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Walla Walla and Pendleton
Lewis & Clark, Oregon’s Cowboy Country, the Columbia River
Off on a short flight to Seattle this morning, followed by an even shorter hop over to Pasco, in the Tri-Cities region. Dine at a popular local eatery for lunch, then stop at Sacagawea State Park. The only female in the Lewis and Clark party, she is an American legend. The first part of our history lesson focuses on Sacagawea, her life and the many roles she played on the journey.
On to Walla Walla, where we pause for a hosted afternoon beverage at the retail store of the Browne Family Winery downtown. In the evening, a casual dinner at the hotel is included to get to know your fellow travelers. Holiday Inn Express – 2 nights (L,D)
At nearby Patit Creek, a costumed character joins us to fill in another piece of the Lewis and Clark story. The entire campsite is recreated in sculpture, allowing you to visualize the scene. Stop at an orchard for a lesson in apple growing, then taste a number of different varieties. Lunch is served in picturesque Dayton at the Henry Weinhard Hotel (perhaps you’ve heard of the beer by the same name).
On the way back to Walla Walla, we make a short fun stop at Klicker’s, a unique local store. Could be ice cream involved, you never know. An educational opportunity follows. CBDs have become a popular remedy for aches and pains. The marijuana/hemp derivative is sold all over. Does it work? It is legal? We take you to a local shop to learn about this recent phenomenon. No interest? Enjoy the shops downtown or return to your hotel. Dinner in town tonight is included. (B,L,D)
Optional docent-led art walk on the campus of Whitman College (about 6 blocks, weather permitting) first thing this morning. At the Whitman Mission Historic Site, you can walk on a piece of the actual Oregon Trail and learn the tragic story of the missionaries who came here. Lunch on your own in Walla Walla.
On the short drive to Pendleton, stop in at Blue Mountain Cider for a unique tasting, pairing chocolate and cider. Arriving in Pendleton, first stop is the Pendleton Woolen Mill. There’s an opportunity to purchase new and also slightly imperfect items, some at great discounts. Your hotel offers a light dinner (soup/salad as an example), and other choices are nearby. Oxford Suites – 2 nights (B)
A busy day in Pendleton. First, a guided tour of the famous underground. Living accommodations, gambling dens, houses of ill repute, much of it underground! Build your own beef, chicken or non-beef burger for lunch at OMG Burgers. Next is the Maker’s Tour. You’ll meet a hat, a saddle and a boot maker and learn about their trades. A fascinating experience last year’s group rated the best of the entire tour. Dinner at famous Hamley’s Steakhouse is sure to please. (B,L,D)
Just as Lewis and Clark used the Columbia to make their way to the Pacific Ocean, we follow the mighty river as far as Portland. Along the way, we’ll stop in Hood River to learn a little about the Columbia, taste some of the amazing local strawberries and enjoy lunch at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel. Our early evening flight returns to Sacramento at 9pm. (B,L)
|B||Generally a limited buffet or menu|
|FB||Full buffet or choice of menu|
|BR||Brunch, often buffet-style|
|L||Lunch, often several menu options|
|HT or AT||High or Afternoon Tea|
|D||Dinner, often several menu options|