2014 Therio Portland - 60 Year Anniversary
Portland: Two rivers--The Columbia and The Willamette-- form its boundaries and multiple bridges connect the east and west sides of the city. Boats and watersports abound, from crew teams to dragon boats to waterskiing and wake boarding to fishing and sailing. And, travel just 30 miles up the Columbia River and arrive at one of the best kite-boarding and windsurfing meccas in the world--Hood River.
Waterfront: The conference is held on the Waterfront. Cross the street and you're there! Walk or bike for miles along Portland's waterfront. Picnics, small boutiques, restaurants, etc
Mountains: From our conference hotel in Portland, you can enjoy the view of 3-4 snow-covered majestic mountains--Hood, St Helen's, Rainier and Adams. Mt Hood and the Columbia Gorge is just an hour east of Portland and resplendent with walking and hiking trails, waterfalls, spectacular vistas of the Columbia gorge and even morning skiing since it is a glacier. The other mountains are also accessible but a bit further drive.
Cyclist paradise: Need I say more or has everyone heard enough about the #1 city in the US for cyclists? Google cycling maps--both road and mountain trails. In addition, there will be a Sunday Tour de Therio bike ride on Sauvie’s Island, just 10 miles from the hotel, and brunch at Meriwethers on the way back. Consider bringing saddle and pedals, if not your whole bike. Click here to register and contact Dr. Metcalf at 503-682-3898 if you have any questions about this fun event.
Washington Park: Over 400 acres of trees, gardens, playgrounds and 15 miles of running hiking trails just minutes from downtown. Explore The Childrens' Museum, Portland Zoo, Forestry Center and Hoyt Arboretum. Picnic in the most spectacular Rose Garden, or perhaps catch an evening concert in the Rose garden or at the Zoo.
Restaurants: For a small town, this is a superb gastronomique experience. There are so many outstanding restaurants here, within walking distance of the hotel or a short cab ride. Grab our local publication Portland Monthly, for their top recommendations. Must checkout the Pearl District, Northwest, Eastside, and don't leave without trying fresh salmon and halibut….and of course dungeness crab. For the braver souls, another local favorite are huge razor clams.
Wine Country: Of course known for its worldclass pinot noirs, Portland is surrounded by vineyards, wineries, and bed & breakfasts, all within the outdoor paradise. Travel less than one hour south to Newberg, Dundee and McMinnville and stay for days exploring the area.
The Coast: Oregon's rugged and wild coastline has been the backdrop of artists for centuries. Just one hour west of Portland lies Cannon Beach, a fun artsy family vacation town with tide pools and shallow waves and miles of wide beach. Travel just north to very commercial Seaside or to quieter lovely Gearhardt and on to Astoria. Travelling south, visit Tillamook (cheese!), Lincoln City and Newport (aquarium). North or South, you could drive/ ride for miles and the coastline is beautiful. Fishing, crabbing, biking, hiking, strolling shops are just few ways to while away your days
Central Oregon: Within a short driving distance east (2-3 hours) find the Western towns of Bend, Sisters, Redmond etc, again an outdoor paradise in drier conditions but surrounded by mountains. Consider renting a house at Black Butte or Sun River. Find fishing, hiking, rafting, horse riding, etc opportunities abound.
Southern Oregon: Again, the mountains and rivers hold allure from Eugene to Medford and on. And of course, the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland is one of those lifetime experiences.
Fishing: Check out the opportunities on the McKenzie, Rogue and Deschutes Rivers that put in at locations within hours of Portland. There are multiple outfits that offer these trips. Some also include multisport options: hiking and rafting along with fishing.