Current Day Trips
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Join us for a chance to see the Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstract Variations exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) this March! Georgia O'Keeffe's contributions to American modernism span over seven decades and more than 2,000 works of art. This SAM exhibition will include their recent O'Keeffe acquisition--Music, Pink and Blue, No. 1--as well as some of her early drawings and paintings on loan from major museums. Local artists Trish Harding and Deb McCunn will give you a brief orientation on O'Keeffe before you leave for Seattle at 9:45 AM. You'll have time for lunch on your own at one of the nearby restaurants, and a chance to explore the O'Keeffe exhibition and the rest of SAM's collections. We'll arrive back in Bellingham by 5:30 PM.
Course fee includes museum and exhibition admission and transportation provided by Bellair Charters. Registration deadline is March 9 by 5:00 PM. No refunds or credits issued after deadline.
Current Overnight Trips
Wine and books take center stage on this trip devoted to Willamette Valley wines with a perfectly paired (optional) reading list. You’ll travel to Yamhill County, Oregon to taste award-winning wines with Kelly Evert and Paul Hanson, Village Books and Paper Dreams co-owners, with special guest author Erica Bauermeister. Your guides will lead you in casual discussions of the three selected books—each chosen to enhance your experience of the valley—as you visit wineries and get a taste of what Willamette Valley has to offer.
Attend our next Information Session to learn more about the trip.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 6:00 PM
All information sessions held at Village Books Readings Gallery in Fairhaven.
Trip Itinerary at a Glance:
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- Travel to McMinnville, OR with a stop for lunch on your own at Panera Bread, and a wine tasting at Brooks Winery
- Wine tasting, tour, lunch, and talk with author/founder Susan Sokol Blosser at Sokol Blosser Winery
- Wine tasting and olive oil mill tour at Red Ridge Farms, home of Durant Vineyards wines
- Optional evening book talk with Erica Bauermeister TBD
- Wine tasting at Lange Winery and Argyle Winery
- Three course lunch with wine pairings at Dundee Bistro
- Travel to Bellingham, WA with a stop for lunch on your own at Panera Bread, and a wine tasting at Maryhill Winery’s Vancouver tasting room
Registration includes: lodging, Thursday and Friday lunches, all tasting fees, and transportation
Registration does not include: additional meals, miscellaneous personal expenses, reading list books* (available through Village Books with a 15% discount)
Luxury Double Occupancy: $1,395 per person
Stay in the heart of downtown McMinnville, OR at the luxurious Atticus Hotel. Room includes a King bed with fireplace. Their on-site restaurant, Red Hills Kitchen, offers daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings. Please note that double occupancy indicates two people per room.
Luxury Single Occupancy: $1,895 per person
Stay in the heart of downtown McMinnville, OR at the luxurious Atticus Hotel. Room includes a King bed with fireplace. Their on-site restaurant, Red Hills Kitchen, offers daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings. Please note that single occupancy indicates one person per room.
Boutique Double Occupancy: $1,095 per person
Stay in the heart of downtown McMinnville, OR at Douglas on Third—a collection of boutique vacation rentals in a hotel layout. Each unit includes a Queen bed with a mini kitchen consisting of a fridge, microwave, and sink. All Douglas rooms are located on the second floor with stair access only. Please note that double occupancy indicates two people per room.
Registration deadline is March 2, 2020.
A full refund is provided through March 2, 2020. After 5:00 PM on March 2, refunds are subject to a $250 administrative fee.
Optional Reading List:
Purchase your books through Village Books and receive a 15% discount!
The Vineyard Years: A Memoir with Recipes by Susan Sokol Blosser
Susan Sokol Blosser’s memoir chronicles her years as a pioneering female winery owner in the early 1970s just as the Willamette Valley began to establish itself as an upcoming wine region. Sokol Blosser shares her story in all of its challenges and triumphs, as well as recipes that represent significant memories and experiences along her journey.
