Meet your guide at your accommodation in downtown Portland or at a central meeting location prior to 8:30 a.m. (pickup time to be advised upon reconfirmation). Drive past grand basalt cliffs and lush evergreen forests in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area en route to the charming town of Cascade Locks, where you will board the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler for a 2-hour brunch cruise.
Fill up on a buffet-style brunch featuring a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dessert items, as well as Champagne, sparkling cider, orange juice, coffee, and hot tea. Alcoholic beverages from a full-service bar are available for purchase. Enjoy your meal while taking in the fresh air and views of the surrounding natural scenery.
After the cruise, return to the car to drive past pear, cherry, apple, nectarine, and peach orchards on the scenic 35-mile (56-km) route known as the Fruit Loop, pausing to admire Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams from a vista point. Stop at local farm stands to meet the farmers who collectively produce the most pears and apples in the country.
Continue onto the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway and watch the agrarian valley segue into groves of towering evergreens as you enter Mt. Hood National Forest. Stretch your legs at Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark known for its rustic architecture.
After relaxing in the lodge, journey back to Portland through the charming towns of Rhododendron, Zigzag, Welches, and Sandy. Return to your hotel at roughly 5:30 p.m.