Join this private overnight agricultural tour with a professional guide on-hand. See the inside of a windmill and even walk side-by-side by farm animals. Relax on a bale of hay or perhaps hitch a ride on a tractor. Learn about the history of Oregon farm to table, farming cultural, export and technology used in farming today.
Day 1: Arrival (L,D) A driver will pick you up from your Portland hotel before beginning the journey. Drive through the Columbia River Gorge with a stop at Multnomah Falls and Bonneville Dam to see the fish ladder viewing gallery of migrating Pacific Salmon. Next, visit the Sage Center, an interactive visitor center focused on agriculture in the Northwest. You will have the opportunity to interact with current technology and learn about the process of getting food from the farm to the table.
Have lunch at the River Lodge and Grill before paying a visit to Madison Farms, a 160-acre dryland wheat homestead in 1914 to a diversified and very efficient, deficit-irrigated farm. There crops include soft white seed wheat, corn, seed corn, alfalfa, canola and potatoes. Finally, enjoy an optional tour to a windmill or take a tour of the farm including the new irrigation systems. Overnight: Pendleton, Oregon
Day 2: Departure (B,L) Come morning time, pay a visit to Mile Canyon Farms, a farm with over 51,000 acres, including 7,500 organic acres.They also own and operate Three mile Land and Cattle which is home to over 25,000 dairy cows that provide milk to the local Tillamook processing facility. Pay an optional visit to the Maryhill Winery where you will enjoy wine tasting, lunch, and incredible views of the Columbia River.
In the afternoon, visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. It brings to life the human stories and natural history of one of the nation's most compelling landscapes. On your return to Portland, you will cross over the Columbia River once again, over the Bridge of Gods, that carries an ancient legend dating back 17,000 years ago. Arrive at your Portland accommodations at the end of the day.