NE Oregon & Beyond – June 9th – 15th 2019

Breathtaking beauty and diversity… An area steeped in history stretching from the foot of the Blue Mountains to the heights of the Wallowa’s to the feet of “The Guardian of the Valley”. Experience a jet-boat excursion on the Snake River, tour a nationally acclaimed Foundry – Valley Bronze, breathe in the mountain air as we ride the Wallowa Lake Tramway and so much more on this great adventure! 

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Day 1 – Sunday June 9th – Home to Walla Walla
We’ll head northeast this morning… first stop: Multnomah Falls, cascading more than 600-feet. According to Native American lore, Multnomah Falls was created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe! Sit back and enjoy the scenery as we make our way through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. Lunch is served at Hamley’s Steakhouse located in the heart of downtown Pendleton – home to the historic Pendleton Round-Up! Every square foot has been meticulously designed to embody the American Old West. You’ll be taken back in time to experience the late eighteenth-century design and top-of-the-line craftsmanship. Hamley’s Steakhouse is truly an experience you’ll never forget! Next it’s the Pendleton Underground tour… tour properties in what was once the red-light district of Pendleton. The buildings on the tour have been maintained, true to the original state, allowing us to see the sidewalks and basalt-rock tunnels the way they were constructed pre-1890’s. Later, we’ll check into our hotel in Walla Walla, where you’ll have some time to freshen up. The Marcus Whitman Hotel is a Walla Walla landmark and storied gathering place for the local community and visitors alike. A fabulous dinner awaits tonight at The Marc Restaurant.  Recently awarded “Restaurant of the Year” by the Washington Wine Commission. Marcus Whitman Hotel, Walla Walla WA (L, D)

Day 2 – Monday June 10th – Walla Walla to Clarkston
After breakfast, we’ll journey to Clarkston, where our Beamers Hells Canyon Tour awaits. Experience an 86-mile trip on the Snake River, to the official entrance of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. See Cache Creek Ranch and Interpretive Center, maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. Observe ancient Indian petroglyphs, watch for birds and wildlife while your United States Coast Guard certified captain uniquely narrates your tour. We will travel to Dug Bar. Dug Bar is the historic location where Chief Joseph led his people from Oregon across the Snake River into Idaho. The Chief was leading his people to the Lapwai Indian Reservation, per orders from the U.S. Army. The events before and after this crossing led to numerous battles and one of the greatest retreats in military history! Quality Inn & Suites, Clarkston WA (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Tuesday June 11th – Clarkston WA to Joseph 
Enjoy the beautiful scenery today, as we make our way to Joseph. First stop is lunch at the Outlaw Restaurant and Saloon. The Outlaw is a family-friendly restaurant located on Main Street in Joseph. Named for the outlaw that robbed the local bank on October 1st, 1886, the restaurant and saloon were established 100 years later in 1986, by the Rushton family. Next, we take the tramway to Mt. Howard… With the opening of the gondola in 1970, Wallowa County added one of its most popular attractions. The 3700′ vertical ascent to the summit of Mt. Howard is a memorable experience. The exciting trip to the top of the mountain allows one to enjoy the 4000′ view as the gondola rises above Wallowa Lake Village, and the blue waters of Wallowa Lake. Your evening is free for dinner; there are several restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Eagle Cap Chalets, Joseph OR (B, L)

Day 4 – Wednesday June 12th – Joseph – local touring
We’ll start today with a tour of the nationally acclaimed Valley Bronze Gallery & Foundry! They are the premier fine art foundry in the Pacific Northwest. Working in all metals, including stainless and silver, they can undertake a full range of casting projects from small editions to monuments. The town of Joseph has seven permanent bronze art pieces on display on Main Street. We’ll have some free time for lunch here… explore, walk about town, and enjoy the mountain air. Next, we’ll have a guided tour with our great step on guide, Janet! We’ll learn about Chief Joseph, local agriculture, and the history of the town. Enjoy some free time to walk to the lake or just soak up the fresh air before our catered picnic dinner at the Chalets… the perfect ending to our stay here. Eagle Cap Chalets, Joseph OR (B, D)

Day 5 – Thursday June 13th – Joseph to Baker City  
Today we’re off to Baker City… Once considered to be the premier social center along the Oregon Trail… After lunch we’ll take a historic tour of the town by horse drawn wagon… In 1861, a man named Henry Griffin found gold near the Powder River, suddenly the area was the epicenter of a gold rush. Within 20 years, Baker City developed into the center of it all with hotels, an opera house, and a Carnegie Library… it grew into the largest city between Salt Lake City and Portland and was dawned “Queen City of the Mines”. We’ll also take in the Leo Adler House Museum… This completely restored and renovated Victorian home was the residence of philanthropist Leo Adler for 94 years. Listen to his story and feel the presence of his family as you wander through the various rooms on a guided tour. Then we’ll head back to the famous Geiser Grand Hotel, to tour this charming historic landmark that features ornate mahogany, crystal chandeliers in every room, and a beautiful stained-glass ceiling. You’ll see why the Geiser’s spectacular restoration received The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s coveted Honor Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation! (We’ll also hear about the resident ghost that haunts the hotel.) Your evening is free for dinner; the hotel is within walking distance of many fine restaurants. Geiser Grand Hotel, Baker City OR (B, L)

Day 6 – Friday June 14th – Baker City to Bend
First stop today is the Sumpter Dredge. Nestled at the base of the majestic granite peaks of the Elkhorn Mountain Range, it is one of the largest and most accessible gold dredges in the United States. This waterway was the vein of life during the boom days of the gold rush. The landscape still bears the scars. Next, it’s the John Day Fossil Beds Museum… colorful rock formations at the beds preserve a world class record of plant and animal evolution, changing climate, and past ecosystems that span over 40 million years. We’ll enjoy a tour and lunch at the museum. We’ll stop for a leg-stretch and photo opportunity at the Painted Hills View Point before making our way to Bend and our home for the night the Double Tree by Hilton located in the heart of Old Town. Your evening is free to explore Old Town which is home to many fine restaurants and shops. Double Tree by Hilton, Bend OR (B, L)

Day 7 – Saturday June 15th – Bend to Home
We’re off for the High Desert Museum this morning where we’ll encounter wild eagles, owls, otters, bobcats, lynx, porcupines, and other High Desert animals in their natural habitats. You might meet stagecoach drivers, pioneers, and others from the American Frontier along the way. We’ll experience Native American and Western art and culture through fun and interactive exhibits. Lunch is on your own in the quaint little town of Sisters, you will find unique shops and art galleries that make shopping here more than just retail therapy – it’s a cultural experience! (B)

$1,838 Double  $2,258 Single

A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by March 21st 2019