The Grail: A year ambling and shambling through an Oregon vineyard in pursuit of the best pinot noir wine in the whole wild world by Brian Doyle
Brian Doyle sets out to spend a year following winemaker Jesse Lange, son of Lange Winery founder Don Lange, learning the winemaking process from grape to glass. Doyle’s frank curiosity and humor offer an engaging look at the process, and provides an inside perspective on the persnickety pinot noir grape and the inner workings of Lange Winery.
The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister
This magical novel follows Emmeline, a girl raised on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest with her father who nurtures in her a unique talent for identifying scents. Lyrical descriptions of scents, how they evolve over time, and how they are tied to memories and emotions weave throughout this coming-of-age novel of a girl forced to leave the island and take on the real world on a quest to understand her past.
Related Links:Detailed Itinerary
*Registration deadline has passed. Please call 360-383-3200 to be put on our waiting list.*
Experience a land of magical scenery, ancient castles, mystical legends, and folklore as we embark on a tour of Scotland from the bustling metropolis of Glasgow, up through the stark beauty of the Northern Highlands to Neolithic sites on the Orkney Islands, and down through Inverness and Loch Ness to the cultural hub of Edinburgh. WCC English faculty Rhonda Daniels, accompanied by a Scottish tour guide, will lead this exclusive small group experience of twelve participants.
Itinerary at a Glance:
Day 1 | Flight to Glasgow, Scotland (airport TBD)
Day 2-3 | Glasgow
Day 4 | Oban
Day 5 | Plockton
Day 6 | Ullapool
Day 7-8 | Orkney Islands
Day 9 | Helmsdale
Day 10 | Inverness
Day 11 | Dunkeld
Day 12-14 | Edinburgh
Day 15 | Depart for home (airport TBD)
Registration includes: lodging, breakfasts, transportation and guide, and admission fees to museums and sites listed in the detailed sample itinerary
Registration does not include: travel insurance (required—see below), additional meals, miscellaneous personal expenses, and airfare unless purchasing the optional airfare through WCC (see below)
Price per Person
Double Occupancy* $4,790
Single Occupancy** $5,790
Airfare (optional): $1,700
WCC Travel Insurance (see below): $45
*Double occupancy may not include separate beds at all locations. Twin beds may be available at some hotels, but are not guaranteed. Do not choose this option if you want separate beds guaranteed.
**Only two single occupancy spots are available.
An initial deposit of $1,500 (applied to the total cost of the trip) due at time of registration. Please see Deadlines & Resources document attached to your emailed confirmation for detailed deadlines.
December 2, 2019: Registration closes (or sooner if available spots fill)
December 6, 2019: WCC-arranged airfare (optional) or proof of individually purchased airfare due
February 28, 2020: Remaining trip balance (after deposit) and travel insurance (WCC purchased or proof of individually purchased insurance) due.
Purchase of $1,700 airfare to be arranged through WCC includes: Standard Economy seat, and transportation to/from Scotland airport(s) and hotel(s). Travel to Scotland will depart from Seattle or Vancouver, BC, to be determined after December 6. You are responsible for arranging transportation to/from this airport.
If purchasing airfare on your own, we require you to purchase and provide WCC with your flight details and itinerary by December 6.
All participants must have travel insurance. Because of age stipulations regarding travel insurance policies, there are two options.
1) If you are age 72 or younger as of July 9, 2020, you must purchase travel insurance through Whatcom Community College. We are able to offer this insurance at a discounted rate of $45 per person through LewerMark Student Insurance. You will receive an insurance card prior to departure. Please see the link below for a summary of this plan's coverage.
2) If you are age 73 or older, you must purchase individual travel insurance. Please note that travel insurance plans for this age group can average between $200 - $600 per person. Please see this attachment with travel insurance resources. You must provide proof of coverage and policy details to Whatcom Community College by February 28, 2020. We are happy to look at your policy prior to your final purchase to make sure you are sufficiently covered for Whatcom Community College's purposes.
No refunds on $1,500 deposit after December 2, 5:00 PM. No refunds on WCC purchased (optional) airfare after December 6, 5:00 PM. Remaining trip balance due February 28, by 5:00 PM. No refunds after February 28.