Conference Tours

Walking Tour – A Multiethnic History of Portland’s New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District
Co-sponsored by the Portland Chinatown History Foundation and the Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Friday April 14, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Registered Students: ?? per person; Others: $25 per person; maximum 40 participants
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Join us for a walking tour and engage in a dialogue with Chinese and Japanese American elders who grew up in Portland’s New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District. Portland’s “Old Town” has had many names and many identities. It was the city’s first commercial wharf, the first industrial district, the vice district, and it was Nihonmachi, or Japantown, New Chinatown, home to the second largest Chinese community in the U.S. between 1880 and 1900; as well as a Jewish wholesale and second-hand district, and a center for African American, Greek, and Roma community life. Led by the Executive Directors of the Portland Chinatown History Foundation and the Oregon Nikkei Endowment, this program will explore the neighborhood’s multiethnic past and current community-based efforts to preserve, revitalize, and resist gentrification.

Situated only a few blocks from many of Portland’s popular eating and shopping destinations, New Chinatown/Japantown is a great first stop in exploring the heart of downtown Portland. After the tour, you’ll be an easy walk away from several food cart pods, Powell’s Books, Voodoo Doughnuts, and the hip and bustling Pearl District and the West End. A list of recommended places to eat will be provided during the tour.

$25 per person, please budget an additional $5.00 for round trip/1-day TriMet tickets.
The tour will depart at 9:30AM from hotel lobby.

Portland Microbrewery Tasting Tour

Thursday April 13, 4:00PM-6:30PM
Registered Students: ?? per person; Others: $85 per person; maximum 40 participants
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Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of Portland’s famous breweries, sample some of the best beers the city has to offer, and enjoy great eats along the way in this all-inclusive tour led by the team at Brewvana. The tour starts at Breakside Brewery, recently named Best Brewery in Oregon by Thrillist and known for their innovative and experimental beers, including a number of award-winning barrel-aged and sour beers. Located in Northeast Portland, this visit offers a first-hand look at their brewing process and a taste of their best staple beers. After visiting Breakside, we’ll head over to Ecliptic Brewery, the latest venture of Oregon brewing icon, John Harris, whose illustrious career includes McMenamins, Deschutes, and Full Sail, where he spent twenty years creating their Brewmaster Reserve beers. This relatively new brewery has already become a must-visit for beer lovers, making Lonely Planet’s top seven and Serious Eats’ top six lists of Portland breweries. This tour is also a great opportunity to get across the Willamette River and see some of the city’s eastside.

The Brewvana tour buses will pickup and drop off our group at the Marriott and tickets include transportation, beer and appetizers.