Art, Islands, and Bellingham Culture Adventure

    A 7 Day Arts-Inspired Adventure in the Pacific Northwest

    Perfect for the experienced painter or the beginner, this week long adventure combines the joys of art making with a visit to the scenic San Juan Islands  and a bevy of delightful arts-inspired cultural encounters around town. Enjoy 3 days of lavish studio painting with catered lunches and healthy snacks throughout each day. Experience a ferry ride to scenic Friday Harbor, a wine tasting at charming San Juan Vineyard, and the scenery at Lime Kiln State Park, known for its excellent whale watching conditions. Artisan boutique shopping, trips to Mindport, the Spark Museum, and the Smithsonian affiliated Lightcatcher Museum all feed curiosity and inspire painterly ideas. Intimate hosted dinners at some of Bellingham’s finest eateries provide a relaxing backdrop for socializing and connecting.



    • Transportation to and from scheduled activities
    • Welcome Goody Bag and Other Surprises
    • All Art Materials Needed To Create Your Masterpiece*
    • All lunches and 2 Hosted Dinners
    • Daily Hosted Happy Hour Socials
    • Healthy Snacks and Beverages Throughout Each Day
    • New Friends and New Experiences


    • July 9 – 15, 2017

    Explanatory notes

    *Artist Materials: Level 2 (Artist Grade) and Level 3 (Professional Grade) acrylic paints and mediums will be provided, along with sketching and practice materials, paint apron, brushes and assorted tools, and gallery quality canvas. Supplemental supplies include acrylic inks, pastels and more (Store value $300)

    A day-by-day description of your adventure with us

    We offer a full service experience, so each adventure session has been carefully choreographed behind the scenes. Clients receive a detailed itinerary and comprehensive information about their adventure week with us. A high-level overview of what to expect appears below, with the emphasis on ‘slowing your roll’.

    Our Time Together

    DAYS 1 THRU 7

    In a harried world, the opportunity to ‘recharge’ is essential. Our authentic Northwest experience combines the love of art, culture, and the great outdoors in a beautiful way. We’ve fused the pleasures of art making and self-expression with an immersive dive into the local scene. Forays into nature and visits to scenic cultural sights allow you to actively participate in the culture and community as an insider – not a visitor. Be touched by the places you visit and connected to the interesting people you meet.

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    Arrival Day

    DAY 1

    Your adventure begins when you check into your luxurious 4 star hotel on the water. Check out Squalicum Marina and stroll through Zuanich Point Park. Then meet for drinks and light hors d’oeuvres, and be introduced to your fellow adventurers. Make dinner plans at any of the area’s fine Marina restaurants, then head back to your room for a lovely tub soak and a restful night’s sleep. In the morning, enjoy a complimentary breakfast before being picked up for your first experiential day of studio painting.

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    Painting Workshop

    DAY 2

    Arrive at Yvette Neumann Fine Art Studio to begin work on your very own masterpiece. Divided into morning and afternoon painting sessions, the construction process will be broken down into easy, bite-sized lessons, throughout which you’ll be offered invaluable prompts and exercises to support the design and composition of your work. Enjoy a catered gourmet lunch on the patio and a relaxing Happy Hour Social in the Gallery and garden at day’s end. Enjoy a quiet evening on your own.

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    Friday Harbor Shop & Stroll


    Today we travel to scenic Anacortes and go on board a Washington State ferry, bound for San Juan Island. The islands are a favorite destination for artists, celebrities, and the like, and whales are a common sight in these waters, which makes getting to Friday Harbor a decided treat. Enjoy a tasty boxed lunch before disembarking – then it’s on to picturesque San Juan Vineyards for our first stop of the day.

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    Winery and State Park Tour


    Sample fine wines at At San Juan Vineyards, and tour the grounds, featuring a charming on site wedding chapel. Later, move on to Lime Kiln State Park, a popular place to view Orca whales, before returning to Friday Harbor Marina, and a chance to roam artisan shops – or simply relax and enjoy the harbor view over a favorite beverage . Catch the ferry back to the mainland and dine at one of Anacortes‘ finest restaurants before heading back to Bellingham.

