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Historic Mendocino: A Colorful Coastal Village

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Program #6463RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Itinerary for Oct 6 — Oct 11, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Mendocino Hotel, a restored Victorian building with beautiful antiques and two award-winning restaurants, is situated in the picturesque village of Mendocino overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Mendocino Headlands. Located on the rugged North Coast of California, about 4 hours north of San Francisco, it is part of the highly scenic Andersen Valley, home of over three dozen boutique wineries. The hotel and town of only 1200 inhabitants is registered in the National Historic Trust.

Contact info:
45080 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460 USA
phone: 800-548-0513
web: www.mendocinohotel.com

Room amenities: The hotel's 51 guest rooms were renovated in 2006 and are equipped with hair dryers, phones, irons/ ironing boards, and cozy down comforters. Many have balconies and fireplaces.

Facility amenities: This full-service hotel, located in the heart of the Mendocino Historic Preservation District, offers Concierge and 24-hour Front Desk service; bellman service from 8AM till 9PM; room service from 8AM till 9PM; free daily copy of the New York Times Digest; safe deposit boxes; on-site parking; and in-house massage and spa services situated on two acres of lush Victorian gardens. Guests will also enjoy the on-site Mendocino Creamery Ice Cream Parlor. The Mendocino Hotel features two award-winning restaurants and a bar which offer guests a choice of casual, bistro, or fine dining as well as a heated outdoor garden terrace. The Mendocino Hotel has been a recipient of the Award of Excellence from WINE SPECTATOR for the past eleven consecutive years. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: High-speed wireless Internet access is available in the lobby area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Please call hotel.
The hotel is usually fully booked on weekends. If participants choose to stay after the program, they must arrange their own return transportation to SFO.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 06 - Independent Arrival
Note: Mendocino is a walking town. Everything is accessible by foot, but visitors should be prepared for a little uneven terrain and walking on paved sidewalks as well as dirt paths. Walking distance to various destinations is 3-4 blocks one way. Walking during free time is based on interest level. Participants should be able to walk half a mile without stopping.

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Mendocino Hotel after 4:00PM

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session.

Join us for a wine/cider reception in the hotel meeting room before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

NOTE FOR ALL MEALS: Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants.

Since meals are served in a group setting, it is difficult to adjust to individual dietary requests. If you are unable to eat what is on the regular menu, a vegetarian alternative is available, if not already part of the menu. Since alternative meal arrangements have to be made in advance, please indicate your need for a vegetarian entree on the enclosed Participant Information Form. If you have other dietary concerns, you can order (at your own expense) from a different menu.

Evening: ORIENTATION: We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

Lodging: Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Mendocino Hotel, a restored Victorian building with beautiful antiques and two award-winning restaurants, is situated in the picturesque village of Mendocino overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Mendocino Headlands. Located on the rugged North Coast of California, about 4 hours north of San Francisco, it is part of the highly scenic Andersen Valley, home of over three dozen boutique wineries. The hotel and town of only 1200 inhabitants is registered in the National Historic Trust.

Contact info:
45080 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460 USA
phone: 800-548-0513
web: www.mendocinohotel.com

Room amenities: The hotel's 51 guest rooms were renovated in 2006 and are equipped with hair dryers, phones, irons/ ironing boards, and cozy down comforters. Many have balconies and fireplaces.

Facility amenities: This full-service hotel, located in the heart of the Mendocino Historic Preservation District, offers Concierge and 24-hour Front Desk service; bellman service from 8AM till 9PM; room service from 8AM till 9PM; free daily copy of the New York Times Digest; safe deposit boxes; on-site parking; and in-house massage and spa services situated on two acres of lush Victorian gardens. Guests will also enjoy the on-site Mendocino Creamery Ice Cream Parlor. The Mendocino Hotel features two award-winning restaurants and a bar which offer guests a choice of casual, bistro, or fine dining as well as a heated outdoor garden terrace. The Mendocino Hotel has been a recipient of the Award of Excellence from WINE SPECTATOR for the past eleven consecutive years. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: High-speed wireless Internet access is available in the lobby area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Please call hotel.
The hotel is usually fully booked on weekends. If participants choose to stay after the program, they must arrange their own return transportation to SFO.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 07 - Kelley House Museum/Walk on Mendocino Headlands/I...
Note: The walk on the Headlands is a trail and parts of it are uneven. If it has rained, trail can be muddy but we try to take the least muddy route. The walk is rich with history and the view is beautiful.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Garden Room

Morning: CLASS: Mendocino's Coastal Habitats introduces us to the natural history of the area with the director of a local nature center.

