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Tours: FMCA Redmond 2014


A brewery, a farm, a scenic highway and a national monument are among the organized tours offered during FMCA's 90th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, Aug. 13 to 16, 2014. To register, please contact Columbia Crossroads, Inc. at (503) 372-6355 or e-mail at

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To guarantee your spot on these popular tours, register by Aug. 1, 2014.

Culinary Secrets and Sampling Tour

Join us for an FMCA-exclusive behind-the-scenes tasting and sampling tour at locally owned shops specializing in culinary delights. From handcrafted coffee roasters to assorted restaurant and gourmet markets, you will find mouth-watering cuisine and provocative beverages to satisfy the most discriminating epicurean. Tour stops may include the Savory Spice Shop with hand-chosen herbs, spices, and salts from around the world and Fearless Baking, which offers cookies, pies, tarts, savory goods, plus gluten-free goods, and more. We’ll also visit Backporch Coffee Roasters, Navidi’s Olive Oils and Vinegars, and Primal Cuts meat market where you will find traditional cuts such as beef and pork, and also rabbit, game, and goat meats. Then get ready for Volcano Vineyards, a micro winery!

Price per Person: $69*
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
3 to 6 p.m.
Tour #1

Tour includes transportation, tour guide, food samples, and culinary stops.


Scenic Cascade Lakes Highway

The Cascade Lakes Highway traverses 93 miles of forests and meadows in the Deschutes National Forest, providing year-round access to the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon. Our team has mapped out all the “must-sees” and our professional tour guide will bring this tour to life with personal commentary and narration. Your scenic bus tour will take you on a leisurely journey, highlighting outstanding views of volcanic peaks, magnificent vistas as well as several lakes, including Elk Lake Resort. In order to fully appreciate some of the vistas, you will walk a short distance over easy terrain. Your guide will share information about the natural and cultural history of the area throughout the tour, making this a journey you will long remember. A box lunch is included.

Price per Person: $75*
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tour #2

Tour includes transportation, box lunch, tour guide, and entrance fees.


A Trip to the Stitchin’ Post!

Set off for the picturesque town of Sisters, aptly named for the nearby mountains. This authentic western town is home to the Stitchin’ Post quilt and fabric shop, one of the best-known shops in the Pacific Northwest, as it hosts one of the largest quilt shows each summer. They will set up a “Make & Take” project for the group.  Although the project may change, the plan is to make a Central Oregon landscape design fabric postcard that actually can be sent in the mail or framed as a piece of art. If you are feeling lucky, you may even go home with a door prize! There will be time to browse and shop before we return to the fairgrounds.  

Price per Person: $59*
Thursday, August 14, 2014
12:30 to 5:30 p.m. 
Tour #3

Tour includes transportation, tour guide, and Make & Take project.


Farm and Ranch Tour

Visit three local farms and ranches on this exclusive FMCA tour. Stops include Tumalo Lavender, a working lavender farm reminiscent of those found in Provence, France; Juniper Grove Farm, known for producing top-quality goat milk cheese; and Crescent Moon Alpaca Ranch, where you will see adorable alpaca and crias (baby alpacas). The ranch’s boutique is full of luxurious garments made from the fiber of these unique and exotic animals.

Price per Person: $75*
Friday, August 15, 2014
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tour #4

Tour includes transportation, tour guide, and three farm/ranch stops.


Deschutes Brewery 

Please Register for this tour by July 11, 2014.

The Pacific Northwest is well-known for its microbreweries, and Deschutes Brewery is one of the best.  The folks there will tell you there are four main ingredients involved in the creation of beer:  water, hops, malt, and yeast.  But they’ll also tell you a great brew only comes alive when consumed!  Your visit may include a guided tour of the brew house and cellars, and an opportunity to taste-test the beer.  Afterwards, enjoy a tasty selection of food at a private reception in their spectacular Mountain Room. Experience amazing views of the Cascade Mountains as you partake in a deli buffet of smoked turkey breast, pastrami, and tarragon chicken salad, a variety of sliced cheeses, house-baked breads, spring lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and cherry peppers served with assorted condiments and house-made potato chips. Then it’s on to the Old Mill District where you can browse through charming galleries and top-quality shops for approximately an hour and a half before returning to the Family Reunion.

Price per Person: $95*
Friday, August 15, 2014
12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tour #5

Tour includes transportation, guided brewery tour and tasting, private reception with lunch, and a stop at the Old Mill District. Please register by July 11, 2014.


Newberry Monument and Lakes

Volcanic activity at Newberry National Volcanic Monument has created a spectacular molten landscape. Our team has mapped out all the “must-sees” and our professional tour guide will bring this tour to life with personal commentary and narration. The first stop is the Lava Lands Visitor Center, where a friendly ranger will begin our visit with a patio talk.  From there, you can choose to continue with the ranger as he/she leads us through a walk on the paved lava flow (the Trail of the Molten Lands) or pop inside and view the state-of-the-art interpretive exhibit about the area’s geologic and cultural history and view a variety of films scheduled daily. The Trail of the Molten Lands is a paved pathway that loops across a lava flow that originated at Lava Butte approximately 7,000 years ago. One flow changed the course of the Deschutes River. The Big Obsidian Flow, created 1,300 years ago, is famous for its paths of black and grey volcanic glass covering 700 acres.  Astronauts came to this area to train!  Next, it’s on to spectacular views as we travel to the shores of sparkling Paulina Lake and East Lake, two alpine lakes in the summit area of Newberry Volcano. Keep your cameras close at hand. This tour includes a box lunch.

Price per Person: $75*
Saturday, August 16, 2014
 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tour #6

Tour includes transportation, entrance fees, tour guide, and a box lunch.



*Tours do not include gratuity.

1. To guarantee your spot in these popular tours, please register by Aug. 1, 2014. You will receive an e-mail confirmation once your registration has been received.  
2. Columbia Crossroads, Inc. reserves the right to make changes to the tours as necessary.
3. Cancellations & Refunds: All tours are subject to cancellation if the minimum passenger guarantee is not met. Tours are refundable up to August 1, 2014. After Aug. 1, 2014 tours are non-refundable.
4. Any questions concerning these tours may be directed to (503) 372-6355 or

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5. Payment can be made by personal check, American Express, MasterCard, or Visa.
6. Please notify Columbia Crossroads, Inc. in advance of any special needs/requirements in terms of wheelchairs, walkers, and dietary needs.  Most tours require some amount of walking and participants should be in good physical health.

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