CREEKSPIRIT WILDLIFE FOUNDATION/WILDLING MUSEUM OF ART AND NATURE JOINT TOUR OF THE OREGON NORTHWEST

 The Creekspirit Wildlife Foundation, in conjunction with the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, invite you to join us in a guided tour of Oregon's pacific nortwest history, nature, and beauty.  Tentative dates are October 11-20, visiting the areas described below.  The tour includes first class transportation while in Oregon, three star or better accomodations, breakfast each morning, three lunches, five dinners, attractions and missions including taxes as stated in the itinerary, and a full time guide/manager.  Tour does not include airfare to or from Portland, OR, items of a personal nature, alcohol, attractions not stated in the itinerary, and gratuities for the guide and driver.  Estimated price for this tour is $2,750 (double room), $3,550 (single room) which includes a $300 deductable donation to the sponsoring organization of your choice.

 

You can view a Powerpoint presentation of the tour by clicking HERE.

 

ITINEARY:

 

Oct 11 – Wednesday

Arrive in Portland Oregon in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  Arrive at your leisure and settle into your “home away from home.”                              Embassy Suites DT

 

Oct 12 – Thursday

Start your day with a private breakfast with your group before setting off on a guided city tour that includes the downtown, Old Town and Chinatown, along with the river front, and beautiful Washington Park where we find the International Rose Test Beds.  Ten thousand roses are to be seen here in season at any given time, plus a Shakespeare Garden and a concert area – only five minutes from the center of the city.  We also visit the serene Japanese Gardens tended by authentic native Japanese from Tokyo and the special Audubon Society.  Dine this evening on your own midst dozens of culinary choices.                            B                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Optional Activity:   DINNER CRUISE ON THE PORTLAND SPIRIT                                                               $80 per person*      0
A vibrant setting enhanced by dazzling city sights and city lights. An evening filled to the brim with festive cuisine, locally sourced and prepared fresh on board.  Enjoy live entertainment. The ultimate Portland experience!  Enjoy a lovely evening stroll from your hotel to and back from the ship (about 5 blocks) or take a short taxi ride.  
Boarding: 6:30pm     Cruising:   7:00pm-9:30pm
  

       

Oct 13- Friday

Depart this morning along the Columbia River and the route of Lewis and Clark on their westward journey, to Astoria, named for John Jacob Astor.  Visit the special Astor column and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center where they made their famous encampment in 1805.  We then cross the bridge over the mouth of the Columbia to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center near Ilwaco, Washington and the beauty of Cape Disappointment!  Return to Astoria to overnight.  Dinner is included.`  B,D                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hampton Inn & Suites

 

Oct 14 – Saturday

Today is a beach day as we follow the pristine Oregon beaches southward.  The beaches by law are public property and no one may build on them so that the people can use them for their enjoyment.   Journey along the scenic shores to Tillamook for a visit to the Tillamook Forest Center.  There is also a stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory, one of Oregon’s famous cheeses is made here.  Your day continues as you see beautiful Cape Kawanda, and continue through Lincoln City – some 20 miles long and only 1 mile wide—to Newport to overnight.  Visit the working wharf, enjoy the seafood dinner and the landscape of the area before we have a bonfire this evening.                                                                                                                                                   B,D                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hallmark Inn Newport

 

Oct 15 – Sunday

Your motor coach turns inland today as we cross from the ocean, through the Willamette Valley and over the Cascade Mountains, to our destination of Bend in the central desert.  Travel through Salem, capitol of Oregon, and down the scenic McKenzie Highway to arrive in Sisters where we will enjoy lunch and some fun time to browse around the town.  This authentic western town is actually the home of a national quilting show each year where thousands come to view and learn about the art of quilting.  Check into your hotel this evening and get ready for a Western Dinner! B,L,D                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Shilo Inn

 

Oct 16 – Monday

Our first visit today is to the Lavalands National Monument to the interpretive center and a stop at Lava Cave.  This area is the scene of a volcanic landscape that often resembles a moon atmosphere.  It takes 25,000 years for a volcano to become extinct so you will visit here where it is many, many thousands of years old in its creation. The afternoon finds you at the highly recognized High Desert Museum, home to wonderful Native arts and northwest animals as exhibits.  You won’t want to miss the Birds of Prey show!  You will also notice art projects and statuary through the town as this is a haven for burgeoning artists.  Dinner is included this evening.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               B,D

 

Oct 17 – Tuesday

Your circle is beginning to be complete as your journey takes you northward this morning.  There is a mid-morning stop at historic Timberline Lodge at the 6,000 foot level of Mount Hood, some 11,235 feet high and the tallest point in Oregon. We take time to explore, enjoy the fabulous views and have lunch in the rustic dining room as well. You may even see a skier or two as we ski year ‘round here and the Olympic team trains here as well.  Then it is on to Skamania Lodge located in the Columbia Gorge National Monument on the Washington side of the Columbia River.  Dinner is on your own this evening.                                            B,L                                                                                                                                                                                                      Skamania Lodge/Resort

 

Oct 18 – Wednesday

This day is special as you start off with a guided tour of the Lodge with its art displayed throughout the building.  You then board your coach for a trip to the wonderful little museum just beyond the complex to the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center where you will be amazed at this offering with its native arts, exhibits of the town in 1900 and has the largest collect of rosaries in the world – who would expect that here!  You cross the Bridge of the Gods to the Oregon side once more to visit the Columbia Gorge National Monument as your coach climbs 700 feet above the river to the Crowne Point Vista House. Then traverse the historic highway built for the 1915 Panama Exposition, see the waterfalls and stop at Multnomah Falls, 620 feet high and the fourth highest in North America. Enjoy lunch on a cruise of the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler before the next visit to the Interpretive Center at the Bonneville Dam, first of twelve on the mighty Columbia!                                                                                                                                                                                                                             B,L

Oct 19 – Thursday

This day is a highlight as you drive to The Dalles to visit the famous Maryhill Museum. This home was built by James J. Hill of Burlington Northern Railway fame in the early twentieth century.  Placed high above the Columbia, it is now a museum as Hill’s wife refused to be isolated on a 7,000 acre ranch in what Hill describes as the Land of Eden, but she preferred the life in New York among the aristocrats.  Also stop at Washington’s Stone Henge for a visit and where James Hill ashes reside at his beloved estate.  We have a wine stop this afternoon and have time to explore Hood River, famous during the Oregon Trail journey’s in 1845, and is now a mecca for retiring Californians and artsy folks. Arrive in Portland late afternoon and refresh for a Farewell dinner at the historic Jake’s Grill this evening.                B,D                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sentinel Hotel                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Oct 20 – Friday

Depart at your leisure to the airport with fond memories of the Pacific Northwest Adventure.                                                                                                       B

 

 

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