Sound, Sea, and Straits
This eight-hour tour gives you an opportunity to leave the bustle of Seattle behind and join us locals in experiencing what we call "Island time" (a slower pace with time to really enjoy the beauty of our region). We will begin our day bright and early on the ferry to Bainbridge Island. Once on the other side of the Sound, we will drive across Agate pass, be inspired on lands touched by the Suquamish, and have a chance to see some amazing Coast Salish art and totems. From there we will cross the Hood Canal on a floating bridge (!) and arrive in the quaint seaside village of Port Townsend, where I will do a tour of the town before giving you time to shop and lunch on your own. As we leave town, one inspiring stop awaits on the North edge of town as we take a drive through Fort Worden State Park. From here we will look out upon the entry to the Salish Sea and San Juan Islands. A look westward will bring sweeping views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. You might just ask me to leave you here for a day or two!
7am board Ferry to Bainbridge Island
7:30-9:30 various stops along the Sound for local history and photos
9:30-10:15 arrive Port Townsend; guide orientation and talk
10:30-12:30 Lunch and strolling
12:30- 1:15 Fort Worden State Park History and photos
1:15-2:30 return to Bainbridge Island
could be ice cream at the ferry dock. . .
3:00 pm tour concludes at Pier 52 in downtown Seattle
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meet at Pier 52 pedestrian ramp just inside the doors at STREET LEVEL. We will walk together from here to my vehicle and load onto the ferry.
End location: Tour concludes at Pier 52. If we have been able to cross together I can return guests to their hotels or some other destination via my vehicle. There is a chance due to high volumes of traffic in Seattle's summer season, that we will not be able to cross over together at the conclusion of the tour; in which case the guests and I will part ways on the Bainbridge side. I will instruct them from there on best ways to return to their hotel once they reach Pier 52
Duration: 8 hours
Tour time could be longer if there is heavy traffic on the return trip for the ferry, though guests will have an option to board the foot ferry back to Seattle if auto lines hold the guide and vehicle up.
seats 4 passengers (though 3 is more comfortable)
has air conditioning
Guided and interpretive tour led in my vehicle. The ferry tickets and car-ferry fare are included in the price. I will have a cooler with water and light snacks as well
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 USD - Lunch costs, shopping for souvenirs. Port Townsend is a mecca of local artisits and craftspeople
Lunch or dinner, food or drinks on board the ferry, and any souvenir shopping you will do is extra. Port Townsend has an array of artisan shops, galleries, eateries, and local fare so bring enough cash along to match your inclination toward purchasing from merchants