Portland Tours & Activities

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Portland is full of fun things to see and do!

The M&M 2010 Local Host Committee (LHC) has put together several great activities for you to participate in while you are in town for the meeting. Wine, beer and scenery — three of Portland's most appealing aspects — are represented here.

Registration for these activities must be done separately from your meeting registration.

Taste Oregon's Wine Bounty!

Wine Tasting
Sunday, August 1, 2010
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Here's a great opportunity to discover Oregon's wines! Oregon is one of the world's premier regions for growing and making Pinot Noir, and produces great white and rose wines as well. Great Wine Buys (, located at 1515 NE Broadway (within a short walk from the convention center), will provide a short synopsis on the varieties available and guide you through a tasting of five different wines. They will also offer more personal advice tailored to your tastes. Come with your colleagues (and your wine questions!) for a mellow afternoon before the meeting starts.

Contact Aurelie Snyder at

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Annual M&M Golf Tournament

Head out on Sunday morning to the locally renowned Stone Creek Country Club in Oregon City for the annual M&M Golf Tournament! Tee time is 8:45 AM. Fee is $100/person and will include greens fees, golf cart, range balls, lunch and transportation to and from the Oregon Convention Center.

Contact Bruce Arey,; 509-371-6485.

Tournament is being arranged by the Pacific Northwest Microscopy Society.

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Take a Ride on the Portland Brew Bus!

Micro-Brew Tour & Tasting
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
6:00 pm - 10:45 pm (door to door)

The 3-4 hour BrewBus ( will give a fun, educational tour of Portland to three or four breweries, where you can sample appetizers and 15-20 fresh beers. Learn from the on-board guide about "Portland and Oregon Firsts," its craft brewing, and why Portland has over three dozen breweries (more than any city in the world!). You'll also receive a Personal Sampling Scorecard to help you keep track of all the beers you sample, which styles you like, and which ones you want to come back for!

BrewBus will depart from the Oregon Convention Center along MLK Blvd. at 6:00 PM. Tour lasts approximately four hours and will return to the OCC and individual hotels by 10:45 PM.

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Portland Dinner Cruise

Enjoy dinner and a Portland tour aboard the Portland Spirit!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm (boarding at 6:00 pm — Salmon Street/Naito Parkway embarkation)
$45/person — advance reservations required

Fresh Northwest cuisine, grand scenery and a warm summer evening are the main ingredients you need for a memorable dinner cruise ( Join fellow M&M attendees for a chartered, 2.5-hour sail aboard the Portland Spirit, a 150' yacht with panoramic views from the three public decks, two of which are enclosed and climate-controlled. The cruise will take you on a unique tour through downtown Portland on the Willamette River, while you enjoy a delicious made-to-order dinner with salmon, chicken and vegetarian main-course options and plated dessert. Several full-service no-host (cash) bars provide a vast wine and beverage selection. Made possible by the generous support of Ted Pella, Inc.

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After the Meeting – Cruise to Alaska!

The Pacific Northwest Microscopy Society (PNMS) is offering a post-meeting cruise to Alaska! Ship sets sail from downtown Seattle and travels to Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria, Canada. Cruise with your fellow M&M attendees; sail past enormous glaciers; see whales, bald eagles, and pristine wilderness, and spend a week on the luxurious Holland America Zaandam!

To book passage, or for more details, call (503) 641-7447 or (800) 848-7120, or email Book soon for best availability!

Sail Dates: Departure Friday, August 6; return Friday, August 12.

Brought to you by: Pacific Northwest Microscopy Society