthbox Inn & Spa directly at 1-800-793-4756 for extended stay reservations and rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Monday, June 17 - Welcome & Orientation Program
Afternoon: Welcome and Program Orientation

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, home-made lasagna (choose from meat or veggie lasagna), and garlic bread – topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.

Evening: Get Acquainted Program follows dinner

Lodging: Earthbox Inn & Spa

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: You will stay in a stylishly renovated local Inn, proudly preserving the comfortable simplicity of its classic motor inn structure completely renovated with natural design choices and a full complement of modern, more upscale features and amenities. Inn amenities include heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, dry sauna, and limited exercise facilities open year round. The Spa at Earthbox is on site and available for massage, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures. Rooms at the Inn have 2 queen sized beds, a mini-fridge, complimentary WiFi, and private baths. The Inn is easy walking distance (1-3 blocks) from all of the Friday Harbor amenities and just 3 blocks from the waterfront. Earthbox Inn & Spa provides complimentary courtesy shuttle from the ferry landing. To reserve a space on the courtesy shuttle, please call 1-800-793-4756. Reservations for the Inn shuttle will be accepted between 30 days – 7 days prior to your program start date. (Please note that courtesy shuttle is available only at limited day times (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and may not be available when Inn staff is limited. For other ferry arrivals and when courtesy shuttle is not available, taxis are readily available at the ferry landing for the short ride to the inn (approx $5-8).

Contact info:
410 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-793-4756
web: www.earthboxinn.com

Room amenities: All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, cable TV, free WiFi, coffee maker, microwave, mini-refrigerator, hair dryer, and free off-street parking.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, jacuzzi / sauna, full-service day spa, conference room, coin-op self-laundry on-site, free beach cruiser bicycle rentals, and limited exercise facility on-site. Courtesy shuttle from ferry dock, seaplane dock, or local airport upon request. *Please note: courtesy shuttle is only available during limited times of the day (8 am - 5 pm) and may not be available when hotel staffing is limited. Taxi cabs are also available for approximately $5-$7.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies by season.
Please call Earthbox Inn & Spa directly at 1-800-793-4756 for extended stay reservations and rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, June 18 - San Juan Island: Art, History and Treasures of th...
San Juan Island: Art, History and Treasures of the Northern part of the island.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.

Morning: Presentation "Views from the Islands" offers an insider’s look at contemporary life in the Islands, and explores issues affecting Island life. Then discover the authentic Coast Salish Native history with particular note of Islands rich archaeological heritage.

Lunch: Have lunch the way you like it! Lunch will be served buffet-style and features a soup of the day with salad bar (including green leaf / spinach salad, a variety of fresh raw veggies, potato salad, three bean salad, and more) – topped off with coffee, tea, iced, water and dessert of the day.

Afternoon: Field trip to the North end of the island starts with a stop at the scenic Limekiln Lighthouse, now a whale observation outpost known to locals as whale-watch park, and other points of scenic and cultural interest. We'll continue on to the San Juan Island National Park -English Camp. At our final destination at the northern tip of the island, you'll have a choice to visit either the historic Roche Harbor Village (with its lovely marina and English gardens) or visit the Westcott Bay Sculpture Park (where you can view hundreds of outdoor sculptures thoughtfully placed amidst acres of quiet forests, wetlands, meadows and rocky outcroppings).

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, baked salmon/fish (as locally available by season), rice , and steamed veggies– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.

Evening: Evening presentation details the local arts community and uncovers how the beauty and community combine to form a vibrant arts community. Meet a local guest artist!

Lodging: Earthbox Inn & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: You will stay in a stylishly renovated local Inn, proudly preserving the comfortable simplicity of its classic motor inn structure completely renovated with natural design choices and a full complement of modern, more upscale features and amenities. Inn amenities include heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, dry sauna, and limited exercise facilities open year round. The Spa at Earthbox is on site and available for massage, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures. Rooms at the Inn have 2 queen sized beds, a mini-fridge, complimentary WiFi, and private baths. The Inn is easy walking distance (1-3 blocks) from all of the Friday Harbor amenities and just 3 blocks from the waterfront. Earthbox Inn & Spa provides complimentary courtesy shuttle from the ferry landing. To reserve a space on the courtesy shuttle, please call 1-800-793-4756. Reservations for the Inn shuttle will be accepted between 30 days – 7 days prior to your program start date. (Please note that courtesy shuttle is available only at limited day times (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and may not be available when Inn staff is limited. For other ferry arrivals and when courtesy shuttle is not available, taxis are readily available at the ferry landing for the short ride to the inn (approx $5-8).

