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Program #11522RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Will be traveling into elevations 3,000-6,000 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Bring comfortable walking shoes, and clothes that can be layered.

Itinerary for May 18 — May 23, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Conveniently located in the Lloyd Business District of downtown Portland, the hotel brings the City of Roses to you. This full service hotel is within four blocks of the Oregon Convention Center, the Rose Garden Arena and the Memorial Coliseum.

Contact info:
1441 NE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-233-2401
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/pdxne

Room amenities: Oversize work desk with lamp, cordless phones, free local phone calls, Keurig coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, microwave and refrigerator, TV with cable and a DVD player (DVD lending library at front desk), and complimentary high speed wireless Internet.

Facility amenities: This 241 guest rooms hotel was renovated in 2008. Amenities include an indoor salt water treated pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, on-site guest laundry, 24-hour business services and hotel shops including a convenience store, a newsstand and a gift shop. Lounge open from 3 PM to 12 AM. Room service available from 6 AM to 12 AM. Hotel offers a free area shuttle within five miles of the hotel. The hotel always offers a complimentary shuttle to / from the Portland airport. There is also an on-site Hertz car rental desk (503) 282-2644. There are also bicycles and helmets for guests to borrow.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $107 plus tax
Reservations for additional nights should be made through GroupMax at 1-888-233-9527. Be sure to identify yourself as an Road Scholar participant. Special rate is dependent on availability at the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 18 - Welcome/Orientation/Chef Presentation
Afternoon: Hotel check in begins at 3:00 PM. Program registration and reception begins at 4:00 PM. The program orientation begins at 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: A local chef will demonstrate one of her favorite desserts made from local ingredients.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Conveniently located in the Lloyd Business District of downtown Portland, the hotel brings the City of Roses to you. This full service hotel is within four blocks of the Oregon Convention Center, the Rose Garden Arena and the Memorial Coliseum.

Contact info:
1441 NE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-233-2401
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/pdxne

Room amenities: Oversize work desk with lamp, cordless phones, free local phone calls, Keurig coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, microwave and refrigerator, TV with cable and a DVD player (DVD lending library at front desk), and complimentary high speed wireless Internet.

Facility amenities: This 241 guest rooms hotel was renovated in 2008. Amenities include an indoor salt water treated pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, on-site guest laundry, 24-hour business services and hotel shops including a convenience store, a newsstand and a gift shop. Lounge open from 3 PM to 12 AM. Room service available from 6 AM to 12 AM. Hotel offers a free area shuttle within five miles of the hotel. The hotel always offers a complimentary shuttle to / from the Portland airport. There is also an on-site Hertz car rental desk (503) 282-2644. There are also bicycles and helmets for guests to borrow.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $107 plus tax
Reservations for additional nights should be made through GroupMax at 1-888-233-9527. Be sure to identify yourself as an Road Scholar participant. Special rate is dependent on availability at the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 19 - Downtown Walking Tour/Food History Lecture/Brewer...
Downtown Walking Tour/Food History Lecture/Brewery Tour/Public Art Lecture

Note: Downtown walking tour is approximately one mile at a leisurely pace, with some periods of standing.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Enjoy a leisurely walk through the streets of downtown Portland with a local expert who will show you the special art and architecture of the city. See and learn tidbits many Portland residents may not even know!

Lunch: Featuring masterfully-prepared Pacific Northwest cuisine, our lunch brings you the best the region has to offer.

Afternoon: A local expert will expand on Portland's public art scene, including sculptures, fountains, murals, paintings, photography, and other public expressions of creativity thanks, in large part, to the "Percent for Art" program that funds it.

Dinner: Enjoy a fabulous dinner at a local brewery, complimented by beer tastings and brewery tour.

Evening: Over the past decade, Portland has become one of the most important food cities in the country. Back at the hotel, learn from a food industry expert how and why Portland grew its food culture from regular suburban fare into a food lover's mecca with a focus on locally grown and sustainable sources.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Conveniently located in the Lloyd Business District of downtown Portland, the hotel brings the City of Roses to you. This full service hotel is within four blocks of the Oregon Convention Center, the Rose Garden Arena and the Memorial Coliseum.

Contact info:
1441 NE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-233-2401
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/pdxne

Room amenities: Oversize work desk with lamp, cordless phones, free local phone calls, Keurig coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, microwave and refrigerator, TV with cable and a DVD player (DVD lending library at front desk), and complimentary high speed wireless Internet.

