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5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Itinerary for Jun 7 — Jun 11, 2015

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Type: Inn

Description: The historic Paso Robles Inn is located in downtown Paso Robles in the heart of the beautiful Paso Robles wine country. Conveniently located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California's Central Coast, the Inn has been a premier location for California getaways for over a century. Its central location is less than a five minute stroll to wine and olive tasting rooms, restaurants, wine bars and lounges, and boutique shops. Surrounded by over 200 local wineries in the Paso Robles wine region, the Paso Robles Inn is the perfect place to stay on your wine tour getaway.

Contact info:
1103 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446 USA
phone: 805-238-2660
web: www.pasoroblesinn.com/

Room amenities: Traditional guest rooms feature either one King bed or two Twin beds and overlook the Inn’s gardens or City park. In-room amenities include double vanity bathroom, microwave, compact refrigerator, wet bar, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker with Seattle’s Best Coffee, pay-per-view movies, and high-speed Internet access (Ethernet cable). All Traditional Guest Rooms are non-smoking. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

Facility amenities: Lush gardens featuring herbs and vegetables with live Koi ponds, running streams and majestic California Live Oak trees create a peaceful setting for a relaxing retreat. A full-service destination, the Paso Robles Inn features an outdoor heated pool and spa, premier Steakhouse and Lounge, and 1940's diner-style Coffee Shop. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

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

Bathroom: Request bottom floor hotel rooms and special needs in advance; note some rooms have higher bath tubs.

Additional nights before: Based on room availability
Call the hotel directly for additional-night rates which will be based upon hotel availability. Identify yourself as part of an Road Scholar group and mention your program's start and end dates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 07 - Arrival and Check-in / Registration / Orientation...
Note: Note: Hotel Check-in available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone, review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. All transportation will be via private motor coach unless specified otherwise. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Dinner: On the patio of Paso Robles Inn, enjoy a local dinner featuring a salad, entree, and dessert, plus water, coffee, iced tea, and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine; Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning. Settle in and get a good nights rest for the day ahead.

Lodging: Paso Robles Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The historic Paso Robles Inn is located in downtown Paso Robles in the heart of the beautiful Paso Robles wine country. Conveniently located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California's Central Coast, the Inn has been a premier location for California getaways for over a century. Its central location is less than a five minute stroll to wine and olive tasting rooms, restaurants, wine bars and lounges, and boutique shops. Surrounded by over 200 local wineries in the Paso Robles wine region, the Paso Robles Inn is the perfect place to stay on your wine tour getaway.

Contact info:
1103 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446 USA
phone: 805-238-2660
web: www.pasoroblesinn.com/

Room amenities: Traditional guest rooms feature either one King bed or two Twin beds and overlook the Inn’s gardens or City park. In-room amenities include double vanity bathroom, microwave, compact refrigerator, wet bar, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker with Seattle’s Best Coffee, pay-per-view movies, and high-speed Internet access (Ethernet cable). All Traditional Guest Rooms are non-smoking. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

Facility amenities: Lush gardens featuring herbs and vegetables with live Koi ponds, running streams and majestic California Live Oak trees create a peaceful setting for a relaxing retreat. A full-service destination, the Paso Robles Inn features an outdoor heated pool and spa, premier Steakhouse and Lounge, and 1940's diner-style Coffee Shop. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

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

Bathroom: Request bottom floor hotel rooms and special needs in advance; note some rooms have higher bath tubs.

Additional nights before: Based on room availability
Call the hotel directly for additional-night rates which will be based upon hotel availability. Identify yourself as part of an Road Scholar group and mention your program's start and end dates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 08 - Farmers Lecture / Organic Family Farm Field Trip ...
Farmers Lecture / Organic Family Farm Field Trip / Oyster Farm / Wine & Appetizer Pairing

Note: Walking will include a floating dock with no handrails.

Note: Walking on uneven and potentially slippery ground with steep inclines.

Breakfast: In the Paso Robles Inn, enjoy a choice of hot and cold cereals with milk available, eggs, hash browns, country potatoes, biscuits and gravy, bagels and cream cheese, and fresh fruit, plus water, coffee, and tea; Other beverages are available for purchase.

Morning: In the hotel classroom, we’ll meet local North County farmers who will discuss the role of local farms in the community. Learn how these local farms cater to restaurants, farmers markets and specialty stores as well as farmers markets, farm stands, and local grocers.

