Day 1Arrive Portland
Welcome to beautiful breathtaking Portland! Upon arrival at the Portland Airport, your driver will meet your group and transport you to a 4-Star hotel in downtown.
Your grand historic hotel, built in early 1900's is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Portland timeless landmark, and a tribute to its founder and designer. Carefully nurtured for eight decades, this stately hotel retains the opulence for which it is world-famous. A.E. Doyle's architectural talent is a reflection of a golden era combined with the original owners impeccable taste. It is truly an American classic. Enjoy the fine amenities and special treats they offer such as complimentary afternoon tea and cookies, fine wine tasting in the cellar, and live jazz in the evenings.
Once unpacked, you will enjoy a wonderful lunch at the hotel. Expore your surroundings or just relax. This fabulous hotel is only steps away from fine dining, shopping, The Pearl District, galleries, theatres and much more. Spend the remainder of the afternoon discovering some of the citys unique offerings like Powells City of Books, a virtual book lover's paradise; or try some decadent treats and sipping chocolate at Cacao or Sweet Masterpiece Chocolate & Coffee; or enjoy a relaxing walk or bike ride along the river.
After your day in Portland, you might want to take abreak from shopping and journey back in time and space to Hollywoods golden era in the Driftwood Lounge at the Hotel deLuxe. This is the perfect place for a late afternoon cocktail before dinner. Or if you wish to taste some fine wines back at your hotel, venture into the candlelit cellar for a complimentary tasting. Dinner tonight will be prepared for you by the award-winning culinary team at your hotel. Using only the finest ingredients, the menu features both traditional favorites and bold, innovative creations. The chefs are known for numerous specialty dishes, including Dungeness crab cakes with roasted red pepper sauce and cilantro, dill-cured salmon served with cucumber and red onion salad and roasted rack of lamb. Your dinner will be equally inspiring and delicious!
Day 2Oregon Wine Country
Today you will begin tasting the incredible wines made in Oregons wine country! Your first winery visit will be just outside Portland in Washington County. Washington County is part of a centuries-old wine making tradition, and is home to 16 of Oregons 217 wineries. Each wine has its own distinctive personality, and each showcases the delicate tastes of Oregon-grown grapes.This first winery owns and operates 840 acres of vineyards in the valleys of northern Oregon and the slopes of eastern Washington. Growing in these diverse climates allows them to produce the best quality fruit for a wide selection of wines. After your tour and tasting, visit the marketplace to shop for unique gifts and gourmet products. Lunch will be al fresco on the winery patio.
After lunch you will continue past beautiful and bountiful farmlands to you resort accommodations in Silverton. This charming historic town is known as Oregons Garden City and is full of quaint gift and antique shops, art galleries, and wall-sized murals unique bigger-than-life works by local artists that tell the story of the towns past.
This afternoon, you have the option to relax at the resort, indulge yourself at the spa, stroll about town, or visit the Oregon Garden. Your resort is a gardenthemed property and the rooms are nestled in buildings throughout the grounds behind the main lodge. Each building has six rooms, featuring fireplaces and private landscaped patios. A full-service spa is located in the main lodge if you choose to enjoy a special treatment. The Oregon Garden is a world of botanical enchantment featuring more than 20 themed gardens across 80 acres that will delight the senses with its amazing living tapestry. You can walk around at your leisure or ride a tram for a 30-minute guided tour. Before leaving, you will also visit Frank Lloyd Wrights Gordon House, one of Oregons state architectural treasures and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tonight you will dine at the resort where you can look out across the spectacular gardens and Willamette Valley.
Day 3Oregon Wine Country
Delight in breakfast this morning at the resort, before enjoying another exciting day in wine country! Your first tasting will be in the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley. This valley is situated in a natural weather shadow of the Coast Range, which shunt storms from the Pacific Ocean north to Portland and south below Salem. The vineyards are protected from extreme weather conditions. Yet in summer, a gorge carved by ancient glaciers draws in maritime air to provide ideal cooling for sensitive varietals in warmer months.
The next winery visit practices sustainable farming and has been endorsed by internationally recognized LIVE (Low Impact Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon Safe. Pacific breezes embrace this beautiful winery and vineyards with their cooling effect as they enter the Willamette Valley through the pacific corridor. The pinot noir and pinot gris varietals planted on the hillside vineyards are the first to benefit each summer evening from the cool west wind that stamps the 100% estate wines with a bright fruit character. These wines are complex and have a pleasing balance that is more like the wines of Burgundy than the Russian River, Sonoma or Napa Valley. Enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing to your next winery.
The last winery on your tour today was one of the first vineyards in the Eola Hills. The Eola Hills are a topographical spine that runs down the center of Oregon's Willamette Valley. This estate winery was established in mid 1980's and currently produces 10,000 cases of wine annually, most of which still comes from the 50 acre estate vineyard. They specialize in pinot noir, but also produce chardonnay, pinot gris and pinot blanc. The winery is perched on a bluff with a panoramic view of vineyards, valleys and distant mountains. Two families established the vineyard in 1977, in the Eola Hills northwest of Salem, Oregon. Twin brothers and their partners detoured into winemaking after trying their hands at other careers and interests. Recently the winery team has expanded to include second generation leadership and ownership, bringing youthful energy, talent and passion into the blend. Enjoy the warm hospitality and incredible wines on your private tour. Return to your hotel after an full-filling day of spectacular wine tasting to relax and freshen up before dinner. Your evening will include dinner at an intimate boutique restaurant sure to please every discerning palate.
Day 4Oregon Coast / Cannon Beach
This morning starts with a drive to the coast along the stunning Oregon coastline. In routhe to Cannon Beach, you will stop at the wonderful world of the Tillamook Cheese and dairy product factory. You will be able to see them make cheese and package the product as you learn about the history of cheese processing. Interactive kiosk screens teach you about the cooperative and their products. After a casual self-guided tour, you can smell and taste the delicious aroma of freshly baked waffle cones and choose from one of 40 flavors. All of which are delish! Or instead maybe stop by the fudge counter to sample one of the 16 fudge flavors made from fresh butter. The gift shop and gourmet store is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs. You will enjoy some local coastal cuisine for lunch before continuing to Cannon Beach.
For many, Cannon Beach, some 80 miles west of Portland, is the place for a summer sojourn. Bracketed by sea-splitting headlands and miles of wild sands, this town of 1,600 residents is a mix of upscale inns, funky motels, fine restaurants, chowder houses, and more than 20 art galleries and studios.
Tonight you will stay in Cannon Beach at an excellent premium lodge overlooking the ocean. The resort has a direct overlook of the sentinels of Haystack Rock and in the distance, Tillamook Lighthouse -- incredible backdrops for spectacular views adorned with stunning sunrises and sunsets. After you have checked into the lodge, you may wish to relax or explore the entertaining beach town. The many shops, restaurants, and other activities in town are all within walking distance. You may want to stop by a local glass blowing gallery that features a live view of glass blowing or just take a leisurely walk through this art centric community.
Your wine tour will conclude with a farewell dinner experience featuring true oceanfront dining at its best. The Executive Chef will wow you with his fresh approach to northwest coastal cuisine. Highlighting each ingredient with color, texture, seasonings, and special cooking techniques, he showcases northwest cuisine in what he describes as "simple elegance." Take in this breath taking view with your friends and savor every delicious bite of food. You will have many memories of your Oregon wine escape!
Day 5Departure Home
Enjoy your delicious breakfast in Cannon Beach this morning before packing your bags and beginning your scenic drive back to the Portland airport for your flight home.
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