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Urban Outdoor Adventures: Bicycling Portland

Program Number: 20894RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/31/2013 - 6/4/2013;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Portland, Oregon
Price starting at: $834.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt    

One of the nation’s most beautiful cities — one where roses grow naturally and downtown borders a 5,000-acre forest reserve — Portland is a city almost as famous for bicycle-friendliness as it is for green space. A well-developed network of bicycle routes links every part of the city, from Skidmore Fountain in Old Town to the city’s many picturesque parks. Take part in an extensive, two-wheeled exploration of downtown Portland. Bike along the Springwater corridor rails-to-trails path and by the lovely Willamette River. Refuel with culinary delights ranging from local favorites to a meal in the city’s oldest restaurant.




Highlights

• Visit Portland’s Saturday market, the nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts markets.
• Enjoy beers and wines local to Portland, home to more craft breweries than any other American city.
• Explore Portland’s many gardens, as well as the fruits of a unique civic policy of promoting public art.



Activity Particulars

Biking 20-45 miles daily on varied terrain. Bikes provided.




Date Specific Information

5-31-2013

Enjoy Portland`s Starlight parade.



Coordinated by NW Discoveries.




Portland (Oregon)

Portlanders live a life rich in the arts, surrounded by natural beauty and conveniently situated near the Pacific Coast and Columbia River Gorge. The City of Roses is a walker's paradise filled with parks, fountains and unique neighborhoods.



Accommodations
Historic, renovated hotel in heart of downtown.
Meals and Lodgings
   Embassy Suites-Downtown Portland
  Portland 4 nights
 Embassy Suites-Downtown Portland
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Embassy Suites is located just 10 miles from Portland International Airport, the Embassy Suites ~ Downtown is just a quick light rail train ride away. The MAX Light Rail stop is a short two blocks from the hotel. The entertainment options within a few blocks of the hotel is fabulous and meets the needs of a variety of personality types. Within walking distance you can find a micro brew pub of local acclaim, a waterfront park for jogging reading, picnicking and people watching, world class shopping, art galleries and restaurants for every taste and pocketbook. This is a restored 1912 historic hotel and Green Certified-bronze.
  Contact info: 319 SW Pine Street
Portland, OR 97204 USA
phone: 503-279-9000
web: www.embassyportland.com
  Room amenities: Standard guestrooms are spacious two bedroom suites with large bedrooms and living/work areas. Each suite features 42" Flat Screen HD televisions in both the living room and bedroom areas, wet bar, coffee service, microwave oven and mini-refrigerator.
  Facility amenities: Enjoy free managers cocktail reception, breakfasts cooked to order, swimming/whirlpool surrounded by roman style pillars. When you want to kick back and take some time out, simply turn on your in-suite TV or play video games while you recharge your own batteries.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $160.+ Contact Embassy Suites for pricing and reservations.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $160.+ Contact Embassy Suites for pricing and reservations.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:30 pm You will be staying at Embassy Suites-Downtown Portland that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 am You will be staying at Embassy Suites-Downtown Portland the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Liability Release form will need to be signed.
  Parking availability:
Able to park your own vehicle for $18./day
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Portland
  Nearest city or town:  Portland
  Nearest highway: I-5
  Nearest airport:  Portland
  From End of Program
  Location: Portland
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Portland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MAX
phone: 503-238-7433 xtrimetorg

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 min. 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

   

MAX is Portland's public transit train. It departs from within 100 ft. of baggage claim area. Take MAX toward Portland downtown. Get off at SW 1st on Oak St. for Red MAX train.

 
Driving Directions
  Directions For GPS We recommend you put the lodging address into your GPS or vehicle navigation system or use the internet mapping websites: (ensure the mapping directions are similar to our provided instructions) http://maps.google.com/ then click on Get directions, then input your starting destination and ending destination = lodging address provided. or www.mapquest.com; then click on Get Directions, then input your starting destination and ending destination = lodging address provided. Embassy Suites-Downtown Portland 319 SW Pine Street Portland , OR 97204 503-279-9000 www.embassyportland.com You can also visit the lodging website or call the lodging for additional directions.
  From Portland airport Airport way to I-205 S. Go 3 miles to I-84 West. Go 6 miles and take the Portland exit. Follow City Center signs, stay in right lane and go over the Morrison Bridge. Turn right at the first light onto 2nd Avenue. Go 4 blocks to Ash Street and turn left. Go 1 block to 3rd and turn left. Go 1 block to Pine and turn right. The hotel entrance will be on the right-hand side.
  From the East of Portland I-84 West. Follow the City Center signs over the Morrison Bridge. Turn right at the first stop light onto 2nd Avenue. Go 4 blocks to Ash Street and turn left. Go 1 block and turn left. Go 1 block to pine and turn right. The hotel entrance will be on the right hand side.
  From the North of Portland I-5 South to exit 302A (Rose Quarter). Follow City Center signs over the Broadway Bridge. Stay in the left lane, this will put you onto Broadway. Go 8 blocks to Burnside and turn left. Go 4 blocks to 3rd and turn right. Go 2 blocks to Pine and turn right. The hotel is on the right hand side.
  From the South of Portland I-5 North. Stay in the Center lane when approaching the City, and take the Exit 1A Naito Parkway. Turn right onto Naito Parkway. Go 13 blocks to Pine Street. Turn left onto Pine Street. Go up 3 blocks and the Hotel Entrance will be on your right hand side.
  From the West of Portland Hwy 26 East. Follow Market Street signs (center land). Take Market Street all the way to 2nd. Turn left onto 2nd. Go approximately 14 blocks to Ash Street and turn left. Go 1 block to 3rd and turn left. Go 1 block to Pine and turn right. The hotel entrance will be on the right hand side.
Equipment Requirements: Proper bike gear. Program provides Hybrid bikes with upright handlebars and bike helmets.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome Cocktail Reception and dinner at the oldest restaurant in Portland.
(Friday, May 31)
   
