Pause to Balance, a wellness-in-travel consultancy, presents Run&Wine, a four-day Oregon Experience grounded in Portland and created in partnership with Sport Oregon. Our Run&Wine retreat includes wine tastings with the region’s sommeliers, healthy meals and cooking class prepared with and by the industry’s leading chefs and nutritionists that created the recipes, activities for developing mindfulness on the go, and participation in The Wine Country Half Marathon, Half Marathon 2-Person Relay or 5K.
Pause to Balance has partnered with ON Running, the Swiss-engineered running company, to make sure your feet are ready to go go go come race day. Upon joining the P2B Run&Wine retreat, you’ll receive a new pair of ON Running shoes to get you out the door. Laced up, now you can join our P2B Run&Wine Club on the Strava running app for some added community encouragement. From sign up to race day, our training partners, the Wy’east Wolfpack, will virtually help you mentally and physically prepare for the race.
Nibble on cheeses and a locally-sourced charcuterie at the newly-opened Woodlark, seated in the heart of Portland’s thriving downtown. Helping you settle in, the easy sounds of the Portland Jazz scene will get you in the right mood for a wine tasting you won’t soon forget. Sommeliers representing wine country’s famous Willamette Region will be on hand to share with you the best wines Oregon has to offer.
Start the day with a delicious breakfast prepared by the Woodlark and Bravo’s “Top Chef,” Doug Adams. After fueling up for the day, our running partner, the Wy’east Wolfpack, will give a pre-race power talk followed by a hike while touching on mindfulness techniques for runners of all abilities – for those on the go and for those who seek to live in the moment. The guided tour will include discussions on the importance of checking in on our mind-body connections, and even goal setting and unpacking – keys to creating a virtuous cycle of positive self-talk we can use on race day – and every day.
Our short hike through Portland’s Forest Park, one of the largest city parks in America, ends with a not-so-average picnic at the historic Pittock Mansion. This French-style renaissance chateau once housed the Pittock family, who owned and operated the Oregonian. With the views of the entire Portland skyline, the Willamette River and majestic Mt. Hood in the distance, the “picnic for runners,” the menu is not only inspired by, but personally chosen by, Elyse Kopecky, the two-time NYT best-selling author of “Run Fast. Eat Slow.” With recipes from her cookbooks, co-authored alongside four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan.
Once we’ve soaked in the view and had our picnic fill we head back to the hotel where you’ll have some free time to enjoy Portland at your leisure until we head to our cooking class and pre-race dinner where we’ll meet up with Elyse herself. In addition to being a New York Times Bestselling Author, Elyse is a chef, nutrition coach, and all-around running enthusiast. Elyse will give us the ins and outs of sustainable nutrition habits as we learn about and enjoy the perfect nourishing meal before your race.
Our morning starts with taking a moment to become intentional as we head out to the race. Here, our Wy’east coach and pacer will be waiting for us at the starting line. Give it your best as you wind through the beautiful Willamette Valley Wine Country, and enjoy a well-earned glass of wine, locally-sourced food, and live music when the race is said and done.
After the accomplished morning, a custom-tailored rest and recovery spa treatment awaits at The Allison Inn & Spa. Situated on the rolling hills of 35 acres of natural Oregon Wine Country territory, the Alisson Inn & Spa is the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Back in Portland for dinner at The Bullard, we meet up with award-winning chef Doug Adams again for a one of a kind, Texas-meets-Oregon meal that has a thriving food scene craving for more. The Bullard is a tribute to Adam’s Texas hometown, marrying his southwestern roots with his passion for fine food and the regional bounty of the Pacific Northwest.
Finally, after getting some rest, you’ll take your time with breakfast and coffee at the newly-established, Good Coffee. For those with a little energy left in the tank, we have an exclusive Barre3 strength and cardio workout…you know, to round out the full Oregon retreat experience as founder Sadie Lincoln is Oregon-proud and knows a thing or two about how to stretch out while traveling – for your health.
We are looking to be a part of this collective Wellness journey with you, so we will provide a 30-day online barre3 class for you to build a strong, stable core and balanced body. Barre3 is gaining a following among athletes looking to take their performance to the next level. See you at the next race!
