Day One – Saturday, September 14, 2019
We depart Washington’s Dulles Airport in the afternoon and arrive in Portland in the evening where we stay for the next 2 nights at the Hotel Aloft Portland at Cascade Station.
Day Two – Sunday, September 15
There’s no better way to start a Gardens of the Pacific Northwest tour than to visit one of the most innovative nurseries in the country: Terra Nova Nursery. The northwest has the best climate for growing plants in America, and Oregon has long been known for its exceptional nursery industry. On our way to the scenic Columbia River Gorge and the magnificent Multnomah Falls, we stop for lunch at McMenamins Edgefield. Later we have a get-acquainted dinner at Multnomah Lodge before returning to our hotel.
Lodging: Portland (B)(D)
Day Three – Monday, September 16
We begin our day with an unlikely stop: the Multonomah County Central Library. But we are not checking out any books. Instead, we are checking out the 7,000 square foot ‘green roof’ or ‘eco roof’ as the City of Portland calls it. Once we come down off the roof, we visit the beautiful Lan Su Chinese Garden, one of Portland’s great treasures. After lunch we have a tour of the Portland Japanese Garden along with the Portland Rose Garden. The rest of the afternoon is free for shopping and dinner in the Pearl District before our evening flight to Vancouver. Our hotel, Hotel Blu, is located in the heart of Vancouver.
Lodging: Vancouver (B)
Day Four – Tuesday, September 17
Our time in Vancouver begins at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. A truly stunning group of gardens, it first opened to the public in 1975. This 55-acre garden contains forty small gardens with over 7,000 different kinds of plants. After lunch we stroll through the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden along with the Nitobe Memorial Garden, a traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden. It is considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in all of North America.
Lodging: Vancouver (B)
Day Five – Wednesday, September 18
We begin the day with a walking tour of the Gastown and Chinatown Districts of Vancouver. The tour ends at nearby Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. It is the first fullsize Chinese or ‘scholars’ garden built outside of China. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the city on your own.
Lodging: Vancouver (B)
Day Six – Thursday, September 19
Today we journey from Vancouver to Victoria by coach and ferry, all the while surrounded by exquisite scenery. We reach Victoria in time to visit the incomparable Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of stunning horticultural displays woven into the remains of an old rock quarry. To finish the day we stop at Abkhazi Garden for a tour and ‘Cream Tea’ before checking into our hotel, the Best Western Inner Harbour Hotel in Victoria.
Lodging: Victoria (B)(T)
Day Seven – Friday, September 20
This morning we walk from our hotel to the ferry docks to take the 10:30 ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles. It takes 90 minutes to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Once we disembark, we drive to the seacoast town of Port Townsend for lunch and shopping. We get a full dose of this extraordinary scenery on our way to Seattle where we stay for our final four nights at Hotel Andra in downtown Seattle.
Lodging: Seattle (B)
Day Eight – Saturday, September 21
Bainbridge Island is our destination via ferry to visit Bloedel Reserve--150 acres of a unique blend of natural woodlands and beautifully landscaped gardens. Afterward we have lunch at the Country Store in Indianola. Then we stop in for a special visit to Windcliff, the garden of Dan Hinkley, followed by a visit to Heronswood, Dan’s former garden and nursery. The Kingston Ferry takes us back to Seattle.
Lodging: Seattle (B)(L)
Day Nine – Surday, September 22
Today we have an entire day devoted to visiting several private gardens in Seattle. Since this region is the best place to grow plants in North America, gardeners here go the extra mile to create personal and facsinating gardens.
Lodging: Seattle (B)(D)
Day Ten – Monday, September 23
Our last full day begins at Ballard Locks to see the salmon swim their annual run. Afterward, we head downtown to visit Chihuly Garden and Glass, a museum and outdoor space devoted to Tacoma’s famous glass artist, Dale Chilhuly. Then we’re off to Pike Place Market, created in 1907 as a farmer’s market, but now it is so much more. We have plenty of free time to explore the market and downtown Seattle before we leave for our hotel. Our day ends with a farewell dinner.
Lodging: Seattle. (B)(D)
Day Eleven – Tuesday, September 24
We leave the great northwest with a morning flight from Seattle to Washington, DC.
- Breakfast included
L - Lunch included
T - Tea Included
D - Dinner included