Contact info:
410 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-793-4756
web: www.earthboxinn.com

Room amenities: All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, cable TV, free WiFi, coffee maker, microwave, mini-refrigerator, hair dryer, and free off-street parking.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, jacuzzi / sauna, full-service day spa, conference room, coin-op self-laundry on-site, free beach cruiser bicycle rentals, and limited exercise facility on-site. Courtesy shuttle from ferry dock, seaplane dock, or local airport upon request. *Please note: courtesy shuttle is only available during limited times of the day (8 am - 5 pm) and may not be available when hotel staffing is limited. Taxi cabs are also available for approximately $5-$7.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies by season.
Please call Earthbox Inn & Spa directly at 1-800-793-4756 for extended stay reservations and rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, June 19 - Orcas Island - "Creative Spirit of the Emerald Is...
Orcas Island - "Creative Spirit of the Emerald Isle" as seen from prolific art collections to salmon restoration efforts.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice. Breakfast is early on this day so that we may catch the inter-island ferry.

Morning: Board the inter-island ferry for the scenic cruise to Orcas Island. Explore the creative culture of Orcas with a field trip to private art collection showcasing works created in the San Juan's, personally guided by the owner/curator. This private residence includes a whimsical underground grotto, undersea oracle and many works commissioned as part of the Museum's architecture. Field trip continues to the vista atop Mt. Constitution, highest point in the islands with spectacular views of surrounding sea and islands.

Lunch: Since we’ll be out exploring, we’ll enjoy a picnic/bag lunch today. Our caterer will provide whole fresh fruit, chips, bottled water, and a chef’s choice fresh bakery treat for everyone. Each member of the group will build their own sandwich to their liking – choosing from an assortment of meats, cheese, breads, and condiments/accoutrements.

Afternoon: Field trip continues to historic farmstead, now a showcase Chinook Salmon enhancement facility seen as a benchmark for natural rearing methods in the Northwest. Cruise through the Islands aboard the ferry in the late afternoon and return to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island in time for dinner.

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, home-made meatloaf, steamed veggies, and one of the following: rice, potatoes, pasta– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to stroll the seaside town of Friday Harbor.

Lodging: Earthbox Inn & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: You will stay in a stylishly renovated local Inn, proudly preserving the comfortable simplicity of its classic motor inn structure completely renovated with natural design choices and a full complement of modern, more upscale features and amenities. Inn amenities include heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, dry sauna, and limited exercise facilities open year round. The Spa at Earthbox is on site and available for massage, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures. Rooms at the Inn have 2 queen sized beds, a mini-fridge, complimentary WiFi, and private baths. The Inn is easy walking distance (1-3 blocks) from all of the Friday Harbor amenities and just 3 blocks from the waterfront. Earthbox Inn & Spa provides complimentary courtesy shuttle from the ferry landing. To reserve a space on the courtesy shuttle, please call 1-800-793-4756. Reservations for the Inn shuttle will be accepted between 30 days – 7 days prior to your program start date. (Please note that courtesy shuttle is available only at limited day times (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and may not be available when Inn staff is limited. For other ferry arrivals and when courtesy shuttle is not available, taxis are readily available at the ferry landing for the short ride to the inn (approx $5-8).

Contact info:
410 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-793-4756
web: www.earthboxinn.com

Room amenities: All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, cable TV, free WiFi, coffee maker, microwave, mini-refrigerator, hair dryer, and free off-street parking.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, jacuzzi / sauna, full-service day spa, conference room, coin-op self-laundry on-site, free beach cruiser bicycle rentals, and limited exercise facility on-site. Courtesy shuttle from ferry dock, seaplane dock, or local airport upon request. *Please note: courtesy shuttle is only available during limited times of the day (8 am - 5 pm) and may not be available when hotel staffing is limited. Taxi cabs are also available for approximately $5-$7.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies by season.
Please call Earthbox Inn & Spa directly at 1-800-793-4756 for extended stay reservations and rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, June 20 - San Juan Island: Whales, History and Treasures of...
San Juan Island: Whales, History and Treasures of the southern part of the island.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.

Morning: Morning field trip to the Island's southern tip with a stop at Pelindaba Lavender farm, a unique island success story. Our explorations continue on to San Juan Island National Historic Park (American Camp) with it's rare coastal prairie, marine views, and unique history. Savor the views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains from South Beach, the longest stretch of beach in the Islands. Learn about the 1850's boundary dispute and how the San Juan Island National Historic Park was founded to commemorate the "pig war" that was peacefully resolved without violence.

