Standing for extended periods in museums, use of public transportation. Walking up to 1.5 miles on food excursion.
Full buffet breakfast at the hotel.
This morning we will take the MAX train to stroll through the authentically built, awe-inspiring Suzhou-style Lan Su Chinese Gardens. The Gardens were created as a collaboration between the cities of Portland and Suzhou, Portland's sister city in China's Jiangsu province that's famous for its beautiful Ming Dynasty gardens. A docent will guide us through this experience, which is based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition that melds art, architecture, design, and nature in perfect harmony. Afterwards, we'll ride the MAX train to the cultural district and visit the Portland Art Museum, the oldest art museum on the West Coast. It features Native American, Northwest, modern, contemporary and Asian art as well as an outdoor public sculpture garden. A docent will be available to narrate a portion of the museum, followed by time to explore on your own.
From the museum, we will return to one of Portland's foodcentric neighborhoods, where we will enjoy lunch through a walking food excursion.
We’ll walk through one of Portland's vibrant, hip neighborhoods for a moveable feast. A local "foodie" will guide us through a variety of culinary experiences. We may enjoy samples at a trendy sandwich shop, a farm-to-table restaurant, one of the popular food carts, or even a sweet shop. It's the perfect experience to stimulate your palate and give you a deeper appreciation of Portland's culinary scene. You may return to the hotel by MAX light rail, or stay downtown for further adventures. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal exploration to see and do what interests you most, or relax at the hotel. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities.