Before and After the 2001 AGM


Tours - Seeing and Enjoying the Pacific Northwest

  The Puget Sound  JASNA chapter has joined with Convention Services Northwest tour company to plan and conduct visits and tours to area highlights, especially those of interest to fans of Jane Austen.  All tours will be offered either before or after the conference.  Please note that registration materials for these tours will be included in the registration packet mailed to all JASNA members in spring, 2001. 

You’re invited to:

·        Sample Seattle – A Deluxe City Tour

·        Tillicum Village Salmon Dinner Cruise

·        Bloedel Gardens and Kiana Lodge on Bainbridge Island

·        Taste of the Northwest:  Local Chef’s Tour, Walking Tour

·        Victoria, B.C., Canada Day Trip

·        Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Tour

·        Northwest Houseboat Tour

·        Harvard/Belmont Historic District Architectural Tour

·        Museum of Doll Art, High Tea at the Sorrento Hotel

Sample Seattle - A Deluxe City Tour

A four-hour overview of Seattle, this bus tour visits the Waterfront with its shops and restaurants,  historic Pioneer Square with its 1900’s architecture and art galleries, continues through the International District with its Pacific Rim/Asian cultural emphasis.  Then it’s on to Lake Washington and the dramatic University of Washington campus.   

The first stop will be watching the salmon ladder at the Hiram Chittenden Locks, where salmon maneuver from the salty Puget Sound waters to freshwater Lake Union, returning to their parent streams to spawn.   The next views from Magnolia Bluff are breathtaking and then the final stop at famous Pike Place Farmers Market, an eclectic mix of farm produce and flowers, crafts and wonderful souvenirs from the Emerald City.  There may be optional stops for Seattle’s famous coffee. Cost, $27.  
Friday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 7, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tillicum Village Salmon Dinner Cruise

An evening full of authenticity and traditional Native American culture, this Tillicum Village tour cruises from Seattle’s Pier 56 to Blake Island Marine State Park and Tillicum Village.  After viewing the inner harbor of Elliott Bay, you’ll visit “Puget Sound of the Past” -- Tillicum’s Indian ceremonial longhouse, potlatches, war canoes, and Indian art.  The native “Longhouse” remains one of the Northwest’s most natural settings to achieve the true Native American experience. 

The traditional Northwest feast begins with steamed clams and nectar, followed by a buffet featuring alder-smoked salmon and Indian bread.  Following the meal, the narrator tells of Indian land and customs while Northwest National American performers portray their ancient folklore through a series of costumed dances, with the lush wilderness scenery as a backdrop.  The island itself is the birthplace of Chief Sealth, whose name, though changed, marked the pioneering late-1800s town of Seattle.  Cost, $77.  
Thursday, October 4, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Bloedel Gardens and Kiana Lodge on Bainbridge Island 

The 150 acres of the Bloedel Reserve was created to provide an opportunity to enjoy nature through quiet walks through what was once the private home of the Bloedel Family, and includes gardens and 83 acres of second growth forest.  Following the guided tour through the reserve and bird sanctuary, the group will visit one of the top garden spots in the U.S -- Kiana Lodge – so named as the “Garden of the Gods.”  Built in the 1920’s by the Seattle Beach and Country, it is on a beautiful waterfront with lagoon on one side and Puget Sound on the other. 

After a lunch of Northwest classics, clams, and salmon, stroll to Moose Lodge, with the largest collection of Native American baskets from throughout the Northwest and California.  Cost, $65.
Thursday, October 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Taste of the Northwest:  Local Chef’s Tour, Walking Tour

This is a rare opportunity to look inside the Seattle Pike Place Market from the professional chef’s point of view.  Follow a chef from one of Seattle’s acclaimed restaurants through the famous working market: Take an educational market shopping tour, learn what to look for in seasonal fruits, vegetables and fish, then go behind the scenes in a kitchen tour.  

Of course, the group will enjoy the delicacies that have been prepared at a sample luncheon, as well as take home favorite recipes.  Moderate walking is required; cost $99. 
Friday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Victoria, B.C., Canada, Day Trip 

Today what was once a busy port to Indians, British, Scottish, American and Chinese traders, is a charming city of flowers, afternoon tea and the provincial capital of Victoria, British Columbia.  This full day outing zips in 2 ½ hours by Victoria Clipper to Victoria, arriving at the architecturally distinguished Inner Harbour, ringed by the magnificent Empress Hotel, Parliament Building, Royal London Wax Museum, and Crystal Garden conservatory. 

Victoria is a walker’s delight with flower-filled streets, charming alleys and grand old buildings.  The afternoon is on-your-own strolling, visiting antique shops, pubs and tea rooms, or experiencing the grand Butchart Gardens, double-decker buses, or high tea at the Empress (reservations required.) Return is by the Clipper.  Cost $173.
Monday, October 8, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(Passport required for non-U.S. citizens and naturalized citizens only, photo ID suffices for all U.S. citizens.)

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Tour 

As enchanting as its famous French cousins, Chateau St. Michelle Winery has been named “Best of the Best American Wineries” and has won coveted awards and honors for their fine wines.  Nestled on 87 acres and surrounded by formal gardens, trout ponds and lush shrubs and flowers, this cultured Chateau is visually stunning.   

During this private tour of the 140,000 square foot winery and wine-making process, the “sniff, swirl, and slurp” method of wine tasting will be demonstrated as visitors sample the famous wines.  The 3-hour tour cost is $28.
Thursday, October 4, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Northwest Houseboat Tour 

Seattle is one of the only U.S. cities to boast a thriving community of floating homes such as shown in the Tom Hanks’ film “Sleepless in Seattle.” Although the early houseboats were simple, today many are elaborate and a novelty of the wealthy, selling for $650,000+.  Houseboat living includes a special camaraderie where neighbors have a block party and traditional “stringer” food buffet when it’s time for volunteer divers to swap out rotting logs, on which the boats anchor.  

To view these homes, this cruise on a private chartered vessel will sail from bustling Lake Union through the Montlake Canal to picturesque Lake Washington, all with Seattle or the City of Bellevue in the skyline.  The 3-hour cruise cost is $53.
Thursday, October 4, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Monday, October 8, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Harvard/Belmont Historic District Architectural Tour 

The Harvard/Belmont neighborhood, on Seattle’s North Capitol Hill, is rich in distinctive residences, special apartment buildings, and cultural facilities.  Constructed in the early 1900’s, it’s distinguished by curving tree-lined streets, and significant city landmarks including the Leary residence, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Cornish College of the Arts, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Building.  The 3-hour walking tour cost is $49. 
Sunday, October 7, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

All Dolled Up: Museum of Doll Art, High Tea at the Sorento Hotel 

The extraordinary Rosalie Whyel’s Museum of Doll Art is one of the world’s finest collections of dolls, teddy bears, toys and miniatures.  These miniature human replicas, over 700 in all, are in hundreds of sizes, shapes and colors – each with a unique purpose.  Others mimic personalities from the Royal Family to Elvis and the Beatles. 

Following the visit to this delightful museum and gardens in nearby Bellevue, the tour returns to the fine Sorrento  Hotel in downtown Seattle for traditional afternoon tea of scones, sandwiches, and sweet delicacies.  The 4-hour tour cost is $55.

Return to Seattle Main Page