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Program #21193RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 28 — Oct 5, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
1801 E. Valley Road
Renton, WA 98057 USA
phone: 425-430-1414 xor8007829444
web: www.hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/washington/hilton-garden-inn-seattle-renton-SEARHGI/index.html?WT.srch=1

Room amenities: Rooms feature a spacious work desk with Mirra® ergonomic chair; secure in-room printing to the business center and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Enjoy a 32" LCD flat-panel TV with premium cable channels – plus a microwave, coffeemaker, refrigerator, clock radio with MP3 connection, iron, hairdryer and laundry services.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: complimentary internet access; indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa; 24-hour fitness center; on -site restaurant; Business Center; automated teller (ATM); baggage storage; coin laundry; elevators; laundry/valet service; local area transportation; on-site Convenience Store; • Pavillion Lounge; room service; complimentary parking and safety deposit box.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: *Contact Hotel directly
*Ask for Road Scholar extended stay rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, September 28 - Welcome & Orientation Program
Afternoon: Welcome and Program Orientation

Dinner: Catered Welcome Dinner featuring meat or vegetarian lasagna in Conference Dining Room

Evening: Get Acquainted Program follows dinner

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Friday Harbor Suites newly renovated all suites facility features spacious one bedroom rooms, each with one queen bed plus a comfortable pullout sofa sleeper with 7" mattress in the living room. All suites include a gas fireplace in every room,full size kitchen with utensils and coffee maker; on site fine dining and lounge, and a great in town location accessible to museums, galleries, restaurants and services. Note: There are a very limited number of two bedroom/two bath suites at the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites. Those participants who are rooming with an “assigned” roommate will be give priority assignment of these suites on a space available basis.

Contact info:
680 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-752-5752
web: www.fridayharborsuites.com

Room amenities: Each suite features a gas fireplace, kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, private bath, duvet comforter, 27" TV, free wireless internet, and a private patio or balcony.

Facility amenities: Courtesy shuttle service from the ferry and airport, business center with high speed internet, free WiFi in every room, outdoor Jacuzzi spa in courtyard, exercise facility, concierge staff, on site fine dining and lounge, and complimentary parking. Courtesy guest shuttle is available 7:30 am-9:00 pm.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Sunday, September 29 - Special Skagit Valley College Visit / Scenic Ferr...
Special Skagit Valley College Visit / Scenic Ferry to San Juan Islands / Welcome to San Juan Island!

Breakfast: Extensive breakfast buffet served in hotel Conference/Breakfast Room featuring, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, a variety of fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, breakfast breads/toast, juices and coffee

Morning: We'll depart Seattle on our way to San Juan Island. Along the way, we'll stop for a special visit to the Skagit Valley College campus in Mt. Vernon, WA. Skagit Valley College is one of the oldest community colleges in the state of Washington and this year celebrates 25 years of providing Elderhostel/Road Scholar Programs. A very special presentation by our keynote SVC faculty provides the Natural Science context and Geography setting the stage for our arrival into the San Juan Islands. The event is held in a campus facility that recognized with a LEED® Platinum certification for environmental excellence.

Lunch: College dignitaries welcome our group with a luncheon at our Skagit Valley College Main Campus in Mt. Vernon

Afternoon: We'll board the WA State ferry in Anacortes, WA - on our way to Friday Harbor. Enjoy the view from the inside passenger cabin or from the outside decks as we take our 1.5 hour journey along this National Scenic Byway through the islands to Friday Harbor. Late afternoon hotel check-in's will be followed by a small pocket of free time settle in / relax / or explore Friday Harbor.

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: Welcome to Friday Harbor! We will acquaint you during an overview of Friday Harbor and San Juan Island,and then review our itinerary in detail including group breakout choices as we plan for our week's adventures.

