An afternoon of elegance begins with high tea in the English tradition at Gracie’s in the Hotel deLuxe, featuring custom blended teas, delectable sandwiches, scones & pastries. Then enjoy the current exhibits at the Portland Art Museum, which includes Japanese art & calligraphy as well as American Realist paintings.
Let’s head on over to the coast for a feast of mouthwatering Dungeness crab! Local wines, craft beers, and pie are also available. Crab meals will be served at current market price - estimated at $16/half and $20/whole crab (cash only). After lunch take a journey through time at the Umpqua Discovery Center.
Our step-on guide will lead us through the history of the end of the Oregon Trail. Explore the Barclay House, McLoughlin House, and the outdoor Oregon City Municipal Elevator. Have lunch at the Highland Stillhouse Scottish Restaurant and explore the Museum of the Oregon Territory.
Disney’s beloved musical tale of romance and adventure comes to life in this hit Broadway show at Portland’s Keller Auditorium. Don’t miss this magical tale of a boy, a genie and a princess. Enjoy premium seating for an extravaganza of gorgeous costumes, amazing sets and songs that will have you singing along! An early dinner in Portland follows the matinee.
Treat your taste buds to Easter Brunch Buffet at the historic Benson Hotel in downtown Portland. Enjoy a diverse selection of pastries, fresh fruit, crepes, omelets, a carving station, seafood, delectable desserts and more! Then relax on the bus as we tour by some of Portland’s historic landmarks.
Celebrate Memorial Day enjoying colorful iris blooms, finger-licking barbecue, and toe-tapping live music. Shreiner’s Iris Gardens, the nation’s largest iris grower, also offers an Artist Fair, Wine & Spirit Tastings and a gift shop full of unique items. We will also visit Adelman’s Peony Gardens.
This flower-filled spectacle is an annual favorite! Enjoy a warm, buttery and flaky croissant sandwich with juice and coffee for breakfast. Then from your front row padded seat inside the Memorial Coliseum, gaze in awe at the floats, the costumes, the bands, and the equestrian groups. We’ll stop for lunch on our return.
With sparking blue water like nowhere else in the world, and majestic 2,000 foot cliffs, Crater Lake is a summer favorite! Our lunch at the historic Crater Lake Lodge combines rustic charm with sweeping views of the lake. After lunch a park ranger will join us for the rim drive to share the history and legends of the Lake.
After we have our fill of a traditional German feast at Gustav’s Restaurant, we make our way to the Victorian Belle. This charming mansion is a wonderland of a million lights. Each of the 20+ rooms is uniquely decorated and the gardens are alive with lights. Treat your taste buds to home-made cider and cookies.
Join us for a holiday favorite, Shore Acres Botanical Garden festooned with 400,000 lights! Colorfully lit pathways and humorous animated light displays get us in the holiday spirit. After the park we will have a cozy dinner at the Coach House Restaurant in Coos Bay.
Kick off the holiday season with music and laughter at this fun-filled variety show performed, costumed and staged by the Northwest Senior Theatre, a 55 and over theater troupe. We will have an early dinner at the Cracker Barrel in Tualatin after the matinee.
Travel the back roads admiring Oregon’s rolling hills, vineyards and lush farmland. We stop for lunch at the Golden Valley Brew Pub, then on to Red Ridge Farms and the Oregon Olive Mill. This family-owned operation features a nursery, olive farm, tasting room, gift store, vineyard and 300 herb and botanical varieties. Learn about olive pressing, while tasting your way through specialty or infused olive oils and gourmet vinegars. While traveling home, we will make a stop for pie at a local favorite restaurant!
It’s a time of transition as the cool autumn air turns trees into works of art that shine of gold, amber and scarlet. Feast your eyes on the seasonal beauty as we tour along the scenic McKenzie River to our lunch destination, the Black Bear Diner in Bend. The diner is regionally renowned for its down home cooking and cabin like environment. After lunch, the tour continues on to the High Desert Museum for an up close encounter with the history and culture of the Deschutes National Forest region.
Take a walk on the wild side and join us for Senior Safari Day at the Oregon Zoo! Whether you are a photography enthusiast or simply an animal lover, you will have many opportunities to get up close and personal with the beautiful and fascinating animals. For a different perspective, you might choose to take a ride on the Zoo Train, which circles the Zoo and Washington Park. The Zoo offers several eateries to enjoy a sit down meal or grab some goodies while you enjoy the wildlife.Take a walk on the wild side and join us for Senior Safari Day at the Oregon Zoo! Whether you are a photography enthusiast or simply an animal lover, you will have many opportunities to get up close and personal with the beautiful and fascinating animals. For a different perspective, you might choose to take a ride on the Zoo Train, which circles the Zoo and Washington Park. The Zoo offers several eateries to enjoy a sit down meal or grab some goodies while you enjoy the wildlife.
