Take a deeper look at the most popular destinations — and discover the places unfairly left off the must-see lists with our offerings: bicycling, hiking and Mercedes Sprinter tours that bring you out of the ordinary. Our custom and private tour offerings are as endless as your imagination; email us or call 503 889-6410 to learn more about options and large group discounts.
Hiking and Biking: Columbia Gorge Hidden Waterfalls — $90*
8:30 a.m. Weekdays; afternoon openings available (please call)
Hike to waterfalls, bike the beautiful curves of the Historic Columbia River Highway, and see the Columbia Gorge beyond the experience of most tourists. The gorge is so rich, with waterfalls spouting off 800- to 1,000-foot-tall towering basalt walls in view of the freeway; but our tour is off the interstate. We start at our favorite viewpoint in the gorge, seeing the river and two states’ worth of beauty laid out before us; then we get on our bikes and ride down twisting, quiet historic highways to our favorite waterfall hikes. We’ll lock up our bikes and hike the 2.5-mile loop to a waterfall a gentle climb up the side of Larch Mountain. After the loop, a short bike ride takes us to two more tucked-away waterfalls, before we get back on the interstate to see still more. Tour includes vegetarian snacks, and coffee or tea, as well as fitted bike and helmet. One of our enthusiastic guides will ride and hike along with you; ours are the only fully-supported gorge bike tours available! (Please note most of our ride is on historic highways that do have moderate vehicle traffic in busy seasons; for traffic-free options, ask for a custom tour.)
Columbia Gorge Day Hiking Tour — $105*
8 a.m. Daily
The 80 miles of the Columbia River Gorge’s steep rocky sides offer some of the most spectacular hiking in the world, complete with pounding waterfalls, eagles, century-old trees, ferns, flowers, and ancient rocks. Join us for a day of exploring with 2-3 hikes aimed at pushing you to new heights both physical and experiential. Based on your group’s fitness level and the season, hikes could include Hamilton Mountain, Rowena Crest, Beacon Rock, Dog Mountain, Falls Creek Falls, and many others. Coffee and snacks included; your naturalist guide will accompany you on most of the day’s hikes. Expect 4-8 miles of hiking; elevation gain dependent on group. Pickup and drop-off in or near downtown Portland.
Portland Meditative Garden Tour — $120
10 a.m. Daily
Experience Portland’s gardens in a deeper way. Our vehicle tour will delve into garden design as it is meant to access your higher self and touch all your senses — including your sense of spiritual connectedness. Our about five-hour tour includes admission to the Lan Su Chinese Garden and the Japanese Garden, guided meditations, and visits our guide’s favorite downtown meditative gardens and places. The tour is meant as a philosophical and historical approach to the garden as it is used in urban spaces, but one with a significant sense of delight in the encounter.
Pickup at lodging in Central Portland. Garden admission and snacks provided.
Small Wineries of the Willamette Valley Tour — $125*
10 a.m. Daily
Delve into the world-class Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley and discover some of its lesser-known varieties as well in this tour meant to explore wineries whose names you may not have heard before — but you won’t forget. We’ll take you to four wineries with smaller case production but very big stories, views and flavors. Expect a deep and broad exploration of the terroir, history, and geology of the Willamette Valley and the surrounding regions that influence its wines. Tasting fees are not included; a nosh platter will be served.
Our tour will get you back to Portland in time for dinner. Pickup in or near downtown Portland included.
Urban Winery and Farm-to-Table tour — $100*
2:00 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; other days available (please call)
The urban wineries of Portland are growing to stand among their world-class Willamette Valley siblings; not just beautifully-made wine from some of the region’s best vineyards, but also showcases for exquisite farm-to-table cuisine. Our Urban Winery and Farm to Table tour is an experience that finally recognizes that.
With both the Willamette Valley’s and the Columbia Valley’s American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) providing the grapes, Portland’s urban wineries represent a distillation of the region, nearly 2,000 vineyards and dozens of varieties. The city’s wineries are also a hotbed of innovation. The wild variety of growing regions and fruit is matched only by the creativity of the makers crushing, fermenting and blending their wine in the industrial and residential neighborhoods of the inner city.