Facility amenities: This 241 guest rooms hotel was renovated in 2008. Amenities include an indoor salt water treated pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, on-site guest laundry, 24-hour business services and hotel shops including a convenience store, a newsstand and a gift shop. Lounge open from 3 PM to 12 AM. Room service available from 6 AM to 12 AM. Hotel offers a free area shuttle within five miles of the hotel. The hotel always offers a complimentary shuttle to / from the Portland airport. There is also an on-site Hertz car rental desk (503) 282-2644. There are also bicycles and helmets for guests to borrow.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $107 plus tax
Reservations for additional nights should be made through GroupMax at 1-888-233-9527. Be sure to identify yourself as an Road Scholar participant. Special rate is dependent on availability at the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 20 - Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge
Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in hotel

Morning: All day field trip to Mt Hood/Columbia Gorge. Nestled midway to the summit of Mt. Hood is Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark. Constructed of mammoth timbers and native stone in 1937, Timberline Lodge stands today as a tribute to the rugged spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Explore this beautiful lodge with a forest service park ranger. Travel the Columbia Gorge and hear about its history through a local expert.

Lunch: Gourmet lunch at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood.

Afternoon: Travel to Hood River, wind surfing capital of the world! It is also known for growing luscious apples, pears, cherries, peaches and other fruits, and for its view of the majestic snow capped peak of Mt. Hood. Continue your travels through the Columbia Gorge and hear about its history through a local expert. A visit to the area is not complete without a visit to its breathtaking waterfalls. Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States. Enjoy the spectacular beauty of this scenic area.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own to explore the local cuisine.

Evening: Free evening to continue exploring Portland on your own or relax at the hotel.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Conveniently located in the Lloyd Business District of downtown Portland, the hotel brings the City of Roses to you. This full service hotel is within four blocks of the Oregon Convention Center, the Rose Garden Arena and the Memorial Coliseum.

Contact info:
1441 NE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-233-2401
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/pdxne

Room amenities: Oversize work desk with lamp, cordless phones, free local phone calls, Keurig coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, microwave and refrigerator, TV with cable and a DVD player (DVD lending library at front desk), and complimentary high speed wireless Internet.

Facility amenities: This 241 guest rooms hotel was renovated in 2008. Amenities include an indoor salt water treated pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, on-site guest laundry, 24-hour business services and hotel shops including a convenience store, a newsstand and a gift shop. Lounge open from 3 PM to 12 AM. Room service available from 6 AM to 12 AM. Hotel offers a free area shuttle within five miles of the hotel. The hotel always offers a complimentary shuttle to / from the Portland airport. There is also an on-site Hertz car rental desk (503) 282-2644. There are also bicycles and helmets for guests to borrow.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $107 plus tax
Reservations for additional nights should be made through GroupMax at 1-888-233-9527. Be sure to identify yourself as an Road Scholar participant. Special rate is dependent on availability at the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 21 - Farmer's Market/Old Church Concert/Portland Art M...
Farmer's Market/Old Church Concert/Portland Art Museum/Pearl District/Paragon

Note: Pearl District walk is approximately one mile; option to walk a shorter distance than others in the group is available.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Visit Portland's Farmers Market to see the abundance of local produce. Hear from local farmers and spend some time exploring.

Lunch: Select your lunch at the market with a voucher to spend as you decide!

Afternoon: Walk to Portland's Old Church which has been a Portland landmark since its completion in 1883. The building is no longer used as a church, but as an unique community building. Listen to a concert as you marvel at its stained glass windows and other details.

Visit Portland's Art Museum, the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest, which has amassed a diverse collection numbering over 35,000 objects and works of art since its founding in 1892.

From the art museum, hop on the Portland Streetcar for a ride to the Pearl District. A local guide will ride with you and share his intimate knowledge of the colorful history of Portland's "street scene." Your guide will take you on a walking tour through "the Pearl". This eclectic mix of trendy retail shops, art galleries, restaurants, parks and housing in one of the country's largest urban renewal districts was once Portland's industrial center.

Dinner: Enjoy a fabulous dinner of American brasserie-style cuisine at a popular restaurant located in the heart of the Pearl District.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Conveniently located in the Lloyd Business District of downtown Portland, the hotel brings the City of Roses to you. This full service hotel is within four blocks of the Oregon Convention Center, the Rose Garden Arena and the Memorial Coliseum.

Contact info:
1441 NE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-233-2401
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/pdxne

Room amenities: Oversize work desk with lamp, cordless phones, free local phone calls, Keurig coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, microwave and refrigerator, TV with cable and a DVD player (DVD lending library at front desk), and complimentary high speed wireless Internet.

Facility amenities: This 241 guest rooms hotel was renovated in 2008. Amenities include an indoor salt water treated pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, on-site guest laundry, 24-hour business services and hotel shops including a convenience store, a newsstand and a gift shop. Lounge open from 3 PM to 12 AM. Room service available from 6 AM to 12 AM. Hotel offers a free area shuttle within five miles of the hotel. The hotel always offers a complimentary shuttle to / from the Portland airport. There is also an on-site Hertz car rental desk (503) 282-2644. There are also bicycles and helmets for guests to borrow.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $107 plus tax
Reservations for additional nights should be made through GroupMax at 1-888-233-9527. Be sure to identify yourself as an Road Scholar participant. Special rate is dependent on availability at the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 22 - International Rose Test Garden/Japanese Gardens/C...
International Rose Test Garden/Japanese Gardens/Chinese Garden/Chef's Dinner

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Spend the morning exploring two exceptional gardens in Washington Park. Founded in 1917, Portland's International Rose Test Garden is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. In the beginning, even though World War I was raging in Europe, hybridists sent roses from around the world to Portland's garden for testing and to keep the new hybrids safe from being destroyed by the bombing in Europe.

