Media Trip to Whidbey and Camano Islands, San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Washington – USA


                          Meet farmers, chefs, artists, libation crafters and experience the remarkable Pacific Northwest

Some of the most spectacular islands in the United States are found in the Pacific Northwest, about about one hour north of Seattle, Washington.  This press trip transports writers back to a simpler time, when life was slow and easy.  We’ll explore four islands.  The pristine waters, forests and stunning landscapes are filled with wildlife and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Wander beaches and historic seaside villages. You’ll discover why the islands are home to many writers and artisans of every kind. Meet world class chefs, friendly farmers, talented winemakers, distillers, brewers, and glass blowers. Dine on fresh food from local farms and the surrounding Salish Sea, including world famous Penn Cove mussels. The rustic charm and first rate hospitality offer a feast for the senses and dozens of story ideas.

photo credit M. Denis Hill

Who: up to 6 domestic and international IFWTWA journalists.
From our hosts’ perspectives, the ideal candidate will reach out to international or overseas readership
Preference is given to those who write for international markets, or markets that are not within a day drive to the islands and readers who would fly in to Seattle before visiting the islands.
When: September *7-13, 2017: Thursday through Wednesday
Where: Whidbey and Camano Islands, San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Washington – USA
Important Details: Our hosts will provide $500 travel allowance per person, ground transportation (airport & city), hotel, attraction visits, all tours, and 3 meals/day.  Airline transportation for IFWTWA journalists- up to $500/person reimbursement for coach/ economy fares only.
*Hosts will work with writers individually to ensure all writers arrive on Whidbey Island by the afternoon on Thursday.
*Special arrangements will be made with writers who need to arrive at Sea-Tac International Airport the night before.
*Each participant will depart on Wednesday, September 13. Requests to leave early cannot be granted from Orcas Island on September 12. This is based upon the host’s past experience with ferry transfers and a hosted group. Writers may anticipate arrival at the hotel in time for dinner on September 12, with free airport shuttle the next day.
Note:Checked baggage costs, parking fees, ticket change or cancellation fees are the responsibility of selected journalists and will not be not covered. Tips of $100 per participant will be collected on Day 1.
Hosts: Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism and San Juan Islands.
Journalist Expectations: Our hosts request each press trip participant writes/ creates TWO stories or media presentations- one for Whidbey/ Camano and a second one for San Juan Islands- within the nine month time frame.
PLEASE Apply by: May 18, 2017.  Acceptance: Applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 2, 2017.

photo credit Monica Bennett

Proposed Itinerary, subject to change by Whidbey Camano Islands and Visit San Juans

DAY ONE – Arrival Day – Whidbey Island Thursday, September 7, 2017
Whidbey Sea-Tac Shuttle picks up at Sea-Tac International Airport all day and will take writers to Whidbey Island via the Mukilteo-Clinton Ferry (2 hour trip). Writers will arrange their own flights. We will help them make their reservations on the airport shuttle.

  • Arrivals All Day. Enjoy Langley Whale Center, Art Galleries, Mona’s Chocolates, Chocolate Flower Farm Shed, Wine Tasting Rooms, Spy Hop and Double Bluff Breweries, Star Store. Please note: Early arrivals will have the opportunity to schedule a 20 minute individual unforgettable glass blowing experience at Callahan’s Firehouse in Langley

3 p.m.      Check into the Inn at Langley
5:00 p.m. Ready for departure to Orchard Kitchen with stop at local winery en route
6:30 p.m. Farm to Table Dinner at the Orchard Kitchen with Chef Vincent Nattress at Bayview Corner
Enjoy Overnight Lodging in Waterfront Rooms at the Inn at Langley

DAY TWO – Langley – Coupeville – Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island – Friday, September 8, 2017

  • Self Serve Breakfast Provided at the Inn at Langley

8:30 a.m. Check out and depart for the day
Tour and Tasting Glendale Shepherd Farm, winner of 2014 Good Food Award
Tour and Tasting Whidbey Island Distillery, platinum and gold medal winning liquors