Lodging: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Friday Harbor Suites newly renovated all suites facility features spacious one bedroom rooms, each with one queen bed plus a comfortable pullout sofa sleeper with 7" mattress in the living room. All suites include a gas fireplace in every room,full size kitchen with utensils and coffee maker; on site fine dining and lounge, and a great in town location accessible to museums, galleries, restaurants and services. Note: There are a very limited number of two bedroom/two bath suites at the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites. Those participants who are rooming with an “assigned” roommate will be give priority assignment of these suites on a space available basis.

Contact info:
680 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-752-5752
web: www.fridayharborsuites.com

Room amenities: Each suite features a gas fireplace, kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, private bath, duvet comforter, 27" TV, free wireless internet, and a private patio or balcony.

Facility amenities: Courtesy shuttle service from the ferry and airport, business center with high speed internet, free WiFi in every room, outdoor Jacuzzi spa in courtyard, exercise facility, concierge staff, on site fine dining and lounge, and complimentary parking. Courtesy guest shuttle is available 7:30 am-9:00 pm.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, September 30 - Featured Presentation: "Coast Salish Peoples of t...
Featured Presentation: "Coast Salish Peoples of the San Juan Islands" /Morning choices-Historical Museum, Whale Museum and Wildlife Rehab Presentation; Afternoon choices: Island Exploration - South San Juan Island (American Camp & Lavender Farm) or Hiking. Evening: Special theatrical Performance.

Arrive To: Before breakfast: We're offering an optional small group gentle Hatha Yoga session - (Space is limited). This Interdisciplinary Yoga is gentle and integrates both classical and contemporary styles of Hatha Yoga. It offers an excellent way to extend degrees of flexibility, build strength, and elevate energy. This session is appropriate for all fitness levels, regardless of previous Yoga experience.

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: Begin the morning by choosing one of three different small group options: Option 1) Walking field trip to the San Juan Island Historical Museum. The Museum Director will be our guide as we weave through buildings and uncover behind-the-scenes details to the pieces in the Museum's collection. Option 2) Walking field trip to the Whale Museum, the nation's first museum dedicated to whale's living in the wild. The Whale Museum's Education Curator will be our guide as we explore this unique island treasure and learn more about the marine life that surround the San Juan Islands. Option 3) Enjoy a presentation about Wildlife in the San Juan Islands. A Wildlife Rehabilitation expert shares informative about preservation and rehabilitation of the variety of wildlife that call the San Juan Islands home. This presentation includes a special live raptor visit. Then, mid-morning, we'll reconvene all together as one group at our hotel for a feature presentation about the "Coast Salish Peoples of the San Juan Islands" by an expert on the forefront of research and knowledge of local Native culture, and one of our most vibrant and informative speakers.

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: Our afternoon features your choice between two available options: Option 1) An excursion to the South end of San Juan Island. Our first stop will be a San Juan Island National Historic Park (American Camp). 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. Our last stop on the excursion is the Pelindaba Lavender Farm, a uniquely wonderful niche-farm that continues to blossom and thrive. Option 2) Small group guided hiking near San Juan Island National Historic Park (American Camp) with it's rare coastal prairie, epic 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 pebbled beach in the Islands. After our hike, we'll stop at Pelindaba Lavender Farm for a brief exploration.

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: In recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, our entire group together will enjoy a special theatrical presentation of "The Life and Times of General George Pickett". This play has been presented throughout the Pacific Northwest, plus a special run in Virginia, for more than 14 years. The play begins with Pickett's boyhood life in Richmond, following Pickett's life through the San Juan Island's "Pig War," and culminates with the disastrous "Pickett's Charge" that brought ruin to the Confederate Army at the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War.

Lodging: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Friday Harbor Suites newly renovated all suites facility features spacious one bedroom rooms, each with one queen bed plus a comfortable pullout sofa sleeper with 7" mattress in the living room. All suites include a gas fireplace in every room,full size kitchen with utensils and coffee maker; on site fine dining and lounge, and a great in town location accessible to museums, galleries, restaurants and services. Note: There are a very limited number of two bedroom/two bath suites at the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites. Those participants who are rooming with an “assigned” roommate will be give priority assignment of these suites on a space available basis.