 Arrive To: Mix and mingle at hotel cocktrail reception as we get to know each other and hear about the week ahead.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at Hubers, one of the oldest restaurants in Portland.
 Evening: On your own relax as you enjoy a drink and listen to live Jazz music next door to our lodging.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites-Downtown Portland
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bike along the Willamette River and Springwater corridor
(Saturday, June 1)

Note: 11 miles short ride to Crystal Springs gardens 24 miles RT to Powell Butte 32 miles RT to town of Gresham



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy your breakfast cooked to order at the Embassy Suites.
 Morning: Pick up our bikes and ride along the eastside of Willamette River to Crystal Springs Rhododendron gardens.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local bakery.
 Afternoon: Bike along the Springwater corridor, a rails to trails, to either Powell Butte or town of Gresham. After our bike ride enjoy a brief walking tour of Portland to see many of its artworks and history that were funded by a 1 percent public art tax on city construction projects. Visit Skidmore Fountain constructed in 1888 to provide water for the citizens as well as their horses. Enjoy drinking from the Benson bubbler water fountains scattered thoughout the city in 1912, so the mill workers would have more to drink than alcohol.
 Dinner: Free time with dinner on your own, as you take advantage of our downtown location to select from one of Porltand's great restaurants that are within easy walking distance.
 Evening: Free time as you enjoy many of Portland's entertainment options within walking distance of our lodging.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites-Downtown Portland
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Bike along the Willamette River to the quaint St. Johns neighborhood
(Sunday, June 2)

Note: 18 mile RT bike ride to St. Johns neighborhood 21 mile RT to St. Johns and Columbia Slough 31 mile RT to Kelley Point park



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy your breakfast cooked to order at the Embassy Suites.
 Morning: Bike along the Willamette River past University of Portland to St. Johns neighborhood. Walk across the St. John's bridge (painted green for St. Patrick's day). St. Johns bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the Northwest with the highest clearance.
 Lunch: Lunch at St. John's brew pub, built in 1905 as the National Cash Register Company's exhibit hall for Portland's Lewis and Clark Exposition.
 Afternoon: Optional additional bike rides to the Columbia Slough and/or Kelly Point Park at the junctions of Columbia and Willamette Rivers. After our bike ride, we can enjoy Portland's Saturday market, which is the nation's largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. neighborhoods.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own as you select from Portland's many interesting restaurants. Join the guide for a dinner at Brideport brewpub, Oregon's oldest craft brewery. Portland is the beer capital of the world with 30 breweries within city limits, which is more than any other city on earth.
 Evening: Free time to enjoy Portland's many fine entertainment options or visit Powells bookstore, covering an entire block with 3 floors of 1.5 million books, which is the largest used and new bookstore on earth.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites-Downtown Portland
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Use Portlands transit system to transport you up the hills (MAX train) and descend the hills on the tram.
(Monday, June 3)

Note: 8 miles short ride along the Willamette River. 26 miles medium ride up to Council Crest, along the Willamette river and the cute Hawthorne district. 30 miles for the medium ride up Mt. Tabor, an extinct volcano.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy your breakfast cooked to order at the Embassy Suites.
 Morning: Learn about Portland's ongoing initiatives to create the most bike friendly city in the US. Portland claims to be Bike City, USA due to its 315 miles of bikeways and the nations highest percentage of bike commuters at 7%. We'll put our bikes on the MAX train to ride up to Portland Zoo and Forest Park, the biggest park in Portland. Then ride along the heights to Council Crest for outstanding views of Portland and the surrounding Cascade mountains. Then descend on Portland's bullet shaped Tram built in 2006 down to the south waterfront. Then bike along the Willamette River, which bisects Portland to Butterfly park. We will pass by Mill Ends park at 24 inches in diameter which is the world's smallest dedicated park. Enjoy views of Mt. Hood in the distance.
 Lunch: Enjoy Portland's food carts as you choose from many options
 Afternoon: For those that want an additional 18 mile RT, we can cross over the Willamette River and bike to Mt. Tabor, an extinct volcano through many of Portland's quaint neighborhoods lined by flowering trees and plants.
 Dinner: A farewell dinner at a local restaurant with the opportunity to try some local wines. Re-live our memories from our days together.
 Evening: Share stories, photos and experiences from the week during a closing program that ends by 9:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites-Downtown Portland
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Enjoy the memories we have had together and say goodbye to your new friends.
(Tuesday, June 4)
   
 Breakfast: Cooked to order breakfast at the Embassy Suites.
 Morning: Program ends as you continue onto your next adventure.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Where to Bike Portland: Best Biking in City and Suburbs


Author: Anne Lee


Description: Description: Where to Bike Portland contains 47 interesting rides for adults and 26 kids' rides to motivate and inspire. It also includes a section covering how to prepare and what to take with you.





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