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Program #19867RJ
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.
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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 / Program Registration and O...
Arrival and Check-in / Program Registration and Orientation / Welcome Dinner

Afternoon: Hotel Check-In: Check into Paso Robles Inn after 4:00 p.m.

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. 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: Enjoy a plated farm to table dinner on the patio at the historic Paso Robles Inn.

Dinner will include a salad, entrée, and dessert, as well as a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Water, coffee and iced tea are included with the meal, additional soft drinks and alcoholic drinks are 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 night’s 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 Market Talk / Organic Family Farm Visit /...
Farmers Market Talk / Organic Family Farm Visit / Oyster Farm in Morro Bay / Wine & Appetizer Pairing

Note: In order to participate in the visit to the live oyster farm in Morro Bay, one must be able to access the oyster boat via a ramp and a floating dock and walk two blocks. Walk to Paso Terra Restaurant is 2 blocks one way on flat sidewalk.

Breakfast: Plated breakfast at the Paso Robles Inn.

Choice of hot and cold cereals with milk available, eggs, hash browns, country potatoes, biscuits and gravy, bagels and cream cheese, and fresh fruit. Water, coffee, or hot tea are included with breakfast. Other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: Start the day at the hotel by getting to know your fellow participants in a session we call Crossing Points.

In the Road Scholar classroom at the hotel, North County local farmers talk about the trend of small high quality farms catering to restaurants, farmers markets and specialty stores. Shopping farmers markets, farm stands and local grocers will be explored.

Begin your Central Coast Culinary exploration with a bus ride 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: Plated lunch at family farm will include half a sandwich and fresh fruit; beverages included are water, iced tea, or hot herbal tea. Other beverages are not available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, ride bus to Morro Bay where group will board boat and explore Morro Bay and Oyster Farm. On boat ride through the estuary to oyster farm, naturalist will give a brief history and close look at many species of wildlife that call the estuary home. Upon 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. Afterwards, Giovanni DeGarimore, owner of Giovanni's Fish Market, will talk about local sustainable fishing practices and invite you to a wine and oyster tasting at Stax. Return to hotel on the bus.

Dinner: Chef Andre joins a local Paso Robles wine producer with a three wine & appetizer pairing at their downtown bistro restaurant. Dinner will follow at Paso Terra Restaurant and will include a salad, plated entrée, and dessert. Water is included with dinner and additional wine is available for purchase to enjoy with dinner.

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 - Steinbeck Vineyard / Eberle Winery / Lunch in Ebe...
Steinbeck Vineyard / Eberle Winery / Lunch in Eberle Winery Caves / J. Lohr Winery

Note: Due to unpaved terrain on field trip destinations, comfortable closed toe shoes for walking are strongly recommended. Vineyard visit includes walking in fields; entrance to the wine caves where lunch is served involves walking up and down a steep ramp

Breakfast: At Paso Robles Inn

Morning: In the Road Scholar classroom, a local wine educator reviews 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 California wine by reading the label.

Board bus at hotel and ride to Steinbeck Vineyards. Meet one of Paso Robles' pioneer wine grape-growing families. During your vineyard visit, learn about wine growing, vineyard practices, planting a vineyard, conservation efforts, organic vs. sustainable, soils, water, and the challenges of nature in wine growing. Wine tasting included.

Ride bus to Eberle Winery where a local wine expert offers a brief tutorial on the art of wine making supported with a winery tour and wine tasting. Learn how to taste and describe wine.

Lunch: Enjoy a lovely buffet lunch in the caves at Eberle Winery, a well known winery producing wines from a variety of regions on the Central Coast.

Buffet items include assorted sandwiches and salads as well as dessert. Water and wine tasting included with meal. No other beverages are available for purchase.

After lunch, ride the bus to J. Lohr Winery.

Afternoon: Identify California wine regions during a tasting of J.Lohr wines, a world class producer with vineyards in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. Return to hotel on the bus.

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.

The Farmers Market in Downtown Paso Robles City Park is open until 6:00 p.m.

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 Talk / Sheep and Goat Dairy Farm / ...
Cheese Making Talk / Sheep and Goat Dairy Farm / Biodynamic Farm / Olive Oil Farm / Boutique Winery / Central Coast Bar-be-Que

Note: Farm and ranch visits include walking on dirt paths and fields. Olive oil presentation could include standing for up to 45 minutes. Walk to Elks Lodge is 4 blocks one way on flat sidewalk.

Breakfast: At Paso Robles Inn

Morning: At the hotel, Danika Gordon, proprietor Vivant Fine Cheese, talks about cheese making, artisan & farmstead cheeses.

Board bus at hotel for Rinconada Dairy, a sheep & goat dairy. Explore the process of cheese making with award-winning cheese maker Christine McGuire. Founder of the second, licensed sheep cheese dairy in California, Christine produces farmstead sheep cheese. Inspired by Spanish Manchego, Christine's Pozo Tomme has won numerous awards and set her apart as a superior cheese maker across the globe.

Lunch: Bus trip continues to Wind Rose Farms where Bill & 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. Biodynamic philosophies of farming are explored as well as the daily challenges of farming on a small scale for high quality produce.

A plated farm to table lunch is served under their oak tree. Meal will include salad, entrée, and dessert. Tea and water are included with meal. No other beverages available for purchase.

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: Central Coast barbecue dinner at the Elks Lodge. Served buffet style, the meal will include salad, tri-tip beef, beans, salsa, and bread. Open bar available until 7:00 p.m. which includes water, soft drinks, beer, wine, and cocktails with dinner.

Lodging: Paso Robles Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Thursday, June 11 - Buying Fresh Talk / Program Concludes / Departure...
Breakfast: At Paso Robles Inn

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 life style by supporting your local producers and merchants. Websites and books will be shared with a look at future food trends. This concludes the program. This concludes our 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
13 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences

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