Oregon Coast Tour

Day 1 – Portland to Silverton
Arrival at Portland Airport… Stop for lunch and a tour at McMenamin’s Edgefield… Built in 1911 as the county poor farm, is a destination resort in the Pacific Northwest that blends Oregon’s natural beauty with McMenamins’ signature whimsy: original buildings carefully restored with cozy interiors, gardens grown using organic methods, great food and drink and more.  Enjoy a scenic drive South, through the beautiful Willamette Valley… heck into our home for the night, the Oregon Gardens Resort in Silverton… Hop on the Garden Tram for a tour…  An 80-acre botanical garden, featuring more than 20 specialty gardens showcasing the diverse botanical beauty that can be found in the Willamette Valley, and throughout the Pacific Northwest. They have educational specialty gardens for everyone, from the Sensory Garden and Rose Garden to the Children’s Garden and Pet-Friendly Garden, or the Silverton Market Garden and Amazing Water Garden. Welcome dinner… As you walk through the entrance of the Resort’s restaurant, you will see The Oregon Garden and the Willamette Valley stretched out before you. Tables are set to ensure that all guests can see the spectacular view through the large windows which run the length of the restaurant. The Oregon Garden Resort Silverton Oregon (D)

Day 2 – Silverton to Coos Bay
Albany Historic Carousel Museum… The museum houses the world’s largest public collection of Dentzel carousel pieces. The largest piece in the collection is the mechanism which holds the carousel itself, one of the last to be created by Gustav Dentzel in 1909. This is a working museum, and their current project began in 2002. We’ll see the artists at work, stippling (painting), and carving! Treasures from four generations of the Dentzel family can be viewed. Lunch in Cottage Grove, at the Village Green Resort’s restaurant, Seasons at the Green…  Visit the Chambers Railroad Covered Bridge… Constructed in 1925 and spanning 78 feet, this bridge was recently fully restored and re-opened to pedestrians in late 2011. Tour the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum Interpretive Center… The center tells the story of the Coquille Tribe. Its members are descendant from people who inhabited the watersheds of the Coquille River system – a small portion of Coos Bay at the South Slough – and areas north and south of the Coquille River. Check into our home for the night, the Mill Casino Resort… From the very moment you check-in, you’ll know you’ve arrived at a destination unlike any other on the Oregon coast. From the stunning waterfront views of Coos Bay in the Northwest-inspired lobby, to the million-dollar panoramic bay views from every suite, The Mill is the place to stay! The Mill Casion Your evening is free at the Mill Casino Resort… Looking for sizzling casino action along the beautiful Oregon coast? Strike it rich at The Mill Casino where non-stop casino action is waiting for you! Satisfy your appetite in one of five unique dining venues: The Mill Casino Resort Coos Bay (B, L)

Day 3 – Coos Bay to Newport
Meet Marty our wonderful guide for the afternoon… She will share the history and lore of the area as we visit Charleston, Cape Arago and Shore Acres. She’ll enlighten us with the fascinating real-life story of Louis Simpson, and the mansion and gardens he built as a Christmas present for his wife Cassie. Their tale is one of romance and tragedy played out on this lonely wild spot overlooking the roaring Pacific. You’ll have time to roam Shore Acres State Park on your own. Sand Land Adventures Dune Buggy Tours…  A scenic way to experience the dunes; with a touch of excitement! ‘Informative and fun’, describes this one hour dune buggy tour covering approximately 15 miles of dunes, and 3 miles of ocean beach. Climbing and descending through these beautiful, impressive dunes will be an unforgettable experience for travelers to Oregon. The dune buggy is the perfect vehicle for an exciting, safe, and easy-going tour of the spectacular Dunes! Lunch is on your own in Old Town Florence… This quaint fishing village is situated on the banks of the Siuslaw River. It’s beautifully restored, and home to several restaurants – including the famous ‘Mo’s’, art galleries, specialty shops, a fly-fishing museum and more! Spend some time here for lunch and browsing. Visit Cape Perpetua Visitors Center… Appreciate the phenomenal view of the Pacific Ocean from the open area viewing deck. There will be time to view one of the short movies depicting life at the Ocean’s edge, and staff is available to answer questions. Check into your oceanfront home for the next 2 nights, the Elizabeth Street Inn in Newport. (B, D)

Day 4 – Newport Local Touring
The Edge Art Gallery & Glass Blowing Studio… Seven days a week, the Gallery creates all kinds of amazing glass art. Their mission is to educate, entertain and enlighten visitors. Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center… Located in an impressive building on Newport’s Historic Bay Front, the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center is a major museum; an interactive center that incorporates the working wharf, educational programs, and local maritime uses. The center features maritime-related exhibits and art. Lunch and free time on your own at Newport’s Historic Bay Front… Historic Newport is a bustling coastal town on the beautiful shoreline of the Oregon Coast. Fronting onto Yaquina Bay, Newport’s history goes back to 1882, and has evolved from a fishing community to become a favorite vacation destination. The bay front is where all the action is – lined with cozy restaurants, galleries, fishermen’s markets and a picturesque marina.  The causeway is lined with ornate murals highlighting Newport’s nautical heritage.  (We’ll run shuttles to/from the hotel throughout the afternoon.) Board the Marine Discovery right on the bay… Enjoy a great naturalist guide specializing in whales, oyster farming, and sea and shore wildlife, and a big screen television for viewing microscopic marine life! Drive the boat & pull crab pots, as we explore the incredible scenery of the ocean bay and rivers. Look for seals, sea lions and an abundance of sea birds, and learn about the aquatic habitat. This is always a great time! Behind the Scenes tour of the Oregon Coast Aquarium… What does it take to care for a 1 million gallon goldfish bowl? Come with us to see the ins and outs of the aquarium world. Catered Dinner in the Shark Tank at the Oregon Coast Aquarium… Tonight we will dine under the sea in the ‘Passages of the Deep’. This unique setting combines the Aquarium and the Gleason event room to allow a stroll through the undersea setting while enjoying dinner. A series of underwater walkways leads you from the dark, quiet canyons of the Orford Reef, through the sparkling and teeming waters of Halibut Flats, and finally into the vast blue expanse of the open sea, where you will see sharks and exotic habitats. the Elizabeth Street Inn in Newport. (B, D)