Lunch: Today’s lunch features a build your own taco bar – with everything needed to build it your way (beef, refried beans, cheeses, flour/corn tortillas, lettuce, tortilla chips, salsa & more) – topped off with coffee, tea, iced, water and dessert of the day.

Afternoon: Small group walking field trips to the San Juan Island Historical Museum and the Whale Museum, the nation's first museum dedicated to whale's living in the wild. Docent guided expert program at both museums.

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, grilled chicken, steamed veggies, and red potatoes or rice – topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.

Evening: Evening presentation on the Salish Sea ecosystem and the marine life that call these waters home.

Lodging: Earthbox Inn & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: You will stay in a stylishly renovated local Inn, proudly preserving the comfortable simplicity of its classic motor inn structure completely renovated with natural design choices and a full complement of modern, more upscale features and amenities. Inn amenities include heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, dry sauna, and limited exercise facilities open year round. The Spa at Earthbox is on site and available for massage, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures. Rooms at the Inn have 2 queen sized beds, a mini-fridge, complimentary WiFi, and private baths. The Inn is easy walking distance (1-3 blocks) from all of the Friday Harbor amenities and just 3 blocks from the waterfront. Earthbox Inn & Spa provides complimentary courtesy shuttle from the ferry landing. To reserve a space on the courtesy shuttle, please call 1-800-793-4756. Reservations for the Inn shuttle will be accepted between 30 days – 7 days prior to your program start date. (Please note that courtesy shuttle is available only at limited day times (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and may not be available when Inn staff is limited. For other ferry arrivals and when courtesy shuttle is not available, taxis are readily available at the ferry landing for the short ride to the inn (approx $5-8).

Contact info:
410 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-793-4756
web: www.earthboxinn.com

Room amenities: All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, cable TV, free WiFi, coffee maker, microwave, mini-refrigerator, hair dryer, and free off-street parking.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, jacuzzi / sauna, full-service day spa, conference room, coin-op self-laundry on-site, free beach cruiser bicycle rentals, and limited exercise facility on-site. Courtesy shuttle from ferry dock, seaplane dock, or local airport upon request. *Please note: courtesy shuttle is only available during limited times of the day (8 am - 5 pm) and may not be available when hotel staffing is limited. Taxi cabs are also available for approximately $5-$7.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies by season.
Please call Earthbox Inn & Spa directly at 1-800-793-4756 for extended stay reservations and rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, June 21 - Lopez Island - Sustainable farming and affordable...
Lopez Island - Sustainable farming and affordable housing projects on "the friendly isle."

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice. Breakfast is early on this day so that we may catch the inter-island ferry.

Morning: Hop aboard the WA State ferry and sail to Lopez Island; Field trip steps back in time at the historic Port Stanley School house for a presentation on Island-Style Sustainable Farming from renowned expert.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch at the historic Port Stanley School house.

Afternoon: Field trip continues for an expert guided exploration of Lopez Farm for a first hand look at sustainable farming in the Islands. Then head to tiny Lopez Village to uncover its keenly designed community layout. Special access to a milestone Community Land Trust housing development showcasing sustainable design, construction and landscaping techniques. Take a break from your study and mingle with the friendly locals as you stroll the village during some relaxed open time. Return to San Juan Island via ferry in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, prawns & scallops (in sun-dried tomato pesto), penne pasta and steamed veggies– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.

Evening: Enjoy a special farewell music performance - an evening of Jazz: featuring bebop, Latin, swing, and original tunes by band…a local favorite!

Lodging: Earthbox Inn & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, June 22 - Farewell and Departure
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.

Morning: Program concludes following breakfast to allow time to return via ferry to mainland and return to greater Seattle area by late afternoon. Breakfast available early for those wishing to depart on 8:00 AM ferry.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
San Juan Island ActivitiesAmong the many free time activities in Friday Harbor are whale watching, kayaking, beachcombing, bicycling, fishing, shopping, museums, outdoor sculpture park, historic sites, and ferry trips to other islands.
For additional information, visit: www.sanjuanisland.org
San Juan Islands Visitors BureauThe San Juan Islands are just a scenic ferry ride or a short flight from the northwest Washington mainland. Whether you yearn for the slow pace of island time or the excitement of new experiences, you're sure to enjoy your time in the San Juan Islands.
For additional information, visit: www.visitsanjuans.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Performances

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