Contact info:
680 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-752-5752
web: www.fridayharborsuites.com

Room amenities: Each suite features a gas fireplace, kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, private bath, duvet comforter, 27" TV, free wireless internet, and a private patio or balcony.

Facility amenities: Courtesy shuttle service from the ferry and airport, business center with high speed internet, free WiFi in every room, outdoor Jacuzzi spa in courtyard, exercise facility, concierge staff, on site fine dining and lounge, and complimentary parking. Courtesy guest shuttle is available 7:30 am-9:00 pm.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, October 01 - Morning: Choice of History or Marine Mammal prese...
Morning: Choice of History or Marine Mammal presentations. Afternoon: Group splits for Whale & Wildlife Cruise / Excursion to San Juan Island North end (English Camp National Park, Limekiln Whale Watch & Observation Post, Historic Roche Harbor Resort and Island Sculpture Park)

Arrive To: Before breakfast: We're offering an optional small group gentle Hatha Yoga session - (Space is limited). This Interdisciplinary Yoga is gentle and integrates both classical and contemporary styles of Hatha Yoga. It offers an excellent way to extend degrees of flexibility, build strength, and elevate energy. This session is appropriate for all fitness levels, regardless of previous Yoga experience.

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: Begin your morning by choosing one of two available presentations. Option 1) "Orcas of the Salish Sea" - an expert presentation on Cetaceans: Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in the Salish Sea. Hear vocalizations with their unique dialects and gain insight into their wonderfully sophisticated social behaviors. Option 2) Enjoy a rousing lecture "Friday Harbor History: Port on an Inland Sea" from a local author and expert Historian from the San Juan Island National Historic Park. Discover the authentic history of Friday Harbor and San Juan Island.

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: For the afternoon, we'll divide into two groups. Group A) North San Juan Island Excursion. We'll begin with exploration of the picturesque Limekiln Lighthouse, now a whale observation outpost known to locals as whale-watch park. Following our picnic lunch, we'll depart for the San Juan Island National Park (British Camp). Rounding out our afternoon will be a stop in Roche Harbor Village. At Roche Harbor, visit either the historic Roche Harbor Resort (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). Return to hotel late afternoon. Group B): Enjoy a three-hour Whale and Wildlife Search Cruise aboard a warm and comfortable vessel, searching for wild orcas, porpoise, sea birds, seals, and sea lions. A marine naturalist guides our excursion through the waters. Picnic lunch will be aboard the vessel. Return to hotel late afternoon. *NOTE: These two afternoon field trips are repeated later the program so everyone can enjoy both!

Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample the "local fare". October is "Savor the San Juans" month and many local restaurants participate by featuring special seasonal themed menus at excellent value.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to relax, visit with new friends, or explore on your own.

Lodging: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Friday Harbor Suites newly renovated all suites facility features spacious one bedroom rooms, each with one queen bed plus a comfortable pullout sofa sleeper with 7" mattress in the living room. All suites include a gas fireplace in every room,full size kitchen with utensils and coffee maker; on site fine dining and lounge, and a great in town location accessible to museums, galleries, restaurants and services. Note: There are a very limited number of two bedroom/two bath suites at the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites. Those participants who are rooming with an “assigned” roommate will be give priority assignment of these suites on a space available basis.

Contact info:
680 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-752-5752
web: www.fridayharborsuites.com

Room amenities: Each suite features a gas fireplace, kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, private bath, duvet comforter, 27" TV, free wireless internet, and a private patio or balcony.

Facility amenities: Courtesy shuttle service from the ferry and airport, business center with high speed internet, free WiFi in every room, outdoor Jacuzzi spa in courtyard, exercise facility, concierge staff, on site fine dining and lounge, and complimentary parking. Courtesy guest shuttle is available 7:30 am-9:00 pm.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, October 02 - Morning: You choose between two offered morning p...
Morning: You choose between two offered morning presentations (Artist Demonstration or Salmon Restoration) . Afternoon: You choose one of three available options: Histroric town walk or small group hike or artist studio explorations. Special Evening Program Commemorates 25 years with Elderhostel.