Day 5 – Newport to Astoria
Depart for Astoria… You will want to keep your cameras ready, as we will be driving up spectacular Highway 101! Astoria is on Oregon’s northern tip; it’s the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies! Restored Victorian homes dot the hillsides. Visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory… View the factory floor where the cheese is produced on your self-guided tour. Grab a cup of coffee or an ice cream cone, or just spend a little time in the gift shop. Lunch on your own in Astoria…  Ride the historic Trolley (near the hotel). Featuring local narration of the City’s colorful history, the newly restored trolley goes along the waterfront, where you can check out the quaint shops in historic downtown, visit Waterfront Park where you can view ships, the Heritage Museum, the Firefighters Museum, or the Flavel House.  Tour the Columbia Maritime Museum…. One of the best in the country! Explore marine transportation from the days of dugout canoes, through the age of sail, to the present. Watch a dramatic 12-minute film introducing the history of life and commerce on the Columbia River, including the dangerous work of the Bar and River Pilots. Walk the bridge of a World War II warship, marvel at the 44-ft motor lifeboat plowing through a wave in a rescue mission. Participate in four interactive, hands-on exhibits. ** Optional trip to Astor Column… The Column is the “crowning monument” in a series of 12 historical markers constructed between St. Paul, Minnesota and Astoria, Oregon. These markers were the pet project of Ralph Budd, who was president of the Great Northern Railroad at the time. Budd and other businessmen and scholars wanted to celebrate Astoria’s early settlers for their role in expanding the United States to the Pacific Coast. Check into our home for the night, the Holiday Inn Express… Tonight, dinner is served at Baked Alaska… Enjoy fine dining and sweeping views of the Columbia River. Holiday Inn Express Astoria (B, D)

Day 6 – Astoria to Portland
Tour Fort Clatsop… It was the encampment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the Oregon Country, near the mouth of the Columbia River during the winter of 1805-1806. It’s located along the Lewis and Clark River at the north end of the Clatsop Plains. The fort was the last encampment of the Corps of Discovery before embarking on their return trip, east to St. Louis. Enjoy Lunch at Camp 18 Restaurant and Logging Museum…  Its’ architecture is authentic in materials and construction techniques, and features, for example, an 85-foot ridgepole that’s the largest such piece in the United States, and weighs approximately 25 tons! Oh yeah, the food is real good too! Embark on a short tour of the City of Portland… Dinner is on your own tonight… The MAX (light rail) station is right behind the hotel. Double Tree by Hilton Downtown Portland (B, L)

Day 7 – Portland Columbia River Gorge
Visit Crown Point Vista House Observatory… The Observatory also serves as a memorial to Oregon pioneers and as a comfort station for travelers on the Historic Columbia River Highway. The site, on a rocky promontory, is 733 feet above the Columbia River on the south side of the Columbia River Gorge. The building shows great sensitivity to its site in the Columbia River Gorge near Corbett, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit Multnomah Falls… Fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon, and the fifth largest falls in the United States! Multnomah Falls cascades more than 600 feet into the Columbia River Gorge below. According to Native American lore, Multnomah Falls was created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe. Stretch your legs, have some coffee, and take in the beautiful site of Multnomah Falls. Lunch at Riverside Restaurant, Hood River… As Hood River’s only waterfront restaurant, Riverside offers panoramic views of the mighty Columbia River from the dining room and from the expansive outdoor deck and patio. Tour Timberline Lodge… Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions! Considered an architectural wonder, it’s still being used for its original intent—a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for all to enjoy. President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the completed lodge on September 28, 1937. Farewell dinner cruise on The Portland Spirit… 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, entertainment, and live performances. Double Tree by Hilton Downtown Portland (B, D)              

Day 8 – Airport
Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grains Store & Visitor’s Center tour… Come and learn about the wonderful world of stone grinding whole grains on a guided tour of the BRM manufacturing facility. Friendly ‘Grain Guides’ provide you with a brief history of how Bob and Charlee Moore championed the goodness of simple, natural whole grains and created a company now respected around the world. You will watch the action of a working mill as seen through the viewing windows. Everyone leaves with a free sample! Transfer to Portland International Airport… You’ll want to book afternoon flight departures. (B)

“Custom Tours” were designed for groups of 24 or more… If you have a group that wants to book one of these trips… or wants us to design a tour for your groups specific needs… please don’t hesitate to call us. Our tours are designed with a “love of discovery”. Our creative itineraries can be custom-designed to your request including some “must see” attractions as well as “off-the-beaten-path” experiences.