2020 Covid-19 Road Trip Day 3 Wyoming USA August 25 – September 5, 2020 Lincoln, Nebraska to Saratoga, Wyoming Day 3: Arrival
Day 1-4 Seattle, Washington
Seattle, a city on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, and contains thousands of acres of parkland. Washington State’s largest city, it’s home to a large tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon headquartered in its metropolitan area. The futuristic Space Needle, a 1962 World’s Fair legacy, is its most iconic landmark.
Downtown Seattle’s premier luxury hotel, the Fairmont Olympic captures the charm and elegance of the Italian Renaissance. Built in 1924 and located in the heart of the city, this legendary hotel offers breathtaking architecture, acclaimed dining and impeccable service. With spacious rooms and corridors, as well as a full-service fitness center and indoor pool/spa, The Fairmont Olympic shines as the classic must-experience hotel in Seattle.
Named the No. 1 best hotel in Seattle by the U.S. News & World Report for 2018, The Fairmont Olympic is also a local favorite for dining in Seattle and host to award-winning restaurants.
You will visit the ever-enchanting Pike Place Market, trace our way through Seattle’s colorful history in Pioneer Square, pass by our two new stadiums, and tour the charming Chinatown International District.
We’ll roll down “Skid Road,” tour the waterfront and Seattle Center and climb Queen Anne Hill for stunning views of Seattle and its residential architecture. Quaint Fisherman’s Terminal and the Hiram Chittenden Locks are not to be missed, nor is funky Fremont, the “Sleepless” Houseboat and, very likely, a trip past the University of Washington campus across the world’s longest floating bridge.
You will also visit the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Music Experience.
At art of the table, we celebrate food and those who dedicate their lives to raising, growing, foraging, and catching the pacific northwest’s finest, freshest products.
Seattle’s most unusual attraction, a humorous stroll through intriguing subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889.
The 75-minute guided walking tour begins beneath Doc Maynard’s Public House, then spills into historic Pioneer Square, Seattle’s birthplace, before plunging underground for an exclusive, time-capsule view of the buried city.
It’s the only way to tour the interconnecting tunnels of the world-famous Seattle Underground—don’t be fooled by impostors. All the while, tour guides regale you with sidesplitting stories our pioneers didn’t want you to hear. It’s history with punch lines!
The tour ends in Rogues Gallery and the Underground Gift Shop, where you’ll find displays depicting the past and Northwest memorabilia. Sons of the Profits, the book by Bill Speidel upon which the tour is based, is our most popular souvenir.
Doc Maynard’s Public House, suitable for the entire family, offers affordable snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner, including fresh Northwest seasonal fare, and a full bar.
Seattle’s Historic Ghost & True Crime Tours offers a scenic, entertaining and unique way to see the city. Seattle’s past wasn’t always pretty. Seattle, being a port city, has always had a darker side. Some say it is because Seattle is a Scorpio town, founded in November 1851.
Visit the scenes of both infamous and forgotten crimes and hear about the notorious & colorful characters that made Seattle what it is today.
Day 4-5 Port Townsend, and Sequim Washington
Port Townsend, a Victorian seaport town set on the northeastern tip of the strikingly beautiful Olympic Peninsula, surrounded by water and towering mountains, was named one of America’s Best Small Towns by Fodor’s Travel Guides and even earned the distinction as the “City of Dreams” when it was officially settled by in 1851, with the hopes that it would become the largest harbor on the west coast.
While that didn’t happen, it is still considered a city of dreams today, with people of all types and backgrounds giving up more lucrative careers in larger cities for the chance to live in one of the most picturesque places on the planet. Here, you’ll find an eclectic mix of artists, writers, musicians, mariners and outdoor adventurers as well as streets lined with magnificent, century-old buildings that house a variety of restaurants and cafes, galleries and boutiques.
Tucked into a quiet neighborhood in uptown Port Townsend WA is Ravenscroft Inn, the ideal place for you to experience the beauty and charm of the Olympic Peninsula. Our bed and breakfast is ideally located just blocks from the draws of downtown Port Townsend and the bay, and is close enough to Olympic National Park for guests to easily explore its natural beauty. Our uptown location offers access to all the area has to offer with a short walk to restaurants, a local bakery, Saturday Farmers’ Market, the corner grocery, and live music & theater.
