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.
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.
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.
Friday Harbor Shop & Stroll
DAY 3 (MORNING)
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.
Winery and State Park Tour
DAY 3 (AFTERNOON)
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.
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.
Fairhaven Stroll and Shop
DAY 5 (MORNING)
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.
Whatcom Museum Tour
DAY 5 (AFTERNOON)
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.
DAY 5 (AFTERNOON)
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.
DAY 5 (AFTERNOON)
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.
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.
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.