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Coastal Catch: A Culinary Adventure Along Oregon's Beautiful Coast

Program Number: 6945RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/4/2014 - 5/9/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lincoln City, Oregon
Price starting at: $865.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Spectacular rugged cliffs, evergreen forests, and boundless sandy beaches are the backdrop for your study of the Oregon Coast, the dynamic life it supports and the delicious meals created by locals. Delight your palate as chefs like Sharon Weist of the Lincoln City Culinary Center show you how they bring the best out of Oregon’s fresh fish, and other seafood. Taste the wines of Oregon’s renowned vineyards and learn to pair them with dishes.




Highlights

• Visit Learn about the sustainable harvesting of Oregon's seafood.
• Explore Oregon's wild coast and learn about the region's fragile ecosystem.
• Visit the award-winning Rogue Ales brewery to hear about the up-and-coming craft beer industry and sample some ale for yourself.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile; some uneven terrain. Boat ride with indoor seating.



Coordinated by Coastal Journeys Unlimited.




Lincoln City

From its prime location on the Pacific Coast, Lincoln City, nestled between miles of sandy beaches, Devil’s Lake and lush forests offers opportunities to discover Oregon’s coastal highlights, from beachcombing and birding to wines and whales.



Accommodations
Oceanfront resort, pool and spa.

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

Carol Johnson Unser has incorporated her love for nature throughout her career as an instructor at the University of Georgia’s Marine Science Center, interpretive coordinator for the National Marine Sanctuaries division of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, and estuarine education coordinator for the state of Oregon. In addition to her academic career, Carol is an accomplished artist who has illustrated more than a dozen books, including nature field guides and children’s books.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Inn at Spanish Head
  Lincoln City, OR 5 nights
 Inn at Spanish Head
Type: Resort
  Description: incredible 10-story hotel is built into the cliff right on the beach at Lincoln City; spectacular ocean views from every room
  Contact info: 4009 SW Highway 101
Lincoln City, OR 97367 USA
phone: 800-452-8127
web: www.spanishhead.com
  Room amenities: all rooms have frig and microwave; some have kitchettes with full stove. some rooms, but not all, have balcony, must call & request if you need something specific.
  Facility amenities: ocean-view dining and lounge, heated pool, exercise and recreation rooms, saunas and enclosed ocean view spa. Miles of walking beach right outside your hotel room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Check with hotel. This resort is popular with Portland weekenders, so before and after additional nights fill up fast. Make arrangements early and make sure to mention you are with Road Scholar program.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Check with hotel. This resort is popular with Portland weekenders, so before and after additional nights fill up fast. Make arrangements early and make sure to mention you are with Road Scholar program.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at Hotel front desk starting at 3 p.m. Orientation in hotel meeting room at 5 p.m. You will be staying at Inn at Spanish Head that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 9:00 a.m., Check out is 11 a.m. You will be staying at Inn at Spanish Head the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at hotel; complimentary valet service is available
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lincoln City, OR
  Nearest city or town:  Lincoln City is 25 miles north of Newport OR
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  Portland OR (PDX)
  From End of Program
  Location: Lincoln City, OR
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Portland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Rental Car Agencies
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

100 miles

   

Numerous automobile rental agencies operate out of Portland International Airport. Please contact these agencies directly for car rental information.

 

Portland

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Caravan Airport Transportation
phone: 541-994-9645
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50-$60 per person+gratuity
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 2.5-3hrs travel time 

 

Distance:

 

105 miles

   

Advanced reservations are required. Monday-Saturday: shuttle leaves Portland Airport at 2pm (reservations are required). Sunday: shuttle is available in the summer time only. Contact Caravan Airport Transportation for details. Private shuttle can be arranged at a different time for a higher fee. Coastal Journeys Unlimited and Road Scholar make no assurances as to the quality of any commercial shuttle service. Please contact the shuttle operator with any questions.

 

Lincoln City

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Caravan Airport Transportation
phone: 541-994-9645
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50-$60 one way + gratuity
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 2.5-3hrs travel time 

 

Distance:

 

105 miles

   

Advanced reservations are required. Monday-Saturday: shuttle arrives to Portland Airport at 11:30am (reservations are required). Departure time will depend on pick up location. Private shuttle can be arranged at different times for a higher fee. Coastal Journeys Unlimited and Road Scholar make no assurances as to the quality of any commercial shuttle service. Please contact the shuttle operator with any questions.

 
Driving Directions
  Portland to Lincoln City by Car From downtown Portland: Take Interstate 5 south to Exit 294 (Highway 99W). Follow Highway 99W through Tigard, Sherwood and Newberg. Just past Dundee, take Highway 18 west past McMinnville and over the Coast Range to Highway 101. At the junction of Highways 18 and 101, take Highway 101 south to Lincoln City. Travel through Lincoln City to the Inn at Spanish Head, located on the right at the south end of town. From Portland International Airport: Take Interstate 205 South to Interstate 84 West. Follow Interstate 84 West to the junction with Interstate 5 South. Follow I-5 South to Exit 294 (Highway 99W). Follow Highway 99W through Tigard, Sherwood and Newberg. Just past Dundee, take Highway 18 west past McMinnville and over the Coast Range to Highway 101. At the junction of Highways 18 and 101, take Highway 101 south to Lincoln City. Travel through Lincoln City to the Inn at Spanish Head, located on the right at the south end of town.
Elevation Note: All activities near sea level.