Leave for a one-hour scenic drive from Port Townsend to Sequim, (on the Olympic Peninsula)
Surrounded by natural beauty and full of small-town charm, Sequim is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and lavender lovers and is one of the driest places in western Washington. An active arts community, vibrant downtown, and diverse culinary options make Sequim the cultural and commercial heart of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley on the magnificent Olympic Peninsula.
Snoqualmie Falls: The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the country’s most spectacular waterfalls, and Snoqualmie Falls is one of the best. The fast-moving whitewater tumbles 286 feet from the Snoqualmie River into a 65-foot-deep pool below.
The falls are surrounded by a picturesque park that includes a gift shop, small café, and observation deck as well as a large grassy area, perfect for an afternoon picnic. Film and television trivia buffs will likely recognize the area as the falls have appeared in the cult TV series, “Twin Peaks,” as well as the 1993 flick “The Vanishing.”
It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful setting than Snoqualmie Falls, or a more iconic and distinctive Washington State resort getaway than Salish Lodge & Spa. Only 30 minutes from Seattle, Salish Lodge provides a quintessential Pacific Northwest experience.
All Guest rooms have gas fireplaces, spa-like showers with dual showerheads or oversized soaking tubs, and many have views of the Snoqualmie River. It’s the perfect place to create an incredible romantic getaway.
The Spa at Salish Lodge specializes in Northwest-inspired treatments featuring herbs from our garden and honey from our on-site apiary. Our two restaurants bring you mouthwatering Pacific Northwest cuisine. The Dining Room provides a first-of-the-season experience featuring flavors that sing the virtues of local and homegrown, and The Attic offers casual surroundings and wood-fired pizza and sandwiches. You’ll find our signature Salish honey on those menus too! Just look for the Salish bee highlighting our sweet offerings.
Take a scenic ride on the Mt. Rainier Gondola over meadows of wildflowers and climb over 2,000 vertical feet to the summit of Crystal Mountain. At the top, you’ll find an unparalleled view of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range, as well as the Summit House – the highest elevation restaurant in Washington State!
Soak in the views from one of the slingback chairs situated along the ridge. You’ll also find access to miles of hiking trails and the Summit Gift Shop, located under the gondola station. Interpretive guided walks are also offered where you’ll learn about the local history, geology, wildlife and more. Afterward, drive from Mt. Rainier to Snoqualmie and check in to your accommodations.
Drive from Snoqualmie Falls to The Allison Inn & Spa (Approximately a 3.5-hour drive)
The Allison Inn & Spa, an Oregon Wine Country Resort in Willamette Valley, Oregon, offers visitors an unmatched resort experience amid the lush natural beauty of the Willamette Valley. Thoughtfully placed on 35 hillside acres, our luxury resort welcomes guests as they enter the property and drive past 7 scenic acres of estate vineyards.
At nearby Soter Vineyards, climb the winding road to the airy tasting room for picture-postcard views over the vineyards. Enjoy the Provisions Tasting, which features ambitious pairings like chèvre crostini with wild nettles alongside the winery’s crisp 2012 Mineral Springs Sparkling Rosé. With six different wines and seven or eight small bites.
The Provisions Tasting is a culinary tasting experience focused on the art of food and wine pairing. While sampling our current release wines, their chef will serve you small plates and delicious bites crafted from the produce and meat they grow on their biodynamic farm.
Classically Styled Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from a Living Farm in the Chehalem Mountains. Caring for the land, cultivating its greatest offering, and joining friends at the table. These are the things they love to do, and they’re all right here on the estate farm. Their founder caught sight of a vision as a boy from his relatives in Italy and Croatia: “Staying close to the earth is staying close to the riches of life”. Alloro Vineyard is how they take that tradition forward—thoughtfully growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Muscat and handcrafting them with utmost care into wines that recall a heritage of hard work, conviviality, and shared leisure.