Back by popular demand! The awe-inspiring, Crater Lake National Park offers tour-goers breathtaking views of majestic forestland, mountain scenery and sapphire-blue water. Marvel at the natural beauty all around you and take in the power of its sheer size and geographical formation. Enjoy lunch at the rustic Crater Lake Lodge Restaurant offering sweeping views of the terrain. A Park Ranger will join us for the 33-mile rim drive along Crater Lake sharing the history and legends of the Lake.
For a true Oregon adventure cruise with us along the rugged coastlines and picturesque beaches of Newport Bay! This one-of-a-kind, 2-hour, scenic tour showcases the incredible scenery of the bay, river, and coastline, as well as two lighthouses and the historic bridge. Our naturalist guide will share stories of the indigenous wildlife as we look for gray whales, sea lions, seals, harbor porpoise, bald eagle and various sea birds. Once the water tour is complete, our group will have lunch at an Old Town bayfront restaurant with additional time provided to shop and peruse local galleries
Join us for a natural food-lovers trip of a lifetime as we travel to Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, where healthy never tasted so good! Once we arrive, we will be greeted by a friendly “Grain Guide” who will share with us how Bob and Charlee Moore champion the goodness of simple, natural whole grains. A wholesome lunch is available in Bob’s Red Mill restaurant and bakery. Be sure to check out the Whole Grain Store before leaving and take home any one of their bulk foods, gourmet jams and jellies, kitchenware, gifts and more.
Let us take you to see Sisters, Oregon in a sea of quilts! The world-renowned Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show™ displays more than 1300 quilts representing fiber artists from around the world. Downtown Sisters will be wrapped in quilts, creating a spectacular, colorful spectacle that truly has to be seen to be believed. Additional festivities include live music and delicious food options available from street vendors or local restaurants.
Join us for a concert under the stars! The evening will begin with dinner at Stacy’s Covered Bridge Restaurant in Cottage Grove before making our way to the Booher Family Ranch in Yoncalla. While you enjoy delicious, homemade apple pie a la mode, the Booher Family will entertain with their unique blend of traditional, cowboy, swing and gospel music. It will be an unforgettable night!
The Grand Floral Parade is a cherished highlight of the Portland Rose Festival, this popular procession is more than a spectacular floral-filled parade; it's a beloved annual tradition. Enjoy excellent views of the parade from reserved padded seats inside the Memorial Coliseum. Price includes: transportation, reserved seating and breakfast. We'll stop for lunch on our return.
The blooms here are beautiful, the live music is toe-tapping, and under the tent, the BBQ chicken is tasty and abundant. Check out the large gift shop and feel free to bring home a bunch of cut irises for sale at a reasonable price at Schreiner's, the nation's largest iris grower. We also visit Adelman's Peony Gardens to see many varieties of gorgeous flowers. Join us for our trip to Schreiner's Iris Garden on Memorial Day; it's an Experience Oregon favorite!
Join us for the Northwest Senior Theatre's Spring Gala presentation of “Love is On the Air”. Located at the Alpenrose Dairy Opera House in Portland, the theatre presents this musical variety show produced by singers, dancers, actors, musicians and stage folk that are all 55 plus. They'll provide us with an afternoon of costumes, scenery, music, dancing, skits and inspiration. The Cracker Barrel in Tualatin will be our next stop for an early dinner.
Stroll through rows of stunning beauty and experience expansive views of vineyards and distant mountains. There are fresh flowers, food and fun for everyone. Wine tasting is available from the Wooden Shoe Vineyards. Breathe in fresh country air and view the vibrant colors of the tulip fields with beautiful Mt. Hood in the background.
Treat your culinary taste buds to Easter Brunch Buffet at the historic Benson Hotel in downtown Portland. Enjoy a diverse selection of pastries, fresh fruit, made to order crepes and omelets, a carving station, chicken, seafood, delectable deserts and much, much more! After brunch, relax on the bus as we tour by a few of Portland’s famous landmarks, including the Simon Benson House and Benson Bubblers.
Arriving at Oregon City became the goal of every traveler on the Oregon Trail. Visit the historical Barclay and McLoughlin Houses. The highlight of downtown exploration is the Oregon City Municipal Elevator. It is the only outdoor, city-owned elevator in the United States. Have lunch at the Highland Still House Scottish Restaurant and then visit the Museum of Oregon Territory, a bluff-top repository of two centuries of heritage artifacts. A favorite exhibit is the early 20th century Kaegi Pharmacy, stocked with a fascinating variety of "healing potions".
Board the Portland Spirit for an exciting Valentine’s Eve dinner cruise on the Willamette River. You’ll be treated to delicious locally sourced cuisine that showcases the bounty of Oregon. Relax to live piano music as we view the spectacular silhouette of downtown Portland and its many bridges. For an added treat with an extraordinary panorama, visit the Captain on the bridge of the ship. You’re sure to be impressed with this delightful trip departing from the Salmon Street Springs Waterfront!
Join the happy folks in Mt. Angel for live German music, performances by local dance troupes, domestic beer on tap, regional and German wines, a variety of delicious homemade sausages, and other German delights. Vendors will sell German souvenirs, clothing, craft and food items. It's a celebration of the best of the "Wurst".
