Tours of Portland Bookstores (pre-reg required)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 -
9:45am to 4:00pm
Grand Ballroom Entrance

Both the Full-Day and Half-Day tours are sold out.  If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please email

Attendees of Children's Institute may participate in one of two tours to Portland-area bookstores. Registration closes when the tours reach capacity. Space will be limited and first-come, first-serve. Buses will depart from the Banquet Entrance at the Red Lion Hotel.

Full-day tour – $35 pp - SOLD OUT!
Half-day tour – $25 pp - SOLD OUT!

The Full-Day Tour will depart at 9:45 am from the Red Lion Hotel on the River and will visit the following stores*:

Lunch is not provided on the full-day tour, but there will be an extended stop at one of the stores to allow time for tour registrants to each lunch at an area restaurant. A listing of area-restaurants will be provided on the tour bus.

The Half-Day Tour will depart at 12:45 pm from the Red Lion Hotel on the River and will visit the following stores*:

Lunch is not provided on the half-day tour and there will be no extended stops on the tour, but a listing of places to get a quick bite on each stop of the tour will be provided on the bus.

Both the Full-Day and Half-Day tour will depart the Red Lion Hotel on the River at the appointed times. Boarding will begin 15 minutes prior to the departure time. The last stop on both tours will be at Powell's City of Books. The tour buses are scheduled to arrive at Powell's at approximately 4:15 and you will have a chance to tour the iconic store prior to the Scholarship Meet-and-Greet (5:00 pm if you're a scholarship recipient) and Opening Reception (5:30 pm), both of which will be taking place at the store.

*Listing of stores is in alphabetical order and does not reflect the store tour scheduled order of stops.

Note if registering multiple people in one session: Participants need not go on the same tour; each may choose Tour 1 or Tour 2. The first selection below is for the first person being registered.

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.



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