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City Highlights Portland

Program Number: 20838RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/31/2014 - 8/3/2014; 8/17/2014 - 8/20/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/1/2014;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Portland, Oregon
Price starting at: $599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 6; 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Get to know the beautiful “City of Roses,” cast against the backdrop of glorious Mount Hood at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. From Portland’s renowned gardens to the invigorating Northwest cuisine and countless breweries discover Portland’s rich history and love affair with nature. Local experts share their captivating perspectives.




Highlights

• Visit the Portland Japanese Garden, a 5.5-acre haven of tranquil beauty proclaimed the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan.
• Follow an expert into downtown Portland for an epicurean excursion and taste the local beers.
• Enjoy the sights of the city from your river view aboard the Portland Spirit as you cruise down the Willamette River.



Activity Particulars

Walk three miles most days, on city sidewalks, some gravel pathways. Standing one hour.



This is a FLEX program that includes a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own. A two-day public transportation pass included. Regular use of public transportation during program.




Date Specific Information

7-31-2014

Extend your Pacific Northwest adventure with 8/3/14 date of program # 16179. For more details visit www.roadscholar.org/16179.
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8-17-2014

Extend your Pacific Northwest adventure with 8/8/14 or 8/22/14 date of program #16188. For more details visit www.roadscholar.org/16188.
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9-28-2014

Extend your Pacific Northwest adventure with 9/19/14 date of program # 16188. For more details visit www.roadscholar.org/16188.
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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
Downtown hotel.

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

The former executive director of the Oregon Historical Society, Chet Orloff is the director of the Pamplin International Collection of Art and History. When not teaching courses on urban studies and planning at Portland State University and the University of Oregon School of Architecture as an adjunct professor, Chet serves on numerous local, national and international committees relating to history and urban planning. He teaches and lectures extensively on Oregon and Western American history.
 
Ed Jahn

Ed Jahn came to Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Oregon Field Guide” in 2000 after working several years at Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver. He has won 11 regional Emmy Awards for his work on “Oregon Field Guide,” and “Spirit of Colorado.” Ed won the duPont-Columbia Award for Journalism in 2008, and was twice awarded a Society of Environmental Journalists Award for "In-Depth Reporting on the Environment." He has is an avid bike commuter, gardener and lover of the backcountry.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Portland Marriott City Center
  Portland, OR 3 nights
 Portland Marriott City Center
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hotel located in the heart of downtown Portland 20 floors 3 concierge levels
  Contact info: 520 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 USA
phone: 503-226-6300
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxct-portland-marriott-city-center/
  Room amenities: Air conditioning Alarm clock Bottled water, for a fee Coffee maker/tea service Individual climate control Iron and ironing board Mini fridge Pillows: down/feather Two-line phone Cable/satellite TV Color TV Movies/videos, pay-per-view Bathrobe Hair dryer
  Facility amenities: Valet parking Wireless Internet Fitness Center Restaurant and Bar Library Business Center
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Depends on availability Contact the hotel to check availability for group rates before and after the program dates
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Depends on availability Contact the hotel to check availability for group rates before and after the program dates
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in and program registration begins at 4:00 PM; Orientation begins at 5:00 PM. You will be staying at Portland Marriott City Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 11:00 AM after the wrap up. Hotel check out is by 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Portland Marriott City Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Road Scholar participants (including commuters) can park for a discounted fee in the hotel garage during the program. Valet parking only, $20 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 Marriott City Center (To hotel from Airport)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Trimet Max Light Rail
phone: 503-238-7433

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Adult: $2.50, Youth: $1.65, Honored Citizen: $1
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

44 minutes (includes 3 minutes walking) 

 

Distance:

 

12 miles

   

One convenient travel option is to use Portland's light rail system, known as MAX. Instructions from the Airport MAX Station: 1) Start at Portland International Airport (PDX) in Portland 2) Portland Int'l Airport MAX Station 3) Board MAX Red Line to City Center & Beaverton TC 4) Get off at Pioneer Square North MAX Station 5) Walk 0.1 mile north to Marriott Hotel - City Center (520 SW Broadway) Additional information included in the prepatory materials.

 

Portland Marriott City Center (To hotel from Airport)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35-$45 Prices are subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 25 minutes. Could vary due to traffic. 

 

Distance:

 

12 miles

   

Taxis are available at the airport. Two local companies are Radio Cab (503-227-1212) and Broadway Cab (503-227-1234). If you need a taxi equipped to transport wheelchairs, contact Radio Cab (503-227-1212). Advanced reservations are recommended for this service.

 

Portland Marriott City Center (To hotel from Airport)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Blue Star Airport Shuttles
phone: 503-249-1834
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$14 one way per person, or $24 round trip. Prices are subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 25 minutes. Could vary due to traffic. 

