ORIENTATION: From 4:00 - 5:00 PM, we'll have greetings, introductions to your fellow participants and program staff. We'll also review the up-to-date schedule, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer any questions.
Dinner: We'll enjoy a relaxing dinner at Charley's in the Courtyard Marriott.Evening: Introduction to the Pacific Northwest. We begin our journey of discovery in the beautiful City of Roses, just 70 miles from the ocean in a magnificent setting between the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. In this evening’s presentation, our expert weaves together the strands of history, culture, and aspects of contemporary life. There is no doubt that the region known as the Pacific Northwest is one of the most distinctive and beautiful in the country.
Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention CenterMeals Included: Dinner
The Rhododendron Garden bursts into a blaze of color early in May with its hand-sized blooms. An expert will guide us as we view more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants — all donated by volunteers and interested individuals, or purchased with specially donated funds. Rhododendrons and azaleas cover the city and inhabit the forests as a living reminder that spring has arrived!
At the International Rose Test Garden, enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Hood, as well as an expansive collection of rare, unique and beautiful roses. An expert will guide us through these magnificent gardens which were established in 1917 to serve as a safe haven during World War I for hybrid roses grown in Europe. The gardens which are typically in bloom in June, have grown to include over 6,800 rose bushes representing 557 varieties. Make sure you visit the themed gardens as well...the Shakespeare Garden and the Miniature Rose Garden.
Next we'll take a trip through time and learn about Chinese culture, history and way of thinking at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Their mission is to cultivate an oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony to inspire, engage, and educate the global community in the appreciation of a richly authentic Chinese culture.
Our docent guides our examination of the garden’s living collections that present hundreds of native Chinese plant species and forms including more than 90 specimen trees, many rare and unusual shrubs and perennials, and signature collections that include Magnolia, Cymbidium, Camellia, Osmanthus, Rhododendron and bamboo — all within a one block area inside Portland's China town.Lunch: Lunch is at the popular Portland City Grill, a downtown Portland restaurant located near the top of Portland's second tallest building with wonderful views of the surrounding area.Afternoon: We'll take a leisurely walk through the streets of downtown Portland with a local expert who will guide us through some of the finest of the city's unique art and architecture. See and learn about tidbits many Portland residents may not even know!
Among its many innovations, Portland has become one of the great beer destinations in the U.S. It has so many brewpubs and microbreweries that it has been called "Munich on the Willamette."
We'll explore a local microbrewery with the guidance of the brewmaster and have an opportunity to taste locally crafted brews.Dinner: We'll follow up our beer tasting with a buffet at the pub.Evening: After returning to the hotel, we'll have a special presentation on the public art found so commonly around Portland.Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention CenterMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The next stop is the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks — also known as the Ballard Locks for their location — provide a link for boats between saltwater Puget Sound and the freshwater canal connecting local lakes. The grounds feature the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden, one of Seattle’s most beautiful park settings, and a fish ladder critical for salmon and steelhead heading upstream to spawn.
Our expert guide will lead your walk along the locks, the botanical garden, and fish ladder. Learn about the history and operation of this engineering marvel as you observe boats, flowers, and swimming fish.Lunch: Lunch is at a popular waterfront restaurant. Ferries cruise by, fireboats spray, seagulls squawk as we dine on tasty seafood such as chowder and delectable crab, complemented by hot sourdough bread (other choices also available).Afternoon: We’ll drive through the lovely University of Washington campus to Volunteer Park, with its Olmsted-designed conservatory and Seattle Asian Art Museum. Founded in 1861 in what is now the heart of downtown Seattle, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast.
We'll stop at Volunteer Park, designed by the Olmstead Brothers, and then we'll explore the Conservatory and view the outstanding Asian art exhibits at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
You’ll have some time to relax and refresh at the hotel prior to dinner.Dinner: Enjoy a lovely Northwest-inspired dinner at the hotel.Evening: Learn more about Seattle's fascinating architecture from a University of Washington architecture professor who has deep knowledge and boundless enthusiasm for this topic.Lodging: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth AvenueMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Then we'll get a first-hand look on a walking tour as your guide takes you through the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods to gain fascinating (and occasionally offbeat) insights into the city's history, architecture, and people. Beginning with Gastown, the city’s birthplace, walk through this historic neighborhood, with much of its early architecture and character intact, and see how it is evolving into one of the cities newest residential areas.Dinner: We'll enjoy dinner at the hotel on this relaxing evening.Lodging: Best Western Plus Sands HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll begin with an introductory lecture,
"Towards a Sustainable Future — the Post War City," with your expert guide, who will lead you in an in-depth exploration of Vancouver's multi-faceted personality from past to present.