Arrive To: Before breakfast: We're offering an optional small group gentle Hatha Yoga session - (Space is limited). This Interdisciplinary Yoga is gentle and integrates both classical and contemporary styles of Hatha Yoga. It offers an excellent way to extend degrees of flexibility, build strength, and elevate energy. This session is appropriate for all fitness levels, regardless of previous Yoga experience.

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 begins with a choice between two offered presentations: Option 1) Local expert provides insight into the island's creative influence with presentation "Artistic Spirit in the Islands" which includes a special guest artist. Option 2) "Salmon Enhancement: Natural Rearing of Salmon in the San Juan's" tells the story of a unique restoration effort with an expert local biologist. Then, stretch your legs and enjoy some late morning flex time to explore the quaint town of Friday Harbor independently!

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: Choose one of three available afternoon activity options: Option 1) "Cast in stone" historic walking field trip through Friday Harbor with a vernacular architecture expert to discuss the materials, times, and people who built Friday Harbor. Enjoy some local treats are our "Brickworks" farmers market building. Option 2) Small-group excursion to two different artist studios. On our visit to these private studios, we'll learn first-hand from the artist what has driven their passion and brought them success. Option 3) Small-group hiking excursion to the North part of San Juan Island (English Camp hikes). Enjoy coastal and wooded hikes with views of the beach and Mountain vistas of surrounding area.

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: Our entire group will enjoy a "celebration" of 25 years of Road Scholar. We'll share stories, images, and gratitude as we all reflect upon our Road Scholar journeys, as well as look toward the future.

Lodging: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Friday Harbor Suites newly renovated all suites facility features spacious one bedroom rooms, each with one queen bed plus a comfortable pullout sofa sleeper with 7" mattress in the living room. All suites include a gas fireplace in every room,full size kitchen with utensils and coffee maker; on site fine dining and lounge, and a great in town location accessible to museums, galleries, restaurants and services. Note: There are a very limited number of two bedroom/two bath suites at the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites. Those participants who are rooming with an “assigned” roommate will be give priority assignment of these suites on a space available basis.

Contact info:
680 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-752-5752
web: www.fridayharborsuites.com

Room amenities: Each suite features a gas fireplace, kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, private bath, duvet comforter, 27" TV, free wireless internet, and a private patio or balcony.

Facility amenities: Courtesy shuttle service from the ferry and airport, business center with high speed internet, free WiFi in every room, outdoor Jacuzzi spa in courtyard, exercise facility, concierge staff, on site fine dining and lounge, and complimentary parking. Courtesy guest shuttle is available 7:30 am-9:00 pm.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, October 03 - Morning: Choose one of three available activities...
Morning: Choose one of three available activities: 1) Visit the San Juan Historical Museum, or 2) Visit the Whale Museum, or 3) Enjoy a "Smuggling" Presentation at the hotel. Afternoon: Group splits for Whale & Wildlife Cruise / Excursion to San Juan Island North end (English Camp National Park, Limekiln Whale Watch & Observation Post, Historic Roche Harbor Resort and Island Sculpture Park). Special evening Jazz performance for all to enjoy.

Arrive To: Before breakfast: We're offering an optional small group gentle Hatha Yoga session - (Space is limited). This Interdisciplinary Yoga is gentle and integrates both classical and contemporary styles of Hatha Yoga. It offers an excellent way to extend degrees of flexibility, build strength, and elevate energy. This session is appropriate for all fitness levels, regardless of previous Yoga experience.

