Image Courtesy © Mark Zelonis
See Silverton and Portland, Oregon in the peak of summer bloom season!
This exclusive Interlude features some of the best horticultural attractions in the lush and verdant Northwest. Both public and private gardens, at their peak of late summer bloom will be explored with garden guru Mark Zelonis, former deputy director of Environmental & Historic Preservation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, to lead us through these glorious gardens.
Included in this diversely fascinating itinerary is a special opportunity to tour Cherry Hill Winery, owned by Jan & Michael Sweeney from Indianapolis! Of course, there will be ample time to sample wines before and during dinner at their beautiful vineyard. Cheers garden lovers!
While in Portland we will be at the lovely Historic Benson Hotel, within easy walking distance of arts, entertainment, dining, and shopping opportunities. In addition, leisure time will be provided for visiting the Portland Art Museum, or sampling Voodoo Doughnuts, or perhaps perusing Powell’s Books – the country’s largest independent purveyor of new and used books – a true book lovers’ mecca.
Because this is a rare opportunity to visit exquisite private gardens, we must limit registration to a small group of 25 – but the horticultural wonders, exquisite natural scenery, nurseries, and historic sites are truly something to behold and something to savor. Please review the complete itinerary and plan to join us- we look forward to having you with us.
Small Group – Limited to 25 Participants.
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|Deposit||$350 per person|
|Final Balance Due||June 29, 2017|
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*Air departure from Indianapolis included. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Cancellation policy: if travel protection is not purchased, cancellation charges are: 121 days and earlier: full refund. 120 – 76 days prior to final payment $350 plus the cost of any non-refundable air tickets; 75 and less days prior to departure: no refund.
Day 1: Fly to Portland / Silverton
After arriving at the Portland airport mid afternoon, we travel to Silverton to the Oregon Garden Resort, your home for 2 nights. The resort overlooks the 80-acre Oregon Garden. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the resort. Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton, OR (D)
Day 2: Silverton / Salem
After breakfast at the resort, you may walk or take the tram to the Oregon Garden for a tour and time on your own. The 80-acre botanical garden, features more than 20 specialty gardens showcasing the diverse botanical beauty that can be found in the Willamette Valley and throughout the Pacific Northwest. The gardens include 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, as well as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian-style Gordon House. Departing the garden we travel to Sebright Gardens, specializing in hostas, epimediums and ferns, and then to the foothills of the Willamette Valley to enjoy Dancing Oaks Nursery which offers a wide variety of both woody and herbaceous plants from all corners of the world. Then we’ll visit with Jan and Mike Sweeney, owners of Cherry Hill Winery, nestled in the magical Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Cherry Hill is a true boutique winery producing a super-premium Pinot Noir, by hand, in this classic fruit heartland of the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy a tour and panoramic view of the vineyard followed by a wine paired dinner. Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton, OR (B, Box Lunch, D)
Day 3: Silverton / Portland
Today we meander toward Portland on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. Our first stop is the Deepwood Estate, a Victorian historic house designed in the Queen Anne style situated in a five acre public park with formal gardens, nature trails, greenhouse, and original carriage house. Next we visit Rogerson Clematis Garden. Taking a unique approach, the garden displays intensely planted clematis of over 1,600 cultivars in a residential setting, providing the opportunity to show how well they combine with other plants. After a stop for lunch on your own, we visit Swan Island Dahlias, the largest dahlia grower in the US, showcasing over 360 varieties and introducing from 5 to 15 new ones each season. Arriving in Portland, check into the historic Benson Hotel for 4 nights in downtown Portland. This superb location puts you within walking distance to all of the shopping, dining, and entertainment of the Pearl District, Pioneer Square, and downtown. Famous boutiques, bookstores, breweries, and performing arts venues are just steps away. Your welcome to Portland dinner is at the Portland City Grill with a view from the 31st floor. Benson Hotel, Portland, OR (B,D)
Day 4: Portland
We start the morning with Portland’s acclaimed International Rose Test Garden in nearby Washington Park. There are over 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties. New rose cultivars are continually sent to the garden from many parts of the world and are tested for color, fragrance, disease resistance and other attributes. It is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States and exemplifies Portland’s nickname, “City of Roses”. Close by is the Portland Japanese Garden. This garden’s areas include a strolling pond garden, a tea garden, and a sand and stone garden, set on 5.5 acres in Washington Park. After our garden visits enjoy lunch before heading to the Pittock Mansion. Built in 1914 for one of Oregon’s influential families, Pittock Mansion is filled with rich history and remarkable stories, surrounded by 46-acres of natural beauty. This evening dinner is on your own either at the hotel or nearby restaurant. Benson Hotel, Portland, OR (Box L)
Day 5: Portland
After breakfast on your own either at the hotel or nearby restaurant, enjoy an optional walking tour where you’ll hear about early and modern Portland as your guide shows you an enlightened city rich with artwork, parks, bridges, downtown trains & streetcars, fountains and friendly people. Late morning you’ll visit Lan Su Classical Chinese Garden, one of Portland’s greatest treasures. The garden is a result of a collaboration between the cities of Portland and Suzhou, Portland’s sister city in China’s Jiangsu province that’s famous for its beautiful Ming Dynasty gardens. Lan Su was built by Chinese artisans from Suzhou and is one the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China. Much more than just a beautiful botanical garden, Lan Su is a creative wonder — a powerfully inspiring experience based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition that melds art, architecture, design and nature in perfect harmony. This afternoon is free for lunch and exploring Portland on your own. Don’t miss Powell’s Books, the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world; or Portland Art Museum, the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest, founded in 1892. Farewell dinner river cruise this evening on the Portland Spirit. Benson Hotel, Portland, OR (Dinner Cruise)
Day 6: Portland / Columbia River Gorge / Fruit Loop
Depart with your local guide for a day of scenic discovery through the Columbia River Gorge and Fruit Loop area. Be sure to bring your camera for stops at numerous points of interest, such as Vista House, Multnomoah Falls, Mt. St. Helens & Mt. Hood and Panorama Point to name a few. You’ll have a chance to sample local produce and wines. Dinner this evening at historic Timberline Lodge. Constructed in 1937, Timberline Lodge stands on the south slope of Mt Hood at an elevation of 6,000 feet. Benson Hotel, Portland, OR (B,D)
Day 7: Portland / Fly Home
Fly home today with fond memories of your time in Oregon’s largest city and the beautiful Willamette Valley.