We'll begin exploring on Granville Island, home to a thriving artistic community of painters, furniture makers, jewelers, and even a cobbler. See how a sandbar was transformed first into an industrial area then into a renowned public market.
We'll move on to Chinatown, with its rich culture and striking collection of designated heritage buildings recalling the contributions of early pioneers and leaders.Lunch: After exploring one of North America's most important Chinatowns, we'll have a traditional "Dim Sum" lunch.Afternoon: We'll spend the afternoon on a field trip to one of Vancouver's finest institutions, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia — a place of extraordinary architectural beauty, stimulating programming, vibrant exhibitions, world arts and cultures. Here you’ll gain a remarkable glimpse into the lives of the indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of British Columbia as you explore one of the world’s outstanding collections of Pacific Northwest Aboriginal artifacts.
Canada’s largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea, renowned for providing insights into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world. Meet with Anthropology students from the University for an introduction to the indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of British Columbia. Explore an outstanding collection of Pacific Northwest Aboriginal artifacts.
Dinner: Dinner will be at the Fish House in Stanley Park, set amid spectacular gardens and forests. The menu features a lovely variety of seafood options.Lodging: Best Western Plus Sands HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Upon arrival at Vancouver Island, we'll meet a local historian, who will accompany us to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens. After an introduction to the Gardens on the motorcoach, we'll arrive in time for lunch.Lunch: Lunch at Butchart Gardens will be boxed so you may eat at your leisure.Afternoon: Enjoy a self-guided walk through one of the world's premier floral show gardens. Fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display are open to the public, offering spectacular views from the many paths that meander through the four main gardens. From the exquisite Sunken Garden to the charming Rose Garden, this show garden still maintains the gracious traditions of earlier times. Explore at your leisure the fabulous Gardens in all their seasonal glory.Dinner: We'll enjoy a dinner on the wharf at Milestones Grill.Evening: Mingle with new friends for an optional walk to Beacon Hill Park, just blocks from downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbor. The park has been a sanctuary of beauty and tranquility since 1882. It overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the principal outlet for the Georgia Strait and Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean, that provides a portion of the international boundary between the Canada and the U.S.Lodging: Royal Scot Hotel and SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Then, we’ll explore the historic chapel and restored gardens of St. Ann’s Academy’s, continuing on foot as we walk into Old Town and around the historic harbor. At the famous Empress Hotel, examine the gardens and learn about its intriguing history and royal visits. Established in 1843 by James Douglas as a fort for the Hudson's Bay Company, Victoria's British ancestry is apparent in double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, formal gardens, and tearooms.Lunch: Lunch is on your own today so you can sample local fare according to your personal preferences.Afternoon: Visit the Royal British Columbia Museum and Art Gallery. Here at one of the foremost cultural institutions in the world, learn about the history of generations of people who have prospered in the land we know as British Columbia. Join a museum guide for a private presentation on the First Peoples Gallery providing a dramatic glimpse into the Pacific Northwest and First Nations cultures before and after the arrival of Europeans. Discover the meaning of the totem poles, the intricate and mythic reasons behind their carved masks, as well as the different cultural groupings of First Nations peoples in the Victoria area.
Later in the afternoon, we will have the unique opportunity to meet a native artist, who will introduce us to his fascinating craft.Dinner: Back at the hotel, our lecturer will be our guest for dinner this evening so we will have opportunity to continue our afternoon discussions in an informal setting.Lodging: Royal Scot Hotel and SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
The nationally recognized Whale Museum is the first of its kind dedicated to promoting stewardship of whales — especially Orcas — and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. You’ll find a fascinating collection of exhibits, artwork, models, and artifacts, including real whale skeletons and a family tree of the resident Orcas. You can also listen to the "songs " of various species of whales.
At the San Juan Historical Museum, the Executive Director will guide you back in time through the island's history. The museum consists of eight buildings, including an 1894 farmhouse, a carriage house, root cellar and milk house, the original San Juan County Jail, a barn, 1891 log cabin, and Resource Center. Each building houses displays and exhibits of early life on San Juan Island.