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: Begin the morning with your choice of one of three available options: Option 1) Walking field trip to the San Juan Island Historical Museum. The Museum Director will be our guide as we weave through buildings; and learn behind-the-scenes details to the pieces in the Museum's collection. Option 2) Walking field trip to the Whale Museum, the nation's first museum dedicated to whale's living in the wild. The Whale Museum's Education Curator will be our guide as we explore this unique island treasure and learn more about the marine life that surround the San Juan Islands. Option 3) Enjoy a presentation "Smuggling in the Salish Sea" which tells the story of the history and economic and social impacts of pirating / smuggling the in the waters surrounding the San Juan 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: For the afternoon, we'll divide into two groups. Group A) Enjoy a three-hour Whale and Wildlife Search Cruise aboard a warm and comfortable vessel, searching for wild orcas, porpoise, sea birds, seals, and sea lions. A marine naturalist guides our excursion through the waters. Picnic lunch will be aboard the vessel. Group B): North San Juan Island Excursion. We'll begin with exploration of the picturesque Limekiln Lighthouse, now a whale observation outpost known to locals as whale-watch park. Following our picnic lunch, we'll depart for the San Juan Island National Park (British Camp). Rounding out our afternoon will be a stop in Roche Harbor Village. At Roche Harbor, visit either the historic Roche Harbor Resort (with its lovely marina and English gardens) or visit the Westcott Bay Sculpture Park (where you can view outdoor sculptures thoughtfully placed amidst acres of quiet forests, wetlands, meadows and rocky outcroppings). *NOTE: These two afternoon field trips were also offered earlier in the program so everyone could have a chance to enjoy both!

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: Our entire group will enjoy a special musical performance - an evening of Jazz featuring bebop, Latin, swing, and original tunes by the band…a local favorite!

Lodging: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
1801 E. Valley Road
Renton, WA 98057 USA
phone: 425-430-1414 xor8007829444
web: www.hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/washington/hilton-garden-inn-seattle-renton-SEARHGI/index.html?WT.srch=1

Room amenities: Rooms feature a spacious work desk with Mirra® ergonomic chair; secure in-room printing to the business center and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Enjoy a 32" LCD flat-panel TV with premium cable channels – plus a microwave, coffeemaker, refrigerator, clock radio with MP3 connection, iron, hairdryer and laundry services.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: complimentary internet access; indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa; 24-hour fitness center; on -site restaurant; Business Center; automated teller (ATM); baggage storage; coin laundry; elevators; laundry/valet service; local area transportation; on-site Convenience Store; • Pavillion Lounge; room service; complimentary parking and safety deposit box.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: *Contact Hotel directly
*Ask for Road Scholar extended stay rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Friday, October 04 - Travel back to Seattle / Hibulb Cultural Center a...
Travel back to Seattle / Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve / Seattle Sunset Dinner Cruise

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. We'll have breakfast early, so that we can depart San Juan Island and return to Seattle.

Morning: We'll depart Friday Harbor, San Juan Island via the Washington State ferry and board our chartered motor coach in Anacortes. On our travels back to Seattle, we'll visit the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve. The Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve was developed to acknowledge and honor the ancestors of the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish and other tribes and bands of Northwest Washington. The Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve has over 23,000 square feet of exhibits and classrooms and 50 acres of natural history preserve. The artifacts, carvings, art and interactive displays weave insight and understanding to the land, the people, and the culture of these Tribal ancestors.

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: Following our picnic at Hibulb Cultural Center, we'll board our coach for our return to Seattle.

Dinner: We'll board our chartered yacht for our farewell dinner cruise through Lake Washington and Lake Union. Enjoy the backdrop of Seattle's downtown and the Space Needle as we cruise along. Our on-board chef will prepare a delightful three-course dinner paired with local Washington wines.

Evening: Late evening return to our Seattle hotel.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Saturday, October 05 - Program Farewell / Independent Departures
Breakfast: Extensive breakfast buffet served in hotel Conference/Breakfast Room featuring, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, a variety of fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, breakfast breads/toast, juices and coffee

Morning: Extending your stay in Seattle? Please see the group leader during breakfast for suggestions and tips to enhance your stay!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Seattle
Seattle metronaturalSeattle's Convention and Visitor's Bureau
For additional information, visit: www.visitseattle.org
Visitor's GuideSeattle Convention and Visitors Bureau
For additional information, visit: www.seeseattle.com
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:
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