While attending FMCA’s 84th International Convention in Redmond, consider taking one or more of the optional sightseeing tours designed specifically for FMCA members by Columbia Crossroads, a custom tour operator based in Portland, Ore.
Reservations are required for all tours and may be made prior to the convention. To register, download the Tour Registration Form and mail it in.
At the convention, a Columbia Crossroads representative will be available at the tour desk located in the FMCA Information Center to take reservations on a space-available basis. All tours are subject to change.
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Shaniko Ghost Town & Fossil Beds (7 hours)Tour #1 Wednesday, August 11, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Head off today for Shaniko, Oregon’s best known ghost town! During its boom town days of 1900-1911, this railhead town earned the "Wool Capital of the World" title. In 1910 the official census for Shaniko was 600 residents. There were five saloons, three hotels and a number of other businesses. View several of the 1900's era buildings that still stand. Several photo opportunities exist. Continue on to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Clarno Unit, which features hiking trails, exhibits, and a picnic area. The cliffs of the Palisades are the most prominent landform in the Clarno Unit. Explore the Trail of the Fossils, a ¼ mile hike, which is the only trail in the park where one can readily see fossils in the rocks. Large boulders strewn below The Palisades cliff contain hundreds of visible plant fossils. Return to the fairgrounds. Box lunch included.
$99 per person includes transportation, guide, box lunch, stops at Shaniko and the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Clarno Unit. (based on a minimum of 20 participants).
Green Energy Transportation Brewery Tour (5 hours)*
Tour #2 Wednesday, August 11, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tour #9 Saturday, August 14, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bend is home to some of the finest micro-brews in the Northwest. Take some time to tour Bend Brewing Company, Deschutes Brewery, Silvermoon Brewery, Cascade Lakes Brewery, and the new kid on the block, 10 barrel. Let Columbia Crossroads do the driving while you do the tasting.
$65 per person includes transportation, tour guide, light appetizers. Tasting will be on your own.
*This tour has a maximum of 12 passengers.
Scenic Cascade Lakes Highway (4½ hours)
Tour #3 Thursday, August 12, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Cascade Lakes Highway traverses 93 miles of forests and meadows in the Deschutes National Forest and provides year-round access to the Cascade Mountains in central Oregon. The route provides outstanding views of volcanic peaks, and offers access to eight resorts, dozens of lakes, and the largest ski resort in the Northwest. Your scenic bus tour will take you on a leisurely journey, highlighting several of the lakes as well as some magnificent vistas. The bus will make a number of stops, including Elk Lake Resort where photo opportunities will abound. In order to fully appreciate some of the vistas, you will have to walk a short distance over easy terrain. Your guide will share information on the natural and cultural history of the area throughout the tour, making this a journey you will long remember. Includes box lunch.
$75 per person includes transportation, box lunch, guide service and entrance fees. (based on a minimum of 20 participants).
Stars of Quilting In Sisters (5 hours)
Tour #4 Thursday, August 12, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Towering forests of Ponderosa pines, snowy Cascade Mountains, pristine rivers, lakes and streams, sun drenched days and star-filled western nights - this is the special beauty of Sisters, Oregon. Sisters is best known for the colorful quilts and spectacular scenery featured in the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, which takes place in July each year. Visit The Stichin’ Post and create a Fabric Postcard Project. Kits and materials will be provided, but bring a good sharp pair of scissors if you can. Hear from owner Jean Wells, who is scheduled to be inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame this July. She will present “Intuitive Design in Quilting.” In this presentation, you will explore design possibilities as well as color options.
$65 per person includes transportation, staff, and materials for project and lecture. (based on a minimum of 20 participants).
Tumalo Farms – Sampling of Fine Artisan Cheeses and Wine (3 hours)
Tour #5 Thursday, August 12, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Venture forth to a unique venue that can’t be accessed on your own! Depart the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center for a tour of this 85-acre working goat farm where Flavio DeCastilhos produces artisan, Gouda-like goat cheese. You will enjoy hints of pepper, lemon zest and nuttiness in these flavorful cheeses that just recently won national awards. Sample some of the fine wines by Maragas Winery, Central Oregon’s only vineyard! Return to the Expo Center satisfied and relaxed.
$79 per person includes transportation, guide, and cheese and wine tasting. (based on a minimum of 20).
Warm Springs Museum (5 hours)
Tour #6 Friday, August 13, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Visit and enjoy a cross culture program with education, recreation and entertainment. The Museum at Warm Springs exists to preserve the culture, history and traditions of the three tribes which comprise The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. It is one of the most exquisite collections of Plateau Native American artifacts in the country. By special arrangement for our group, you will be treated to a demonstration of Native Dance, be hands-on creating a traditional Native American Craft (bead weaving or small pouch necklace) and listen to the stories of yesteryear as relayed in the tradition of oral history presented by a tribe member.
$99 per person includes transportation, tour guide/staff, admission to the museum, dance demonstration, craft materials and instructor, and oral history presentation. (based on a minimum of 20).
Deschutes Brewery & Old Mill District (5 hours)
Tour #7 Friday, August 13, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Pacific Northwest is well-known for its microbreweries, and Deschutes Brewery is one of the best. The folks at Deschutes Brewery 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 includes a guided tour of the brew house and cellars, as well as an opportunity to taste-test the brewery’s most popular beers. Following your visit to the brew house, enjoy a tasty selection of food at a private reception in Deschutes Brewery’s spectacular Mountain Room. Experience amazing views of the Cascade Mountain Range as you partake in a deli buffet of meats, cheeses, house baked breads, assorted condiments, red potato salad, homemade salt & vinegar potato chips Then, it’s on to the Old Mill District where you can browse through charming galleries and top-quality shops. You’ll have approximately an hour and a half to wander on your own before the coach returns to Deschutes County Fair & Expo.
$85 per person includes transportation, guided brewery tour and tasting, one-hour private reception, and a stop at the Old Mill District. (based on a minimum of 20 participants).
Bend Public Art Tour (3 hours)
Tour #8 Saturday, August 14, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Take a tour of Bend via its roundabouts. The city is proud of the public art that is displayed in these venues and the tour will also include various stops from historical context as well as visits to the other Art in Public Place projects.
$45 per person includes transportation, tour and guide (minimum 20).