Join a convivial group of art, wine, and cheese lovers for a long weekend full of unique experiences in the neighborhoods and bucolic agricultural areas in and around Portland, Oregon! Host experts and local guides will share their insights as we refine our senses and appreciation of these three gifts to our senses. On each day we will focus on one of the three themes.

Exploring art museums, galleries, and artist studios

Wine tasting at select Willamette Valley vineyards

Enjoy the world of artisanal cheeses

Our tour starts Wednesday evening with a special welcome dinner at a noted farm-to-table restaurant, where we’ll learn about the history and culture of one of the country’s most livable cities.

Thursday is devoted to Portland’s art distinct art scene, where we will meet cultural leaders to better appreciate the issues and has shaped the art made here. Lunch and dinner on your own.

On Friday we’ll travel to the picturesque Willamette Valley and meet with winemakers whose Pinot Noirs are revered worldwide. After a few sips, we will soon understand why Eric Asimov of The New York Times recently wrote, “Oregon is right now the single most exciting winemaking area in the United States.” Lunch is included.

Saturday starts with time to explore on your own—perhaps the Saturday Market, vintage clothing stores, or browsing the shelves at the famous Powell’s Bookstore. Lunch is on your own. In the afternoon, we’ll gather for a cheese-making demonstration by expert Eric Rector, who will share insights into cheesemaking today. in the evening we will join cheese lovers from around the world attending the culmination of the American Cheese Society’s Festival of Cheese. More than 1,400 cheeses will be on display and available to taste sorted by category: flavored, fresh, farmstead, smoked, washed-rind, blues, international style, American originals, Italian-style, soft-ripened, cheddar and more.

We've left Sunday for you to spend as you like… before heading home, or further exploration in the area…

Our Host Experts Include:

Dana Friis-Hansen - Museum director, contemporary art expert, and co-owner of Tiny World Tours

Alison Rector - Maine-based artist and foodie

Eric Rector - Owner and cheese maker at Monroe Cheese Studio in Monroe, Maine

Amy Ruis - Owner of Grand Rapids’ The Art of the Table and Aperitivo - purveyor of fine wines and cheeses

What’s included:

  • 4 nights hotel accommodation, double occupancy in a 4.5 star hotel

  • Evening welcome dinner and Willamette Valley lunch

  • Admissions to all ticketed entries on tour

  • Wine tastings at select vineyards

  • Tickets to the Festival of Cheese

  • Local group transportation

  • Services of guides and experts

Note: The trip begins with a 6 pm dinner on July 22, and ends with hotel checkout on Sunday, July 26. There’s so much to see and do in the Portland area, so we encourage you to arrive early, or extend your time here. We will be delighted to advise you regarding a possible pre-tour early arrival or post-tour itinerary extension.  Please advise us of your interest.

Tour Cost $2,000 per person (double occupancy)*

Minimum # of guests: 8

Maximum # of guests: 15

Early Bird Discount $200 for those paying deposit by 11/22/19 and paying in full by 5/23/20.

* supplement for single traveler requiring their own private room, $500 (depending on availability)

(Itinerary subject to change according to unforeseen circumstances / opportunities)

Guests are responsible for their own airfare to/from Portland, Oregon.

If you have questions, please email your inquiry to mark@tinyworldtours.com

To begin tour registration process, please pay deposit below. You may cancel without penalty through May 23rd, 2020. Click here to view Tiny World Tours’ general trip cancellation and refund policy. L