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The Smell of Salt Water: Lighthouses on Washington's Puget Sound

Program Number: 20412RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/15/2013 - 9/20/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Seattle, Washington
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 11; 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Historic beacons of Puget Sound beckon you to explore their iconic settings and lively histories in a week of exploring lighthouses and lightships. Navigate the Sound by Washington State ferry to six unique locations amid cities and on remote beaches to view these guardians of the waters. See historic vessels at Seattle's Maritime Heritage Center, gaze out from the observation deck of the landmark Space Needle and much more.




Highlights

• Journey to six historic lighthouses around Puget Sound as local historians illuminate the unique history of each structure.
• Learn about the history of Seattle's distinctive architecture and pay visits to city icons like Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square.
• Ride Washington State ferries to charming islands and picturesque towns and sing traditional sea chanteys with a local singer.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles; access to some lighthouses involves rocky and sandy beaches.




Date Specific Information

9-15-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Evergreen Adventures.




Seattle

Seattle is a visual gem, set amid saltwater, lakes and mountains. International influences abound in this congenial city. Unique neighborhoods, world-class cultural institutions, parks and the landmark Space Needle are just the beginning.



Accommodations
Located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant, bustling downtown; three blocks to the Pike Place Market. One-and-a-half blocks to light-rail terminal to SeaTac Airport. Stunning views, fitness center, parking available for a fee.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
  Seattle, Washington 5 nights
 The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: 1415 Fifth Avenue
Seattle WA
Seattle, WA 98191 USA
phone: 206-971-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com
  Room amenities: Coffeemaker, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, robes, high-end toiletries, comfortable armchair w/ottoman.
  Facility amenities: Fitness facility; underground parking for a fee; 2 restaurants with lounges.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary. Contact Seattle Red Lion Reservations at 1-855-515-1144.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Rates vary. Contact Seattle Red Lion Reservations at 1-855-515-1144.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Sunday. You will be staying at The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue that night.
  End of Program:
After Space Needle visit on Friday; approximately 11:00 am Friday You will be staying at The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
For a fee, reduced for Road Scholar participants. Absolute maximum garage height 6'2".
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Seattle, Washington
  Nearest city or town:  Seattle
  Nearest highway: I-5
  Nearest airport:  SeaTac International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Seattle, Washington
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
LINK light rail
phone: NA0-000-00 0 x00-00-0-00

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.50 adult one-way/$.75 senior one-way/subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

Take elevator up to the skybridge to the parking garage. Walk through the parking garage to the LINK terminal, about 1100' from the baggage claim area.Buy ticket from the machine. Ride elevator to the platform level. Ride LINK to the Westlake Station. Get off and ride elevator to street level. Walk 1.5 blocks south on 5th Avenue to the Red Lion Hotel.

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Grayline
phone: NA -00---

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $15 but it changes without notice
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour or less 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

Grayline shuttles are on the 3rd floor of the parking garage, up the elevator and across a skybridge from baggage claim. Buy your ticket from a booth on that level.

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
first available
phone: NA--

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $35-40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

 
Driving Directions
  From the north From I-5 southbound exit at Stewart Street (exit #166). Follow Stewart Street to Fifth Avenue. Turn left onto Fifth Avenue. Drive 3.5 blocks to The Red Lion Hotel. The cross street before the hotel entrance is Pike Street.The underground garage entrance occurs on the right side of the street just before the main hotel entrance.
  From the south, including SeaTac Airport Take I-5 northbound. Exit at Seneca Street (exit#165). Follow Seneca to 4th Avenue. Turn right onto 4th Avenue, drive 3 blocks, turn right onto Pike Street, drive the length of that block, turn right onto 5th Avenue and drive 1/3 block to the underground parking garage entrance, which occurs on the right side of the street just before the main hotel entrance.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration; hosted reception; dinner; agenda review.
(Sunday, September 15)
   