Only an hour from Portland, Wine Country Farm Bed and Breakfast is a historic romantic getaway built-in 1910. Located near the town of Dayton, the Inn offers spectacular views of the Willamette Valley and the Cascade Mountains.
The vines at this stunning estate, planted in 1970, are the second oldest in the area and include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Muller Thurgau, and Riesling varietals.
The tour is approximately 2.5 hours for the three-vineyard tour. Owners Jake and Shirley Price, who started this operation 8 years ago, have a passion for Tennessee Walking Horses. Of the 30 Tennessee Walking Horses at Jake Price Stables, seven of them are rescue horses.
After selecting your Equine Companion, you will be led on a private tour of some of the best vineyards in Yamhill County. We ride side-by-side through the lush vineyards listening to Price tell stories of past trail rides.
Your first stop will be White Rose Estate, which offers some of the most breathtaking vistas in the area. The tasting room is cozy and romantic, and guests are offered espresso in addition to a sampling of three superb varieties of pinot noir.
After a leisurely stroll around the ground, we continue to Winter’s Hill Vineyard, which is larger and more rustic, we are treated to pairings of chocolate and smoked meats with our tasting, which included Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Port.
We continue to Vista Hills Vineyard and Winery, arriving just as the sun is setting. We sip another flight of exquisite wines from inside the sophisticated tasting room, drifting outside to take in a spectacular view of the undulating vineyards from the adjacent elevated deck as our equine companions patiently waited under the oak grove. We couldn’t leave without taking a few more pictures as the sun gently set over the Dundee Hills.
Take a leisurely ride to see several of the 40 microbreweries and brewpubs that make Portland “Beervana” and get to know America’s bicycle capital like a local! Work up your thirst with this fun and easy paced 3-hour, 5-mile tour past many of Oregon’s best-loved breweries. Includes beer from 3 breweries, with a bonus beer from the shop keg after the tour!
You’ll even tour one of the breweries and see how the magic is made! Along the way, we’ll point out all the best bars, restaurants and many Portland sights including Powell’s Books, Stumptown Coffee, Downtown, the Pearl District and Northwest Portland. We’ll ride past 8 local brewpubs, stop into 3 of them, and finish the tour with a glass of tasty, local brew at our shop. You’ll leave the tour with plenty of places to return to so that you can continue sampling some of the best beer in Oregon!
Experience Portland’s famous farm-to-table scene on this progressive dinner tour through the city! You will visit three distinctly PDX locations, from urban wineries, fine-dining restaurants, local breweries, and award-winning patisseries.
Each stop features one course on this delicious adventure: appetizers, entree, and dessert – all with a tasty beverage pairing.
Spend approximately 1.5 hours visiting Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water, lets you experience the power and beauty of nature up close and with ease.
From the parking area off I-84, a 5-minute walk is all that separates you from the exhilarating spray at the base of the falls.
To make the outing complete, visit the Multnomah Falls Lodge which was built in 1925 to serve throngs of tourists who came to view the spectacular sights of the Columbia Gorge. Today, the historic structure (made of every type of rock found in the gorge) houses a gift shop with plenty of postcards, a restaurant with Northwest Cuisine and unbeatable views of the falls, and a US Forest Service Information Center where you can find trail maps. During the summer months, vendors offer ice cream, coffee, sodas and other quick snacks from booths and carts in front of the lodge.
Towering over northern Oregon and within eyesight from the streets of Portland, Mount Hood stands at 11,240 feet and is the highest mountain in the state. The main attractions of Mount Hood National Forest, including the Timberline Lodge, (where they filmed part of Stephen King’s “The Shining”), and the Mount Hood Cultural Center, can be reached from downtown Portland by car in less than 90 minutes.
Scenic charms in the national forest range from waterfalls, hot springs, and glaciers to varied wildlife and alpine wildflowers. In summer, the evergreen landscape of Mount Hood National Forest offers activities that are a little more varied, including abundant hiking trails, climbing opportunities, and numerous campgrounds.
A place that awakens the senses and soothes the heart…The Inn at Abeja is a stunning, turn-of-the-century farmstead where original outbuildings have been restored to lovely, spacious, individual, and private guest accommodations. Just minutes from the heart of downtown Walla Walla, the winery and Inn are surrounded by thirty-eight private acres of gardens, lawns, creeks, and vineyards for guests to enjoy.