WALKING FIELD TRIP: Kelley House Museum.

Located 1 block from hotel, Kelley House is a historic home built in 1861 which offers exhibits on the cultural heritage of the Mendocino Coast. Docents interpret Mendocino's logging and shipping industries and the unique Victorian architecture for which the town is recognized as a National Historic Preservation District.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: WALKING FIELD TRIP: Join a museum docent for a walk on the Mendocino Headlands, the grassy area that wraps around the town and offers walking trails and beautiful views of the ocean. During their migration, whales are often seen from the Headlands. The Headlands, now property of the State Parks system, is an area that has been protected from development since Mendocino was granted Historic Preservation status by the State of California.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: CLASS: Mendocino's Chinese History is presented by a local college instructor who talks about her family's history and the foundation of one of the original Chinese temples in California---the Temple of Kwan Tai.

Lodging: Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Mendocino Hotel, a restored Victorian building with beautiful antiques and two award-winning restaurants, is situated in the picturesque village of Mendocino overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Mendocino Headlands. Located on the rugged North Coast of California, about 4 hours north of San Francisco, it is part of the highly scenic Andersen Valley, home of over three dozen boutique wineries. The hotel and town of only 1200 inhabitants is registered in the National Historic Trust.

Contact info:
45080 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460 USA
phone: 800-548-0513
web: www.mendocinohotel.com

Room amenities: The hotel's 51 guest rooms were renovated in 2006 and are equipped with hair dryers, phones, irons/ ironing boards, and cozy down comforters. Many have balconies and fireplaces.

Facility amenities: This full-service hotel, located in the heart of the Mendocino Historic Preservation District, offers Concierge and 24-hour Front Desk service; bellman service from 8AM till 9PM; room service from 8AM till 9PM; free daily copy of the New York Times Digest; safe deposit boxes; on-site parking; and in-house massage and spa services situated on two acres of lush Victorian gardens. Guests will also enjoy the on-site Mendocino Creamery Ice Cream Parlor. The Mendocino Hotel features two award-winning restaurants and a bar which offer guests a choice of casual, bistro, or fine dining as well as a heated outdoor garden terrace. The Mendocino Hotel has been a recipient of the Award of Excellence from WINE SPECTATOR for the past eleven consecutive years. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: High-speed wireless Internet access is available in the lobby area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Please call hotel.
The hotel is usually fully booked on weekends. If participants choose to stay after the program, they must arrange their own return transportation to SFO.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 08 - Ford House Museum/Woodland Wildlife Center/Kwan T...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the Garden Room

Morning: WALKING FIELD TRIP: Walk to Ford House Museum & Visitor's Center across the street from the hotel for a presentation on local history and movies filmed in Mendocino.

Jerome B. Ford, superintendent of the town's first sawmill and one of the founders of Mendocino, had the Ford House built for his bride, Martha, in 1854.

CLASS: Movies of Mendocino

Your instructor is a local resident who has authored two books on movies made in Mendocino. His presentation includes showing a DVD of carefully selected movie clips of scenes that were made in and around the Village.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: CLASS: Woodlands Wildlife Center

Ronnie James joins us for a fascinating presentation about her work and the Woodlands Wildlife Center.

WALKING FIELD TRIP: Guided visit to the Temple of Kwan Tai.

