Category Archives: Newsletter #3

River Voyage of Discovery Cruises: Apr 3-May 1 and Sept 18-Oct 16

This 8 day journey along the Columbia and Snake Rivers combines scenic river history and unexpected cultural expeditions. Learn about the proud Nez Perce tribe and their way of life, past and present, along the Snake River. Combine that with an exhilarating jet-boat ride deep into Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America.

Your small ship will navigate 8 sets of locks and dams, changing a total of 738 feet of elevation within 470 miles. Pioneer history will come alive as you visit the Ft. Walla Walla Museum which houses over 35,000 artifacts, dioramas, and a real-life pioneer village. See the personal effects of the Queen of Romania as well as European paintings and Native arts at the unusual Maryhill Museum. Visit Ft. Clatsop and experience what life must have been like for the famous Lewis & Clark expedition during the winter of 1806. Learn about this region’s geographical and navigational history at the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center and the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Cruise in the wake of history and enjoy stories of courage and discovery that await you around every scenic bend.

Northwest Passage Cruises: May 15-Sept 11 2009

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

Summer in the Pacific Northwest is characterized by long, warm days with clear blue skies and gentle breezes. Nowhere is more beautiful this time of year than the Columbia River Gorge. This “Summer Celebration” cruise will celebrate the traditions of the past along with the fantastic wineries of the present while exploring the indigenous culture and history of the Columbia River Basin.

Beginning with your visit to the Bonneville Dam Visitors Center, you will transfer through 8 locks and dams on your way to the northwest “seaport” of Clarkston, Washington. An exhilarating jet-boat ride up the famous Hells Canyon on the Snake River will reveal elk, bighorn sheep, and 7,000 year old petroglyphs. An underground tour at Pendleton explores tunnels built in the late 1800’s by Chinese immigrants for illicit purposes and a visit to the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute will immerse you in a living, cultural Native American village. In Walla Walla, you will be treated to tasting and touring at two unique Columbia River wineries.

Join a special sailing, June 19th, with the chairman of the cruise line and his family. Guests will be treated to exclusive amenities at the chairman’s reception, an exciting raptor exhibition, guest speakers discussing the Lewis & Clark expedition, and the chairman’s farewell dinner. Come enjoy a cruise on the Columbia River at a time of year when the temperatures are pleasant, the wildlife is abundant, and the scenery dramatic.

Taste of the Pacific Northwest Cruises: Sept 13-Oct 18

This 8 day epicurean cruise on the Columbia River will feature the rich history and delicious flavors unique to this region. When it comes to the art of wine, Washington State knows its “terroir”—the combination of soil, climate, and geography that makes wine distinct.

You will be welcomed aboard in Portland, Oregon with a taste of Willamette Valley’s signature flavors: a Pinot Noir or Pinot Gris. To get a feel for the culture and industry of this area, we will visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center with a focus on Native foods and the agricultural history of the Columbia River Basin. A jet boat tour to the Hanford Reach National Monument will evoke memories of WWII and the Cold War era.

You will be treated to tours and wine tastings at two of Washington State’s AVA’s (American Viticulture Areas, also known as appellations) while exploring four of the Columbia Valley’s finest wineries: Coyote Canyon, Terra Blanca, Three Rivers, and Beresan. The Fruit Company, where orchards have been handpicked for 65 years, will take you by tractor into the field for fresh picked fruit. Before returning to Portland, we’ll visit the Seafood Consumer Center in Astoria. While we are here, those of you who enjoy the culinary arts will help our chef prepare lunch, fusing the freshest seafood with the unique local flavors of Oregon’s fresh fruits, vegetables, and cheeses, creating a delicious, enjoyable meal for all of us. Join us and see for yourself why Washington State is ranked among the top wine regions of the world. Its vineyards largely focus on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah; however they also produce a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Lake Coeur d’Alene Vacation Rentals

TMI Tours has a wide variety of accommodations in and around the Coeur d’Alene area. Our luxury home and cabin rentals come with all the amenities you could want in a summer vacation on Lake Coeur d’Alene—private homes complete with beautiful lake views, open air decks, sandy beaches, dock space for boats, jet skis, and more.

Personal watercraft rentals are a great way to see the lake and a sure fire way to add some excitement to your day. We can arrange jet skis or wave runners for you to enjoy for the day, or park them at your dock and use them anytime during your stay.

If you have never experienced the thrill of sailing your own boat, this is the perfect place to try it. Lake Coeur d’Alene always has gentle breezes on the water and we can arrange for you to learn with one of our sailing experts. The perfect ending to a day of sailing is refreshments on the deck at Silver Beach, where all the local sailors meet!

Water sports are a huge part of lakefront living on Coeur d’Alene Lake. Water skiing, boogie boarding, wakeboarding, and tubing can all be available right from your own dock and we’ll be happy to arrange instruction for beginners.

Your vacation won’t be complete until you’ve spent the day exploring the 130 miles of shoreline on a private lake tour. Armed with sun tan lotion, cool drinks, and a gourmet lunch, we can show you the most beautiful, secluded lake homes, wildlife drinking at the water’s edge, or the world’s only floating golf green. Enjoy lunch and swim at an un-crowded beach or go ashore to enjoy one of the lake crowd’s favorite watering holes. Learn about the rich and lively history of this lake and the small towns that still thrive on its shores. Let us take you up the “Shadowy St. Joe River” where the water is so clear, you’ll be able to spot fish swimming beneath the boat.

A vacation home in or around Lake Coeur d’Alene gives you the ability to enjoy a multitude of activities. To learn more about the many benefits of vacationing in our beautiful resort town, please call Linda Bruno or Rhonda Sand at 1-800-975-7775.

Explore the Northwest by RV

There is something very alluring about the open road and destinations unknown. Renting a RV for your vacation is a great way to bond with the family and still experience that sense of open road adventure. Let’s look at some of the great advantages of a RV vacation:

  • Getting Back to Nature – The great outdoors is what a RV vacation is all about. The Inland Northwest has rugged, unspoiled National Parks, sparkling clean lakes and rivers that are easily accessible from the highways and un-crowded campgrounds and RV Parks.
  • Campgrounds – You can choose the amenities that are important to you and your family. We can find you anything from rustic and secluded locations to parks with swimming pools, fishing ponds, game rooms, restaurants, and preplanned activities for adults and children.
  • The Comforts of Home – You can enjoy the fun and excitement of camping, yet retain the comforts of a full kitchen, TV, DVD, bathroom, and shower. And if the weather is unpredictable, you don’t have to suffer through it.
  • Fun for the Kids – They will love traveling in their “home on wheels” and children of all ages enjoy an old-fashioned campfire complete with stories, songs, stargazing, and of course s’mores!
  • Flexibility - You can change your locations at your own comfortable pace. Driving yourself gives you control over your schedule and allows you to really explore this beautiful country.
  • Relaxation – Get out there and really enjoy the leisurely pace of traveling by RV. You won’t return from this vacation feeling like you need a vacation. Take the opportunity to truly relax and unwind in some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.

TMI Tours, located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has all the information you need to start planning a great RV vacation for your family or group. We can plan your road trip, stock your RV, and recommend perfect places to stay and play in the Pacific Northwest. Please contact Rhonda Sand or Linda Bruno at TMI Tours or email us at info@tmitours.com for more unique ideas on how to spend your next vacation.