Equipment Requirements: If desired, camera, binoculars, field guides, scopes, good walking shoes.
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 and dinner above the waves.
(Sunday, May 4)
   
 Arrive To: Check in at hotel front desk beginning at 3 p.m. Reception and orientation in the El Toro Room on the 4th Floor at 5 p.m.
 Dinner: Dine in the hotel restaurant high above the waves.
   
Accommodations: Inn at Spanish Head
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cooking Demonstration, Geology Lesson, Beach Walk
(Monday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Geology lecture followed by a naturalist-lead beach walk in front of the hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Fathoms, the hotel restaurant on the tenth floor with spectacular ocean views.
 Afternoon: Engaging cooking demonstration with a hotel sous chef. Sample seafood delicacies and desserts. Then, a field trip to discover the ecology of the northwest rainforests and lakes.
 Dinner: Dine high above the waves in the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: Natural History of the Oregon Coast slide show
   
Accommodations: Inn at Spanish Head
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lincoln City Culinary Center, Estuary Walk
(Tuesday, May 6)

Note: Estuary walk of less than one mile on gravel road.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Video and discussion: Oregon Estuaries. Then we will head to Culinary Center for presentation.
 Lunch: Lunch and cooking lesson at the Lincoln City Culinary Center. Sample Oregon wine as you witness a feast created before your eyes
 Afternoon: Visit a wilderness estuary and learn about the habitat that fosters much of the coast's life. A short walk amongst massive Sitka Spruce trees will soothe you
 Dinner: Dine high above the waves in the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: Evening Lecture to be determined.
   
Accommodations: Inn at Spanish Head
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Exploration of coastal area of Newport Oregon; the Oregon Coast Aquarium; Yaquina Head Lighthouse and 2-hour tour on the educational vessel Marine Discovery
(Wednesday, May 7)

Note: Self-guided tour at your own pace



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: We'll travel 25 miles to the coastal town of Newport where we will visit the spectacular Oregon Coast Aquarium and learn about the coast's amazing creatures.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant
 Afternoon: Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the coast's tallest, and the headland surrounding it is home to countless seabirds, sea lions and seals. This outstanding natural area is one of the most pristine on the west coast. After our visit to the lighthouse, we will take a 2-hour tour of the Yaquina Bay on the educational vessel the Marine Discovery.
 Dinner: Dine high above the waves in the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Inn at Spanish Head
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Presentations on Commercial fisheries and Dungeness crab, Albacore tuna and Salmon. Oregon Wines lesson and tasting
(Thursday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Presentation by Tuna & Salmon Commissioner, samples included! Then, lecture on Commercial Fisheries by former fisherman. Also, everyone gets a chance to crack crab!! Our great Northwest Dungeness crab!
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Some free time before discovering Oregon's growing wine industry. Taste for yourself what all of the fuss is about.
 Dinner: A huge seafood buffet dinner is served in the Fathoms Restaurant. Salmon, halibut, squid, shellfish, crab plus salads and breads and great desserts!
 Evening: Wrap up your time on the coast with your fellow travelers.
   
Accommodations: Inn at Spanish Head
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Farewell and have a safe trip home!!
(Friday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Individual departures after breakfast. Check out time is noon. Have a safe voyage home!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds
casino is run by the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, the local native people. For additional information, visit www.chinookwindscasino.com/
  Factory Outlet Stores
Variety of stores, including Coldwater Creek, Lands End, Oshkosh Begosh, Pendleton, Columbia, etc
  Lincoln City
The town is located right on the Pacific Ocean and has miles and miles of accessible beaches, shops, market places, crabbing and fishing opportunities as well as the Lincoln County Historical Museum. lots of recreational activities
  Lincoln City Public Library
Modern facility with internet access
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


100 Hikes / Travel Guide Oregon Coast and Coast Range


Author: William L. Sullivan


Description: William Sullivan's wonderful guide to the coast's trails and natural places is the perfect general handbook to the coast. Each of the hikes is well described and the book features many great illustrations and photographs. This is another book we use a lot in the field.



Crossings: McCullough's Coastal Bridges


Author: Judy Fleagle & Richard Knox Smith


Description: The smattering of bridges along Oregon's Coastal Highway 101 are treasures of architecture and coastal history. The man behind the design and construction of the bridges was Conde McCullough and this book gives bridge lover's plenty of information on each of the coast's iconic bridges.



Lighthouses and Life-saving on the Oregon Coast


Author: David Pinyerd


Description: On of the captivating Images of America series of books, this little book is packed with historic photographs and a wealth of information about the coast's iconic beacons. A great read.



Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast


Author: Jim Pojar & Andy MacKinnon


Description: This is the Bible of Northwest Coast flora. If you are interested in the trees, wildflowers, and other plants of the Oregon Coast, this is the only book that has them all. We carry this book with us in the field and refer to it often.



Sibley Field Guide to Birds, Western North America


Author: David Allen Sibley


Description: When it comes to the many birds that frequent the Oregon Coast, no guidebook is more complete than Sibley's little handbook. With wonderful illustrations and plenty of information, this is the birdwatcher's bible on the coast.



The Beachcomber's Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest


Author: J. Duane Sept


Description: Possibly the most concise guide to the myriad of intertidal zone creatures you may encounter on the Oregon Coast. It's not exhaustive, but it is pocket-sized and complete enough to help you identify and appreciate the creatures of the shoreline.





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