You’ll love this northwestern adventure discovering Portland and its surrounding areas. View stunning mountain vistas
of the famed Mt. Hood from the International Rose Test Gardens and Washington Park. Enjoy lunch at the spectacular Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, a
national landmark built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and WPA during the 1930’s. Visit stunning gardens, each showcasing their unique beauty, new breeds and growing techniques.
- World’s Largest supplier of shade trees, J. Frank Schmidt & Son
- The extensive gardens, orchards and vineyards of McMenniman’s Edgefield
- Spectacular Columbia River Gorge and the famous Multnomah Falls
- A walk through the country’s premier supplier of conifers
- Lunch on spectacular Mount Hood at Timberline Lodge
- Lan Su Chinese Garden, where 90% of the plants are indigenous to China
- The famed Portland Japanese Gardens
- Visit the International Rose Test Garden
- Sauvie Island’s Cistus Design Nursery and its Mediterranean climate
- Dinner cruise along the Willamette River, showcasing the skyline of Portland
- Bag handling (1 per person) at hotels
- Welcome dinner reception, 24-hour emergency call service, free bottled water on coach
DAY 1—CITY OF ROSES
Welcome to Portland, the beautiful “City of Roses”! Your adventure begins with a private reception this evening. Dinner Reception
DAY 2—TERRA NOVA NURSERY/OREGON GARDENS/SEBRIGHT GARDENS
We begin our day with “Mr. Heuchera” Dan Heims and the Terra Nova Nursery where a significant share of the new coral bells have been bred and released. Dan has been on the forefront of tissue culture propagation as has been a grower of annuals and perennials for over 25 years. While touring the facilities, we will see his stunning display gardens featuring brand new plants, some that are not yet released. On our way to the next stop, we will travel through the beautiful Willamette Valley—home to two-thirds of Oregon’s wineries and vineyards! Our next destination, the Oregon Garden Resort, offers a breathtaking 80-acre botanical garden. The resorts’ more than 20 specialty gardens showcase the diverse botanical beauty that can be found in the Willamette Valley and throughout Oregon. We’ll enjoy lunch and a visit to the gardens at this premier resort. Our final stop of the day is highly recommended by Dan Heims of Terra Nova and gives us a chance to shop for unique specimens. Carrying several hundred varieties of hostas including six Sebright Garden introductions as well as several varieties of ferns and Epimedium, this stop will be one you won’t want to miss! B, L
DAY 3—CISTUS DESIGN NURSERY/MCMENNIMAN’S/COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
Our morning starts with Voodoo Doughnuts, a popular doughnut shop with a tremendous social media following. Known for their daring doughnuts featuring cereal, glitter and even a bacon option, the possibilities are endless! After filling our bellies with these delicious creations we head to Cistus Design Nursery, a retail micro-nursery located on Sauvie Island. This nursery offers Mediterranean climate, southern hemisphere, hardy tropical plants and more. Many of these plants may not be winter hardy but serve well as unique annuals and will expand your view of plants used in design. You can even purchase small plants and they will be shipped home for you. Our next stop is to McMenniman’s Edgefield where we will enjoy a delicious lunch. Following, we will have time to explore their gardens featuring extensive organic vegetable gardens, orchards, vineyards and a collection of perennials and trees planted throughout the property. Then it’s on to legendary Multonomah Falls! Plummeting 620 feet, it is the second highest year-round waterfall in America. You’ll love the magical sight of the exquisite silver stream flying down the mammoth rock face. Our final stop along the gorge is the majestic Crown Point overlook at the Vista House. B, L
DAY 4—CLACKAMAS/MT. HOOD/VILLA CATALANA CELLARS
Today we explore East Portland and all the beauty it has to offer. We start our day in the city of Boring, OR, which proves to be anything but. We’ll visit J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., the largest supplier of shade trees in the world. The arboretum is home to more than 800 species and cultivars of deciduous trees and shrubs, including numerous recent introductions. This arboretum was designed only to educate their consumers and is not open to the public. It will sure be a treat to tour one of the finest tree collections in the nation. Then, we continue to Iseli Nursery, the country’s premier supplier of the best selection of conifers. We will tour their display gardens, boasting a collection of conifers sure to astound in size, shape, color and structure. Next, get ready to ascend majestic Mt. Hood! Driving up to the timberline will reveal one spectacular vista after another. We’ll dine at the Timberline Lodge, a rustic resort built by the WPA craftsmen during the Great Depression. We’ll also tour portions of this amazingproperty with a U.S. Forest Service Ranger. On our way back to Portland we will stop at Villa Catalana Cellars. Featuring their award winning Pinot Noir and Syrah, this Tuscan vineyard also doubles as a tropical plant conservatory showcasing rare species from around the world. B, L
DAY 5—ROSE TEST GARDENS/LAN SU CHINESE GARDEN/PORTLAND Known as the City of Roses, Portland has long been an incubator of these scented beauties. In 1917 the International Rose Test Garden was born to preserve the species of European roses. Today it lives on as the oldest public rose garden in the United States. We will walk among the 7,000 luscious rose bushes that feature extraordinary views that exemplify just why Portland is known for their roses. Up next is the Lan Su Chinese Garden, one of Portland’s greatest treasures. Around 90% of the plants featured in the garden are indigenous to China, offering a window into Chinese culture and history. Modeled after Portland’s sister city, Suzhou, the authentic structures and gardens will inspire awe and leave you fully immersed. Our final garden of the tour is the Portland Japanese Garden. Encompassing 12 acres with eight separate garden styles, authentic Japanese Tea houses, meandering streams, intimate walkways, and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. There is no secret why it is known as the most exceptional garden of its kind in North America. Later, we will enjoy a delicious farewell dinner aboard the Portland Spirit enjoying spectacular views of Downtown Portland. B, D
Head home with fond memories of your time in the City of Roses. B
Night 1: Radisson Hotel Portland Airport
Nights 2-5: Embassy Suites Downtown Portland
Dates: September 17–22, 2019
Price Per Person*:
Double: $1,937; Single: $2,495
Depart/Return: Portland, OR
*Due to special group pricing, this tour is not eligible for any discounts.
high 70°/low 42° (Sept)
Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 4:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Schedule your flight home to depart anytime after breakfast on Day 6.
Starting hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle to/from Portland International Airport.
Free parking is available during the tour at our starting hotel.
Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.
Refrigerators, microwaves, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, WiFi, coffee makers, guest laundry, exercise room, and swimming pool throughout tour.
Elevations reach 6,000 feet at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.
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