2014 Events are here…..

Check out our calendar of events in July (Wine, Women & Water, Birds at Protection Island); in September, our 4th trip to the mouth of the Elwha River — amazing changes where the river meets the Salish Sea; and our October annual Crab Lasagna dinner cruise.  Also, if you have a private or corporate event you’d like to do, think about using the Expeditions as a venue!

Fun Time in the Summer Time!!

Kids of all ages love to have fun, and for us – after all, we are just a bunch of big kids – being on the water is about as fun as it gets!

With the days becoming warmer and longer, now is the perfect time to be cruising the waters of the Pacific Northwest.  We invite you to come along on any or all of our sell-out adventures – early reservations are recommended!!

Washington State is blessed with many things, but few can compare to the beauty and splendor of the San Juan Islands.  Quietly nestled between Vancouver, B.C. and Fidalgo Island, yet bustling with life, the San Juan Islands attract visitors year round with each island offering something different and unique – so unique President Obama recently signed a proclamation creating the San Juan Islands National Monument.  National monument status will permanently protect precious lands in the San Juan Islands.  These sites, already managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management, include recreational areas beloved by locals and visitors, cultural sites used by local tribes for thousands of years, historic lighthouses, wildlife habitat, and much more.

Warm and friendly, Friday Harbor on San Juan Island is a port we frequently visit.  Full of unique shops and museums, the island offers something for everybody.  Come cruise to Friday Harbor with us on Saturdays, June 29 and September 21 where you can explore the island, kayak, or just relax and enjoy some laid-back “island” time.  You’ll meet friendly locals and may see some exciting marine wildlife — three pods of Orcas are also “locals” in this area!  We can also arrange for a van tour of the island.  Join us for this great way to spend a day in the Pacific Northwest.

Are you more into great sunsets and food??  We’ve paired the best with the best for our Friday, July 12 Wine, Women, and Water Harbor Cruise.  Wine tasting with flare, we’re offering five wines paired with chocolate, cheese, pasta dinner, and dessert – all presented by the winemaker herself, working girl Kathy Charlton of Olympic Cellars!  But don’t let the name fool you – gentlemen are welcome on this event that is for everyone who loves wine, food, and being on the water!

Warm evenings are also great for bird watching or photography.  A cruise around Protection Island (Friday evening, July 19), just west of the Quimper Peninsula, is the perfect place to view a large variety of sea birds.  Whether you are an expert birder or just starting out, you’ll find our naturalist informing and knowledgeable, and ready to answer any of your questions.  Come see what type of sea bird or wildlife you can find.  And, as we pass Dungeness Spit on our return to Port Angeles, you’ll have a chance to photograph the historic Dungeness Lighthouse silhouetted against the Summer setting sun.

The Elwha saga continues – removal of the Elwha dams is changing not only the river but also the coastline surrounding the mouth of this great river.  The fish are beginning their return to the river and, on Sunday, September 15, we’ll revisit the site where the river meets the Salish Sea.  On board will be naturalists and Olympic National Park representatives to provide information about the dam removal, expectations, and what is predicted for the future.

As we move into the Fall we all start feeling a little “crabby” — Dungeness Crabby that is!  In celebration of the Dungeness Crab Festival on Saturday evening, October 12, we’ll set sail around Port Angeles Harbor for our 3rd Annual Crab Cruise.  Mouthwatering crabby cuisine, fun, and prizes make this an incredibly “crabby” evening and the perfect ending to an unforgettable Summer time of Fun!!

Spring is officially here!

The sun has been shining; the air has been warmer and the daffodils are in full bloom…. It has been beautiful weather! But with the flowers blooming…those of you that are planning on attending the 30th annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, may be asking yourself… what does this mean for the tulips!?!  That would depend on when you plan on visiting the fields; although no matter when you go, you will experience the true meaning of Northwest beauty. Everywhere you turn there are fields of color flowing like waves in the breeze, and the area is bustling with activities, welcoming all with open arms. Though everybody has his or her favorite time, for us it has always been the third weekend in April, and if you are looking for the best stress-free way to visit the festival…travel with Expeditions NW!

Our day trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival allows you to sit back and relax, taking in the spectacular views while enjoying a hot breakfast as we sail through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Deception Pass, and into Swinomish Channel to La Conner where we will dock for our day of fun!

Skagit County’s oldest community, La Conner, is a historic waterfront town full of unique shops and restaurants, art galleries and locals… all waiting for the onset of visitors that the tulip festival brings. Also rich in native history, the Swinomish Tribe is situated across the Channel from La Conner with the two communities connected by the Rainbow Bridge.

Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde are the two premier fields in Skagit Valley planting hundreds of acres of tulips, daffodils and irises to the delight of tens of thousands of visitors each April. Once April is over, the bulbs are cultivated and shipped around the world for all to enjoy. So…when it comes down to it, whether you buy bulbs or not …you can always say that you saw them when two fields were richly in bloom.

So if your passion is flowers or festivals, bright beautiful colors or just being out in nature… the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a great way to fulfill that passion.

Spring is….right around the corner…

and with Spring comes tulips… and when those tulips come out, there is no better place to view them than the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival! AND… we can’t think of any better way to get there AND beat the traffic then to sail on the Expeditions!                                                                                                This is the complete package!  As we sail East, you’ll be served breakfast while taking in some of the best views the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Through Deception Pass, under Rainbow Bridge and in to La Conner for an afternoon of tip-toeing through the tulips. We’ll get you to the fields in style aboard deluxe motor coaches, and of course there will be no waiting in line once at the fields…. they’re expecting you! Enjoy your time in the fields but save your energy, for you will have two full hours to explore beautiful La Conner.         Sailing home will be an experience all of its own, right down to the sun setting as we arrive back home in Port Angeles. So, what are you waiting for?? Come experience the difference.                                                                                                The Ocean is our playground…. Come play with us!                                                                                                   

2013…. Here we come!!

