Evergreen Escapes combines enchanting urban environments, boutique wineries, and nature wonders in to small group tours that leave from Portland, OR. Several unique microbreweries, the largest bookstore in the country, and many famous parks provide the city with a quirky and distinct vibe. The tour company offers both day tours and multi-day trips from Portland that explore both the city and the nearby natural wonders, such as Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and the Columbia River Gorge.
Several different tours, both small group and private, are offered by Evergreen Escapes. The Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tour explores both Oregon wines and the waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge. Tour-goers will learn all about the Columbia River Gorge from a naturalist guide as they make their way down Waterfall Alley. After taking in the Gorge's grandeur, the tour continues to two of the Hood River area's boutique wineries for a wine tasting.
The Willamette Valley Wine and Waterfalls Tour explores the Willamette Valley's pinot noirs and Silver Falls State Park's waterfalls. This tour offers fine wines and trails that are connected by an interesting natural history. Participants can enjoy the glistening waterfalls and the smell of evergreen trees in the morning as they walk along the trails led by their guide to explore the park's iconic sights. This is followed by a tasting of fine pinot noirs and other wines in the afternoon at three boutique wineries. Between tastings, tour-goers will also be able to enjoy a delicious lunch made with local ingredients at the Coelho Winery.
Evergreen Escapes' Explore Portland Tour takes visitors away from the downtown area and out into the surrounding parks and eclectic neighborhoods to explore where the city truly shines and experience Portland like a local. The tour starts at Pittock Mansion with spectacular views of Mt. Hood and Portland. It then continues to some of Portland's 8,100 acres of parks. Participants will learn about the volcanoes that once occupied the area, as well as see how the urban environment has integrated sustainability and view the landscape design that was carefully planned by John Charles Olmsted. Portland's independent and artsy spirit is then explore in neighborhoods such as North Mississippi, Alberta, Nob Hill, Hawthorne, and the Pearl District. Along the way, an expert guide will talk about Portland's rich history, commitment to sustainability and greenery, and its quirky culture.
The Mt. St. Helens Tour explores one of the most powerful and iconic natural wonders in the region. A naturalist guide leads participants on interpretative nature walks around Mt. St. Helens, and will tell captivating stories that explain the significance of the volcanic eruption that took place in 1980. Tour-goers will also learn how the area's ecosystems are re-emerging and evolving, as well as have a chance to descend into the Ape Cave lava tube, view colorful wildflowers set against barren landscapes, a possibly see elk grazing new the smoldering crater of the volcano.
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