18520
Washington
Island Hopping on Three of Washington's San Juan Islands
Enjoy art and nature, learn about orca whales, visit a salmon hatchery, discover museums and immerse yourself in history and tradition as you explore the San Juan Archipelago.
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Program No. 18520RJ
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7 days
6 nights
16 meals
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DAY
1
Welcome & Orientation Program
Seattle
D
Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton

Afternoon: Welcome and Program Orientation

Dinner: A buffet-style welcome dinner featuring turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, and dessert will be served in the conference dining room.

Evening: Get Acquainted Program follows dinner

DAY
2
Cultural Center, Ferry to San Juan Island, Island Life
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L,D
Earthbox Inn & Spa

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

Morning: On our way to San Juan Island, we’ll visit the artfully designed Hibulb Cultural Center. 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 that tell the store of the “salmon people,” the Tulalip Nation. The artifacts, carvings, art and interactive displays weave insight and understanding to the land, the people, and the culture of the many Northwest Tribal ancestors.

Lunch: We’ll have lunch in the Port town of LaConner, WA. La Conner is a waterfront village located in the heart of the Skagit Valley. With our Northwest-style lunch in LaConner, we’ll experience first-hand this quaint artistic community.

Afternoon: We'll board the WA State ferry in Anacortes, WA - on our way to Friday Harbor. Enjoy the view from the inside passenger cabins or from the outside decks as we take our 1.5 hour journey through the archipelago to 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: Presentation "Views from the San Juan Islands" offers an insider’s look at contemporary life in the Islands.

DAY
3
Wildlife, Friday Harbor Museums, Meet Local Artist
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L,D
Earthbox Inn & Spa

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet served by our private caterer in Conference Dining Room 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: A Wildlife Rehabilitation expert begins our morning with an informative presentation about the wildlife that call the San Juan Islands home. Following our presentation, we will split into two groups and depart for 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. (Note: This activity is repeated after lunch to give everyone the opportunity to visit both museums.)

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 tea, and dessert of the day.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will split into two groups and depart for 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. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish!

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 on art in the islands - meet a local guest artist and learn about their craft and inspiration!

DAY
4
Orcas Island, Art Collections, Salmon Restoration
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L
Earthbox Inn & Spa

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet served by our private caterer in Conference Dining Room 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.

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.

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: Dinner on own - to sample the local fare!

Evening: The evening is yours to enjoy as you wish!

DAY
5
Island History, San Juan Island Excursion, Evening Music
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L,D
Earthbox Inn & Spa

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet served by our private caterer in Conference Dining Room 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: We'll begin the day with a presentation on island history. Then, we'll board mini buses to explore San Juan Island. Our explorations begin at the Historic National Park- American Camp to learn the about the Island’s historic past and the “Great Pig War.” Next, we'll travel to the picturesque Limekiln Lighthouse, now an Orca whale observation outpost.

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.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll travel to the Northern tip of San Juan Island to explore the Historic National Park - English Camp. We end our explorations with a stop in Roche Harbor, where you'll have the choice to visit either the historic Roche Harbor Resort 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, and meadows). Return to the hotel late afternoon.

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight's dinner features NW green salad, beef Swedish meatballs (with sauce on side), egg noodles, steamed veggies, coffee, tea, iced tea, water, and dessert of the day.

Evening: Enjoy an evening musical performance from a local favorite.

DAY
6
Lopez Island, Native History, Sustainable Farming & Living
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L,D
Earthbox Inn & Spa

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet served by our private caterer in Conference Dining Room 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. In Lopez Village, we'll begin in with a morning presentation that uncovers the authentic Coast Salish Native history with particular note of Islands rich archaeological heritage.

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.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll hear first-hand about an acclaimed local organization dedicated to building a diverse, sustainable Lopez Island community through award-winning environmentally designed affordable housing, sustainable agriculture, and other dynamic and successful rural development programs. Following, we'll visit a beautifully restored historic farm, home to a goat dairy, gardens and fruit orchard. We'll board the ferry to return to San Juan Island and will be back at the hotel shortly before dinner.

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight's dinner features NW green salad, prawns, and 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: As our program winds to a close, we celebrate the final evening with a brief review of our week and the morning departure details.

DAY
7
Farewell and Departure
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
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Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet served by our private caterer in Conference Dining Room 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 ferry.

Morning: Depart Friday Harbor, San Juan Island via the Washington State ferry and chartered motor coach. Program concludes in Seattle with drop off at SeaTac International airport(approximately 12:30pm) or the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton (approximately 1:00) on final day of the program. We recommend scheduling outbound flights after 2:30 pm (to allow ample time to check bags, clear security checkpoints and arrive at your departure gate).