Abeja is a place that encourages one to curl up in a hammock with a good book, socialize with our team and other Abeja guests over gourmet breakfast or a tasting in our Tasting Room, or watch a hawk ride the wind currents over the nearby wheat fields. Our beautiful sunsets and a vivid night sky are cause for celebration and our hospitality is truly one-of-a-kind.
Dine in the rich surroundings of The Marc Restaurant’s formal dining room—where gourmet cuisine and award-winning wines are brought together, to create the ultimate Walla Walla dining experience.
Our six in-house chefs meticulously prepare the region’s finest menu of Pacific Northwest delicacies including—jumbo diver scallops with risotto, wild spinach, and roasted peppers; Wagyu boneless short ribs with roasted carrots, Italian sweet peas, and caramelized sweet onion jus; and New York strip steak with potato puree, garden carrots, mushroom ragoût, and truffle-infused hollandaise.
Recently awarded “Restaurant of The Year” by the Washington Wine Commission, The Marc Restaurant in Walla Walla’s top destination for wine-paired dining.
In 2006, Spencer Sievers started his wine career buying 1,200lbs of grapes and fermenting them in his apartment in Northwest Portland. With some experimentation and a passion for making the terroir-driven, fruit-forward, vineyard and varietal specific wines, the El Corazon style was born.
When you open a bottle of Basel Cellars wine–be it red, white, or rosé, you will be inspired to learn more. You will immediately recognize it as a Washington wine. After the first sip, you will distinguish Eastern Washington. Then, you will know Basel Cellars: wines with rich fruit flavors, and the distinct characteristics of Columbia Valley and Walla Walla dirt; full-bodied red wines with smooth tannins and supple texture. These beautiful wines, coupled with a superior tasting experience, and the chance to live like royalty at our magnificent estate truly make Basel Cellars Walla Walla’s Premier Destination Winery.
Luxury Ride & Dine in our Stylish Lincoln. Go ahead and be a little extravagant! You have earned it. Why shouldn’t you dine in style? The Vine is offering an exceptional opportunity for you and your sweetheart or some friends and family to be picked up from anywhere in Tri-Cities or Walla Walla in our eight-seat Lincoln limousines and transported in style and safety to Southeast Washington’s finest restaurant, The Vine @ Cameo Heights Mansion.
L’Ecole N° 41 is a third-generation family-owned, artisan winery located in the historic Frenchtown School depicted on our label. Founded in 1983, we were the third winery established in the Walla Walla Valley. We have become one of the most prominent and visible Walla Walla Valley wineries with national and international distribution.
Maison Bleue is dedicated to the production of terroir-driven wines from the Walla Walla Valley, focused primarily on Rhone varietals such as Syrah, Grenache, and a Viognier. Our winemaking is an uncompromised style of traditional techniques, gentle handling and modest use of French oak. Our wines combine European sensibility with a controlled New World opulence.
Visitors returning to the Walla Walla Vintners tasting room will notice significant changes. But one thing we’ll never change is our commitment to producing the same elegant wines we have for the last 20 years. We source fruit not only from our own Estate Vineyard but also from some of the oldest and most acclaimed vineyards in the Walla Walla and Columbia Valleys.
We work directly with these growers to ensure the highest quality fruit, monitoring our blocks and rows throughout the growing season, many of which we’ve been working with since the winery opened its doors in 1995.
Small lot fermentations, punch-downs, and our small basket press all promote gentle extraction of color and skin tannins without the harsh and bitter seed tannins. Oak aging provides the ideal conditions for the flavors to develop while using barrels from several different cooperages allows us to add subtle layers of oak tannin and aromas to the final blend.
Lastly, by blending varietals and lots from different vineyard sites, we can combine those specific flavor profiles into the bottle you see before you.
A package can be customized to your wishes.
Day 2 of my Road Trip to Wyoming! What a great experience. We traveled from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Lincoln, Nebraska, and found the most luxurious boutique hotel and had drinks at one of the most famous Olympic figure skaters of all time!!