Following the lecture, we’ll board our bus for a field trip to a family farm utilizing organic farming techniques. Hear from the farmer about the challenges and rewards these practices have on farmer and family.

Lunch: At the family farm featuring half a sandwich and fresh fruit, plus water, iced tea, and hot herbal tea.

Afternoon: We’ll travel to Morro Bay where we’ll board a boat for a field trip to explore Morro Bay and Oyster Farm. On the boat ride through the estuary to oyster farm, a naturalist will give a brief history and close look at the many species of wildlife that call the estuary home. Upon our arrival at the Oyster Beds, hear an explanation on the unique 'Farming' process while you experience the first hand workings of a live oyster farm: Learn how to prepare oysters and taste oysters.

Next, we'll return to land and meet Giovanni DeGarimore, the owner of Giovanni's Fish Market, will talk about local sustainable fishing practices and invite you to a wine and oyster tasting at Stax.

Dinner: After we return to the hotel, we will walk to a downtown bistro restaurant where we will meet with a local Paso Robles wine producer for a wine and appetizer pairing.

Dinner will follow at the downtown bistro and will include a salad, entree, a dessert and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Paso Robles Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The historic Paso Robles Inn is located in downtown Paso Robles in the heart of the beautiful Paso Robles wine country. Conveniently located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California's Central Coast, the Inn has been a premier location for California getaways for over a century. Its central location is less than a five minute stroll to wine and olive tasting rooms, restaurants, wine bars and lounges, and boutique shops. Surrounded by over 200 local wineries in the Paso Robles wine region, the Paso Robles Inn is the perfect place to stay on your wine tour getaway.

Contact info:
1103 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446 USA
phone: 805-238-2660
web: www.pasoroblesinn.com/

Room amenities: Traditional guest rooms feature either one King bed or two Twin beds and overlook the Inn’s gardens or City park. In-room amenities include double vanity bathroom, microwave, compact refrigerator, wet bar, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker with Seattle’s Best Coffee, pay-per-view movies, and high-speed Internet access (Ethernet cable). All Traditional Guest Rooms are non-smoking. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

Facility amenities: Lush gardens featuring herbs and vegetables with live Koi ponds, running streams and majestic California Live Oak trees create a peaceful setting for a relaxing retreat. A full-service destination, the Paso Robles Inn features an outdoor heated pool and spa, premier Steakhouse and Lounge, and 1940's diner-style Coffee Shop. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

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

Bathroom: Request bottom floor hotel rooms and special needs in advance; note some rooms have higher bath tubs.

Additional nights before: Based on room availability
Call the hotel directly for additional-night rates which will be based upon hotel availability. Identify yourself as part of an Road Scholar group and mention your program's start and end dates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 09 - Wine Educator Presentation / Vineyard Field Trips
Note: Note: Walking on uneven and potentially slippery ground with steep inclines.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: In the hotel, a local wine educator will review the diverse regions of San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles and the types of grapes that dominate the area. Take away an understanding of California wine regions and what is in a bottle of Californian wine by reading the label.

Following the lecture, we’ll travel to Steinbeck Vineyards. Meet one of Paso Robles' pioneer wine grape-growing families. During our vineyard visit, we’ll learn all the steps necessary to run a vineyard, including planting a vineyard, conservation efforts, and the challenges posed by nature. Our visit will conclude with a wine tasting.

We’ll ride to the Eberle Winery where a local wine expert will offer a brief tutorial on the art of winemaking, supported with a winery tour.

Lunch: Enjoy a lovely buffet lunch in the caves at Eberle Winery, including assorted sandwiches, salads, and dessert, plus water and a wine tasting.

Afternoon: We’ll ride to J. Lohr Winery where we will identify California wine regions during a tasting of J.Lohr wines, a world class producer with vineyards in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.

Following our visit, we’ll return to the hotel.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Paso Robles Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Inn

Description: The historic Paso Robles Inn is located in downtown Paso Robles in the heart of the beautiful Paso Robles wine country. Conveniently located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California's Central Coast, the Inn has been a premier location for California getaways for over a century. Its central location is less than a five minute stroll to wine and olive tasting rooms, restaurants, wine bars and lounges, and boutique shops. Surrounded by over 200 local wineries in the Paso Robles wine region, the Paso Robles Inn is the perfect place to stay on your wine tour getaway.