The group will be sub-divided to enhance your experience at these museums.
Dinner: We'll dine in the Harbor Room on Northwest green salad, roasted breast of chicken with potatoes, chef's choice of veggies, dessert, coffee, tea and ice tea.Evening: "Views From the Islands." Get an insider's perspective on contemporary life in the islands. The San Juan Archipelago comprises more than 700 islands and reefs; about 176 of those in San Juan County are large enough to be named. The 16,000 people who reside in San Juan County are as diverse as the land they call home: Islanders are actors, alpaca ranchers, artisans, farmers, fishermen, loggers, movie producers, pilots, shopkeepers and writers. These folks add to the islands' unique character.Lodging: Best Western Friday Harbor SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Next we'll visit San Juan Island National Historic Park. Following the precedent set by the Great Pig War, in which the U.S. and Great Britain settled ownership of the island through peaceful arbitration, the Park now celebrates how disputes can be resolved without resorting to violence. The Park also encompasses a rich and diverse environment intimately involved with he island's 3,000 year human history.
We'll travel to the Park by charter bus where an American Camp guide will provide a Park overview, followed by the opportunity for self-exploration of the trails, the remaining historical buildings on site, the grounds and the barracks.Lunch: Weather permitting, we’ll have a picnic lunch at scenic Lime Kiln Park, considered one of the best places in the world to view whales from the land. The Limekiln Lighthouse also serves as a whale research outpost.Afternoon: This afternoon will be of your choosing: travel to either historic Roche Harbor Village or Westcott Bay Sculpture Park by chartered bus.
Roche Harbor, once a Hudson's Bay Company trading post and limestone production outpost, is now a popular resort featuring Historical Hotel de Haro; colorful gardens; and large marina.
Westcott Bay Sculpture Park contains over 100 sculptures scattered throughout its outdoor museum. Gaze at the striking artworks of bronze, wood, stone, ceramic, medal and glass created by notable Pacific Northwest artists.Dinner: Dine this evening on Northwest green salad, prawns and scallops in a sun-dried tomato pesto with penne pasta, chef's choice veggie, dessert, coffee, tea and ice tea.Evening: "Port on an Inland Sea." A local historian will provide insights regarding the historical establishment of the islands with a blend of politics, the founding of Friday Harbor, and the Great Pig War, a conflict involving American and British troops and warships that "could" have changed the course of history.Lodging: Best Western Friday Harbor SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
In the hotel conference room, our expert local guide will tell you all about Pike's Place Market, a special place that is recognized as one of America's foremost farmers' markets, comprising nine acres and more than a century of history. Today, the market is home to more than 200 year-round commercial businesses; 190 craftspeople and approximately 100 farmers who rent table space by the day; 240 street performers and musicians; and more than 300 apartment units, most of which provide housing for low-income elderly people. "The Market," as locals affectionately call it, attracts millions of visitors a year, making it one of Washington state's most frequently visited destinations.
At the conclusion of the presentation, we’ll walk to the Market, 3 blocks from the hotel.Lunch: Lunch will be on your own at the Market with 60 restaurants and cafés from which to choose. After lunch, enjoy some free time to talk with farmers, artists, and explore the nooks and crannies abounding in five levels of shops.Afternoon: Meet the group and walk three blocks to Seattle's Monorail. The Monorail, built for the 1962 Century 21 Exposition, is the best way to travel to the Seattle Center and the landmark Space Needle. It's a short ride but lots of fun!
Then zip to the top of the Space Needle, also built for the exposition in 1962. When the Space Needle was built it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The view is magnificent! You'll see cruise lines and cargo ships crossing Elliott Bay, the sparkling water of Lake Union, and the city streets abuzz with activity. The whole city will open up before you! Return via the Monorail with a short walk back to the hotel.
Dinner: Relax at a leisurely dinner at the hotel.Evening: Spend the remainder of the evening chatting with new friends about the special moments in your Pacific Northwest adventure. What's your favorite memory? Where would you like to revisit and learn more?Lodging: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth AvenueMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
The program concludes with breakfast as we say farewell to new friends and take home a host of memories. We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will join us again for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
Individual departures from Seattle.Meals Included: Breakfast