 

Distance:

 

12 miles

   

To schedule the shuttle or for questions, call 503-249-1837 or visit www.bluestarbus.com/airport-shuttle For shuttle service, proceed outside from baggage claim level to Ground Transportation Area. Take the walkway to Island #2 (Scheduled Buses and Vans pick-up area). Shuttles available every 30 minutes from the airport. Advance reservations are required for transportation from the hotel to the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  Portland Marriott City Center (driving north on I-5) 1) Take exit 299B on the left for Interstate 405 N toward U.S. 26W/City Center 2) Take exit 1A on the left toward Naito Parkway/Japanese-American Historical Plaza 3) Merge onto SW Harbor Dr 4) Turn right onto SW Naito Pkwy 5) Turn left onto SW Oak St 6) Turn left onto SW 3rd Ave 7) Turn right onto SW Washington St 8) Turn left onto SW Broadway The hotel is on the left.
  Portland Marriott City Center (driving south on I-5) 1) Take exit 300B toward U.S. 26E/Oregon 99E/OMSI/Oregon City 2) Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Morrison Street/City Center and merge onto SE Morrison Bridge 3) Continue onto SW Washington St 4) Turn left onto SW Broadway The hotel is on the left.
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: Check-In & Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Opening Presentation
(Thursday, July 31)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk to register with the program staff. You will receive your arrival packet containing the up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during our orientation session. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

ORIENTATION: After introductions of participants and staff, we will have an orientation session to review the up-to-date schedule and any changes, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Road Scholar's FLEX programs are designed for independent-minded participants who want high quality educational content in a structured framework with more free time than our traditional all-inclusive programs. In this City Highlights Program, you will have expert-led presentations and field trips that showcase some of Portland's most notable features.

The program provides two meals per day on average, thus allowing you the opportunity to explore local cuisine according to your tastes. You will also have a significant amount of free time for personal independent exploration. Your welcome packet has suggestions for free time activities and dining options, and the Group Leader will be happy to offer recommendations.

During free time, the Group Leader will be available to lead optional informal activities and dining out that you are welcome to join at your own cost if you like. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Your program price also includes a 2-day unlimited ride pass for the Portland Public Transportation that will allow you to travel on MAX, buses, and street car trolleys throughout your stay.

 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel as you get to know your fellow participants.
 Evening: OPENING PRESENTATION: Enjoy an overview of Portland, known as the City of Roses, and begin to anticipate what's ahead.
   
Accommodations: Portland Marriott City Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Epicurean Excursion Walking Tour/ Brewery Tour/ Lunch at a local Brewery/ Lan Su Chinese Garden/ Free Afternoon & Evening
(Friday, August 1)

Note: Walking excursion through downtown (2-3 miles)



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Morning EXCURSION: Start your day with a unique and delicious walking tour where you’ll taste the foods and sip the drinks - while discovering Portland's amazing culinary scene.
 Lunch: Take the Portland Streetcar to the Bridgeport Brew Pub. Learn from local master brewers about their craft and explore the brewery on a behind the scenes tour. After exploring the brewery's secrets, relax and enjoy lunch as you taste some of their most popular beers.
 Afternoon: Next we'll take a trip through time and learn about Chinese culture, history and way of thinking at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Their mission is to cultivate an oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony to inspire, engage, and educate the global community in the appreciation of a richly authentic Chinese culture. Our docent guides our examination of the garden’s living collections that present hundreds of native Chinese plant species and forms including more than 90 specimen trees, many rare and unusual shrubs and perennials, and signature collections that include Magnolia, Cymbidium, Camellia, Osmanthus, Rhododendron and bamboo — all within a one block area inside Portland's China town.

The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore on your own, spend time with new friends, or relax as you choose. Your Guide will have recommendations for where to go and what to do.

 Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening to sample the city's restaurants and enjoy the cuisine you prefer.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Use the public transportation ticket provided to do more exploring as you see and do what is most interesting to you personally.
   
Accommodations: Portland Marriott City Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Japanese Gardens/ Rose Gardens/ Free Afternoon/ Dinner Cruise
(Saturday, August 2)

Note: Uneven pathways at the gardens



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Spend the morning exploring two exceptional gardens in Washington Park.

FIELD TRIP: Enjoy an educational docent led tour of the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan. The Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland.

FIELD TRIP: 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.

The bus will make its way from the hills back downtown, and your free afternoon begins.

 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Your Group Leader will be available to provide suggestions and ideas for your free time. Closer to dinner time meet the group at a designated location and board the vessel for the dinner cruise on the Willamette River.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served aboard the Portland Spirit as you sail down the Willamette River. It will be an evening filled to the brim with festive cuisine, locally sourced and prepared fresh on board, entertainment, and a live performance.
 Evening: The cruise continues into the evening.
   
Accommodations: Portland Marriott City Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Lecture/ Wrap up/ Individual Departures
(Sunday, August 3)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Start the day with an award winning producer of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s "Oregon Field Guide" who will share video and stories that provide a great insight into the wonders of the state.

Group leader will do a wrap up. Individual departures begin about 11:00 AM. Hotel check out time is 12:00 PM.

   
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


Insiders' Guide to Portland, Oregon


Author: Rachel Dresbeck


Portland Hill Walks: Twenty Explorations in Parks and Neighborhoods


Author: Laura O. Foster


Portland Then and Now


Author: Linda Dodds, Carolyn M. Buan


Portland: People, Politics, and Power, 1851-2001


Author: Jewel Lansing


Roadside History of Oregon


Author: Bill Gulick




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