Dedicated to the Chinese god of war, a Taoist symbol of integrity and loyalty, the Temple of Kwan Tai offers living evidence of Mendocino's 19th Century Chinese community. Four generations of its founders' descendents have preserved this original Taoist temple, a site now recognized as California Registered Historic Landmark No. 927.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Watch the 1956 American Comedy movie "The Russians Are Coming!" which was filmed in Mendocino. Based on the Nathaniel Benchley juvenile novel, "The Off-Islanders", it was adapted for the screen by William Rose. The movie tells the Cold War story of the comedic chaos which ensues when a Soviet submarine accidentally runs aground near a small New England town.

Lodging: Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Mendocino Hotel, a restored Victorian building with beautiful antiques and two award-winning restaurants, is situated in the picturesque village of Mendocino overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Mendocino Headlands. Located on the rugged North Coast of California, about 4 hours north of San Francisco, it is part of the highly scenic Andersen Valley, home of over three dozen boutique wineries. The hotel and town of only 1200 inhabitants is registered in the National Historic Trust.

Contact info:
45080 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460 USA
phone: 800-548-0513
web: www.mendocinohotel.com

Room amenities: The hotel's 51 guest rooms were renovated in 2006 and are equipped with hair dryers, phones, irons/ ironing boards, and cozy down comforters. Many have balconies and fireplaces.

Facility amenities: This full-service hotel, located in the heart of the Mendocino Historic Preservation District, offers Concierge and 24-hour Front Desk service; bellman service from 8AM till 9PM; room service from 8AM till 9PM; free daily copy of the New York Times Digest; safe deposit boxes; on-site parking; and in-house massage and spa services situated on two acres of lush Victorian gardens. Guests will also enjoy the on-site Mendocino Creamery Ice Cream Parlor. The Mendocino Hotel features two award-winning restaurants and a bar which offer guests a choice of casual, bistro, or fine dining as well as a heated outdoor garden terrace. The Mendocino Hotel has been a recipient of the Award of Excellence from WINE SPECTATOR for the past eleven consecutive years. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: High-speed wireless Internet access is available in the lobby area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Please call hotel.
The hotel is usually fully booked on weekends. If participants choose to stay after the program, they must arrange their own return transportation to SFO.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 09 - Bus Field trip/Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse/Mendocino ...
Bus Field trip/Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse/Mendocino Botanical Gardens/MacKerricher State Park/Pygmy Forest

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Garden Room

Morning: BUS FIELD TRIP: Board the motor coach for a field trip to Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse, Mendocino Botanical Gardens and Fort Bragg.

The Mendocino coast was home to hundreds of sawmills. The demand for lumber became even greater after the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. That same year Congress appropriated $50,000 for a lighthouse on Point Cabrillo. Construction on the station began in 1908.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, the only public garden to front directly on the Pacific Coast, was founded in 1961 by retired nurseryman Ernest Schoefer and his wife, Betty. Ernest's keen eye spotted the ample supply of water augmented by the mild coastal climate and quality soil essential to acid-loving plants like Rhododendrons. The Grand Opening of the Garden was in 1966.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at MacKerricher State Park which offers a variety of habitats--beach, bluff, headland, dune, forest and wetland. Tidepools are along the shore. Seals live on the rocks off the park’s Mendocino coast. More than 90 species of birds visit or live near Cleone Lake, a formal tidal lagoon. During winter and spring, the nearby headland provides a good lookout for whale watching.

Afternoon: After lunch, walk along the park's boardwalk with a knowledgeable local instructor. Observe harbor seals, grey whales (depending on the season), and many species of shore and pellagic birds.

Board the motor coach and continue to the Pygmy Forest with our instructor. The Pygmy Forest in Van Damme State Park is truly Lilliputian. Sixty-year-old cypress trees are but a few feet tall and measure a half-inch in diameter. Our walk takes us along a nature trail, built upon an elevated wooden walkway, looping through the Pygmy Forest.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Mendocino Hotel, a restored Victorian building with beautiful antiques and two award-winning restaurants, is situated in the picturesque village of Mendocino overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Mendocino Headlands. Located on the rugged North Coast of California, about 4 hours north of San Francisco, it is part of the highly scenic Andersen Valley, home of over three dozen boutique wineries. The hotel and town of only 1200 inhabitants is registered in the National Historic Trust.

