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Portland's Culture and Northwest Cuisine

Program Number: 11522RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/18/2014 - 5/23/2014; 5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015; 7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015; 8/16/2015 - 8/21/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Portland, Oregon
Price starting at: $1,039.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Farm-to-table fresh, Portland's food and culture are unique and natural. Learn from notable local experts and a popular food critic about what’s going on in Portland kitchens. Enjoy delicious cuisine in a variety of award-winning restaurants. Taste a local craft beer and learn how it's produced, visit with local farmers and sample their bounty at the farmer's market, and discover downtown Portland on foot.




Highlights

• Enjoy a concert at the historic Old Church and take in the permanent exhibits at the Portland Art Museum.
• Study Pacific Rim influences on visits to the Japanese and Chinese gardens.
• Explore Columbia Gorge's superb waterfalls and one of the great lodges of the West — Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on uneven surfaces, climbing a few flights of stairs. Some use of public transportation.




Date Specific Information

5-18-2014, 5-17-2015, 7-26-2015, 8-16-2015, 9-13-2015, 10-4-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




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
Centrally located hotel with indoor pool and fitness center. Meals at hotel and local restaurants feature locally grown, fresh ingredients.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Peter Chausse

A Massachusetts native, Peter Chausse is a teacher and passionate local historian in Portland, Ore. Though a position with the U.S. Forest Service originally brought him to the Pacific Northwest, Peter is now an instructor at The Heritage Institute, a branch of Antioch University. He runs his own small walking excursion business in Portland and enjoys leading field trips with Road Scholar, during which he shares his knowledge of local art and natural history.
 
Joseph Couture

Joseph Couture is an expert on the geology and history of the Pacific Northwest. He studied geology at Portland State University and criminology at Southern Oregon University, and combined the degrees for his interest in forensic geology (geo-criminology). He is an accomplished lecturer on topics ranging from the Hawaiian Volcanoes to the Granite Plutons of Acadia National Park in Maine.
 
Kathy Block-Brown

Kathy Block-Brown graduated at the top of her class from the Le Cordon Bleu program at the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Ore., and achieved the Certified Culinarian level of the American Culinary Federation. As a sous chef and staff instructor at Portland's premiere cooking school, Kathy has worked with many of the city’s outstanding chefs and restaurateurs. She is a regular volunteer at Sisters of the Road Café, a restaurant that primarily serves low-income and homeless residents.
 
Sarah Curtis-Fawley

Sarah Curtis-Fawley has always had a passion for food and gardening — that passion led her and her husband, Chris, to study permaculture at the renowned Crystal Waters Eco-Village in Queensland, Australia. They moved to the U.S. in 2008 to create a business that united their passion for good food and small scale agriculture. Pacific Pie Company was launched in the spring of 2009, specializing in handmade savory pies. Pacific Pie Co. sources grass fed, humanely raised meat directly from farmers in Oregon, and features seasonal specials that highlight the region's bounty. Pacific Pie Co. strives to be as 'green' as possible, including composting, minimizing waste, using eco-friendly packaging, and sourcing local and seasonal ingredients.
 
Anna Curtin

Anna Curtin joined the staff of Portland Farmers Market in 2007 after several years of volunteer service with the organization. As the marketing and outreach coordinator, Anna enjoys sharing her passion for sustaining local food systems with the public at large. Anna was born and raised in New York’s Adirondack Mountains before relocating to the Pacific Northwest a decade ago to indulge her love of hiking, camping, and playing in the dirt. She lives with her partner and two rambunctious dogs in northeast Portland.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)
  Portland, OR 5 nights
 Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $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
  Additional nights after: $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 out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in begins at 3:00 PM. Program registration and reception begins at 4:00 PM, followed by orientation at 5:00 PM and dinner at 6:00 PM. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland) that night.
  End of Program:
9:30 AM after breakfast and morning wrap-up session. Hotel check out by 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland) the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking in the hotel lot is $10 per night.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Portland, OR
  Nearest highway: I-84 and I-5
  Nearest airport:  Portland International Airport (PDX)
  From End of Program
  Location: Portland, OR
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Portland (to Crowne Plaza)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 503-233-2401

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15-20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

   

After you have your luggage, call the hotel, and let them know you are ready to be picked up. They will need your name, number of people in your party and a phone number. The wait is usually around 15 - 20 minutes. There may be several Crowne Plaza shuttles, you will want the one marked Downtown / Convention Center. Meet the shuttle outside of the baggage claim at island #2 marked "courtesy shuttles."