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    Painting Workshop

    DAY 4

    Today marks a return to the the studio, where you’ll continue refining your work in AM and PM painting sessions, as you explore methods for abstraction, composition, color theory, and more. Progress reveals a maturing work, taking form. Another catered lunch, followed by another soothing Happy Hour Social in the gallery and garden; this is relaxed living at its best, and you’re now two-thirds of the way to completing your visual opus. Enjoy a quiet evening on your own.

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    Fairhaven Stroll and Shop


    Beginning at Boulevard Park, you’ll be treated to a history talk on the walk to historic Fairhaven. On the way, stop in at a local favorite coffee shop before heading over to Taylor Dock, a quarter mile long boardwalk and restored trestle over Bellingham Bay that connects the park with the old Fairhaven district. Arriving at Fairhaven, you’ll visit Village Books, Renaissance Celebration Glass, Good Earth Pottery, Artwood Gallery and other beloved boutiques on Harris street. Lunch at a local bistro in the heart of old town.

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    Whatcom Museum Tour


    After a relaxing lunch in Fairhaven, shift gears and head back into downtown Bellingham for a docent-led tour of the Lightcatcher Museum, a Smithsonian affiliated institution that is sure to delight and inspire you. Spend a little time studying the architecture, designed by noteworthy Olson Kundig Architects, and browse the Museum’s gift store. Then head toward the electrifying Spark Museum and Mindport Exhibits nearby – two local inspiration favorites.

    Spark Museum


    Arrive at the Spark Museum featuring a world-class collection of unique objects, highlighting inventions and innovations that changed the course of human history. Let your curiosity run wild with these compelling, interactive exhibits, spanning four centuries of scientific achievement and cultural heritage. Head around the corner to Mindport Exhibits for more fun, or choose to explore some of Bellingham’s more eclectic downtown shops and businesses.

    Mindport Exhibits


    Mindport Exhibits offers an inspiring blend of fine art and hand-built interactive exhibits to spark awareness and stimulate thinking. This is a great ‘off the beaten path’ place to immerse yourself in science and art, technique and expression, and a bevy of physical and spiritual modes of understanding the world. End an exciting day with a relaxing, hosted dinner at a local fine restaurant, located in the heart of town.

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    Painting Workshop

    DAY 6

    Return to the studio to finalize painting refinements on your final day, and with plenty of one-on-one help to put finishing touches on your one-of-a-kind masterpiece, complete the creative process begun at the start of your adventure; Tips for hanging, framing, cleaning and more will be shared, along with vendor sources for materials used throughout your journey. A final tasty, catered lunch, followed by a Happy Hour Social and gallery show celebration closes out the day.

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    Departure Day

    DAY 7

    On your final adventure day, visit Bellingham’s Farmer’s Market, bustling with musicians, street performers, and local craftsmen. Ample time to explore eclectic Railroad Avenue, with its interesting shops and diversions. Meet for a farewell lunch in a final celebration of your week long exploration and discovery with your new friends and fellow adventurers. Your creativity in bloom, head home in time to receive your newly-created masterpiece, sure to dazzle and delight your friends.

    adventure session pricing options

    We offer several different ways to participate in all the fun, so depending on your needs – we have an arrangement that’s perfect for you! Need accommodations? Want to bring a friend or spouse along for the ride? Take part in all the fun and share the experience effortlessly, because we’ve got you covered.



    An individual who does not need hotel accommodations and can provide their own transportation to/from a common pickup point

    Artist + 6 Nights Hotel


    * Contact us for options and specific pricing. Pricing varies, depending on specific hotel selected, season, and general availability.

    Come Create With Us

    Non Artist Companion


    An individual participant in non-painting activities, traveling with a registered artist  (based on double occupancy when hotel selected)

    Book Your Adventure Today

    Please refer to our helpful FAQ’s for additional information about our popular art-inspired adventures. Space availability for each session is limited to just 8 adventurers at a time, so we encourage you to book early. Travel Insurance helps you plan for the unpredictable, and we highly recommend you obtain policy coverage when booking an adventure with us. Refer to our Policies/Limitations page for any questions concerning your adventure tour booking  – a $250 deposit is required to hold your reservation. We will contact you about payment arrangements upon confirmation of your booking with us. Thank you for your interest in Creative Life Adventures NW!