 Afternoon: Register in our meeting room at any time between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Enjoy a hosted reception at 5:00 pm and discuss the week's agenda at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner at 6:00 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner will be in the hotel this evening.
 Evening: Introductions all around, followed by a short video on Seattle attractions.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Visit the West Point lighthouse in Discovery Park, the Chittenden Locks. Learn about lighthouse basics and Puget Sound sea life.
(Monday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet breakfast in the hotel's restaurant includes fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, pancakes, eggs, bacon/sausage, potatoes, breakfast breads/toast, cereals, coffees/teas/milk.
 Morning: Travel a few miles from downtown Seattle to the West Point Lighthouse,built in 1881 and the last lighthouse on Puget Sound to be automated. It's located in 537-acre Discovery Park. From there it's just a few blocks to the Chittenden Locks for a lecture on salmon, boats, and their beautiful botanical garden, followed by a guided walk of the grounds.
 Lunch: Lunch on Dungeness crab or choose from the menu, fish or otherwise, at a popular seafood restaurant on the end of a pier in Elliott Bay.
 Afternoon: Learn all about lighthouses--construction, function, lense types and more, from an expert.
 Dinner: Dinner will be in the hotel this evening.
 Evening: Did you know that Puget Sound is the home of the world's largest octopuses? Get the scoop on our eight-legged friends from the man who knows it all in an after-dinner talk this evening.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ride on the Washington State ferry to Vashon Island, visit to the Point Robinson lighthouse, Pike Place Market stroll.
(Tuesday, September 17)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant this morning.
 Morning: All aboard the Washington State ferry to Vashon Island and the Point Robinson Light on adjacent Maury Island. Built in 1885, it's located halfway between Seattle and Tacoma on a bustling seaway. Hear from a retired Coast Guardsman about the importance of this light to navigation and commerce.
 Lunch: You will love The Hardware Store! It's good food now, not nails and screws, and it's right in the middle of the little town of Vashon. Choose from many tempting menu items and chat with the locals while you relax.
 Afternoon: Stroll through the 106-year-old Pike Place Market; talk to farmers and artists, go behind the scenes to explore little-known parts of this amazing market. Say hello to Sasquatch, look--but don't touch--at what has been judged the second-germiest tourist attraction in the world and visit Seattle's smallest museum.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel this evening.
 Evening: Hear about Seattle's architectural growth, from canvas-roofed shacks on the beach to today's thriving metropolitan center, from an acclaimed architectural historian.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Museum of History and Industry and the Center for Wooden Boats. Free afternoon and evening.
(Wednesday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Ride the Lake Union Streetcar to see the newly-relocated Museum of History and Industry in South Lake Union Park. Explore its multiple floors of Seattle history: stories and artifacts tell the city's story. Stop next door at the Center for Wooden Boats to see historic craft, a walrus-skin umiak, a coracle and vessels you can rent to sail or row for a lively afternoon adventure.
 Lunch: Upon our return to the hotel, lunch is on your own today.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore more of Seattle; the aquarium, the Seattle Art Museum and many more attractions easily reached from our hotel. Suggestions will be provided.
 Dinner: Dinner will be on your own this evening. In addition to the two restaurants in our hotel there are many excellent choices nearby. Suggestions will be provided.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Ferry to Pt. Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula, visit Pt. Wilson lighthouse; ferry to Whidbey Island, visit Admiralty Head lighthouse; ferry to north of Seattle, visit the Mukilteo lighthouse.
(Thursday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant this morning.
 Morning: Travel by well-equipped chartered coach and Washington State ferry to the Olympic Peninsula and the Victorian seaport of Pt. Townsend for a lively lecture on the area's history, time to explore this picturesque town and a visit to the Pt. Wilson light, erected in 1879 at the point where ships turn from the Straits of Juan de Fuca into Puget Sound.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own in one of Pt. Townsend's excellent cafes. Suggestions will be provided. Stroll Water Street--guess where it's located--with its wonderful old buildings, bookstores, boutiques and colorful characters.
 Afternoon: Ferry from Pt. Townsend to Whidbey Island to visit the light at Admiralty Head. This well-preserved lighthouse is full of history. Hear from an enthusiastic and knowledgable docent about the lighthouse and the fort where it's located. Take a final ferry ride to Mukilteo to visit the beautiful little lighthouse there. We'll climb the stairs inside for a great view. It's a perfect finale to our exploration of the sentinels of Puget Sound.
 Dinner: Enjoy a delightful dinner at a waterfront restaurant in Edmonds, half an hour north of Seattle. Watch the ferries come and go as the sun sets behind the Olympic Mountains.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Space Needle film, monorail ride to Seattle Center, Space Needle visit.
(Friday, September 20)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant this morning.
 Morning: See a film detailing the construction of the landmark Space Needle in 1962. Ride the monorail to the Seattle Center and ascend the 604' Needle in a glass-fronted elevator. Enjoy a panoramic view of lakes, mountains, Puget Sound and the city. Return to the hotel with the group or choose to explore other attractions at the Seattle Center and return on your own. Thank you for coming to Seattle. Bon voyage!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Seattle, Washington Chihuly Gardens & Glass
Visit legendary glass-master Dale Chihuly's new permanent exhibit of his work in a striking building adjacent to the Space Needle. Ticket prices not yet announced. For additional information, visit chihulygardenandglass.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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