A Taste of the Pacific Northwest
June 29–July 6, 2013
Regional wine and cuisine are showcased during dinner at a Portland tavern. Drive through Oregon’s wine country to the prominent peak of Mount Hood; sample the latest vintages at a local winery and gaze at magnificent Multnomah Falls. In Seattle, taste the spoils of a landmark beach restaurant and tour the Scandinavian district and Pike Place Market before dining at the Space Needle. Ferry to Port Angeles, then to Victoria for the floral showplace Butchart Gardens. Travel to Vancouver by floatplane, discovering the city from the treetops of the surrounding rainforest. Highlights include Stanley Park, the Victorian grandeur of Gastown, and the Granville Island Public Market.
Day 1 - Arrive independently in Portland, OR; A transfer is included from Portland International Airport to The Westin Portland; welcome reception at the hotel, followed by dinner at the Davis Street Tavern
Day 2 - Sightseeing tour of Portland this morning then head to Mount Hood and the Timberline Lodge, a classic ski resort and a National Historic Landmark with breathtaking views of the mountains and the national park, for lunch. Visit at Mount Hood Winery; Drive along a picturesque route that follows the river gorge and landscapes of awesome beauty, through a region famous for its tree fruit. Stop at magnificent Multnomah Falls
Day 3 - Cross the Puget Lowland to Seattle; Lunch at Salty’s on Alki Beach in West Seattle, a landmark local restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of the mountains and city skyline. Our small touring vehicles get you into the places that other visitors miss, including Ballard, a Scandinavian district that is becoming a local food attraction, and Capitol Hill, with its eclectic shops and historic houses. Your hotel is The Westin Seattle, in the heart of downtown.
Day 4 - Seattle's Pike Place Market is the oldest continually operating farmers market in the country. The market is in the commercial heart of the city, which you can explore at your leisure. Tonight, dine at Sky City Restaurant at the top of the famed Space Needle, and indulge your senses with stunning 360-degree views of the cityscape
Day 5 - A ferry transports you across a narrow strait to Bainbridge, where the road will take you along the panoramas of Puget Sound to Port Angeles on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Sail from here to Victoria, British Columbia, a picturesque city of beautifully restored 19th-century buildings and a food culture that is rich and discriminating; enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
Day 6 - Visit a family-owned orchard that turns its organic heritage apples into ciders that you might mistake for wine – clear, robust to delicate, still to sparkling, with sophisticated flavors and aromas.Tour Butchart Gardens, elegantly landscaped with statuary and fountains. Lunch today is afternoon tea at the original family residence, surrounded by floral splendor and including a sampling of local wines. On your return to Victoria, a floatplane will fly you to Coal Harbour in Vancouver where you'll enjoy a two-night stay at The Westin Bayshore on the waterfront, close to historic Stanley Park and exciting downtown city life.
Day 7 - Vancouver is an epicurean powerhouse in a gorgeous natural setting that has captured the attention of gourmands around the world. At the Capilano River, a breathtaking “treetop adventure” offers you a view of the coastal rainforest in the treetop canopy along a footbridge network and the cliffwalk, a pedestrian walkway. Explore Stanley Park and in the historic Gastown district, an up-and-coming foodie-magnet where you'll enjoy lunch on your own. Visit to Granville Island Public Market for a chef-guided tour of its epicurean wonders; this farmers market brimming with fresh produce and artisan-made cottage-industry foods is the site of our farewell reception and dinner at "Edible at the Market," an extravaganza of gourmand delights, cooking demonstrations and Northwestern taste sensations.
Day 8 - Transfers are included from The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver to Vancouver International Airport, or the train station.
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