11:00 a.m.-3 p.m. Driving Tour Ebey’s Landing, Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Fort Casey
Lunch in Historic Coupeville where Movie “Practical Magic” was Filmed
Walk the Shops, Galleries, Historic Buildings in Coupeville

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Tour Penn Cove Shellfish Mussel Farm with Farm Manager/Owner

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Stop at 3 Sisters Farm Store
Travel to Pioneer Way the Historic District of Oak Harbor
Check in to Coachman Inn in Oak Harbor

7:00 p.m. Dinner at Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway with Whidbey Island Wines and Spirits – Meet Chef Scott Fraser
Overnight lodging at Coachman Inn in Oak Harbor – Individual Rooms

DAY THREE – Oak Harbor – Stanwood – Camano Island – Saturday, September 9, 2017

  • Self Serve Breakfast at Coachman Inn in Oak Harbor
  • Check out ready to go by 8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m. Tour the PBY Naval History Center (Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is celebrating 100th Anniversary)

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tour Deception Pass Bridge and State Park (most visited State Park in Washington)
Travel to Camano Island via Fidalgo Island, Stanwood, Port Susan, Lunch en route

2 p.m.– 5 p.m. Tour Camano Island MarketPlace, Camano Island Coffee Roaster and French Patisserie
Tour of Canopy Tours Northwest (historic 5th generation farm)

5:30 p.m. Arrive at Camano Island Inn and Spa, Relax

6:30 p.m.Meet Chef Kris Gerlach in lobby for Menu and Restaurant overview; Dinner at Camano Island Inn and Spa on Saratoga Passage
Overnight lodging in Individual Waterfront Rooms at the Camano Island Inn 

DAY FOUR – Camano Island – Anacortes – San Juan Island – Sunday, September 10, 2017

  • Breakfast Served at Camano Island Inn and Spa
  • Check out ready to go at 9 a.m.

9-10 a.m. Tour Matzge Gallery/Sculpture Park
10-noon Tour Historic Cama Beach State Park w/Ranger, enjoy lunch at Cama Beach Café
Travel to Anacortes (2 hours)

2 p.m.
Walk On Ferry to San Juan Island
Tour and Tasting at San Juan Island Distillery
Drive through Roche Harbor & San Juan Island Sculpture Park & Westcott Bay Seafarms
Check into Friday Harbor House or Island Inn at 123 West or Friday Harbor Grand

7:30 p.m. Dinner at Backdoor Kitchen in Friday Harbor

DAY FIVE – San Juan & Orcas Islands – Monday, September 11, 2017

  • Breakfast at your lodging
  • Tour to American Camp
  • San Juan Island Vineyards
  • Lunch at San Juan Island Cheese
  • Tour downtown Friday Harbor shops/ San Juan Islands Museum of Art
  • Ferry to Orcas Island
  • Kathryn Taylor Chocolates & Island Hoppin’ Brewery in Eastsound.
  • Check into Rosario Resort & Spa
  • Farewell Dinner at Rosario
  • Overnight Orcas Island

DAY SIX – San Juan Island – Sea Tac International Airport Lodging – Tuesday, September 12, 2017

  • Breakfast
  • Cascade Falls & Mt. Constitution Moran State Park, Buck Bay Shellfish, Artworks at Olga
  • Lunch at Doe Bay
  • Walk on Ferry to Anacortes – Arrive Anacortes. Travel to Sea-Tac International Airport provided by Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism – Whidbey Sea Tac Shuttle which will transport to a specific Hotel near the Airport
  • Writers should not plan to fly out tonight
  • Lodging near Airport to be determined and hosted by Seattle Southside

DAY SEVEN  – Departure Day – Wednesday, September 13, 2017

  • Take Free Hotel Shuttle to Sea-Tac International Airport for Departing Flights

    Sherrye Wyatt                                                                            Barbara Marrett
    PR & Marketing Manager                                                          Communications & Stewardship Manager
    Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism                                     San Juan Islands                                                                                       
    (360) 929-9924                                                                          (360) 378-6822 ext. 6 and (360)

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