Contact info:
45080 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460 USA
phone: 800-548-0513
web: www.mendocinohotel.com

Room amenities: The hotel's 51 guest rooms were renovated in 2006 and are equipped with hair dryers, phones, irons/ ironing boards, and cozy down comforters. Many have balconies and fireplaces.

Facility amenities: This full-service hotel, located in the heart of the Mendocino Historic Preservation District, offers Concierge and 24-hour Front Desk service; bellman service from 8AM till 9PM; room service from 8AM till 9PM; free daily copy of the New York Times Digest; safe deposit boxes; on-site parking; and in-house massage and spa services situated on two acres of lush Victorian gardens. Guests will also enjoy the on-site Mendocino Creamery Ice Cream Parlor. The Mendocino Hotel features two award-winning restaurants and a bar which offer guests a choice of casual, bistro, or fine dining as well as a heated outdoor garden terrace. The Mendocino Hotel has been a recipient of the Award of Excellence from WINE SPECTATOR for the past eleven consecutive years. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: High-speed wireless Internet access is available in the lobby area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Please call hotel.
The hotel is usually fully booked on weekends. If participants choose to stay after the program, they must arrange their own return transportation to SFO.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 10 - Mendocino Art Center/Presbyterian Church/Mendocin...
Note: Walk to the Mendocino Art Center which is 4 blocks one way from hotel and to the Mendocino Theater which is 3 blocks one way from hotel. Bring a flashlight for return walk to hotel after theater performance.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Garden Room

Morning: WALKING FIELD TRIP: Mendocino Art Center

Following an introduction to the Art Center, we tour the artist studios where artists-in-residence tell us about their art.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: WALKING FIELD TRIP: At the historic Presbyterian Church, 3 blocks from the hotel, a church docent tells us about the church, its role in films, and its interestng bell pull.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Attend a performance of "Time Stands Still" at the Mendocino Theater.

Written by Donald Margulies and directed by Betty Abramson

Lodging: Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, October 11 - Pomo Indians/Farewell Brunch
Breakfast: A light breakfast snack is available at the hotel.

Morning: CLASS: Pomo Indians

Explore the culture of the local Pomo Indians with examples of their crafts and customs. Some believe the word 'Pomo' is derived from Poma, the name of a particular village, and was given to these people by anthropologists at the turn of the century. Because of similarities in their basketry and culture, anthropologists saw them as one group. Actually, there are more than 70 different tribes within what is known as Pomo country as well as 7 different languages, of which only 3 are still spoken.

Brunch: Farewell brunch is served at the hotel with a review of the program highlights.

HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Mendocino program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch



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Mendocino, CA
General OverviewMendocino County is renowned for its rugged coastline, breathtaking beaches, picturesque villages, majestic redwood forests and America's Greenest Wine Region. The local culture beckons the visitor to sit by the fire, savor a delicious Mendocino vintage, stare up into a mighty redwood tree or watch migrating whales from the porch of one of its unique inns. There are many shops, art galleries and restaurants in the village, all easily accessible on foot. Visitors will enjoy several state parks encompassing miles of sandy beaches within a 15 mile radius of Mendocino..
For additional information, visit: www.mendocino.com
Visit Mendocino County, Inc.345 North Franklin Street

Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Toll Free: 1-866-466-3636, or phone 1-707-964-9010

Visit this website to learn more about the culture and beauty of Mendocino County. You can view their Visitor Guide online, download the guide, or have a copy sent to you.
For additional information, visit: www.visitmendocino.com

Mendocino Visitors GuideFrom the coastal villages and windswept cliffs of Highway 1, to the cozy inns and luxury spas sprinkled among towering redwoods and the wine country, a getaway like no other is waiting for you in Mendocino County, California. Visit the website to order your copy of the ultimate Mendocino County Insiders Visitors Guide and to see a complete, detailed listing of upcoming Events and Festivals as well as a local map.
For additional information, visit: www.mendocinovisitors.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Performances

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