Indulge in a cozy lunch at the Adobe in Yachats, where the dining room sits just 50 feet from the ocean’s edge providing incredible views. Then take a scenic drive to Old Town Florence for shopping, taffy and ice cream or a hot beverage of your choice at the nearby shops. If you’ve never visited the Oregon Coast in the winter, you’re missing an exciting time to view it in all its splendor.
Lunch at the Chart House located in one of the most remarkable settings in the Pacific Northwest, which features magnificent views of the Willamette River, Mt. Hood, and Mt. St. Helens. Then continue to the grandiose, turn-of-the-century Pittock Mansion, an architectural treasure, set on a hill with sweeping views of Portland below. The Christmas decorations throughout this elegant mansion are stunning.
Join us for one of our favorite holiday traditions, the festive display of over 300,000 LED lights at the breathtaking cliff side Shore Acres Garden near Coos Bay. At this former estate of a lumber baron, Christmas becomes a holiday fantasyland. Leisurely stroll paths ablaze with color, enjoy the holiday atmosphere with cider and cookies (optional) for a small donation from the gift shop. On our return, enjoy a fabulous meal at the Coach House in Coos Bay. Be sure to eat lunch before beginning this tour. We'll brief stop in Florence for a snack break on our way to Shore Acres.
Join us for the Northwest Senior Theatre's Holiday show. Located at the Alpenrose Dairy Opera House in Portland, the theatre is presenting "It's Christmas Time", a musical variety show produced by singers, dancers, actors, musicians and stage folk that are all 55 plus. They'll provide us with an afternoon of costumes, scenery, music, dancing, skits and merriment. The new Cracker Barrel in Tualatin will be our next stop for an early dinner.
Enjoy a relaxing drive to Lafayette to visit the monks who make fabulous fruitcake! We'll tour the beautiful Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey and have time to purchase their popular holiday fruitcake. The gift shop also carries books, cards and gift items. We'll lunch at the Golden Valley Brewery & Pub in McMinnville.
The Wyeths are one of America’s foremost artistic families. Their work has captured the admiration of audiences for three generations, spanning the golden age of illustration to mid-century portraiture. The Wyeths: Three Generations includes more than eighty paintings and drawings by N.C Wyeth (1882 - 1945), his son Andrew Wyeth (1917 - 2009) and his grandson Jamie Wyeth (born in 1946). Join us to view this special exhibit and other collections at the Portland Art Museum. Prior to the exhibit we will take you back to Hollywood’s Golden Age with an elegant lunch at Gracie’s.
Rustic and rich in history, the Timberline Lodge is not only an inn, it's also a museum. Crafted by talented workmen and fine artisans, there's beauty everywhere you look. Perched on Mt. Hood, it is an architectural wonder that features a connection to the environment built with local natural materials and boasting handmade detailing in wood and metal. The art inside reflects its mountain surroundings. Enjoy an informative tour led by a knowledgeable curator and relax and savor the "Taste of Oregon" lunch buffet in the Cascade Dining Room.
Board the Portland Spirit for an exciting evening dinner cruise on the Willamette River. You'll be treated to delicious locally sourced cuisine that showcases the bounty of Oregon. Relax to live piano music as we view the silhouette of downtown Portland and its many bridges. You're sure to be impressed with this delightful trip departing from the Salmon Street Springs Waterfront!
Nestled up to the ocean, Bandon is surrounded by spectacular beaches, unusual rock formations and Old Town full of quaint shops, lively galleries, and inviting restaurants. In addition to Old Town, enjoy a scenic drive along the spectacular Beach Loop where there are plenty of photo ops. We'll stop at Misty Meadows, a shop full of gifts and gourmet items and, Face Rock Creamery, home of premium handmade cheese and Umpqua ice cream. We will travel along the beautiful Umpqua River, view the elk at the Dean Creek Elk Refuge, and enjoy the ride through the lush Oregon countryside.
The Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland welcomes us to enjoy a three-course lunch prepared and served by their students. The self proclaimed "Kitchen Ninjas" showcase their talents and present us with a culinary feast. We then visit OMSI to experience the splendor of Ancient Rome and travel back in time to 79 A.D. when Pompeii bustled as a commercial port and strategic military and trading city. Pompeii: The Exhibition features a 4D theater experience and nearly 200 artifacts, including frescoes, mosaics, and precious items belonging to the residents of Pompeii.
On August 21, 2017, Oregon will be the first to see the total eclipse of the Sun. This rare event occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth and the moon hides the solar surface. It darkens the whole sky and shows you the beautiful corona that surrounds the sun. Stars come out, the horizon glows with a 360-degree sunset, the temperature drops, and day turns into night. The OMSI hosted event at the Oregon State Fairgrounds will celebrate the unique experience of complete darkness for close to two minutes. The Solar Eclipse Viewing Party will include viewing glasses, science lectures, astronomy-related community groups, entertainment, food booths and more. We’ll stop for lunch as we head home.