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Urban Outdoor Adventures: Bicycling Portland

Program Number: 20894RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/2/2014 - 5/6/2014;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Portland, Oregon
Price starting at: $984.00 - 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.



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
   The Benson
  Portland 4 nights
 The Benson
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Benson Hotel is Portland's Grand Hotel and the lasting legacy of timber baron and philanthropist, Simon Benson. Designed by W. E. Doyle, Benson spared no expense when he built the hotel in 1912. The classic European styled lobby is adorned with Circassian walnut from imperial Russia, exquisite Austrian crystal chandeliers and the finest Italian marble. Recent renovations include the Lobby, Palm Court, and Mayfair Ballroom. The Benson Hotel is conveniently located on Broadway in the heart of downtown Portland, near the Pearl, and surrounded by shopping, nightlife, theatre, museums and attractions. The Benson has provided lodging for many of the sports teams and performers that have visited Portland.
  Contact info: 309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 USA
phone: 503-228-2000
web: www.bensonhotel.com
  Room amenities: Deluxe rooms feature Tempur-Pedic memory foam sleep systems, a work area with an executive desk, comfortable seating and luxurious accommodations. Every guestroom has breathable and biodegradable plush bamboo Benson bathrobes and slippers.
  Facility amenities: The Benson Hotel has 24-Hour Room Service. Complimentary newspapers and morning coffee, tea served in the lobby. High speed wireless throughout hotel. 24-hour business center and fitness room. Gold key concierge on duty.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 190. Contact Hotel directly for pricing
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: 190. Contact Hotel directly for pricing
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:30 pm You will be staying at The Benson that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 am You will be staying at The Benson 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 $31./night
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:

 

$1.00
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 red line toward Portland downtown. Get off at Pioneer courthouse Square and walk north 4 blocks on SW Broadway.

 
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. The Benson 309 SW Broadway Portland , OR 97205 503-228-2000; www.bensonhotel.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 SW Broadway.. Go 4 blocks to Oak Street. Benson Hotel is on left at corner of SW Broadway and Oak Street.
  From the East of Portland I-84 West. Follow the City Center signs over the Morrison Bridge. Turn right at SW Broadway. Drive 4 blocks. Benson Hotel is on left corner of SW Broadway and Oak St.
  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. Cross over Burnside, then in 2 blocks Benson Hotel is on the right corner with Oak St.
  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 12 blocks to Oak Street. Turn left onto Oak Street. Go up 6 blocks to SW Broadway. Benson Hotel on corner of Broadway and Oak St.
  From the West of Portland Hwy 26 East. Follow Market Street signs (center lane). Take Market Street all the way to SW Broadway. Turn left on SW Broadway Go approximately 13 blocks to Oak Street. Benson Hotel at corner of Broadway and Oak St.
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 2)
   
 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 and prepare for our week ahead.
   
Accommodations: The Benson
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bike along the Willamette River and Springwater corridor
(Saturday, May 3)

Note: 20 miles RT to Springwater corridor 40 miles RT to town of Gresham



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy your breakfast at the Benson.
 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, toward town of Gresham. Then either turn back on trail or ride MAX from Gresham back to our lodging.
 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: The Benson
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Bike along the Willamette River to the quaint St. Johns neighborhood
(Sunday, May 4)

Note: 21 mile RT bike ride to St. Johns neighborhood 32 mile RT to St. Johns, Columbia Slough and Kelley Point park



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy your breakfast at the Benson.
 Morning: Bike along the Columbia Slough to St. Johns neighborhood. Optional longer ride to Kelly Point Park at the junctions of Columbia and Willamette Rivers.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: Bike along the Willamette River past University of Portland to Portland. 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. Enjoy one of Portland's beer pubs, 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: The Benson
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, May 5)

Note: 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 at the Benson.
 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 10 mile loop, we can cross over the Willamette River and bike through many of Portland's quaint neighborhoods lined by flowering trees and plants.
 Dinner: A farewell dinner at a local restaurant. 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: The Benson
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Enjoy the memories we have had together and say goodbye to your new friends.
(Tuesday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy your breakfast at the Benson.
 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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