→ Three nights private accommodation at the Woodlark (taxes included)
→ One pair of ON Running shoes
→ Meals and snacks (except for the first dinner)
→ Cooking class and book Run Fast. Eat Slow signed by Elyse Kopecky
→ Wy’east Wolfpack coach preparation and pacer for the half-marathon
→ Half-Marathon, Half Marathon 2-Person Relay or 5K race entry and packet pick-up
→ One glass of wine at the race and entry to the Music Festival
→ One Spa treatment at The Allison Inn & Spa
→ Barre3 Class and a one-month online subscription
→ Talk and guided hike
→ Transportation for Saturday and Sunday activities
→ Welcome kit from Pause to Balance
→ Shuttle to and from the airport
→ Shuttle for Monday activity
→ Alcohol beverages, except the ones cited above
→ Hotel incidentals (room service, laundry service, mini bar, etc)
→ Travel insurance
Woodlark | Portland Oregon | Room amenities for Single or Double Occupancy
. 100% Egyptian Dream Cotton
. Mascioni linen imported from Italy
. Plush bathrobes
. Simmons Beauty rest Black Napa mattresses
. Safes large enough for laptop computers
. Integrated charging options with USB, tablet and standard ports
.Urbanears Lotsen Bluetooth speakers
. LCD flat panel televisions
. Locally-inspired honor bar
. Salt & Straw artisan ice cream menu
. MIN bath Amenities
. Clothes steamer
. High-speed Wi-Fi
Is the reservation fee refundable?
You may cancel the reservation up to 48h after the purchase. After that, the package is non-refundable. You may purchase travel insurance as there are no exceptions, including cases of family/medical emergencies.
How do you accept payment?
The payment can be done directly at Pause To Balance website. We have a secure checkout and any credit cards or PayPal account are accepted.
When do I need to make the final payment?
The retreat is limited to a very small group of people so we highly recommend the payment be made as soon as you decide to book the trip.
Are taxes and gratuity included?
All taxes are included in the price. Gratuities are included in almost all meals with the exception of Sunday’s dinner (September 1st). Gratuity for trip leaders is not included.
Do I need to participate in all events?
The Run&Wine retreat includes a variety of events and activities that are exclusive, thoughtful, and meant to provide a great experience for each participant – so we encourage you to join all of them.
What do we do if it’s raining on the day of outside activities?
In this time of the year, it’s unlikely it will rain in Portland. We have a good balance of activities that wouldn’t be impacted by rain. But in case it does rain, we invite you to experience the other activities as a real Portlander – with your raincoat and rain boots on.
Where can I pick up my packet?
Your packet will be in your hotel room, once you check in.
What is included in the Spa treatment?
There are a few services that will be offered on a first come, first serve basis – including facials and massages. Once we get there, the group will be divided into two so everyone can receive the Spa treatment and enjoy the spa amenities. You’ll be able to relax in your robes and enjoy the Eucalyptus Steam Room, Cedar Wood Sauna and Lounge Spaces. A little snack will also be provided. Amazing treat after running a half marathon 🙂
Can I share my room with someone that is not in the retreat?
We would love for you to share the room but preferably with someone who’s also part of the retreat. The whole weekend is full of special events and activities, and we would hate to have someone left out.
What time is check in?
Can I check out late?
We try to accommodate late check-out requests when we can – late check-out availability is dependent on the number of check-ins we have scheduled for that day. To request a late checkout, stop by the front desk on the evening before your departure or in the morning on the date you are scheduled to depart. We’ll do our best to let you stay in bed a little longer.
Where is the hotel located?
The hotel is located at 813 SW Alder St. in the heart of downtown Portland and one block north of Pioneer Courthouse Square.
What types of transportation are available to and from the airport?
Airport Shuttle transportation can be arranged to and from Woodlark via a town car service (Approximately $80 including gratuity). The MAX Red Line goes to and from the airport (take the Pioneer Courthouse Square stop, three blocks from Woodlark); the 45-minute ride is $2.50. Rideshare ($22-28) and traditional taxis ($38-50) are also readily available at the airport; it’s typically a 25-minute ride.
For getting around Portland, Woodlark is centrally located, so we’re a quick walk to shops and restaurants. The MAX and Streetcar lines are just a few blocks away; fares are $2.50 for two hours, or you can get a $5 Day pass.
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