The Ocean is our  playground…..Come play with us!!

At Expeditions Northwest something different awaits you!  Join our capable staff on any of our planned adventures or let us tailor something especially for your group.  Our comfortable 120’ vessel, Expeditions, will give you a look at the Pacific Northwest you won’t see from the highway!  Scheduled events include harbor cruises such as our Annual Wine, Women, and Water or our Crab Festival Cruise;  lighthouses and bird watching;  casinos or heritage tours, and our spectacular day trips or overnighters in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.  Bring your cameras to record marine wildlife, sea birds, and lighthouses; buy seeds at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in April; or relax aboard on corporate retreats or training sessions;  You can use the Expeditions for private celebrations such as a wedding or anniversary – we love doing it all!! Remember, the Ocean is our playground….Come play with us!

The end of a wonderful 2012 season!

Well…Our 2012 season is over and done with… and thanks to all of you, it was amazing!!!

From our season start – St. Patty’s Day’s Brats & Brew, a day that saw every possible type of weather, to a very busy July & August with our second annual Wine, Women & Water featuring Kathy Charlton of Olympic Cellars as well as a number of special chartered events….to the last event of our season… a sold out Crab Cruise!

We enjoyed new & old friends as time flew by bringing us to the end of a wonderful season and the start of the Holidays. We wish everyone the warmest of Holidays and thank you all for being a part of our 2012 season…you are the reason why we do what we do!!!

Summer Fun Continues….

Long Summer days mean endless Summer fun for all ages… and fun is exactly what you find at Expeditions NW in Port Angeles, WA on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula! From fun filled Sunset Harbor Cruises and Marine Wildlife Searches to sun filled day trips to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, as the sun shines on the water let our Captain and Crew give you a look at the Pacific Northwest that you’ll never see from the highway. So what are you waiting for? The ocean is our playground…come play with us …. as the Summer fun Continues.

 

I AM WOMAN… HEAR ME POUR!

   And that is what I plan to do on Friday, July 13th  aboard Expeditions NW - Second AnnualWine, Women & Water… Three of Life’s Essentials!  With superb local wine, fresh regional cuisine, and spectacular scenery, this cruise of Port Angeles Harbor featuring Kathy Charlton of Olympic Cellars this is one event you won’t soon forget. Pairing her award-winning wines with local cheeses from Renaissance and chocolates from Necessities & Temptations, topped off by an amazing lasagna dinner – this is some of the best the Olympic Peninsula has to offer- all rolled into one great event!…And, don’t let the name fool you – gentlemen are welcome! So, bring your best friends or significant other for a fun-filled night of trivia games, prizes and…..          Great Wine ~ Great Food ~ Great People

 Port Angeles Harbor Sunset

Daytime on the harbor         Sunset on the harbor          Moon rise on the harbor

Click here for more information on this, or any of the great cruises that Expeditions NW offers.

 

The Beauty of the Pacific Northwest

Come rain or shine, the beauty is always there.

For those of you that live in the Pacific Northwest… no explanation is needed for that statement, I’m sure.                                                                                               For those of you that are reading this, you may wonder what we’re talking about !?!…let us tell you.

360 degrees of endless beauty! From rain drops dancing on a lake to the swirls of steam rising from the wet ground as the sun comes out after the rain, stimulating your senses with a feeling of renewal. The sun shining on the majestic snow-capped Olympic Mountains to the south as you stand with your toes in the sand at Hollywood beach to the north; or sun filtering through in streams as you hike in lush green forests; to the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Salish Sea that go on forever, packed with amazing sea life and speckled with islands that pop up from nowhere.

The Pacific Northwest is by far one of the most beautiful areas in the world,with broad vistas that impart a sense of peace. But don’t take our word for it… let us show you the beauty from the deck of the 120′ Expeditions. Whether it’s a day trip to the San Juan Islands, a sunset harbor cruise, historical cruise to Neah Bay or an overnight cruise of the Hood Canal…the beauty is in our back yard.

The Ocean is our playground…. Come play with us!!!

Expeditions NW Friday Harbor Day Cruise    

Friday Harbor                        Mt. Baker                      Olympic Mountains

 

New Ventures – New Horizons

LET’S DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!!!!

AN INVITATION FROM EXPEDITIONS NORTHWEST

NEW VENTURES – NEW HORIZONS

Expeditions NW, Inc. of Port Angeles, WA has embarked on a new adventure using our 120′ foot vessel Expeditions to present opportunities to explore the ecological, cultural and educational wonders of the Pacific Northwest, an area that provides significant opportunity for expanding horizons and venturing into a world rich with history and geologic importance. Formerly the Victoria Express passenger ferry providing foot passenger service to Victoria, B.C., as well as private charters and other marine adventures, the new company brings to the table over 20 years of experience on the  Pacific Northwest waters.

We can tailor ANY event to your needs – from corporate retreats to “a floating learning laboratory” for enlightening educational ventures – from extraordinary photographic opportunities to magical and enlightening geographical and geological – from harbor cocktail cruises to Friday Harbor day excursions or the excitement of Orca whale watching — we can enhance your horizons and show you the Pacific Northwest as you’ve never seen if before – from the water, not the highway!

We hope you will visit our website – Let us know what YOU want – we can do it! We can arrange an entire event including hotels, ground transportation, and local Olympic Peninsula highlights such as the Hoh Rain Forest or Hurricane Ridge, from guided tours of the Port Angeles “underground” to a visit to Webster Woods at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.

Remember, The Ocean is our playground….come play WITH us!!

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