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Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.
Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program registration begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Mt. Hood Room. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in front of the Mt. Hood Room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule and other important information. We will have dinner and have the Welcome and the Introductions session in the Mt. Hood Room at 6:00 p.m. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will have plated meals with soft drinks, coffee, tea and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.
Evening: The Group Leader and will greet everyone and lead introductions. Get to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the full day ahead.
Activity note: Walking about 1 ½ mile; about 2 ½ hours; city sidewalks. Use of public transportation; TriMet tickets provided.
Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll have a breakfast buffet including items such as farm-fresh eggs, smoked salmon, breads and potatoes, a variety of hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.
Morning: This morning’s field trips feature two exceptional gardens in Washington Park where we’ll explore with docents. After breakfast we'll depart by motor coach to the International Rose Test Garden — known simply as the Rose Garden — which overlooks the city. It covers 4.5 acres in Washington Park and features more than 650 varieties of roses producing more than 10,000 flowers each year. The Portland Rose Society was established in 1888. In 1915 as World War I raged in Europe, newspaper editor Jesse Currey persuaded city officials to establish a “test garden” to protect and preserve European hybrid roses in danger of being destroyed. Fortunately, the roses outlasted the war. Portland today is known as the City of Roses. The primary purpose of the garden today 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. We’ll continue to the Portland Japanese Garden, acclaimed as “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan.” There are five distinct areas that help to establish a sense of peace, harmony, and tranquility. A docent will lead our exploration of the garden that includes a Japanese Tea House as well as arbors, bridges, pagodas, stone lanterns, water basins, and an unsurpassed view of Mt. Hood.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will have a plated meal with soft drinks, coffee, tea and water included.
Afternoon: We will leave the restaurant and begin our exploration of Portland on foot with a knowledgeable local expert. We will visit the Portland Art Museum followed by free time. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. In the evening, join Program 20810. Please refer to the program information packet for 20810 for start time and details.