ACUP+ provides a wonderful experience for companions traveling with conference attendees. Vancouver, and the beautiful surrounding areas of the Columbia River Gorge, is the perfect place for companions and guests of attendees to reunite, as well as welcome new friends. Bring your walking shoes, appetite, and enthusiasm for nature. 

Those who are not participating in the full Companion Program but wish to be included in the meals are encouraged to sign up for the Companion Meals Option.  This option is $150.00 and includes  Sunday reception, breakfasts, People’s Choice Award Vote tabulating, and Gala Awards dinner ONLY. This also includes two drink tickets for the Sunday reception and Awards dinner. (Companions are not included in lunches or the vendor reception.)

This year’s Companion Program is limited to nine participants. Participants will be based in order of registration.

Monday ~ April 4


The group will depart for Portland to the stunning Portland Japanese Garden. The gardens have eight unique styles, streams, walkways, and a view of Mt. Hood. After a wonderful lunch at one of the oldest restaurants in Portland, the afternoon will be spent touring the Pittock Mansion. Built in 1914 the French Renaissance mansion has a panoramic view of the city. Wear your walking shoes! FYI: At this time several Portland restaurants are requiring Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination and masks to be worn indoors.

*photo courtesy of Walsh Construction Co.


Tuesday ~ April 5


The Companions will depart for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area for the day. We will travel along the Historic Columbia River Highway. We will have lunch in Mt. Hood. On the way back to Vancouver we will stop at one of Oregon’s most famous landmarks, Multnomah Falls, and more intriguing stops. Bring your cameras!


Wednesday ~ April 6


In the morning, the group will visit the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. There are many buildings to see here that feature how the Vancouver area was settled from the mid-19th century to the present. On this property there is Officers Row, the Marshall House and the Pearson Air Museum and the Water Resources Education Center. Lunch will be on at Beaches and lastly, the group will be free to explore more of the waterfront and downtown Vancouver. FYI-At this time facemasks are required indoors.

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