Contact info:
1103 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446 USA
phone: 805-238-2660
web: www.pasoroblesinn.com/

Room amenities: Traditional guest rooms feature either one King bed or two Twin beds and overlook the Inn’s gardens or City park. In-room amenities include double vanity bathroom, microwave, compact refrigerator, wet bar, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker with Seattle’s Best Coffee, pay-per-view movies, and high-speed Internet access (Ethernet cable). All Traditional Guest Rooms are non-smoking. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

Facility amenities: Lush gardens featuring herbs and vegetables with live Koi ponds, running streams and majestic California Live Oak trees create a peaceful setting for a relaxing retreat. A full-service destination, the Paso Robles Inn features an outdoor heated pool and spa, premier Steakhouse and Lounge, and 1940's diner-style Coffee Shop. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

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

Bathroom: Request bottom floor hotel rooms and special needs in advance; note some rooms have higher bath tubs.

Additional nights before: Based on room availability
Call the hotel directly for additional-night rates which will be based upon hotel availability. Identify yourself as part of an Road Scholar group and mention your program's start and end dates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 10 - Cheese Making Lecture / Dairy Farm Field Trip / B...
Cheese Making Lecture / Dairy Farm Field Trip / Biodynamic Farm / Olive Oil Farm / Boutique Winery / BBQ Dinner

Note: Note: Walking on uneven ground; Standing for periods up to 45 minutes.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll meet Danika Gordon who is a proprietor for Vivant Fine Cheese. Learn about cheese making and the different types of cheese including artisan and farmstead cheeses.

Following the lecture, we’ll ride to Rinconada Dairy, a sheep and goat dairy farm. Explore the process of cheese making with award-winning cheese maker Christine McGuire, who founded the second licensed sheep cheese dairy in California. Inspired by Spanish Manchego, Christine's Pozo Tomme has won numerous awards and set her apart as a superior cheese maker across the globe.

Our field trip continues to Wind Rose Farms, where Bill and Barbara Spencer invite you to their fields to share their passion for farming unique heirloom varieties for chefs, markets and people who love fresh farm flavors. We’ll explore biodynamic philosophies of farming as well as the daily challenges of farming on a small scale for high quality produce.

Lunch: At Wind Rose Farms, enjoy a plated lunch at tables under their oak tree with salad, entree, and dessert, plus water and tea.

Afternoon: Next stop on bus trip is Olivas de Oro Olive Company. On a beautiful olive ranch with trees over 100 years old, the olive oil miller will explain how olive oil is produced and provide tastings of EVOO.

Next we make a quick stop at August Ridge Winery, a small family owned micro winery featuring Italian varietals. The boutique winery proprietor explains her philosophy of making very small lots of Italian varietals in honor of her Italian heritage. Learn how a small family winery promotes their wines to visitors. Return to hotel on bus.

Dinner: We’ll walk to elks lodge, where we will enjoy a hearty BBQ buffet dinner with an open bar.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Paso Robles Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Thursday, June 11 - Buying Fresh Talk / Program Concludes
Note: Note: Hotel check-out is 12:00 p.m. Noon.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Our final session at the hotel presents Katy Budge, local food writer and blogger, who will talk about trends in buying local and fresh. Learn how to adopt ways to enhance your lifestyle by supporting your local producers and merchants. Websites and books will be shared with a look at future food trends. This concludes the program.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Paso Robles CA
Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce1225 Park Street

Paso Robles, CA 93446

Phone: (805) 238-0506

Website dedicated to Paso Robles with extensive information about wineries, lodging, restaurants, recreation and festivals and helpful information about the area, including a directory of local business, a detailed Destination Guide, and relocation information.
For additional information, visit: www.pasorobleschamber.com/

San Luis Obispo County Visitors & Conference811 El Capitan Way, #200

San Luis Obispo, California 93401

Order a free Visitors Guide to San Luis Obispo County on this website.
For additional information, visit: www.sanluisobispocounty.com/visitors/

City of Paso Robles1000 Spring Street

Paso Robles, CA 93446

Toll Free: 888-988-PASO (7276)

Learn more about the beautiful Paso Robles wine country. This website is packed with gorgeous photos of the area and inside tips on where to go.
For additional information, visit: travelpaso.com

Paso Robles Main Street AssociationDowntown Paso Robles Information 835 "D" 12th Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (Located on Norma's Way / Alley Side) 805-238-4103
For additional information, visit: www.pasoroblesdowntown.org
Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance530 10th Street

Paso Robles, CA 93446

805-239-8463

Learn more about the Paso Robles wine trail at this webiste.
For additional information, visit: www.pasowine.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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4 nights of accommodations
10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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