And then there’s the food! We will visit three carefully hand-picked urban wineries, the last one which will include seasonal, vegetable-rich pairings of inventive local farm-to-table cuisine. Wineries are chosen the same way they are in the top sommelier-led tours: our expert guides taste through the flights regularly to select only our favorites.
Price includes farm-to-table small plates at the final stop and transportation in a Mercedes Sprinter or other comfortable vehicle; tasting fees are not included.
Bike the Columbia Gorge:
Waterfalls & Scenic Roads — $150
8 a.m. Daily
Bike and hike both ends of the Historic Columbia River Highway on this intense experience across the gamut of Oregon geology and climactic zones. Start with 4-6 miles in the wet, waterfall-laden Western Columbia Gorge (includes short hikes to waterfalls) and then we drive east of Hood River for 5-13 miles of the gorgeous, sinuous arid end of the old highway in what we call a wildlife playground: bald eagles, deer, and more! Tour includes vegetarian lunch, snacks, and coffee or tea, as well as fitted bike and helmet. One of our enthusiastic guides will ride along with you; this is the only fully-supported gorge bike tour available! (Please note most of our ride is on historic highways that do have moderate vehicle traffic in busy seasons.)
If you or your travel partners aren’t confident on bicycles, our guides will provide hiking alternatives while our cyclists are riding their bikes. We want to make sure everyone is accommodated!
Bike the Willamette Valley Wineries — $125*
Noon Friday, Saturday
Willamette Valley boasts not only some of the best Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay in the world, but also some of the most beautiful country; and Oregon is one of the best places to bike. Combining these two is one of our favorite ways to experience Oregon’s famous wine region: biking plus wine! Our founder fell in love with wine bike tours five years ago, and here she and her bike route wizard partner have collaborated for what we believe is the best possible Willamette Valley wine tour by bike.
We’ll pick you up at your hotel or AirBNB in Portland (or a central location), or if you’re staying near wineries, we can meet you there. We’ll bring along a bike and helmet for each of you and we’ll ride through the vineyards, hazelnut orchards, berry farms and clover fields of the Willamette Valley. We’ll introduce you to three wineries, with moderate rides before each tasting. At the last winery, we’ll put the bikes back on the van and bring you back to the city in time for dinner.
Our ride is mostly on quiet roads that do have moderate vehicle traffic; riders should be comfortable on two-lane roads with little or no separation between vehicles and bicycles. We love riding in this region, as Oregon’s drivers are famously respectful of cyclists!
Tasting fees are not included; bicycle, helmet, snacks and water bottles are.
Meditative Garden Bike Tour — $90
10 a.m. Weekdays
Experience Portland’s gardens in a deeper way on a bike tour that will delve into garden design as it is meant to access your higher self and touch all your senses — including your sense of spiritual connectedness. Our about five-hour tour includes admission to the Lan Su Chinese Garden and the Japanese Garden, guided meditations, and visits our guide’s favorite downtown meditative gardens and places. The tour is meant as a philosophical and historical approach to the garden as it is used in urban spaces, but one with a significant sense of delight in the encounter. Eight to 12 miles of biking and an option for an uphill climb (with a sweet transit workaround if that’s not your thing).
Meet in inner SE Portland. Bikes, helmets, snacks and garden admission provided.
Beyond Voodoo Doughnut Bike Tour — $50*
8 a.m. Thursday
Portland has so much more to offer than standing in line for porny doughnuts! Our tour experiences doughnuts like Portland’s legendary bike tour guides — people who have put in 100s of hours and dollars on their bikes, searching out doughnut shops and testing as many as we could burn off on the way home. Expect to try doughnuts of a wide variety and learn about the fried dough specialties of many places (especially this one). Our about three-hour bike tour will stop at 3-4 doughnut purveyors with about 12 miles of moderate biking.
Meet in inner SE Portland. Bikes and helmets provided.
*These tours require an extra fee for bookings of one guest only. Please contact us at 503-889-6410 for single guest bookings.