 

Portland (to Crowne Plaza Hotel)

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 503-233-2401
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

   

After you have your luggage, call the hotel letting them know you are at the train station and are ready for to be picked up. They will need your name, # of people in your group, and a phone number. There may be a short wait for this complimentary service. You must call the hotel to be picked up. Make sure you board the Crowne Plaza Downtown / Convention Center shuttle.

 

Portland (to Crowne Plaza Hotel)

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 503-233-2401

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

   

After you have your luggage, call the hotel letting them know you are at the bus station and are ready for to be picked up. They will need your name, # of people in your group, and a phone number. There may be a short wait for this complimentary service. You must call the hotel to be picked up. Make sure you board the Crowne Plaza Downtown / Convention Center shuttle.

 
Driving Directions
  Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland) From North Travel on I-5 S toward Portland. Take Exit 302A (Moda Center / City Center). Take the ramp toward Moda Canter. Turn slight right onto N Vancouver Ave. Turn left onto N Weidler St. Turn right onto NE 2nd Ave. Hotel is located at 1441 NE 2nd Ave.
  Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland, OR) From South Travel I-5 N toward Portland. Take Exit 302 A (the Weidler St exit). Turn right onto NE Weidler St. Turn right onto NE 2nd Ave. Hotel is located at 1441 NE 2nd Ave.
  Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland, OR) Portland International Airport (PDX) Travel east on NE Airport Way. Merge onto I-205 S toward I-84 / Portland/ Salem. Merge onto I-84 W via Exit 21B toward Portland. Merge onto I-5 N toward Seattle. Take the Weidler St. exit- Exit 302A- toward Moda Center / Broadway. Turn right onto NE Weidler St. Turn right onto NE 2nd Ave. The hotel will be on your right. Hotel is located at 1441 NE 2nd Ave.
Elevation Note: Will be traveling into elevations 3,000-6,000 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Bring comfortable walking shoes, and clothes that can be layered.
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/Orientation/Chef Presentation
(Sunday, May 18)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Downtown Walking Tour/Food History Lecture/Brewery Tour/Public Art Lecture
(Monday, May 19)

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.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge
(Tuesday, May 20)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Farmer's Market/Old Church Concert/Portland Art Museum/Pearl District/Paragon
(Wednesday, May 21)

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.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: International Rose Test Garden/Japanese Gardens/Chinese Garden/Chef's Dinner
(Thursday, May 22)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Goodbyes!
(Friday, May 23)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel.
 Morning: Program wrap up followed by independent departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Portland, OR Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
The 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 Garden
With 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 Garden
Discover 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 Society
Experience 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 Mansion
The 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 Museum
The 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 Airport
For 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 Garden
This 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 Cruise
Portland 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 Tours
Portland 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 Books
Powell'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 Portland
Portland'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 Met
Tri 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 Bicycle
Whether 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
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


A Chef's Bounty: Celebrating Oregon's Cuisine


Author: William King


An Architectural Guidebook to Portland


Author: Bart King


Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon, 1850-1950 (The Classic Houses Series)


Author: William J. Hawkins, William F. Willingham


Insiders' Guide to Portland, Oregon


Author: Rachel Dresbeck


Savor Portland Oregon Cookbook: Portland's Finest Restaurants Their Recipes & Their Histories


Author: Chuck Johnson, Blanche Johnson


The Portland Bridge Book


Author: Sharon Wood Wortman


Wildwood: Cooking from the Source in the Pacific Northwest


Author: Cory Schreiber




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