The primary purpose of the garden is to serve as a testing ground for new rose varieties. The City of Portland Gold Medal Awards are issued annually to the best introductions. See these roses in bloom and enjoy the lovely views of downtown Portland.

Nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland, the Japanese Garden is a haven of tranquil beauty. The garden includes a formal Japanese Tea House, meandering streams, intimate walkways, and an unsurpassed view of Mt. Hood. Enjoy the peace and tranquility.

Lunch: Back downtown, you'll be treated to another fabulous meal with amazing views of the city from the 30th floor of Portland's second tallest building, the US Bancorp Tower, locally referred to as "Big Pink".

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon exploring the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. The Garden's mission is to cultivate an oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony to inspire, engage, and educate our global community in the appreciation of a richly authentic Chinese culture. See this wonderful garden placed within a one block area inside Portland's China town. You will be transported into a little piece of China.

Dinner: After a break back at the hotel, you'll head out to experience a grand finale dinner featuring seasonal, regional cuisine. Our chef will answer all your questions about sustainable food sourcing while you savor a unique Portland menu.

Evening: Dinner extends into the evening.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, May 23 - Goodbyes!
Breakfast: At hotel.

Morning: Program wrap up followed by independent departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Portland, OR
Crystal Springs Rhododendron GardenThe Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden was originally developed as a test garden. The oldest rhododendron in the current garden was planted prior to 1917. There are more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants in the garden.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandonline.com/parks
International Rose Test GardenWith 8,555 rose bushes representing 722 varieties of roses, this garden is definitely worth a visit. Call 503-823-3635 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: rosegardenstore.org/thegardens.cfm
Lan Su Chinese GardenDiscover an ever-changing landscape of pavilions, stone, water, plants and literature. Call 503-228-8131 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandchinesegarden.org
Oregon Historical SocietyExperience the Oregon story, from its earliest inhabitants to the present day, with fascinating displays of rare Oregon treasures. Call 503-222-1741 or visit the website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.ohs.org
Pittock MansionThe Pittock Mansion was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, their lives and work paralleled the growth of Portland from a small Northwest town site to a thriving city with a quarter million population. With its eclectic architectural design and richly decorated interior, including family artifacts, the Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial of this family’s contributions to the blossoming of Portland and its people. Information from www.pittockmansion.org. Call 503-823-3623 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.pittockmansion.org
Portland Art MuseumThe Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum’s collection includes works of European painting and sculpture, American painting and sculpture, English silver, Asian art, Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Cameroon and other African art, contemporary art, sculpture, prints and drawings, and photography. Call 503-226-2811 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandartmuseum.org
Portland International AirportFor information about airlines, parking, restaurants or shopping at the airport call 877-739-4636 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.flypdx.com
Portland Japanese GardenThis beautiful and tranquil garden features five gardens in 5.5 acres. Call 503-223-1231 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.japanesegarden.com
Portland Spirit River CruisePortland Spirit River Cruises offer Willamette River cruises and Columbia River cruises from downtown Portland Oregon aboard the Portland Spirit, the Willamette Star, the Crystal Dolphin and the Outrageous Jetboat. Call 1-800-224-3901 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandspirit.com
Portland Walking ToursPortland Walking Tours offers a wide range of walking tours- from the Best of Portland, to Underground Portland to an Epicurean Excursion. Call 503-774-4522 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandwalkingtours.com
Powell's City of BooksPowell's City of Books has over a million new and used books on the shelves. Get lost in the nine color coded rooms while searching through the 3,500 sections. This is more than just a bookstore, it's an entire block! Call 1-800-878-7323 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.powells.com
Travel PortlandPortland's one-stop visitor center, includes local events calendar and trip planning information. Visitor's information center conveniently located in Pioneer Courthouse Square (also known as Portland's living room). Call 1-800-962-3700 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.travelportland.com
Tri MetTri Met is Portland's public transportation system (includes lightrail, streetcar and buses). Call 503-238-7433 or visit their website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.tri-met.org
Waterfront BicycleWhether you're looking to rent a bike for a few hours or for a week, Waterfront Bicycle will have what you need. All rentals include a helmet, lock and handlebar bag. Choose from five styles of bikes. Website includes suggested rides. Call 503-227-1719 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.waterfrontbikes.com

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
1 Performances

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